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PCR #319. (Vol. 7, No. 18) This edition is for the week of May 1--7, 2006.
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Hello, gang! Just random thoughts this week and some (sorry) political overtones. Shall we begin?

"Mission: Impossible: III"  by Mike Smith
Illegal Immigration Day....New Orleans Jazz Festival....Visa the New Green Card?  by Josh Montgomery
Mission: Impossible....I Didn't Mean Me!...Day Without Immigrants...OK, Now I Understand....Hey, Who Do I Have To Sleep With...Movie Notes....My Favorite Films -- Part 18: "E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial"  by Mike Smith
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No, not the new movie. It's been three years since President Bush stood on an aircraft carrier with a huge "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" banner behind him and declared the conflict in Iraq over. Just thought I'd mention it.

For ten points, can you tell me who said this about drug users? "(they) ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up." If you guessed Rush Limbaugh, pat yourself on the back. This week Limbaugh was allowed to reach a plea bargain in his case of illegal drug possession and alleged "doctor shopping." Guess all that Bush family (including Florida Governor Jebb) ass kissing paid off.

Was anyone inconvenienced by this? Here in Kansas City a couple Mexican restaurants closed for the day but, since I don't eat Mexican food, I really didn't notice. Ask me after a YEAR without immigrants.

As I prepared for this week's rant, I was working up my disbelief that the jury in the Zaccarius Moussauri case was entering the 2nd week. If I had been on that jury, I never would have gotten up when it was time to go deliberate because I would have sentenced him to death. But then, after he was sentenced to life in prison, the judge told him she wasn't going to allow him to be a martyr. WOW! In my anger for his deeds I forgot to look at the big picture. He's going to be shut in a tiny cell with a concrete bed and toilet for the rest of his life. No more speeches. No more publicity. And while the fact that he will be in solitary confinement in a super maximum security prison pretty much means that none of the other inmates will have the opportunity to do a Jeffrey Dahmer on him, the idea of him staring at four walls for the next 50 years is the next best thing.

to get a copy of Will Moriaty's book (preferably signed)?

The remakes continue. Fox Atomic, a spin off from 20th Century Fox, has announced that Kyle Newman, director of the upcoming film, "Fanboys," will helm a remake of "Revenge of the Nerds."

Jan De Bont, the director of "Speed," has acquired the rights to "The Un-Dead," the authorized sequel to Bram Stoker's "Dracula." The story begins 25 years after the original story and has been approved by Stoker's family.

Taking lessons from Rush Limbaugh, George Lucas, who swore that he would NEVER release the original "Star Wars" films in their pre-Special Edition state, announced this week that Episodes IV, V and VI will hit stores on September 12. Of course, you have to buy a copy of the Special Edition film as well, as they will come together in a 2-disc set. Great, just what I need. Another copy of "Jedi" without the Ewok's "Yub" song at the end. Speaking of changing a classic:

Starring: Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Drew Barrymore and Peter Coyote
Directed by: Steven Spielberg

FIRST SEEN: Twin Bays 4 Theatre, Tampa, Florida
FAVORITE LINE: "This is reality, Greg."
FAVORITE SCENE: ET and Elliot say goodbye..

  • Academy Awards to John Williams for Best Original Score and Oscars for Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound. Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Original Screenplay (Melissa Mathison)
  • BAFTA Award to John Williams for Best Score
  • BAFTA Nominations for Cinematography, Direction, Film, Film Editing, Make Up, Production Design/
  • Art Direction, Screenplay, Sound, Special Visual Effects and two nominations for Outstanding
  • Newcomer (Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore)
  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture - Drama and Best Original Score (John Williams)
  • Golden Globe nominations for Best Director, Best Screenplay and New Star of the Year - Male (Henry Thomas)
  • Director's Guild of America nomination for Best Director
  • Writer's Guild of American award for Best Drama Written for the Screen (Melissa Mathison)
  • Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score for Motion Pictures or Television (John Williams)
  • Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Picture and Best Director

    I was in Germany when "ET" was originally released, so I didn't see it until I returned to the states in late August of 1982. I was, as you can imagine by it's inclusion in this series, blown away. The film is actually the blue print for many of Spielberg's more personal films - the child in a fractured family that has a great adventure. It started with "Close Encounters" and is also present in "Empire of the Sun" and "Hook." The story of Elliot and his new friend captured the imagination of the entire world and overtook "Star Wars" as the most successful film of all time (since surpassed, of course, by "Titanic"). Written by "Black Stallion" screenwriter Melissa Mathison, "ET" was the ultimate "fish out of water" story. Conceived by Carlo Rimbaldi and voiced primarily by Pat Welsh (with help from Debra Winger), ET came to life on screen. Henry Thomas gives one of the greatest child actor performances off all time and Drew Barrymore shines as little sister, Gertie. That both of them are still working steadily after almost a quarter century is a true testament to their talents. Of course, with all films comes some great trivia. The husband of screenwriter Mathison filmed a scene but when the film was shown only his shoes were shown. Of course, her husband was Harrison Ford, and Spielberg thought his appearance might distract the audience. During the scene where ET gets drunk and Elliot feels the effects, the young girl Elliot kisses in class grew up to appear on "Baywatch" and in the films "Under Siege" and "The Beverly Hillbillies," among others: Erika Eleniak. In 2002, "ET" was reissued to theatres with a few changes. A new scene of ET taking a bath was added. But the biggest change concerned the removal of all guns from the film. In scenes where government agents are holding guns, hand held radios were digitally inserted instead. This looked especially bad because many of their trigger fingers were still extended. When the time came to release the film on DVD, Spielberg originally planned to release the "new" version. However, fan uproar convinced him to release both versions in the same package. Smart man.

    Next week I hit the ice as I highlight one of the greatest sports films ever, "Slap Shot."

    Well, that's all for now. Have a great week. See ya!

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