New on Netflix: I have to admit, dear readers that I find myself in a quandary.


By: Bryan Trude, assistant editor

While anyone who ever achieved space in a publication to write reviews will tell you writing negative ones are much more fun than positive ones, it’s not that I go out of my way to watch things I would hate. I try to like what I watch so I can write some good things.

Unfortunately, sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way.

Tapped

Released in 2009, this biting expose by Stephanie Soechtig and Jason Lindsey examines the impact of the bottled water industry on the environment and local water supplies.

As bottled water steadily become…you know what? No. No, no, no, absolutely not.

Besides being horribly biased and slanted, this is incredibly boring. Hold on and I’ll try to find something I can write good things about.

Cats Don’t Dance

Yes, much better.

“Cats Don’t Dance” is the lone legacy of Turner Entertainment’s feature animation unit. The studio’s only full length animated feature – their only other work was the animated sequences from “The Pagemaster” – the film is a musical, fanciful homage to the MGM musicals of the early 20th century.

This film, which bombed at the theaters, stars the vocal talents of Scott Bakula. Bakula is best known for two roles: one where he often played a man trapped in a woman’s body (Quantum Leap); and singlehandedly ruining a great science-fiction franchise (Star Trek: Enterprise).

As a “song and dance cat” intent on becoming a Hollywood star in the face of discrimination and racism from humans against animals, Bakula’s character is almost sickeningly positive and upbeat, which is all right every now and again.

The film is also chock full of references, with the primary antagonist (Darla Dimple, voiced by Ashley Peldon) being an evil spoof of Shirley Temple. Other classic actors seen in the film include Joan Crawford, Mae West, Clark Gable and W.C. Fields.

“Cats Don’t Dance” is a great time waster for people who like musicals or have kids. At least it’s better than a preachy documentary about bottled water.

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