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PCR #413. (Vol. 9, No. 8) This edition is for the week of February 18--24, 2008.
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MOVIE REVIEW
"The Best Picture Nominees Are..." †by Mike Smith
RETRORAMA
Dr. Paul Bearer: The Lost Photographs Ė Part 1 †by ED Tucker
FILMLOOK
A Retired Cuban-American Activist Remembers a Different Castro †by Paul Guzzo
MATT'S RAIL
Barack Attack or Obama Yomama...Rondo Hatton Awards †by Matt Drinnenberg
MIKE'S RANT
Oscar Night .... Somewhere John Hooper Is Weeping .... Death Goes To The Movies .... Speaking Of Heath Ledger .... In Memory .... And The Oscar For 1981 Should Have Gone To... †by Mike Smith
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BARACK ATTACK or OBAMA YOMAMA
Okay, I finally have a problem with Barack Obama.

This week it came to light, via the Hillary Clinton brigade, that Obama had used another politians speech while conveying it as his own. Seeing this on tv it was easy to tell the speech was word for word taken from Deval Patrick, who uttered the exact words back in 2006 while running for Governor of Massachusetts.

Iíve heard on Fox, which is usually highly suspect in their reporting, that Patrick gave the okay to Obama to use the speech. If so, thatís all grand and dandy, but it doesnít detract this bigger issue with me.

Had Obama simply said, ĎIn the words of Deval Patrickí or ĎIím reminded of words spoken by my friend Deval Patrick, that resonate to greater than everÖ.í or something along those lines. It would have been, to me, an honorable and right thing to do. Instead, he used Devalís speech like it was his own, using another manís words to convey himself to the voting public, and doing so in a way that was not forthright.

This would be a big issue with me if it were McCain or Clinton or Huckabee, not that I donít have my issues with each, tho less with Hillary. It is of greater concern because Obama showcases himself as the man of change, yet in the heat of politicking, looks eerily similar to every other politician out there.

Maybe Iím concerned over nothing. Perhaps it stems from placing my faith in a man who claimed to be a man of faith, only to learn he was false in mostly every regard. And now I feel confronted with a Ďlikeí scenario.

I wish it hadnít happened. Tho suspect of all of them, I was starting to think he was, possibly, close to the real deal in giving the country back to the people, which is what Ron Paul would do. Hopefully Barack Obama is true to his proclamations, because itís looking like he may well be the nominee in pretty short order. And I just canít deal with another Republican in the White House, not at least until they wake up and return to the founding principles of the party that the Bush administration abandoned.

RONDO HATTON AWARDS
As Iíve been mentioning the past couple weeks, we are in the midst of the SIXTH Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror awards, which honors the best in monster research, creativity and genre appreciation.

There are 27 Categories in which to select your favorites. Each category is allowed to have numerous nominees, allowing for the tastes of all to be taken into consideration, in respect to the genre.

As an example, this years nominees for Best Movie of 2007 are as follows:

-- BEOWULF
-- 1408
-- GHOST RIDER
-- GRINDHOUSE
-- HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
-- THE HITCHER
-- THE HOST
-- I AM LEGEND
-- THE INVASION
-- THE LAST MIMZY
-- THE MESSENGERS
-- THE MIST
-- THE ORPHANAGE
-- PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: WORLD'S END
-- ROB ZOMBIE'S HALLOWEEN
-- 30 DAYS OF NIGHT
-- 300
-- 28 WEEKS LATER
-- SPIDER-MAN III
-- STARDUST
-- SWEENEY TODD

You can also write in your own choice if the Best Movie, by your standards, is not there. From the "fans" to the "fanned", the way it should be.

Vote today!

WWW.RONDOAWARD.COM

God bless,
Matthew

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