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PCR #176  (Vol. 4, No. 32)  This edition is for the week of August 4--10, 2003.

"A Tale of Two Cities: St. Petersburg and Tampa - - A Bay Separating A Gulf of Differences, PART 2"
by Will Moriaty
by Mike Smith
"The Return of Bruce Banner", "ZD TV, where are you now?" "26 Things"
by Vinnie B.
News topics, television, movies, One-shots, The Slush Pile
 by Brandon Jones
"Celebrities Uncensored"
 by Ashley Lauren
"Green Fire" and "Club Dead" reviewed
 by Teri Davis & Patty G. Henderson
 by John Lewis
Whatchoo talkin' about Arnold....Kobe and Mike....Hurray For Me....List #1....List #2....Hey, It Could Be About Me....Movie Notes
 by Mike Smith
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Creature's Corner

Hello Everyone:
Whew!!!!!!!!!!!! Things are getting busy around here. The castle is overflowing with so much activity I don't even know where to begin. I've instructed the Captain of the Guard to gather his forces to help bring order to the mounting CHAOS around here. Captain Tesslenet assures me we'll have everything under control within the week. I sure hope so.

First up, last week I said I would mention a thing or two about Arrowsmith (not the band) so here it is. Arrowsmith is the new sold out title from Wildstorm Comics. It is about a boy , Fletcher Arrowsmith, who dreams that one day he will fly with the Overseas Aero Corps. What is so unusual about that you say. Well, I'm glad you asked. The O. A. C. is a unique group of pilots whose flight is controlled not by jets but by the wings of tiny Fairy Dragons. Now how cool is that??????? These pilots are highly trained in both magic and conventional weapons. You see, the world that Arrowsmith lives in is an alternate reality world where the land of fairy and reality have combined. The setting for this strange outing is 1915 during World War 1.

Fletcher lives in the United States of Columbia, Ohio to be exact. The O. A. C. has flown in to gather donations to help soldiers in the field. Actually the story opens up in the trenches in No-Mans-Land where French troops are beseiged by a Giant Flaming Fire Troll weilding a huge club. All the while, conventional bombs are going off all around them. And you thought "The Wizard Of Oz" and "Alice in Wonderland" were real head trips. Do yourself a favor and go check this one out for yourself. Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pacheco have really dreamed up a winner here and I, for one, will be along for the ride. (Hey Kurt, how 'bout scorin' me one of those nifty little dragons. I'll have a Blue one.)

Next up, I went to see "Tombraider" and I liked it. Angelina Jolie (WOW!!!!!!) performed masterfully job as everyon'e favorite female Indiana Jones. She was smart, beautiful, sexy, and best of all, one "bad a**" mama. She actually succeeded in something that many girls try and fail miserably at; being made of the "right stuff." She jumps right out there in your face and can match any guy in a battle of physical prowess while maintaining her feminine identity, a near impossible feat for most actresses. Many (not all) have tried and failed miserably. Angelina pulls it off without breaking a sweat.

The movie is jam packed with action from one end of the globe to the other as Lara Croft unravels the ancient secret of "Pandora's box." Ancient Tombs are explored as well as modern day "Skyscrapers" as Lara searches for a map (cleverly concealed inside a strange transluscent ball) which she originally found and was subsequently relieved of by the dastardly villain, in this case, an expert with chemical weaponry. Not a guy you want to have opening "Pandora's Box" and using it's secrets.

I won't go any more into details, you'll just have to go see this one for yourself. This is a fun movie for everyone(there's even a few monsters in it) so don't hesitate, GO SEE IT. The box office returns have not been phenomonal which is a shame. I give this flick a full three SCREAMS on the Creature scale. Maybe it has something to do with everyone saying the first one was not as good. I don't know, I didn't see the first one. I know, Shocks and Gasps, the creature missed a definite must see, Creature-type movie. Well it's true. At the time the first one came out I was in California working on a movie script which will be the main topic for the next couple weeks as I fill all of you in on my "Cinematic" endeavours and the infamous "California trip.

Until next week, C-Ya!!!

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