Basement Medicine

My desperate search and love for “Grass”

My desperate search and love for “Grass”

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor September 23, 2021

For my last semester of Reel Bad, I want to focus mainly on movies that mean something to me. To kick off, I figure I may as well start with “Grass,” a movie about two girls smoking a backpack full...

Reel Bad? No, I said Reel BAT

Reel Bad? No, I said Reel BAT

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor May 3, 2021

There’s no arguing that 1997’s “Batman and Robin” was cinema’s greatest failure to present the caped crusaders on screen. That said, there’s a special place in my heart for Batman’s first...

“The Last Chase”

“The Last Chase”

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor April 12, 2021

“In the near future, evil fascists have forced everyone to recycle and drive electric cars.” That’s the first sentence on the back cover’s description of “The Last Chase,” which came out in...

When in doubt, assume it’s aliens

When in doubt, assume it’s aliens

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor March 18, 2021

I went into “The Faculty” about as blind as I could— I knew it had something to do with teachers and aliens, but that was about it. As a result, there was a moment which should not have come as a...

A herr-razing tale!

A herr-razing tale!

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor March 3, 2021

A lot happened in the ‘60s. Among the rubble from that trip of a decade, we find a film named “They Saved Hitler’s Brain,” the kind of title which prompts only one reaction--”I wonder what this...

“Sharknado”

“Sharknado”

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor 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...

“Plan 9 from Outer Space”

“Plan 9 from Outer Space”

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor 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...

Stolen

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor 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...

Reel Bad: Rubber

Reel Bad: “Rubber”

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor 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...

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