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LA FLORIDIANA
Haunted Pinellas, Part 1
áby William Moriaty

THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW
"Waiting"
áby Mike Smith

THE AUDIO PHILES
Punk's Roots, Part 2
áby Terence Nuzum

THE DROW
Alchemy. In Theory and in Truth.
áby Dylan Jones

ODDSERVATIONS
Goodbye Don Adams & Nipsy Russell....Let's Stick a Fork in Music Videos...."The Fog" is Coming....Terence on Punk....Mike's Challenge
áby Andy Lalino

CREATURE'S CORNER
"The Corpse Bride"....The Green Lantern Corps Recharged....Axis and Allies
áby John Lewis

MIKE'S RANT
Passing On....Super Hero News....The Top 10 List....Speaking of Science Fiction....Jaws: The Story, Part 36
áby Mike Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review, 2005!
    Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our sixth calendar year!
Number 289  (Vol. 6, No. 40). This edition is for the week of October 3--9, 2005.

Supreme Court Seats

Plus...
  • The Final Cost of Katrina
  • A New PCR Top 10 List
    And....
  • Since last we met, it's official as far as John Roberts is concerned: he is the new Supreme Court Chief Justice of the United States. Pretty cushy nomination and approval process, all things considered. Congratulations, John.

    The case of Harriet Ellan Miers, the Supreme Court Justice just nominated by President Bush to fill the vacancy left by the retiring Sandra Day O'Connor may not be quite so cushy.

    60 years old, never married, and her only claim to fame is, basically, being Bush's legal secretary from Texas days to present. Well, OK, her role as White House Legal Counselor shouldn't be minimized or overlooked, either.

    But with no experience as a judge, and therefore no experience having to make weighty decisions on constitutional issues, the whole scenario reeks of cronyism. Bush pitched the idea of it to her over dinner the night before the announcement. I can just hear it now: "We're still mano y mano over the hot-button topics just like we've always been, right, Harriet? And I'm sure you'd be grateful to have a chance to, you know, shore up this dreadful legislating-from-the-bench situation the liberals have cornered us with over the years, right? Hell, girl, how'd you like to be a Supreme Court Justice? Yeeeee--Haawwww!!"

    I'll be watching the approval process with great interest.

    The Final Cost of Katrina
    This has also been made official since last we met: Hurricane Katrina is now the most expensive natural disaster in American history with damages in insurance and personal liabilities totaling $34 billion across six states. The previous record was Hurricane Andrew which cost in excess of $20 billion.

    A New PCR Top Ten Challenge From Mike Smith
    From Mike's Rant #288: "The other day a song came on the radio and it immediately triggered a movie memory for me. The song was "Get Right Back To Where We Started From" by Maxine Nightingale and every time I hear it I think of the movie, "Slap Shot." That song is featured when the team's bus, and the one carrying their fans, heads down the highway. It got me thinking how many other people hear a song and relate it to a film they like. I'm not talking about title songs like "Purple Rain" or "Stand by Me" or "A Hard Day's Night." I'm talking about a popular song used in a film or a film trailer that, when you hear the song, you think of the movie."

    The first response, "Patty" from JawsTheMovie.com, appears below. Please send in your Top 10 best choices for inclusion in this week's and next week's PCR!

    Top 10 Songs That Remind Me Of Movies.     by "Patty"
    In no particular order, they are:
    "The Time of My Life," Dirty Dancing
    "Bohemian Rhapsody," Wayne's World
    "You've Lost That Loving Feeling," Top Gun
    "Stuck In The Middle with You," Reservoir Dogs
    "Eye of The Tiger," Rocky
    "Shout," Animal House
    "Day-O," Beetlejuice
    "Wind Beneath My Wings," Beaches
    "One Toke Over The Line," Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas
    "The Power of Love," Back To The Future

    Top 10 Songs That Remind Me Of Movies.     by Nolan B. Canova
    1.
    "Thus Spake Zarathustra". 2001: A Space Oddysey (1968) ("The Blue Danube", a close runner-up)
    2. (All tied for 2nd place) "Take a Ride on Heavy Metal" (Don Henley), "Heavy Metal" (Sammy Hagar), "Reach Out And Take It" (Cheap Trick), "The Mob Rules" (Black Sabbath). Heavy Metal (1981)
    3. "What a Feelin'" tied with "Maniac" (Michael Sembello). Flashdance (1983)
    4. "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" (Tears for Fears). Real Genius (1985)
    5. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (Simple Minds). The Breakfast Club (1985)
    6. "Eye of the Tiger" (Survivor) Rocky III (1982)
    7. "Day-O" (Harry Belafonte) Beetlejuice (1988)
    8. "Minnie the Moocher" (Cab Calloway). The Blues Brothers (1980)
    9. "Rock Around The Clock" (Bill Haley and the Comets). American Graffiti (1973)
    10. "I'm A Believer" (The Monkees by way of the Shrek cast). Shrek (2001) (Actually sort of tied with the memories of the original Monkees video).

    Top 20 Songs That Remind Me Of Movies.     by William Moriaty
    1.
    "I Can Dream About You": Dan Hartman: "Streets of Fire"
    2. "Everybody Wants To Rule The World": Tears for Fears: "Real Genius" and "Not Another Teen Movie"
    3. " Don't You (Forget About Me)": Simple Minds: "The Breakfast Club"
    4. "Eyes of A Stranger": The Payola$: "Valley Girl"
    5. No One's Gonna Stop Us Now": Starship: "Mannequin"
    6. "Everybody Wants Some": Van Halen: "Better Off Dead"
    7. "I'm Alright": Kenny Loggins and Eddie Money: "Caddyshack"
    8. "Maniac": Michael Sembello: "Flashdance"
    9. "Midnight Special": Credence Clearwater Revival: "Twilight Zone: The Movie"
    10. "Melt With You": Modern English: "Valley Girl"
    11. "Love My Ways": The Psychedelic Furs: "Valley Girl"
    12. "Rebel Yell": Billy Idol: "Sixteen Candles"
    13. "Deeper and Deeper": The Fixx: "Streets of Fire"
    14. "Take My Breath Away": Berlin: "Top Gun"
    15. "Danger Zone": Kenny Loggins: "Top Gun"
    16. "You've Lost That Loving Feeling": The Everly Brothers: "Top Gun"
    17. "Back In Time": Huey Lewis and the News: "Back to the Future"
    18. "Jail House Rock": The Blues Brothers: "The Blues Brothers"
    19. "Sex Farm": Spinal Tap: "This Is Spinal Tap"
    20. "Turning Japanese": The Vapors: "Not Another Teen Movie"

    Top 10 Songs That Remind Me Of Movies.     by Andy Lalino
    Here are my picks (in reverse order):
    10. "Puttin' Out Fire (Cat People)" - David Bowie - from "Cat People" (1982)
    9. "The Neverending Story" - Limahl - from "The Neverending Story"
    8. "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" - U2 - "The Million Dollar Hotel"
    7. "Martin" - Soft Cell - from George A. Romero's "Martin"
    6. "Is Your Love Strong Enough" - Bryan Ferry - from "Legend"
    5. "Weird Science" - Oingo Boingo - from "Weird Science"
    4. "Out of My Mind" - Duran Duran - from "The Saint"
    3. "The Great Beyond" - R.E.M. - from "Man on the Moon"
    2. "The Crying Game" - Boy George/Pet Shop Boys - "The Crying Game"
    1. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" - Simple Minds - from "The Breakfast Club"

    Top 10 Songs That Remind Me Of Movies.     by Michael A. Smith
    Here are my picks no particular order:

  • "Get Right Back To Where We're Starting From" by Maxine Nightingale and "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" by Elton John, both from Slap Shot. One of the first films that had to deal with song copyrights when it appeared on home video, the producers cut corners by replacing the original songs with similar sounding, but very inferior, tunes.
  • "I Say a Little Prayer" from the dining karaoke scene in My Best Friend's Wedding. I always picture the waiters with the giant lobster claws leading the sing along and keeping time with the music.
  • "You're Having My Baby" by Paul Anka and "Nashville Skyline Rag" by Bob Dylan, both featured in Jaws.
  • "Bye Bye Love," adapted and performed as "Bye Bye Life" by Roy Scheider in All That Jazz.
  • "One Tin Soldier" by Coven. When I hear this song all I can see is hundreds of kids lining a dirt road and saluting the jail-bound Billy Jack in Billy Jack.
  • "Suzie Q" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, accompanying the dancing USO playmates in Apocalypse, Now
  • "Jessie's Girl," played during Alfred Molina's long, drug fueled night in Boogie Nights.
  • "Layla", the coda (the piano part), played during Goodfellas.
  • "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield. When I hear this I immediately think of the trailer for Born on the Fourth of July.
  • "In Dreams" makes me think of Dean Stockwell and Blue Velvet.

    Top 10 Songs That Remind Me Of Movies.     by Matt Drinnenberg
    1. Show Me the Way to go Home - JAWS
    2. Morning After - Poseidon Adventure
    3. (Don't You) Forget about Me - Breakfast Club
    4. Stayin' Alive - Saturday Night Fever
    5. Bohemian Rhapsody - Waynes World
    6. Shout - Animal House
    7. Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Real Genius
    8. Jumpin' Jack Flash - Night Shift
    9. Maniac - Flashdance
    10.Old Time Rock and Roll - Risky Business

    Top 20 Songs That Remind Me Of Movies.     by Ashley Lauren Lewis
    All these songs make me think of these movies. So many songs have been used in movies that at this point almost any song over ten years old reminds of us of some film.
    1. Freebird - The Devil's Rejects
    2. Sweet Home Alabama - Forrest Gump
    3. Time of My Life - Dirty Dancing
    4. My Heart Will Go on - Titanic
    5. Gimme Some Lovin' - Days of Thunder (yes, I'm weird)
    6. Have You Ever Loved a Woman - Don Juan Demarco
    7. Summer Nights - Grease
    8. Don't You Forget About Me - The Breakfast Club
    9. Porcelain - The Beach
    10. Shout - The Wedding Crashers
    11. Old time Rock and Roll - Risky Business.
    12. Dude Looks Like a Lady - Mrs. Doubtfire
    13. Unchained Melody - Ghost
    14. Pretty Woman - Pretty Woman
    15. Bohemian Rhapsody - Wayne's World
    16. I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing - Armegeddon
    17. I Will Always Love You - The Bodyguard
    18. Somewhere Over the Rainbow - The Wizard of Oz
    19. Gangsta's Paradise - Dangerous Minds
    20. I Touch Myself - Austin Powers


    Announcements
    Happy Birthday Wishes go out to Joshua "Black Dog" Montgomery, occasional PCR contributor and favorite neighborhood goth/punk who turned 22, Tuesday October 4th. And to past PCR and Nolan Radio contributor Lisa Zubek who turned (gulp) 40 years old Wednesday, October 5th.

    While editing this week's Oddservations, I was reminded that I'd neglected to mention the sad passing of actor/comedian Nipsey Russell at 80 years of age earlier in the week. My strongest memories of Nipsey are from his game show appearances in the '60s and '70s, particularly To Tell The Truth, where he always started the show reciting an original comic poem. He also played the part of the Tin Man in the movie version of the Broadway show, "The Wiz".

    Audio Philes Punk Tie-In:
    Crazedfanboy.com and Muse Radio team up to bring you the audio companion to this week's piece by Terence Nuzum, "The Audio Philes, Roots of Punk". This Internet-only radio special features choice cuts personally picked by Mr. Nuzum himself to accompany his two-part article on the "Roots of Punk" (PCRs #288 and #289) and is narrated by Vinnie Blesi. Air Times are this Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005 8-10pm and rerun next Tuesday, Oct 11, 2005 9-11pm. Note: to comply with the digital copyright millenium act, no playlists can be published prior to airtime.
    The show is on Muse Radio, http://www.live365.com/stations/strangeagent. I would suggest anyone interested in listening to log in and set up their computer before the shows. Live365 is supposed to default now to Windows Media Player to make it easier than before.

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