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Breaking Bad (2008)
Best Show on TV
The last season had just a teeny bit of drag for me, but I got over it. The new season starts next week and I cannot wait! It is the best show on TV for so many reasons. The writing is pure genius and the acting is perfection right down to the smallest roles. Anyone who has not watched this series from the very first episode cannot understand the hoopla. I've tried to explain it to friends and family, but no one understands until they watch that first season and get hooked. Breaking Bad is, like its own reason for existence, a drug. Oh, tried to post and I didn't write the minimum of ten. So...Way down upon the Swanee River, far, far away...now I have. LOL!
The Second Woman (1950)
Fight the urge to be irritated, Rebecca fans...
I didn't look too hard, but I did try to find out if this was first a book, and if so, was it written before Du Maurier's classic "Rebecca," but I think it's an original screenplay, and written well after. That makes me itch with irritation. So many attempts by the writers to give the film a "Rebecca" feel, starting with the opening narration by the female lead, talking about a house - on a cliff by the sea - that is "no more."
There's a mysterious, haunted by the death of his former love, male lead the heroine feels the need to take care of, and what do you know, there's Florence Bates (Mrs. Van Hopper in "Rebecca") right up there adding to the "Rebecca" reminders. Sidebar: Look up Florence Bates; quite an interesting person. The first woman to earn a law degree in Texas back in her day.
Good grief, I do hate copy cats. But wait! Then I remembered how much I love "Rebecca," and movies like that, and so I forgave the writers and sat back, determined to see this film through. Maybe they were paying tribute to Dame Daphne?
Whatever. It's a pretty nice mystery for a rainy day, which it was this morning when I watched it, and though the young Robert Young has never been a favorite of mine, I decided to forgive him, too. Ha!
Noir and mystery fans will enjoy it, I think. Hope so. ;-)