The Vern’s Video Vortex (a pretty cool movie blog you should check out, link posted below) recently nominated me for the mystery blogger award (A Thousand Thank yous!)! The fact that anyone reads my articulate nonsense is great to hear. So, here I am to respond and nominate others in turn.

All acknowledgements/shout-outs go to Okoto Enigma for creating this award. It’s an excellent way to connect bloggers!

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).


1 While I am not directly involved in any filmmaking in a profitable sense, it is my goal in life to make movies. I’m moving forward in the most shoestring budget of ways to obtain gear and write out ideas for shorts and features. Somehow, someway, I will be involved in the filmmaking process.

2 In high-school I was voted most likely to write a book and get it published. I intend to do that at some point. Film is my favorite medium of storytelling, but authors do have an advantage over directors and cinematographers; imagination doesn’t have budget restrictions.

3 I will literally watch any movie at least once. I feel I can’t rant or rave about a flick until I’ve seen it completely. I’ve seen a great many awful, yet oddly entertaining, horror movies because of this. See: ThanksKilling, Carver, I spit on your grave (either version), Black Christmas, Scanners, Exorcist 2: The Heretic, and many, many others. Also, Hellride. That’s not a horror movie, well, it IS a horrific movie-It’s a direct to video flick about warring biker gangs with some of the most awful (yet hilarious) dialogue and line delivery you’ll ever find. I don’t recommend it. See this link for more details:


1 Q: ScreenTrax( is a new podcast I’m starting that reviews movies and the soundtrack that goes with them.  What is your favorite Movie Soundtrack?

A: Currently, it’s “La La Land”, but that should come as no surprise. Of all time though? There are so many to consider! “O’ brother where art thou?” comes to mind, certainly “Moonlight”‘s score was powerful as well. I think I’d have to settle on “Raiders of the Lost Ark” though as my final choice among favorites.

2 Q: If you had the chance to live inside the world of one movie for a year.  Which one would it be?

A: I’d have to go with “The Lord of the Rings” (specifically Fellowship). I enjoy nature quite a bit and it would be both challenging and rewarding to live and move around that universe, carefully avoiding places like Mirkwood forest and any treacherous caverns or caves. And, as great as modern technology is, it would be refreshing to have to live without having to be constantly “plugged in” for a bit.

3 Q: What do you find frustrating about the status of movie criticism and blogging?

A: The process of attributing scores and points to film, or art in general, seems to me, to be problematic at its core. I understand that we all want to know the status of “Who’s winning at the Box office?” Or “What’s their score on rotten tomatoes?” but the focus should be aimed more at meaningful conversations about the merits, or perceived failures of any such film. Some do this, quite well even, but all art is subjective in the end and the scores don’t really matter. If you loved a movie that’s hated unanimously, or despise one that’s universally loved, well- that’s your opinion and you’re totally allowed to have it. I don’t generally approve of going out of your way to crap on any one movie-unless it’s funny. I’ve been relying mostly on ‘youtubers’ for film reviews lately and most seem to understand the idea of having a conversation about film-rather than racing to the scoreboard.

4 Q: What do you find rewarding about being a  movie critic or blogger?

A: I just love talking about movies. Another medium to feed into this love (obsession?) is always welcome! Some day I’ll get around to making one!

5 Q: (Funny One/ Weird One)  You have 45 days to find a partner.  Otherwise you will be turned into an animal of your choice.  Which animal do you pick?

A: I’d choose the Southern Royal Albatross, it’s a large seabird that lives mostly around New Zealand and the average lifespan is 58 years!



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I’m rather proud of my movie pitch for an adaption of Ernest Shackleton’s “Endurance”. It took me awhile to consider who would be involved, and who could make interesting or clever choices with the material, after all acting is all about making choices. Mostly though, I just want to watch this movie!


1 If you could remake a film, how would you change it? Anything goes.

2 Who is your most admired person in the film industry? This could be anyone involved in the process, director, writer, actors, even editors- they need love too!

3 What’s your favorite black and white film? What makes it your favorite?

4 What is your favorite movie that has come out since 2000, and why?

5 (Funny/Weird one) If you had to occupy the headspace of any one film character and act as a sort of conscience, a disembodied consciousness that said character would be able to hear perfectly, who would you pick?

The VERN’S VIDEO VORTEX link below:

3 thoughts on “Mystery Blogger Award!

  1. Congratulations on your nomination! I have already done my Mystery Blogger Award, and will try to answer your questions here since they are super interesting:
    1. I would remake the ending to the film of Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy” – the ending as it stands now should be one of the most pointless and disappointing endings in the history of film-making. The ending should stick to the original book by Jose Saramago, but now it just seems that the filmmakers run out of their money just half-way through the film.

    2. I have so many people I admire in the film industry. I admire the work of such directors as Martin Scorsese and David Cronenberg, and also such actors/actresses as Michael Caine, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep and Cate Blunchett.

    3. What’s your favorite black and white film? What makes it your favorite? “12 Angry Men” – without any doubt. This film is a masterpiece. It is my favourite because it is fiercely intelligent and well-acted. A real brain-teaser which is very entertaining to watch and everything just happens in one single room!

    4. What is your favorite movie that has come out since 2000, and why? Tough question, I have so many. “Mulholland Drive” (2001), for example, because it is very intelligent, thought-provoking and masterfully presented.

    5. (Funny/Weird one) If you had to occupy the headspace of any one film character and act as a sort of conscience, a disembodied consciousness that said character would be able to hear perfectly, who would you pick? lol, an excellent question! I’d probably pick one of the main characters in Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream”. The characters there go though an absolute hell, and it would be nice to remind them not to do anything stupid and everything could still turn out good for them in the end.

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  2. Hi, I at least wanted to answer your questions…

    1 This is a hard one because of the top of my mind, I can’t really come up with a movie I would even want a remake off…there are a few cases where I wouldn’t mind another take on the actual source material, but that wouldn’t be a direct remake of a movie.

    2 Another hard one…I have a thing for producers who really influenced the industry on the long run, people like Walt Disney, Steven Spielberg (yes, he is mostly known for being a director, but he also produced a number of important movies), John Lassiter, Kevin Feige. Honourable mention for Alfred Hitchcock. And a shoot out for all the great musicians and the writers…it is just hard with the writers, because it is often hard to say who wrote what in a movie.

    3. Only one? I’ll give you three for now…The Adventures of Prince Achmed, because it is to this day the standard for Silhouette animation. “M” by Fritz Lang – I know that most would list Metropolis, but I like M way better. It has the most disturbing murder scenes in any movie without even showing anything of the actual murder. And Die Feuerzangenbowle, which is a German classic which is just incredible funny – if you are German. But there are a number of Black and White movie I like.

    4. Damn, Shawshank’s Redemption is not quite in the time frame…mmm…let me think….there is the MCU as a whole, but one stand alone movie I really like….there are a few, but I don’t think that there actually is a movie outside of the MCU which really tickled my “I could analyse this every day and never get tired of it” bone….within the MCU, the Captain America Franchise, especially The Winter Soldier and Civil War.

    5 Bucky…I would repeat again and again that he deserves to be happy and that all the killing he did wasn’t really his fault. And send him happy memories every day.

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