Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Cure (1995)

The Cure poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Brad Renfro, Joseph Mazzello, Annabella Sciorra
Directed by: Peter Horton

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

Synopsis: Erik (Brad Renfro) is a lone teenager who befriends his neighbor Dexter (Joseph Mazzello), a boy with AIDS, and becomes determined to find a cure for his new friend.

Kitty Cameo: Dexter and his mother Linda (Annabella Sciorra) own a long-haired gray and white cat which is seen in the background of several scenes, particularly when Erik is doing some experimenting in his search for a cure.

The Cure - gray and white long-haired cat on dry erase board

The Cure - gray and white long-haired cat on dry erase board in background behind Erik Brad Renfro

The Cure - gray and white long-haired cat on bed behind Dexter Jospeh Mazzello

The cat is sometimes the focus of a shot added as a quick interstitial scene.

The Cure - gray and white long-haired cat sitting on porch outside

One time Linda comes home and sees the cat on the table. She pauses to push the cat off.

The Cure - Linda Annabella Sciorra pushing gray and white long-haired cat off table

The animal wrangler working on the film was Barbara O’Brien with The Animal Connection.

The Cure - gray and white long-haired cat on bureau

Final Mewsings: Cats can help piece movies together.


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The Last Picture Show (1971)

The Last Picture Show poster

Columbia Pictures Corporation
Starring:
 Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd
Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

Synopsis: Larry McMurtry’s story of a small Texas town which is slowly dying and the young residents trying to find their place in the world.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene we see Jacy Farrow (Cybill Shepherd) at home in her room.  She is lying on her bed petting a tabby cat.

The Last Picture Show - Jacy Cybill Shepherd on bed with tabby cat

Jacy’s mother comes in to talk to her for a while and Jacy moves to her vanity table.  When her mother leaves, Jacy walks back over to the bed and roughly pushes the cat off before lying down.  Director Peter Bogdanovich explained on the DVD’s commentary track that the cat was a last minute thought and put it specifically to be pushed off the bed at the end.

The Last Picture Show - Jacy Cybill Shepherd pushes tabby cat off bed animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats shouldn’t have to bear the brunt of misdirected anger from frustrated teenagers.


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The Avengers – “The Hidden Tiger”

The Avengers Season Five DVD

Original Air Date: March 17, 1967
Starring: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg
Directed by: Sidney Hayers

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

Synopsis: John Steed (Patrick McNee) and Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) investigate a series of maulings in which men were killed by what appears to be a large cat.

Cat Cattle Call: This episode featured numerous cats in a decidedly feline-themed story. At the scene of the first mauling Emma spots and picks up a white cat.

The Avengers - The Hidden Tiger - white cat under dresser

The Avengers - The Hidden Tiger - Emma Peel Diana Rigg and Patrick Mcnee John Steed with white cat

Later Steed visits an organization called P.U.R.R.R. (Philanthropic Union for Rescue, Relief, and Recuperation), a cat haven in the country. The people there are cat enthusiasts and have cat-related named. Angora (Gabrielle Drake) and Cheshire (Ronnie Barker) are often seen holding a resident tortoiseshell cat.

The Avengers - The Hidden Tiger - Angora Gabrielle Drake holding tortoiseshell cat

The Avengers - The Hidden Tiger - Cheshire Ronnie Barker holding tortoiseshell cat

There are cat puns and cat decorations galore throughout the episode. One clever segment has Cheshire trying to help Emma describe her lost cat by way of the Identi-Cat, a spoof on the Identi-Kit used by the police in Britain.

The Avengers - The Hidden Tiger - Identi-Cat kit

Emma is asked to look into a room of strays but cannot identify her cat (which she has just made up to get into the premises of P.U.R.R.R.)

The Avengers - The Hidden Tiger - room full of cats

On the scene of another killing, Steed finds a long-haired tuxedo cat which has been coming in and out through a cat door.

The Avengers - The Hidden Tiger - long haired tuxedo cat coming in through cat door

The Avengers - The Hidden Tiger - Steed Patrick Mcnee holding long haired tuxedo cat

The cat is wearing a collar with a locket and Steed notices when the locket opens there is circuitry inside.

The Avengers - The Hidden Tiger - long haired tuxedo cat with open locket on collar

In the meantime, Cheshire brings the tortoiseshell cat to Emma as a gift. This cat is also wearing the same kind of locket.

The Avengers - The Hidden Tiger - Cheshire Ronnie Barker presenting tortoiseshell cat in basket to Emma Peel Diana Rigg

The Avengers - The Hidden Tiger - tortoiseshell cat with Emma Peel Diana Rigg

Steed is captured at P.U.R.R.R. where they explain how the lockets, when activated, unleash the primitive beasts in the cats so that they kill.

The Avengers - The Hidden Tiger - Steed Patrick McNee tied up with Angora putting collar on Maine Coon cat

They activate the lockets briefly and Emma sees how the cat reacts. She then notices that the locker on the cat’s collar is making a compass react. Emma quickly removes the locket and heads to P.U.R.R.R.

The Avengers - The Hidden Tiger - Emma Peel Diana Rigg holding tortoiseshell cat while looking at compass

The Avengers - The Hidden Tiger - tortoiseshell cat with locket over compass

Steed is in danger of being mauled by the cats when the computer is set to activate the lockets at a set time.

The Avengers - The Hidden Tiger - multiple cats in hallway

The Avengers - The Hidden Tiger - more cats in hallway

Emma arrives and frees Steed and they manage to disable the computer.

The Avengers - The Hidden Tiger - Steed Patrick Mcnee holding orange and white long haired cat

The bad guys, in trying to escape, see the tortioseshell cat (which has jumped from Emma’s car to their van) and freak out, thinking the cat is going to attack them. They crash, not realizing the cat is not even wearing the locket!

The Avengers - The Hidden Tiger - tortoiseshell cat in van

Final Mewsings: Most cats are at peace with their inner tigers.

Many thanks to The Horror Cats for letting us know about this episode!


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Cine Esti (2016)

Music Artist: 3 Sud Est

Synopsis: The official video for the Romanian group’s single, which translates into Who Are You?

Kitty Cameo: In one quick shot a tabby cat is seen walking beneath the outdoor tables where the woman is sitting.

Cine Esti - 3 Sud Est - tabby cat walking beneath outdoor tables

Final Mewsings: Who can be sad when cats are around?

Many thanks to The Horror Cats for spotting this quick kitty!


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Paintings That Live (1931)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Silent newsreel footage shows a kitten and a parrot playing with one another inside bird cage.

Reality Cat: The opening title explains, “Parrots and cats (or kittens) are either playful pals, or bitter enemies. These are pals.” The Bengal striped tabby kitten is outside the cage playing with the parrot who is inside. The entire scene is surrounded by an ornate frame to emulate a living painting.

Paintings That Live - tabby kitten playing with parrot in birdcage

The kitten is then seen locked inside the cage with the parrot. Another caption reads, ‘”Bird cages and beleagured cities,” a cynic once remarked, “are like marriages. Those outside want to get in, and those inside want to get out!”‘

Paintings That Live - tabby kitten sitting with parrot in birdcage

Paintings That Live - tabby kitten still with parrot in birdcage

Final Mewsings: The kitten would say he was framed!


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