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PCR #214  (Vol. 5, No. 18)  This edition is for the week of April 26--May 2, 2004.

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Floridaís Commuter Airlines from the 1960ís to the 1980ís: Part One
 by William Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW
"The Punisher"
 by Mike Smith
The Punisher"  by Nolan B. Canova
ODDSERVATIONS
Tambay Film Festival, Neck Aches, Horror Movies, Etc.
 by Andy Lalino
COUCH POTATO
Cable Channels Fighting for an Identity (and Viewers)....Couch Potato Quick Takes
 by Vinnie Blesi
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Politics: The World of Two Extremes....Put It In Your Planner....Save The Ship....Who Needs Indy?
 by Brandon Jones
MIKE'S RANT
Coming Soon....A Nice Cape....A Salute....What About "The Night Chicago Died"?....Cool Venues....Meet The Beatles, Part 14
 by Mike Smith
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Tambay Film Festival, Neck Aches, Horror Movies, etc.

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Some of the "Filthy" crew at Tambay Film Festval, Channelside Theaters. From left, Jeania Ingle, Sheri Lawrence, and Shade Burnett
The bad girls of filmdom ham it up under a poster for "Filthy"
The Filthy gang present for the showing at Channelside
The gang frolics before for the camera outside the theater
FOX 13 newsman Charlie Belcher did some Emceeing for the event.
Hoo-boy; what a couple of weeks I had. Approx. a fortnight ago, my PC got hit with a 'Trojan Virus' that caused me to be down for about 4-5 days, then last week I sprained a muscle in my shoulder blade that felt like a backache. That put me down for the count for about five days too. Is someone out there poking a Voodoo Doll of my likeness?

A few good things happened, however. My film "Filthy" played to a good crowd at the Tambay Film Festival, on April 25th, 2004. There was a prompt 6pm showing, and a lot of the cast and crew showed up, namely: Sandy (Associate Producer/wife), Dave A. Barrett (cinematographer) and his wife Liz, Sheri Lawrence ("Fermentia") and her husband Larry, John Biebrich ("Rocky"), Jessica Alexander ("Liza Deveroux") Julie Bartel (Costume Designer), Jeania Ingle (Script Supervisor), and Shade Burnett (actress).

We met a lot of new faces who came out to see the film and some old friends: Vito Trabucco, Shelby McIntyre, and Mark Terry of Other Side Cinema, who were there promoting their current projects "Night Demons" and "B-Movie: The Making of Farmhouse Massacre" (which just got positively reviewed in the latest issue of Fangoria). Also present at Tambay was Robert Massetti of FearFilm, promoting his made-in-South Florida feature "Realms of Blood". Robert was accompanied by Cheyenne, a frequently-featured FearFilm actress. In talking with Robert, FearFilm has some great projects on the horizon. As fate would have it, I also bumped into PCR's own Terence Nuzum for the first time, and has the chance to chat with him a bit. No, there was none of the verbal sparring that we frequently engage in on N'sPCR. Indie Club president Hiker Blu was also on hand promoting the festival and displaying a wonderful collection of vintage moviemaking equipment to be found at the new filmmaking museum he plans on opening in the Tampa Bay area soon.

Congratulations to local actor/3-D computer animation artist Sean Sanczel for winning the Best Animation category for his animated short "Pencilman meets Pencilgirl", featuring the voice of actress Jessica Alexander. I first met Sean after an excellent performance of "The Importance of Being Ernie" play at the Gorilla Theater in Tampa, which also starred Ms. Alexander. Keep an eye out for this multitalented artist!

Unfortunately, due to my back, I was only able to attend Tambay on Sunday night (and even then I seriously considered not going to my own "Filthy" showing), but I hope all filmmakers had a great time and the opportunity to show their work to film fans in the area.

A bright spot in being down for the count due to my back was that I had nothing else I could do but lay bed-ridden by my TV watching horror movies, and man, did I watch a slew of good ones: "Blood Freak" (1972) which featured a gobbling "Turkey Monster"!, "The Manster" - the first two-headed monster movie!, "Cabin Fever", "Brotherhood of the Wolf", "Shock Waves" (1977, Peter Cushing & John Carradine), "The Fly" & "Return of The Fly", "The Prowler", "Night Visitors", "The Exorcist" (again), "Blood Cult", and "A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2". I should get neckaches more often!


"Oddservations" is ©2004 by Andy Lalino.  Photos from The Tambay Film Fest courtesy of Sheri Lawrence.  The Oddservations banner is a creation of Andy Lalino. All other graphics (unless otherwise noted) are creations of Nolan B. Canova.  All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2004 by Nolan B. Canova.