Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Vern's Videovanguard is going to the farm.

Sit down kids, because I have something important that I need to tell you.  This site is getting older and well, he just aint moving like he used too.  I remember when we first brought him home, and how feisty and full of energy he was.  I use to write several reviews with him and sometimes could post three or four articles in one week alone.   It developed into a great site from then and received a lot of praise from various bloggers and advertisers throughout the years.  Most people were glad that it stopped peeing on the carpet and biting people.   It was even nominated for a LAMMY at one time and I even think it helped find the missing daughter of Mr and Mrs Farnsheart. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Random Thoughts of a Movie Insomniac. Issue #13.

Hello to everyone who still reads these posts and this site.

I was lucky enough to see a few movies at the theater because my internet stopped working last Sunday while I was writing a new review for my Video Vortex site.  After I finished it up at my local library.  I decided to catch a feature at the theater across the street.  Movies there start at $2.50 so I ended up staying for a full day and caught three features.  I feel bad because I did say I would review the new "RoboCop" after I looked back at the original trilogy.  I know that movie will come there soon.  Plus from what I've read.  It's not one I need to see right away.    However, Here is what I have seen so far.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman and Michael Shannon on The As You Watch Podcast.

Over on The As You Watch Podcast.  We played tribute to some great actors that really deserve.   I know we were late in posting the episode about Mr. Hoffman, but we couldn't record on the week of his death because of the Super Bowl, but we still put together a good show.  Check out each show by clicking the links below.     I will be back later this weekend with a night of horror movies.  Featuring reviews of  The "Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2" and "Frankenhooker"

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Vern's 2014 Oscar Winning Predictions.

The nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards have been picked and the show is set to air on March 2nd.  There are a lot of speculations on who will win this year and my list of winners are very predictable.   I was pretty damn good at picking who would be nominated and I hope that my picks of the winners will be accurate as well, but as past awards have told me.  It's merely a guessing game at this point.  So without any further to do.  Here is my complete list of the top winners and loosers of the Oscars this year.

NOTE***  I'm not including many of the techincal ones since I don't know how many of them work.  Seriously, best sound mixing and best sound editing is still a foreign concept for me.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

More Random Thoughts Of A Movie Insomniac.

Hello everyone.

It's been a while since I last wrote one of these posts, and you would think that with the recent break I was on(and technically still am). That I must have tons of movies I would like to write about.  Well I do and I don't.  You see many times after I see a film,I usually hunker down and write up a long review of it.  Or at the most just jot down a few sentences here.  The problem for me is that when I start to write up my thoughts.  I see that there are tons of other writers who are putting down the same things that I am.  Let's take for example, "Gravity".  I was blown away by this visual spectacle when I saw it in theaters, but when I sat down to write a review.  I noticed tons upon tons of other articles about the same movie.  Many of those pretty much agreeing with what I thought of it.  Spending time to write a review about a movie that everyone has already seen and wrote about seemed pointless at the time.  I would rather write about stuff that most  people may not have seen.   Although to be fair, I'm sure that many of you have already seen the ones listed here and I'm just late.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hollywood Icon: Cate Blanchett

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" has garnered another nomination (making it now five) and hopefully a second win.  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.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Night of Horror with The Vern: The Loved Ones.

The Loved Ones

Cast:Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, John Brumpton

Writer and Director: Sean Byrne

* and a 1/2 out of Four.

The concept for this movie alone is really interesting and from the trailers I saw.  I was expecting something sort of like "Carrie" or even "May".  You know the story of a shy girl with no friends who gets pushed too far and starts killing people.  It was refreshing to know that at least with this movie.  Our main prom queen is nuts from the very start.  I did enjoy seeing that and Robin McLeavy(Lola) does a really good job with her performance.  There's almost this child like innocence to her character that makes her both a villain and maybe a victim.  In one scene Daddy(John Brumpton) gives his daughter a new dress. He starts to leave but she asks him to stay while she puts it on.  There are several moments while she is changing, the camera zooms in on parts of her body.  When it cuts back to the dad.  He is shown to be uncomfortable, but still looks again.  I wasn't sure if he had once molested her or if they were even related to begin with.   I was hoping that throughout this feature I would learn more things about this unlikely father and daughter.  Instead I ended up learning more about the victims then I really cared to.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Random Thoughts of a losing Oscar Nomination Insomniac.

Over on the site Film Actually there was a contest to see who could predict the correct Oscar nominees for 2014.  Well I actually predicted my picks and for a lot of the categories. I actually did not too bad.  I mean I'm no expert at this sort of thing, but I didnt do as bad as I thought either.Most of the categories I was off by only one. The only major one I missed was Best Actor (off by 3) and Best Documentary(again off by 3). but all in all.  It wasn't too bad and I would clearly do it again.  To read my list click the hone button and look at the article right below this one. Im too lazy to post links.  Here are my comparisons to the actual nomination list.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The 86th Academy Awards Nominations. Chosen by The Vern.

Hello my friends, it's that time again.  That special time of year to honor and respect all of the great movies that came out last year.    Either that or it's just an excuse for nerds like myself to try and impress everyone that we spent a lot of times in dark rooms looking at bright screens.  I'm pretty sure my therapy went a lot like this if I wasn't completely sedated.  Just kidding.  Ah but back to the subject.   2013 brought us a bunch of good movies.  Many of them were not seen by the general public, but that's the beauty about these award shows.  They can  help certain titles get that little extra push to be recognized and make a little more money.   Over on the site Film Actually, there is a contest to see who picked the correct nominees, and I sure hope I am the nerd that does so.   Keep in mind that this is not an official list, just my predictions.  I will write up a article on who I think we'll win after the nominations are announced.