The Vern defends Death Proof for French Toast Sunday’s Quentin Augustino Month


DeathProof 4It’s indeed a challenge for any critic to defend a movie that he or she likes when that film is hated by most people.  It becomes even more difficult(especially for this critic) when that same flick is attacked by the director himself.  Quentin Tarantino himself has stated in interviews that “Death Proof” (his collaboration to the Double Feature “Grindhouse“) was one of the worst films he made.  Well maybe not a bad one but certainly not as highly regarded as the others on his filmography.  Since the fine folks over at French Toast Sunday were hosting a blogathon about Quentin Tarantino(Which they have dubbed Quentin Augustino)  I thought it would be best if I took a look and defended a movie that shouldn’t get as much hate as it does.   Here is “Death Proof“. Continue reading

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Cinematic Catharsis’ Reviews Citizen Toxie for Vern’s Troma Blogathon

Toxic animatedThe following review was brought to us by Barry of the great site Cinematic Catharsis.  I put a link to his twitter feed when you click the name because I’m going to link directly to his review later on, but you should still check out the other reviews he does if you haven’t already.  I haven’t had as much participation with this blogathon as I had hoped, and that is mostly my fault.  There wasn’t much promotion on my end, and that was due to writing up other posts on here, keeping up with editing for As You Watch podcast , and my job as well.  However, if you are still interested in sharing with me your Troma reviews.  I will gladly posts them on here. But first, let’s get on with this review. Continue reading

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The Vern’s Troma Challenge: Return to Nuke ‘Em High. Vol 1

 troma-logoPeople who say that Troma movies are ones made mainly by dumb people for dumb people most likely have not seen any titles from the company.  They know them just through what others have said and also of the little clips they have seen.   A lot of gore followed by a lot of nudity, surrounded by cliche characters and run of the mill story plots.  Now, I’m not saying that this one doesn’t have that.  In fact all of their movies do, but what makes these movies stand out from other shlock cinema makers is that they purposely are making an exploitation feature.   People may say the same thing about “The Room” and “Sharknado“, and maybe their right.  I don’t know I have not seen those yet.  But they still have that somewhat serious vibe of filmmakers who still want you to like them.  Troma on the other hand doesn’t give a fuck, and that’s why I will always love them.  The latest movie I looked at was the follow up to their classic feature “Class of Nuke ‘Em High“.   The aptly named title “Return to Nuke ‘Em High. Vol 1Continue reading

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LAMBcast #230 Ghost World(Movie of the Month)


ghost06For the month of August, a lot of great bloggers submitted their choices to win a spot as the movie of the month over at The Large Association of Movie Blogs.  For reasons unknown, both Bubbawheat of Flights Tights,and Movie Nights and myself submitted our choice of “Ghost World” in to the poll.  I knew nothing about Bubbawheat’s choice and the same thing can be said for him.  Yet,somehow our minds were linked together in wanting  to talk about this movie based on the underground comic by Daniel Clowes. The movie stars Thora Birch, Steve Buscemi, and a young Scarlet Johnason.  Joining us for this episode is host Robert of To The Escape Hatch, Jess of French Toast Sunday, and Elwood of From The Depths of DVD Hell.  You can listen to the episode by clicking the link below.  Also check out the reviews written by other great LAMB members. Continue reading

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The Vern pays respect to Robin Williams(1951 to 2014)

Robin WilliamsThis week marks the passing of actor Robin Williams and unlike a lot of other celebrity deaths.  I am a little torn on how I feel about this one.  It’s sad that the guy known for making millions of people laugh was in reality not happy himself.  I almost feel ashamed by laughing at his movies and shows because of how much he was hurting inside.  When writers and musicians get depressed they can just put their feelings into their works.  When an actor or comedian feels hopeless, where are they suppose to vent their frustrations.  If they were to get upset, most of us would probably just shout.  “Hey! What the hell are you griping about?  You get to be in movies and make millions of dollars”. We will never understand what Robin Williams was going through when he decided to end his life.  I understand fully that it is sad and my deepest sincerest condolences go out to his friends and families(the real people that knew him, not just his fans).  But he made a choice and although I don’t agree with it.  I haft to in some ways respect it. Most of us will never get the chance to choose how or when we leave this earth, but he did. I can understand how his act could be defined as being selfish on his part, but isn’t it just as selfish to keep him here for us when he didn’t want to be any more.  I don’t want anyone to think that I am condoning his actions, because I am not.  It’s a very shocking and tragic ending and I feel bad.  However I would feel a whole lot worse if he was denied any personal freedoms.  If we can choose how to live our lives.  We also should choose how we get to end them.   Wherever you are I hope you are making those residents laugh as much as you did here.

Rest in Peace Robin Williams.

Here are some other posts about Robin Williams that you can also read. Continue reading

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Manic Movie Loving Mondays: Issue 3 The Wraith.

Happy Monday Everybody.

ted-mark-wahlberg-fuck-you-thunderI’m sorry for putting those two words in the same sentence much less right next to each other, but I assure you it’s gonna be a good day.  It’s good because I get to share with you some great articles and reviews from other great writers you should be checking out.  There are reviews on the latest movies out in theaters and their are some reviews on classic movies you gotta see.  I will be back later this week with another Random Thoughts of a Movie Insomniac post later this week, but it wont be about movies I saw.  It will be about a brand new project that I will need your help with. Continue reading

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The Vern’s Whiskey Challenge and Other Funny/Embarrassing Videos.

Hello Cats and Kittens.

whiskeypouringIn July, I went to Chicago and met up with a few fellow LAMB members for their yearly meet up.  There was Fredo from Film Yarn, Lacky from Forced Viewing, Bubbawheat from Flights, Tights and Movie Nights, Clint from Alcohollywood, Jess, Lindsay, Rob, Jason, and Special guest Dave from French Toast Sunday, Jason Soto, and Nick Jobe of Your Face, and Dylan Fields of Man I love Films.   I was only there for one night, but had a complete blast visiting everyone.   While there, Jason Soto asked me if I would be in a film that him and Nick were making called “The Demented Tower: The Movie” and I said sure.    After I saw the finished project. I  thought of the other videos friends have made of me when I was younger and decided I would share them with you now.  Before I do,I feel I should warn you first. These videos were made when I was a lot younger and I liked to drink… a lot. I still enjoy drinking, just not to the level as I get in these videos. When I did get drunk, I never became violent, cause any drama or become addicted to the stuff where it cost me my job or home.  At most I would shamelessly start talking to girls. Not using any pick up lines, just talking. When with close friends I would start to ramble on about a certain topic and sometimes it would be recorded.  Most of the time I knew the camera was there but I was drunk and didn’t really care if it was.  I’m sharing these videos with you now because I consider you dear readers as my friends. I don’t want to hide anything and really want to show you all of the crazy weird embarrassing and funny things that I have done throughout my life. Trust me, there is going to be a whole lot more in store for yours truly these next several years. I also really want to be on a future episode of Drunk History and that’s why I’m posting these.

 ****NOTE****  These videos below contain adult language and are not safe for work.

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Goldblumathon: The Fly(1986)

Goldblumathon3The following review is for a blogathon over at The Cinematic Catharsis.(click the link to learn more)  It is all about actor Jeff Goldblum, and while I may not be familiar with all of his works.  He is the type of actor that is difficult to forget.  He has appeared in many feature films and sitcoms, and has himself become kind of a caricature and dare I say it, a cultural icon.  I’m going to take a really brief look at one of the movies that for me had a really big impact and that was David Cronenberg’s remake/re imagining of “The FlyContinue reading

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The Vern takes a vacation.


calvin-vacation-1Hello cats and kittens.  I’m keeping this post short to let you all know that I am leaving for a while but will be back in three weeks.  I’m moving to a new place and may not get full internet back until such time.  Another reason for my absence is that I want to enjoy the rest of the summer while it’s still here.  Living in Minnesota, there really isn’t many of these days left.  So I better get out there and enjoy them ASAP.  I will have at least have one more review published for next week.  Barry over at Cinematic Catharsis has a fun blogathon all about actor Jeff Goldblum and I was very lucky to have been able to review one of my favorite movies of his.    I will continue to post content on both my twitter and Facebook pages and will be trying my best to read all of your articles and reviews as well.   Thanks again for reading and I hope you all have a great weekend.

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Random Thoughts of a Movie Insomniac(Video Edition)


I’m trying something brand new this time, and posting a quick video review about some of the flicks I saw.  This took me a while to edit, and I apologize greatly about the images looking stretched.  Not quite sure how to fix that yet, but I’m still learning.  Feedback is always appreciated, so let me know what you think.

Movies Reviewed



Machete Kills


Nymph()maniac Vol II Continue reading

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