Monday, April 22, 2019


Highway to Hell (1991) After a Hellcop arrests his gal, Charlie travels the backroads of Hades to save her. Good in that late-night viewing sort of way. TIL: Some skeptics suggest Christianity only spread thanks to Roman roadways. You think maybe the message helped a little too?

Still Voices - Bird Box (2018) "No matter how much you keep encouraging someone who is blindfolded to stare through the cloth, he still won’t see a thing." - Franz Kafka

Dad Rock Daily: The Isley Brothers - 3 + 3 (1973) Mellow and soulful, but is that a touch of Hendrix-like guitar playing I hear? You just never know what mix is going to work. Laudable Lyrics: My destination's closer day by day, so I can't concern with the other side of the road.

Sunday, April 21, 2019


Yongary, Monster from the Deep (1967) Prehistoric monster scarfs down Korea's gasoline. Begs the question, what did it eat before the stuff was invented? TIL: The current pope seems very concerned about fossil fuels impact of God's creation. Think he would cheer for Yongary?

Still Voices - Flowers and Trees (1932) "Then let all the trees of the forest exult before the Lord, who comes, who comes to rule the earth." - 1 Chronicles 16:33

Dad Rock Daily: David Bowie - Hunky Dory (1971) Bowie pays tribute to his influences and in doing so makes his first great album. Laudable Lyrics: Free of thoughts unpure and of thoughts unkind, gentleness clears the soul, love will clean your mind and makes you free!

And finally, the Lenten fast has ended. Let the carnage begin!


The Werewolf of Washington (1973) Dean Stockwell wolfs out and chews scenery in D.C. It's supposedly a satire, but of what it never really seems to make clear. TIL: Innumerable people have abandoned religion and replaced it with politics. How's that working out for everyone?

Still Voices - Futurama (TV Series 1999-2013) “You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” - Anne Lamott

Dad Rock Daily: INXS - Shabooh Shoobah (1982) The pretty poster-boys of Australian pop rock could actually produce some good tracks. Many of them are here. Laudable Lyrics: Have you noticed to this day how many times you've prayed and played.

Friday, April 19, 2019


Strangler of the Swamp (1946) Spirit punishes the families of those who wrongly hanged him. Well made and atmospheric. Oh, and foggy. TIL: Interesting that the story of Jesus' wrongful death and return doesn't end in revenge. Guess he'd never make it as a writer in Hollywood.

Still Voices - Hannibal (2001) "I believe in an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out." - Arthur Hays Sulzberger

Dad Rock Daily: Rainbow - Rising (1976) Classic guitar rock shows it's Blackmore's band, but Dio's voice definitely vies for center stage this time around. Laudable Lyrics: Something's calling me back. There's a light in the black. Am I ready to go?


Wholly Moses (1980) Woefully unfunny Talmudic take on Life of Brian. Pretty sure the 11th Commandment would have been thou shalt not make this movie. TIL: Jews, Catholics, & Protestants may enumerate the Decalogue differently, but the same rules are there no mater the version.

Still Voices - Halloween (1978) "The wicked spies on the righteous and seeks to kill him." - Psalms 37:32

Dad Rock Daily: Genesis - Selling England By The Pound (1973) Considered one of the Top 10 Prog-Rock records of all time, and I won't argue. Jaw dropping if all you know are the group's 80's hits. Laudable Lyrics: I know what I like, and I like what I know.

And finally, CNA’s Tim Hruszkewycz has seen the latest horror film to come down the pike, The Curse of La Llorona, and has a few observations on Catholicism in Hollywood.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


Beyond the Door (1974) Exorcist/Rosemary's baby knock-off replaces quality with nose flutes, soup obsession, and overall general weirdness. TIL: Though not admitting to any spiritual reality, a growing number of psychologists are acknowledging the psychiatric value of exorcisms.

Still Voices - Spy Kids (2001) "In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God's existence." - Isaac Newton

Dad Rock Daily: Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home (1965) Dylan plugs in and the purists whine even more than he does. Good stuff. Laudable Lyrics: The hollow horn plays wasted words, proves to warn that he not busy being born is busy dying.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019


Womaneater (1958) Scientist feeds ladies to a vaguely plant-like thing which then produces life-restoring fluids. 1-to-1 ratio seems kind of self defeating. TIL: Good ends do not justify evil acts. Yes, God can bring good out of evil, but last time I checked, we're not God.

Still Voices - Heavenly Daze (1948) "It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels." - Saint Augustine

Dad Rock Daily: Accept - Restless and Wild (1982) Classic early 80's German speed metal. With song titles like Shake Your Heads, you know what you're getting. Laudable Lyrics: If love was money I would always pay the price, while a million dollars will never ever change my life.

Monday, April 15, 2019


Werewolf of London (1935) Dry run for the soon-to-follow Chaney movie, with emphasis on the dry. Still a classic though and worth a look for its own merits. TIL: To paraphrase both Genesis 4:7 and Warren Zevon, sin is howling around your kitchen door, better not let it in.

Still Voices - Better Off Dead (1985) “It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.” - Oscar Wilde

Dad Rock Daily: Marvin Gaye - I Want You (1976) Maybe not a classic, but one can only imagine the staggering number of children conceived to this album. Laudable Lyrics: To share is precious, pure and fair. Don't play with something you should cherish for life, oh baby.

Sunday, April 14, 2019


The Astounding She-Monster (1958) Radioactive alien kills anyone she touches. Better known for its cool one-sheet than for what's on the screen. TIL: There are nearly 20 stories of Jesus touching people to heal, many of them considered "untouchable" by the standards of the day.

Still Voices - Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) "Welcome anyone who is weak in faith, but not for disputes over opinions." - Romans 14:1

Dad Rock Daily: Richard and Linda Thompson - I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974) Think you're feeling sad and miserable? Please. Hold this album's beer. Laudable Lyrics: Heading for the chosen land. My troubles will all turn to sand, when I get to the border.


We Are What We Are (2013) Strict dad struggles to maintain his family's cannibalistic traditions. Well-made, but theme that religion is full of hypocrisy is pretty tired. TIL: Some Christians don't practice what they preach. That this disproves what they preach is just bad logic.

Still Voices - The Jungle Book (1967) "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength." - Corrie Ten Boom

Dad Rock Daily: Van Dyke Parks - Discover America (1972) Showed up expecting Brian Wilson, instead got a weird conglomeration of crooners and the Caribbean. Laudable Lyrics: Every lady is a woman though nature's act, but every woman is not a lady and that is a fact!