Movie Review: Hoot

Hoot is a comedy with a serious underlying message of conservation. The kids use some questionable methods to try and save the owl colony (like releasing potentially owl-eating snakes to combat guard dogs) and confrontations between the conservationists and those who would kill the owls range from silly to over-the-top dramatic. Looking over these goofy plot conventions, I enjoyed Hoot for the most part. The owls were cute (of course), the kids were passionate about their cause, and the anti-development message was clear.

The Hoot DVD is full of extras, including short documentaries on costar Jimmy Buffet and the three young stars, backyard habitat and animals in action. The most enjoyable for me was a short piece entitled "Visit an Animal Rescue Center." Bloopers and deleted scenes are also included in the extras. The DVD has one of the cutest menu navigations I've ever seen.

I give Hoot 3.5 Goldfinches out of 5.

Netflix Instant Watch for Birders Summer 2013

Some new titles of note are available on Netflix for instant watching. Remember that titles are often on Netflix for a limited time, so watch 'em while you can! Only two of the titles from my previous posts (Netflix Instant Watch for birders and More Netflix...

More Netflix Instant Watch for Birders

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Promo Video: The New Birders

This short promotional video does a good job of explaining how some birders use birding smartphone apps in the field.

Official Trailer for The Birder

The official trailer for the upcoming movie The Birder, starring Tom Cavanagh, Mark Rendall, and Jamie Spilchuk, was just released! Check it out below.