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7th Annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival recap

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This past Saturday EMP in partnership with SIFF held their 7th annual sci-fi shorts festival, Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival. As they put it, "The festival brings together industry professionals in filmmaking and the genres of science fiction and fantasy to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinema arts."

There were 20 animated and live-action short films in all. The quality of these independent short films was really great. "Time Freak", "Chorebot" and "Terminus" to name a few where examples of the extremely well crafted films showcased. We couldn't be happier to have seen these films getting exposure to a sold out theater and watching them on the big screen. Anyone who is a fan of Science Fiction and lives, or can travel to, Seattle owes it to themselves to attend next year's event. There are a few films that can already be found online like "Terminus" (below) and we are sure that there will be more over time. Keep an eye out for them!

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Cinema Threesome (formerly Cinema Sluts) has a few new episodes!

 

Cinema Threesome (formerly Cinema Sluts) has changed their name, but the content just gets better and better. As of now they have four episodes to listen to, all great stuff! If you are even remotely a film fan you owe it to yourself and some cool guys to get those earbuds on and listen to the wisdom and entertainment held within!

Here are the latest four:

1 -Episode #1: DRUGS - TRAINSPOTTING, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas & Human Traffic

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RIP: Bill Hinzman from Night of the Living Dead

 

Bill Hinzman and JASToday the world's first zombie passed away at the age of 75. After staring in George Romero’s classic "Night of the Living Dead" he went on to act as more zombies in low budget films. He frequented horror conventions like Screamfest, where I had the good fortune to meet him for the photo opportunity to the left. He was a very cool guy. Ultimately, he was felled by cancer.

Sad times.

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Norwegian Ninja - The Nords attempt a B-movie

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Norwegian Ninja 2010Thomas Cappelen MallingThomas Cappelen MallingMads Ousdal,Jon Øigarden,Trond-Viggo Torgersen Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Norwegian Ninja(2010)
 

Bitter Balcony reported about “Norwegian Ninja” a few months back and after all that time we’ve finally been able to sit and enjoy it’s B-movie antics… or did we?

The movie’s synopsis is as simple as it gets; the true story of how Commander Arne Treholt and his Ninja Force saved Norway during the Cold War. Of course by “true story” they mean a ridiculously bad ninja movie in the style of late ‘70s camp. There are things like the secret island they live on being protected by a Feng Shui barrier. This is totally ridiculous as Feng Shui is probably the furthest thing from a weapon you can use. It leads to a great scene (seen in the trailer) that provides a hearty laugh.

The movie should have continued to tap into this ridiculousness and purposefully bad miniatures for the special effects, but somehow misses the point. It’s not easy to point to one or two direct things that are what fails. It just seems like they had a great idea and somehow missed the point when they started shooting it. There are a few gems that survived from the script, but overall it was a tad too unfunny.

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Haywire brings us a new action star, but...

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Haywire 2012Steven SoderbergGina Carano,Bill Paxton,Michael Douglas,Antonio Banderas,Michael Fassbender,Ewan McGregor Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Haywire(2012)
 

Steven Soderberg has made movies from artsy explorations of characters to Science Fiction films with a romantic and heavily ambient tone to a Hollywood film about the war on drugs. These are but a few themes he’s explored. He’s never attempted to shoot a straight up action film, which is what he set out to do with “Haywire”.

“Haywire” begins with a fight a diner followed by an interesting car jacking. From there we begin to learn how Mallory (Gina Carano) got to that point and what the motivations are for the rest of the tale. Mallory, a black ops soldier, has been betrayed and plans to find out who did and why. The bodies begin to pile as she gets deeper and deeper into this tangled web of lies.

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Stop SOPA and PIPA!

 

Today is the day that major websites have decided to show the world what it would be like if the US government passed one of the two proposed bills pretending to protect intellectual properies while in fact giving them free reign to shut down any website they want for any reason.

Watch this:

Now call your local politicians and make them really know that this idea sucks!

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Bitter Balcony reflects on 2011

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I commence our late recap in film by thanking all the studios out there for releasing EVERY movie produced in 2011 within the span of ten days! The “let me save my dysfunctional family by building a petting zoo” movie, the “Swedish Punky Brewster” movie, the “Tom Cruise shrugs off his height shortcomings by climbing skyscrapers” movie, the “charming little artsy black and white French movie that will win all our callous American hearts” movie, the “interspecies love story of a boy and his horse” film, the “washed up actors assemble New Year’s” movie, and how could I forget Tintin (if anybody knew who he was to begin with). All that, and I haven’t mentioned the other half of films released in the last month or so.

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