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PCR #180  (Vol. 4, No. 36)  This edition is for the week of September 1--7, 2003.

Florida's Gardens Up Front and Personal -- Part One
by Will Moriaty
"Dickie Roberts"
by Mike Smith
Sci-Fi Hunks and Babes (or is Salma Hayek the Frank Frazetta girl?)
 by Vinnie Blesi
"Filthy" the official premiere reviewed!
 by Ashley Lewis
"Hollywood, Horrorwood" (Pillars), Part 3
 by John Lewis
Gay World.....One Shots....Movie News....Things I Didn't Know But Maybe I Should Have
 by Brandon Jones
Answering My Critics
 by Matt Drinnenberg
You Never Give Me Your Money....Welcome To The 21st Century (RS's Top 10 Guitarists)....Passing On
 by Mike Smith
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Has the whole world gone "Gay"?
Well, it’s no wonder. Everyone’s talking about "Queer Eye" or Britney’s lip-lock with Madonna - this site has devoted space to the issues. No, I’m not going revisit a high school that has isolated gay teens from bullies or dive into the raging debate about Clay Aiken’s sexuality - let me begin with “Metrosexual.”

The Tampa Tribune did a full-page run on the topic, crediting Mark Simpson with coining the phrase. Per this article:

"The typical metrosexual is a young man with money to spend, living in or within easy reach of a metropolis - because that’s where all the best shops, clubs, gyms and hairdressers are."


Simpson continues to define a "Metro" as a straight man who enjoys fashionable clothes, hairstyles, moisturizers and manicures. Add in monthly hair cuts, well defined eye brows, bleach white teeth, exfoliated skin, weekly massages, polished and expensive shoes and the use of facial soaps and creams ("...they’d know better than to use bar soap." - got it.

Does anyone else feel like they’ve been sucked into a Neutrogena commercial?

Well guess what, homosexual debate is raging into a comic shop near you. Sure, Northstar has been out of the closet for years, but check out Wonder Woman. She’s had quite the controversial past: from the famous bondage issue Sensation Comics #42, to the Comic Code witch hunts accusing Wonder Woman was not feminine enough and didn’t portray the proper characteristics of a woman to her short haircut which is too lesbian.

I’m sure her creator, Dr. Marston, would be enjoying all this.

Now writer Greg Rucka will attack nearly every controversial topic: anti-war, the death penalty, rape and homosexuality. The topic of homophobia is intriguing from the point-of-view of an Amazonian.

"I find it personally very difficult to believe that she grows up in this culture (of all woman) and the idea of a romantic love between women is abhorrent or even culturally unacceptable. It just doesn’t make sense and it seems to be that it’s kind of cowardly to not have that be a factor..." - Rucka (Wizard #144)

She is big, tough, tolerant and primed to kick ass.

More on "Metros" search google or go to: http://search.salon.com/cgi-bin/htsearch


In PCR #177's Splash Page it was "all fun and games until someone loses an eye"....well, how about a foot or a head? Hawley Webb’s artificial leg flew off while riding the Dueling Dragon’s at Universal Studio’s Island of Adventure. The limb was specially designed with Hawley’s favorite team logo - the Miami Dolphins and cost $13,500! The ponds have been drained as the massive search for the leg has resulted in nothing, so Universal has paid for a replacement leg. Does anyone else feel an urban legend forming here?

At the Island County Fair in Washington, Virginia a man got caught and dragged while lubricating the track on the "Super Loops." His clothes and hair were tangled in the ride after his arm got caught up in the car of the active side of the ride. He was scalped and then landed on a nearby fence.

I know this isn’t funny, but can you imagine the horror and trauma of standing there in line and witnessing these incidents. No wonder I hate the fair - except for the food.

More tragic carnival accidents next week...

Harley Davidson turns 100! They haven’t laid off workers in nearly fifteen years and crank out bikes that require a minimum of a year to acquire. My father has two and even the most prudish person will admit that the Harley is awesome.

Sometimes it’s scary when the rags agree with you: Entertainment Weekly mentions their renewed appreciation for Don Henley’s “The Boys of Summer”, especially after the Atari’s re-make. Blender finally calls out Alien Ant Farm as the shitty band it is - they give one-hit wonder bands a bad name. Blender goes on to rave about the Smashmouth album, what a fun band, especially when you have kids.

Ticketmaster screws us again! The follow-up to “ticketFast” is the open auction of the best seats for performances. Corporate purchasing has already eliminated most fans from premium seats at sporting events, so it was only a matter of time until concerts were impacted as well. So expect huge empty sections on the floor and a lackluster audience enthusiasm from the front row. That is, unless you have a rich parent or max out that credit card.

ABC bite me! Proof that my life is a sitcom: I didn’t even know about ABC’s contest to find a regular family to feature as a new sitcom. Well, here’s further evidence that the life in corporate America, juggling a creative ambition of writing/filmmaking and dealing with five children is far more entertaining than anything on TV: Jacob, my older son, pleads with his Mother to pull his loose tooth. Of course his reasoning is pulling a financial one, hence, the existence of the “Tooth Fairy.” With pliers in hand, my wife extracts the tooth after much deliberation.

Unfortunately, the “Tooth Fairy” fell asleep after “Nip/Tuck” (can you blame him) and the tooth remained undisturbed until 6 a.m. when my son woke me. Near tears he reveals that the tooth is still here - the “Tooth Fairy” did not come. I tell him to talk to his Mother and I race through a plethora of ideas and miraculously the money and a note is inside the bathroom drawer with his toothpaste and brush. It reads:

I’ll be back tonight for your tooth. Please DON’T try to stay up. I caught you trying to sneak a peak last night. Thanks for being so brave having your tooth pulled.
“The Tooth Fairy”

After discussing the turns of events in which my son debated that he did NOT try to stay up, my lovely wife said that he probably was still up when “T.F.” came. His reply:

“No Mom. The 'Tooth Fairy' comes around midnight, he’s nocturnal.”

My, am I still poor. I’ll have to ask ABC.

Some Movie News:

“Catwoman”: Sharon Stone has signed on to play a villainess named Laurel.

“The Punisher”: Look for wrestler Kevin Nash aka “Big Sexy” to make an appearance as well as Roy Scheider as Frank Castle’s father. Internet debate rages on about a character Lincoln, played by Kevin Nowicki. Lincoln is the first name of the villain Tombstone, but the studio is denying the connection (for now.)

“Ghost Rider”: Check out the prosthetic test (which we all know will be replaced by CGI) of Nicholas Cage as Johnny Blaze at Harlow FX: http://www.harlowfx.net/gallery/tv/ads/ghostrider.html. Mark Steven Johnson will be directing before tackling “Daredevil 2.”

“Deathlok”: This will be directed by Lee Tamahori who brought us “Die Another Day”, “Along Came a Spider” and “Mulholland Falls” amongst other things.

Other Marvel projects still breathing: “Man-Thing”, “Fantastic Four” in 2004, “Elektra”, “Iron Man”,“Dr. Strange” both for 2005 and lastly, comedic director Steve Carr (“Dr. Doolittle 2 “Daddy Day Care”) is still slated to direct Ray Park in “Iron Fist” but is still has a very uncertain future.

Things I didn’t know, but maybe I should have...

Fantasy Football - 20 million people now play fantasy football! I knew I wasn’t alone.

Football Nepotism: Raider’s rookie runningback Justin Fargas is the son of “Starsky and Hutch” star Antonio Vargas - Huggy Bear! Buccaneer linebacker Ryan Nece is the son of Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott - how do I miss these things.

The medicinal pot spray: The Netherlands has legalized the medicinal use of marijuana for patients with HIV, cancer and multiple sclerosis. The cannibis will be in the form of dried flowers or a spray. Yes, a cannibis spray can provide pain relief. Read the story: http://www.msnbc.com/news/960000.asp#BODY

Jackie Chan interview: He gets seasick and is afraid of needles. The Triad is at least a gang, if not mafia, and Jackie took down six with a friend during a teenage skirmish before running away. Owen Wilson is a wuss and Chris Tucker is not. He is sensitive and doesn’t carry cash while aspiring to transition into a “real” actor (ala Robert DeNiro). Okay Jackie, that’s when you lost me. (Maxim, Sept. 2003)

Playboy always teaches me something. Some notables include: 48% of woman claim to prefer men clean shaven - maybe I should shave. Jennifer Connelly was naked in “The Hot Spot” (1990) - I see a rental in my future. Stanford University’s mascot is a tree! Yes, a tree - I thought the Campbell Fighting Camels was lame. There’s another reason to never go to Arizona - Naked Karaoke at the Shangri La Ranch. Lastly, my wife surprised me by likely the item for sale on page 157 - I didn’t see that coming.

Until next time, where I’ll cover some comics -- I promise.

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