Synopsis: Unused and unissued newsreel footage of a cat show at Shepherd’s Bush, London.
Reality Cats: The newsreel begins with a couple of takes of two women, Irene Ashton and Diana Morrison, looking into a basket to find some Siamese kittens.
Several shots of the show cats are then seen. What’s interesting about this footage is it gives you an idea of how these segments were shot, with an interesting variety of sounds being made to get the cats to look up for the cameras.
Final Mewsings: Cats must wonder why people make such weird noises when cameras are around.
Starring: Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton Directed by: Bill Holderman
Cat Out of the Bag Alert! This review contains some spoilers for this film!
Synopsis: A group of woman in their late 60’s decide to spice up their monthly book club meetings by reading the 50 Shades of Gray Trilogy.
Featured Feline: One member of the club is Federal Judge Sharon Myers (Candice Bergen) who is also a divorcee. As the introductory segment explains, when her marriage ended she bought a cat. A photo of the white Persian cat as a kitten is shown.
The cat, whose name is Ginsburg (presumably named for Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg) is seen several times throughout the film, including when Sharon starts reading the first book.
In one scene Sharon takes Ginsburg to the vet (Ravi Kapoor). There is some confusion when Sharon starts talking about her own maladies instead of the cat’s.
Later Sharon tries to entice Ginsburg to go outside but the cat stays put. This corresponds with Sharon’s lack of recent dating, which she changes when she signs up at a singles website.
As Sharon starts dating again, Ginsburg seems more willing to go outside.
Late in the film Sharon is seen picking up a lethargic Ginsburg and holding her. There’s really no explanation given for the cat’s behavior, except for the fact that Sharon has pulled away from the dating scene again.
In the end Sharon decides to reconnect with one of her computer dates and Ginsburg seems more perky.
Final Mewsings: Cats can sense our moods!
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