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May 13, 2018

Here’s what we’re reading, watching, playing, and listening to this week

by John_A

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How we’re spending our leisure time.

Everyone has a bit of quiet downtime once in a while. Whether you’re sitting quietly at home or trying to relax on a plane or just giving your busy mind and hands a break, it’s important to relax.

A good way to do that is to read a book, listen to some music or watch a movie or show. See what’s caught our attention for the week of May 12th.

Ara Wagoner

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When it comes to most TV shows, I’m a fast-and-binge kind of girl. I’ll watch a ton of episodes in the span of a week or two, and then I won’t watch the show again for months when I have a new crop of episodes to binge on. This is especially true of shows with erratic release schedules like Steven Universe. Steven Universe as a show has a lot of layers, a lot of drama, and a fair bit of surface stupidity that I like to skim off as I watch. Well, this week was the week to dive back in, because we got our last episode of the spring and WHAT. AN. EPISODE.

Most shows are lucky if they pull off one episode that makes you question everything that came before, that completely changes everything in a show’s history and universe. Steven Universe has already had a few of these, but ‘A Single, Pale Rose’ is on a new level. If you’ve fallen off the SU bandwagon before, it’s time to climb back on, because things are going to get insane this summer.

See Steven Universe on Google Play

Marc Lagace

We got an official date for Arrested Development Season 5 and I’m super excited. The new season will drop on Netflix May 29 and I’m sure I’ll binge watch it over the course of a weekend.

In the meantime, I’ve been watching the freshly remixed version of season 4, which was recut by series co-creator Mitch Hurwitz to transform the character-centric episodes (necessary because of conflicting actor schedules) into something that better resembles the first three seasons from the original run on Fox.

If you haven’t watched Arrested Development at this point, you can catch the entire series on Netflix. And even if you have seen it before, it’s a show that rewards repeat viewings.

Oh, and check out the cool Star Wars/AD crossover from May 4th.

Joe Maring

Throughout my life, I’ve had numerous friends and family members tell me that I just had to check out Monty Python. I always sort of blew these recommendations off thinking I wouldn’t have any interest in it, but after catching Monty Python and the Holy Grail in theaters this past weekend, I’ve fallen in love with the comedy troop.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into the movie, but I ended up laughing through nearly the entire thing. I’ve already begun quoting it, and I’m pretty sure my fiance is getting tired of hearing “I’m being repressed!” and “‘Tis but a scratch” every day since.

I’m excited to watch more movies from the group, but I’m not sure where to go next. If you’ve got any recommendations, I’ll keep an eye on the comments below!

Tom Westrick

This week, I’ve made a dedicated effort to watch stuff that I’ve ripped to my Plex library long ago, rather than watching anything “new.” Among these movies I’m watching for the first time is Blazing Saddles — and yes, I deserve every ounce of scorn for not seeing this movie sooner. I’ve seen it now, and I love it. A lot. Another of my favorites from this back catalog has been Ingrid Goes West. That movie struck a chord because it seems we’re all chasing the allure of digital approval — how many likes or retweets or comments we get. Ingrid Goes West is the story of that taken to the extreme.

I also started reading the Infinity War comic story to see how it matches with the movie. To avoid spoilers, I’ll just say the movie is a faithful recreation, minus some characters that aren’t in the MCU.

Your turn

What are YOU reading, watching, or listening to this week? Let us know in the comments!

Update, May 12, 2018: This is a weekly series where we tell you what we’re into, so check back every weekend!

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