Sunday Suggestions: 07/05/2020

It’s that time of the week again. Welcome to another installment of Sunday Suggestions! This week, we’ll be covering the following suggestions:

Movie: Goon
Broadway Musical: Hamilton
Video Game: The Room
Homemade Recipe: Slow Cooked Cheesy Sausage and Potatoes

Starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Liev Schreiber, Eugene Levy, Marc-Andre Grondin, Kim Coates, Nicholas Campbell, Richard Clarkin
Rated R
Released in 2011
Found on Netflix

Goon is a movie that was not made with the intent of being a blockbuster Oscar-worthy movie. Instead, Goon is the love child of Jay Baruchel and his passion for hockey and the stories of enforcers in the sport. Jay has said that he wanted to pay homage to the enforcers in the sport, as they usually take a backseat to the scorers. Goon follows Doug Platt, a guy who has never been very smart but is extremely strong and good in a fight. After a player at a local hockey game jumps into the stands and gets slammed in a fight, Doug joins the team as an enforcer. His only job is to fight and protect the other players when somebody bullies them out on the ice. Eventually, Doug finds himself playing in the NHL’s version of the minor league when he is pit against one of the best fighters even seen in hockey. The movie’s inspiration is derived from an enforcer in minor league hockey named Doug Smith. It’s raunchy, inappropriate, full of swear words, and bloody fights. But the movie provides an excellent two hours of entertainment with a closer look inside the thugs of hockey.

Broadway Musical
Starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Chris Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Leslie Odom Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos
Rated PG-13
Released in 2020
Found on Disney+

Hamilton. Ohhh, Hamilton. Most of the modern world is aware of Hamilton and the impact it had on Broadway and the history of our founding fathers. Lin-Manuel Miranda had Hamilton filmed during a performance back in 2016. His original plan was to have it filmed for movie theater release. Unfortunately, Covid-19 prevented the release, originally slated for October of 2021, and so it came to Disney+ on July 3rd, 2020. How fitting that this show hit our screens the day before Independence Day, right in the middle of a pandemic, right when we need an uplifting show like this to help many of us get through so many troubled issues we’re having. I have personally never seen it live, much to my despair, so getting to watch even a fraction of what the show would be like through the television screen would have to suffice. The release on Disney+ is full of wonderful surprises, akin to catching lightning in a bottle, as even though it’s not the same as watching it in a live theater, you still get that feeling of adrenaline and excitement. It’s a wonderful ride, a historical jump through the history of our country, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s too damn perfect for its own good. That would be enough.

Video Game
The Room
No Voice Work
Developed by Fireproof Games
Published by Fireproof Games
Platforms: Android, Apple, PC, Nintendo Switch

In the Board Game Night post for Azul, I spoke about my love of puzzles and how their simplistic and relevant inclusion in games is something I love. The Room offers me everything I want in a puzzle game while providing excellent storytelling and excellent critical thinking skills. Have you ever been to an Escape Room? Escape Rooms are enjoyable for all ages and really helps you appreciate the intricacy of designing and implementing those kinds of puzzles. The Room basically puts you inside of an Escape Room, however, because it’s a video game, the options for how everything plays out is limitless. The mechanics, puzzles, and difficult solutions are all heavily implemented due to the unlimited ways the mechanics and visuals can be instituted into a video game. There are several sequels to the game, and each one is more difficult and provides a more complex depth. The story is riveting, the puzzles are difficult, and the ambiance is breathtaking. I like to go back and play the game every now and then once the solutions to the puzzles have worn off and I’ve forgotten some of them. The Room never gets old.

Information for The Room

Homemade Recipe
Slow Cooked Cheesy Sausage and Potatoes

1 can of Cream of Chicken soup
1 can of Cheddar Cheese soup
1/3 cup of milk
1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese
1.5 pounds smoked pork sausage
1.5 pounds petite potatoes (I used red)
Seasonings to taste: Garlic powder, Thyme, Marjoram, Pepper
1 sweet onion (diced small)
1 red bell pepper (diced small)
1 green bell pepper (diced small)
Mushrooms (diced small, amount by preference)

Mix seasonings, milk, soups, and shredded cheese into crockpot with whisk.
Dice all vegetables and add to crockpot
Dice potatoes into fourths or eighths depending on the size of the potatoes
Slice sausage into smaller round pieces
Put remaining foods into crockpot 
Stir thoroughly to make sure everything is covered in sauce. 
Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours. 
If sauce is too thin, add cornstarch/water mixture and stir well. 

Serve and enjoy!

Until next week!

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