sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Riddick (Movie Review)

I don't make it a secret that I'm a fan of the Riddick feature film series/Riddick Franchise, made famous by David Twohy (series creator) and Vin Diesel (Richard B. Riddick), convict.

I saw the most recent entry into the franchise, Riddick, and will offer you some feedback in the event that you are deciding whether or not to go and see it for yourself.

(Wikipedia) Stranded on a desolate planet, Riddick emerges from a pile of rubble badly wounded and with a broken leg. He manages to reset and splint his broken leg and fend off several dog-like beasts that approach him. Needing time to heal, Riddick hides himself and enters a state of hibernation. While sleeping, Riddick experiences a series of flashbacks starting from the ending of The Chronicles of Riddick

There's not much play between The Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick besides the main character and some linkage later in the film to the first film in the series, Pitch Black.

The planet is hostile, which should be no surprise to fans of any of the Riddick films, and while Riddick is more hostile, the character is a lot softer in this film than he was in the previous -- while remaining true to the franchise. Early in the movie, Riddick admits that he's grown soft during his time as Lord Marshall of the Necromongers and has to reconnect with his animal side.

The acting was all solid, and I have a place in my heart for actress, Katee Sackoff, who is exceptionally hot as a mercenary on Riddick's trail. 

About a quarter of the way through the film, Riddick decides that the planet is too hostile even for him, and he finds and activates a beacon that calls bounty hunters in search of the price on his head.

Enter two bands of mercenaries (one of which includes Katee Sackoff).

No spoilers beyond this point.

However, if you liked the previous Riddick films, you will like this one too. I am not saying that it's high art or classic SciFi, but its good, it is entertaining and it's Riddick.

Best of all, they left the door open for another episode of Riddick.

Redneck Realities

No meal is real unless it includes a possum. And since you clicked here, I'm going to give you a delicious possum recipe. The first thing you should do is to catch a possum, kill the possum and throw it into a land fill and then start over with chicken. But I'm presuming that you all don't have a chicken.

1 young, fat possum
8 sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon sugar

Skin the possum and remove the head and feet. Gut your fat young possum. Be sure to wash it thoroughly. Possum is tough, so you need to marinate it in wine. You can use the good Costco box wine if you have the means to afford it, but any wine with a screw top will work. Boones farm or Ripple are ideal choices. The possum should soak in the wine for at least eight hours. Do not drink the marinade after as it won't taste precisely like 'wine'. You're better off drinking vanilla or sterno.

Stew the possum until it's tender in a tightly covered crock pot with a little water. If you can't afford a crock pot, any pan with a lid will do.

Peel the potatoes and boil them until tender in lightly salted water along with the butter and sugar. As your possum continues to cook, arrange the taters around the possum, strip with bacon, sprinkle with thyme or marjoram, or pepper, and brown in the oven. Baste often with the drippings. 

A friend of mine just bought an expensive shower head (made in China) from a county fair. (you know who you are - and your brother would be on my side with this solution) This shower head didn't cost anything. You can pluck something like this (below) from other people's trash and employ it for an enjoyable shower without expending a nickel.

The Mother of invention.
Made famous by "The King" (Elvis), but eaten by gourmets everywhere.

Banana and peanut butter sandwich. The next step
would be to stick a toothpick through it, drop it
into the deep fryer & cook until crispy. 
No diaper required for a baby at a redneck picnic
A blending of two popular food groups.
Ready to eat

It's not fancy, but you must admit that it works.