Saturday, September 14, 2019

DAILY CALL SHEET: SEPTEMBER 14, 2019


It Conquered the World (1956) Corman classic has cucumber from Venus attempting to rid Earth of all its pesky emotions. You know you like it. TIL: Emotions are neither good nor evil. They are morally qualified only to the extent that they effectively engage reason and will.


Still Voices - The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.” - Oscar Wilde


Dad Rock Daily: Praying Mantis - Time Tells No Lies (1981) Overlooked entry in the NWOBHM genre offers some strong melodic twin guitar attacks. Laudable Lyrics: Running through the wilderness, never standing still. Hell is close behind me moving in for the kill.

Friday, September 13, 2019

DAILY CALL SHEET: SEPTEMBER 13, 2019


Hour of the Wolf (1968) Horror ala Ingmar Bergman. Easy to parody, but a masterpiece of tension and dread nevertheless. TIL: Fitzgerald called the hour halfway between midnight and dawn 'the dark night of the soul,' which in spiritual terms is a crisis in one's journey toward God.


Still Voices - Weird Woman (1944) "You don't have to gaze into a crystal ball when you can read an open book." - Aneurin Bevan


Dad Rock Daily: Pat Benetar - Crimes of Passion (1980) Sophomore effort from the songbird finally brings her 4.5-octave voice to full fruition. She does a pretty wicked Kate Bush cover as well. Laudable Lyrics: Open your eyes, maybe you'll see the light.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

DAILY CALL SHEET: SEPTEMBER 11, 2019


The Incredible Melting Man (1977) Space jockey with porn-stache turns into slowly dissolving cannibal. Standard B-stuff highlighted by buckets of goo courtesy of Rick Baker. TIL: Acedia, or sloth, is a sort of slow spiritual wasting away due to an indifference to holy duties.


Still Voices - Funky Forest The First Contact (2005) "Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them." - P.J. O'Rourke


Dad Rock Daily: The Beach Boys - Sunflower (1970) Uneven, dated, easy listening music? Well, maybe, but it's still among the prettiest uneven, dated easy listening music you're likely to find. Laudable Lyrics: The Sunday morning gospel goes good with the soul.

Monday, September 09, 2019

DAILY CALL SHEET: SEPTEMBER 9, 2019


Deathgasm (2015) Garage band's lyrics unleash a demonic Armageddon in this humorous homage to early bloodsoaked Peter Jackson. TIL: It's been said that Catholicism is the most metal of religions, because who else eats the flesh and drinks the blood of their God? ;-)


Still Voices - The Cyclops (1957) "Press on. Obstacles are seldom the same size tomorrow as they are today." - Robert H. Schuller


Dad Rock Daily: Dio - Holy Diver (1983) Proof that Dio's Rainbow and Sabbath days served him well. Bombastic solo debut sets the stage for all power metal to follow. Laudable Lyrics: You can see his stripes but you know he's clean. Oh, don't you see what I mean.

Sunday, September 08, 2019

DAILY CALL SHEET: SEPTEMBER 8, 2019


Parts: The Clonus Horror (1979) Two teens discover they are clones being bred for spare parts. Big concept done fairly badly. TIL: Organ transplants conform to moral law if the physical and psychological dangers to the donor are proportionate to the good sought for the recipient.


Still Voices - Better Off Dead (1985) "If you learn a recipe, you can cook the recipe. If you learn the technique, you can cook anything." - Michael Symon


Dad Rock Daily: Maze - Inspiration (1979) Some excellent, some standard soft soul, but so relentlessly positive you won't mind the ups and downs. Laudable Lyrics: You don't always get the things you wanted to That's alright that could be good for you.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

DAILY CALL SHEET: SEPTEMBER 7, 2019


Not of This Earth (1957) To save his own world, an alien drinks human blood and wears his sunglasses at night. Ultra-cheap Corman is good Corman. TIL: Under Catholic doctrine, the direct intentional killing of innocents, even to save others, is never permissible.


Still Voices - Batman Returns (1992) "Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." - Robert A. Heinlein


Dad Rock Daily: Lou Reed - Berlin (1973) Because there are times you're just in the mood to endure an agonizing masterpiece of despair and lessons not learned. Laudable Lyrics: Men of good fortune very often can't do a thing, while men of poor beginnings often can do anything.

Friday, September 06, 2019

DAILY CALL SHEET: SEPTEMBER 5, 2019


Better Off Dead (1985) Classic cult comedy has a sullen teen considering suicide after being dumped, but failing hysterically at each attempt. TIL: Suicide is a sin, but grave psychological disturbances that impede free will can remove responsibility and consequences for the act.


Still Voices - The Dark Crystal (1982) "To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle." - George Orwell


Dad Rock Daily: Bob Welch - French Kiss (1977) Starts with the ubiquitous hit ballad, but soon settles into a pleasing Steve Miller with disco strings kind of groove. Laudable lyrics: Find the darkest night that you can find and see if you can read between the lines.