The Star Trek Movie Franchise Part 4: The Voyage Home.

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For us U.S. citizens, today is the day Star Trek Beyond gets released in theaters.    I know there are many great British writers and readers who have already seen it.  So I’m curious to see how well it does.  Next week, I will be posting my views on the reboot series along with my thoughts on the third entry.  I thank you again for reading and I apologize for not responding quickly to your comments.  I should be fully back next week. Continue reading

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The Star Trek Movie Franchise Part 3: The Search for Spock.

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For the rest of this week. I am boldly going where I have never gone before.  Each day I am going to be looking back at a few of the Star Trek feature films in honor of Star Trek Beyond opening on July 22. I have not seen much of these films in their entirety before.  So let’s beam up the reviews and get going. Continue reading

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The Star Trek Movie Franchise Part 2: The Wrath of Khan

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I’m continuing my coverage of The Star Trek  movie franchise by looking at it’s most popular entry. The Wrath of Khan.  I thank you all very much for the generous feedback, and I will respond to your comments once I get my computer back next week.  Thanks again for reading  Continue reading

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The Star Trek Movie Franchise Part 1: The Motion Picture.

 

star-trek-tv-show-cbs-2017With the release of Star Trek Beyond on July 22.  I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of my thoughts on the feature films from both the original cast and the reboot one.  Let’s boldly go where others have feared to travel and look at the one that started it all.  The Motion Picture. Continue reading

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The Vern’s 20 Favorite Scenes in Movies. Vol 2

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Many movies that get released have that one moment that makes them stand out an become iconic.  Even if the whole movie itself is bad, it can still be iconic with just that one scene.  Last year I created a list of my 20 favorite scenes in movies and you can read that list by clicking here .  Today I am back with a whole new list of great movie moments .  Which ones made the list this time?  Let’s go find out.
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The Vern’s 10 Favorite Female Singers.

 

Bubblegum crisesI’m keeping the post very simple and not going to put any explanation into why I think each lady in this list are simply phenomenal.  It’s really hard to even number them because in my mind they are all just amazing and their voices are just so damn good.  Every time I hear them sing, I get chills.  Yes I know I have forgotten one or two of your favorite ladies  but it wasn’t easy to include every single one on this list.  So please tell me some of your favorite female singers in the comments below.   Continue reading

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The Vern’s favorite movies he can watch again and again. Vol 1

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All of us have one or two favorite films that we love watching again and again.  These are just a few of the ones I can watch many times and not become bored once while watching them.  Although there are only ten on this list there are many others that I could enjoy just as much, but for right now.  Here it is. Continue reading

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The Vern and his brain try to make sense of The Neon Demon

 

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Brain.  Hey man How are you doing

Me.  Oh I’m doing good, kind of tired, but very well I must say.

Brain.   I haven’t been able to do much sleeping after the flick we watched last night.

Me.  I’m assuming your referring to The Neon Demon that just got released.

Brain.  I think the most bizarre thing about this is that it got such a wide release.

Me.  Yeah, we were able to see it at an AMC theater which was playing both the New Independence Day sequel and that Finding Dory flick right next to it.

Brain.  I wonder if this is because of the studio being Amazon because this one reminded me a lot of  Refn’s last feature Only God Forgives.

Me.  Oh shit, we could have had a lot of fun discussing that flick.

Brain.  We could now, but when I first saw it I was not impressed.  It’s taking me some time to appreciate that one.

Me.  And what were your thoughts on Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest opus. The Neon Demon. Continue reading

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All Time Classics: Blue Velvet(1986)

 

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Blue Velvet

Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Dennis Hopper

Writer and Director: David Lynch

I was lucky enough to get to see this in theaters a few weeks ago for it’s 30th anniversary.  It’s the kind of movie that would have shocked people more than Psycho if it was released in the late 60’s.  I’m sure the tale of Norman Bates would have still freaked out people too.  But this one is just slightly more disturbing.  Even though it’s setting is modern, well modern as the mid 80’s can be.  Blue Velvet has the look and feel of a late 50’s mystery drama.  Even some of the characters behaver and act like the ones in movies of that era.  It’s setting is this idealistic small town and the dangers that lurk underneath.  Even if you have never been there before, you know about towns like this.  It’s kind of hard to describe what an experience it was watching this in just words.  So instead I’m going to share with you a few images combined with famous quotes from the movie.   There may be some minor spoilers so I’m giving you all a fair warning now.

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REVIEW: We Need To Talk About Kevin

What happened in Orlando was indeed a tragedy and many people have their own theories about how and why it happened. Some feel that it’s a mental disorder while others want to label it as a religious attack. Some even blame the parents like in We Need to Talk About Kevin does. I will share my own thoughts about this movie later on, but right now. Marshall and The Movies writes an insightful and wonderful review of an important movie.

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We Need To Talk About KevinI have somewhat a shameful bad habit as a critic – sometimes, I cannot bring myself to write about the movies that transfix my senses and command my thoughts. Look through my pages of reviews and see the scores of films at the top of the list – “Shame,” “Spring Breakers, “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” “The Big Short” – all without a formal review. It feels mostly rooted in a desire not to demystify the experience combined with a feebleness before the work. What good can my words really do in the face of such a colossus of art?

Tonight, I sat before my editorial calendar with a big gaping hole in my schedule. Nothing new left to review, nothing old particularly pertinent to a new release. What to write about, especially given the horrendous events dominating the news? (If you read this further out from publication and June 12…

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