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Floridiana Lite: Florida Tidbits. More Names of Counties. Charlie Carlson Update.  by William Moriaty
MOVIE REVIEW
"Hostel"  by Mike Smith
COUCH POTATO CONFESSIONS
The Case of Blight on Tampa, or Where is the Public Art?  Vinnie Blesi
DEADGUY'S DEMENTIA
A Million Half-Truths  by Mike "Deadguy" Scott
MY MIDDLE TOE
The Coffeehouse/Tampa Film Review  by Mark Terry
THE DROW
The Cost of "Freedom"  Dylan Jones
NICHOLAS REX
Rex's Rant: Abramoff....Pat Robertson....Howard Stern...."Hostel"  by Nick King
MATT'S RAIL
Birthday Boy....The Rondos Are Here!!!...Does Jesus Christ Exist  by Matt Drinnenberg
MIKE'S RANT
Dedicated To....Passing On....Speaking of Baseball....My Favorite Films--Chapter 2  by Mike Smith
LETTERS
Nolan's Pop Culture Review, 2006!
    Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our seventh calendar year!
Number 303  (Vol. 7, No. 2). This edition is for the week of January 9--15, 2006.

  • Sad Passings: Lou Rawls and Ramona Bell
  • The Coffeehouse Film Review Renamed and Returned! [Tampa only]
  • The Simultaneous DVD and Theatrical Release Question
  • Pat Robertson Sanity Check
  • Lou Rawls
    The death of singer Lou Rawls arrived too late to make last week's issue of PCR, but I wanted to make a note that Rawls, 72, succumbed to liver cancer Friday after a lengthy bout.

    The velvet-voiced singer was known primarily for his 1976 hit "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine". I thought of him as mostly a soul/blues singer, but his career output spanned the full spectrum, from gospel to blues to jazz to soul to pop in a career that spanned 5 decades. He won three Grammys in his career and started the Parade of Stars Telethon for United Negro College Fund in 1978.

    Ramona Bell
    Unless you're into late-night talk radio, especially of the more eclectic variety, you likely don't know who Art Bell is, but he is a hero of mine and an inspiration for Nolan Radio. Bell, 60, has been hosting "Coast-to-Coast AM" for 15 years (currently on Clear Channel) and doing weekends only (the regular host is George Noory--Bell semi-retired a couple years ago), Art Bell pioneered UFO/paranormal/conspiratorial radio programming into high cult status. Art's wife of about 15 years, Ramona, was never far away, the two were inseparable, she even occasionally being heard in the room Art was broadcasting from. Once in a while she'd even co-host.

    Last week, while vacationing in another part of Nevada (their homebase is in Pahrump), Ramona experienced a severe asthma attack and she died in her sleep at age 47. The fans were shocked, I know I was, and I can't even imagine how Art feels. Obviously, he took himself out of circulation for a while until he can recuperate.

    My heart goes out to Art Bell as to me this almost feels like a member of the family dying (I was at work when I heard the announcement---I audibly gasped, causing my co-worker to inquire the cause). My sincerest condolences to Art Bell and his family.


    The Tampa Film Review Returns! (Formerly: the Coffeehouse Film Review)
    by Paul Guzzo

    The next Coffeehouse Film Review will be held on a NEW NIGHT at a NEW LOCATION and will have a NEW name. The event, now called Tampa Film Review, will be held FRIDAY, January 13, 2006 from 8 – 10 p.m. at International Bazaar, located on Eighth Avenue in the Centro Ybor Complex in Ybor City. Coffeehouse/Tampa Film Review is held every second Friday of the month and is free.

    January’s films will include:
    Scenes from Icon Films feature film in progress, POP: Four outcast teenage girls kidnap a female pop star. Feeling ignored by society and sickened by pop culture, the teens plot a plan that will gain them attention by holding hostage the world's famous pop princess.
    Scenes from 1 Day Films’ new feature film, 99: The college stud made a bet four years ago that he would sleep with 100 women by the time he graduated college. With just 12 hours to go in the bet, he needs just one more girl, BUT, everyone he has ever wrong while in pursuit of 100 girls is out for revenge.
    Chip by Jeffrey Bowers: A sexual predator released from prison is implanted with a tracking chip. For the detective following him it becomes personal. The doctor that invented the chip joins chase culminating in a deadly finale.
    Purgatorio by Andres Yepes: Tormented by the death of his beloved wife, Don Ortega finds himself bound to the memories of his deceased love. Unable to renounce spiritually he secludes himself from the world. Consumed by his despair he becomes prisoner to his journal. Every passing page will bring you one step closer to, "PURGATORIO".
    The Whisper by Andres Yepes: In hopes of finding answers to solve his hauntingly recurring cryptic dream, a man seeks therapeutic help from Hillside Center's world renowned Dr. Smith. In a chilling psychoanalysis, Dr. Smith faces the grim reality of his patient’s secret leading to a shocking climax that will leave you breathless.
    Hooligans Valley by Other Side Cinema: In the world of Hooligan’s Valley our two heroes’, Itchy and Lobo, will have to save the day again. In the process, they will prove that not every duo is dynamic.
    Life’s a Circus by Pete Guzzo: An ordinary day in the life of two unordinary people.

    1 Day Films feels that there are very few, if any, regular outlets in the local area for local independent filmmakers to showcase their films. Hopefully, this monthly event will provide that outlet for everyone, from experienced local independent filmmakers to local college and high school filmmakers experimenting with film production for the first time. 1 Day Films promises your film will be shown!

    Coffeehouse Film Review was awarded a 2005 Best of the Bay Award for BEST REASONS TO BELIEVE THE LOCAL FILM SCENE IS ALIVE AND WELL.

    International Bazaar is a place where the arts, culture, entertainment, food, music and dance connect in harmony. Come explore and shop for items from over 100 countries representing cultures in their traditional and modern styles. Explore, enjoy, learn and shop. They promise you an enlightened and fun experience.

    1 Day Films is looking for film submissions for future events. For more info, contact pete@tooprod.com or paulguzzo@hotmail.com. All genres of films are accepted – feature length, shorts, documentaries, comedy, horror, love, art, drama, foreign language, experimental etc. No pornography!


    The DVD/ Theatrical Question    by Nolan B. Canova
    I'm still not sure how factual this is or not, but lately I've been hearing information from fairly reliable sources that movie studios are, or the first time, preparing to release the DVD version of a movie simultaneously with its theatrical release! Has anyone else heard this and is it for sure? Supposedly this was also a topic on Roeper & Ebert At The Movies where the downright conspiratorial edge was added that studos are trying to put theaters out of business in favor of direct-to-video distribution.

    If this is true it's a very sad development and a really sinister way to manipulate the public. On the other hand, I've lost count of how many people I know who don't really go to movies anymore; and it really doesn't have to do so much with how much of a hassle it is, nor even if the movies are worth a damn anymore (and there's a whole argument to be made there), it is because of how much it costs. By the time a family of four has bought tickets, popcorn, hotdogs, and drinks it's a safe bet dad has laid out anywhere from $50 - $75 bucks. And this is for a movie everyone may or may not like, there are no guarantees. So a night at the movies is no longer part of a cavalier decision-making process regarding entertainment it once was, but quite a serious investment.

    But the "conspiracy" goes further. Supposedly, this is all directly aimed at a section of the public on the fence about upgrading their TV to a Hi-Def, widescreen entertainment center. The gamble centers on convincing them the extra hassle of a night out on the town isn't worth it and that the extra $50 - $75 can go into plasma-TV payments and staying home where it's safe.

    All fine and good, I suppose, but isn't it a little premature to start counting plasma chickens before they're hatched?

    Since the '80s, when VHS versions of movies ran about 6 months behind the theatrical release, producers have been careful about framing their shots in the "safe area", that is the 4:3 ratio of a regular television set, to cut down on the formerly necessary "pan-and-scan", the process used to display a widescreen movie on a TV screen if "letterboxing" wan't used. With some irony, the Hi-Def revolution (if it ever truly arrives) will retrofit that idea to a 16:9 ratio which is wider than TV (4:3), but not quite as wide as the movies (usually around 1:85). In other words, more and more, it would appear that movies are not being shot for the theater, they're being shot for home use in mind with the first showing in a theater.

    Of course there is also the ever-growing concern regarding piracy. For years, pirates have made available copies of movies about the same time as (sometimes before) a movie's release. This will theoretically head that off.

    So do we still need theaters? Yes, at least as far as I'm concerned. I think the experience of sitting in a large dark room full of strangers, the smell of popcorn hovering in the air, and the group reactions are inherent to the impact of a film. Others will no doubt disagree and I will respect that, but seeing a space epic (for example) from the living room sofa, while safe and cozy, is not the same for me.

    I, for one, do not forsee the imminent demise of the local bijou, if for no other reason than people, particularly young folks out on a date, for example, need somewhere to go. Somewhere close, somewhere fairly economical, somewhere familiar. The local movie theatre has fulfilled that need for generations and I would hate to see it go.


    The Pat Robertson Sanity Check
    Insane televangelist Pat Robertson has done it again. Direct from his 700 Club TV show he has determined a world event was a direct result of God being pissed off at us. The most recent was the stroke suffered by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his subsequent hospitalization. Sharon was "dividing God's land," even though the Bible says doing so invites "God's enmity." Robertson added, "I would say woe to any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course." He noted that former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Robertson said God's message is, "This land belongs to me. You'd better leave it alone."
    MORE HITS FROM PAT ROBERTSON...
  • Directly after 9/11, Robertson and his buddy Jerry Falwell pronounced gays and lesbians were at fault for the attack. God was pissed at our moral values, so He "let" the terrorists attack us.
  • Robertson decided assassination was the best way to get rid of South American dictator Hugo Chavez and said so on his 700 Club.
  • Hurricane Katrina wiped out New Orleans and parts of Mississippi. New Orleans was "Sin City", after all, and deserved no forgiveness.
  • Ol' Pat announced Dover, Pennsylvania was not deserving of God's help in time of emergency, and don't ask for it, because they'd decided to go with Evolution in their school's curriculum.


    Announcements
    Happy Birthday Wishes go out to future drummer and movie-FX maestro Nicholas Castellano who turns 6 years old, Friday, January 13th.
    And to old friend and bassist extraordinaire, currently of bouttimestudios.com, Scott van Sickle, who turns 43 the next day, Saturday, January 14th.
    A shout out and a Happy Birthday to Matt Drinnenberg who turned 45 January 9th. To all these gentlemen, I sincerely wish Many Happy Returns!

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