This is a scene from the upcoming musical remake of the Science Fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. It features an all-star all cat cast and is directed by and stars my famous feline Mario. I know what you are thinking: How can a cat direct a movie? I thought that myself at first but when he explained to me that he had attended “directoring school” in one of his previous nine lives and that he was, and I quote, “Golden” I felt he may be onto something. I mean he isn’t famous for nothing.
I had the impression from him that this would be easy but it has been anything but easy. Cats never do what you want them to do, even the so called “professionals”. They are demanding and picky. The cast members would send me out for tuna sandwiches and almost every single time they were dissatisfied with the quality of the fish and would meow mercilessly until I returned to the restaurant and demanded better. Half the delis in town thought I was a nut.
These actor types, what prima donnas…and the director himself you ask? What a hot head. He was driven by some sort of vision but what that vision was, I had no idea.
Mario had no sympathy for me and no time. Whenever I tried to talk any reason with him he would suddenly get up from his easy chair and utter in his heavily accented husky voice: “This conversation can serve no purpose anymore, goodbye” and sashay out.
The power has gone to his head I tell you. ( He’s gone quite mad you know)
Mario would stay up late at night practicing his dance moves and sing old bawdy sailor tunes from his past life as a ship’s cat. My goodness, those songs can get raunchy. The neighbors complained. The police have been out several times due to the loud music and the gang of mewing groupie cats that sit outside on the front lawn at all hours stupefied on what I think was very potent catnip.
Seriously I had my doubts. I mean the whole thing was filmed in our backyard and most of the sets were imaginary. I was never allowed back there during filming. I would go to the side gate and leave the tuna sandwiches. I had no idea…but it just goes to show why my Mario is as famous as he is…
The advance reviews have been “stellar”. I don’t get it, but the critics loved it. I hear it is a “tour de farce” and a “cinematicmeowsterpiece”. I can’t believe it but my cat’s movie will premier at the Canne Film Festival.
It’s just goes to show that you never know and don’t doubt the dreamer until you see the fruition of a dream.
I will admit right here and now to the entire blogosphere that I am no athlete. I am one of those uncoordinated goofs with two left feet. It takes all the powers of my “mighty” concentration just to walk around without hurting myself. You know I even flunked PE.
Keeping this embarrassing fact in mind I want you to picture this.
Here I am minding my own business…tapping away on my cute little lap top, tap-tap tap… and then out of the corner of my eye, I see her…it’s Morezennow and she’s running toward me…I smile because I really like her…She is an entertaining sort of person, witty and a genuinely funny writer. I look forward to reading her blog http://morezennow.wordpress.com/
You should check her out. Here are some of my favorite posts of hers to get you started.
Hello! I call out and then before I know it…I’ve been hit…I mean tagged! And I am truly dazed and confused. The last thing I remember was a whisper in my ear….it said….
“I’m passing it on. Feel free to decline. And you have my permission (like you need it!) to break the rules, as we all know they are meant to be broken!!!”
1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
4. Let them know you’ve tagged them!
I must say right now that I plan on some rule breaking….I cannot run very fast and I could not catch all 11…..(Some people in this blogoverse run like the wind)
What follows are the questions: skillfully and creatively written by one of the most entertaining blog buddies in the land of blogging; Morezennow.
These I must answer. MY questions are:
What would you do if I sang out of tune? For one thing I would NOT stand up and walk out on you. I would lend you my ear so you could sing me a song but please try not to sing out of key.
Coffee or Tea? I am a former coffee addict so I would have to say tea, to which I am currently addicted.
Soccer or Rugby? Rugby because it’s so damn Manly.
Liberal, Conservative or Nunya Beeswax? Fiscally Conservative and socially very liberal…(a really impossible mix that shows my total ignorance and misunderstanding of the whole political process)…with a touch of cutesy idealism thrown in for decoration.
Love or hate Stanley Kubrick? How can someone NOT love Kubrick…..He is the man who had Kirk Douglas run around shirtless, Jack Nicholson run around with an axe trying to murder Shelly Duvall and made us laugh long enough to stop worrying and love the BOMB…….. or something or another.
What is your favorite era, where and why? It is funny you should ask this (haha) I have always had this yearning to go back in time to the Roaring Twenties. It was a glamorous age full of cool cars, silky flappy fashion, bobbed hair and gangsters.(sort of like now but in black and white) I would totally love that.
If stranded on a desert island who would you most like to be with? This is a secret I cannot divulge. If I told you I’d have to kill you.
If you have children do you sometimes hate them a little? (Yes , I loves my chilluns but…)? No, but sometimes when I see them make the same stupid mistakes that I’ve made, I want to SCREAM!
What is your favorite novel and why? After much deliberation I must confess that I don’t have a favorite novel but one work of non fiction that stands out to me the most is “Guns, Germs and Steel” by my favorite author, Jared Diamond. I have learned much from this man. He is an excellent explainer of why we humans are what we are. Well-written and highly intelligent. I would recommend it to anyone interested in that sort of thing.
Sonny or Cher? Cher. I am probably dating myself but I remember watching the Sonny and Cher TV Show many years ago when I was a kid. I hated her voice but I loved those costumes she wore. She reminded me of a tall colorful bird…Wow.
What is your preferred method of de-stressing? Gardening, hiking.. really anything that gets me out into nature and music. Music hath charms that lulls this tiger into a wimpy cat in 2 notes flat.
These questions the tagged can answer if they choose, when they choose. I am following in the great tradition of the wise Morezennow and not asking any rule adherence. This is supposed to be fun. If it is not, don’t do it! And in the same token: anyone not tagged desiring to play along just join in.
What is the best gift you have ever received?
If you could meet any famous person, living or not, who would it be?
Have you ever walked out of a movie? Which one?
Do you have a pet peeve?
What is your favorite breakfast?
Do you have a favorite article of clothing?
If a tree falls in the forest would it make a sound if no one was there to hear it?
Have you ever seen anything that doesn’t exist? U.F.O’s, bigfoot, ghosts, etc?
Favorite summer song?
Name an animal that you identify with the most.
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go for an all expense paid holiday?
Remember there is no pressure here. Please feel free to decline. I know these sorts of things can become a burden sometimes. Use this as you see fit.
It has slowly reached cult status since its release in 1971. I first saw this excellent film back in the mid eighties at a run down theatre on the south side of town.
This was a favor to a friend, I wasn’t the type to go see old movies about weird-looking bug-eyed dudes and old ladies. I went for the company and the popcorn, nothing more.
I left that sticky theatre a bit altered. From then on, Harold and Maude has remained on my list of all time favorite movies. It is totally worth watching.
Harold (Bud Cort) is 20 and obsessed with death and freaking out his mom. (Vivian Pickles) His theatrical suicides set up just for her benefit are some of the funniest scenes in the movie. It is not called a black comedy for nothing.
Harold meets Maude (Ruth Gordon) through their common love of going to stranger’s funerals. Maude is 79 and a total trip. Harold is pale and full of death, Maude is full of life. They instantly click and a strange but wonderful relationship develops between the two.
Maude teaches Harold and us all how to age with some gusto and how to live life to its fullest. It looks somewhat dated but the message is timeless. Cat Stevens, when he was still Cat Stevens, provides the music that sends this movie over the top and really makes it excellent.
This superb movie introduced me to the late Ruth Gordon who was a gem of an actress and a terrific role model. She had quite a history as a writer as well. Look for her in Rosemary’s Baby, she totally steals the movie. I want to be just like her when I grow up!
Harold and Maude in my opinion is one of the best movies ever made. You should check it out. It is Totally Worth Watching.