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JAS's Top, er something, of 2010!

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This won't be a top ten or even a top five because while there were some good films last year not too many were worthy of "Top films of 2010".

A Serbian Film
While hard to recommend because of the topics explored in this film it was the best film of 2010, as far as I'm concerned. It was one of the only films to stick in my head for quite a long time due to it's direction, storytelling and the performances of the cast. Truly a well made film and if you think you can look past the more extreme scenes then it's a must watch.

The Horde (non-dubbed version)
This movie tripped me out. A zombie movie of terrific proportions that starts off intriguing and grabs hold of your interest like a pit bull with lockjaw and doesn't let go. I'll also mention that this could be the first film that made me stand from my chair and cheer for one of the characters in the end. Not because they escape or survive, but because two of the characters have some great exits.

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John's very late Top Films of 2010 List, because I'm lazy.

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Well, it took about two weeks into 2011 to pile up five films of 2010. Honestly, perhaps laziness played a role for me to just come up with five, for some reason I didn’t hit the theater as much as I would’ve liked. Anyways, here’s my end of the top five:

1. A Serbian Film: A nightmare of perversity, this movie shocked me not for its explosion of violence and sex crimes, but for the context in which these acts are presented. The movie’s extremism will definitely turn many off, but if you can handle the atrocities "A Serbian Film" is driven by, you will find a profound tragedy of Shakespeareian scale.

2. The Social Network: David Fincher’s examination of the 21st century’s most relevant internet empire Facebook. Fincher is cold and calculating in bringing this rites of passage tale. Perhaps the point of "The Social Network" is that even in a world that counts on laptops as our means of engagement, betrayal, disappointment and loneliness are just as relevant as ever.

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Some Docs We Love At The Bitter!!!

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To conclude our Documentary week, we recommend a few titles we think you will like.













1. The Fog of War: The master of documentary films, Errol Morris, delivers a cautionary tale through the eyes of former US Secretary of Defense William McNamara. One of the best films of the 2000's, McNamara is equal parts tragic figure, shady villian, and the voice of reason in a warning on America's war engagements.

2. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters: This very funny underdog story is A true life "Rudy" for Video Arcade geeks. Steve Wiebe, as the challenger for the top scoring crown in Donkey Kong, must face the schemes of champion Billy Mitchell, perhaps the most evil nerd ever captured on film. This documentary is not only funny, but surprisingly inspiring.

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Why I don't care about the box office numbers

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First, I’ll say that the title is a lie, but the reason why will come later.

There was a day when the common filmgoer public was fascinated with skyrocketing film budgets. The public also passed judgment on the films unjustly before even seeing a trailer, based on the budget. While during this time in the ‘90s I was a hopeful filmmaker the only trouble I saw was that star salaries were increasing exponentially (a factor in budgeting) and it meant that it would soon become impossible to get “star” talent for independent films because with the salary for one star you could make 5 decently budgeted indies. Eventually, the fascination with budgets went away when just about every film was budgeted at hundreds of millions. However, box office numbers still remain as a point of interest.

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Art hits Miami at The Backlot!!!

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Bitter Balcony steps out of our film shells to let you guys know about an exhibit by local talent Marfive, Elex, Soy! and others. Tomorrow night, the guys throw out an opening reception at The Backlot. The works feature a wide range of mixed media and pop art, in the true spirit of the artists' abilities and influences.

We usually would encourage our readers to catch a film, but it's safe to skip "Faster" or "Burlesque" for one night to "broaden our horizons," as they say(Cher will still be waiting for you with her ass-chaps, anyways).

The Backlot
150 N.W 21st Street
Miami, Fl 33137
(305) 809-6949

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Tom Shadyac (the guy who made Jim Carrey talk out of his ass) finds nirvana, dude!

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This story from Yahoo's Will Leitch catches up with Tom Shadyac, the guy who brought us "Liar, Liar," "Ace Ventura," and "Bruce Almighty." It seems years of directing junk caught up to Shadyac's soul, and now the man who helped put Jim Carrey on the map (and sadly typecast him as a face-shifting imbecile) is living in a trailer. No, he's not broke, just fed up with the competitive nature of his career, and now pursues a Gandhi-like way of life. In all honesty, we think Shadyac's decision to give up a profitable job to find inner peace is cool, but then again, this guy's biggest hit involves a grown man talking out of his ass. We wish Shadyac the best, and hope he stays as far away as possible from a movie lot. Here's the article:
http://blog.movies.yahoo.com/blog/133-liar-liar-nutty-professor-director...

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B-movie mania hits Miami (on a school night, no less) with Bad Movies For Bad People & B-Movies at the G-Spot!!!

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Bitter Balcony’s search for Miami’s cinematic pulse has led us to a quartet of affable, passionate film buffs. Omar Lopez, Alex Leon, Anthony Puello and Manny Gomez are inspiring a young community of movie nuts to meet for a night of jolly jolly good celluloid mayhem, where infusion of crowd participation and cold beer rule ‘til the wee hours.

The boys gather twice, the second Tuesday of each month dedicated to B-movies and cult favorites at Coconut Grove’s The Grove Spot, while the fourth Tuesday is not for the faint of heart(or guts) with Bad Movies For Bad People, a homage to splatterfest cinema at Downtown’s Bar.

We caught up with Omar and Alex during the Nov. 9 showing of blaxploitation satire flick (and Bitter Balcony approved) “Black Dynamite.” The audience, consisting mostly of tattooed and pierced 20 to 30 year-olds, appeared to have fun watching this new cult hit. After the credits, Omar and Alex, exuberant from the positive reaction (not to mention a sweet brew buzz) thanked everyone for making the night special, and promised that this is just the beginning.

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