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PCR #328. (Vol. 7, No. 27) This edition is for the week of July 3--9, 2006.
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Hello, gang! Just a few goodies this week. Shall we begin?

"Superman Returns", Other Views  by Nolan B. Canova
...And Justice for All....Tampa Bay Muse  by William Moriaty
"The Devil Wears Prada"  by Mike Smith
Creature from the Black Lagoon, Cine Gear 2006, and up coming VSDA in Vegas  by Mark Terry
Waiting For Ed's Opinion....Guess Who's Sucking Satan's Balls?...Time To Make North Korea Brink....My Favorite Films, Part 27: "Back to the Future"  by Mike Smith
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One of the great joys of writing for the PCR is when a "guest" writer drops in and contributes something really amazing. Of course, tops on my list is the always brilliant ED Tucker. Andy Lalino is a close second. I'm pleased to bring you another guest you may be familiar with, my JAWS forum pal, Greg Van Cott. Greg, if you remember, contributed an outstanding essay on why he considered The Exorcist one of his favorite films. In response to some posts by other members regarding Superman Returns, Greg penned another super opus. With his very kind permission (and the usual SPOILER ALERT disclaimer), it will be reprinted in PCR next week. Stay tuned.

Ken Lay.

Where have you gone, JFK? Remember what John Kennedy did to Russia during the Cuban missile crisis? We need to do the same thing right NOW with North Korea. President Bush needs to tell Kim Jong Il and his pals that the next missile fired in our direction will be taken as an act of war and that we will retaliate. I fear it won't be long before one of those missiles actually lasts longer than 40 seconds and puts a big whole in Hawaii.

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

FIRST SEEN: Campus Hills Twin Cinema, Bel Air, Maryland
FAVORITE LINE: "If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits eighty-eight miles per hour...you're gonna see some serious shit."
FAVORITE SCENE: Marty introduces the world to "Johnny B. Goode".

  • Academy Award for Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing.
  • Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song ("The Power of Love" - written by Chris Hayes, Johnny Colla and Huey Lewis), Best Sound and Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale).
  • BAFTA nominations for Best Editing, Film, Production Design, Original Screenplay and Special Visual Effects
  • Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical), Best Original Song, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy) - Michael J. Fox - and Best Screenplay.
  • Writer's Guild of America nomination for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

    In mid-June, 1985, the suits at Universal Studios were sweating. They had just realized that they had nothing scheduled for release over the very lucrative fourth of July holiday period. Their next release, slated for July 17th, was a time travel film called "Back to the Future." Not wanting to be shut out of those big holiday dollars, the studio discarded the fact that they had already prepared millions of dollars of advertising heralding the film opening on July 17th and rescheduled it to July 3rd. And the rest, as they say, is history.

    Following the success of "Romancing the Stone," Universal gave the go ahead to a slight variation on the standard time travel story. A young man goes back in time only to have his mother-to-be fall for him. As originally filmed, the young man in question was Eric Stoltz. However, after filming began, the producers began to doubt their choice and sought out "Family Ties" star Michael J. Fox. Working on 2-3 hours of sleep a night, Fox shot his TV show during the day and the majority of the film at night. The casting of Fox proved to be a stroke of genius as the film literally came out of nowhere to gross an amazing $11 million in its opening weekend and a total of more then $350 million world wide. Fox's golden touch continued that summer when the Canadian film, "Teen Wolf," which featured Fox as a high school student who also happens to be a werewolf, took in a very impressive $33 million.

    Though originally ending with the standard "THE END" credit (the "To Be Continued" tag was added when the film was released on video), "Back to the Future" spawned two very successful sequels following Marty and Doc Brown into the future and back into the wild west.

    Next week I'll look at a film that still had a great impact on my life 20 years after I saw it - "Jesus Christ Superstar".

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

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