Odds & Ends 6/5-6/11

I’m feeling productive this week. The writing schedule was maintained, the grocery shopping got done, I puppy-sat yesterday, and I even exercised. (Okay, I did 5 squats with a six-pound dog on my shoulders, but still, I moved when I did not have to. It counts.)

I’m starting to get into the new series Still Star-Crossed on ABC (Mondays 9/8 Central). If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a continuation of Romeo & Juliet, showing the aftermath of the two lovers’ ill-fated romance. You’d think the Montagues and Capulets would have learned their lesson, right? No, they’re still just as eager to kill each other as other. It’s a somewhat soapy costume drama, and if you don’t know Shakespeare, don’t worry! The first episode hits all the crucial points of the play you need to know in order to understand what’s to come.  I recommend checking it out, although you will have to wait this week because tomorrow’s episode is being bumped because the NBA finals went to Game 5 or something.

But we’re not going to go into how I feel about that.

I also finally got to see Doctor Strange last night. I know, I’m behind, but if I don’t catch it in theaters, it takes me awhile to get to a movie. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t the trippy, mind-bending experience it had been built up as. It played like a pretty standard superhero movie, they just had an excuse to use more Inception style special effects than most. I was pleasantly surprised by Rachel McAdams, who I was afraid might go the way of Natalie Portman in Thor. McAdams is a fine actress, I just wasn’t sure her style would mesh since the Marvel movies can skew a little goofy (then again, she did do Mean Girls…) Benedict Cumberbatch was great, no surprise there, and I’m really looking forward to the development of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s character, Mordo, as he goes down his darker path in later films.

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