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CAT OF THE DAY 110: CLOUD ATLAS (2012) This uneven but always fascinating adaptation of David Mitchell’s bestseller consists of six different stories from six different genres set in six different time periods and featuring six different sets of characters. … Continue reading
CAT OF THE DAY 109: NYMPHOMANIAC: VOL. I (2013) If you only have to watch one Lars von Trier film with “nymphomaniac” in the title, make it the first part of his episodic diptych in which a woman called Joe … Continue reading
CAT OF THE DAY 108: NIGHT OF THE EAGLE (1962) The premise of Fritz Leiber’s terrific supernatural thriller Conjure Wife (1943) is one to rank alongside William Burrough’s iffier assertions about women being “the principal reservoir of the alien virus … Continue reading
CAT OF THE DAY 107: THE HEAT (2013) There are more movies in which male cops are partnered by dogs than there are female buddy cop movies, which makes Paul Feig’s comedy a very rare bird indeed. Sandra Bullock plays … Continue reading
CAT OF THE DAY 106: THE SHADOW OF THE CAT (1961) The Shadow of the Cat, as its name suggests, is a Major Cat Movie. It’s also a Hammer film in all but name (the official production company was BHP), … Continue reading
CAT OF THE DAY 105: PROOF (1991) “Hello Ugly!” The first dialogue in Jocelyn Moorhouse’s writing-directing debut, a well-reviewed film in the Australian post-New Wave, is addressed (affectionately) to a stray tabby cat. The speaker is Andy, an easy-going kitchen hand … Continue reading
CAT OF THE DAY 104: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014) In Moonrise Kingdom, writer-director Wes Anderson killed off a dog, but mercifully let the young heroine’s kitten survive to cathood. Will he be equally indulgent towards Jeff Goldblum’s Persian cat … Continue reading
CAT OF THE DAY 103: LA RAGAZZA CHE SAPEVA TROPPO (AKA THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH) (1963) Mario Bava’s last film in black and white is often cited as the first giallo, though it’s probably more of a giallo … Continue reading
CAT OF THE DAY 102: THE LEGO MOVIE (2014) Everything is awesome, and there is a perceptible feline thread running through this superior slice of product placement masquerading as jolly family animation, manufactured almost entirely out of Lego™ bricks. As … Continue reading
CAT OF THE DAY 101: NIGHT ON THE GALACTIC RAILROAD (1985) (銀河鉄道の夜 aka GINGA TETSUDO NO YORU) When Sugii Gisaburô, the Japanese anime maestro, was adapting Kenji Miyazawa‘s children’s classic (posthumously published in 1934) for the screen, he realised the character designs … Continue reading