Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday Movie Review - Love Actually

Today I am reviewing another holiday movie that is a wonderful mix of drama, romance, and comedy. It is one of my very favorites: Love Actually.

"Love Actually" follows the storylines of several characters, and their search for romance over the holiday season. One lonely young man wants to leave England and spend the season in America, where he is sure he can seduce beautiful women with his accent. A writer visits Portugal and falls in love with his Portuguese maid, who speaks no English. A widowed father watches his son strive to attract the attention of the girl he likes (my mommy's favorite storyline!). These stories and several more (including the new Prime Minister's unexpected romance) are all included in this movie.

Now, this movie is too mature for young kitties, pups, and beans. There are several instances of language and adult situations.

But the stories are funny and heartwarming . . . and sometimes heartbreaking as well. And in what other movie can you see Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, and Liam Neeson all in one place? Not to mention Alan Rickman and Mr. Bean himself, Rowan Atkinson.

And of course, one of the best scenes of all . . . the Christmas play at the local school, with a wonderful performance of "All I Want For Christmas Is You."

If your bean is a true romantic at heart, and has a taste for naughty british humor, then you should both snuggle up on the couch this holiday season and give "Love Actually" a try! I give it two paws up and a rumbly purr!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thankful Thursday - Secret Paws!

This week my sisters and I got our SECRET PAWS!!!!

We were so excited!

We were even MORE excited when we found out who our Secret Paws was . . . TESLA!!!!!

Tesla, you did a super PAWSOME job shopping for us! Jingly balls and catnip and even a super cool stocking! We love everything!

Here is how the Secret Paws went down . . .

All three of us had to sniff the box and get excited, and then snoopervise mommy while she opened it for us.

And then we read who it was from and got even more excited!

And OH MY PAWS AND WHISKERS! Is that a whole tub of nip?! And jingly balls?!

I can't wait to keep mommy up all night whapping these!

What a totally pawsome stocking! No, mommy, you can't steal it for your own. It is OURS.

And . . . the pièce de resistance . . . . TUB O' NIP!

It's sooooooooooo wonderful . . .

Even Holly lost her cool and rolled and drooled on the lid.

Thanks so much, Tesla!!!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Toboe and Riku

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tuesday with Toboe

Here he is. Our new little brother.
The little brother Sandy Paws brought us.
I'm going to have a few words with Sandy Paws.

His name is Toboe, pronounced TOE-BOE-WAY. It is Japanese for howl. Which is something he does a lot of. His brother, Riku, is Uncle Sean's baby. It's fine if Sandy Paws wants to bring a puppy to Uncle Sean, but I'm sure a puppy wasn't on my Christmas list.

I'm still working on how to get him back to the North Pole.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Mancat Monday - WHAT THE PAW?!

I'm very disappointed in Sandy Paws.

Does anykitty know how to send a Sandy Paws present back?

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Also, don't forget that today is the first showing of the new CCSI! Maybe my first job as an actor will help me recover from my disappointment in Sandy Paws.

Visit Sassy's blog to watch!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday Movie Review: The Golden Compass

This week I am reviewing a wonderful film that is based on a book that my mommy loves, Philip Pullman's "The Golden Compass," which is the first book in his trilogy "His Dark Materials." This is a good holiday movie because it has a lot of adventuring in snow with talking polar bears!

The Golden Compass (2007)
Directed By: Chris Weitz
Written By: Chris Weitz (Screenplay)
Philip Pullman (Novel)

In "The Golden Compass," we meet Lyra Belacqua, a little girl who is being raised by the scholars of Jordan College, at the request of her uncle, Lord Asriel. Lyra refuses to become a proper and educated lady, instead preferring to run wild with her best friend Roger who works in the kitchens, and the Gypsies who travel up and down the river outside the college. After a bet she places with the gypsy children, Lyra finds herself in the dressing room of the college . . . and sees someone put poison in her Uncle Asriel's wine. After coming out of her hiding place and warning him, her uncle tells her to hide again . . . and to keep her eyes open and her mouth shut. Hiding in the wardrobe again, Lyra watches her uncle's presentation to the scholars, and first hears about the thing that will change her life forever: dust.

Lyra's world is a world parallel to the one we beans and furries live in now. The major difference between our worlds is that in Lyra's world, bean's souls walk beside them in the form of animals. These soul animals are known as daemons. Lyra's daemon's name is Pantalaimon, or Pan for short, and since Lyra is still a child Pan can change shape depending on his mood . . . but once a bean grows up, their daemon chooses one form and never changes again. For example, Uncle Asriel's daemon is a beautiful and dangerous snow leopard named Stelmaria.

And it appears that, according to what Lyra learns from her uncle's presentation, that daemons settling into one shape, and other parts of maturing and becoming an adult, all have to do with the mysterious particles known as "dust" that filter into her world from ours and a million other worlds . . . and which can be seen in the far north, in the northern lights.

Soon after Lyra makes this discovery, a strange and beautiful woman, Mrs. Coulter, comes to the college to take Lyra away with her on an expedition to the far north. Before she leaves, Lyra is entrusted with a golden compass by the scholars of Jordan College, but is warned that Mrs. Coulter must never know that she has it. Who is Mrs. Coulter, what does she want with Lyra, and can Lyra trust her?

Lyra has many adventures, all of them thrilling and dangerous, and she makes many brave and wonderful friends along the way, including Iorek Byrnison, one of the armored bears of Svalgard in the far north, and Serafina Pekkala, a witch of the far north.

While the books have been classified as young adult, and the movie itself marketed for an even younger crowd, it has to be said that in truth both are more adult in terms of the concepts that are introduced. While young beans will enjoy the talking animals, grown beans will be intrigued by the story itself. "The Golden Compass" takes on physics, religion, philosophy, and spirituality and questions them all. While this is done more so in the books, it is definitely touched upon in the movie. "The Golden Compass" is a visually stunning and thought-provoking movie, all presented in the guise of a children's fantasy. I give "The Golden Compass" two paws up and a whisker spread. I also suggest that if you love to read well-written fantasy, and have not yet read the "His Dark Materials" trilogy, then you should definitely give it a try. Philip Pullman is a totally pawsome author!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Will It Fit In Mommy's Stocking?

Mommy says this is what she wants for Christmas.

Does anykitty know where I can get one for her?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - More Pawsome Uncle Sean

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tortie Tuesday

Uncle Sean is pretty pawsome . . . even when he is keeping you out of the tree.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Mancat Monday Meme

My absolutely gorgeous and totally pawsome friend Parker tagged me for a meme! (Sorry it took me so long to get to it.)

Here it is:

Go to your Picture Folder on your computer or wherever you store your pictures. Go to the 6th Folder and then pick the 6th Picture. Post it on your bloggy and tell the story that goes with the picture. Tag 5 other glorious peoples to do the same thing and leave a comment on their bloggy tellin' them 'bout it.

Hmmmm . . . let's see what we come up with . . . .

This picture is of me during my FIRST close encounter with a Jack o'Lantern. You can see it has yummy . . er . . . I mean CUTE mousies carved in it. I wasn't sure what to make of it.

Now . . . who to tag . . .

I tag:

1. Purrageous Pirates
2. My sweetie Samantha Black
3. My floofy friend MoMo
4. PB&J
5. Praline

Friday, December 5, 2008

Friday Movie Review: Holiday Television

Yep, kitties! It's that most wonderful time of year again . . . which means holiday tv programming.

The ABC Family channel has their 25 Days of Christmas from December 1 through Christmas Day. However, the programming seems lighter on Rankin-Bass classics this year, and heavier on the family movies. You can click here to see the schedule. This weekend is "Harry Potter Weekend," starting at 7:30 est tonight with "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

The Lifetime channel is also showcasing a lot of romantic and heart-warming holiday movies this month as well. One of mommy's favorites is "Borrowed Hearts," which stars Roma Downey and Eric McCormick . . . in his pre "Will and Grace" years. It was on earlier this week and mommy stayed up way too late to watch it. You can see Lifetime's movie page here. According to their schedule, "Borrowed Hearts" will be on again on Sunday, December 14 at 3:00PM if anykitty or bean is interested.

AMC will be showing holiday movies starting the afternoon of Christmas Eve, beginning with George C. Scott in the 1984 version of "A Christmas Carol."

On Fridays and during the holidays of December, Turner Classic Movies is showcasing Yuletide movies, such as "Scrooge" and "Christmas in Connecticut." Tonight at 8:00 est TCM is showing "Meet Me in St. Louis" starring Judy Garland, and featuring her performance of the wonderful classic "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

Judy is right, everykitty . . . we should all have ourselves a wonderful holiday season! So curl up with your beans on the couch and watch some holiday cheer!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thankful Thursday

First - just a reminder. (And because I'm really excited about it.)

And now, just another big THANK YOU to all of you furries and your beans for being the wonderful, supportive, and generous creatures that you all are. Mommy and I are SUPER glad we joined in the kitty blogging community. We have made so many special friends and have met so many wonderful furries and beans. Our lives are much richer for knowing you all.

Also, mommy and I will be sending out cards again this year. If you received a card from us last year, expect to get one this year as well. If you didn't get one last year, but would like to this year, please email me your snail mail address at princetybalt AT gmail DOT com.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Sleeping Beauty

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tabby Tuesday with Cousin Rudy

Sometimes a handsome ginger mancat just has to stretch out . . . like a poodle.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Mancat Monday - Holiday Season

Hello again, everyfurry! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of turkey and ham and skritches. Loki and Dana got ham, and we kitties got a special turkey dinner. Yum!

As you can see from my picture today, me and my sisters were busy helping mommy decorate for Christmas while she was home with us for FIVE WHOLE DAYS. I am sad to report, however, that the tree remains isolated from our explorations behind a locked door in the dining room. No worries. I have Holly working on her lock-picking skills.

Now the countdown begins for SANDY PAWS! I'm making my wish list right now!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Turkey Tuesday with Tybalt

Now where is that turkey? I know I just saw him . . .

Guess what, kitties? Tomorrow is the beginning of mommy's Thanksgiving holiday! That means I get 5 days full of mommy. And she may even go ahead and put up the Christmas tree . . . and lock us away from it. I don't understand that part. I mean, trees are for climbing!

So, if I don't see any of you furries later, have a super wonderful HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Mancat Monday - Purring for MoMo

My dear friend Sassy let me know that her sissy MoMo is ill. I am purring very hard for floofy and sweet MoMo. MoMo and I were new kitty bloggers at about the same time, and she was one of my very first kitty blogging friends.

Please get better, MoMo!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday Movie Review - Quantum of Solace

As you know, mommy and grandmama went to see the new James Bond movie without me. That did not deter me from my purpose in the slightest. I know how you kitties depend on me to bring you the latest and greatest movie reviews and recommendations! Therefore after mommy fell asleep last night, I prowled through the bottomless black hole she calls her purse and borrowed her plastic card thingy, donned my disguise, and had Loki drive me to the nearest theatre.

As Igor Kittenovsky, Russian Foreign Exchange Student, I bought my ticket, popcorn, Dr Pepper, and some gummy bears and settled down to watch. (I also took a few extra straws. A kitty can never have enough, and I mean, that dispenser was RIGHT THERE next to the napkins and I could HEAR it calling my name.)

Quantum of Solace (2008)

Directed By: Marc Forster

Written By: Paul Haggis and Neil Purvis

"Quantum of Solace" takes place shortly after "Casino Royale" ends . . . so if you plan to see this film and haven't seen "Casino Royale" yet, make sure you do so. Knowing what happened previously will make sure you enjoy this movie much more.

James Bond is trying to uncover the truth about the organization that blackmailed his love interest Vesper, and ultimately lead to her death. Struggling against his own grief and sense of betrayal, Bond is as much driven by his need for vengeance as he is by a sense of duty or justice in this film. Traveling from Italy to Haiti, Bond meets Camille and through her discovers Dominic Greene, an environmentalist who seems to have connections to Quantum, the evil organization that Bond was up against in Casino Royale.

Bond discovers that Greene is only using his environmentalist company as a cover for much more greedy and non-environmentally friendly ends. Greene has promised both England and the United States large oil shares in Bolivia, if they will ignore the junta his organization is supporting there. While making such promises, he is hoarding all of the water in an underground dam, and forcing the new government to pay him an exorbitant amount of money for using his now monopolized natural resource. Also, the General who Greene is working with in Bolivia is the one who murdered Camille's family when she was just a child. Camille's association with Greene is just a way to get closer to the General. Bond and Camille understand each other well, since they are both ultimately after the same thing: vengeance.

"Quantum of Solace," while very good, does not quite live up to the excellence of "Casino Royale." However, when taken as the sequel to and continuation of the "Casino Royale" story, it is excellent. Daniel Craig's Bond is a much more well-fleshed out character. You understand more what drives and motivates him throughout the entire film. Just seeing his expression can let you know what he is thinking; words aren't necessary for him to explain his thoughts. "Quantum of Solace" is less dramatically violent than "Casino Royale," and is much shorter. Apparently, "Casino Royale" is the longest Bond movie ever made, while "Quantum of Solace" is the shortest!

I give "Quantum of Solace" two paws up and a whisker spread, for being full of action, drama, and even some wonderful and dry British humor. . . not to mention the latest installment in the Bond franchise!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Kitties, it is a very thankful Thursday.

I can't begin to tell you how thankful my mommy is over all the mousies so many of you were thoughtful enough to bring her as presents. And Vic, mommy says her skin has never glowed as much as it does today after your sandpaper tongue facial.

Yes, mommy had a very good THREE-OH.

Besides all the partying she did with us kitties, mommy went out with Grandmama for lunch and to see the new James Bond.

No, they did not take me.

But after mommy goes to sleep tonight, I plan to take her plastic card and don my Igor Kittenovsky disguise so that I can review it for you tomorrow.



I am actually going to be IN the newest installment of CCSI!

Not reviewing, but ACTING!

Can you believe it?! So exciting.

Look at Sassy's blog for more information.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Yep! Today is the big day, everyfurry! My mommy turns into something new today. I hope it is something nice. I'm a little confused by this "three-oh" thing . . . mommy looked the same as always to me this morning, just maybe a little grumpier about being woken up by a nose bitey.

Holly wanted me to share this picture of mommy when she was a kitten.

It started early with mommy, didn't it? Holly says mommy was probably the youngest witch ever to get her broom-riding license.

Anyway . . . let's get this party started!

We have my world-famous niptinis.

And some mother's milk.

And some chicken.

And some ham.

And some roast beef.

DJ Loki is in the house, and he's starting us off with "YMCA!" Dana is leading the dance! C'mon, everfurry, let's PARTY like mommy is 29!!!!!!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tortie Tuesday - Nesting

Yes . . . it is the season for nesting. The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer, and the weather is getting colder. It is definitely time to find your favorite snuggle spot and snuggle and stay warm!

Don't forget about the big party tomorrow!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mancat Monday - Back!

Yes, kitties, I am back. Last week mommy was very busy and very tired, so I didn't get any time to blog or visit my friends. Mommy and I got in a lot of cuddling and naps over the weekend, and I am hopeful that this week will be better. *paws crossed*

This Wednesday is mommy's birthday. She is turning something called the big "THREE-OH." I am throwing a party on my blog for her that day, so mark your calendars everyfurry! There will be niptinis and ham!

Oh . . . and just to let you know, the evil squirrels are still at it. They have mocked me from my own front porch all weekend! I am plotting.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday Movie Review - Addams Family Values

This choice may surprise you . . . but even if the Addams Family seems more Halloweeny than Thanksgivingy, they are after all a very close family. And there is a wonderful Thanksgiving play scene in the film.

In the opening scene of "Addams Family Values," we find out that Morticia Addams is expecting a baby . . . now. The new arrival is a little boy, Pubert Addams. Having a new sibling is disturbing to Wednesday and Pugsley, and their dangerous antics with their new brother is driving their parents up the wall. Morticia and Gomez decide to hire a nanny for the children in order to give Morticia more time to pursue her own interests. The nanny they hire is Debbie, a cheerful blonde who wears pastels and seems to have an eye for Fester - or at least for the Addams fortune. Soon Debbie manages to convince Gomez and Morticia that Wednesday and Pugsley want to go to summer camp, all the while managing to win Fester's odd and lonely heart.

Summer camp is a horrific experience for Wednesday and Pugsley, who are often relegated to the Harmony Hut to suffer hour upon torturous hour of Family Musicals and Disney films. Even worse for the children is knowing that their Uncle Fester is about to marry the cleverly fiendish Debbie. How Wednesday and Pugsley manage to escape from camp, and how little Pubert is the one to ultimately save the day, makes for a wonderfully fun and quirky film.

The highlight of the entire movie, however, is the "Thanksgiving" play the campers put on for their parents, starring Pugsley as the Turkey, and Wednesday as Pocahontas.

I give "Addams Family Values" two paws up and a chirp for being well-acted, quirky, full of dark humor, and great quotable lines!