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Sunday Night at the Movies: The Pyramid

Bad movies. Horror movies. Movies that feature beasts, boobs and blood. All of these have been a staple here in The Basement since day one. And while we've shifted formats of late, when it comes time to zone out over a few brews, a flick that encompasses all of the above is still a preferred way to spend a night on the sofa.

Previews for The Pyramid hinted at some B-movie goodness with beast, boobs -- albeit clothed ones -- and blood. And director Gregory Levasseur sure wasn't aiming for Shakespeare levels of greatness with a flick about a father-daughter team of archeologists who uncover a previously undiscovered pyramid beneath the sands of Egypt.

The Captain America: Civil War trailer is here

Like fanboys needed to know anything else other than the official trailer for the much anticipated Captain American: Civil War has finally appeared online. That, as Stan Lee would say, is 'nuff said.

But we have to say something more, don't we? How about it comes out in May? It does. There. Now go watch it.

Sunday Night at the Movies: The Untouchables (1987)

He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He puts one of your men in the hospital. You put one of his in the morgue. So goes the tale of Brian de Palma's The Untouchables. A loosely based account of real life events that turns into an Academy Award winning movie back when I was 15. Does it hold up today? Stick with me!

For one, yes it does. But . . . and this is a heavy but . . . I am currently reading Douglas Perry's biography on Eliot Ness and can safely say that 99.9 per cent of David Mamet's screenplay for The Untouchables is bullshit. But, as Denzel Washington said in Training Day, it's entertaining bullshit. And that's enough for this Basement critic.

Preternatural and Area 51

Those movie loving bastards and bastardette return with a new episode designed to pleasure your ear holes. This time the Basement crew are back in the movie reviewing . . . ish . . . business as filmmakers Gav Chuckie Steel and Dixon Barker submit for their approval the new flick Preternatural.

What's it about? A Blair Witch style riff featuring a couple of movie makers who run afoul -- maybe -- of  fairies while filming in the English countryside. But things aren't quite as they seem. Or are they? Stick with us!

Then Jason, Shawn and Amy tackle another found-footage movie. One from the creator of Paranormal Activity that was supposed to be discussed weeks ago. Yup, Area 51. Is the flick Good, Bad or Ugly? Wait, those bastards don't rate movies anymore. Well, listen and find out what they think anyway.

There's a lot of other topics up for discussion by this Terrible Trio, and you can hear it all by pushing play on the player below. So snap to it!

My Two Bits: Jessica Jones Season 1, Ep. 1 and 2

Marvel and Netflix knocked it out of the park earlier this year with the TV series Daredevil, which left the door wide open for other, lesser known Marvel properties to hit the small screen in grand style. How does this hybrid of super-hero lore and noir detective drama stack up? Stick with me!

Right off the bat, I gotta say I never read the Jessica Jones comic book. But I did groove on Power Man and Iron Fist, and Power Man himself, AKA Luke Cage, figures large in this adaptation of the Marvel Comics property.

Suffice to say, it's cool to see Luke Cage brought to life in this, the latest Netflix series to carry the Marvel brand. And while Mike Colter's riff on Luke Cage might not be the focus of this mashup between film-noir sensibilities and comic-book action, it's great to see the character well represented.

The Cinema Knife Fight Interview

Shawn here!

Recently, I got to sit down and answer some questions, for the good folks over at Cinema Knife Fight, about my part in John Fallon's movie:  The Shelter!  Imagine that!  Interviewer, turned interviewee!  I was beside myself.  Thanks to our amigo, John Fallon, for that hook up.

So, I partook in their interview process with their writer, Barry Dejasu. Rad, rad.  Their interview, to be published soon!!

In true Basement fashion, I turned the tables as I was interested in Barry's take, on the whole cinematic music industry and set up an interview with him.  In The basement.  You can hear our take on that and so much more, below!

Thanks to Barry for being so rad to have the tables turned a little and Cinema Knife Fight !    
for having me!!

My Two Bits: Harbinger Down

The term rare treat isn't something we throw around a lot in The Basement. Actually I don't think Shawn, Amy or I have said it once on the show. But, having just watched Harbinger Down with Shawn, I'm willing to use the phrase around now.

We've pimped Harbinger Down here on the site a couple of times, primarily because former Basement guest Lance Henriksen is a major player, and it's an old-school special effects monster movie from practical FX wizards Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alex Gillis.

Trailer for AMC's Preacher promises sin

Lots and lots of sin, from the looks of things. And dark, brooding Southern U.S. of A. atmosphere. And some supernatural goings on of course, given the source material.

In other words, I think AMC has a pretty big hit on its hands with Preacher, which is based on DC/Vertigo's long running cult comics series. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon piloted the comic book, which was at once funny, scary and quite gruesome.

My Two Bits: Ash vs Evil Dead Season 1, Ep 1

Ever have one of those moments where you can't believe what you're watching? Not because what you're watching is bad? Oh no. The other kind of moment. The kind where you can't believe your eye holes are witnessing something you've dreamt about for so long.

Such is the case with Starz new Ash vs Evil Dead TV series. THIS is the sequel fans of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series have yearned for since Army of Darkness. And it's not a reboot or reimagining, it's a direct follow up to those genre classics from 30 years ago, and it's . . . GROOVY!