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Marilee J. Layman

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06:30 pm: March of the Penguins
This movie follows Emperor Penguins over a year of life (or not) in Antarctica. It was brilliantly filmed and Morgan Freeman was an excellent narrator, but I couldn't help feeling sorry for the penguins. They seem to have almost no happiness or time to play. All their life is spent trying to stay alive, and keep their chicks alive.

I thought a lot of the close-ups were just camera tricks, but the credits show them filming right by the penguins.

It was an intersting movie to watch, but very very sad.

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From:ritaxis
Date:March 28th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
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Definitely it's a hard life. I remember that movie when it came out, how glad I was that I wasn't a penguin. The movieis beautiful, too. Just really lets you feel that cold and worry.

I also remember the right wing holding up penguins as a model of marital fidelity, but it turns out penguins cheat and there are gay penguins too, so as usual, the animal model proves nothing.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 29th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it almost makes you wonder why they still live?
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From:firecat
Date:March 29th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
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They should have spent more time showing them sliding around on the ice and "flying" in the water.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 29th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
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I think they looked at a limit because there's some sliding on ice and flying in the water (and one getting caught and eaten down there).
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From:capemaynuts
Date:March 29th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
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I remember when I first saw the movie wondering how anyone could say it was a kid's film. I felt so bad for all the penguins waiting for their spouses to return from the sea and how so many didn't.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 29th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
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It had no rating here, but I wouldn't take a kid to it. I'm not sure I'd take an adult.
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From:julesjones
Date:March 29th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
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What everyone else has said. Brilliant film, but there's a lot of sadness in it.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 29th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, really.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 29th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
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You've seen the ad for a French TV channel that plays off this film, right?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NhSQARojp0

Susan de G
http://www.rixosous.com
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 29th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
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No, I'll check it when I have a chance. I'm running late today.
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