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Thunder Force, The Kamloops Film Festival, and Prank Encounters

The global pandemic continues, and a third COVID wave currently sweeps our part of the world. But there's hope on the horizon. The vaccine rollout is accelerating, and a recent poll suggests more than 60 percent of people are willing to go to the movies again. What's all this got to do with the latest podcast... From The Basement? Well, this week we're talking the upcoming Kamloops Film Festival with society director Dusan Magdolen! The festival goes online when it kicks off this Wednesday, April 21, and heads to the drive in. Dusan reveals some of the festival highlights, how people can watch at home , and more. This might not mean much to our global listeners, but it's a big deal for local movie fans. And what Dusan and company are doing could change the face of film festivals post pandemic. But this isn't a talk show, so to speak. Jason and Shawn got movies to review... which I guess, given this is a podcast and all, means this really is a talk show... Anyway, t
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Thunder Force visits the Kamloops Film Festival with Prank Encounters

The global pandemic continues, and a third COVID wave currently sweeps our part of the world. But there's hope on the horizon. The vaccine rollout is accelerating, and a recent poll suggests more than 60 percent of people are willing to go to the movies again. What's all this got to do with the latest broadcast... From The Basement? We talk movies, don't we. Not a question, a statement. And this week we're talking the upcoming Kamloops Film Festival with society director Dusan Magdolen! This year's fest goes online, and to the drive in, when it kicks off next week. Dusan reveals some of the festival highlights, how people can watch at home , and more. This might not mean much to our global listeners, but it's a big deal for local movie fans. And what Dusan and company are doing could change the face of film festivals post pandemic. But this isn't a talk show, so to speak. Jason and Shawn got movies to review... which I guess, given this is radio and all, me

Abduction thriller Goodbye Honey promises a night of terror

Marcus Flor is down for the count today, but he'll be back next Thursday with his usual review. But fear not, we've still got something groovy to share with all y'all today, and that's this tense trailer for the upcoming abduction thriller Goodbye Honey. Pamela Jayne Morgan and Juliette Alice Gobin star in director Max Strand's tale of mistrust, fear, and reliance.  Dawn, a truck driver, pulls into a state park to get some sleep when she is ambushed by Phoebe, a young woman who claims she is fleeing from an abductor. Dawn is wary of Phoebe's story, leading to a struggle that leaves her phone broken, the keys missing, and nothing but darkness between them and help. As the night progresses, it becomes clear they are not alone... Sounds like, and looks like, pretty good stuff. Goodbye Honey comes at us via Freestyle Digital Media. It hits North American Digital HD and Cable VOD on May 5. We're gonna be watching. How about you? Source: Freestyle Digital Media

#CocktailHour: Fuzzy Brite

  Welcome once again to Wednesday!  Take a seat at the bar, while I mix up a new drink for us to sample.  This week, I make a... Fuzzy Brite? Right. This little cocktail is simple to make.  Just take 1 1/2 ounce of brandy, a tablespoon of peach schnapps, put them in a glass, and fill the rest up with ginger ale. And all together now: "Maraschino cherries for class!". While this drink may have the ever classy maraschino cherries, it's actually rather bland.  The few sips aren't bad, but you soon forget what the taste was like.  In fact, you're likely to put this drink down, and forget all about it for the rest of the night. I did exactly that the night I made it.  I put on an "ABBA" record, made this drink, sipped it, then forgot about it until it was time to put a new record on.  At which point, I'd made an entirely different drink, and only noticed the Fuzzy Brite still sitting there when I returned. It's that forgettable. I'm gonna have to

Trekking to the Stars: "Star Trek Beyond" (2016)

  The time has come.  This week's review sees the end of my time among the stars.  But this installment takes me beyond " Star Trek "... After three years in space, Captain Kirk is feeling a lack of purpose.  After an attack on the Enterprises maroons him an his crew on an uncharted planet, Kirk must reunite his crew and find out the source of the the attack. What he finds is a tragedy from the past... one that can destroy the future ... One of my concerns with " Star Trek Into Darkness " was that the franchise was going to rely on re-imagining classic " Star Trek " stories.  Fortunately, this movie took the franchise into a different and exciting direction.  The story is face paced, and mixed nicely with humor and drama.  I was engaged from start to finish. I loved that this movie spread character development among the other characters, rather than focusing the entire movie on Kirk and Spock.  I especially enjoyed the scenes developing Scotty.  The sc

Godzilla vs Kong, Creepshow, and The Block Island Sound

With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound, he pulls the spitting high tension wires down... just in time for the latest podcast... From The Basement! That's right, we enjoyed using those Blue Oyster Cult lyrics so much for the radio show, we decided to use them again for the podcast. Wanna fight about it? Didn't think so... But it is time, Constant Listener, for Jason and Shawn to do battle with the biggest movie of the pandemic so far: Godzilla vs. Kong! This film, from director Adam Wingard, is already chewing up and spitting out box-office dollars from around the globe, at home AND in theatres. Now Godzilla fan Jason, and Kong fan Shawn, weigh in. Do they deem the flick Good, Bad, or Ugly? Stick with us! And stay tuned, True Believer, as The Basement Boys put more than just one flick on the chopping block. Shawn caught up with the early Colin Farrell action movie S.W.A.T. plus Alita: Battle Angel. Meanwhile, Jason took on the thriller The Block Island Sound, the second

Godzilla vs Kong vs Colin Farrell

With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound, he pulls the spitting high tension wires down... just in time for the latest broadcast... From The Basement! That's right, Constant Listener, it's time for Jason and Shawn to do battle with the biggest movie of the pandemic so far: Godzilla vs. Kong! This film, from director Adam Wingard, is already chewing up and spitting out box-office dollars from around the globe, at home AND in theatres. Now it's time for Godzilla fan Jason, and Kong fan Shawn, to weigh in. Do they deem the flick Good, Bad, or Ugly? Stick with us! And stay tuned, True Believer, as The Basement Boys have more than just one flick to put on the chopping block. Shawn caught up with the early Colin Farrell action movie S.W.A.T. plus Alita: Battle Angel. Meanwhile, Jason took on the thriller The Block Island Sound, the second season of Shudder's Creepshow revival, and the anthology series The Witching Hour. Add in the weekend entertainment rundown, and a li

Marcus Flor vs Final Space seasons 1 & 2

There's nothing I appreciate more than a series blindsiding me with its quality. This is what happened to me while finishing Season 2 of Final Space, the sci-fi/comedy series created for TBS and the Cartoon Network. At first glance, this show appears to be just another raunchy animation that's trying to shock you with cynical humour. However, after a few episodes, it becomes obvious this series has more than a few tricks up its sleeves. Dare I say, this has become one of my favourite series!?! You see, Final Space shares a lot in common with its main character, Gary Goodspeed. At first, he seems like an incompetent goofball. But he grows on you. Soon you realize the humour is just a front for a whole range of emotions and themes just beneath Gary, the show's, surface. Funny enough, Gary grows on you like all the characters on display. At first, everyone appears to be a stereotype. But the hidden layers of each character unravel as we spend more time with them. For seeming c

#CocktailHour: Newfoundland Coffee

There are days where I don't feel like doing anything other than just kicking my feet up, listening to some smooth jazz, and sipping some coffee. Which is why, this week, I'm doing just that by sampling a Newfoundland Coffee.  All you need is an ounce of dark rum, an ounce of Kahlua, 1/2 ounce of Irish cream, and coffee. And the obligatory maraschino cherries for class of course. For the coffee, I used " Smooth Jazz " by Western Family.  It's a smooth medium roast coffee that's gentle enough for most drinks of this nature- and is quite relaxing and goes well with jazz music. I must confess that I'm biased.  Pretty much any drink involving coffee is going to appeal to me- and this one is no exception.  The black roast coffee flavored rum was a nice contrast to the medium roast of the actual coffee, and the Kahlua added nice tertiary note, as if I'd combine three different flavors of coffee together.  This combination was something I wasn't expecting

Trekking to the Stars: "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013)

  Much like the ways the constellations travel across the sky in a regular rhythm, Tuesdays flow across the calendar with steady certainty. Which means it's time again to warp across the galaxy with another " Star Trek " movie.  This week we  beam into 2013's " Star Trek Into Darkness ". A mysterious stranger has declared war on Starfleet.  His capture by the crew of the Enterprise thrusts Kirk, and Spock into the middle of a conspiracy... One that could destroy Starfleet and give rise to one of Kirk's greatest foes ... This movie takes the kinetic energy of the first one and builds on it beautifully.  It is fast paced, exciting, and fun.  There is also a lot more dramatic moments in this one as well, which I absolutely loved as it only served to add to the humanity of this version. It was a joy to see how Kirk and Spock grew as characters in this movie.  Not just as individuals- but as friends and comrades.  This movie really added a lot of depth to the