Category Archives: Drama

Girl Geeks Rule in Hidden Figures

SmuttyCat loves the Age of the Geek, especially Girl Geeks. This Christmas movie season brings us Hidden Figures, the till now untold story of the women who made the moon landing possible.

There are not enough words to describe the beautiful, nuanced and uplifting performances by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer & Janelle Monáe. And let’s not forget one of SmuttyCat’s favorite geeks, Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory. Hidden Figures is a movie of triumph for gender, class, race and all cultures. It is a beautiful moment when America remembered that we are all for one and one for all. And that working together achieved the impossible.

And most importantly, it is inspiration for every girl geek wondering if she should follow her tech dreams. The answer in Hidden Figures is a resounding ‘yes’.

Hidden Figures lands in theaters on January 6, 2017. Start the New Year with fun and let SmuttyCat know if you loved this movie.

 

What’s Up with Humvees on US23 & I-96?

Humvees Come to Michigan

I96 and US23Summer is long acknowledged as the season of the orange traffic cones in Michigan. Traffic delays go hand in hand with warm summer days and mosquitos on the lake. While traveling north east of the big D, SmuttyCat recently ran into a couple of caravans of Humvees in the construction on I-96 just past Brighton, MI. Looking up on the MDOT website revealed that:

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will make major safety and operational improvements to the I-96/US-23 interchange in Brighton Township, Livingston County. The project includes:

  • Constructing new through-lanes on I-96 between the current eastbound and westbound lanes;
  • Building three new bridges over northbound and southbound US-23, and over Old
    US-23;
  • Changing the existing lanes of I-96 to collector-distributor (CD) lanes for easier and safer lane changes for ramp traffic; and
  • Rebuilding the existing six bridges over US-23 and Old US-23.

SmuttyCat is curious why a simple road construction project would require caravans of Humvees. Any Brighton residents know what’s going on? Weigh in in the comments.

What’s Up With That?

Everyone knows SmuttyCat is lazy, but he just had to take a break from catching up on the season finales of his most favorite shows to blog on an outlandish discovery. The story is that humans value chimps over people and their own community.

SmuttyCat’s partner sites DKemp Designs and Infinity Run Media started a community initiative a short while ago. It’s called CoffeeChange.org based on the philosophy that the small change spent on coffee by many people once a month, can create lasting local and global change.

Sounds good, right? Throw a couple of bucks in a virtual bucket once a month and viola! One new business starts or the next genius gets the education needed to cure cancer or end world hunger. What a simple concept.

But SmuttyCat just found out that in 4 days, over $72,000 was raised for abandoned chimps and yet in 2 weeks only $12 has been raised to help a single mom get a stable space to raise her daughter and grow her small business. Now, the backstory is this is a young lady who went to college, got a job, got married, had a child and then went through a divorce while a stay at home mom starting a business. She found herself homeless and unemployed, but managed in less than one year, to buy a car, get a job and an apartment. But the apartment is small and has no yard so there is no way to grow the business. This enterprising person in our community is trying to buy a modest home but has had no time or extra income to save for a down payment or the appliances that will be needed.

CoffeeChange.org is not about fixing all the world’s problems, they are not big enough. They are about leveraging small changes that ripple out through the globe. A $2 donation will not end world hunger or cure cancer. But it can stabilize a small business effort or educate the next genius.

SmuttyCat refuses to believe that there are not 6,000 humans in the Metro Detroit area who won’t donate $2 toward this important project. No, you won’t get a fancy t-shirt (although you can e-mail CoffeeChange.org about buying one of theirs), but for a $2 to $5 dollar donation you can stop complaining and start building.

Spread the word: a cup of coffee can change the world.

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.

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.

Breaking News — Democracy Suspended!

Human politics are amusing to the superior animal kingdom. With animals, the strong survive, the children are protected and life is simple and clean. No one holds a baby sparrow hostage because they don’t get catnip

On the other hand, human politics involve a lot of silly posturing that could never be backed up in a one on one smackdown for leadership. For instance, a minority Republican party recently shut down the American government in a temper tantrum because they don’t like healthcare being extended to everyone. What a stupid show. If you can’t be the pitcher you take your bat and glove and go home? Very evolved.

Now, SmuttyCat has learned that in a secret meeting, the House Republicans repealed the right of any member of congress to call for a vote to re-open the government in the event of a stalemate. So, not only did the stupid humans shut down the government, they won’t face their bosses (the American people) and vote in public to say they did this.

Um, does anyone remember Democracy? The right of the people to know how the government is run? The right of the people to know and vote on changes? No secret meetings.

Only after the videos below were made public, did the Republicans finally vote to extend the budget and re-open the government. SmuttyCat won’t go into all the ways this is stupid, look at the videos and speak for yourselves.

And remember this stuff next election. Humans deserve adult representatives, not tantrum-throwing toddlers.

The Blacklist Explodes Fun

SmuttyCat has been looking for something to replace Leverage for a while now.

Finally NBC has come up with The Blacklist, a fast paced action/mystery/crime story with a twist.  Call it Hannibal Lecter meets Die Hard.

Check out the trailer and let SmuttyCat know if you’ll be joining him on September 23.  If nothing else, it’ll fill the time in until Arrow starts back up October 9.

 

Wolverine is Coming!

The Wolverine Movie
Smutty Cat is in the middle of a summer glut of great movies. There are so many, Smutty Cat is falling behind on his naps.
Now along comes The Wolverine movie, another Marvel spectacular.

Spoiler Alert!

This adventure finds Logan, aka Wolverine wandering and dealing with the aftermath of having to kill his teammate and love interest, Jean Grey after she nearly destroyed the world.  He does not seem to be taking it well.

As usual, when Logan is trying to be left alone, trouble comes knocking.  Can’t a guy just drink whiskey and smoke a stoogie in peace?  Apparently not.  While debating the merits of an offer to make him mortal, trouble from the past tries to make the offer moot.

Logan responds Wolverine style.

From Smutty Cat’s perspective, Wolverine is the most complex and interesting of the X-Men characters.  Maybe it’s the claws, but Smutty Cat really identifies with this character.

Let Smutty Cat know if you’ll be clawing into theaters to see The Wolverine.

Summer Movie Mania

Credit: DKemp Animations
Credit: DKemp Animations

Here in the great Midwest the weather has warmed just enough to give SmuttyCat and friends dreams of summer fun.  SmuttyCat has been busy working on his animation debut and missed keeping humans updated with the latest movie and entertainment news.

2013 is shaping up to be another super hero extravaganza.  While Iron Man 3 is the most anticipated and sure to be a blockbuster, there are several other action adventures waiting for the summer 2013 kickoff.

First up, Man of Steel on June 14, where we find out that the “S” on Superman’s chest means hope.  Hmmm, SmuttyCat thought it stood for the House of El as a family crest from Smallville. Well, S drama aside, the trailers all seem to point to another hit movie for Warner.

Check with Techsnoop’s Helper on Friday for a look at After Earth, another great looking summer hit-to-be.

Iron Man 3 New Trailer

Credit: Marvel
Credit: Marvel

SmuttyCat has just watched the newest trailer for Iron Man 3 and can only say; MWOW!!!

The action, drama and effects are all just what we have come to expect from the great Marvel Movie Machine and more.

The glimpse of Tony and Rhodey reaffirms the snappy banter of previous IM movies.  But the best yet is (spoiler alert!); an army of remote controlled armor for back up!

Whoo hoo!  SmuttyCat is dancing on his hind paws in anticipation.  CGI doesn’t get any better than this, and everyone knows SmuttyCat has a thing for robots.

So now, when can SmuttyCat get his hands on an army of remote Iron Man armors?  Anyone have a hook up, cause this would really be helpful in SmuttyCat’s plan to take over the world.

Just sayin’.