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PCR #204. (Vol. 5, No. 8) This edition is for the week of February 16--22, 2004.
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Hello, gang. Just a few notes this week, but first I must help support one of our own. Shall we begin?

LA FLORIDIANA
Book Review: "Welcome to Paradise"
 by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW
"Monster"
 by Mike Smith
ODDSERVATIONS
Music News....Letter, Re: Missing Pesons
 by Andy Lalino
THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
30 Bands That Made The '80s NOT Suck, PART II
 by Terence Nuzum
CREATURE'S CORNER
The Return of "Horror"....R.I.P., Julius Schwartz
 by John Lewis
BLACK DOG
Hate Groups in America
 by Joshua Montgomery
SPLASH PAGE
Super Commercial Sunday Follow up....More on Why EW is Full of Idiots....A Night Out with Uncle Creepy....Slushpile
 by Brandon Jones
MATT'S RAIL
Masters Of Horror Axed....The Monster Classics Are Back!
 by Matt Drinnenberg
MIKE'S RANT
In Defense....Movie News....The Brits Award Show....A Plug....Mel's Movie....Oscar Time....Meet The Beatles, Part 5
 by Mike Smith
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IN DEFENSE
Wow! You know, if the only thing you can find wrong about ANY Digital Divide column is that some band had its name misspelled, then you are really nit-picking. Ever since this site existed, the knowledge and effort shown by Terence in each chapter has been top notch. I would put his epic on the Blues up against anything ever written on the subject. Long time readers know that Terence and I have gone 'round and 'round on the subject of music. But it's always been in the best sense of fun. I have learned more about today's music from his pieces than anything I could have gotten from 10 - 15 minutes of the local radio station. My recent discovery, via Terence, is the White Stripes. Nothing like shocking your 19-year-old son by having "Elephant" in the car CD player! By the way, to show that I'm not just an old fuddy duddy, I proudly own (6) of the first 20 albums profiled! (Mike is referring to The Digital Divide, last issue and this, and also, no doubt, to Andy Lalino's critical letter, this issue. ---N)

MOVIE NEWS
Literally JUST received a press release from Miramax informing us all that Kevin Smith's next project will be The Green Hornet. After passing on Daredevil, Smith has decided to merge his two loves - film and comics. I was very surprised by the trailer for his soon to be released, Jersey Girl. It looks to be a very straight ahead romantic comedy and NO mention of Kevin Smith is made, i.e. "from the director of Clerks. Hope it does well. Ben Affleck is one more bomb away from being the biggest flop from Boston since Joey McIntyre.

THE BRITS AWARD SHOW
Caught the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award show on BBC America this past weekend. Unlike our Oscars, the program is very low key. The host, the always funny Stephen Fry, was top notch. And the comments by his mother about each of the nominated films for Best Picture were hilarious. "I've never seen a more handsomely collected pool of sea men" is how she described "Master and Commander." The winners:

BEST PICTURE:    LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING
BEST ACTOR:    BILL MURRAY: LOST IN TRANSLATION
BEST ACTRESS:    SCARLET JOHANNSON: LOST IN TRANSLATION
SUP. ACTOR:    BILL NIGHY: LOVE ACTUALLY (one of my Oscar hopefuls)
SUP ACTRESS:    RENEE ZELWEGGER: COLD MOUNTAIN
DIRECTOR:    PETER WEIR: MASTER AND COMMANDER

A PLUG
I'm sure I've mentioned in the past that I am fortunate to call a player from my favorite baseball team a friend. His name is David Segui and he is and always has been very giving of his time, especially to my son, Phillip. Another friend has put together an excellent web site for David and I promised her I'd throw her a plug: http://davidsegui.topcities.com. If you are interested in reading about how I met David, click on the "Your Experience" link.

MEL'S MOVIE
This coming Monday I will be screening "The Passion of the Christ." Look for my review next week.

OSCAR TIME
Also next week I will be revealing my choices for this years' Academy Awards. Matt and Nolan usually add there choices. I welcome everyone reading this to do the same.

MEET THE BEATLES - Part 5
February 18, 1970 - At 7:00 pm, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Klaus Voormann (bass) and Plant High alum Stephen Stills (piano) begin the first recording of "You Gotta Pay Your Dues," the working title of Ringo's first solo hit, "It Don't Come Easy." Voorman later played with John Lennon and his plastic Ono band.

Well, that's it for now. Have a great week. See ya!


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