Showing posts with label movies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label movies. Show all posts

Monday, January 15, 2018

Tulips


Tulips. Coveted, desired. Fancy-pants flowers.

For the longest time, I thought of tulips as extravagant, more money than they were worth. Fragile wings. Closed-mouthed. Cold-hearted.

Once upon a time I worked part-time in an office where one spring a co-worker kept a vase of tulips on her desk.  Boringness. Then one day I happened to see a petal drop and noticed how vibrant and rich-colored the inside of the petal was. So amazingly different from its bland outer coat. I became a fan instantly. Everyday I watched the tulips unfold their true exotic and exciting depth of beauty.

Tulip Fever (2017)

The other day, the Husband and I watched Tulip Fever, a movie set in the 1600s in Amsterdam during the maniacal period of selling and buying tulips as a commodity. With one much-sought after tulip, a poor man could suddenly become rich and marry the love of his life, or at least run away with her should she happen to be married. Being too greedy, pushing the value of that same much-sought tulip to an absurdly high value, the rich may crash into poverty.

This movie is about two love stories: a wealthy man's wife and the artist who painted their portrait and the couple's servant and a fishmonger.  As Molly the Cat would ask if she were reviewing the movie: How was the tulip mania of this time a metaphor for the love stories? Why was it important for the mistress and the servant to work together to deceive the master? Is it still possible to have a happy ending when the bottom falls out?

When the deception and greed in the story got too intense for me, I pulled out my art journal to distract myself as I watched. What else to draw, but tulips.





Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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


This post ends my time writing movie reviews on the Missus Lady's blog. At least for now. Maybe I'll do more reviews, now and then. The Missus Lady would like me to do book reviews for some future ABC Wednesday round. I'll think about it.

It has been fun being part of this round of ABCW. Purrrrrrrrrrr.

The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)

Setting: Warsaw, Poland during WWII, 1939 to 1945

This movie is based on the real-life story of the husband and wife caretakers of the Warsaw Zoo, Dr. Jan Zabinski and Antonina Zabinska, during World War II. The couple defied the nasty Nazis by hiding over 300 Jews in the zoo during the war. It is a sad and horrible, yet uplifting, tale.

The movie begins with the bombing of Warsaw in September 1939, the start of the war, during which many of the animals died. Dr. Lutz Heck, an actual Nazi commander and a big-time zoologist for Hitler, transfers the best of the surviving animals to German zoos, after convincing the couple that it is better for the animals since they can not really feed and care for the animals. Throughout the story, it's Antonina's role to keep Heck at bay by letting him think she is interested in him even though he disgusts her.

The couple manage to convince Heck to let them turn the zoo into a pig farm for food for the Nazi forces. To feed the pigs, they gather food scraps from the Jewish ghetto. Over time, they use this as a means to move people out of the ghetto and into the zoo. In 1944, Jan takes part in the Warsaw uprising, in which he is injured and captured.

How do Jan and Antonina manage to hide the Jews and help them leave the zoo to safer locations? How successful were they? Does Heck get his way with Antonina? Do Antonina and Jan reunite after the war is over?

Hopefully, the world won't experience another World War II again. Mewwrrrrrr.




A note from Su-sieee! Mac: The letter Z is the theme for this week's ABC Wednesday. Click here to check out what bloggers from around the world have written with the letter.  Thank you, ABCW team. Onto Round 22!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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


The Missus Lady is at a stage in her life where any story that has a combination of sweetness, magnificence, and wonder gets her crying. She was tearing up as we watched the preview of today's movie to recall what it was all about. Oh, my Missus Lady, purrrrrrrrrr.

The Young and Prodigious T. S. Spivet (2013)
Setting: Montana

T. S. Spivet is an amazingly brilliant 10-year old boy who is into science. He lives on a ranch in Montana with his mother, an entomologist, his dad, a cowboy, his teenage sister, who wants to be Miss America one day, and Layton, his twin brother.

T. S. is so gifted that the Smithsonian Institute wants to give him an award in Washington D.C. for his invention of a perpetual motion machine. Of course the institution think that T. S. is an adult and of course his family members are so self-absorbed that they don't notice when T. S. leaves the house one night.

How does T. S. get to Washington D.C.? Who helps him on his quest? When the museum people see that T. S. is a child, will they still give him the prize? Do Mom, Dad, and Sister ever wake up from their obsessions? And, what's the story about Layton?




A note from Su-sieee! Mac: The letter Y is the theme for this week's ABC Wednesday. Click here to check out what bloggers from around the world have written with the letter.  Thank you, ABCW team!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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


Today's movie was the first feature film ever shot in Saudi Arabia and directed by a Saudi woman. Purrrrrrrr-ty cool. It's an honest story about a young girl wanting things that she can't have because she is a girl. But, that doesn't stop her.

The Missus Lady says she knows what that was like. She says the Mama knew it, too, and even more. The Mama loved to climb trees when she was a kid. One day, when she was 12 years old, an older brother found her climbing up a coconut tree. When she came down, her brother beat her up, saying "Shame on you! You are too old to climb trees."  Mewr. She never said if she ever stopped.

Wadjda  (2012)
Setting: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Wadjda is a 10 year-old girl who lives with her mother in the suburbs. Her father lives there part-time it seems and now that Wadjda's mother can no longer bear children, he is thinking of taking a second wife.  Will he? If he does, what will happen to Wadjda and her mother?

Wadjda is not afraid to be conventional. She wears high-tops, while her classmates wear normal looking shoes, under their long cloaks, for example. It's not until she falls in love with a bicycle for sale at the corner store does Wajda decide to do something more in the ordinary. She enters a recitation contest of the Quran to win the prize that would be enough money to buy that bike. Will Wadjda win? He mother doesn't like or want Wadjda to ride a bicycle because it's unladylike. So, if Wadjda wins, how can she get her mom to agree to let her buy the bike? And, who will teach Wadjda how to ride a bike?





A note from Su-sieee! Mac: The letter W is the theme for this week's ABC Wednesday. Click here to check out what bloggers from around the world have written with the letter.  Thank you, ABCW team!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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


The Missus Lady told me that Groundhog Day solidified her as a Bill Murray fan. She stops and watches the movie until the next commercial anytime she comes across it on the TV. Myself, I have yet to watch the movie all the way through. Meeew.

Some people may think Bill Murray plays himself in every role. We don't think so. Playing a character loose as a goose is a talent and skill. Both the Missus Lady and I like Bill Murray in Rock the Kasbah, The Monuments Man, The Man Who Knew Too Little, Larger than Life, Olive Kitteridge, Hyde Park on Hudson, and today's movie.

St. Vincent  (2014)
Setting: Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

Vincent, played by Bill Murray, is an ornery old soul who gambles, drinks, smokes, and lives alone. He regularly visits his wife in a nursing facility. She has Alzheimer's and stopped knowing Vincent years ago. One day Maggie (performed by Melissa McCarthy) and her young son Oliver enter Vincent's life. Their first encounter is Vincent finding a tree limb on top of his car, which Maggie's moving van inadvertently broke. Oh no!

The story, however, is not about Maggie and Vincent but about the friendship that develops between Vincent and Oliver, who Vincent agrees to babysit after school because he needs money. Oliver, being new and a non-Catholic in a Catholic school, gets picked on. Does Vincent teach Oliver how to defend himself? Does Oliver loosen up and learn how to enjoy life? Are Maggie and Vincent always at odds? Who's the pregnant Russian prostitute who comes to live with Vincent? Is Vincent really a bad guy?

I'd see this movie again. Purrrrrrrr


A note from Su-sieee! Mac: The letter V is the theme for this week's ABC Wednesday. Click here to check out what bloggers from around the world have written with the letter.  Thank you, ABCW team!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter T


I'm with the Missus Lady. I can't decide which movie not to talk about. So, this week you get two thoughtful kindly hearted stories. Both are British films. The Humans really ought to visit the British Isles one day.

This Beautiful Fantastic (2017)
Setting: A British city
 

Some people classify this story as a modern fairy tale. I don't know why. Isn't it possible for a timid soul to dream possibilities for herself, fall in love with an unlikely person, become almost like a daughter to a grumpy neighbor, and grow a beautiful garden seemingly overnight?

This is definitely a feel good movie. It's also a tearful one for sentimentals like Missus Lady. Hero Man looked quite satisfied with the ending, too.



Their Finest   (2017)
 

Setting: London, 1940 World War II

Catrin is hired by the Ministry of Information to provide a woman's point of view on propaganda films in production. Proving herself to be a decent script writer, she is assigned to work on the next film which means working with Tom who seems to be always annoyed with her. We know what that means. Tom is in love with Catrin who is married to an artist who doesn't really like her being the breadwinner. Will the couple get together in the end? What happens to Catrin's husband?

The developing and evolving love story is only one part of the movie. Another part is the production of the film starring the aging, pompous leading man Ambrose who must handle playing the supporting part of an uncle, as well as an American hero-soldier who can't act. What to do? And, what do they do about the ending? Catrin thinks one of the young sisters in the story must be the hero in order to pull the audience's heart strings, while everyone else says that the uncle or the American hero-soldier should be. 






A note from Su-sieee! Mac: The letter T is the theme for this week's ABC Wednesday. Click here to check out what bloggers from around the world have written with the letter.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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


Something good, happy, nice, and wonderful is developing in our home. I can't put my finger on it. Just feels like it. Purrrrrrr.

Miss Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (2005)
Setting: Any bucolic town USA (movie was shot in the Pasadena and Glendale area)

Frank (played by Robert Carlyle) is a grieving widower who gets passed on a dangerous mountainous road by happy guy Steve (performed by John Goodman). Minutes later Frank catches up to Steve who somehow crashed on a wide portion of the road. Frank keeps Steve talking while waiting for the ambulance and during the ambulance ride. Steve tells him about being a kid in love with Lisa and taking ballroom dance classes from Miss Hotchkiss. Young Steve and Lisa promised each other that they would meet on a certain day in the distant future at Miss Hotchkiss' school, which was where adult Steve had been heading.

Steve got Frank to promise to go to the school and tell Lisa that he tried to get there. Frank does. Before he knows it, the current Miss Hotchkiss (daughter of the original Miss Hotchkiss) is teaching Frank how to dance. With each new partner, Franks asks if she is Lisa. No Lisa.

Widower Frank is part of a support group of grieving husbands. At the meeting after that dance class, some of his group notices that Frank is different somehow. Frank tells the group that he's taking dance classes. Surprised and envious looks. Purrrrrrrrr.

With each dance class, Frank works out more of his grieving. How does that happen? What happens to the support group? Does Frank ever find Lisa? What happened to Steve, by the way? What about Miss Hotchkiss and her school?




A note from Su-sieee! Mac: It's time for ABC Wednesday. The letter is S. Click here to check out what bloggers from around the world have written with the letter. Thank you,  ABCW team!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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


Today's movie is about "So what that I'm an old person and screw you for thinking so." Pause. "I'm doing it anyway."

My Humans are those kind of people. At least I think so and they think so. That's all that counts. Purrrrrrrr.

Redwood Highway (2013)
Setting: Oregon

Marie lives in a retirement facility in southern Oregon. She has been invited to her granddaughter's wedding on the Oregon coast about 80 miles away. Because Marie is a difficult woman, meaning she and her kids have major friction, she can't get a ride there. So what else can the old coot do but sneak out one morning with her backpack and fishing pole and start walking up the Redwood Highway. Road trip!

Is Marie a experienced hiker? What does her family do when they find out she's gone from the facility? Does Marie's orneriness get ironed out by the people she meets on the way? Does she meet someone who may be her true love? What caused her to be such an unhappy lady in the first place?





A note from Su-sieee! Mac: The letter R is the theme for this week's ABC Wednesday. Click here to check out what bloggers from around the world have written with the letter. Thank you,  ABCW team!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"Nothing from Me," Says Molly the Cat


No movie review from me today. But, here's a photo of purrrrrrrrrrrrty me taking a snoozer of a stretch

See ya next week with a movie. Ciao.

A Note from Su-sieee! Mac

Molly the Cat refused to write about today's selection, A New Kind of Love, a 1963 silly comedy romp starring the sparkly and sparking duo of Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman. She said, "How can I write about the movie, Missus Lady, when I've never seen it? Also, it's not on Netflix."

Always the logical cat, Missy Molly is, by golly.

Molly gave me her glare of a stare then a turn of her back when I said she could paraphrase what I told her about the movie. That Girl!

She didn't care that it was one of my favorite movies from my teenage years, making the circuits of the day, evening, and late Saturday night movie stations. It was a funny, sexy, actually quite layered, love story, but one I'd probably cringe at a lot if I were to see it for the first time today.

A New Kind of Love (1963)
Setting: The Fashion World and Sports World of Paris, France

Steve, a devil-may-care sports columnist whose lost his writing mojo, meets Sam, a tomboyish prude of a second-rate fashion designer, on a plane to Paris. Steve has been vanquished by his NY editor and Sam and her boss and boss's secretary are going to the Parisian fashion shows to rip off designs. Steve and Sam immediately are disgusted with each other. Of course.

When they next meet in Paris, Steve mistakes Sam for a rich man's escort, as she's wearing an ooh-la-la! long blonde-haired wig and high-tone duds. Sam plays along, because she thinks she's getting revenge,  and tells him a grand old story that really is about an experience of a rich countess (something like that) played by one of the Gabor sisters who her boss thinks he's in love with. By the way, dawlings, the boss's secretary is in love with the boss. 

Steve embroiders Sam's story as a sports metaphors in his column, voila! his magic with words is back. So, even though he thinks the countess quite a fake, he continues to get together with her to hear more stories. Eventually, he finds out that she is Sam, which means revenge time. Ah-ha!

Now, at this point, Molly the Cat would ask: Are the revenging Sam and Steve really in love with each other? How far will they take their revenge on each other? And, how does the movie incorporate Maurice Chevalier into the story so he can croon une chansone to Sam?



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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. 

Thank you,  ABCW team!

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. 



A note from Su-sieee! Mac: It's the letter G at ABC Wednesday. Click here to check out other posts by cool bloggers from around the world. Thanks, ABCW team!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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


Hello ABC Wednesday visitors! 

We're six weeks into the alphabet, so if this is your first time to the blog, welcome. My name is Molly the Cat, and I'm writing movie reviews for this ABCW round. The Missus Lady, one of my humans and the writer of this blog, is letting me try out my words. Nice of her, don't you think?

Missus Lady usually has two or three choices for me to pick from. Today's pick is one that the Missus Lady saw more than several years ago, way before my time. I chose it anyway because the Missus Lady liked it so much, and it introduced her to Gerard Butler. Purrrrrrr.

Dear Frankie (2004)

Setting: Greenock, Scotland

This is a story about a mother who loves her young son so much that she is willing to lie about his father.

Nine-year-old Frankie, his mom, Lizzie, and grandmother are constantly moving because they are running away from Frankie's abusive dad. But, Frankie doesn't know that his dad is a bad dude or that they're avoiding him. Frankie believes that his father is a merchant seaman, and the two write to each other on a regular basis. The truth is Frankie has been  corresponding with Lizzie who postmarks the imaginary dad letters from Glasgow.

Shortly after moving to Greenock, Frankie reads in the paper that the ship that his dad is on will be coming into port soon. Meeewwwwwww. Lizzie gets busy trying to find a seaman to pretend to be Frankie's dad. Enter Gerard Butler's character who Lizzie hires. Frankie meets him, and they instantly hit it off, to Lizzie's amazement and concern.

Will Lizzie and the stranger fall for each other? Will Frankie's dad find him? Will Frankie find out the truth about everything? And, how will he react?

Lots of unconditional love going on in this sweet story. Purrrrrrrrr.



A note from Su-sieee! Mac: Tis the letter B at ABC Wednesday. Click here to check out other F posts by cool bloggers from around the world. Maybe you'd like to link up to the meme. Thanks, ABCW team!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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


Purrrrrrr.

I had a great day yesterday. The Missus Lady and Hero Man said it was my birthday and that I was seven (seven!) years old. I got extra petting, extra cooing, and extra time outside. I also caught a bird which I brought into the house. The Humans had no idea I found it until almost dinner time. Purrrrrrrr.

In honor of my bird day, I picked this movie for you this week.

The Eagle Huntress (2016)
 

Setting: The plains of Mongolia

This is a documentary about
Aisholpan, a 13 year old nomad girl, whose father is teaching her to be a golden eagle hunter. That is a very cherished profession in their culture, which is passed on from one generation to the next. Only the males can become eagle hunters, because, as it usually goes, females do not have what it takes to handle eagles while galloping on horses. Aisholpan's father, having no sons, was not going to let his profession die with him. Good for him!

From the start of her training, Aisholpan shows that she has what it takes. Purrrrrrrrr.

Every year the eagle hunters of all over meet for a friendly competition. 
Aisholpan enters it. Will the men let her compete? Will she freeze? Will she win? How does the father really feel about his daughter's skills and talent?

Hero Man and Missus Lady liked the movie. They did groan at the start when they saw the subtitles. They don't like subtitles that are printed too small or when the white print is shown on a light part of the film. That means Missus Lady reads the subtitles out loud because the print is too hard for Hero Man to read. As they got into the movie, which was fairly quickly, the Humans didn't seem to mind the subtitles anymore.





A note from Su-sieee! Mac: Click here to join Molly and me to read what others wrote about the letter E at ABC Wednesday. Maybe you'll want to link up with this weekly meme as well. Thanks, ABCW team!

Before you go, here's some cuteness from seven-year-old Molly.  That girl!



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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


Gidget. The Flying Nun. Sybil. Norma Rae. Smokey and the Bandit. Murphy's Romance. Punchline. Where the Heart Is. Those are some of the TV shows and movies that starred, says Missus Lady, the spunky, good-hearted, awesomely talented, versatile, delightful Sally Field. They were all before my time. But, not this movie I'm talking about today. 

I love Sally Field. She's a cutie, a darling, and a sweetheart. Like me. Purrrrrrrrr.

Hello, My Name is Doris  (2016)

Setting: New York City
 

Doris is a 60-something single, never-been-married, woman who had been living with her mother for maybe most, if not all, of her life. The story opens with us learning that Doris's mom recently passed away and being encouraged by her brother, and indecently urged by the brother's wife, to downsize their mother's belongings, which Doris ignores. Good for her!

Doris has flights of fancy, so she sometimes gets caught looking weird and goofy. Doris has a crush on John, the new guy at work, who is about 25 or so years her junior. In one scene she's standing several feet in front of John, imagining that he's half naked and they're kissing deeply. She gets shaken from her daydream when John asks Doris if she's okay, because she's standing in a kissing pose with her eyes closed and mouth half open. That scene cracks me up every time I see or think about it. Mewwwww.

The movie is all about Doris finding ways, which are middle-school girl ones, to get John to notice her. Doris even goes to a nightclub at which the young crowd thinks she's the cat's meow. Someone asks her if she'll model for an album cover, or something like that. Doris also creates a fake Facebook account, helped by her best friend's granddaughter, and becomes friends with John. You know that's not going to end up well.

Missus Lady had several good-size belly laughs, which was good because Tiny Old Lady had gone to Heaven several months before we saw the movie. Hero Man also thought the movie was ha-ha funny. Tiny Old Lady would've enjoyed it, too. Purrrrrr.








A note from Su-sieee! Mac: The letter D is the theme for this week's ABC Wednesday. Click here to join Molly and me to read what others have written. Maybe you'll want to link up with the meme, too. Thanks, ABCW team!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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


Missus Lady can watch a great romance story over and over. And over again. I don't know how many times she has watched the different versions of Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. She always stops at Two Weeks Notice, with Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant, when she's channel surfing and Hero Man is not sitting next to her. If he is, she grabs for the remote and flips to the movie during commercials.

Hero Man is fine with watching any movie once. But, he might think differently about this week's movie pick that they both enjoyed. It's another British film, by the way.

Cuban Fury (2014)

Settings: Office and dance floor, somewhere in England.

Bruce is 39 years old, shy, overweight, and unhappy, trudging from home to work to home day after day. At work he is hounded by his disgusting colleague Drew. If Bruce ever fought back, he would winMeeeeewwwwww!

Bruce used to be full of energy and spirit when he was a youngster. He was in fact a junior salsa dancing prince. He lived to salsa. Then one day, while he was in costume heading for a competition, he got beat up by a bunch of imbecilic boys.

Poor Bruce. That was the end of his salsa career. And, joy.

Back to the present. One day Bruce gets a new boss, Julia, who is a gorgeous, smart, and witty American. Bruce is in love. But he thinks he has no chance when creepy Drew tells him that he's going to have Julia. By chance (of course) Bruce learns that Julia loves to salsa

Out of shape, can Bruce salsa again? Can he win Julia's heart with his salsa? Can he feel joy again with salsa?

Bruce is played by Nick Frost, who is Simon Pegg's partner in a whole bunch of comedies, such as Paul, The World's End, and Hot Fuzz. Missus Lady thinks Mr. Frost is a teddy bear of a cutie. Both she and Hero Man loved the dance scenes and were impressed that Mr. Frost did his own dancing. Salsa music is fast-paced and long. A lot of constant movement going on. Very tiring. Meeewwwww. Prior to the shooting of the movie, Mr. Frost practiced salsa in the dance studio six to seven hours, five to six days a week, for seven months.  That's dedication!

The movie was based on an idea by the talented Mr. Frost. This was a fun and sweet movie. Purrrrrrrrrrr. 




A note from Su-sieee! Mac: Tis the letter B at ABC Wednesday. Click here to join Molly and me to read what others have written for the theme. Maybe you'll want to link up with it, too. Thanks, ABCW team!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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


The Humans watch a lot of British black comedies because the Missus Lady loves the quick, dry wit of the British writers. They don't even have to try to be funny, she says.  I don't know what she means. Purrrrrrr. I hear no complaints from the Hero Man so he must think the same way.

The Legend of Barney Thomson (2015) 

Setting: In and around Glasgow

The Missus Lady says this film is wonderfully absurd. The main character is meek, bland barber Barney Thomson who has no customer service skills, so over the years he got pushed further into a corner where no customer wants to sit.

One evening after the barber shop closes, Barney and the manager have a heart to heart about woeful Barney that ends in an inadvertent push and shove, the manager dead, and a finally living large Barney. It was an accident so why didn't Barney quipppp just say so instead of hiding the body? Hero Man says if that was the case, there would be no movie.

Because the shop is shorthanded, Barney gets more customers. His confidence is boosted. Good. But, then Barney accidently kills another fellow barber and becomes the police's number one suspect. The police actually thinks Barney is a serial killer. Barney does his best to be one step ahead of the police.

The funniest lines, according to Missus Lady, belong to Emma Thompson who is purrrrrrrrty hilarious as Barney's way-out mum. She has no problems helping Barney dispose of the bodies, to Barney's misfortune. Here's an amuuusing fact: Ms. Thompson is a few years older than the actor who plays her son.

Cool cat Robert Carlyle, the actor who plays Rumpelstiltskin on Once Upon a Time, plays Barney. He also directed this movie. For a first-time director, he did quite well. The movie won the best feature film in the 2015 BAFTA Scotland Awards.




'A note from Su-sieee! Mac: Tis the letter B at ABC Wednesday. Click here to join Molly and me to read what others have written for the theme, and maybe link up, too. Thanks, ABCW team!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie


The Humans in this household like to watch movies in the afternoon. Three or four times a week, they do. Their movies come in the mail in a red envelope. I like it when one comes because the Lady or the Hero Man holds up that something-red and announces gleefully, "We got a movie!"

I heard the Lady say that she has seen so many movies she can't remember one from the next. A couple times they got a movie that they've already seen. But they don't seem to mind.

The Hero Man lets the Lady choose the movies. She's purrrrrty even-handed, choosing a sci-fi movie for him for every girrrly movie for her. Both like comedies. Sometimes a movie ends and the Lady says, "That wasn't a comedy."

The Lady decided to do a movie theme for the new round of ABC Wednesday, even creating a list of movies she might write about. But she ran out of steam. "You do it, Molly," she said.

Mewwwwww. So I am. Here's my first pick. Purrrrrrr.


Albert Nobbs

Setting: A fancy hotel in Dublin during the late 1800s.

Albert Nobbs, a butler, pines to have a marriage like his good friend Hubert Page, the hotel painter.  So, Albert sets off courting Helen Dawes, the maid who is in love with Joe, the new boilerman and a big, gross bully. Albert is a reticent mousey-looking person compared to vibrant handsome Joe. Let's see, quiet vs. buzzy? Bland vs. ooh-la-la? Who will stand by Helen when she becomes pregnant?

A straight-forward story, you're probably thinking. Not at all. Adding to the complexity of the tale is this: Albert Nobbs is a woman who chose to pose as a man in order to be steadily employed. His friend Hubert is also a woman disguised as a man.

The movie is based on the novella The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs by George Moore.
It was directed by Rodrigo Garcia, coming out in 2011. Glenn Close played the part of Albert Noble, having first performed the role on stage in 1982. It took her about 30 years to get the stage play made into a movie. Ms. Close was purrrrrrrrrrty awesome. So were the other actors.



A note from Su-sieee! Mac: ABC Wednesday begins round 21 under the new administrator Melody and her new team. It also has a new home. Happy Trails, new ABCW team!  To check out the other participants writing about the letter A, along with linking up, if you're interested, click here


 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Rock the Kasbah with Bill Murray

I don't care what the movie reviewers say, I like Rock the Kasbah, the latest Bill Murray film. One reviewer, who began his review by saying how much he liked Murray, panned the movie because Murray was in nearly every scene. Hello. Murray was the main character. The story was about his journey. Duh?

Maybe some reviewers couldn't handle Kate Hudson's character, Merci, a sultry, golden-hearted prostitute, in love with Bill Murray's character, Rich, an older, down-on-his-luck music promoter. Why not? The pairing reminded me of Goldie Hawn and Walter Matthau in Cactus Flower. Matthau's craggy look was quite handsome in my eyes.

Perhaps the reviewers couldn't believe the story taking place in Afghanistan. That it was really quite a stretch to have Murray play someone who was able to persuade an Afghan American Idol-like show to let a young woman from a small remote village sing on national television.

Or, maybe the reviewers felt it was too unbelievable for Murray to play a character that straightforwardly negotiates with everyone who has a gun in his hand. It's a movie. A fantasy. Not real life. Golly, gee.

What do I know? I also liked Bill Murray in The Razor's Edge.

I'm glad I don't pay attention to the critics.



Saturday, July 18, 2015

From Bela Lugosi to Tina Fey

By Screenshot from "Internet Archive" of the movie Dracula (1931)
(http://www.archive.org/details/Dracula1931-Trailer) [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons
Blogger friend Birgit of BB Creations is a movie maven. (I don't know anyone else who has seen Start the Revolution Without Me.) Several days ago, she did a post around the concept of six degrees of separation. Within five moves, she connected Strangers on a Train to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure in five moves.  Check out the post yourself.

After reading Birgit's post, I wondered if you could connect any two actors within six moves.  Bela Lugosi and Tina Fey, for instance.  Birgit made the connection, but she's giving me a chance to make my connection before unveiling hers. If she hadn't, I probably wouldn't.  Researching the question was fun and didn't take as long as I thought it would. 

So, here you go: How Bela Lugosi and Tina Fey are connected.

1. Bela Lugosi and Greta Garbo co-starred in Ninotchka.

2.  Greta Garbo was in Grand Hotel with Joan Crawford.

3. Joan Crawford starred in "Eyes", an episode on Night Gallery, which was directed by Steven Spielberg.

4. Steven Spielberg directed Lincoln, in which Joseph Gordon Leavitt portrayed Robert Todd Lincoln.

5. Joseph Gordon Leavitt played an uncredited cameo bit in The Brothers Bloom starring Mark Ruffalo.

6. Mark Ruffalo had a role in Date Night starring Tina Fey

BINGO!