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PCR #271  (Vol. 6, No. 22)  This edition is for the week of May 30--June 5, 2005.

Bill Beuret: The Man Who Brought A Touch of Elegance and Taste of Paradise to Altamonte Springs....Movie Star Memorial...."William Moriaty's Florida" Book Now Available
 by William Moriaty
"The Longest Yard"
 by Mike Smith
The Horror Movie Beware List
 by Drew Reiber
"Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith"...The Return of Hal Jordan, Green Lantern
 by John Lewis
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Greetings my young Apprentice (and all my PCR brethren):

If anybody wanted to breach the "Castle" walls over the last week they would have met little resistance beyond the stone Gargoyles who are sworn defenders of the realm. Though I must say the Gargoyles are certainly more than capable in defending these walls.

Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
The reason is because once Gorblie and the gang got to the movie theater they've been haunting the grounds ever since. The reason: "STAR WARS EPISODE THREE: THE REVENGE OF THE SITH." Here we go so if you haven't seen this Leviathan then shame on you because this blockbuster has already brought in over 520 million dollars internationally in the last couple weeks. Can you say...WWWOOOWWW!!!!! I knew you could.

An even longer time ago in a galaxy far, far away is the setting for "REVENGE OF THE SITH." This movie had to be perfect because not only did it bring an end to what is arguably the most popular series of movies in science fiction history, it had to bridge the gap between the first two movies and the last three. I think it met the challenge and came out a winner so, without further ado, let the spoilers begin.

(Spoiler alert: the following review contains many plot points not seen in the trailers ---Nolan)
Revenge succeeded admirably in telling the story of Anakin Skywalker's turn to the dark side of the force and his descent into madness fueled by his anger. Though the movie was busy and full of sub plots it never lost sight of its focus. Lucas knew he would be viewed under a microscope and was careful not to fall into the Sarlac where fans could chew him up for a thousand years to come.

We start out in the middle of an incredible battle between "Separatists" and the Imperium. Let the Clone Wars begin. The battle was visually interesting but a little too busy for my tastes. There is so much going on that it is hard to really enjoy the action. Several viewings are required to catch it all. (Nice marketing ploy). In the middle of it all is that dastardly menace (well, wanna-be menace at this point) everyone's favorite Metaclorian (?) madman (insert drum roll here), Anakin Skywalker. Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi ( that's General Kenobi to you clone trooper) are on a rescue mission to secure the release of kindly Senator Palpatine (yeah right, Darth Sidious is more like it) from the clutches of Lord Count Dracula (oops, wrong movie) Count Dooku. In their way, as usual, is an army of droids (Roger, Roger) led by the dastardly General Grievous, a tuberculosis ridden, four-armed droid that collects light sabers (and uses them). (hey buddy, I collect 'em too). An all too short fight breaks out, our heroes win, and all is right with the world, Right? Wrong people...this is just the beginning, Go SEE IT!!!

They get back and everything is all screwed up. War is inevitable and it appears that nothing can stop it. The Jedi Coucil has sent several of their own to lead the troops into battle. The remaining Jedi go to question Palpatine and he attacks them, dispatching two of them quickly with his super-duper red light saber. Mace Windu gets into a light saber duel with Sidious and appears to be winning when Anakin arrives. He watches as Mace Windu readies to kill Palpatine when Anakin jumps in, light saber in hand. He chops off Windu's hand. Sidious takes advantage of the situation quickly, flinging Mace Windu out of a window. Anakin is sad at first but the pledges himself to Sidious and the dark side of the force.

For more information, please contact your local movie theater and GO SEE IT!!! This one is good. It gets a full FOUR SCREAMS on the Creature Scale.

You know...I was only going to give it 3 1/2 Screams but any guy who is part Tony Stark, part Victor von Doom, part Frankenstein's monster, part Man behind the iron mask, and a metaclorian menace that can become Christ or Anti-Christ at a moment's notice deserves a full Four Screams.

The Return of Hal Jordan, Green Lantern
And now on to other news. He's Back!!! no, not Dark Helmet.... Hal Jordan. WWWHHHOOOO!!!! Oh no, you're not gonna get me in that battle again. You know Hal (not the Hal 5000), The Green Lantern. Straight out of the pages of Green Lantern: Rebirth comes Green Lantern #1. Those of you who like to start at the beginning hop on because this train is about to leave the station. Yes Hal is back and his legions of fans couldn't be any happier.( well I guess they could if they found a thousand dollar bill when they opened the book) Anyway, for those who are unaware, Hal is the Silver Age Green Lantern of Earth who has been around for over forty years. This new #1 retells the origin and neatly slides it into the present day. This thirty pageer is brought to us by the incredible writing talent of Geoff Johns with art by Carlos Pacheco, and inks by Jesus Merino. Moose Bauman is the colorist and Bob Leigh the letterer. Harvey Richards and Peter Tomasi handle the editing chores. Ethan Van Sciver (GL: Rebirth artist) is the artist for the five page origin intro. This book is a good one people so run out and grab a copy before they're all gone.

Have a Great Week!!! C-Ya!!!

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