Movies: The Ghost Bird, and others

On the return trip I had another 4.5 hours to watch the in-flight entertainment.

Started with 127 Hours, since I had heard it was pretty good, given that everyone knows the ending before it starts (well – almost everyone, I suppose). It was about the guy who was hiking alone and a big boulder pinned down his arm so he was stuck in a cave. Long story, short: he cut off his own arm with a dull multi-tool and hiked back to civilization after 127 hours. Even though the movie wasn’t bad and the guy survived against all odds, it could hardly be called a good-news story.

So I decided a nice comedy would be good, and selected The Kids Are All Right with Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. Yes, the kids were all right but the adults were so annoying that the movie didn’t help my mood much.

Finally in desperation, and with only 15 minutes before landing, I went to the documentaries and found The Ghost Bird.It was another “find” like the grocery carts – weird and wonderful. Since I could only watch a bit, I had to go online later and search it out. Here is a good review I found on YouTube:

  • Set in a murky swamp overrun with birders, scientists, and reporters, this critically acclaimed documentary is an eco-noir exploring the limits of certainty, the seductive power of hope, and how one phantom woodpecker changed a sleepy Southern town forever.

It was about the fabled Ivory-Billed Woodpecker which was thought to be extinct since about 1940. Some reports of sightings stimulated the passions, emotions, hopes and suspense of birders everywhere as they followed-up reported sightings. I wouldn’t want to tell you the end, for fear of spoiling your enjoyment as I KNOW some of you will want to investigate further. Here is a start: