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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 review - As boring as that title is long...

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 2010Steve KlovesDavid YatesAlan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Emma Watson, Richard Griffiths, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Helena Bohnam Carter,Simon McBurneyJ.K. Rowling Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1(2010)
 

Our little wizards are all grownzed up and they’re all grownzed up. In the first half of the final two films we get the “we’re working towards it” part of the film. Much like Kevin Smith’s “Clerks 2” retelling of what “Lord of the Rings” was like. We get a lot of walking and a lot of talking. Blah, blah, blah. Walk, walk, walk. The movie bored this reviewer to some extent. It wasn’t total “shoot me in the face” boredom, but there was a effort in resisting to check the time at least twice and the seat was leapt from to get out of dodge when the movie was over.

The biggest issue this movie has is the same issue that “Half-blood Prince” had. David Yates. The series could have used a director with some vision and a lot more talent. Yates can manage to get the movie from point A to snooze, but in the end it feels flat and lackluster. We’re sure the next film will be more exciting, but when you are knocking off a bunch of characters and no one cares there’s an issue. Let’s not forget that his way of shooting action is waiting until someone has an epileptic attack on-set and hand him or her the camera.

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Days of Wine and Roses

 

NOTE: This review contains info on the ending of the movie.
NOTE 2: This was written pre-Bitter Balcony.

After seeing Failsafe, and realizing what a great presence Walter Matthau can be, I have been picking and choosing my way through his catalog of movies. Naturally, while researching to find his best work (or at least more serious roles like in aforementioned movie) I remembered Grumpy Old Men. In that, along with Matthau, is Jack Lemon. I remember him vaguely in a few movies and thought that some of his classics might also be worth a glance. I found Days of Wine and Roses among those that are highly rated for him.

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127 Hours Leaves no Stone Unturned!!!

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, 127 Hours 2010Danny Boyle, Simon BeaufoyDanny BoyleJames Franco, Kate MaraAron Ralston (novel) Bitter,Bitterometer,meter 127 Hours(2010)
 

“127 Hours” is a story of a man, a boulder, and the most unlikely movie sidekick since Wilson, a water bottle. Outdoorsman Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) true life and death predicament is captured in HD life by Danny Boyle, once again bringing the hyperdrive urgency that made “Slum Dog Millionaire” and “Millions” go beyond the confines of their genres. In this tale of survival, free-sprit Ralston, on a whim, decides to caynoneer the cavernous mountains of Utah.

While Ralston’s adventure begins enthusiastically as he meets two very lost (and very pretty) hikers, a careless move ends up with his arm trapped by a boulder - talk about being “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” (Seriously, that’s the title of Ralston’s book). The rest of the film depicts Ralston’s ordeal, as the youth seeks a way out while his supplies, and his sanity, start to fade.

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Batz in da' Hood? Batman: Under the Red Hood review!!!

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Batman: Under the Red Hood 2010Judd WinickBrandon ViettiBruce Greenwood, Jensen Ackles Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Batman: Under the Red Hood(2010)
 

“Batman: Under the Red Hood” is the latest Batman animated adventure, an abbreviated take on Batman’s pursuit of Red Hood, an old adversary formerly incarnated by The Joker. Red Hood (voiced by Jensen Ackles) arrives at Gotham with an agenda to take down the criminal underworld, but unlike the Dark Knight, he is willing to tumble the unlawful with murderous precision.

Batman (Bruce Greenwood) is caught in the middle of a street war, one furiously heading towards the mafia chain’s head doorstep, Black Mask (Wade Williams). Batman, reluctantly accepting the assistance of Nightwing (Neil Patrick Harris), goes on a two-tier mission to not only stop the Red Hood’s ravenous cleansing, but to uncover the man behind the crimson guise in hopes to save him from the darkness he’s bound for.

However, Batman’s suspicion of the mysterious rouge’s identity might prove true; one connecting him with former apprentice and second Robin, the deceased Jason Todd. Batman’s investigation takes him halfway around the world to face arch-enemy Ra’s al Ghul (Jason Issacs) and back to the horrors of Arkham Asylum to confront his greatest rival, The Joker (John Di Maggio).

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The Social Network: the updated status review!

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, The Social Network 2010Aaron SorkinDavid FincherJesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake Bitter,Bitterometer,meter The Social Network(2010)
 

When was the last time a film has left audiences feeling genuinely sorry for a scheming, condescending sociopath who winds up the youngest billionaire in the world? Leave it to David Fincher to make the case for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the frivolously detached yet passionately intense “The Social Network.” Set in the early 2000s, “The Social Network” is based on the novel “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich and captures Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) during his college years in Harvard. He’s a uber-geek with a robotic speaking pattern and a microprocessor-like mind.

The film follows Zuckerberg from the beginnings of the social website and his alleged larceny of the concept. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (“Charlie Wilson’s War”) finds a traditional coming-of-age tale in the seemingly advanced and artificial world of the Internet. He presents an incredibly witty story that begins in the Ivy League’s contentious hierarchical battles and ends in the excessiveness of the Los Angeles night scene.

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Death is the muse in Clint Eastwood's Hereafter!

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Hereafter 2010Peter MorganClint EastwoodMatt Damon, Cécile De France Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Hereafter(2010)
 

Matt Damon sees dead people in Clint Eastwood’s foray into European-inspired cinema “Hereafter.” Damon, Belgian star Cécile De France and twins Frankie and George McLaren assemble an international triumvirate that uniquely experience mortality: George (Damon) tires to hide his metaphysical gifts to communicate with the deceased; Marie (De France) survives a natural disaster that leaves her struggling to return to her journalist career; and Marcus (the McLarens) seeks to contact his dead brother Jason from the beyond. Their journey leads them to a star-crossed encounter where closure could heal to their collective pain.

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Lookout: Cashback - You won't want it back because this one is a good one!

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Cashback 2006Sean EllisSean Ellis Cashback(2006)
 

There is something about an introspective film that reaches feelings we store in ourselves: regret, love, love lost. "Cashback" grazes over those feelings without disturbing them and lets us connect to the film’s protagonist all with one stroke. But the film isn't all drama and sadness. Romantic and comic moments help lighten the load and "Cashback" never ventures into the Overbearing Zone.

Sean Ellis originally wrote this as a short film and won an Academy Award for it to boot. When approached to make a new film, he decided he wanted to take a week to add to the short film’s script, so he could turn it into a feature-length film, using the footage from the short. This is a brilliant move because the time to complete the film was shortened considerably as was the
budget. He was also able to keep the great cast from the short film - and all make each scene worth watching.

The star of the show, Ben (Sean Biggerstaff) is an art-school student. When his girlfriend, played by Suzy (Michelle Ryan), dumps him he becomes an insomniac who can't overcome his

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