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March of the Penguins - Blather, Rinse, Repeat
August 11th, 2005
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March of the Penguins
Those that are at least 75% as geeky as I will know that the penguin is the mascot of Linux, the Open Source Operating System. That's not important right now.

This is a post about a documentary about the mating of Emperor Penguins. Pretty much, you know the plot of the movie already - a bunch of birds flop onto the ice from the cold Antarctic water, hike 70 miles to a nesting ground, lay eggs, and endure bitter cold throughout.

Not bad for a summer movie - you'll leave wanting to sip cocoa wrapped up in a blanket. Or perhaps the air conditioning in my theatre was turned up really high.


What's amazing to me is that this movie is in the theatres at all. It's currently the #2 documentary of all time (sure, there's a bunch of scruffy pudgy creatures on screen, but none of them are Michael Moore). It's got Morgan Freeman as the narrator, but Ashley Judd doesn't make an appearance. It's rated 'G', but it's not animated, and it certainly doesn't have Disney marketing it. It's a love story, sort of, but it doesn't have Celine Dion, Peabo Bryson, or anyone else singing a sentimental anthem over the credits. The credits are worth watching, but not because of staged outtakes.

One random observation: newborn emperor penguins are funny looking. Instead of the familiar coloration (for example, my icon), they have dark grey "pants", light grey chests, and white backs. Around 6 months of age, they migrate back to the ocean, and they've mostly replaced that with the familiar coloration.


Bottom line: Go see it while it's in the theatres - it's a remarkable film.

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From:keelamonster
Date:August 11th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)

documentaries

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You know the only reason it's #2? Because somehow Farenheit 911, which is NOT a documentary but really more like propaganda, is #1 because it was very hip to go and see it and hate the President.

I hate, deeply and profoundly, that this movie (the penguins) is behind that movie in terms of money, because it's SO MUCH BETTER and an actual documentary.

The good news is? This one stands an actual chance of winning an Oscar. And for once it will be well deserved.
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From:tsmaster
Date:August 11th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)

Re: documentaries

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Tell you what - let's you and I go see this movie a few times to artificially increase MotP's numbers. It'll only take us 11 million screenings to catch up to F9/11.

Anybody else want to help out? If it's just Keely and me, it's going to take us 1828.41 years, and that's without going out to the concession stand for more popcorn.
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From:ginsu
Date:August 11th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)

Re: documentaries

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I'd love to see this documentary, but for itself rather than to improve its ranking. I don't think it's merely hip to hate the President; I also think it's logical.
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From:strangeanimal
Date:August 12th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)

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it was very hip to go and see it and hate the President.

"was"?
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