DAILY CALL SHEET: MARCH 18, 2020
Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds (1977) Cheap plastic plesiosaurs have Japanese for dinner while chilling to the dulcet tones of smooth jazz. TIL: In 1980, the legendary Dave Brubeck composed the "jazz mass" To Hope! A Celebration. Once completed, he joined the Church.Still Voices - Pulp Fiction (1994) "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya AngelouDad Rock Diary: Meat Puppets - Meat Puppets II (1984) Yippee Ki-Yay Cowpunks churn out a cow-tipping classic that would influence everyone from Nirvana to Primus. Laudale Lyrics: Where do bad folks go when they die? They don't go to heaven where the angels fly.
Getting Lucky (1989) Drunk Leprechaun helps teen get into a cheerleader's panties... by shrinking him and putting him there. Just weird and offensive. TIL: St. Patrick was so successful as a missionary he converted an entire country. Still, some dumb stuff apparently lingered.One Sheet Words of Wisdom: Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959) "The Irish are the one race for which psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever... because they already live in a dream world." - Sigmund FreudSing A New Song: Lankum - The Livelong Day (2019) Contemporary Celts feeling down and out in the Land of Saints and Scholars. Somber and engrossing. Laudable Lyrics: When the young people dance they do not dance forever. It is written in sand with the softest of feathers.
DAILY CALL SHEET: MARCH 16, 2020
The Andromeda Strain (1971) Michael Crichton tale of eggheads in a bunker racing to find a cure for an extraterrestrial virus. Slooow... but smart. TIL: Various passages in Numbers and Leviticus instituted rules for quarantine and sanitation. Science eventually caught up later.Dad Rock Diary: Max Webster - Universal Juveniles (1980) The boys from Rush drop by to help give their fellow power-trio Canucks a hard rocking sendoff. Laudable Lyrics: All your life you must be ready for that ride into another sphere. Life just may be one day to go.And finally, Steven D. Greydanus has a great interview up with John Rhys-Davies for the new movie about everyone’s favorite Irish Saint, I Am Patrick. If you weren't already a slavish fan of his before, you will be after this.
DAILY CALL SHEET: MARCH 14, 2020
Demon Cop (1990) Actually, it's a werewolf ex-probation officer. Honestly, though, if you try to make it through this mess, you're not going to care either way. TIL: St. Michael the Archangel, Patron Saint of Police Officers and Heaven's chief demon fighter, might of helped here.Funny Book Philosophy: Firebrand 009 (1996)Sing A New Song: Prince - Originals (2019) The Purple One's personal demos for songs he gave away to others. Of course, they're often better than what the others ultimately did with them. Laudable Lyrics: Love, thy will be mine, and make me strive for the glorious and divine.
DAILY CALL SHEET: MARCH 13, 2020
Last Woman on Earth (1960) Apparently three's a crowd in post-apocalyptic times, especially when only one of the trio is a woman. A bit tame given the premise. TIL: Lust is a sin because it objectifies others rather than seeing them as individuals made in the image of God.Dad Rock Diary: The End - Introspection (1969) Excellent one-off Psych Pop that takes its album title seriously. Alas, the spoken word interludes won't be for everyone. Laudable Lyrics: Dispensation for life, compensating for strife. Registration of facts, proving life is an act.And finally, this week for Aleteia: Just in time for St. Patricks Day I take a look at the new docudrama ‘I Am Patrick’ starring the indispensable John Rhys-Davies.
DAILY CALL SHEET: MARCH 12, 2020
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) Nebbish quashes his conscience to feed a carnivorous plant. Original version of the tale is delightfully weird. TIL: Aquinas says plants have only a Vegetative soul, the power that allows for the basics of nourishment, growth, and reproduction.Tinseltown Testaments: Wayne's World (1992) "If you blow chunks and she comes back, she's yours. But if you spew and she bolts, then it was never meant to be."Dad Rock Diary: Amon Düül II - Yeti (1970) Early 70's Pink Floyd the Krautrock way. Masterpiece, but those turned off by long rambling explorations may disagree. Laudable Lyrics: When the everywhere eye asks you "Who is the emperor of the sky?," take the Archangel's Thunderbird.
DAILY CALL SHEET: MARCH 10, 2020
The Gore Gore Girls (1972) A-hole P.I. tracks maniac who executes exotic dancers with a meat tenderizer. Even the cast seems less than interested in what's going on. TIL: The Church frowns on stripping because it objectifies women and is intended to incite lust, not love.Still Voices - Guardians (2017) "Always respect Mother Nature. Especially when she weighs 400 pounds and is guarding her baby.” – James RollinsSing A New Song: Ozzy Osbourne - Ordinary Man (2020) Not quite prime Ozzy, but he's not in his prime anymore and knows it, making the subject matter oddly poignant. Laudable Lyrics: The road to Hell isn't paved. Not every soul can be saved (You reap what you sow).
DAILY CALL SHEET: MARCH 9, 2020
The Trip (1967) Bruce Dern guides Peter Fonda through a LSD trip scripted by Jack Nicholson and directed by Corman. All druggies should be so lucky. TIL: Along with the possible health/psychological risks, the Church opposes any form of intoxication that surrenders free will.One Sheet Words of Wisdom: Parts The Clonus Horror (1979) "An effective human being is a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts." - Ida P. RolfDad Rock Diary: Kaleidoscope - Tangerine Dream (1967) Even if you've never heard it before, this is the album you think of when someone mentions soft Psychedelic Pop. Laudable Lyrics: And while you remain the ghost of the past, you will never have people or a kingdom.
DAILY CALL SHEET: MARCH 7, 2020
Dracula (1974) Jack Palance is surprisingly effective as the Dracula you never knew you wanted. Limited due to its TV budget, but good. TIL: While vampire stories had been around for ages, it was Stoker's story that solidified catholic stuff as the go-to weapons against them.Dad Rock Diary: Flower Travellin' Band - Satori (1971) Japanese heavy-psych tailor made for anyone who ever thought Sabbath could do with a little touch of zen. Laudable Lyrics: Just want to keep on moving and grooving, sharing my trip with everything, with everything.Funny Book Philosophy: All-Star Comics 039 (1948)