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VIDEO: Catwoman (2004)

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Cecil looks at Catwoman, starring Halle Berry as a cosmetics company employee who undergoes basically the same origin as Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns and becomes a superhero! Many consider this to be a strong contender for worst comic book movie ever made, but in this episode, Cecil explains why he genuinely loves Catwoman.

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  • Sillstaw

    This is pretty much your best episode so far.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thanks!

  • Tim Terrell

    I agree with Sillstaw. I watched your Datne’s Peak (or Volcano, whichever one you reviewed) and one or two others and GBF just seemed like an average behind that scenes series. Because you talked about a movie that I liked I decided to check this out.

    Your humorous riffs made this enjoyable. but I am not suggesting you do that in the future. It’s probably because you love to hate this and have seen it so much that the jokes just rolled off with ease.

    I saw the movie once in the theaters and enjoyed it. It’s good for a one time viewing (like Jurassic Park). I thought Halle Berry was as bad ass as the best portrayal of Selina Kyle in the comics and as witty as the best Spidey in the comics. Her Catwoman was light years closer to Spidey in character than TObey McGuires Peter Parker/Spidey. I thought goofy plot and battle with the “stone” villain was so perfectly “comic book”. I thought the director and the army of writers “got it”.

    As for your constant barrage of crass jokes about Alex Borstein’s looks and weight…

    I totally agree. I rejoiced at the politically incorrect way in which you bashed the performance of Borstein and personally attacked her weight. The way those unfunny “jokes” poured out of her hammy face was as annoying as fingernails on a chalkboard. They say that to be fat in Hollywood is career suicide (unless you get roles specifically for a fat people). Yes, there is a such a thing as the frumpy fat friend. But even then, they usually don’t get actual fat people. They get Jeneane Garafalo or Brittany Murphy and dress them very frumpy.

    But this role didn’t call for a fat woman. She is supposed to work at a glamour company, the type that hire partially due to looks for the company’s image, so why couldn’t they get a cute hot chick to be the best friend, like they did in the Buffy series (willow) or the recent Thor movie? WHY DID THEY GET ALEX BORSTEIN? WHY DIDN’T HOLLYWOOD USE THEIR POWER TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST FAT PEOPLE LIKE THEY USUALLY DO SO THEY COULD FIRE THIS BITCH? I marvel at how this woman constantly gets work in FRONT of the camera. Her food induced swollen face is hideous, her Mrs. Swan on Mad TV was an awful stereotype that she couldn’t even do well.

    In this movie, when her character merely fainted and was taken to the hospital, only to find out that she lived, and without scarring or injury, I was highly pissed.

    The movie told us that the cosmetics scarred women, and if they discontinued use, that they would die. When I heard this information, and knowing that Sally used the product, i was giddy to see that bitch get hers.

    So why was her character still alive? Why were there no scars over her face and body like the writers promised, so I could hear the shrill screams of Alex Borstein as her character realizes she would ever even come close to attaining the beauty she always wanted. Instead, we had to deal with her shitty character until the movie ended.

    I agree that Borstein should stick to voiceovers. I heard Alex Borstein on a talk radio show one night. Her voice was sultry and seductive and perfect for radio. That is where she should remain. She has the perfect face for radio.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      Yeah, unfortunately Dante’s Peak was not one of my better ones.

      I’ve gone through a bit on an overhaul with the show and now I feel I have a much better mix of humor and behind the scenes stuff. Instead of lumping them together, I have have the humor up front and the other stuff on the back end. I think it helps with the flow and people seem to enjoy that mix much better.

      You are correct on the Alex Borstein stuff. In ever other movie they have a girl who in normal circumstances men would be falling over (Rachael Leigh Cook, Jenna Dewan, Kat Dennings) but give them a pair of glasses and all the sudden they are “less hot”. (which I think is silly because glasses on the right girl are super hot) Anyway, I could see if Borstein was at least funny in the role but she was just awful. Everything she said annoyed me. Not entirely her fault, the script was just painfully bad.

      The whole “face melts but not Sally even though she has been using the stuff this whole time” was such a cop out. I guess the producers had franchise dreams and you can’t have Catwoman’s sassy friend looking like a burn victim.

      Oh and one thing I forgot to mention was Michael Massee was a henchman in both the Crow and Catwoman, yet another thing linking them together.

  • Michael A. Novelli

    Actually, if you really wanna get technical, cell-phones have been around, in various forms, since 1945. Their co-inventor? Hollywood starlet Lana Turner…

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      You are correct but I was referring more towards personal cell phones, which is what Laurel was referring to in her jab.

      I didn’t know about the Lana Turner thing though!

  • DrWheelz

    I’m actually kind of surprised that it’s taken Catwoman this long to show up at the Booth. I kind of hoped that if I ever got a chance to post a review here, I could do this one. C’est la vie. Anyways, great review. This will probably go down as your breakout episode here.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thanks! I’m very happy with this one as well.

  • X Kecleon

    While I love your reviews, I must say that this one takes the cake as the best one yet. Excellent work!

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Arcadiassx999

    Ha ha ha funny ending. You are a braver man then i to watch and say you like this movie. I mean i love bad films too but i just cant sit through a by the numbers, marketed out the wazoo production like CW. Nice catch on the same shot of the office personnel that’s suppose to be two days apart. Keep up the good work.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I will watch almost anything, which is both a good and a bad thing. I blame a steady diet of Kung Fu Theater Creature Double Feature while growing up. (with a healthy dose of MST3K in the 90s)

      Thanks! I can’t believe they threw that in there. At first I thought they may have just needed a cutaway shot but then they do the close ups and everyone is in the same gear. Whoops.

  • Ed

    Great stuff, Cecil. This particular movie makes me think of Wild World of Batwoman, just because I was trying to finish the recap of that abomination by the time this abomination made it to theaters.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thank you! I’ve never seen Wild World of Batwoman without MST to go along with it. I can’t imagine how awful that must be.

      • Ed

        It was hell, pure hell and I think it shows in the recap. The recap ended up going live about the time Catwoman came out on DVD.

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          I just read your recap…good lord…the horror.

      • Cristiona

        Hell, even -with- MST3K, it was damn near unwatchable. One of the few times I’ve been bored out of my mind while watching MST3K (the other times that leap to mind are The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies, and Red Zone Cuba).

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          It was one of my lesser favorites for sure but the only MSTs that are hard for me to watch are the ones with the original Tom Servo. They just didn’t quite have the science of the show down yet.

          • Cristiona

            Oh, God… yeah, the first season was really rough. I loved the Commando Cody shorts, but it was pretty rocky there at the start. I mean, when I was watching the first season when it was new, it was the best thing ever. It’s just that when compared to the later seasons, the warts really show through.

            The less said about the KTMA episodes the better.

  • Sofie Liv

    Yeah.. epic fail..
    Why do every-one always need to over complicate Catwoman this much? Why do every-one need to over complicate every female heroine when she get a one rare one shot chance at a movie…

    And by the way, dumb on you for getting to this movie before me, and doing it so well to. I enjoyed it πŸ™‚
    Now I just hope i’ll be the one to get to “Supergirl.” first <_<

    • Ed

      It also helps that in Batman Returns, they didn’t overdo the cat thing. There they actually kept it relatively subtle (apart from her shotgunning milk like she’s at a frat party in a dry county) whereas here…Good lord.

      • Cecil_Trachenburg

        It’s like the writers never actually owned a cat, they just threw in tons of cat related antics they saw from cartoons. There was even a scene in an earlier draft of the screenplay where she coughs up a hairball. Oh how I wish they filmed that.

    • Tim Terrell

      What is Over complicated? The story was simple to understand. Girl is unfulfilled. girl is killed. Girl is reborn and avenges her death.

      • Cecil_Trachenburg

        girl does 982 silly cat things before getting said revenge

      • Sofie Liv

        Super powers, Jekyll and Hyde persona, old mythological being, need to explain why she’s neither good or bad.. as Cecil said, a gazillion cat thingies she need to do.

        And well, the real Catwoman is just an ordinary woman, dressing up in a cat suit, and is a cat burglar! There! done!
        You don’t turn Batman into a mutant bat with supersonic screams do you?

        And well, if you really that badly want to write a catwoman movie, where she of cause would need more than that I would probably take the “Slum angle.” and tell the story about how she was a ambitious woman living in the slums of Gotham and became a cat burglar to get the fine life style she always wanted, only as she got it she was just addicted to the thrill of a good break in stealing things.
        There, that’s my set-up! And then stuff like a villain or disaster luring to happen, it could both be big or small. Maybe Catwoman takes to a little orphan, like the comics, only to have that orphan being kidnapped so she needs to safe her. And then along the way we can ask the questions about her being a thief, what is right and wrong, and all that.

        • Michael A. Novelli

          There is a character like that, he’s called Man-Bat…

          • Sofie Liv

            I know.. and every series with Batman in it out there has at least one episode where Bats some-how gets mutated with bat genes any-how!
            Both in “Batman Tas.” “Batman Beyond.” and “The Batman.”
            Batman Brave and the bold pure wins though, as there’s an episode where Batman turns into a freaking vampire! and yeas, he can turn into a bat at will in that episode.

            … Batman is… count Batcula..

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      They seem to have problems getting the female heroines right. They blew it even worse with the Tomb Raider movies. They should have been no brainers but they were both mediocre at best. Bummer, I thought Angelina held up her end of the bargin but evidently they spent about $1.05 on the screenplay.

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

      I saw Supergirl a while ago and I remember really enjoying it. I thought Helen Slater was quite good in the role. Since I know you want it I will steer clear, it’s all yours. ^^

      • Sofie Liv

        Njaah, is cool. If you want it badly you can just go ahead and do it. I just think I’ll maybe do a “Super heroine month.” doing the year.. at some point.

        heh, guess what I just found.
        The un-aired TV pilot of Wonderwoman, and my god is it bad!

        Honestly, what I always can trace the problem back to is that these heroines are written as “The female.” rather than an actual character. And the movie will be “Movie with female lead.” rather than having you know.. themes and plot. Then there will be attempts on a plot, but will be pretty thin without any real themes. And the woman will be “Hardcore.” “Sexy.” “Indestructible.” … boring and having very little personality for her.
        It’s like there is a fear out there to give any woman any real conflicts. As if you are afraid of becoming sexiest..
        And who can even blame them? in the beginning of the year Steven Moffat presented us with a sex bomb of a character in his representation of Irene Addler in his mini series Sherlock. I liked that woman, being so sexy were part her character, her smarts laying in knowing what people wanted and used that to become a match for Sherlock. And all ready know bloggers for “Female equality.” is all over the place hating that Irene Addler.. but.. but I liked her! She was cool!

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          There have been some great female heroines that didn’t fall into the trappings of “bland female lead”. Sigourney Weaver from Aliens, Uma Thurman from Kill Bill, Anne Parillaud from Le Femma Nikita, Carrie-Anne Moss in the Matrix, Zhang Ziyi in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Kate Beckinsale in Underworld, Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil, Michelle Rodriguez in Girlfight, and Pam Grier in Coffey just to name a few. They are few and far between though, especially when compared to the memorable male leads.

          The other thing that bugs me is when the writers get really lazy and they throw a baby into the mix to try and tug on the female heroine’s mothering instinct. How many times has that been done? Too many.

          • Sofie Liv

            As every single movie out there has at least one “super girlfriend.” .. I think that’s an appropriate name for them. it would be weird if none of them were good wouldn’t it?
            I am talking very broadly here, one person very good with strong females is indeed James Cameron! Man is Sarah Connor just badass!

            Doesn’t help though that this is more a rarity than the norm, and in every superhero movie, the girl will be the weak link.
            I mean, look at Nolans Batman! very very beloved movies, very good movies.. no one bloody likes Rachel Dawes!
            The new Avenger movies, who here honestly care about the black widow when freaking Cap America and Iron man is going to share a scene?

            As for baby.. I don’t know, depends on why or how it’s done. As far as I am concerned, it indeed does automatically give an extra layer to a character if he or she is a parent. Some-thing just happens, it’s actually interesting. Seeing a parent fighting through battles and war to see his or her child again, it’s strong material, stronger than “trying to see my girlfriend again.” which is a very common story trait, with roots all the way back to Greek theatre!
            But of cause, if it’s just a little month year old we are supposed to say. “Dawwww” to.. it’s just a plot device and nothing else.
            Still.. there’s nothing more bad ass than an angry mother, you just know you want to stay clear from her.

          • Cecil_Trachenburg

            James Cameron, Joss Whedon, and Quentin Tarantino all seem to know how to make a badass female hero.

            To be fair, no one liked Rachel Dawes because she was played by the terrible Maggie Gyllenhaal. She just stinks. I don’t fault The Avengers for making Black Widow look like a lesser character against Iron Man, Cap, and Thor because…she is a lesser character. To counter this, look at how many awesome female mutants there are in the X-Men films!

            The baby thing can be used well but most times it is such a cop out. Like you said they throw in a baby so everyone goes “dawwwwww” and you automatically know that the person, be they male or female, will now do everything in their power to save the baby.

          • Sofie Liv

            Well.. speaking in multi coloured interesting characters.. I don’t think Nolan is that good at doing women to be honest.

            I mean, it has nothing to do with him not liking or respecting women, quite the opposite actually. I’m pretty sure he down right looks up to women as a specie, he is awed by women, and in his movies they are more often that object of wisdom, tranquillity and the one chance for happiness to the male. If the world in Nolans movies is a hard, brutal, un-compromising place. Then the single woman in the movie will be the bit of heart left.
            But sadly that also means his movies thinks in completely other terms when women is involved and that just leaves so little room for more interesting female characters.

            A writer who clearly also look up to women would be Steven Moffat, he’s women are always so strong, even stronger than the men, but thankfully also more multi coloured and in depth characters. He was the one to write the Irene Addler character.
            But honestly, you need only to see his Doctor Who christmas special to know precisely what he thinks of women. The Doctor outright yells. “I got it! weak and strong are synonyms! Weak are men and strong are women!”

            …. I kind of laughed of that.. I mean, okay, if you want to say it like that, whom am I to object?
            … but why can’t we be equals? It’s a little straniouse all good females presented to me by the end of the day will be more hardcore and cool than any of the men presented in the film, even if she’s just a small side-character.

          • Cecil_Trachenburg

            I think there is plenty of room for a strong female lead that still identifies with her female side…but then the Twilight movies make 800 bazillion dollars and Hollywood takes that women really just want to see other women in films being rescued by the hot guys.

          • Sofie Liv

            And of cause, never ever smile.
            Because smiling is just that un-cool, her dad has fun with his friend, Bella looks like she wants to kill them both, a boy nervously and smilingly invites her to the prom, Flat turned down, even glared at.
            Remember kids, if you want to be kowl, never ever smile! And for god’s sake don’t laugh or have fun at any-thing! that is so un-cool.

          • Cecil_Trachenburg

            Yes, when they smile it looks like they are in pain. Because to be a teenager = constant torture.

            Living in this anguished life when they have friends who care, cell phones, and a roof over their heads. Such hopelessness!

  • Ed

    Another odd connection (not Crow related) but in the Flintstones film that came out in ’94, Fred is tempted by a sexy secretary named Sharon Stone. When the actual Ms. Stone was busy making The Specialist, the role went to…Halle Berry. Wow, it really is a circle of life!

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Ha! Although The Flintstones is in that category of unwatchable bad movies. I remember all the entertainment magazines making a big deal about Halle Berry as “Miss Stone” for some reason. The Specialist was just plain silly.

    • Elfshotthefood

      I remember reading an interview a long time ago where the director said that originally they were going to name the character “Rosetta Stone” but changed it because they feared no one would get the reference.

      And to tie this back to Catwoman, apparently the Flintstones movie unofficially had something like 40 writers.

      • Cecil_Trachenburg

        Now that you mention it, I remember something like that as well. Wow, they really underestimated the intelligence of the audience if they thought no one would get that one. However, with movies like Transformers and Twilight raking in billions of dollars, they may not have been that far off.

        I know right? After seeing The Flintstones I refused to believe that they had so many writers. I can only envision it being written with crayon on a napkin over the course of a weekend.

  • handsome pete

    The costume is totally wrong, like she’s going undercover at the Playboy mansion.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      lol you nailed it. It’s like they wanted it to be sexy so bad but didn’t realize just how utterly ridiculous the outfit looked. I thought the mask was fine and I was even ok with the leather top but the slashed pants and open toed heels were idiotic.

      • Sofie Liv

        And I actually thought she looked far more like Catwoman in the first leather outfit, the one she wore when she broke into the museum.
        If she had kept that I would have called it an agreeable catwoman costume, plus I actually find it sexier as well..

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          Yeah, that one at least offered some protection. (not to mention, it would have made sense at why she had it) They went so over the top to make her sexy with the actual costume that they ended up going back into unsexy.

  • Carl Schulz IV

    HA! It think this is probably the best “Good Bad Flicks” so far. The “Chocodiles and Dildos” line really got to me. XD

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thanks! I liked that one too. It was actually a spur of the moment line. Originally I had a throwaway line there but that one came to me when I was recording.

  • This is the only review, that do not talk about the soundtrack? everyone seems to have a problem with R&B/HOUSE MUSIC. and yet it more than ELEKTRA did.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      The music wasn’t anything particularly noteworthy so I didn’t talk about it. It was mostly cornball radio friendly stuff. I did like the opening theme and the score when she was being turned into Catwoman.

      • yeah that’s true. i just think some reviewers go overboard with it? you should put this on youtube.

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          Overboard with what exactly, mocking R&B?

          Video is also on youtube. πŸ™‚

          • no in general & because a black woman is the lead.

          • Cecil_Trachenburg

            ohhh gotcha

  • Youfeelingluckypunk27

    I think that Ichigo Momomiya’s story was better dealt with adopting the traits of cats, and they presented her as a far livelier and more relatable character, as opposed to this weirdo.

    By the way, Ichigo is the main character of ‘Tokyo Mew Mew’.

    • Really? I thought he was the guy who wanted to kill the six-fingered man in The Princess Bride?

      • Cecil_Trachenburg

        LOL!

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Hmmm…I’ll check that out.

  • Satanoix

    This is fantastic, Cecil. Intelligent and entertaining.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thank you!

  • …and to think that everyone thought this posed a serious threat to the Nolan Batmovies back in ’04. Ahhh, how naive we all were…

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      If this had been a hit it may have made producers think we all wanted cheesy superhero movies.

    • @ matthew: you know if catwoman, had made $70 millions dollars like ‘blade’ did in 1998. Warner Bros. would have made a sequel, thinking it will make more the next time? and might’ve been PG like ‘fantatic 4: rise of the sliver surfer’.

  • Reifgrimm

    Okay. Okay.

    You know what? Before watching this movie, I’ll just staple my palm to my forehead. Saves so much time.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Yep, it is a 104 minute long facepalm.

  • Sofie Liv

    If that beauty cream such a big freaking health hazzard, wouldn’t releasing it mean that some-one is eventually going to notice, meaning the police would investigate, meaning they would figure the truth, meaning.. the beauty company would have to retrieve the products, for-ever be deemed untrustworthy, probably go bankrupt and shut down for-ever. meaning the villain has loses everything..
    This movie is fucking stupid.

    What was she even hoping to gain with that evil beauty product again?

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I think you put more thought into this post than the entire slew of writers put into the entire movie.

      However, to play devil’s advocate, there are some really dumb comic book plots. How about Superman. Lex Luthor is going to cause an earthquake that destroys a large chunk of the US so he can sell his land for huge bucks? No one is going to investigate the cause of this and come looking for him after he kills millions of people? (and I love Superman but really, this is stupid)

      • Sofie Liv

        Sounds like a silver age plot in my ear… but since you brought it up, I suppose it’s recent.

        Well, I can better understand dumb comic book plots popping out, because it doesn’t take millions of dollars to make one single comic book, there’s not as many people involved, there aren’t as much control check, you kind of spit them out faster. (doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be good, but you get where I am coming from right?)

        Or wait… did you just phrase the plot to “Superman returns.” …. That was Luthors big plan wasn’t it? create an island which rose the water in the ocean, drowning big chunks of US to sell his land.. yeas.. yeas that is stupid.

        And how come people only ever worry about the US? if the ocean line rose, I believe my country would be one of the first things to go as it’s basically nothing else but a lot sand thrown up where the two oceans met up for a couple of million years, so it’s very flat and very close to two different ocean lines.. we don’t have any mountains to climb to safety in, we would just be screwed :/
        In fact, I think a few thousand danes drowned while that movie took place… Comic book movies are stupid.. Who’s with me for warm up to the new avengers movie? πŸ˜€

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          I was actually referring to the plot of the original Superman movie. Superman returns was a pseudo rehash of that, only Lex wanted to make a continent out of kryptonite and drown most of the world. (which, is one of the dumbest things ever and I hated Superman Returns…which made me sad because I like Bryan Singer, Brandon Routh and Kevin Spacey) I was so pissed after the movie I made the people I went to the theater with uncomfortable because I was spewing some serious venom about the film after it was over.

          Most times (in Hollywood) whenever there is a major event it always comes down to the safety of the United States or how the US is going to save the world. Often, in movies like Armageddon, when they need to show how large the scale of the destruction will be they go and destroy some other country but leave the US pristine by comparison. It’s pretty egotistical, but they do have to pander to the overwhelming amount of ignorant mouth breathers that pile into the theaters weekly.

          The Avengers is going to be outstanding. I was on set for 3 days last August and saw some amazing things. If you would like to see my behind the scenes photos, I put them up on my show’s facebook page.

          https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.247334838639723.62458.104059579633917&type=3

          • Sofie Liv

            It’s funny because it’s always the country producing the movie where the disaster happens, if it’s British “Attack of the Block.” or… a lot of Doctor who Episodes, only London gets it.
            America, only NYC gets it.. well, they can change it up a bit couldn’t they? it would be pretty awesome to see Vegas being blown away just for the visuals.
            And well, as Hollywood movies are as globally viewed as they are.. changed locations could be nice ones in a while.. nice to know I don’t have to worry at the next ice-age though, according to “The day after tomorrow.” it’ll only cover your side of the globe.
            I must not forget the one single Danish monster movie where my country gets it. “Giant Claw.” happily known for being the worst giant monster movie ever! I’m so proud :,D

            How the heck did you manage to get on that set? o.O;

            Do I need to tell how jealous I am? That’s an incredible movie set just to walk around at! Wauw those bird perspective photo’s are amazing. And.. that shot you got with Cap laying on the ground and Thor standing above. that looks so cool.

          • Cecil_Trachenburg

            As a long time Doctor Who fan, it is funny that no matter where they go throughout time, they always seem to send up in either future London, past London, or space London. Still, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

            I’m not worried about the next ice age anyway, since The Day After Tomorrow showed me that as long as I am handsome, I can outrun cold.

            Vegas gets blown up in Resident Evil 3. Well, it already is a mess, just once Alice and co get there they blow it up more.

            Giant Claw one of the worst monster movies ever? As an expert on terrible monster movies, I’m surprised I haven’t seen that one. Thanks to Netflix, I’ll see it soon!

            How did I get on set? I know people who know people. πŸ™‚

            I’ve been on a few sets before but nothing this huge. It was amazing. They pretty much took over 3 large sections of Cleveland. I’ve been a huge comic book geek since I was a kid so seeing Cap fly out a window and Thor flip a car…I was awestruck. It’s like I was a little kid all over again.

          • Sofie Liv

            I think it’s incredible there is a gazillion different versions of future space Londons..
            It’s new-new-new-new-new-new-newnew-new-new-new-new London…..

            Well, if that was me on that set, I would probably be pretty speechless and just standing gaping at all of it.
            And well, seeing those two things life is genuine faint material.
            … can you get me into the set of the next muppets sequel <_<

          • Cecil_Trachenburg

            The first day I was a complete idiot. I did my best to keep my composure but I think I let my geek slip a few times. It was an awesome few days.

            LOL, I would but the thing is I never know when and where the next time may be. It’s usually “hey, blah blah movie is shooting in blah blah next week. If you can make it there I can get you on set for a day or two.” Then it all boils down to if I have the time and money to get there plus if I am able to get out of work for a few days on such short notice.

          • Sofie Liv

            Well, just call me if the muppet sets are available, i’ll book a plane ticket B)

            Then Magfest can wait, I got muppets.

  • maarvarq

    I enjoyed this review, but was bemused by the hate lavished on Alex Borstein for her physical appearance. Granted that the character appeared from the clips you used to be loathesome (I’ve never seen the movie and never will) but the lady herself seems to be just a little plump (which given Hollywood probably means she’s about normal weight) and I would certainly hit that. Each to their own, eh?

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I don’t have a problem with Alex Borstein personally, I was just attacking the character she portrayed in the movie. She was incredibly annoying and whenever she was on screen she was either doing or saying something infuriating. I was just attacking her weight because, well, it made for some funny jokes.

      • maarvarq

        I have no difficulty believing that her character was annoying and deserved being dumped on, but the fat jokes didn’t work for me because she’s not fat. Comedy like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    • Monoceros4

      Remember how the worst thing about “Batman & Robin” wasn’t all the other ten million things wrong with the movie but that Alicia Silverstone was “fat” (i.e. not emaciated)? I swear, nerds sometimes act like they’re personally insulted if an actress in a movie doesn’t meet their exacting standards in love.

      • maarvarq

        Indeed.

  • Gussie Jives

    God, why did they have the put the most annoying character from the Matrix (“Wipe your @$$ with silk” Merovingian) in it? To add insult to injury?

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Near as I can tell, since Pitof was French he wanted to include a famous French actor who wasn’t GΓ©rard Depardieu. (since he already worked with him in Vidocq)

  • Jeff Bradford

    This is still my favorite review of yours.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thanks. This might be my personal favorite as well. I had a blast making it.

  • Gunflyer

    They seriously asked Halle Berry to rub the ball with catnip on her face and NOBODY said that was one of the worst ideas ever?

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      You should have seen what they wanted to do in the original script. In the bar scene where she gets the cream, she coughed up a hairball into the glass…I’m not kidding. There were some other really bad moments as well that they decided to cut, so the movie could have been even more ridiculous.

      • Gunflyer

        Damn! As James Rolfe often says… WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? Seems like they were trying to make a parody of Catwoman with this film. I think you said that already though. πŸ™‚

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          lol the director even spoke out about this a few years ago. He admitted to being in over his head and just tried to make the movie as flashy as possible in the hopes that style would overcome substance.

  • CBob

    I like to imagine that this version of “Catwoman” takes place in the same universe as “Zoolander”.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      That would be a glorious crossover. If I had unlimited funds, I would make this happen.

  • CaptainCalvinCat

    This is one of those movies, I geniunely like. Yes, the movie is not very intelligent, but it has lots and lots of fun in it. ^^ I liked it. ^^

  • Magdalen

    Think you’ve got enough fat jokes in there?

  • Jeff Bradford

    Nostalgia Critic did a review of this movie recently, and I have to tell you, your review stomps his completely. He added the most hideous and unneeded sketches with Catwomen with the dumbest dialog and acting he possibly could and it was barely even getting a laugh out of me. You definitely touch on better parts and points of the movie overall, and you still make it pretty damn funny, even without women clad in skimpy suits. Just wanted to Kudos you on that one.