Category Archives: Cataphor

CAT OF THE DAY 047: BATMAN RETURNS

CAT OF THE DAY 047: BATMAN RETURNS (1992) A major cat movie. Downtrodden secretary Selina Kyle has a cat (a black one, called Miss Kitty), a common signifier of the single woman living alone. When Selina gets pushed out of a … Continue reading

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CAT OF THE DAY 042: TROIS COULEURS: BLEU

CAT OF THE DAY 042: TROIS COULEURS: BLEU (aka THREE COLOURS: BLUE) (1993) Julie (Juliette Binoche) finds a family of mice in her cupboard, so she borrows a ginger tom from a neighbour and shuts it in the cupboard with … Continue reading

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CAT OF THE DAY 041: KURONEKO

CAT OF THE DAY 041: KURONEKO (1968) This Japanese ghost story was written and directed by Shindô Kaneto, a former assistant to Mizoguchi Kenji and probably better known in the west as the writer and director of Onibaba, though he later went … Continue reading

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CAT OF THE DAY 034: THE WAY OF THE DRAGON

CAT OF THE DAY 034: THE WAY OF THE DRAGON (1972) Because, sometimes, a fight to the death between the World’s Greatest Kung-Fu Star and the six-times Professional Middleweight Karate Champion of the World, in one of the most famous … Continue reading

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CAT OF THE DAY 031: GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935

CAT OF THE DAY 031: GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935 (1935) Busby Berkeley‘s backstage musical was the first of his films on which he got sole directing credit (previously he had been credited as either co-director or choreographer).  The highlight is … Continue reading

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CAT OF THE DAY 024: WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

CAT OF THE DAY 024: WALK ON THE WILD SIDE (1962) The black cat in Saul Bass‘s credit sequence for Edward Dmytryk’s film is one of the most famous cats in the movies, and rightly so. The puss emerges from … Continue reading

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CAT OF THE DAY 021: THE SPECIALIST

CAT OF THE DAY 021: THE SPECIALIST (1994) In this massively entertaining load of old tosh, Sylvester Stallone plays Ray Quick, a gentler, kinder kind of ex-CIA bomber who as early as the opening credits is already demonstrating his sensitive … Continue reading

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CAT OF THE DAY 019: THE LONG GOODBYE

CAT OF THE DAY 019: THE LONG GOODBYE (1973) Robert Altman’s revisionist update of Raymond Chandler‘s private eye story is a major cat movie; the entire opening sequence depicts Marlowe (Elliott Gould) being woken up by his cat, preparing food … Continue reading

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CAT OF THE DAY 011: ENTER THE DRAGON

CAT OF THE DAY 011: ENTER THE DRAGON (1973) Every evil crimelord should have a Torture Museum. Han (Kien Shih) shows Roper (John Saxon) around his, and invites his guest to place his head on the guillotine. When Roper, understandably, … Continue reading

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CAT OF THE DAY 001: FOOTSTEPS IN THE FOG

CAT OF THE DAY 001: FOOTSTEPS IN THE FOG (1955) Stewart Granger poisons his wife in this thriller set in what appears to be Edwardian London. While he’s pretending to be a grieving widower and smiling at some caged birds, the … Continue reading

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