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Dredd... this movie not

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Dredd 2012Carlos Ezquerra,Alex GarlandPete TravisCarl Urban,Olivia Thirlby,Lena Headey Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Dredd(2012)

We all remember the mess that was the ’95 version of “Judge Dredd” with Stalone. The movie had some interesting ideas, but the execution was very bland and just not good. The comic relief character (Schnieder) felt unneeded and like he was holding Dredd back from being a badass. Let’s not spend too much time on those memories and enjoy the ones we now have with “Dredd”.

In a dystopian future, America quarantines off a large section of the northeast and call it Mega City One. The city is overburdened with crime, drugs and prostitution. To deal with the growing problem the Judges are created to serve as judge, jury and executioners. Hopelessly outnumbered they do the best they can to deliver swift justice. Among the best of them is Judge Dredd, an angry-faced force of nature, whose typical solution for a problem is to shoot it. Assigned to take a rookie on the streets and assess her ability to be a psychic Judge, yup there are mutants in this world, they run into the Ma-Ma clan and quickly go from investigating three murders to trying to stay alive and if at all possible dispense the justice they were sent there for in the first place.


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The Bourne Legacy Makes Us Miss, Say It, MmmmmmAAAAAaaaaaTTTTTTtttt DddddAAAAAMMMMmmon!

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, The Bourne Legacy 2012Tony Gilroy, Dan GilroyTony GilroyJeremy Renner, Rachel WeiszRobert Ludlum (inspired by his novels) Bitter,Bitterometer,meter The Bourne Legacy(2012)

There’s always a huge risk when both the star and the director of a successful, if not groundbreaking, film series depart, forcing a franchise to justify it’s continuation, transcend the established and re- invigorate, and most importantly, define it’s legacy. That was the challenge that awaited the fittingly titled “The Bourne Legacy,” the fourth installment of the adventure saga, as Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon went to find better things to do with their time than shake a camera around for six months. This latest entry, now helmed by series screenwriter Tony Gilroy, hopes its’ fans can be afflicted by the same amnesia Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) endured in the previous three movies and embrace the future of the Bourne movies with a new lead, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner).


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Mama - the short film that inspired tomorrows release.

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The Hobbit a very expected journey

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, The Hobbit 2012Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del ToroPeter JacksonJ.R.R. Tolkien Bitter,Bitterometer,meter The Hobbit(2012)

I'm pretty sure we are all aware of the films plot, but for those who don't “The Hobbit” is the story of Bilbo Baggins that leads up to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. He gets the ring, goes on an adventure and slays a dragon with a group of Dwarfs striving to get their homeland back. This is part one of what I already see is an artificially stretched new trilogy. When the writers proposed this as a trilogy the producers should have said, “this shall not pass.”

I know I’ll be in the minority here when I say that this movie is pretty mediocre. It’s no small task to make the Hobbit into three movies and the scale of the film is not something to dismiss. I feel that the story is lackluster and forces in the comedic/cartoony aspects into a universe that doesn’t seem to need/want it. I’m sure it takes quite big feet to walk through this story, but in the end I feel it will be dwarfed by the original and more serious trilogy.



Stake Land is almost a bloody disappointment...

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Stake Land 2010Nick Damici,Jim MickleJim MickleConnor Paolo,Gregory Jones,Traci Hovel,Nick Damici,James Godwin,Tim House,Stuart Rudin,Adam Scarimbolo,Vonia Arslanian,Kelly McGillis,Michael Cerveris Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Stake Land(2010)

It’s the end of the world and the only thing left is some survivors and a bunch of blood-sucking vamps. The survivors range from religious nuts to normal people that haven’t really understood the situation to survivalists. The focus here is on a badass and his apprentice. In that regard, it doesn’t disappoint.

Mister as played by, the talented and non-monstrous, Nick Damici is truly a badass. He kicks ass and takes no names. There are a few human moments that show he’s still human, but overall the man is truly one to have on your side in the apocalypse. Martin (Connor Paolo) is the apprentice of Mister and does a good job of learning the ropes even though it feels like that happens off-screen more than on. It’s great to see Michael Cerveris work outside of his stoic role in “Fringe.” Danielle Harris is a nice addition.

The cinematography and direction are both solid. They don’t overdo anything and don’t underdo anything either. The film has a consistent pensive mood to it and it’s something to appreciate. That being said, there is one issue, the third act.


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Disney presents "Star Wars 7" UGH of the year award!

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Today’s news is surprising and ultimately unwelcome. Disney has purchased Lucasfilm for 4.05 billion dollars and is promising a seventh “Star Wars” film in 2015. So get ready to see a whole lot more of our beloved and trashed franchise in the future.

It seems when Lucas said he was going to quit making films because everybody hated what he was doing he wasn’t kidding. If there is any silver lining here it’s that the seventh (eventually 8th and 9th, too) and unwanted/unneeded sequel will not be written or directed by George Lucas and we might see some cool rides at Disney. He’s finally given up his baby.

Read more about it here.

What are your thoughts about it?


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Frankenweenie rises from the dead! Or at least he's back from the archives.

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Frankenweenie 2012Tim BurtonWinona Ryder,Michael Keaton,Martin Landau,Martin Short,Atticus ShafferTim Burton Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Frankenweenie(2012)

Tim Burton returns to making movies that truly fit him. Movies that are not remakes, but original ideas. Sure this is actually a remake, but as a remake of his work and ideas I let it slide. Burton has proved that he can make great films, but if you look at his pedigree and compare what is good and what is bad you are likely to see that the man is horrible at remakes of other people’s stories. He tends to miss the point more often than not. Thankfully, “Frankenweenie” doesn’t end up on the same side as “Alice in Wonderland.”

Victor is a young boy who is a tad antisocial and would rather spend his time with his charismatic pup, Sparky. During a baseball game Sparky enthusiastically chases a homerun ball into the streets and is ended. Victor, grief-ridden, chooses to dig up his dog and resurrect his pup with the use of electricity. Of course, he fails to keep his successful experiment secret, but it doesn’t last and soon the town is in danger because of the science Victor has created.


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