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PCR Archives 2002
PCR Archives 2001
PCR Archives 2000
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Nolan's Pop Culture Review, 2002!

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T.R.E.E., Inc.

Established A.D. 2000, March 19.  Now in our third calendar year!
   Number 104 (Vol. 3, No. 12). This edition is for the week of March 18--24, 2002.

PCR's 2-year anniversary!
Never would've predicted it...

The "official" historical launch date of Nolan's Pop Culture Review was March 19, 2000, making us two years old this week. (I think I actually put something on the web earlier, like before the 17th, but deleted several pages worth of false starts. My AOL ledgers showed the 19th as the day that stuck.) It's the third "calendar" year in the fact that we overlapped 2000, 2001, and 2002. Funny how numbers play with your head like that. And now, here we are. What a weird trip it's been.

The Academy Awards
Mike Smith reminded me that the awards are closing in, I think they're this Sunday the 24th, and we still haven't gotten around to chosing our best bets yet! I'll take responsibility for the oversight, but if you have any predictions to make, send 'em in in a hurry! To recap the nominees, please see the movie review page in PCR #100. That's actually a summation of Mike's ealier predictions, with the final tally included. Mike will likely be sending in his list by Thursday. If I can find two seconds between now and then to think about it, I'll post mine, too.

The FOX Celebrity Boxing special we talked about last issue is being repeated Thursday night (3-21). Sick isn't it?
I caught the premiere episode of "Andy Richter Controls the Universe" on FOX Tuesday night. Think: poor man's Drew Carey, but with an added narration track. Without the clever writing or the surreal poignancy of its creatively closest kin, I'm forced to conclude Andy should've stayed Conan O'Brien's sidekick.

OK, don't jump all over my case if I don't get this right. I have NEVER been a big fan of professional wrestling, but I loosely follow Hulk Hogan's career, cuz he's a Tampa boy. His mom lives only a half-mile from me. That said, for some reason---I don't know why--I got caught up in this Hulk Hogan/The Rock thing recently.
I was channel-surfing last week and HAPPENED on one of those cable channel freak shows (TBS?) that feature these guys screaming at each other and "performing" a wrestling match. I was attracted to one "scene" where The Rock was being challenged by Hulk Hogan via this loud-mouth big shot named Vince McMahon. Even I knew this was some kinda big deal.
According to my wrestling fan friends--none of whom I could convince to write a piece about this--Hulk's been performing as a "bad guy" for quite a while in a rival organization, but he's also involved in some lawsuit skirmish. He is getting older, but his contract still has a while to go.
After the pay-per-view "match" last Sunday, one fan commented it looked like Hogan was "passing the torch" to The Rock (Hulk lost the bout). But then after another freak show---Monday?---apparently Hogan and the Rock are partners now, and are going to "tag-team" or some such thing.
Well, that's about all I know and it ain't much. The fact I got even THIS much out of it is amazing. If you have any comments about this arena, you're welcome to send 'em in.

   Legion Studios has posted the interview they did with me and I encourage any and all of you to check it out! I had a great time doing it and think it came out very well. They will likely be featured on my public access show sometime in May.
   The lost interview of Dr. Paul Bearer by ED Tucker is here! You may remember Jacksonville-based Creature Feature fan ED from last fall when he wrote us about some Bearer-related items, not the least of which was this "lost" interview, conducted at the Necronomicon in 1991. ED's piece, along with a cool "Monster Memories" tome, appear in the Scary Monsters Magazine that's out now or due to be out soon. He has retained copyrights, however, and sent me a copy of the interview for posting! I am extremely excited about this and, of course, very honored. The "Monster Memories" piece will likely be posted next week.
   Please check out the newly updated Crazed Fanboy homepage. Besides "The Lost Interview", Will Moriaty and I have started a new section called SCHLOCKARAMA. Schlockarama will examine the tackiest movies known to man by way of commentary and review. After you get the feel of what we're doing, you may want to send in something yourself, which of course is always welcome!

La Floridiana This week's issue
La Floridiana by William Moriaty
Will Takes A Walk in the Park
As I have indicated to you in earlier editions of "La Floridiana", the true treasure of the greater Orlando area is not as much its much heralded and celebrated theme parks as it is its old homes, arts, culture, and natural communities. Situated just north of Apopka, the "indoor foliage capitol of the world", lies a natural treasure called "Howard A. Kelly Park"... ...................................Click here for more.   INCLUDES PHOTOS

Movie ReviewMovie Review
This Week's Movie Review:
"Ice Age"
Ever since "Planet of the Apes" debuted last year, I have anxiously been awaiting the release of this film. The trailer that accompanied "Apes" showed a small, furry animal attempting to bury what appeared to be an acorn in the frozen ground. His struggles end up causing a huge fissure in the snow and, suddenly, an avalanche of major proportions begins. This is also the opening of this destined-to-be classic...
Review by Michael A. Smith............Click here for more.

The Enlightenment This week's issue
The Enlightenment by Terence Nuzum
PART NINE of TEN on the HISTORY OF THE BLUES. "Where Did You Sleep Last Night? The Adventures of Huddie Lead Belly." In the great tradition of Mark Twain or the legends of Johnny Appleseed tales tell of a bluesman of extraordinary prowess with the 12-string guitar, a larger-than-life character who traveled with the great Blind Lemon Jefferson but whose repertoire was much wider than his blues contemporaries, a man who loved to play for children but was a convicted murderer. ............Click here for more.

Matt's Rail This week's issue
Matt's Rail by Matt Drinnenberg
OSCAR (AND I DON'T MEAN MADISON) AWARDS.Yes, here we are again, at the cusp of entertainment glory. The 74th Annual Academy Awards will soon commence and, hopefully, several unjust slights of the past will be reconciled with righteousness. As always, however, it isn't important who walks away with the statue lacking genitalia. The thing you really gotta keep you eye on is if your picks are more accurate than those of my cohort in crime, Mike. ............Click here for more.

Mike's Rant This week's issue
Mike's Rant by Michael A. Smith
LOVE THAT WRASSLIN!........PLEASE WELCOME........SAM AND DAVE! (and Gary?)........GET WELL WISHES........ MOVING ON..........UP?........AND THE WINNER IS... Well, it's here again. The 74th Annual Academy Awards are upon us this Sunday and the time is now to submit your winning picks. .....................Click here for more.

Letters to the EditorWe welcome your feedback.
Readers: early last year, Mike "Deadguy" Scott, an occasional contributor to this 'zine, wrote a couple of articles for PCR about MTV's FEAR, complete with an interview with one of the producers. The following email--from that producer(!)--was recently sent to him who forwarded it to share with you guys. Even after a year, Mike's "Dementia" is still getting attention. (Yay, archives!) That should encouage all of you who think our labors are for naught.---Nolan

Hi, I'm Kriss Stephens, remember me? I just stumbled across your website, and I like it. Thanks for quoting me accurately. It's great to find someone with intergrity.

I am writing to tell you the name of the plantation, just in case you haven't found it yet. It's Desert Plantation in Mississippi. The website is www.desertplantation.com. The new season is about to air, and it rocks. These places kicked ass, even I was surprised at how scary some of them were. Well, I'm going back to my research for the next season.

Have a great day,

And for those who've been following the Steve Beasley/Sose Matamua wedding situation, these are among some pix sent of their New Zealand wedding (3-9-02). Congratulations to both of them and I wish them a long and successful partnership!

Steve and SoseSteve and Sose

Write to: Letters to the Editor   Any emails sent to this address will be assumed intended for publication unless you specifically instruct me not to. I can and do respond privately, if that is your preference. Frequently, it's both ways.---Nolan

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