[Tweeters] Fwd: [cobirds] The Big Year. The Movie. The Review

Dennis Paulson dennispaulson at comcast.net
Tue Oct 11 15:44:46 PDT 2011


A friend sent me this review from Cobirds. Enough said.

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>> From: cobirds at googlegroups.com [mailto:cobirds at googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Joe Roller

>> Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 6:53 AM

>> To: Colorado Birds

>> Subject: [cobirds] The Big Year. The Movie. The Review

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>> With sneak preview tickets provided by RMBO, members of the field glass fraternity and the telescope sorority

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>> settled back in reclining seats at The Denver Film Center last night, munched popcorn and tried not to fret about

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>> how we birders would be skewered in the latest gem to grace the silver screen, The Big Year. Based on the book

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>> of the same name by Denver's very own Mark Obmascik, this film improbably starred such big name actors as

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>> Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson. To cut to the quick, I mean, in a nutshell, The Big Year was a Big Movie.

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>> I loved it. I laughed, I winced, I almost cried and was charmed by the goofy portrayal of three wild and crazy birders

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>> as they twitched, chased and scored. Go see it! Everyone who is aware of your avian obsession will be asking you

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>> about "that bird flick." I hear that the official opening is this Friday. Don't laugh, but this movie is labelled PG "for language

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>> and some sensuality." Sensuality? Maybe I blinked? Maybe the censors are referring to that sensual scene with the Bald

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>> Eagles?

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>> See The Big Year with your spouse, but brace yourself for a few knowing nudges in the ribs, as your birding behavior

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>> is displayed in Technicolor and recognized. "That's you, dear. They got that right!" On the other hand, one review I read summarizes this

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>> movie as noble and lofty. "Their quests are allegory to the challenges faced in their lives." "See, honey, when I go birding

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>> it's an allegory." (Try that one, and let me know if it files).

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>> The Big Year borrows from these familiar genres:

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>> The Great Race.

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>> The Nature Channel.

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>> The Buddy Movie.

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>> Stalag 17 - you'll see it here. You can almost smell it.

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>> Wall Street, the movie. From Board Room to Binoculars.

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>> Don Quixote.

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>> Dirty Rotten Scoundrels -How low can you go to shake off your rivals?

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>> You'll notice homages to Alfred Hitchcock, Boy Meets Girl, and Airplane.

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>> And yes, Steve Martin reprises the dance of "A Wild and Crazy Guy."

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>> Jack Black reprises sweating, and Owen Wilson wears duds like no birder I know.

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>> If you've ever boarded a pelagic trip out of Monterrey Bay, you'll chortle at the portrayal

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>> of that ruler of the rolling ocean, Debi Shearwater! Was that Angelica Houston with pigtails

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>> and rubber boots?

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>> Can you identify the brands of field glasses held by the actors?

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>> You will find only a few errors:

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>> Did I see a birder in the field with a camera, but NO binoculars?

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>> Did I see THAT hawk in THAT weather?

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>> Does Attu come with bird name labels on every hillside and meadow?

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>> Could you see THAT owl in THAT national forest? (I looked it up - you could).

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>> But the biggest error is the repeated conceit that "Whoever sets the Big Year record is

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>> The World's Best Birder!"

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>> Movie reviews usually conclude with an overall rating, such as "X number of stars" or

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>> "Y number of bags of popcorn." My personal rating of The Big Year is Four out of Five

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>> buckets of stinky fish-head chum."

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>> I don't want to spoil the ending, but can say this much - every year ends on New Year's Eve.

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>> The ticket? Maybe eight bucks.

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>> The Milk Duds? Maybe two bucks.

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>> Memories of The Big Year? Priceless!

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>> Joe Roller, Denver

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Dennis Paulson
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