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Bitter Balcony smells something fishy with Catfish!!!

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Catfish 2010Henry Joost, Ariel SchulmanNev Schulman, Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Catfish(2010)

I considered applying as a volunteer for next year’s Sundance Film Festival in hopes to finally be part of independent cinema’s top gathering. However, after watching an advance screening of this year’s festival darling “Catfish,” I ask myself: is freezing to death with a bunch of B-list celebrities in Park City worthwhile after this dull, inflated hoax of a film received such acclaim? We guess the days of Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson melting the snow with their incandescent talent are over, and Robert Redford's votaries are left to overhype mediocrity from a once trailblazing event.

"Catfish" promo tag reads: “Don't let anyone tell you what it is.” Let Bitter Balcony tell you what it isn’t: Good. Let’s not put all the blame on the young team of Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (although the film has poor editing and an underwhelming delivery). No, let’s blame the people who told them this movie was not only worthy of accolades, but deserving of distribution with what appears like very little tweaking by Universal, a ludicrous decision from a major studio. The theme of deception and shattered expectations in the age of Facebook are potentially interesting, but any suspense is replaced by the bored endurance for any viewer expecting what the trailer promises. “Catfish’s” “shocking” twist makes M. Night Shyamalan’s “mindbenders” ingenious by comparison.

I could write another paragraph about the film’s plot and production shortcomings, but nothing tops my friend Matt’s one-word review: On our way out of the screener, a surveyor asked him to comment on the movie and Matt, avoiding eye contact in obvious distain, wagged his finger, and dismissively said, “no.”


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Directed by: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Cast: Nev Schulman, Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

Source of the Bitter: John Rojas

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