Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Karzan, Jungle Lord (1972) Karzan. Yes, with a K. Starring the pseudonymous Johnny "Kissmuller" Jr. The biggest lie, though, is if anyone tells you this is good. TIL: Despite some dud popes and bishops, at least with apostolic succession you know you're getting the real thing.
Still Voices - Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970) "The toppling of idols - even respectable, admired, best-practice, fastest-growing idols - is always the road to liberation." - John Ortberg
Dad Rock Daily: Earth, Wind & Fire - All ‘n All (1977) The mid-70s obsession with casual sex and the cosmos brings us Close Encounters the EW&F way. Exquisite blend of sci-fi, soul, and funk. Laudable Lyrics: I thirst but never quench, I know the consequence, feeling as I do.
Monday, January 14, 2019
The Maze (1953) What's Kitty's fiance hiding in his hedge maze? Nifty mystery nearly ruined by a laughable monster reveal. TIL: The effects of bad decisions can linger on in families, but the Church frowns on any idea of "generational curses" that denies personal responsibility.
Still Voices - In the Mouth of Madness (1994) "You shall know the truth, and it will make you odd." - Flannery O'Connor
Dad Rock Daily: Joy Division - Closer (1980) Musical suicide note is a hard listen, but essential for delving into the 80s. Laudable Lyrics: Instincts that can still betray us, a journey that leads to the sun, soulless and bent on destruction, a struggle between right and wrong.
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Morons from Outer Space (1985) Stranded aliens become celebrities despite being do-nothing idiots. Uneven satire probably more relevant today. TIL: One of the benefits of the "repetitiveness" of the mass is that it helps prevent cults of personality forming around priests.
Still Voices - Gremlins (198 ) "And do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit." - Ephesians 5:18
Dad Rock Daily: Alice Cooper - Killer (1971) No hits, just eight solid tracks mixing early metal, prog rock, and even a western tinged tribute to Jim Morrison. Laudable Lyrics: You could be the devil, you could be the savior. Well I really can't tell by the way of your behavior.
And finally, over at The American Catholic, Donald R. McClarey has come to some conclusions regarding the Brady Bunch Double Homicide theory.
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Stranger Than Paradise (1984) Willie, his pal Eddie, and cousin Eva are pretty much bored wherever they go. Jarmusch's breakthrough finds art in apathy. TIL: Pope Francis warned that existential ennui can creep in when societies put their faith in technological progress alone.
Still Voices - Videodrome (1983) "What exactly is 'viewer discretion'? If viewers had discretion, most television shows would not be on the air." - George Carlin
Dad Rock Daily: Annette Peacock – I'm The One (1972) Avant-garde moog-laden masterpiece. How is this not in constant rotation on every college radio station? Laudable Lyrics: And the voices keep saying, did you know that it's all changing... the fear is that you might fall.
Friday, January 11, 2019
Liberty & Bash (1989) Straight to VHS police actioner takes weird left turn into domestic abortion drama. Sadly, both storylines are handled terribly. TIL: Abortion is an issue ultimately decided by the changing of hearts and minds, not laws, so... um, "A" for effort... I guess.
Still Voices - Avengers: Infinity War (2018) "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln
Dad Rock Daily: Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bayou County (1969) Is there anything more authentically Southern sounding as Born on the Bayou? No small feat for a left coaster like Fogerty. Laudable Lyrics: I can be most anything, 'cause when you got nothin' it's all the same.
And finally, as someone in the Catholic Movie Geeks Facebook group was so kind enough to remind us, it was 44 years ago today we lost someone special. Worst wreck I ever saw…
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Labyrinth (1986) Sullen teen must save her baby brother from the sexy singing Goblin King she summoned in anger. Just about everybody's favorite non-Muppet Jim Henson project. TIL: Alas, the virtue of prudence is most often gained by having to learn from our mistakes.
Still Voices - King Kong (1933) "Strengthen me with raisin cakes, refresh me with apples, for I am sick with love." - Song of Songs 2:5
Dad Rock Daily: Joni Mitchell - Song to a Seagull (1968) Mitchell's folksy debut delivers a sublime soundtrack for coffee shops and bookstores everywhere. Laudable Lyrics: And hunger is human, and humans are hungry, for worlds they can't share.