Sunday, October 17, 2021

DAILY CALL SHEET: OCTOBER 17, 2021

Death Ship (1980) Derelict Nazi tanker drives George Kennedy nuts. Objectively not so good, but overflowing with that patented early 80's haunted house vibe, so enjoy. TIL: Pope St. Clement encountered his own death ship when Trajan had him tied to an anchor and tossed overboard.

Still Voices - Repossessed (1990) "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." - Victor Hugo

Saturday, October 16, 2021

DAILY CALL SHEET: OCTOBER 16, 2021

Sleepy Hollow (1999) Tim Burton's gothic take on the Headless Horseman legend. Pretty, if not much else. Probably gets extra points if you shopped at Hot Topic a lot. TIL: St. Dymphna refused to marry her own father, so the old nut took out his sword and personally beheaded her.

Funny Book Philosophy: Mad Magazine 451 (2005)

Friday, October 15, 2021

DAILY CALL SHEET: OCTOBER 15, 2021

Eyeball (1975) Group of tourists refuse to cut short their trip through Spain, even after a killer starts stealing their eyeballs. Mid-tier giallo from Lenzi, but fans of the genre should be satisfied. TIL: For refusing to renounce her faith, St Lucy had her eyes gouged out.

Now Showing at a Blog Near You: There is no easy way to work through grief, for the characters or the audience. For Aleteia this week I review Mass, one of the year's better, but also most emotionally exhausting films.

DAILY CALL SHEET: OCTOBER 15, 2021

Grizzly (1976) Jaws with a bear, sure, but just loopy enough to stand on its own as 90 minutes of entertaining schlock. If nothing else, bear vs. helicopter. TIL: When the lions refused to eat St Euphemia and just licked her instead, starving bears were sent out to do the job.

Now Showing at a Blog Near You: Over at  Aleteia, Philip Kosloski attempts to assemble The Catholic Church’s official guide to comic books based on the few brief mentions the medium gets in published Church documents

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

DAILY CALL SHEET: OCTOBER 13, 2021

The Villain (1979) Handsome Stranger Arnie dispatches Kirk Douglas via various Road Runner riffs including many boulder crushings. 90 minutes is 80 minutes too long. TIL: The decidedly unfunny death of St. Margaret Clitherow involved being pressed to death beneath a large rock.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

DAILY CALL SHEET: OCTOBER 12, 2021

Atomic Shark (2016) Radioactive shark roasts swimmers and causes seafood to become explosive. Also, random Jeff Fahey. The SyFy shark factory just keeps on cranking. TIL: As St. Lawrence was being roasted alive, he famously quipped, "Turn me over; I’m cooked on that side.”

Dad Rock Diary: July - July (1968) No pop poseurs here. Authentic psychedelia by way of the same road Syd Barrett tread. Laudable Lyrics: You take in beauty, not the bad things. You missed it all. There's more in loving than just the times when minds in tune sing.

Monday, October 11, 2021

DAILY CALL SHEET: OCTOBER 11, 2021

Sledgehammer (1983) Supernatural slasher, um hammerer, notable only for being among the first SOV flicks to hit VHS. Hey, it was better than renting porn. TIL: St. Sebastian actually survived all those arrows he's shown riddled with, only to be hammered to death soon afterwards.

Funny Book Philosophy: The Beyond 010 (1952) "And when they say to you, 'Consult the mediums and the wizards who chirp and mutter,' should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?" - Isaiah 8:19

Sunday, October 10, 2021

DAILY CALL SHEET: OCTOBER 10, 2021

Village of the Damned (1960) Creepy kids use their mental powers to terrorize a small town. Classic, and the blonde brats are an indelible image. TIL: For refusing to sacrifice to pagan gods, St. Cassian was sentenced to be sliced up by his own students. Which the kids did.

One Sheet Words of Wisdom: Godzilla vs the Smog Monster (1971) "Culture is like a smog. To live within it, you must breathe some of it in and, inevitably, be contaminated." - Richard K. Morgan