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Déjà Brew: BB gets wasted with The Hangover Part II!!!

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, The Hangover Part II  2011Todd Phillips, Scot Armstrong, Craig MazinTodd PhillipsBradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis Bitter,Bitterometer,meter The Hangover Part II (2011)
 

To paraphrase Samuel L. Jackson’s bad M.F Jules Winfield, an alcoholic’s moment of clarity came to me while watching “The Hangover Part II.” I realized I have seen this movie before, when it was titled…“The Hangover.” As conventional wisdom suggests “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, the same seemingly applies when continuing a story that quite frankly was a one shot deal. In fairness, what else could they have done, especially after the first adventure of our trashed heroes was a brilliantly raunchy and crude comedy classic?

The major alterations this time around: the Wolfpack (Bradley Cooper as cocky cool guy Phil, Ed Helms as the milquetoast dentist with a wild side Stu, and Zack Galifianakis as man-child Alan) are now stuck in exotic city of Bangkok, Thailand, replacing the vibrant lights of Las Vegas. Instead of losing their friend Doug (Justin Bartha) who now helps the guys from a resort, the trice is in search of Stu’s finance’s kid brother after another insane night of drunken stupor.

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X-Men: First Class Graduates with Top Honors!!!

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, X-Men: First Class 2011Story by Bryan Singer and Sheldon Turner. Screenplay by Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn.Matthew VaughnJames McAvoy, Michael Fassbender Bitter,Bitterometer,meter X-Men: First Class(2011)
 

The X-Men Comics are Marvel’s take on Russian Literature, an intricate Soap Opera involving social dissidents, their struggles in a world that denies their integration, and the bloodlines that connect the past, present, and future. X-Men, with a rich collection of complex heroes and villains, seemed like an ordeal for any filmmaker courageous enough to translate it to screen. Bryan Singer, who wooed audiences with the audaciously clever “The Usual Suspects,” took on that challenge, and despite several popular characters having condensed or no part of the story (Sabretooth’s dismissive appearance and Gambit’s omission, for instance) Singer was able to form a blockbuster franchise. Handing the reins to the shaky hands of Brett Ratner for the third film, “X-Men: The Last Stand,” Singer’s mutant trilogy ended unevenly, considering the X-Men’s most renowned storyline, The Dark Phoenix Saga, was dreadfully shortchanged.

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Green Lantern - Emerald Energy is not the green Hollywood is hoping for.

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Green Lantern 2011Greg Berlanti,Michael GoldenbergMartin CampbellRyan Reynolds,Blake Lively,Peter Sarsgaard,Tim Robbins,Mark Strong Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Green Lantern(2011)
 

It would be best to start this review with explaining that what you see in the trailer is what you get in the film. Anyone expecting depth, a dark/serious treatment of Green Lantern or for this movie to be a “Dark Knight” should watch the trailer once more because a Christopher Nolan film this is not. No, this is a super hero movie with heavy sci-fi involved in the story.

The movie, like any popcorn movie, is flimsy in depth and heavy on special effects. When you consider that we are watching a movie about a guy who creates giant hack hammers, trampolines and racecars to save people and fight bad guys you need to realize there is only so serious you can tell the tale. While I’m not totally unaware of the backstory for Hal Jordan, beside a few comics I read two decades ago, I can assume that most elements are pretty close to the original tale.

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Pom Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. Where can We put our Ad, Spurlock?

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Pom Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold 2011Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy ChilnickMorgan SpurlockMorgan Spurlock, Ralph Nader Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Pom Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold(2011)
 

As evident in his 2004 hit documentary “Super-Size Me,” "mock"umentarian Morgan Spurlock has no qualms being his own social satire’s guinea pig. In his breakthrough film, Spurlock committed to a strict diet of MacDonald’s Value Meals, one that caused him to gain nearly 25 pounds in only a month, much to the chagrin of his vegan girlfriend. As much bodily harm the determined Spurlock inflicted upon himself one big Mac at a time, his poignant criticism of the food industry hit the spot in its bold yet funny approach.

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Batman vs Wolverine - The French Short Film

 

BATMAN DELIVRANCE from Atomic Production on Vimeo.

The French gave us lady liberty and now they task Wolverine with a very interesting mission. What is that mission? Watch the very well made, but not so greatly choreographed short film above! Great idea, great cast and great lighting, so we can forgive it one minor weakness.

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Theater talker/texter becomes a useful tool to tell people to STFU during the movie.

 

We have to tip our hat to the Drafthouse Theater. Apparently, some chickadee was on the phone texting her BFF with OMGs and LOLs. She was warned several times then kicked out of the theater for being an ass clown. After she called and left a laughable "scathing" message to the theater they decided to use it as advertising to tell people to get off their damn cell phones during the feature.

You rock, Drafthouse Theater people!

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James Cameron's "Aliens" gets a proper sequel... sorta

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"Aliens 3" was not the film many hoped for since we lost Newt, Corporal Hicks and most of Bishop. Now it seems that Sega is up to the task of giving us a trip back to LV-426, where Ripley first encountered the terrifying face hugging and chest busting creatures (Man, that sounds terribly sexual somehow... Anyhoo!) and then again in the James Cameron sequel.

This sequel seems like it doesn't have Ripley and crew, but still going back to LV-426 feels like going back home. If home where a terrifying place with flashing lights, alien impregnated bodies pinned to walls and large bug-like creatures that are more than happy to tear your face off.

We'll have to wait and see if this game delivers in what the producers of "Aliens 3" forced Fincher into making. In the meantime, feel free to visit Kotaku and find the tiny video poorly embedded into their pseudo-fancy site HERE.

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