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It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)

It Always Rain on Sunday poster

Ealing Studios
Starring:
 Googie Withers, Edward Chapman
Directed by: Robert Hamer

Synopsis: An escaped convict named Tommy Swann (John McCallum) shows up at the home of his former lover Rose (Googie Withers) who is now married and has a family.

Purr Blurs: In the opening scene a black cat is seen sitting in front of a gated pub.  A newspaper page is blowing across the sidewalk and hits the cat, who then moves on.

It Always Rains on Sunday - black cat sitting outside closed pub

A cat is referred to early in the film but only shows up a few times, mostly barely visible in the background.  In one scene when Rose goes outside to see Tommy the cat can just be seen through the birdcage as it climbs onto the fence.

It Always Rains on Sunday - black cat on fence behind birdcage

The cat is barely seen climbing onto the fence again through the window in another scene.  The cats in these background shots appears to be a long-haired black cat.

It Always Rains on Sunday - black cat on fence seen through window

Kitty Cameo:  A short-haired cat is suddenly inside the house sitting on the arm of a loveseat as Rose’s husband (Edward Chapman) sits down.  He pushes the cat off the arm of the chair.

It Always Rains on Sunday - black cat sitting on arm of chair beside Edward Chapman

It Always Rains on Sunday - Edward Chapman pushes black cat off arm of loveseat animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like being pushed aside or stuck in the background.


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Abductees (1995)

Channel Four
Directed by:
 Paul Vester

Synopsis: This short film utilizes interview footage and various animation styles to illustrate several stories about alien abduction.

Purr Blur: In one of the filmed interview segments a woman is describing her experience.  A cat crosses between her and the camera and then pokes its head back into the frame as she continues talking.

Abductees - cat poking head into woman's interview

Final Mewsings: Cats are only concerned with alien abduction if it makes you miss their feeding time.


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The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008)

The Pleasure of Being Robbed poster

Red Bucket Films
Starring:
 Eleonore Hendricks
Directed by: Joshua Safdie

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: This low-budget independent film follows Eléonore (Eleonore Hendricks), a young woman living in New York with a compulsion to steal.

Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers): In one scene Eléonore steals a bag from a man unloading his fancy car.  When both the man and his driver turn their backs she walks off with a bag that was meant as a surprise for the man’s daughter.  When Eléonore gets the bag home she finds it contains not only a dog (which she deliberately lets out of her apartment) but a bunch of kittens.

The Pleasure of Being Robbed - bag full of kittens

She pulls out a gray kitten and names it Smokey.  Another tabby kitten she calls Anthony.

The Pleasure of Being Robbed - Eléonore Hendricks holding up gray kitten by scruff

Kitty Carnage Warning!  For some strange reason she tosses these first two kittens onto her bed.  The bed is not very close and there is a soft padding on it but still, there doesn’t seem to be any reason why she should throw them.

The Pleasure of Being Robbed - gray kitten on bed

The Pleasure of Being Robbed - gray and tabby kittens on bed

Eléonore lies down on the bed with the kittens.

The Pleasure of Being Robbed - Eléonore Hendricks on bed with kittens

Finally we see her sleeping with the kittens on the bed with her.  After this scene the kittens are not seen again.

The Pleasure of Being Robbed - Eléonore Hendricks sleeping in bed with kittens

Final Mewsings: These scene stealing kittens were the real thieves!


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BrainDead – “Wake Up Grassroots: The Nine Virtues of Participatory Democracy, and How We Can Keep America Great by Encouraging an Informed Electorate”

BrainDead poster

Original Air Date: July 11, 2016
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Johnny Ray Gill, Nikki M. James
Directed by: Allan Arkush

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains spoilers for this episode!

Synopsis: Laurel (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Rochelle (Nikki M. James) try to convince Abby to get an MRI (Brooke Bloom) to obtain proof of the screw worms.

Featured Feline: When we left off in the previous episode, Gustav (Johnny Ray Gill) realized his tabby cat had been infected by the screw worms.  He finds Laurel at a restaurant and motions for her to come outside where he shows her Zeke, the cat, in his carrier.

Brain Dead - Wake Up Grassroots tabby cat Zeke in cat carrier

Gustav insists they must go to the lab right away to prove the existence of the screwworms.

Brain Dead - Wake Up Grassroots tabby cat Zeke in cat carrier with Gustav Johnny Ray Gill

At the lab, Laurel and Gustav watch as Rochelle checks Zeke’s brain and they find large missing gaps.  Gustav insists that parts of Zeke’s brain have been eaten away.

Brain Dead - Wake Up Grassroots tabby cat Zeke in cat carrier in lab

Checking Zeke’s ears, Rochelle discovers a tiny hole in his eardrum, which Gustav insists are how the screw worms enter the brain.

Brain Dead - Wake Up Grassroots Rochelle Nikki M. James and Laurel Mary Elizabeth Winstead check the ears of tabby cat Zeke

Brain Dead - Wake Up Grassroots Rochelle Nikki M. James and Laurel Mary Elizabeth Winstead talking about the ears of tabby cat Zeke

Final Mewsings: Cats are still smarter than most animals even with only half a brain.


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Something’s Gotta Give (2015)

Music Artist: All Time Low

Synopsis: A guy in a french fry suit (Alex Gaskarth) can’t figure out why everyone is afraid of him.

Kitty Cameo: At one point in the video the guy in the suit sees a cat and walks toward it (the cat seen from behind is a fake cat).

Something's Gotta Give - All Time Low - guy in french fry costume Alex Gaskarth approaches cat

He picks up the cat and cuddles him as the girl looks on.

Something's Gotta Give - All Time Low - guy in french fry costume Alex Gaskarth picks up cat

Something's Gotta Give - All Time Low - guy in french fry costume Alex Gaskarth cuddling cat

The girl screams and runs away in horror.  The guy is confused and throws the cat aside (again the fake cat) and chases after her.

Something's Gotta Give - All Time Low - guy in french fry costume Alex Gaskarth holding fake cat

Extreme Kitty (and General) Carnage Warning! The second half of the video reveals the guy in the french fry costume is actually a zombie killing everyone.  We’ll spare you the screen grabs but needless to say the cat doesn’t make out any better than the people the guy encounters (and rest assured the cat used for these scenes is the fake cat!)

Final Mewsings: Cats are equally scared of zombies and french fry costumes.

Many thanks to Lbishopkyo for spotting this music video cat for us!


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