Yup, the blurb beneath our page title says we're done . . . again.
Yup, it's me, Jason of the Jason and Shawn duo The Basement Boys, writing at We Came from the Basement.
So what's brought us to this never-say-never-again place in the storied history (like eight fucking years) of this site and podcast? Are we back with a daily dose of movie news, interviews and reviews? Is the show on The X and this site on a weekly or bi-weekly basis? Is Mike S going to tweet along to stuff on our dead and deleted Twitter account?
The reason I'm here writing is driven from months of zero creativity. I'm busy with work, a loving family, my boxing and helping teach my kid's boxing class. I've got a film project in development and have joined a paranormal investigation group. Life is full and good . . . but I've got absolutely nothing going on creatively.
Yes, working on a film project isn't creative at all.
Shawn and I started talking about The Basement a few weeks ago. He's a busy man too with work, family, and a couple of music projects. But we miss what The Basement started out as before we hit live radio and all the crazy shit that came out of it -- the fun of two bros talking about one of their favourite subjects: movies.
As The Basement grew, something was lost, at least for me. And I didn't clue into that until Star Wars: The Last Jedi came out. Star Wars fans hate that movie, and debated for hours on end on the Interwebs about what they thought sucked about it.
In fact, fandom as a whole has become about pissing and moaning about what's wrong with a movie, TV show or band. You can't like something for the sake of liking something anymore. If it's not what you want it to be, or thought it should be, it sucks.
In the case of The Last Jedi, I sat back and listened to all the "I don't like what they did to Luke, I don't like starship missiles, I don't like the diverse a cast, I don't like dominant women characters and I don't like that Rae's parents were a bunch of nobody's." All the bitching reminded of something my dad said to me when I was a boy.
Dad loved movies. He's the reason I do too. But he told me "it's all right to enjoy them, but remember, it's all bullshit anyway. Don't take any of it too seriously."
And he was right. At some point I started taking all this too seriously. A movie is just a movie. This site and podcast is just a couple of friends sitting around and bullshitting about them. Nothing more, nothing less.
So I'm going to sit here and write when the mood strikes me. Shawn and I will record when so inclined. Other than that, we'll do no more, or no less. Because in the end, a movie is just bullshit anyway, and so is The Basement. This is a fun do, not a have to.
So until next time, we'll see you . . . in The Basement.