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Book Review: “Florida's Miracle Strip: From Redneck Riviera to Emerald Coast” by Tim Hollis
 by William Moriaty

 by Mike Smith

Headline '89: "Grindhouse Cinema Fans Storm Tampa Theater"
 by Andy Lalino

Happy Birthday, Nolan!....Doom 3, It Was Worth The Wait
  by Vinnie Blesi

Tampa Comic & Toy Convention
 by Brandon Jones

In Honor of the Nol-Meister....Bush Speak
 by Matt Drinnenberg

Happy Birthday....Movie Lines....Movie News....Next, Please....Passing On....Meet The Beatles, Part 29
 by Mike Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review, 2004!
    Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our fifth calendar year!
    Number 229  (Vol. 5, No. 33). This edition is for the week of August 9--15, 2004.

Friday, August the 13th marks yours truly's 49th
Rock 'n' roll wasn't the only important thing born in 1955
Hurricane Charley at my doorstep
 Fay Wray dies at 96
 Top 10 Most Memorable Movie Lines
 Fearless Leader makes headlines; PCR writers on parade
 DoubleTree Inn ComicCon yields surprising revelations

Special Update (Sat, Aug 14, 2004):
Tampa spared Hurricane Charley's destruction by a hair.
My friends, I usually don't do PCR updates over the weekend, but this is a very special occasion. For all the well-wishers, fans, friends & writers of Crazed Fanboy worldwide who wrote and/or called and/or left messages inquiring about my safety, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I AM ALRIGHT. My home is alright. And everyone else seems to alright and accounted for, thankfully.
Due to an unexpectedly deep dip of a high-pressure trough emanating from the north part of the Gulf of Mexico and across North Florida, Hurricane Charley (which had become a Category 4 hurricane) took an unforseen eastern turn about 1:30pm Friday, making landfall in the Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda area (considerably south of Tampa) about 4:00pm, putting us on the N.W. side of the system, by which Tampa's would-be doomsday storm, ironically, provided virtually NO ill effects. Mid-Central Florida residents were not so lucky as the storm practically duplicated the track of Hurricane Donna (another Cat 4 system from 1960). All of us who live in Tampa are relieved, of course, but also extremely sympathetic to the residents of those counties---just 12 hours earlier, they were us. Full story in next week's PCR (#230)!
(Aug 12th, 2004)
The offices of Crazed Fanboy will be closed for roughly 24 hours between Thursday night and Friday night (12th & 13th) due to the approach of Hurricane Charley. Deteriorating conditions, threatening the Tampa Bay area, are expected to begin Friday morning and last through the late evening, but I have to make preparations today (Thur). Some evacuations of the area are likely. I regret all further publication of PCR must be suspended through Saturday morning by which time the storm is expected to have passed. I plan to resume publishing at that time, but since I may lose power and phone service (or worse), there is no guarantee. Thank you for your attention. --Nolan B. Canova

Hurricane Charley: Direct hit on Tampa, Friday the 13th
Ya know, my life is a bucket of ironies. When it comes to things like "Friday the 13th means bad luck", I'm usually the one defending the skeptics chortling how there's no credible weight to the superstition. I even planned a small birthday get together that night---not much because I have to work, mind you---delighted that I could enjoy it on a traditional "bad luck" day, flying in the face of fear.

So, I'm watching the weather forecast on the local news and it's going on about two Tropical Storms out in the Gulf: "Bonnie" and "Charley" (several man-on-the-street interviews have referred to them already as "Bonnie and Clyde", hyuk, hyuk). "Bonnie" has remained a fairly small storm, (altho it increased in windspeed early Thursday), steer clear of the Bay area and head for the eastern Florida panhandle. Charley, on the other hand, seems determined to upset my standing on the Skeptics Board of Directors. Very latest forecast (as I'm writing this) has it making landfall between Tampa (or come awfully damned close) and Clearwater, Friday, about 8:00pm. (The last Hurricane to directly hit Tampa was in 1921.) In an earlier edition of this week's PCR I remarked that Charley's wind speeds were not expected to exceed 90-100 mph, making it a Category 1 storm. Thursday this was upgraded to a Category 2 or possibly 3 storm, with a track taking it directly into the Bay area. I'm still hoping some freak steering current will make it miss us altogether. Then I can confidently go back to that chortling business at the Skeptics meetings---and with a successful birthday party under my belt!

Fay Wray Dead At 96
Immortalized as "The girl in the hairy paw", the screaming "bride" to the original 1933 King Kong is forever silenced as death took Fay Wray, Monday August 9th. She died of natural causes at the age of 96. Her character in King Kong, Ann Darrow, was "wedded" to Kong during what was supposed to be the filming of a documentary by producer-showman Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) that, shall we say, got a little out of control.

After a very productive and successful career, Fay Wray was further immortalized by a reference in the theme song to The Rocky Horror Picture Show ("Whatever happened to Fay Wray?"). Fay Wray's career and impact on the movies will be discussed in more eloquent detail than I could muster by our own Mike Smith later in the week. Watch for it.

Yours Truly to Appear in the Tampa Tribune's "Baylife" Section
Yes, it's true, your fearless leader was contacted, then interviewed by Tribune staff reporter Josh Poltilove over the past weekend for a feature on Crazed Fanboy. Originally intended for the paper's South Tampa-only edition, after a two-hour-plus chat-fest with Josh, I was delighted, and not just a little honored, that he wanted to expand the feature and I was subsequently promoted to the Baylife section (which goes to all subscribers of the Trib, not just South Tampa). I came away with a really positive impression of Josh, nice guy (I'm resisting saying "nice kid", he reminds me so much of Terence). I learned later my mysterious benefactor---the one who alerted Josh to my presence---was a friend of his who heard me jaw-jackin' at 7-Eleven some weeks ago, then went home and put my name into a search engine. So this is one I owe 7-Eleven in that bucket of ironies that continues to be my life. Of course, I have no memory of specifically who this person was, so I'm hoping he recognizes himself and drops by 7-Eleven this weekend so I can personally thank him. If the store is still standing after, you know, hurricane force winds and tidal surges and everything. And before you ask me, NO, I don't yet know exactly what day this particular edition is coming out (just that it's next week sometime) and YES, I intend to obtain plenty of copies. I want to sincerely thank Josh Poltilove for this rare opportunity, and for his recognition and support.

Top 10 Favorite Movie Lines Of All Time
In last week's Mike's Rant, Mike Smith challenged the readers and writers of PCR to follow-up an Entertainment Weekly listing, suggested by Stephen King, of the Top 10 Favorite/Most Memorable Movie Lines of All Time. Readers' feedback follows the original list, below.

The Top 10 Favorite Movie Lines Of All Time     Entertainment Weekly List
(As appeared in Mike's Rant, PCR #228)
1. "I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender, I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it." Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront.
2. "We all go a little mad sometimes." Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates in Psycho.
3. "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me." Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate.
4. "Hey, don't knock masturbation. It's sex with someone I love." Woody Allen as Alvy Singer in Annie Hall.
5. "She's my daughter! She's my sister! She's my daughter! My sister, my daughter. She's my sister and my daughter!" Faye Dunaway as Evelyn Cross Mulwray in Chinatown.
6. "Open the pod bay doors, HAL" Keir Dullea as Dave Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
7. "Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!" Charlton Heston as Taylor in Planet of the Apes.
8. "Because when you're a call girl, you control it, that's why. Because someone wants you...and for an hour...I'm the best actress in the world." Jane Fonda as Bree Daniels in Klute.
9. "And I say, 'Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know. for the effort, you know.' And he says, 'Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on our deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.' So I got that goin' for me, which is nice." Bill Murray as Carl Spackler in Caddyshack.
10. "Hitler was better looking than Churchill, he was a better dresser than Churchill, he had more hair, he told funnier jokes, and he could dance the pants off of Churchill!" Kenneth Mars as Franz Leibkind in The Producers.

My Top 10 Favorite Movie Lines Of All Time     by Scott A. Gilbert
1. "You fucked up: you trusted us!" -- John Belushi as George W. Bush -- I mean Bluto, Animal House
2. "Top of the world, Ma! *KABOOM*!" -- Jimmy Cagney as Cody Jarret , White Heat
3. "I ain't so tough" -- Jimmie Cagney as Tom Powers, Public Enemy
4. "Let me introduce jou to my LIL' friend" -- Al Pacino as Tony Montana, Scarface
5. "Here comes the pain!" -- Al Pacino as Carlito Brigante, Carlito's Way
6. "If they move... kill 'em!" -- William Holden as Pike Bishop, The Wild Bunch
7. "It's only a model." -- Terry Jones? -- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
8. "Private Joker! Why aren't you stomping Private Pyle's guts out?!" -- R. Lee Ermey as the Drill Instructor, Full Metal Jacket
9. "I am... in a world ... of shit!" -- Vincent D'Onofrio as Private Pyle, Full Metal Jacket
10. "Gentlemen! There's no fighting in here! This is the war room!"-- Peter Sellers as the President, Dr. Strangelove

special #11: "It's a chicken!" -- Mike Smith, in the audience at the climax of Tod Browning's Freaks.

Keep up the good work.
--Scott Gilbert

My Top 10 Favorite Movie Lines Of All Time     by Nolan B. Canova
1. "We're gonna need a bigger boat!" Police Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) to Captain Quint (Robert Shaw) in Jaws.
2. "This is a 44 Magnum; it's the most powerful handgun in the world and can blow your head clean off." "Dirty Harry" Callahan (Clint Eastwood) to any various punk in any various Dirty Harry movie.
3. "Well...that goes without saying..." Gene Wilder to Terri Garr in Young Frankenstein re: speculation the monster's "member" was large.
4. "I am...in a world....of shit." Private Pyle to Private Joker in Full Metal Jacket .(Right you are, Scott!)
5. "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore!" Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) to her dog Toto in The Wizard of Oz.
6. "You can't handle the truth!!!" Jack Nicholson to Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men.
7. Double winner: "Get your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape." and "You blew it up! Damn you...Damn you all to hell!" both Charlton Heston in the original Planet of the Apes.
8. "My name is Indigo Montoya...you killed my father...prepare to die." Mandy Patinkin in The Princess Bride. (I don't care that it was the most-submitted line to Entertainment Weekly! I still like it!)
9. Triple winner: "Open the pod bay doors HAL." and "I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that." and "My God...it's full of stars!" 2001: A Space Oddysey.
10. "Ah....the GIANTS." Spock (Leonard Nimoy) to Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) on the bus in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, after having time-traveled back to 1986, Kirk converses with Spock about popular authors of the day "such as Harold Robbins and Jacqueline Susan."

My Top 10 Favorite Movie Lines Of All Time     by Mike Smith
To Nolan: Here is my list. I must commend you on your first choice! --Michael
Quick note to readers: I must admit to being a movie geek since the age of 16. It killed me to pick out only 10 favorites and my list might change next week. But that's the beauty of movie lines! Enjoy. ---Michael.

1. "You're gonna need a bigger boat." Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) to Quint (Robert Shaw) in Jaws. FYI: Scheider ad libbed this line during rehearsals and it has become one of the most recognizable movie lines in history.
2 "I'd like to kick his ass just once." Little Enos Burdette (Paul Williams) speaking about the Bandit (Burt Reynolds) in Smokey and the Bandit.
3. " It looks to me like the best part of you ran down the crack of your mama's ass and ended up as a brown stain on the mattress." Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) to Private Pyle/Leonard Lawrence (Vincent D'Onofrio) in Full Metal Jacket.
4. "Is it safe?" Dr. Christian Szell (Laurence Olivier) to Babe Levy (Dustin Hoffman) in Marathon Man.
5. "Miss Jean Louise. Stand up. You're father's passing." Reverend Sykes (William Walker) to Jean Louise Finch (Mary Badham) in To Kill A Mockingbird.
6. "Teutonic Twat!" Hedley Lamaar (Harvey Korman) while slapping Lily Van Stupp (Madeline Kahn) in Blazing Saddles.
7. "I'm Sorry Wendy, I just can't trust something that bleeds for five days and doesn't die." Mr. Garrison to Wendy in South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut.
8. "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great." Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) admonishing Dottie Henson (Geena Davis) in A League of Their Own.
9. "You can do anything you want with her. You can cum on her, fuck her in the mouth, fuck her in the ass, cum on her face. Man, she get your cock so hard she'll make it explode. But no rough stuff, all right?" Sport the pimp (Harvey Keitel) to Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro) in Taxi Driver
10. "Come on, man, I've had enough things in my face tonight!" Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) to the mass of reporters asking questions after the fight in Rocky

Special #11: "Two guys are walking down the street!" Scott Gilbert, in the audience, at the Britton Cinema when the helicopter pilot tells the stranded kids to "Throw me a line" in Jaws 2.
Special #12: "Fall, you son of a bitch!" Corey Castellano, in the audience, at the Varsity Six theatre at the end of Rocky II.
Special #13: "Here's where this thing blows out his chest." Ben Gregory (who had read the novelization earlier), in the audience, basically ruining for everyone the chest buster scene in Alien.

My Top 10 Favorite Movie Lines Of All Time     by Matt Drinnenberg
This is definitely a Top Ten that could be interchangable within itself. I must have revised this 5 times so far, and keep kicking myself for putting a line I love too far down, but then....I love all these lines pretty equally, so I've conceded I'd never get it sent if I go on this way. I blame Nolan for the tortuous youth he put me through.....(You're welcome! --Nolan)

1. "Seven years of college down the drain. Might as well join the fuckin' peace corp." John Belushi to his brethren in Animal House.
2. "Slow ahead, I can go slow ahead...come on down and chum some of this shit." Roy Scheider to Robert Shaw in Jaws.
3. "Great, kid -- Don't get cocky!" Harrison Ford to Mark Hamill in Star Wars.
4. "I think I am familiar with the fact that you are going to ignore this particular problem, until it swims up and bites you in the ass" Richard Dreyfuss (Hooper) to Murray Hamilton in Jaws.
5. "Now this is the situation. Normally both of your asses would be dead as fuckin' fried chicken. But you happened to pull this shit while I'm in a transitional period." Samuel L Jackson (Jules) to Ringo in Pulp Fiction.
6. "You boys gonna pull those pistols or stand there whistlin' Dixie?" Clint Eastwood to Confederate Soldiers in Outlaw Josie Wales.
7. "At least our brothers in the Sanhedrin didn't know Him, But we, we ate with Him. We knew He was the Christ, and STILL we betrayed him." Jose Ferrar (Peter) pointing out to the Apostles that no one is perfect in Jesus of Nazereth.
8. "I know what your thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five. Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I kinda lost track myself. But seeing as this is a 44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and will blow your head clean off, you got a decision to make, do I feel lucky. Well, do ya punk." Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry Callahan) to some unlucky punk in Dirty Harry.
9. "Take your stinkin' paws off me you damn dirty ape!" Charlton Heston (Taylor) in Planet of the Apes.
10. "Major Strasser's been shot! Round up the usual suspects" Claude Raines to his men in Casablanca.

August's Tampa ComicCon at the DoubleTree Inn

Spider-Man, left, joins promoter Tim Gordon, center, and yours truly at the Tampa Giant ComicCon

Last Sunday, Brandon Jones and I attended August's big Tampa ComicCon, produced by promoter Tim Gordon and held at the DoubleTree Inn on Cyprus Ave.

As expected, there were some familiar faces, but plenty of new ones as well.

Pretty quickly I spotted Michael Goodman of the Ciderview Project, spotlighted in our last Tampa Con entry. Soon joining him was Greg Vondruska who I'd never met (I did visit his website), but keep seeing his name pop up on Josh Sullivan's website (I didn't see Josh this time, guess he decided to pass on this one). Both Michael and Greg are artists of enormous talent and had comics and art for display and for sale. Greg gave me two of his current hits, Tread #6 and Failure where he had a chapter. I really like the work produced by these two gentlemen, it has that autobiographical flavor I've developed a taste for (basically after being introduced to it by way of Scott Gilbert).
The shy smile of Michael Goodman beams as he proudly displays some of his latest Ciderview Project work.
Greg Vondruska joins Mike at his table and shows two recent comics with his own work.
The gregarious Joel D. Wynkoop poses for a family shot. Joel's the maniac in the upper right "corner".
The personable and talented Mitch Hyman poses next to a poster of his trademark image, an ape sitting on a brass ball, "Brass Ball Comics".

Continuing to "do laps" around the tables (as Brandon calls it), I ran into PCR writer John Lewis (Creature's Corner), who apologized for being absent for many issues--something about his computer again, who knows. BUT...seems like ol' John is up to something. When I got my picture taken next to a life-size Robocop figure, I was informed by the the owner of the prop that he and John are in cahoots to make a Robocop fan film! Whoa! Didn't see that coming!

Just when I thought it was safe to navigate the throughways who else do I run into but Florida underground film legend Joel D. Wynkoop and his whole family. Like Brandon, Joel's got a pretty sizable brood...it always makes me wonder how these fan psychos become such successful daddies! Joel reminded me he has a special section of his movies at Tampa's Unique Video and Pinellas County's Ewing Video. It's also worth mentioning that the video cover of Joel's Dirty Cop, No Donut appears in the background of the video store scene in Men In Black II! Joel's a fun guy and I always enjoy our encounters.

Towards the end of our stay, I went near Mike and Greg's table again and this time was distracted by the next table over where sat the first few issues of Bubba, the Redneck Werewolf (I'm not kidding). Behind the table was his very personable creator, Mitch Hyman. After talkng to him about Bubba (funny writing, great art), Mitch was good enough to give me a two-for-one bargain and autograph my copies.

What amazes me is the professional product these people, some very young, are able to produce. What is it? The computer age? I hate to sound like a snarling old man, but in my day we only had offset lithography to work with and were darn grateful. These guys are producing A-grade comics (in my opinion). Well, good for them, at least they're out there.

The coup t'etat of the afternoon was scooping some remarkable interviews with celebrity artists Ethan Van Sciver, Alex Saviuk, John Beatty, and Mark Heike & Stephanie Sanderson-Heike. These were handled entirely by Brandon Jones who did a fantastic job and so I'll turn the reigns over to him and Part One of a three-part Splash Page!
The celebrity artists' table. From foreground and receding back, Mark Heike, Alex Saviuk, Ethan Van Sciver, John Beatty.

Readers, due to the predicted storm track of Hurricane Charley, upload of any new material to Crazed Fanboy/N'sPCR was suspended over the weekend. Please check back next week for Creature's Corner, which arrived after I evacuated, and ED Tucker's previously announced feature on Las Vegas and some famous filmmakers which had to be postponed. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes, but it couldn't be helped. Thank you --Nolan.

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