The Vern visits Restraining Hollywood on DEC 20

Restraining hollywood I’ve mentioned on my last post that I was going to hold off on writing anything else for a while.  Right now I’m working on editing and promoting new episodes of As You Watch.  As well as getting new interviews set up with more filmmakers.    One of the first producers who started sending me screeners to review was Brandon Van Vilet of Restraining Hollywood.  His  production company has made several features that I have reviewed on this site including One Night Stand, Problem Solving The Republic,Potpourri and In Harm’s Way(click link to read reviews).   Brandon has been living in Minnesota for a long time and has made a lot of movies here.  Now he is moving to Los Angeles and his friends are throwing a going away party. Among the ones attending will be Director Elliot Diviney and Actor Ryan Kiser(who I have recently interviewed for an episode of As You Watch)  I will be there filming footage of the event on my crappy little Ipod camera.  To learn more about this production company and the many series and films they have made .  Please click on the link below.   Continue reading

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The Vern’s guest spot on MBDS Showcase (May and American Mary)

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody.

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Yes, I realize as I write this.  I am a just a day off in mentioning this and my post doesn’t have anything to do with the actual holiday either   A few weeks ago I was a guest on the MBDS(Mad,Bad & Downright Strange)Showcase.  A new podcast hosted by Elwood Jones of the site From The Depths of DVD Hell.   His new show highlights a lot of cool cult and underground films that most mainstream listeners would have never seen or much less heard of.   For the episode I guested on.  We took a look at two ladies who start of as kind of odd(but loveable) and slowly watch their decent towards madness  May Canady from May(2002) and Mary Mason from American Mary(2012) Continue reading

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The Vern gets some FEAR by having a ONE NIGHT STAND with SPACE JANITORS

 

Hello Everyone.

dark-helmet-disgusted-oUsually I post one of my random thoughts of a movie insomniac articles, but I forgot to save it when I exited the file.  So when I got back, most of it was gone.  I was too tired and too upset to try and re-write it again and so.  I am here instead to give you some quick reviews of some short films and web series.  This will only be 3 long, but I think you will still find some good things here Continue reading

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New season of The As You Watch Podcast is here.

Hello everyone.

Film-FranchisesThe movie podcast I host and edit along side Joe of Two Dude Review and Nick of The Cinematic Katzenjammer is now on it’s 4th season.  For each season we have changed our format and did things a little different each time. For these new batch of shows, we will be discussing movie franchises series ,and or trilogies.  We are always looking for guests for upcoming episodes.  So if you have any ideas of what franchise you would like to discuss with us on the show.  Please send me an email at TheVern@videovangaurd.com.  Another thing I want to let you know is that we now have a YouTube page.  These will be quick videos of what’s on our full show.  Usually our movie review sections and quick bits from our interviews.  This is a work in progress and I could use some feedback(and followers). We only have two videos posted right now, but in the future.  These will be our previews of what will be on our full shows over on the site.  Our older episodes will also be available for downloads so please be sure to check those out as well.   I have been busy these last few weeks getting the store I work at prepared for the holiday season hat I haven’t had much time to write up much reviews for this site  but I will have some up this weekend.   Thanks  again for reading and I hope you all have a good day. Continue reading

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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)

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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“.

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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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