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PCR #227  (Vol. 5, No. 31)  This edition is for the week of July 26--August 1, 2004.

LA FLORIDIANA
What’s In A Name? A Look at the Origin of Names of Florida’s Towns and Counties C to D
 by William 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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Pricey Fixx Tixx
The good news: The Fixx are coming (by the time this goes to print, they will already have performed; the show is tonight - Tue. 7/27/04) to a venue that's actually not far away from Clearwater (for once): The Largo Cultural Center. It sure beats driving to Jannus Landing, Ybor, or God knows where else. What am I complaining about? I live blocks away from Ruth Eckerd Hall. The bad: Tickets are $25! Now, The Fixx and The Furs (I'll be there in August at Jannus) are the bands I've seen most (you may want to add U2 to that list). Typically, the cost of seeing either band runs about $15. $25 seems a bit steep. I'm afraid I'll have to sit this gig out. My last fling with The Fixx was at Jannus Landing a couple of years ago - great show. You shouldn't miss experiencing "Saved by Zero", "One Thing Leads to Another", and "Driven Out" live. I wish they would have played their recent masterpiece "Two Different Views". What a great band - one that appealed to rockers and New Wavers alike. I hope those who went to the Largo show remembered to bring their Fixx merchandise to sign. Usually the band is more than willing to meet with fans outside the tour bus - I got Cy Curnin, Jamie West-Oram, Rupert Greenall, and Adam Woods to autograph my "The Fixx - The Ultimate Collection" CD. It's interesting to note that this show came up quick with only a few weeks notice. The Largo Cultural Center is obviously trying to attract rock bands to their venue - let's hope more stop by (do you hear that, Human League and ABC?).

The Psych Furs are coming to Jannus Landing
1984. The Furs were the first New Wave/Punk band I've ever seen live - at Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg, so this is kind of a "homecoming" for me. It was during their "Mirror Moves" tour, which featured the great hit singles "The Ghost in You", "Heaven", and "Here Come Cowboys". The last time I saw them was about two years back at the House of Blues in Orlando - great show. The Furs are better than ever, and I suggest all Crazed Fanboys who have a love for Punk/New Wave not miss this gig. No, Nolan, Ronnie James Dio will not be opening for them. The Psychedelic Furs - Live! Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at Jannus Landing

1974 vs. 2004 - the difference 30 years makes
"The Bourne Supremacy" is the best offering this week? *shakes head* As nauseatingly usual, the summer movies are totally devoid of anything but "Hollywood blockheadbusters". There's not a cool indie/low-budget horror film in sight (guess we'll have to wait until fall, when the kiddies go back to school). While researching the upcoming Dr. Paul Bearer database, it gave me a good idea of what kind of films were out 30 years ago. When you compare that today, it's shocking at how uncool movie-watching society has become:

March 1974:
The Exorcist (at Tyrone 6 Theaters!)
Sugar Hill (at Tampa Theater!!)
Billy Jack
Superdad
Impulse (with William Shatner, directed by Bill Grefe - shot in Tampa)
The Legend of Boggy Creek
Behind the Green Door (Cameo Theater; yes, it's the Marilyn Chambers porn movie)
The Poseidon Adventure (this was playing at the Thunderbird drive-in in '74, even though it came out in '72)
Husbands, Wives, and Other Strangers (Porn; Palms Adult Theater in Pinellas Park)
Superchick, Woman Hunt, and Gun Girls Gang (Mustang Drive-In triple-bill)
Superfly & Black Gunn (Center Theater - Central Ave. in St. Pete.)
Black Cream (at the State Theater!)
How to ??? a Woman, Your 3 Minutes are Up!, The Harrad Experiment (28th St. Drive-In triple-bill)
5 on the Black Hand Slide (State Theater)
Pippi Longstocking(!)
Black Belt Jones (Ritz Theater in Clearwater)

July 2004:
The Bourne Supremacy
I, Robot
Cinderella Story
King Arthur
White Chicks
Shrek 2
The Terminal

Fanboys, I ask you: what are we doing here? Is this truly acceptable?



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