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Lost finale: is the question the answer or is the answer the question, or is a question a question an answer to an answer? Question? What?

 
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Finally, Lost is under the sea!

Bitter Balcony is breaking our not so golden rule. While we dedicated ourselves to laying the hammer down on cinema trash (which by the looks of this summer we have plenty to rummage through) we had decided to keep away from the boob tube. However, we made an exception for the heavily anticipated finale for “Lost.” The reason? Over six years of our lives have gone wasted on a smoke monster, a polar bear and a hydrogen bomb named “Jughead”, and frankly, we had enough! How many cliffhangers with limited payoffs and erratic changes in character for the leads could we take?

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Underrated Films presents: Tres días (Before the Fall)

 
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Tres días (Before the Fall)

Picture Max Cady lurking underneath the meteorite from “Armageddon” and you get “Tres días” (re-titled in English as “Before the Fall”). “Tres días” is an entertaining thrill ride by Spanish director F. Javier Gutiérrez. Set in the remote town of Laguna , the story centers on Alejandro (Víctor Clavijo), a young handyman. Alejandro is resentfully living in the shadow of his older brother Tomas, who saved Laguna from serial killer Lucio (Eduard Fernández).

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Bitter Balcony joins the rumpus with Where The Wild Things Are!

 
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Where The Wild Things Are

It took 40 years for our good pals in Hollywood to bring the 10-sentence children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are” to reel life. While the Maurice Sendak classic left producers on a two- generational creative stomp, this beloved adventure was mostly fortunate to have fallen on Spike Jonze’s lap. For Jonze, who hadn’t done a feature film since 2002’s “Adaptation," he boldly interprets Sendak’s study of childhood rage. Jonze’s movie will probably polarize Sendak’s fan base as well as adults who unintentionally took their children to Freudian mindwarp rather than a shallow puppet showcase. Wow, a family movie that’s dark and smart, now that wild!

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Iron Man 2 - a big big pot of chicken casserole [User Review] [User Review]

 
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Chicken Casserole! With onions, carrots, potatos, kumara, coli flower, capsicums, chillies, tomatos, cheese...

Iron Man 2 is like a big pot of stew. It is big, colourful, fun, and has a lot of everything in it. And honestly, tastes not too bad.

Closely following the first movie, Tony Stark returns as Iron Man, more arrogant, more proud and more playboy-ish. The Iron Man suits has multiple versions now, they are neatly hang-up and comes in different colors. I am sure everyone knows that the suit comes in a foldup version too, so he can have a little superhero experience when on the go. Unlike Superman or Spiderman, those dudes need to wear that uncomfortable elastic dresses under their day to day jackets; Iron Man is right up there with all the supermodels and hot journalists, he can't afford to have any skin rashes around crotch area.

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We Are the Champions! Uh, no. The Losers review.

 
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The Losers

Bitter Balcony has finally encountered a movie that lives up to its title. “The Losers," based on the DC Vertigo series by Andy Diggle and illustrator Jock follows an elite squad led by Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who is double-crossed by war profiteer Max (Jason Patric) during a special mission in Bolivia. Believed to be dead, Clay and his gang of misfit soldiers – which includes right-hand man Roque (Idris Elba), computer whiz Jensen (Chris Evans), sharpshooter Cougar (Óscar Jaenada) and pilot extraordinaire Pooch (Colombus Short) – are left in exile. But when the dangerous Aisha (Zoë Saldana) proposes to bring The Losers back to American soil and kill Max, this modern “Wild Bunch” dives in despite Aisha’s nefarious motive.

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Ponyo - Underrated & Under-Advertised [User Review] [User Review]

 
Ponyo Movie review Bitter BalconyFor most of Bitter Balcony’s readers hearing about "Ponyo" might not be exactly what they are hoping to read. However, I was impressed this heartwarming and highly creative Miyazaki film captures and expressively displays the joyful essence of youthful imagination.

Sure, it made it to the big screen. I saw the poster and I admit, I quickly forgot about the film.

Getting a moment to sit down and dedicate time towards watching a “kids movie” is time that is hard to come by. However if you enjoyed "My Neighbor Totoro" you will find that "Ponyo" and her cute habits are a great compliment to that sort of experience.

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Take us home, Freddy! A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 finishes Nightmare Week!

 
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A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Well, folks, we have finally arrived at the summit of our Nightmare Week special. As much fun as it was to revisit those 1980’s horror flicks, Bitter Balcony is also relived to put a lot of the goofiness the “ Elm Street ” series had behind. Now, without further ado, Bitter Balcony’s review of Samuel Bayer’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street ” (note: some spoilers ahead).

In this reboot of Wes Craven’s original, Robert Englund and his array of cheesy one-liners are gone. Academy Award nominee Jackie Earl Haley takes over the title role, armed with the trademark glove, a 1940’s gangster goon voice, and the most questionable makeup job in recent memory. Even heroine Nancy Thompson gets a new surname (Holbrook) and newcomer Rooney Mara puts a gothed-out spin on Heather Langenkamp’s girl next door. So, is this sinister repaving of Elm Street worth the nap?

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