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Number 92 (Vol 2, No. 52).  This edition is for the week of December 23--31, 2001.
Looking Back...looking ahead.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Just so you know that I know that you know, some of you may have noticed the PCR's "edition date" is one day longer than normal. Usually it spans Monday to Sunday, well this "week" it spans Monday to Monday. Reason being I want to start the new year's PCR on the first of the month and file away the old year neat-and-clean. And just so you know I know you know, I realize that my "Father Time" gag in the PCR banner could also pass for an old Jedi master or maybe even God. Like you can't tell us apart!

Before I get to this week's main stories, and any "best of..." or "worst of..." year-end summary lists, there's something I need to take care of...

THANK YOUS
Well, where do I start?
In a year so full of ups and down and coming and goings, it's challenging to think all the way back to day one and remember all the people who contributed to this e-zine you hold in your han...er....see on your screen. The following tributes include references to many back issues of PCR, but to avoid distractions just this once, I didn't fill it full of links, because all highlights and all back issues are easily found anyway in the Archives Pages (see nav bar). Now then, in no particular order---except for this first guy...

   MICHAEL A. SMITH.  This number one place will likely be a tradition--LOL! Mike is the author of "Mike's Rant". I've said it before and I'll say it again: Mike Smith has never missed contributing to an issue of PCR, EVER. And, I mean from Issue Number 1! There were many times last year--weeks on end--where the only writing in the PCR was done by me and Mike! Since then, it's very rare that contributions dry up like that, but he had faith and supported me when there was little hope of surviving.
   "Mike's Rant" covers every genre known to man with an emphasis on up-to-the-minute showbiz and movie news, some politics and, this year, sports.
   Mike would get ribbed and I'd get questioned about why "Mike's Rant" would always be the last thing in the issue to scroll by. Always at the bottom. People have tried to figure out whether I placed pieces higher or lower due to article arrival time or length or importance or political pecking order or what. Well, here's the answer: none-of-the-above. Or not exactly, anyway. Much of it's by feel. Editor's perogative? The "inside joke" is that Mike is saved for last deliberately. He held down the "Letters" column all of last year (where he was top of the page). When I incorporated all pages into one this year (as of issue #43), Mike was temporarily still in the "Lettercol" section--first, but still near the bottom. After around issue #45, It made sense to me that I would always take the "headline" section, but Mike would always have the last word. I gain great comfort knowing he's there. Michael, I can't thank you enough, my friend.
   MATTHEW DRINNENBERG.  Author of "Matt's Rail"--similar topics as Mike's Rant, with an emphasis this year on tragi-comedic job-related stress stories and the Famous Monsters of Filmland lawsuit trial. Matt's also frequently responsible for many of our most popular Top Ten list challenges.
   Matt has been unable to contribute as regularly this year as much as last year, due to his job (which he's since left for greener pastures). Mike and Matt have been best friends since high school and it shows in their writing. Thought they live almost a whole country apart, frequently they will send anecdotes that match the other's---20 years after they happened!
   Matt, Mike and I share a musical history in a sort of proto-band---frequently referenced in these pages---called "The HATS" which was formed in the late '70s, shortly before they left for the army. The HATS developed into "BLADE", one of my heavy-metal bands of the '80s (my favorite, tho). Matt was the lead singer for The HATS and most of BLADE. But, I digress...
Matthew thank you, my friend, for contributing all that you could. We all wish you luck with your future career opportunities.
   WILLIAM MORIATY.  Talk about high-school friends that stuck around, Will and I attended school together, but we really didn't know each other until years later. Will writes the surprisingly popular "La Floridiana" columns, which deal with everything from early central-Florida TV, to tacky tourist attractions, to the Bermuda Triangle! "La Floridiana" debuted at the end of July, just about the time the "Deadguy's Dementia" columns were tapering off. "La Floridiana" has generated a tremendous respsonse. I was highly skeptical that non-Floridians would even get this. But, I'm glad I was wrong! Plus, there are just a lot of old Florida people out loose in the world.
   There are too many highlights to list, but my favorite is this: the horror hosts of the 60s, 70s and 80s column. I got more feedback about that than any other 3 put together, particularly in regards to a now-abandoned project to save old broadcast tapes of Dr. Paul Bearer.
   Will is founder and president of the T.R.E.E. organization: The Tampa Bay Reforestation and Environmental Effort, Inc. Thank you, Will for not only being my friend all these years (challenging enough for anybody!) but for being supportive in keeping our artistic flames alive through the years.
   MIKE "DEADGUY" SCOTT.  Some people are good at some things, others good at others, and sometimes there are some guys who do it all. A most prolific writer for the PCR earlier this year, and a sometime computer-advisor to me, Mike's column was "Deadguy's Dementia", which covered horror/splatter movies and TV and anything newsworthy that was macabre in nature. Of many excellent columns, three highlights stick out in my mind: The MTV's FEAR exposé/investigation he personally undertook; his Ed Gein-on-DVD review which was world-class...and very prettily ornamented by yours truly; and finally, the legendary heated debates over movie integrity with fellow PCR contributor, Terence Nuzum.
   This past summer, Mike lost his job as a computer-draftsman and, with it, his computer contact with the outside world. His personal home computer a wreck, he could no longer exchange emails or write columns. Fortunately, he got a great job recently, and with luck will be back online--and back in the PCR--in the next couple of months! Thank you, Mike for being there when you could. Hope you're back soon.
   TERENCE NUZUM.  I guess it must've been in the late '90s when I was introduced for the first time to this disturbed youth by his aunt Pat, an old friend and South Tampa fangirl, who told me something about him being a filmmaker. I barely took notice of him at first and couldn't remember his name correctly for months. My god, how time changes things. Over the years I got to know and respect Terence as an individual. He goaded me into a filmmaking showdown at public access. And he DARED me to "raise the bar" of this 'zine. He tore into his first "Tirade" (called "Tantrum" at the time) sometime in the Fall of 2000 in response to a "Mike's Rant". Then, with both teeth (fangs?) bared and fists raised he began the "Terence's Tirade" series, the fall-out of which was felt around here for months. Currently, he's developing "The Enlightenment" series, which deals with the real story-behind-the-story behind the substance and myths of both modern movie-making and, occasionally, the comics industry. A still-smoldering-highlight: issue 57, where Terence and Mike Scott tore into each other about commercialism in movies. Still recommended reading.
Thank you, Terence for shaking things up...and, yes, raising the bar.
   DREW REIBER.. Speaking of the comics industry and high-school friends! Terence and Drew have known each other and been friends since the fourth grade, but neither of them is particularly bragging about that. LOL! At a time I was beginning to despair at having no input on the mainstream comics industry, Drew offered to start "Wake Up and Smell the Comics" and I eagerly took him up on it. His enthusiasm for comics is obvious and infectious. His knowledge of its history and minutiae is extremely impressive. But, really, he just wants everyone to buy comics, and if he can help, so much the better.
   2 personal highlights: In a tragic case of bad timing, Drew's debut "Wake Up..." column appeared the week of the World Trade Center disaster. With that (justifiable) distraction, I was afraid he'd be discouraged and postpone indefinitely. But he came thru admirably. Secondly, his next 2 columns--personal favorites--brought us up to speed on Batman and Spider-Man's current situation. In following weeks he did a Marvel Knights overview that I found amazing.
   Thank you, Drew. It's only been a short while, but you've made a big impact. Keep up the good work!
   BRANDON HERRING.   Yes, it's been awhile, but his impact is still felt here. Kansas-based teen-wonder Brandon was my regular movie critic from February to about June of this year. Then love and life happened in the ways they do--and finally college beckoned. I wished Brandon the best of luck in school, and reminded him the door would stay open. Well, guess what people? I just got an email from Brandon, and (drumroll, please) he's doing well in school and is planning on writing reviews for us again! Hopefully, right from the start of the year. Fantastic.
   Brandon's reviews are always enthusiastic, informative, warm and optimistic. He could see value in even minimal efforts, but didn't hold back on criticism where appropriate. It'll be good to have him back. Thank you, Brandon for the excellent reviews and welcome back, my boy!
   LISA ZUBEK. Another name not heard in awhile. Flitting in and out in fits and pieces, "Lisa's Lambast" featured commentary on current media and some politics. Lisa sent in many columns before her career in radio broadcasting started to take off. Lisa's an old friend and I wish her the best of luck. Hopefully, one day, we'll hear from her again! Thanks, Lees.
   Also, thanks go to these fine folks...
   John and Ashley Lewis. A father-and-daughter fan team, you might say! Wrote some movie reviews last summer. Highlight: John's take on the ending of Burton's "Planet of the Apes".
   Mark Drinnenberg, Matt's older brother, for weighing in on the Top Ten guitarists challenge (issue #43)!
   Scott A. Gilbert, artist and web-designer extraordinaire, for his list of Top 30 performances by an actor (issue #58) when the challenge only asked for 10!
   Stephen R. Beasley, for many insightful letters and a particularly thought-provoking piece about Sept. 11.
   Count Poffula for his review of the "Lord of the Rings" movie trailer (issue #67) and for being the best of the best.
   Lauré for her review of "Mists of Avalon" (issue #69) and, more recently, reviews of "The Gilmore Girls episodes. In this very issue, she shares her thoughts on "Lord of the Rings".
   Gary Esposito for his truly bizarre thoughts on the TV-movie, "Wolf Girl" in a PCR Spotlight (issue #84).
   Patty G. Henderson for allowing us to use her Real Audio file interview recordings in a PCR Spotlight (issue #86).
   Dawn Miller, Ed Tucker, Joe Cleaver, and all the other letter-writers who've been published here--you know who you are and you DID make a difference! Thank you--and stay in touch!

I have no doubt inadvertantly left one or more people out, to whom I now apologize in advance. Rest assured I thank you, wherever you are!


   Number 1 news story of the year:
Duh. Don't even get me started...
   Number 1 anything else of the year:
Movies. I didn't get to see as many movies as I wanted to this year (as usual), but the ones I actually paid to see that made a positive impression on me were: "Lord of the Rings" (easy), "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", "Monsters, Inc." (just saw it--I'll likely review it next week), "Hannibal", "Memento" (saw this with Mike Smith when he was in town; it wins 'most original plot' award from me), "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back", "Planet of the Apes" and "A.I." (Terence is likely gonna clobber me over these last two!). I deeply regret, due to bad timing or whatever, I never could get to "The Mummy Returns", "Ghost World", "Mulholland Drive", and especially "Shrek" (altho I heard the DVD is out--top priority).
Television. Excepting the obvious terrific news coverage of the Sept. 11 tragedy, two noteworthy things in the TV entertainment world affected me on a personal level: "Murder in Small Town X" (mainly due to make-up supervisor, good friend Corey Castellano. Poignant epilogue: the game winner, Angel, a firefighter from NY, only lived another month before being killed rescuing people in the WTC). And "Enterprise", the return of Gene Rodenberry's most brilliant creation, starring Scott Bakula in a series-prequel to the original "Star Trek".

Announcements
   BIRTHDAY WISHES to PCR writer and comics wunderkind, Drew Reiber who turns 23, Saturday, December 29. Happy Birthday, Drew, and many happy returns!
   ATTENTION ALL PCR WRITERS: As I've announced to many of you privately, others thru emails, still others thru these very pages I need your submissions for next week, ASAP. That's when the PCR 2002 will be unveiled and I'd like everyone to be present and accounted for! There is already a massive time-crunch as it is.


Wake Up Special Edition by Drew Reiber
 Lord of the Ringsí Peter Jackson       by Drew Reiber 

I never read the books. Thatís right, never. Iíve always had an aversion to high-end fantasy fiction, whether books, film or television. By high-end I mean those with worlds full of their own definitions, creatures and cultures with no connection to modern day Earth. Though I really do love "Legend", I always thought it was more simplified and accessible than most. I did enjoy the animated adaptations of the Tolkien books when I was a kid, but as I grew older I found myself bored to tears. A friend of mine tried to get me to watch them all more recently, but I either nodded off or found something else to occupy my time during the screening. Even with all that considered, I decided early on that I would attend "Lord of the Rings" when it premiered at theatres. That simple reason being director Peter Jackson.

As movies had remained one of my favorite occupations since I was a child, I soon found myself following directors through their films rather than actors or genres. Through this hobby, my friends and I soon started our own list of favorites and began researching their involvement in filmmaking both before and after recent productions. In the last five years, Jackson became one of my top ten. Starting with his first feature film, "Bad Taste", he began to display an uncanny ability to make immensely entertaining stories from even the most insane concepts imaginable. Originally envisioned as a 10-minute short, "Bad Taste" was little more than a low budget, splatter flick starring Peter and many of his local friends. Four years later, it had developed into a full-length feature landing a domestic release within Jacksonís country, New Zealand. Witty, silly, and a lot of fun, the picture was sold to 10 countries within the first six days of its release. Six days, folks!

Two years later, Jackson followed up with a second feature, "Meet the Feebles". Probably one of the most unique and bizarre movies ever made, Feebles is best described as Boogie Nights with Muppets. Not for the weak of stomach or those without a seriously malleable sense of humor, the film took Jacksonís twisted sense of humor to new heights. Trust me, you really havenít lived until youíve seen a Vietnam War sequence with Jim Henson-esque effects. Pushing the splatter genre even further, Jacksonís next production would be the first widely distributed picture in the United States. "Brain Dead", titled "Dead Alive" in this country (and apparently edited by a spastic monkey), took his creature effects and over-the-top humor in directions still surprisingly shocking. A romance/zombie film with an apparently much larger budget than usual, "Brain Dead" became his last gore-fest in the foreseeable future. He was now on the road to mainstream cinema!

Breaking out with his first serious feature (and drama) was "Heavenly Creatures". Starring the pre-Titanic Kate Winslet, the film was based on the true story of two young New Zealand girls who eventually killed one of their mothers after coming between an obsessive bond developed between them. Donít mistake the mention of murder for more of Jacksonís usual hijinks, as the film split itself between a very mature drama and an amazing fantasy world created by the two girls. Though his previous films had received much acclaim, this was his first film to grasp major critical acclaim and open the doors to Hollywood. This eventually lead to his first American film, "The Frighteners", starring Michael J. Fox. Once again brandishing his trademark dark humor, the horror/comedy opened to mix reviews and delivered a less than desirable box office performance (or as the enlightened say, it bombed). Returning to his roots in New Zealand, Jackson directed a small independent documentary named "Forgotten Silver" (in actuality a hoax a la "Blair Witch") while attempting to get Universal to produce a proposed King Kong remake set in the 1930ís. It was around this period, shortly after King Kong fell through, that he began to develop another genre project.

Approaching Miramax (a division of Walt Disney Prod.) with the idea of adapting the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy as two films, Jackson began a small but rabid buzz in Hollywood. Word was that despite his obvious talent, such a production would prove an impossible task, turning any investment into a dangerous one. Once Miramax turned his proposal down, he instead took it to the budding studio New Line Cinema, which had been slowly moving into big-budget films over the last several years. To everyoneís astonishment, not only did New Line approve the proposal but they approved a full-length adaptation for each of the three books and even heightened the total budget. What had once been a pipe dream for Tolkien fans everywhere was now a reality a $300 million dollar, 18-month principal of photography in a foreign country reality. But would it be worth it? New Line didnít seem to sure once they got their feet off the ground, because they fired the producer who signed the deal, Michael DeLuca. Screw the guy if it all turned out fine they were scared shit-less and needed some kind of satisfaction while they sat and chewed their fingernails for two years, waiting for the first film to debut theatrically. Thatís all it would take, really. Either the success of the first film would prove the entire trilogy a worthy investment or they would all be drowning in a pool of debt and dashed dreams. Flash forward to this week, several years later.

It was a success, in every way they could have hoped for. The critics loved it, the audience loved it and the opening weekend was a box office smash. The cowardly bunch of executives who refused to back the person with the balls to initiate it had managed the impossible. Somehow they managed to keep their goddamn hands off the production. For all the shit they must have given the producers and crew, without even counting the firing of DeLuca, Jackson somehow remained in enough control to give the fans what they had hoped and prayed for. No stupid-ass "Planet of the Apes" cop-out ending. No fucking family-friendly editing of violence or content. And best of all, they let him make the book. I may not have read them, but Iím not blind or deaf either. Anyone with a brain could see that there was no attempt to mold the product to their own visions or modern standards. Absolutely no appearances of unnecessary explosions, nude sequences, cuss words, witty pop-culture references, egotist actors on $20 mil contracts or rapper/pop stars appearances. What we had here was a film a real film. Action, romance, drama the works. The characters were real, they didnít have CGI bodies with CGI personalities. I may not be a fan of this kind of fantasy (then or now), but by God I know genius when I see it.

I tip my hat to Peter Jackson, for being that one guy who was willing to work his way through the system without falling to the shadows that rule it. For taking his alternative filmmaking sensibilities and using it to avoid the absolutely fucking insane mentality that the Steven Spielbergs and Michael Bays of today try and pass off as entertainment. Though this film hasnít turned me into some kind of instant Rings fan or changed my views of fantasy fiction, I eagerly anticipate his next installments during the next few years. Thanks again Peter, youíve done well.

LOTR movie rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars

More feedback on LOTR
Lauré   
As so many of you this past week, I, too, was excited to finally see this gem of a movie for which we Fangirls and boys have waited so long. I had my doubts and apprehensions over the adaptation of this beloved tale, as anything I had heard over the years sounded outrageous and wrong; well, this time, they got it right!

Let me preface my synopsis by disagreeing with my esteemed editor, Nolan. The land of Middle Earth, in which "The Fellowship of the Ring" takes place, is very certainly not Medieval English in structure; rather, Tolkien built his world around the World Tree structure/mythos concocted by the Scandanavian skalds (bards) and scholars and set down in the Poetic Edda in the 13th century AD by Snorri Sturluson. Middle Earth is the literal translation of one level on the World Tree--the world of Humans, known to the Scandanvians as Midgard (Thor fans will recognize this). The other eight worlds, in descending order, belong to the Aesir gods (Freya, Odin etc); the older gods, the Vanir; the Light Elves; the giants; the Dark Elves (AKA Dwarves--who may or may not be separate from the dark elves and hence occupy the 7th realm); and Hel, the realm of the goddess of death; and lastly, the World of the Dead. Smack in the center is Tolkien's World of Middle Earth.

Now, having prefaced this, the Fellowship begins not at a beginning, but in Medias Res, as the saying goes--in the middle.... Well, not the middle, but a middle. It began some years ago when Bilbo, an esteemed Baggins in from the Shire of Hobbiton, returned home from a Grand Adventure in which he came into possesion of a lovely ring, taken from the lair of the foul creature (once a hobbit) Golum (there's a whole Jewish myth there that Tolkien lifted that I won't get into for time's sake). Now, Bilbo has owned this ring for years. It is his birthday and hobbits are coming from miles around for the grand Bash to come. Into this comes the esteemed and beloved and suspected (sometimes) Gandalf (AKA the wandering Wizard). There is a secret between he and Bilbo, however; Bilbo is to take his leave of the Shire, leaving all his possessions to his nephew Frodo (played excellently by Elijah Wood). The evening comes, the party begins and all have a grand time; Gandalf is extremely worried and things go from bad to worse as soon as Frodo takes possession of Bilbo's bequest. What scares Gandalf so about the ring? What really does it mean that the ring is in the Shire? What is going to happen?

It's all future and divination, and war and worry; the world is populated by beings of great beauty and terrible evil. Does Frodo fully understand? Will the power of the ring completely engulf him? Will the lovely Galadriel go back on her word? Will Strider (nee Aragorn) betray him? Will Boromir or Legolas?

The cinematography was awesome; the sets were breathtaking (The architecture of the Dwarves land of Moria rivalled any Gothic cathedral... That's all I'll say); the script had a few very glaring holes in it (imho. Arwen DOES NOT make an appearance until the final novel, "Return of the King", and most of her story is in the appendix of that novel; but Liv Tyler pulls it off nicely); but all in all it was a stupendous movie, a real treat to the fan of Tolkien, or Fantasy in general, and I think even those who have never read the books will enjoy it, even if they may be confused here and there.

In short Peter Jackson's "Fellowship of the Ring" was fantastic. Go see it more than once. :o) You'll find it worth the ticket price--and that is a rare thing.


Steve Beasley   
   Speaking of "LOTR", I can only say that the visuals/special effects were nothing short of stunning. From Hobbiton to the distant vistas, were as a dream. The locals have now dubbed Wellington, "Wellywood". (Check out this local casting call.)
   I, as many of you know, was in on the North Island in June of this year, taking up temporary residence at my fiancé's family home in Auckland. Having my fiancé and her family as local tour guides proved invaluable, to say the least. We covered many places between Auckland and Rotorua, with the latter being a huge geo-thermal area with steam geysers, boiling mud pits and the same wonderful vistas I had mentioned earlier. Of course, Auckland itself is it's own form of "eye candy", what with the beautiful harbors, volcanic cones (such as Mt. Eden), and home of the "America's Cup" yachting trophy. (Yes, they won the race with us last year.)
I never made it to Wellington due to both time constraints and the fact that I wasn't really there for a vacation. You can bet that I'll check out Wellington and even the South Island when I return in late February '02.
   On a closing note, when in New Zealand....you get the feeling that "magic" is in their air, while we in America contend with pollution. As for me.......I'll take the magic!

La Floridiana by William Moriaty
The Paranormal in Florida.
THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE--
Those who survived the Bermuda Triangle
Part Five of the current five-part series.
by William Moriaty

In the previous four Chapters we have outlined some of the most well known incidents to occur in the Bermuda Triangle. We have illustrated the Triangle lore of these incidents and compared it with verifiable facts. Although one can not help but come to the conclusion after finally being furnished the facts on these celebrated disappearances that they are not supernatural or paranormal in cause, might such activity actually be occurring there, nevertheless? Much like airline disasters, those tens of thousands of normal, safe airline flights, which occur on a daily basis, never get any press. Even many emergency situations, which do not lead to the destruction of an airliner or loss of human life, ever see the light of day in the newspapers or television. Such is undoubtedly the case in the Bermuda Triangle where tens of thousands of safe flight and boating operations occur on a daily basis. But what about those "emergency" situations that did not end in tragedy? Let's take a look at some of these as recounted in "The Bermuda Triangle" by Charles Berlitz (Avon Publishing, New York, N.Y., 1974, 252 pp.).

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
In 1969 a National Airlines Boeing 727 passenger jet was on approach from the northeast to Miami International Airport. The aircraft disappeared from Miami radar for about ten minutes, then reappeared. The plane landed without incident and the crew was perplexed over the concern expressed by ground personnel concerning the aircraft's ten-minute disappearance. As far the crew was concerned, nothing unusual had happened. By way of explanation, one of the air traffic controllers said "Man, for ten minutes you just did not exist!" At this point the crew checked their watches and time indicators on the aircraft and found that they were uniformly ten minutes slow according to real time!

Tug of War
In 1966 Captain Don Henry experienced a tug of war, created by an unknown force, between his tugboat and the barge it was pulling. On a return trip from Puerto Rico to Ft. Lauderdale on the 160' long tugboat Good News, Henry was pulling a 2,500-ton barge 1,000' behind them. They were on the Tongue of the Ocean west of the Exumas; the depth was about 600 fathoms.
   It was a clear afternoon when Captain Henry heard some hollering in the bridge. He exclaimed to his crew "What the Hell is going on?!" The tug's compasses were spinning wildly out of control. The water seemed to be coming from all directions and the horizon disappeared. The sky, water, and horizon all blended together. Whatever they were passing through was robbing the ship of all its generators energy, as well as all the electricity in the ship's appliances and outlets. An auxiliary generator was attempted for use, but would not produce a spark. Captain Henry rammed the throttles full speed ahead with what little power the ship had. As they left the area, the towrope to the barge was straight, but no barge was visible at the rope's end! The Captain could see eleven miles in all directions with the exception of the area that they had just left. The barge seemed to have a mind of its own refusing to be towed. Finally the barge came out of the area and the crew and its cargo made it safely to Ft. Lauderdale. When asked if he thought of the Bermuda Triangle during this incidence, Captain Henry stated "Yes, it was the only thing I could think of at the time. I thought--- My God, I'm another statistic!"

A Real Nightmare
On a warm evening in September 1972, Miami resident Norman Bean was in diesel a powered boat named Nightmare along with three passengers. The boat was in Biscayne Bay between Featherbed Banks and Matheson Hammock Park in Miami-Dade County returning from a fishing trip. As it approached Featherbed Banks, the compass was off 90 degrees from the city lights. Then the boat's generators became weak. Bean fully throttled the boat toward its destination in nearby Coconut Grove. It took nearly two hours to continue toward the shore and seemed to actually be moving backwards! During this time a large dark shape blotting out the stars was noticed by the occupants of the boat in the air between the boat and Matheson Hammock Park (the same park where ufologist and Philadelphia Experiment progenitor Morris K. Jessup was found dead 13 years earlier) about two miles away. As they watched it they noticed a light enter the dark area, remain poised for a few minutes and disappear. Then the dark shape disappeared. Once the dark shape disappeared, the boat's generators recharged its batteries, and its compass settings returned to normal.
   We are left to ponder the following: If even one of the three stories above is true, what are we to make of this? Could there after all be something beyond known scientific knowledge at work in the Bermuda Triangle?
   I guess the only sure way to find out would be to experience it yourself-the only problem being that you might never come back!

Next week we go from the ocean back to the land of the Sunshine State. Get out the Odor-Eaters as we search for the Florida Skunk Ape (a.k.a. Bigfoot, Yeti, etc.) in next week's NCPCR!


Mike's Rant

Hello gang! Another year passes us by. Another year prepares to begin. We've been through a lot (both personally and as a country) but we're still standing. Time to recognize some people and drop a few lines. Shall we begin?

I'D LIKE TO THANK THE ACADEMY
Time again to say my thanks to those who have influenced my life this year.
THE CHIEF, THE BIG BOSS, THE BIG CHEESE, THE BIG KAHUNA..........Nolan B. Canova. Jedi Master? God? (Re: the special PCR banner top of this issue.---N) Actually I thought you looked like Chuck Heston in "The Ten Commandments," buy why quibble? (Ha ha ha! I see that now!---N) Nolan has gone out of his way to make me feel like my contributions to this 'zine are important, and that is what motivates me to do my best. Nolan was a shoulder of support this spring when my father became ill and for that I will always be thankful. (Glad to do it.---N)
Matt Drinnenberg. My brother. My railing partner. 25 years of friendship. So many memories, both good and bad. Nolan marvels at the often identical memories we share in this publication, but I actually expect them.
Phillip Smith. I often brag about my son in my writing. I also comment on his school environment and the differences between his generation and mine. He is my inspiration and I hope I provide some for him. It's his last year of high school and then he's off to college. It will be a void in my life that I do not welcome..........but at the same time, I know he will do well and continue to make me proud.
Brandon Herring. My second son. More then a friend, I am proud that when Brandon has a problem he is not comfortable discussing with his folks that he talks to me. I'm proud that when he got his first semester college grades he thought of me enough to call me. I'm glad he's rejoining PCR because my reviews suck compared to his! (Your reviews don't suck! Brandon is a hard act to follow, tho.---N)
Todd Beamer. A passenger on the doomed hijacked airliner that crashed in Pennsylvania. With the almost certain knowledge that he was heading to his doom he organized a group of fellow passengers and certainly saved countless lives with his actions. His last words, overheard by a cell phone operator, will continue to inspire me as long as I live: "Let's roll!"
Scott Gibert, Scott van Sickle, Corey Castellano, Rick Sousa, John Hooper, Mark Drinnenberg and the countless other friends who have written in with comments on this publication. Special thoughts to Steve Sousa, who left us all too soon this year. (Thank you for his sake. I neglected to mention Steve's untimely death.---N)
Terence, Will, Drew, Lisa and all of the other contributors who make this endeavor a joy to do and challenge me to do my best, less my work pale in comparison!
The readers. If not for you I'd be the only one reading this!

2001 QUESTIONS ANSWERED
When I met Terence Nuzum this year I was struck by one thing he said to me: "Too bad the only Stanley Kubrick film I've seen on the big screen was "Eyes Wide Shut." Too bad, indeed.
   Shortly before his death in March 1999, Stanley Kubrick had finished his work on the reissue planned for "200l: A Space Odyssey." This was relayed to me by a Warner Brothers exec I was meeting with to discuss promoting "Eyes Wide Shut." I made some calls this week to find out the status of this project and was informed that it did have a limited run in England, but, for whatever reasons, plans to launch it stateside had been canceled.

ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?
Here are some of my favorite movie lines from the past year. Not sure how many, if any, will become popular, but I enjoyed them.

"I heard what you said, Bitchy McBitch!"........Missy Pyle as Alexandra Cabot to the suddenly snobby Rachel Leigh Cook as Josie McCoy in "Josie and the Pussycats."
"Eat me!".........the Gingerbread man to King Farquad in "Shrek."
"Ted Nugent called.......he wants his shirt back."............Danny Ocean (George Clooney) to Brad Pitt in "Ocean's Eleven".
"When you've been driven off a bridge at 80 mph you don't invite happiness in without a full body search." David Aames (Tom Cruise) explaining to his psychiatrist (Kurt Russell) why he won't allow himself to be happy in "Vanilla Sky".
"Damn them! God damn them all to hell!" An unbilled Charlton Heston as the Ape father of Tim Roth, lamenting the human race in "Planet of the Apes."
"Now you're being rude........and you know how I hate rude people." Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to a rude Paul Krendler (Ray Liotta) in "Hannibal".
"You know what the problem with Hollywood is? They make shit! Unbelievable, unremarkable shit!" John Travolta as terrorist Gabriele Shear in "Swordfish", his followup film after "Battlefield Earth" and "Lucky Numbers".
"Applesauce, bitch!" Ben Affleck to a smart-ass bar patron after he has been shotgunned by Matt Damon in the imaginary sequel, "Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season" being filmed in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back."
"I like real music.........Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen..........NOT Van Hagar!" Misfit Joe Dirt (David Spade) to DJ Dennis Miller in "Joe Dirt."
"As a manager, I go where the talent goes. And all the fucking talent in this band just walked out the door." Emily Poule (Jennifer Aniston) to the members of the tribute band that have just kicked her boyfriend, Chris Cole (Mark Wahlberg), out of the band in "Rockstar."

MY TOP TEN
Here are my ten best films of 2001. Please note that some films ("A Beautiful Mind," "In the Bedroom," "The Royal Tannenbaums," "Black Hawk Down" and "Monsters Ball") have yet to open in Kansas City. Also, I have not seen "Mulholland Drive," "Ghost World," "Gosford Park" or "Moulin Rouge" (tho I have purchased the DVD and plan to watch it this weekend). These films have been appearing on other best film lists which is why I have singled them out. Hope you liked some of these. With the exception of #1, the films are in no particular order:    1. "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"
   2. "The Man Who Wasn't There"
   3. "Ali"
   4. "Monsters, Inc."
   5. "Vanilla Sky"
   6. "Memento"
   7. "Ocean's Eleven"
   8. "Shrek"
   9. "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence"
   10. "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" (guilty pleasure!)

I wish everyone a safe and happy new year and I'll see you next time in the all-new PCR!


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