Film (with rating): Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG)
Warner Home Video
a former feline agent goes rogue with plans to unleash a device to bring down
all of her enemies–both cat and dog varieties–the felines and canines must join
forces to prevent a global “cat-astrophe.”
talking dogs. Why not? Hollywood loves it some anthropomorphism! And so do
audiences. “Kitty Galore” is actually better (much better, but
that wasn’t too hard of an accomplishment) than its 2001 predecessor, and it
features an all-star voice cast (Christina Applegate, Nick Nolte, James
Marsden, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Clarke Duncan, Bette Midler). The plot
isn’t too ridiculous, and the dialogue proved pretty witty at times, too.
Brad Peyton tosses in lots of biscuits for the adults to gnaw on while watching
this flick with the families; the “007” spy-themed references are
quite funny and turn this into a fur-covered James Bond parody. And yes, Roger
Moore is part of the cast. Kids will enjoy the animal antics, as well as the
action scenes and the sniffing-butt humor. Sure, the movie is formulaic, but
really, what did you expect? It’s about talking dogs, freaked out felines and a
hairless, power-hungry cat (voiced hysterically by Midler).
This is not
“Eat, Pray, Love,” folks. (But watch for that review next week, just
in time for the long holiday weekend.) So grab the family and enjoy some
downtime before the holiday season kicks into full gear next week.
“Looney Tunes Coyote Falls.” Very cute.
What to serve for dinner: Go
with a classic James Bond favorite go-to meal: scrambled eggs and bacon. Sure,
it may be breakfast food, but the kids will love having “brinner.”
Serve with some steamed asparagras on the side. And for the adults, shake (do
NOT stir) up a martini (www.mi6.co/uk).
Scrambled eggs a la Bond (www.commanders.com/)
12 fresh eggs
Salt and pepper
5-6 oz. of fresh butter.
Break the eggs into a bowl. Beat thoroughly with a fork and
season well. In a small saucepan, melt four oz. of the butter. When melted,
pour in the eggs and cook over a very low heat, whisking continuously with a
small egg whisk.While the eggs are slightly more moist than you would wish for
eating, remove the pan from heat, add rest of butter and continue whisking for
half a minute, adding finely chopped chives or fines herbs. Serve on hot
buttered toast with bacon cooked per package directions.
The “Vesper” Martini, inspired by “Casino
1/3 oz Smirnoff Vodka
1 oz Gordon’s Gin
Splash of White Wine Vermouth
Pour all the ingredients into an ice filled shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
What to talk about over dinner: What do you think of movies that employ talking,
thinking and plotting animals? What would your pets sound like if they could
talk? What do our pets do when we’re not around to watch them? Who was your
favorite character? What’s your favorite talking-animal movie? Count how many
spoofs “Kitty Galore” tossed in there. Which one was your favorite?
Are you a big James Bond fan? Who was your favorite Bond? Favorite movie?
Favorite Bond girl? Do you like your martinis shaken or stirred?