Tag Archive: Birds


Starring: Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, Imelda Staunton, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Anton Yelchin, Brendan Gleeson, Ashley Jensen & Brian Blessed
Screenplay by Gideon Defoe
Directed by Peter Lord

A band of misfit pirates run afoul of Queen Victoria while trying to win their captain the infamous Pirate of the Year award.


The folks at Aarrrrrrrrrdman
plunder laughs without acting
like drunk Keith Richards.

Grade: B


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Pirates! Band of Misfits is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1430626/

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Starring: Jack Black, Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, Brian Dennehy, Anjelica Huston, Rashida Jones, Rosamund Pike, Dianne Wiest & John Cleese
Screenplay by Howard Franklin
Directed by David Frankel

Three bird watchers compete to see as many birds as they can in a calendar year.


This film’s about as
much fun as bird watching – if
all the birds were dead.

Grade: C-


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Big Year is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/31/12.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1053810/

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch & Tracy Morgan
Screenplay by Don Rhymer and Joshua Sternin & Jeffrey Ventimilia and Sam Harper
Directed by Carlos Saldanha

A flightless pet macaw is taken to Rio to mate with the last female of its species, but the two birds must escape from captivity when they are captured by black market traders.


So been-there-done-that,
perhaps it’s best if we just
let these birds die out.

Grade: C+


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Rio is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1436562/