Sunday, July 14, 2024



Longlegs (2024) A disturbed FBI agent pursues a Satan-worshiping serial killer, or is he pursuing her? I get the hype, I really do. The acting is spot-on and the film maintains an uncomfortable level of creepiness all the way through, but... I guess I've seen too many of these things. Ten minutes in and I knew almost to a beat how the rest of the film was going to play out. Worse, the final two minutes contain one of the dumbest decisions by a main character I've seen in a movie in ages, one that irritates me so much I can't rate this any higher than average.

TIL: In a 2012 article for Psychology Today, Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. suggests that serial killers who were known to have dabbled in the occult did so out of a malignant narcissism. They "each had developed a sense that exercising the ultimate power yielded secret knowledge and made them special." To Catholic ears, this sounds a lot like an extreme version of the worst of the Seven Deadly Sins, Pride, the excessive love of one's own excellence.

I HAVE SOME NOTES: More not-so-serious notes on my daily Scripture readings.

Saturday, July 06, 2024


This week for Aleteia I take a look at Sound of Hope: Story of Possum Trot, perhaps Angel Studio's best outing yet.

I HAVE SOME NOTES: Hooray for freedom of speech which allows me to keep sharing inane notes on my daily Scripture readings.

Tuesday, July 02, 2024


And Now the Screaming Starts (1973) Once again, Amicus tries once again to out-Hammer Hammer Studios and doesn't quite get there. This time around, a bride-to-be moves into her fiancĂ©'s mansion, only to learn too late of the curse that hangs over her potential family. The poster prominently features the “dead hand that crawls”, but most folks just seem to remember the woman who gets assaulted and impregnated by a ghost. Go figure.

TIL: The Gospels note that Mary became pregnant when the Holy Spirit descended upon her. The authors don't go into the scientific details of the process, but give enough info to indicate the conception was of a strictly supernatural character and not a physical union. There was none of that Zeus stuff going on in the Bible.

I HAVE SOME NOTES: More mangled musings on my daily Scripture readings.

Friday, June 28, 2024



Night of the Living Dead (1968) If somehow you've been in total isolation since the late 60's and don't know, this is the story of a group of disparate strangers who barricade themselves in an isolated farmhouse to escape ghouls who have risen from the dead to devour the living. Classic? Game-changer? Template for all that came after to follow? Sure, it's all that, and more. But, divorce it from its legacy and NOTLD is still a tight little horror flick with some true chills and a bit of sly commentary on the social stratification in place at the time it was made.

TIL: Among the dumbest of asses was Karl Marx, who taught that religion was a co-conspirator in the stratification of society designed to maintain inequality and perpetuate the status quo, this despite most religions' well documented struggles against unjust class systems throughout history. Consequently, Marx's reduction of everything to the mere materialistic resulted in blood-soaked socialist philosophies with body counts that would put any zombie apocalypse to shame.

I HAVE SOME NOTES: More penciled ponderings on my daily Scripture readings.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024



The Mask (1961) A psychiatrist receives an ancient mask in the mail only to find out upon learning its secrets that he would have been better off marking the package return to sender. Most of this is boilerplate B-movie banality, however, the surrealistic hallucination sequences, originally filmed in 3-D, more than make up for having to sludge through the slower parts. Besides, it's Canada's first horror movie, so no fan of Canuxploitation should pass it by.

TIL: While some local Christian communities utilize masks in various celebrations (the Spanish capirote comes to mind), the liturgy of the Mass is typically mask-free, presumably due to the association of masks with pagan rituals designed to invite the possession of the mask-wearer by outside spirits.

Dad Rock Diary: Savatage - Sirens (1983) While their later albums seem to garner more praise, it feels like this debut should have made Savatage one of the poster bands for early 80's heavy metal. There's really nothing missing from the headbanger's handbook here except for maybe that one hook that gets them some radio play. Laudable Lyrics: Hand down the button, the countdown begins. Am I gonna burn in hell for all my lifelong sins?

Saturday, June 22, 2024



Dad Rock Diary: Looking Glass - Looking Glass (1972) Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) is an undisputed jazzy Yacht Rock treasure, but you'll be really hard pressed trying to figure out how the band that produced that single also penned the perfectly acceptable, but not overly remarkable country-rock tunes that fill out the rest of this album. Expect the tonal shift, and you'll be fine. Laudable Lyrics: Like the meadows in the wind, I'm made of straw, and with my wages paid in sins, Lord, I've tried to crawl.

I HAVE SOME NOTES: More sketchy commentaries on my daily Scripture readings.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024



Still Voices - Sleepwalkers (1992) "A cat won't curry favor even if it's in their best interests to do so. A cat can't be a hypocrite. If more preachers were like cats, this would be a more religious country." - Stephen King

Funny Book Philosophy: Universal Monsters - Dracula 004 (2024) Wasn't expecting James Tynion IV  to rework the old Bela Lugosi movie into a tale of Dracula as a mythic symbol of sin and corruption and Renfield as a fallen soul in need of redemption, but it works.