Monday, July 31, 2017

The Animated Addict: Moana (2016)


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

Jason versus Beware the Slenderman

Beware the Slenderman is a doc I've wanted to watch since it was first announced a year and a half ago.

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

Retro Review: Passenger 57

Ah, the early 90s. A time when Hollywood action movies were going through Die Hard Syndrome.

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

Canadian horror doc to hit Sitges Film Festival

Believe it or not, Basementites, us igloo-dwelling, syrup-sucking iceholes have a long and proud history of making horror films. Really good horror films. Horror films like Black Christmas, Scanners, My Bloody Valentine and The Changeling.

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

It trailer provides summertime chills

It's 34 C outside right now, which in U.S. terms is something like 80 F. It's F-ing hot out! But despite the dry heat, the new trailer for It managed to provide me with more than a few chills.

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

Daniel Craig back as Bond

Remember yesterday, when we confirmed for you Basementites that another James Bond movie was on its way in 2019? But we weren't sure if the latest Bond, Daniel Craig, would be in it?

Well, yeah. He will be.

Mike S versus Where the Wild Things Are (2009)


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

Bond, James Bond returns in 2019

Not a lot is known about the next instalment in the long-running James Bond franchise, but we do know one thing -- when we get to see it!

Save the date, people, as James Bond returns to theatres on Nov. 8, 2019!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Altar and the return of Matt Sconce

Jason and Shawn are back in The Basement, and they've brought one of their favourite interviewees with them -- writer/director Matt Sconce!

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

About Marvel's The Defenders trailer

Much like The Avengers before it, it's been a long and purposeful road to The Defenders.

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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cops, orcs and fairies . . . oh my! The Bright trailer

So, how about Alien Nation with orcs? End of Watch with fairies? That's pretty much what David Ayers new flick Bright looks like.

Only thing is, it looks better than I just made it sound.

Matt Sconce returns . . .

Jason and Shawn are back in the Basement studio tonight, and they're bringing one of their favourite interviewees with them!

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

The Snowman creates Halloween chills

When I think of snowmen, I don't typically think of scary. Even attempts to create evil killer snowmen movies (I'm talking about YOU, Jack Frost) have generated more chuckles than chills.

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

The Baby Driver debate and RIP George A. Romero

Jason and Shawn are back! What!?! Already!?!

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

New Blade Runner 2049 trailer reveals humanity's fate

Man, I had a lot of trouble coming up with a headline for this post. Partly because I'm out of practice, and partly because I didn't know what to say.

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

RIP George A. Romero

He changed horror forever when he made the classic Night of the Living Dead back in 1968, and now the world has lost one of grandfathers of modern genre cinema. That's right, George A. Romero has died.

Word dropped earlier today that Romero, 77, passed away after a brief battle with lung cancer.

Wonder Woman and the Superhero Movie

Another summer where franchise fatigue has set in, and sequels that would have, at one time, been guaranteed hits, underperform. Yet the superhero movie continues to reign supreme.

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

John Fallon's Heretic gets a poster

Everyone who's been a fan of The Basement since the beginning knows we're good friends with filmmaker and Arrow in the Head founder John Fallon.

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

We record tonight . . .

Headlines don't get much more on the nose than that! But it's the truth -- Jason and Shawn are back in The Basement this eve to record another episode.

What's it all about, Charlie Brown?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Dark Tower gets an intense new trailer

We're just weeks away from seeing the long-awaited adaptation/sequel of/to Stephen King's epic series The Dark Tower. Hope that made sense to y'all.

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.

The Animated Addict: The Transformers: The Movie (1986)


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

Surprise Guest Review: Logan (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.

But did it deserve all the hype surrounding it?

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Retro Review: Firestorm (1998)

Jason here. With dozens of forest fires burning within 200 klicks of our fair city, I thought it might be a good idea to revisit the Howie Long action flick Firestorm, because it's about a prison break that takes place during a forest fire.

See my train of thought here? This is a solid concept idea for an action thriller.

How was the watch, especially given how poorly received the movie was when released two decades ago?

Friday, July 7, 2017

Jason versus Baby Driver

If you're anything like me, and treat every experience behind the wheel as a high-speed chase, you'd best not put your key in the ignition for a good 30 minutes after watching Baby Driver.

No, you're not going to want to drive into a cliff or anything. Not if you love good music and cinema. No. You see, not since Speed have I wanted to put the pedal to the metal so badly after seeing a movie.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Jason and Shawn return . . . again . . . with yet another revival episode! Yes, they've had more revivals than Cher. But revivals are all the rage these days, right? I said right!?!?!

This time the Basement Boys tackle the supernatural thriller The Autopsy of Jane Doe starring Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch. Do the spooky goings on, from the director of Trollhunter, rate a watch? Stick with us!