Tuesday, June 19, 2018

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 19, 2018

Chosen Survivors

Chosen Survivors (1974) Random strangers selected by lottery to ride out a nuclear war in an underground bunker are beset by vampire bats. Some people just can't get a break. TIL: "Love your neighbor as yourself" even when you don't get to choose who that neighbor is.

Slaughter High

Your daily dose of culture courtesy of Slaughter High (1986) - "A faith that hasn't been tested can't be trusted." - Adrian Rogers

Monday, June 18, 2018

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 18, 2018

Terminal Island

Terminal Island (1973) Oddball Women-In-Prison variant has all the murderers in California sentenced to a deserted island where they must make do Lord of the Flies style. TIL: Prisons should be designed to aid the restoration or conversion of offenders, not just dispose of them.

House of Usher

Your daily dose of culture courtesy of House of Usher (1960) - "Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't." - Richard Bach

Sunday, June 17, 2018

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 17, 2018

Stepfather, The

The Stepfather (1987) First rate thriller follows the pitch-perfect Terry O'Quinn as a psycho in search of the perfect family. Sadly, the only thing that rises to meet his expectations is the body count. TIL: True fatherhood is all about sacrifice, but not that kind. Yeesh.

Grave of the Vampire

Your daily dose of culture courtesy of Grave of the Vampire (1972) - "I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection." - Sigmund Freud

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 16, 2018

Baskin

Baskin (2015) Cadre of crude Turkish cops experience one hell of a night. Literally. Dreamlike, disturbing, and downright gross. TIL: The name and description may change across religions, but apparently there's ecumenical agreement that Hell is a place you don't want to go.

King Kong vs Godzilla

Your daily dose of culture courtesy of King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) - "The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis." - Dante

Friday, June 15, 2018

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 15, 2018

Funeral Home

Funeral Home (1980) Teen helps grandma convert the local lich-house into a B&B, because who wouldn't want to overnight in such a place. Somebody decides to pull a Norman Bates. TIL: Christian funerals are grounded not in death, but in resurrection and ascension. So, not all sad.

Evil Laugh

Your daily dose of culture courtesy of Evil Laugh (1986) - “When you need an answer, look over your left shoulder and ask your death.” - Carlos Castaneda

Now Showing Marquee 6

As I’ve noted over the past week, I’m deep into a Babylon 5 binge. That’s not the only show available out there right now, though. Over at The Catholic World Report, Thomas P. Harmon has recently finished running through Netflix’s reboot of Lost in Space and finds it a good watch. He writes…

“Science fiction, at its best, does two things. First, it probes our relationship with technology. Second, in common with the Western’s exploration of frontiers, by putting us into unfamiliar settings it can show the contours of our problems, shining a new light on them or framing them in a way that allows us to see them clearly. Netflix’s Lost in Space does both these things well.”

Okay, if he says so. Just saying I could nitpick if I was so inclined. Still, while I’m not quite as big on the show as Harmon, I didn’t hate myself for watching it and will definitely be back for Season 2. Any thoughts?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 14, 2018

Demonic Toys

Demonic Toys (1992) Cranky demon possesses playthings in an effort to gain control of a policewoman's unborn child. More stupid fun as Charles Band indulges his tiny terror OCD once again. TIL: Hey, maybe this why the Bible talks about putting away childish things?

I goofed up yesterday’s Instagram, so here it is again with the proper quote.

Laugh Clown Laugh

Your daily dose of culture courtesy of Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928) - "Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed off their earthly pedestals." - Agnes Repplier

And here’s yesterday’s quote with the proper image.

Crawling Eye, The

Your daily dose of culture courtesy of The Crawling Eye (1958) - "An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 13, 2018

Attack of the Giant Leeches

Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959) Po' white trash runs afoul of super-sized swamp suckers. Yvette Vickers vamps it up as the bayou's worst bride.  TIL: The exchange of vows is the most important part of a wedding. It might be a good idea to pay attention to them.

Laugh Clown Laugh

Your daily dose of culture courtesy of Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928) - "An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” - Mahatma Gandhi

I’m halfway through my Babylon 5 binge and the Season 3 episode Passing Through Gethsemane is a prime example of why it's time well spent. It’s a standalone story chock full of ruminations on forgiveness from a surprisingly Christian perspective, despite the fact that the writer isn’t really one himself. So if you’ve never seen Babylon 5,  have Amazon Prime, and think you might enjoy a show that handles religion respectfully, give this episode a try.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 12, 2018

Lady Frankenstein

Lady Frankenstein (1971) Eurosleaze follow-up to the classic tale replaces quality with boobs. For those who've long left puberty in the past, the results are unsurprisingly unsatisfying. TIL: This is absolutely not what JPII meant by the feminine genius.

Americathon

Your daily dose of culture courtesy of Americathon (1979) - "There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle." ~ Alexis de Tocqueville