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PCR #243  (Vol. 5, No. 47)  This edition is for the week of November 15--21, 2004.

What’s In A Name? Conclusion: A Look at the Origin of Names of Florida’s Towns and Counties U to Z......Musings on the new "Dukes of Hazzard" and "Miami Vice" movies
 by Will Moriaty
"The Spongebob Squarepants Movie"
 by Mike Smith
Battle of the Herky-Jerkies! "That's Incredibles" vs. "The Polar Bear Express"....Live Aid Debuts on DVD
 by Andy Lalino
The Wide World of Sports is Really Screwed Up....As Hollywood Turns Will The Fanboys Cry....Animated Films Update....
 by Brandon Jones
Monday Nite Football....Famous Monsters #238
 by Matt Drinnenberg
Hypocrites....Live Aid Is Here....Love Those Burgers....Passing On....10 of 500....Meet The Beatles, Part 43
 by Mike Smith
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Battle of the Herky-Jerkies! "That's Incredibles" vs. "The Polar Bear Express"

It was a virtualized, pixel-pounding, battle royale at the box office this week, with two big komputerized kid movies dukin’ it out at the local MegaPlex: "That's Incredibles" K.O.'d its fierce competitor, "The Polar Bear Express".

With enough pixel-power to short-circuit a stadium of G-5's, "That's Incredibles" led the way, with a whopping 50+ million dollar take, adding to the $70 million already bean-counted. Wow, that buys a lot of memory sticks. I sure hope they give those wiped-out animators a Christmas bonus!

"The Polar Bear Express" collided into the competition, but this runaway train was no match for "That's Incredibles", taking in a measly $23 million dollars. That may seem like a lot of money, but considering it cost $235 million dollars(!!!!) to generate those endless, jaw-dropping wonderscapes, "The Polar Bear Express" is being considered a royal turkey - just in time for Thanksgiving. Hope they have plans to release this as an X-Box game, or boy, are they screwed!

High hopes were pinned on the tale of a virtual, herky-jerkie Tom Hanks taking a kid with no name to the North Pole, but the train trip derailed. This may rank with the Jim Carrey version of “Grinch” and Mike Myers’ “Cat in the Hat” in the bad kid film Hall of Shame.

This turkey day, let's thank our lucky stars that pixellized movie studios haven’t figured out how to translate herky-jerkie CGI animation into entertaining (and tolerable) adult-oriented films.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to watch a 1981 double feature: “Heavy Metal” and “Dragonslayer”…

Live Aid Debuts on DVD

As if making up for the bummer news that Sir Bob Geldof and mighty Midge Ure are recording an all-new version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with current British ‘artists’ (like the great Robbie Williams), for the first time ever, the entire LIVE AID concert is being offered on video (DVD, actually). All I can say is: it’s about time.

New Wave fans can once again thrill to live performances by The Style Council, Adam Ant (almost unrecognizable singing “Vive Le Rock”), The Thompson Twins, U2, Queen, Bowie, St. Bob/Boomtown Rats, Ultravox, Spandau Ballet, Nik Kershaw, Sade, HoJo, Bryan Ferry, Sting, Paul Young, Dire Straits, The Pretenders, The Cars, The Power Station (with Michael Des Barres taking over for Robert Palmer), and Duran Duran. Oh, yeah; Mudonna and Led Zeppelin are in there somewhere too. Can they be edited out? Impure! Impure!!

Anyone who remembers that great day on July 13th, 1985 would agree that it was New Wave’s finest moment, second only to the release of Simple Minds’ “Sparkle in the Rain” album in 1983.

I had the good fortune of being in Europe during Live Aid. I recall desperately wanting to go to Wembley Stadium to see the show, but our schedule didn’t allow it. I was in Lake Lucerne, Switzerland during the marathon show, praying my mom was taping it back in the states. She did (thanks, Mom!).

I recall everyone on the European streets stopping to see all the bands play. It was an unforgettable experience. I was most looking forward to, of course, Simple Minds, who gave us a preview of a track off their 1986 album “Once Upon a Time” called “Ghostdancing”. They followed up with their #1 1985 super-smash, “Don’t You Forget About Me” (don’t worry, SM; we won’t), and the classic “Promised You a Miracle”, which was tailor made for the event (note: the live feed was lost during "Promised You a Miracle" and was never aired. Curious to see if the DVD will include the performance).

Bob Geldof, the mastermind behind Live Aid (along with Midge Ure of Ultravox, Adam Ant, and, uh, Elton John), considered Queen to have given the best performance; if you’ve seen them doing “Radio Ga Ga”, you’ll no doubt agree.

As I recall, Tears For Fears were slated to play, but never performed.

Don’t miss your chance to relive the great New Wave year of 1985 and get your copy of the Live Aid DVD. Remember, 1986 was the last good year ever for both horror movies and rock and roll, so there was only one more really good year of Pop Culture to enjoy. Things have never the same since, and probably won’t be for a long, long time. Do yourself a big favor, and relive the early/mid ‘80s, and shove the late ‘80s/’90s/and 2000’s in the shredder!

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