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Bitter Balcony crashes Miami's Creature Entertainment's ball!!!

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Bitter Balcony spent Halloween with a group of demented Hispanic filmmakers from the Magic City. Creature Entertainment, assembled by local Miami artists whose devotion to comics, video games, Heavy Metal and Tarantino finds a playground in South Florida’s incessant heat.

The fellas threw an All Hallow’s day bash at one of Downtown Miami’s “it” spots, Transit Lounge. Film aficionados and party hoppers alike gathered in a celebration of costumes, booze, and most prevalent, a presentation of Creature Entertainment’s renegade shorts “Killswitch Billy,” “Gun,” and “Zombie Years.”

We were pleased not only by their good work, but the guys' desire to ignite independent, genre-based films right at home(Yes, we do more than tan in South Beach down here. Well, maybe not). Bitter Balcony thanks Creature’s founders John Ulloa, Anthony Dones, Al Quesada, Juan Navarro, Julio Alvarez, and John Varese for their efforts and will support their blood-splattering, gun-slinging ways!

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Crazy Quaid!!!

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Check out this really weird story involving Randy Quaid and his wife. We guess the ID4 aliens did royally screw him!

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Opera gets "bugged" with Howard Shore's The Fly!!!

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Bitter Balcony can be thought of many things, but cultured might not be one of them. We don't know much about opera, except that it gathers the secular elite and aristocrats alike to watch castrated men sing like girls for two hours (before you can be appalled by the ignorance of our comment, we also mix our vintage wine with coke, hint!). But if there was ever an opera that could’ve had us willing to wear a tux, it would’ve been 2008's "The Fly," the two-act opus directed by the David Cronenberg and orchestrated by Howard Shore. Both men revisit the story from their masterful 1986 film "The Fly," this time with a libretto by David Henry Hwang. The opera stars Daniel Okulitch as Seth Brundle and Ruxandra Donose as Veronica "Ronnie" Quaife, the roles originally played by Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis in the movie, respectively. A key difference between the movie and opera, however, is taking the film's 1980's setting and moving it back to the 1950's, a hallmark from the original Vincent Price classic.

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I'm on IMDB!!!

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Move over, Nolan and Bay, this half of bitter balcony is on your footsteps!!! Well, not quite. Last year I did a bit of sound mixing for Florida filmmaker Michael A. de Melo's "Hate Crime," a short done in two days in one of Nova University's conference rooms. I'm proud to announce that now one of your pals from this website has been listed as John Rojas: SOUND MIXER!!! Actually I'm the third John Rojas listed, my two clones have found success in the Camera and Electrical department and the other as an editor. While I realize that my name will never show up anywhere near the star-meter top ten, it's good to know somewhere in the vast IMDB universe a rarely seen page has all my accomplishments(1), which will always be cooler than some nerd (like zimbabwebob) who can't even put his name when they take a shot at your website. Now, if we can get corporate sponsorship...

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What going to the movies is like for The Oatmeal

 




Agreed.

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"Those" directors: A.K.A. The "bait and switch directors"

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"Those" directors: A.K.A. The "bait and switch directors"

Remember the film trailer that looked cool, but ended up being a total garbage film? Yes, we have all walked into these pimping traps before. Trailers take the best scenes and try to make the film took exciting and worth watching. And how about "that" director who somehow always manages to sucker you into giving him/her another chance. In this in-depth Bitter Balcony living-room investigation, we will uncover this intriguing mystery:

M. Knight Shyamalan. Once the trailer for "The Six Sense" aired we wanted to see it. We were intrigued by the mystery hinted at in "The Sixth Sense" and happy when the film delivered. Awesome! For the most part "Unbreakable" also delivered. Some would say that Shyamalan knew what he was doing, but Bitter Balcony’s JAS was skeptical and wondered if every mystery would pay off. No, because Shyamalan clearly has become a prime example of what a "bait and switch director" is all about. The trailer reaches out to you, you hope it will be a good $9+ well spent, but leave disappointed.

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Captain America's Hollywood make-over: kinda cool, crappy boots!

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The new concept for Captain America's costume has been revealed and we actually think it looks fine. Cap, played by Johnny Storm, looks like a hiker ready to conquer Mt. Rainer, or the way JAS dresses up everytime he goes camping(nerd). Anyways, we like the Ryan Meinerding painting, contrasting the hero's tone down red, white and blue colors with the grey clouds and brown bomb-smoke during a WWII battle. We wish the boots were darker, and the mask might need a review. Still, it's a gritty rendition for a character that can be seen as outdated and needs all the help he can get in this movie version. At least he'll look o.k.

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