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Trauma, pinball and cults: “Tommy”

Trauma, pinball and cults: “Tommy”
November 28, 2020

Released in 1969, the Who’s fourth album, “Tommy,” was the album that coined the term rock opera. While “S.F. Sorrow” by the Pretty Things was released in 1968 and is widely regarded as the first,...

Investigating the CIA: “Wind of Change”

Investigating the CIA: “Wind of Change”
November 28, 2020

From the ghostly whistling intro, the song “Wind of Change” by the Scorpions is weirdly riveting. It was released in 1990, and as Patrick Radden Keefe says in his recent podcast, also called “Wind...

“Sharknado”

“Sharknado”
November 28, 2020

When I finally got around to watching 2013’s bluntly titled “Sharknado,” I was expecting two things—sharks and tornadoes. What I was not expecting was family drama, uncomfortable romance and dialogue...

The Idiot Gamer: “Death Coming”

The Idiot Gamer:
November 28, 2020

I won’t lie; I love a good puzzle game. So when I saw that “Death Coming” by NExT Interactive was only $7 on the Epic Games store, I couldn’t resist. “Death Coming” isn’t just your run of...

The idiot gamer: Skyrim

The idiot gamer: Skyrim
November 13, 2020

I am and have always been an idiot when it comes to gaming. Sure, I’m nerdy, but the games I’m usually drawn to make “proper” gamers turn up their noses: “Minecraft” and “Animal Crossing”...

Drama in “Chicago 7”

Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong) and
Abbie Hofman (Sacha Baron Cohen)
November 13, 2020

The war in Vietnam was not going well in 1968, and although some 16,000 police and national guard were deployed to the streets of Chicago, the Democratic National Convention in that city did not go well...

1979’s “Alien” still holds up as a sci-fi/horror blend

Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in the 1979 classic
November 13, 2020

Despite it being on my mind as a film I wanted and needed to see, I dawdled for a long time before watching 1979’s “Alien” since I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. However,...

Oh, the horror!

Oh, the horror!
November 13, 2020

In all of its forms, whether it be novel, video game or film, horror makes you question your own reality and peek under your bed in the dead of night. For many people like me, horror is the best genre...

“Plan 9 from Outer Space”

“Plan 9 from Outer Space”
November 13, 2020

Only a few things are usually needed to ruin an otherwise fine film. However, writer, director and producer Ed Wood seemed to take no risk of a good movie when creating his most famous film, “Plan...

9: animated ragdoll horror

9 and 5 exploring some old ruins
October 26, 2020

One of my favorite underrated gems of animation is a post-apocalyptic horror movie starring a collection of ragdolls whose goal is to save all life on Earth. Based on a 2005 short film by Director Shane...

So scary, but SOMA-ch fun

SOMA
October 26, 2020

I’ve always been a masochist at heart, especially when it comes to consuming horror themed media. In the spirit of the Halloween season, I decided to submit myself to something scary to entertain myself. I...

When the NRA isn’t conservative enough

No Compromise
October 26, 2020

Imagine a world where the National Rifle Association is weak on guns, where the right to bear arms is divine law transcribed through the United States Constitution, and no compromise is tolerable. Well,...

A Ratched Review

From left to right: Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Paulson, Jon Jon Briones
October 26, 2020

“American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy released his newest glam and gore series on Sept. 18. The Netflix series, “Ratched,” follows the origin story of Nurse Ratched from the book “One Flew...

Stolen

Stolen
October 26, 2020

A bad movie can be made due to any number of reasons. A low budget, sloppy writing, lackluster acting and executive incompetence can all lead to a film’s failure. A bad movie can also be made by rehashing...

Crispy meatballs and more

Crispy meatballs and more
October 8, 2020

It was my 26th birthday, and all I could think about was what I was I going to eat that day. Luckily for me, my father knew exactly where to go, so we headed to New York City. New York has a wonderful...

“The Addams Family” is a delightful distraction

October 8, 2020

I decided to forgo watching the presidential debate and spent my night watching the 1964 live-action television show “The Addams Family.” The theme song sums this macabre-but-friendly family up well:...

You don’t know Jack

You don’t know Jack
October 8, 2020

“What Did Jack Do?” is a fifteen-minute short film that takes place in a locked down train station. Director and writer David Lynch stars as a detective interrogating a Jack, a monkey voiced by Jack...

Devyn Thompson’s unflinching “Soul”

Devyn Thompson standing with her sign to represent her recently published book of poetry.
October 8, 2020

Devyn Thompson, a sophomore on the women’s basketball team, published her first poetry book in July. The book is titled Soul and features seven chapters. Thompson has been writing poetry since the sixth...

Eat This! Fall food edition

Eat This! Fall food edition
October 8, 2020

When the fall season rolls around, I embrace the colors and the weather and bring them into my food dishes. I like them to be colorful with reds, yellows, browns and oranges, and I always add a little...

Reel Bad: “Rubber”

Reel Bad:
October 8, 2020

When I came to the realization that I could turn my hobby of regularly watching shitty movies into publishable work, I knew I needed to start off with a notoriously bad film. There are a few movies that...

Long time, no seafood

Baked Crab Cake and Jumbo Shrimp at The Shanty on the Shore.
September 22, 2020

Way back in 2019, on the last day of March, I decided that dinner would be the last time I ate meat. For about a year and a half, I didn’t eat meat. I found the experience to be rewarding in the sense...

Mindful music

Mindful music to make the day less grey.
September 22, 2020

Waking up early in the morning can be hard enough, but waking up with a full work schedule ahead of you can be even more difficult.  I am not always certain how to brace for the day.  I have tried many...

Viking rap battles!

Viking rap battles. Who knew?
September 22, 2020

Beowulf is an epic tale of heroism and bravery, where men who fight with honor are bestowed great wealth and fame. It is a story about slaying vicious beasts in the name of God and never giving up no matter...

“The Boys”: jarring and delightful

Promo poster for
September 15, 2020

Recently, superheroes have become a staple in the media world, with remakes, sequels, and crossovers dominating the movie and television landscape. While occasionally entertaining, many are simply rehashed...

Two for our times

The cover of
September 15, 2020

Violence is as American as apple pie. The country was founded in armed revolution. Attempted extermination of native peoples followed. Slavery preceeded Jim Crow brutality. The United States reached an...

Mudgie’s satisfies

Mudgies' front on the village green
September 15, 2020

Sometimes, a full belly is just the thing you need from a meal. If that’s the case, Mudgie’s food truck is an exceptional choice. Mudgie’s, named for its owner Cody Mudgett, is a Mediterranean food...

Quarantine Ice Cream

Quarantine Ice Cream
May 6, 2020

“Ice cream today or tomorrow?” my mother messaged me. “Today,” I instantly replied and finished my Feature Writing revisions. Despite some odd days of snow, April 18 is warm enough to get...

The Burger Barn: revisited

Pictured here: The Ira Allen, General Lee, El Alamo, and the Nutty Goat.
May 4, 2020

Two years ago almost exactly to date I began my love affair with the Burger Barn in Jeffersonville. The Burger Barn was my first ever food review for Basement Medicine, and while certainly not my last,...

Cooking, the pandemic way

Cooking, the pandemic way
April 21, 2020

If you don’t enjoy cooking, you’re missing how personal it can be. Every time I cook, whether it’s at a restaurant or at home, the process becomes a part of how I feel.  The weather outside...

1982 cult classic “The Thing” still horrifies and delights

1982 cult classic
April 15, 2020

John Carpenter’s 1982 film “The Thing” is one of the greatest achievements of horror. The film is a terrifying look into the human psyche when a group is put in isolation and they begin to mistrust...

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