Movie Review – Mischief

This month’s movie is Mischief.m1Mischief 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.
m2Cooper’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.

Movie Review – Zambezia

This month’s movie is Zambezia.1Zambezia is the animated adventure of Kai, a young falcon who sets out from his sheltered life to find the famed bird city of Zambezia. In the city he befriends Zoe, a kite and Ezee, a nightjar. Kai learns the truth about his origins and joins the Hurricanes, the defenders of the bird city.3Cooper enjoyed the flight scenes and the ending, where the birds outwit and defeat the treacherous marabou storks and egg eating leguaans (monitor lizards).2Cooper was thrilled that the movie showcased so many types of birds. She was disappointed that none of them were budgies. She thinks if there is a sequel it should take place in Australia.

Movie Review – The Big Year

This month’s movie is The Big Year.bigyearcThe 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).by1This 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.

by2Cooper 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.

Movie Review – Dumb and Dumber

This month’s movie is Dumb and Dumber.

dd1Dumber and Dumber is about two good-hearted, but incredibly stupid friends who drive across country to return a briefcase full of money to its rightful owner.

dd2Cooper did not like that the star of the movie, Harry’s budgie, Petey, met an untimely end at the hands of kidnappers (and was then sold to Billy, the blind boy in #4C).

dd3Despite the budgie violence, Cooper found the movie amusing. She hopes there will be more budgies in the upcoming sequel.

Movie review – The Crow

This month’s movie is The Crow.

c1On Devil’s Night, musician Eric Draven and his fiancée are killed by a group of thugs. One year later Eric comes back to life, and with the aid of a mystical crow, takes revenge on the gang and their leader.

c2Cooper enjoyed this movie. She was happy to see the bad guys get their just deserts.

c3Cooper thinks that crows are pretty badass. Not as badass as budgies, though.

Movie review – Birders: The Central Park Effect

This month’s movie is Birders: The Central Park Effect.

bThis documentary follows a group of birdwatchers as they observe the many different species of birds who migrate through Central Park.

b2Cooper enjoyed looking at the many types of birds.

b1She is partial to blue birds…

b3Cooper enjoyed the movie, even though there weren’t any budgies in it.

Movie review – Taken 2

This month’s movie is Taken 2.

takenaWhile traveling in Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are kidnapped by the family of the villains he defeated in Taken. Using his “particular set of skills” he must save himself and his family.

takenbCooper’s favorite parts of the movie were the two scenes with the budgies. The budgies are the true heroes of the movie – by following the sound of their chirps, Mills is able to find the building in which his wife is held captive.

Movie review – What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

This month’s movie is What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

bjane1What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The former child star grew up to be a crazy alcoholic has-been who terrorizes her wheelchair bound ex-movie star sister.

bjane2Cooper thought this movie was a bit of campy, creepy fun. When the star of the movie appeared, she was a little nervous for its fate.

bjane3And rightly so.

bjane4Blanche Hudson doll, complete with “din-din”, by Susan Mitchell.

Movie review – The Life of Birds

This month’s movie is The Life of Birds.

l1The Life of Birds is a 10 episode BBC documentary presented by the wonderful David Attenborough. The series travels the globe and explores the many facets of bird life. Flight, gathering food, communication, mating and rearing offspring and survival are just some of the topics discussed in this informative and entertaining series. Cooper was not allowed to watch the somewhat disturbing “Meat Eaters” episode in case it would give her nightmares.

l2Cooper absolutely loved this series. She was thrilled when they focused on the budgerigar and it’s fluorescent cheek patches and feet.

l3And this budgie quoted Hamlet. Cooper was disappointed though, that the budgies only appeared in only 45 seconds of this ten hour series. Especially because budgies are so fascinating. Perhaps one day there will be a BBC series on the life of budgies…

Movie review – Bye Bye Birdie

This month’s movie is Bye Bye Birdie.

bbb1Cooper was not happy with this movie. Bye Bye Birdie is not about birds at all – it is about people. Who cares! But there was plenty of music and singing, which Cooper likes. One of the songs even mentions a hummingbird and a nightingale.

bbb2Cooper thought the brief cameos by a pigeon and a woodpecker were the highlights of this rather disappointing film.