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Friday, April 19, 2013

A Talking Cat!?!: The Blogtown Review

Posted by Alison Hallett on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 4:41 PM

[Note: Erik is making me do this even though funnier outlets already have. I just want you to know that I know this.]

There's a fine American tradition of talking-cat films, from The Cat from Outer Space to Oliver and Company. But if the incredulity with which the creators of A Talking Cat!?! framed their titled tells us anything, it's that they're unfamiliar with the rich territory they've strip-mined for their super-boring talking cat movie. It's like they've never seen a talking cat before! It's also like they've never held a movie camera, written a script, or coached an actor to "act natural."

I don't even want to talk about this movie. Will you just take my word for it that it has a plot, of sorts? Can we talk about something else? How was everybody's week? Mine was good. I had a bad moment yesterday where I forgot I'd eaten beets, but otherwise, good.

Fun fact: There is a Hollywood superstition that putting a question mark at the end of a movie title is bad luck. Here are some films whose titles should contain question marks, but don't:

Who Framed Roger Rabbit
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
What's Love Got to Do with It

Here are some films whose titles do contain question marks, superstition be damned:

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
A Talking Cat!?!

So... I have a cat! If you guys didn't know. My cat is named Queequeg, which tells you just what kind of asshole I am. The cat in A Talking Cat!?! is named Duffy, which, according unreliable internet sources, is a surname of Irish origin that means "dark-skinned." Duffy actually has fur, so.

Director David DeCoteu is a native Portlander! So that's another fun fact. Another... well, let's call it a "fact," is that he also directed shockingly boring softcore porn series 1313. You can find them on Netflix! And should you choose to find them on Netflix—if you are that sort of person—you might notice that the very house where A Talking Cat!?! takes places also serves as the setting for 1313: Boy Crazy! Here's a trailer in case you don't believe me.

YEAH. SAME HOUSE. I KNOW.
A Talking Pony!?! is currently in post-production.

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