Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Meet Carol in this new Star Trek Into Darkness clip

Star Trek Into Darkness is just weeks away, and we're all pretty jazzed to see it here in The Basement. It's Star Trek, dammit. Only sexy. And exciting. And, if the title is any indication, a wee bit dark.

A lot of attention has been paid to Benedict Cumberbatch's villain, who promises to be seriously bad to the ass whether he's Khan or not. But what about the blond hottie of the group? Her name is Carol, and all indications point to her being Dr. Carol Marcus, who we all know and love as Kirk's former flame in Start Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Below is a clip from the JJ Abrams sequel introducing Carol to Kirk and Spock. I love it too. For a movie that has darkness in the title, this sure has all the banter we love about Star Trek. And yes Carol, played by Alice Eve, is Kirk worthy.

The above picture of Alice/Carol was the ONLY one we could find, for the record.

Enjoy! And, if you're in Thailand, you're welcome for the subtitles.



Star Trek Into Darkness opens May 17.

Source: TrekMovie.com
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Monday, April 29, 2013

Jason versus Season of the Witch

The world needs a really good medieval horror movie. Season of the Witch isn't it. I will be brief.

14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.

First off, don't make a movie called Season of the Witch and not have the main baddie a witch. That's blatant false advertising. A big fuck you to the audience. Spoiler alert, by the way.

Second, don't let Nicolas Cage play a Knights Templar. Ever. That's like casting Keanu Reeves in a Dracula movie. It's something you just don't do.

Thirdly, fuck this movie. Hard. Aside from some good lines by way of Ron Perlman, a few snazzy visuals and the hotness of Claire Foy as the witch who isn't a witch, this flick is a total waste of time. It annoyed me. Worse, it bored me. Don't bore me, movie!

Ugly.
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Our summer specials are coming . . . to get you, Barbara!

We've been lying pretty low these last few weeks -- and we're still technically on "vacation" -- but there's a long-running tradition of monthly summer specials here in The Basement, and these bad boys will continue this summer.

There's no set dates and no movies scheduled for these, but suffice to say they'll land once a month from May through September. Season five premieres Thursday, Oct. 10 . . . just so you know. And knowing is half the battle.

First up is a film we've pimped on the site many times. That's right, our thoughts on Blu de Golyer's House of Good and Evil lands Friday, May 10. Every monthly special will land on a Friday, 'cause that's how we roll.

Shawn, Mike S and I thank everyone who continues to stick with us. We promise you the fun is just beginning!

Stick with us! Yeah, kinda said that. Wanna fight about it? 

Source: We Came from the Basement
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Um . . . wow! The Pacific Rim Wondercon trailer delivers

I was sold on Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim because of the giant-robots-versus-giant-monsters concept. The first trailer delivered that. Now we've got the Wondercon trailer and oh my Christ does this ever look fucking awesome. Pardon my French, but wow!

Yes, we get more of the story -- like THAT matters in a movie like this -- but, most importantly, we get more giant-robots-versus-giant-monsters goodness. THAT is what we're paying to see on July 12. THAT is all I care about. And del Toro WILL deliver. This trailer tells me so.

When an alien attack threatens the Earth's existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace. Cut, and print!



Be honest here, who's excited for Pacific Rim? All of you? Good.

Source: JoBlo.com
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Catch the beat of the My Synthesized Life trailer

Remember Nate Golon? He's the cool dude who made the bad to the ass short flick Briefcase before turning his cinematic sites on his own web series, My Synthesized Life.

Well, it looks like Nate is ready to unleash My Synthesized Life on the world some time in May or June. Earlier today he dropped us the first trailer for the series, which features the misadventures of one Jimmy Bales, whose voice naturally synthesizes after he gets electrocuted by his radio during a rap song.

You want original? It doesn't get more original than that! Here's the trailer:



The series stars Brent Bailey, Jonathan Schwartz, Katie Gill, Katie Seeley and a slew of special guests including Katie Leclerc of ABC Family's Switched at Birth, Barrett Foa from NCIS: Los Angeles and Tony Award Winner Marissa Jaret Winokur.

Nate's a talented filmmaker, and we look forward to seeing what he does with My Synthesized Life. For more, check out the show's Facebook page and follow it on Twitter.

Source:  My Synthesized Life
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hatchet III trailer is a bloody good mess

Man oh man, this preview for Hatchet III was so worth taking a break from the tequila for. There's Red Band trailers, and there's this trailer for Hatchet III. It has balls . . . literally!

Hatchet creator Adam Green has handed the directing duties over to BJ McDonnell for this one, but the trademark Hatchet gore and humour is alive and well. As are series vets Danielle Harris (pictured above) and Kane Hodder.

A search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces and Marybeth learns the secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades. 



Hatchet III hits theatres June 14.

Source: Bleeding Cool
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Monday, April 22, 2013

Jason versus Phantoms

Took a leap from the 80s to the 90s with my latest cinematic trip down memory lane. I actually caught Phantoms while living in Australia -- Melbourne to be exact -- and kinda dug it. Do I still dig it today? Let's find out.

150 dead and 350 missing in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, Colorado. And that's only the beginning . . . But don't worry. Ben Affleck is here to save the day. And some hack actor named Peter O'Toole.

Truth be told, and Affleck-is-the-bomb jokes aside, Phantoms is a pretty decent little B-movie. I have never read the book, so can't compare the two. As a Basement viewing experiences, this flick has it all.

Sure, the first 20 minutes are the most creepy, as hotties Joanna Going and Rose McGowan discover that Snowfield isn't all its cracked up to be. Throw in cops BAff, Liev Schreiber and Nicky Katt and you've got yourself a party.

Yes, things derail a bit when O'Toole, the military and talk of an ancient enemy come into play. Then the gooey tentacles and giant monster show up. But you know what, if you need to forgo scares for gooey tentacles and giant monsters, I'm down with that. And these scenes really deliver the goods. In spades!

Phantoms is a long way from art, but it's a fuck of a good time. I liked the scares, I dug the monster, and the hotties and O'Toole are fun to watch. And you know what, Affleck is the bomb in this movie. He's a decent actor, always has been. You can see that here amongst the B-movie goodness.

Phantoms is the bomb. I'm giving it a Good.
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Jason versus The Monster Squad

Yeah, I've been reviewing a lot of flicks from my youth lately. The Last Starfighter, The Black Hole, and now The Monster Squad. Being one who over thinks things, I wonder if I'm having a belated mid-life crisis. Or maybe I just feel like watching some old movies? Stick with me!

Dracula is alive. In fact, he plans to rule the world and that is why he seeks the help of other legendary monsters. However, a bunch of kids regarded by their peers as losers uncover the devious plan and prepare for a counter strike. 

The Monster Squad pretty much bombed when it came out, but it's well regarded among genre buffs as a classic of the 80s. This is when kids' movies had mild profanity, bloody violence, showed a girl in her bra and panties, and even mentioned whether or not she's a virgin. And yes, parents were OK with this.

Oh, how I miss those days.

Nostalgia aside, The Monster Squad doesn't hold up as well as Starfighter and Black Hole. It's still a decent watch, with some funny lines and great performances by Duncan Regehr as Dracula and Tom Noonan as Frankenstein. But there's no sense of menace and although made on a decent budget -- by 1987 standards -- the effects are weak. 

My beers and I enjoyed seeing The Monster Squad again, but I doubt I'll revisit it any time soon. I gotta give it a Bad.

PS: Is it just me, or should Corey Feldman have been cast as Rudy? Ryan Lambert does a fine job, but Feldman would have owned it!  
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