Archives 2003
 
Nolan's Pop Culture Review is an online fan magazine published weekly. Old issues go into the Archives Tuesday morning and new issues go online usually by Wednesday noon any given week. Deadlines flex, but basically end mid-week. Only editorial revisions, corrections and updates (not entire columns) continue through Friday morning when generally the issue is considered complete and "final". Submissions are always welcome, but must be received early in the week to avoid being bumped to the next week. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support!---Nolan

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196........(December 22--31, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The Year in Review. I want to thank...
by Nolan B. Canova. The last issue of PCR for 2003, and what an installment! Every current writer is represented with a year-end summary of what the year meant to them. The Lettercol is filled with glad tidings and best wishes from some fan VIPs of our aquaintance.
LA FLORIDIANA -- Will and Karen's Excellent Adventure to South Florida - Part Two....Plus, Year-End Summary by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW -- Cold Mountain  by Mike Smith
COUCH POTATO -- 2003 Year-End Edition  by Vinnie Blesi
THE DIGITAL DIVIDE -- The Top Ten Albums of 2003  by Terence Nuzum
THE ENLIGHTENMENT -- The Top Ten Movies of 2003  by Terence Nuzum
CREATURE'S CORNER -- At The Movies....In Closing...  by John Lewis
MATT'S RAIL -- 'Twas The Night Before Christmas And At PCR...  by Matt Drinnenberg
MIKE'S RANT -- The Year That Was....Why God, Why?....Do What We Say, Not What We Do....Yoko Again....Classic Lines....My Top 10 Movies, Phillip's Top 5  by Mike Smith

LETTERS


195........(December 15--21, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- Season's Greetings.
"We Got 'im!"...on the capture of Saddam Hussein. LOTR: Return of the King opens nationwide. Attention all PCR writers. It was 20 years ago today. By Nolan B. Canova
LA FLORIDIANA -- Will and Karen's Excellent Adventure to South Florida - Part One........The Continued Death March of Locally-Produced Radio and Television  by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW -- LOTR: Return of the King by Mike Smith. Held over for a second week! WOO WOO EXPRESS -- QUIETUS....THE HADES PROJECT  by Patty G. Henderson & Terri Davis
MATT'S RAIL -- Let Me Be "Direct", Generically-Speaking  by Matt Drinnenberg
MIKE'S RANT -- This And That....Mel And Jesus....Oscar Watch....Willy Sleeps With The Fishes....Beatles Notes....A Big Shout Out  by Mike Smith

LETTERS


194........(December 8--14, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- The Renegade Film Fest: Saints & Sinners 4
by Nolan B. Canova. Reviews and commentary on all the movies!
LA FLORIDIANA -- The History of Aviation in Florida, Part Four: The Pioneers, Barnstormers, World-Beaters and Patron Saints of Florida Aviation by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW -- LOTR: Return of the King by Mike Smith. "Something's Gotta Give" by Mike Smith
COUCH POTATO -- BattleStar Melodramatica  by Vinnie Blesi
SPLASH PAGE -- Not Your Average Joe....Slush Pile....Weird Crap on Ebay  by Brandon Jones
CREATURE'S CORNER -- Saints & Sinners 4....Comics  by John Lewis
MIKE'S RANT -- Happy Trails....Screening Ban, Take 3....Battlestar Galactica, Redux....LOTR: Return of the King  by Mike Smith

LETTERS


193........(December 1--7, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- Christmas Shopping
by Nolan B. Canova. New World of Nolan segments.
LA FLORIDIANA -- The History of Aviation in Florida, Part Three: World War Two and the Nifty Fifties by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW -- "The Last Samurai" by Mike Smith
COUCH POTATO -- TV commercial Hall of Shame....Matrix Reloaded Again....Big Country Ultimate Collection  by Vinnie Blesi
CREATURE'S CORNER -- Superman: The Kansas Sighting....Permanent Job  by John Lewis
SPLASH PAGE -- The Passion of Christ....Things I Didn't Know, But Maybe I Should Have....Slush Pile/Tampa ComicCon  by Brandon Jones
MATT'S RAIL -- Post-Thanksgiving message....Famous Monsters Trademark News....Happy Birthday, Forry  by Matt Drinnenberg
MIKE'S RANT -- Jesus And Other Jews....OK, But How Do You Explain Madonna?....Congrats....Passing On....And The Winner Is....Nice Try, Jack...NEW MOVIES  by Mike Smith

LETTERS


192........(November 24--30, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- Happy Thanksgiving!
The strange cases of Glen Campbell and Michael Jackson. The next World of Nolan. All by Nolan B. Canova
LA FLORIDIANA -- The History of Aviation in Florida Part Two: 1920-1941 - The First World War Gives Way to the Roaring Twenties  by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEWS -- "The Cat In The Hat" & "The Haunted Mansion"  by Mike Smith.  "Bubba-Ho-Tep"  by ED Tucker
MIKE'S RANT -- Another List....Give This Man A Prize....Remembering The Past....Movie Notes....Moving On  by Mike Smith

No LETTERS this week.


191........(November 17--23, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- Peace for the holidays?
by Nolan B. Canova. Also: SCREAMFEST '03 by Andy Lalino. JFK: 40 years later. Michael Jackson: who saw that coming?.
LA FLORIDIANA -- The History of Aviation in Florida, Part One: 1911 to 1917, Early Heavier-than-Air Flight by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW -- "Love Actually" by Mike Smith
COUCH POTATO -- TV Shows I'd Like To See  by Vinnie Blesi
MATT'S RAIL -- Forry, Ferry, and Me  by Matt Drinnenberg
MIKE'S RANT -- Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'....Another List....In The Hall....Happy Birthday....Moving On  by Mike Smith

LETTERS


190........(November 10--16, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- Another Showbiz Legend...the death of Art Carney
-- by Nolan B. Canova. More on Prof. Paul Bearer II. Also, "The Top Ten Things Wrong With The Matrix Revolutions" by Drew Reiber.
LA FLORIDIANA -- Will's Too Short Trip To Miami -- And Life Is Good!  by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW -- "Elf"  by Mike Smith
MIKE'S RANT -- Hey, Ralphie Boy!....Tampa International Airport....Movie Notes....Good Stuff  by Mike Smith

LETTERS


189........(November 3--9, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- The Matrix Convulsions.
Also: The Halloween episode of The World of Nolan! Who is Professor Paul Bearer II? By Nolan B. Canova
LA FLORIDIANA -- My Life And Times At Tampa International Airport by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW -- "The Matrix Revolutions" by Mike Smith
SPLASH PAGE -- Playboy....Things I Didn't Know, But Maybe I Should Have....Slush Pile....One Shots  by Brandon Jones
COUCH POTATO -- Ronald Who?....Fall TV Update  by Vinnie Blesi
CREATURE'S CORNER -- Movies....Our Films....Comics  by John Lewis
MIKE'S RANT -- One Eye, No Balls....Coming Soon....Crime Does Pay....Missing a Brother....Chip Off The Old Tombstone  by Mike Smith

LETTERS


188........(October 27--November 2, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- Scary Times.
Part 2 of our special Halloween-themed issues. Also: The new World of Nolan webisode! By Nolan B. Canova
LA FLORIDIANA -- The Hauntings of 3016 Villa Rosa Park by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW -- "Runaway Jury" by Mike Smith.  "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" by ED Tucker
COUCH POTATO -- Where's The Scary TV?....Halloween TV Highlights  by Vinnie Blesi
DIGITAL DIVIDE -- Quick CD Reviews....RIP: Elliott Smith  by Terence Nuzum
THE ENLIGHTENMENT -- Old School Haunts....Modern Monsters....Music  by Terence Nuzum
CREATURE'S CORNER -- Scary Movie 3....Soul Survivors....The Tribute  by John Lewis
MATT'S RAIL -- It's Halloween!  by Matt Drinnenberg
MIKE'S RANT -- Movie Notes....The Kid Stays in the Cartoon, Too....How Super Is He?....He's Still Got A Name  by Mike Smith

LETTERS


187........(October 20--26, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- And now the fun begins
. Also: A new TWON episode imminent; PCR traditional Halloween theme; Gov Bush intercedes in the Terri Schiavo case. By Nolan B. Canova
LA FLORIDIANA -- Ghost of the Cabbage Key Inn  by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW -- "Kill Bill, Vol. 1"  by Mike Smith
SPLASH PAGE -- Are You A MOUI?....Things I Didn't Know, But Maybe I Should Have....Slush Pile....One-Shots  by Brandon Jones
CREATURE'S CORNER -- Comics News....Alan Moore....Vampi  by John Lewis
MATT'S RAIL -- Halloween Reflections  by Matt Drinnenberg
MIKE'S RANT -- Happy Birthday....Pop Culture: a Definition....Trick Or Treat....Life is not a Cabaret, Old Chum!....Get Well Soon....Rocket Man....What The?....Passing On  by Mike Smith

LETTERS


186........(October 13--19, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- Decisions, decisions...
by Nolan B. Canova. Terri Schiavo's feeding tube removed. Supreme Court agrees to hear "Pledge of Allegiance" complaint. After nearly 20 years, cable television & I come to a parting of the ways. Will's TV Picks!
LA FLORIDIANA The Civil War Ghosts That Roam Key West by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW "Mystic River" by Mike Smith
COUCH POTATO Beer Guzzling, Fried Food Eatiní, SUV driviní Nirvana by Ashley Lauren
CREATURE'S CORNER Terri Schiavo....Roy Horn and Montecore by John Lewis
MIKE'S RANT From This Week's Editorial....Check The Alleys of London....Fields of Greed....Do the Bartman....Bob Zemeckis and Nostradamus....Ahoy Mateys!....On Broadway  by Mike Smith

LETTERS


185........(October 6--12, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- SMOKIN' and back online again.
Also: Governor Arnold, suicide band update, new money, Montecore & Roy. All by Nolan B. Canova. Plus: Will's TV Picks, Strange Agents playdate announcement.
LA FLORIDIANA UFOs Over Florida Waters by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW "Out of Time" by Mike Smith
ASHLEY'S HOLLYWOOD Arnold....Stand By Me....Bennifer by Ashley Lauren
CREATURE'S CORNER The Phone Call....Ah-nold by John Lewis
MATT'S RAIL "Rush"ing To Conclusions....Jaws Convention  by Matt Drinnenberg
MIKE'S RANT Stupid Is As Stupid Does....What The Hell?...."Rush" To A Coincidence....Pirate Jack....Congrats....Get Well....Kobe  By Mike Smith

LETTERS


184........(September 29--October 5, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- Dark Headlines
as celebrity deaths seem to cascade. Also, "Hell On Earth: the right to public suicide", and "Do Not Call" on telemarketers. All by Nolan B. Canova
LA FLORIDIANA UFOs I Have Seen -- Part 2 by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW "The School Of Rock" by Mike Smith
COUCH POTATO Fall Television Round Table Discussion  by Vinnie Blesi
WOO WOO EXPRESS Beyond Belief....Deadly Visions  by Patty G. Henderson and Terri Davis
CREATURE'S CORNER "Underworld"...IndyClix....Comics  by John Lewis
MATT'S RAIL Top 10 Albums Revisited....Celebrity Deaths...."Rush" To Judgement  by Matt Drinnernberg
MIKE'S RANT Rush Limbaugh IS a Big Fat Idiot...Whatever Happened To..?....Who's Next?....Get Well....Passing On  by Mike Smith

LETTERS


183........(September 22--28, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- Home Stretch
and "Tech Talk", the computer upgrade story by Nolan B. Canova. Also "Iraq Revisited", the ice cream cone turns 100, and more Top Ten Albums from the '60s.
LA FLORIDIANA UFOs I Have Seen -- Part 1 by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW "National Lampoon's Dorm Daze" by Mike Smith
COUCH POTATO The Dinosaurs vs The Pirates, a Couch Potato Editorial....The Cure DVD and Video  by Vinnie Blesi
ASHLEY'S HOLLYWOOD The 9-25 Club....SAG & Oscar News Already!....THE PUNISHER....Mark Wahlberg  by Ashley Lauren
CREATURE'S CORNER UFO vs The Creature  by John Lewis
MIKE'S RANT The Nothing Left To Chance League....Milking It....Congrats....If He's Not Back By Wednesday, We Get Clapton....Passing On  by Mike Smith

LETTERS


182........(September 15--21, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- Upgrades and stuff.
Computer musings by Nolan B. Canova. Also the sad passings of Johnny Cash and John Ritter. More Top 10 Albums of the '60s.
LA FLORIDIANA Will's Excellent Water Adventure in Winter Park....End of an Era....Will's Fall TV Picks by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW "Once Upon A Time In Mexico" by Mike Smith
COUCH POTATO Premiere Month?.....Top 10 Reasons to Watch "The Mullets"......Nanites Are Us......Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere DVD  by Vinnie Blesi
ASHLEY'S HOLLYWOOD More Notable Passings......Cabin Fever  by Ashley Lauren
CREATURE'S CORNER "Jeepers Creepers 2" .... "Cabin Fever" .... Creepy Freaks  by John Lewis
MATT'S RAIL John Ritter......Happy B-Day  by Matt Drinnenberg
MIKE'S RANT What's In A Name?....Michael, Val, George, --- CHRISTIAN?....He's Going To Sing!....Slip And Slide And Sue....Congrats 1 & 2....Speaking Of....Passing On....Legends  by Mike Smith

NO LETTERS THIS WEEK.


181........(September 8--14, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- 9/11, Two Years later, how far have we come?
by Nolan B. Canova.  Also: Edward Teller dies at 95.....PLUS, Terence's Challenge: The Top 10 Albums of the 1960s
LA FLORIDIANA Florida's Gardens Up Front and Personal -- Part Two by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW "Matchstick Men" by Mike Smith
COUCH POTATO Update on Sci-Fi Hunks and Babes....Whoops, It's Whoopi!....Happy Family  by Vinnie Blesi
ASHLEY'S HOLLYWOOD Notable Passings and Child Stars  by Ashley Lauren
CREATURE'S CORNER Freddy vs Jason....Monsturd....JLA/ Avengers #1....the last "Pillars"?  by John Lewis
MIKE'S RANT Not Yet....Save Me A Spot In The Dandelion Patch....Monkey See, Monkey Do....Cutting Out The Middle Man....Happy Birthday....Top 10 '60s Albums....Send Lawyers, Guns And Money  by Mike Smith

LETTERS


180........(September 1--7, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- Reactions
 Plus: The Passing of Charles Bronson, TWON episode 1, Going Pizza? By Nolan B. Canova
LA FLORIDIANA Florida's Gardens Up Front and Personal -- Part One by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW "Dickie Roberts" by Mike Smith
COUCH POTATO Sci-Fi Hunks and Babes (or is Salma Hayek the Frank Frazetta girl?) by Vinnie Blesi
ASHLEY'S HOLLYWOOD "Filthy" official premiere reviewed!  by Ashley Lauren
CREATURE'S CORNER "Hollywood, Horrorwood" (Pillars), Part 3  by John Lewis
SPLASH PAGE Gay World.....One Shots....Movie News....Things I Didn't Know But Maybe I Should Have  by Brandon Jones
MATT'S RAIL Answering My Political Critics by Matt Drinnenberg
MIKE'S RANT You Never Give Me Your Money....Welcome To The 21st Century (RS's Top 10 Guitarists)....Passing On  by Mike Smith

LETTERS


179........(August 25--31, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- The World of Nolan lives again!
 Also: Mars Attacks, The Ten Commandments, Our brilliant local government. By Nolan B. Canova
LA FLORIDIANA Book Review- "Hot Damn! Alligators In the Casino, Nude Women in the Grass, How Seashells Changed the Course of History and Other Dispatches from Paradise" by James W. Hall by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEWS "Freddy vs Jason" & "Jeepers Creepers 2" by Mike Smith
COUCH POTATO Couch Potato Fall TV Previews  by Vinnie Blesi
CREATURE'S CORNER "Pillars", Part 2  by John Lewis
MIKE'S RANT Hey, Andy....Class....I Guess He Hasn't Seen "Nell"....Scary Is As Scary Does....Death On The Mersey  by Mike Smith

LETTERS


178........(August 18--24, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- Amendments
-- More changes, plus "Real Premonition" casting call. By Nolan B. Canova
LA FLORIDIANA "The Cosmic Muffin"....Sole Surviving Boeing 307....Clyde and Niki Butcher's Labor Day Gala 2003 by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW "The Medallion" by Mike Smith
COUCH POTATO "Football for the Sensitive Types"...."Happy TV!"...."Couch Potato Picks" by Vinnie Blesi
ASHLEY'S HOLLYWOOD "Remembering River Phoenix" by Ashley Lauren
MIKE'S RANT The Golden Ticket....Smell That?....Too Much Time On Her Hands....Is It My Breath?....What!! No Mike Post?  by Mike Smith

LETTERS


177........(August 11--17, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- Another Year -- The Birthday Issue
, by Nolan B. Canova
LA FLORIDIANA -- "The Ghostly Sea Captain and His Cat", also "Clyde Butcher Update", and "For the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird Enthusiast" by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW -- "American Wedding" by Mike Smith
ASHLEY'S HOLLYWOOD -- "Forbidden Tango"  by Ashley Lauren
THE ENLIGHTENMENT -- '60s Music, Current Movies, Books, and Comics  by Terence Nuzum
CREATURE'S CORNER -- "Hollywood, Horrorwood".....Comics  by John Lewis
SPLASH PAGE -- Bronko Brings 80 Grand...It's all Fun Till Someone Loses An Eye....Attention Drunks....One Shots  by Brandon Jones
MATT'S RAIL -- "Baby Superman"  by Matt Drinnenberg
MIKE'S RANT -- You Say It's Your Birthday....Jesus Christ and King Kong....When Teddy Said He Didn't Like His Heady....You Should Be Dancing  by Mike Smith

LETTERS


176........(August 6--10, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- "Having a Gay Old Time"
by Nolan B. Canova.
LA FLORIDIANA -- "A Tale of Two Cities: St. Petersburg and Tampa - - A Bay Separating A Gulf of Differences, PART 2" by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW -- "SWAT" by Mike Smith
COUCH POTATO CONFESSIONS -- "The Return of Bruce Banner", "ZD TV, where are you now?" "26 Things" by Vinnie B.
SPLASH PAGE -- News topics, television, movies, One-shots, The Slush Pile  by Brandon Jones
ASHLEY'S HOLLYWOOD -- "Celebrities Uncensored"  by Ashley Lauren
MURDER ON THE WOO WOO EXPRESS -- "Green Fire" and "Club Dead" reviewed  by Teri Davis & Patty G. Henderson
CREATURE'S CORNER -- Arrowsmith....Tombraider  by John Lewis
MIKE'S RANT -- Whatchoo talkin' about Arnold....Kobe and Mike....Hurray For Me....List #1....List #2....Hey, It Could Be About Me....Movie Notes  by Mike Smith

LETTERS

175........(July 28--August 5, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- "Bob Hope Dead at 100"
by Nolan B. Canova.
LA FLORIDIANA -- "A Tale of Two Cities: St. Petersburg and Tampa - - A Bay Separating A Gulf of Differences" by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW -- "Seabiscuit" by Mike Smith
COUCH POTATO CONFESSIONS -- "Spidey Powers for the MTV generation" and "Mr. Monk meets Crazed Fanboy" by Vinnie B.
CREATURE'S CORNER -- How rests the Dungeonmaster?  by John Lewis
SPLASH PAGE Vacation musings, baseball, and television  by Brandon Jones
ASHLEY'S HOLLYWOOD --Johnny Depp....28 Days Later....Britney Spears  by Ashley Lauren
MIKE'S RANT -- What is an Icon?....Ed-Dee! Ed-Dee!....Legion....Who's Watching The Kids?....I Buried The Lead....Thanks for the Memories....Passing On by Mike Smith.

LETTERS.

174........(July 21--27, 2003)
FRONTPAGE -- "New Deal!"
Plus high school pics. By Nolan Canova.
LA FLORIDIANA -- "Webb's City, Inc. - - The World's Most Unusual Drug Store" by Will Moriaty.
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW -- "Bad Boys II" by Mike Smith.
COUCH POTATO CONFESSIONS -- "Mega-Opolies" and who owns television and more by Vinnie B..
ASHLEY'S HOLLYWOOD -- Ashley answers her critics...again!  by Ashley Lauren.
SPLASH PAGE -- "GAIMAN, GAIMAN and more GAIMAN!" by Brandon Jones.
CREATURE'S CORNER -- HeroClix, New movies, and Comics by John Lewis.
MATT'S RAIL -- 80s horror films are over-rated? by Matt Drinnenberg.
MIKE'S RANT -- Webb City revisited...Ashley...Happy Birthday...By Your Command..Passing On by Mike Smith.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.


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173........(July 14--20, 2003). BIG CHANGES on the way, as my struggle to keep up with the PCR and devote more time and energies to developing new projects results in a new approach for CF/PCR. "La Floridiana" celebrates its 100th installment with the never-before-revealed, but true story of UFO Hill! "Couch Potato Confessions" tears into reality shows and more! "This Week's Movie Reviews": The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Pirates of the Caribbean. "Ashley's Hollywood", "Creature's Corner", "Matt's Rail", and of course, "Mike's Rant" are all here!
PLUS: Back from limbo -- the return of "Murder on the Woo Woo Express"!!
172........(July 7--13, 2003). TV's Jed Clampett, Buddy Ebsen, passes away at 95. Conjoined Iranian sisters' hopes for a separate life end in tragedy. "This Week's Movie Review": Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. "La Floridiana" part 3 on "Getting There from Here"! The next chapter of Vinnie B's "Couch Potato Confessions" and Brandon Jones' next "Splash Page are here! Andy Lalino's weekly reaction is in "Letters"! "Ashley's Hollywood", "Creature's Corner", and, of course, "Mike's Rant" are all here. Plus, a close friend's website I helped architect celebrates its first year a success.
171........(June 30--July 6, 2003). TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES. Mike Smith and I have something to say about it! Also, Brandon Jones looks at "28 Days Later" as well as new "Splash Page" topics! Celebs drop like dominoes as Strom Thurmond, Katherine Hepburn, and Buddy Hackett all pass on. "La Floridiana" part 2 on "Getting There from Here"! New columnist! Vinnie B. debuts "Couch Potato Confessions"! "Ashley's Hollywood", "Creature's Corner", "Matt's Rail", and, of course, "Mike's Rant" are all here.
170........(June 23--29, 2003). Harry Potter book release topples The Hulk's opening weekend movie box-office thunder. Renegade Films' RICK DANFORD responds to his critics! Mike Smith's official review of "HULK" appears this issue! "La Floridiana" travels back to when you could take a ferry to get to Bradenton from Pinellas Point! In this week's "Digital Divide", Terence reviews The White Stripes in concert! Andy Lalino has a MAJOR reaction to John Lewis's Clearwater Movie Memories. "Splash Page", "Ashley's Hollywood", "Creature's Corner", "Matt's Rail", and, of course, "Mike's Rant" are all here. And at long last...FORBIDDEN VIDEO!!! Update: June 27, 2003 -- the PCR hitcounter crosses number 30,000!
169........(June 9--15, 2003). THE INCREDIBLE HULK! Or is he? The first review is in! This Week's Movie Reviews: "HULK", "Dumb and Dumberer"! More Schlock! Brandon Jones' "Splash Page". "Digital Divide" tackles Metallica (with a guest reviewer)! "Matt's Rail" is here, and, of course, "Mike's Rant"!
168........(June 9--15, 2003). Back to normal? "La Floridiana" part 3 on financial tragedy. The Dark Side of Renegade by Christian Dumais! This Week's Movie Review: "2 Fast, 2 Furious"! More Schlock on the way! Brandon Jones' "Splash Page" part 2 on the "death" of comics. A new "Digital Divide" is in progress! Ashley's still out-of-town, but John's "Creature Corner" is expected to reveal details of another recent trip. I may have my video of Saints & Sinners III done by Friday. Hopefully "Matt's Rail" will be here, and, of course, "Mike's Rant"!
167........(June 2--8, 2003). THE THIRD RENEGADE FILM FESTIVAL....the winners! "La Floridiana" part two of three on our financial chaos. More Top 10 Cult Movies of All Time! This Week's Movie Review: "Finding Nemo". Ashley's "Hollywood" on sabbatical. Brandon Jones' "Splash Page": where did all the horror comics go? A new "Digital Divide"! "Creature Corner" with more on Renegade, "Matt's Rail" on Sammy Sosa's bat and, of course, "Mike's Rant" on Good Guys and Bad Guys and Part 1 of special theaters.
166........(May 26--June 1, 2003). The Top Ten Cult Movies Of All Time!"La Floridiana" column explains some personal behind-the-scenes on financial risks. This Week's Movie Review: "Bruce Almighty"! More Schlock! Ashley's "Hollywood" and John's "Creature's Corner" talk about the indy film they just started. Brandon Jones' "Splash Page" is his best, most action-packed episode yet! "Digital Divide" reviews the latest by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Loose Fur, and The Kills! "Matt's Rail" comments on corruption in sports. And, of course, "Mike's Rant" covers more good movie news!
165........(May 19--25, 2003). No "La Floridiana" or "Plastic People" this week. This Week's Movie Review: "Down With Love"! The next "Splash Page" is here! Ashley Lauren rambles in "Hollywood". "Creature's Corner" reappears! "Matt's Rail" and, of course, "Mike's Rant"!
164........(May 12--18, 2003). La Floridiana returns from vacation! This Week's Movie Review: "Matrix: Reloaded"!! "Plastic People" on Todd McSpawn creations! "Ashley's Hollywood" on Hollywood of the '20s! "The Creature's Corner" reviews Free Comics Day! The next "Splash Page" from Brandon Jones (Matrix theme)! "Matt's Rail" and, of course, "Mike's Rant"!
163........(May 5--11, 2003). Growth spurts. More Schlock! "Plastic People" analyzes "Evil Dead"! This Week's Movie Review(s): "X-2: X-Men United"!! The return of "The Digital Divide!" The return of "Ashley's Hollywood" (The Misfits/The Raging Bells)! A special appearance of John Lewis's "The Creature's Corner!" New column: Brandon Jones' "Splash Page"! Letters from Andy Lalino and Brandon Jones! And, of course, "Mike's Rant"!
162........(April 28--May 4, 2003). After the storm, life goes on for PCR. The Tambay Film Fest winners! La Floridiana on why we're called Florida and more Schlock is here! Matt Cerrato's "Plastic People" on The Misfits! This Week's Movie Review: "Identity"! Andy Lalino strikes back in the Lettercol! And, of course, "Matt's Rail" and "Mike's Rant"!
161........(April 21--27, 2003). At long last, I'm in bidness! More details later. The Tambay Film Fest opens and we see "if"! Matt Cerrato's "Plastic People"! This Week's Movie Reviews: "Malibu's Most Wanted" and "House of 1,000 Corpses"! The last words (hopefully) over Ashley Lauren's Hollywood in "Letters"! And, of course, "Matt's Rail" and "Mike's Rant"!
160........(April 14--20, 2003). Deaths in the family.
This issue of Nolan's Pop Culture Review is dedicated to the memories of Barbara Castellano, 1933--2003, and Bruce Canova, 1919--2003. Conflict as Pro Art vs Con Art hits Hillsborough! More La Floridiana tidbits! Matt Cerrato's "Plastic People"! This Week's Movie Review: "Anger Management"! Digital Divide: The White Stripes and Trail of Dead's latest! The fallout over Ashley Lauren's Hollywood! And, of course, "Matt's Rail" and "Mike's Rant"!
159........(April 7--13, 2003). Damn Saddam! More La Floridiana tidbits! More Schlock! Ashley's Hollywood! Matt Cerrato's "Plastic People" column starts off with a look at some Frankenstein toys. This week's movie review: "Phone Booth"! "Matt's Rail" updates us on a new horrifying chapter in the (seemingly) endless Ferry vs Forry battle over Famous Monsters! An interview with Linda Harrison, "Nova" of '68's Planet of the Apes! And, of course, "Mike's Rant"!
158........(March 31--April 6, 2003). La Floridiana tidbits! NEW COLUMNIST: Fanboy and colleague, Matt Cerrato introduces his look at Collectible Toys in "Mad Matt's Plastic People"! (We used to have two Mikes, now we have two Matts!) This week's movie review: "Basic"! Of course, Mike's Rant and Matt's Rail (the other Matt)!
157........(March 24--30, 2003). The Academy Awards! How'd we do on predictions? George Dubya visits Tampa! La Floridiana on hiatus! The Digital Divide: "Ghost of the Robot's Mad Brilliant! This week's movie review: "A View From The Top"! Matt's Rail, and, of course, Mike's Rant!
156........(March 17--23, 2003). The PCR turns 3! Again, at War in the Persian Gulf. A word on VH-1 Hall of Fame Awards. La Floridiana on the Florida panther case! More Announcements! This week's movie review: "The Hunted"! The Digital Divide--Terence's challenge: Will Moriaty, Terence, and yours truly ALL review Billy Corgan's ZWAN album! Matt's Rail! (on King Kong's birthday) And, of course, Mike's Rant! (AND OSCAR PICKS!)
155........(March 10--16, 2003). Return to the Batcave: Review and pix from the TV-Movie! Newest challenge: The Top 10 Sci-Fi / Fantasy Books of All Time! La Floridiana updates! More Schlock (at last)! More announcements! Movie review: "Bringing Down The House"! The Digital Divide reviews Interpol in concert! Matt's Rail! And, of course, "Mike's Rant"!
154........(March 3--9, 2003). MEGACON 2003! Personal highlights and lowlights in Orlando. All it was cracked up to be? Read "MegaConned" by guest headline section writer ED Tucker! We have plenty of photos---and Will Moriaty chimes in on that and the Floridana Fest via La Floridiana! Famous Monsters trademark for sale! This week's movie review: "The Life of David Gale"! Matt's Rail! And, of course, "Mike's Rant" (with a new Top 10 challenge)!
153........(February 24--March 2, 2003). Death by Great White is no longer just about sharks. La Flordiana updates! More feedback on Delta Airlines! "Matt's Rail" on Forry's final verdict! This week's movie review: "Old School"! And, of course, "Mike's Rant"!
152........(February 17--23, 2003). DAREDEVIL: The schizophrenic fan reaction! TV milestones! Fan updates/photos (new pic of Corey Castellano)! La Floridiana reviews Tim Dorsey's "The Stingray Shuffle"! Delta Airlines responds to Mike Smith's indictment! Matt Drinnenberg has some FM news...and his own Delta story! A new "Digital Divide"! "Mike's Rant" tells of an awful, life-changing personal tragedy.
151........(February 10--16, 2003). CLASS REUNION. Fanboys from near and far gather for a family member's wedding---and the old fan club visits under one roof for the first time in 20 years. "La Floridiana" updates! Mike Smith's Oscar picks! This week's movie review: "Daredevil"! "Matt's Rail" and "Mike's Rant" comment on our good times! And by all means, read Mike's scathing indictment of Delta Airlines!
150........(February 3--9, 2003). COLUMBIA DISASTER. Our reactions. Dan Allison's new book "On The Whispering Wind" reviewed in La Floridiana! Indy film "The Raging Bells" sneak previews in Clearwater! "The Digital Divide" returns. And, of course, "Mike's Rant"!
149........(January 27--February 2, 2003). THE BUCS WIN THE SUPER BOWL! Our reactions! The party! The parade! "La Floridiana" remembers long-lost local eateries! "Matt's Rail"! "Mike's Rant"! WooHoo!
148........(January 20--26, 2003). The BUCS head to the Super Bowl! The Golden Globes! A special "La Floridiana" unveils a tree planted to honor the memory of Dr. Paul Bearer! Movie review: "A Guy Thing"! And, of course, "Mike's Rant"!
147........(January 13--19, 2003). Some schedule-juggling as "La Floridiana" temporarily goes monthly to refocus on "Schlockarama", but this week, Will goes Tiki! Movie review: "Antwone Fisher"! A new "Digital Divide" (first of the year)! The "Classifieds" expand. I sponsor a catfight video from an old friend! And, of course, Mike's Rant!
146........(January 6--12, 2003). New Age Science: Attack of a Clone! La Floridiana reviews the Florida-based book Millenium Drive! A new Deadguy's Dementia! This week's movie review: "Chicago"! And of course, Mike's Rant! The PCR homepage reaches 20,000 honest-to-god hits!!
145........(January 1--5, 2003). HAPPY NEW YEAR! A slightly new look, but shouldn't be enough to rattle anyone's cage. More going on at Crazed Fanboy. "La Floridiana" with a new Florida-based book review, Paradise Screwed! Letter from Steve. And yes, thank God, "Mike's Rant" and "Matt's Rail"!

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