The Movie: Hustle & Flow
The 2005 MTV classic still gets some playtime every now and then, and is a fun movie to play the ‘where are they now’ game with. Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson, Taryn Manning, Taraji P. Henson, DJ Qualls and Ludacris made the movie what it is today. The concept came off as thin on paper, yet on the screen is really turned into something special.
A Memphis pimp and his friends come together to help him launch a rookie career in rapping. Throughout the process, he has to fight his own demons, including an ongoing midlife crisis. Writer and director Craig Brewer did a great job with the movie, and with picking the songs. They’re catchy, and sometimes downright ridiculous. There is a good mix of comedy, drama and tied up story arcs that brings everything together into one neat package.
This is top five in the MTV Films library, right up there with Save the Last Dance and Coach Carter. Highly recommended if you’re a fan of gritty urban dramas.
The Menu: Baked Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
Soul food is good for you, but for movie watchers make sure not to indulge too much! Loaded with carbs but delicious, this recipe will send you to sleep before you can finish the movie.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
2 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 sleeve buttery round crackers, crushed
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the macaroni, and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well.
3. Combine 1/4 cup butter, flour, milk, salt, and Cheddar cheese in a large saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir until the cheese is melted and the mixture thickens, 7 to 10 minutes. Add the macaroni and stir to coat. Pour the mixture into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Mix the 1/4 cup melted butter and crushed crackers together in a bowl; scatter the cracker mixture evenly over the macaroni mixture.
4. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown on top, about 45 minutes.