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Showing posts from November, 2018

The Possession of Anna and the Apocalypse

Sure, December lands tomorrow. But it's all demons and zombies at the multiplexes this weekend as two new movies duke it out for your hard-earned coin.

Which one is worth your dollar? Jason and Howie give their two bits and change today on the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show!

Retro Review: Hell Night (1981)

Given the success of John Carpenter's Halloween and Friday the 13th, the 80s was a hotbed of slasher movies. It can be argued that for a good decade the horror genre was simply made up of crazed/masked killers murdering teens.

Many of these films came and went with little fanfare other than poor reviews by mainstream critics. And, as is often the case, several have earned a cult status among fans.

Hell Night is one such movie, and it's not a bad one by any standard.

The Animated Addict: The Incredibles 2 (2018)

I'm going to say up front that this is one animated film that I was super looking forward to watching and reviewing, since I loved the first one... but you know what they say about getting what you wish for...

After being arrested for a battle with The Underminer, the Parrs face a return to a mundane existence... until Winston Deavor approaches them with a plan to make "supers" legal again.

While Helen returns to duty as Elastigal, Bob adjusts to "normal" life as a father... with superpowered kids...

Charles Bronson look-a-like comes home Dec. 4

The low-budget vigilante flick Death Kiss has been on our radar for some time. Why? Well, it's an action movie for one, and we're all about that in The Basement.

But the main reason is because it stars a dude named Robert Kovacs, and he bares a striking resemblance to one of the most iconic action heroes of all time -- Charles Bronson. Take a look at the above pic and tell me if I'm wrong.

From the Corner: Apollo 18 (2011)

Space is a big, wonderous place.

Unless you're in a horror movie that is...

Unknown to the world, the cancelled Apollo 18 mission of 1974 did occur.  Three astronauts went to the moon on a secret military mission, only for things to go horribly wrong.  This is their footage... and their terrifying story...

Review: Creed II

I don't know where to begin with Creed II. It's a moviegoing experience that, surprisingly, proved as much an emotional ride for me as The Force Awakens was three years ago.

Yup, a movie about boxing hit me in the feels -- both nostalgia wise and on an emotional level -- as much as an entry in my all time favourite film series.

Ralph Breaks the Internet, Creed 2 and Robin Hood

Comin' at yah from the mighty Radio NL via the Internet audio waves to your ear holes; it's this week's extended cut podcast for We Came from the Basement.

Once again, Jason and Shawn not only bring you The Basement's Friday morning segment from the NL Morning Show, they also share the audio from their Facebook Live broadcast that makes up this extended cut, complete with bad language and boob references.

Creed 2 breaks the Internet with Robin Hood

The big Thanksgiving weekend is underway in the good 'ole U.S. of A. What does that mean for us folks up in the frozen north? Movies, dammit! And lots of them!

There are three, count 'em three, big releases out this week. Two of them are sequels and the third, well, is another telling of story everyone knows like the back of their hand. Which means we probably didn't need it.

And Jason and Howie take to the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show to tell you all about these movies three, plus discuss some entertainment news and suggest some stuff you can watch at home.

Review: The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell

I need to come right out and say it: shows about baking, crafting and sewing aren't my pint of ale. Anyone who has followed this site and our show over the years should know that. In fact, Shawn and I are pretty much the exact opposite of such things.

So why did I binge all six episodes of Netflix's The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell the other night? Because it's just so ducking good!

Insomniac Theatre: Android Insurrection (2012)

Movie history is filled with great movies about machines turning against humanity.  "Terminator", "The Matrix".... "Maximum Overdrive"...

And then there's "Android Insurrection"...

A group of elite soldiers in the year 2353 are dispatched to eliminate a rogue AI before it creates the ultimate killing machine.

Editorial: studios look to close theatre-to-digital gap

The times they are a changing, as Warner Bros and Universal Studios look to shorten the length of time a film plays in theatres, in favour of a quicker jump to digital and the home market. 
When I was a wee lad, it wasn't unusual for a movie to stick around our local cinema for weeks, even months. I remember Raiders of the Lost Ark playing in town for 30 to 40 weeks - that's seven or eight months!
The last movie I remember getting such a long theatrical run was Titanic, which played for almost a year.

From the Corner: The Others (2001)

Ghost stories are one of the hardest things to do visually without resorting to extensive CGI or gore to bring the scares.  Finding a good, solid, suspenseful ghost movie is a challenge for someone like me.

Living in an isolated manor during World War Two, the Stewarts find themselves alone and depending on each other to survive the threat of invasion.  Adding to their isolation is the affliction that affects the two children.  One day, they hire some servants... only to find that they'd brought "The Others" with them.

Or maybe "The Others" were there all along already...

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Instant Family and Widows

Jason and Shawn return in this, the first extended cut podcast in three weeks! The event also marks a new milestone for The Basement Boys, as it's the first they've record live on Facebook!!

What does this mean for the future of the show? Not much changes really. Although there's some mugging for the camera that can only be seen when watching the video on We Came from the Basement's Facebook page.

Fantastic Beasts create an Instant Family out of Widows

The wait is over, and so it begins again. It's time for Jason to return to the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show with the weekend rundown of what to watch in theatres, and at home.

Joining him, as always, is Howie Reimer, and together they cover what is a pretty diverse list of films hitting cinemas today.

Retro Review: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

It's rare when a remake is better than the original. Only the best remakes, the ones that bring something new to the table, can at the very least live up to the source material.

Back in 2009, Denzel Washington and John Travolta starred in The Taking of Pelham 123, a remake of the 1974 film, which in itself is an adaptation of Morton Freedgood's novel of the same name.

One can argue the Denzel vehicle is just another adaptation but, having seen the two version, it feels like director Tony Scott was trying to outdo the older film, and just couldn't cut it, despite his talented cast.

Top 5: Marvel movies we'd like to take back

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the envy of rival studios everywhere. This well crafted, and plotted, run of quality films IS the world of Marvel Comics realized on screen, and a true legacy to Marvel creator Stan Lee.

The box-office goldmine comes with a price, as before Iron Man and Robert Downey Jr. there was a long line of failed attempts to bring Marvel characters to the big screen.

Stallone returns to action in Backtrace

Sylvester Stallone is one busy dude, especially for a man of 72. Creed 2 comes out in a few short weeks, he's filming Rambo 5 as I type this, and he's somehow managed to wrap the new thriller Backtrace without anyone knowing it.

What's a Backtrace? Well, the movie details a heist gone wrong, a prison breakout, and Stallone's efforts to track down the bad guys. Much shooting is involved, given what I've seen from the trailer below.

5 Grimm Fairy Tales I'd Like to See as Movies

We were all kids once... or at least I'm assuming we all were.

Anyways, as kids we all heard or read the classic Grimm Fairy Tales, right?

Right.  I'm going to assume you said, "Right".

Marvel legend Stan Lee dead at 95

Word has reached The Basement that Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee has died. He was 95.

Lee passed away in the early hours of this morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

Toy Story 4 teaser a delightful mess

This is sure to tickle the fancy of our Animated Addict: Disney and Pixar quietly dropped a teaser trailer for Toy Story 4 online this morning, much to everyone's delight I am sure.

Maybe it's because I'm not all about the cartoons, but I had no idea a new Toy Story movie was coming out, let alone as early as next summer.

Review: Overlord

A movie about Nazi zombies -- or Nazbies as I like to call them -- isn't what you'd expect Hollywood to release on the Remembrance Day weekend, but I'm glad they did.

Why? The world needed a respectable Nazbie movie; one that takes place during the Second World War, on the eve of D-Day, which was called Operation: Overlord, hence this Nazbie movie's title.

Longest run-on sentence in history. Doubtful. But I'll get there...

Back on the air, and Facebook Live... ing it

Life is slowly returning to normal in The Basement, and that means it's almost time for Jason to rejoin Howie Reimer on the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show, and Jason and Shawn to resume their extended cut podcast... with a slight twist!
That's right: when Jason and Shawn sit down to record said extended cut they are going to take it live... Facebook Live that is.

The Animated Addict: My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

In the 1980's, anime really hit North America, and became a massive part of it's pop culture- finding a home for many of Japan's mature storytelling (like "Akira" (1988), and it's more charming tales.

"My Neighbor Totoro" falls into the latter.

Satsuki and Mei have just moved into a new house near the hospital where their mother is recovering from an illness.  From the start, they knew that there was something unusual about the house, and the surrounding fields... but then Mei discovers Totoro... and their lives take a definite turn for the magical...

A death in the family

We in The Basement wanted to let our readers and listeners know regular episodes/articles will be on hold until after Nov. 11 so Jay can deal with a death in the family -- his mother passed away shortly before Halloween.
The Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show segment will resume Nov 16, with the extended cut podcast debuting Nov 18.
Mike S will resume posts in The Basement at some point next week, once he returns from holidays. Jay anticipates returning to his duties on a limited basis the following week. 
Much thanks for your understanding and support during this time. We look forward to entertaining you for years to come.
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