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The Darkness (2016)

The Darkness poster

Chapter One Films
Starring:
 Kevin Bacon, David Mazouz, Judith McConnell
Directed by: Greg McLean

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

Synopsis: The Taylor family return from a trip to the Grand Canyon not realizing that autistic son Michael (David Mazouz) has brought home several stones containing evil entities.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene Michael’s mother Bronny (Radha Mitchell) brings him over to stay with her mother Trish (Judith McConnell). Trish owns a handsome Snowshoe Siamese cat named Keensy who approaches the kitchen island.

The Darkness - Snowshoe Siamese cat Keensy by kitchen island

Michael drops his bookbag containing the stones and it almost lands on Keensy.

The Darkness - Snowshoe Siamese cat Keensy moving away from kitchen island

Keensy runs into the living room and Michael follows, even though Keensy is growling. Trish suggests Michael leave Keensy alone.

The Darkness - Snowshoe Siamese cat Keensy running into living room

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Moments later after a fright, Trish goes into the living room and screams. We don’t see what is happening there but later we find out that Michael was trying to kill Keensy.

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t care for grandkids with evil entities as friends.


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Enchanted (2007)

Enchanted DVD

Walt Disney Pictures
Starring:
 Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden
Directed by: Kevin Lima

Synopsis: Princess Giselle (Amy Adams) is happy in her idyllic animated life until the evil Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) sends her crashing through dimensions and into the real life world of New York City.

Kitty Cameos: Late in the film Prince Edward (James Marsden) is looking for Giselle in a New York apartment building, running door to door.  One door is opened by a man holding a long-haired cat with a Siamese cat in the background.

Enchanted - man with long haired cat and Siamese cat in apartment

The long-haired cat hisses as Prince Edward, who hisses back.

Enchanted - man with hissing long haired cat and Siamese in background

Enchanted - cat in man's arms hissing

Final Mewsings: Cats aren’t into fairy tale endings.


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Cinderella (2015)

Cinderella 2015 poster

Walt Disney Pictures
Starring:
 Lily James, Cate Blanchett
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

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

Synopsis: A live-action retelling of the fairy tale, earlier told as a classic Disney animated film. Cinderella (Lily James) is treated badly by her stepmother and stepsisters but her Fairy Godmother puts things right by making it possible for her to attend the ball.

Featured Feline: As in the animated version, Cinderella’s stepmother, Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett), has a pet cat named Lucifer. Here Lucifer is portrayed by a grey Persian wearing a collar and tassel. Lucifer arrives with the stepmother and stepsisters in a carriage, which he falls out of at first.

Cinderella live action - grey Persian cat Lucifer outside carriage

Lucifer and the Stepmother enter the house together.

Cinderella live action - grey Persian cat Lucifer walking into house with Stepmother Lady Tremaine Cate Blanchett

In the animated version of the story, Lucifer and the mice had much larger roles. Here they are only bit players and the mice do not speak. In one scene Lucifer spots the mice and is ready to pounce.

Cinderella live action - grey Persian cat Lucifer on chair ready to pounce

Cinderella puts a stop to his stalking and gives him a kind scolding.

Cinderella live action - grey Persian cat Lucifer being scolded by Cinderella Lily James

Lucifer is also seen when the stepsisters are practicing their art and music. Lucifer is sitting beside Lady Tremaine, looking every bit as smug.

Cinderella live action - grey Persian cat Lucifer on chair looking smug

Lucifer then spots the littlest mouse in the middle of the floor and takes chase.

Cinderella live action - grey Persian cat Lucifer spots mouse

The mouse runs under a low cabinet and Lucifer slams into it head on, almost knocking himself out.

Cinderella live action - grey Persian cat Lucifer lying on back after running into cabinet

Later Lucifer is sitting with the Stepmother when Cinderella comes in to tell them about the ball. Lucifer is unsettled when the Stepmother jumps up suddenly and runs away.

Cinderella live action - grey Persian cat Lucifer lying on chaise lounge with Stepmother Lady Tremaine Cate Blanchett

Finally Lucifer is seen one last time when the royal guard arrives to try the slipper on the girls. Cinderella has been locked in the attic by her Stepmother but the mice have opened the window so the men can hear her singing. The Captain of the Guard (Nonso Anozie), upon being told there are no other maidens in the house, asks the Stepmother if her cat has learned to sing. Lucifer then meows.

Cinderella live action - grey Persian cat Lucifer meowing

Cinderella live action - grey Persian cat Lucifer

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t appreciate being demoted to bit players.


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Thriller – “Trio for Terror”

Thriller DVD

Original Air Date: March 14, 1961
Starring: Michael Pate
Directed by: Ida Lupino

Synopsis: A trio of terrifying tales includes a man who plans to murder his uncle, a gambler who spends what could be his last night at a strange inn, and a killer who meets an interesting sculptor.

Purr Blur: In the third story, the police are looking for a killer who wears black gloves. The camera pans to an alley where a white cat appears and runs away. Hiding in the alley is the killer in question (Michael Pate).

Thriller - Trio for Terror - white cat running across dark street

Thriller - Trio for Terror - white cat running across dark street animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t share alleys with killers!


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Brubaker (1980)

Brubaker DVD

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Starring:
 Robert Redford, Everett McGill, Tim McIntire
Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg

Synopsis: Henry Brubaker (Robert Redford) is the new warden of an Arkansas prison farm who tries to improve conditions by working from within.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In one scene a trustee named Eddie (Everett McGill) is seen holding a sleepy tabby kitten.

Brubaker - kitten sleeping in Eddie's lap

Brubaker - kitten waking up in Eddie's lap

Huey Rauch (Tim McIntire) approaches and tells Eddie to go mete out some discipline to school the new inmates. Eddie gets up and hands the kitten to someone else. The kitten is not seen again.

Brubaker - kitten in Eddie's Everett McGill lap as Huey Tim McIntire approaches

Brubaker - kitten held by Eddie Everett McGill lap

Final Mewsings: Seems there are a lot of cats doing hard time in movies!


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