Saturday, April 04, 2020


The Jar (1984) Man brings home a demon in a jar, starts to hallucinate, then goes bonkers. Tries hard for atmospheric psychological horror; settles for incoherence. TIL: Don't want the demonic in your house, then (gasp) make moral choices, love God, and love one another.

Dad Rock Diary: Cream - Disraeli Gears (1967) Undisputed granddaddy of all power trios to come and most of the reason guitar fans still worship at the altar of Clapton today. Laudable Lyrics: Don't take the wrong direction passing through instead of deep reflection of what's true.

And finally…

Thursday, April 02, 2020


Delivery Boys (1985) Breakdancing pizza slingers face obstacles in their quest for victory at the local pop and lock tournament. As strange as it sounds. TIL: Lenten abstinence was once much stricter and included all meat by-products. No more, so enjoy those Friday cheese pizzas.

Funny Book Philosophy: The Spectre 009 (1969)

Dad Rock Diary: Comus - First Utterance (1971) Powerful Prog/Folk explores pagan sacrifice, rape, and mental illness. Gosh, I can't imagine why this never got radio play. Laudable Lyrics: Lust bares his teeth and whines, for he's picked up the scent of virtue.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020


Piranha (1978) Government altered fishies travel downstream, lunching on everything along the way. Early Joe Dante effort is all the B-Movie fun you could ask for. TIL: God made everything good, so we have to assume piranha became a-holes after the fall, just like us.

Sing A New Song: BABYMETAL - Metal Galaxy (2019) Sailor Moon and Metallica merge into their final form! Don't scoff. This J-Pop Thrash is so much better than it sounds on paper. Laudable Lyrics: Glorious, you just be ambitious. For your dream, for your faith, for your life.

And finally, all this mask wearing has got me to thinking. You know who was prepared for this virus mess? Sociopathic movie villains. Here's a little something from the archives in which we look at 8 MEMORABLE MASKS FROM HORROR MOVIES

Tuesday, March 31, 2020


The New Gladiators (1988) Evil corporation mashes-up motorcycles and Roman combat to raise ratings. Basically Fulci rips off The Running Man and that's okay. TIL: Christians were rarely, if ever, allowed to be gladiators because Rome considered it too honorable a death for them.

Tinseltown Testaments: The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) “All this vast majesty of creation, it had to mean something. And then I meant something, too. Yes, smaller than the smallest, I meant something, too. To God, there is no zero."

Dad Rock Diary: Fairport Convention - Fairpoint Convention (1968) Folksters find their footing. The best would come later, but this debut has its moments. Laudable Lyrics: Well, I wish someone would help me, this decision is mine, and my morals and emotions are hard to combine.

Saturday, March 28, 2020


Sci-Fighters (1996) Roddy Piper hunts down an invulnerable virus-spreading rapist from the moon. Mediocre, but Billy Drago is reliably creepy as always. TIL: Catholics are morally obligated not to knowingly infect others with a sickness, superseding even the duty to attend mass.

Dad Rock Diary: Bad Brains - Bad Brains (1982) Who said hardcore punk was just for disgruntled white kids? Also includes bonus reggae for those who like to picture Bob Marley with a Mohawk. Laudable Lyrics: Well I say, say I'm leaving this Babylon. I'm leaving this Babylon.

Life's Like A Movie: Something about the COVID-19 precautions at my local post office sure seemed familiar. Safe to say, the contents of the certified package I was picking up were a bit different than what the State of Illinois had in their bin for Joliet Jake. Oddly enough, this delineating of spaces made me think about how much I'd love for them to bring back altar rails. They're a perfect piece of psychological architecture, accentuating the sanctuary as the “Holy of Holies” and communicating just how special communion is.

Friday, March 27, 2020


Land of the Pharaohs (1955) Howard Hawk's histrionic potboiler in which a pharaoh demands a tomb be built that allows him take it all with him when he goes. TIL: A better theological phrasing of "God hardened Pharaoh’s heart" would be "God permitted Pharaoh’s hardening of heart."

Sing A New Song: U.S. Girls - Heavy Light (2020) Experimental Pop starts strong then meanders for a little bit. Even so, there's plenty of nice 60's/70's soul callbacks. Laudable Lyrics: No matter how much you get to have, you will still die.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Onibaba (1964) Classic Japanese horror has mother/daughter-in law duo killing samurai to make ends meet. Things only get worse when jealousy over a man enters the equation. TIL: Envy, left unchecked, almost always leads to that other Deadly Sin, wrath.

Still Voices - Hausu (1977) "A merry companion is as good as a wagon, For you shall be sure to ride though ye go a foot." - John Lyly

Dad Rock Diary: Tom Tom Club - Tom Tom Club (1981) Tina and Chris' funky Art Pop side project lay to rest any claims the Talking Heads were just David Byrne. Laudable Lyrics: Call the spirit of the symbol, come to me. Allow the deity to guide you, follow me.  As above, so below.