Sunday Suggestions: 08/02/2020

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: Much Ado About Nothing
TV Show: Sons of Anarchy
Book: The Walking Dead (Graphic Novel)
Video Game: Viscera Cleanup Detail

Movie
Much Ado About Nothing
Starring Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Spencer Treat Clark, Riki Lindhome, Ashley Johnson, Emma Bates
Rated PG-13
Released in 2012
Purchased digitally via Amazon

Joss Whedon, famed maker of Firefly and director of the first Avengers movie, was on contractual vacation during the post-production process of Avengers. He had always wanted to make a Shakespeare movie, so he used the time of that vacation to film it. The entire movie was shot at his personal home in California and in just 12 days. The movie follows the famed story written by William Shakespeare and is filmed in black and white. They didn’t use any kind of lighting other than natural light from the sun. The original language used by Shakespeare is kept throughout, and the storytelling stays true to the original text. Much Ado About Nothing is my favorite of Shakespeare’s comedies, and this movie provides all of the essential needs you get when watching one of the Bard’s shows. The actors are fantastic, and Whedon’s style of direction for this movie is vastly different than his other works. It’s an artistic piece that stays faithful to the source material and provides many great laughs and enjoyments throughout.

TV Show
Sons of Anarchy
Starring Charlie Hunnam, Katey Segal, Mark Boone Junior, Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie, Maggie Siff, Ron Perlman, David Labrava, Ryan Hurst, William Lucking, Michael Ornstein
Rated TV-MA
Aired from 2008-2014
Aired on FX, currently found on Hulu

I never watched Sons of Anarchy when it first aired on television. Instead, a few years after the show ended, it popped up on Netflix, and I decided to delve into the show. I have always been a huge fan of mafia/mob movies thanks to my father, but I didn’t know the show was going to delve in this deeply. The show follows a motorcycle club in California called Sons of Anarchy and the inner workings of their club. We first see them as gun runners, even having paid off the cops to make sure they can fulfill their jobs without law enforcement intervening. Like most mafias, they operate in broad daylight, but the populous understands the importance of their presence and accepts their “protection” throughout the city. The movie evolves from season to season, showing the progression, and sometimes the deterioration, of the club. Of course, the show is filled with many television cliches of a single villain per season, with an almost guaranteed defeat of the villain, but the show does a good enough job providing stellar acting and writing to carry those cliches. It wasn’t until after I finished the show that I found out the show is based off of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. I am currently rewatching the show for the first time since I originally saw it, and the parallels between Hamlet and this show are staggering. I know many people have seen this show, but I recommend watching it a second time to truly appreciate the nuances of everything.

Book
The Walking Dead Graphic Novels
Created by Cliff Rathburn, Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard
Published by Image Comics
Anthology Series
Genre: Thriller/Horror/Action-Adventure

For those of you familiar with The Walking Dead, and I assume that’s a lot of you, it might come as a surprise that the show is based off of graphic novels. About a year ago, I rented the first two volumes from our local library and decided to give them a read. I have since caught up on all of the volumes. My mind is boggled at how different yet similar the show is to the novels. The novels are the source material for the show, and the showrunners did a relatively decent job of merging the two mediums together to create a cohesive story that appeases fans of the novels. The show does steer away from the novels at certain times, but that can be said for almost any book turned into a movie. Certain characters have different personality traits, and some characters die or leave at different times (or in the case of the show, don’t die at all). There are some characters in the show that aren’t in the novels and vice versa. However, it all comes together to provide us with a terrifying and gritty outlook on the world if a zombie apocalypse were to plague our lands. The novels keep the same raw and gritty fear provided in the show, only this time, you get to use your imagination a little more and see how the story was originally meant to be told.

Video Game
Viscera Cleanup Detail
Voiceover Stars Unknown
Developed by RuneStorm
Published by RuneStorm
Rated M (Mature) by ESRB
Platforms: PC

Okay, so I need you to bear with me on this one. This game is not necessarily something everybody will enjoy. In fact, you either have to be a relatively hardcore gamer OR have an understanding that satire can appear in more than just movies and television shows. Viscera Cleanup Detail is a bizarre and strange game that falls outside the realm of what you would expect when playing a video game. Many of us have played games like DOOM, Wolfenstein, and other shooters. Others have played games where they’re simple gore fests of nonstop action and blood splattering violence. One of the questions we’ve never really asked is who cleans all of that up after it goes down? Who has to go in there and clean up the blood, bullet casings, body parts, pieces of gore, and broken amenities? Well, in this case, you are that person. Viscera Cleanup Detail is a game where you take on the role of a janitor tasked with cleaning up location after a blood soaked battle took place. Spread among the various locations are blood splattered walls and floors, mutilated body parts, bullet casings, bullet holes, broken pieces of furniture, and a myriad of other destructive aspects. They provide you with an incinerator, an unlimited supply of mop buckets and water, hazard bins to store body parts for cremation, and item releases for med packs, large flashlights, and more. There’s no time limit (unless you want to play the Speedrun version where you’re trying to finish the level as fast as possible). Instead, you simply throw on some music, a movie on another monitor/phone, and start cleaning up the area. It’s surprisingly relaxing and even helps settle nerves or calm ADHD cases. It has ragdoll physics, tons of blood and gore, and leaves you feeling supremely satisfied when you see the difference between the messy location and the finished, clean product.

Until next Sunday!

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