The Vern waits for The Great Pumpkin and writes a Halloween post.

Happy Halloween Everybody.

Kims Halloween(My uber talented friend Kim made these)

It’s Friday, October Thirty First and if you re reading this right now.  You are either at work just wasting time until the day is done.  You could also be at home waiting for your friends to take you to a really cool Halloween party.   Or the kids could be out trick or treating and you’re just waiting for them to get back so that everyone can sit together and watch a good scary flick.  Whatever you do to celebrate this day, go for it.   Like Humpty Hump from Digital Underground once said. Continue reading

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Random Thoughts Of A Movie Insomniac: Vol 9

Hello everyone.

InsomniaIt has been a while since I last wrote one of these and since then I have accomplished a few things.  I got to attend my first film fest this week at the Twin Cities Film Fest and even though I only saw one film so far.  It was still a big win for me because I got to meet in person many people that have sent me screeners or people I have interviewed for As You Watch.    It’s hard to attend a lot of movies because I was working, but I got a few free passes which was awesome.  I will be a lot more active next year.  I did manage to watch a few other new movies so I will share those with you now.  Please let me know what you think of these flicks and if there is anything that you would recommend. Continue reading

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The Vern Reviews: The Black Dahlia Haunting Starring Devanny Pinn (2012)

Black Dalhia HauntingThe Black Dahlia Haunting
Cast: Devanny Pinn, Britt Griffth, Jessica Cameron
Writer and Director: Brandon Slagle

I am a big fan of horror movies that take their time in building up suspense and delivering the scares for the audience.  When I become invested in a character(even if it’s one I don’t fully like) and something bad happens to him or her.  I get involved and the horror feels a bit more real.  There are a lot of other flicks that want to give you a quick scare in the first ten minutes.  Which is fine, I love those films too.  When I watch a Freddy or Jason movie, I’m watching it to see dumb kids make dumb choices and get killed for it.  If shit doesn’t happen within the first five minutes.  I’m going to be seriously pissed off.   “The Black Dahlia Haunting” is known as a slow burn.  Movies like “The Shining” and “Audition” are just two examples of these sort of films.  Movies that you know something bad is going to happen, but you don’t know what or when it will be.   In this movie you know what happens and to who, but are unsure of when. Continue reading

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1001 Overlooked Movies: Kissed(1996) Molly Parker

1001overThe Movie Waffler has a great section called 1001 Overlooked Movies (You Should See Before You Die).  I was fortunate to have written a few for that site which you can read by clicking the link.  This week I have decided to take a look at an early movie that made me take notice of actress Molly Parker.  She has been really good in the 2nd season of “House of Cards” and I hope that she gets cast in more things.  Here is my review of “Kissed“.


Kissed (1996)
Cast: Molly Parker, Peter Outerbridge, Jay Brazeau
Writers:  Barbara Gowdy(Short Story”We So Seldom Look at Love”), Lynne Stopkewich, Angus Fraser
Director:  Lynne Stopkewich Continue reading

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The Vern talks Gone Girl and David Fincher on Insession Film


gone-girl-656David Fincher’s latest opus “Gone Girl” is a cinematic masterpiece.  The script by author Gillian Flynn is phenomenal.  The cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth stands out.  The score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is even better then their Oscar winning one for “The Social Network“.  It also has the best ensemble cast of the year.  Everyone was amazing in this movie.  Carrie Coons ,Kim Dickens , Ben Affleck, and even Tyler Perry  all deserve high praise for their work.  The real standout performance of this movie was  Roseamund Pike.  If she doesn’t get an Oscar nomination, I will be shocked.   Her role in this is so good, but I can’t tell you what’s so great about her until you see the movie.   I was extremely lucky to have been asked to be a guest on the Insession Film podcast to talk about this flick.   Hosts JD and Blake were great and we get into some good non spoilerific discussions about the flick.  The spoiler heavy one will post later this week.  To listen to the show click on the link below.  There are also links to other things David Fincher related that you should check out too.  Thanks again. Continue reading

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Top 10 Horror Movies For Kids and Parents(who also love the genre)

Hello everyone.

baby pinheadOne of the biggest problems I’m sure a lot of parents face is what what should their kids be expose to and what should they hide them from.  Yes, we all know that the world itself is a scary place and so showing them a few scary movies.  It may just help prepare them for what lies ahead.  I don’ t fully agree with that statement although I do think there are other venues to show the problems of the world.  Horror movies shouldn’t be one of them.  Some of the movies on this list are scary to youngsters, but they won’t be traumatized by it.  These ten frightful films show that being scared can be a lot of fun and as long as they are with attentive parents. They should be able to sleep with the lights off after watching it.


Note***  The following list is not a worst to best list.  All of these movies are good. Continue reading

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Random Thoughts of a Movie Insomniac: Vol 8

Hello everyone.

insomnia2With As You Watch finishing up it’s latest season.  I’ve been having some more time to watch things then I have before, and one of those is more TV series. But only two are current right now, the rest have been cancelled.  That is how I like to watch a show is when it ends.  That way I can watch it straight through and not haft to worry about missing any episode.  I also looked at a few movies too.  Continue reading

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Perfect Blue: a very unique animated thriller.

This post originally appeared on The Vern’s Videovanguard.


   Perfect Blue:

Writers: Yoshikazu Takeuchi(Novel), Sadayuki Murai(Screenplay)

Director: Satoshi Kon

 It saddens me that animator Satoshi Kon died so suddenly in his career.  He has created some of the most amazing animated movies of all time.   Each movie is different from the next one, but they all have Satoshi’s visual stamp on them.    If you are an animator or just simply love the stuff.   You really do need to check out this director’s other movies.   This week I have decided to focus on his debut feature “Perfect Blue
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The Vern’s Quick Review of Stories We Tell(2012)


stories-we-tell-uk-film-movie-quad-poster-design-london-artificial-eyeStories We Tell” is unlike any documentary I have seen before.  Yes I realize that in saying those words, it could make me sound like a pretentious asshole, but it really is something different and also quite special at the same time.    The basic premise alone may be a bit difficult to sell you on.  I’ll admit, I had my doubts when I first heard about this project.  But the way it made me pay attention to not only the story of this one family, but the stories of my family and all other families is really quite astounding.  There are tons of stories of my family that have been told before and some I still don’t know about.  Not to mention the  tales from other families connected to me and  the ones by close friends as well.  This movie’s main message is  that some of the greatest stories we know are a lot closer then we think. Continue reading

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The Vern reviews “The Witches” and hopes that he doesn’t get turned into a mouse.

The Witches
Cast: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Rowan Atkinson
Writers: Roald Dahl(Book) Alan Scott(Screenplay)
Director: Nicholas Roeg.

The WItchesOn the As You Watch podcast.  My cohost Nick of The Cinematic Katzenjammer mentioned that this was one of the movies that scared him the most when he was younger.  So when I saw this movie at my local library,  I had to check it out.   I’m a big fan of darker kids flicks and am a bit disappointed that they don’t make them to this level much anymore.  “ParaNorman” and “Frankenweenie“(click on each name to read my reviews) are a few recent examples, but those are a little bit more tame because they are animated and this one is  live action. Continue reading

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