The Vern reviews the Mockumentary “We Make Movies”


Several weeks ago I got a message from filmmaker Matt Tory asking me to review his feature We Make Movies.  I said yes and promised that I would have one completed by that weekend.  When I began watching the movie on the site it kept pausing to buffer every few minutes.  There was a download option which I didn’t notice until much later.  The downloading option was a hassle, but that is my fault for not looking at the different formats before randomly clicking at ones.  Now that I have finally  seen this, I’m ready to give you my thoughts. on it But before I do, I feel like I should explain a little of what this movie is about. Continue reading

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Movie Rob’s Genre Grandeur: Great Graphic Novel Adaptations

Rob has picked yours truly to help host May’s Genre Grandeur over on his site and I am thrilled to do so.  This month the genre is Graphic Novels that have been adapted to the screen.  Now I’m talking movies that were based on a book not based off of characters from one.  You know what I’m going to let Rob explain this himself Continue reading

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The Vern looks at some shorts from the 36th Annual MSPIFF

Hello everybody.

It’s been a very hectic few weeks for yours truly and for this  post. I wanted to focus on a collection of short films I saw at the  36th Minneapolis St. Paul Film Festival. Brought to you by the Minneapolis Film Society As of right now, I’m currently fighting a cold. So my latest episode of Film Pasture covering films for the fest will have to wait.  But they will post soon.   Now on to look at some shorts. Continue reading

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The Vern Previews The 36th Annual MSPIFF

Hello everyone

I am beyond thrilled to announce that I will be covering movies for a third year at the MSPIFF(Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Fest).  I have covered quite a few movies at this festival for this site and others before, but this year it will be slightly different.  Each week  I am going to post audio updates  of what I saw on The Film Pasture Podcast.  I will also be posting reviews of single reviews as the fest goes on.  Just not right when they are showing.   So to prepare, I’m sharing with you all a list of the movies I will be seeing. Continue reading

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Movies From the Hat V #48 – Verns’s Pick – Waking Life (2001)

MovieRob recently asked his friends if they would each pick a random movie for him to watch.  My choice was the very trippy animated feature Waking Life.  

I listed this as one of my favorite movies of all time.  Only Richard Linklater could have people just talking with no real plot and have it be interesting.  Before I saw this in theaters back in 2001.  I was in a car accident and did very much experience what the main character was going through.  Even though my conversations were only limited to a few before I woke up from my week long slumber.  It was still as vivid as any of my waking days.  After I saw the movie,I learned of the term lucid dreaming.  Which basically means to be aware that you are dreaming.  I have only been able to have this happen a few times, but it is awesome.

The basic themes of Waking Life is if we have the ability to control our dreams.  We should do the same when we are awake. t  I liked the movie because I did not know what the story was about until close to the end, and that’s rare in movies.  Not knowing the plot until close to the end and that’s what I loved most.  Plus we get the first return of Jesse and Celine (Ehtan Hawke and Julie Delpy) from Linklater’s ‘Before‘ trilogy. Thanks again, to Movie Rob for watching this, even though it may not be his or a lot of people’s cup of tea( if he likes tea.  I don’t know, I never asked)

MOVIE ROB: Movies From the Hat V #48 – Verns’s Pick – Waking Life (2001)

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ScreenTrax Podcast: Grease 2(1982)

I know Im a bit behind in posting newer reviews on this site but have been a bit busy with work.  I will have more time next week.

Over on ScreenTrax.  We had our first special guest. Audrey Fox of the podcast Rated M for Macphail as we talked about the 1982 misunderstood musical Grease 2.  Despite its problems we liked it way more than the original

Listen to show below.

Source: 4th Episode: Grease 2(1982)

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ScreenTrax Podcast: Pump Up The Volume (1990)

Over on the podcast ScreenTrax.  Jordan and myself talk about the movie that really introduced the whole concept of podcasting.  Pump Up The Volume

Source: 3rd Episode: Pump Up The Volume (1990)

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A Triple Shot of Mystery Blogger Awards.


Right now I am feeling extremely humble because I have received, not one but three Mystery Blogger Awards.  They come from three very talented sites whose links will be listed below.  They are Rhyme and Reason, DB Movies Blog, and Plain Simple Tom’s Reviews.   I am very thankful that they each nominated me, and I do apologize for the lateness of this post.

A big shout out goes  to Okoto Enigma for creating this award in the first place.  It’s damn good thing that this exists so we can help support each other.

The rules of the tag/award are:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

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The Vern’s 100 % Correct Oscar Predictions 2017

Hello everyone.

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

The Oscars telecast is on Sunday Feb 26 and with many friends and offices doing Oscar polls.  I am bringing to you dear readers.  The winners of the 89th Academy Awards.  I am not going to list down the other nominees or  who I want to to win.  These are the winners Continue reading

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Random Thoughts of a Movie Insomniac: Feb/17 Part 2

Well Gang

I’m trying my best to keep these posts up to date, but it hasn’t been easy.  I still owe you a tribute to another female director for Women in Horror Month, and I’m not sure If I will make it by the end of this month.  I will try my best though.  I have also been giving 2 blogging awards and I need to spend time doing that, and be sure I don’t nominate the same people again.  I have been busy recording new content for ScreenTrax.  So you can expect new episodes of that more frequently.  At least every two weeks.    I’m also trying my best to comment and share everyone that follows my site, but it’s not always easy.  I did promise to give you more of an update of the movies I saw so here you go. Continue reading

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