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.

Sunday, March 17, 2019


Slugs (1988) Killer slugs? Why not. Ludicrous variation on the 'animal attacks' genre is actually more fun than it has any right to be. TIL: Yes, God gave disgusting slugs a purpose. With approximately 27,000 teeth, a slug is perfect for eating the waste left by other animals.

Still Voices - The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) "The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection." - Michelangelo

Dad Rock Daily: Bee gees - Bee Gees' 1st (1967) Baroque and Beatles-esque. If you haven't heard this, you have no idea who the Bee gees really are. Laudable Lyrics: Oh solo Dominique, Oh solo Dominique, Oh solo Dominique, Oh solo Dominique.

Saturday, March 16, 2019


2019: After the Fall of New York (1982) A rescue is attempted in the lawless wasteland of the post-apocalyptic Big Apple in this, the most glorious of all Escape from New York rip offs. TIL: Thanks to over 18 million tourists, the crime rate in Vatican City actually exceeds 133%.

Still Voices - The Creature Wasn't Nice (1981) "The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light." - Matthew 6:22

Dad Rock Daily: Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (1983) Synthpop's greatest voice broods with the best of them. Another album that's more than one hit. Laudable Lyrics: Love is a danger of a different kind.

Friday, March 15, 2019


The Secret of Kells (2009) Novice monk enlists the aid of fairies to help guard an illuminated manuscript. Appropriately gorgeous given the subject matter. TIL: You can view the real Book of Kells online at the Trinity College Library of Dublin's Digital Collections Repository.

Still Voices - Ms .45 (1981) "The source of justice is not vengeance but charity." -Saint Bridget of Sweden

Dad Rock Daily: Pearls Before Swine - Balaklava (1968) Lite-psych folk full of literary references is pleasant. Yeah, definitely pleasant.  Laudable Lyrics: I saw the world spinning like a toy. Hate seems so small compared to it all, so why don't you do joy.

Thursday, March 14, 2019


Berserker (1987) Camping couples are victimized by an ancient viking dressed as a bear. Obligatory Buck Flower does nothing to save this dud. TIL: Early Viking converts respected Jesus as a heroic king willing to sacrifice Himself for His followers. Something there for everyone.

Still Voices - Frankenhooker (1990) "Then the woman comes to meet him, dressed like a harlot, with secret designs." - Proverbs 7:10

Dad Rock Daily: The Pretty Things - S.F. Sorrow (1967) What you might get if The Beatles were a garage band and decided to make a rock opera. Yep, it's pretty darn good. Laudable Lyrics: Through dark forests of my mind, a light is shone - it's you I find.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


Laserblast (1978) Misplaced alien weapon turns a sullen teen-aged schlub into a sociopath. Somehow endearing despite its awfulness. TIL: Since 13 was a common age to begin study under a Rabbi, it's quite possible some of the Apostles were teens. Age is no excuse for being an ass.

Still Voices - Jack the Giant Killer (1962) "Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only." - Samuel Butler

Dad Rock Daily: Eloy - Power And The Passion (1975) Enjoyable Prog concept album follows a guy who time trips to 1835, smokes weed with a girl, and joins a peasant rebellion, because why not? Laudable Lyrics: So God please take me out of here, you are my one hope at this time.

And finally, Andy over at Catholic Geeks has posted a review of Captain Marvel wherein he finds it the most fun MCU movie in a while. As for me, I’ve always found Carol Danvers a little bit dull ever since I bought her first issue back in the 70s and the movie only raised my opinion of the character just a little. I mean, the film isn't Iron Man 2 boring or anything like that, it’s just nowhere near marvel’s best. I rate it perfect matinée price fodder.



Pitch Black (2000) Fun and surprisingly well made B-romp has a crazy-eyed killer protecting passengers stranded on a planet full of night-stalking monsters. TIL: Just as the eye needs light to see; a man can only stay on the right path if it's lit by the eternal light of justice.

Still Voices - This Is Spinal Tap (1984) "The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow." - Washington Irving

Dad Rock Daily: Jonathan Edwards - Jonathan Edwards (1971) Hits the spot if you need a 70s singer/songwriter fix but are tired of Taylor and the rest of the top tier. Laudable Lyrics: Here come the train of glory, it's comin' right on time.

Monday, March 11, 2019


Session 9 (2001) Cleaning crew courts catastrophe in an abandoned asylum. Eerie thriller makes many a top ten, and for good reason. TIL: Whether it's been in morotrophias, monasteries, or hospitals, the care for the mentally ill has aways been part of God's call to heal the sick.

Still Voices - It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) "Can anyone hide in secret without my seeing them?... Do I not fill heaven and earth?" - Jeremiah 23:24

Dad Rock Daily: Gary Numan - The Pleasure Principle (1979) Since Kraftwerk wasn't going to make electronic pop singles, I suppose somebody else had to. A must listen for new wave fans. Laudable Lyrics: We are not gods.


Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973) Predictable Psycho derivation still manages that weird atmosphere which 70s TV flicks seemed to marinate in. TIL: Speaking of atmosphere, 74% of respondents to a 2003 Adoremus Bulletin poll said their biggest concern was lack of reverence at Mass.

Still Voices - This Island Earth (1955) "Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts." - Peter Kreeft

Dad Rock Daily: Sly & The Family Stone - Stand! (1969) Not a greatest hits compilation, but you sure couldn't tell by listening to it. Laudable Lyrics: There's a cross for you to bear, things to go through if you're going anywhere. Stand for the things you know are right.