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The Legacy of Tim McVeigh.
The Alfred P. Murrah federal building explodes at 9:02am, April 19,1995. 168 people dead---19 of them children. "Oklahoma City Bomber", Timothy McVeigh is "sending a message" about abuses of government.

6 years and two stays of execution later: Terre Haute, Indiana. Last meal: 2 pints mint chocolate ice cream. Death-chamber TV broadcast problems (closed circuit TV to Oklahoma City). McVeigh looks at all witnesses present directly in the eye as if to say "yeah, I'm a martyr". But no actual last spoken statement. Unrepentent. Defiant to the end. Sodium pentathol to induce sleep, pravalon to stop breathing, potassium chloride to stop the heart. 8:14am EDT, it's over. McVeigh's final "poem". Exhaustive commentary. The death-chamber media reports what they witnessed. One female reporter in tears stops short.

Back in Oklahoma City, victims/survivors/supporters gather around the memorial that stands where the Murrah building was. It's disturbing and grizzly. The first federal prisoner executed in 38 years. The secrets of whoever else was involved went with him. I fear next June 11.

TB Bucs' first coach, John McKay, dead at 77.
Yesterday's date, June 11, 2001, was on everyone's mind as the execution date of Timothy McVeigh. But, in the Tampa Bay area, that event justifiably, but tragically, eclipsed an unfortunate loss closer to home: the death of the Tampa Bay Buccaneer's first coach, John McKay, Sunday morning at the age of 77, from kidney failure.

It's funny how journalism works sometimes. Monday morning's St. Pete Times devoted nearly the entire front page spread to the Timothy McVeigh execution, admittedly the larger, national news story, and relegated the McKay obit to a small section. The folks at The Tampa Tribune must've turned and tossed about what to do. The Monday morning Trib's front page was all John McKay....with McVeigh the smaller, corner-stuffed story. (Tuesday morning the roles were reversed.) I was frankly a little surprised that McKay's death was considered the bigger story locally.

I am not a sports-fan. Never have been. Well, with one microscopic exception: I do follow the Bucs. Not rabidly, more loosely, but loyaly. I know only really a couple things no Tampa native could've missed: McKay's coaching assignment was announced Halloween 1975. He "led" the team to the greatest expansion team losing streak in NFL history. And then-owner Hugh Culverhouse and he never quite attained the Super Bowl status they so desperately sought.

Oh, there were playoff games. Really promising moments. I remember even the American hostages in Iran one year (1979?) commenting on the Bucs making the playoffs! Hard to believe that was over 20 years ago. We still haven't made the Super Bowl---but we've been getting much closer. OK, enough "sports talk" from me. I'm sure Matt and Mike will have more cogent thoughts to relate in their columns.

Announcements
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES go out to brother Ron Canova, 43, June 13th; and another belated (groan--sorry) Happy Birthday to public access TV colleague, Malcolm Hathorne, 50, June 1st!
WELL, IT HAD TO HAPPEN ONE DAY.  Long-time readers may recall at the beginning of this year I wrote something about making copies of old back issues of PCR if you needed them because I was nearing the limit of my free AOL space. The plan was to eventually move them all over to my new domain, "Crazed Fanboy dotcom" (also referred to as "CF")--which at that time was entirely undeveloped--to avoid such an investment in ink, at least for a while. And you also may recall that CF has sponsored a sort of "mirror site" for this year's Nolan's Pop Culture Review, albeit a slightly modified version.
   Fast-forward to last Thursday. Corey Castellano came over and I took his picture. I added it on to PCR 63 with additional text, no problem. I then opened the Archives Page (among the last important webpages I still update with the "Easy Designer" tool) to enter a single line about Corey's picture. I clicked "save" in the ED toolbar. No go. An error flag appeared informing me I am "out of space." Repeated attempts caused an "error in the program" flag to appear. WOOPS! Now we know, huh? It was now necessary to start deleting old issues.
   The good news: Stifling panic, I remembered I had already been transferring old issues of the Nolan's Newsstand newsletter and The Pop Culture Review over to Crazed Fanboy.  I just started that and was only a few issues in when this happened. I accelerated the process immediately, and I'm proud to announce that all of last year's back issues are still safe and sound and are in the ongoing process of moving over to CF (and most of this year's issues---still working on that)! As far as I can tell, nothing was lost. As of this writing, about 20 original issues are in CF's memory banks. And my AOL space is working once again---obviously!
THE VERY STRANGE CASE OF JOHN LEWIS. This will be lost on non-old-gang people, so I'll keep it as brief as I can. During the '80s, as you'll no doubt recall, my heavy metal band, "Blade", went thru many... er.... personnel changes. Altho our own Matt Drinnenberg is usually regarded as the lead vocalist for Blade-"Classic", it should not be overlooked that another pretty influential singer was onboard during the nacsent years: Mr. John Lewis. Many would argue, somewhat justifiably, that he shares 50/50 credit for Blade-"classic" with Matthew. Well....whatever, but that's not why I'm bringing this up now.
   I bring this up because there's been a weird turn of events. John and I never lost touch (altho Gawd knows I tried, yuk yuk) and we had other things in common, most notably comic book collecting/appreciation and movie mania. Around 10 years or so ago, John started crafting a sci-fi novel entitled "Pillars of Fire". I never could quite figure out what it was about, even when he'd try and describe it. About 5 years or so ago, he turned it into a screenplay. Yeah, I thought it was pretty funny, too. Well, there's more...
   To try to make a very long and complicated story short, several weeks ago, and thru his job at Target(!), John accidentally found serious backers for his film. Tuesday morning, July 12th, he left Tampa, by train, for Los Angeles to meet with a professional screenwriter who is helping fine-tune and polish his script. There are very big names involved, busloads of lawyers and lots of money. Everything's been registered with the proper "Guilds".
   One frustrating thing about journalism is every so often you're told stuff you CANNOT repeat due to non-disclosure agreements. Some things are in a grey area, tho. All I can say about the book/screenplay/movie so far is its plot involves religion, science and science-fiction. It's an adventure that works on several different levels. And it's action-packed. If this works out, Mike "Deadguy" Scott and I may be the webmasters for this thing...if they let us. (There's a temp page up now, but I'm not sure I'm at liberty to give out the URL...check back).  There's talk of a comic-book tie-in.  And our own Corey Castellano is slated to do the special make-up effects.
   Life just gets weirder and weirder, man. If this takes off, and John, Corey and I are involved, it will be a Blade reunion of the strangest kind!  I'll keep facts and updates posted as best I can. And remember...you heard it here first.


Deadguy's Dementia
On phony movie reviewers and frivolous lawsuits
   Here's a quick follow-up to the naughty dealings of Sony advertising executives. As reported here last week by Michael Smith in "Mike's Rant", Sony had fabricated a fake identity to use as a movie reviewer. Well, now it's time to see if there are going to be repercussions from their unethical advertising practices.
   Two US film-goers are in a lawsuit with Sony Pictures, saying they were suckered into seeing "A Knight's Tale" by ads featuring quotes from a non-existent film critic. Sony has admitted that the advertisements for "A Knights Tale" included a quotation from "David Manning" that stated that Heath Ledger is "This year's hottest new star". The problem with the quote being that there IS no "David Manning."
   Sony responded to the earlier news of the fake movie reviewer by suspending two of their advertising executives for a month without pay. The lawsuit was filed by Omar Rezec and Ann Belknap in Los Angeles Superior Court, apparently "on behalf of all film fans tricked by the ads." There's no word on whether or not this will turn into a class-action lawsuit, but just how much money is being asked for here?
   It's apparent to me that Sony should be made to suffer for their activities, in order to discourage further business practices of this type by Sony and other related companies, but is this where the payback is going to happen? If the court case is won by the two plaintiffs, are they going to get a bunch of money? Or merely the cost of their movie ticket, and legal fees? Are they going to sue for a million dollars for mental anguish for seeing the film? Or is Sony representative legal counsel simply going to ask that these two filmgoers present their two movie ticket stubs for refund and dismiss the case out of court?

America has often become a laughing stock in front of the rest of the world for their "sue-happy" ways. In my travels through England I've met many folks over there that treat me very oddly to ensure I don't try to sue them. It's all in jest, of course, but the fact remains.. it makes us look pretty silly to the rest of the world when folks sue for nonsensical things such as this.. especially when they win.
   In England they have cliffs that are public attractions...the stairways are rough stone steps carved into the stone face itself. Some of the steps are fairly far apart, causing a slight risk to those that visit, if they aren't paying attention. One of the tour guides with me said: "You could never do that in America; someone would sue just because they skinned their knee. In America you'd have to destroy the steps so that no one could complain that they thought they weren't safe." You know what.. he's right. He also went on and asked me, "How is it that they can climb cliffs over there at all? Don't people sue if they fall or whatever?" I didn't know how to answer that...does anyone reading this have any idea?
   Obviously, if folks fall...they don't usually live to sue, but could they? Who could they sue if they take a misstep and fall? The county? The State? Equipment manufacturers? Even their climbing partners?
   It's getting to a point where apparently no one is responsible for their own actions, and it is the "big companies" that are required to take responsibilities for the actions of folks that might partake in their products and services.

How about the lady suing because her hot coffee came piping hot? I recognize that she was burned enough to require medical attention, but that wasn't due to the fact that it was a million degrees in temperature and burned her through the cup, it was due to the fact that she sloshed it onto her crotch as she drove away. Sure, perhaps the coffee was hotter than "required" for hot coffee, but isn't that expected? Shouldn't she have realized that the coffee was too hot to balance precariously in her lap? Besides, who get's to decide what temperature coffee must be served at, or what kind of temperature range is required, before it is considered to be unsafe? Would the lawsuit have been averted if a warning label on the cup said: "warning, not suitable for crotch". Probably not, because on the drive-thru windows, they already HAD a stickered warning that the coffee was served hot. Apparently, courts decided that the warning was not enough.

 (Mike's referrring to the infamous McDonald's Restaurant Drive-thru case from several years ago. Altho the old lady in question was awarded well over a million dollars for her "pain and suffering", on appeal McDonald's was successful in lowering the award to a few hundred thousand--still a lot of money over a foolish accident. Two final things: first, on the plaintiff's behalf, I learned later that McDonald's had received many complaints about their coffee temperature, which went ignored, and there were previous lawsuits---all settled out-of-court. Secondly, and more importantly, it brought to the public's attention the need for serious tort reform in this country over dealing with frivolous lawsuits.---N)

   Or how about the lady that sued the county when an alligator got into her backyard and killed her dog? Was that really the county's fault? She lives in Florida, right on the edge of the Everglades; 'gators are all over the place. Was the county really responsible for making sure that gators respected property lines? Would she sue the county if a hurricane smashes her house? (No, for that you sue the insurance company.---N)
    If you choose to live there, you'd better know a bit about your environment.
   How about when the guy who was sneaking through someone's backyard in the middle of the night, ADMITTEDLY attempting to break into the house to rob it, even armed with a gun to ADMITTEDLY threaten the house's occupants? He stepped in a hole in the backyard and broke his leg (or ankle?) and sued the house owners. He won the case, because the owners had not "properly" flagged the hole in the backyard, to be seen at night. They DID have stake markers with orange ribbon tied to the stakes to warn of the hole, but since it was not visible at night, they lost their defense case. If that guy had gotten into the house, stolen stuff, and been caught, no one would have been paid anything, unless it was insured items that were destroyed. Seems to ME that it's a wiser decision to merely run through backyards in total darkness until you hurt yourself...that way there's no possible jail time, and you get tons of money. Rather than run the risk of getting caught while breaking in or fencing the items you've stolen. It just goes to show that crime doesn't pay NEARLY as much as stupidity and clumsiness do.

Perhaps the best method of making money these days would be to break into a zoo, pour hot coffee onto your chest, and throw a small dog into the alligator pit...then trip on the turnstiles on your way out. That way you're guaranteed a substantial sum of money. It's absurd.
   Shouldn't it be assumed that if someone does something, they are accountable for determining whether or not it's safe to proceed with whatever they're doing? If so, then it's no one's fault except whoever actually screwed up. (Ahhh...Mike, if it could only be that way again...but lawyers rule the world.---N) Obviously, if someone sells something that is defective, or whatever, there should be legal ramifications, but shouldn't there be a point where folks are responsible for their own actions?
   If I dump McDonald's coffee on my face and get burnt, whose fault is it really? If I'm in the middle of drinking my coffee as I bump into their clear glass doors, I could get millions for my stupidity...

America is looking pretty silly right about now.
And worse yet, more idiots are encouraged to find floors to slip on because they'll likely win. Then they'll look at us with their million-dollar check in hand--but our integrity still sound--and say "Now who's the idiot?"---Nolan

©2001 Mike Scott   deadguy@email.msn.com
The "Deadguy's Dementia" header graphic is a creation of Mike Scott
There's still time to bid on Mike's Star Wars stuff!



Brandon Herring

SPECIAL FEATURE:
Mini-Reviews and
movie-mania
My new "capsule movie reviews" this week are of "Swordfish" and "Evolution".

"Swordfish" (R for violence, language, some sexuality, nudity).
* * 1/2 out of * * * *

A somewhat entertaining thriller with an ending that is all-too-familiar and a plot that we have all seen before. The performance John Travolta gives, and the sight of Halle Berry bearing her chest saves it though, as everything gets tangled in this thriller. Hugh Jackman (of the X-Men fame) is great though in his role. It suffers only from a lack of originality and the fact that at times it is mind-numbing. Dominic Sena's direction (Gone in 60 Seconds) is great, and his faded colors, and tannish tint is interesting. The movies plot which is best saved as a mystery has a good share of twists and turns, but halfway it becomes somewhat uninteresting. It is recommended to see if your just in the mood to have a good time.
Shrek (reviewed in-depth in PCR 61) (PG crude humor, mild language)
* * * * out of * * * *

Shrek is a fantastic mix of action, comedy, love and thrills. Dreamworks biggest animated film of all time, and one of the best animated films is such a good movie that is has almost made $200 million in less than 4 weeks!
"Evolution" (PG-13 sci-fi violence, language, sexual/crude humor)
* * 1/2 out of * * * *

A comedy which suffers not only from its jumbled script, but the fact that it's not sure what it really wants to do. At times its a spoof, at times a comedy, at times a thriller and at times a dramatic movie. Ivan Reitman tries to duplicate his "Ghostbusters" fame but devastatingly fails, and this movie really only turns out to be a tame spoof of "Independence Day". The performances, however, especially from David Duchovny are great, as are the always beautiful Julianne Moore and the very funny Orlando Jones. It is recommeded to see, but only if you have nothing else to see.

OTHER FILMS IN RELEASE:
Moulin Rouge (PG-13 sexual content)
* * * * out of * * * *

A fantastic movie from Baz Lurhman outdoes any movie out this year so far. A bohemian feast of music, visuals, and a love story all intertwines as Ewan McGregor sings his way into Nicole Kidman's heart. The soundtrack is great, the direction is great, even the end credits are great.
"The Animal" (PG-13 sexual/crude humor)
* * out of * * * *

A slowly funny movie has Rob Schneider as an animal-Frankenstein. It has a good share of laughs, but most of them are in the trailer and most of them wear out they welcome after a while.
"Pearl Harbor" (PG-13 action, violence, language, sensuality.)
* * * out of * * * *

A movie which is over 3 hours long, and definitely feels like it. However, in the end, "Pearl Harbor" is a rewarding experience that is best left to the big screen with a good sound system and a big screen.
The Top 5 films at the box office are:
1. Swordfish...........$18 million
2. Shrek...................$17 million
3. Pearl Harbor......$15 million
4. Evolution............$13 million
5. The Animal..........$9 million


What a week to be excited about. One of the most anticipated movies of the summer (and possibly one of all time) comes out on Friday, June 15th. Based on the immensely popular video game,"Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" makes its way to theaters. With a somewhat high budget of $80 million, it is sure to make it back and then some. Angelina Jolie, the great actress who deserves better work than what she sometimes gets (although she did do Girl Interrupted and Gia), stars as Lara Croft, the British kickass girl who doesn't take any sh*t from anyone. Also opening is the highly-publicized Disney flick which is doomed to flop. "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" looks to be good, but might pull a "Emperor's New Groove" if it isn't careful. Let's just hope Disney didn't put that much $$ into it.

Some great news out of Hollywood: The AFI has announced their top 100 Thrill Movies of all time (with Halloween being #68 and Jaws #2). Some interesting and funny choices on the list include: The Exorcist, Wizard of Oz, King Kong, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Psycho, The Birds, North by Northwest and Star Wars. To view the full list visit: http://www.afionline.org/.

On to better things. According to DarkHorizons.com, "Ali" the $109 million dollar biopic of boxer Muhammed Ali, has wrapped. Why is the film's budget at $109 million is still a mystery, but I bet it makes all of it back and then some at the box office.

Finally, some little interesting news for all those "Night of the Living Dead" fans. Anchor Bay has agreed to pay for most of the budget for George A. Romero's fourth installment of the popular series. Let's hope they do it soon, because I can't wait!

On to DVD news. A major announcement was made a few days ago: "The Godfather: The Complete Saga" is coming to DVD in a new 5-disc treatment. Extras include:
Disc 1: The Godfather - anamorphic Widescreen, DD 5.1, feature-length commentary with Coppola
Disc 2/3: The Godfather, Part II - anamorphic Widescreen, DD 5.1, feature-length commentary with Coppola
Disc 4: The Godfather, Part III - anamorphic Widescreen, DD 5.1, feature-length commentary with Coppola
Disc 5: Bonus Material...
--Francis Coppola's Notebook: an inside look at Coppola and the creative process, taking the The Godfather from book to screen
--On Location with Academy Award-winning production designer Dean Tavoularis, who goes back to New York's Lower East Side for a look at some of the original locations where The Godfather films were shot.
--The Godfather Family: A Look Inside: a 73-minute documentary on the films' origins, including original screen tests and rehearsals.
--The Godfather Behind the Scenes 1971 - a featurette from the original theatrical release.
--Additional scenes: scenes that were added to later versions of the original films, presented within a timeline of events from 1898 forward that chronicles the Corleones' rise and real-life events.
--The Cinematography of The Godfather, featuring Gordon Willis.
--The Music of the Godfather: two featurettes looking at the unforgettable musical contributions of Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola.
--Coppola and Puzo on Screenwriting: the collaboration of the novelist and filmmaker adapting the book to the screen.
--Storyboards from The Godfather, Part II and animatic storyboards from The Godfather, Part III.
--The Corleone Family Tree: character and cast biographies.
--Academy Award acceptance speeches.
--Photo galleries with captions.
Looks to be a great disc, and I'm sure it will be a huge seller. The set comes out 10/09 at a minimum retail price of $74.95.
    Finally, good movies are coming to DVD. Out this past Tuesday was the fantastic "Cast Away" which grossed over $230 million dollars domestically and over $410 million worldwide. The disc is a 2-disc set that is feature-loaded. Also released was "O Brother Where Art Thou". On 6/19 these DVDs will be released: "Proof of Live" (commentary, trailer, 2 featurettes), "Save the Last Dance" (commentary, music videos, interviews, featurette, deleted scenes, trailer) and finally the big Jack Nicholson flop "The Pledge" (trailer). Next week has some big titles such as "Unbreakable" and "Dogma: Special Edition"...expect reviews of those in the next column. For great DVD info, check out dvdangle.com

That's all this week...Next week I review: Tomb Raider, Atlantis and Unbreakable and Dogma on DVD. Until then, happy movie watching!
Brandon Herring ©2001

Letters to the Editor

Matt's Rail        by Matthew Drinnenberg

Well, gosh, I hate to continue my current polical insights, but there just seems to be something begging to be discussed each week.

DEATHCAMP
Not wishing to give even less than a ounce of publicity to the recently- departed cowardly killer of innocents and innocence, I must confess it is his loss of life that sparks this reflection.
   First and foremost, I must admit I've always favored the death penalty. Not because of my political beliefs, but because I've always felt it was scripturally sound punishment (I believe my brother could point to specific scripture acknowedging such). Also, being a believer, I'm confident the punishment this ultimate sinner is receiving this moment is far more Hellish than anything WE could suffer upon him.
The Dilemma: Why do I feel he got off too easy? Why not instead send these selfish scumbags to some kind of Deathcamp. With strict rules for special deserving slimeballs. Rules such as:

  1. Work 12 hours a day digging useless holes and refilling them. Or breaking rock for no sensible reason.
  2. No TV (or radio). (This is certainly punishment for they could no longer get off on seeing themselves on TV).
  3. No conjugal visits. (Looks like it's the buddy system for them)
  4. No mail. (Some may disagree with this, but tell it to the people who received the forwarded mail of their slaughtered loved ones)
  5. Solitary confinement for unruly behavior. (I figure some nice crampy tin box positioned where the sun meets it most of the day...and bread & water for food)
Then, after living their lives in Earthly Hell, they can go to the real thing! Sounds like a pretty good idea to me. I would think it would be much more of a deterrent than the death penalty. Most of these losers don't believe in God anyway, so there's nothing stopping them from realizing their morbid lusts. And death? These guys are obviously infatuated with it, and when given the chance, usually blow themselves away to escape punishment.

FAMOUS MONSTROSITY
For those of you new to Pop Culture Review, I reported some time ago that Forrest J Ackerman had won his lawsuit against Ray Ferry concerning trademark issues with Forry's creation "Famous Monsters of Filmland". I also mentioned that Ferry planned to appeal and that "It was going to get ugly".
   Well, looks like we may be going back to court!
   Several motions filed by Forry to negate Ferry's appeal have been denied by the appellate court, and the appeal is moving forward. I looks like it will be heard sometime this Fall. I'll keep you informed.

HOLY MISCAST, BATMAN!!!
I can't believe that George Clooney is actually the favored actor to play Batman in the next film. I remember watching "Batman and Robin" and thinking "HE SUCKS", not "IT SUCKS". He was actually worse than the movie itself, which is quite an accomplishment in a negative kind of way.
   It also gives me an idea. Top 10 actors who should be considered for Batman BEFORE George Clooney.  (Okay, so there's more than 10. I had to draw the line somewhere)
Till next time, take care, and God bless.
Matthew


Mike's Rant!

Hello gang!  Lots of things this week..............shall we begin?

CHICKS DID THE LONG BALL
As loyal readers of PCR know, I often brag about the baseball adventures of my 16-year-old son, Phillip. Those of you on my email list get periodic updates via the Leavenworth Times. Tuesday evening, I witnessed a proud moment from the first base coaching box. If I may quote from the 6/13 issue of the Times: ".....two on with one out for Phillip Smith early in the inning. While he has been one of the top hitters for Lansing this summer, Smith hasn't been a power hitter. This time, however, Smith sent one deep over the center field fence for a three-run homer, his first ever." He had hit many homers in little league by hitting them over the outfielders and running the bases, but had never hit one over a fence. He was already past me in the coach's box and on his way to second when the umpire signaled the home run. As he rounded the bases, I just crossed my arms across my chest and mumbled, "Oh my God, oh my God" over and over to myself. His teammates greeted him at the plate. I then gave him a huge hug. I overhead one of the players say, "Look, Mr. Smith's crying." Well, maybe I was. Truly a proud moment.  (Congratulations to you and Phillip!---N)

THROW McKAY IN THE BAY
Yes, I admit, I still own the T-shirt with the above statement on the front. When John McKay left USC to run the Bucs, he made a lot of decisions that no one agreed with. He drafted Ricky Bell. He DIDN'T draft Tony Dorsett. He played Doug Williams. He tried one of the Rowdies kickers (whose name escapes me...........Derrick Smethurst (sic?) as the team place-kicker. Yet, he obviously had a method to his madness, as the Bucs became the first NFL expansion team to reach the conference title game in it's first four years. Mr. McKay passed away this past Sunday in Tampa at the age of 77. He died of kidney failure due to complications from diabetes. His legendary career at USC behind him (amongst his Heisman trophy winning players, running back O.J. Simpson), McKay came to the Bucs after leading USC to national titles in 1962, 1967, 1972 and 1974. He retired after the 1984 season, his ninth running the team. He will be missed.

AMF
Adios to Timmy McVeigh, who, as you read this, is burning in the depths of hell. He won't be missed.

SLOW DOWN, YOU MOVE TOO FAST
A Malaysian judge has refused to throw out a speeding ticket given to a taxi driver. Linn Ang Hing says there must be a mistake. Hing was accused of going 712 MPH in a 56 MPH zone. That's only 46 MPH slower then the speed of sound! Hate to see that fine.  (Ahhh...they don't make big-block, four-barrels like THAT anymore!---N))

THRILLS AND CHILLS
Well, once again the American Film Institute has weighed in with their list of 100, this time, thrillers. #1 was "Psycho," followed by "Jaws" and "The Exorcist." All three of these films meet my definition of "thriller." However, "The Wizard of Oz" (#43), "All the President's Men" (#57) and "12 Angry Men" (#88) do not. While all three are good movies, I don't recall anything "thrilling" about them. I mean, maybe the flying monkeys. But I already knew how "President" was going to end, and while I enjoyed watching such actors as Lee J. Cobb and Jack Warden argue and bicker over a defendant's guilt, I wouldn't say it was thrilling. Other favorites of mine on the list include, "Alien" (#6), "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (#31), "Marathon Man," which I remember the trailer voice over stating "a thriller, rated R." (#50) and "Halloween" (#68).

HOLY CASTING COW!
So Matt doesn't think George Clooney made a good Batman and wants 10 names to play the caped crusader. Well, here goes:
1. George Clooney (sorry, I liked him. I thought he had the right look and voice)
2. Kurt Russell
3. Hugh Jackman
4.

Well................AOL keeps booting me  (LOL! Been there!---Nolan), so I'll stop with this. Have a great week!


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