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PCR #339. (Vol. 7, No. 38) This edition is for the week of September 18--24, 2006.
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Hello, gang. A short one this week, so I'll not keep you waiting. Shall we begin?

Jackass: Number Two  by Mike Smith
Dentistry and Wisdom Teeth  by Mark Terry
ZOOTV on DVD....Mickey Hargitay is Gone  by Andy Lalino
Happy Birthday to the Mikester....Camp Amity....Monster Poll....Monsters From The Vault  by Matt Drinnenberg
A Great Cause....The Acknowledgement That I'm Old....Which Reminds Me....Boo, I Want My Money Back....My Favorite Films, Part 38: "Young Frankenstein"  by Mike Smith
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I'm often reminded that the PCR is read all over the world. Please take the time to learn about an event in Colorado.

Thank you Nolan and Matt for the birthday greetings.

September 2006 also marks another great anniversary. It was 30 years ago this month that Matt and I met in drama class at H.B. Plant High School. Happy Anniversary, buddy.

Imagine how you would feel if the band you'd spent your hard earned money to see were replaced by a bunch of teenagers you had never heard of? I mean, here you are, waiting in line for hours to see the Les Stewart Quartet and instead the owner of the new club in town tells you that, due to a last minute scheduling error, instead you have to make due with the band her son Pete plays drums in. That is what happened to the young fans in Liverpool, England when they lined up at Mona Best's Casbah Coffee Club in April 1959. The unknown band, known as the Quarrymen, took the stage that night. This week the club, which was in the basement of the Best home, was designated a historic site by the British government. No word on what happened to the band.

Starring: Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman and Madeline Kahn
Directed by: Mel Brooks

FIRST SEEN: Twin Bays 4, Tampa, Florida
FAVORITE LINE: "What's the matter with you people? Don't you know a joke when you hear one? Ha ha. Jesus Christ, get me out of here. Open this Goddamn door or I'll kick your rotten heads in!"
FAVORITE SCENE: The monster visits the blind man.

  • Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay adapted from another medium (Wilder and Brooks) and Best Sound.
  • Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actress (Leachman) and Best Supporting Actress (Kahn)

    Coming off the huge success of "Blazing Saddles," Mel Brooks chose as his next project a script he had read while filming the comedic western, which had been written by Gene Wilder. Of course, Brooks added his own touches to the story and soon they began filming what is certainly the most authentic horror comedy ever made.

    Featuring what would soon be director Brooks' cast of supporting actors, including Feldman, Leachman and Kahn, among others, the film tells the story of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of the infamous scientist who brought to life dead tissue in the form of a monster. Trying his best to distance himself from the family (Frederick pronounces his last name Fronk-n-steen), the young doctor is tracked down and presented with the will of his recently departed granddad. Soon, surrounded by hump-backed servants and busty assistants, the urge to follow in his grandfather's footsteps soon grows. Using the actual laboratory set and props used in the classic 1931 film, "Frankenstein," the monster is soon brought to life. And the fun begins.

    Beautifully shot in black and white, "Young Frankenstein" remains, in my opinion, Mel Brooks best film. The cast is outstanding, with Wilder giving what should have been an award worthy performance. As the mysterious Frau Bleucher, Cloris Leachman is hilarious. The rest of the cast is equally adept at drawing laughs consistently. Whether it's a crazy game of charades (sed a GIVE?!) or Garr's reaction when informed the monster will be quite endowed (Voof!), the punch lines and sight gags hit their mark every time. And yes, that IS Gene Hackman as the blind man the monster visits one night.

    Next week, Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette head for LA in "True Romance".

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

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