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Nolan's Pop Culture Review 2009!
   Assistant Editor / Co-Moderator:  Terence Nuzum.                 HOME           ARCHIVES
Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our tenth calendar year!
Number 491  (Vol. 10, No. 34). This edition is for the week of August 17--23, 2009.

"Inglourious Basterds"
Airliners International 2009
Movies That Scared Us for Life
Initializing...
DVD Review: Criterion's "An Autumn Afternoon": Ozu Final Masterpiece
Heeee’s Baaack! .... Is His Name Clear? .... Tanard Jackson .... Monday Night’s Birthday .... Are You A Dolphin? .... Officer Mike Roberts .... .... e
Brody .... Justice Is Blind...and Pretty Damn Arrogant .... It's Also A Damn Joke .... Movie Notes .... Everything's Archie .... .... .... .... My Favorite Films, Part 2... r

Rock The Nation
Bobby Tyler Returns With "Musical Musings"
Robert Novak Dead at 78
On Woodstock's 40th Anniversary
The Gable Film, Part 2: Nolan's Findings
The Gable Film, Part 2: Terence's Findings
Readers Comments


BOBBY TYLER RETURNS WITH "MUSICAL MUSINGS"
POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, AUGUST 20, 2009

Teen titan Bobby Tyler, former columnist for "Music Emporium" with friend Jake Tipton, has returned to these pages with a new column/blog called "Musical Musings" we hope will be of interest to all music fans. Bobby just graduated from Robinson High (Tampa) and we are grateful to have him here while he's on...er...vacation!

Do give Bobby's column a look-see, and feedback on your musings!


POLITICAL COLUMNIST ROBERT NOVAK DEAD AT 78
POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, AUGUST 18, 2009

I never agreed with his politics, but I admired columnist Robert Novak (Chicago Sun-Times) more as the contentious right-wing debater on CNN's Crossfire. He was no Pat Buchanan, but he was pretty good. Either one would put on quite a show against whoever was sitting in he "liberal" seat across from them. In any event, Robert Novak lost his battle with brain cancer earlier this week. He was 78.

The shame is his legacy will no doubt be as the guy who "outed" Valerie Plame as a CIA agent. As dastardly as this is (and it is), he claims he was led to believe it was no big secret, and he was made a fall guy. No matter, that whole case is steeped in ugly politics anyway. Hopefully, any biographies that come out will put in perspective any and all events surrounding his final years.


ON WOODSTOCK'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY
POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, AUGUST 20, 2009

Last weekend marked the 40th anniversary of the biggest and most important outdoor rock concert of all time, Woodstock. Taking place on a Max Yasgur's 600-acre pig farm in Bethel, New York (just southwest of the town of Woodstock, NY), thirty-two rock bands played for four days, August 15--18, 1969.

Technically called the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, rock and folk super-luminaries such as Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, The Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, and Jimi Hendrix (the man who came to symbolize the epitome of the live rock star, and who was the last act to play) were just a few of the acts performing. Also notable in retrospect were some bands who were invited but declined for various reasons: The Doors, The Byrds, Bob Dylan, and Led Zepplin were all invited but either declined or had to cancel.

Wikipedia's Woodstock entry might prove useful to readers in providing the complete band line-up and surrounding soap-opera.

At the time of Woodstock, I was living in Florida (as I am now), had just turned fourteen, and though I could not attend Woodstock, I was well aware of the social and political implications of what was happening. The broadcast news focused on this "Hippie festival" being a mud-laden swamp of unwashed rock fans (it had been raining quite a bit) with poor sanitation facilities. The promoters were expecting about 50,000 fans, and nearly ten times that many showed up! It was chaos, but it was historic.

My recollections of Woodstock, then, are like most of yours out there: the amazing 1970 documentary film by Michael Wadleigh, edited by Thelma Schoonmaker and Martin Scorsese.

Also, I have always been enthralled by the fact that this peace-and-love gathering of hundreds of thousands yielded no violence whatsoever, the only casualties/fatalities were unrelated to the festival itself.

There have been outdoor festivals since then, most notably "Isle of Wight" and the first "California Jam" just to name two, and, well, there was "Woodstock II" a few years back. But, for baby-boomers, the original seminal event could only happen once.


PARANORMAL ALERT: THE GABLE FILM, Part 2: Nolan's Findings
POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, AUGUST 18, 2009

In last week's issue, I presented you with one of my latest discoveries, the paranormal underground sensation known as "The Gable Film", alternately known as "The Michigan Dogman" film. If you weren't here, or don't remember the story, please review the details before continuing.

I've given the whole thing a pretty thorough going-over. As I see it now, nearly the entire home movie is a legitimate vintage 8mm artifact, including the footage of the strange animal, until the very last few frames. It is my opinion the animal seen is a small bear, but made to look bigger and exhibit shape-shifting characteristics due to the poor focus and use of a telephoto lens distorting the perspective. The close-up flashes of what appear to be a forocious dog's muzzle near the end of the film (and while the camera is shaking violently), I believe, were tacked on to emphasize a feeling of an attack. One frame clearly shows video noise of some sort. I used to shoot plenty of Super-8 in my day and this distortion is not possible in-camera. The final few seconds where the camera comes to rest on the ground on its side, still running, could have been shot anywhere, really. Of course, it could've been from the original film as well, but edited and shifted to the end to follow the "dogman" attack.

The "Gable Film, Part 2" also circulating around the internet, and purporting to show a police investigation of the original incident using a similar camera, is, to me, a total concoction. The car and camera shown as part of the "crime scene" are virtually the same as the first film, but the "victim" is dressed differently and the cops holding labeling placards came off as hokey.

It is worth noting that there is a film production company in Michigan mounting a documentary on the legend of the Michigan Dogman. It is they who seem to be in possession of the film and doing most of its promoting.

PARANORMAL ALERT: THE GABLE FILM, Part 2: Terence's Findings
POSTED BY TERENCE NUZUM, AUGUST 18, 2009

My final conclusion may differ from most others. It is this...that the footage you are watching is all real, with the exception of the added-in still frame of the dog muzzle sticking out of a kennel, but it is pieced together from totally unrelated home movies.

The "dogman" in the end is probably a baby bear but that doesn't mean it attacked anyone. The camera shakes, the animal goes out of frame and the film cuts to a dog muzzle. When it cuts back, the camera is on the ground sideways, still running. I believe that the camera on the ground is not faked footage but I don't necessarily believe there is anything ominous about it. I also believe it is edited from another reel and not connected to the bear/dogman footage. So that leaves the dogman or bear.

If it was a baby bear it probably wouldn't have run towards the camera but away from it and scurried off like most wild animals. That leaves me to believe two possibilities: that it was either a family pet or it was a bear attack. If it was a family pet that makes this footage far less creepy and much more quaint. Funny thing is, if this video was simply posted as "family trip" would anyone really have thought the image looked wierd? Answer NO. Amazing what inference can do on the human perception, isn't it?

OK, so let's say it was a baby bear or a small bear and this was an attack.....that's still pretty creepy. And that might make Gable Film pt 2 much more viable. I believe that Gable Film part 2 is also aunthentic, but that it has nothing to do with Gable film one. I just think someone went to their local city archives and got a lot of stock B Roll footage and might have come across some discarded police film documentation.

So, the sum of all this is that I think it is either a bear or a family pet. But I, for one, don't want to know if it's anything so mundane. I mean, why take the fun out of the world?




Readers' Comments

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Happy Young Man [24-08-2009 09:29] 
Final Destination comes out this week ... starring Tampa's own Bobby Campo.
Michael [23-08-2009 23:00] 
Steve, I've heard rumors of some kind of oil arrangements with the fine leader of Libya. It's amazing how in this day and age money still talks! You know if it had been a plane full of Scots and we'd let the guy walk (and he looked perfectly healthy to me, didn't even have to lean on the cane they provided him with) we'd be the whipping boy.

Happy 40th Woodstock. When my neighbor Steve Stull passed away I commented in the Rant that he had attended Woodstock, the Isle of Wight Concert and the Stones at Altamont. His stories were amazing. Oh to be young again!
Steve beasley [23-08-2009 18:51] 
I'm wondering if Abdel Baset Ali Megrahi was a bargaining chip of some kind. His release was out of left field, implying (at least to me) that some kind of negotiation to place. What was Scotland offered, in exchange? I don't believe for a second that ANY government does anything, just to be nice guys. There's something rotten in Den...I mean, Scotland!
Bill Murray [23-08-2009 12:32] 
RE: Musical Musings.

I enjoy waking up to "I Got You Babe" by Mr. and Mrs. Bono.
Terence [20-08-2009 22:00] 
no of course not. if so I would have picked anything by The Eagles. Steely Dan, or Bryan Adams. lol
Bob [20-08-2009 21:48] 
Of course when we all say "put to sleep", none of us mean it in a bad way.
Terence [20-08-2009 20:43] 
Bobby- great job on the article! I kinda lost interest in the Beta Band for some reason. I think too much of them gets kinda old but to each their own. I agree with most all of your other pics tho. the one song that always seems to put me to sleep is "Sister Ray" by the Velvet Underground.
Chris Woods [20-08-2009 17:27] 
Jaws was very close to be on my list, but I figured it would be on everyone else's and wanted to have a variety of different films. Other ones that almost made my list were Psycho and Creepshow.
Lou1492 [20-08-2009 13:36]  
Bobby, really enjoyed your first article (blog). Also enjoyed the Beta Band song and video, thanks for turning me on to them. My favorite music for falling asleep or waking up is anything by Bill Nelson. He is a solo artist now, but originally started in a band called Be Bop Deluxe back in the 70s. His new stuff is very atmospheric and varied. His website is www.billnelson.com if you want to check him out.

Cheers,
Lou
Petrey [20-08-2009 07:37] 
Terrence, I have had a good day being sober so far so I mailed out your FRIDAYS disc w/Sir Douglas and a 2nd FRIDAYS disc with Kaufman hosting as well with THE PRETENDERS. One of the discs has the original commercials from 1981 so you can really see how DALLAS had it's effect on Pop Culture in advertising, ha!
Petrey [20-08-2009 07:07] 
Yeah in the last several years VHS tapes could be found for 50 cents to a dollar but as late as 1998 I was paying $14.95 to $19.95 for originals AND bootlegs that hadn't had a chance to hit disc like Hammer series films, etc. I have Michael Jackson's "Making of Thriller" on Betamax that's going to be given away as well. It still has a sticker on it for $29.95! Wow!
ED [20-08-2009 06:08] 
Petrey - I was right there with you on the VHS. I was around here in Jacksonville during the glorious days when Blockbuster bought up all the mom and pop video stores and sold off any titles that did not fit their renting criteria for peanuts. I carried a cardboard box out of one store with 70-80 pre-recorded tapes in it I had paid $1 each for! Many of them still haven't been released on DVD.
Simon Lynx [20-08-2009 06:08] 
Ed - Ya I would say Jaws is at the top of my list.
Along with 3 others.
The Thing 1982 - When the Thing gets in the dogs. My cousin had dogs like that and I used to stare at them always wondering....
The Shining - the old decaying woman in the tub use to freak me out.
Dark Crystal - the Skeksis freaked me out.
And believe it or not Yoda in Empire Strikes back. When he tells Luke "You will be, you will be" I thought he was gonna HEEL turn right there.
Happy Young Man [20-08-2009 05:58] 
Beaz ... gotta watch thet documentary ... they explain Hoffman was FRIED ... moments before he took stage he was freaking out, screaming that there was a man under the stage with a gun. There was no man under the stage and no gun ...



Petrey [20-08-2009 05:51] 
Hi Ed. I should use the terminology OOP (Out of Print) but I guess it would be considered somewhat rare if you can't walk into a store and buy them. Amazon has the RED SKULL video starting at $33.00 so whoever gets these will save a ton of cash plus there is no copyguard on Prism's tapes making it easy for anyone who wants them and back them up to whatever digital format. I literally spent thousands on VHS over the years but also made a killing in return. I'll stop here so as not further to incriminate myself ;)
BTW "Squirm" had to be one of the most atmospheric Horror films to ever sit through at the Drive-In!! Only to be beaten by "The Fog" four years later.
ED [20-08-2009 05:35] 
Petrey - I have that whole set of Marvel VHS tapes on Prism somewhere. I bought them when Toys R Us or Lionel Playworld liquidated them for like $2 each. I had no idea they were rare though.
Petrey [20-08-2009 05:28] 
ANNOUNCEMENT! I'm giving away ALL my pre-recorded original VHS tapes soon. We're talking about rarities such as THE ORIGIN OF RED SKULL #18 Marvel Comics - Prism Home Video and CAPTAIN AMERICA #3 also Prism on VHS. Excellent condition. Tons of other titles as well. Some rare Horror and Sci-Fi. No mailouts. Just pickup or I will meet interested parties at Britton Plaza.
Michael [20-08-2009 05:11] 
I agree with Simon....if you didn't pick JAWS you obviously haven't seen it! :-) Great work, ED.
ED [20-08-2009 04:28] 
Chris - you are most welcome but thank you and everyone else for taking the time to send their lists in.

Simon - I am surprised Jaws wasn't on everyone's lists but it just shows how personal being scared is.

Steve - I first saw that poster for Squirm in a friend of mine's collection in the 70's. He was a lucky SOB who got posters from the theaters his father's company cleaned. It freaked me out back then but I need to get one for myself one of these days.

RE: Mountain - they still tour with Hippiefest almost every year.
Terence [19-08-2009 20:10] 
Mountain is the sh$t. cowbell and all.
Beaz [19-08-2009 19:51] 
One of my favorite bands was at Woodstock: Mountain, I saw them live in '76 in the Everglades (near Frog City) and they definitely rocked!
Terence [19-08-2009 19:51] 
Honestly though I think Bob Dylan summed up Woodstock best:

"Woodstock- I didn't want to be part of that thing. I liked the town. I felt they exploited the sh@$t out of that, going up there and getting fifteen million people all in the same spot. That don't excite me. The flower generation- is that what it was? I wasn't into that at all. I just thought it was a lot of kids out and around wearing flowers in their hair, takin' alot of acid. I mean, what can you think about that?"
The Beaz [19-08-2009 19:49] 
To most of the musicians it wasn't about the money, but yes...some were certainly greedy. I think what we should get out of Woodstock was the overall sense of goodwill and hope for the future. I was shocked to read where John Entwhistle shoved Abbie Hoffman off the stage. If he'd have truly been 'in the moment', he would have allowed Abbie to have his say and probably even chime in accordingly. Abbie always had a very good message, although the media gave him hell for it, just like they did John Lennon, particularly during the John and Yoko's "Bed-in".
Steve [19-08-2009 19:44] 
ED - Great article! I remember'em all, but I definitely remember "Squirm". Very creepy! I don't believe I've see a movie like that before or since that year!
Terence [19-08-2009 19:40] 
and yet Sha Na Na and some others either played for free or for $1 so it was about the music to most.
Simon Lynx [19-08-2009 17:32] 
Jaws was definately on my list
Chris Woods [19-08-2009 17:28] 
ED - Thanks for posting my Top 10 Movies that Scared Me. Also great collection of films from the others.

Happy Young Man [19-08-2009 14:27] 
Fascinating doc on History Channel all month long called "Woodstock: Then and Now." Great watch ... most fascinating thing I learned ... even after the hundreds of thousands showed up, the bands wouldn;t play until paid ... IN CASH! They didn't trust a check once the gates were broken and tickets stopped being sold. Yes, all about the music back then indeed.

BTW, a few years ago was Woodstock 3. Part 2 was held in 1994 and was nonviolent. The one in 1999 did get very violent, though.
[31-12-1969 16:00] 
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