Trumbo stars Bryan Cranston, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for this role. It follows the ups and downs in the life of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.
Dalton Trumbo is a successful screenwriter, until he and his friends are blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo is sent to prison for 11 months. When he is released he is unable to find work and must resort to ghostwriting.
But who cares! The real star of the movie is Trumbo’s cockatiel. I’m certain his pet tiel inspired him to create such works as Roman Holiday and Spartacus, films for which he was eventually recognized.
Sido enjoyed this movie. She looked up Trumbo and his pet cockatiel and found that, according to director Jay Roach,
“You saw the pictures in the credits of him with the bird on his head. His daughter would find a wounded bird and he would [take it in] and then Kirk Douglas recognized that he loved birds so much, so he bought him that parrot – I think it’s a cockatoo [it’s a cockatiel]. And he named it Sam Jackson, which was the pseudonym. Sam Jackson was the name that Dalton Trumbo used to write Spartacus.
So when Otto Preminger (Christian Berkel) says, “Oh, it’s a distraction”, he [Trumbo] says “no, he wrote Spartacus.” He is referring to his own pseudonym. Kirk knew that he loved birds and it was a way to win him over. He carried that bird around and he really would let it kiss his lips. And Bryan, on the set – the bird would be chewing on his ear.”
This movie is a collection of three stories, connected by a traveling cat.The first two stories (adaptations of short stories in King’s Night Shift collection) did not feature a budgie, and were of little interest to Cooper. She did enjoy a pecky pigeon who was the downfall of a nasty casino owner in “The Ledge”, though.
In “General” the cat must protect a little girl from a troll. Unfortunately, General is unable to save Polly the parakeet from the evil troll. Polly’s appearance in the movie was short, but she was clearly the star of the show.
Aside from Polly’s tragic demise, this is not the scariest of Halloween flicks. But if you’re up for a cheesy 80’s flick (look for all the Stephen King movie references), Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye is worth a look.
In The Secret Lives of Pets, a group of pets has a wild adventure in the city while they’re owners are at work.
Max, a terrier, is not too happy when his owner brings home a new dog, Duke. In his efforts to rid himself of his new housemate, the two dogs end up without their collars and are captured by animal control.
With the help of fellow pets and the “flushed” pets, Max and Duke become friends and find their way back home. But who cares! It’s all about Sweet Pea, the little green and yellow budgie. While Sweet Pea doesn’t have any dialogue (other than some chirps and tweets) and has only two featured scenes (at the beginning and the end of the movie), he lights up the screen – and leaves us wanting more. Cooper enjoyed this movie, and is hoping that Sweet Pea will have a spin-off. A budgie movie is long overdue!
This month’s movie is Cast a Dark Shadow. Teddy Bare murders his wealthy, older wife, Monica, to gain her fortune. But his timing is off and her will does not name him as sole beneficiary. Monica’s sister is set to inherit, but lives in Jamaica, far from Teddy’s clutches.
Teddy then marries wealthy Freda, who is shrewd and who keeps Teddy in check. Soon after, Charlotte arrives in town. Will Teddy be able to separate her from her money? Cooper didn’t care much for Teddy and was glad he got the ending he deserved. Her favorite characters in the movie were the budgies (one is named Simon) who appear in a scene with Monica’s maid. The budgies stole the show – Cooper thinks they should have been in every scene.
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 Song of the Sea.Song of the Sea is an Irish animated film. Ben and his “pesky” little sister Saoirse live in a lighthouse with their father. After Saoirse is found washed up on the beach, the children are sent to live with their grandmother in the city. On Halloween night, Ben discovers his sister’s secret and the two of them make their way back to the sea to save Saorise’s life and free the faeries from Macha the witch. Cooper thought this movie was charming. The look of the film was beautiful. And Cooper loves a fairy tale. Her favorite part of the film was the grandmother’s budgie.The budgie was the most interesting character in the film, even though it appeared very briefly. Cooper thinks Song of the Sea would have won the Oscar if there had been more budgie and less people…
This month’s movie is March of the Penguins.Since it’s March, Cooper decided to review March of the Penguins. This documentary depicts a year in the life cycle of the emperor penguin. The penguins leave their ocean hunting grounds and trek 70 miles to their breeding grounds. There they mate, and the female lays an egg. The male and female take turns watching the chick and making the journey back to the sea to feed. All the while they must brave freezing temperatures, blizzards, hunger and predators.This was an educational and entertaining film. The cinematography was beautiful and Morgan Freeman was the perfect narrator. There were some heartbreaking moments in the movie – not all the penguins survived. What these penguins have to overcome is amazing. Cooper’s favorite part of the film were the baby chicks – they were adorable. She thinks that penguins are fascinating (almost as fascinating as budgies) and highly recommends this film.