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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Random Thoughts of a Movie Insomniac #11 (Video Edition)

Greetings Everyone.

fightclubI wanted to post this video last week, but there were some issues with the site I use to make these.  I made the video, edited it, but I couldn’t for some reason download the final product until now.  I could have written some other things but damn responsibilities like work got in the way.  FYI. I will not be posting anything on this site for the next couple of weeks.  But be sure to check out As You Watch as we will have more new shows for you very soon.  I was also on a recent episode of The LAMBcast which you can check out at the bottom of this post.

Movies reviewed.  Boyhood, Big Hero 6, Alice, Alice in Wonderland, We Are What We Are, The Panic in Needle Park. Continue reading

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The Vern’s 2015 Whiskey Oscar Challenge (Actual Event)

Well here it is folks.

The actual video of my annual Whiskey Oscar Challenge where I did shots during the Academy Awards and try my best in predicting the winner.  I apologize this took me a while to post, but I’m still learning about how to post and edit these here videos.     A bunch of friends and I got together to watch  movies and the awards and it was a very fun time.   Next year I will make it an even bigger event and I’ll invite more people to join me. For the record the end score was.

Whiskey 5   –  Vern 3


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The Vern’s Troma Challenge: Fear Town USA.


Fear Town, USA

Cast:  Anna Callegari, Mark Vigant, Cody Lindquist

Writers:  Brandon Bassham, Reynard Alli, Patrick Foy, Dan Kenkel, Samuel Narisi, Mark Vigant

Director: Brandon Bassham

 feartown_popsignNEWThe number one great thing about Troma is the undying love for independent cinema.  You probably just thought they make nothing but schlocky flicks with penis monster puppets and tits that shoot out radiation poison.  Yet, they do continue to support up and coming filmmakers who may turn out to be the next big deal.  They did it with James Gunn who before directing “Guardians of The Galaxy”  gave us “Tromeo and Juliet”.  Before Trey Parker and Matt Stone gave us their Award wining play “The Book of Mormon”  They gave us their first musical called simply “Cannibal: The Musical“.   Now they bring you filmmaker Brandon Bassham and his hilarious horror comedy.  “Fear Town, USAContinue reading

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The Vern’s 2015 Whiskey Oscar Challenge


The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.o-WHISKEY-facebook

Depending on when you are reading this post.  The 87th Academy Awards are only a few short hours away from being televised.   After the snubs of The Lego Movie, Gone Girl, and Nightcrawler being snubbed in certain categories.  I was going to skip the show this year.  But there were some really good movies that got praised and so again I will be conducting my annual Whiskey Oscar Challenge.   Here’s how it works.



Listed below are the nominees for each category.  I will pick the one I think will win.  If I chose the wrong one I must take a shot(it may or may not be whiskey but it will be an alcoholic beverage).  Keep in mind that my picks are random and are not based on any type of strategy.   I will hopefully be  posting videos of the event sometime next week. Continue reading

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The Vern tries to scare you for real but reviews Cut (2014) instead.


Cast:  David Roundtree, David Banks,Gabrielle Stone

Writers:  David Roundtree, David Banks

Director:  David Banks

 There is a craft into evoking different emotions from the audience when one makes a movie.  I am amazed at how a group can come together and make that one moment where we either laugh, cry.  Or in the case of a horror movie.  Scare the living bejesus out of us,  Trying to evoke fear and make it feel real is a challenge a lot of directors haft to face.  It’s one thing to give people a quick jump scare.  But how do you make them afraid for a long time.  Well let’s meet two filmmakers who may have just the thing. Continue reading

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1001 Overlooked Movies: Bound(1996)


Cast:  Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano

Written and Directed by The Warchowski Brothers

When you see a movie that was really good  You want to watch other films that particular director has made.  If it’s their debut, you become really excited when you hear about their next project.   When “The Matrix” came out in 1999.  Everyone was raving about the special effects and how cool it looked compared to other action movies that year.  I was impressed that it was being directed by the same team who a few years earlier made one of the best crime thrillers of the 90’s and an overlooked classic today “Bound“. Continue reading

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