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This month’s movie is Rocky.

This movie is about a small time boxer who overcomes the odds to become a champion. But who cares?! It’s all about the budgies.

Rocky’s love interest, Adrian, is a clerk at a pet store.

In this clip, Rocky flirts with Adrian, while the budgies (“flying candy”) steal the scene.

Budgies also appear in Rocky II.

I’m sure the budgies were also the inspiration for Rocky’s theme song: Gonna Fly Now.

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This month’s movie is The Secret Life of Pets.

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!

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This month’s movie is Cast a Dark Shadow. cdsTeddy 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? DSC06632Cooper 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.

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This month’s movie is The Messenger.messenger1The 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.m2There 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.

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This month’s movie is Rio 2.rio2In 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.2rioCooper 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

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This month’s movie is Song of the Sea.songSong 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. 1Cooper 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.2The 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…

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This month’s movie is March of the Penguins.mopSince it’s March, Cooper decided to review March of the Penguins. This documentary depicts a year in the life cycle of the emperor penguin. mop1The 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.mop2This 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.

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This month’s movie is The Sentinel.s1In 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?*s2Cooper’s favorite actor in the movie was Mortimer, the budgie from Brazil. Mortimer had only three scenes, but he stole the show. s3Cooper 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.

Movie Review – Come September

This month’s movie is Come September.cs1In the romantic comedy Come September,wealthy Robert (Rock Hudson) travels to his Italian villa to meet up with girlfriend Lisa (Gina Lollobrigida). Once there, he discovers his major domo has been renting out the villa as a hotel. His “guests” (a group of teenage girls and their chaperone) and a group of teenage boys camping on his lawn manage to upend Robert’s romantic plans. Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin also star as teens who fall in love.cs3Cooper’s favorite character was mischievous Cedric.cs2She thought the voyeuristic, champagne sipping budgie stole the movie (he appears in six scenes). She also liked the song “Multiplication” sung by Bobby Darin, as it featured parakeets in the lyrics.

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.