Monthly Archives: November 2016

Before the Rain (1994)

Before the Rain poster

Aim
Starring:
 Grégoire Colin, Katrin Cartlidge, Rade Serbedzija
Directed by: Milcho Manchevski

Synopsis: From Macedonia, this film includes three connected stories entitled “Words”, “Faces” and “Pictures” which illustrate how violence touches various lives.

Kitty Cameo: In a church in Macedonia, a calico cat is seen briefly as a man enters.

Before the Rain - calico cat under feet in church

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Some men are hunting a girl who is being hidden in the monastery.  One man is seen walking around the church as they look for the girl calling for the cats he hears meowing.  Eventually he spots a tuxedo cat on a nearby roof and shoots it numerous times.

Before the Rain - tuxedo cat on tiled roof

The scene is shocking and violent and looks horrifically real, but it is done with quick editing between the real cat (who can be clearly seen in one shot, albeit it appears to have been thrown or knocked over somehow in this shot, with blood in the same shot but not from the cat) and a fake cat.  There is even a “Cat Maker” listed in the final credits.

Before the Rain - fake tuxedo cat on tiled roof

Before the Rain - tuxedo cat off feet with chicken livers flying

Final Mewsings: Violence is horrible, be it against humans or animals.


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The Prisoner – “Dance of the Dead”

The Prisoner DVD

Original Air Date: November 26, 1967
Starring: Patrick McGoohan, Mary Morris
Directed by: Don Chaffey

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

Synopsis: Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) is invited to The Village carnival which turns into a trial for his life.

Featured Feline: Briefly seen in the previous episode, Many Happy Returns, the black cat returns, showing up several times in this episode.  The cat first appears on a balcony overlooking The Village.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat on balcony

Number 6 is joined by Number 2 (Mary Morris), who asks if he will be attending the carnival.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat on balcony with hands

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat on balcony with Number 2 Mary Morris and Number 6 Patrick McGoohan

The cat is next waiting for Number 6 outside his cottage.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat waiting for Number 6 Patrick McGoohan

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat petted by Number 6 Patrick McGoohan

Number 6 takes the cat in and gives her some milk, much to the maid’s consternation.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat given milk in bowl on floor

As Number 6 tries to stay awake at night he sees the cat laying on his bed.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat lying on bed

Oddly enough, only moments after Number 6 leaves his cottage she is somehow with Number 2 in the control room.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat with Number 2 Mary Morris

She almost knocks over some phones as she rubs against them.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat almost knocking over phones with Number 2 Mary Morris

Number 2 and the cat watch as Number 6 tries to escape.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat on console with Number 2 Mary Morris

The cat is then seen as people are ordered to make merry for the carnival.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat with man and umbrella passing by

Leaving the festivities, Number 6 ends up in a room where he finds a surprise in a drawer.  Number 2 enters with the cat.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat enters room with Number 2 Mary Morris to find Number 6 Patrick McGoohan

Number 2 then notes how the cat has taken to Number 6 and says she is jealous.  “Oh, she’s mine,” Number 2 explains, saying the cat works for the organization as well.  They leave the cat in the room and she is not seen again in this episode.

The Prisoner - Dance of the Dead black cat alone in room

Final Mewsings: It would be appropriate if the cat’s name was Number 9.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting this cat for us!


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Sucker for Your Love (2016)

Music Artist: Michael Canitrot

Synopsis: A cat leaves home in the night and searches the streets for answers, only to be faced with a life and death experience.

Cinema Cat: The cat which appears in this video is beautiful and so well filmed, he or she deserves Cinema Cat credit for this breakthrough role.

Sucker For Your Love - ginger tabby cat

Sucker For Your Love - ginger tabby cat on sidewalk

Kitty Carnage Warning! There is a startling scene in which the cat is hit by a car as he tries to cross the street.  As real as this looks the cat actor was not harmed filming this shot, it is all done with special effects.

Sucker For Your Lovey - ginger tabby cat crossing street with car approaching

The cat then finds himself flying through the air and going up a staircase which is a direct tribute to the same scenes from The Three Lives of Thomasina.

Sucker For Your Love - ginger tabby cat falling

Sucker For Your Love - ginger tabby cat climbing ethereal staircase

Sucker For Your Love - ginger tabby cat climbing white staircase

Eventually the cat is reborn and returns home where he began and to the human girl he loves.

Sucker For Your Love - ginger tabby cat in arms of woman

Director Marcus Herring is an avid cat film fan and his love of cats and cat movies is clear in this brilliantly filmed video!

Sucker For Your Love - ginger tabby cat close up of eyes

Sucker For Your Love - ginger tabby cat close

Final Mewsings: Great cat movies are inspirational!


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Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Gone Baby Gone poster

Miramax
Starring:
 Casey Affleck, Ed Harris, Michelle Monaghan
Directed by: Ben Affleck

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

Synopsis: Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck) and Angie Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan) are private investigators who specialize in finding missing persons, but their lives are turned upside down when they are hired to find a little girl presumed to be kidnapped.

Cat Cattle Call: The girl’s mother, Helene (Amy Ryan), confesses that she and a partner stole some money from a drug dealer.  When they go to the guy’s house he has been tied to a chair, beaten, tortured and murdered.  Around him are countless cats, one even licking blood from a table.

Gone Baby Gone - white long-haired cat licking blood from table

Gone Baby Gone - small white kitten

Gone Baby Gone - cats around dead body

Gone Baby Gone - tuxedo cat and tabby kitten on refrigerator behind people

Final Mewsings: Cats will not save you from angry drug dealers.


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World’s Biggest Cat (1934)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows Gibson the world’s biggest cat.

Reality Cat: Poor Gibson.  How could this obese feline stand a chance the way his owners were grossly overfeeding him?

World's Biggest Cat - Gibson fat cat sitting

As bizarre as it sounds, it’s little wonder that at the end of the piece the announcer very calmly states “And now he’s dead!”

World's Biggest Cat - Gibson fat cat eating

Final Mewsings: Gibson deserved better.


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