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The Tampa Bay Watershed and Its Importance To You -- Part Two....In Other News...   by William Moriaty
"Failure To Launch"  by Mike Smith
The Inspirational Couple .... The Last Stand .... And the Oscar goes to the IRS?...The Bottom 100  by Brandon Jones
Gasparilla Art Fest/Booty Art Expo....The Heaven and Hell Car  by Vinnie Blesi
Lot Going On....Oscars....24....Live Evil Is In Full Production  by Mark Terry
Another Sad Week....Those Whacky Oscars....Hope He Looks Good In A House Coat....My Favorite Films -- Chapter 10: "Boogie Nights"  by Mike Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review, 2006!
    Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our seventh calendar year!
Number 311  (Vol. 7, No. 10). This edition is for the week of March 6--12, 2006.

The 78th Academy Awards
  • Tampa Film Review Reminder
  • Indy Film Announcements:
        • Tampa Film Review
        • Tampa Film Network
        • "Unearthed" Premiere
  • This issue of PCR is dedicated to the wife of the late Superman star Christopher Reeve, Dana Reeve, who recently died of lung cancer at the age of 44. Her contributions and activism enriched us all. ---Nolan

    Despite my usual anti-awards show rhetoric and despite the fact The Oscars rarely seem to support the films I flipped over, the indisputable fact is Oscar night itself remains a compelling event that every movie insider recognizes lends legitimacy and prestige to everything it touches.

    It is also an event usually marked by surprise and controversy. For this year's show, it was not so much any of the featured entertainment that produced any big surprises, but the award for Best Picture.

    For the months ending the year 2005, buzz had been surrounding few pictures more as a "Best Picture" candidate than Brokeback Mountain, director Ang Lee's period piece about two cowboys who discover and act upon their gay instincts, basically fall in love, and who later in life must handle the repercussions of their experience together. Although many other fine pictures (noted in a bit) sparked Oscar talk, this was the critical, odds-on favorite.

    The surprise on presenter Jack Nicholson's face seemed understandable then, when he read "The award for best picture goes to....Crash!", Paul Haggis' story of racial divisions and changing situations, that, while previously garnering much praise for stars Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, and Matt Dillon, was not the odds-on favorite for Picture of the Year (although I believe either Roeper or Ebert, hosts of the popular movie review TV series, may have made that prediction).

    The other major awards were played out as predicted by most critics, and that is by no means meant to downplay their importance: Ang Lee, Best Director for Brokeback Mountain (all is forgiven for Hulk), Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Best Actor in Capote, Reese Witherspoon as Best Actress in Walk The Line (a movie that had been the top contender for best Picture and Best Actor for Joaquin Pheonix), George Clooney in Syrianna (all is forgiven for Batman) for Best Supporting Actor, and Rachel Weisz for Best Supporting Actress in The Constant Gardner.

    Another big surprise, and this is closer to home, is for the first time since Nolan's Pop Culture Review started publishing in 2000, there is no winners/losers table of writer's predictions, because no one sent in a list! Except, of course, our own Michael A. Smith, modern film fan/historian extraordinnaire, who made his calls last week.

    The following are Mike's predictions. If the actual winners are different from his picks, they are highlighted in red.

    BEST PICTURE: "Brokeback Mountain" CRASH
    BEST DIRECTOR: Ang Lee, "Brokeback Mountain"
    BEST ACTOR: Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Capote"
    BEST ACTRESS: Reese Witherspoon, "Walk the Line"
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: George Clooney, "Syriana"
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Rachel Weisz, "The Constant Gardener."
    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: "Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit"
    BEST ART DIRECTION: "Memoirs of a Geisha"
    BEST COSTUME DESIGN: "Memoirs of a Geisha"
    BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: "March of the Penguins"
    BEST FILM EDITING: "Cinderella Man" CRASH
    BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: "Paradise Now" TSOTSI, South Africa
    BEST MAKEUP: "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"
    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: "Memoirs of a Geisha" BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, Gustavo Santaolalla
    BEST ORIGINAL SONG: "Travelin' Thru" from "Transamerica" IT'S HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP, Three 6 Mafia
    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: "Brokeback Mountain"
    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: "King Kong" (which also won for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing)

    Not too bad. Out of a total of 20 categories predicted, Mike scored on 13, or 65%. No doubt Best Picture skewed that, haha.

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    Tampa Film Review Reminder     by Paul Guzzo
    The next Tampa Film Review, presented by 1 Day Films, will be held on Friday, March 10 from 8 – 10 p.m. at International Bazaar, located at 1600 E. Eighth Ave. in the Centro Ybor Complex. Tampa Film Reviews is a monthly showcase of local independent films and is held every second Friday of the month and is free.

    March’s films will include:
    Dawg’s Tale by Damien Kincannon: Welcome to the world of rap music where Joe Bauer sets a new standard for failure. His latest hopefuls just got their crunk stomped out and Joe's sold on suicide. Enter Tightey Whitey, a street wrapper with all the wrong moves, who may just be Joe's last chance at success.
    Chase the Mark by Joe DiCanio: Chase Bardone (Thomas Prophet) is a hitman for the local mob. He's been doing "jobs" for years now and is beginning to develop a conscience and is plagued by the ghosts of his "marks.” He's on the verge of a divorce and is thinking of quitting, but his best friend and fellow hitman Doug E. Fresh (Doug Cockerham) is trying to talk him out of it because, "No one quits Vito Gambelli."
    The Power by James Patrick Dillon: There’s a new kid in town, and her reputation is spreading fast. It seems she has a special gift, a power to see things others cannot. However, some things are so terrifying, it’s better not to look.
    Bad Connection by James Patrick Dillon: In a moment of suicidal desperation, Holly writes to Jesus. Her message is “undeliverable,” at least to the addressee. However, someone does respond.
    The Baby by Joe Sanchez: Watch what happens as Mike rushes to the hospital because his wife is going into labor.
    Works by Martin F. Hennigan: Explore the dramatic, mysterious worlds within the paintings of Martin F. Hennigan.

    1 Day Films feels that there are very few, if any, regular outlets in the local area for local independent filmmakers to showcase their films. Hopefully, this monthly event will provide that outlet for everyone, from experienced local independent filmmakers to local college and high school filmmakers experimenting with film production for the first time. 1 Day Films promises your film will be shown!

    1 Day Films is looking for film submissions for future events. For more pete@tooprod.com or paulguzzo@hotmail.com. All genres of films are accepted – feature length, shorts, documentaries, comedy, horror, love, art, drama, foreign language, experimental etc. No pornography! Visit www.thetampafilmreview.com for more.

    Tampa Film Network Meeting Reminder     by Chris Woods
    Just to let everyone know that we're having our next Tampa Film Network meeting very soon. Here's all the info on it:


    Please let us know if you can make it out for the meeting. Also, if you haven't all ready yet, check out Tampa Film Network's myspace page. You can read the blogs, become a friend, even post messages and make announcements. Here it is: http://www.myspace.com/tampafilmnetwork

    Hope to see you all on the 14th.

    Unearthed Premiere     by Joe Davison
    Unearthed is premiering at an invitation only event on the 30th of March 2006 at the Muvico Cinemas of Centro Ybor at 7:00 pm. The movie will open to the general public at a later date. Please check back here for times and dates on that.

    When a downtown Tampa high-rise project results in the discovery of ancient Indian artifacts, a brilliant but idealistic young archaeologist, Mallory Page ( Katharine Kissingford, There's a Caterpillar in my Bok Choy), steps in to preserve the native Tequesta Indian history of site. On the eve of her team's eviction from the dig by the powerful politics of local progress, a discovery awaits - a discovery so profound that a bloody conflict spanning centuries and light years is about to spill into the backstreets and alleys of an unsuspecting city, and Mallory Page is caught in the middle. But a tough, seasoned Tampa detective, Victor Tonelli (Tom Savini, Dusk Til Dawn, Dawn of the Dead), knows the series of brutal slayings erupting from the city's waterfront district is anything but normal, and he's determined to bring the killers to justice and to unravel the mystery that has been Unearthed.

    Tonelli and his partner, Detective Jeff Juransky (Joe Davison, Afterlife, Babydoll), take on a non-stop battle with a gang of alienized street bums ("skreebs") as they track Dietz ( John Franz), a shadowy suspect who is the apparent key to the bizarre murders. The mysterious Dietz stays one step ahead of the mayhem while protecting Page from an onslaught of skreebs sent by Voss (John Bernath, Victoria's Shadow, Hercules and Xena), a powerful alien who uses the homeless to do his bidding from the underbelly of the city's industrial sector. Voss and Dietz share the same obsession: to recover the alien artifact unearthed at the downtown dig site by Page's team. From the first alley shoot-out to the final bloody confrontation in Voss' lair, Unearthed is a nonstop, action packed battle for its control...where no one has the upper hand, and everyone holds a secret.

    The film was shot in Tampa and features many familiar Tampa area landmarks.

    Written and directed by: Craig Kovach
    Music: Carl Homer
    Executive producer: John Sorenson and Justin Hunstman
    Producers: Craig Kovach, Joe Davison, Dennis Oravec

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