Cate Blanchett: Hollywood Icon

Portions of this article appeared on my older site The Vern’s VideoVanguard

Why it has taken me so long to write a post on this woman.  I’ll never know.  Not only is she one of the best actresses we have around right now, but she is also drop dead sexy.  Yeah that’s right I said it.  She is very sexy.  Next to her, Margot Robbie,Naomi Watts, and Nicole Kidman.  She is one of the sexiest Australian actresses(well the only ones I can think of) around right now. I would even put her in the same ranks as other classic movie starlets like Audrey Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyk, and Katherine Hepburn.   For which she has won an Oscar for portraying her in “The Aviator“.  Her most recent performance in Woody Allen’s latest “Blue Jasmine” got her another well deserved win.  Now she has achieved greatness and is now part of the Marvel franchise.  Playing the main villain Hela in Thor: Ragnarok  The following tribute will look back at a few of the movies she has made in her long outstanding career.  I’m not going to post a review of everything that she has done, but trust me.  It’s a damn good list.  I’m mainly trying to post the ones where she was one of the main leads.  Or had a real memorable cameo at least.

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Criterion Corner: Straw Dogs (1971)

The Criterion Collection for years have been releasing the best versions of movies on DVD and Blue Ray.  They are hands down the ultimate praise a film can receive,and while many claim  the Oscar to be  the ultimate recognition.  Having the work and praise that goes into a Criterion edition.  Shows that it was put together by film lovers for film lovers.  This section is going to be dedicated to some of the great movies in this growing collection.

Straw Dogs

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George

Writers: Gordon Williams(Novel. “The Siege of Trencher’s Farm),David Zalag Goodman, Sam Peckinpah

Director: Sam Peckinpah

Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs  is a great examination on the nature of violence in our society.  It describes the use of violence as a basic human necessity.   Just as food and sex are human desires, the need to protect ourselves and the ones we love is also a basic human need.   None of us ever really want to be in that type of situation where we have to use violence but sometimes it is important to use, just as the main character David soon discovers in this movie.
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Introducing: Terror Tuesdays at Cinema Recall


Starting this week over at the Cinema Recall Podcast over on the site That Moment In .Com  I am starting up a new podcast series called Terror Tuesdays. Each week I will be checking out a horror or a  suspense flick that not many people have seen before.  First episode is about May (2002).  This is the one starring Angela Bettis who learns the best way to get a friend is to make one.

Listen to it below or read my review  over on That Moment In

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The mother! The Love Witch and The Blade Runner

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Over on The Cinema Recall Podcast  I give a short non spolier look at Blade Runner: 2049.   Will fans of the original love it.  Will newcomers warm up to it.  Listen to my thoughts  or you can just read the review below.    Continue reading

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Strange Days feels more relevant in 2017 than it did in 1995.

I have just been to see Blade Runner 2049. I’m pleased to report it doesn’t disappoint. However, I don’t want to write about it, I think the less you know about the plot going in the better. I knew nothing other than what’s in the trailer. Instead I am going to talk about the film […]

via Strange Days: Kathryn Bigelow Underrated Masterpiece — Fandango Groovers Movie Blog

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More of the Return of Random thoughts of a Movie Insomniac

Folks.  I hate to  say it , but my time with writing posts on this here site is going to be very limited.  The only reason why I am writing up anything today is because I have a day off before I start work again.  Cinema Recall and Film Pasture Podcasts take up most of my free time, and I really don’t want to spend extra time writing up reviews.   I will still try my best to write comments and share your articles and reviews as best as I can, and my sincerest apologies if it takes me a while to respond to your comments.   Here are a few more movies I saw. Continue reading

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The Return of Random Thoughts of a Movie Insomniac.

Hello folks , The Vern here with another collection of films and at least one TV series I watched.   I was busy being a guest on various podcasts and I will share those with you later in this post.   Since I am hosting two sometimes three podcasts.  I don’t have a lot of time to write up as many long reviews of movies as I would like.  I need to do more with my All Time Classics and Criterion Corner, but damn it.  Some nights I just want to watch a movie and not have to analyze  or review it.  But I do like sharing you some quick thoughts about movies I have seen.  So here we go. Continue reading

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The Vern Vs VidAngel.

I’m sure you’re expecting me to post reviews of flicks I have seen recently and don’t worry.  My reviews of  Atomic Blonde, Ingrid Goes West and the live action adaptation of Ghost in The Shell are on the way soon.   There are also many podcasts I host and have guested on that I will share as soon as I can.  However right now as mentioned in the classic song Sabotage by The Beastie Boys.   I have got a big thorn on my side.  No, I’m sorry.  Let me rephrase that.  I have a fucking thorn in my side and that is due to the company, VidAngel. Continue reading

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Great Cinematic Experiences with The Vern.

This Article appeared previously on The Vern’s Videovanguard

Movies have always been a huge part of my life ever since I was a small child.  Both of my parents were involved in the entertainment industry in one way or the other.  My mother  taught English and directed plays, while my father owned a record store(Yes with actual LP’s) and was a vice president of a company that distributed DVDs and VHS to stores.  It was inevitable that I would catch this sort of love early on.  In this article, I want to just mention some of the titles that have had a lasting impression on me when I saw them at the cinemas. These are among the greatest cinematic experiences of The Vern.


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Please Vote The Love Witch for The LAMB’s Horror Special

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I’m going to keep this post short, but I do hope you can help me out.  I’m submitting Director Anna Biller’s ode to classic cinema The Love Witch as Movie of the Month over at The LAMB aka The Large Association of Movie Blogs  for October.  I really wish that more people had the chance to see this, because this film is really astounding.

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