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PCR #274. (Vol. 6, No. 25) This edition is for the week of June 20--26, 2005.
ON THE SUBJECT
"In Honor of Roy Scheider from All at JawsMovie.com -- 'You can do anything...You're the Chief of Police'"
A great gesture and a great message. There is no way I can do justice in describing the reason's Dave is participating in the relay this weekend so I will just use his own words from an email he sent me:
The team I'm on is called "Elisa's World" and is captained by Elisa Mordente, a friend of mine who is also a cancer survivor. I became aware of the Hamden/North Haven Relay in the summer of 2003 through a mutual friend of mine and Elisa's and volunteered to be on Elisa's team for last year's Relay in 2004. I had such a great time at that event that I knew that being a part of the Relay would definitely be an annual event for me. So I'm back again this year -- and things are definitely on track for this being a VERY successful year for the team. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of team sponsors (i.e. individual donors), we've almost reached our team's fundraising goal as of this writing.
One of the things that never ceases to amaze me about being part of the Relay is, when I talk to people who graciously agree to donate to the ACS Relay and sponsor me, how just about every one them tells me about a friend or loved one who has been affected -- or taken away -- by cancer. It's very scary how cancer is such a commonality for so many people -- and how far reaching it's tentacles really are. And while hearing these stories only serves to strengthen my resolve to be a part of the Relay and raise as much money for the ACS as I can, I really do look forward to the day that Relays no longer need to be done because the cure has been found. Until that day, though, you can count on me to keep Relaying!
It's been an interesting year for me in terms of how cancer has impacted my life. Shortly after volunteering for last year's Relay, I discovered that my aunt had been diagnosed with breast cancer (since then, luckily, she's undergone many treatments and an operation and she's recovering wonderfully). In February, a dear friend who ran the local karaoke show that I frequent (yes...it's guilty pleasure numero uno for me!) passed away after a hard-fought bout with cancer; she was 44. Soon after that, the young wife of one of my co-workers also passed away; she was only 39 (a mere three years older than me). And then there's the sad news about Roy Scheider so soon after the time-of-my-life that was JawsFest '05 -- but I have faith that he'll recover: as you know, "he can do anything; he's the chief of police!" If there's anything I've learned, it's that cancer can impact your life in any realm -- home, work, vacation, and otherwise. Which makes me work that much harder on raising funds for the ACS through the Relay.
I urge all PCR readers to go to the Elisa's World web site and help sponsor the team this weekend:
MOVIE-GOING IN THE 21st CENTURY
1. It only takes one or two surprising blockbusters to skew the figures. Last year both "The Passion of the Christ" and "Fahrenheit 9/11" surpassed estimates many times over, taking in over $500 million collectively. And that was BEFORE the summer blockbuster season started.
2. Movies are opening on way too many screens. 30 years ago "Jaws" opened on 300 screens. In the entire country. These days it's not unusual for a film to open on more then 3,000 screens. This means big box office the first week, then a drastic drop off the next, even with good word of mouth. Why? Because everyone who wanted to see the film had the opportunity to see it opening weekend. Why wait a week when it's on three screens at the local cineplex? I hate to use the "in my day" analogy, but when most of the senior staff here at the PCR went to the movies it was almost an event. You actually planned your visit. It wasn't unusual to get to the box office early and stand in line just to get your tickets. And by line I don't mean a few people in front of you. I mean waiting for an hour or more to get a ticket to a show that might not start until later in the evening. You waited in line, chatted with your friends and your anticipation grew. I can remember myself, Matt, Scott Gilbert and others getting in line at 11 am just so we could see the 1:00 pm show of "Superman." And we didn't mind because we spent the entire time talking about what we hoped we were going to see. Same with "Close Encounters." Hell, our group was the first to buy tickets for "Jaws 2" at the Britton Cinema. That we got to the theatre almost 3 hours before show time didn't phase us at all.
3. Most movies today are crap. It's my opinion that there are basically six original stories in Hollywood and that most movies that come out are variations of those stories. Example: everyone loved "Die Hard" when it came out. Great movie. So Hollywood made more of the same. "Speed?" "Die Hard" on a bus. "Under Siege?" "Die Hard" on a boat. Get the picture?
With DVD sales in this country approaching $2 BILLION dollars, I don't think anyone in Hollywood needs to panic. They just need to learn that money isn't everything.
OR MAYBE IT'S JUST THOSE SOUTHERN BAPTISTS
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THE STORY OF JAWS - PART 22 Well, that's all for now. Have a great week. Please keep Roy in your prayers. See ya!
Well, that's all for now. Have a great week. Please keep Roy in your prayers. See ya!