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Without Remorse has an Unnatural Selection for Shadow and Bone

The time has come once again to get your weekend entertainment on, and what better way to prepare than with the latest broadcast... From The Basement. You guessed it; not a question, a statement. The Basement Boys bring you several reviews of the latest -- and some not so latest -- releases to make your viewing choices easier, chief among them the Tom Clancy adaptation, Without Remorse. Starring Michael B. Jorden, and based on the popular Clancy character John Clark, this Amazon Original promised big-budget thrills and chills. Does the flick deliver? How accurate of an adaptation is it? Stick with us! And stick around, True Believer, as Shawn tackles Netflix's Shadow and Bone and the 2019 documentary Unnatural Selection. Meanwhile, Jason celebrates the 50th anniversary of Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry, and takes in two classic action flicks: Sylvester Stallone's First Blood and Gene Hackman's Uncommon Valor. What's the connection between these retro flicks? Stick wit
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Marcus Flor vs Gnarled Hag

I love all types of horror media, but I believe video games have the most potential out of any medium. A great example of this would be the recently released indie game, Gnarled Hag. The premise is simple; a kidnapped little girl has to escape the house of a very gnarled, old witch. It's by utilizing the dynamic and interactive strengths of a game that this 10-minute experience can leave more of an impact than a 90-minute movie. To start, the game invests you in the character's survival by having you control her. You're now responsible for her wellbeing, and it's up to you to get her out of the house. Not to say movies can't reach that level of intensity, but a video game does this so much faster. Furthermore, the girl dynamically responds to her environment by having her eyes follow each sound she hears. This little detail instantly makes the character seem so much more lifelike and organic. It also helps that the game's cartoonish art style made her eyes three

#CocktailHour: Pierced Fuzzy Navel

  Wednesday.  Hump Day.  That day of the week (other than Monday) where you begin to look forward to the weekend. It's also the day where I sit down, and pour myself a tip and sip.  This week, I have a Pierced Fuzzy Navel.  Although my navel is neither fuzzy... or pierced. But that's irrelevant. This is a super simple cocktail to make.  Just take an ounce of peach schnapps, an ounce of vodka, and three ounces of orange juice.  You can also add a splash of grenadine for colour if you wished. I didn't. Take all the ingredients and shake them together in an ice filled shaker, and strain into your glass. Tip... and sip. It's just that easy. The chill from the ice cubes does make this a refreshing drink.  The peach schnapps, vodka, and orange juice combined to make an interesting flavor.  I'm not going to lie- since I'm not a huge fan of peaches, I would probably recommend only using a half ounce of peach schnapps, as the schnapps flavor can be pretty strong. This ce

Run, Bandit, Run: "Smokey and the Bandit, Part 3" (1983)

  It's Tuesday once more, and the Bandit's on the run again... or is he? All you need to know about the plot is that it's the same as the first and second movies.  Person A has to deliver Item 1, while trying to avoid Person B.  This time, it's Sheriff Buford T. Justice delivering a giant plastic fish while keeping the Bandit from stealing it. You read that right: a giant plastic fish. A... giant... PLASTIC... fish. Oh, and the Bandit isn't actually the Bandit.  It's the Snowman playing the Bandit. Because Burt Reynolds was smart and didn't really want much to do with this movie. The jokes are much the same.  The stunts are much the same.  The characters are much the same. Too much the same actually. Jackie Gleason and Jerry Reed put in great performances though.  Since Jerry Reed was originally supposed to play the Bandit in the original (before they got Reynolds), it was kind of neat to see what his version would've been like. But their performances- a

The Joston Theney interview, Axeman Redux, and Mortal Kombat

Waaaayyyyy the heck back in 2014, long before From The Basement took to the mighty  Radio NL  610 AM Kamloops airwaves, Jason and Shawn reviewed a little slasher movie called Axeman, AKA Axeman at Cutter's Creek, and interviewed its writer, director and star, Joston Theney. Surprise, Axeman has become a cult classic, and spawned a sequel. However, Joston was never happy with the final cut of his film. Now it's 2021, and he's recut Axeman to the vision he always had in mind. Call it The Theney Cut, as The Dynamic Due put Axeman Redux on the chopping block for this week's podcast... From The Basement! The Basement Boys also interview Joston about the how and why of his new edit, and discuss the fact he's been able to retain ownership of his films, a rarity in Hollywood. How was he able to do that? What are his plans for the Axeman franchise? Stick with us! And stick around for Mortal Kombat! Or, more accurately, Jason and Shawn's review of the new video-game adapt

Axeman engages in Mortal Kombat with Joston Theney

Waaaayyyyy back in 2014, before From The Basement took to the mighty Radio NL 610 AM Kamloops airwaves, Jason and Shawn reviewed a little slasher movie called Axeman, AKA Axeman at Cutter's Creek, and interviewed its writer, director and star, Joston Theney. Surprise, Axeman has become a cult classic, and spawned a sequel. However, Joston was never happy with the final cut of his film. Now it's 2021, and he's recut Axeman to the vision he always had in mind. Call it The Theney Cut, and The Dynamic Due put Axeman Redux on the chopping block tonight at 6:05! The Basement Boys also interview Joston about the how and why of his new edit, and discuss the fact he's been able to retain ownership of his films, a rarity in Hollywood. How was he able to do that? Stick with us! And stick around for Mortal Kombat! Or, more accurately, Jason and Shawn's review of the new video-game adaptation. Is it greater than, or less than, the 1995 version? You'll have to tune in tonigh

Marcus Flor vs Jiu Jitsu

Stunt performers tend to be the most underrated aspect of an action film, as their physical finesse can give a fight the harsh edge it needs to have weight and impact. However, as Jiu Jitsu demonstrates, that hard edge cannot hold up an entire movie. This dull schlock fest is only really concerned with showing off "cool" fight choreography, and couldn't care less about the dialogue, characters, or story as a whole. As a result, this movie is a boring slog that occasionally picks up a pulse once someone starts punching someone else, but even that gets boring after the 30th time it happens. What this "film" fails to understand is the fighting can only be a tool used to tell the whole story. Like the engine of a car, it is functional, but a car needs more than just an engine to be drivable. The martial-arts action is but one part of the whole, and only by actually having a story, does the combat leave an impact. I won't lie though, it is quite obvious all the s

#CocktailHour: Earl Grey Martini

  Since it's my birthday tomorrow, I decided I'd try something a little different and special to celebrate.  With that in mind, it's time to act all classy and shit as we settle in for this week's tip and sip... While the ingredients are fairly simple, the Earl Grey martini does take a bit of time to prepare.  Take 1.5 oz of gin, and pour it into a small glass.  Take a teaspoon of Earl Grey tea leaves and mix them into the gin.  Put this mixture aside to steep for 2 hours. While waiting for the tea/gin infusion is taking place spread some sugar on a plate.  Wet the edge of the glass with a wedge of lemon, then tip your martini glass, and dip it into the sugar to coat the rim of the glass. Once the tea/gin mixture has steeped, strain it into an ice filled cocktail shaker.  Add 1.5 oz lemon juice, and 2 oz of simple syrup (I used grenadine).  Shake the shaker until well mixed, then strain it into the sugar rimmed martini glass. You'd think that with the preparation ti

Run, Bandit, Run: "Smokey and the Bandit II" (1980)

  Tuesday has rolled around, which means it's time to hit the road, and outrun Smokey again... I'm not going to write a synopsis for " Smokey and the Bandit II ", since it's essentially a rehash of the first movie's plot... the only difference is the item being delivered is an elephant instead of beer. The characters aren't any different either, except that The Bandit isn't as charming or likable as he was in the first movie.  The acting is no different either- though the addition of Dom DeLuise isn't enough to save this film. " Smokey and the Bandit II " lacked the originality, charm, and sense of fun of the original.  It didn't really need to be made... and shouldn't have been made, to be honest.  I'm going to have to put it in " The Ugly ".

Nobody, The Power and The Voices

Now I ain't got nobody... but I do have the latest podcast... From The Basement! And it's coming at yah right here, right now. Lyrics from another old song? Indeed. Because we are old. But the older the bull, the stiffer the horns. Which is dialogue from an old movie too. Do you see a theme here? You better believe that Dynamic Duo of film de cinema are talking Bob Odenkirk's first foray into action films. Yes, Better Call Saul himself stars in Nobody from John Wick scribe Derek Kolstad, with fight choreography by the 87Eleven Action Design team. Does it deliver the Dadspoiltation a couple of dads like Jason and Shawn want? Stick with us! Stick with us you shall, as The Basement Boys take aim at a plethora of movies new, and not so new. Jason has seen the British horror flick The Power starring Rose Williams, The Voices with Valerie Jane Parker, and the documentary Missing 411. Meanwhile, Shawn took in Love and Monsters featuring past Basement guest  Ellen Hollman  and The