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PCR #346  (Vol. 7, No. 45) This edition is for the week of November 6--12, 2006.

La Floridiana Lite  by Will Moriaty
"Babel"  by Mike Smith
The 2006 Holiday Preview  by Mike Smith
Get Miff'd!....Concert Review: THE CULT  by Andy Lalino
Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! Part Two  by Drew Reiber
Happy Birthday....Bond Is Back....And There Was Much Rejoicing....In Texas, "Doing A Great Job" Means "You're Fired!"....I H8 You!...What??...But Can He Bite The Head Off A Bat?...Passing On....My Favorite Films, Part 45: "All That Jazz"  by Mike Smith
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Get MIFF'ed!
The Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival

It's that time of year again - one of Florida's best film festivals organized by 3 Boys Productions: The Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival, a.k.a. MIFF. This fun, first-class event runs from Thursday, Nov. 9th through Saturday Nov. 11th in beautiful Melbourne, FL right on Florida's space coast. It's a horror lover's dream as well as a indie film lover's, when the auditorium doors open for their big Friday night horror event: Indie horror from 6pm to past midnight! Yours truly is judging, so be on your best behavior!

Filmmakers and comic publishers Terry Cronin!, Pat Martin, and Jeff Hall have once again provided the Florida community with an exceptional cultural event well worth traveling to if you're from the Tampa Bay area or beyond. For more information: www.3boysproductions.com.

Concert Review:
Nov. 3rd 10pm at Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg, FL

"CFFC" (Cult forever, forever Cult) rang out on The Cult's T-shirts and ads for the show, performed an a perfect autumn night under the illuminescence of a full moon.

I arrived alone in downtown St. Petersburg relatively early, about 7:30pm, only to find out the band was taking the stage at 10, and I'd have to suffer through two opening acts. When will I learn? I've been going to shows at Jannus since 1984!

Anyway, I was thankful for the extra time, as it took me about half an hour to park. Coincidentally, it was "First Friday" at downtown St. Pete., when the fuzz closes down Central Ave. for the latte' sippers and bestotted buffoons. Traffic was a frightmare. I couldn't help but recall how utterly dead downtown was back in the mid '80s. Not so today; the area's now a mini-Ybor city with Tampa Bay's prettiest boys and girls gliding down concrete sidewalks.

At first I parked by The Pier(!) but figured (free) three hour parking wasn't going to see me through the whole show. Luckily, my premonition served me well as I didn't leave the concert until about 12:30am. I proceeded to move my car to one of those city-sponsored parking garages. In case you wan to know, I really loathe parking fees (don't we all?), and would only do it in exceptional situations, like a concert, so I begrudgingly sacrificed five bucks to the attendant. Let me get this straight; if one wants to see a movie at Baywalk, do you have to pay $5 for the privilege of parking downtown? What a scam.

After parking, I trotted over to Jannus, only to find a huge line for people purchasing tickets (I was one) and Will Call. My first thought was: this is going to sell out before I can get a ticket. As luck would have it, the waiting in line wasn't that bad, and I was able to purchase one. While in queue, I chatted with a few people, some of who were New Wave fans. I talked to one guy, obviously from Europe due to his accent, who was into vintage heavy metal (Iron Maiden, etc.). He had some funny stories to tell, but I found it amazing when I told him that I saw my first New Wave/Punk show at Jannus Landing back in 1984 - The Psychedelic Furs - and he didn't know who they were! That kind of baffled me, as the band is well-known for hits like "Pretty in Pink" and "Love My Way". My dilemma now was killing time until 10pm when The Cult took stage. I grinned and bared it as my ticket was torn and I entered through the gates. To re-admittance was allowed, so there was no turning back.

Happily, I did manage to miss the first of two opening bands. As I walked through the gates I immediately ran into a friend I made while on the set of "Belly of the Beast", a horror movie I worked on last year: actor Davd Gail, who is best-known for playing Shannon Dougherty's boyfriend in "Beverly Hills 90210". Gail's a big Cult fan as well, and was introducing his girlfriend Kendra, an actress, to their material.

The second of two opening bands took the stage called *something* cock five. I can't say they were the worst band I've ever seen, but seriously; how can you trust a band with no synthesizer? Guess I can't talk; The Cult didn't have one either.

Finally, after waiting what seemed like forever, The Cult took stage about 10:20pm, appearing to the welcome strains of Wendy Carlos' A Clockwork Orange theme. I believe the opener was "Lil' Devil", followed by a rousing "Sweet Soul Sister". The first third of the show, I thought Ian Astbury's vocals were not mixed high enough over Billy Duffy's screaming guitar (doesn't that always happen at a concert?). They seemed to mend the issue, which made for a better experience later on.

When Ian and Billy took the stage, it was plain to see that The Cult's glam days are history; both looked like they just woke up from a heavy night of partying. They were scruffy, grungy, and their clothes simply didn't impress, though Billy at least made an effort to dress larger than life. Being that I'm almost 40, I had to move away from the stage (I was pretty close!) to give the aging eardrums some relief.

When I moved away from the stage, I met an old friend who I hadn't seen since the early '90s. He even recalled the last time he saw me: at a Flock of Seagulls concert at the old Masquerade night club back when it was where Empire is now. Actually, there never was a Flock concert - that was the night Masquerade got busted for employees dealing drugs. I recall people getting put in paddy wagons! It was cool, because Flock singer Mike Score came out Masquerade's main doors and talked to us. He was bummed about the no-show, but said these things do happen.

Performance highlights include: "Fire Woman" (a crowd favorite), "Rain", an acoustic version of "Edie (Cio Baby)", "Love Removal Machine", and an encore of "She Sells Sanctuary". Astbury was very chatty with the crowd, at one time reminding everyone that the Tampa Bay area is "Morrison country".

The crowd was an interesting mix of rockers and Wavers. Old timers will recall The Cult began as a psychedelic alternative group back in '84, when the gloom and doom era of the late '80s hadn't quite taken over yet. In 1986 they turned more toward hard rock as they tried to widen their appeal. As expected, Jannus Landing was the perfect host space for the show; as a matter of fact it almost seemed too small for the oversized crowd. Some were watching from the sparse amount of trees growing in the middle of the courtyard, which Asbury referred to as "Tree People".

All-in-all one of the more disappointing shows I've been to, in which a little more glam could have added to the experience.

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