The Vern goes on an Adventures in Plymptoons



Adventures in Plymptoons

Featuring Terry Gilliam, Ralph Bakshi, Bill Plympton

Directed by Alexia Anastasio

 Before I being this review. I think it’s only fair for me to share one of Mr. Plympton’s shorts so you can get an idea of his basic style.  I shouldn’t haft to, but I have the feeling that a few of you may not know who I’m speaking about.   Bill Plympton is an animator whose  style is one of a kind and completely original.  I was going to post the one that got him the Oscar nomination, but instead I’m going with the one I first saw on MTV’s Liquid Television(They need to bring that show back. Seriously) Continue reading

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Criterion Corner: Blow Out (1981)

The Criterion Collection for years have been releasing the best versions of movies on DVD and Blue Ray.  They are hands down the ultimate praise a film can receive,and while many claim  the Oscar to be  the ultimate recognition.  Having the work and praise that goes into a Criterion edition.  Shows that it was put together by film lovers for film lovers.  This section is going to be dedicated to some of the great movies in this growing collection.


Blow Out (1981)

Cast: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow

Writer and Director: Brian DePalma Continue reading

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The Top 5 Movie Review Shows Online You Should Be Watching.

videodrome-1Hello again folks. It’s been a while, but I’m back.  The one thing I love most about watching movies is watching other people talk about movies.  I subscribe to a lot of great podcasts and vlogs and it’s fun to see what others think of the movies I’ve seen.   It’s even better when they review something I have never heard of before, or give a movie I disliked a positive spin.  The one thing that all these shows have going for them is the personality of their hosts.  They are all really entertaining and they each know their shit.  Even when talking about movies that are shit.  So let’s get to this list, and show you some of my favorite movie review shows that you can watch online.


***NOTE***** I’m putting this in a top five list, but these all deserve a spot at number 1. Continue reading

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The New Random Thoughts of a Movie Insomniac: Vol 1.

fight-club-cant-sleepI use to write these posts over at my other site The Vern’s Videovanguard in which I would review recent movies I have seen  It’s been a while since I wrote one of these, and at first I was going to write up each films as a full review.  But that would take too long and some of them I have nothing more to say then I do now.  I’m sure Im already starting to bore you with this intoduction.  So I’ll stop and get on with the movies I have seen. Continue reading

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The Vern’s Podcasting Updates.


RadioshowHello Again.  This is going to be a real quick post just to let you know about the different podcasts I was on this last week.    They were great to record and I promise they are great to listen to. Continue reading

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All Time Classics: Sunset Boulevard(1950)

Sunset BLVD poster

Sunset Blvd.(1950)

Cast: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich Von Stroheim

Writers: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr.

Director: Billy Wilder

I’ve always wondered what happens to actors and actresses who are no longer relevant. There are money who have managed to stay pretty current throughout the years. But a few of them like Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence fall into despair if they are not careful. It has happened before. Look at John Travolta for example. In the 70′s the man had a slew of hits like “Grease” and Saturday Night Fever“. Only to be forgotten about for several years. He had a resurgence in the mid 90′s with movies like “Pulp Fiction“and “Get Shorty” which brought him some sort of a resurgence, but what if he never made those films. Would he have fallen into the same hysteria like mindset as our silent movie star does in this movie. Very doubtful, but it’s easy to see someone in that profession becoming slightly off hinged.

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Criterion Corner: Naked Lunch(1991)

The Criterion Collection has been known to release the best Blue Rays and DVD’s ever known.  They would be considered the Coach name of handbags or The Harley Davidson
of motorcycles, the Crystal of champagne if you will.  They are the cream of the crop and some will say that getting a film released by this company is even better then winning the Oscar.

Naked Lunch

Cast:  Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Roy Schieder

Written by William S. Burroughs(Book), David Cronenberg(Screenplay)

Directed by David Cronenberg

“Exterminate All Rational Thought”. William S. Burroughs

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The Vern posts on SpinOff Blogathon by Cinematic Corner.

SpinoffThere is a fun new blogathon going on in these here interwebs, and it’s being hosted by Sati of Cinematic Corner.  The basic premise is to take a minor or supporting character in a movie or TV show that doesn’t have a lot of screen time and shine a bigger spotlight on them.   Check out her post about Beth Macintyre from “Black Swan” by clicking the link below, and check out the comments to read the other great posts for this blogathon as well as the rules if you wanna submit your own entry.

The Cinematic Corner: Spin-Off Blogathon

My choice for this article features a character from one of my favorite movies of all time.  “Heathers“.(click link to read my review)  She was a part of the most popular clique at Westerburg High, but is rarely seen nor do others talk about her as much.  My choice is Heather McNamara.  Also known as the Cheerleader one. Continue reading

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The Vern checks in to The Grand Budapest Hotel.

movies-the-grand-budapest-hotel_1The latest movie from Wes Anderson has all the quirky elements one would expect to see in one of his features.  It has it’s offbeat but fascinating characters made believable by it’s cast of talented actors.  It features some very inventive production design that makes you wish there was a place actually like it, so you could see it.  Even the music score seems to play to a different rhythm then most other movies.   Yes Wes Anderson movies themselves have become their own genre, and if you like that style.  You may very much like this one.  I recently wrote a review of this movie for The Cinematic Katzenjammer.   You can read the full review by clicking the link listed below this paragraph.  Let me know what you thought of this movie, and any of the other films that Mr. Anderson has done.   Do you think he is a visually artist or do you find his stuff to be pretentious.  Thanks for reading. Continue reading

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Music in Motion: Reviews of Inside Llewyn Davis and Sweet and Lowdown

folk-guitarToday I’m going to look at two movies whose main characters share many common traits.  They each play the guitar and are very talented at what they do.  Yet, their attitudes and bad tempers gets in the way of their creativity.  Emmet Ray from “Sweet and Lowdown” and Llewyn Davis from “Inside Llewyn DavisContinue reading

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