Monday, December 06, 2010

Monty the Film Critic

Despite being named for a movie star, my furry son rarely pays any heed to movies. The only thing he enjoys about DVDs is the reflected light they throw on the walls.



But this morning his paws sifted through a stack of Fox Searchlight screeners and he was suddenly all opinionated. He immediately claimed Danny Boyle's 127 Hours for his own. Moments later -- my god how I wish I had been filming -- he pulled that flick closer, then shoved Hilary Swank's Conviction right off the couch!

I am not making this up.

Later he used Never Let Me Go as a mattress which is as good a use as any for the movie.


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27 comments:

James T said...

Despite the overwhelming cuteness of the second pic, he seems like he's dreaming of you letting him go and he's trying to reach out to you.

"Never let me go dad!" :p

Andrew R. said...

That second picture...it's a little TOO cute.

Alison Flynn said...

I love this post. Monty is adorable.

Alex F said...

What a precious little kitty.

pomme said...

i had the same sort of cat(a "chartreux" in french)and every time i started to read my movie/music magazines,my cat wanted to be stroked and he LOVED "prodigy" videos also

Glenn Dunks said...

Monty for Best Supporting Actor plz

NATHANIEL R said...

James -- i'm going to tear up. i love that little guy so much.

Andrew R -- that's what cats specialize in to prevent being tossed to the curb when they're hateful.

NATHANIEL R said...

also: thanks to everyone for not mentioning my laundry on the couch that hadn't been put away. Oopsie.

Jason H. said...

Awww Monty's adorable! And has terrific tastes in movies ;D

My cats don't like movies. They distract me from them, so they like to get in front of the TV/laptop whenever I watch something. But I love them all the same :D

sheila kind said...

What a lovely little chat. Is he all or part Russian Blue?

NATHANIEL R said...

sheila -- he's a shelter kitty so i don't know the provenance. but seems to be russian blue. definitely has a certain Soviet gloom about him.

although, true story, my best friend's cat IS actually from Russia when he served in the peace corps and is much friendlier and happier.

monkey said...

Nathenial I have two questions how do you get these screeners and did you see for colored girls and what did you think of just based on the performances?

NATHANIEL R said...

monkey -- i'm a member of the BFCA (so we get screeners. we vote next week). i haven't yet seen FOR COLORED GIRLS :(

/3rtfu11 said...

my god how I wish I had been filming -- he pulled that flick closer, then shoved Hilary Swank's Conviction right off the couch!

You're so mean.

Ivonne said...

Awww, he is so cute! More Monty!

OtherRobert said...

This reminds me of my dog Maverick. He would watch films with me and genuinely react to what was happening on screen. I'll never forget when he put his head between his paws while watching The Sword and the Stone when Merlin screamed "Fly me to Bermuda!" and abandoned the young Arthur; he didn't perk up again until the finale at just the right moment to show he was paying attention.

Step said...

What shelter did you get him from? I think Monty and my cat could be brothers:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v704/stepliana/2d89a5e0.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v704/stepliana/ee04622f.jpg

NATHANIEL R said...

Step -- your cats fur looks much softer. I got him from a shelter in the Bronx. He was a little crack baby kitten with bad eyes and obviously not weaned properly from mom... but he got healthy once i took him home. But he's old now (12). hope i get some more years with him.

Michael Parsons said...

May be my favourite post ever

Ryan said...

LOL! Monty has killer taste (and THE greatest name in the world ;))

those pix are so freaking ADORABLE. how old is monty again?

NATHANIEL R said...

ryan -- he's 12 now :( an old man in cat years.

RyanR said...

Haha I just saw a link to this post on IMDb Hit List. Your kitty has such good taste. Makes me miss mine that's halfway across the country!

NATHANIEL R said...

ryan r -- that's terrible! to be away from your cat.

rtm said...

I second Glenn about the Best Supporting Actor trophy... or if there's a Best Looking Actor award, Monty should win hands down. Sooo adorable, fun post Nathaniel!

Mitzi G Burger said...

Monty is a great name for a cat and for a film critic. Love the photos.

My cat Jazzy sat on my lap to watch most of Season 2 of Trueblood.

NATHANIEL R said...

Mitzi -- mine won't sit on lap for more than 20 minutes and even that is rare. So Monty is more likely to sit and watch a viral video. short attention span!

Matthew said...

MY GOD - if you don't want Never Let Me Go, send it my way!! Everyone refused to see it with me :(