Sunday, January 24, 2021

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 24, 2021

Shiki (2010) Vampires invade an isolated village. Great creepy vibe sadly undone by misguided moral equivalency. TIL: Author Eleanor Bourg Nicholson noted, "If evil isn’t evil, and sin isn’t sin, and vampires aren’t vampires, the thrill of the Gothic is reduced to lame angst.”

Dad Rock Diary: The Sweet Inspirations - The Sweet Inspirations (1967) Backup singers (including Whitney's mom) get the limelight. One of the better girl group albums of the 60's. Laudable Lyrics: If you want a do-right-all-day woman, you've got to be a do-right-all-night man.

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 23, 2021

Sword of Honor (1996) Kung-fu cop battles thugs over an ancient sword that does... not much really. Then again, neither does the movie. TIL: You have to first learn how to wield a sword before it can be truly useful. That's even true for the "sword of the spirit" AKA God's word.

And then there’s this. I'm sure there's two or three of you who will get this reference.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 21, 2021

1BR (2020) Confused young woman moves to apartment complex with seriously effed-up notions about community. Above average for Netflix. TIL: The Church believes communities are owed loyalty by their members, but only if the dignity of the human person is their guiding principle.

Also, here’s a little something from the archives for #SquirrelAppreciationDay

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 20, 2021

The Pool (2018) Guy gets trapped in an empty pool with a crocodile. Bad things happen. Could trim fifteen minutes and change a few bad character decisions, but mostly okay. TIL: Many scholars believe Leviathan in the Bible was just a Nile crocodile. Could still eat you though.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 19, 2021

Latitude Zero (1969) Explorers blunder into an undersea war with Cesar Romero. Best just to suspend your cynicism and trust Ishirō Honda to make it fun. TIL: Rumored to have sailed as far as America sometime in the 6th century, St. Brendan is the patron saint of the sea-faring.

Funny Book Philosophy: Monsters Unleashed 007 (1974)

Monday, January 18, 2021

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 18, 2021

VFW (2019) Old war dogs fend off raging tweakers. Desperately wants to be Assault on Precinct 13; gets close enough to be enjoyable. TIL: JPII deemed illegal drug use illicit as it involves an unjustified, irrational abdication of the ability to think, choose and act as a person.

One Sheet Words of Wisdom: Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (1965) "Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 17, 2021

It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) Spaceship has an unwanted passenger. May have inspired Alien, but fun enough on its on merits even it didn't. TIL: Pope Francis says to welcome the stranger is to welcome Christ. I'm sure this assumes the stranger is not trying to eat you.

Dad Rock Diary: The Yardbirds - Roger The Engineer (1966) Psychedelic blues pastiche is kind of all over the place, but each place it goes is pretty dang good, so who cares. Laudable Lyrics: Ever since the world began, Satan's followed every man, trapping evil if he can.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 16, 2021

Cub (2014) Forest dwelling feral family teaches a bunch of Scouts how to earn a badge in evisceration. Man, the Belgians can be bleak. TIL: Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell chose St. George to be the patron Saint of Scouting for his example of faith, courage and perseverance.

Still Voices - The Twonky (1953) "Future generations will look back on TV as the lead in the water pipes that slowly drove the Romans mad." - Kurt Vonnegut