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PCR #208. (Vol. 5, No. 12) This edition is for the week of March 15--21, 2004.
Matt's Rail

LA FLORIDIANA
Florida Indies Film Review: "Light of Blood” Update
 by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW
"Dawn of the Dead"
 by Mike Smith
ODDSERVATIONS
FL Indie Film Spotlight: An Online Interview With Andrew Allan
 by Andy Lalino
SPLASH PAGE
Collecting In The New Millennium....Watchlist--The Comic Industry
 by Brandon Jones
MATT'S RAIL
Blimey, It's St. Patty's Day....Classic Monster Collection....Mega-Conned
 by Matt Drinnenberg
MIKE'S RANT
Maybe It Was Nessie....TVLand Awards #2....Maybe His Underwear Are Too Tight....Passing On....2nd Time Is The Charm....Meet The Beatles, Part 9
 by Mike Smith
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BLIMEY, IT'S ST. PATTY'S DAY
Yes, here we are again at another milestone of the year as it stands, and that of course is St. Patrick's Day.

While I'm sure many of you know what this holiday is all about, in the generic terms, I thought I'd share with you a little history on the matter.

St. Patrick was born with the given name of Maewyn in Whales sometime around 385AD. Admittedly no saint when he was younger, Maewyn considered himself a practicing pagan until he was in his 16th year. That is when his village was attacked by Irish marauders who captured him and sold him into slavery.

It was at this time he became close with God.

Escaping bondage after 6 years, he fled to the monastery of Gaul, where he spent the next 12 years of his life praying and studying with St.Germain. It was during this time that Maewyn knew his calling from God was to convert pagans to Christianity throughout Ireland, where he would eventually be named Bishop.

Quite successful at building churches and schools, and winning converts to Christ, St. Patrick wasn't the most popular guy to the Celtic crowd, and this is evident by his numerous jailings, which he managed to escape from repeatedly.

Credited with many miracles, including raising someone from the dead, St. Patrick led the charge for God for 30 years. He died on March 17th in 461AD.

There you have it. The real deal regarding this holiday comes down to a crusader for God, winning souls and righting wrongs.

So be sure you remember that, as you suck down your green beer in celebration of this day that has become nothing other than a drunkfest.

I'll be sure to tip my beer to you, as well.

CLASSIC MONSTER COLLECTION
A few PCRs back I mentioned that Universal was once again releasing their classic horror collections of the '30s and '40s as Legacy Sets. I also mentioned that they are coming out as a collection which can be had on the internet at a very reasonable price considering the amount of movies you receive, not to mention the cool busts fashioned by Sideshow Collectibles.

The reason I'm bringing this up again is because I've just learned that the sound on all of the films has been remastered, and that there will be new extras included in the deal. Each disc will also have a comprehensive look at the upcoming Universal release Van Helsing, which debuts the same day as the Legacy sets, and is sure to be a must-see for all those who hold the classics dear.

MEGA-CONNED
I'm sure all will agree that Nolan and Ed made certain that the only place to go for the down and dirty regarding Megacon was Nolan's Pop Culture Review.

Both articles were well-balanced and informative, as well as humorous, whether intended or not. I often read reviews on monster cons across the country and don't remember ever reading one where I was left with the feeling that I knew what it was like to be there.

Congratulations on your excellent reviews. (Thank you, sir!---N)

Oh yeah, one more thing for Nolan.......thanks for snagging me that Famous Monsters of Filmland #3 like I asked bro.......

NOT!!!!!!! (WOOPS! ---N)

Till next time, take care and God bless,
Matthew

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