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Marc Antony the bulldog sees and barks ferociously at a tiny kitten who completely ignores his display of bravado, eventually winning him over. Marc Antony had been warned by the lady of the house to not bring a single thing home and when he shows up with he kitten on his back, a series of misunderstandings leads him to believe his little friend has been baked into a plate of cookies being made by his master. I had never forgotten about this wonderful little cartoon and had a wonderful moment with an ex girlfriend when we both remembered it after neither of us having seen it for decades. I agree with the previous reviewer...just an outstanding sweet little gem of animation.
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The scenery was a bit cheesy and some of the characters a bit
far-fetched, and but this movie has a heart of pure gold. Tom Hanks
plays Joe Banks, a former firefighter who after suffering a close call
carrying a man out of a burning building leaves the danger and
excitement of firefighting to become an advertising librarian in a
medical supply company. He lives in a dingy one bedroom apartment on
Staten Island, works for an evil boss in a drab ugly office complete
with flickering fluorescent lights and other members of the living
dead, all essentially waiting to die instead of living. Not
surprisingly, he is a hypochondriac and during one of his constant
doctor visits, he is told by a doctor that he has a 'brain cloud' and
only 6 months to live. He leaves the doctors office, stunned, and not
only stops to pet a dog being walked by a passerby but stops to hug the
passerby as well. He returns to work and after another of his bosses
tirades, he summons the courage tell off his evil boss, quit his job,
and embark on an adventure that just days before he could have barely
This film reminds me much of American Beauty but a bit more cartoonish and lighthearted. Joe Banks, as Lester Burnham, finds himself in an unbearable situations and only lack the catalyst to overcome their fear of the unknown to arrive at a place where they are much happier in their lives.
This movie isn't just entertaining, it is soul-affirming. I cannot imagine I was the only person who saw far too many parallels between Tom Hanks character and their own lives to not take action and strive to arrive at a happier place. If you are discontented in your life and career and feel you are dying one day at a time, RENT THIS MOVIE!
I'm not sure why this movie just didn't click with me. Maybe it was the
wine tasting theme, possibly attempting to add a feeling of depth and
knowingness when it really just came off as being pretentious. "Ahhh,
these people know wine-they must be smarter and more worldly and wiser
than me". Maybe it was the film's predictability. Or maybe it was
because I saw it on a night flight from New York to Rome while wedged
between an Italian man ranting about having to pay for a glass of wine
and a flatulent oil boom salesman. Whatever the reason, it just didn't
do it for me.
I literally laughed out loud when Paul Giamatti's character, a little man as he was, would prattle on about how bad a particular wine was, as if he was insulted that someone would have the audacity to lay before him such swill. From that point on, nothing in this movie really mattered.
As they say, 'Great men talk of accomplishments, good men talk of ideas, mediocre men talk about wine'.
If you are wowed and envious of those who know a supposed good wine from supposed bad wine, you'll love it. If you live to slay pretentious fools, it will make you insane.