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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Random Thoughts of a Movie Insomniac: Vol 10

Paper3Holy mooly everybody. How are all of you doing? It’s been a while since I wrote up one of these things and I really don’t have a good reason why except my work was a little hectic this week and I got a little sick and didn’t want to write anything.   Before I get to the movies I watched recently.  I want to share with you some of the great podcasts I was a guest on.  The last episode of As You Watch could not air because of a glitch with my recorder.  We will be back with new episodes in a week or so. Continue reading

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Music in Motion: Concert Movies Directed by Famous Filmmakers


rockconcertwallgraphicA  few weeks ago I had the chance to watch a few concert movies on the big screen with a bunch of friends.    The first two I watched were “The Last Waltz” directed by Martin Scorsese, and “Stop Making Sense” Directed by Jonathan Demme.  The last one I watch at home was “Duran Duran: Unstaged” Directed by David Lynch. Continue reading

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The Vern goes to a party and reviews The Slashening.


 The Slashening

Cast: Anna Callegari, Sam Reece, Elyse Brandau

Writers: Brandon Bassham, Reynard Alli

Director: Brandon Bassham

 Of all the movie subgenres out there.  The horror/comedies look like the most difficult ones to make.  Especially when it comes to what sort of  tone you are going for in a particular scene.  The new movie “The Slashening”is strong on the comedic elements, but not so much on the horror ones.  This is not a knock on the movie as I believe everyone involved in the production was way more interested in making it’s audience laugh then scaring them.  This is a movie that can be watched along other great horror comedies like “Cabin in The Woods” or “Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon“.  But unlike those other movies whose satirical jabs at  horror cliches hit you hard over the head with.  “The Slashening” makes fun of some of the more subtle tropes that are there, but not mentioned as much. Continue reading

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All Time Classics: Fantasia (1940)

Fantasia Poster

All movie lovers have that one experience that makes them a devout fan of the art form.  It could be sharing your favorite movie with your kids and having them love it just as much as you did.  It could also involve watching  a flick late at night that you and your sibling were not allowed to, but took the chance anyways.    The one that stands out for me is the first time I ever saw a movie in a theater.  Where I grew up there was a multiplex that had eight theaters in one building, another one  a few miles up the road had four and one just across the street from that had only one screen.  This would be the venue where I would experience my very first movie on a big screen.   That movie was Walt Disney “Fantasia“. Continue reading

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The Vern’s Oscar Nomination Predictions.


The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.Well The Golden Globes were announced Sunday night and even though I could not find a site that streams it to watch it.  I was mostly happy with the results.   Michael Keaton won for “Birdman“, which was awesome, and I’m glad that Richard Linklatter won for “Boyhood“. Even though my choice was for either Fincher or Inarrtu.  I love Julianne Moore, but I thought Rosemund Pike deserved that win.   In any case we will see what will happen when the Oscar nominations are announced later this week.   I will be competing with a lot of other great critics in Shane Slater’s Oscar Nomination Prediction Contest going on over at his site Film Actually.  These are not the actual choices made by the members of the Academy.  These are mine and in a perfect world.  They would result in a pretty awesome award show. Continue reading

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