Monday, March 25, 2019


Stung (2015) Big-ass bees bust up a bourgeois bash. 50's mutants plus 80's gore equals a decent time killer. Just don't expect a classic. TIL: St. Gobnait is the patroness of bees and beekeepers. Probably only 10% of the stories about her are true, but those are pretty cool.

Still Voices - The Munsters (TV Series 1964-1966) "Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth; break into song; sing praise." - Psalm 98:4

Dad Rock Daily: Parliament - Mothership Connection (1975) James Brown meets Frank Zappa? Yes, please. It's George Clinton's weird, funky sci-fi universe and we're all invited to live in it. Laudable Lyrics: Somebody say, "Is there funk after death?" I say, "Is Seven Up?"

Saturday, March 23, 2019


The Snarling (2018) Brit twits filming a zombie movie are set upon by a werewolf. No real scares , but lots of dry wit. TIL: Legend says St. Patrick punished King Vereticus and his tribe by turning them into wolves for seven year periods. He still gave them the sacraments though.

Still Voices - Safety Last! (1923) "You can't turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again." - Bonnie Prudden

Dad Rock Daily: Jeff Beck - Beck-Ola (1969) Guitar great shares the spotlight with Ron Wood (like he had a choice) and a surprisingly excellent pre-sexy Rod Stewart. Laudable Lyrics: Throw down a line, help a poor boy who's hanging in a nowhere tree. Have you got a place for me?

Friday, March 22, 2019


Super Fly (1972) Standard gangster tries to go good story elevated by a flawless funk soundtrack. May be too un-PC for today's delicate viewers. TIL: Pushers often pray to Santa Muerte for aid. Trouble is, she's bogus. Real saints aren't really into helping drug deals go well.

Still Voices - Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966) "I wear my hat as I please, indoors or out." - Walt Whitman

Dad Rock Daily: Can - Ege Bamyasi (1972) Contender for the band's best is worshiped by the Krautrock crowd, but some of the more experimental parts may be a bit inaccessible to the uninitiated. Laudable lyrics: I feel Heaven's splendor.

And finally, for Aleteia this week, I take a sneak peek at the History Channel's new series, Jesus: His Life.

Thursday, March 21, 2019


The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) Part feminist manifesto, part the thing it's supposedly manifesting against, all completely wacky. TIL: The Catholic understanding of the relationship between the sexes is one of mutual self-giving, not one of pointless power struggles.

Still Voices - Raising Arizona (1987) “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” - Marthe Troly-Curtin

Dad Rock Daily: Mother Earth – Living With the Animals (1968) Think all there is to late 60s white girl blues is Janis Joplin? Let me introduce Ms. Tracy Nelson. Laudable Lyrics: I'm bringing you this message, I think it's time you knew, that the kingdom of Heaven is within you.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019


Southern Comfort (1981) National guardsmen come into conflict with creepy Cajuns. Another great nerve wrecker from Walter Hill. TIL: Actually, Cajuns are generally peaceful and religious. In fact, the gold star on the white field of their official flag symbolizes Our Lady of the Assumption.

Still Voices - Dawn of the Dead (1978) "But if you go on biting and devouring one another, beware that you are not consumed by one another." - Galatians 5:15

Dad Rock Daily: The O'Jays - Ship Ahoy (1973) Soulful songs about racial tension, the environment, materialism, and the need for prayer. Was this made in '73 or this morning? Laudable Lyrics: Cause we're gonna sing glory hallelujah so the whole wide world can hear.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019


Son of Frankenstein (1939) Evil Ygor (Bela at his best) cons the new Baron into reviving his father's monster. Classic with super set design. TIL: Pope Francis' first requirement of good fathering is to be present in the family. You have to leave behind more than just your work.

Still Voices - The Amazing Colossal Man (1957) “There is no dignity when the human dimension is eliminated from the person. In short, the problem with pornography is not that it shows too much of the person, but that it shows far too little.” - Pope John Paul II

Dad Rock Daily: Bad Company - Bad Company (1974) If the movie Roadhouse were made in 74 with Sam Elliott playing the lead instead of the wise old mentor, this album would be the soundtrack. Laudable Lyrics: All my dues surely must be paid.

Monday, March 18, 2019


Island Claws (1980) Super-sized side-walker clobbers Key West. Kudos for actually constructing a king-sized crustacean that works. TIL: Forget any spiritual, health or anthropological reasons, now we know the real reason crabs were put on the kashrut 'foods to avoid' list.

Still Voices - The Devil's Candy (2015) "If in your drawings you habitually disregard proportions you become accustomed to the sight of distortion and lose critical ability." - Robert Henri (Hint: He might not be talking just about drawing.)

Dad Rock Daily: Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II (1969) Sophomore slump? Yeah, some other band maybe. For Zeppelin, II is the moment where it all crystallizes. Laudable Lyrics: I'll just keep on rollin' along with the grace of the Lord above.