This month’s movie is The Messenger.The Messenger investigates the cause and effect of the disappearance of the world’s songbirds. Global warming, predation by cats, hunting by humans, deforestation, noise and light pollution and pesticides are explored. The documentary interviews scientists and bird lovers from different parts of the world.There are some beautiful shots of various birds, both in their natural habitats and flying in slow motion. The satellite maps of migration routes are interesting as well.
While there positive strides being made (Toronto activists drastically cutting collision deaths by placing markers on mirrored/clear-glass building surfaces), The Messenger is a warning that more needs to be done before it is too late.
*Cooper wasn’t allowed to watch this movie, because it was too disturbing.
This month’s movie is Rio 2.In Rio 2, Spix’s Macaws Blue, Jewel and their children travel to the Amazon to find more of their kind. Blue must learn to adapt to life in the wild, but turf wars with neighboring macaws, a disapproving father-in-law, a vengeful cockatoo, a romantic rival and evil loggers make things difficult.Cooper enjoyed the movie, despite the lack of budgies.There was a lot of singing and the visuals were amazing. The flying scenes were her favorite. She would recommend this movie for children as long as they aren’t disturbed by animals (and one human) being eaten by other animals.Save
This month’s movie is Payment on Demand.In this movie, Bette Davis stars as Joyce Ramsey, a woman whose social climbing nearly destroys her marriage. After she and her husband separate, Joyce goes on a cruise and visits her older friend Emily Hedges. After seeing the toll Emily’s divorce has taken (she is now an alcoholic living with a gigolo), Joyce decides to make amends with her husband.Cooper didn’t much care about Joyce and her marital woes. She was all about the birds who belonged to Emily Hedges. A budgie (the STAR of the film) appears briefly. Also in the scene are a parrot and in the background is a large flight cage containing small birds. Perhaps finches, canaries or even budgies? It was too far away to tell. Cooper thought if divorce leads to an island home filled with birds, maybe Joyce should have given it a go.
This month’s movie is The Sentinel.In The Sentinel, young model Alison Parker moves into a Brooklyn apartment building. Strange things begin to occur. Is Alison going insane, or is her new address THE GATEWAY TO HELL?*Cooper’s favorite actor in the movie was Mortimer, the budgie from Brazil. Mortimer had only three scenes, but he stole the show. Cooper was only allowed to watch a tiny portion of the movie, as it is too disturbing for a little budgie (Mortimer meets an untimely end). The parts she didn’t see were kinky (there is nudity) and gruesome. There are a lot of well known actors in the film (Jeff Goldblum, Burgess Meredith, Ava Gardner, Christopher Walken, Richard Dreyfuss, etc.) and quite a few character actors, too. Is this movie bad (in a cheesy, bizarre so bad it’s good way), or just bad? You be the judge.
*It’s a gateway to hell.
This month’s movie is Mischief.Mischief is a risqué teen comedy which takes place in Ohio during the fifties. Shy, nerdy Jonathan tries to win the heart of beautiful Marilyn with the help of his new friend, Gene. Gene is the cool rebel who is trying to win over his own girl, Bunny (who already has a boyfriend). Mischief ensues.
Cooper’s favorite part of the movie was when Jonathan hid his girlie magazines under the newspaper at the bottom of his budgie’s cage. She thought the lutino budgie was a scene stealer and should have been the star of the movie.
This month’s movie is The Big Year.The Big Year is a comedy about three men competing to see who can beat the record for a Big Year (a competition to see who can identify the most species of North American birds in a calendar year).This sweet little movie stars Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black. The three men begin the film as rivals, but become friends as they each work to achieve their goals.
Cooper was thrilled that there were so many birds in the film. There were no budgies, however. She had to settle for a picture of a parakeet in the bird montage in the credits. Despite this slight to budgies, Cooper enjoyed the movie and would recommend it to all her human and birdie friends.