We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.
On this week’s episode, we’re tackling one of the great cinematic oddities of 2019: Tom Hooper’s surreal screen adaptation of “Cats.” Stream the episode below.
“Cats” is the movie based on the Broadway musical that is based on the collection of poetry called “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by TS Elliot in which a death cult of street cats audition to be chosen to die.
So far, it is sitting at a cool 2.8/10 on IMDB. Critics have called it “deranged” and “too horny.” It is directed by Oscar winning director Tom Hooper, who is famous for directing “The Kings Speech” and “Les Miserables.” Its cast is jam packed with stars of the stage (Judy Dench and Ian McKellen), screen (Idris Elba and Rebel Wilson) and song (Taylor Swift and Jason Derulo). Its music is composed by Andrew Lloyd Weber and, at times is frantic and disturbing. Its CGI is uneven and at times, frightening.
It also might be brilliant. Or just weird. Or an utter failure. Or something else all together. We also give some knee-jerk reactions to the Oscar nominations and ask, “Which was better/worse, the Oscar nominations or ‘Cats?'”
Listen to the pod to hear all the takes.
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