Friday, January 18, 2019


Nightmares (1983) Lance Henriksen as a doubting priest locked in a grueling face-off against a satanic truck? What other reason do you need to watch this anthology? TIL: Unfortunately, about the only way to master the cardinal virtue of Fortitude is on the job training.

Still Voices - Arnold (1973) "The obvious effect of frivolous divorce will be frivolous marriage." - G. K. Chesterton

Dad Rock Daily: Heart - Little Queen (1977) The Wilson's can write some really good Led Zeppelin fan fiction when they put their minds to it. Laudable Lyrics: You need a whole lot more than money, you need more than to survive, you need to keep your Love, keep your Love alive.

Thursday, January 17, 2019


Black Noon (1971) Weird western wherein tricky townsfolk tempt a righteous reverend to ditch the Decalogue. Standard TV fare with some decent atmosphere. TIL: Seven of the Ten Commandments aren't even religious, but rather natural precepts that even atheists can agree on.

Still Voices - Re-Animator (1985) “Science without conscience is the soul's perdition.” - Francois Rabelais

Dad Rock Daily: Wishbone Ash - Argus (1972) Twin guitar hard folk (if that's a thing) set within a medieval milieu. Part of its time, part timeless. Laudable Lyrics: The sky will fall, the earth will pray, when judgment comes to claim its day.

And finally, Bishop Robert Barron has a few thoughts Netflix’s Birdbox and spiritual warfare.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


My Name Is Bruce (2007) Cocky actor Bruce Campbell is asked to fight a real monster in Oregon. Feel-good fan service for enthusiasts of the chinned-one. TIL: Based on Church teachings, the quickest cure for narcissism is to give more of oneself to others. Someone tell "Bruce." 

Still Voices - Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) "Truly, the light of the wicked is extinguished; the flame of his fire casts no light... He is plucked from the security of his tent; and marched off to the king of terrors." - Job 18: 5,14

Dad Rock Daily: Three Dog Night - Three Dog Night (1968) Rag on them all you want, but nice three part harmonies and strong song selection make this a fine listen. Laudable Lyrics: Life's so short, sweet and groovin', and brother I ain't foolin'. you better find someone to love. 

And finally, over at Dappled Things, Karen Ullo discusses The Catholicity of Monsters.





Tuesday, January 15, 2019



Karzan, Jungle Lord (1972) Karzan. Yes, with a K. Starring the pseudonymous Johnny "Kissmuller" Jr. The biggest lie, though, is if anyone tells you this is good. TIL: Despite some dud popes and bishops, at least with apostolic succession you know you're getting the real thing.

Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970)

Still Voices - Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970) "The toppling of idols - even respectable, admired, best-practice, fastest-growing idols - is always the road to liberation." - John Ortberg

Earth, Wind & Fire - All N All

Dad Rock Daily: Earth, Wind & Fire - All ‘n All (1977) The mid-70s obsession with casual sex and the cosmos brings us Close Encounters the EW&F way. Exquisite blend of sci-fi, soul, and funk. Laudable Lyrics: I thirst but never quench, I know the consequence, feeling as I do.

Monday, January 14, 2019


Maze, The

The Maze (1953) What's Kitty's fiance hiding in his hedge maze? Nifty mystery nearly ruined by a laughable monster reveal. TIL: The effects of bad decisions can linger on in families, but the Church frowns on any idea of "generational curses" that denies personal responsibility.

In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

Still Voices - In the Mouth of Madness (1994) "You shall know the truth, and it will make you odd." - Flannery O'Connor

Joy Division - Closer

Dad Rock Daily: Joy Division - Closer (1980) Musical suicide note is a hard listen, but essential for delving into the 80s. Laudable Lyrics: Instincts that can still betray us, a journey that leads to the sun, soulless and bent on destruction, a struggle between right and wrong.

Sunday, January 13, 2019


Morons From Outer Space

Morons from Outer Space (1985) Stranded aliens become celebrities despite being do-nothing idiots. Uneven satire probably more relevant today. TIL: One of the benefits of the "repetitiveness" of the mass is that it helps prevent cults of personality forming around priests.

Gremlins (1984)

Still Voices - Gremlins (198 ) "And do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit." - Ephesians 5:18

Alice Cooper - Killer

Dad Rock Daily: Alice Cooper - Killer (1971) No hits, just eight solid tracks mixing early metal, prog rock, and even a western tinged tribute to Jim Morrison. Laudable Lyrics: You could be the devil, you could be the savior. Well I really can't tell by the way of your behavior.

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And finally, over at The American Catholic, Donald R. McClarey has come to some conclusions regarding the Brady Bunch Double Homicide theory.

Saturday, January 12, 2019


Stranger Than Paradise

Stranger Than Paradise (1984) Willie, his pal Eddie, and cousin Eva are pretty much bored wherever they go. Jarmusch's breakthrough finds art in apathy. TIL: Pope Francis warned that existential ennui can creep in when societies put their faith in technological progress alone.

Videodrome (1983)

Still Voices - Videodrome (1983) "What exactly is 'viewer discretion'? If viewers had discretion, most television shows would not be on the air." - George Carlin

Annette Peacock - I'm The One

Dad Rock Daily: Annette Peacock ‎– I'm The One (1972) Avant-garde moog-laden masterpiece. How is this not in constant rotation on every college radio station? Laudable Lyrics: And the voices keep saying, did you know that it's all changing... the fear is that you might fall.