Category Archives: Family

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 MonĂ¡e. 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.

 

Sing is Holiday Magic at its Best

SmuttyCat is charmed by the newest entry in the children’s movie market, ‘Sing‘. Parents and Grandparents who remember children’s movies where there was a great talent show or competition (think all the Muppet movies) with the underdog working really hard to realize their dream will love this movie.

Well ‘Sing‘ is the same principle done with adorable animals in 3D animation. The animals are cute, the songs catchy, but parents may want to let little ones know to only act out the movie at home. There are some really inappropriate parts for little ones to sing out in public.

Of course, all the characters are animals so it gets the SmuttyCat 4 paws up rating.

All in all, Sing is a perfect Christmas break outing for the whole family. Let SmuttyCat know what your family thinks.

Extended trailer

Civil War Brings Fun Back to the Movies

SmuttyCat is pleased to stop napping for the latest comic to screen success for the Disney-Marvel behemoth: Captain America: Civil War. Face it, movies are only fun if we care about what happens to the characters. The magic of Captain America: Civil War is that there is no truly right or wrong side. The issue of saving lives without collateral damage is complex and without easy answers.

Marvel in partnership with Disney has proven themselves to be the kings of the action-superhero film. They have managed to walk the fine line between drama, humor and action. In doing so, they have created a stable of characters that moviegoers like SmuttyCat are fully invested in.

From Iron Man, the genius boy who won’t grow up to Black Widow with subtle undercurrents to Nick Fury the flawed leader with a huge heart, it’s impossible be unbiased on these characters. Now, Civil War asks us to choose which heroes we want to back. Both sides have a valid point, so how do you choose?

Well, if you are part of this crew, you choose with your fists! At stake is the issue of choice. What is the price of surrendering our right to make choices in the moment. Technology has forced this issue into the light, think of the recent Apple-FBI standoff. Do we surrender our rights to choose security for the ability of the government to investigate? What price are we willing to pay? And is a governing body a better decision maker than an individual confronted with a problem?

These questions may be tossed around, but the main course is the ACTION. The fight sequences alone are worth seeing this movie. But CACW also hints at movies further out in the Marvel Universe. Spiderman makes a decent showing but the breakout star is T’Challa. Chadwick Boseman is both regal and bad ass and has more gravitas than the seasoned characters.

If you only see one movie this year, this is the one.

Peanuts Arrives in 3D

Charlie Brown Snoopy PeanutsOne of SmuttyCat’s few appawed canine pals is making his 3D debut today. Peanuts gets re-imagined in a more robust 3D world and everyone is excited.

It has been some time since we got to look at the Peanuts gang antics, and the new format makes them even more fun to follow along.

So, grab the kittens, kiddies and other small ones to give yourself an excuse to get out to the movies for this great adventure. After all, it is football season and we must see if Lucy will finally hold that ball for Charlie Brown.

SmuttyCat has his ticket, do you?

Fantastic Four Reboot Clobbers Boring

This is what the Fantastic Four should have been. Fun, adventure and great effects. The addition of the Marvel team to Fox and friends ramps up the fun factor by 200 with great results.

Unexpected casting, a twist on the origin story (from Ultimate Fantastic Four) and effects that come straight from the Disney/Marvel toolbox deliver a movie to look forward to. Now, SmuttyCat is not saying this is the next Avengers: AOU, but the FF reboot is clearly a summer fun romp. Action, effects and Dr. Doom, what more could you want?

Check out the trailer and get ready to spend August 7, 2015 inside your local theater.

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.

Inside Out is Summer Family Fun

Ever wonder what gremlins got into your human kid’s head? Well Pixar is stepping up to bring family movie fun to the 2015 Summer of Superheroes. Their newest offering Inside Out is a twisted romp animating the thought processes inside family conversations.

Disney-Pixar Inside Out dinner

Inside Out features some impressive 3D animation work, upping the game from what we have come to expect from the Pixar group. Paired with a light-hearted and original script, this movie should be a high performer with all audiences.

Scheduled to open June 19, 2015, just after most schools let out for the summer, Inside Out should give parents a reason to look forward to summer.

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.

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!

 

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?