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Happy Birthday David Lynch!!!

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David Lynch turns 65 today.

Your cake is stuck in the percolator.

Happy Birthday.

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The Green Hornet: a shitty review for a shitty film.

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Let’s get it out of the way, “The Green Hornet” is a piece of shit. There, that’s as much eloquence as this trite movie deserves. The rest of this review is a wreck of poor grammar and fragmented sentences. This dung is so loud and obnoxious we’re surprised Jonah Hill wasn’t Kato, which would have made the possibility of getting shot in the face by a double-barrel shotgun a more appealing pastime. I kept nodding off from time to time in the theater, and every time I would wake up I realized why I was falling asleep in the first place.

The only complements I have about my viewing of “The Green Hornet” belongs to the very cozy stadium seats I laid on, which has nothing to do with Seth Rogen or director Michel Gondry. Gondry proves that “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” was such a good Charlie Kaufman script that any half ass filmmaker not named Michael Bay could have done a fair job.

I feel bad for Jay Chou, who makes his American debut inheriting the role portrayed originally by the great Bruce Lee. Yes, Rogen and Gondry managed to fuck up a previous Bruce Lee role. Hopefully Chou will get better work, or at least stay as far away from Rogen as possible.

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JAS's Top, er something, of 2010!

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This won't be a top ten or even a top five because while there were some good films last year not too many were worthy of "Top films of 2010".

A Serbian Film
While hard to recommend because of the topics explored in this film it was the best film of 2010, as far as I'm concerned. It was one of the only films to stick in my head for quite a long time due to it's direction, storytelling and the performances of the cast. Truly a well made film and if you think you can look past the more extreme scenes then it's a must watch.

The Horde (non-dubbed version)
This movie tripped me out. A zombie movie of terrific proportions that starts off intriguing and grabs hold of your interest like a pit bull with lockjaw and doesn't let go. I'll also mention that this could be the first film that made me stand from my chair and cheer for one of the characters in the end. Not because they escape or survive, but because two of the characters have some great exits.

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John's very late Top Films of 2010 List, because I'm lazy.

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Well, it took about two weeks into 2011 to pile up five films of 2010. Honestly, perhaps laziness played a role for me to just come up with five, for some reason I didn’t hit the theater as much as I would’ve liked. Anyways, here’s my end of the top five:

1. A Serbian Film: A nightmare of perversity, this movie shocked me not for its explosion of violence and sex crimes, but for the context in which these acts are presented. The movie’s extremism will definitely turn many off, but if you can handle the atrocities "A Serbian Film" is driven by, you will find a profound tragedy of Shakespeareian scale.

2. The Social Network: David Fincher’s examination of the 21st century’s most relevant internet empire Facebook. Fincher is cold and calculating in bringing this rites of passage tale. Perhaps the point of "The Social Network" is that even in a world that counts on laptops as our means of engagement, betrayal, disappointment and loneliness are just as relevant as ever.

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Hotties in Haiku: Angelina Jolie as Acid Burn

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Handle: Acid Burn

Love active matrix displays.

The hottest hacker!

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Some Docs We Love At The Bitter!!!

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To conclude our Documentary week, we recommend a few titles we think you will like.













1. The Fog of War: The master of documentary films, Errol Morris, delivers a cautionary tale through the eyes of former US Secretary of Defense William McNamara. One of the best films of the 2000's, McNamara is equal parts tragic figure, shady villian, and the voice of reason in a warning on America's war engagements.

2. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters: This very funny underdog story is A true life "Rudy" for Video Arcade geeks. Steve Wiebe, as the challenger for the top scoring crown in Donkey Kong, must face the schemes of champion Billy Mitchell, perhaps the most evil nerd ever captured on film. This documentary is not only funny, but surprisingly inspiring.

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Arduino Documentary - Nerd Alert, sure, but worth sharing!

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We here at Bitter Balcony are a diverse group. We love to write, draw, take photographs, and one of us (me) even likes to tinker with electronics and robots.

"When I was doing research into how one could go about doing this on the cheap I found the Arduino. It’s a chip/board that is programmable and can serve many different purposes for many different people. It’s cheap, but not at the cost of functionality. The best feature is that it really does ease artists and other non-engineer types to get into the world of electronics and build themselves toys or machines to help them with whatever inspired the need for researching electronics in the first place." -JAS

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