Saturday, December 07, 2019


The Humanoid (1979) So, Star Wars sued Battlestar Galatica while this bonkers Italian ripoff was allowed to run free? Go cheap and they'll leave you alone, I guess. TIL: The heresy of Apollinarianism denied Jesus was fully human, but only humanoid in form with a divine mind.

Still Voices - A Page of Madness (1926) "Choose your self-presentations carefully, for what starts out as a mask may become your face." - Erving Goffman

Dad Rock Daily: Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Kate & Anna McGarrigle (1975) Sweet folk rock from Canada featuring some downright angelic harmonizing. Laudable Lyrics: Lord I'm travellin' on for Jesus night and day, yes I'm travellin' now for Jesus night and day.


Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986) Misfits are forced to attend fast food college. Standard 80's fare far more interested in boobs than burgers. TIL: In 1963 McDonald's tempted Catholics with a Lenten "Hula Burger" made from fried pineapple and melted cheese. They didn't bite.

Still Voices - The Rift (1990) "Reason’s last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it." - St. Blaise Pascal

Dad Rock Daily: Iggy Pop - The Idiot (1977) Pop goes the Bowie? I suppose, but in fairness the White Duke rarely got as dark on his own stuff as the record he produces here does. Laudable Lyrics: I'll ruin everything you are. I'll give you television.

Thursday, December 05, 2019


Brides of Blood (1968) Man-eating banana trees, virgin sacrifices, dwarf-whippings, and John Ashley. Just another night at a Filipino drive-in. TIL: The Philippines have the 3rd largest Catholic population on Earth. Their devotions famously get just as creative as their movies.

Still Voices - Freejack (1992) "There is nothing more dangerous than a woman with a shotgun. Because you don't know when it's going to go off... and neither does she." - Louis L'Amour

Dad Rock Daily: Moondog - Moondog (1956) Hulking blind poet plays percussion to accompany the sounds of his inner and outer worlds. Just oozes beatnik cool. Laudable Lyrics: Trees against the sky, fields of plenty, rivers to the sea. This, and more spreads before me.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019


Dragonslayer (1981) Standard fantasy plot elevated by complete lack of cynicism and outstanding special effects that still hold up decades later. TIL: St. George actually fighting a dragon is... arguable. His real martyrdom for refusing to recant his faith is everything.

Still Voices: Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) "You have not converted a man because you have silenced him." - John Morley

Dad Rock Daily: The Mamas & The Papas - If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears (1966) It has Monday, Monday and California Dreamin', of course the rest couldn't be as good. Laudable Lyrics: You can bring me love; you can hang around. You can bring me up; don't you bring me down.


Blood Salvage (1990) Cult oddity has an evangelical hillbilly who kidnaps people for live organ harvesting developing a soft spot for a wheelchair-bound teen. TIL: The Church allows organ donation under the dead donor rule (DDR) meaning organs can only be harvested after death.

Still Voices - The Mummy’s Hand (1940) "Love is not a feeling of happiness. Love is a willingness to sacrifice." - Michael Novak

Dad Rock Daily: Bob Marley & The Wailers - Natty Dread (1974) Want to understand Marley, look no further than this rather upbeat excursion into the pits of poverty and revolution. Laudable Lyrics: Them belly full, but we hungry; A hungry mob is a angry mob.

Monday, December 02, 2019


The Blues Brothers (1980) Musicians try to earn tax money for their old orphanage, wrecking every car in Chicago along the way. TIL: Jesus' “Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s” was actually a radical idea because It implied there were things that weren't Caesar's, but God's.

Still Voices - Something Smells (2000) "Good manners and bad breath will get you nowhere." - Elvis Costello

Dad Rock Daily: Tygers of Pan Tang - Spellbound (1981) Despite the name, not a bad chop-socky flick, but rather a bonafide NWOBHM classic.  Laudable Lyrics: Don’t think about the future, I don’t know what it holds. Just live the life you want, never lose your soul.

Saturday, November 30, 2019


The Swarm (1978) Long and dull Irwin Allen epic has killer bees offing almost everyone who ever appeared on an episode of Fantasy Island. TIL: Bees are occasionally used as a symbol of Jesus. The honey reflects his sweet and gentle character, while the sting recalls his justice.

Still Voices - Cry-Baby (1990) "Rebels are the people who refuse the seen for the unseen." - Anne Douglas Sedgwick

Dad Rock Daily: The Runaways - The Runaways (1976) Perfect soundtrack for angry young girls. Of course, if you had this band's backstory, you'd sound pretty much PO'd as well. Laudable Lyrics: Two TV sets and two Cadillac cars, well they don't mean nothin' at all.


Rubber (2010) Touching tale of a car tire turned head-exploding Scanner pursuing the girl of its dreams. Tests your suspension of disbelief. TIL: The latest Popemobiles have run-flat tires capable of rolling on their rims at speeds up to 70 mph if they are suddenly deflated.

Still Voices - Captain America (1990) "A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle." - George William Curtis.

Dad Rock Daily: Bread - Bread (1969) Yes, the Simpsons would file Bread under wus-rock, but this debut album is much better than that. Laudable Lyrics: I'm tellin' you now like I told you before that love has got to be somethin' more than a past time.

Thursday, November 28, 2019


The Twonky (1953) How much TV is harmful is debatable, but if your boob tube starts walking around and takes complete control of your life, it’s time to pull the plug. TIL: The encyclical Miranda Prorsus states the primary aim of TV should be to serve truth and virtue. Should be.

Still Voices - Tank Girl (1995) "When we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness and call it love true love." - Robert Fulghum

Dad Rock Daily: Paul Simon - Paul Simon (1972) Wistful, melancholy, and sometimes meandering. Pretty much like a lot of people after a sad breakup. Laudable Lyrics: I was playing my guitar lying underneath the stars, just thanking the Lord for my fingers.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


The Mangler (1995) Anytime Stephen King gets snooty, remember he wrote the short story about a killer laundry folding machine this is based on. TIL: Among other things, the document Redemptionis Sacramentum details the proper way to care for the linens used during Communion.

Still Voices - The Wolf Man (1941) "If you can but give to the fainting soul at your door a cup of water from the wells of truth, it shall flash back on you the radiance of God." - Moncure D. Conway

Dad Rock Daily: New York Dolls - New York Dolls (1973) Not sure what you get if you put lipstick on a pig, but put it on the Rolling Stones and you get a darn good rock album. Laudable Lyrics: What's wrong today is what's wrong with you.


The Hand (1981) Cartoonist’s severed hand puts the squeeze on people. Directed by Oliver Stone? Yes, and it’s not even considered his worst. TIL: Jesus drew in the sand with his fingers, but we're never told what. One of those fun rabbit holes of speculation to jump down.

Still Voices - Hannibal (2001) "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it." - Terry Pratchett

Dad Rock Daily: Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations (1980) NWOBHM classic is one of the altars at which all Metal acts to follow must genuflect. Laudable Lyrics: From the shores of home, we send a gift of love to sweet and hopeful hearts, a gift from high above.