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.

The Big Year Extended Version Review

The Big Year is coming to the home market on DVD and Blu-ray on January 31st. The Blu-ray includes an extended version of the movie, as well as some other extras not available on the DVD version.

Finally - a trailer!! Just over one month to The Big Year!

The film adaptation of Mark Obmascik's birding best-seller The Big Year is scheduled to hit cinemas on Friday, October 14th. And finally, today, we have a trailer! Check it out on the official The Big Year Movie website or just view below.

Video: Gull Steals Sunset

A gull nabbed a running GoPro camera in San Francisco and took it for a joyride. 59 seconds of laridae laughs:

Fantasy Christmas Gift for Falconer: $150,000

Each year Neiman Marcus offers a Fantasy Gift catalog with a range of experiences and products aimed at the very, very wealthy. This year a special falconry accessory set is in the offering, with a price tag of $150k. Look at the opulence!