Monday, November 27, 2017
Hello folks! Shawn here. Stepping into the basement, as needed, to add to the chaos that has befallen Justice League.
While Jason and I will be forever divided by DC/Marvel - that isn't a bad thing. Keeps it interesting. It's the same with Star Trek/Star Wars...I can appreciate both, but have my favorites. Subjectivity is divine!
I've loved all things Marvel. I've loved all things DC. Perspective is key.
Justice League does not deserve the negativity floating around about it. People aren't seeing it, just because of the negative reviews. I call BULLSHIT.
This movie is every bit as good as any Marvel beginning! The best part is, it can compete! As a comic book nerd (who hates to read), how could I not lap up every second of every comic adapted movie!?
Wanna bitch about CGI? You forget what you are watching? haha. Wanna bitch about "tones" and depth of character? - Forget what you are watching? The foundation is set. All anyone can ask for.
Justice League kicked ass. If you turn your sheople oriented pretentiousness off, it will kick your ass, too. You just have to let it.
I have YEARS of my life invested in comics, cartoons etc. Nerd? yes. Satisfied? Yes. Keep an open mind and remember, these are comic books - that you don't have to read or turn the pages to! haha. Live action! Debate the fun and important stuff like: Who would win a fist fight, Superman or Hulk? haha. I can't wait for what is to come. Hope you can't either!!
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Before there was Pixar producing phenomenal computer animated movies, there was Dreamworks.
"How to Train Y our Dragon 2" isn't a bad movie. It's not what I would consider one of Dreamwork's better pieces, but it's not a bad movie.
I really enjoyed the first one, but couldn't quite focus on this installment in the series.
The visuals are fantastic. I really liked how they actually put thought into how the characters would look as they aged. They look the age they're supposed to be. Also the environmental design is amazing. Great lighting and shading, and wonderful texturing. A visually beautiful film.
The camera work helps to enhance the look. A great blend of standard steady shots, with swooping angles and movements.
The voice acting was also pretty good, too. The voices matched the personalities of the characters perfectly. I also really liked the characters as well. They were interesting and unique from each other- with each character having their own "moment" to shine as well.
Unfortunately, the story wasn't as engaging for me as the first film. I liked the addition to Hiccup's backstory regarding his mother- but the rest of it was pretty much just a repeat of the original story. It made it hard to focus on what was happening. I even found myself comtemplating what sort of thoughts a cheesy poof might have in its bag.
In fact, I found the short film "Dawn of the Dragon Racers" in the special features more interesting story-wise.
"How to Train Your Dragon 2" would be good for a single viewing- but sad to say, not much more than that. I'm going to have to put it in "The Bad".
Friday, September 15, 2017
Well, today big news hit about another huge twist in the franchise -- Jamie Lee Curtis will return in the next Halloween film . . . and she's playing Laurie Strode!!
Monday, September 11, 2017
With the recent release of "Dunkirk", we've seen that war movies still have a place in cinema and that people WILL watch them.
With that in mind, here are my top five war movies that I'd like to see a remake of:
Sunday, September 10, 2017
There are a lot of reasons for It's success (see what I did there?). It's arguably King's best-known work, and most liked. So that plays a big part. And the movie was well marketed by Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Normally, I'd write something witty at the start of a review, and a quick synopsis of the plot. Today however, I'm going to skip that and get to the meat of my review of 2016's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".
I really love the Harry Potter books (I read "The Deathly Hallows" in one sitting), and really enjoyed the movies.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Sometimes we come across a movie we felt something the first time we watch, but on second viewing a few years later, we find that our opinion changes. Movies we didn't like sometimes get a second chance to impress us.
Often, they don't... but sometimes, they do.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
On this episode, Jason, Shawn, Amy and special guest Nathan Bosa tackle Life and Alien: Covenant, and determine which is best.
Friday, August 18, 2017
First up, how about that teaser for Netflix and Marvel's The Punisher that debuted at the tail end of The Defenders?
Thursday, August 17, 2017
In one corner, the Ryan Reynolds/Jake Gyllenhaal/Rebecca Ferguson flick Life. In the other, the Alien/Prometheus prequel/sequel Alien: Covenant.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Now we've got a creepy as fuck Finnish horror flick that uses these murders as a springboard for an off-the-walls horror flick that deserves to be ranked among the best of the genre.
Me? I have a hard time getting emotionally engaged in a story that's presented as a cartoon. Loved 'em as a kid, but not so much in the last 25 years or so. Cartoons leave me cold.
However, that might be about to change.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Which kinda makes sense, because as an adult, there's something unsettling about the canned, cheery music and a grown man luring children to his vehicle with the promise of tasty treats.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Mike S back with another animated review! This time, in honor of the late, great Adam West, I'm going to be discussing DC's 2016 release, "Batman: The Return of the Caped Crusaders"!
When DC relaunched their comics under the banner of "The New 52", they produced a few series that weren't part of the new continuity. One of them was "Batman '66"- which was based on the old 1960's Batman TV series starring Adam West (as Batman/Bruce Wayne), and Burt Ward (as Robin/Dick Grayson). If you get the chance- check out a few of the issues, they're quite fun and really encapsulated the spirit of the show.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
But sometimes . . . just sometimes . . . a sequel to a crap horror movie can exceed the original in every way. Or, as has been the case recently, a prequel.
Friday, August 11, 2017
First off, I'm convinced lamestream film critics and the general movie audiences are a bunch of idiots. How did Guy Ritchie's take on the King Arthur legend only gross $140 million worldwide and run a deficit. That's just stupid to me!
And hey, if you can't kill Elmo, you might as well have him whack a bunch of people in an indie horror movie!
Produced by former Basement guest and constant Scream Queen Jessica Cameron, Puppet Killer is about a group of six friends stalked by a killer who's obsessed with horror movie icons during Christmas vacation.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
As we reported last week, her new flick Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter hits VOD next week. So it was only fitting that we'd have her back once more to share a some further details about this sci-fi flick.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Hands down the most famous Man-in-Suit monster is Godzilla. And on Monday, the guy who played him in 12 films -- from the original Godzilla in 1954 to Godzilla Vs. Gigan in 1972 -- passed away.
Haruo Nakajima died at age 88.
Monday, August 7, 2017
Which brings me to this list. These are the top five Canadian Television shows I think deserve a reboot or a movie!
Fortunately, the film has developed a cult following. This is largely due, I would assume, to Karl Urban's spot on portrayal of Judge Dredd. And all the cool action.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
What's Amy been up to and what does she have to say? Stick with us!
Friday, August 4, 2017
Not that Tracey, who like the movie's director, Neil Johnson, hasn't been in the business for years. But we learned today that their movie Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter -- which we discussed with them on the show last season -- has had a successful theatrical run and is heading home via VOD.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
However, it's still an interesting premise for a horror film. I mean, TV crew explores alleged creepy incident, alleged creepy incident turns out to be real, cue the screaming.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
We live in an age where comic books are a major source of television and cinematic entertainment.
In light of this, I would like to submit my "Top Four List of Graphic Novels to Adapt" For this list, I'm going to focus on stand-alone stories that have no connections to mainstream comic book series (ie- no Batman story arc, no Marvel "What If?" stories, etc).
Now he's taken John Douglas's fantastic true-crime book, Mindhunter, and brought it to the small screen via Netflix, who Shawn and I have pimped so much lately we should be getting royalties.
Monday, July 31, 2017
Mike S back with another installment of "The Animated Addict"! This time, I discuss Disney's 2016 release, "Moana"- starring Auli'i Cravalho as Moana, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the demi-god Maui.
In the distant past, the demi-god Maui stole the heart of the Island Mother Te Fiti. This unleashes a plague upon the Earth- one that slowly spreads and devours all life it comes in contact with.
Moana, the daughter of a Polynesian chief has felt the call of the ocean from a young age. She soon discovers that the ocean itself has chosen her to return Te Fiti's heart- with the help of Maui.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
I'd become fascinated with this bit of Internet-created folklore, partly because of how pervasive Slenderman has become in our culture, and partly because my then four-year-old son and his friends talked abut him like I'd talked about the Boogeyman.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
What is Die Hard Syndrome? Well, let me tell you! The Bruce Willis action flick was such a big hit that Hollywood producers, directors and actors were out to duplicate it in whatever way, shape or form they could think of. We had Die Hard on a Boat (Under Siege), Die Hard on a Bus (Speed) and, as is the case with Passenger 57, Die Hard on a Plane.
Friday, July 28, 2017
My buddy and Billy Trigger co-star Deke Richards co-directed a nifty sounding documentary called Tax Shelter Terrors, which explores how Canada's tax-shelter system gave birth to a whole genre-film industry here in the True North Strong and Free between 1974 and 1982.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
For one, hearing some creepy kid say "you'll float too" over and over and over and over and over again is, well, creepy. Plus, I'm very familiar with Stephen King's source material, having recently re-read It in anticipation of this adaptation hitting screens. And the book, folks, is . . . creepy.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Well, yeah. He will be.
I think it would be hard to find a person who HASN'T either heard of, or read Maurice Sendak's book, "Where the Wild Things Are".
I know I have very fond memories of reading it. In fact, it was one of my favorite books growing up.
It had whimsy, humour, a character every child could relate to, and satisfied my need to run wild with my imagination without having to worry about rules.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Save the date, people, as James Bond returns to theatres on Nov. 8, 2019!
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Matt appeared on the show a year and a half ago and talked his then recently completed feature Altar. Now the horror flick has hit screens, and Jason and Shawn have seen it.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
The execs at Marvel Studios have planned and plotted the upcoming Netflix series since long before Daredevil emerged on the scene two years ago, and followed it up with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
You know, like Marvel did with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America etc and so on.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Only thing is, it looks better than I just made it sound.
In the spring of 2016, Jason, Shawn and Amy sat down with writer/director Matt Sconce to talk about his then recently completed feature film Altar, a found-footage horror flick.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Then along comes this trailer for The Snowman, a new serial killer flick starring Michael Fassbender, and the whole killer snowman genre comes alive.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Well, we lie a little. Shawn's not back. He's taking a time out. But Jason is, and he's joined by The After Movie Diner host Jon Cross for a very special episode of We Came from the Basement. How special, you may ask?
Monday, July 17, 2017
On the one had, I am really looking forward to seeing what Prisoners and The Arrival director Denis Villeneuve does with this follow up to the sci-fi classic. On the other hand, the whole project is a bit worrying, as Blade Runner didn't really need a sequel.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Word dropped earlier today that Romero, 77, passed away after a brief battle with lung cancer.
Spider-Man: Homecoming has earned $176 million in eight days. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $386 million to date, and Wonder Woman $375 million and climbing.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
He's been on our show numerous times, we've partied with him, Shawn scored his debut feature film The Shelter, and I've written three -- count 'em three -- scripts for the man, which are in various stages of development.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
What's it all about, Charlie Brown?
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Much fuss has been made about how little publicity there's been for the flick, with Sony only releasing a trailer, a few posters, and some TV spots.
I find this approach a breath of fresh air, as back when I was a boy, movies got a trailer three months from release, a poster or two, and some TV and radio commercials. That's it.
Mike S here (again) bringing you another animated movie review! This time, I'm travelling back to 1986, when "The Transformers: The Movie" was released.
The Decepticons and Autobots have been waging war for years. Just as things look bad for the Autobots, things get worse with the arrival of... Unicron- eater of planets. It's up to the remaining Autobots to defeat Unicron and a new, improved Megatron!
Monday, July 10, 2017
Mike S sneaking into the Basement today to bring you a surprise guest review! That's right! Me. Reviewing a movie!
Surprise, mother fuckers!
So- "Logan" has been a bit of a big deal this year in terms of comic book nerds and movie geeks.
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