Monday, September 30, 2013

Jason versus Chuckie Steel's The Revenge of Dr. Death

A second album review you say? Damn straight! And it's another British entry, this time from The Shadow of Death writer/director Chuckie Steel.

Not surprisingly, Steel's 13-track foray into house/trance/techno/rap is horror themed, and includes audio from what I assume are a slew of fright flicks. I say assume because I recognized some of the samplings but not all. No matter, they add a layer of fun to a style of music I'm not usually a huge fan of.

Fortunately, Steel's got some talent, spinning tracks that blend one into the other with mad skill. He lulled me into submission, and not in a bad way. It didn't take long before I was bobbing my head to the beat and grooving along to the music.

Steel is backed up by a variety of singers/musicians including Cat, Deeflux, DJ Iron Fingaz, Mary Elliot, and, on multiple tracks, Definitial. Their talents elevate the album overall, which isn't to say Steel's solo work suffers. Not at all. But I did enjoy what the others had to offer.

Best tracks? I dug The Beat Must Die Part 2, Nod Your Head and The Truth. I doubt, however, that fans of Steel's brand of music will find a dud in the mix.

Gonna give The Revenge of Dr. Death a Good. I will spin it again for sure. Basementites stay tuned, the disc drops on Halloween. We'll let you know where you can find it. 
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Jason (finally) versus Django Unchained

Coming at a movie long after everyone else on the planet has seen it can be tough. Others' perceptions will impact how a flick, especially one as well received as Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, plays for the viewer. But a rainy afternoon, an HD projector, a fridge full of beer and a enough chili to feed an army warranted sitting down and giving this almost three-hour western a go. 

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. 

I'll come right out and say it, Django is Tarantino's best flick. It's his most complete work, and best shows off his talent for dialogue, music and violence without compromising what is a loving homage to the spaghetti western. Django is, quite simply, brilliant.

How much so? The two-hour-and-45-minute run time blows by. I was never bored, not even for a second. No line of dialogue is out of place, each character is expertly written and performed, and everything comes together in an explosive (literally) and satisfying climax.

And the film is funny without being silly or detracting from what is a very serious, and violent, story.

Christoph Waltz is amazing, and successfully crafts a kind, vicious, intelligent and brutal character. Jamie Foxx has never been better, nor has Leonardo DiCaprio. And it's great to see Samuel L. Jackson act again, instead of playing Samuel L.

I could go on, but I won't. You all have seen it. This is a movie people love or hate. I loved it, and will watch it again. Hell, I already own it. A Good.
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Friday, September 27, 2013

Constantine heads to TV

A quick hit for you on this Friday morn, popular DC Comics character John Constantine will once again leap off the comic page, this time as a TV series for NBC

Episodes will follow the exploits of a reformed criminal trying to buy his way back into heaven by sending meddling demons straight to hell. No word yet on who will play Constantine, but the series will be navigated by screenwriter David S. Goyer ( Batman Begins) and The Mentalist showrunner Daniel Cerone.

I never read the comics, but am a big fan of the 2005 flick starring Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz (above). And I gotta admit, the subject matter is ripe for a series, although I'd of preferred Constantine found a home at HBO or AMC.

Source: Deadline
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Filming underway on Poltergeist remake

For those who care, the Sam Raimi/Robert Tapert produced Poltergeist remake started shooting earlier this week in Toronto.

No one cares? OK.

How about the production adding Touch actress Saxon Sharbino (pictured) to the cast as the eldest daughter of the Bowen family? Less not caring? OK.

Tell the truth, I've never seen Touch so can't comment on her acting ability . . . or age for that matter.

The new Poltergeist follows the Bowen family as they are terrorized, and their youngest child disappears, when a supernatural force takes over their home. Gil Kenan directs from a script by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Poltergeist hits theatres next year.

Source: Shock Till You Drop
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Jason versus Iron Man 3 and G.I. Joe Retaliation

I know us Basement Dwellers are often behind the times when it comes to sharing thoughts on the Hollywood blockbusters. We do the best we can, but we're also B-movie focused, so sue us! That said, here's a few words on two of 2013's biggest movies.

Iron Man 3 is way better than Iron Man 2, but not on par with the first. It is, however, a nice follow up to events in The Avengers and once again features a solid turn from Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. But the real star is co-writer/director Shane Black. That's right, the same Shane Black who wrote the action classics Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout and The Long Kiss Goodnight and directed Downey Jr. in the brilliant Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. He breathes some real life, and humour, into what I hope will be the last of the Iron Man films. I think Stark and Downey Jr. will be better served in The Avengers movies to come than more solo outings. This is a nice, and entertaining, way to wrap the series up. A Good.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation redefines the phrase good, dumb fun. It's a big, noisy follow up to the Joe's first outing under director Stephen Sommers. This flick is a bit grittier, a titch more grown up, but still has everything fans want from a G.I. Joe movie. And there's a great ninja battle across mountainous terrain that must be seen to be believed. The cast, as a whole, is better this time around with Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis bringing star power and Adrianne Palicki providing the hotness. Some might enjoy the cheesy grandness of the first flick more, but my money is on Retaliation. Another Good.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Lacey Chabert rolls in the hay with SyFy's Scarecrow

I know the headline is cheesy, but so are most of SyFy's original movies. So call us even.

That said, I've enjoyed most of what SyFy has come up with over the years. And who doesn't like a decent killer scarecrow movie? They are so few and far between. Throw in Black Christmas/Lost in Space hottie Lacey Chabert and I'm down.

For generations, it was an urban legend that lived in the nightmares of children. Now, the season to rejuvenate the tale will revive a town’s darkest fears. With the Scarecrow Festival on the horizon, school teacher Aaron Harris is doling out punishment for six students serving detention, including the moody Tyler, Goth girl Nikki, wrestling team captain Daevon, and straight-A student Jun. Their task: help Aaron’s girlfriend Amanda fix her family farm before it’s sold. But the cornfields circling the farm come with a legend-and Tyler takes macabre delight in recounting the tale: It never sleeps, it never dies, it can’t be stopped, hear their cries. The Scarecrow lives to kill us all. Keep it buried in the fall… When the kids play a terrifying game of cat and mouse in the cornfield with what they believe is a wild animal, Amanda tries to convince them that the Scarecrow is a very real creature of fierce strength and power, rejuvenated by the blood of its prey-and proof comes all too soon. As darkness falls over the rustling fields, the last survivors must fend off the flesh-ripping terrors of the Scarecrow.

Scarecrow premieres Oct. 5. at 9 p.m. Here's the official TV promo.

Source: SyFy
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Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas headed to the big screen

I'm not a huge Dean Koontz fan, but do dig his series of Odd Thomas novels. They're a nice balance of mystery, quirky comedy and horror featuring a likable hero in Odd Thomas, a young grill cook with the ability to see the dead and sense oncoming evil.

The Mummy and G.I. Joe director Stephen Sommers made a big screen adaptation of the first book, titled Odd Thomas, with Star Trek's Anton Yelchin in the title role. And Sommers backed him up with none other than the great Willem Dafoe and hottie Addison Timlin.

The flick has yet to see the light of day, but word dropped that Image Entertainment has bought Odd Thomas and intends to release it some time in 2014. Lucky you, we've got a sales trailer for the movie so fans can get a look at what Sommers and company have done with Koontz's creation.

Looks decent. Sure, the CGI is a bit much, but that's always been Sommers' weakness. Otherwise, we've got a story that holds true to the source material and a decent cast doing decent work.

What say you, Basement Dwellers? Thinking of giving Odd Thomas a look next year?

Source: JoBlo
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