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WelcomeToTheBasement_TitleScreenMatt catches up on his movie to-do list and Craig’s along for the ride. They watch ‘em, they crack wise, they review ‘em. In a very nice basement.

This is a show about movies, featuring Matt Sloan and Craig Johnson of Chad Vader and Blame Society Productions fame. Matt and Craig watch a diverse plethora of movies from the cinematic past – from the Hollywood mainstream to the weirdest cult movies — and discuss them. Craig never knows what the movies are ahead of time, so it’s always a surprise.

43 Responses to “About”

  1. ESTELLE RIVERS

    does craig have a fb page? i am clueless on how to even search on google never mind facebook

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  2. Mike Cronis

    Always brilliant, insightful, and above all, respectful to the genre reviewed, giving good comments and honor to each film reviewed. A legend in the making, snubs mid-’70s Siskel and Egbert’s best efforts with more heart and integrity than anything commercial. A must watch series, Welcome to the Basement is excellent on all counts.

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    • William Murphy

      You guys create great content.
      Also, have you seen “The Raid: Redemption”

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  3. robert myers

    Great stuff. Are you guys doing this under SAG’s New Media?? If so, I’m an actor/comic who would love to appear on one of your episodes. Please get back to me. Thanks.

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  4. BobbertDobbster

    Love the show. Are you doing a Season 2 wrap party? Also, how many shows are left in Season 2? Lastly, will there be a Season 3?

    Again, love the eclectic choices, the concise, funny reviews, the wit while watching, Ernesto, I want my opera!, and the commentary. Also, seen it is fun because it’s like – um, yes, great…but, seen it!

    Have you seen Happy, Matilda, Grand Canyon, Short Cuts?

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  5. Tony Izzo

    Love the show, guys. Very insightful and informative not to mention entertaining. Keep up the good work.

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  6. Daveroswell

    I really never thought about it before, but Armageddon is basically a “star stuffed” movie: it just seems casting shoved as many stars in this thing as possible. I watched your take on this film, and you touched on how the film is affected by the “star stuffing” effect: the characters seem to be mostly the actors being themselves, lending to no real unique bonding or character development.

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  7. Meat Paddy

    I just want to say that you guys make me excited for movies. Past few year my interest in movies has been waning, Thank you for rekindling my love of moving pictures.

    Meat Paddy

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  8. Mathieu Thompson

    Hi guys, I really enjoy the show, you are fantastic, intelligent, funny, knowledgeable and just the right amouint of quirky to make this a delight everytime.

    I will get around to the paypal contribution at some point but you might be interested in the Patreon model (www.patreon.com). I’ve endorsed some other content producers on there and think it’s something that you might benefit from.

    I’m not a spam-bot, just a fan who wants to help.

    Keep up the great work, I’m really looking forward to Sci-Fi month (I’m rooting for Gattacca and Starship Troopers) and Craig hosting!

    –Mat

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  9. Felzoid

    I vote for ‘Dark Star’ for sci-fi month. Saw it when I was a kid, don’t recall much but remember it being very entertaining.

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  10. Mike

    Always enjoy the show…for me it is very educational with the relationships between directors and producers and the films they made.

    I am very disappointed that I missed the SciFi survey. I would have put in Forbidden Planet. Late 50s SciFi film that worked very hard to push the limits of special effects technology of the time…and a classic story line. I would assume that both of you have seen it…but if not, put it on your list…I watch it about once a month…

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  11. Andrea M

    I have weird taste in films. Even if a story is not perfectly executed, I wish movies would be more adventurous. Some examples: Eating Raoul, Waking Ned Devine, Ma vie en rose, The Watcher in the Woods and Lady Hawk.

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  12. Brendan

    Log time fan. So long I remember watching this when it was just Matt and his cat talking about his record collection. At the risk of offending the ladies out there, I have to say that Ernesto is cuter than Craig, but Craig brings a certain something that the cat just doesn’t have. Like speech for one. Anyway, I love the show. It is far better than anything on television, and I’m not just saying that because its true. I’m saying that so you guys will listen to my “Seen It” suggestions. First off is my still favorite movie “Fresh”. Aside from that my only other suggestion is that the next time you do a genre pick, you throw Sports movies in the mix. I do not believe you have ever done one. And by “sports movie” I don’t mean some romantic comedy with a sports setting like Bull Durham (although I wouldn’t be remiss if you threw Slap Shot in the mix). I mean a sports movie about sports! Like Eight Men Out, Friday Night Lights, or Miracle. Again, thanks Matt and Craig and the rest of your crew (and even Ernesto) for the great show!

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  13. T.A. Epley

    T.a. Epley

    I just wanted to bring attention to Matt’s featured album. Every episode Mr. Sloan features an album on prominent display next to a lazy Susan full of booze. It can be seen over Craig’s right shoulder during the opening and closing talking heads segments. I just wanted to commend Matt on his choices. I’ve noticed the Modern Lovers’ eponymous Debut, “Meat is Murder” by The Smiths, and Love’s “Forever Changes” among many other great LP’s. Maybe in an upcoming episode he could acknowledge this phenomenon. I’d love to get a run-down on albums to date or just a quick shout out on an episode-by-episode basis. WELL DONE MY SON!

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  14. Roger

    Have you guys seen Francois Truffaut’s The 400 blows? I’d love to see an episode on that

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  15. Pierro

    Have either of you seen The Perverts Guide to Cinema? If you love film, psychoanalysis and critical thinking you would most certainly enjoy it.

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  16. Bayonettafanboi

    Hey, guys. I’ve been watching your shows for a while now and I wanted to know if either of you have seen “Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon”? It was released in 2006 and was referenced in the film Hatchet.
    It’s one of my favorite movies in recent years and you guys might have some fun with it..

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  17. Kirby and Josh

    You guys are the GREATEST! Thanks for bringing the magic back into movies!

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  18. jef

    Hey guys I recently started watching the show and I wanted to see if ya’ll have seen 2 movies. I use to be neighbors with the director in dallas who directed, edited, filmed, starred.and produced the score. “Primer” and “Upstream color”!! Highly recommend them and wanted your opinion on them.

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  19. lawrence carpin

    you guys are the best. cant believe i’ve not heard of you before until now..could you please review a movie called “bunny and the bull”

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  20. David Corzo

    Love your show (I have seen every episode since day one) & recently got my wife hooked on you guys by introducing her to your Wuthering Heights episode (now I can not get the laptop back from her cause she is watching all your episodes).

    By the way have you seen The Ghastly Love of Johnny X good little movie that I place right in between a Rocky Horror Picture Show & Little Shop of Horror’s in my mind.

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  21. edgar the teddy bear

    thanks again for the great show, you guys are doing a fantastic job! I have a quick question- I noticed that Matt and Aaron have wikipedia pages, but Craig does not! isn’t it about time he fixed that? also, salmon heads are delicious.

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  22. Marc W

    Howdy, I’ve been watching you guys since chad vader first popped up and have loved this series forever. You guys watch alot of the same movies as me and have helped me become more aware of symbolisms and things in movies. With that said have you ever seen A Band Called Death? Its a documentary about a black punk band from detroit in the early 70s. I think matt would like it, he’s got a vinyl collection therefor is a music nerd

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  23. Marc W

    p.s. donated a couple bucks cuz i only had 3 left, enjoy my dollars!

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  24. Lorne Falconer

    I have been watching your show since the beginning and I enjoy every episode, regardless of the quality of film as the banter is mostly hilarious. I write this now because I remember you included a segment about the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. I ask, as a longtime fan of your show, that you don’t let the passing of Robin Williams go unremarked. I have grown up watching his work and it would mean allot to me if you acknowledge his work and his gift to the world on your show.

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  25. T DeAnna

    Love the show. PLEASE watch Dead Man – Jim Jarmusch ( Johnny Depp), Also by JJ – Ghost Dog. I would love to hear your commentary about these movies.

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  26. A Living Moviefreak

    New guy, yet long time fan here. I just want give a big shoutout to you guys, and tell how much I freaking love this show. It’s always such a great experience sharing the different emotions, such as the laughter, the agony and the passion through out the movies. Keep up the good work.

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  27. gwen

    Hi guys!
    So here we are watching your most recent show and loving it as always. Our daughter got us hooked on this shortly after you started and it is our family’s favorite thing to do. It has been fun to revisit with some of the old movies with our daughter, both the ones you play or talk about on seen it. We are always trying to think of some obscure flick from the past and when you talked about Fantasia, it reminded me of a movie with a similar name but far removed from Disney. Phantasm. Remember freaking out to it in college.
    Gwen,Shelby and Misty

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  28. Amy Viehweg

    For your Halloween Special or when you are feeling the need to be scared. Have you the film: Pontypool – A film that takes place in Canada. A radio host is locked in his booth closed off from the world with only the voices from callers to inform him of the horror going on just right out side the building in the small town. It really plays upon your imaginations ability to create such horrific images.

    Love the show and Have a beautiful October!

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  29. kari reavis

    hey you guys… i think this might be too late but you guys should absolutely watch “The Abominable Dr. Phibes”… if you’ve already watched it, talk about it on “seen it”! i remembered my 8th grade history teacher showed us this but i didn’t know why… anyway i would like to see what you guys think about it so i can have a better preference on it before i watch it again.

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  30. ED Sanchez

    LOVE THE SHOW, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, DECIDED TO SUPPORT ON A MONTHLY BASIS(50 BONES)WOOF,WOOF!!! WHILE I DON’T ALWAYS AGREE WITH YOU TWO, THE SHOW IS ALWAYS ENTERTAINING…HAVE YOU SEEN SERGIO LEONE’s ‘DUCK YOU SUCKER’??? LOVE, ‘LUCK and ALL THAT JAZZ!!!

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  31. Tom Byrne

    Hey!! This show is great !!! I’ll PAYPAL when my screenplay is sold =)

    Have you seen “The Lonely Lady” featuring Pia Zadora?
    And, or, more importantly, the original version of “The Stepfather”
    ?
    Oh and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”?

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  32. Spencer Wilson

    Hey there guys. I love the show and have seen every episode. Have you seen Sergei Eisenstein’s cinematic masterpiece “Ivan the Terrible”? Its a 2 part series ommissioned in 1944 by none other than Joseph Stalin. The film portrays the life of 16th century Tsar: Ivan Grozny. Obviously Stalin was using the film to make a thinly veiled reference to himself. Like many Soviet films of the Stalin era, despite the intrinsic State idolatry, the film remains a monument to cinema and a truly breathtaking work of art. You just have to sit through the film and stomach the Stalinist pablum to get to it.

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  33. Joel

    Hey guys. Donated some money. Wish you fortune and glory.

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  34. Joel

    Also, have you seen it: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. The plot was a bit disjointed but I thought Kilmer and RDJ were great together in it.

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  35. MrCrarnyfex (Max)

    Hi Matt and Craig,
    Have you ever watched a movie and never knew its name, then you found it out then watched it again and found “Finally i found you”! This was the case with me and the movie “Lifeforce”! I personally think the Movie is great! Did you watch it? Dit you Like It?

    greetings from Germany! Weiterhin viel Spass beim Filme schauen!

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  36. frank grimes

    you guys analyze so many seemingly forgotten classics, have you ever thought about watching a couple of underground movies? specifically the Kuchar brothers or Kenneth Anger (Scorpio Rising, Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome)? i say a couple, since they are all pretty short.

    also i think you guys can benefit from Small Apartments. beautiful and sad.

    you guys are great, hope to see you read this next month, as i have little else to look forward to.

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  37. J. Nathan Fulk

    If you guys haven’t seen it, you should watch “Cannibal: the Musical” I remember the first time I watched it. I was laughing through the entire thing. Plus, you have never watched a Matt Stone and Trey Parker film, which i think are all hilarious.

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  38. Keith Fredrickson

    I would like to see an episode where you watch any of the (Budd Spencer- Terrence Hill) movies. They call me Trinity, They still call me Trinity, Super Cops. They were HUGE in the 70′s. Thank you. :)

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  39. Steve in Ohio

    Hey guys, love the show. I just donated 50 big ones in honor of my brother’s 50th birthday. Please wish Tyler in Stow a Happy Birthday, with a Megaforce thumb-kiss. Thanks!

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  40. Nestornajwa

    Hey, guys. I really enjoy your show and look forward to every new installment. But could you say something about the album covers featured behind Craig? Not every show features a cover and I can’t identify all of them, but they always seem to relate to the movie you’re watching, even if I haven’t figured out all the connections. So does Craig get to see the cover before he tries to guess the movie? Sometimes the cover clue is subtle (“Some Girls” for “The Bigamist”; “Revolver” for “Dial M For Murder”) and sometimes they are very much “on the nose” (“The Basement Tapes” for “Masked & Anonymous”; “Bark at the Moon” for “The Wolf Man”). And there are some covers that I can’t figure out. “Sticky Fingers” for “Fritz the Cat”? “Ghost In the Machine” for “Starship Troopers”? “Aja” for “Help”? “Live Rust” for “The Wicker Man” — and why the live album and not “Rust Never Sleeps,” or is that part of the clue? I can’t say I like all of the albums you’ve chosen, but I respect your choices — except one. That would be Boston’s first record (bland) for “Akira”? Otherwise, you’ve got a nice blend of punk, classic rock and other genres. I look forward to the cover selection almost as much as the film and I keep hoping to see some vintage Kinks or Zappa. I have become a little obsessed with this (you may have figured that out already). Any further information would be deeply appreciated. Thank you, and all the best to both of you and your families.

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  41. pip

    Have you ever seen
    THE BLISS OF MRS. BLOSSOM
    or
    THE WORLD OF HENRY ORIENT
    ?

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