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MIFFF is back September 16th-18th!

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MIFFF retuns for its third year to delight our eyes and minds with a myriad of independent films and four confirmed feature films - a fifth is in negotiation. I attended MIFFF last year and was pleased to find "The Presence" and "Srpski Film". Both of those feature films were great surprises and the short films were also pretty great. I also interviewed one of MIFFF's organizers, Eric Morgret. Needless to say this year looks to be pretty great with, what looks like, some really great films with quite high production values.

Here is more about MIFFF from its press release:

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Stitch Wars Strikes Back!!! (in Florida, no less)

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Bitter Balcony was pleased to visit a Galaxy Far, Far Away (actually a drive to the heart of Broward County, Florida, so no hyper-drive need be). We're glad to report on the awesome “Stitch Wars Strikes Back” exhibit in the Bear and Bird Gallery located on the second floor of Florida’s legendary Comic Book Shop Tate’s. We were there two years ago for the first installment and really enjoyed the originality and fondness the mostly embroidered art based on our favorite characters from the Interstellar series. A small yet substantial collection is on display until September 25th.

For our three loyal Floridian readers, we highly recommend to take a moment from your devotion to the Bitter and visit Tate’s, now. As for our West Coast fans, while we would like you all to mount your tauntauns and get on down here, perhaps a 3,000 mile journey is a lot to ask for. So, we post a few of the pieces on display, and hopefully this quirky bit of Star Wars memorabilia reaches your side of the universe. For now, enjoy the pics, and remember the great words of Jedi Master Yoda: “Stitch or stitch not, there is no try” or something like that!

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Is 30 Minutes or Less a Cold Pizza? More or Less...

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, 30 Minutes or Less 2011Michael DilibertiRuben FleischerJesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride Bitter,Bitterometer,meter 30 Minutes or Less(2011)
 

“Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer and star Jesse Eisenberg reunite to toss up their entry to the stoner caper genre pool in “30 Minutes or less.” Eisenberg plays Nick, a mid- twenties pizza delivery boy who slacks his way through life watching 80’s action flicks between Budweisers and smokes. After an argument with his best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari) over admitting sleeping with Chet’s beautiful twin sister and secret love Kate (Dilshad Vadsaria), Nick finds himself out of friends and out of luck.

When even bigger losers Dwayne (Danny McBride) and Travis (Nick Swardson) device a scheme to strap a bomb to a poor sucker in order swindle cash, they manager to fool Nick into becoming an unwilling foil. Nick, now strapped with a jacket full of explosives, resorts to Chet for help. Unable to deactivate the bomb, both friends resolve to follow Dwayne’s plan, robbing a local bank. While Nick and Chet try to turn the tables on Dwayne and Travis, the latter idiots turn everything for the worst when they involve legit criminal Chango(Michael Peña).

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Happy Birthday, Dude!!!

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Keanu Reeves turns 47 today.

Bitter Balcony pays salute to this most excellent day by rockin' out with our air guitars!!!

Happy Birthday to The One.

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Cowboys and Aliens - Way back west review

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Cowboys and Aliens 2011Roberto Orci,Alex Kurtzman,Damon Lindelof,Mark Fergus,Hawk OstbyJon FavreauHarrison Ford,Daniel Craig,Olivia Wilde,Sam Rockwell Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Cowboys and Aliens(2011)
 

“Cowboys and Aliens” disappeared off the radar as soon as it was released it seems. The trailer was interesting, but not something that looked like a must see. It seems that not having that must see status was enough to get people to not see it. Did they miss out an anything new and inspired? I reckon we all gots ta see what we gots here.

In typical mysterious fashion a man wakes up with no memory of who he is and is promptly harassed by some cowboys. Shortly after he finds that he gets into a little fight and the sheriff realizes he’s a wanted man and detains him. Upon attempting to transfer him to another location the town finds itself ambushed by aliens and a few people are abducted. Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) is in possession of the only weapon that came do some real damage to the alien ships, so they set off to discover who Jake is and to get their people back.

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Fright Night remake - Frightful or not?

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Fright Night 2011 Marti NoxonCraig GillespieAnton Yelchin,Colin Farrell,Toni Collette,Christopher Mintz-Plasse,David Tennant,Imogen Poots,Emily Montague Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Fright Night(2011)
 

The frightful night has arrived. The night we watch the remake of cheesy, but much beloved “Fright Night”. Does it slowly suck the life out of us over the course of an hour and a half or does it shine some light on the flaming wish that remakes would actually be good?

We know the story well. Vampire moves in, neighbor sees suspicious behavior and hilarity ensues. OK, so not hilarity, but bloody vampire cat and mouse games.

Jerry (Collin Farrell) moves in next door to Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin), a somewhat nerdy kid who is becoming slightly cooler in school by way of his girlfriend Amy (Imogen Poots). When Charlie’s friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) goes missing after a supposed vampire hunt Charlie starts to see the evidence that Jerry may actually be a vampire. Logically, Charlie seeks the help of an illusionist who uses vampires in his acts, Peter Vincent (David Tennant), and the hunt is on… sorta.

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Box Office flops from a writer's perspective.

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There are plenty of flops in the theater and plenty successes, but for those of us outside the system it's a rare thing to hear what the reaction to anything other than a success is Sean Hood recently sat for an interview about such a failure with his recently penned "Conan the Barbarian" remake.

He tells of the slow denial nearing the release date and the disappointment thereafter, "The Friday night of the release is like the Tuesday night of an election. ‘Exit polls' are taken of people leaving the theater, and estimated box office numbers start leaking out in the afternoon, like early ballot returns. You are glued to your computer, clicking wildly over websites, chatting nonstop with peers, and calling anyone and everyone to find out what they've heard. Have any numbers come back yet? That's when your stomach starts to drop."

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