Sunday, September 30, 2018

Night School, Smallfoot and Hell Fest

What happens when a couple of aging film geeks get philosophical, and start talking UFOs, science, God and life after death? The end of society as we know it? Yet are still able to tie it all into film and entertainment?

That is a question best asked before tuning into this, the extended cut of Friday's We Came from the Basement segment on the mighty Radio NL 610 AM Kamloops.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Smallfoot turns Night School into a Hell Fest

It's the last weekend of September, meaning October is just days away, and that can only mean one thing -- Halloween is just around the corner!

While Universal and Blumhouse's Halloween sequel/reboot is still a few weeks off, Lionsgate and CBS Films gets a running start at the spooky holiday with the slasher flick Hell Fest this weekend.

And Jason and Howie are ready to talk about it and the weekend's other big releases today at 8:40 a.m. on the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Retro Review: The Crow

There's a new track by the band Ice Nice Kills called A Grave Mistake, which is based on the 1994 Alex Proyas movie The Crow. It's a great track, which captures the sadness and savagery of the film, and the James O'Barr comic that inspired it. If you haven't heard it, seek it out!

I've listened to the song dozens of times in the two weeks, and was compelled to go back and watch the movie again, having not seen it in probably 15 years. I was a bit hesitant going in. Would it's dark beauty remain? How about the emotional impact, which isn't just brought on by the sad nature of the story, but by the resonance of star Brandon Lee's tragic on-set death?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

From the Corner: "The Monster Walks" (1932)


We're going to step out of the Silent Movie Era for this next review from The Corner of Terror.  It's an 1932 horror movie in which we learn that "The Monster Walks" never forgets its hatred...

Ruth Earlton returns home after years away for the reading of her father's will.  Soon, the stormy night is filled with the chilly touch of death as some inhuman monster stalks through the halls.  It's up to Ruth's fiance, Dr. Ted Carver to figure out what is happening before Ruth becomes the next victim...

Review: Lethal Weapon Season 3, Episode 1

Like most people, I'd written off the Lethal Weapon TV series before It'd even aired. Take a classic film series that featured award worthy work by two great actors, and turn it into a network show . . . during prime time!?! Sacrilege!

And, like many viewers, I was pleasantly surprised when, after giving the show a chance, I actually liked it. The more I watched, the better it got.

A big part of the show's success was Clayne Crawford's performance as Martin Riggs. He came out of nowhere and made the character his own, which I didn't think was possible. His chemistry with co-star Damon Wayans, although not on par with what Mel Gibson and Danny Glover had, was still solid.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Not all life is sacred in Blessed Are the Children

When a movie is pitched to you as part Halloween, part Black Christmas and all scares, it's hard not to be skeptical.

I mean, come on -- Halloween and Black Christmas are classics! Not just great horror movies, but great movies in general. And saying your flick is on par with them is, well, pretentious.

Monday, September 24, 2018

From the Corner: "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari"


I have returned with another old school silent horror movie.  This time it's "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" from 1920.

Alan and Francis visit a carnival in the small German town of Holstenwall, where one of the attractions is Dr. Caligari and his somnambulist.  Caligari claims that is sleeping attraction can answer any question asked of it.  When Alan asks when he'll die, his death is predicted for that night... a prediction that comes true.  As Francis and his betrothed investigate Dr. Caligari, things seem to be more sinister than they first appeared...

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The House With A Clock In Its Walls and Life Itself

Shawn is back in The Basement, and just in time for the extended cut of Friday's segment on the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show!

What do Jason and Shawn get up to this episode? A whole bunch of stuff guaranteed to hit you right in your entertainment centre!

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Drunken Review: Upgrade

Who doesn't like a good sci-fi actioner? I'm willing to bet most people do. So I went into Leigh Whannell's Upgrade hoping for a good time at the movies.

And, given the amount of beer I had on this Friday night, I was also hoping for some mindless, and often bloody, entertainment. With a wink and a nod as well.

Action short The Proposal will kick ass at Sitges

That headline is accurate in so many ways.

For one, The action short The Proposal (which we've written about here and here) will indeed screen at the esteemed Sitges Film Fest next month, which is cool in its own right.

But we also have it on good authority the film, which is an ode to 80s and 90s action cinema, is also a kick-ass movie, so we anticipate it will blow audiences through the back wall of theatre when the lights go down Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. in Catalonia, Spain.

Life Itself has a clock in its walls

A kids' horror movie directed by Eli Roth and an inspiring story about our place in the universe? So sums up this week's two big movie releases.

Which means it's Friday, and time for Jason to join Howie Reimer on the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Why we think The Predator fizzled

Shane Black brought the 80s back to cinemas in high style this past weekend with The Predator, a sequel to the hit 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger flick which Black co-starred in.

The film had everything we in The Basement love -- boat loads of action and explosions, gore, profanity and lots of it, and machismo to spare. Mike S and I love the hell out of the movie, as did those of us with similar sensibilities.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Having My Say: Whitewashing and Blackfacing


Mike S here to talk about something we touched on in this week's Extended Edition of "We Came From the Basement" with Jason: The possibility of a black Superman and a black James Bond coming to the big screen soon.

It could work- more so for Superman than James Bond in my opinion.

Why?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The 90s return with the Captain Marvel trailer

Ah, the 90s. An era that saw me graduate film school, travel the world, meet interesting people, and kinda like them.

As cool as my 90s experience was, it's nothing compared to the cool that comes with the lovely Brie Larson and this equally as lovely trailer for the much anticipated Captain Marvel.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Mermaid's Song trailer sings a creepy tune

Some days, I'm not even sure what I'm trying to say when I write these headlines . . .

Anywho, I guarantee there will not be one singing crab in director Nicholas Humphries spin on The Little Mermaid, which in turn was based on Hans Christian Anderson's classic mermaid tale. In fact, we in The Basement are pretty sure this is going more for horror romp than Disney musical.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Predator, A Simple Favor and White Boy Rick

The wait is over, The Basement has returned, and a new extended-cut episode is here to pleasure your ear holes!

And while Shawn is down for the count, Mike S has joined Jay to not only provide wrap-around content for the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show, but to review this weekend's big new release, The Predator.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Lions, tigers and Predators . . . oh my!

The word from the higher ups at Radio NL is they like us! They really, really, like us! So that means We Came from the Basement is back on the mighty NL Morning Show today at about 8:40 a.m.!

An exclamation mark just because!

Shawn is away, so Jason and Howie talk a whole slew of movie and entertainment news for your ear holes, including a few thoughts on Amazon Prime's Jack Ryan series and the upcoming season of Netflix and Marvel's Daredevil.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Animated Addict: "Up" (2009)


The Animated Addict is back in town, and in the Basement with another review!  Today, I'm going to take a quick look to the skies as I review Pixar's 2009 release, "Up"!

Carl met the love of his life at the age of nine.  Ellie was fearless, adventurous, and energetic... and she had her own clubhouse.  They both shared a dream to visit Paradise Falls- a dream they would work to accomplish throughout the length of their relationship.

Until tragedy struck the loving couple.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Retro Review: The Last Shark AKA Great White

I wasn't really sure if I wanted to make this review a Drunken one or a Retro one. The Last Shark is an old . . . as in retro . . . movie, but I was drinking while watching it. Just not to the level that warrants a Drunken Review.

Then I figured I was thinking about it too much, and stopped. We go Retro on this one!

The Last Shark, or Great White, as it was known while making the rounds in theatres back in 1981, is a notorious Italian Jaws rip off that, when I was a kid, was very hard to find. Thankfully it's popped up on Amazon Prime, and I was able to take this mother down.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Solo: A Fanboy's Story

No, this isn't a review, as that ship clearly sailed back in May. But I did finally watch Solo: A Star Wars Story, a movie I was in no hurry to see.

Given the film's "poor" (I use "" as it's hard to imagine a film that made more than $200 million domestic being considered a failure) box-office performance, I guess a lot of people were in the same space about Solo as I was.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Insomniac Theatre: "The Foreigner" (2017)


Sometimes, late night movie viewing can give you the opportunity to discover a rare gem of a movie- such as Jackie Chan's 2017 "The Foreigner".

After an IRA bombing kills his daughter, Ngoc Minh Quan asks the police to give him the names of the bombers involved.  They refuse to do so, and advise him to let them deal with things.  When Deputy First Minister Liam Hennessy- a former IRA member, denounces the attack, Quan seeks Hennessy's assistance in tracking down the bombers.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Drunken Review: Victor Crowley

What the hell, Jay!?! Another Drunken Review? The heck is a matter with you? You on vacation or something?

As a matter of fact, I am. And it's almost over. Now piss off and let me review (ish) Victor Crowley before I pass out, would yah!

Not a question. A statement.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Halloween scares up a great new trailer

We're only six (ish) weeks away from David Gordon Green and Blumhouse's new Halloween movie, and Universal Studios has seen fit to unleash one more trailer for the sequel/reboot, and it's a doozy.

Doozy is, of course, a technical term.

We all know this is a direct sequel to John Carpenter's classic, and one that pits Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode agains the terrifying Michael Myers one last (ish) time. So let's cut right to the chase.

Monday, September 3, 2018

"Johnny Gruesome" Trailer


October is just around the corner, so it's reasonable that we in The Basement here would start thinking and talking about horror movies, right?

Right.  You know us so well.

Coming this October to Video on Demand is an offering from Uncork'd Entertainment is their movie based on the 2007 novel "Johnny Gruesome" by Gregory Lamberson.