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PCR #227. (Vol. 5, No. 31) This edition is for the week of July 26--August 1, 2004.
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Hello, gang! A few notes and some questions I'd like answered. Shall we begin?

LA FLORIDIANA
What’s In A Name? A Look at the Origin of Names of Florida’s Towns and Counties C to D
 by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW
"Catwoman"
 by Mike Smith
ODDSERVATIONS
Pricey Fixx Tixx....The Psych Furs are coming to Jannus Landing....1974 vs. 2004 - the difference 30 years makes
 by Andy Lalino
THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
THE CURE appearance at The Florida Amphitheater: Concert Review
 by Terence Nuzum
COUCH POTATO
Twilight Zone Magazine Revisited....The Lost Works of Vin Blesi
  by Vinnie Blesi
SPLASH PAGE
"Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith"....The Future For "Spider-Man"....Identity Crisis For Catwoman....Ash In Comics....Avengers Disassemble!!!
 by Brandon Jones
MATT'S RAIL
Romero Rumors True!! New Dead Film In The Works.....Bush-Speak
 by Matt Drinnenberg
MIKE'S RANT
Hey, You Dropped Your Gun....You Think I Hated The Movie....Movie Notes....Happy Birthday....Meet The Beatles, Part 27
 by Mike Smith
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HEY, YOU DROPPED YOUR GUN
I remember when Nolan wrote his editorial for the PCR that covered the 9/11 attacks. The one question he asked was, "How did they get past airport security?"

Is anyone as amazed as I am at the video released last week of the terrorists that crashed a plane into the Pentagon on 9/11? OK, you've got five guys and four of them set off the metal detector. You search them further, find knives/box cutters on them and pass them through. You would think a red flag would go up in someone's mind. Hmmmm, knives, one way tickets paid with cash, middle eastern..........yes, I said middle eastern. I'm really sorry if people feel oppressed because they may be looked at harder because of their skin color. I tan very well and with my beard maybe I'll be checked a little harder. I would rather be looked at too closely then not close enough!

(Thank you for remembering legendary PCR issue #77 from the 9/11 week of 2001: "America Under Attack", where I did indeed ask about airport security. After viewing the video you mention, I concluded that, in reality, more than the President and more than the CIA/FBI, the damn lackadazical screeners were responsible for 9/11!!---Nolan)

YOU THINK I HATED THE MOVIE
Tip of the hat to fellow critic and pal Loey Lockerby of the Kansas City Star, who had this to say about the director of Catwoman: "Pitof has a long way to go before he's as much of a flaming hack as Joel Schumacher. He's off to an auspicious start, though." Wow, and I thought my one star was rough.

MOVIE NOTES
Yes, it's "Revenge of the Sith" for the third Star Wars episode. Nice of Lucas to announce it at the recent San Diego Comic Con. Even nicer of him to have T-shirts for sale, at $25.00 a pop, five minutes after the announcement. Though the Batman Begins trailer was pulled from Catwoman, (it was replaced by one for Exorcist: The Beginning), the footage shown at the con was well received. The most asked question of Star Wars producer Rick McCallum was whether Jar Jar Binks would die or not. Oh please, God. Make it so. And make it painful. If Quentin Tarrentino gets his wish to direct the next James Bond film, he'll be doing it without Pierce Brosnan. After four films, Brosnan has said goodbye to the agent with the license to kill. "We went out on a high," Brosnan told Entertainment Weekly, ".......that's it. Bond is another lifetime behind me."

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
To my son, Phillip, who turned 20 this week. 20??? Wow! I was married at 20. I'm so old! Happy birthday, son. I love you! (Woah! That kinda snuck up on me. Happy Birthday, Phillip, I love you too! ---Uncle Nole)

MEET THE BEATLES - PART 27
July 23, 1969 - The boys record "The End" for the "Abbey Road" album. The song is aptly titled. With the exception of the humorous "Her Majesty," which is tacked on at the very end of the album, "The End" is the last song to be recorded for the last Beatles album. And remember: "The love you take is equal to the love you make!"

Well, all for now. Have a great week. See ya!


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