CATS is closing!!

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Who saw it? I nevah did (tho obv they look sexy from a distance in their allover cat-body suits and whiskerz)

mark s, Saturday, 11 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

A small and ancient London mentalist is interviewed: he saw it MORE THAN 750 TIMES!! What hair he has is blady-fuzzy in a v.weird way and he says: "Cats are engimatic. I'm a fan..."

secretly was it any good? you know we won't laugh at you

mark s, Saturday, 11 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

B-b-b-but it's supposed to be "now and forever", mark! I saw it the year it came out. I had a friend in college whose father published Playbill. I thought the music was really, really irritating--"JELLICLE SONGS FOR JELLICLE CATS!"--but I liked the sets, especially the floating UFO/Tire thing that ascended at the end of the show. I thought the costumes/makeup and the choreography were showbizzy and lame at the time. Now I'm sure I'd love them.

And why didn't they ever make a movie of it?

Arthur, Saturday, 11 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Joe Queenan has some v. funny things to say abt 'Cats' in his bk 'America'.

Andrew L, Saturday, 11 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

i have never seen it, but from t.v. it always looked like the chinziest broadway production evah: like they cobbled it together from various halloween store november sales along I-95 and the stuff that went into storage when battlestar gallactica ended (which makes it sound like THE BEST THING EVER, but clearly it was not even in the top 2,000,000.)

jess, Saturday, 11 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Guess T.S. Eliot can stop spinning in his grave now.

robster, Saturday, 11 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

eliot luvved it, the slag

mark s, Saturday, 11 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

They did make a movie of it, it was shown on BBC1 last Christmas.

Lady Space Pilot, Saturday, 11 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

My mum saw it 10 years ago, & has gone ON abt it ever since - how wonderful etc.... Musicals are the Devil's work for me. I saw Cats actors, performer types in Covent Garden this afternoon. Children flocked towards them to be stroked - yet I was sent into some manner of giddy allergic reaction and felt like the SICK one.

Graham C, Saturday, 11 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I wonder if anyone ever made a porn spoof of it

mike hanle y, Sunday, 12 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

it's rub, but then again i'm a dog person

Mitch Lastnamewithheld, Sunday, 12 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

it was the small mentalist that made me post this really: 750 TIMES!! Even Caddyshack isn't THAT good!!

mark s, Sunday, 12 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Last night I saw a poster for Cats w/ the tagline: "Even magical things come to an end". Which surely belongs on Martin's rub slogan thread.

Andrew L, Sunday, 12 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Yes I saw it and loved it.

the pinefox, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I saw a clip of it the other day. The women didn't look at all like cats, which put me off a bit.

N., Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Most important of all, what will this mean to Faber, which in all likelihood would no longer exist without the monies it generated for them. this is true.

Alan Trewartha, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I wonder if anyone ever made a porn spoof of it

Yeah, it was called SCAT heh.

Sam, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah but Alan it's not closing all over the world is it?

N., Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I saw it years ago and probably loved it. I cannot remember now, though it would've been better on roller skates.

However it did bring back the even earlier childhood trauma of my crazed cat-loving grandpa who would beckon me aside, recite long chunks of Bustopher Jones / Skimbleshanks / The Naming of Cats and then say 'go and tell Daddy that', at which point I would run off and interrupt my dad mid-shave in order to recite whatever I could remember at him. If only I had known the songs first this would have been much easier.

Emma, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

oh right. i'm not really keeping tabs on Cats The Musical. But is it just the beginning of the end -- could we soon be in a Cats free world? And why are there no really grossly enormous cats involved. that would be hilarious. imagine. a really huge cat. go on.

Alan Trewartha, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

They should make a version with animatronic cats. Or animated cats - just like the Aristocats. Or even better, the Aristocats Down Under (you know, the bit even the cats don't like).

Pete, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

No, I think Emma was right first time with her rollerskating cats. In saris, maybe.

N., Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

ALANG T i am imagining the huge cat and giggling. however DON'T get no funny ideas about posting a certain picture...

katie, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

They should make a version with cats in massive pint glasses. You know, those massive pint glasses?

Ronan, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Cats in saris = The Princess in Willy Fogg And His 80 Days Around The World.

WHich reminds me of a Jaffa Cake Box question.

Pete, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Rollerskating in a sari = recipe for disaster.

Emma, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

McCavity used to scare the bejeezus out of me. I went to see it when I was 8 but was concerned about the appearance of the 'mystery cat' virtually the whole way through. His evil feline laugh chilled me to the bone.

Jonnie, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Cor speaking of huge pint glasses I saw a GIANT CAN of bitter the other day I think it must haf been at least a FATHOM in size. I did not buy it although I did buy a FRAY BENTOS STEAK AND KIDNEY PUDDING ph34r m3!!!!!

Sarah, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

SOunds like a Party FOur - or even better - a Party Seven to me.

Pete, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I've alwyas been vaguely bothered about Party Sevens. In particular: why the seven? Is there some numerogical danger associated with it being eight pints ie a whole gallon?

RickyT, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I see those giant giant bottles of Grolsch every week at the local off licence and think about how fun it would be to buy one. It all seems so German though.

Ronan, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

How big are these bottles?

RickyT, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Cor wot are these RickyT/pTee? Ronan the HUGE CANGS are even MORE impressive than the big bottles of beer in the offie - which I am sure are ripoffs but haven't been bothered to work out if they are or not.

Sarah, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I remember one Halloween about 2 years ago two of my friends thought they were very kool and bought the ten pint mini kegs. We got to the party we were going to and they both managed to fuck up opening them and drank a frothy mixture of oxygen and beer. It tasted like licking a 2p coin.

The bottles look fantastic as I like the idea of trying to drink directly from one. I'd say they're about 8 or 10 pints. The French have it right with those litre mini barrels of Kronenberg that you stick the spout on to drink. They cost 8 francs aswell in OLD money.

Ronan, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Blimey, them's big bottles there Ronan.

RickyT, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

A Party Seven is a big tin of beer containing 7 pints. I have never supped from one my self but according to parents who experienced them in the seventies they are evil and the work of satan.

RickyT, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I NEED AND MUST FIND ONE!!! This one woulda only been a party four. Ronan I take it back those GIANT BOTTLES look BRILLIANT and you must buy one - and get someone to take a photo of you drinking from it!! Wow!!! Giant beer!! But Grolsch bah--.

Sarah, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Indeed, I remember one in our kitchen as a youth. Ruddles County I believe. You needed to tap into it as well, at whichpoint - as ROnan describes - the whole thing would explode and often the interior of the can had rusted too.

Pete, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I like Grolsch. It certainly beats 4 for 5 euro Bavaria Crown (brewed in Holland hmmm). Ugh.

Ronan, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Macavity breaks the laws of gravity = Science is his BITCH!!

katie, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

http://www.beercannews.com/BEER_CAN_HISTORY/flats.gif

Fascinating history of beer cans, including 'party cans' at beercannews.com.

N., Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Is this the world's largest beer can??

N., Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

That looks suspiciously like a keg.

Jonnie, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Re: CATS is closing!!

What happen?

Dan Perry, Monday, 13 May 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

sixteen years pass...

So the cast for this year's movie version is its own parody:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5697572/fullcredits/

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 15:27 (one year ago) link

Love Swifty. Love cats. Hate Cats.

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 15:40 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

Well, here we go

One night. One chance. Watch the #CatsMovie trailer now. pic.twitter.com/7XwCx79xOh

— Universal PicturesUK (@universaluk) July 18, 2019

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 July 2019 21:22 (eight months ago) link

cursed

devvvine, Thursday, 18 July 2019 21:32 (eight months ago) link

Twitter is in amazing meltdown mode right now.

pic.twitter.com/Puc7vxvDIH

— Sean O'Kane (@sokane1) July 18, 2019

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 July 2019 21:33 (eight months ago) link

no no no no no no no no no no no no no no noooooo

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 18 July 2019 21:33 (eight months ago) link

Holy shit that's actually from the Spike Lee movie and not a The Room-style direct to video competitor?!

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:07 (two months ago) link

I’m watching this with my daughters and I can feel my grip on reality failing. Also if another human utters the word “jellicle” near me the retribution will be swift and violent.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 25 January 2020 09:57 (two months ago) link

tfw you realise this film's aesthetic is van meegeren's late vermeers (= scary AND taking the piss):

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d1/Smiling_girl_%28Fake_Vermeer%29.jpg/800px-Smiling_girl_%28Fake_Vermeer%29.jpg

mark s, Sunday, 26 January 2020 14:21 (two months ago) link

good catch!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 26 January 2020 17:27 (two months ago) link

https://electricliterature.com/this-is-the-backstory-you-need-to-understand-cats-2019/

― american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, January 18, 2020 11:31 PM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

Hmm I tweeted something verrrrry similar (down to the wording about the JLCL virus) not long after I saw the movie.

Weird coincidence. I’ll be charitable and assume the writer just has a similarly sc-fi poisoned brain

Conceptualize Wyverns (latebloomer), Monday, 27 January 2020 00:22 (two months ago) link

Tweet’s since deleted anyway :-/

🎵Memory, all alone in the moonlight
I can smile at the old days
I was beautiful then
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again🎵

Conceptualize Wyverns (latebloomer), Monday, 27 January 2020 00:24 (two months ago) link

forever reading this thread title to the melody of xtc’s ‘books are burning’

mookieproof, Monday, 27 January 2020 02:18 (two months ago) link

more films CATS (2019) resembles but is better than:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EPvNYLsX0AAWZL8?format=png

mark s, Sunday, 2 February 2020 11:33 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Inevitable:

I’m pretty stoned and watching Cats. I’ve never seen the broadway show. It is truly trippy. Am I supposed to know what a Jellicle is? They’ve said it 200,000 times but I don’t know what’s happening haha.

— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) March 18, 2020

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 14:55 (three weeks ago) link

Genuinely thought the revive would be about this:

A VFX producer friend of a friend was hired in November to finish some of the 400 effects shots in @catsmovie. His entire job was to remove CGI buttholes that had been inserted a few months before. Which means that, somewhere out there, there exists a butthole cut of Cats

— Jack Waz (@jackwaz) March 18, 2020

hashtag #ReleaseTheButtholeCut

☮️ (peace, man), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 15:09 (three weeks ago) link

Ever since CATS come out things have been way off

— Sam Sparro (@samsparro) March 13, 2020

frogbs, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 15:14 (three weeks ago) link

*

cat, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 16:39 (three weeks ago) link

valuable new poster

Dollarmite Is My Name (sic), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 17:10 (three weeks ago) link

Four paws up, way up.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 17:11 (three weeks ago) link

I need an HBS case study on this movie

DJP, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 17:23 (three weeks ago) link

good morning to DJP only :)

URGENT #ReleaseTheButtholeCut update/clarification, emailed to me by a CATS VFX crewmember who has asked to remain anonymous pic.twitter.com/nmta9CG08E

— ben mekler (@benmekler) March 18, 2020

mark s, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 18:45 (three weeks ago) link

good morning to DJP only :)

URGENT #ReleaseTheButtholeCut update/clarification, emailed to me by a CATS VFX crewmember who has asked to remain anonymous pic.twitter.com/nmta9CG08E

— ben mekler (@benmekler) March 18, 2020

mark s, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 18:45 (three weeks ago) link

#ButtholeGate

DJP, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 18:47 (three weeks ago) link

"Does this look like a fanny to you?"
"Well, it is James Corden."

DJP, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 18:48 (three weeks ago) link

a half dozen of us "celebrated" the beginning of covid lockdown by watching this movie together the night before last in a video chatroom

sarahell, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 18:49 (three weeks ago) link

which version

mark s, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 18:52 (three weeks ago) link

had korean subtitles idk

sarahell, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 18:53 (three weeks ago) link

I honestly don't know who James Corden is, so I kept thinking people in chat were saying "James Gordon" like the cop in Gotham/Batman and I was very confused, because it was CATS! not BATS!

sarahell, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 18:54 (three weeks ago) link

i got to the point where Jason Derulo showed up and my partner said NOPE and walked out so that's as far as we got
the jenny anydots sequence is one of the most batshit things i've ever seen on film, reminded me of Miike!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 19:00 (three weeks ago) link

My wife started this last night and made it ... not far before turning it off and saying it was even worse than she expected. I asked her what she expected, and she said, I dunno, but I didn't expect it to be *that* bad. And I asked, what, the literally universal derision and it bombing hard with a vengeance wasn't hint enough?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 24 March 2020 22:01 (two weeks ago) link

That article needs more buttholes.

☮️ (peace, man), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 11:50 (two days ago) link

tom hooper seems like a real butthole

bam! Free bees! (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 11:51 (two days ago) link

yet unremoved 🧐

mark s, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 11:52 (two days ago) link

a half dozen of us "celebrated" the beginning of covid lockdown by watching this movie together the night before last in a video chatroom

― sarahell, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 11:49 AM (three weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

I did this roughly at the same time but most of the people left way before the film finished.

just a ghastly looking thing. absolutely awful. I don't know the musical but the musical is definitely part of the problem here, there's not many tunes (I can really only remember the refrain from the magical mr mistoffelees song and the chorus of memory) and the story and book is just sort of bizarre. Jason de rulo is fine but the most of the cast is awful special mentions to rebel Wilson, James Corden, Idris, and Taylor Swift doing "sexy"

COVID and the Gang (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 16:31 (two days ago) link

this film is both perfect for and self-evidently about ilx

― mark s, Sunday, 5 January 2020 18:14 (three months ago) bookmarkflaglink

still true (the last movie i saw in a cinema before lockdown)

mark s, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 16:36 (two days ago) link

“I respect Andrew Lloyd Webber’s work so much,” he said, “that someday I’d like to set it to music.”

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 16:37 (two days ago) link

lol

(unfair tho, he has written a handful of good songs)

mark s, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 16:38 (two days ago) link

hopefully this will destroy tom hooper's career.

i don't know how a director can fuck up framing in multiple movies.

wasdnuos (abanana), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 17:28 (two days ago) link

still true (the last movie i saw in a cinema before lockdown)

― mark s, Wednesday, April 8, 2020 4:36 PM (two hours ago)

haha me too

sometimes late at night i am haunted by the thought that this will end up being the last movie i ever see in a movie theater

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 18:50 (two days ago) link

we went out on a high is how i break it down to some extent

mark s, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 18:53 (two days ago) link

I went to an Alamo rowdy screening which was mostly a fun crowd with one or two people who thought they were Tom Servo. Movie is fully insane nonsense and still like 30 minutes too long.

The Mandymoorian (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:01 (two days ago) link

I had little to no knowledge of the source material, but like 80% of the film is like "Let's introduce a cat so we have an excuse to sing a song about that particular cat.

That may be what the play is about too, I don't know for sure!

The Mandymoorian (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:03 (two days ago) link

“We paused it,” the source said. “We went to call our supervisor, and we’re like, ‘There’s a fucking asshole in there! There’s buttholes!’

The Mandymoorian (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:03 (two days ago) link

"Butthole emails ..."

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:12 (two days ago) link

it does feel like most of the movie is made up of songs that introduce a new cat.

COVID and the Gang (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:13 (two days ago) link

this is also the stageplay

mark s, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:22 (two days ago) link

it's abt a sect (an extremely hrony) with an admin problem regarding its central ritual, they have to interview a consultant to solve the problem but it's ok bcz she does

mark s, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:23 (two days ago) link

the interview structure is arduous

mark s, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:24 (two days ago) link

an extremely hrony = an extremely horny sect, sorry i'm watching ponyo as i type

mark s, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:25 (two days ago) link

the lindsay ellis video on cats is worth watching

wasdnuos (abanana), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:28 (two days ago) link

an extremely hrony = an extremely horny sect, sorry i'm watching ponyo as i type

watching hrony pr0nyo

donald failson (sic), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:45 (two days ago) link

:o

mark s, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:46 (two days ago) link

I also misread "porno" in that post

DJP, Thursday, 9 April 2020 13:35 (yesterday) link

watching this was torture and I would like to do it again with a full house someday

brechtian social distancing (Simon H.), Thursday, 9 April 2020 13:43 (yesterday) link


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