January 7, 2020

"I hereby nominate this article for a Pulitzer prize" is the top-rated comment...

... on the WaPo article "People are seeing ‘Cats’ while high out of their minds. These are their stories."
Hundreds of people told The Post their stories about seeing “Cats” while high — some on marijuana, others on psilocybin mushrooms, LSD and other mind-altering substances....
I like when the whole rating system for comments goes sarcastic.

31 comments:

Michael Fitzgerald said...

Article quotes LGBTQ activist Charlotte Clymer. I believe that name rings a bell. A past Althouse blog post appearance?

Michael Fitzgerald said...

Yep. Tweeted about Fiona Hill's accent.

MadisonMan said...

Which mind-altering substances were in the newsroom when this article was proposed and okayed?

Fernandistein said...

I dropped acid and watched, er, lived through, the newly released 'Deliverance' at a theater in Phoenix. Yikes.

Oh, and the 5mg THC of the article can be considered a microdose.

rehajm said...

Somewhere the Dreamgirls cast feels at peace at last.

rehajm said...

The stage productions of Cats were a huge success. The film would seem to fall in the safe (catnip) category for Hollywood producers. Bad kitty...

Wilbur said...

In 1977 I smoked a joint and went to see "Looking For Mr. Goodbar", the only movie in my life I ever went to alone. A singularly poor choice.

rehajm said...

Nobody dropping catnip at the show?

rwnutjob said...

I went with some buddies to Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen movie in 1971. We smoked up beforehand & when the Lion roared, the entire audience laughed. I leaned over to one my buddies & said: "Shit, is every person in here high?" Short answer - yes. One of the last times I ever got high.

traditionalguy said...

The theme seems to be doubling down on taking poison is a wonderful thing. Drug your mind so it has no will to defend itself and then give it away to a monstrous half human/half cat world under demonic control.

You may recover from the first self administered dose of poison, but how do you get your soul back from the second one?

dbp said...

My (just shy of 18) daughter went to the movie and had a hard time making it to the end. It varied between cringe and unintentional humor and was exhausting. Two things stuck out: She said that Taylor Swift's 5 minutes were really good and there was a bit of Rocky Horror type audience participation. Ian Mckellan's cat was trying to stop some other cat and an audience member shouted out, "You Shall Not Pass"!

William said...

I guess this will replace Showgirls as the best bad movie. Showgirls had a lot of nudity to carry you over the histrionics and fill up the plot holes. Maybe the music will serve a similar function. I've never seen the show, but I've heard the songs....Maybe the audience for a furry Judi Dench is bigger than we know. This is the first motion picture to celebrate the furry life style. Pioneers get arrows, but they plow the fertile ground.

Limited blogger said...

Althouse needs a rating system for comments. When I come on and see a 450 comment thread, I don't read any of the comments.

jaydub said...

I saw the stage version of Cats at the New London Theater towards the end of its London run. It is easily the best musical I have seen, but I don't think the movie would favorably compare because part of the experience was the intimate seating arrangement of that theater.

Rory said...

I think everyone who ever liked 2001 was high when they saw it, right?

Only movie I ever saw in a theater while impaired: four male college friends drinking to celebrate one's birthday. It finally worked around to going to a movie, and the birthday boy selected "The French Lieutenant's Woman." The things we do out of friendship....

The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

My best drugs’n’movies experience was watching Gregory Peck in Moby Dick while stoned out of mind. The absurdity was patently obvious and I couldn’t stop laughing. The commercials were even more transparent.

rehajm said...

You people did a lot of drugs...

Big Mike said...

I saw this version of “Cats” but I also saw the stage production back in the 1980s and the movie version in the 1990s (I own the VHS tape as well). I liked this version just fine, though Jennifer Hudson can’t hit the highest notes in “Memories” the way Elaine Page could belt it out. No, I was not stoned when I saw it. Despite attending college in the 1960s I have never been stoned.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

I think everyone who ever liked 2001 [space odyssey] was high when they saw it, right?

That was mandatory. Wasn't it?

Char Char Binks said...

I watched Dumb and Dumber while high. I laughed a lot.

Jon said...

I think everyone who ever liked 2001 [space odyssey] was high when they saw it, right?

Nope. I liked it, never saw it with diminished faculties...or augmented ones, either.

Seeing Red said...

I loved the play. It’s now tainted. I even enjoyed the 1990s movie.

But I love Phantom (4times) and that didn’t cross over well, either.

Loved Grease the movie, the play was lackluster. But that was a local production and I saw the play first.

Some crossover like Mr. Roberts and Blithe Spirit and some don’t.

Then some Have stupid visionaries and blow the whole thing to hell.

Wince said...

Haven't seen CATS, and probably won't unless it's on cable.

But I don't understand all the piling on.

Seems like many people aren't judging the movie for themselves, for what it is, but being told what to think about it.

For that reason alone I hope the movie becomes a cult classic.

Bill Peschel said...

"Seems like many people aren't judging the movie for themselves, for what it is, but being told what to think about it."

This applies to just about everything in our culture, including global warming, World War 3 (big "discussion" on Imgur), and Jeffrey Epstein. We're just poo-flinging monkeys, I hope with souls.

Seeing Red said...

When I first checked IMDB, it got a 2.6 Lololol

exiledonmainstreet, green-eyed devil said...

I saw "Eraserhead" when I was high. Being high just made the movie that much more unpleasant.

MadisonMan said...

I have some flights coming up. Maybe this means Cats will be available to watch on the flight.

Phidippus said...

The sad thing is that Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" is harmlessly amusing, sometimes bordering on witty, in an Edward Lear sort of way. It's about all that Eliot's modest talent was up to, alas. (I greatly prefer Lear, BTW.)

Just like "adults" to ruin it for the children, though. Well done!

Separately: I saw a stage production of the show and was not overly impressed. I doubt that drugs would have improved the experience, and from all I've heard, the movie was far worse.

exiled..., g.e.d.: That is one bizarre movie. I do remember the Lady In The Radiator's song, and every time I cut up a chicken I start muttering about "tiny little things, they're man-made". Actually some parts of it are quite funny (to some people at least) and my wife and I still laugh at them. So I guess you can say that it succeeded on some level, like a virus that infected you once but is currently dormant as long as your immune system keeps and eye on it.

svlc said...

The only movie I ever enjoyed on LSD was Romeo and Juliett. I found it really intense.

The wife and I are still considering seeing Cats. We saw Richard Jewell last Sat. instead (and Ford v. Ferrari the week earlier). Somehow, I doubt drugs will help with Cats.

Bilwick said...

People are mentioning a movie version from the 1990s. Who was in that? I don't remember even hearing about that.

JMW Turner said...

Cats-shmatz, in the early 70s we smoked prodigious amounts of weed and caught a showing of "Jesus Christ Superstar". Talk about soul music! This was during a run of "cult" movies at midnight shows in uptown Atlanta seen in a haze of smoke: "Fellini's Satyricon, Catch 22, "Don't Look Now, The Ruling Class", "200 Motels". Little of any of these flicks made any sense, but I suppose that was the point.