The Vern honors some great online critics

Crowd 2Hello Everyone.  It’s been a quite stressful week for yours truly and I have not had much of a chance to write many reviews.   I hosted and helped promote a movie premiere in my home state called American Rescue Squad(click link to read my review), and while the turn out wasn’t what I wanted.  Everyone who was in the production of it was very nice and I made some great friends.    I also found out that in order for me to stay in my apartment for another lease I haft to pay over $945 dollars on top of my rent.  So, it looks like I’m in search for a new place to live.  Remember if anyone wants me to live with them.  They get full access to all of my Laserdisc titles.     The LAMB(Large Association of Movie Blogs) had their MOTM(Movie Of The Month. God I hate explaining all of these anagrams) for May and I won with my choice of Spring Breakers.  You  can listen to the show and read all of the other great articles by clicking below.


I was also nominated by 3 great critics for awards and I am very humble that any would nominate me for anything.  I try my best to check out everyone’s site, but I don’t always have the time to do so. Shit, there are so many of us that it’s hard to keep up with you all.  So please keep in mind that if you did comment or like what I wrote and you didn’t get a nomination.  It doesn’t mean I hate what you do.  It’s just hard for me to keep track of everyone in this big blogasphere movie loving world.  So without further to do.  Let’s get cracking on what these awards are and who I nominated. Continue reading

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World 1-1 Vs Atari:Game Over

Atari2600aThere have been a few  battles between video game systems from the past several years. Playstation vs XBox, and Nintendo vs Sega are the only big  ones that I can recall at the moment.    Yet, before any of those systems were ever conceived.  There was Atari.  Now if you never lived in the early 80’s.  You have no idea how cool systems like the Atari 2600 were to kids like me.  So much that I was blown away by graphics like this.

basketballNow it’s no wonder that video games have come a long long way and these two documentaries highlight how it all got started.  Yes, if it wasn’t for Atari and the people creating these systems.  We would not have classics like Pac-Man, The Legend of Zelda and Grand Theft Auto.   Continue reading

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Random Thoughts of a Movie Insomniac (Vol 12)

fightclubHello everyone.  I first off want to apologize for not visiting the awesome sites of the people who have visited and commented on my previous posts.  I will try my best this weekend to get caught up and read up.  I’m also behind on listening to some awesome podcasts as well, but I have good reason as to why I won’t be as active on here for the next several weeks.   I was recently asked to host a movie premiere where I live.  It’s called “American Rescue Squad“(you can read my review by clicking here) and it’s a political comedy done in the same style of Team America:World Police meets Airplane.  It comes to us from director Elliot Diviney who I recently interviewed on As You Watch about “Potpourri“.  Him along with cast members Ryan Kiser and Shannon McDonough talked about that movie which you listen to by clicking here.   Mr. Diviney asked me if I would want to help host the premiere of American Rescue Squad and of course I said yes, but now that I agreed to it.  I am very nervous about it.  The most I have ever been up on stage is when I did Karaoke at bars or when I played drums with Victory Riot.  This is a whole new beast, but it’s one that I am very excited and extremely honored to be doing.  You can read more about the event by visiting the link below.

Now that I got that out of the way.  I can talk about a few of the things I saw these last few weeks and what has taken up my time. Continue reading

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2015 MSP International Film Festival: Tu Dors Nicole

MSPIFFI’m continuing my coverage of the Minneapolis/St.Paul International Film Festival with my review of the french comedy “Tu Dors Nicole(You’re Sleeping Nicole)”.  I apologize if I don’t have any photos from the event, but in all honesty.  I don’t own a camera, and even if I did.  There wasn’t much for me to shoot.  Most of the time when a screening got over, most people went home.  While I stayed around to hopefully mingle with other critics.  They were never around but I did manage to meet a few filmmakers.  Some of them were extremely nice in getting me info, while others just shot me down.  I have class so I won’t so who.  Well without my ranting anymore.  Let’s get on with the show.


Tu Dors Nicole

Cast:  Julianne Cole,Marc-Andre Grondin,Catherine St. Laurent
Writers:  Stephane Lafleur,   Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne
Director:  Stephane Lafleur

Photos de plateau du tournage «Tu dors Nicole» de Stéphane Lafleur, une production micro_scope

Photos de plateau du tournage «Tu dors Nicole» de Stéphane Lafleur, une production micro_scope

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2015 MSP International Film Festival: Bread and Butter

MSPIFFI got to attend the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival a few weeks ago and was extremely grateful that they would give yours truly a press pass. Because of work I wasn’t able to see everything but I did manage to see a few ones that I wanted to share with you.

Bread and butte 3Cast:  Christine Weatherup, Bobby Moynihan, Lauren Lapkus
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More Independent Projects For You To Help Support

Shut-up-and-take-my-moneyAs a critic and a blogger.  I feel that it’s important to always seek out new forms of entertainment.  Everyone knows about the really huge movies that are currently in development(” Star Wars“, “Batman vs Superman“, “Fantastic 4“). But no one really knows much about any of the smaller projects until they are already released. It’s important that both bloggers and filmmakers help collaborate on promoting these projects.  In doing so, both parties will be rewarded.  Filmmakers get press for their production and  writers get mentioned for their work . I’m going to try and feature some of these new features currently in production at least every month.  Trying to do this every few weeks was a lot tougher then I thought. Continue reading

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The Vern’s 20 favorite scenes in movies. Vol 1

best-posters-of-all-timeSo over on the site A Fistful of Films.  There was a cool Blogathon that asked it’s readers to pick a number and then write a post about their favorite movie scenes.  I was a tad too late to participate in that actual event.  But I still urge you to check out all the great participants by clicking the link below .

What follows is a list of my favorite scenes in movies as of today.    There are tons of moments that I’m sure I forgetting to include, but for right now. These are my favorite. I should note that the following list is not the 20 best scenes of all time, just a few of my personal favorites.  Enjoy.  Oh Shit before I begin and yes this will be an edit.  Here are the rules.

1) Pick a number between 1 and 100 (any more than 100 is just gaudy)
2) Choose that many cinematic moments that are either your all time favorites or ones that could, on any given day, be your all time favorites
3) Post them on your blog (or Tumblr or whatever) with the above header (or one you create for yourself)
4) Send me the link by either posting it here in the comments or getting ahold of me on Twitter ( @fististhoughts )

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The Vern visits The Widowers and reviews the movie.

Widowers_GroupThe Widowers

Cast:  Richard Lovejoy, Kent Meister, Jennifer Laine Williams
Writer: Richard Lovejoy
Director: Jonathan Scott Chinn

In all my years of dating I have never once had a girl die on me durring the relationship.  Then again I have never been with anyone for a long time either.  But in all fairness, they are still alive.  Or so I think.  I’m not sure how I would react if someone  I was in love and spent all my time with was suddenly gone.   Not like a breakup where that person could  be contacted but you chose not to.  But really gone. The characters in the drama “The Widowers”  have to deal with these issues  and come to terms with the loss of their loved ones.   I should state right away that this film is not as depressing as it sounds.  It reminded me a bit of “Sideways“.   But, instead of having characters go to a wine tasting.  They go to a counseling retreat for widowers. Continue reading

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The Vern goes on an Extraordinary Adventures with Adele Blanc-Sec

This review appeared previously on The Vern’s Videovanguard.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec.

Cast:  Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric

Writer and Director:  Luc Besson

A few years ago at a convention. I got the chance to check out a really great movie that for whatever reason has never been released in the U.S. But now you can watch it on Netflix streaming. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adle Blanc-Sec is a very clever adventure/fantasy in the same kind of style as “The Mummy” or “The Indiana Jones Trilogy” and I hope more people get a chance to see it.  Based on the comics from Jacques Tardi,  this is a fun flick that the whole family will enjoy.  Despite one semi violent death and a quick nude scene.  This is appropriate for children over the age of seven and can read basic books since the movie does have subtitles.
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The Graphic Horror Blogathon: Let The Right One In

Ltroi 3Bubbawheat is hosting a fun event over at Flights Tights and Movie Nights.  It’s   called Graphic Horror  Blogathon and it’s dedicated to  films that are stylistic enough to have their own comic series  or at least full graphic  novel dedicated to the original source material.  The movie that I chose for this event was the 2008 Sweedish  Gothic fable “Let The Right One InContinue reading

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