PCR's past banners
Now in our fifth calendar year!

PCR #240. (Vol. 5, No. 44) This edition is for the week of October 25--31, 2004.
Mike's RantMike's Bust
Hello, gang! Just a few things this week. Shall we begin?

"I Married The Dead!" A True Florida Horror Story....A Visit With A Comic Book Hero
 by Will Moriaty
 by Mike Smith
Recommended Viewing For Halloween
  by Terence Nuzum
The Halloween Horror Picture Show 2004...."Filthy" plays "Flicks on Fairbanks", Orlando...."Do They Know It's Christmas?" '04, Oddservations Calendar....and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
 by Andy Lalino
Rakuween Turns 5!!!  by Brandon Jones
Happy Birthday....Babe Who?....Shaking With Antici -- pation....Aaargh!....Love Those Brits....Vote!....Meet The Beatles, Part 40
 by Mike Smith
Archives of Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Archives 2004
Archives 2003
Archives 2002
Archives 2001
Archives 2000
Email PCR

Happy Birthday, indeed, to Corey Castellano. The last of the bandmates to pass the magic number 40, he appears to still have all his hair. Of course, in his profession, it could just be an illusion!

I moved to Tampa in the summer of 1975. Late one October night I was up late watching game 6 of that year's World Series. When Boston's Carlton Fisk hit his dramatic game winning home run, I got so excited that I proceeded to tear up a week's worth of the Tampa Tribune into small bits and rained the homemade confetti all over the balcony of the apartment complex we lived in. Needless to say, the neighbors didn't appreciate it and I spent the next afternoon cleaning up the lawn! Of course, the Red Sox lost that World Series, as well as the one in 1986. This past Wednesday, after 86 years of curses, both real and imagined, the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals and are, indeed, the champions of the baseball world!

This Saturday morning I will be screening the new Pixar film, "The Incredibles." It is my understanding that preceding the film with be the first coming attraction for "Star Wars: Episode III." As David Paymer used to say on The Larry Sanders Show: "I think I'm going to wet myself!"

Who says flattery will get you nowhere? Johnny Depp has always maintained that he built his characterization of Pirate Jack Sparrow on Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. Now Richards has signed on to play Depp's father in Pirates of the Caribbean: Treasure of the Lost Abyss.

Can't argue with this - President Bush has been chosen as the year's best movie villain by a group of film fans in England. Bush, recognized for his appearance in Fahrenheit 9/11, topped the list that also included Doc Ock from Spider-Man 2, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Gollum from Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) from Kill Bill - Vol 2.

I urge everyone who is legally eligible to cast their ballots this coming Tuesday for your chosen candidate. Like I said in 2000, if you don't vote then you have no right to bitch about who does or doesn't win!

October 27, 1969. With producer George Martin in charge, Ringo Starr becomes the first Beatle to work on a solo album, taking part in two 3-hour sessions for what would be become the "Sentimental Journey" album. An album of old standards, Ringo recorded the Tommy Dorsey hit "Night and Day," backed up by a 17 piece orchestra.

Well, that's it for now. I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween weekend. Save me some candy. See ya!

"Mike's Rant" is ©2004 by Michael A. Smith. Webpage design and all graphics herein are creations of Nolan B. Canova. All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2004 by Nolan B. Canova.