The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings for January, 2008!

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Aloha and Happy Mew Year! Catgirl Island www.catgirlisland.net & Clan of the Cats www.clanofthecats.com purrr-sent a Mike Moon purr-duction of

The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings for January, 2008!

Mike (their producer):
The delightful scent of apricot blooms wafts through the coastal breeze here at the 19th hole gazebo on beautiful Catgirl Island, as the catgirls reconvene for our monthly discussion of science fiction, fantasy & horror movies, TV, comic books, anime, toys & stuff! So let’s start The Mew!

Jeannie:
Aloha Y’all!

Mary Nyan:
Hello everyone!

Elizabeth:
Hi Hi!

Yvonne:
Nihao, nya! Mi-ike, If I can’t get a banker pony how bout a Water Horse, nya?

Mike:
So, how did the catgirls celebrate the eve of the new year?

Mary Nyan:
Lizzy and I were at the shrine!

Elizabeth:
Hai!

Jeannie:
I was belly dancing at the supper party at the Kitt Inn. I think my shimmy and tummy rolls are getting much better.

Elizabeth:
Mmm, rolls!

Yvonne:
What did you do for Happy Mew Year, Mike, nya?

Mike:
Oh I gathered with a few friends to watch Japanese anime and eat snacks! And yes, I brought y’all plenty of snacks for this Mew!

Jeannie:
Yay!

Mary Nyan:
He is such a good Producer!

Elizabeth:
Can we… have the snacks now, pllleeaassee?

Yvonne:
Mi-ike, If I can’t get a banker pony how bout a Water Horse, nya?

Mike:
Um…

Mary Nyan:
You should purr-obably see the movie first before you go wanting one!

Elizabeth:
I’ll even help with the snacks (purrs)

Jeannie:
Ok y’all do that while I lead itno the next segment-

The Catgirls’ Reviews of some of December 2007’s Movies – but be warned, for there is potential plot spoilage ahead for
I am Legend, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Alien Vs Predator: Requiem, and The Golden Compass!

Mary Nyan:
I think the best things about the movie I am Legend are the cast (human and canine), and the amazing images of Manhattan. This cinematic adaptation of the Richard Matheson’s legendary 1954 novel does not seem quite as faithful to the book compared to the 1964 film Last Man on Earth, but seems more of a hybrid between that, 1971’s version The Omega Man, and 28 Days Later. The premise is the same: a seemingly lone human survivor of a plague apocalypse searches for a cure in his fortified home, while mutants stalk the living at night.

Differences between this version and the novel are that it is set in New York, that the main character Robert Neville hunts for food rather than hunting the ‘vampires’ (or ‘darkseekers’ as they are called); gone from the novel are the Cortman and Ruth Characters, and the dog character is different, but much more poignant in this new version. Instead of the double-agent Ruth character, this movie has Anna who is nicely portrayed by Alice Braga. There’s a brief cameo of a Dr. Krippen that looks a lot like Emma Thompson, and I can’t help but wonder if the name is a reference to the infamous Dr. Crippen?

Will Smith’s purr-formance is impressive, and is more the family man like Vincent Price’s version more than Charleton Heston’s. The character is very smart, well equipped for survival and medical research, and seems to only make mistakes that will ultimately doom him after years of loneliness and anguish. There are a couple of scenes that charmingly echo Heston’s; for example, instead of watching and reciting the movie Woodstock, Smith’s updated Neville likes Shrek. I think that if you are a fan of Will Smith, you’ll be very pleased with this purr-formance.

Furthermore, there is no ‘new society of the half-living’ from the book or first film adaptation, or the twist ending. These darkseekers do not talk, but do scream a lot, so there is not quite the wonderful exchange of dialog between Smith’s Neville and his enemies, compared to that between Charleton Heston and Anthony Zerbe. More inhuman than the ‘vampires’ of Last Man on Earth or ‘The Family’ of the Omega Man, These darkseekers are very powerful (at night) and possess a very primal, rudimentary organization, They also have trained mutant doggies, which seemed odd to me, and–

Yvonne:
(yawn)

Mary Nyan:
Oh hush- I’m almost done!

Yvonne:
hee!

Mary Nyan:
Some of the scenes are extremely terrifying, particularly when his dog Samantha runs into a dark building and he follows, knowing how dangerous it is. The scenes of New York, be they desolate after the plague has wiped out most of humanity, or in flashbacks during the crowded panic, are also very impressive, with many of the big city’s most iconic landmarks as prominent locations. The production values are quite high, the effects are good, and although I think I purr-furred Ron Grainer’s mewsic from The Omega Man, James Newton Howard’s score is good too.

This movie has a much more hopeful ending than the other versions or the book, and therein lies one of my problems with the movie… not so much that it is a more hopeful, happier ending, plus this ending, coupled with the fact that this Neville does not try to be a vampire slayer by day, really misses the whole point of the book. There are a few plot holes, How did Ana get to and from Manhattan? How exactly did she rescue Will Smith? How is there a walled city of survivors in Vermont but Neville was clueless about it? Being a Colonel, wouldn’t he know of such things, and why would he assume that everyone was dead- what about high security bases, or the ships and submarines at sea?The final scene reminded me a bit of the end of the 2005 version of War of the Worlds, in which the survivors make it to a fairly unscathed Boston- it just seems a bit improbable. It’s not as powerful or ironic an ending as the book’s, and misses the whole point of why the story was titled I Am Legend.

As in many other post-apocalyptic films set in a purr-ticular city, we are not always told what’s going on in the rest of the world… we know about as much as the protagonists do, although I find it odd that Neville no communications whatsoever from any other survivors. Also, I assumed that Neville would have worked at some sort of government facility such as the CDC and not out of his basement, but if he only started his experiments in his basement after the plague started, how did he set up such a sophisticated laboratory in his armored, land-mined residence by himself? My other complaint is that the movie felt rather rushed and should have been longer. As excellent as Will Smith and the images of New York are, they are not enough to want me to grade this movie above a ‘C’.

Elizabeth:
That was a very thorough review as usual, Myayr!

Mary Nyan:
Thank you!

Yvonne:
I was just kiddingwho’s next, nya? (tags Elizabeth) Lizzy goes next, nya!

Elizabeth:
My review is of Alien Vs Predator: Requiem, and it’s not going to be very kind, but to be fair, there are good aspects of this purr-duction as well as the ones that displeased me. Although it would have been a better movie if Danny Glover or Ah-nold had been in it to reprise their Predator roles, the cast and stunt team all did a fine job with what they were given to work with. A number of the artistic and technical aspects, such as the sets, costumes, make-up, creature design, mechanical, optical and digital effects. Those folks deserve praise for a job well done, However, I was very disappointed by the direction, plot & cinematography. This isn’t the sequel I hoped for and the premise of the film is flawed from the first scene. This movie feels too much like an angsty teen TV drama and a slasher flick.

We are asked to accept that the Predators, a highly advanced civilization with amazing technology, including faster than light travel that can ship them from their world in another star system to hours in a few hours, and yet these professional hunters do not think to scan their fallen comrade (from the previous film) for a chestbuster when they bring him aboard? A chestbuster that can grow to adult form
a lot quicker than previous xenomorphs, not only in the Predator but in the human hosts? Can’t they get more guns from the Sheriff’s department instead of breaking into a store?

The film is way, way too dark- not in theme, well actually it is a pretty grim R rated movie- but I meant in the way it is lit. The film is literally too dark, but is that the Director of Photography’s fault, or the way the film was processed? It is so hard to make out much of the action, and sadly the splendid creatures’ detail can be barely seen most of the time, plus the jerky hand hel (?) camera work during final fight between the Predator and the Predalien does not help.

The film’s last act seems to be trying to copy Aliens down to the four protagonists with guns (the Ripley-ish mom in her tank top with daughter and two guys) disobeying the inadequate officer in a Striker (APC) and trying to evac in a copter (drop ship) after the rest of their team has died, firing bullets and explitives at the xenomorphs in the rain before the site is nuked (not by a reactor but an F-22), even with mewsic that sounds a lot like James Horner’s score for that James Cameron film. The ‘Newt’ character even asks “Are the monsters gone now?” The few things that do further the mythology of the Aliens and Predators is that we get a brief glimpse of a Predators’ planet and cityscape, but when do we get to see the xenomorphs’ planet,? At the end of the film we’re introduced to a Ms. Yutani, presumably of the future Weyland-Yutani corporation. Ah well thassabout it. I was disappointed. (tags Jeannie) Ok JenJen, your turn!

Jeannie:
My review is of National Treasure: Book of Secrets! This sequel which should be called Benjamin Gates and the Temple of Doom, as Nicholas Cage’s smart & funny character, who along with his father (Jon Voit) tries to solve a 19th century puzzle instead of an 18th century one, but as before, the trail goes back many more centuries than initially thought. also returning are delightful Diane Kruger as Abigail and Justin Bartha as Riley. Bruce Greenwood portrays the President of the United States, whose book the title refers to, which Gates needs to clear his Great Great Grandfather’s name from accusations of being the mastermind behind President Lincoln’s assassination. Sadly there’s no Sean Bean in this outing, but you do get Ed Harris as the antagonist, and the magnificent Helen Mirren as Benjamin Gates’ mom joining the terrific cast. The movie has magnificent sets and lovely real historic locations that are beautifully photographed, with good special effects.

Trevor Rabin’s music score is splendid, which you should sit through the end credits to hear even if you’re not one to usually watch a movie’s end credits. Make sure not to arrive to the film late either, as there is a new Goofy cartoon preceding this Disney picture! While this movie is a bit bigger in scope that the first National Treasure, that does not necessarily equate to better, as it seems to be trying to replicate the plot, but this time asks the audience to accept some things that are just too incredible, such as why none of the main characters are not in police custody Scotland Yard, the Secret Service or by the FBi; Harvey Keitel is back, but barely in it. My minor gripes include speed ramping and zooms in a couple of shots, and expository computer graphics that seem dumbed down to spell out to the audience what’s going on, such as the cloning of a cell phone or the de-cyphering of a code. Book of Secrets is fun, but the first National Treasure is a much better movie. That’s about it… Vonny?

Yvonne:
My turn, nya! The Golden Compass is a fun movie that I liked very much, nya! It is a beautiful, lavish epic fantasy film with such an impressive cast including Dakota Blue Richards, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliot, Eva Green, Jim Carter, and there are appearances by Christopher Lee and Derek Jacobi, nya! Plus there are the voices of Kathy Bates, Ian McKellen, Ian McShane, and Freddie Highmore, nya. The music by Alexander Desplat is quite lovely and Kate Bush’s song “Lyra” graces the end credits, nya.

This production values are impressive, with stunning special effects, nya. I have not read the trilogy of books this move is based upon but I found the plot quite exciting, the characters very interesting, especially the delightful Lyra, nya. I suppose the only negative comment I have is that it felt a wee bit rushed, however I think this is the beginning of a grand fantasy movie series of high quality such as Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter, and I look forward to the two sequels, nya!

Mike:
The last time I saw a movie this good that had some Phil Tippett FX, a battle in the snow, and a cliffhanger ending was The Empire Strikes Back! So Vonny, what do you make of the controversy surrounding the movie?

Yvonne:
From what I’ve heard on the news, some churches want to boycott this movie because they think the story is anti-religious, nya. The movie did not seem anti-religious to me, even though in the movie there is an Orwellian, authoritarian organization called the Magisterium that seeks to dominate society, nya. But, it’s not like this is the first movie plot to include a fictional political organization as antagonists, be they human, ape, cat or alien, so I do not see what the big deal is, nya.

Mike:
On that note, it’s time for this month’s Lightning Round:

Favorite fictional villainous organizations- go!

Mary Nyan:
Legion of Doom, Secret Society of Super Villains, Legion of Super Villains, Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Hydra, and The Flash’s Rogues!
(tags Elizabeth)

Elizabeth:
S.P.E.CT.R.E, C.H.U.M.P, T.H.R.U.S.H, and of course COBRA! (tags Jeannie)

Jeannie:
Ohh… I would say… maybe Weyland-Yutani, The Klingon Empire, The Dominion… The Shadows, The Daleks, and… “Evil, pure and simple: Red Lectroids from the 8th Dimension”! (tags Yvonne)

Yvonne:
Sauron’s Empire in Lord of the Rings, The Galactic Empire of Star Wars, Wolfram & Hart of Angel, and The Death Eaters of Harry Potter, nya!
(tags Mike)

Mike:
The Gamilons, The Comet Empire, The Mama Aiuto Gang, Galactor and Big Fire!

Yvonne:
I have a question… do the Klingons count, ’cause later they became allies of the Federation, nya?

Jeannie:
They were originally the big bads of Star Trek, so they would definitely qualify, but you’re right in that later they became allies of the Federation. Of course, the Federation and Starfleet have done a few less than noble things on occasion.

Yvonne:
What about… what about The Killer Cars, nya?

Jeannie:
Hmm… I’m not sure they were exactly organized.

Elizabeth:
Speaking of movies, it’s time for

The Catgirls’ DVD Reviews for January

Mary Nyan:
My review is of KISSology Vol. 3!

Elizabeth:
Now you behave, Vonny!

Yvonne:
nya… !

Jeannie:
Sorry to delay your review Myar, but before this segment gets underway, I bet it’d sure go better if we had some nice fish sammiches to go with it, hint hint…

Mike:
Oh alright! The things I do for catgirl and country. (steps into the kitchen to prepare the food)

(All four catgirls in unison)
arigatoo gozaimasu!

Mary Nyan:
My review is of KISSology Vol. 3! Spanning the years 1992- 2000 of the KISS, this DVD box set contains 10 hours of purr-formances, complete concerts and other tidbits on 4 disks, plus a booklet and a 5th bonus disk. For each concert, you can play the entire concert or skip to a purr-ticular song, and there is an audio commentary track. Among the memorable shows are the complete MTV Unplugged show from August 9th, 1995, which includes an amewsing country version of God of Thunder! Disk one’s 3 hours also includes a behind the scenes look at that Unplugged show, and the November 27th, 1992 show at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit.

There are a few ‘Easter Eggs’ on these DVDs; on the 1st disk if you highlight the KISSology title and click on that, you get a 5 minute peek at the Carnival of Souls album’s recording session. Disk two’s nearly 3 hours of features include the June 28th, 1996 show at Detroit’s Tiger Stadium, The September 4th, 1996 MTV Video Mewsic Awards purr-formance at the Brooklyn Bridge, and the first half of the Psycho Circus Tour show at Dodger Stadium from Halloween 1998. Disk 2’s egg is a 2 minute sound check from the 1996 MTV Video Mewsic Awards. At 2 hours, 48 minutes,

Disk Three starts with the second half of that Dodger Stadium show, followed by the KISS purr-formance at the premier party for the movie Detroit Rock City on August 9th, 1999. After that is The Last KISS, from June 27th, 2000 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford New Jersey. Disk three’s egg is six and a half minutes of the countdown to midnight from their Millennium Concert, New Years Eve 1999, and Ace Frehley’s song, 2000 Man. Disk four brings their career full circle with their 43 minute gig at The Coventry in Queens, NY from December 22nd, 1973.

The 5th disk will vary depending where you buy it, and I believe there are 3 or 4 different ones. The one I purr-chased is of the July 27th, 1996 reunion tour show at Madison Square Garden, which lasts about 100 minutes! I think this box set is a tremendous wealth of KISS in all their glory, and at such a value for it’s low price. If you’re a fan of KISS, this third and final volume in the KISSOLOGY DVD series will not disappoint, and if you’re not yet a fan of KISS, these disks are an excellent way for you to be introduced to the hottest band in the world!

Yvonne:
That was a good review, Myayr, nya!

Mary Nyan:
Thanks Vonny! OK who is next?

Elizabeth:
My review is of the 2 disk, 50th anniversary edition of 20 Million Miles to Earth, noted for it’s special effects by the legendary Ray Harryhausen! In this movie, an American spacehip crash lands in the sea off the coast of Italy, bringing with it the Ymir, an alien creature from Venus. That is the planet, not the city with canals. When Ymir hatches from its egg, it is only about a foot tall, but eventually it grows to 20 feet tall amidst the famous landmarks of Rome. Disk one is the 83 minute movie in anamorphic widescreen, which can be viewed in either the original 1957 black & white or in the newly colorized version, and with an audio commentary track featuring Harryhausen, Dennis Muren, Phil Tippet, and Arnold Kunert.

Disk two contains 82 minutes of lovely documentary material, starting with a 27 minute featurette “Remembering 20 Million Miles to Earth”, that includes recollections by Harryhausen along with appreciations by Terry Gilliam, John Landis, Rick Baker, Stan Winston, John Canemaker and the Chiodo Brothers. Following that is an 11 minute bit on the colorization process, with Harryhausen and Legend Films’ Barry Sandrew, David Martin and Rosemary Horvath, in which they discuss the advances in film colorization and restoration. Then there is a 27 interview with Mr. Harryhausen by Tim Burton! Next is a very interesting 23 minute piece titled “Mischa Bakaleinkoff: Film Music’s Unsung Hero”, with soundtrack producer David Schechtor on the original scores and library mewsic of Columbia Pictures’ B movies, and the career Bakaleinkoff, who composed and conducted mewsic for several of Harryhausen’s films.

Jeannie:
Wow that is a lot!

Elizabeth:
But wait- there’s more! There is a gallery of still images set to mewsic from the film, which is 35 minutes long if you play it all. This gallery is comprised of four cat-egories: Advertising art, Production Photographs, Portraits, and Harryhausen’s illustrations.You also get an 18 minute featurette with Arnold Kunert showing vintage publicity materials, such as pressbooks, lobbycards, posters and newspaper advertisements. Finally, there is an 8 frame preview of pages & panels from the Blue Water Productions’ 20 Million Miles to Earth comic book, written by Scott Davis, pencilled by Alex Garcia, colored by Joey Campas, lettered by Chris Studabaker, and cover art by Nadir Balen! If you are a fan of Ray Harryhuasen, I think this DVD would be an impressive addition to your collection.

Yvonne:
And I thought Myayr’s reviews were extensive, nya!

Jeannie:
Good one, Lizzy! (sniff) Mmm, I smell fish sammiches!

Mike:
OK catgirls, here you go! (passes around the fish sandwich platter, then goes back for the drinks)

(all four catgirls in unison):
ARIGATOO GOZAIMASU!

Yvonne:
THANK YOU FOR FEEDING US, NYA! (chomp)

Mary Nyan:
I’d like one too please! (chomp)

Elizabeth:
We’ll be right back after this important snack break! (chomp)

(snip)

Mike:
-and we’re back! Up next is-

The Catgirls’ Top Forty DVD & CD Aspurrations!

Mary Nyan:
Back in June 2007’s installment of The Mew, we mewsed of movies and television shows, foreign and domestic, that we wish would be released on R1 DVD, and ironically several of those were finally released this year, such as Young Indiana Jones, Help!, Kiss Meets the Phantom, Latitude Zero, The BBC purr-fuctions of Day of the Triffids and Count Dracula, Chosen Survivors, and the new Bladerunner box sets. We’ve read that The Mysterious Cities of Gold will emerge on DVD in 2008, and hopefully Bandai will soon be issuing the Silent Mobius movies.

Jeannie:
We would like to thank the various video distributors for those great DVDs, and we hope to buy more in 2008! Now, we understand that some titles are yet to be released on DVD purr-haps due to legal matters that need to be settled, and hope that such situations are settled amicably soon. We’re purr-fectly willing to give our money for quality, legally distributed Region 1 DVDs of some of our favorite movies and TV shows! And some mewsic CDs too.

Yvonne:
Of course, we’re not insinuating that we had any influence in those DVDs being released, but we figure it can’t hurt to let our wish list be heard, nya!
So here again in hopes of further purr-suading companies to sell us what we want, is a consolidated, shorter, revised list of the 40 titles we crave most, in no purr-ticular order, nya!

Elizabeth:
For starters, there are several excellent American Television series, mini-series, and made-for-TV movies that we’d like to get, including The Batman 1966-69 TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward; The Six Million Dollar Man TV series, pilot and reunion movies; The Bionic Woman 1976-78 TV series; The Awakening Land; The Gilligan’s Island reunion movies; Irwin Allen’s 1971 City Beneath the Sea; Gene Roddenberry’s Spectre, Genesis II, and The Questor Tapes; and–

(all four catgirls in unison):
The Star Wars Holiday Special!

Mike:
Speaking of Gene Roddenberry productions, it’d sure be nice if Paramount put out a box set that had all three versions of Star Trek the Motion Picture!

Mary Nyan:
Yet another month of the Mew goes by when he can’t resist mentioning his favorite movie!

Mike:
Like y’all said- it can’t hurt! Oh, and Captain Nemo and the Underwater City, T.A.G The Assasination Game, and that version of Moby Dick starring Patrick Stewart would be nice too!

Mary Nyan:
There are a few British productions we’d like as well, from older Hammer Films such as Pirates of Blood River, Devil Ship Pirates, and Creatures the World Forgot, to more recent ones like Sarah Jane Investigates and Gerry Anderson’s New Captain Scarlet. I would also love a new DVD release of Kate Bush Live at Hammersmith!

Yvonne:
We’re halfway through the list, nya! While we’re mentioning mewsical stuff, I also wish for two movie soundtrack CDs: Keith Emerson’s Nighthawks
original motion picture soundtrack, and Andrew Belling’s Wizards original motion picture soundtrack, nya!

Elizabeth:
The latter half of our wish list- again, in no purr-ticular order of preference, is mostly Asian movies, OVA and TV shows. I’m not sure if it is out yet on R1 DVD, but the Chinese film we most want to see on DVD is Michelle Yeoh’s The Touch! The live action Japanese titles we are keenest for are
The Return of Godzilla (the original 1984 Japanese version, not the 1985 American version), and its sequel, Godzilla vs Biollante! There is a lot of Japanese anime we’re hoping for too!

Jeannie:
There are so many old and new anime movies, OVA and TV shows we’re hoping will be released here on Region 1 DVD, with the original Japanese audio and English subtitles. These include: Queen Millennia, Rose of Versailles, Anne of Green Gables, Dirty Pair TV series, You’re Under Arrest OVAs, Stratos 4 Advance, Aria the Animation, Magical Pokan, the Space Cruiser Yamato TV series, and Yamato 2520.

Yvonne:
I thought Space Cruiser Yamato was already out on DVD here, nya!

Mike:
Whereas those great folks at Voyager Entertainment have done such a lovely job of putting out the Yamato movies and the documentary, thus far the
only version of the Yamato TV series that is out here is the American version known as Starblazers. As fond as I am of that important show and the brilliant job the American voice actors did dubbing it back in the late 70’s, I’d still like to see the original Japanese version get an R1 DVD release.
Vonny, would you like to conclude the list?

Yvonne:
Hai! The last few titles on our wish list are all by Hayao Miyazaki or Studio Ghibli, nya: Future Boy Conan, I Can Hear the Ocean Waves, Only Yesterday- which I wish Disney would hurry up and release, Tales from the Earthsea, and the episodes of Lupin the 3rd that Miyazaki directed, nya! I guess we’re all done with that wish list and this segment of The Mew, but we’ll be right back after a short break, nya!

(snip)

Jeannie:
Meowllow greetings- we’re back! And the next topic is

The Catgirls’ Top Forty Coming Cat-tractions for 2008

Elizabeth:
The ten movies supposedly coming out this year that I want to see most are Batman-The Dark Knight, Dragonball Z, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Justice League: The New Frontier, Punisher: War Zone, Sin City 2, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, and Watchmen!

Jeannie:
Hmm, I sense a common theme there Lizzy! Mine are Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Kung Fu Panda, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, Mysterious Cities of Gold, Ponyo on a Cliff, Power of The Dark Crystal, Spiderwick Chronicles, Tinkerbell, and Wall-E. How ’bout you. Vonny?

Yvonne:
I want to see all of those too, nya! I’ll also add to the list The Forbidden Kingdom, Get Smart, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the 22nd James Bond movie, John Rambo, Jurassic Park IV, Star Trek, and X-Files 2, nya! OK Myayr it’s your turn, nya!

Mary Nyan:
Cloverfields, Day of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, Doomsday, Godzilla 3D to the Max, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Machete, Meg, The Mummy 3: Curse of the Dragon, and Trick r Treat! So that’s our list of top forty for 2008!

Mike:
Links to information about forthcoming motion pictures can be found in these wikipedia articles:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_in_film
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:2008_films
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_2008_films

Collectibles, Toys & Games

Mary Nyan:
A dear friend gave me the wonderful replica of Hermione Granger’s wand! This is an authentic replica from the Harry Potter movies, made by the Nobel Collection. I’m not sure what it is made of, but this 15 inch long brown wand looks wooden, has some heft to it and very ornate, intricate vine detail, and came in a lovely cloth lined, sturdy green box, that looks just like it came from Ollivander’s Wand Shop in Diagon Alley, hee!

Jeannie:
Does it have a Dragon heart String core? Hee!

Mary Nyan:
I can’t tell, but the craftsmanship is quite lovely! Well then what have you got for us, Jennyjen?

Jeannie:
The new Wonder Woman Series 1 action figures from DC Direct are Wonderful! There are four figures sold separately: Wonder Woman, Agent Diana Prince, Donna Troy as Wonder Woman, and the evil Circe. Based upon character designs by Terry Dodson,The first two were sculpted by Jack Matthews, the latter two by Ray Villafane. The sculpts and painting are excellent, the figures are well articulated and come with a base. My purr-ticular favorite is the Donna Troy as Wonder Woman, looking glorious in her intricate Amazonian battle armor with a sword, cloth cape, and a metallic gold cord lasso! Lizzy, I see that you have a new item to discuss too!

Elizabeth:
Hai! I have praise for a figure of another comic book heroine, the lovely mini-bust of Leetah from Elfquest! Based upon the character created by Wendy and Richard Pini, this sculpt by Tim Bruckner is from dark horse Deluxe and is limited to 1,500 pieces. This bust is of the character from mid-thigh up, which can pivot 360 degrees on the delightful tree shaped base it is nestled in. she looks so pretty in her blue dress with gold trim and jewelry, and it is so detailed from her gentle eight fingertips to her graceful pointed ear tips, from the hint of green makeup around her deep soulful eyes to the waves of her ponytailed hair. This base has such lush foliage. The figure itself seems about 5 1/2″ tall, with the base it looks just over 7″
tall total. I would definitely recommend this to a fan of Elfquest or a collector of these character busts! Your turn, Vonny!

Yvonne:
I have two anime figures of note, nya. First, I got a very pretty pre-painted 1/8 scale figure of Natalia Luzu Kimuelasca Lanvaldear, a character from the video game Tales of the Abyss, nya! She was designed by one of my favorite artists Kosuke Fujishima, who created Ah my Goddess and You’re Under Arrest, nya! This figure was sculpted by Matsuken and released by Kotobukiya, nya! She is in a very dramatic action pose, on one foot, about to fire one of her arrows, with a translucent vortex spiraling around her legs from the nice round base, nya! I would like to have a pretty green and white costume like hers, nya. Even the clear plastic box is attractive, with very ornate graphics on it, nya!

The other nice figure I was given for Christmas is of Mai Tokiha from the very entertaining Japanese anime series My Hime, nya! It’s a 1/7 scale PVC figure, sculpted by Ryoichi Ikeda, released by Griffon Enterprises, nya. This is the distinctive white shirt version figure of a very buxom Mai sitting on the floor, which is a nice oval shaped base. Her expression seems rather sad, but she has such lovely short light brown hair and very soulful eyes, although I suspect it’s not her eyes that will get most of the attention, nya! So whatchoo got Mike, nya?

Mike:
Art Asylum has produces some of the finest Star Trek toys ever made and this way cool 16″ “Where no Man has Gone Before” version of the starship Enterprise is no exception! Not only dies she sport lovely detail and markings, but the taller bridge and the distinctive warp nacells from that 2nd pilot episode, By pressing the bridge dome, you can activate the lights and sound effects. The eight sounds are alert, warp, transporter, phasers, photon torpedoes, and calls to “battlestations”, “warp drive”, and “weapons to full power”! By pressing down the bridge dome button for five seconds, the lights will stay on and blink. The toy comes with a spiffy stand, so it can be proudly displayed on my desk! So I suppose that’s all of our toy talk for this month; up next —

Surf’s Up, Big Kat-huna! The Catgirls’ January Reading List

Mary Nyan:
I have two recommendations! First, Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton, with co-authors Sheryl Beck and Rick Bundschuch! Published by MTV Books in 2004, with several pages of color photos, this inspirational book is the story of courageous Bethany Hamilton, the competitive young surfer who overcame the loss an arm from a tiger shark attack. Next is Fear-less-ness The Story of Lisa Anderson,
published this year by Chronicle. This 165 page hardcover book is a biography of the champion surfer by Nick Carrol, with a preface by Lisa, loaded with many color photographs! Ok, Lizzy’s turn!

Elizabeth:
I’d like to suggest Surf’s Up- the Girl’s Guide to Surfing, by Louise Southerden! It’s about 255 black & white- um, well, more like blue & white- pages, with a forward by the great Layne Beachley!

Jeannie:
Another fun and informative book is Surf Diva- a Girl’s Guide to Getting Good Waves! This book was written by sisters Izzy and Coco Tihanyi, founders of the Surf Diva Surf School, and was published by Harcourt in 2005!

Yvonne:
My book pick is Sister Surfer by Kia Afcari and Marty Osborne- it’s got lot lots of color photos, nya! May I read the Bethany book when you’re done with it, nya?

Mary Nyan:
Hai! So… what has Mike been reading this month?

Mike:
Mostly comic books, or books about comics, such as the latest in TwoMorrows Publishing’s superb Modern Masters series! Expertly edited by my friend Eric Nolen-Weathington, volume 13 is devoted to the brilliance of Jerry Ordway, while volume 14 showcases the life and art of Frank Cho. Both books are 120 lavishly illustrated pages, eight of which are in color, including biographical information, interviews, and art galleries.

Also, a special shout out to our friend Jeff Branch, who wrote the 22 page story “From the Ground Up” in Archie & Friends #115! In this tale of architectural renovation and imminent domain, Archie & friends work to save a historic building in Riverdale. Not only does the story include Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Reggie, but Dilton, Moose, Midge, Chuck and Mr. Lodge are in it too!

(all four happy catgirls in unison):
Congratualtions Jeff!!!

Jeannie:
Speaking of comics, there’s no better time to segue to our monthly-

13 Lucky Kitty Web Comic Picks of the Litter!

-in no purr-ticular order? Lizzy, would you care to start?

Elizabeth:
My three picks are
Andrea Peterson’s No Rest for the Wicked http://www.forthewicked.net/
Kazu Kibuishi’s Copper http://www.boltcity.com/copper/
and Jenn Manley Lee’s Dicebox http://www.dicebox.net/

Jeannie:
For this month I’ve selected
Semaui & Melissa DeJesus’ Sokora Refugees http://www.sokora.com/
Barbara Manui & Chris Adams’ Yamara http://www.yamara.com/
and Jessica Cantlope’s Senshuu http://senshuu.com/

Yvonne:
I chose Min Kwon’s Haru-Sari http://www.haru-sari.com/
KimonoKitsy Studio’s Nemu-Nemu http://nemu-nemu.com/comics/
and Hans Teng’s Directions of Destiny http://directionsofdestiny.com/
nya!

Mary Nyan:
Studio Dardanidi’s Nelshael http://www.nelshael.com/
Karen Ellis Planet Karen http://www.planetkaren.co.uk/
Svetlana Chaakova’s Svetlania Wheneverly http://www.svetlania.com/
OK, Mike gets the final pick!

Mike:
I’d like to recommend Brooke McEldowney’s Pibgorn http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/

The Cat Lady Sings…

Jeannie:
If we’re about done, I’d like to get back in time to watch All Star Workout’s Belly Dance with Aubre, and then Namaste Yoga!

Elizabeth:
You really should get a DVD recorder, Jennyjen.

Yvonne:
Hey I wanna watch them too- let’s go, nya!

Mary Nyan:
OK, so we’ll watch that and then… then we should go diving tonight and see the rays!

Elizabeth:
Vonny, purr-haps you’ll see a water horse!

Yvonne:
Yay!

Jeannie:
And then more shrimp cocktails!

Mary Nyan:
And cran-apple nummy berry drinks!

Mike:
(sigh) I think The Mew is going to rack up quite a food bill!

Elizabeth:
Well then, I reckon that’ll do it for this month, but we hope to have more reviews next month, and our special 2007 Year in Review!

Jeannie:
If you have any polite & sincere responses to our discussion- feel free to post them, purr-vided that your brief remarks are spam-free, not argumentative, and stay on-topic!

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

Mary Nyan:
Thanks for visiting- aloha and happy holidays everybody!

(all four catgirls in unison):
BAI BAI!

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2 Responses to “The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings for January, 2008!”

  1. Dan Hager Says:

    thanks for the insights, ladies!

  2. Mike Says:

    Hi Dan! As the catgirls are currently sunning themselves on the roof, I’m here in the office answering the mail for them. Thanks for visiting The Mew and take care-
    Mike,
    the Catgirl Critics’ Producer and snack bearer

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