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Established A.D. 2000, March 19.  Now in our third calendar year!
   Number 118 (Vol. 3, No. 26). This edition is for the week of June 24--30, 2002.
Now I remember!
A few more things I wanted to talk about, but kept forgetting...
Circuit City dumps VHS movies
Episode Three "spoiler"?
The Top Ten Cover Songs of All Time, cont'd...
11th HOUR UPDATE: Just after this issue of PCR was "put to bed" for the week, word came in that John Entwistle, bassist for The Who, has died at the age of 57. We will have more commentary on this man and his historic contributions in next week's edition of Nolan's Pop Culture Review!--Nolan

Last week, as you recall, I was having memory problems following a night of revelry in Ybor City with other webmeister friends, and afterwards I couldn't remember what that week's PCR installment of "Slipped thru the cracks" was supposed to be about. Well, after the hangover subsided and a clearer head prevailed, it all came back to me.

The first item up I credit to fellow columnist Drew Reiber for bringing to my attention last week or the week before...

Circuit City Dumps VHS Movies
According to a news item on Circuit City's website, the chain announced it is phasing out its catalog and store displays of VHS pre-recorded movies to make more room for their expanding DVD collection. A spokeman said some of their stores had already dumped VHS months ago, but now there was a more concerted effort to eradicate the species by year's end. Please note, this does not affect the VHS recorders or blank tapes, necessarily, just the movies on tape. A Best Buy spokesman said there are no immediate plans for their chain; but where Circuit City goes, the rest are sure to follow.

I'm suspecting many of you out there are thinking "so what?", especially if you've already dug deeply into the DVD revolution. It's commonly acknowleged that DVDs have superior image and sound quality to VHS tapes, to say nothing of the many extras packaged along on them that VHS cannot compete with. But, am I alone in feeling this is the end of an era?

It wasn't so very long ago, you could make a living selling and/or renting pre-recorded VHS movies! (Huge numbers of mom-and-pop shops in the '80s and early '90s thrived doing just that.)

VHS was how most of us learned to operate camcorders. Millions of peoples' wedding videos are on VHS (altho a ground-floor industry has bloomed for transferring them to DVDs). VHS reputedly has a shorter life-span than a burned disc, but that depends on how you view statistics---many VHS tapes from 20 years ago still play fine (and many don't), while only 40% or less of home-burned DVDs will play universally. Of course, that's home-burned, not store-bought, and you can make all kinds of comparisons to CD-burning's tortured past, BUT, while I'm on the subject...

I don't forsee the demise of VHS for a long time because of one simple thing: delayed viewing. The technique of taping something off TV now for viewing later. Since my work schedule hours have always been weird to say the least, this feature of VHS recording has always been the singular, most useful thing to me. And until they can make DVDs you can play and record on CHEAPLY AND RELIABLY, VHS will still be around.

Who was that clone on the planet Camino in "Episode Two: Attack of the Clones?"
I'm probably going to catch a lot of flack for this, but I can't stand it any longer. I've seen AOTC four times and there's this one scene that bugs me to death. Remember on the planet Camino when Obi-Wan is shown the clone army? The two aliens take him on a tour that shows the various stages of Jango Fett clones, right? We're shown the children at a sort of school and they all look like Boba. So far, so good.

Here's the problem: when they show the adult Jango in a sort of training room, to me, he doesn't look like Jango at all--he looks like Senator Amidala's bodyguard! (But without the eye-patch.) It's just a brief shot where he's sitting at a table handling something, and looks up at the sudden distraction of an audience and then there's a cutaway and we never see him again. I was immediately seized by the notion that the "Jango" there is another clone--maybe an insider--of an entirely different man, altogether. But it really looks like the guard to me.

Before you pelt me with emails, let me share the typical reactions: ( 1.) It doesn't look like Jango because it's supposed to be a younger version of the one we meet. Yes, that's supposed to be the pattern, but there's no way I believe he changes that radically in only 15-20 years. At worst, it's miscasting by Lucas. At best, it's a sneaky clue about episode 3. ( 2.) That's ridiculous--if the clone was the double of the Senator's bodyguard, Obi-Wan would've recognized him! I'm not sure where Obi-Wan was standing in relation to the man and I'm not even sure the aliens would've thought it was a big deal. Now they did say the entire clone army was based on Jango Fett---I'm just not sure they didn't have a few others mixed up in there, too, for whatever other reason. And maybe Obi-Wan was being coy.

Mike "Deadguy" has a major reaction to the Jango Fett/bodyguard question in this issue's letters, below.


Announcemnts
The party pics are in! The pictures taken of me mystic crew and meself at last week's Ybor Web Party are up at the Legion Studios website! (Along with pics of the other revelers, of course.) Click here and take a gander! We're third JPEG down from the top.
The link to us on Art Bell's website, first noted in last week's issue of PCR, resulted in over 5,000 hits to my webserver! That's a heapin' helpin' of paranormal hospitality. The "Kreskin" page itself (PCR #116) garnered 1,117 hits in 5 days, and the PCR Homepage got nicked well over 4,000 times. However, many of those failed to register on the official Bravenet hitcounter at pagebottom, possibly due to unfinished downloads, server errors, or that paranoid-level browser-setting some surfers have that defeats that (I swear, people). This rivals the previous record of just under 1000 hits in 3 days provided by Mike Smith's early review of "Attack of the Clones" (although that same review was up to 2,000 hits by week's end) instigated by our friends at Dark Horizons dotcom. The PCR homepage, however, was not a big click-through item then, scoring very low, so the recent Art Bell surge was a major breakthrough. Thanks again to Art and to Keith Rowland, his webmaster.

Mike Smith's challenge, cont'd: The Top 10 Cover Song Recordings of All Time
To recap Mike's challenge from last week: "Cover songs" are new recordings or performances that have been previously recorded or covered by others. It is the record industry equivalent of a "remake". Los Lobos' hit, "La Bamba" (previously a Richie Valens hit) to Barry Manilow beating David Cassidy to the punch by releasing "I Write The Songs" first, there have been many great interpretations of earlier hits.
Last week's issue of PCR contained the first barrage from our excited readers. We continue this week with more lists from our valued contributors!

LIKE LAST WEEK, I MOVED THE TOP 10 REPSONSES FARTHER DOWN THE PAGE, AFTER THE COLUMNISTS' SECTION.   Please scroll down to find them.


La Floridiana This week's issue
La Floridiana by William Moriaty
Book review of "Triggerfish Twist" by Tim Dorsey.
Tim Dorsey's insights into the Florida experience circa 1990's and 2000's are unparalleled. Here's an example of such insight--for instance, ever been to the Welcome Center on Interstate 75 just south of the Georgia border? It goes something like this: "Outside the rest rooms, a restless crowd gathered in front of an eight-foot laminated map of Florida, unable to accept the fact that they were still hundreds of miles from the nearest theme park. They would become even more bitter when they pulled away from the welcome center, and the artificial grove of palms gave way to hours of scrubland and billboards for topless doughnut shops....." ...............................................Click here for more.

Movie ReviewMovie Review
This Week's Movie Review:
"Minority Report"
In the near-future, say about a half a century, in 2054, a breakthrough technique in crime-fighting is being developed: a preemptive arrest that prevents a murder before it happens by arresting the would-be murderer. (Don't worry, the ACLU is still around in 2054, keep reading...) There are a lot of "pre"-things here--"pre-cops", "pre-witnesses", and by far the most fetching and interesting evidence-gatherers: the "pre-cogs" (contraction of "precognition", the act of perceiving events before they happen).
Pre-cop John Anderton (Tom Cruise) believed the system was perfect until one terrible flaw was discovered.... Review by Nolan B. Canova
...............................................Click here for more.

The Enlightenment This week's issue
The Enlightenment by Terence Nuzum
Horror Movies from the '70s!
Part 4 : "...the dead will walk the earth" or The Zombie Epics of the 70s
Zombie films came of birth in 1968 with George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead". By the early 70s there were already numerous cash-ins but with these cash-ins also came true classics. And then at the end of the decade, the purveyor of the sub-genre, Romero, topped it all off with his sequel, "Dawn of the Dead"..... ...............................................Click here for more.

Matt's Rail This week's issue
Matt's Rail by Matt Drinnenberg
CLASSIC MONSTERS DVD'S PULLED BACK. My guess, naturally, is greed. While I hate to sound like the pessimist, I've worked in retail way too long to assume there could be any other driving force....FOUL!!!! In a soon to be aired 20/20 special, Tatum takes some serious, defaming shots at ex-hubby and ex-tennis icon John McEnroe.... NEW POLL. I'm inviting everyone to my site to pick your favorite classic monster movie.....TOP 10 COVERS REVISITED. As I KNEW would be the case, I immediately started recalling covers of songs that, in some cases, outdo the original versions.... ...............................................Click here for more.

Mike's Rant This week's issue
Mike's Rant by Michael A. Smith COVER ME........IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL----I SWEAR TO GOD........ MOVIE NOTES........MOVING ON........WORLD CON ...............................................Click here for more.



The Top 10 Song Covers of All Time      William Moriaty
1. "Do It Again"- Original Artist- Steely Dan. Cover Artist- Waylon Jennings
2. "Hazy Shade of Winter"- Original Artist- Simon and Garfunkel. Cover Artist- The Bangles
3. "When it Comes To You"- Original Artist- Dire Straits. Cover artist- John Anderson
4. "Are You Ready for the Country?"- Original Artist- Neil Young. Cover Artist- Waylon Jennings
5. "All Along the Watchtower"- Original Artist- Bob Dylan. Cover Artist- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
6. "Ain't That a Shame"- Original Artist- Fats Domino. Cover Artist- Cheap Trick
7. "Oh Pretty Woman"- Original Artist- Roy Orbison. Cover artist- Van Halen
8. "Little Wing"- Original Artist- The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Cover Artist- Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble
9. "Venus"- Original Artist- Shocking Blue. Cover Artist- Bananarama
10. "Superstition"- Original Artist- Stevie Wonder. Cover Artist- Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble
11. "Keep Me Hanging On"- Original Artist- The Supremes. Cover Artist Tie- Vanilla Fudge and Kim Wilde
12. "Got to Get You Into My Life"- Original Artist- The Beatles. Cover Artist- Earth, Wind and Fire
13. "You Really Got Me"- Original Artist- The Kinks. Cover Artist- Van Halen (ARRRRRGH!! The most obvious one and I forgot it?!?! What was I thinking? Consider this updated into my original honorable mentions! NO....TOP TEN!!--N)
14. "Help"- Original Artist- The Beatles. Cover Artist- The Damned

Top Two Worst Covers
1. "I Think We're Alone Now"- Original Artist- Tommy James and the Shondells. Cover Artist- Tiffany 2. "Live and Let Die"- Original Artist- Paul McCartney and Wings. Cover Artist- Guns and Roses

The Top 10 Song Covers of All Time      Vinnie Blesi
And now for something completely different,

10. Psychotica- MacArthur's Park- Cross-dressing glam goth rocker Pat Briggs and his band Psychotica turn in one of the best rockin disco drag queen versions of this disco classic on their 1998 cd Espina.
9. Klaus Nomi- Ding Dong the Witch is Dead- Falsetto singing 80ís pop oddity Klaus Nomi delivers a version of the song from The Wizard of Oz that is so bad it is good. The 1983 album Encore also includes a slow, scary version of Chubby Checkerís The Twist that is worth mentioning.
8. Big Country (In memory of Stuart Adamson)- Rockin In the Free World- a seriously rockin live version of this Neil Young cover appeared on the 1998 compilation CD Kings of Emotion. I get a chill every time I listen to this one. CD also contains straight ahead rock versions of Iím Eighteen, Vicious, On the Road Again and interesting acoustic versions of Iím on Fire, Ruby Tuesday, and The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down.
7. Love Spit Love- How Soon is Now- I watch Charmed just to hear this great version of the Smiths song (that and Rose McGowan).
6. Matthew Good Band- Enjoy the Silence- A high energy guitar version of one of my favorite Depeche Mode songs by Canadian alt rock band Matthew Good. Iím not sure if this was ever released on any CD but is available on P2P (of course that would be illegal so kids donít do it).
5.Siouxie and the Banshees- Dear Prudence- Beatles cover from 1983 when Robert Smith of the Cure was playing with the band. This cover stills sounds great almost 20 years later. I believe some psychedelic substances contributed to this recording.
4. Devo- Satisfaction- Before Whip-it this Rolling Stones cover (produced by Brian Eno) defined the indescribable sound that was Devo in 1978. De-evolution indeed!
3. U2- Night and Day- A lush, haunting version of the timeless Cole Porter classic.
2. Negativland- U2's--I Still Havenít Found What I am Looking For- This rare cd release from 1991 by experimental tape loopers Negativland managed to piss off both U2 and Casey Kasim and get them very sued. This sample heavy found audio piece is a riot!
1. Peter Murphy- Final Solution- This Pere Ubu cover was on former Bauhaus member Peter Murphyís first solo album from 1985. A great Ivo (4AD records) drum track, great guitar track from Howard Hughes, and Peter Murphyís signature vocals make this unquestionably my favorite cover version. The 12 inch single also contained great remixes.

Take care, Vinnie Blesi
Vinnie, my boy , it is always an honor to hear from you, thanks for participating! ---Nolan

The Top 10 Song Covers of All Time      Mack Beasley
Steve [Beasley, my brother] had me read your top 10 cover songs of all time and was curious as to my opinion. Since the masses are begging to know, hear goes,....
"The top 10 cover songs of all time" doesn't ask by what artist. I read it to mean just what it said TOP 10 SONGS, By that definition what 10 songs are the most covered by anyone? Being a Baby Boomer I recall every garage band on the planet mauling the Stones' "Let's Spend the Night Together", Creedence's' "Proud Mary", Deep Purple's; "Smoke on the Water", Iron Butterfly's "Inna-gadda-da-vida", Bill Haley's "Rock around the Clock", and so on as being the most covered songs ever. That doesn't begin to mention any of the music by the most covered Artist of all time which includes Hank Williams, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Little Richard and Elvis.

A few of the more commercially successful cover songs should include the following:
1. Gallow's Pole, Led Zeppelin, Originally titled Gallas Pole by Leadbelly  (PCR staffer and blues fan/historian Terence Nuzum would like to add that Gallas Pole was already a "traditional" song when Leadbelly got hold of it.---N)
2. Dancin in the Streets, Van Halen, by Martha and the Vandellas
3. Blinded by the light, Manfred Mann, a Bruce Springsteen tune. (ARRRRRGH!! I forgot that one and I just talked about it the other day. Dammit, I'm updating my original honorble mentions.---N)
4. Hound Dog, Elvis, first recorded by Big Mamma Thornton I think.
5. Ain't that a Shame, Cheap Trick, a Fats Domino hit
6. Come Together, Aerosmith, the Beatles of course!
7. Get Ready, Rare Earth, ........? forgot  (Stalwart PCR staffer Will Moriaty says it was The Temptations.---Nolan)
8. I shot the Sheriff, Eric Clapton, Original of Bob Marley
9. Knockin on Heaven's Door, Guns and Roses, remake of Eric Clapton's. Original by Bob Dylan, written for the movie Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.
10. We're havin a party, Rod Stewart, his idol Sam Cooke did it first.
11. Mony Mony, Billy Idol, a Tommy James and the Shondells song.
12. Proud Mary, Ike and Tina Turner, Creedence Clearwater Revival. (ARRRRGH, YES, obviously!---N)
13. Roll over Beethoven, E.L.O. remake of a Chuck Berry
14. Just a Gigolo, David Lee Roth, Better done by Louis Prima
15. You Can't Hurry Love, Phill Collins, a Dianna Ross tune
16. Locomotion, Grand Funk Railroad, Done by Little Eva (YES! I loved this one too.---N)
17. Hey Bartender, Blues Bros, not sure Sam and Dave maybe
18. Tumblin Dice, Linda Ronstadt, a Rolling Stones hit
19. Blue Bayou, Linda Ronstadt, first done by Roy Orbison
20. California Girls, David Lee Roth,, Original Beach Boys
21. Take Another Little Piece of my Heart, Faith Hill. a Janis Joplin tune.
22. Me and Bobby Magee, Janis Joplin, a Kris Kristofferson song
23. Stranded in the Jungle, the New York Dolls, ....I forget who did it!
24. American Woman, Lenny Kravitz' version of a Guess Who song.
25. Summertime Blues, The Who, an Eddie Cochran hit.
26. Walk this way, Run DMC, Areosmith helped out
27. Peaceful Easy Feelin, Travis Tritt, the Eagles reprised!
28. Superstition, Jeff Beck, A song written for Beck by Stevie Wonder who covered his own song AFTER Beck's version!
29. Jump, Jive and Wail, Brian Setzer, Another Louis Prima song. (Great one, yeah!---N)
30. Have I Told You Lately, Rod Stewart, a Van Morrison song.

There are hundreds more that did as well. I mean, who can forget Donnie Osmond's version of "And They called it Puppy Love", what a killer tune. It may not be as good as William Shatner's cover of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", though, that was pure magic!

With all the Tribute albums out there for everyone from Pink Floyd to Zeppelin to AC/DC and Ozzy, Metallica and Stevie Ray Vaughan it's hard not to find good covers of everything. Thats why I only mentioned the most successful I could recall. It's been fun, Thanks.

MACK BEASLEY

Mack, thank you, my friend, for a GREAT list, and I appreciate your taking the time to write in. If memory serves, this is your first contribution to our hallowed halls; hope it won't be the last.-----Nolan

Letters to the EditorWe welcome your feedback.
My above-mentioned suspicion about Jango Fett's clone on Camino really got Deadguy going....this is MAJOR fanboy talk. I think you'll enjoy it, but just skip it if you hate fanboy talk...LOL
Terence Nuzum and Steve Beasley have some comments after...---Nolan

Nolan,
I watched for the "unusual clone" that you noticed earlier, and have to say that I'm now officially unclear as to who is being shown in that scene. I can't confirm either way, but I can say that if it's a duplicate Jango, it's a BAD picture of him. I won't go so far as to back up your suspicion though. I would LIKE to, but with all conscience, I can't do it without being more sure about it.

Oddly enough, the bodyguard rode with Amidala while her decoy ship was bombed. If Amidala was truly being hunted, there are certainly easier ways to kill her, unless the concept was to CHASE her, in order to get her out of the Senate while a certain "temporary replacement" could be suckered into granting power to Sidious. If Amidala had actually been killed, the plan would have stopped there because Jar Jar probably wouldn't have been given Amidala's position in the Senate.

Perhaps the bodyguard is who you say he is....it would be in his employer's interest to protect Amidala while simultaneously creating the illusion of a great threat to her, which is what Palpatine plays upon when he suggests that Obi-Wan and Anakin to protect her.

It presented a way for a link to be made between an unsuccessful killer's assassin, and the clone planet..

For some reason though, it appears that the Trade Federation was the group responsible for wanting Amidala dead, which explains the execution fiasco at Geonosis. Palpatine was playing both sides of the game, pretending to have her hunted, while also having her adequately protected. That explains why Jango didn't take the Amidala asassination job personally....he knew it had to fail and was waiting around with a dart that would provide the link to Camino.

The assassin's actions were awfully convoluted...if you had a device that would create an undetected opening in the window and fly flight paths and crap, why wouldn't it carry a sniper rifle that would have finished off Amidala?

The worms seemed a bit much, but also seemed as though they might actually succeed in killing Amidala, but does anything suggest that the worms would be fatal? (I'll have to watch for that point later) Obviously, the assassin was in the dark on the fact that she/it was supposed to fail, and it was up to the Jedi protectors and possibly Jango Fett to make sure that it didn't succeed. That would suggest that Jango gave her worms that weren't actually designed to be fatal. I wonder if that information will surface in the next film or something?

Here's some clarification on some of the other items you asked me about:

#1. Jango Fett claimed to Obi-Wan that Tyrannus (aka Count Dooku) was the man who hired him for the cloning job. Although this appears to be the truth, it seems odd that he would be so quick to offer the information to Obi-Wan. If it's the truth, he was SUPPOSED to feed it to Obi-Wan to get everything into position, which seems appropriate, but it's pure luck that Obi-Wan tracked Jango to Geonosis, which appears to be the base of operations of the anti-republic forces.

#2. The clone order was made 10 years ago, which was about the time that everyone figured out how stupid it was to use remotely-controlled robots as soldiers. It's also around the time that Darth Maul was cut in half.

#3. The person(s) placing the order was supposedly a Jedi that "was dead by that time", who falsely claimed to be doing it at the request of the Jedi Council and the Senate. Ultimately, the army is the property of the Republic as it fights with those that are attempting to overthrow it.

#4. According to Yoda, "only a Jedi" could have erased Camino from the library's maps. There is the assumption that this Jedi would have been Tyrannus (Yoda's old padawan), but it's not necessarily true, because nothing confirms it. It DOES suggest that the person placing the order with Camino WAS a Jedi though.

#5. When Obi-Wan reports to Yoda about #3, and asks, "he was dead by then, wasn't he?" Yoda agrees, but in the typical manner of Jedis, his eyes are darting everywhere, indicating that he possibly "turned to the Dark Side" instead. He also locked eyes with Mace Windu as he spoke.. suggesting that they both knew something they weren't telling.

#6. So the clones happened to be ready JUST as Amidala was away from her post. Conveniently, she's one of the loudest proponents against dictatorship, and the assistant left in her stead, "Jar Jar" is convinced to give Palpatine the power to form an army for the republic. Of course Palpatine promises to relinquish this newfound power as soon as the threat is dealt with, but we all know where this leads. It seems like Lucas wrote this at a time where similar concerns had been voiced about Bush, and /or Clinton, in reference to "martial law"

Hmm.. this triggers another series of questions..

#1. Was the clone order made by Tyrannus/Count Dooku, or Darth Maul? Were there more than 2 Siths around at that time? If it was Maul, then perhaps he IS the "dead" (rogue) Jedi that everyone beleives made the initial order. That would explain both, why Mace and Yoda share their little "dead Jedi secret" AND why Tyrannus seems surprised that the clone troops show up on Geonosis. "How did they raise such an army so quickly?" I have to watch it again to see if he just said that for effect, or if he said "THE army". Maul's red and black visage could have been a tatooed disguise used so that Jedi folks wouldn't recognize him.

#2. Tyrannus speaks of his "master", but I don't recall him making any direct mention of Sidious except when he ratted out Sidious to Obi-Wan. He revealed Sidious's plans to Obi-Wan, for no apparent reason except that he wanted to seduce Obi-Wan to the Darkside, to destroy Sidious. Perhaps this is merely similar to Darth Vader's proposal to Luke where he suggested that they overthrow the Emperor, but it DOES leave open the door on the possibility of a Palpatine clone. If so, then the clone might actually be battling against Sidious's plans in order to control the galaxy himself, with Tyrannus at his side.
(Similarly, it could show there is no honor on the dark side at all. They're ALL lying, power-mad, duplicious bastards!---Nolan)

#3. When Yoda and Tyrannus face off, Yoda says: "I sense the darkness within you". Is that because Tyrannus was directly using the dark side of the force? It seemed kind of odd that Yoda would mention it at that time, unless he'd been unable to detect it previously. Throughout the film they were constantly "reminding" the audience that it was hard to see the dark side.

#4. Tyrannus is directly dealing with the folks Sidious dealt with in the last film, but is talking as though he's on their side, intending to overthrow Sidious (or at lesast that's what I remember). They gave Tyrannus the plans to the Death Star, which Tyrannus pockets and says "my master will be most pleased". If not Sidious.. who did his cohorts assume he's referring to in that statement?

I dunno... I figured you'd want the update. I'll probably have more when I see it in the theater again tomorrow. Heh heh...

Mike ["Deadguy" Scott]


Re: Star Wars fanboy talk...

Nolan and Deadguy,
OK, please guys, stop with the Star Wars speculations, or should I say, fan fantasies. Nolan, the idea that Lucas planned for that one shot of a clone to be a clue that he was the bodyguard is not only giving Lucas too much credit but just looking into something that's not there. As for Deadguy's list...well, I'm sorry, I don't forsee that in episode three Lucas in the two hours he will probably have will not only give us the expected Anakin's turn to Darth Vader but also all these heavy-handed plot fantasies. No, Darth Maul was not the "rogue Jedi", that's silly. The only scene that I looked into too much was the scene were Obi-Wan contacts Yoda and Windu and mentions the rogue Jedi's death. It seems that either they look at each other in suprise or that they look at each other in acknowledgement over possibly an incident that was covered up. But again, that's giving Lucas too much credit, and like I said, he already has way too much to cover in two hours to be covering supposed hidden clues.

I personally think you guys are out of hand with this. It reminds me of those bad fanboy chats you hear at Star Trek conventions. Please don't display this sick side of you guys' personalities again. It hurts the intergrity of the Letter Column.

To Hell With You All,
Terence Nuzum

Ummm, so those sick, twisted fanboy chats at Star Trek and Star Wars conventions were a bad thing? MY WHOLE LIFE IS A BASED ON A HORRIBLE LIE?!?! ARRRGH WAHHHHHHHHHHH!! sob sob
   OK..sniff sniff....OK, damn you. Here it comes: the next time we get on the phone, we'll again discuss the "rogue Jedi"......the meaning of the suspicious glance exchange between Yoda and Mace Windu......and most importantly....WHY A BORG CANNOT ASSIMILATE A JEDI..........---Nolan


Nolan,
Jay Lag'aia played Senator Amidala's bodyguard and I agree....that brief shot in that clone room looks a helluva lot like him! EGAD!
He was also in Lord of the Rings. Freaky, huh?

Steve [Beasley]
Auckland, New Zealand


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"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 Enlightenment" is ©2002 by Terence Nuzum    The movie review of "Minority Report" is ©2002 by Nolan B. Canova    Thanks to everyone who contributed to The Top 10 Song Covers of All Time    Add'l thanks to "Deadguy" Scott, Terence Nuzum, and Steve Beasley for their input in "Letters"       All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2002 by Nolan B. Canova

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