Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter J


The Humans own the movie I'm writing about today, one of the few that they actually see over and over. This is one of the Missus Lady's favorite musicals. Maybe top favorite. Every so often she breaks out singing "I've just been to the windy city" (usually while cooking or cleaning) and if Hero Man is nearby, he joins in. Happy sounds! 

Yeah, they like to sing along during the movie. 

The movie was made in 1953, the year that the Missus Lady was born. She said she first saw the movie when she was a teenager so all the Indian-and-Cowboy stuff was your regular movie rigmarole. She knows better today, she said. All in all, she likes this movie because of the songs and she loves how much fun Doris Day had singing and dancing as Calamity Jane.

Calamity Jane
Setting: The Dakota Territory in mid-1870s to 1880s.

I think without the musical stuff, the story would be considered a screwball comedy in the best way. Girl loves boy (not Wild Bill Hickcock) who loves the new girl in town who also loves the boy but she's loyal to Calamity Jane and doesn't want to hurt her. To add to that screwballiness, Wild Bill Hickcock, a very good friend of Calamity's, thinks he loves the new girl, too. Mewwww.

Will the new girl and the guy that Calamity Jane loves get to be together? Or, will the new girl end up with Wild Bill Hickcock? Or, will Wild Bill and Calamity realize they're annoyance with each other is actually love? 

Missus Lady wants you to know that the scene in which Calamity and Wild Bill (played by handsome Howard Keel) sing "I Can Do Without You" was done in one take. Purrrrrr!




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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter I


Emphasis on the word incredible, because this post is, after all, for the letter I for ABC Wednesday. The film I'm talking about today is incredible, no doubt about it.

You know what else is incredible? The changing weather patterns. Incredible Harvey. Incredible Irma. And, the incredible high temperatures we had over the weekend. Depending on who was talking, it was 106, 116, or 119 degrees last Saturday. It was so hot I didn't want to eat. Not move a tiny bit at all. I kinda wished the Missus Lady would've shaved me. And, now, tonight, it got so cool, I snuggled on the couch next to the Missus Lady, who was under her comforter. Sacré bleu!   Mewwwwwww.

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance (2015)

Setting: Cefn Ffirest, Wales, a once-upon-a-time mining village

This is a documentary about a bunch of working class people who pooled their money to purchase a racehorse to breed and raise her foal into a winning racehorse. They called themselves the Syndicate and the foal, Dream Alliance. 

The horse grew up on an allotment, which I think is a small piece of land on which the villagers grow their vegetable gardens. Eventually, the Syndicate hired a trainer and Dream Alliance went to live with the trainer and other racehorses-in-training. 

Dream Alliance showed potential, but his wild streak kept him from being like the other polished racehorses. Good for him, the Missus Lady said. It was probably what made him a grand competitor, I think. Purrrrr. Here's a hint on how well Dream Alliance fared. One newspaper called him the "Slumnag Millionaire".

Dream Alliance was prone to injuries, unfortunately. Would he be able to run in the next race? Should he?

The movie is just more than a story about a no-nothing horse running well in some of the top races, including the Grand National. It's also a story about the Syndicate who are 23 strong-willed men and women eking out a living in a once-mining town.  Race horsing is a rich man's sport, but they didn't let that bother them. Nay. Not at all. 

But, will Dream Alliance's wins and fame go to the Syndicate's head? 




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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter H


The Missus Lady knew right away what movie she wanted me to review for the letter H. Mewwww. The movie is labeled a romantic comedy. Considering the subject matter, it's the best way to go. 

Female hysteria. 

Both Missus Lady and Hero Man had no idea that was a medical thing, and a very common diagnosis at that. Treatment was manual stimulation by a professional physician. I kid you not. Purrrrrrrr.

The other night Missus Lady was wondering if there was a connection between hysteria and hysterectomy. It turns out yeah. The root hystera comes from the Greek, meaning of the womb. According to the Wikipedia article about female hysteria, the condition was known way back in ancient Greece times. Some Greek eggheads thought that a woman's womb wandered about her body, I suppose like a snake, causing all kinds of havoc. What's interesting is that female hysteria stopped being a major complaint in the 1900s.  Could it be because of a certain invention?

Let me assure you that there is nothing erotic or pornographic about the movie. It's your everyday run-of-the-mill funny story about a stressed young man figuring how to handle a demanding job and a love for his fiance's sister.

Hysteria (2011)

Setting: London in the 1880s

Young Dr. Cutie Man (I don't recall his name) is into modern medicine, which is why he can't hold a medical position. Needing a job, he interviews with Old Dr. Creepy Looking Guy who specializes in treating female hysteria. Old Dr. thinks his patients would respond positively to Young Dr.'s firm hands so hires him. Young Dr. is a hit, but the downside is that his hands eventually cramp from the many daily treatments. Enter his friend who has invented an electrical something that looks like a feather duster. Could it be what you think it is? Possibly. Does it help Young Dr. with his treatments? Maybe. Does Old Dr. Creepy Looking Guy become rich? I don't know.

The love part. Old Dr. has two daughters. Younger Sister is a lovely staid gal happy with a traditional life while Older Sister is an independent woman who helps the poor. Young Dr. is attracted to feisty Older Sister who talks ideas, but gets engaged to Younger Sister before he realizes how he feels about Older Sister. The dilemma humans get themselves into.

The story takes place in the late Victorian era. Missus Lady no longer considers the period full of prudes.
 
Purrrrrrrr.




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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter G


Hero Man and Missus Lady watched two bank heist movies recently.  I thought that was unusual because they don't normally like that kind of movie. But, then they weren't the usual slick, devilish robbery films with young or younger folks. No. The main characters are in their 70s.  Mewwwwwwww.

One movie was made in England, while the other was based in the United States. The story lines are similar.  The seniors are upstanding citizens who manage to live comfortably on their limited income. Then, pow! their former companies announce that they are doing poorly so they must decrease or stop the monthly current pensions. Mewwwwwww.

Golden Years (2016)

Setting: Southwest England (filming was done in Bristol and the Cotswolds)

Arthur and Martha become criminals by accident. Arthur is standing by the bank door when the armored car guard bumps into Arthur and is knocked out cold. The locked satchel full of money pops out of the truck. Arthur's reaction: Take the money and run. Arthur gives some of the money away to friends anonymously. When Martha finds out what happened, she chooses to join Arthur in robbing more banks. Over time, their friends get into the act, too.

The police officers are bumbling, unsympathetic characters. To us, viewers, that is. I almost wanted Arthur and Martha and friends to get away with their bad deeds. Purrrrrrrr. 



Going in Style  (2017)

Setting: New York City

While the English story felt comfy cozy, the American one was a stylized comedy, probably because of the big-name actors—Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin. It seems that if a movie features old fogeys, one or more of these actors are in the film. Going in Style is a remake. The original one starred George Burns and Art Carney. I wonder if that one had more laughs. Purrrrrrrrr.

The idea of robbing a bank comes to Michael Caine's mind after witnessing a robbery at his bank where he was trying to get financial assistance after his pension went kaput. He convinces his friends (Freeman and Arkin) to rob their bank, which wasn't difficult since they no longer had pensions either. The trio are trained the criminal elements by a pet store owner named Jesus. When they finally rob the bank, they get away with over 2 million dollars. Mewwwwwww.

And, yes, the FBI agent solving the robbery, as well as the first bank robbery, is a character one doesn't want to like. 



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