Hugo is Scorsese’s love letter to film…and it’s beautiful!

If you LOVE film–I would find it hard to believe that you would not LOVE this film.  Hugo is story told for movie lovers, by a movie lover.  Martin Scorsese has never hidden his passion from us–but, I daresay this is the first time he has shown it to us so powerfully and yet so delicately.  It will evoke strong emotions and memories of all the films that have affected your life. 

I was pleasantly surprised that the trailer did not reveal, even a quarter of what is truly waiting for you when you sit in that darken theater.  So, as you know, I will not spoil it for you.  All I will tell you is that it is perfectly acted–wonderfully scored–and brilliantly directed! 

One more thing, though–if you can, watch it in 3-D (even IMAX if possible).  I like 3-D, when it is used properly–but, this is a very unique way of using it–it is almost a character in the story.  Bravo!

Place Hugo high on your Christmas watching list!  It will not disappoint…it will make you smile.

 

 

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The Muppets are Back!! And we’re all better for it…

I have been in love with Kermit the Frog since I was 8 years old.  I watched The Muppet Show everyday–later I would watch all the movies (The Muppets Take Manhattan is one of my all time favorite films–“I’m a frog!”)  and I would cry when Jim Henson passed.  I still wonder what the world would be like if his genius was still with us. 

So, yes…I was pretty stoked about this movie.  The first theatrical release in 12 years and so much could’ve gone wrong.  Instead, everything went wonderfully right!  Some are saying I loved it because I love the Muppets–but I disagree–I think I would’ve been more critical if I felt that they had ruined my beloved characters.   But, they did not!

The credit must go to Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller.  They love the Muppets too and they successfully honored the old spirit, while reinventing and introducing them to a whole new audience.  The world has changed, while the Muppets have not–and it is nice to know that their zaniness can still fit.

The Muppets is a musical (the soundtrack is awesome!), cameo-filled, entertaining romp!  So, many great actors tipping their hats to Kermit and the gang was great to see.  I laughed throughout and even got choked up during a wonderful Rainbow Connection rendition.  It was awesome to see all my favorites–Animal, Beaker, Rowlph, Fozzie–oh, how I’ve missed you guys!

Jim Henson was a dreamer.  His imagination knew no bounds.  Through what appeared to be simple humor he taught us lessons about friendship and following your heart.  And I think that The Muppets beautifully continues and honors his legacy.

For fun –check out 3 of my all time favorite muppet songs!

Puss in Boots? ME – OW!

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I LOVE PUSS in BOOTS!  And I am not alone!  Many have fallen under his spell–is it the accent? The confident swagger? Or it could definitely be the big eyed stare…or maybe it’s the fact that Antonio Banderas was born to play this character and he loves him just as much as we do. 

Whatever it is–Puss in Boots is wonderful.  Way more than I expected.  I love the character since it was introduced in the Shrek series–but a whole movie?  Could it be Puss overload?  Thankfully, the answer is NO!  I want more! 

The movie turned out to be funny, touching and action filled.  It has a strong voice cast and a solid narrative.  The best parts are the expressions that the animators are able to create for the cats–as a cat lover it is easy for me to say they are dead on!  And the one cat–the cat in the trailer–the one with the paw over the mouth and the shocked “OOOOHHHH!” –well, she is so fabulous and used perfectly!  We want her to be digitally added to classic films–just at the right moments!! LOL!  (it has been fun thinking of those scenes)

I have seen it 2x and could watch again.  It is quotable and awesome.  Hopefully you got to see it–if not hurry–you won’t regret it!

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To Love a Missy Cat

Eight years ago I walked into Kitten Rescue ready to meet the 2 week old kittens I had  selected.  I had seen their pictures and they were perfect.  One was a male, dark tabby with beautiful markings and the other was a female, black & white ball of fluff.  Little did I know, that on that day I would meet my kitty soul mate–their mother, Missy. 

I still remember how skinny and frail she appeared.  A unique tri colored tabby with the most interesting patterns I had ever seen.  I still remember how she immediately came to me and starting kissing (licking) and following me around.  (Two behaviors she would never stop doing.)   My heart melted and when I heard her story, my heart ached her. 

Missy was found on the coldest night of that year  with 4 kittens.  One was found frozen and obviously killed by another critter–one was dead but Missy was still carrying him around and grooming him.  Only 2 had survived–the 2 I had chosen.   Her loving and caring  maternal instincts towards all the kittens in the rescue gave her the name of “the Mrs.” which turned into Missy.  I could not leave her behind.  She had stolen my heart. 

 Three weeks later I brought home 3 cats.  It was unexpected yet wonderful.  We were able to see Missy teach her son, Tuzigoot and her daughter, Akira how to be cats.  From meowing to hunting.  Missy was patient with her children and it paid off.  It was amazing to watch her.

Within months, Missy had adopted us too.  She would groom us and teach us how to play new games.  She was my shadow–following me everywhere.  I could feel her gratefulness.  Missy knew what it was like to suffer and now she had found safety and happiness.  And it was expressed in the most soulful, love stares ever.  I always compared it to the famous Puss in Boots stare–big, round and “awww” inducing. 

Over the years, Missy was ever-present.  She had attitude and personality.  The alpha cat–she made sure the other cats (which number grew to 5) knew their place.  One of her unique traits was her ability to eat anything!  And I mean ANYTHING!   It became a game to see what she wouldn’t eat–which wasn’t much.  (She loved weird things like prunes and corn!)  Not so cute traits?  Her love of chewing cables and shredding/eating paper.  There were many angry call outs of her name–homework or important papers destroyed and many expensive cables “killed” by her.  🙂

Through sickness, divorce and many changes–she was my constant.  My ever steady companion.  I would share my thoughts and my tears with her.  Missy would comfort my spirit, with her kisses and cuddles.  The sweetest kitty EVER.  Anyone who met her, loved her.  Missy was everyone’s favorite. 

A few months ago Missy lost her fight with cancer.  I knew instinctively that she was sick.  As crazy as it may sound–I knew she was dying.  And for a month we tried to do all we could, but there was only one choice.  I am fortunate to have a fantastic vet and Missy was able to be home when she went to sleep.  Her passing has left a void in our lives.  All of us–her children and her humans–are forever changed.  I miss her terribly.  We all do.  I now live with two very different cats–at times I can feel their sadness and I am sure they feel mine. 

It is incredible how much an animal can affect our very existence.  They give us so much and ask for so little in return.  I have received so much support during this difficult time and many times I have heard how lucky Missy was to have found me–how I rescued her.  The fact is I am the lucky one and she rescued me many times over! 

Thank you, Missy Cat!  I will love you forever!  I know you are surrounded by cables, paper and all the human food you can consume!!  Until we meet again, on the Rainbow Bridge

It has been a long time…

                                                                                                                                                                                             Sorry! It’s been almost 2 months from my last post and a lot has happened–from a crazy 2 job schedule–the holidays–and the recent passing of my beloved kitty, Missy–to say I was little preoccupied and distracted would be an understatement. 

In fact, I have NOT seen many of the releases of the past two months–even ones I would normally watch just because I was curious or semi-interested–like In TimeImmortals and Arthur Christmas.  And some movies I really wanted to see like Moneyball, The Rum Diary and J.Edgar just came and went before I could find the time. 

I did make time for a few–I will be writing about some of the special ones (The Muppets and Puss in Boots) but I was pretty much unimpressed with the lot that I did see:

The Thing (2011) was disappointing–loved the John Carpenter 80s version–and I had hope for this prequel concept…yet it was an epic FAIL.

The Three Musketeers was so bad it was hilarious.

The indie darling Martha Marcy May Marlene left me wanting.  It had a strong cast–I could understand the spotlight Elizabeth Olsen is receiving–a star is, indeed, born–and John Hawkes continues to impress–but the story, to me, felt recycled and superficial. 

Cedar Rapids was actually much better than I expected.  The trailer made it look crazed and over-the-top, but it was not.  It was charming, funny and had some heart.  And, again John C. Reilly ROCKS!

Margin Call is a small movie that has gotten some indie praise, that I was not a 100 % taken with.  It has a super talented cast–incredible performers that are not given enough to work with and the plot drags.  My real issue is that there is no real climax–actually it’s a bit anti-climatic.  Wall Street 2 did a much better job of addresses this concept in a shorter amount of time–so, you may want to check that one out!

 So, I am back.  In time for the award season and ready to get back in the grove.  I will also be trying to catch up with book and TV reviews–I will do my best–thanks for your support and the time you take to read my thoughts and opinions! 

Hope all is well on your side of the world and Happy Holidays! 🙂