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Florida Indie Movie Review: "Light of Blood"....I Win First Place Landscape Design Award
 by William Moriaty

"Kicking And Screaming"
 by Mike Smith

"War is Over (if you want it)....Kiss Me Violent....Morpheus (the software, not the dude)....A Final Note
 by Vinnie Blesi

"Kingdom of Heaven"...Rann-Thanagar War
 by John Lewis

U.S. Airogance....Famous Monsters Update
 by Matt Drinnenberg

An Army of One....Superheroes Unite....Passing On....Jaws: The Story, Part 18
 by Mike Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review, 2005!
    Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our sixth calendar year!
    Number 268  (Vol. 6, No. 19). This edition is for the week of May 9--15, 2005.

One Week and Counting

  • Coffeehouse Film Review reminder
  • NolanCon Film Fest Update
  • One week from today marks the beginning of the summer blockbuster season (well, pretty much) and the end of an era---the last original full-length Star Wars motion picture ever produced by George Lucas and Lucasfilm: Star Wars Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith.

    Some new names are even more obviously symbolic than in the past: General Grievous (as in grievous injury), and the planet Mustafar (as in "must be far") join Darth Sidious (insidious individual) as really obvious than the slightly more subtle "Darth Vader" (Dark Invader). As an aside, I simply have to take this opportunty to ask if I'm the only one who ever noticed "Sith" is "Shit" with re-arranged letters? Sorry, ha ha, just the nerd in me.

    The pre-ordained tragedy: that Anakin Skywalker decends into the Dark Side of the Force leading to the fall of the resistance and start of the age of the Empire. From the trailers it would seem his major failing is over...a woman. The fate of Padmé Amidala, now a Senator, and with whom Anakin shared a secret affair figures prominently in this drama. Also, the final battle (in this trilogy anyway) between Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi on the lava planet Mustafar promises to be the light-sabre duel to end all light-sabre duels!

    George Lucas played his last Ace by making "Sith" a PG-13 picture, the only chapter in the saga to earn the rating due to violence and disturbing themes.

    Fans have parked themselves outside movie theates for weeks already, preparing for the event. I have a much better feeling about this one than the two previous entries (The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones). Mike Smith, in his special preview last week, gave "Sith" 3½ out of 4 stars.

    I think Lucas has saved the best of this trilogy for last. Whether it measures up to the original three episodes (IV, V VI)...well, we're all going to have an opinion on that!

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

    This months film’s include:
    The Mime Series by Katie Damien: Destiny and Marco won’t quit. No matter what situation they find themselves in, they refuse to speak.
    The Reaps by Hocus Focus Productions: A cross between Cops and Ghostbusters. The Reaps are a trained security force that make sure when people die, they stay dead.
    The Chase by A Few Short Productions.

    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!

    Editor's Note: Neither of the Guzzo brothers will be present at Thursday night's meeting as they're out of town at a special event. Instead, ICON Film Studios chief Chris Woods will be running the show!

    NolanCon Update: Film Fest
    NolanCon 2005 co-sponsor Neil McCurry of McCurry Films & Distribution will be announcing at Thursday's Romeo Coffeehouse Meeting the cash prize awards to be handed out at the first NolanCon Film Fest!! We had a meeting Monday and I know what was discussed so this is a little awkward that I'm not at liberty just yet to share the particulars because, frankly, I'm not even sure they were final yet! But I do know, that so far, Neil is awarding two top prizes, one for Best Short Subject, and one for Best Full-Length Feature. On TOP of that is a REALLY big prize for.....are you sitting down?.....the best pitch! That's right, sometime between now and August, Neil McCurry wants to hear your film idea---and if he likes it---lemme see, how do I put this before Thursday---there'll be some deals made! I do know the winners will be announced at NolanCon (Saturday night, August 13th) and you must be present to win.
    Be sure to attend the Romeo Coffeehouse shindig Thursday night (May 12) and hear Neil announce the final arrangement. Then you can read it HERE Friday morning!
    UPDATE: May 13, 2005. It's now Friday morning and the announcement made last night was as follows:
    Best Short Subject: $250
    Best Full-Length Feature: $1,000
    Best Pitch, intended for production and distribution by McCurry Films: $5,000
    All entries must be received by myself or Neil McCurry no later than August 1, 2005. (The P.O. Box at the bottom of this homepage is fine for this purpose.) The judging committee is not yet finalized, but you know Neil and I will have first dibbs on everything!

    Birthday Greetings to ICON Film Studios chief Chris Woods who turned 32 years old as I write these words (May 11th). Happy Birthday, Christopher, and Many Happy Returns!

    May 13, 2005. The Pentagon announced many more military base closures today, and fortunately, MacDill Air Force Base in South Tampa is not on the list for closure, in fact, it's expanding. MacDill is expecting to get another dozen or so refueling tankers and the crews to support them. This is great news for Tampa and Central Florida in general as MacDill Air Force Base's monetary impact on the area is measured in the billions.

    From Tedd Webb:
    DAVID FOWLER: MAY 30, 1937-AUG 21, 2004
    CADIZ, KY -- A retired broadcaster, David Fowler, 67, of Cadiz, died on Saturday, August 21, 2004, at 5 a.m., at Jennie Stuart Medical Center of natural causes. Mr. Fowler was born on May 30, 1937, in Virginia. Mr. Fowler was preceded in death by his wife, Rayetta Stallons Fowler, and a son, Daniel Fowler. He has no known living relatives. Mr. Fowler was a retired broadcaster, and a member of The Meeting Place. A memorial service will be conducted at Parkview Cottages in Trigg County, on Sunday, August 29, 2004, at 2 p.m. Rev. Danny Mitcheson will officiate at the service. His body has been cremated. Goodwin Funeral Home is in charge of all the arrangements.

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