Saturday, January 22, 2022

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 22, 2022

Young Doctors in Love (1982) Well-regarded director and great cast of recognizable faces provides a... fair to middling attempt at an Airplane-style comedy. TIL: Jesus is called the Divine Physician for his power and desire to heal all our spiritual, mental and physical ills.

Dad Rock Diary: Doctor and the Medics (1986) Better than remembered offering from the 80's psych-glam revival. The originals are okay, but the Greenbaum cover remains the highlight. Laudable Lyrics: Prepare yourself, you know it's a must, gotta have a friend in Jesus.

Monday, January 17, 2022

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 17, 2022

Hospital Massacre (1981) Scrub wearing lunatic in pursuit of his boyhood crush knocks offs everyone at the weirdest, worst run hospital ever. Oddly stylish for such utter nonsense. TIL: One sixth of all patients in the U.S. are treated in Catholic healthcare facilities.

One Sheet Words of Wisdom: Hospital Massacre (1981) "Every surgeon carries within himself a small cemetery, where from time to time he goes to pray." - Rene Leriche

Sunday, January 16, 2022

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 16, 2022

Horror Hospital (1973) Uber-British rocker vs. Nazi scientist, lobotomized slaves, and a decapitating car. Like a bunch of drunks tried to make a Hammer horror. TIL: With over 600 hospitals and 1,600 care facilities, Catholic institutions are the US's largest healthcare provider.

Still Voices - Hospital Horror (1973) "First need in the reform of hospital management? That’s easy! The death of all dietitians, and the resurrection of a French chef." - Dr. Martin H. Fischer

An finally, in honor of John Carpenter's birthday, here's my review of THEY LIVE from the archives. This was back in my more verbose pre-Twitter days, so be warned.

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 15, 2022

Visiting Hours (1982) Woman-hater slashes his way through a hospital looking for a feminist reporter. Worth it to watch Michael Ironside double down on the crazy. TIL: The first hospital as we know them was founded by St. Fabiola around the year 400. Non-Christians were admitted.

One Sheet Words of Wisdom: Visiting Hours (1982) "A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints." - Pauline Phillips

Monday, January 10, 2022

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 10, 2022

Curse of the Black Widow (1977) Private eye looks into female killer who has a habit of webbing her victims. Not top-tier Dan Curtis, but still enjoyable TV fare. TIL: Aided by arachnids in his escape from pagan persecutors, St. Felix of Nola is now the patron saint of spiders.

Sing A New Song: David Bowie - Toy (2021) Old guy has a pleasant visit with songs he wrote as a youth. Don't let the horrid cover dissuade you, it's all perfectly nice. Laudable Lyrics: The homeward road is long, you've left your prayers and song, silly boy blue.

Sunday, January 09, 2022

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 9, 2022

B.O.R.N. (1989) Cast of "those guys" carry this tale of black marketers kidnapping unwilling organ doors. Quaint and mean-spirited at the same time. TIL: The Catechism says organ donation (voluntary, of course) is a meritorious expression of generous solidarity to be encouraged.

One Sheet Words of Wisdom: Serial (1980) "BATH, n. A kind of mystic ceremony substituted for religious worship, with what spiritual efficacy has not been determined." - Ambrose Bierce

Saturday, January 08, 2022

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 8, 2022

The Witchmaker (1969) Nice girl is targeted for membership by a coven that hates garlic. Goofy and cheap, but some actual nice camerawork here and there. TIL: Legend says St. Columba met Christ who told her if she kept being a witch she would never enter heaven. She chose wisely.

Dad Rock Diary: Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells a Story (1971) Yeah, yeah, but actually, surprisingly good. Even the overplayed Maggie Mae fits in well here. Laudable Lyrics: If you've ever seen how wars are won, you know what it's like to wish peacetime would come.

Monday, January 03, 2022

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 3, 2022

Beyond Atlantis (1973) Fish-eyed islanders take offense to thugs looking for pearls. Could use a bit more action, but at least there's Sid Haig shooting crabs. TIL: One interpretation of Matt. 7:6 is that we toss pearls before swine when we do the right thing at the wrong time.

Tinseltown Testaments: The Blob (1988) “Consuming sinner and saint alike... who shall be lifted up to rapture when the judgment trumpet blows? None but the faithful brothers and sisters... None but the faithful.”