April 13th: Obsession (Netflix) starring Richard Armitage, Charlie Murphy, Rish Shah, & Indira Varma
A man’s desperate obsession and scandalous love affair. He is a man who appears to have everything: wealth, a beautiful wife and children, and a prestigious career. But his life lacks passion, and his aching emptiness drives him to an all-consuming, and ultimately catastrophic, relationship with his son’s fiancée.
I have been hearing re: this miniseries (total of 4 eps) on Twitter for several wks. now. As some of you may know, I’m a long-time fan of Richard Armitage. This show is based on the novel Damage by Josephine Hart. If you’re interested to know more, check out the 1992 Louis Malle film Damage starring two FAB actors- Jeremy Irons and Juliette Binoche. Miranda Richardson and Rupert Graves have strong supporting roles. In Obsession, William, is a medical doctor (surgeon); Irons played a PhD/politician. William’s 20-something son, Jay (Rish Shah), has a South Asian (or British Asian) mother played by Varma. Jay’s fiancee Anna (Murphy) is British; Binoche was French. I read an article which noted that BDSM elements (found in the novel) will be explored in this miniseries; you won’t find that in Malle’s movie (perhaps due to the more conservative nature of entertainment in the early 90s). You can watch the trailer here.
April 21st: Dead Ringers (Amazon Prime) starring Rachel Weisz
The Mantle twins, identical from head to toe, are on a mission to change the way women give birth, starting in Manhattan.
Wow, an international star (Weisz) is doing a streaming show! This is a 6 ep series which centered on twin sisters (Beverley and Lesley) who are M.D.s (gynecologists) in NYC. They have a codependent relationship and quite different personalities. In the 1988 David Cronenberg movie of the same name, the characters were male (played by Jeremy Irons). From what I’ve seen, this may NOT be the show for more sensitive viewers. You can watch the trailer here.
April 30th: Fatal Attraction (Paramount+; Amazon Prime) starring Joshua Jackson, Lizzy Caplan, & Amanda Peet
A deep-dive reimagining of the classic 80’s thriller, exploring timeless themes of marriage and infidelity through the lens of modern attitudes toward strong women, personality disorders and coercive control.
Who doesn’t know something re: the (iconic) 1987 erotic thriller!? This is an 8 ep series which expands upon the movie (starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close). Dan Gallagher (Jackson) is a middle-aged man married to Ellen (Peet); they have a young daughter and have a V comfy life near NYC. Alexandra Forrest (Caplan; recently seen in the Hulu series Fleishman is in Trouble) is a slightly younger single/career woman in NYC. Dan and Alex meet (via work) and decide to have an affair; this will (of course) have serious consequences. The series will delve NOT only into Dan’s POV, but also that of Alex (who is possibly struggling w/ mental health issues). The same title font is used here as in the original film; we hear a few of the (famous) lines in the trailers. Here is the teaser trailer. You can watch the full trailer here.
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A few hours of Fatal Attraction thirty years ago was enough for me, lol. I am planning to watch Obsession because Richard, but the trailer was pretty unappealing, I thought.
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