Tuesday, April 13, 2021


Future Shock (1994) Psychiatrist uses VR to induce therapeutic nightmares. Anything with Bill Paxton as a sociopathic roommate is worth a watch. TIL: According to The World Psychiatric Association an awareness of religious beliefs is necessary for understanding the whole patient.

One Sheet Words of Wisdom: The Nest (1980) "Nature, the ultimate pragmatist, doggedly searches for something that works. But as the cockroach demonstrates, what works best in nature does not always appeal to us.” - Mark Kurlansky

Monday, April 12, 2021


Sweet Smell of Success (1957) Reporter hires gossip monger to ruin his sister's engagement. Pitch black, but not untrue, take on the power of the press. TIL: The oft quoted L'Osservatore Romano is not the Vatican's official newspaper. That would be the gazette Acta Sanctae Sedis.

Still Voices - Ant-Man (2015) "All good work is done the way ants do things: little by little." - Lafcadio Hearn

Sunday, April 11, 2021


Dam Sharks! (2016) It ain't beavers building dams made out of people. Take it or leave it entry in the "pick a random word, add bad CGI sharks" series from SyFy. TIL: Job 28 praises man's achievements, including dam construction, but points out it's all useless without wisdom.

Dad Rock Diary: J.K. & Co. - Suddenly One Summer (1968) 15-year old wunderkind tripping in Canada cuts a hazy psychedelic concept-classic about drug addiction. Definitely worth a spin. Laudable Lyrics: Come with me, buddy, now. Fold your hands down and bow your heads.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021


Boss Level (2021) Time looped soldier battles assassins to save his family and the world. Assumes you know the tropes and just gets straight to the fun. TIL: No evidence for it, but some wonder if Purgatory consists of time loops of our sins we must correct in order to move on.

Still Voices - Zaat (1971) "If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all." - Joey Adams

Monday, April 05, 2021


Curse of Evil (1982) Bonkers Lovecraftian tale from The Shaw Brothers features a family cursed with rapey relatives, rapey demons, and (mercifully) non-rapey frogs. TIL: OT punishment for rape ranged from lifelong care for the victim to the death penalty. It was never condoned.

Dad Rock Diary: Dr. Feelgood - Down by the Jetty (1975) Just want a soundtrack for getting plastered at a pub? Have we got the band for you. Laudable Lyrics: The air is filled with poison, the sea is thick with grease. Somewhere in this hell on earth I'll surely get some peace.

Sunday, April 04, 2021

THE JUKEBOX HERO HYMNAL: Hymn 034: Sweathog – Hallelujah

Time to sneak one more tune into the Jukebox Hero Hymnal, and what better song for an Easter Sunday than Sweathog’s Hallelujah.

Sweathog was a lot more Southern and soulful than your typical San Francisco band, but alas, Hallelujah was their only Top 40 hit. Still, it was popular enough to get them on the road with some major acts including, oddly enough, Black Sabbath. You have to wonder what Sabbath fans made of lyrics like these…

I used to look at life
In a shade of gray
Til I found some satisfaction
In the things you say
You took me in your hands
And like a piece of clay
You made me a man, now
I'm proud to say
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

I'd wake up in the morning
And I'd wanna cry
'Cause all my needed answers
Were just passing by
My feelings getting stronger
Each and every day
Lord, now that I've got you
All I wanna say
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Oh sure, this could be interpreted as a simple love song, but the hallelujah is kind of a giveaway, isn’t it?

Hallelujah, which basically means “Praise God,” is the old Hebrew version of the word alleluia we use more often in the Church these days. Well, most of the time anyway. While the Alleluia is typically sung at mass just before the gospel reading, during Lent it’s removed to emphasize the penitential nature of the season. Instead of singing with the angels, we acknowledge our sins and practice repentance. That way, we make ourselves ready to once again be worthy of worshiping God as the angels do.

And after six long weeks of Lent, that day finally comes during the Easter vigil, and what a sense of relief it is. After all, as Saint Augustine said, "We are an Easter people, and Alleluia is our song." It just feels odd when it’s not there during Lent. Which is sort of the point, right?

Thursday, April 01, 2021


Two on a Guillotine (1965) Heiress must last a week in a mansion to earn her inheritance. Okay, but honestly, Dean Jones and Connie Stevens just don't scream horror. TIL: In 1794, anti-Catholic Robespierre sent 14 Carmelite nuns to the guillotine. They sang all the way there.

Still Voices - M*A*S*H (1970) "Evidently one cannot look for long at the Last Supper without ceasing to study it as a composition, and beginning to speak of it as a drama. It is the most literary of all great pictures." - Kenneth Clark