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Smutty is a wonderful, creative, headstrong, feline who wants to rule the planet. He feels strongly that he could do a better job than those that currently rule the place. He wants to plant lots of grass and catmint (Nepeta mussini) to cover the planet and make it more cat friendly. You can follow the ideas and antics of Smutty in The Daily (C)rant.

Gotham Grabs You

SmuttyCat would like to introduce you to his new love: Gotham. A beautifully scripted and acted drama on Fox TV by DC and Warner.

The story centers on the time immediately following Thomas and Martha Wayne’s murder. The development of heroes and villans is shown up close and in gritty color. Gotham does a wonderful job of showing how a simmering cesspool of greed and apathy explodes into super freaks. It becomes clear that if Batman had not come along to save this city, it may have been nuked off the planet by neighbors.

Ah, yes the DC TV comics machine rolls on. Marvel may be the massive behemoth of the big screen, but DC has become the undisputed champ of the weekly series in comics.

Following on the strong response to Arrow and Flash, Gotham shows that good stories and compelling characters will still bring in viewers. The only question SmuttyCat has is why DC would farm this show out to a different network. CW has been doing such a great job, did Fox out bid them? Something to ponder during nap time. Enjoy the clip, then be hooked.

Sunday Superheroes

Bugs Bunny to the Rescue!

SmuttyCat is excited. Cartoon Network and DC Entertainment are bringing on a super mash-up. This time it’s Looney Tunes meets Justice League with Bugs as ‘Super Rabbit’!

Don’t you just love it? SmuttyCat guesses DC and Cartoon Network have taken note of the popularity of the great mash-ups at Disney. Phineas and Ferb have met the Avengers and Star Wars. Both with great results.

Bugs Bunny is one of the favorite heroes of classic cartoons. But he is in quite a pickle this time. Check out the trailer below and be sure to catch the episode today, August 31 at 6:30 EST. And give us a shout to let us know what you think of the trailer.

Age of Extinction has Arrived

#SmuttyCat has been busy in the garden and kitchen. Growing great stuff and trying out new recipies. After all, a feline needs nourishment between naps and movies. Snacks are needed since 2014 is proving to be a bang up year for movies. With Captain America: Winter Soldier already leading the Marvel pack and X-Men Days of Future Past and Transformers coming up quickly. With Transformers: Age of Extinction being partly filmed in Detroit, this is a film near to the furry heart of the SmuttyOne. And it looks to be one fun-filled action ride.

One element that adds to a movie’s success is soundtrack. Great music highlights critical scenes and contributes to the emotional impact. In Arrow, the song Radioactive by Imagine Dragons perfectly highlights a scene of joy, betrayal and foreshadows the death of a major character.

With such cred, #SmuttyCat is eagerly awaiting the use of Imagine Dragons’ song Battle Cry in Transformers: Age of Extinction premiering June 27. Based on the clip below, this should be a worthy successor to Linkin Park’s What I’ve Done. #SmuttyCat is looking forward to expanding his playlist.

#SmuttyCat welcomes new followers Don Charisma and Dr. Anthony’s Blog and hopes you enjoy the (C)rants.

Springtime Cheesy Bread

SmuttyCat’s Cheesy Bread

SmuttyCat is here to help you with a quick tip for perking up the weekday dinner. After all, what does the Supreme One love better than sleeping? Eating!

Looking for that perfect side dish for a quick meal? Or how about some snacks for lunchtime? Also makes a great weekend family project. In less than one hour, you could have delicious, chewy, hot, cheesy bread made from scratch. And you probably have all the ingredients in the cabinet or fridge. If you have regular whole wheat flour, pulse it finer with a food processor or a Ninja Master Prep Pro.

2 cups unbleached flour, 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour, 1/2 tsp. sea salt, 1 tsp. sugar, 1-1/2 tsp. active dry yeast, 1/8 cup olive or canola oil, 2 Tbsp. italian seasonings, 2 Tbsp. garlic powder, 1/3 cup italian blend cheese. Warm water.

Mix flour and sea salt together in large bowl and set aside. In small bowl mix sugar, yeast and 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees or hot enough to be uncomfortable to touch, but not burn). Stir and set in warm area until it bubbles.

Add yeast mixture to flour, stir and slowly add more warm water until dough is slightly sticky, but still firm. Remove from bowl, oil bowl and return dough flipping once to coat. Cover and let rise about 30 minutes (can rise longer if you are busy, but not longer than 1-1/2 hours).

Sprinkle dough with flour and knead lightly (SmuttyCat just gives it 4 or 5 folds). Split in half. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray or sprinkle lightly with flour.

Spread one half of dough out on half of pan, dough should be at least 1/2 inch thick for chewyness. Repeat with other half (or freeze for later). Brush dough with oil, sprinkle with garlic powder, sprinkle heavily with Italian seasonings, cover with cheese.

Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool and cut into slices.

Dipping sauce: 1/4 jar traditional spaghetti sauce, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning. Mix together and warm for 30 seconds in microwave.

Save some for SmuttyCat and enjoy!

 

Yep, Batman has a Son

Well, we all knew that Batman/Bruce Wayne had an interesting personal life. Now the backstory of Batman and Talia, daughter of Ra’s al ghul comes back to the forefront in  a new DC animated film, Son of Batman.

This is the story of Batman learning of the son he never knew he had and having to deal with the League of Assains’ training Damian has grown up with.

If the full film is anything like the trailer, DC has another hit. And of course, SmuttyCat is delivering the trailer, courtesy of DC and YouTube.

Jinn a Michigan Made Movie

The movie industry is alive and kicking in Michigan. Latest entrant is “Jinn” a movie from Exodus Pictures written by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad. This is a mythology based story of the third creature sharing the planet with humans and angels. The race called jinn made of fire.

The story is about an average man who finds out his family has an unusual history linked with these creatures and is cursed. Like most humans, he is skeptical until all crap breaks loose. There is a mystery wise mentor, a crazy man who’s not really crazy and a car.

Not just any car, this one was designed by Ahmad for the movie and is available for sale as a limited edition. How cool is it that a Michigan movie stars a super slick hot rod. SmuttyCat has his order in.

SmuttyCat is proud to introduce you to the trailer if you haven’t seen it. Catch up your naps before April 4 when it is released, you won’t want to miss this one.

Winter Soldier Coming in Spring

SmuttyCat was not sure about the follow-up Captain America film, The Winter Soldier. But after reviewing the trailer, SmuttyCat is looking forward to spring. With the Falcon, a ‘mystery’ villian who can only be Bucky Barnes, and Nick Fury, this is one stand up cast. And of course, the ever lovely and butt-kicking Black Widow.

Chris Evans seems to have gotten wayyy tough since his run in with aliens. Although there seems to be a recurring theme to the movies following Avengers “insert-hero-name-here gets their butt kicked really bad before winning”. Just in case you thought they were going to walk all over the villians now.

SmuttyCat will need to do some power napping in March to prepare for all this action. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, of course SmuttyCat is providing it here. Let us know what you think, epic follow-up or fail?

Thor 2 Bonus Fun

For SmuttyCat, one of the highlights of Thor: The Dark World was Loki (Tom Hiddleston) as comic relief. While not detracting from the main storyline, Loki provided several great moments on screen.

One of the main scenes was not used in the film, but is provided with the DVD/Blu-Ray. This shows Loki dressed as Captain America and needling Thor. The scene was re-shot with Chris Evans mimicking Tom’s performance.

And fear not fans, Loki’s jokester scenes do not detract from how dangerous he is for Asgard and Thor.

In case you haven’t picked up your copy yet, SmuttyCat has the clip below courtesy of io9.com. Comment below on Chris’ take on Loki.

Cattagaddon is Here

OK, some human idiot has published a book that states cats think humans are the same species. John Bradshaw (author of Cat Sense)  thinks cats believe humans are just harmless felines.

He couldn’t be more wrong. Cats are well aware that humans are not felines, but part of the human training regime is to make humans believe they are part of the family. In reality, cats are quite superior to humans and are fully aware of this. Humans are necessary because cat mental evolution has deprived them of opposable thumbs. There are always sacrifices for greatness. Meanwhile, the thumbs of humans are quite handy for opening cans of food, driving to the store for more food and cleaning the litter box.

He does get one fact correct, cats are not domesticated. Cats are wild animals who use humans to make our lives more comfortable and safe. After all, who wouldn’t choose a warm bed or couch over cold dirt or concrete? Only an idiot.

Skynet is Very Close

SmuttyCat has been keeping an eye on robots for a while now. Robots and felines don’t get along well because they can’t be predicted.

The latest news in the robotics world shows that SmuttyCat has been right all along, robots are trouble. First up, exoskeletons that read minds. Well, if it can read human thoughts, maybe it can control them.

Next, special muscles that are making robots extra strong and unbeatable. Unsurprisingly, Google is financing this project by purchasing the company who was spearheading the research.

Finally, a prizefight is shaping up between ATLAS and Valkyrie, two robots who are part of the DARPA robotics challenge to develop a means of exploring dangerous zones. In theory this is a great idea. But what is to prevent Skynet from turning them on humans? Hey, cats need humans until we evolve opposable thumbs.