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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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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The Vern gets a Versatile Blogger Award

FuturamaApplauseMy good friend Emmy has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger award.  She runs the uber awesome site Emmakwall(Emma Explains It All and I highly suggest you go check out the articles and reviews she writes.

Now, besides Emmy.  Here are ten other great sites that I am nominating for this award and you should check them out.  Now I feel bad that I can only nominate 10 and I wish I could have nominated more. Continue reading

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All Time Classics: Battle Royale (2000)


Battle Royale
Cast:  Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Chiaki Kuriyama
Writers: Kousun Takami(Novel) Kenta Fukasaku
Director Kinji Fukasaku

For this review, I’m going to try my best and not make any comparisons to this and The Hunger Games trilogy.  The debates on wither that author ripped off  the novel or movie are irrelevant as far as I’m concerned.   To be fair, most audiences wouldn’t have any idea about BR even existing.  So it’s not at all  that surprising that the author of Katniss and her adventures would have the same problems in not knowing about these 42 students with collars  that explode.   I have covered Battle Royale vs The Hunger Games before for Impassioned Cinema and you can read that post below the pic. Continue reading

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The Vern says: Support These Independent Projects

Shut-up-and-take-my-moneyEvery few weeks I’m going to list a few projects that are trying to get funding from either Kickstarter, Indiegogo or some other crowd sourcing site.  This doesn’t have to be for just movies, it could be a new album for a musician or raising money for a theater group.  It doesn’t matter as long as it’s in the field of creative arts.   I’m sorry but torturing cats is not creative art. So don’t send me anything to do with that.  However if you have a video where people who hurt small animals  get their just desserts.  I may be.  In any case here are the projects you should seek out. Continue reading

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The Vern makes a music video. “Unspecified Plastic Interlocking Toy Bricks” by Fuzzy Machete

Fuzzy Machete 1I know it’s been several days since I last wrote anything on here and as much as I would like to give you all a review or a rant or something. I just can’t think up anything to really write about. I was going to do a post all about Kill Bill because it is my selected choice for movie of the month over at The LAMB,(Click on link to vote) but I really can’t think of anything to write about that hasn’t been said before. Except why hasn’t The Whole Bloody Affair been released to theaters everywhere because that shit would be epic to see back on the big screen. Continue reading

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