I'm digging for material here, kids.
Last night, I watched a good, innovative adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. I adore Shakespeare, despite not being as versed in the nuances of the Bard as some are--i.e. I didn't major in English Lit in college, but I had a helluva English teacher in high school who started my love affair with old William. In college, I had one class that was all Shakespeare and I thoroughly enjoyed it. But I'm straying yet again.
Last night's Macbeth. The series is called Shakespeare Retold and is a production of the BBC. I found it on Netflix one night and thought, "What the heck!" Turns out, it was a good choice. This modern version of Macbeth features Scottish actor James McAvoy and the woman who played Zoe in MI-5/Spooks, Keeley Hawes. The story line is McAvoy as a successful chef who murders his mentor and the restaurant's head chef/owner--Duncan Docherty--in order to gain the glory of achieving a Michelin three-star rating at Docherty's.
The best part of the adaptation are the Bin Men--a trio of trash collectors in the role of the hecates/clairvoyants from the traditional play.
It's rather well done (no pun intended) and if you like Shakespeare, this is certainly enjoyable and worth the time. It's also a decent way of introducing Shakespeare to someone without reading it or paying to see it at your local center for the performing arts.
That's all I've got for today. Shakespeare. Here's hoping for better content tomorrow.