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PCR #268  (Vol. 6, No. 19)  This edition is for the week of May 9--15, 2005.

Florida Indie Film Review: "Light of Blood"....I Win First Place Landscape Design Award
 by William Moriaty
"Kicking and Screaming"
 by Mike Smith
"War is Over (if you want it)....Kiss Me Violent....Morpheus (the software, not the dude)....A Final Note
 by Vinnie Blesi
"Kingdom of Heaven"...Rann-Thanagar War
 by John Lewis
U.S. Airogance....Famous Monsters Update
 by Matt Drinnenberg
An Army of One....Superheroes Unite....Passing On....Jaws: The Story, Part 18
 by Mike Smith
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Couch Potato Confessions by Vinnie B.

War is Over (if you want it)

War is Over Looking at the violent headlines of the day it is hard to imagine "a peace movement" or a time when peace was cool. One of the defining moments of the "peace movement" of the '60s was John Lennon and Yoko Ono's bed which is excellently captured in the documentary "John and Yoko's Year of Peace".

This movie chronicles the events of 1969 when John and Yoko staged their bed-in for peace in Toronto, Canada. Luckily the event was filmed and that is what makes this documentary so moving is seeing the actual footage from the bed-in. Particularly moving for me was seeing John working on writing "Give Peace a Chance" as well as the actual recording of the song in the room.

We get to see the warmth and compassion of Lennon in the poignant video from the bed-in, but unfortunately, this movie also serves as a reminder that we live in a world where things such as war and piece are not black and white.

Also chronicled in this movie is Lennon and Yoko's billboard campaign that stated simply "War is Over" in large black letters on white and below it in small letters (if you want it). Something that is still relevant in today's world.

So next time you may be feeling anger or hatred, just stay in bed!

Kiss Me Violent
Oddly enough, after rewatching David Cronenberg's "VideoDrome" (which will be reviewed in depth in an upcoming column), which foretold of brainwashing on the TV with violence, I happened to catch my first Jet Li film ever, "Kiss of the Dragon", on cable TV.

I was mildly shocked at the ultra-violence and how unbelievable this movie was. He kicks the ass of the entire French police force and the movie is complete with decapitation, bodies being torn in half, and chopsticks in the throat. Plus the politics in this movie are just wrong. Jet Li, the hero, is from communist China, and the villains are the French police who are portrayed as common, yet vile violent, thugs. I thought communism was bad!

In the 1955 Mike Hammer movie, "Kiss Me Deadly", violence is very effectively conveyed in a scene where the thugs are torturing a woman and all they show are her squirming legs and feet and shrieks of pain. The imagination is much scarier that graphic violence usually, especially when it is so overdone as in "Kiss of the Dragon". Is our culture desensitized to violence? If films like "Kiss of the Dragon" portray our mainstream culture then the answer is yes.

Morpheus (the software, not the dude)
Note: downloading or sharing copyrighted material is illegal and this author and website do not condone it.

One of the original file-sharing peer-to-peer applications, Morpheus is touting a new version that is spyware free and connects up to 5 different networks. I decided to give it a test run.

It is indeed spyware free but it does feed you ad banners at the bottom of the application window. Ads come fast and furious and most of them seem to be of a dubious/spyware nature. The application used up almost all my system resources at times using 100% of my CPU. I also immediately got a javascript exploit(worm) which my anti-virus caught and deleted, and I am using a firewall.

Morpheus proprietary Neonet network worked best for me out of all the supported protocols and produced decent download speeds. However due to hogging of my system resources and getting a worm downloaded to me I cannot recommend this software to anyone. If you are looking for a Gnutella client check out Limewire instead.

A Final Note
I just watched one of the funniest films I have seen in a long time, the James Bond movie, "A View to a Kill". Christopher Walken plays the exact same role he will later play in "Batman" and Tanya Roberts plays a totally unbelievable geologist sex kitten. I haven't laughed so hard in quite a while.

Coming soon: "Cronenberg Heaven, Videodrome and Naked Lunch revisited"

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