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PCR #220  (Vol. 5, No. 24)  This edition is for the week of June 7--13, 2004.

A Fall Preview Look at Dr. Paul Bearer and a Few Other Bay Area Fright Favorites, 1972-1994
 by William Moriaty
"The Chronicles of Riddick"
 by Mike Smith
"The Day After Tomorrow" by Nolan B. Canova
Robert A. Burns - A Remembrance....Ronald Reagan 1911-2004
 by Andy Lalino
Quick Swipes
 by Vinnie Blesi
Shrek 2....The Day After Tomorrow....Dungeons & Dragons
 by John Lewis
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 by Mike Smith
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Hello Fellow PCR Readers:
The walls of the "Castle" have been reverberating with action. Hell, Gorbley even hid under someone's crypt to stay out of the way. The reason, all the eccentric (well, mad, I was just trying to be nice) scietists that live within these walls put their collective heads together (some actually have multiple heads) and came up with a plan. From outside the castle strange glows could be seen through the windows. When they were done, they presented me with a fixed computer!!! Finally, after many agonizing months, I'm back online.

There have been so many things to talk about that I haven't been able to get to I hardly know where to start so I'll just dive right in. It's movie time and I've seen the two biggest movies preying upon the entertainment scene. Yeah, we're talkin "Shrek2" and "The Day After Tomorrow."

Shrek 2
"Shrek 2" was phenomonal. I didn't know how they could do a respectable follow-up to the first one but they succeeded with flying colors. Both Shrek and Donkey (Mike Myers and Eddie Murhy) have done wonders to enhance the chemistry between their characters creating one of the best cartoon teams to come along in a long time. The icing on the cake is Puss-In-Boots (Antonio Banderas). There were several points in the movie where I laughed out loud. This movie is Thoroughly enjoyable and good for people of all ages. At the showing I went to I saw nearly every age group imagineable and not all of them were with kids.

Obviously tons of people are flocking to this top notch animated flick as "Shrek 2" has taken in 92 MILLION DOLLARS over the holiday weekend for a whopping total of 257 MILLION in the first ten days!!!!!! WOW!!!!!! It even took first place at the box office two weeks in a row. With an all-star cast including Myers, Murphy, Banderas, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, and Rupert Everett, how could the producers go wrong. I completely enjoyed "Shrek 2" and give it a full Four Screams on the "Creature Scale."

The Day After Tomorrow
Now on to our next giant summer blockbuster, "The Day After Tomorrow." Where do I start on this one. Roland Emmerich has again delivered a mega action pic full of dazzling effects for us to digest. First it was Alien Invasions (Independence Day), then one hell of a big radioactive Lizards (Godzilla) and now that most dreaded of all creatures, good old Mother Nature. It brought back to memory of an old seventies margarine commercial where ole' M.N. thinks it's butter and she says "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature." She holds up her arms and a huge thunderstorm builds, releasing a bolt of lightning. ( I actually witnessed the filming of one of those commercials at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.) I wonder what was said to piss her off this time. I mean we have five tornadoes tearing up L.A., Japan being shredded by huge hailstones, and all sorts of other intense weather tragedies. (I won't give it away in case you haven't seen it yet.) All of these disasters are graphically portrayed with dazzling special effects.

Then the real problems start as the earth is headed for a new ice age, all the result of global warming.

With all this stuff going on there still happens to be a story here concerning a family separated and how they deal with the exteme challenges set before them. Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhall, Emmy Rossum, Ian Holm and Sela Ward head a superb cast in creating a story which goes far beyond the special effects.

I went to see this movie having been given very mixed reviews, though none giving away the story. Some people hated it and a few really liked it. Now I really had to see it to understand why there were such mixed reviews. I found my answer not long after the movie started; the political tone within the frame of the movie was very evident. I won't go any farther as this wonderful site is geared towards entertainment. I will only say that it did dampen the story a bit. In the coming weeks I'm sure the controversies and arguments will fly.

This flick was released in over a hundred markets around the world simultaneously. Domestically "The Day After Tomorrow" took in 86 million during the holidays with another 85 million coming in from the foreign markets. That means that this 125 million dollar extravaganza has already taken in over 150 million around the world, in ONE holiday weekend. We'll give this one another big WOW!!!!! overall I enjoyed the movie. The story and action moved along at a nice, steady pace. I give this one Three Screams on the "Creature Scale."

Oh, and by the way, you don't have to worry about the events of this movie happening because the title says it all; all of this will happen "THe Day After Tomorrow," and as we all know, Tomorrow never comes.

Dungeons & Dragons
Next up to bat is a subject we've talked about before; That Grand Daddy (Great Wyrm) of all Roll Playing Games is having a special birthday this year. You got it; The Dungeons & Dragons RPG turns thirty this year. Let's just add another WWWWOOOOOWWWW!!!!!

To mark this special occasion Dragon Magazine (itself twenty-eight y/o) is running a retrospective on the development of the game in Dragon # 320. Fifteen pages have been set aside to tell the tale of one of the world's best (and oldest) RPG's. Also in # 120 is a neat little artcle on playing Dragons as player characters. This issue also contains a teaser for D&D's new campaign world "Eberron," a look at the Dragonmarked Houses on the continent of Khorvaire. Fun stuff for roll players everywhere. If you haven't checked out Dragon Magazine before, maybe now is the time to do it.

Anyway, I hope all of you have a Great Week and don't forget that Harry Potter is back as of last weekend to dazzle audiences everywhere for a third go-round. I know I'll be going. C-Ya!!!

The "Creature"  The Creature from Clearwater

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