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Established A.D. 2000, March 19.  Now in our third calendar year!
   Number 110 (Vol. 3, No. 18). This edition is for the week of April 29--May 5, 2002.

Jason X.....The X-Files......
The PMRC TV Movie.....Gilda Radner story.......The Top 10 TV shows of All Time Redux
This just in, late Thursday (5-02-02)
SPECIAL EDITION MOVIE PREVIEW:
click here-->ATTACK OF THE CLONES

Jason X. Well, maybe no one else but a long-time reader and dyed-in-the-wool PCR fan would know or care that this is the week we finally settle the cards about "Jason X". Starting sometime last year, two of our regular wunderkinds, Terence Nuzum and Mike "Deadguy" Scott, tore into each other about...well, about everything really, but pivotal to this discussion, whether the next installment of the "Friday the 13th" franchise would be worth a damn. Now it's out, and recently---just to be a sport---Terence challenged the whole staff to actually plunk down dinero and watch this thing so he could have witnesses to his "victory" (that the movie's crap). Life-long Jason fan, Deadguy, on the other hand, wasn't gonna let anybody spoil this for him and he pledged to write a positive review. At this early stage (Wed morniing) I have only two reviews posted: Deadguy's and mine...however, Mike Smith and Terence are due in today sometime (and maybe Drew Reiber as well). To check it so far, go to this week's movie review.

PMRC. I admit I'm a wee bit behind on commenting on this, but I had so much in last week's PCR, I thought it better to postpone it till this week. I'm getting around to talking about the VH-1 TV-movie, "Warning: Parental Advisory" (premiered April 21st)....the Dee Snider film about the Congressional hearings held during the '80s concerning labeling records for "adult content". I expected to hate this film, but actually got a big kick out of it....despite it being extremely Snider-centric. Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, playing himself, predictably projects himself as the hero, but he doesn't give too short a shrift to Frank Zappa (Griffen Dunne) or John Denver (Tim Guinee). Mariel Hemingway's Tipper Gore gave me the heebie-jeebies with her eerily right on impression. Florida's Paula Hawkins was portrayed as a battered, bitter old crone (pretty much like she was at the time), who never had anything sensible to say, but talked anyway. Jason Priestly's role as a young record industry lobbyist had some kind of coming-of-age thing happening I could've lived without except that Zappa was kind of mentoring him, which was cool. If you can catch this enoyably skewed bit of music history, I recommend it. (The end credit rock-out with the cast is definitely great, even tho it's to "We're Not Gonna take It" for the thousandth time.)

Gilda Radner: It's Always Something. I usually don't like biopics of this nature, because they're sooooo depressing. I watched this one at the recommendation of a friend. Based on the autobiography of the same name, Jamie Gertz plays a credible Radner as she gets the gig on Saturday Night Live, battles bulimia, falls in love with and marries Gene Wilder (Tom Rooney doing a stunning impression), then contracts ovarian cancer, which she battles till she dies at 42. Gertz puts a lot into it, but I couldn't help feeling the book was more uplifting (Radner died three weeks after finishing her biography). Huge chapters of her story must have been left out to concentrate on the cancer. They showed her as a fighter, which is great, but it all underscores the talent we lose every year to cancer and still no cure. Ending on a downer note like that is why I avoid these type things.

The X-Files. Sunday night's (4-28-02) episode tied up one more loose end. A severely disfigured man ambles into the FBI building and evades security until he is caught looking through Mulder's old file cabinet. During questioning by Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Scully (Gillian Anderson), he gives a false name and the impression he knows everything and I mean everything that's going on with the agents---plus, he claims his scarring is due to a government comspiracy to hide the alien presence from the American public. Been down this road before, haven't we? Before long, Doggett theorizes that the scarred man is Mulder. DNA analysis seems to support that, but Scully doesn't buy it. Scully brings the man home to where she and Mulder hid the particular files. The burned man asks to hold William, her baby. Against her better judgement she lets him. Later, he tries and succeeds in injecting something into the baby. He is arrested and the baby is rushed to the hospital. Here's where it gets screwy...
Scully thinks she knows who the scarred man is and she's right: Jeffrey Spender...The Cigarette Smoking Man's own son (and Mulder's half-brother) who we thought was shot to death by the CSM himself. He was kept alive and injected with chemicals by the gov't in an attempt to cross-breed him with aliens, but it failed. The injection he gave William is the one thing that will prevent aliens from using the baby to facilitate invasion (William is part-alien, a result of Scully's abduction years ago). Here's screwy part number 2:
The episode is bookended by segments featuring a young, rural couple who have adopted a baby. The baby bears a resemblance to William. The endgame continues...

The TV Guide's Top 10 TV Shows of All Time. As you may recall, we had a PCR challenge earlier in the year where everyone sent in their Top Ten TV series of all time (starting in issue 95). We had a great turnout and it was a great exercise. This week's TV Guide's (for next week, actually) cover story is "The Top 50 TV Shows of All Time". I couldn't resist seeing how they compared to our lists. Result? Not even close to any of our lists! Oh there are some titles in common, but very few. And their list is heavy on comedies. Here's their Top 10:
1. Seinfeld
2. I Love Lucy
3. The Honeymooners
4. All in the Family
5. The Sopranos
6. 60 Minutes
7. David Letterman
8. The Simpsons
9. The Andy Griffith Show
10. Saturday Night Live

Announcements
For any of you who haven't caught it yet, or who I failed to email (and forgive me for that), I enjoyed a little celebrity lately and I'm pretty proud of it...here it is:
The St. Pete Times, City Times: The Talk of the Town. It's all about my public access show, "The World of Nolan". They did a great write-up and pictures are now included in the online version.


La Floridiana This week's issue
La Floridiana by William Moriaty
One of Florida's First Families--Canova
Before the advent of the European into Florida, there were the native Indians. They consisted of different tribes with different customs and had different names such as Timucua, Tocobaga, Caribe, and Miccosukee. Sadly, none of them exist today as identifiable entities outside of the names of golf courses, lakes, plants, housing developments and even a part of the Atlantic Ocean (the "Caribbean Sea"). By the 1500s, the first Europeans arrived into Florida, primarily from Spain, Portugal, and Menorca. Amongst those first arrivals, generally limited to the area presently known as St. Augustine, were the Canovas.... .......................................................Click here for more.

Movie ReviewMovie Review
This Week's Movie Review:
"JASON X"
Review by Mike "Deadguy" Scott
Review by Nolan B. Canova
Review by Terence Nuzum
Review by Michael A. Smith
Review by Drew Reiber
..................................Click here for more.

  New! ATTACK OF THE CLONES!   NEXT WEEK: SPIDER-MAN!

Deadguy's Dementia This week's issue
Deadguy's Dementia by Michael Scott
Jason Vorhees and me
Of course you can guess the primary storyline without even seeing the film: Jason kills (sometimes semi-) attractive chicks and their boyfriends, and doesn't say much. I have to say that it's great to see this latest installment in the series get this much attention (good OR bad), I'm just glad folks took an interest in it. It helps all films in this genre to get greenlighted, and helps pave the way for the long anticipated Jason vs. Freddy movie.... .................................Click here for more.

Blank Thoughts This week's issue
Blank Thoughts by Gary C. Esposito
Nova teaches us what it means to be truly human
Linda Harrison had the challenge for the two original "Planet of the Apes" films, of speaking without speaking - and she proved it could be done with wonderful presense of 'soul'. Nova is the presense of the lost remnant of humanity's 'soul' in those films. Her eyes communicate the weight of that lostness but also and more profoundly the hope and untouched innocence of the human soul - indeed she teaches us what it means to be truly human again....
Review by Gary C. Esposito..................................Click here for more.

Wake Up and Smell the Comics This week's issue
Wake Up and Smell the Comics #15 by Drew Reiber
The date today, as I am writing this piece, is April 30th 2002. By midnight tonight, it will be only two days before I catch the new Spider-Man movie at my new job working for AMC Theatres. After all the customers and shoppers are escorted out of the Westshore Plaza mall, my managers will begin the employee only screening of the film. Of course, we wonít be the only ones catching the movie early.... ......Click here for more.

Matt's Rail This week's issue
Matt's Rail by Matt Drinnenberg
Many of you probably recall hearing of the BIG GAME lottery which just paid out 331 million dollars to 3 lucky ticket holders. What you may not know is that this is one of the truest examples of greed we could ever see. Oh sure, there's greed all over the place, you don't have to look far to see it. But in this case, it really goes to show how the "love of money" (a.k.a. greed) can make one look quite stupid and foolish.... Also....THE WORLD OF NOLAN.....and MASTERS OF HORROR UPDATE..... ....................Click here for more.

Mike's Rant This week's issue
Mike's Rant by Michael A. Smith
WOO HOO........SPEAKING OF........PERHAPS THE 11th TIME IS THE CHARM........PASSING ON........STILL A KID.... ....................Click here for more.


Letters to the EditorWe welcome your feedback.

Michael Scott's piece on A.D.D. was well thought out, and it provided a nice response to what Nolan wrote the previous week regarding the problem with over-prescribed medication. I'm writing to meet you both somewhere in the middle. I spent eight years working in pharmacies, two of those years were spent investigating pharmacies for a major chain, and the problem with prescription medication is becoming a serious issue on many different levels.

Our society has become a reactionary society, demanding quick and convenient solutions. If I'm sick, give me an antibiotic. If I'm depressed, give me an anti-depressant. One of the by-products (outside of creating an entire generation that will find themselves with antibiotics that won't work for them due to over-prescribing) is the loss of responsibility. Itís easier to ask for a pill than it is to fess up to your problems, and it isnít always the patient that is to blame, as it is the doctors who are making the process too easy.

Remember, some doctors are paid to prescribe specific medications, and many are provided with bonuses, such as a new car or a large check, if they prescribe a specific amount of prescriptions for a certain company. The success of Viagra didn't just stem from word of mouth...

With that said, perhaps the parents of Charles Bishop should consider (if they really must sue somebody!) suing the doctor who provided the medication in the first place; he or she, above all others, should have been aware of any interactions or side-effects with the medication.

When I spoke before of fessing up to your problems instead of taking a pill, Iím speaking of anti-depressants. Like what Mr. Scott has suggested, there are clear reasons for people to be taking these forms of medication. But, I will say this, having been surrounded in that environment for too long: most of the people taking anti-depressants shouldnít. Going back to convenience, if I have a bad day, I can call my doctor, having made all my annual physicals, and request a prescription for Prozac, Zoloft, etc. The doctor, or nurse, can call in the prescription to my local pharmacy without seeing me, and by the end of the day, I can have in my possession thirty to sixty pills. The same goes for antibiotics...hey, I have a sore throat (it doesnít matter if itís not an infection), can you call me in some Cipro, Ampicillin, or maybe some Zithromax?

The real problem, to me, is this, and those who know me are sick of hearing me say this: mediocrity.

People donít know how to ride things out. People forget that in order to understand happiness, youíre going to have to experience the bad days. In order to live fully, you have to understand sickness. Instead, we are creating a society that likes to ride the middle, unwilling to experience either extreme, and truly having no comprehension of how to feel normally. None of this, in no way, is meant to trivialize those who are actually afflicted with mental illness. If anything, they should be upset with those who have taken advantage of their suffering to the point that it's pushed their illness into the realm of hoaxes.

One of the things that people forget or donít want to accept is that healthcare, along with the medical profession, is a business. You are no longer patients; instead, you are customers. Medical offices have become service stations while pharmacies have become stores. You will be treated, provided that you have the money to pay for it. The psychology of this is made even more daunting when pharmacies have drive-thru areas that allows the customer to psychologically equate the pharmacy to fast food.

Anyway, I can go on and on, and Iím writing in a forum thatís supposed to focus on Pop Culture. But having read the last two issues, I feel compelled to respond.

Thanks for your time.

Christian A. Dumais


Mike, Mike, Mike [Deadguy].
To sit there and say we are hopeless while you rail on about how great CGI is and yet you cannot bring forth one movie that used it artistically is too funny. Name one that has used it sparingly? Just one. It's so great to you yet you haven't even named one!

I'm not saying it should never be used, I'm saying that it hasn't been used correctly and sparingly. If in fact one day it will become so advanced that we can't notice it, great! But until then and only until then should it be used in such a way. To say that Kubrick would use CGI in "A Clockwork Orange" is ridiculous and if I were you I'd be embarrassed to even put that comment online. "A Clockwork Orange" was/is a film that needs no digital effects because it's not an entertainment film--it is a message.

I just personally am having a problem with films today. They seem to have no message or purpose. I am an aspiring filmmaker and I have watched and studied some of the world's greatest films, Auguirre, A Clockwork Orange, El Topo, and even Hitchcock, Vertigo. What I see that those directors did in those days without the use of special effects was not space battles or scary monsters, it was art. True art. Entertainment entertains, but art teaches. So my anger over CGI is not so much about the medium itself, it's about the people in Hollywood who are using it to ruin films because it's cheaper and that's what they want more money for themselves. If I'm an animator and I animate some dinosuar based on a real dinosaur, is it expression or is it just mimicing something real? And if it is a mimic, how is it art? So maybe if you just put yourself in my shoes and see that a profession I want to do and love is turning into Saturday morning fun and the films like "Vertigo", or even a powerful horror film with a meaning like "Repulsion", is being blown away in the dust because all these kids going into animation want to make the next big effect, then I think you would be as depressed as me.

I feel like the world I wanted to be a part of, the art I love, is no longer there. So all I have is an art form that has been reduced to Edison nudie picotgraphs. You know, flashy shows-for-a-dime-type shit. And because of these possibly promising artists like myself (don't get me wrong, I'm not egotistical but I do have faith in my abilities) might never see the light of day because, guess what, I don't fit in. It's like I'm in high school again. I think you can guess where I'm coming from and this is my last word on the subject because the fact that there are more people in the world who think like you, Mike, than like me is depressing. That's not a cut by the way, don't get me wrong. I just wish I had some hope that movies will go back to being someone's blood and guts instead of someone's flashy commercial. I'm dead serious about this; I get really depressed when I see that people will actually fight for things like Jar Jar Binks, or mindless fluff like "The Mummy" [the current incarnation], because frankly that's telling me that very few people will ever care what I have to say. Anyway that's all. I just thought you might like to know why I fight for my side so vehemently.

Terence Nuzum


It's quite obvious to me that the folks down at TV Guide aren't utilizing all their faculties. (See TV Guide's Top 10, this issue, above--N) Seinfeld over Lucy??? I don't think so. And can they really possibly believe that David Letterman deserves the #7 spot over Johnny Carson??? Who, by the way, isn't even on the list? No slight to Letterman, but in the sport vernacular, I would liken it to Dave not being able to carry Johnny's jock strap. Doesn't mean Letterman wasn't at one time cutting-edge, even though most of his ideas DID come from his ex-wife, so maybe SHE deserves to be #7. Just another example of man keeping woman down....and earning a best 10 in the process.

As far as "The Sopranos", I've never bought into the "let's ruthlessly murder people and act like derelict scum" for entertainment theory. I "do", however, have a show that should've taken its spot. What's the show? BOOK-'EM DANNO!!!! That's right..."Hawaii 5-0".

"Saturday Night Live", in my view, doesnt count unless you qualify its designation with the decade deserving of such designation. I'm assuming TV Guide is referring to the 70's edition, but I could be mistaken. On the whole, there's been some pretty crappy SNL, but I can live with it.

I must congratulate them on "The Andy Griffith Show", which I was suprised to see listed, as well as "The Simpsons". It's genius when you can take stupid cartoons and nail the human experience in a laughable, mindless barrage of extreme events. That said....is it REALLY more deserving than "Gunsmoke"? Again.....no.

In addition to the above, I would take any of OUR lists over this one any day of the week. In fact, we should do a survey in PCR, listing all of the selections on one page, giving readers a chance to vote! I'd be interested to see what the masses think.

Matt [Drinnenberg]


To send an email to Letters to the Editor write to: Crazedfanboy1@aol.com.  Any emails sent to this address will be assumed intended for publication unless you specifically instruct me not to. I can and do respond privately, if that is your preference. Frequently, it's both ways.---Nolan


"Mike's Rant" is ©2002 by Michael A. Smith    "Matt's Rail" is ©2002 by Matt Drinnenberg    "La Floridiana" is ©2002 by William Moriaty    The movie reviews of "Jason X" are ©2002 by Mike "Deadguy" Scott, Nolan B. Canova, Terence Nuzum, Michael A. Smith, and Drew Reiber    The movie review of "Star Wars: Episode II--Attack of the Clones" is ©2002 by Michael A. Smith    "Deadguy's Dementia" is ©2002 by Michael Scott    "Blank Thoughts" is ©2002 by Gary C. Esposito    "Wake Up and Smell the Comics is ©2002 by Drew Reiber    Add'l thanks to Christian Dumais, Terence Nuzum, and Matt Drinnenberg for their input in "Letters"       All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2002 by Nolan B. Canova

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