Thursday, February 28, 2013

The short films of Herbivore Productions

We are Shawn and Greg, and We Came from the Basement.

Shawn and Greg? What happened to that other guy?

That other guy, Jason, has taken a few weeks off from the radio show/podcast to work on a screenplay. So Greg, he of Game Time with Greg fame, has stepped in to co-host the show with Shawn. Greg's good people.

To initiate Greg into the world of Basement Cinema comes another episode featuring films submitted by the creators themselves. In this case, a pair of short films by Chicago-based Herbivore Productions. Flicks called Gless and The Mockingbird to be exact. What are they about? What do Shawn and Greg think of them? What's a herbivore? Stick with us!

Plus the Basement Boys welcome back 2nd Unit Podcast Network brethren Johnny and The Moe for another film-related rant. There's also the latest movie news and some bad to the ass music for your ear holes. And it's all free. Free I tells yah!

So tune in at 10 p.m. PST at 92.5FM CFBX Kamloops and online at www.thex.ca. If you miss tonight's broadcast, we repeat Friday at 7 p.m. and again on Monday at 9 a.m. And, if all goes well, Mike S will be tweeting along to tonight's episode @camethebasement. Stick with us!

No previews tonight, bitches :(
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

James Wan's The Conjuring gets a creepy trailer

Man. Oh man. The last couple seconds of this trailer are pure gold. Pure. Fucking. Gold. Spoiler alert.

We've been pimping James Wan's upcoming haunted house flick, The Conjuring, for some time. Since it was known as The Warren Files actually, alluding to famous ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren. Now we've got a look at the film, and it looks great!

Written by Chad and Carey Hayes, The Conjuring follows the Warrens as they attempt to rid a family's New England farmhouse of ghosts. Judging by the way the spirits behave in this teaser trailer, they're kinda crafty and annoying, in a spooky way.

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play the Warrens. Lili Taylor stars on the matriarch of the family plagued by spirits. I strongly suggest you turn out the lights, crank the sound, and prepare to shit your shorts.

The Conjuring hits theatres July 19.  My birthday. I know what I'm doing to celebrate my . . .  never you mind!



Source: Apple
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This poster is something of a phenomenon


Several months ago, we brought to your attention a great short film called, "The Timeslip," directed by the Chance Brothers.  Then, we offered up a bit of a tease about a screenplay for their next project "Something Like a Phenomenon" being entered into the 2012 Shriekfest competition- where it made it to the semi-finals.

NOW, we're proud to bring you the first poster for this project.

The story is based on the year that Harry Price- a renowned paranormal investigator, spent at Borley Rectory in 1937-1938.  Using an advertisment in "The Times" paper, he gathered fifty volunteers to conduct the investigation of place claimed to be England's most haunted house.  Was the house truly haunted... or was Harry Price involved in an elaborate hoax?

Considering the work done on "The Timeslip," I (Mike S) for one am looking forward to seeing this movie when it's released.  Not only do I love horror, but I have an interest in the paranormal and investigating it- with Borley Rectory being one of the places I'd love to visit.  I always felt that it would make a great setting for a movie, and was thrilled when I heard that Jonathan Chance was doing so.

You can be sure that when the opportunity arises, this movie will be reviewed here in the Basement- and on its sister site, "The Corner of Terror".

Check out the film's website, and their Facebook page!


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What Movie Wednesday rises from the grave again

It's What Movie Wednesday time again. And that can only mean one thing, that Mike S over at The Corner of Terror is ready to subject himself to one of the potentially shitty movies on the list below.

And if there's one thing The S likes more than watching shitty movies, it's having you all vote on what movie he needs to watch. So here's this week's selections:

1. The Triangle (2005)
2. Witchcraft 13: Blood of the Chosen (2008)
3. Room 33 (2009)

Now get on over to The Corner of Terror group page or fan page on Facebook and vote. Voting closes at 6:30 p.m. PST and the tweet along at @TerrorCorner begins at 7 p.m. PST.

PS: I doubt the above picture of Triangle star Catherine Bell is from the actual movie. Nor do any of us in The Basement care. Just FYI.  
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Post production begins on Billy Trigger

It's been a long ass time since we've provided Basementites with an update on the Montreal-based action flick Billy Trigger.

You know, the movie that stars John Fallon and Fred Williamson -- otherwise known as The Hammer. The movie I get killed in.

Well, word hit today via Fallon himself that post production has begun on the shoot 'em up. It's all in the hands of the editor, sound designer and composer now. That composer is our own Shawn, by the way.

No word yet on when Billy Trigger will get released. But you know damn well we'll keep you posted.

In case you've been living under a rock these last several months, here's what the flick is all about: Irish mobster Billy Trigger has been the O’Brien family’s number one enforcer for three years now. And for good reason: he is cold, calculating and relentless and has never tackled a job he couldn’t finish. His life is trouble-free and solitary and consists mainly of three things: loose women, doing the work and cashing in. That’s until Pops (Williamson), the head of the organization, hands him his next assignment. Trigger is tasked to look over Pops’ young mistress, Catherine (Pia Metni), while he’s away. Of course, nothing goes as planned and Trigger ends up on the wrong side of Pops’ esteem . . . What happens when the best in the business is pitted against the business? Place your bets!

To revisit my written reports on Billy Trigger, check out parts one, two, three and four.
 
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Girl's Eye View: Taken 2

Allow me to quickly introduce myself: My name is Kara, and I live over at www.karaschatter.com . I have no experience in the movie industry, other than watching and appreciating them. I thought I would offer up my movie reviewing skills, or lack thereof, to The Basement to give readers a female perspective on movies, new, old, good, and bad. 

By no means did I intend for the title of this post to rhyme. But it does. Moving on …
 
When I originally found out that there was going to be a sequel to Liam Neeson’s Taken, I was pretty excited. After all, the original was pretty epic. (Haven’t seen it? Shame on you!) There’s nothing better than an angry, ex-CIA operative going all out in a quest to find his daughter, who’s been taken by crazy Albanian human traffickers. So, after seeing the chaos and mayhem Neeson’s character caused in the original, the sequel should be just as good or even better, right?


WRONG.

I watched Taken 2 just a couple days after it was released on DVD/On Demand, and just now am I finally able to gather my thoughts on the film. I was so disappointed by it. I don’t know if it’s because it was relatively hyped up and the first one was just that good, or if it was just lacking something, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I wasn’t feeling Maggie Grace’s character, Kim, and the role she played in the story. Also - throwing grenades on rooftops while garnering no attention? Doubtful. Dropping guns down pipes and them not getting stuck? Yeaaah right.
 
It also seemed like Neeson’s character, Bryan, escaped a little too easily and his ex-wife not easily enough. “Okay, Lenore, I’m free. I’ll be back in a jiffy to get you though, no worries.”

 
Really, I just can’t gather up enough words to describe how disappointed I really am by it. I just wanted MORE - more battles, better struggles, more developed plot … MORE! In the end, I sadly give Taken 2 a
B
ad.
 



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A world without visual effects?


The Oscars event this Sunday was marred by conflict between major studios and the visual effects houses they employ.  This conflict was brought to the forefront of movie news after Rhythm and Hues won an Oscar for their work on the "Life of Pi".  As they were about to mention a VFX protest taking place outside, the theme from "Jaws" kicked in- ushering them off the stage.

The "Jaws" theme- which was intended to inform receipiants that their acceptance speeche was going over their alloted time, has caused some controversy in itself.  It's use in this case has only served to further engrage people inside and outside the VFX industry.

Despite the high quality of work they did on "Life of Pi", and "Avatar," Rythm and Hues has had to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  A German VFX house, Pixomondo, had to shut down their London and Detroit offices after the Oscar winning work it did on Martin Scorsese's "Hugo".

What good is an Oscar when you wind up having to close up shop and stop doing what you love to do?  The conflict arises from the fact that the major studios want things done cheaper- so as to increase their profits, while the VFX houses want fair payment for the work they do.

When you consider that "Life of Pi" would pretty much have consisted of a man sitting in a boat in a tank of water with a stuffed toy without visual effects, can you really blame them?  That's right- the whole movie was pretty much CGI from the tiger to the sunsets and scenery.  Movies like "Alice in Wonderland", "Transformers," "The Avengers," would never have looked the way they did without the hard work that VFX houses do.

As a movie fan, I greatly admire the work and artistry that goes into visual effects- from the simplest spurt of blood during a gun battle in an action film to the rolling armies of orcs in a fantasy film.  I think it would be sad if VFX houses were pushed to extinction because Hollywood's greed was more powerful than the desire to give their audiences quality movies to enjoy.

So, if you wish to support the VFX houses, change your Facebook avatar to a "green screen", and show the world pictures of what your favorite movies would look like without the dedication of the VFX houses.

"Alice in Wonderland" without a VFX house.
 Source: Cinema Blend
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