Sunday, July 03, 2022

DAILY CALL SHEET: JULY 3, 2022

Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary (1975) Blood-addicted artist tries to elude the police and maintain a love-life. Laid back or just lackadaisical? You judge. TIL: Like the other kashrut requirements Jesus negated, the prohibition against partaking of blood is not binding on Christians.

Dad Rock Diary: The Sonics - Here Are The Sonics (1965) Raw, fast , and viscous. Punk done right years before it was a thing. Lamentable Lyrics: I hung my stocking on a wall, I didn't get a thing at all... I don't believe in Christmas 'cause I didn't get nothin' last year.

Friday, July 01, 2022

DAILY CALL SHEET: JULY 1, 2022

Mad God (2021) Starts with the Tower of Babel, gets worse for mankind from there. Stop-motion masterwork is like Harryhausen & the Quay Brothers dropped acid together. TIL: Some have suggested the sin of the Tower of Babel was the attempt to create a heaven on earth without God.

Now Showing at a Blog Near You: My latest for Aleteia is a look at the Hulu miniseries 'Under the Banner of Heaven' and what it gets wrong about Mormonism (and all religions).

Thursday, June 30, 2022

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 30, 2022

Head of the Family (1996) Redneck matches wits with a M.O.D.O.K. wannabe and his freakish family. Probably the epitome of late 90's Chares Band. TIL: Scripture implies men should be the spiritual heads of the family, but acknowledges situations where this is not feasible.

Dad Rock Diary: Dread Zeppelin - Un-Led-Ed (1990) Classic Zep songs played in a reggae style with vocals provided by a portly Elvis impersonator. Sounds like a goof, but it all works amazingly well. Laudable Lyrics: For peace and trust can win the day, despite of all your losing.

Monday, June 27, 2022

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 27, 2022

Parasomnia (2008) Art student of dubious intelligence falls for a comely somnambulist controlled by a psychic serial killer. Dreamlike, or just discombobulated? Hard to say. TIL: What do you call a nun who walks in her sleep? A roaming Catholic. I'm here all night, folks.

Still Voices - Snakes on a Plane (2006) "Fly from bad companions as from the bite of a poisonous snake." - St. John Bosco

Sunday, June 26, 2022

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 26, 2022

Revealer (2022) Atheist stripper and evangelical must team up during the end times. Bipolar flick in which Dispensationalism is true but religion is somehow still bull****. Huh. TIL: Actually, Catholicism doesn't teach a "Left Behind" scenario. Nobody really did until the 1800's.

Def by Temptation (1990) Succubus tries to corrupt a young man before he enters seminary. Don't let the Troma tag fool you, it's a real film. A decent one at that. TIL: Walter Map's satirical Trifles of Courtiers claims Pope Sylvester II rose to power with the aid of a succubus.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 25, 2022

Popcorn (1991) A killer stalks film students at a festival of William Castle-style flicks. A complete blast, and I'd totally watch every one of the fake movies. TIL: A Vietnamese Good Friday custom has a Jesus statue buried in popcorn, a substitute for rare white flower petals.

Eye of the Cat (1969) Ailurophobe schemes to get his crazy-cat-lady aunt's money. S'alright if you like watching amoral A-holes try to out-con one another. TIL: St. Gertrude was fine with felines, but was actually named the patron saint of cats due to her ability to expel mice.

Friday, June 24, 2022

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 24, 2022

Death Toilet (2021) Vietnam vet vows vengeance on the possessed potty that killed his brother. It's less than an hour, so why not? TIL: The Vatican has a bathroom featuring a risqué wall painting by Raphael based on a sex comedy written by Cardinal Bernardo Dovizi di Bibbiena.

Devil Story (1986) A crazed gypsy, her deformed son, a psychic cat, a mummy, and Satan's horse run amuck in the French countryside. I... I... Aye yai yai! TIL: Documents say Christians arrived in France in the 2nd century. Legend says Mary, Martha, & Lazarus landed there earlier.