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I saw a version of the movie CATS. It was not what I was led to believe.

2020.08.15 13:56 don_h_kowalski I saw a version of the movie CATS. It was not what I was led to believe.

Don Kowalski is the name. I got a message from a Belgian girl, asking for my help. So far I don’t have any evidence, any facts – just her story.
I have dealt with…things, for a long time and let me tell you: some stories are just stories. However, some stories are more, are true, those are usually the ones you wish weren’t true but they are, even though you can't make any sense of them. I’m inclined to let this go, just be done with it, just a poor girl out of her mind.
If any of you know about this stuff or have seen an odd version with the same name as the mentioned film, this atrocious animation massacre called “CATS”, please let me know. So, here’s the girl’s story.
Dear Mr. Kowalski, I don't know if you remember me, but we met back in 2016 when I was an au pair for your friend Sara. You came by once - all drunk - and broke the mirror in her bathroom. We didn't really talk as Sara was fast to kick you out, but she told me you were into all weird... stuff and that you had been with the police some years ago.
I'm writing you because nobody will believe me what happened. We watched this movie but it was not like we expected. I live in Tournai, Belgium. I live there with my girlfriend Belle. My girlfriend is gone, and I don't know what to do. Nobody will believe me they just say she ditched town, but I don't, I can't accept that. Please help me. Please.
Hey, I got your message. I don't really know what I should tell you kid? Your text is hardly understandable. I know some guys on the internet near your location might be of help. If you can pull yourself together a bit and tell me what happened, they could maybe try to help you.
Best of luck and stay strong. Don.
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Dear Mr. Kowalski, thanks for your reply, I guess. I wrote it up better. Please help or your friends help. Please, meow.
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It was already getting dark outside, it was winter.
"That's fucked up!" I laughed at my girlfriend Belle. The trailer for CATS had just dropped on YouTube. I bet you horror-hungry guys have seen it too. We laughed endlessly at the bad uncanny faces and Judi Dench's wristwatch.
"Want to go see it?" Belle asked me.
"Are you serious?" I asked back.
She shrugged. “Sure, why not? Have a good laugh at this mess for a quick buck.” Well, it wasn't what I usually watched but why not?
The movie was to be released on December 20th 2019. We wanted to go as soon as possible. Days passed and I forgot about the whole thing. Then, Belle sent me a link. It was from a small artsy cinema that only showed those oh so deep and thoughtful films like "Jackie" or "Orient Express". No Marvel to be found there. I knew the place next to the rundown train station, just over the bridge and you're there.
The link showed in big red letters "FABULOUS EX SANGUINA EXTRA SCREENING: THE NEW CATS!".
Perfect! Belle and I agreed this would be super funny, though I wondered why I didn't find anything else about some early special showing. I guessed that the owner must have gotten their hand on some pirated version and was probably desperate for money. Nobody I knew ever went there.
So, on December 15th, 2019, I got into the train around 5 pm. I looked forward to spend time with my girl, we would have a fun night, for sure. People were commuting home from work and I looked up early reviews, most of us staring in our phones, maybe we just don’t see the true terrors of life anymore?
This was going to be hilarious, I thought to myself as I watched the trailer again. How had anyone thought to make such a mess of a movie? I mean seriously? Ian McKellen as a cat?
I got off the train, few people around me. The sun was already down but like the last few winters, there was no snow, just freezing wind blowing in my face. I marched downhill to the bridge, over the street and there it was already: the most crappiest old cinema ever.
I had been here once as a child, I think, but never had I thought to go there again. Most people had forgotten about the place already. I remember how I wondered to myself, how it was even possible that it was still open at all? Belle stood at the entrance, uncomfortably chatting with some hipster. I got closer and I realized he was no hipster at all but a homeless guy, maniacally rambling the most insane things, shouting at her getting closer and closer following every time she made a step backwards.
I ran up to them, but he didn't look at me once just kept talking. From far off I couldn't hear what he said but now I did, and I hear his words still in my head, an ignored warning of sorts as I know now.
"Maggie and Gracie there you are there you are! Come, come! Come on, puss, puss, meow, meow!" he screamed at us, throwing yellow spittle all around the grey building. I was scared as hell and just pulled Belle by her arm through the entrance into the cinema.
"Niles, Niles the kids, the kids!" I heard him screech through the glass door. There was a middle-aged couple inside the small ragged lounge all dirty and red, the couple looked scared and scared they looked at us, as numb and non-understanding as I and Belle were.
"Are you okay?" asked the man. "I already told them to call the police." He shook his head in disbelief.
Belle and I took a little while to calm down, just standing there hoping he wouldn’t come in after us.
"Relax folks! He's mostly harmless," said a woman from behind the counter, her voice sounded terrible, utterly inhuman, like nails on blackboard. She didn’t even look at us, just did her nails, filing them, blowing away the pulverized material, filing on.
There was a popcorn machine on the counter, but it wasn't even turned on. The whole place was dirty and filthy, something like vomit was in front of the corner and the sound system, playing some elevator jazz jingle, was unnerving me as it sounded just...off like somebody had recorded a recording and distorted the sound. I went up to the woman who kept on smiling, doing her nails.
"He doesn't seem harmless!" I shouted at her as Belle put an arm on me, trying to soothe me.
"Just relax!" she giggled. Her voice... I just flinched, it was so terrible. She stared at me, her hair a big black curly mass on top of her head. She didn’t even wear work-clothing but some short leopard skirt and a tasteless blue blouse.
"You want some suggestions?" she asked, hands pressed firmly on her hips, the nail file protruding from her hand like a horn.
I stepped backwards, left it to Belle to talk with her. I was so angry. The couple just stared in disbelief, whispering that I was right, at least that was something.
Belle told the woman we were here for the special screening and the woman said, again with the high-pitched glass-shattering voice: "Oh! CAAAAATS! That's great that's the only one we play. Come on step in!"
She gestured down to the right to the, apparently, only screenroom of the whole place. This movie better be funny, else I would call the police on them. She didn't ask for any money or gave us tickets, so we just got in, the couple right behind, followed us.
The disheveled man outside was now sitting on the street staring at us licking his hand and slapping himself with it.
We got inside the cinema hall and the canvas was still all white, all clean and pure. There was nobody checking us in, of course, there were only about six rows of seats and we took our places in the last one, warming up a bit again, giggling, cuddling. I calmed down a bit, I knew I had to ease up, Belle was as grown a woman as I and could take care of herself. Even though, the thought of her getting hurt was the most painful image my brain could produce for me.
"This is so fucked up!" said Belle. The couple, sitting the row before us, turned around and smiled, then laughed at each other.
“Let’s enjoy this train-wreck!” proclaimed the man. It was funny to see adults, true old adults, doing what we did. They seemed happy and had fun together. Maybe one day Belle and I would still do the same? Maybe watch CATS 5 then, already?
The lights went out, then it started. There was no logos no movie production company intros, no trailers. Just a short “starring” but it was gone before I could read the name. This was certainly odd, wasn’t there all kinds of Hollywood-stars in it?
Then the screen went total black. It took so long, I think the man before us was about to get up to call someone in to fix it, when something changed. It was just a man, stepping into the black screen from the side of the frame. He wore a suit and had black hair and seemed very... British.
"Hello ladies and gentlemen! It is my pleasure to introduce you, finally, to my new version of CATS!" then he went off, a bush of silver in his hair, glittering about.
“What the hell was that?” asked Belle rolling her eyes in annoyance.
“It’s art,” I said mockish.
Then the movie finally started, hallelujah!
The first scene showed a dirty room, apparently filmed with a shaky video camera. The floor was all concrete and filled with filth and dried up stains. What they were I don’t know, might be blood I think now. There was a person in the room, small and hidden in the corner, the back turned towards the audience. The person cowered in the corner, hands over his head. This was definitely not what I had expected from CATS.
"Well, that's odd," said the woman before us. Belle and I looked at each other, she raised an eyebrow.
"Weird," I said and shrugged. Head locked back onto the screen.
The person on the screen started to cry and to moan and tried to make itself even smaller, grey and filthy it was like a rat from the cloaca. The face must have been pressed directly on the wall.
"Why do you cry, Jon?" asked a deep booming voice off the screen, it shook me to the heart. The sound effects were really good!
"Why?!" asked the voice again when the person just kept sobbing on about, why then I didn’t know.
"I can't... Please," said the person as it turned around. Just for a split second, it was barely visible, hardly at all, the face looked like it had been melted off, down to the ivory bone, but the cut was so fast it was hardly possible for me to tell.
Cut: a young man with curled brown hair, was sitting in a kitchen and read his newspaper (like literally print) and stroked the dog to his feet who looked lovingly up at him. He put the cup on the table when all started shaking.
For a moment I really even considered it was an earthquake, but a quick glance around made my mistake evident. How crappy the plot was, the effects were really good. The cup fell over and the little dog started to whimper and to crouch at the man’s feet.
"No... No…" the man whispered and put his hands over his head, tears streaming down his face.
“Is that the guy from the other room?” asked Belle.
“Where’s Judi Dench?” I asked.
"Where is it?" whispered the voice from before, now directly into my ear. I jumped up in my seat as I heard it and screamed. Belle and the couple looked at me. The man asked if I also heard it while our partners just stared at us. This was really creepy. Just a creepy movie, right?
"I don't like that," said Belle and squeezed my hand. I put my arm around her and told her) it was nothing, just a movie, just good effects. Boy, I was wrong.
It had appeared on the screen by then. The body of the voice. I couldn't even make out what it was at first, just a shadow of some thing.
Next cut: the young man cowered in the kitchen, similar like in the first scene, his dog barked in panic as the shadow got closer.
Next Cut: The shadow was a second man. He was all naked, but something was wrong, his skin seemed peeled off at some parts, while other parts were just bone. Where some skin was left, it was covered in filthy orange hair, nearly as long as a woman's. His face wasn't visible as he had an orange bag over his head. On the bag though, was drawn in crude manner a cat's head, smiling wide.
"WHERE IS IT?" shouted the voice, raspy and metallic. Belle jumped in her seat, burrowing her face in my shoulders.
“This isn’t the CATS we wanted!” I whispered to her.
“Seems like a fucked-up art film,” she said.
Next cut: The man without skin was whistling and something followed him through the door. It was an armada of cats, all hairless, filling up the floor, hissing like crazy. The flayed man got on a chair, sitting there calmly, one leg over the other. With a long claw-like finger he sliced the skin over his ribcage and brought forth an oldstyle zippo-lighter.
He produced a cigarette from under his nailbed, before he burned a little hole in the bag where his mouth must have been, surely burning his lips but if so he didn’t make sound. Afterwards he lighted the cigarette, the mass of hairless cats all over him and the now shrieking young man and the whimpering little dog crouching all of them turning the normal kitchen into a nightmare Botticelli.
Then the flayed man smoked and smoked on, before he looked directly into the camera. “It is my great pleasure to introduce you, young three blossomed flowers and the rustly old gent here, to the finer revelations of the outside universe,” he said.
The couple looked up to us and then at each other.
“What the fuck!” said Belle.
Then the flayed man continued, the cat-drawing on his bagface staring mindlessly at us. “By design of all this unshaped handmade matter it is nonsense to think it is without goal in its immaculate formation. It is by art and experience of the craftsmen of the highest order a perfectly produced realization of an opinion rarely seen these days,” he said. “My delight is cut short however, if I may articulate the thought in a rudimentary form, that entropy is seen as enemy when in all rightly ways its congress with such fine specimen as you, it is, by all rights and orders known to gods and men, a perfect solution to the unquarreling mess you produced in the current inhibition of your laws,” he said. “In all serendipity this might have produced for the offspring of your kind, I will not allow it to flow so unrighteous on this good earth. May it be havoc or war or pestilence, I can certainly assure my kind has taken a keen interest in goading aforementioned entropy into the right places of this locus. Thus, finally, I assure, you need not worry over cosmic coincidence, as very soon a fate of molded matter is awaiting you,” he said and blew out blue smoke, before he continued. “Yes ladies and gentleman, I said it’s awaiting you.”
We all just looked in shock at another. What the hell was this movie?
“I’m going to get this fixed. I’m not watching this shit!” said the man in the row before us, getting up from his place, when the movie cut again and finally showed the true CATS we have been there to see.
“Finally!” said Belle, clapping her hands, relaxing.
“About time!” shouted the man from the row before us and sat down on his place. For a half minute they showed us all the glory of the uncanny CATS we had wanted to see. Probably the woman from the counter had played us a trick or something.
Then it went downhill.
Next cut: A woman, tied down, young men pouring gasoline over her.
Next cut: WW2 soldiers fighting each other with rocks and sticks.
Next cut: children pocking a maggot-riddled corpse with sticks.
Next cut: A man slicing his skin with a razorblade, his face already a mess of flesh-stripes.
Next cut: Tentacled things twisting and coiling in a dark pit.
Next cut: Close-up of a fly crawling over what must have been shit.
Next cut: an orange cat with a nearly human face, smiling and staring.
Next cut: A man in a white robe choking himself.
Next cut, next cut, next cut, next cut…I don’t know what else there was, but this went on so fast we didn’t even have the time to say something to each other, lest get out of this hellhole of a cinema. Belle had hidden herself in my chest, her hand tightly clinging onto mine.
Next cut: Again, the flayed man, the drawn face of his cat-bag staring at us. The camera zoomed out and heard the most agonizing screams. He was bowing over a woman, doing something to her face, blood and god-knows-what coming out of it as she shook under him, spilling all over even onto the lense of the camera, though I didn’t get a look on what she looked like. “Yes, ladies and gentleman, I said its awaiting you.”
"Please, let's go," said Belle, as she just started to walk out the room, not even waiting for me. I got up too, this got way to freakish I wanted to mock a bad movie not watch some version of "A Serbian Film”, and followed straight after Belle, down the stairs. I took a glimpse at the screen as we walked down towards the door: The flayed man had thrown himself on the whimpering man from before. He wailed in agony as he was burned to a crisp, simply by the touch. Within a second he was just a charred smoking mass of pinkish mud.
The skinless man got up and took the dog who whelped in frantic fear. With a loud slurp he devoured him whole, his mouth a gaping maw with the tongue whirling about anaconda in red it stuck to the dog and rolled it up real tight and then it went all back into the mouth, hidden in the orange bag as the head of the dog was still visible inside of the belly of the flayed man. The muffled barks, pure angst, sounded real.
"Already leaving?" I heard the middle-aged man ask from behind. I turned around and saw their faces. They grinned from ear to ear, but their eyes, meow, their eyes were gone! Just empty black holes staring at us. Belle shrieked behind me and as I turned, there was nothing.
I threw myself at the door, but she wasn’t behind it. Simply gone. The entrance hall was now filled with people.
There was a man in a butler-costume now too behind the counter. He and the woman with the high-pitched voice laughed at me, bursting my ear drums. There were two women next to the door, one of them stuffing herself with food and in the center of it all, suddenly a piano. A man played like a maniac on it. He wore sunglasses though it was dark outside and he followed my every step as I ran through them.
They all laughed as I ran out! Outside the cinema, I called for Belle but got no answer. I looked in panic around me and there he was: The flayed man! I saw his face. It was so... familiar. He got down on all four of his mutilated limbs, like an animal he slowly preyed towards me. I ran across the street, all empty all dark. Up to the train station.
"WHERE IS IT?" I heard behind me, but he was gone.
At the train station there was an old man. I cried and babbled and was a mad mess as he called the police. Nobody has seen Belle. They tell me the old rundown cinema had closed years ago. There was nothing about a missing couple on the news, or about Belle. Where is she. Where is it? WHERE IS IT?
I forwarded the message to my friend Jacques down in France, living not far from the Belgian border. He got back to me yesterday.
Hey Don, spooky stuff. I went up there but there's nothing. The place is closed, and all boarded up. What's really creepy though was them damn cats. Must have taken up there. Meowing all over the place. Honestly, didn't dare to get in, bad vibes were too big. I asked at townhall and they said place was abandoned, didn’t even know the name of the current owner. Best stay away from that shit. Jacques.
That's all I know, for now. I know most of you love horror films and that's all fine enough but stay away from Hollywood, dark stars are out there watching you, waiting, preying.
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2020.06.26 07:23 don_h_kowalski I saw a version of the movie CATS. It was not what I was led to believe.

Don Kowalski is the name. I got a message from a Belgian girl, asking for my help. So far I don’t have any evidence, any facts – just her story.
I have dealt with…things, for a long time and let me tell you: some stories are just stories. However, some stories are more, are true, those are usually the ones you wish weren’t true but they are, even though you can't make any sense of them. I’m inclined to let this go, just be done with it, just a poor girl out of her mind.
If any of you know about this stuff or have seen an odd version with the same name as the mentioned film, this atrocious animation massacre called “CATS”, please let me know. So, here’s the girl’s story.
Dear Mr. Kowalski, I don't know if you remember me, but we met back in 2016 when I was an au pair for your friend Sara. You came by once - all drunk - and broke the mirror in her bathroom. We didn't really talk as Sara was fast to kick you out, but she told me you were into all weird... stuff and that you had been with the police some years ago.
I'm writing you because nobody will believe me what happened. We watched this movie but it was not like we expected. I live in Tournai, Belgium. I live there with my girlfriend Belle. My girlfriend is gone, and I don't know what to do. Nobody will believe me they just say she ditched town, but I don't, I can't accept that. Please help me. Please.
Hey, I got your message. I don't really know what I should tell you kid? Your text is hardly understandable. I know some guys on the internet near your location might be of help. If you can pull yourself together a bit and tell me what happened, they could maybe try to help you.
Best of luck and stay strong. Don.
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Dear Mr. Kowalski, thanks for your reply, I guess. I wrote it up better. Please help or your friends help. Please, meow.
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It was already getting dark outside, it was winter.
"That's fucked up!" I laughed at my girlfriend Belle. The trailer for CATS had just dropped on YouTube. I bet you horror-hungry guys have seen it too. We laughed endlessly at the bad uncanny faces and Judi Dench's wristwatch.
"Want to go see it?" Belle asked me.
"Are you serious?" I asked back.
She shrugged. “Sure, why not? Have a good laugh at this mess for a quick buck.” Well, it wasn't what I usually watched but why not?
The movie was to be released on December 20th 2019. We wanted to go as soon as possible. Days passed and I forgot about the whole thing. Then, Belle sent me a link. It was from a small artsy cinema that only showed those oh so deep and thoughtful films like "Jackie" or "Orient Express". No Marvel to be found there. I knew the place next to the rundown train station, just over the bridge and you're there.
The link showed in big red letters "FABULOUS EX SANGUINA EXTRA SCREENING: THE NEW CATS!".
Perfect! Belle and I agreed this would be super funny, though I wondered why I didn't find anything else about some early special showing. I guessed that the owner must have gotten their hand on some pirated version and was probably desperate for money. Nobody I knew ever went there.
So, on December 15th, 2019, I got into the train around 5 pm. I looked forward to spend time with my girl, we would have a fun night, for sure. People were commuting home from work and I looked up early reviews, most of us staring in our phones, maybe we just don’t see the true terrors of life anymore?
This was going to be hilarious, I thought to myself as I watched the trailer again. How had anyone thought to make such a mess of a movie? I mean seriously? Ian McKellen as a cat?
I got off the train, few people around me. The sun was already down but like the last few winters, there was no snow, just freezing wind blowing in my face. I marched downhill to the bridge, over the street and there it was already: the most crappiest old cinema ever.
I had been here once as a child, I think, but never had I thought to go there again. Most people had forgotten about the place already. I remember how I wondered to myself, how it was even possible that it was still open at all? Belle stood at the entrance, uncomfortably chatting with some hipster. I got closer and I realized he was no hipster at all but a homeless guy, maniacally rambling the most insane things, shouting at her getting closer and closer following every time she made a step backwards.
I ran up to them, but he didn't look at me once just kept talking. From far off I couldn't hear what he said but now I did, and I hear his words still in my head, an ignored warning of sorts as I know now.
"Maggie and Gracie there you are there you are! Come, come! Come on, puss, puss, meow, meow!" he screamed at us, throwing yellow spittle all around the grey building. I was scared as hell and just pulled Belle by her arm through the entrance into the cinema.
"Niles, Niles the kids, the kids!" I heard him screech through the glass door. There was a middle-aged couple inside the small ragged lounge all dirty and red, the couple looked scared and scared they looked at us, as numb and non-understanding as I and Belle were.
"Are you okay?" asked the man. "I already told them to call the police." He shook his head in disbelief.
Belle and I took a little while to calm down, just standing there hoping he wouldn’t come in after us.
"Relax folks! He's mostly harmless," said a woman from behind the counter, her voice sounded terrible, utterly inhuman, like nails on blackboard. She didn’t even look at us, just did her nails, filing them, blowing away the pulverized material, filing on.
There was a popcorn machine on the counter, but it wasn't even turned on. The whole place was dirty and filthy, something like vomit was in front of the corner and the sound system, playing some elevator jazz jingle, was unnerving me as it sounded just...off like somebody had recorded a recording and distorted the sound. I went up to the woman who kept on smiling, doing her nails.
"He doesn't seem harmless!" I shouted at her as Belle put an arm on me, trying to soothe me.
"Just relax!" she giggled. Her voice... I just flinched, it was so terrible. She stared at me, her hair a big black curly mass on top of her head. She didn’t even wear work-clothing but some short leopard skirt and a tasteless blue blouse.
"You want some suggestions?" she asked, hands pressed firmly on her hips, the nail file protruding from her hand like a horn.
I stepped backwards, left it to Belle to talk with her. I was so angry. The couple just stared in disbelief, whispering that I was right, at least that was something.
Belle told the woman we were here for the special screening and the woman said, again with the high-pitched glass-shattering voice: "Oh! CAAAAATS! That's great that's the only one we play. Come on step in!"
She gestured down to the right to the, apparently, only screenroom of the whole place. This movie better be funny, else I would call the police on them. She didn't ask for any money or gave us tickets, so we just got in, the couple right behind, followed us.
The disheveled man outside was now sitting on the street staring at us licking his hand and slapping himself with it.
We got inside the cinema hall and the canvas was still all white, all clean and pure. There was nobody checking us in, of course, there were only about six rows of seats and we took our places in the last one, warming up a bit again, giggling, cuddling. I calmed down a bit, I knew I had to ease up, Belle was as grown a woman as I and could take care of herself. Even though, the thought of her getting hurt was the most painful image my brain could produce for me.
"This is so fucked up!" said Belle. The couple, sitting the row before us, turned around and smiled, then laughed at each other.
“Let’s enjoy this train-wreck!” proclaimed the man. It was funny to see adults, true old adults, doing what we did. They seemed happy and had fun together. Maybe one day Belle and I would still do the same? Maybe watch CATS 5 then, already?
The lights went out, then it started. There was no logos no movie production company intros, no trailers. Just a short “starring” but it was gone before I could read the name. This was certainly odd, wasn’t there all kinds of Hollywood-stars in it?
Then the screen went total black. It took so long, I think the man before us was about to get up to call someone in to fix it, when something changed. It was just a man, stepping into the black screen from the side of the frame. He wore a suit and had black hair and seemed very... British.
"Hello ladies and gentlemen! It is my pleasure to introduce you, finally, to my new version of CATS!" then he went off, a bush of silver in his hair, glittering about.
“What the hell was that?” asked Belle rolling her eyes in annoyance.
“It’s art,” I said mockish.
Then the movie finally started, hallelujah!
The first scene showed a dirty room, apparently filmed with a shaky video camera. The floor was all concrete and filled with filth and dried up stains. What they were I don’t know, might be blood I think now. There was a person in the room, small and hidden in the corner, the back turned towards the audience. The person cowered in the corner, hands over his head. This was definitely not what I had expected from CATS.
"Well, that's odd," said the woman before us. Belle and I looked at each other, she raised an eyebrow.
"Weird," I said and shrugged. Head locked back onto the screen.
The person on the screen started to cry and to moan and tried to make itself even smaller, grey and filthy it was like a rat from the cloaca. The face must have been pressed directly on the wall.
"Why do you cry, Jon?" asked a deep booming voice off the screen, it shook me to the heart. The sound effects were really good!
"Why?!" asked the voice again when the person just kept sobbing on about, why then I didn’t know.
"I can't... Please," said the person as it turned around. Just for a split second, it was barely visible, hardly at all, the face looked like it had been melted off, down to the ivory bone, but the cut was so fast it was hardly possible for me to tell.
Cut: a young man with curled brown hair, was sitting in a kitchen and read his newspaper (like literally print) and stroked the dog to his feet who looked lovingly up at him. He put the cup on the table when all started shaking.
For a moment I really even considered it was an earthquake, but a quick glance around made my mistake evident. How crappy the plot was, the effects were really good. The cup fell over and the little dog started to whimper and to crouch at the man’s feet.
"No... No…" the man whispered and put his hands over his head, tears streaming down his face.
“Is that the guy from the other room?” asked Belle.
“Where’s Judi Dench?” I asked.
"Where is it?" whispered the voice from before, now directly into my ear. I jumped up in my seat as I heard it and screamed. Belle and the couple looked at me. The man asked if I also heard it while our partners just stared at us. This was really creepy. Just a creepy movie, right?
"I don't like that," said Belle and squeezed my hand. I put my arm around her and told her) it was nothing, just a movie, just good effects. Boy, I was wrong.
It had appeared on the screen by then. The body of the voice. I couldn't even make out what it was at first, just a shadow of some thing.
Next cut: the young man cowered in the kitchen, similar like in the first scene, his dog barked in panic as the shadow got closer.
Next Cut: The shadow was a second man. He was all naked, but something was wrong, his skin seemed peeled off at some parts, while other parts were just bone. Where some skin was left, it was covered in filthy orange hair, nearly as long as a woman's. His face wasn't visible as he had an orange bag over his head. On the bag though, was drawn in crude manner a cat's head, smiling wide.
"WHERE IS IT?" shouted the voice, raspy and metallic. Belle jumped in her seat, burrowing her face in my shoulders.
“This isn’t the CATS we wanted!” I whispered to her.
“Seems like a fucked-up art film,” she said.
Next cut: The man without skin was whistling and something followed him through the door. It was an armada of cats, all hairless, filling up the floor, hissing like crazy. The flayed man got on a chair, sitting there calmly, one leg over the other. With a long claw-like finger he sliced the skin over his ribcage and brought forth an oldstyle zippo-lighter.
He produced a cigarette from under his nailbed, before he burned a little hole in the bag where his mouth must have been, surely burning his lips but if so he didn’t make sound. Afterwards he lighted the cigarette, the mass of hairless cats all over him and the now shrieking young man and the whimpering little dog crouching all of them turning the normal kitchen into a nightmare Botticelli.
Then the flayed man smoked and smoked on, before he looked directly into the camera. “It is my great pleasure to introduce you, young three blossomed flowers and the rustly old gent here, to the finer revelations of the outside universe,” he said.
The couple looked up to us and then at each other.
“What the fuck!” said Belle.
Then the flayed man continued, the cat-drawing on his bagface staring mindlessly at us. “By design of all this unshaped handmade matter it is nonsense to think it is without goal in its immaculate formation. It is by art and experience of the craftsmen of the highest order a perfectly produced realization of an opinion rarely seen these days,” he said. “My delight is cut short however, if I may articulate the thought in a rudimentary form, that entropy is seen as enemy when in all rightly ways its congress with such fine specimen as you, it is, by all rights and orders known to gods and men, a perfect solution to the unquarreling mess you produced in the current inhibition of your laws,” he said. “In all serendipity this might have produced for the offspring of your kind, I will not allow it to flow so unrighteous on this good earth. May it be havoc or war or pestilence, I can certainly assure my kind has taken a keen interest in goading aforementioned entropy into the right places of this locus. Thus, finally, I assure, you need not worry over cosmic coincidence, as very soon a fate of molded matter is awaiting you,” he said and blew out blue smoke, before he continued. “Yes ladies and gentleman, I said it’s awaiting you.”
We all just looked in shock at another. What the hell was this movie?
“I’m going to get this fixed. I’m not watching this shit!” said the man in the row before us, getting up from his place, when the movie cut again and finally showed the true CATS we have been there to see.
“Finally!” said Belle, clapping her hands, relaxing.
“About time!” shouted the man from the row before us and sat down on his place. For a half minute they showed us all the glory of the uncanny CATS we had wanted to see. Probably the woman from the counter had played us a trick or something.
Then it went downhill.
Next cut: A woman, tied down, young men pouring gasoline over her.
Next cut: WW2 soldiers fighting each other with rocks and sticks.
Next cut: children pocking a maggot-riddled corpse with sticks.
Next cut: A man slicing his skin with a razorblade, his face already a mess of flesh-stripes.
Next cut: Tentacled things twisting and coiling in a dark pit.
Next cut: Close-up of a fly crawling over what must have been shit.
Next cut: an orange cat with a nearly human face, smiling and staring.
Next cut: A man in a white robe choking himself.
Next cut, next cut, next cut, next cut…I don’t know what else there was, but this went on so fast we didn’t even have the time to say something to each other, lest get out of this hellhole of a cinema. Belle had hidden herself in my chest, her hand tightly clinging onto mine.
Next cut: Again, the flayed man, the drawn face of his cat-bag staring at us. The camera zoomed out and heard the most agonizing screams. He was bowing over a woman, doing something to her face, blood and god-knows-what coming out of it as she shook under him, spilling all over even onto the lense of the camera, though I didn’t get a look on what she looked like. “Yes, ladies and gentleman, I said its awaiting you.”
"Please, let's go," said Belle, as she just started to walk out the room, not even waiting for me. I got up too, this got way to freakish I wanted to mock a bad movie not watch some version of "A Serbian Film”, and followed straight after Belle, down the stairs. I took a glimpse at the screen as we walked down towards the door: The flayed man had thrown himself on the whimpering man from before. He wailed in agony as he was burned to a crisp, simply by the touch. Within a second he was just a charred smoking mass of pinkish mud.
The skinless man got up and took the dog who whelped in frantic fear. With a loud slurp he devoured him whole, his mouth a gaping maw with the tongue whirling about anaconda in red it stuck to the dog and rolled it up real tight and then it went all back into the mouth, hidden in the orange bag as the head of the dog was still visible inside of the belly of the flayed man. The muffled barks, pure angst, sounded real.
"Already leaving?" I heard the middle-aged man ask from behind. I turned around and saw their faces. They grinned from ear to ear, but their eyes, meow, their eyes were gone! Just empty black holes staring at us. Belle shrieked behind me and as I turned, there was nothing.
I threw myself at the door, but she wasn’t behind it. Simply gone. The entrance hall was now filled with people.
There was a man in a butler-costume now too behind the counter. He and the woman with the high-pitched voice laughed at me, bursting my ear drums. There were two women next to the door, one of them stuffing herself with food and in the center of it all, suddenly a piano. A man played like a maniac on it. He wore sunglasses though it was dark outside and he followed my every step as I ran through them.
They all laughed as I ran out! Outside the cinema, I called for Belle but got no answer. I looked in panic around me and there he was: The flayed man! I saw his face. It was so... familiar. He got down on all four of his mutilated limbs, like an animal he slowly preyed towards me. I ran across the street, all empty all dark. Up to the train station.
"WHERE IS IT?" I heard behind me, but he was gone.
At the train station there was an old man. I cried and babbled and was a mad mess as he called the police. Nobody has seen Belle. They tell me the old rundown cinema had closed years ago. There was nothing about a missing couple on the news, or about Belle. Where is she. Where is it? WHERE IS IT?
I forwarded the message to my friend Jacques down in France, living not far from the Belgian border. He got back to me yesterday.
Hey Don, spooky stuff. I went up there but there's nothing. The place is closed, and all boarded up. What's really creepy though was them damn cats. Must have taken up there. Meowing all over the place. Honestly, didn't dare to get in, bad vibes were too big. I asked at townhall and they said place was abandoned, didn’t even know the name of the current owner. Best stay away from that shit. Jacques.
That's all I know, for now. I know most of you love horror films and that's all fine enough but stay away from Hollywood, dark stars are out there watching you, waiting, preying.
Yours truly,
Don Kowalski
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2020.06.25 23:17 don_h_kowalski Cats

It was already getting dark outside, it was winter.
"That's fucked up!" I laughed at my girlfriend Belle. The trailer for CATS had just dropped on YouTube. We laughed endlessly at the bad uncanny faces and Judi Dench's wristwatch.
"Want to go see it?" Belle asked me.
"Are you serious?" I asked back.
She shrugged. “Sure, why not? Have a good laugh at this mess for a quick buck.” Well, it wasn't what I usually watched but why not?
The movie was to be released on December 20th 2019. We wanted to go as soon as possible. Days passed and I forgot about the whole thing. Then, Belle sent me a link. It was from a small artsy cinema that only showed those oh so deep and thoughtful films like "Jackie" or "Orient Express". No Marvel to be found there. I knew the place next to the rundown train station, just over the bridge and you're there.
The link showed in big red letters "FABULOUS EX SANGUINA EXTRA SCREENING: THE NEW CATS!".
Perfect! Belle and I agreed this would be super funny, though I wondered why I didn't find anything else about some early special showing. I guessed that the owner must have gotten their hand on some pirated version and was probably desperate for money. Nobody I knew ever went there.
So, on December 15th, 2019, I got into the train around 5 pm. I looked forward to spend time with my girl, we would have a fun night, for sure. People were commuting home from work and I looked up early reviews, most of us staring in our phones, maybe we just don’t see the true terrors of life anymore?
This was going to be hilarious, I thought to myself as I watched the trailer again. How had anyone thought to make such a mess of a movie? I mean seriously? Ian McKellen as a cat?
I got off the train, few people around me. The sun was already down but like the last few winters, there was no snow, just freezing wind blowing in my face. I marched downhill to the bridge, over the street and there it was already: the most crappiest old cinema ever.
I had been here once as a child, I think, but never had I thought to go there again. Most people had forgotten about the place already. I remember how I wondered to myself, how it was even possible that it was still open at all? Belle stood at the entrance, uncomfortably chatting with some hipster. I got closer and I realized he was no hipster at all but a homeless guy, maniacally rambling the most insane things, shouting at her getting closer and closer following every time she made a step backwards.
I ran up to them, but he didn't look at me once just kept talking. From far off I couldn't hear what he said but now I did, and I hear his words still in my head, an ignored warning of sorts as I know now.
"Maggie and Gracie there you are there you are! Come, come! Come on, puss, puss, meow, meow!" he screamed at us, throwing yellow spittle all around the grey building. I was scared as hell and just pulled Belle by her arm through the entrance into the cinema.
"Niles, Niles the kids, the kids!" I heard him screech through the glass door. There was a middle-aged couple inside the small ragged lounge all dirty and red, the couple looked scared and scared they looked at us, as numb and non-understanding as I and Belle were.
"Are you okay?" asked the man. "I already told them to call the police." He shook his head in disbelief.
Belle and I took a little while to calm down, just standing there hoping he wouldn’t come in after us.
"Relax folks! He's mostly harmless," said a woman from behind the counter, her voice sounded terrible, utterly inhuman, like nails on blackboard. She didn’t even look at us, just did her nails, filing them, blowing away the pulverized material, filing on.
There was a popcorn machine on the counter, but it wasn't even turned on. The whole place was dirty and filthy, something like vomit was in front of the corner and the sound system, playing some elevator jazz jingle, was unnerving me as it sounded just...off like somebody had recorded a recording and distorted the sound. I went up to the woman who kept on smiling, doing her nails.
"He doesn't seem harmless!" I shouted at her as Belle put an arm on me, trying to soothe me.
"Just relax!" she giggled. Her voice... I just flinched, it was so terrible. She stared at me, her hair a big black curly mass on top of her head. She didn’t even wear work-clothing but some short leopard skirt and a tasteless blue blouse.
"You want some suggestions?" she asked, hands pressed firmly on her hips, the nail file protruding from her hand like a horn.
I stepped backwards, left it to Belle to talk with her. I was so angry. The couple just stared in disbelief, whispering that I was right, at least that was something.
Belle told the woman we were here for the special screening and the woman said, again with the high-pitched glass-shattering voice: "Oh! CAAAAATS! That's great that's the only one we play. Come on step in!"
She gestured down to the right to the, apparently, only screenroom of the whole place. This movie better be funny, else I would call the police on them. She didn't ask for any money or gave us tickets, so we just got in, the couple right behind, followed us.
The disheveled man outside was now sitting on the street staring at us licking his hand and slapping himself with it.
We got inside the cinema hall and the canvas was still all white, all clean and pure. There was nobody checking us in, of course, there were only about six rows of seats and we took our places in the last one, warming up a bit again, giggling, cuddling. I calmed down a bit, I knew I had to ease up, Belle was as grown a woman as I and could take care of herself. Even though, the thought of her getting hurt was the most painful image my brain could produce for me.
"This is so fucked up!" said Belle. The couple, sitting the row before us, turned around and smiled, then laughed at each other.
“Let’s enjoy this train-wreck!” proclaimed the man. It was funny to see adults, true old adults, doing what we did. They seemed happy and had fun together. Maybe one day Belle and I would still do the same? Maybe watch CATS 5 then, already?
The lights went out, then it started. There was no logos no movie production company intros, no trailers. Just a short “starring” but it was gone before I could read the name. This was certainly odd, wasn’t there all kinds of Hollywood-stars in it?
Then the screen went total black. It took so long, I think the man before us was about to get up to call someone in to fix it, when something changed. It was just a man, stepping into the black screen from the side of the frame. He wore a suit and had black hair and seemed very... British.
"Hello ladies and gentlemen! It is my pleasure to introduce you, finally, to my new version of CATS!" then he went off, a bush of silver in his hair, glittering about.
“What the hell was that?” asked Belle rolling her eyes in annoyance.
“It’s art,” I said mockish.
Then the movie finally started, hallelujah!
The first scene showed a dirty room, apparently filmed with a shaky video camera. The floor was all concrete and filled with filth and dried up stains. What they were I don’t know, might be blood I think now. There was a person in the room, small and hidden in the corner, the back turned towards the audience. The person cowered in the corner, hands over his head. This was definitely not what I had expected from CATS.
"Well, that's odd," said the woman before us. Belle and I looked at each other, she raised an eyebrow.
"Weird," I said and shrugged. Head locked back onto the screen.
The person on the screen started to cry and to moan and tried to make itself even smaller, grey and filthy it was like a rat from the cloaca. The face must have been pressed directly on the wall.
"Why do you cry, Jon?" asked a deep booming voice off the screen, it shook me to the heart. The sound effects were really good!
"Why?!" asked the voice again when the person just kept sobbing on about, why then I didn’t know.
"I can't... Please," said the person as it turned around. Just for a split second, it was barely visible, hardly at all, the face looked like it had been melted off, down to the ivory bone, but the cut was so fast it was hardly possible for me to tell.
Cut: a young man with curled brown hair, was sitting in a kitchen and read his newspaper (like literally print) and stroked the dog to his feet who looked lovingly up at him. He put the cup on the table when all started shaking.
For a moment I really even considered it was an earthquake, but a quick glance around made my mistake evident. How crappy the plot was, the effects were really good. The cup fell over and the little dog started to whimper and to crouch at the man’s feet.
"No... No…" the man whispered and put his hands over his head, tears streaming down his face.
“Is that the guy from the other room?” asked Belle.
“Where’s Judi Dench?” I asked.
"Where is it?" whispered the voice from before, now directly into my ear. I jumped up in my seat as I heard it and screamed. Belle and the couple looked at me. The man asked if I also heard it while our partners just stared at us. This was really creepy. Just a creepy movie, right?
"I don't like that," said Belle and squeezed my hand. I put my arm around her and told her) it was nothing, just a movie, just good effects. Boy, I was wrong.
It had appeared on the screen by then. The body of the voice. I couldn't even make out what it was at first, just a shadow of some thing.
Next cut: the young man cowered in the kitchen, similar like in the first scene, his dog barked in panic as the shadow got closer.
Next Cut: The shadow was a second man. He was all naked, but something was wrong, his skin seemed peeled off at some parts, while other parts were just bone. Where some skin was left, it was covered in filthy orange hair, nearly as long as a woman's. His face wasn't visible as he had an orange bag over his head. On the bag though, was drawn in crude manner a cat's head, smiling wide.
"WHERE IS IT?" shouted the voice, raspy and metallic. Belle jumped in her seat, burrowing her face in my shoulders.
“This isn’t the CATS we wanted!” I whispered to her.
“Seems like a fucked-up art film,” she said.
Next cut: The man without skin was whistling and something followed him through the door. It was an armada of cats, all hairless, filling up the floor, hissing like crazy. The flayed man got on a chair, sitting there calmly, one leg over the other. With a long claw-like finger he sliced the skin over his ribcage and brought forth an oldstyle zippo-lighter.
He produced a cigarette from under his nailbed, before he burned a little hole in the bag where his mouth must have been, surely burning his lips but if so he didn’t make sound. Afterwards he lighted the cigarette, the mass of hairless cats all over him and the now shrieking young man and the whimpering little dog crouching all of them turning the normal kitchen into a nightmare Botticelli.
Then the flayed man smoked and smoked on, before he looked directly into the camera. “It is my great pleasure to introduce you, young three blossomed flowers and the rustly old gent here, to the finer revelations of the outside universe,” he said.
The couple looked up to us and then at each other.
“What the fuck!” said Belle.
Then the flayed man continued, the cat-drawing on his bagface staring mindlessly at us. “By design of all this unshaped handmade matter it is nonsense to think it is without goal in its immaculate formation. It is by art and experience of the craftsmen of the highest order a perfectly produced realization of an opinion rarely seen these days,” he said. “My delight is cut short however, if I may articulate the thought in a rudimentary form, that entropy is seen as enemy when in all rightly ways its congress with such fine specimen as you, it is, by all rights and orders known to gods and men, a perfect solution to the unquarreling mess you produced in the current inhibition of your laws,” he said. “In all serendipity this might have produced for the offspring of your kind, I will not allow it to flow so unrighteous on this good earth. May it be havoc or war or pestilence, I can certainly assure my kind has taken a keen interest in goading aforementioned entropy into the right places of this locus. Thus, finally, I assure, you need not worry over cosmic coincidence, as very soon a fate of molded matter is awaiting you,” he said and blew out blue smoke, before he continued. “Yes ladies and gentleman, I said it’s awaiting you.”
We all just looked in shock at another. What the hell was this movie?
“I’m going to get this fixed. I’m not watching this shit!” said the man in the row before us, getting up from his place, when the movie cut again and finally showed the true CATS we have been there to see.
“Finally!” said Belle, clapping her hands, relaxing.
“About time!” shouted the man from the row before us and sat down on his place. For a half minute they showed us all the glory of the uncanny CATS we had wanted to see. Probably the woman from the counter had played us a trick or something.
Then it went downhill.
Next cut: A woman, tied down, young men pouring gasoline over her.
Next cut: WW2 soldiers fighting each other with rocks and sticks.
Next cut: children pocking a maggot-riddled corpse with sticks.
Next cut: A man slicing his skin with a razorblade, his face already a mess of flesh-stripes.
Next cut: Tentacled things twisting and coiling in a dark pit.
Next cut: Close-up of a fly crawling over what must have been shit.
Next cut: an orange cat with a nearly human face, smiling and staring.
Next cut: A man in a white robe choking himself.
Next cut, next cut, next cut, next cut…I don’t know what else there was, but this went on so fast we didn’t even have the time to say something to each other, lest get out of this hellhole of a cinema. Belle had hidden herself in my chest, her hand tightly clinging onto mine.
Next cut: Again, the flayed man, the drawn face of his cat-bag staring at us. The camera zoomed out and heard the most agonizing screams. He was bowing over a woman, doing something to her face, blood and god-knows-what coming out of it as she shook under him, spilling all over even onto the lense of the camera, though I didn’t get a look on what she looked like. “Yes, ladies and gentleman, I said its awaiting you.”
"Please, let's go," said Belle, as she just started to walk out the room, not even waiting for me. I got up too, this got way to freakish I wanted to mock a bad movie not watch some version of "A Serbian Film”, and followed straight after Belle, down the stairs. I took a glimpse at the screen as we walked down towards the door: The flayed man had thrown himself on the whimpering man from before. He wailed in agony as he was burned to a crisp, simply by the touch. Within a second he was just a charred smoking mass of pinkish mud.
The skinless man got up and took the dog who whelped in frantic fear. With a loud slurp he devoured him whole, his mouth a gaping maw with the tongue whirling about anaconda in red it stuck to the dog and rolled it up real tight and then it went all back into the mouth, hidden in the orange bag as the head of the dog was still visible inside of the belly of the flayed man. The muffled barks, pure angst, sounded real.
"Already leaving?" I heard the middle-aged man ask from behind. I turned around and saw their faces. They grinned from ear to ear, but their eyes, meow, their eyes were gone! Just empty black holes staring at us. Belle shrieked behind me and as I turned, there was nothing.
I threw myself at the door, but she wasn’t behind it. Simply gone. The entrance hall was now filled with people.
There was a man in a butler-costume now too behind the counter. He and the woman with the high-pitched voice laughed at me, bursting my ear drums. There were two women next to the door, one of them stuffing herself with food and in the center of it all, suddenly a piano. A man played like a maniac on it. He wore sunglasses though it was dark outside and he followed my every step as I ran through them.
They all laughed as I ran out! Outside the cinema, I called for Belle but got no answer. I looked in panic around me and there he was: The flayed man! I saw his face. It was so... familiar. He got down on all four of his mutilated limbs, like an animal he slowly preyed towards me. I ran across the street, all empty all dark. Up to the train station.
"WHERE IS IT?" I heard behind me, but he was gone.
At the train station there was an old man. I cried and babbled and was a mad mess as he called the police. Nobody has seen Belle. They tell me the old rundown cinema had closed years ago. There was nothing about a missing couple on the news, or about Belle. Where is she. Where is it? WHERE IS IT?
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2020.06.25 21:41 don_h_kowalski I saw a version of the movie CATS. It was not what I was led to believe.

Don Kowalski is the name. I got a message from a Belgian girl, asking for my help. So far I don’t have any evidence, any facts – just her story.
I have dealt with…things, for a long time and let me tell you: some stories are just stories. However, some stories are more, are true, those are usually the ones you wish weren’t true but they are, even though you can't make any sense of them. I’m inclined to let this go, just be done with it, just a poor girl out of her mind.
If any of you know about this stuff or have seen an odd version with the same name as the mentioned film, this atrocious animation massacre called “CATS”, please let me know. So, here’s the girl’s story.
Dear Mr. Kowalski, I don't know if you remember me, but we met back in 2016 when I was an au pair for your friend Sara. You came by once - all drunk - and broke the mirror in her bathroom. We didn't really talk as Sara was fast to kick you out, but she told me you were into all weird... stuff and that you had been with the police some years ago.
I'm writing you because nobody will believe me what happened. We watched this movie but it was not like we expected. I live in Tournai, Belgium. I live there with my girlfriend Belle. My girlfriend is gone, and I don't know what to do. Nobody will believe me they just say she ditched town, but I don't, I can't accept that. Please help me. Please.
Hey, I got your message. I don't really know what I should tell you kid? Your text is hardly understandable. I know some guys on the internet near your location might be of help. If you can pull yourself together a bit and tell me what happened, they could maybe try to help you.
Best of luck and stay strong. Don.
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Dear Mr. Kowalski, thanks for your reply, I guess. I wrote it up better. Please help or your friends help. Please, meow.
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It was already getting dark outside, it was winter.
"That's fucked up!" I laughed at my girlfriend Belle. The trailer for CATS had just dropped on YouTube. I bet you horror-hungry guys have seen it too. We laughed endlessly at the bad uncanny faces and Judi Dench's wristwatch.
"Want to go see it?" Belle asked me.
"Are you serious?" I asked back.
She shrugged. “Sure, why not? Have a good laugh at this mess for a quick buck.” Well, it wasn't what I usually watched but why not?
The movie was to be released on December 20th 2019. We wanted to go as soon as possible. Days passed and I forgot about the whole thing. Then, Belle sent me a link. It was from a small artsy cinema that only showed those oh so deep and thoughtful films like "Jackie" or "Orient Express". No Marvel to be found there. I knew the place next to the rundown train station, just over the bridge and you're there.
The link showed in big red letters "FABULOUS EX SANGUINA EXTRA SCREENING: THE NEW CATS!".
Perfect! Belle and I agreed this would be super funny, though I wondered why I didn't find anything else about some early special showing. I guessed that the owner must have gotten their hand on some pirated version and was probably desperate for money. Nobody I knew ever went there.
So, on December 15th, 2019, I got into the train around 5 pm. I looked forward to spend time with my girl, we would have a fun night, for sure. People were commuting home from work and I looked up early reviews, most of us staring in our phones, maybe we just don’t see the true terrors of life anymore?
This was going to be hilarious, I thought to myself as I watched the trailer again. How had anyone thought to make such a mess of a movie? I mean seriously? Ian McKellen as a cat?
I got off the train, few people around me. The sun was already down but like the last few winters, there was no snow, just freezing wind blowing in my face. I marched downhill to the bridge, over the street and there it was already: the most crappiest old cinema ever.
I had been here once as a child, I think, but never had I thought to go there again. Most people had forgotten about the place already. I remember how I wondered to myself, how it was even possible that it was still open at all? Belle stood at the entrance, uncomfortably chatting with some hipster. I got closer and I realized he was no hipster at all but a homeless guy, maniacally rambling the most insane things, shouting at her getting closer and closer following every time she made a step backwards.
I ran up to them, but he didn't look at me once just kept talking. From far off I couldn't hear what he said but now I did, and I hear his words still in my head, an ignored warning of sorts as I know now.
"Maggie and Gracie there you are there you are! Come, come! Come on, puss, puss, meow, meow!" he screamed at us, throwing yellow spittle all around the grey building. I was scared as hell and just pulled Belle by her arm through the entrance into the cinema.
"Niles, Niles the kids, the kids!" I heard him screech through the glass door. There was a middle-aged couple inside the small ragged lounge all dirty and red, the couple looked scared and scared they looked at us, as numb and non-understanding as I and Belle were.
"Are you okay?" asked the man. "I already told them to call the police." He shook his head in disbelief.
Belle and I took a little while to calm down, just standing there hoping he wouldn’t come in after us.
"Relax folks! He's mostly harmless," said a woman from behind the counter, her voice sounded terrible, utterly inhuman, like nails on blackboard. She didn’t even look at us, just did her nails, filing them, blowing away the pulverized material, filing on.
There was a popcorn machine on the counter, but it wasn't even turned on. The whole place was dirty and filthy, something like vomit was in front of the corner and the sound system, playing some elevator jazz jingle, was unnerving me as it sounded just...off like somebody had recorded a recording and distorted the sound. I went up to the woman who kept on smiling, doing her nails.
"He doesn't seem harmless!" I shouted at her as Belle put an arm on me, trying to soothe me.
"Just relax!" she giggled. Her voice... I just flinched, it was so terrible. She stared at me, her hair a big black curly mass on top of her head. She didn’t even wear work-clothing but some short leopard skirt and a tasteless blue blouse.
"You want some suggestions?" she asked, hands pressed firmly on her hips, the nail file protruding from her hand like a horn.
I stepped backwards, left it to Belle to talk with her. I was so angry. The couple just stared in disbelief, whispering that I was right, at least that was something.
Belle told the woman we were here for the special screening and the woman said, again with the high-pitched glass-shattering voice: "Oh! CAAAAATS! That's great that's the only one we play. Come on step in!"
She gestured down to the right to the, apparently, only screenroom of the whole place. This movie better be funny, else I would call the police on them. She didn't ask for any money or gave us tickets, so we just got in, the couple right behind, followed us.
The disheveled man outside was now sitting on the street staring at us licking his hand and slapping himself with it.
We got inside the cinema hall and the canvas was still all white, all clean and pure. There was nobody checking us in, of course, there were only about six rows of seats and we took our places in the last one, warming up a bit again, giggling, cuddling. I calmed down a bit, I knew I had to ease up, Belle was as grown a woman as I and could take care of herself. Even though, the thought of her getting hurt was the most painful image my brain could produce for me.
"This is so fucked up!" said Belle. The couple, sitting the row before us, turned around and smiled, then laughed at each other.
“Let’s enjoy this train-wreck!” proclaimed the man. It was funny to see adults, true old adults, doing what we did. They seemed happy and had fun together. Maybe one day Belle and I would still do the same? Maybe watch CATS 5 then, already?
The lights went out, then it started. There was no logos no movie production company intros, no trailers. Just a short “starring” but it was gone before I could read the name. This was certainly odd, wasn’t there all kinds of Hollywood-stars in it?
Then the screen went total black. It took so long, I think the man before us was about to get up to call someone in to fix it, when something changed. It was just a man, stepping into the black screen from the side of the frame. He wore a suit and had black hair and seemed very... British.
"Hello ladies and gentlemen! It is my pleasure to introduce you, finally, to my new version of CATS!" then he went off, a bush of silver in his hair, glittering about.
“What the hell was that?” asked Belle rolling her eyes in annoyance.
“It’s art,” I said mockish.
Then the movie finally started, hallelujah!
The first scene showed a dirty room, apparently filmed with a shaky video camera. The floor was all concrete and filled with filth and dried up stains. What they were I don’t know, might be blood I think now. There was a person in the room, small and hidden in the corner, the back turned towards the audience. The person cowered in the corner, hands over his head. This was definitely not what I had expected from CATS.
"Well, that's odd," said the woman before us. Belle and I looked at each other, she raised an eyebrow.
"Weird," I said and shrugged. Head locked back onto the screen.
The person on the screen started to cry and to moan and tried to make itself even smaller, grey and filthy it was like a rat from the cloaca. The face must have been pressed directly on the wall.
"Why do you cry, Jon?" asked a deep booming voice off the screen, it shook me to the heart. The sound effects were really good!
"Why?!" asked the voice again when the person just kept sobbing on about, why then I didn’t know.
"I can't... Please," said the person as it turned around. Just for a split second, it was barely visible, hardly at all, the face looked like it had been melted off, down to the ivory bone, but the cut was so fast it was hardly possible for me to tell.
Cut: a young man with curled brown hair, was sitting in a kitchen and read his newspaper (like literally print) and stroked the dog to his feet who looked lovingly up at him. He put the cup on the table when all started shaking.
For a moment I really even considered it was an earthquake, but a quick glance around made my mistake evident. How crappy the plot was, the effects were really good. The cup fell over and the little dog started to whimper and to crouch at the man’s feet.
"No... No…" the man whispered and put his hands over his head, tears streaming down his face.
“Is that the guy from the other room?” asked Belle.
“Where’s Judi Dench?” I asked.
"Where is it?" whispered the voice from before, now directly into my ear. I jumped up in my seat as I heard it and screamed. Belle and the couple looked at me. The man asked if I also heard it while our partners just stared at us. This was really creepy. Just a creepy movie, right?
"I don't like that," said Belle and squeezed my hand. I put my arm around her and told her) it was nothing, just a movie, just good effects. Boy, I was wrong.
It had appeared on the screen by then. The body of the voice. I couldn't even make out what it was at first, just a shadow of some thing.
Next cut: the young man cowered in the kitchen, similar like in the first scene, his dog barked in panic as the shadow got closer.
Next Cut: The shadow was a second man. He was all naked, but something was wrong, his skin seemed peeled off at some parts, while other parts were just bone. Where some skin was left, it was covered in filthy orange hair, nearly as long as a woman's. His face wasn't visible as he had an orange bag over his head. On the bag though, was drawn in crude manner a cat's head, smiling wide.
"WHERE IS IT?" shouted the voice, raspy and metallic. Belle jumped in her seat, burrowing her face in my shoulders.
“This isn’t the CATS we wanted!” I whispered to her.
“Seems like a fucked-up art film,” she said.
Next cut: The man without skin was whistling and something followed him through the door. It was an armada of cats, all hairless, filling up the floor, hissing like crazy. The flayed man got on a chair, sitting there calmly, one leg over the other. With a long claw-like finger he sliced the skin over his ribcage and brought forth an oldstyle zippo-lighter.
He produced a cigarette from under his nailbed, before he burned a little hole in the bag where his mouth must have been, surely burning his lips but if so he didn’t make sound. Afterwards he lighted the cigarette, the mass of hairless cats all over him and the now shrieking young man and the whimpering little dog crouching all of them turning the normal kitchen into a nightmare Botticelli.
Then the flayed man smoked and smoked on, before he looked directly into the camera. “It is my great pleasure to introduce you, young three blossomed flowers and the rustly old gent here, to the finer revelations of the outside universe,” he said.
The couple looked up to us and then at each other.
“What the fuck!” said Belle.
Then the flayed man continued, the cat-drawing on his bagface staring mindlessly at us. “By design of all this unshaped handmade matter it is nonsense to think it is without goal in its immaculate formation. It is by art and experience of the craftsmen of the highest order a perfectly produced realization of an opinion rarely seen these days,” he said. “My delight is cut short however, if I may articulate the thought in a rudimentary form, that entropy is seen as enemy when in all rightly ways its congress with such fine specimen as you, it is, by all rights and orders known to gods and men, a perfect solution to the unquarreling mess you produced in the current inhibition of your laws,” he said. “In all serendipity this might have produced for the offspring of your kind, I will not allow it to flow so unrighteous on this good earth. May it be havoc or war or pestilence, I can certainly assure my kind has taken a keen interest in goading aforementioned entropy into the right places of this locus. Thus, finally, I assure, you need not worry over cosmic coincidence, as very soon a fate of molded matter is awaiting you,” he said and blew out blue smoke, before he continued. “Yes ladies and gentleman, I said it’s awaiting you.”
We all just looked in shock at another. What the hell was this movie?
“I’m going to get this fixed. I’m not watching this shit!” said the man in the row before us, getting up from his place, when the movie cut again and finally showed the true CATS we have been there to see.
“Finally!” said Belle, clapping her hands, relaxing.
“About time!” shouted the man from the row before us and sat down on his place. For a half minute they showed us all the glory of the uncanny CATS we had wanted to see. Probably the woman from the counter had played us a trick or something.
Then it went downhill.
Next cut: A woman, tied down, young men pouring gasoline over her.
Next cut: WW2 soldiers fighting each other with rocks and sticks.
Next cut: children pocking a maggot-riddled corpse with sticks.
Next cut: A man slicing his skin with a razorblade, his face already a mess of flesh-stripes.
Next cut: Tentacled things twisting and coiling in a dark pit.
Next cut: Close-up of a fly crawling over what must have been shit.
Next cut: an orange cat with a nearly human face, smiling and staring.
Next cut: A man in a white robe choking himself.
Next cut, next cut, next cut, next cut…I don’t know what else there was, but this went on so fast we didn’t even have the time to say something to each other, lest get out of this hellhole of a cinema. Belle had hidden herself in my chest, her hand tightly clinging onto mine.
Next cut: Again, the flayed man, the drawn face of his cat-bag staring at us. The camera zoomed out and heard the most agonizing screams. He was bowing over a woman, doing something to her face, blood and god-knows-what coming out of it as she shook under him, spilling all over even onto the lense of the camera, though I didn’t get a look on what she looked like. “Yes, ladies and gentleman, I said its awaiting you.”
"Please, let's go," said Belle, as she just started to walk out the room, not even waiting for me. I got up too, this got way to freakish I wanted to mock a bad movie not watch some version of "A Serbian Film”, and followed straight after Belle, down the stairs. I took a glimpse at the screen as we walked down towards the door: The flayed man had thrown himself on the whimpering man from before. He wailed in agony as he was burned to a crisp, simply by the touch. Within a second he was just a charred smoking mass of pinkish mud.
The skinless man got up and took the dog who whelped in frantic fear. With a loud slurp he devoured him whole, his mouth a gaping maw with the tongue whirling about anaconda in red it stuck to the dog and rolled it up real tight and then it went all back into the mouth, hidden in the orange bag as the head of the dog was still visible inside of the belly of the flayed man. The muffled barks, pure angst, sounded real.
"Already leaving?" I heard the middle-aged man ask from behind. I turned around and saw their faces. They grinned from ear to ear, but their eyes, meow, their eyes were gone! Just empty black holes staring at us. Belle shrieked behind me and as I turned, there was nothing.
I threw myself at the door, but she wasn’t behind it. Simply gone. The entrance hall was now filled with people.
There was a man in a butler-costume now too behind the counter. He and the woman with the high-pitched voice laughed at me, bursting my ear drums. There were two women next to the door, one of them stuffing herself with food and in the center of it all, suddenly a piano. A man played like a maniac on it. He wore sunglasses though it was dark outside and he followed my every step as I ran through them.
They all laughed as I ran out! Outside the cinema, I called for Belle but got no answer. I looked in panic around me and there he was: The flayed man! I saw his face. It was so... familiar. He got down on all four of his mutilated limbs, like an animal he slowly preyed towards me. I ran across the street, all empty all dark. Up to the train station.
"WHERE IS IT?" I heard behind me, but he was gone.
At the train station there was an old man. I cried and babbled and was a mad mess as he called the police. Nobody has seen Belle. They tell me the old rundown cinema had closed years ago. There was nothing about a missing couple on the news, or about Belle. Where is she. Where is it?
I forwarded the message to my friend Jacques down in France, living not far from the Belgian border. He got back to me yesterday.
Hey Don, spooky stuff. I went up there but there's nothing. The place is closed, and all boarded up. What's really creepy though was them damn cats. Must have taken up there. Meowing all over the place. Honestly, didn't dare to get in, bad vibes were too big. I asked at townhall and they said place was abandoned, didn’t even know the name of the current owner. Best stay away from that shit. Jacques.
That's all I know, for now. I know most of you love horror films and that's all fine enough but stay away from Hollywood, dark stars are out there watching you, waiting, preying.
Yours truly,
Don Kowalski
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2020.06.25 21:41 don_h_kowalski I saw a version of the movie CATS. It was not what I was led to believe.

Don Kowalski is the name. I got a message from a Belgian girl, asking for my help. So far I don’t have any evidence, any facts – just her story.
I have dealt with…things, for a long time and let me tell you: some stories are just stories. However, some stories are more, are true, those are usually the ones you wish weren’t true but they are, even though you can't make any sense of them. I’m inclined to let this go, just be done with it, just a poor girl out of her mind.
If any of you know about this stuff or have seen an odd version with the same name as the mentioned film, this atrocious animation massacre called “CATS”, please let me know. So, here’s the girl’s story.
Dear Mr. Kowalski, I don't know if you remember me, but we met back in 2016 when I was an au pair for your friend Sara. You came by once - all drunk - and broke the mirror in her bathroom. We didn't really talk as Sara was fast to kick you out, but she told me you were into all weird... stuff and that you had been with the police some years ago.
I'm writing you because nobody will believe me what happened. We watched this movie but it was not like we expected. I live in Tournai, Belgium. I live there with my girlfriend Belle. My girlfriend is gone, and I don't know what to do. Nobody will believe me they just say she ditched town, but I don't, I can't accept that. Please help me. Please.
Hey, I got your message. I don't really know what I should tell you kid? Your text is hardly understandable. I know some guys on the internet near your location might be of help. If you can pull yourself together a bit and tell me what happened, they could maybe try to help you.
Best of luck and stay strong. Don.
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Dear Mr. Kowalski, thanks for your reply, I guess. I wrote it up better. Please help or your friends help. Please, meow.
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It was already getting dark outside, it was winter.
"That's fucked up!" I laughed at my girlfriend Belle. The trailer for CATS had just dropped on YouTube. I bet you horror-hungry guys have seen it too. We laughed endlessly at the bad uncanny faces and Judi Dench's wristwatch.
"Want to go see it?" Belle asked me.
"Are you serious?" I asked back.
She shrugged. “Sure, why not? Have a good laugh at this mess for a quick buck.” Well, it wasn't what I usually watched but why not?
The movie was to be released on December 20th 2019. We wanted to go as soon as possible. Days passed and I forgot about the whole thing. Then, Belle sent me a link. It was from a small artsy cinema that only showed those oh so deep and thoughtful films like "Jackie" or "Orient Express". No Marvel to be found there. I knew the place next to the rundown train station, just over the bridge and you're there.
The link showed in big red letters "FABULOUS EX SANGUINA EXTRA SCREENING: THE NEW CATS!".
Perfect! Belle and I agreed this would be super funny, though I wondered why I didn't find anything else about some early special showing. I guessed that the owner must have gotten their hand on some pirated version and was probably desperate for money. Nobody I knew ever went there.
So, on December 15th, 2019, I got into the train around 5 pm. I looked forward to spend time with my girl, we would have a fun night, for sure. People were commuting home from work and I looked up early reviews, most of us staring in our phones, maybe we just don’t see the true terrors of life anymore?
This was going to be hilarious, I thought to myself as I watched the trailer again. How had anyone thought to make such a mess of a movie? I mean seriously? Ian McKellen as a cat?
I got off the train, few people around me. The sun was already down but like the last few winters, there was no snow, just freezing wind blowing in my face. I marched downhill to the bridge, over the street and there it was already: the most crappiest old cinema ever.
I had been here once as a child, I think, but never had I thought to go there again. Most people had forgotten about the place already. I remember how I wondered to myself, how it was even possible that it was still open at all? Belle stood at the entrance, uncomfortably chatting with some hipster. I got closer and I realized he was no hipster at all but a homeless guy, maniacally rambling the most insane things, shouting at her getting closer and closer following every time she made a step backwards.
I ran up to them, but he didn't look at me once just kept talking. From far off I couldn't hear what he said but now I did, and I hear his words still in my head, an ignored warning of sorts as I know now.
"Maggie and Gracie there you are there you are! Come, come! Come on, puss, puss, meow, meow!" he screamed at us, throwing yellow spittle all around the grey building. I was scared as hell and just pulled Belle by her arm through the entrance into the cinema.
"Niles, Niles the kids, the kids!" I heard him screech through the glass door. There was a middle-aged couple inside the small ragged lounge all dirty and red, the couple looked scared and scared they looked at us, as numb and non-understanding as I and Belle were.
"Are you okay?" asked the man. "I already told them to call the police." He shook his head in disbelief.
Belle and I took a little while to calm down, just standing there hoping he wouldn’t come in after us.
"Relax folks! He's mostly harmless," said a woman from behind the counter, her voice sounded terrible, utterly inhuman, like nails on blackboard. She didn’t even look at us, just did her nails, filing them, blowing away the pulverized material, filing on.
There was a popcorn machine on the counter, but it wasn't even turned on. The whole place was dirty and filthy, something like vomit was in front of the corner and the sound system, playing some elevator jazz jingle, was unnerving me as it sounded just...off like somebody had recorded a recording and distorted the sound. I went up to the woman who kept on smiling, doing her nails.
"He doesn't seem harmless!" I shouted at her as Belle put an arm on me, trying to soothe me.
"Just relax!" she giggled. Her voice... I just flinched, it was so terrible. She stared at me, her hair a big black curly mass on top of her head. She didn’t even wear work-clothing but some short leopard skirt and a tasteless blue blouse.
"You want some suggestions?" she asked, hands pressed firmly on her hips, the nail file protruding from her hand like a horn.
I stepped backwards, left it to Belle to talk with her. I was so angry. The couple just stared in disbelief, whispering that I was right, at least that was something.
Belle told the woman we were here for the special screening and the woman said, again with the high-pitched glass-shattering voice: "Oh! CAAAAATS! That's great that's the only one we play. Come on step in!"
She gestured down to the right to the, apparently, only screenroom of the whole place. This movie better be funny, else I would call the police on them. She didn't ask for any money or gave us tickets, so we just got in, the couple right behind, followed us.
The disheveled man outside was now sitting on the street staring at us licking his hand and slapping himself with it.
We got inside the cinema hall and the canvas was still all white, all clean and pure. There was nobody checking us in, of course, there were only about six rows of seats and we took our places in the last one, warming up a bit again, giggling, cuddling. I calmed down a bit, I knew I had to ease up, Belle was as grown a woman as I and could take care of herself. Even though, the thought of her getting hurt was the most painful image my brain could produce for me.
"This is so fucked up!" said Belle. The couple, sitting the row before us, turned around and smiled, then laughed at each other.
“Let’s enjoy this train-wreck!” proclaimed the man. It was funny to see adults, true old adults, doing what we did. They seemed happy and had fun together. Maybe one day Belle and I would still do the same? Maybe watch CATS 5 then, already?
The lights went out, then it started. There was no logos no movie production company intros, no trailers. Just a short “starring” but it was gone before I could read the name. This was certainly odd, wasn’t there all kinds of Hollywood-stars in it?
Then the screen went total black. It took so long, I think the man before us was about to get up to call someone in to fix it, when something changed. It was just a man, stepping into the black screen from the side of the frame. He wore a suit and had black hair and seemed very... British.
"Hello ladies and gentlemen! It is my pleasure to introduce you, finally, to my new version of CATS!" then he went off, a bush of silver in his hair, glittering about.
“What the hell was that?” asked Belle rolling her eyes in annoyance.
“It’s art,” I said mockish.
Then the movie finally started, hallelujah!
The first scene showed a dirty room, apparently filmed with a shaky video camera. The floor was all concrete and filled with filth and dried up stains. What they were I don’t know, might be blood I think now. There was a person in the room, small and hidden in the corner, the back turned towards the audience. The person cowered in the corner, hands over his head. This was definitely not what I had expected from CATS.
"Well, that's odd," said the woman before us. Belle and I looked at each other, she raised an eyebrow.
"Weird," I said and shrugged. Head locked back onto the screen.
The person on the screen started to cry and to moan and tried to make itself even smaller, grey and filthy it was like a rat from the cloaca. The face must have been pressed directly on the wall.
"Why do you cry, Jon?" asked a deep booming voice off the screen, it shook me to the heart. The sound effects were really good!
"Why?!" asked the voice again when the person just kept sobbing on about, why then I didn’t know.
"I can't... Please," said the person as it turned around. Just for a split second, it was barely visible, hardly at all, the face looked like it had been melted off, down to the ivory bone, but the cut was so fast it was hardly possible for me to tell.
Cut: a young man with curled brown hair, was sitting in a kitchen and read his newspaper (like literally print) and stroked the dog to his feet who looked lovingly up at him. He put the cup on the table when all started shaking.
For a moment I really even considered it was an earthquake, but a quick glance around made my mistake evident. How crappy the plot was, the effects were really good. The cup fell over and the little dog started to whimper and to crouch at the man’s feet.
"No... No…" the man whispered and put his hands over his head, tears streaming down his face.
“Is that the guy from the other room?” asked Belle.
“Where’s Judi Dench?” I asked.
"Where is it?" whispered the voice from before, now directly into my ear. I jumped up in my seat as I heard it and screamed. Belle and the couple looked at me. The man asked if I also heard it while our partners just stared at us. This was really creepy. Just a creepy movie, right?
"I don't like that," said Belle and squeezed my hand. I put my arm around her and told her) it was nothing, just a movie, just good effects. Boy, I was wrong.
It had appeared on the screen by then. The body of the voice. I couldn't even make out what it was at first, just a shadow of some thing.
Next cut: the young man cowered in the kitchen, similar like in the first scene, his dog barked in panic as the shadow got closer.
Next Cut: The shadow was a second man. He was all naked, but something was wrong, his skin seemed peeled off at some parts, while other parts were just bone. Where some skin was left, it was covered in filthy orange hair, nearly as long as a woman's. His face wasn't visible as he had an orange bag over his head. On the bag though, was drawn in crude manner a cat's head, smiling wide.
"WHERE IS IT?" shouted the voice, raspy and metallic. Belle jumped in her seat, burrowing her face in my shoulders.
“This isn’t the CATS we wanted!” I whispered to her.
“Seems like a fucked-up art film,” she said.
Next cut: The man without skin was whistling and something followed him through the door. It was an armada of cats, all hairless, filling up the floor, hissing like crazy. The flayed man got on a chair, sitting there calmly, one leg over the other. With a long claw-like finger he sliced the skin over his ribcage and brought forth an oldstyle zippo-lighter.
He produced a cigarette from under his nailbed, before he burned a little hole in the bag where his mouth must have been, surely burning his lips but if so he didn’t make sound. Afterwards he lighted the cigarette, the mass of hairless cats all over him and the now shrieking young man and the whimpering little dog crouching all of them turning the normal kitchen into a nightmare Botticelli.
Then the flayed man smoked and smoked on, before he looked directly into the camera. “It is my great pleasure to introduce you, young three blossomed flowers and the rustly old gent here, to the finer revelations of the outside universe,” he said.
The couple looked up to us and then at each other.
“What the fuck!” said Belle.
Then the flayed man continued, the cat-drawing on his bagface staring mindlessly at us. “By design of all this unshaped handmade matter it is nonsense to think it is without goal in its immaculate formation. It is by art and experience of the craftsmen of the highest order a perfectly produced realization of an opinion rarely seen these days,” he said. “My delight is cut short however, if I may articulate the thought in a rudimentary form, that entropy is seen as enemy when in all rightly ways its congress with such fine specimen as you, it is, by all rights and orders known to gods and men, a perfect solution to the unquarreling mess you produced in the current inhibition of your laws,” he said. “In all serendipity this might have produced for the offspring of your kind, I will not allow it to flow so unrighteous on this good earth. May it be havoc or war or pestilence, I can certainly assure my kind has taken a keen interest in goading aforementioned entropy into the right places of this locus. Thus, finally, I assure, you need not worry over cosmic coincidence, as very soon a fate of molded matter is awaiting you,” he said and blew out blue smoke, before he continued. “Yes ladies and gentleman, I said it’s awaiting you.”
We all just looked in shock at another. What the hell was this movie?
“I’m going to get this fixed. I’m not watching this shit!” said the man in the row before us, getting up from his place, when the movie cut again and finally showed the true CATS we have been there to see.
“Finally!” said Belle, clapping her hands, relaxing.
“About time!” shouted the man from the row before us and sat down on his place. For a half minute they showed us all the glory of the uncanny CATS we had wanted to see. Probably the woman from the counter had played us a trick or something.
Then it went downhill.
Next cut: A woman, tied down, young men pouring gasoline over her.
Next cut: WW2 soldiers fighting each other with rocks and sticks.
Next cut: children pocking a maggot-riddled corpse with sticks.
Next cut: A man slicing his skin with a razorblade, his face already a mess of flesh-stripes.
Next cut: Tentacled things twisting and coiling in a dark pit.
Next cut: Close-up of a fly crawling over what must have been shit.
Next cut: an orange cat with a nearly human face, smiling and staring.
Next cut: A man in a white robe choking himself.
Next cut, next cut, next cut, next cut…I don’t know what else there was, but this went on so fast we didn’t even have the time to say something to each other, lest get out of this hellhole of a cinema. Belle had hidden herself in my chest, her hand tightly clinging onto mine.
Next cut: Again, the flayed man, the drawn face of his cat-bag staring at us. The camera zoomed out and heard the most agonizing screams. He was bowing over a woman, doing something to her face, blood and god-knows-what coming out of it as she shook under him, spilling all over even onto the lense of the camera, though I didn’t get a look on what she looked like. “Yes, ladies and gentleman, I said its awaiting you.”
"Please, let's go," said Belle, as she just started to walk out the room, not even waiting for me. I got up too, this got way to freakish I wanted to mock a bad movie not watch some version of "A Serbian Film”, and followed straight after Belle, down the stairs. I took a glimpse at the screen as we walked down towards the door: The flayed man had thrown himself on the whimpering man from before. He wailed in agony as he was burned to a crisp, simply by the touch. Within a second he was just a charred smoking mass of pinkish mud.
The skinless man got up and took the dog who whelped in frantic fear. With a loud slurp he devoured him whole, his mouth a gaping maw with the tongue whirling about anaconda in red it stuck to the dog and rolled it up real tight and then it went all back into the mouth, hidden in the orange bag as the head of the dog was still visible inside of the belly of the flayed man. The muffled barks, pure angst, sounded real.
"Already leaving?" I heard the middle-aged man ask from behind. I turned around and saw their faces. They grinned from ear to ear, but their eyes, meow, their eyes were gone! Just empty black holes staring at us. Belle shrieked behind me and as I turned, there was nothing.
I threw myself at the door, but she wasn’t behind it. Simply gone. The entrance hall was now filled with people.
There was a man in a butler-costume now too behind the counter. He and the woman with the high-pitched voice laughed at me, bursting my ear drums. There were two women next to the door, one of them stuffing herself with food and in the center of it all, suddenly a piano. A man played like a maniac on it. He wore sunglasses though it was dark outside and he followed my every step as I ran through them.
They all laughed as I ran out! Outside the cinema, I called for Belle but got no answer. I looked in panic around me and there he was: The flayed man! I saw his face. It was so... familiar. He got down on all four of his mutilated limbs, like an animal he slowly preyed towards me. I ran across the street, all empty all dark. Up to the train station.
"WHERE IS IT?" I heard behind me, but he was gone.
At the train station there was an old man. I cried and babbled and was a mad mess as he called the police. Nobody has seen Belle. They tell me the old rundown cinema had closed years ago. There was nothing about a missing couple on the news, or about Belle. Where is she. Where is it? WHERE IS IT?
I forwarded the message to my friend Jacques down in France, living not far from the Belgian border. He got back to me yesterday.
Hey Don, spooky stuff. I went up there but there's nothing. The place is closed, and all boarded up. What's really creepy though was them damn cats. Must have taken up there. Meowing all over the place. Honestly, didn't dare to get in, bad vibes were too big. I asked at townhall and they said place was abandoned, didn’t even know the name of the current owner. Best stay away from that shit. Jacques.
That's all I know, for now. I know most of you love horror films and that's all fine enough but stay away from Hollywood, dark stars are out there watching you, waiting, preying.
Yours truly,
Don Kowalski
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2020.02.18 19:29 LimerickJim All the reasons Cats the movie was so bad from someone who loved the musical.

I made a point of going to see this because I fucking love the musical.
They did a lot of really stupid things in this movie:
What I hated the most was that they fundamentally don't understand the point that TS Elliot, his wife and Andrew Lloyd Webber were getting across. Cats is about cats and the people who love them. It's about the fact that cats can have so many different types of personality. It's about the fact that they grow old. It's about the fact that they die and we hope that they are in a better place. The lyrics to "The Journey to the Heaviside Layer" come from a conversation between ALW and Elliot's widow: "up up past the Russel Hotel up up up up to the heaviside layer". The song is about dealing with the death of a loved cat and hoping that it's in a better place now. Finally it's about explaining how great having cats in your life can be and how even though some cats are cunts and losing a cat is painful that they are worth being friends and partners with.
The book and musical are about cats using humans as metaphors. This movie was about humans acting like cats and missed the mark completely.
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2020.01.19 04:15 OkAvocado7 Movie and TV portrayals of Narcs

These are some of my personal favorites, where I feel they really nail a Narcissistic or other Cluster B type character to a T:
Excellent portrayal of a male overt Narc/sociopath: Denzel Washington in Training Day
Male overt Narc: Jude Law in The Talented Mr. Ripley
Female covert Narc: Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal
Male overt Narc: J.K. Simmons in Whiplash
Female Borderline: Charlize Theron in Young Adult
Male Overt Narc/Sociopath - Joe Pesci in Casino
Female overt Narc: Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada
Female covert Narc: Reese Witherspoon in Election
Female Borderline: Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married
Male Overt Narc: Michael Douglas as Gordon Gecko in Wall Street
Male overt Narc: Jason Alexander in Pretty Woman
Male overt Narc: Jon Hamm in Bridesmaids
Female overt Narc: Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls
Male covert Narc: Hayden Christensen in Shattered Glass
Female Borderline: Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction
The reality TV show 90 Day Fiancé, which chronicles the personal stories of couples who are going through the K1 (fiancé) visa process, is very addictive. Several seasons of the show include couples in which one of them is clearly a Narc. Watching the Narc manipulate their partner in ways that are obvious if you are educated about Narcs, will have you binge watching and also yelling at your TV.
These are some of my favorites. What are yours?
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2019.12.21 23:52 OldmanRevived i saw two movies (Bombshell, Cats)

first up was Bombshell
it was only a couple days ago that I deplored the remake of “Black Christmas,” a cruelly arrogant and boastful slog with a phony moral equivalency. “Bombshell” gets right exactly what that movie got wrong. the film does an excellent job drawing attention to the seemingly innocent and mundane details of corporate life. in the wake of Roger Ailes, sexual harassment policy became the hottest human resource issue in corporate America. any discussion of it would have been easy enough to explore, but the film turns the traditional roles of a male employer harassing a female subordinate on its ear. especially in the ever-dominant world of corporations, simple human empathy is lost against a backlash of other most often selfish concerns.
the film picks up in 2015 as the Presidential campaigns are underway. Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) breaks the fourth wall and takes us on a tour of the Fox offices, even pointing out Roger Ailes’ private and secure sanctuary. we then see the memorable moment where Ms. Kelly publicly questioned candidate Donald Trump about his history with women. it was a moment that shook the network, and elevated Kelly to worldwide notoriety. early emphasis is on Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman), and her declining role at the network as she is removed from the highly rated morning program and placed on her own show in an unappealing time slot. although her skills in the workplace seem amateurish, Carlson makes the case that she was unceremoniously removed due to her not going along with Ailes' wishes behind closed doors. it's Gretchen's lawsuit against Ailes that kicks off the downfall of the network's leader. she was the one courageous enough to be first.
Kayla Pospisill (Margot Robbie) is an ambitious producer who initially works for Carlson, and then moved swiftly to “The O’Reilly Factor.” Kayla is a composite character written to represent many of the women who worked at the network. she is smart and earnestly working towards a shot at becoming an on-air personality. it's that ambition that results in her sitting in Ailes' office when he requests, "stand up and give me a twirl." as an attempt to seal up his behavior, he follows this reasoning: "it’s a visual medium." Kayla's interaction allows us a glimpse at the systemic sexual harassment that became commonplace in the office. the toxic environment was not isolated to Ailes, as shown here and proven later.
the physically alimented Ailes is played by John Lithgow, who’s able to grasp at the ego and demented nature. What makes this even more frightening is that Ailes apparently used this harassment and manipulation as the first step in a form of mind control; to ensure the content of his network fit his closed-minded ideals. the message was clear: remain loyal to him or lose your career. and of course there are office hearings and confrontations as the company tries to get to the bottom of the charges without allowing a public scandal. Kelly keeps a zip on any potential responses she could have, as she doesn’t want to become the “poster girl for sexual harassment.”
Charlize Theron is smart and in command of her presence, and she's persuasive here as she defends herself. that is, alongside with Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman. wherever you look in this movie, people are representative figures rather than people. the choice is theirs to either stand up for what they believe in, or continue standing to the side in silence. and of course, we now live in the age where internet economy has grown from its nascence. in the simple push of a button, one man’s world could be crushed.
the camera work is at a service to the story. there's a nervous energy to how Roach is keeping the shots, things moving about from one angle to another, the hand-held and the zooms moving about to such a rhythm that is not sloppy. it kept me on edge, but that's the right choice for this material; it's angering and heartbreaking. there are moments when you want to cringe at the danger these women are in. considering the male predators, we sense the chilling disconnect between their actions and consequences, the buildup of resentments and hatreds, the moral vacuum, the way they can talk themselves into doing unthinkable things, and above all the need to talk about it.
“Bombshell” is intended as a wake-up call, and surprisingly, it works without pushing too hard or going too far in the most difficult subjects. what we have is a look into our world, where for years these events continued, but were hardly talked about. only now are we owning up to it. the film is like a documentary of a real life horror that unfolds in slow motion, and reminds us that even after the fact, no one is listening. because truth is like poetry.

next up was Cats
from what dark night of the soul emerged the wretched idea for “Cats”? who considered it even remotely a plausible idea for a movie? i am not a fan of cats themselves, but this movie made me reminisce on the regular species formation. when they're presented as miniature adults, there is something so fundamentally wrong that our human instincts cry out in protest. “Cats” was one of the longest running hits on Broadway, for reasons that still remain a complete mystery to me. both the costume design and the visual flair give off such an instantaneous feel of revulsion and disgust that it detracts any other possibility of enjoyment. yes, in theory, the concept could be considered relatively creative, but to what purpose?
the movie begins with a bag of garbage thrown in the streets of London. a number of alley cats gather around to examine its contents, and from it emerges a white cat known as Victoria (Francesca Hayward). the cats then question whether or not she is one of their tribe, called the Jellicles, as they come together at the annual Jellicle Ball to decide which one of them will ascend to the Heaviside Layer (their version of heaven) and be reborn into a new life. a bulk of the plot consists of the different contenders being introduced, either by themselves or by other cats. music and dance are the main focus of the show, at the expense of a traditional narrative structure. the Jellicle cats are introduced either by themselves or by other cats, mostly through song, and they appear to pop out by the numbers. Almost all of them are fastidiously keeping a certain distance from characterization and personality, because they are, at the end of the day, simply cats.
because we are stuck with them for a tedious two hours, we have no choice but to sit and wait for them to actually do something worthy of our time and interest. different cats take the spotlight, and perform a number about who they are. Jennyanydots (Rebel Wilson) is a lazy tabby who wreaks havoc at night. Bustopher Jones (James Corden) is a street cat decked out in tail-coat and spats, making him essentially the feline version of Oliver Hardy. Mr. Mistoffelees (Laurie Davidson) sports a top hat and does magic tricks. Skimbleshanks (Steven McRae) commandeers railway cars with the power of his tap-dancing. the merriment is cut short, however, by the arrival of Macavity (Idris Elba), a notorious criminal who abducts the other competitors in an attempt to win the ball and get his own transmigration. Grizabella: The Glamour Cat (Jennifer Hudson) was part of the Jellicle tribe until she went off with Macavity. there’s also Old Deuteronomy (Judi Dench), an ancient, wise cat who has lived many lives in succession. though she has outlived her partners, she has had numerous progeny.
the images are packed, but what’s going on in them isn’t directly involving; it’s at a remove. for long stretches, just about every shot is a special effect, and the scenes have the deadness of special effects without a clear narrative. this is a movie about a storyteller’s tales made by a director who shows no feeling for the magical pleasure an audience experiences when the timing is a jamboree, the episodes have a dramatic shape, and everything dovetails in a perfect surprise. the director is Tom Hooper, who has translated plays to film before with “Les Misérables,” which was so infinitely better and wiser and gentler and nicer. most stage-to-film adaptations must confront the charge of being stagy. many successful attempts have been made to open up stage plays to show things that could not possibly be done in the theatre. but alas, this film is a mere trifle.
back to the makeup and costuming: are these characters meant to be as mawkish as i found them? if Hooper and his moviemaking team were aware of what a soft bundle of anthropomorphic ick these creatures are, they would have scrapped the idea long before production began. the cats gave me the creeps. i had the fingernails-on-a-blackboard effect as I was looking at these unattractive, uncharismatic, and just plain weird creations. all I could think was, “get me out of here before I have to look at these creatures for one more second.” the stars all seem to be singing their own songs, aided by an off-screen chorus, plus full orchestration. the plot is a clothesline on which to hang the songs; the movie doesn't sparkle when nobody is singing or dancing, but that's rarely.
in terms of the backgrounds, there’s something of Méliès to this scenic approach, and something of Fritz Lang, too. Hooper displays each new set proudly, with a flourish. But it’s not enough to have great set design, you must know what to do with it. Hooper doesn’t have the imagination to believe in his vision and support it all the way. the elements are here for a fantasy, but the innocence is missing. in some area of themselves, Hooper seems to deny himself a child’s sense of wonder. this movie isn’t for kids. it’s not for anyone. that is, unless you have some kind of warped, intimate fascination with cats who carry human psychology.
“Cats” is a movie that just clangs. it has no outstanding scenes, no highs, it just slogs along, and those worst moments are the film's texture. it’s got a style, all right, but the movie doesn’t look like other movies, or sound like them. it’s a leering, portentous style delving into a stupor of inactivity. Tom Hooper has proven himself to be a lucky showman with strong opportunism, yet his work here is almost forced together chaotically. he overdesigns every social occasion into a disconnected grotesqueness. i think one is more likely to feel cold antipathy toward the movie than enjoyment of it. if you’re going to place a musical of sensibility to the big screen, it had better be your own sensibility. it may be a disaster, but the viewer isn't as likely to get the empty feeling of being on the outside staring reverently at not very much. what’s visible in the movie is a very minuscule hint of enthusiasm, but at some point, it all comes to bite you on the nose.
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2019.11.16 00:16 newsfeedmedia Judi Dench exudes elegance in black dress as she joins partner David Mills at the Wildlife Ball

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2019.05.09 15:19 eventbot What's happening around town (Thu, May 9th - Tue, May 14th)

Oklahoma City's event list.

Ongoing

  • Hicks and Booneshine (Noir Bistro & Bar - Oklahoma City) Thru Mon, Nov 25th Live talk show with Spencer Hicks and Kristy Boone.…
  • Horseplay (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jul 14th See Tom Lovell's sketches and studies of horses in the latest Horseplay exhibit at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage…
  • Support Local Art Show at DNA Galleries (Plaza District - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Jun 9th Start Time: 6:00pm SUPPORT LOCAL ART SHOW. More details to TBA

Thursday, May 9th

  • 🎨 105th Annual OU School of Visual Arts Student Exhibition (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Norman) Thru Sat, May 11th Start Time: 10:00am This competitive juried show is held each spring and highlights the diverse works of art created by students from the University of Oklahoma’s School of...
  • 🎨 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, May 12th September 1 – May 12, 2019 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art, than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who shaped it. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita…
  • Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, May 12th The Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit features North American bison artwork. Head to the National Cowboy & Western…
  • Art Adventures (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Norman) Start Time: 10:30am
  • 😂 Brandon Vestal (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, May 11th
  • 🎭 The Comedy Magic & Mentalism of Max Krause 13+ (Max's Magic Theatre - OKC - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 9:15pm 13+ Ages
  • Cowboys in Khaki (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, May 12th
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. Nashville Sounds (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 7:05pm
  • 🎓 Free Small Business Start-up Workshop (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 9:00am The City of Norman and the Pioneer Library System will host a Small Business Start-up workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The...
  • 🏆 Greater Oklahoma Hunter Jumper Association (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) Thru Sat, May 11th Start Time: 8:00am Join the Greater Oklahoma Hunter Jumper Association at their spring show at the Lazy E Arena!
  • Hopeful Horizons (Oklahoma History Center - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:30pm Parents Helping Parents Inc. presents Hopeful Horizons. This event features a raffle, music, hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Our guest speaker will be Sandy Swenson, author of Joey's Song: A Mother's Story of Her Son's Addiction.
  • 🎡 Looking For Something? (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 8:00pm Troubadour and formerly syndicated cartoonist Roy Schneider has developed a devoted fan base for his particular flavor of Americana music since 2008, through international radio airplay and consistent touring with life-and-stage partner Kim Mayfield. Playfully dubbed "Blue-Twangled Folk ‘n' Roll" in a 2014 No Depression interview, Schneider &…
  • Old 97s & Bob Schneider (The Jones Assembly - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:30pm To purchase tickets for this event, please visit our partner website HERE ! Doors at 6:30. Full bar and walk-up food window available. Rain or shine event. No re-entry. No refunds. No smoking. Under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Support acts are subject to change without notice.
  • 🎨 Premium in Practice: Avoiding Common Brand Mistakes (Film Row - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 12:00pm Kami Huddleston and Ashley Bowen Murphy have seen just about everything when it comes to branding blunders and now they’re sharing their secrets to help...
  • Roy Schneider & Kim Mayfield (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 🍴 Saloon Series (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm Stop by the Museum for a unique happy hour experience with Coop Ale Works! The Saloon Series is a four part tasting given by a knowledgeable connoisseur each class. Guests will enjoy new and exciting themed drinks while mingling in a saloon themed atmosphere. Admission is $30 at the door and includes a drink flight, tasting class, and hors…
  • Second Annual Veteran Service Awards (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 6:00pm In cooperation with the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs and the Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program we are hosting the Second Annual Veterans Service...
  • 🎨 Seeing Now Opening Reception (Film Row - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm Please join us for the opening reception of SEEING NOW. Enjoy a cocktail reception at 7pm with remarks by Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites, followed by a...
  • 🎨 Seen/Unseen: A Festival of Experimental Film (Oklahoma Contemporary - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm SEEN/UNSEEN will immerse audiences in a curated selection of experimental films ranging from the early works of groundbreaking filmmakers to current...
  • Chickasha Spring Auto Swap Meet (Chickasha) Thru Sat, May 11th The Chickasha Spring Auto Swap Meet is held on 40 acres just east of the Grady County Fairgrounds. Over 1,500 vendors will…
  • 🎓 Starting a Small Business (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 9:00am Are you dreaming of starting your own business? Join us for an overview of the business start-up process and learn about local resources. Registration...
  • 🏆 Three Thousand Thursday Thrills (Remington Park - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 9:00pm Thursday play in the Remington Park Casino gets a little richer in May. Just use your Club Remington Card when you play in the casino any day of the...
  • 🎭 Valorous: Senior Project Showcase (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 7:30pm Department of Dance will present our graduating seniors capstone choreography, as well as featured student works, for an evening of unique dance experiences.

Friday, May 10th

  • 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk (Norman Arts District - Norman) The 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk, a monthly celebration of the arts in Norman, connects the downtown arts district with…
  • 🎨 105th Annual OU School of Visual Arts Student Exhibition (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Norman) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am This competitive juried show is held each spring and highlights the diverse works of art created by students from the University of Oklahoma’s School of...
  • 405 LIVE! (ACTS Theatre - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Get ready for a night of deeply satisfying laughter as Oklahoma’s premier sketch comedy theatre, 405…
  • 2019 Spring CEPS Graduation Receptions (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 1:00pm Spring 2019 Graduates in the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS): You and your family are invited to attend the CEPS Graduation...
  • 🎨 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, May 12th September 1 – May 12, 2019 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art, than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who shaped it. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita…
  • Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, May 12th The Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit features North American bison artwork. Head to the National Cowboy & Western…
  • Big 12 Softball Championship (USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Head to the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium Complex to cheer your team onto victory at the Big 12 Softball Championship.…
  • Bonnie Bishop (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 😂 Brandon Vestal (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) 1 day left
  • Collective Soul in Concert (Grand Casino Hotel & Resort - Shawnee) If you're a Collective Soul fan, you won't want to miss out as this chart-topping rock band plays through their…
  • 😂 Comedian Billy Wayne Davis Live At The Paramount Room (The Paramount OKC - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 🎓 Oklahoma City Community College Graduation (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:30pm
  • Cowboys in Khaki (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, May 12th
  • 🎓 Dancing in the Gardens ft. the Salsa (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm PLEASE READ!! WE HAVE MOVED TO FRIDAY, MAY 10 DUE TO WEATHER! Dancing in the Gardens returns to our seasonal plaza Friday, May 10! It is one of the...
  • 🎨 David Holland The Skies Have It (Mainsite - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm Norman Arts Council announces the exhibition and three-month residency of Oklahoma cloudscape artist David Holland from May through July 2019 at MAINSITE...
  • 🎨 Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS (ArtWorks Academy of Performing Arts - Norman) Start Time: 6:30pm ArtWorks Academy Presents DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS. Friday, May 10 at 6:30 pm Saturday, May 11 at 2:00 pm Saturday, May 11 at 3:30 pm Saturday, May...
  • 🏆 Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. Nashville Sounds (Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 7:05pm
  • 🎓 Free Zumba (Guthrie Library - Guthrie) Start Time: 5:00pm Dress to sweat! Free Latin inspired dance fitness class. Space is Limited. RSVP. The City of Guthrie, OK - Municipal Government Guthrie Chamber of...
  • 🏆 Greater Oklahoma Hunter Jumper Association (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) 1 day left Start Time: 8:00am Join the Greater Oklahoma Hunter Jumper Association at their spring show at the Lazy E Arena!
  • 🎨 Knotty Women, Twisted Sisters - Gallery Opening (The Depot - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, hosts an opening reception for "Knotty Women, Twisted Sisters," the fiber art of Julie Marks Blackstone and Sue Moss...
  • LIVE on the Plaza: deadCENTER Takeover (Plaza District - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm LIVE! on the Plaza is the Plaza District's free & monthly artwalk featuring art shows, live entertainment, great food and local shopping. For this month's LIVE, 19th annual deadCenter Film Festival is taking over!
  • 🎡 Looking For Something? (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 8:00pm Troubadour and formerly syndicated cartoonist Roy Schneider has developed a devoted fan base for his particular flavor of Americana music since 2008, through international radio airplay and consistent touring with life-and-stage partner Kim Mayfield. Playfully dubbed "Blue-Twangled Folk ‘n' Roll" in a 2014 No Depression interview, Schneider &…
  • Louis Goldberg w/ Special Guest (Oklahoma City University - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Made in Oklahoma Fest (Reed Conference Center - Midwest City) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 5:00pm The annual Made in Oklahoma Fest is a highly-anticipated celebration of local businesses, attracting more than a hundred…
  • 🏆 OU Track & Field: John Jacobs Invitational (University of Oklahoma - Norman)
  • 🎨 Red Joan (Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:30pm “Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest....
  • 🎨 Seen/Unseen: A Festival of Experimental Film (Oklahoma Contemporary - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm SEEN/UNSEEN will immerse audiences in a curated selection of experimental films ranging from the early works of groundbreaking filmmakers to current...
  • Shooter Jennings in Concert (Tower Theatre Studio - Oklahoma City) Honky tonk the night away when Shooter Jennings and special guest Vincent Neil Emerson take over Oklahoma…
  • Splatter / Death Squad / Amenaza (Blue Note - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 9:00pm SPLATTER (Austin, TX) https://bvirecords.bandcamp.com/album/splatter-crime-spree-ep AMENAZA (OKC) https://amenazapunx.bandcamp.com DEATH SQUAD (OKC)...
  • Chickasha Spring Auto Swap Meet (Chickasha) 1 day left The Chickasha Spring Auto Swap Meet is held on 40 acres just east of the Grady County Fairgrounds. Over 1,500 vendors will…
  • 🎓 Surreptitious: The After Work Social Mixer (Avenue 101 - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:00pm $10 Fishbowls $3 Hennessy Black $1 Beers $10 Hookah ($5 the 1st Hour) 3 Wine ::NO COVER::
  • A Whale of a Sale (Oklahoma City First Presbyterian Church - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Join the Junior League of Oklahoma City for an upscale rummage sale extravaganza during A Whale of a Sale. This fun, two-day…

Saturday, May 11th

  • 🎨 105th Annual OU School of Visual Arts Student Exhibition (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Norman) Last Day Start Time: 10:00am This competitive juried show is held each spring and highlights the diverse works of art created by students from the University of Oklahoma’s School of...
  • 405 LIVE! (ACTS Theatre - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Get ready for a night of deeply satisfying laughter as Oklahoma’s premier sketch comedy theatre, 405…
  • 🎨 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) 1 day left September 1 – May 12, 2019 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art, than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who shaped it. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita…
  • 🎭 Anchors Aweigh - Junior Theatre Production Auditions (Edmond Fine Arts - Edmond) Start Time: 9:00am Step aboard the S.S. Flounder and wash away with tides of laughter as mistaken identities, lively chase scenes and a storm that almost sets the entire...
  • Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) 1 day left The Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit features North American bison artwork. Head to the National Cowboy & Western…
  • 🎨 Edmond Art Association Spring Show and Sale (Spring Creek Plaza - Edmond) Start Time: 10:00am Outdoor art event on the sidewalks of Spring Creek Plaza Shopping Center, Edmond. Local artists will display and offer for sale original art.
  • Beats & Bites Festival (Riverwind Casino - Norman) Feast on delicious entrees and snacks from various food trucks at Riverwind Casino's Beats & Bites music and food…
  • Big 12 Softball Championship (USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Head to the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium Complex to cheer your team onto victory at the Big 12 Softball Championship.…
  • 🎓 Botanical Balance FREE Yoga (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00am Botanical Balance FREE YOGA presented by Fowler Toyota, sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union and Stephenson Cancer Center Tuesdays, 5:45 pm and Saturdays, 8 am Check in at the Visitor Center and find out location which changes depending on the season Instructors provided by This Land Yoga Bring a mat, water, and an “open mind”…
  • 😂 Brandon Vestal (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Last Day
  • Cowboys in Khaki (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) 1 day left
  • Curve with a Cause (Classen Curve - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 11:00am Children's Hospital Foundation Teen Board presents Curve with a Cause! Shopping discounts, live music and snacks on May 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at...
  • 🎓 The Damn Quails - Bryon White & Gabe Marshall on (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00am The Damn Quails started as a weekly jam session between two Oklahoma songwriters. Gabe Marshall and Bryon White met for a weekly gig that soon attracted all kinds of characters playing various instruments. These sessions quickly attracted a crowd, a semi-stable line-up was formed, and The Damn Quails were born. The band released their first…
  • Deep German Romanticism (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) As the season closer for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's Classic Concert Series, Alexander Mickelthwate conducts the…
  • Deuce-on-Deuce (Artspace At Untitled - Oklahoma City) Spend the evening relaxing as Jazz waves hit your ears from the Artspace at Untitled stage. Come see one of the finest local…
  • Edmond Farmer's Market (Festival Marketplace - Edmond) Start Time: 8:00am
  • 🏆 Greater Oklahoma Hunter Jumper Association (Lazy E Arena - Guthrie) Last Day Start Time: 8:00am Join the Greater Oklahoma Hunter Jumper Association at their spring show at the Lazy E Arena!
  • Great Strides Walk (Public Event) (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 9:00am Great Strides Walk Saturday, May 11, 9am, check-in, 10am, walk Band Shell/Devon Lawn This is a public event being held at the Myriad Gardens. Visit Cystic Fibrosis website here for more details.
  • 🏃 Keller Williams Red Day 5K Run (Edmond) Start Time: 9:00am See website for details: http://www.centralokredday.com
  • Made in Oklahoma Fest (Reed Conference Center - Midwest City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 5:00pm The annual Made in Oklahoma Fest is a highly-anticipated celebration of local businesses, attracting more than a hundred…
  • National Mini Golf Day (Andy Alligator's Fun Park & Water Park - Norman) Start Time: 10:00am Take part in one of America’s favorite pastimes on National Miniature Golf Day at Andy Alligator’s! The first 100 guests to purchase an Unlimited Fun Wristband receive FREE Mini Golf for a year!
  • OKC Garden Fest (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 9:00am Gardeners, plant lovers and cooking enthusiasts will enjoy the OKC Garden Fest at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in…
  • 🎨 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition Take-In (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 9:00am Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition presented by The Oklahoma State Fair • Open to all Oklahoma schools - public and private • Registration is free and opens...
  • Seed Bomb Walkup at Garden Fest (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 11:00am Saturday, May 11, 11am – 2pm Children’s Garden Entrance $1 for 2 seed bombs All ages welcome Join us to make homemade seed bombs so you create color explosion flower gardens in your yard and neighborhood. We’ll have information about the types of seeds in our wildflower mix and how you’re helping out local pollinator and animal friends.
  • Chickasha Spring Auto Swap Meet (Chickasha) Last Day The Chickasha Spring Auto Swap Meet is held on 40 acres just east of the Grady County Fairgrounds. Over 1,500 vendors will…
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Sunday, May 12th

  • 🎨 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Last Day September 1 – May 12, 2019 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art, than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who shaped it. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita…
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  • Flowers & Sours for Mother’s Day at Oak & Ore (Plaza District - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 11:00am Cheers to you, Ma! We’ve rounded up a variety of deliciously tart brews and partnered with our friends at Curbside Chronicle to bring Flowers & Sours to the Plaza District on Mother’s Day!
  • OU Sooners vs OSU Cowboys (L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park - Norman) Watch as the University of Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys go head to head during this year's Bedlam…

Monday, May 13th

  • Blessthefall in Concert (89th Street Collective - Oklahoma City) See metalcore band Blessthefall live as they take over 89th Street in Oklahoma City. Opening acts Slaves, Capsize and…

Tuesday, May 14th

  • Chisholm Creek Rooftop Hop (Chisholm Creek - Oklahoma City) This summer, prepare for ample live music opportunities. Each Tuesday night, head over to Chisholm Creek to enjoy Happy Hour…
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2018.10.30 16:30 MsBluffy What's Going on in Columbia? October 30-Nov 4

Content Courtesy of Columbia CVB

ON STAGE

Ailey II - October 30 Jesse Auditorium. For more than forty years, Ailey II has merged the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Started in 1974 as the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Ailey II embodies Alvin Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training and community programs for all people. Fever Dream – October 31 – November 3 7:30 PM and November 4 2 PM at Rhynsburger Theatre. Segis is yanked out of his dismal corporate dungeon one day, only to discover that he is the heir to a major business empire. Join us for this quirky, magical, modern-day journey through Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s Spanish golden age classic, Life is a Dream.
Rosario Andino – November 2 7 PM at Missouri Theatre. A pianist in the “grand manner,” Rosario Andino carries on the legacy of Anton and Nicholas Rubinstein, Busoni, Friedman and more. Born in Cuba, she began her musical studies at age 4. Her acclaimed performances in the United States, Cuba, Mexico, and throughout Europe include standard major works for the piano as well as works by Cuban composers.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Haunted Observatory – October 30 6 PM – 9 PM at Laws Observatory. The Haunted Observatory is an annual gathering of long-deceased scientists, fictitious brainiacs, and other human(oid)s. Professors Snape and Sinistra are both common occurrences, along with the likes of Isaac Newton and Carl Sagan. The kids who come are treated to a scavenger hunt dedicated to finding all of the famous (ghostly) folk roaming around. The parents who tag along have a chance to deepen their well stellar knowledge, or simply walk and gaze at the many fascinating astronomical artifacts. Children are free to frolic, and the adults can come at zero cost.
Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – October 31 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at Victorian Country Inn, Hallsville - Celebrate Halloween in Style with your own mask or one of ours. Wear your own costumes and save the same as group rate of $10 off a ticket or choose our Roaring 20’s and 30’s gangster gals and guys with our accessories. You don’t to have spend $ on renting a costume as we provide them. Clues, Costumes, Characters and a Masquerade Ball are all part of an interactive evening. Advance reservation required.
Papa’s Halloween Party – October 31 6:30 PM – 8 PM It’s not Halloween without black cats! Halloween also happens to be our favorite holiday. That calls for a party! Your party reservation includes a buffet of baked goods. Beverages for sale at holiday prices, including our normal drink menu, beer and wine. Costume contest with a prize of a free t-shirt and gift certificate for another visit to the cafe. All guests must be 18 years old or older. Reservation required.
Halloween Brew ‘N View – October 31 8 PM – 12 AM at The Blue Note Something just feels right about experiencing Halloween with the chaos and delight of the world's greatest (and only) rock & roll audience participation film, hosted (as always) by Mark "The Master" Chambers! Follow Brad and Janet as they encounter Dr. Frank N. Furter, and dance to songs that are now cult classics. Halloween shows off the best costumes and the most raucous behavior of the entire year! Let's do the Time Warp again, Columbia! Warning: the show features ADULT LANGUAGE and the film includes ADULT CONTENT.
Citizen Jane Film Festival – November 1 – 4 (various venues) Founded at Stephens College, the second oldest women’s college in the country, Citizen Jane is changing opportunities for women in film through an internationally known Film Festival, Film Series and a Filmmaking Camp for young women. Through education, connection and artistic/unique experiences, Citizen Jane celebrates independent film by independent women.
First Fridays - November 2 6 PM – 9 PM in North Village Arts District - A FREE gallery crawl held the first Friday of each month in the North Village Arts District. Come explore the unique venues and enjoy the live music art and entertainment! The first Friday of each month, the North Village Arts District will collectively open its doors, encouraging residents, visitors and tourists to explore and appreciate the ever-growing collections of art and entertainment that diversify and energize our community. The North Village Arts District is committed to the cross-pollination of art, audience, entertainment and community. The North Village Arts District encourages their neighboring merchants of all kinds to invest in the development of our district by also opening doors, and participating in this monthly event — a collaborative community effort to awaken locals and visitors alike to the art and energy that is the heart and soul of the North Village Arts District. There will be free entertainment and light refreshments.
Velo, Vino, Vici 2018 – November 3 5 PM at Columbia Foyer in the Pillsbury Science Center at Stephens College - Join us for a fall evening bike tour (or walking tour!) celebrating women on bikes. Vélo Vino Vici is a fun, easy, and social event. We will travel around downtown Columbia tasting wine and celebrating of the significant role the bicycle has played in women’s empowerment and independence. We will end the ride at Citizen Jane Film Festival 2018’s Phosphors Digital Art Installation at Fretboard Coffee. Vélo Vino Vici is hosted by PedNet Coalition, Inc., in partnership with Citizen Jane Film Festival. This is a guided ride and walk, so we will travel together. We will give participants a set of tickets, and when you arrive at the stop, you will trade in your ticket for wine samples. 21 years and older only. No need for spandex or padded shorts. Dress for an evening on the town. We will have bike mechanics on the route and will provide SAG support in case anyone has bike trouble along the way. Registration is only $30. We are still accepting in person registrations at the beginning of the event! See our event page for more information.

GALLERIES

Teaching from the Collections October 6 – December 16 at Stephens College. This back-to-school exhibition by the Stephens College Costume Museum and Research Library features 13 ensembles from the 1940s to the 1970s, showcasing some of the 20th century’s most influential designers. Visitors share in the fashion major’s experience learning about designers’ signature techniques and materials with a chance to test their new knowledge in a quiz. But don’t worry; everyone who visits this free exhibition makes the grade!
Seeing Anew: A Reinterpretation of Modern and Contemporary Artworks from the Permanent Collection at Museum of Art and Archaeology. After two years of special exhibitions, two galleries will be rededicated to highlighting extraordinary works of modern and contemporary art. Selections of artworks from about 1950 to the present will be reinterpreted with an emphasis on diversity represented in the permanent collection. Both familiar favorites and recent acquisitions will be displayed, along with a new section devoted to works on paper.
The Aesthetic of a Monumental Figure Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 at Columbia Research Center - Throughout the history of Western art, painters have signaled the importance of human figures by representing them on a large scale. Such figures may be contemporary, historical, allegorical, or religious. Traditionally a “monumental figure” is half-life-size or larger. This exhibition includes seven pictures with such figures. The selection includes commissioned portraits, anonymous nudes, imaginary figures, and images of everyday people. Audiences may see personal, political, psychological, and social meanings in these images, and these messages are amplified by each pictures monumentality.
The Clay Cup IV: Vessel, Icon, Canvas Exhibition October 8 through November 1 at Bingham Gallery Based in Portland, Maine, Ayumi Horie believes that the best handmade pottery encourages connections between people and makes daily life better. Her activism and advocacy promote thoughtful craft practice and support for makers around the world. In 2015, she was awarded a Distinguished Fellow grant by United States Artists. She’s continuing to work on The Democratic Cup, a project that encourages active civic engagement through pottery and Pots In Action, an ongoing curatorial project of Ayumi’s on Instagram where various themes within ceramics are covered.
CoalieSpear Show September 7 – November 4 at the Boone County History & Culture Center. The Montminy Gallery is proud to announce the COALIESPEAR show. This exhibition showcases the work of two award-winning local artists, Kelly Coalier and David Spear. Among their awards, each has won the City of Columbia Commemorative Art Poster. The COALIESPEAR show is the first dual show for this pair of long-time Columbia friends and residents. With each artist exhibiting more than 25 works of art, it is also the largest show for either artist in many years. Coalier has been making artwork daily for 30 plus years. His current drawings and photographs reflect a decade of raising kids and living in Boone County. Fairs, festivals, family and friends are inspirational sources in Coalier’s work. His style and composition are influenced by traditional drawing, comics, animation, photography, and pre-World War II modernism. Spear’s work is influenced by history and the evolution of art. He weaves together genres of realism and abstraction to express a range of artistic concepts and points of view. His artistic career and work are motivated by a continuous commitment to the development of a broad understanding of diverse processes and perspectives.
Salvador Dali exhibit at The Tiger Hotel. In the lobby of the hotel, you will find two lithographs from Dali’s 1977 ‘Twelve Apostles or Knights of the Round Table’ Suite: James the Lesser or The Vicar of Britain and Phillip or Knighting of Sir Galahad. Between them is Dali’s1974 original work, The Last Corner of the Last Planet, from a suite of twelve paintings known as ‘Conquest of Cosmos.’

SPORTS

Columbia College Volleyball vs. Stephens College WED 7 PM Southwell Complex

MUSIC

TUESDAY
A Tight Tight Fright Night ft. Loose Loose + pinkcaravan 7:30 PM at Roe Music Hall
WEDNESDAY
Bass Royale: Halloween EDM Tribute 8 PM at Rose Music Hall
THURSDAY
The Band Perry 8 PM at the Blue Note
Black Jack Row / Buried / Crooked Cane 7:30 PM at Rose Music Hall
Clayton Hicklin 8 PM The Saloon Room
FRIDAY
Interstellar Overdrive: Pink Floyd Tribute Band 8 PM at The Blue Note
First Friday Happy Hour ft. The Fried Crawdaddies 5 PM at Rose Music Hall
Gaslight Road Sounds ft. The Burney Sisters 8:30 PM at Rose Music Hall
BS Presents a Place Called Home *Tom Petty Tribute* 9 PM at Boone Saloon
Fretboard First Friday w/ Debonair Dinosaur and Austin Jones 6 PM at Fretboard Coffee
SATURDAY
Pokey LaFarge with Two-Bit Steve 8:30 PM at The Blue Note
KCOU 45th Birthday Bash 6 PM at Rose Music Hall
Dallas Lybarger 8 PM at Nash Vegas
Pacific Lights 8 PM at Dive Bar
Nick Hickman & Lonely Highway 8 PM Snorty Horse Saloon

MOVIE GUIDE


BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE - The El Royale is run-down hotel that sits on the border between California and Nevada. It soon becomes a seedy battleground when seven strangers -- a cleric, a soul singer, a traveling salesman, two sisters, the manager and the mysterious Billy Lee -- converge on a fateful night for one last shot at redemption before everything goes wrong.
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music world by storm when they form the rock 'n' roll band Queen in 1970. Surrounded by darker influences, Mercury decides to leave Queen years later to pursue a solo career. Diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980s, the flamboyant frontman reunites with the group for the benefit concert Live Aid -- leading the band in one of the greatest performances in rock history.
COLETTE - After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.
FIRST MAN – On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
FREE SOLO - Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.
GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN - While collecting junk one day, best friends Sonny and Sam meet Slappy, a mischievous talking dummy from an unpublished "Goosebumps" book by R.L. Stine. Hoping to start his own family, Slappy kidnaps Sonny's mother and brings all of his ghoulish friends back to life -- just in time for Halloween. As the sleepy town becomes overrun with monsters, witches and other mysterious creatures, Sonny joins forces with his sister, Sam and a kindly neighbor to save Sonny's mom and foil Slappy's plan.
HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING - An official selection of 2018 True/False Film Fest. An inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people, Hale County This Morning, This Evening looks at the lives of Daniel Collins and Quincy Bryant, two young African American men from rural Hale County, Alabama, over the course of five years. Collins attends college in search of opportunity while Bryant becomes a father to an energetic son in an open-ended, poetic form that privileges the patiently observed interstices of their lives. The audience is invited to experience the mundane and monumental, birth and death, the quotidian and the sublime.
HALLOWEEN (2018) - Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
THE HATE YOU GIVE - Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right.
HUNTER KILLER (2018) - An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.
INDIVISIBLE - Based on the extraordinary true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather. With a strong, faith-filled marriage, the Turners are ready to follow their calling: serving God, family, and country. Fresh from seminary and basic training, Chaplain Turner and his family arrive at Fort Stewart. Yet before the Turners can even unpack their new house, Darren is deployed to Iraq. Heather is left taking care of their three young children alone … as well as serving the families of the other deployed soldiers. Despite a desire to stay connected with their loved ones, the harsh realities of war take a daily toll over the course of the Battalion’s extended deployment. Meanwhile back home, babies are born, kids keep growing, and nerves are frayed with every late-night knock on the door. With deeply etched battle scars, the soldiers’ long-awaited homecoming is much different than any of their families anticipated.
MID90S – Follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 90s-era LA who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.
NEVER HEARD - Aaron Davis (David Banner) is accused of murder and incarcerated for a crime he swears that he did not commit. His son Jalen (Romeo Miller) is forced to grow up on the streets of Los Angeles without the guidance of a father and primarily raised by his mother Shala (Robin Givens) and Grandmother Camilla (Karen Abercrombie). Jalen finds himself in hot water with his girlfriend Paris (Karrueche Tran) when they realize his life is at risk after his friend Diggy (Dijon Talton) decides to partner with one of the biggest drug dealers in the city leaving a large debt to be recouped. Everything seems to turn around when Aaron is reminded to put his faith in God first and use the power of prayer to help solve his problems. Will Aaron find a way to prove his innocence and save his son's life before it is too late?
NIGHT SCHOOL - Teddy Walker is a successful salesman whose life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally blows up his place of employment. Forced to attend night school to get his GED, Teddy soon finds himself dealing with a group of misfit students, his former high school nemesis and a feisty teacher who doesn't think he's too bright.
NOBODY’S FOOL - A woman is released from prison and reunites with her sister. She soon discovers that her sister is in an online relationship with a man who may not be what he seems.
THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS - Young Clara needs a magical, one-of-a-kind key to unlock a box that contains a priceless gift. A golden thread leads her to the coveted key, but it soon disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. In that world, she meets a soldier named Phillip, a group of mice and the regents who preside over three realms. Clara and Phillip must now enter a fourth realm to retrieve the key and restore harmony to the unstable land.
THE OLD MAN & THE GUN - The Old Man & The Gun is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest's commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession. The Old Man & The Gun is Redford's final role before retirement.
THE SISTERS BROTHERS - It is 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly) are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and hostile world. They have blood on their hands: that of criminals, that of innocents...and they know no state of existence other than being gunmen. The older of the two, introspective Eli (Reilly) rides hard with his younger sibling yet dares to dream of a normal life. The younger of the two, hard-drinking Charlie (Phoenix) has taken charge with gusto as lead man on the duo’s assignments. Each increasingly questions, and quibbles with, the other’s methods. The Sisters brothers find themselves on a journey through the Northwest, bringing them to the mountains of Oregon, a dangerous brothel in the small town of Mayfield, and eventually, the Gold Rush land of California — a journey that will test the deadly family ties that bind. But, can it also be the path to rediscovering what remains of their humanity?
SMALLFOOT - A Yeti named Migo stirs up his community when he discovers something that he didn't know existed -- a human.
A STAR IS BORN - In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
SUSPIRIA (2018) - A darkness swirls at the center of a world renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe's artistic director (Tilda Swinton), an ambitious young dancer (Dakota Johnson), and a grieving psychotherapist (Lutz Ebersdorf). Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up. A bold and stunning remake of the Dario Argento classic, directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), scored by Thom Yorke.
TEA WITH THE DAMES - Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright are among the most celebrated actresses of our time, with scores of iconic performances, decades of wisdom, and innumerable Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, and BAFTAs between them. They are also longtime friends who hereby invite you to join them for a weekend in the country as they catch up with one another, reminisce, and share their candid, delightfully irreverent thoughts on everything from art to aging to love to a life lived in the spotlight. Bursting with devilish wit and whip-smart insights, Tea With The Dames is a remarkable opportunity to spend time in the company of four all-time greats — up close and unfiltered.
VENOM (2018) - Reporter Eddie Brock develops superpowers after becoming a host to an alien parasite.
THE WILD PEAR TREE (AHLAT AGACI) Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan follows up his Palme d'Or winner Winter Sleep with this sweetly bitter drama. Sinan (Dogu Demirkol) just graduated from university and has returned to his parents' home in rural Turkey to take the exam to become a teacher and, more importantly, to try to get his first novel published. By turns frustrated by the circumstances of his return to the provinces and angry at his lot in life, particularly at his gambling-addicted father (Murat Cemcir, in a haunting performance), Sinan is a complex character who Ceylan also radiantly uses to illustrate the current economic depression, burgeoning consciousness of a young artist, place of religion in contemporary life, and relationship between a father and a son. Each of the film's many forays following Sinan is comprised of lushly staged, brilliantly acted, and convincingly scripted long dialogues; by the ending, the different themes are wrapped together in a way that is as stimulating as it is moving
CHECK EACH THEATER FOR SHOWTIMES
REGAL STADIUM 14 THEATER – 2800 Goodwin Pointe Drive 844-462-7342
GOODRICH FORUM 8 – 1209 Forum Katy Parkway 573-445-7469
RAGTAG CINEMA – 10 Hitt Street 573-443-4359
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2018.04.04 02:12 GoldandBlue Fixing the X-Men franchise

Apologies but this is a long one. Here we go.
In my opinion there are two things that really hold back the X-Men franchise.
  1. The refusal to move past the original films. I believe this is because they wanted to keep Hugh Jackman but Casino Royale was essentially a reboot and no one complained that Judi Dench was still M.
  2. There is no single visionary behind it. Vaughn, Singer, Kinberg, etc have all just done their takes while trying to appease the studios demands. So for the sake of argument lets imagine Fox had a Nolan or Feige to give a single cohesive vision to the entire franchise.
X-Men First Class (2011)
I would set the film in 1969. Charles and Eric are exactly the same. Their backstory, even how they meet. Moira is also the same except her generic partner is now replaced by CIA agent Sean Cassidy (played by Damian Lewis or someone similar).
The key changes would be the X-Men are now the O5 and the Hellfire Club is closer to comics. I think Hoult would make an excellent Scott. Considering the young actors at the time, someone like a Mary Elizabeth Winstead or Garrett Hedlund would be good choices for Jean and Angel respectively. Maybe make Hank McCoy black so we don't get the token black guy who dies first. The Hellfire club replaces Riptide and Azazel with Harry Leland (Ray Winstone would be money) and Mastermind. Also replace January Jones with Rosamund Pike who was considered the favorite for a time.
The film would center around three plot lines.
The changes are relatively small but would help better set up future films. I love how they set up Eric and Charles, their friendship, and their split. The X-Men felt like an afterthought so bringing in the O5 and giving them time to develop and bond as young outsiders would give the film more heart. And now we have a stepping off point to expand the universe instead of a one off film set in the 60's. You can keep the Hugh Jackman cameo and joke since he would reprise his role in the future. It would also be fun to use the music of the time to make it feel more era specific.
All of this would lead to the future films. Just some rough outlines but...
The Wolverine: Essentially the same film. Still set in the present but his past (especially the Jean stuff is gone) is more ambiguous. The final act is completely reworked so it isn't a cartoon. He and Mariko stay together. Plus giving Jackman a solo film means we can spend less time focused on him in the X-Men films proper.
Days Of Future Past Uncanny X-Men: Set in 1974. Mutants are now a known commodity. Senator Kelly introduces the Mutant Registration Act and invites Boliver Trask to the States because the Sentinel program has been such a success in his native Genosha.
Beast and Xavier are in DC to fight the act. Angel had his wings burned off so the remaining X-Men recruit the schools best students (Colossus, Kitty, and Rogue) to the team. They also recruit three outsiders in Storm, Nightcrawler, and Wolverine.
The X-Men must stop Magneto and his Brotherhood (Emma, Mastermind, Sabretooth, Destiny, and Quicksilver) from attacking the Government in retaliation for the MRA and Sentinels. While at the same time fighting the government from implementing oppressive policies.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron: No Quicksilver. Scarlet Witch is the lone Mutant that Hydra was hiding. Also, Wolverine was hunting down Klaw in Africa. He and Tony team up to fight Hulk. He joins the Avengers in the final fight with Ultron.
X-Men: Apocalypse X-Men: From The Ashes: Set in 1979. This is the "dark" chapter. The X-Men are now essentially outlaws. Gambit and Psylocke have been hired to track the team by an unknown party. Bishop is leading a Panther-like subgroup but is sympathetic to the X-Men. Someone tries to assassinate Xavier while giving a human rights speech and he ends up in a coma. The death of Jean Grey and Cyclops is arrested after he takes the fall for all the "crimes" the X-Men have been accused of. Also, the Legacy Virus has started affecting Mutants. The lone bright spot is the Mutant Rights Act is ruled unconstitutional in the end which gives us hope heading into the final film.
Deadpool: Again, essentially the same film except Colossus is replaced by Rockslide and Wade is an X-Men fanboy instead of Colossus trying to recruit him. Plus a few tweaks to fit the new continuity.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix X-Men Legacy: Set in 1984. This is the final "Classic X-Men" film. Reverend William Stryker was behind Xavier's assassination attempt. He is an evangelical preacher and leads the "Purifiers". The X-Men are now splintered between Scott / Magneto's Gold Team and Storm / Wolverine's Blue Team. The two must find a way to defeat Stryker without making him a martyr. Also, throw in Apocalypse since this is the last ride. He has the cure to the Legacy virus or some shit. Essentially he is just an excuse for all the X-Men to come together and show of their powers to save the world. A couple X-Men die. We end with title cards saying Kitty became a the first Mutant Senator. Storm did philanthropic work in Africa. Wolverine became an Avenger and so on.
Logan: Again, essentially the same film except his clone is now Sabretooth whom we find out killed Mariko and Logan's young son.
From here we can go anywhere. The New Mutants doesn't have to be this weird stepchild. It can be a new generation of X-Men set in modern times. Deadpool 2 can be X-Force proper. But we have a proper X-Men universe that makes canonical sense and has an overall arc with characters we love.
I know that was a lot but thoughts?
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2017.10.12 20:31 MsBluffy What's Going on in Columbia? October 12-15th

CONTENT COURTESY OF COLUMBIA CVB
 
ON STAGE
 
SPECIAL EVENTS
 
GALLERY
 
 
SPORTS
 
 
LIVE MUSIC
 
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
 
MOVIE GUIDE
AMERICAN MADE - In this '80s-set thriller based on a true story, airline pilot Barry Seal (Tom Cruise) is recruited by the CIA to smuggle drugs and weapons abroad for the U.S. government. Seal quickly amasses a fortune via his undercover operations, but he gets in over his head when he becomes involved with Colombia's Medellín cartel and the Iran-contra scandal.
BEACH RATS - On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie (Harris Dickinson), an aimless teenager, begins to scour hookup sites for older men while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences.
BLADE RUNNER 2049 - After discovering a long-buried secret that jeopardizes what's left of society, a new blade runner (Ryan Gosling) embarks on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who's been missing for 30 years.
FLATLINERS - Eager to find out what the afterlife is like, five adventurous medical students seek out near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for a brief period of time. However, their haunting visions of the great beyond eventually turn nightmarish and take over their waking lives.
THE FOREIGNER - London businessman Quan's (Chan) long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love -- his teenage daughter -- is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism.
HAPPY DEATH DAY - A college student (Jessica Rothe) is trapped in a time loop that forces her to keep reliving a birthday that ends with her murder at the hands of a masked madman. As she repeats the same day over and over again, she tries to figure out her killer's identity so she can avoid a grisly fate.
HOME AGAIN - A recently separated woman (Reese Witherspoon) moves to Los Angeles with her two daughters, where she rents out her guesthouse to three much younger men (Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff, and Jon Rudnitsky) -- one of whom she soon begins dating. Her new life gets even more complicated when her estranged husband (Michael Sheen) reenters the picture.
IT - In a small town in 1989 Maine, seven bullied kids known as the "Losers' Club" discover that a malevolent force is preying on the local children. When they realize that the town's adults can't protect them, they band together to destroy the monster, a killer clown called Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård).
KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE - When Kingsman's headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded.
MARSHALL - Thurgood Marshall, a young lawyer, must defend a black chauffeur charged with sexual assault and attempted murder of his white socialite employer. Muzzled by a segregationist court, he partners with a courageous young Jewish lawyer, Samuel Friedman.
THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US - Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.
MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE - A dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.
RAT FILM - “There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it’s always been a people problem.” Rat Film (True/False 2017) is a documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them—to explore the history of Baltimore.
VICTORIA & ABDUL - Directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen), Victoria & Abdul is an extraordinary true story set during Queen Victoria's (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.
 
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2017.04.04 08:45 droid327 Casting Elite: 3303 the Movie

If they made a grand political space opera set in 3303, about all the machniations of the various Powerplay factions, who would be cast as the different Powers?
Some of them are obvious - Hudson would be Robert Patrick, of course, that's a no-brainer. I think almost all of them have a well-known actor that could fit their looks almost as nicely, though, or at least would act the part.
Pranav Antal - I'm gonna go Tom Hiddleston though I cant find a picture of him bald... Edmund Mahon - This is the hard one because he's so deliberately dumpy-looking and unimpressive, so that only really leaves dumpy-looking comedians like Patton Oswalt ALD - Someone on the forums nailed this one before...Tori Higginson from Stargate Atlantis, I kept seeing her in my head when I looked at Arissa but couldn't quite figure out who it was. Aisling - Mila Kunis and the blood of a dozen Smurfs Zemina Torval - Judy Dench would be the obvious choice, I think, but you could also make a good case for Jessica Walter of Arrested Development and Archer Denton Patreus - I think they were imagining Jimmy Smits but I'm going to go with Lani Tupu from Farscape Felicia Winters - Scarlett Johansson, though I can see the Halle Berry resemblance that's often cited too... LYR - B.D. Wong, Dr. Wu from Jurassic Park Archon Delaine - I'm not gonna touch this one because I'm still not sure if he's supposed to be an albino black guy or a pasty white guy with full lips and a broad nose...also, him being a slaver, that just seems like a minefield I don't want to wade into :) Yuri Grom - IDK, any dude with a giant beard. He kinda almost looks like a fat Ben Affleck under there, but I'm gonna give the part to Jonathan Rhys-Davies
Agree, disagree? Who would you cast?
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2016.07.08 21:14 MsBluffy What's Going on in Columbia? July 8-10

CONTENT COURTESY OF COLUMBIA CVB
 
ON STAGE
 
SPECIAL EVENTS
 
GALLERY
 
SPORTS
 
LIVE MUSIC
 
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
 
MOVIE GUIDE
THE BFG - Roald Dahl's beloved book about a little girl who recruits a friendly giant and the Queen of England to defeat a hungry race of man-eating behemoths comes to the screen in this DreamWorks production.
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE - A CIA assassin (Dwayne Johnson) asks a former high-school classmate (Kevin Hart), now an accountant, for his help in saving the world.
THE CONJURING 2 - Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) investigate one of the U.K.'s most notorious hauntings in this sequel.
FINDING DORY - The lovable amnesiac blue tang Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) searches for her parents off the coast of California. With the help of Nemo (Hayden Rolence) and his dad Marlin (Albert Brooks), Dory navigates the Monterey Marine Life Institute and evades predators along the way in search of her family and a place to call home.
FREE STATE OF JONES - In this historical action-drama inspired by true events, Matthew McConaughey plays a Southerner named Newt Knight who leads an armed rebellion of struggling farmers and slaves against the Confederacy in Mississippi during the American Civil War.
INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE - Roland Emmerich returns to the helm for the long awaited sequel to the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. Fearful of another attack, the nations of Earth have teamed up against a common enemy - the extraterrestrials that brought their planet to the brink of extinction. Using recovered alien technologies, the Earth coalition is braced for another infiltration.
THE LEGEND OF TARZAN - Years after leaving the jungle and settling down with his wife Jane (Margot Robbie) in London, Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) is forced to return to the Congo in order to act as a trade representative for England. However, he soon clashes with a greedy Belgian captain (Christoph Waltz) who has sinister plans for his old home.
THE LOBSTER - This surreal, ingenious comedy is set in a world where singleness is forbidden. Colin Farrell stars as Alexander, a glum bachelor who is arrested and taken to The Hotel, where he and other single citizens are put to the test: locate a mate in 45 days, or be turned into an animal of your choosing. The Lobster (named after Alexander's animal of choice) is the critically acclaimed, English-language debut of notorious Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth). It co-stars Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux and John C. Reilly.
MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES - Hard-partying brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) place an online ad to find the perfect dates (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza) for their sister's Hawaiian wedding.
THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS - Back in 1998, acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma turned away from his classical upbringing to create a freewheeling All-Star team of global musicians, with virtuosos on instruments as varied as the Japanese Shakuhachi flute, the Mongolian horsehead fiddle, and the Armenian aduduk. He called this handpicked group the Silk Road Ensemble. Since then, the merry band has brought its nomadic party everywhere, creating incredibly beautiful music together. Director Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom, Best of Enemies) treats us to the group's marvelous talents, rich stories and outsized personalities. An uplifting mission to connect disparate parts of the world, The Music of Strangers is a feast for the eyes, ears and spirit.
NOW YOU SEE ME 2 - One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate.
THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR - It’s been two years since Leo Barnes stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual.
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS - This animated comedy from Illumination Entertainment asks the question: what do our pets do all day when we're not home? For the critters living in a Manhattan apartment building, the answer is: whatever they want! A terrier named Max regularly invites his friends to hang out at his place while his owner is gone, but his quiet life is upended when said owner also takes in Duke, a stray mutt whom Max instantly dislikes. Their feud eventually causes both of them to get lost in New York City, and as they work together to find their way home, they cross paths with a vicious bunny who plans to lead a group of abandoned pets on a mission of revenge against humanity.
THE SHALLOWS - It's woman vs. nature in this minimalist terror yarn where a grieving young woman's swim turns deadly when a shark comes between her and land.
SWISS ARMY MAN - Stranded on a deserted island, Hank (Paul Dano) is at his wit's end when a dead body (Daniel Radcliffe) washes ashore. He approaches the corpse and is startled when it starts to display signs of life. Hank sees this unusual corpse, whom he names "Manny," as his last opportunity to escape death. Together, they go on an epic adventure to bring Hank to the woman of his dreams. In their audacious and spectacularly inventive debut, music video directors Daniels (aka Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan) find humor but also profundity in this bizarre, fantastical premise. Swiss Army Man took home the best director prize at Sundance.
WARCRAFT - Humans and orcs clash in this film adaptation of the popular video-game series.
WEINER - Politicians these days do not have it easy — they must expect to sacrifice all privacy once they enter the brutal political arena. But the tragicomedy of disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner went well beyond that, as his outsized ambition met other outsized appetites that begat one self-inflicted fiasco after another. Filmmakers Steinberg and Kriegman were uncommonly well-positioned — insiders during Weiner's New York City mayoral battle — capturing an epic political meltdown of historic proportions. With uncanny access to the candidate, his wife Huma Abedin (Hillary Clinton's closest aide), and his wobbly campaign team, Weiner plays out like a ripping, rollicking farce.
 
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2012.11.22 18:10 DSCinEu Day 60: Rock'n'Roll

I apolgise if at any point I had given you, reader, the impression that I like forests, mountains, and sleepy towns. I'm staying in a nice, warm (!) little place right next to the Central Market. For lunch, I had steak, potatoes, and shrimp. Fresh meat, seafood, and the greatest vegetable ever.
Wait a sec. I have to run over to the stove, someone's buring coffee.
It's one of those stove-top espresso makers.
Okay, that reminds me of one last anecdote. I see all sorts of funny things, but I forget half of them. Sasha would make coffee by pouring grounds into a cup and boiling it. Olga, leaving for home, but returning in mid-December, left all her bags in Toni's garage. Sasha got her coffee maker, and seemed impressed by the increase in quality of his brew.
The other thing I remember is that the refugi had these ceilings that tapered down to the floor, and I must have hit my head a dozen times getting up from bed too normally. Didn't help that the beams were 2x4s on their edge, spaced a little less than a bed-width apart.
Bang! Roll over. Bang!
I got used to it eventually. I guess I could have turned around to sleep at the foot of the bed, but that just struck me as poor style.
Speaking of coffee, I did have a second coffee at the restaurant in Cornudella. So two coffees in two months (my first in Marseille). Pretty reckless pace there. I've gotten a bit of a tolerance -the second coffee didn't keep me up all night like the first. It's possible I've been taking in caffeine via chocolate and nutella. Being in Valencia, I'm eating healthy again, and have been rewarded with a headache. It's either the caffeine withdrawl, or a symptom of throwing back those beers at that blues club last night.
First night, Bond. James Bond. Bond somehow sounds less cool in Spanish. The actor went more with "grizzled," rather than "refined." He made Bond seem tough, but Craig's bond is all vulnerable and human. He gets kidnapped like three times in this film. Due to the language barrier, I wasn't able to determine if Javier Bardem wanted Bond to talk, or to die. I also have no Earthly idea how Bardem did that thing he did. I really hope it makes sense in English, but I have a feeling it doesn't.
I'm going to go over the plot of Skyfall now.
Spoilers.
James Bond is in... some kind of country. An assassin has gotten a hold of intelligence, I'm guessing it's the names of spies in the field. Bond's about to get the info back via a thrilling chase-sequence, but gets shot in the chest by his partner.
Oops.
Bond gets depressed, decides to bum around in... some country. Everyone thinks he's dead.
Meanwhile, Javier Bardem uses the stolen info to start killing agents in the field. He then blows up MI6. Bond catches the story on TV, and decides to come back in.
Bardem reaaaaally hates Judy Dench for some reason...
Stuff happens.
Bond manages to get kidnapped somehow.
Hey! It's Javier Bardem! He's just shown up for the first time in this film, it's a big reveal!
Stuff.
MI6 captures Bardem, Bardem somehow (how, HOW?!) escapes, chase, kaboom, chase, kaboom, blam blam, vroom.
Then the Bond and Dench go to Scotland to chill at Skyfall, the Bond family cottage. For some reason.
They know Bardem is coming after them (for some reason...) so they booby-trap the place.
Skyfall explodes.
Stuff.
The end.
End spoilers.
I still liked it more than Quantum of Solace.
Second night. Live music. Rock and Roll. Well, Blues.
A staff member here pointed me in a direction of a dive in a sketchy part of town -perfect. I spent a while walking around, trying to find this hole in the wall, but figured I was in the right place when I saw this Elwood Blues looking guy chilling in a restaurant in the area. Suit, black. Hat, black. It's 10:00 pm, and he's wearing sunglasses.
Sure enough, the spot was around the corner.
This Anthony Bourdain looking dude was chatting with me at the bar. He was the harmonica player. I introduced myself as Duane, and he immediately got it.
"Duane Allman."
I told him I had a brother named for Gram Parsons.
I got instant cred with a Spanish blues musician.
They (Missisippi Alligators) go on, and sure enough, Elwood takes the stage, playing slide. The outfit's fronted by this Kristen Stewart looking chick. Remember when Scarlett Johansson did an album with Tom Waits? There's some alternate universe where Dan Aykroyd, Anthony Bourdain, and Kristen Stewart are in a band.
I've got to get to El Chorro.
Looking down at my hands in the shower this morning, I saw that they were purple, the skin is gone. Crazy really, considering how good my skin has been. I've got no gashes or splits, they've just been shaved back. Everyone uses Climb On! here. It's a pleasant-smelling wax that aids in skin repair. I don't use it. Maybe I should?
It occurs to me that El Chorro is near Malaga. Rather than travel 600 miles tomorrow, and hitch-hike into the mountains, I could just go to Malaga, chill for the weekend, and travel the last 40k to El Chorro fresh. So glad I'm eating real food. That idea never would have occured to me.
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