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R.I.P Steve Jobs

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Steve Jobs 1955-2011 Steve Jobs(1955-2011)

Steve Jobs died today at the still young age of 56.

Bitter Balcony sends our heartfelt sympathies.

Thanks for those wonderful toys.



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Everything is a Remix: Matrix


Here is a great video putting side-by-side comparisons of other films, shows and interviews that inspired "The Matrix" - very worth watching.

Everything Is A Remix: THE MATRIX from robgwilson.com on Vimeo.


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The Beauty (and the Bitter) of Biutiful!!!

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Biutiful 2010Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Armando BoAlejandro González IñárrituJavier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Biutiful(2010)

Alejandro González Iñárritu, along with Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón, are the trio of Mexican directors that brought euphoria to Latin American cinema in the 2000’s, gathering multiple accolades as well as box office success. Iñárritu, who broke into the industry with the gut-wrenching “Amores Perros,” is the most melancholic of the three, a celluloid mediator who captures the pain that connects us, despite our differences. An actor’s director, Iñárritu has usually gotten the best not only from his stars (Benicio Del Toro, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, etc) but also from supporting actors (Adriana Barraza, Rinko Kikuchi) as well as non-professional players. His latest, the intentionally misspelled title “Biutiful,” follows the acclaimed director’s intriguing mixture of top talent and unknowns to assist on his rough but earnest depiction of the human landscape.


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Underrated Films: Big Fan

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Big Fan 2009Robert D. SiegelRobert D. SiegelPatton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Big Fan(2009)

American Football is back, and perhaps no film depicts the gridiron aficionado’s passion better than Robert D. Siegel’s wryly disturbing “Big Fan.” The indie stars comedian Patton Oswalt (of “Ratatouille” fame) as Paul, a gnome-like 36 year old parking lot attendant from Staten Island. Paul, who lives at home with his overbearing mother (Marcia Jean Kurtz), is belittled by the achievements of his brother Jeff (Gino Cafarelli) who practices law and lives in a Mansion with surgically enhanced wife.

The obvious dud in the family, Paul does have one true calling in life, to revere his beloved New York Football Giants. Paul roots for the G-Men, watching the game on a portable T.V set with his best friend Sal (Kevin Corrigan) from the outside of Giants Stadium in the cold of a New Jersey Sunday afternoon. Paul also spends his free time writing rants for a late Sports talk radio show, countering the harsh words of Philadelphia Phil (Michael Rapaport) and his own fanaticism for The Giants chief rival, The Philadelphia Eagles.


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Drive Hits the Pedal to the Metal!!!

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Drive 2011Hossein Amini Nicolas Winding Refn Ryan Gosling, Carey MulliganJames Sallis (novel Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Drive(2011)

From the film’s svelte neon violet, cursive lettered opening titles, we knew “Drive” had some serious mileage. Danish action director Nicolas Winding Refn (“Bronson”) answers the question that’s never occurred to film buffs but should have (at least when randomly watching “Sixteen Candles” and “Manhunter” back to back over a Madonna “Papa Don’t Preach” costume party): what would “Taxi Driver” have been if Michael Mann and John Hughes joined forces to remake the Martin Scorcese’s Classic, circa 1985? Yes, “Drive” does take place in Modern Day Los Angeles, but the mixture of long, stark takes with the nameless Driver (Ryan Gosling) cursing during a luminous Californian night, juxtaposed with montages that belong in MTV’s Reagan era video rotation make “Drive” into the most surreally striking vision of L.A since “Pulp Fiction.”


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Holy Epic Meal Time Zombie version!!!


Special thanks to our homie, Jai, for this awesome recommendation!


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Suffer (as seen at MIFFF)

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Suffer 2011Aaron Au,Ryan Nicholson,Kimani Ray SmithKimani Ray SmithRyan Robbins Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Suffer(2011)

"Suffer" is about a man who wakes up in a dark room surrounded by people wearing white masks and then is put to the test when a rather large (muscular-wise) man enters the scene to beat the crap out of him. What follows is a bizarre adventure that impresses on multiple levels.

Ryan Robbins does a great job as a martial artist, a freaked out man, and a hero in this short film. He is stuck in a bizarre situation that he has to get out of and he emotes everything he should as the situation dictates.

The story is simple, but what is in there is so eerie and violent you can't look away. Think "Hostel" with mixed martial arts and well directed (Yes, I had to take a shot at Eli Roth). It's a solid short film that leaves you wanting more and thankfully we will get it.

I decided to review this short, caught at MIFFF, because it was probably the only short that had me thinking, "this should be a feature." Thankfully, one of the crewmembers (Aaron Au?) made an appearance at the festival and let us know that there is in fact a feature film version of the short in the works. To this we WOOT!

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