Cooper is watching the Academy Awards. Are you?
Richard is a sparrow who is adopted by storks when his mother and father meet an untimely end. When the storks migrate to Africa, they leave Richard behind. With his new friends, Olga the owl and Kiki, the budgie, Richard heads south to rejoin his family.
But who cares! It’s all about Kiki! Kiki is a pudgy, disco loving budgie who dreams of becoming a singing sensation at the San Remo music festival. Kiki derails the trio’s journey to Africa to attend the festival, and is crushed when another budgie is singing his signature song.
In the end, Kiki overcomes his fear of flying and realizes how important true friendship is. Oh, and Richard finds and is accepted by his stork family in Africa.
Cooper thinks this movie would have been better if Kiki had been the star. She was happy that he escaped his small cage and found true friendship. She also enjoyed seeing different bird characters (pigeons, crows), but liked the blue budgie the best.
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.
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.
The first rule of Flight Club is: You do not talk about Flight Club.
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 The Life of Birds.
The 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.
And 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…