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Book Review: "Cadillac Beach" by Tim Dorsey
 by William Moriaty

"The Manchurian Candidate"
 by Mike Smith

Oompa Loompa doompa-da-dee! I got this photo of John Ker-ry!....Getting Cramps....The Reaper - Cream Anyone?....Goodbye Eugene Roche
 by Andy Lalino

Patriotism or Big Brother?....Remembering Barbara Stanwyck....Couch Potato Picks
  by Vinnie Blesi

Social Snobbery of the Rich....The Blockbuster Video Incident
 by Clayton Smith

Stupid Is As Stupid Does....Bush Speak
 by Matt Drinnenberg

Did You Go To Plant?....Happy Birthday....I'm Like A Leprechaun, Only I'm Not Drunk....Interview....Are You Talking To Me?....The Challenge....Meet The Beatles, Part 28
 by Mike Smith
Flash Fantastic
Nolan's Pop Culture Review, 2003!
    Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our fifth calendar year!
    Number 228  (Vol. 5, No. 32). This edition is for the week of August 2--8, 2004.

August's embrace brings special date
 Headline for last week's issue replaced
 Malware strikes home base
 Long lost film discovered; features Nolan cameo
 Nolan's "I, Robot" review

People, people, people. Please don't let me do that again. For the second time in a month, due to chronic exhaustion I let a "PCR is under contruction" headline run for the full length of publication and nobody alerted me to it. Last week's issue was supposed to be headlined "Star Wars and Politics", but I fell asleep at the keyboard and was horrified to see the full issue with the "under construction" tag still up yesterday (as I write this). It's in the Archives now with the corrected title.

If an issue ever comes out again on publishing day and still has that at the top, please call or email me as I'm obviously too stressed to notice!

Friday the 13th
I'm not one to drop hints or anything, but it's worth noting that this year my birthday, August the 13th, falls on a Friday! Next week's issue, therefore, will be a special Friday the 13th extravaganza with a few extra surprises. And this is NOT just some self-indulgent action to commemorate myself...LOL!! Writers, if you ever had any Friday the 13th themes you wanted to exploit, now's the time.

And by the way, if anyone cares to know, your fearless leader turns....gulp, 49. Yes, I know, pick your chins up off the floor.

Malware strikes home base
Yours truly had been searching high and low for a good downloadable media converter for weeks in order to speed up the regular production of The World of Nolan. After sampling several programs, I finally narrowed it down to one that allowed me full-featured access, but for only seven days or until I paid the troll the toll, whichever came sooner. I really liked it except for one thing: it came bundled with the most hideously invasive spyware/malware (malicious software) I've ever encountered. My machine ground to a halt as over two dozen of these programs simultaneously invaded my system. A quick search on the internet revealed my new-found computer breakdowns were due not to the media program itself, but to the download site it came from: www.filehog.com. Do NOT download anything from there as it will shut down your system! Two full pages of search engines hits called it "parasite ware, malware", etc. etc. Very scary stuff.

It is advisable everyone think seriously about getting really good ad-buster software if you intend to sail these waters. I already have Norton Anti-Virus and Zone Alarm Firewall and have been extremely satisfied with them. On this occasion, however, it was Ad-Aware 6.0, installed just a few weeks ago, that saved the day. After this newest invasion, and on the recommendation from a trusted associate, I proceeded to download Spy-Bot Search & Destroy 1.3. My system has been completely cleaned and restored (altho the Windows OS chastised me for having to recover from a "serious error"---and I did send a few reports in). Now the system is constantly monitored....it's freakin' sad how much system resources we have to devote just to security now. Fortunately, no permanent harm was done to my machine as it was caught pretty quickly, but Kee-rist was it stressful.

Long lost film cameos Nolan
Recently, PCR writer Vinnie Blesi sent me a search engine page for the purpose of pointing out that an obscure combination of keywords "handyman" and "Canova" yielded an old "Couch Potato" article. He sent it so we could share a brief chuckle, I suppose, and move on (he never elaborated on why he chose those keywords). What Vinnie didn't realize was on that same page carried an answer to whatever happened to the last filmed appearance I ever made in a movie.

In the late '90s, Corey Castellano and I worked on a film together called "Farewell Colette". The producer was out of Miami and I was there on the last day of filming to help Corey. It was a very long day and somewhere around midnight I was tapped to sub for an actor who didn't show. I played a New York record producer who had a couple lines of dialogue in a studio set. The shooting wrapped, we had a party. That was the last I ever heard about "Farewell Colette".

Then Vinnie sent me his search page. About halfway down was a link to a site called http://www.farewellcolette.com with my name in the credits! I went to the site and there it was! (To end the suspense, there is a credit for a handyman listed, which explains its presence in Vinnie's search.) Apparently, "Farewell Colette", shot on Super-16mm around early '97 or '98, had its premiere in 2002. Although there is an online store set up on the site, it's explained it isn't functional yet and no copies of "Farewell Colette" are available at this time. Damn!

The last film I actually crewed on was Lynn Love's "The Horizon Bleeds and Sucks Its Thumb", later shortened to just "The Horizon Bleeds" filmed sometime after "Colette", but still in the '90s. Steve Beasley was with me on that one. This was also the last time I worked on a picture with Yo Soy Irini's Peter D'Alesio. I never heard another word about "Horizon" until the Tambay Film Festival of this year. I couldn't make the fest (Damn, damn!), but was surprised to learn the film turned out to be only 15 minutes or so long. I could've sworn it was supposed to be a feature.

I, Robot
FINALLY SAW IT! Two weeks behind everybody else, but, hey, I've had my problems. Anyhoo, I give it two and a half stars. Check out my full review on the message board!

TOO Productions presents the next Coffeehouse Film Review on Thursday, August 12, from 8 – 10 p.m. at Studio 1515, located at 1515 Seventh Avenue in Ybor City [in Tampa, FL]. Coffeehouse Film Reviews showcases independent films made by local filmmakers. Coffeehouse Film Reviews is held every second Thursday of the month and is free.

Next event’s films include:
Life Is a Circus by TOO Productions – Ever have one of those days? Try having one of those days as a clown or a mime. – 18 minutes
Heroes by Chris McDaniel – 9 minutes
Saving Shelly by Diane Berryman – A spirit saves the life of her dying friend. – 3 minutes
Time & Again by Todd Thompson - Steve Peters has found a way to control time, but how can he cheat death if fate has a mind of his own? – 17 minutes
The Reaper by Enigma Films - When a prostitute-turned-murderer offs her latest client, she is caught by surprise when she finds he is more than what he seems. Judgment day has come for Amber and it has an appetite for blood.
And more!

    TOO Productions feels that there are very few, if any, regular outlets in the local area for local independent filmmakers to showcase their films. Hopefully, this monthly event will provide that outlet for everyone, from experienced local independent filmmakers to local college and high school filmmakers experimenting with film production for the first time. TOO Productions promises your film will be shown!
    Studio 1515 is owned and operated by Walter and Sarah Romeo, who opened the coffeehouse in order to provide local artists a place to gather and share their art. Coffeehouse Film Reviews is another way to provide a showcase to local artists.
    TOO Productions is looking for film submissions for future events. For more information on the event or for information on how to submit a film, email tooprod@hotmail.com or paulguzzo@hotmail.com. All genres of films are accepted – feature length, shorts, documentaries, comedy, horror, love, art, drama, foreign language, experimental etc. No pornography!

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