THE MEDIA MEWSINGS FOR MAY, 2007!

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WARNING: PLOT SPOILERS AHEAD!

Jeannie:

Aloha and welcome to the launch of the Catgirl Critic’s Media Mewsings!

Yvonne:

Meowllow Greetings! We’ll be chatting about recent science fiction, fantasy & horror movies, TV, books ‘n stuff.

Elizabeth:

Hi Hi! And Comics, and toys and… and stuff!

Mary Nyan:

Howdy y’all! Ok girls, let’s start the discussion with some film comments!

MOVIE MEWSINGS

 

warning: here be catgirls divulging plot spoilers for 300, Grindhouse, The HIlls Have Eyes 2, Spider-Man 3 and 28 Weeks Later

Jeannie:

300 felt like an issue of Heavy Metal magazine: seeing the ripped barbarians (and a few scantily clad women) fighting a hoard of mutant creatures amidst a rocky post-apoclayptic landscape! The only thing I disliked about’ the movie- which I saw twice- was the speed ramping (in which the film seems to speed up or slow down).

Yvonne:

The Hills Have Eyes 2 was also much about soldiers fighting a bunch of horrible mutants in an rocky terrain, but there was no emotional attraction to Hill’s protagonists- who all die and I can’t seem to care.

Elizabeth:

Not that Purr-sians are mutant creatures, but that’s how that ancient empire’s army under Xerxes was depicted in this movie. The Spartans weren’t exactly nice folks in that movie either…

Mary Nyan:

Just as there are plenty of other movies in which the Greeks or Romans were not, or some in which Purr-sia was depicted as a neat place. I don’t buy into any assertions of current political undertones in the movie any more than I would a Ray Harryhausen Sinbad movie (which I love)!

Jeannie:

Harryhausen is a national treasure.

Yvonne:

Doctor Who Tom Baker was in one of those too! He played a bad guy wizard.

Elizabeth:

As much as we like to reminisce about older movies, we need to stay focused on reviewing more current stuff. Plus, our friend Jamie has a new site for older horror & SF films!

(The catgirls in unison)

HI JAMIE!

Jeannie:

His new review site is at http://sunrisecotc.wordpress.com/

Yvonne:

Ok then purr-haps we should move on to another movie. How ’bout Grindhouse?

Elizabeth:

Grindhouse was lots of fun. Planet Terror seemed more of an over-the-top send-up of zombie action movies, yet Rose McGowans’ character had poignancy when she found her sense of purpose.

Mary Nyan:

Death Proof felt more like a movie made in the 70’s Intentionally so, with great car chases starring that wonderful Kiwi stuntwoman Zoey Bell!

Jeannie:

Yay Zoey! Although they could just have stopped the car and she could have got inside…

Yvonne:

The fake trailers in Grindhouse were terrific bits of parody too!

Elizabeth:

I think we’re all agreed though that Spider-Man 3 is the best movie we’ve seen thus far this year.

Mary Nyan:

It should to be half an hour longer… it felt rushed trying to juggle so many characters.

Jeannie:

Meowww maybe the DVD will have extended footage?

Yvonne:

– with more character parts for Sandman, Dr. Conners Venom and The Staceys- especially given that stars were cast in those roles?

Elizabeth:

Is Flint Marko related to the Juggernaut, Cain Marko? Thomas Church was brilliantly cast as Spider-Man 2’s Doc Ock was.

Mary Nyan:

Tobey and Kirsten have superb chemistry together, and you’d think Bryce Howard is a real clone of Gwen right out of the comic books!

Elizabeth:

I though the cast was terrific, the movie very well directed, It’s a very pretty big budget movie, definitely the biggest Spidey yet, although I’m not sure if I like it more than 2.

Jeannie:

I can see this as the conclusion of a trilogy- especially with what happens to Harry, but I’d like maybe one more Spidey movie in which Peter & MJ finally get hitched.

Elizabeth:

It would have been nice if on one of the Daily Bugle’s there was some sort of reference to the Fantastic Four and why they were not in NY at the time.

Yvonne:

I really really wish there was a sense that these marvel movies had a sense of shared mythology, as they do in the comix.

Mary Nyan:

I was rather hissed off at Osbornes’ butler, who waited til now to tell Harry the truth of his father’s demise. But maybe he was living in fear…

Jeannie:

Comparing this to other (big screen) super-hero comix movies, It’s in my top ten. along with Superman the Movie, The Rocketeer, Spider-Man 1 & 2, X-Men 1 & 2, Batman Begins, Hellboy, and the best super hero movie ever made (in my opinion), The Incredibles.

Elizabth:

There are probably many good Asian super hero movies we could name too… Japanese, Chinese… animated or live-action… whether they were based on comix or not.

Yvonne:

There are definitely many excellent fantasy martial arts movies with super-powered characters

Mary Nyan:

Like that live action Cutey Honey. Or the animated Cutey Honey. Or Sailor Moon, Dragonball, Naruto, Power Rangers…

Elizabeth:

Do we need to define ‘super hero’? What qualifies? Batman and the Rocketeer do not have super powers, but they do have costumes, amazing skills, and gadgets…

Yvonne::

Yeah, Batman has gadgets and weapons. Iron Man is all about the gadgets! Would we then include James Bond, Indiana Jones, The Punisher, Rambo …?

Mary Nyan:

Are we just talking about super heroes or any movies based on comix characters- if so that would include Peanuts, Annie, Popeye, Casper, Mickey Mouse, Akira…

Jeannie:

Hmm good points, plus I was just thinking of theatrical feature films and not so much TV or direct to video releases. I don’t think televised super heroics get better than Justice League!

Yvonne:

I think we might be straying off topic though- we could analyze Super Heroes all day long, but I thought we were initially here to discuss recent movies, TV shows, games, books ‘n stuff…

Elizabeth:

We digressed! So on to 28 Weeks Later-

Mary Nyan:

28 Weeks Later would have been better if people would remember to turn off their cell phones, and not to talk or text message during a movie in a theater! It’s a movie we paid to see- it’s not their living room at home!

Elizabeth:

Now now- you’re quite right but that’s not the movie’s fault.

Mary Nyan:

It just makes me so angry! Grr!

Jeannie:

What impressed most about 28 Weeks Later was, like its predecessor, you get to see large landmark urban centers that seem deserted or wasted- not that I relish such notions- but what I mean by that is, it’s not just a few houses or a warehouse or building or two- but it conveys the grand scale of the nightmarish situation.

Yvonne:

But the realism goes right out the window when the camera starts shaking and swishing all around – that was the one thing I disliked about The Descent- during the attack scenes, it’s like the camera is having some sort of frenzied seizure.

Mary Nyan:

Frenzy Cam! Unlike the first movie, this one is like The Hills Have Eyes 2 in that the protagonists just… they’re just there and I had no emotional attachment to them. They all die and I just don’t care.

Elizabeth:

The movie was predictable and felt too rushed. I also wish there was the sense that London was being better secured & rebuilt by a lot more troops than we saw. It felt like there was just a skeleton crew of peacekeepers; security was not tight, and their failure was predictable.

Jeannie:

It may have a bigger budget, but it’s not nearly as good as 28 Days Later.

Elizabeth:

Before the movie we got to see trailers for the new Harry Potter and Fantastic Four movies!

Yvonne:

There are so many movies coming out this year that I want to see… there’s Pirates 3, Shrek 3, Die Hard, The Simpsons, Transformers, Ratatouille, Nancy Drew, Stardust, Oceans 13, Diaries of the Dead, Balls of Fury…

Mary Nyan:

What about Bourne Ultimatum?

Jeannie:

Nyaa… I fear it’ll have a lot of that annoying jarring swishy camera in itr

Yvonne:

I hope that animated Tales of Earthsea by Studio Ghibli gets released here.

Elizabeth:

That was Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro’s directorial debut.

Mary Nyan:

We should talk about anime, myow!

Jeannie:

Well hold on- how about this: I suggest we migrate from movies to TV, and then matriculate to anime-

Yvonne:

And toys, nya!

Mary Nyan:

I like toys.

Elizabeth:

So to summarize. we give paws up for 300, Grindhouse, and Spider-Man 3, and paws down for the two Fox Atomic releases about Soldiers getting killed and eaten by cannibals. Ok, on to TV!

SPECIFICALLY STAR TREK MEWSINGS

Jeannie:

I like to watch the original Star Trek series with the new special effects…

Mary Nyan:

I was worried when I heard they were replacing the old FX with new ones, like they did in the Star Wars movies, but they sure are pretty!

Yvonne:

Oh yeah- the CG’d Enterprise is as gorgeous as gorgeous can be! My only complaint though is the episodes are cut all to hell for commercial breaks.

Elizabeth:

“The Doomsday Machine is my favoritest episode of Star Trek, and they redid that one nicely.

Jeannie:

I like those Star Trek new Voyages Fan Films that are online

Mary Nyan:

I do to but I hope they explain how the ending of the Chekov one does not violate their own continuity

Yvonne:

So are you a trek-E or a trek-ER?

Elizabeth:

Trekkie, trekker… toMAYto, toMAHto… it doesn’t matter!!!

Jeannie:

So what do you make of the new movie that comes out next year?

Elizabeth:

I do not want a reboot- I want them to pick up where the last movie left off.

Mary Nyan:

Well, Batman Begins and Casino Royale were reboots and you liked them didn’tcha?

Yvonne:

I just hope the supporting cast is not regulated to buffoonery.

Jeannie:

Well… I guess we’ll know next year!

Elizabeth:

I hope it is better than the last one.

Mary Nyan:

I hope it is better than… every one since Star Trek III!

Yvonne:

It’s be neat if it was as dramatic as The Wrath of Khan, but as epic as the first movie.

Jeannie:

Star Trek the Motion Picture seemed the most technical realism, too.

Elizabeth:

Well, we’re straying off topic- we’re supposed to be commenting just on recent stuff!

OTHER SF TELEVISION MEWSINGS

Mary Nyan:

I think Doctor Who is the best current science fiction TV series that we’ve seen.

I was sad to see Eccleston leave the role, but I do like David Tenant as the Doctor.

Jeannie:

Me too!

Yvonne:

My favorite episode of the recent Who is the one with Sarah Jane and K9!

Elizabeth:

The Daleks actually seem actually scary now!

Mary Nyan:

So who would win between the Daleks and the Cylons?

Jeannie:

I don’t know, but I don’t really care much for Battlestar Galactica.

Yvonne:

Why not?

Jeannie:

Ahh… I think it is better than the original Galactica, but I did not care much for it either. I don’t like the way the film it with those unnecessary camera zooms, plus the characters just are not in control of their own destiny. Even less so than Voyager.

Elizabeth:

Firefly had those camera zooms and you loved that show!

Jeannie:

I liked Firefly in spite of those zooms, not because of them! Sigh, what is it these days with that technique… that and speed ramping… ugh!

Mary Nyan:

Speed Ramping was the one thing I did not like about 300.

Yvonne:

Mike won’t even watch Boston Legal – even though Shatner is in it- because the camera wobbles and zooms all over the place. What is it with cameras bouncing all around like that?

Elizabeth:

Distracting techniques like that call too much attention to themselves, just as poor FX or actors that miss their marks, or big plot holes, and thus ruin the suspension of disbelief.

Jeannie:

There was a zoom shot in Kill Bill 2 that was neat though…

Mary Nyan:

That was an homage to early 70’s Hong Kong martial arts films done for comedic effect.

Yvonne:

Speaking of martial arts-

WRESTLING MEWSINGS

Jeannie:

I don’t watch wrestling as often as I used to, when The Rock was there.

Elizabeth:

Watch the topic strayage- we’re trying to just chat about genre shows! Otherwise I’d be rambling with praise for Book TV, Samantha Brown, and

Yvonne:

But pro wrestling is kinda like a super hero comic book… there are heroes, anti-heroes & villains, each with their colorful identity, costumes, arch enemies, and special attacks!

Mary Nyan:

Sometimes they do try to evoke some fantastic elements and supernatural themes- such as The Undertaker, Kane, Gangrel, The Hurricane, Robocop…

Jeannie:

I think Vince McMahon would be a good Galactus.

Elizabeth:

I was thinking that The Rock would have been good as a trash-talking Silver Surfer!

Yvonne:

Can you smell what the power cosmic is cookin’?

Mary Nyan:

Hee!

Jeannie:

I wish The Undertaker had the big belt…

Elizabeth:

I want to go see Gail Kim when she wrestles here.

Yvonne:

I want to see the Carolina Rollergirls.

Mary Nyan:

I think we’re stray cat girls again!

(AMERICAN) ANIMATION MEWSINGS

Elizabeth:

Why can’t they give us a live action super hero show that is set in a world populated by costumed super heroes and villains and everybody knows about them? They do it just fine in animation, especially the Diniverse of Batman Superman and Justice League!

Jeannie:

Purr-haps we should move right along to animation then, it would probably have a more positive tone! In fact, I’ll start us off. Whatcha think of the current crop of super hero cartoons?

Yvonne:

I don’t like the current Batman animated series as much as the 90’s one that Bruce Timm designed… and although Legion is not bad, I wish the Legion were more like the Legion we glimpsed in that JLU episode.

Elizabeth:

So much for a more positive tone (giggle)!

Mary Nyan:

Do not get them started on that animated Iron Man!

Jeannie:

It was totally predictable and except for Peppurr & Rhodey, I found none of the characters very likable. The character & scenic designs, and animation quality were average, but it was annoying to see how few people there are depicted in a city the size of Manhattan- not enough crowds of people or traffic. SHIELD was depicted as a bunch of incompetent buffoons, and I didn’t care for this take The Mandarin, who seemed more like Lo Pan in the movie Big Trouble in Little China (which I do like a whole lot). There were big plot holes, like… there’s an alley right across the street from his office building (which is under surveillance) in which Tony hides out, where there are no SHIELD agents or reporters, no other civilians… and Li May can walk right up to find Tony there pretty quickly- all-all the way from China? And Why didn’t the Elemental Warriors also follow Tony back to NY too? I hope the live action Iron Man movie is much better.

Yvonne:

Don’t mince words Jeannie what do really think? Hee!

Mary Nyan:

Umm, I can think of somethign good to say about it.

Elizabeth:

Myow?

Mary Nyan:

At least it was not bad as Family G-

Elizabeth:

EEK! Let’s not go there! I thought we agreed to never mention that show!

Jeannie:

Um, I think maybe we should be focused more on Japanese animation- we’ve recently seen some that we’ve liked!

Yvonne:

Well it’s not that there are no American animated shows that we like… I’m not badmouthing Legion or the new Batman, I merely meant that I PURRFUR the previous Batman, Superman, and Justice League shows.

Elizabeth:

I liked Static Shock, Teen Titans, and Batman Beyond, too. And X-Men Evolution and Clone Wars… I think Krypto, Foster’s Imaginary Friends, and South Park aren’t bad either, myow!

Mary Nyan:

Ok so we were less than pleased with Iron Man, but we all liked the animated Hellboy didn’t we?

Jeannie:

Haiii!

Yvonne:

Yay Hellboy!

Elizabeth:

I’m quite fond of Lilo & Stitch and Kim Possible! They even had a team up! I want to see the Simpsons movie too.

ANIME MEWSINGS

Mary Nyan:

This is the lightning round, so just brief statements please.

Jeannie:

Grenadier! It had a noble, charming, pretty heroine… humor and drama with lots of exciting action, in a story that was told in just the right number of episodes. I had a fun time watching Stratos Four. it’s sort of a cross between X-Files & Airbats, with really cool aerospace craft.

Yvonne:

Daphne in the Brilliant Blue started out quite sad but pepped up quickly; it also seemed to be told in just the right number of episodes… neither rushed nor prolonged by filler.

Elizabeth:

I just started watching Kiddy Grade which reminds me a bit of Dirty Pair ‘cept that the characters seem too young. It’s OK thus far but I’m barely into it so it is way too early to tell whether I’ll like it or not…

Mary Nyan:

Shrine of the Morning Mist was cute- I was worried that it would degenerate into a ‘harem show’ but it didn’t! Oh and speaking of shows with shrines… I thought Kami Chu is the best anime I have seen so far this year!

Jeannie:

To be balanced so that folks do not think we are so one-sided about Japanese anime, should we briefly mention some we’ve recently seen that we were disappointed with? I can name a few…

Yvonne:

I was a bit disappointed by Amazing Nurse Nanako… it seemed so mean spirited for no good reason! But I can’t say it was as bad as Evang-

Mary Nyan:

EEK! Let’s not go there! I thought we agreed to never mention that show!

Elizabeth:

I take 2d6 of damage when i hear the ‘E’ word… (laughs)!

Jeannie:

She does not like the ‘F’ word either… and by that I mean Fooly–

Elizabeth:

Nyahhh- There go 28 Stun and 8 Body…

Yvonne:

I liked the original Gunbuster, but this new Gunbuster 2 does not look very appealing to me, nyaa.

Mary Nyan:

Gunbuster, Nadia, Wings of Honneamise and Otaku no Video were the last things made by Gainax that I liked.

Elizabeth:

I like that new Mon-sieur Bome figurine of Gunbuster’s Noriko. Suffice to say that regarding animation from Japan, the USA or any other country, we’re like anyone else in that we have our own opinions about what we like and what we don’t.

Jeannie:

Hai! We might like shows that some other folks do not, and some folks might like certain shows that we do not. We can even joke around about the shows we dislike the most, but let’s be polite and respect other’s opinions- not just about anime of course, but any topic.

Elizabeth:

Except for the UNC/ Duke rivalry.

Yvonne:

GO TARHEELS!

Mary Nyan:

Ahem, y’know, Mike did go to NCSU…

Jeannie:

OK, moderating here- no more sports talk- this particular discussion is for the more geekier purrsuits of a SF/Fantasy genre nature and not sports fandom.

Elizabeth:

Funny how society accepts sports fans painting their bodies in team colors and acting all crazy, even to the point of risking 3rd degree burns jumping through bonfires, tearing down goal posts, getting drunk and stuff… yet they look at Trek or LOTR fans lined up for a movie in a costume and deem that to be ‘weird’.

Yvonne:

Yeah it is not like we flipped over cars in a rage when we got out of Star Trek V

Mary Nyan:

Or when Han was made to not shoot first…

Jeannie:

Or when we endured End of Evang-

Elizabeth:

Aghhh! (thud)

Yvonne:

Oops… she’s stunned for a phase…

DVD MEWSINGS

Jeannie:

Any anime DVDs coming out soon of note?

Mary Nyan:

Myow, I am much looking forward to the DVD release of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya!

Elizabeth:

Better nyow. I read that Bewitched Season 5 comes out on DVD soon too- yay!

Yvonne:

I guess we are now discussing DVDs… hee!

Jeannie:

I watched Curse of the Golden Flower! It was so opulent! But the dysfunctional royal family made the ones in The Lion In Winter look like The Brady Bunch!

Mary Nyan:

I finally saw The Prestige and it was sooo good!

Elizabeth:

I watched the extended unrated edition of The Punisher… the only thing I would purr-fur diffurent about it would be if it were set in NY instead of Tampa…

Yvonne:

Oh, a DVD I’m looking forward to is the new documentary on my favorite designer, Syd Mead!

Mary Nyan:

But should that be an Art Mewsing?

Jeannie:

But we’ve already mentioned most of the DVDs we’ve recently purr-chased… there are other good things out on DVD, but Hawaii 5-0, WKRP, and Columbo are not of the genre we’re trying to stick too.

Mary Nyan:

Columbo guest star lotsa actors from Star Trek!

Elizabeth:

How about Casino Royale and The Wild Wild West Season 2?

Yvonne:

Agents Bond and West have often found themselves in SF territory, so OK! I think Casino Royale is the best Bond movie since For Your Eyes Only, and better than a few earlier ones too.

Mary Nyan:

Which ones?

Jeannie:

I think it was better than Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker (of course).

Elizabeth:

The Wild, Wild West’s 2nd season has that great stunt fight music I remember! It’s up there with Star Trek (original series) and Batman (Adam West) stunt fight music.

Yvonne:

So who is tougher- James Bond, James West, or James Kirk?

Mike:

Ah, let’s not get quite THAT geeky, girls! (laughs).

Jeannie:

awww…

Mary Nyan:

You forgot Jim Phelps from Mission Impossible! The 1st season of that recently came out on DVD too.

Elizabeth:

But Jim Phelps was not in the first season of Mission Impossible.

Mike:

But golly it was so good… specially Martin Landau. And that Lalo Schifrin music!

THUS THE MEWSIC MEWSINGS

Yvonne:

Let me get this straight: we can talk about music from Star Trek, Wild Wild West, and Mission Impossible, but not Hawaii 5-0? This will not do!

Jeannie:

Um, are we now on a Mewsic Mewsing? ‘Cause we could do that…

Mary Nyan:

Besides we’re trying to stay focused on ‘current’ stuff, too. And by the way, I think Batman is the toughest.

Elizabeth:

Batman is in Justice League Unlimited vol. 2 so we can talk about that!

Jeannie:

The neat extra tidbits included the animation crew discussing the plot, Mark Hamill joining them to chat about the Cadamus storyline from the previous season, and there’s an optional music-only audio track for the final episode. The music of JLU is awesome! I was quite pleased!

Mary Nyan:

My favorite mewsic from JLU was from the episode in which when Amazo returned to get Luthor!

Elizabeth:

We could purr-vide comments on the soundtrack of recent genre movies / TV/ video games, or purr-haps any recent rock/ pop/ new age CDs we’ve purr-chased that have such songs.

Yvonne:

I liked the mewsic in Spider-Man 3 (‘cept for some of the songs during the end credits). The Danny Elfman Spidey theme during the main titles was most rousing and triumphant, and It was fun to hear that marching band playing the 60’s Spidey cartoon theme song!

Jeannie:

Tarantino sure knows how to select some ginchy tunes for his flicks, Death Proof no exception, and Robert Rodriguez’s riffs for Planet Terror were rather choice!

Elizabeth:

I think recent DVD releases such as Hawaii 5-0. Wild Wild West, Mission Impossible… and the syndication enhanced original Star Trek will remind people how stunning TV show music was in the 60’s. As much as I like the more recent Star Trek series (especially DS9), the music is too low key for my purrsonal taste.

Mary Nyan:

Myow, there are greeting cards you can now get at Hallmark that play music, some of a fantasy nature, including Star Wars, Superman, Wonder Woman, Frankenstien, Power Rangers…

Elizabeth:

Krypto’s theme song is cute.

Yvonne:

I wonder if they’ll play old Transformers songs in The Transformers movie…

(The catgirls in unison)

YOU GOT THE TOUCH!

Jeannie:

hee!

Yvonne:

I was overwhelmed when I heard that Superman theme by John Williams during the amazing opening titles sequence of Superman Returns.

Elizabeth:

I rilly like the theme song of Casino Royale and that film’s opening titles sequence… the mewsic was much better than in Die Another Day, in my opinion.

Mary Nyan:

I hope Tales of Earthsea has mewsic composed by Joe Hisaishi, who does most of Miyazaki’s film scores. He’s one of my favorite film composers! Hmmm, say on that note, let’s bring this topic home… who are your favorite film composer(s)? I also like Hiroshi Miyagawa and Yoko kanno a lot.

Jeannie:

Ooh, ah, for me it is a toss up between John Williams or the late Jerry Goldsmith!

Elizabeth:

Aw gosh I can’t decide, mya… maybe John Barry… but I like James Horner’s mewsic a lot too… and Basil Poledouris… and Howard Shore… and… I can’t decide, myah!

Yvonne:

I am not sure if I have a clear single favorite composer… .I’m also very fond of musicals by Rogers & Hammerstien, and Menkan & Ashman… let’s just go on to the next topic!

GAME MEWSINGS

Mary Nyan:

It’s not a movie DVD or a mewsic CD but I wish Mike would buy us a Wii so we could play Super Swing Golf! I had so much fun playing that at his friend’s house!

Elizabeth:

Yay that was fun! I like golf and it is a very pretty game.

Jeannie:

But I could never make Pawr on Silva Cannon or Ice Cannon, nya!

Yvonne:

Those are challenging courses.

Mary Nyan:

I would like to play golf on the deck of an aircraft carrier!

Elizabeth:

How different is it from the original online version Pangya?

Jeannie:

I don’t know, nyaa…

Yvonne:

Gee I thought we were gonna talk about Syd Mead (laughs)!

Elizabeth:

Art Mews Time! Art Mews Time!

ART MEWSINGS

Mary Nyan:

So what has Syd Mead designed?

Yvonne:

Um well to be quick about it, he started as an industrial designer, particularly famous for his concept cars, but eventually went on to design everything from appliances to buildings, to yachts and jets. There are several books about him, and you can go to his web site http://www.sydmead.com/ to read a more detailed history of his career.

Jeannie:

Mead is purr-haps most famous for the things he’s designed for movies, including Bladerunner, Tron, Star Trek the Motion Picture (Mike’s favorite movie), Aliens, 2010, Gundam, Yamato, and numerous others.

Yvonne:

He also designed the prosthetic mask-making device for Mission Impossible 3!

Elizabeth:

I think that was the best of the Mission Impossible movies. But back to ‘art’… I know we’re saving the topic of comix for later, but what are some recent art- related things of note we’ve purr-ceived?

Mary Nyan:

The new Complete Dirty Pair Illustrations book is a treasure trove of drawings of the characters, mecha and scenery from that anime, but for the price, I wish it had a lot more color plates in it.

Elizabeth:

I got Kozue Amano’s third art book, Cielo, and it is nearly all in color! It’s a wonderful hardcover book in a plastic slipcase, full of her beautiful paintings from Aria, Aqua and other titles.

Yvonne:

Jeannie and I have been collecting the terrific Modern Masters series published by Two Morrows, who publish lots of books and magazines about comics. Each book is dedicated to a purr-ticular highly respected comicbook artist.

Jeannie:

MM-hmm! Volume 11 is about the great Charles Vess! Volume 12: Michael Golden will be out soon, and later in the summer will be volume 13: Jerry Ordway.

MONKEY MEWSINGS- WOOHOO!

Yvonne:

Their book on apes in comix just came out too! Comics Gone Apre- the Missing Link to Primates in Comics by Michael Eury. It has a vootilicious Arthur Adams cover!

Mary Nyan:

yay monkeys!

Elizabeth:

Sorry I was getting some milk… monkees? Are we back to mewsic now?

Jeannie:

I don’t get it…

Yvonne:

No dear that’s monkeys not The Monkees.

Mary Nyan:

Y’know if you look closely you’ll see the Monkees in their super hero guises in Kingdom Come…

Elizabeth:

Lancelot Link Secret Chimp finally got released on DVD…

Jeannie:

I wish Detective Chimp would be the new Doctor fate.

Yvonne:

I wonder if Gorilla Grodd survived being blown out that airlock in JLU…

Mary Nyan:

monkey monkey monkey meow meow meow

Yvonne:

Um… before we got on the topic, I was going to mention the anime Grand Odyssey, which has character designs by Range Murata and mecha designs by Syd Mead.

TOY MEWSINGS

Elizabeth:

Did Syd Mead design the Batmobile?

Yvonne:

No, although he was a brilliant car designer, he did not design that one.

Mary Nyan:

Which Batmobile are we talking about? I like the one Adam West drovethe most!

Elizabeth:

That’s the one I meant… the reason I ask is you were so pleased with that Hot Wheels car!

Yvonne:

Oh yeah- the new Hot Wheels release of the 1966 Batmobile. That was designed by George Barris! But Mead did design a Hot Wheels car a few years ago, and I think there was a Police Spinner toy from Bladerunner that he designed. There’ve been some Tron Light Cycles toys too.

Jeannie:

I want a pink light cycle, nya!

Mary Nyan:

I think my favorite movie car is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

Jeannie:

l want Herbie the Love Bug! Cute!

Elizabeth:

I purr-fur James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 and his Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me!

Yvonne:

but back to toys…

Jeannie:

I suspect we’ll be quickly migrating to comic books after toys, given the nature of most of the toys we planned to discuss!

Mary Nyan:

There’s all those new Marvel Spider-Man 3 toys, and the new series of DC’s “52” action figures.

Yvonne:

Yay! They made a figure of Animal Man! I got the one of Isis!

Mary Nyan:

Animal Man could have monkey powers if he wanted, myow.

Elizabeth:

My favorite newest figures are those import trading figures of the gondolier girls from Aria. I hope that anime series gets picked up soon for American DVD release, and I wish the translated manga would resume!

Jeannie:

Kozue Amano’s art is so pretty!

Elizabeth:

I read in the Wikipedia article on the Aria manga that Tokyo Pop might have acquired the license for that title.

Yvonne:

I think those recent Japanese import ‘mecha masume’ figures from Strike Witches are neat, nya!

Mary Nyan:

Oh I saw the new big Marvel figure you get pieces of with the other figure is The Blob. The sculpt of that figure reminds me of Fat Bastard from Austin Powers.

Elizabeth:

I can see that resemblance! He would try to eat Lockheed. “Get in my belly- I eat dragons!”

Mary Nyan:

Lockheed would give him heartburn.

Jeannie:

Yay Lockheed!

COMICS MEWSINGS

 

(warning: contains plot spoilers for various Marvel & DC titles)

Jeannie:

yay comics!

Elizabeth:

A great deal has happened in the last month, what with DC’s 52, World War Three, Trials of Shazam, Countdown, The Sinestro Corp, Justice ending, and the interesting cross-over between the JLA, JSA and ‘old school’ Legion!

Yvonne:

Meanwhile, Marvel’s been busy with Civil War, the death of Captain America, World War Hulk, the pending end of this big Astonishing X-Men story arc, and Thor’s soon return!

Mary Nyan:

Gosh there have been so many appearances by Red Sonja of late! Let’s see, there’s Red Sonja, Savage Tales, Giant Size, Vacant Shell, the reprint books, and with so many variant covers!

Jeannie:

It is almost dizzying, the series of events that seemed to start with Identity Crisis that domino’d to Countdown. Acts of Vengeance, Shadowpact, Rann-Thanagar, Infinite Crisis, Hal Jordan’s rebirth, ‘One Year Later’, 52… I wonder how far in advance all of this was planned, and how far DC has planned beyond where we’re at now!

Elizabeth:

Justice Society has been my favorite DC title, although Justice League has been very good too, and I am so very intrigued about the appearance of the ‘old’ Legion of Super-Heroes and Superman’s connection to them. I wonder if The Time Trapper will ever show up again?

Yvonne:

I’ve also enjoyed Mark Waid & Barry Kitson’s Legion, and I much prefer how Supergirl is handled in that book compared to in her own title. Golly, is there a trend starting with good girls going bad? Last year Supergirl turned evil due to Luthor’s dark kryptonite, and now Eclipso is poised to corrupt Mary Marvel, myahh!

Mary Nyan:

There have been some very cute ‘n whimsical moments though- Wildcat giving his kid a noogy, Mr. Terrific gleefully playing chess (blindfolded) against Black Canary and Hal Jordan, Hawkgirl patiently perched in a tree waiting to pounce upon Roy Harper, Batman vs Karate Kid (who lasted much longer than Guy Gardner did)…

Elizabeth:

Well, I can tell what titles you’ve been most pleased with of late! I’ve enjoyed is how the elevated Black Adam to a headliner of a character. Sadly that wasn’t good for Terra. So what are the rest of y’all’s picks of the month?

Jeannie:

I have to add to Mary Nyan’s list of whimsy- anything pertaining to the JSA’s newest member, Cyclone! Hee! She’s cute. I think JSA and JLA have been the most fun to read of late, mya.

Elizabeth:

Here here! But not meaning to dwell solely on DC, I’ve been so happy with Joss Whedon & John Cassaday’s run on Astonishing X-Men. I think it’s the best X-Men comic book in 25 years. I like their newest member, Armor!

Yvonne:

I was impressed with how well Captain America’s death was handled. All the major supporting characters are involved- Bucky, The Falcon, Nick Fury, Sharon Carter, Red Skull…

Jeannie:

I did not care much for how Reed Richards has been acting, either- he’s seemed way out of character, nya.

Mary Nyan:

Between that animated DVD and his behavior in Civil War, I guess we’re not supposed to like Tony Stark any more (laughs)! But… as for my pick of the month… actually it’s neither a DC nor Marvel title, but Dark Horse’s Buffy Season 8.

Jeannie:

Buffy Buffy Buffy myow myow myow!

Elizabeth:

Joss Whedon sure has been writing some great comic books. I liked Buffy Season 8 too. The characters’ dialog rings true to me- I can almost hear the actors who portrayed them saying those words! I particulary like Xander’s Nick Fury tribute. It’s nice to see Buffy and the other Slayers now working on amore sophisticated, better equipped, ‘Initiative’ like level. Buffy’s reference/ revelation to ‘The Immortal’ character from Angel TV episode 5.20 was neat.

Yvonne:

The art is detailed enough with good visual narrative, the characters nicely expressive & dynamic. Issue #3 has the most beautiful cover illustration of Willow!

Mary Nyan:

Josh Howard draws a sexy/ perky/ cute Eve in his new Lost Books of Eve series. I’ve also been enjoying the Katy Keene stories in Archie & Friends. Her sister Mackenzie is cute too! It’s by our friend Andrew Pepoy.

(The catgirls, in unison):

HI ANDREW!

Elizabeth:

He also works on Fables and Jack of Fables. is web site is at http://www.pepoy.com/

Jeannie:

Speaking of Keen things, the 2007 Keenspot Spotlight came out for Free Comic Book Day! It has an ad in it for our pal Jamie’s web comic Clan of the Cats, at www.clanofthecats.com

(The catgirls in unison):

HI JAMIE!

Yvonne:

In the latest installment of COTC, Dracula appears to be having a good ol’ time there in hell, in melee with demons that might actually be more evil than he is. Perhaps it reminds him of his younger days as a warlord!

Jeannie:

I hope Chelsea gets back to Earth soon and is reunited with Jubal and the rest of her family & friends & cats.

Elizabeth:

Mel’s cat Beige wants a tummy rub.

Mary Nyan:

Me too!

Elizabeth:

Some salmon croquettes would be nice too…

SALMON POCKY MEWSINGS- NUM NUM NUM!

Jeannie:

Shall we now mews about food?

Mary Nyan:

I wonder if they make salmon pocky…

Yvonne:

I would not doubt it…

Elizabeth:

Now I’m hungry.

Jeannie:

I have some Cran Apple Berry Cherry Nummy Juice Cocktail…

Mary Nyan:

I have some yams!

Yvonne:

Give me a yam!

Elizabeth:

I think we’re off topic again (munch munch chew chew)

LATER… MANGA MEWSINGS

Mary Nyan:

Read any manga this week, nya?

Yvonne:

Last week I bought volume 9 of the Hyper Police. As usual it featured the delightful exploits of that catgirl bounty hunter Natsuki, although there is a very sad occurrence in which she is stranded on an island, with a tragic resolution.

Jeannie:

She’s not hurt is she?

Yvonne:

No, but someone else was..

Jeannie:

Don’t say any more, nya!

Elizabeth:

OK, time for another fast lightning round! Quick: What are your current favorite manga titles?

Jeannie:

Ah My Goddess by Kosuke Fujishima!

Mary Nyan:

I’s by Masakazu Katsura!

Yvonne:

Hyper Police by Mee (not ‘me’, but the artist / writer’s name is actually spelled MEE)!

Elizabeth:

Purr-haps we could go to Tokyo Pop’s web site to see if there is any information purr-taining to the Aria manga…

OTHER LITERARY MEWSINGS

Jeannie:

Aside from comic books, art books, and graphic novels, what other books have we read this month?

Mary Nyan:

I recently started reading The Quiet Hero, which is a non-fiction book about Medal of Honor recipient George Medal at Iwo Jima, but that’s not the genre we’re here to discuss…

Yvonne:

There aren’t any other books I’m currently reading, but I’m gonna pounce upon Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the moment it is for sale!

Jeannie:

Yay Harry Potter!

Elizabeth:

The only other book I’ve read this month is Bellydance by Dolphina, which Mary Nyan loaned me.

Mary Nyan:

Speaking of which- It’s about time for me to go to my belly dance class…

Yvonne:

Meowzers, is it that late already?

Elizabeth:

Sigh… and I should be probably purr-pare to go back to the shrine…

CLOSING MEWSINGS

Mary Nyan:

I reckon we’ve pretty much covered everything for now.

Yvonne:

That was a long discussion! Any parting comments?

Jeannie:

This was super fun!

Elizabeth:

Hai!

Yvonne:

We must do this again soon. Purr-haps in June?

Mary Nyan:

Maybe by then I’ll own The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya!

Jeannie:

One topic we’re saving for next time is a discussion of movies or TV shows we wish would come out on DVD!

Elizabeth:

Purr-haps by then we’ll have seen Shrek 3 and Pirates 3, and

Mary Nyan:

Everybody out there remember to turn off your cell phone, and not to talk or text message during a movie in a theater!

Yvonne:

If y’all have any polite, sincere, brief comments, feel free to post them in response to our discussion-

Elizabeth:

-provided that your remarks aren’t inflammatory, spam-free, and stay on-topic, nya!

Jeannie:

Thank y’all very much for visiting!

(The catgirls in unison):

BAI BAI!

3 Responses to “THE MEDIA MEWSINGS FOR MAY, 2007!”

  1. D. Eckhart Says:

    It’s um… very long! ^_^

    Are you going to do more? It covers a lot! O_o

    I will refrain from commenting in detail till I read the whole thing. Although, in the line:

    “Death Proof felt more like a movie made in the 70’s Intentionally so),”

    There’s a closing parenthesis without an opening one.

    – D. Eckhart

  2. D. Eckhart Says:

    “-provided that your remarks are inflammatory”

    Darn, I wasn’t inflammatory enough… I guess you can’t burn e-mail. Please pour alcohol or gasoline on my previous comments so they reach the proper flame quotient!

    I noticed a few other random things. When Jeannie says:

    “I liked Firefly in spite of those zooms, not because of them! Sigh, hat is it these days with that technique…”

    That “hat” should probably be a “what”.

    Also, Mary Nyan’s name appears in Jeannie’s color at least twice. But, don’t tell Mary that… I think she might die if she found out that people were comparing her to Jeannie!

  3. The Catgirl Critics Says:

    Aloha D. Echhart

    Thank you for being the first person to leave comments on our mewsings, nya! Although we rarely have time to reply, we do appreciate your visit and for pointing out the typos, nya. Fortunately we were able to fix ’em before Myayr noticed the color switch, nya!

    – Yvonne of the Catgirl Critics

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