Saturday, December 16, 2017
Gypsy - The Rabbit Hole*
Maybe the title could've been different, but I think I will really like this cancelled Netflix series with Naomi Watts, called Gypsy, released June of this year. Because of all their programming, this show will eventually fade into obscurity but I think Watts and some stellar cinematography left me quite impressed. I do plan to fit the ten episodes in this month. Watts is a therapist with what appears to be a picture perfect life of affluence and domestic bliss. Dinner conversations with her successful lawyer husband, Michael (Billy Crudup), and active child, Dolly, appear quite cordial and hospitable. Even we see them as relaxed and okay, with laughter and shared complimentary dialogue seeming to express a model idyllic family life. Michael appears to respect and love his wife although he does have good chemistry with his secretary, Alexis (Melanie Liburd). I guess that is a seed planted for us as Jean (Watts) doesn't like her at all, and Alexis shares a warm, friendly camaraderie with Michael. There's a scene where Alexis is putting together a personal profile for a dating site when her boss passes by needing her assistance. She alternates back into her job right quick-like, too. Alexis sees to Michael's calls and modulates his busy schedule, often a filtration system for him in terms of important messages that should or shouldn't interfere with his work day. When Alexis tries to persuade Jean that Michael is on busy calls with important clients, it just annoys her and causes her to raise her voice. Jean just doesn't like her. Alexis handles his complicated schedule like a boss, totally reliable and dependable. Only Jean undermines her efforts to allow Michael to continue to go about his day without reminders of a trip to Belize or their daughter trying to be affectionate towards another girl at school. Nothing from what we see in the first episode would indicate any funny stuff between lawyer and secretary. Just a good working relationship. Will it remain that way? The remaining season should reveal anything else. What Jean decides to do, when not in therapy sessions with clients, certainly might cause as much suspicion...
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Dracula's Daughter ('36)
Blood of Dracula's Castle (1969)
Mad Love 1935
Doctor Gogol: Did you ever hear of Galatea?
Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: Gala - who? Not wanting a statue of him, are you?
Doctor Gogol: I don't want a statue of Galatea. You see, she was a statue herself. Pygmalion formed her. Out of marble, not wax. And then she came to life in his arms.
Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [calling to his assistant] Start the motor, Henry. There's queer people on the streets of Montmartre at this time of night.
Doctor Gogol: [handing him his card] Here, a hundred francs if you deliver the statue to my house.
Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [reading card] It's a go, Dr. Go... gol. First thing in the morning.