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PCR #231. (Vol. 5, No. 35) This edition is for the week of August 23--29, 2004.
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Hello, gang! Just a few things this week. Shall we begin?

LA FLORIDIANA
Book Review: "Skinny Dip" by Carl Hiaasen....Update on Hurricane Charley and Florida's Landmarks
 by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW
"Exorcist: The Beginning"
 by Mike Smith
COUCH POTATO
Couch Potato Fall TV Preview....Heinz Ketchup, Made in Mexico?
  by Vinnie Blesi
ODDSERVATIONS
"Filthy" DVD Release Party...."Exorcist 4" vs. "Open Water" vs. "Benji"...."Genghis" or "Jen-jis"....Will Smiff really did do the "I, Robot" rap!....Psyched by the Furs: Concert Review
 by Andy Lalino
MIKE'S RANT
Great Story....The Olympics....Maybe, Maybe Not....No, Really, He's Gone....Meet The Beatles, Part 31
 by Mike Smith
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GREAT STORY
Congrats to ED Tucker on another great contribution this week (Re: "20,000 Leagues Into The Toilet" --N). Maybe he can find out why the damn JAWS ride at Universal Orlando was down the day Matt [Drinnenberg], my son [Phillip] and I went. Crushed doesn't even begin to describe my feelings. I felt like Chevy Chase in "Vacation," only I didn't have a plastic moose to take my anger out on.

THE OLYMPICS
Congratulations so far to the country of Greece, which has managed to put on a great Olympic program despite all of the nay-sayers. I'm one of those guys who hopes for a USA Gold medal so that I can cry quietly while the national anthem is being played. Lots of great stories this year, most notably the Iraq soccer team (which plays for the Bronze medal Friday). Other memorable moments include Israel celebrating its first Gold medal EVER and American Greco-Roman wrestler Rulon Gardner leaving his shoes in the middle of the mat, signifying the end of his wrestling career. One questions I must ask: what's with all of these runners wearing sunglasses while they are running. Are the TV lights that bright?

MAYBE, MAYBE NOT
I must give credit to TheForce.net site for this piece of news. From Skywalker Ranch comes the news that all employees are being made to sign a nondisclosure agreement stating that they will not comment on any possible sequels in the "Star Wars" series. Though originally created as a nine part story arc (like the old serials of the 40's and 50's) creator George Lucas has long stated that he hasn't the time available to continue the story past Episode 6: But if it's not being discussed, why the signed agreements?

This Friday will see "Star Trek" star James Doohan receive a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Fellow cast members, including William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy will attend the ceremony to honor their friend, who recently was diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's.

NO, REALLY, HE'S GONE
Concert announcer Al Dvorin, who made famous the phrase "Elvis has left the building" has himself left the building forever after an auto accident. He was 81. The phrase was invented to let milling fans know that the concert was over and that Presley would not be doing any more songs.

MEET THE BEATLES - PART 31
August 29, 1966 - Before a crowd of more then 25,000 fans, the band performs its last live concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Both John and Paul take photos of the crowd and of the band from the stage to remember the event.

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


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