I first officially met Brendan about a month ago at the inaugural Benson Home Companion at Barley Street Tavern after I had asked him to write one of the radio plays (never having met nor read anything he’d ever written). He’s theatre people, though, and dammit if I don’t love theatre people. I love every show we do and enjoy meeting new people and hanging out with our guests, but there’s only a small handful that I really connect with on a childlike level. Brendan fit right into that handful. We had so much fun this week and I can’t wait to do it again.
This episode of The Basement on a Hill is sponsored by Firebelly Rep’s “Beastiary.” A series of hilarious and often affecting animal vignettes, Beastiary is written and directed by Brendan JD Reilley of FireBelly Rep. Come get anthropomorphic with a lightning bug in the friend zone, a punk rock band of birds, and beyond. June 23rd, 24th, and 25th at the Bancroft Street Market. Tickets are available online and at the door.
What Anthony Watched
Frankenhooker, Beyond the Gates, Idle Hands, Society, The Driller Killer, Silent Rage, Fender Bender, Toad Road, and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.
News of the Dead
The Final Chapter Wasn’t Really The Final Chapter
Martin Moszkowicz of Constantin Film confirmed to Variety that a reboot of the Resident Evil series is in the works. Adding to the excitement (for some) James Wan has been announced as the first film’s producer. Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil series was wrapped up earlier this year, bringing Alice’s story to a close (apparently). Now a new group takes the reigns, including Mortal Kombat screenwriter Greg Russo who will be penning the first installment in the Resident Evil reboot. (Source: Bloody-Disgusting)
Band: Mean Jeans
Song: Invisible Bugs
The Mummy, It Comes At Night, 47 Meters Down, and The Bad Batch
Madhouse, Kill Baby, Kill!, Alienator, The Lawnmower Man: Collector’s Edition, The Bird With the Crystal Plumage: Limited Edition, and Straw Dogs
“A simple story of two longtime friends reconnecting after years apart is complicated only by the fact that one of those friends is going batshit fucking nuts. As one-time college best friends, Wyatt and Christian had drifted apart, living their own different, yet strangely similar lives. Both were engaged but have since become single; both have made drastic changes. Christian struggles with his own personality and self image, where Wyatt struggles with… well, the phone calls that tell him an alien invasion has already begun. When Wyatt finally opens up to his friend, Christian makes the decision only true friends do – play into your psychotic friend’s schemes, even if it means having your face melted off by sulfuric acid.”