Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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


This week's movie selection is an old one starring Timothy Bottoms and a young fetching Dame Maggie Smith.  Some film guys categorize the movie as a comedy-drama, while others call it a bittersweet romantic comedy. Mister Hero Man says that often a movie is considered a comedy because a drama just happens to have natural funny elements to it. I suppose. But isn't that the life of humans anyway?

Missus Lady says that this movie is in the same vein as Harold and Maude, which was released two years prior to this one, except the story of love is more obvious between a woman twice the age of a young man. Missus Lady says she doesn't know how she missed this movie when it first came out. Maybe it had a small run because of the theme. I don't know why many people are askance at a May–December relationship. The Missus Lady would know. The First, and Late, Husband was twice her age. People had asked if the First, and Late, Husband was someone famous or if she (not knowing she was a native born Californian) needed a green card. Such stupid people. Meeeeeeeeeow.

Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing (1973)
Setting: A summer in Spain

Walter, in his late teens, is from a well-to-do family in New York. Unlike his overachieving sister and father, he has no clue what to do with his life so his father sends him on a biking tour in Spain. Walter hates the experience so joins up with a bus tour in which he meets 30-something Lila who is an inhibited never-been-married English woman getting away from her elderly aunties. As any good romance story goes, Walter and Lila can't stand each other. She's an old cow. He's a too-old brat.

Then it happens. They are in maybe love. Enough in love to leave the bus tour, get a car-and-trailer, and traipse around Spain by themselves. It's only when a castle-owning older man enters the picture that the couple figure where they stand with each other. 

Will Lila and the older man live happily together in his castle? Or, will Lila and Walter be brave and commit a lifetime with each other?  And, if they do, will that change when Walter's father comes back into the picture?

Who doesn't love rooting for two awkward characters finding unconditional love? Purrrrrrrrrrrr.



A note from Su-sieee! Mac: It's the letter at ABC Wednesday.  I must apologize for only making a couple of K visits and very late in the week. I got wrapped up getting ready for our #23 anniversary party and then recouping afterwards. I'll be better this week, I shall.  Onward we go. Please click here to check out other L posts by bloggers from around the world. 

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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


We've been quite busy this week getting everything ready for a  party this Saturday. Missus Lady and Hero Man will be celebrating their #21 anniversary. It's a casual affair at the house. 

There are so many things to do, but the Humans don't seem too concerned that they've only done a few things. Missus Lady is learning that it takes her longer to do things and that she poops out sooner. Not sure what Hero Man thinks, but he does seem to be having fun. 

Boxes still line one wall of the living room. Missus Lady says that if she moves the boxes, then something will have to go into that space. Neither want to think about what can fill the space, and they do want to fill it to cover the dark spot I left when I used to lie there. When Missus Lady thinks the boxes can stay where they are, she says, "Let's go with being thought of as eclectic." We shall see. Purrrrrrrrrrr.

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Setting: Feudal Japan

We love this movie! All three of us would watch it again. And, again. 

It's an animated film with a wonderful story, great action, and amazing characters to love and hate. It touches me right in the heart. Purrrrrrrrr.

Kubo is a twelve year-old magical boy with one eye. He and his mom live in a cave away from the village.  Every day Kubo goes into the village to earn money from storytelling, but he must be home before sunset or something horrible will get him. 

Kubo tells stories with his shamisen, a stringed instrument that has two strings rather than three. The notes that he plays turns into origami that illustrates the stories that he tells.  His most amazing tale frustrates him because he cannot finish it. It is about his father, a samurai warrior, who disappeared long ago and his dying mom can no longer remember what happened. 

After his mom dies, that something horrible sent Kubo magically to a far distant land in which his wooden monkey turns real. Kubo must find his father's armor or else!

Will Kubo find his dad's armor? Why is it so important? How did his wooden monkey become real? Who is this Beetle that Kubo meets on his quest? Will he finally learn about his father? What is that horrible thing that wants Kubo? And, why does Kubo's shamisen have only two strings?

Meew.




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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? 




A note from Su-sieee! Mac: Click here to check out what other bloggers from around the world have written about the letter I for ABC Wednesday.  Thank you,  ABCW team!