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“SkyFall” and 007’s eternal life

“SkyFall” and 007’s eternal life

Tom Benton

November 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

“SkyFall” is coming so close to death’s lips we forget there’s no possibility of a kiss. “SkyFall” is attracting the most beautiful woman with sleek ease, sexually diving into the beauty without a chance of anything but pleasure. “SkyFall” is an avalanche of impossibility drowned in a...

“The Spy Who Loved Me” in retrospect

“The Spy Who Loved Me” in retrospect

Dylan Archbold

November 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

This issue my fellow contributor Tom is going to see the latest film in the immensely popular James Bond franchise, “SkyFall.” And while I too will probably see the movie in theatres, I thought it best to do a look back at the long line of movies that turned Bond (…James Bond) into such an international...

“Resident Evil: Retribution” a triumph for the living

“Resident Evil: Retribution” a triumph for the living

Tom Benton

September 22, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

The critics who have bothered to sit through “Resident Evil: Retribution” say it’s the most banal, tedious entry yet in what one online reviewer called the “bafflingly, inexplicably endless” “Resident Evil” series – so naturally it’s the best “Resident Evil” film yet, and one of the m...

Fall in Film, Fall of Film

Fall in Film, Fall of Film

Tom Benton

September 7, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

Your Uncle Tom is back, fellow moviegoers, but he’s wearing his Dark Santa outfit. I bear not tidings of joy but harbingers of doom, and plenty of coal to drop like reindeer turds on American moviegoers’ laps – the same kind of turds we’re verbally spewing about this year in film. A lot of...

For a Few Dollars More: Blood, Guts and Dreams

For a Few Dollars More: Blood, Guts and Dreams

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

September 6, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

It’s a tale as old as the Bible.  But the Bible involves people who have sex – and it never had this much gore. This tale is more akin to a story spun by the wise old Greeks: the tale of Prometheus, who stole fire from the Gods and brought it to humankind.  The Gods then chained Prometheus to...

Post-“Cabin in the Woods”: a new era

Post-“Cabin in the Woods”: a new era

Ben Algar and Tom Benton

June 3, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

“The Cabin in the Woods” is too big for just one critic. Basement Medicine’s resident horror gurus chime in. By Ben Algar Like puberty without the pimples, “The Cabin in the Woods” is the Proactiv of revolutionary filmmaking. As if it needs an introduction. Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard ...

Reasons to Spend This Summer in Darkness

Reasons to Spend This Summer in Darkness

Tom Benton

May 3, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

Once more art trumps the scholar. How dumb are these guys? The Mayans foretold the end of the world in 2012? Bullshit! But the Mayans did foresee an explosion, possibly more than one. Possibly... in audience members’ pants. They’re coming this summer. Summer 2012 promises to be the most...

“Hunger Games” a haunting meal

“Hunger Games” a haunting meal

Magen Farley

May 3, 2012


Filed under Movies

A scream rings out over the heads of a silent crowd. A slight young girl is pulled from her sister’s arms and carried away as the young woman turns to face her fate. There are many haunting scenes to be witnessed in the newly released movie, “The Hunger Games,” an adaptation of the first of...

“Deep Blue Sea” is a treat for heartbreak lovers

“Deep Blue Sea” is a treat for heartbreak lovers

Whitney Nellé

April 12, 2012


Filed under Movies

What do you do when you’re caught between the devil and the deep blue sea? This is the question Hester Collyer struggles with in Terrence Davies’ film adaptation of Terrence Rattigan’s play “The Deep Blue Sea,” a tale of unrequited love and the brutality it can cause. In the film, Hester,...

“Human Centipede 2”: Is it really that hard to act like a buttface?

“Human Centipede 2”: Is it really that hard to act like a buttface?

Ben Algar, Sports Editor/ Staff Reporter

March 8, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

Last spring I submitted a movie review on “The Human Centipede (First Sequence),” and thankfully my review was published in that week’s issue of Basement Medicine. The film had been released a year before I wrote my review, and so my efforts may have only been useful in dredging up painful memories...

Upcoming movies for the silver scream

Upcoming movies for the silver scream

Ben Algar, Web Editor

February 16, 2012


Filed under Movies

Fear is a basic emotional response or feeling initiated by an aversion to a perceived risk or threat. For instance, an audience fears the movie “Hostel” because there is the perceived threat of being abducted and tortured while visiting a European hostel. The horror genre is a platform assembled...

A tale of passion, faith and f-bombs

A tale of passion, faith and f-bombs

Ben Algar, Web Editor

February 16, 2012


Filed under Featured A&E, Movies

Horror movie tropes come in many forms. Be it a lustful vampire, a dream-leeching murderer or a psychopathic killer, Hollywood has been able to chill audiences with anything. However, in recent years producers have figured out that the evolution of the scare needs reconstructing. But how do they expect...

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