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Nolan's Pop Culture Review 2007!
Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our eighth calendar year!
Number 385  (Vol. 8, No. 32). This edition is for the week of August 6--12, 2007.

Bridge of Sighs

by Mike Smith

Becoming Jane

by Lisa Ciurro

What's In A Name?
by ED Tucker

Forgotten Horrors: "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark"
Also....More Sad Passings
          Another Year Older and Deeper in Debt
          Readers' Comments

by Andy Lalino

Operation: Woronov

by Mike Smith

Happy Birthday .... Passing On .... Is This Logical?... Barry Bonds .... Whatever Happened To--? Chapter 27: Delayed Until Next Week

This story broke a little too late last week to give it its just due here, but of course, we here at PCR extend our sincerest condolences to any and all who suffered injuries or loss of loved ones due to the collapse of the bridge in Minnesota.

It has been the daily headline for the past week, and justifiably so. Last Wednesday, the Interstate 35W Bridge that passes over the Mississippi River near Minneapolis suddenly collapsed, sending dozens of cars 60 feet into the water, along with tons of steel and concrete. The timing couldn't have been much worse as it was during rush hour, bumper to bumper traffic. At least 4 people were confirmed dead and 79 injured.

There was no particular reason the bridge decided to give out at that time. It is a 40-year-old structure, an arch-type design with no support piers (to more easily facilitate river traffic) subject to the flow of the Mississippi and the harsh Minnesota winters. It is not even a particularly long bridge, only several hundred feet (the river isn't that wide there). Several inspections over the years yielded warnings, such as "structural deficiencies" and the like, but no action was ever taken. The bridge was scheduled for demolition and replacement in 2020.

President Bush pledge funds to help rebuild the bridge. First Lady Laure Bush visited the site and comforted victims.

More Sad Passings
Letters to the Editor I'm finding myself writing WAAaaay too many obits lately, and just after I said I wasn't going to do that anymore on the homepage, but dammit, some of these fine folks made an impact on my life and need to be mentioned. I won't linger, though, 'cuz this can be depressing.
Ingmar Bergman, 89. Mike Smith wrote a fine short bio of this influential Swedish filmmaker in last week's Rant (along with Michelangelo Antonioni's, you should read 'em both), so I won't repeat it here. Well, except to say he will be sorely missed.
Lee Hazelwood, 78. Usually associated with the fringe pop culture elements of the '60s, at least in my mind, I'd gotten to be a fan of Hazelwood's hearing his and Nancy Sinatra's rendition of "Some Velvet Morning" on Coast-to-Coast AM radio's bumper music spots. He also wrote "These Boots Were made For Walkin'" for Nancy Sinatra. After living out of the public eye in Sweden, Hazelwood began releasing more records in the 1970s, including the legendary "Cowboy In Sweden." He had quite a cult following of which yours truly was a part.
Kerwin Matthews, 81. Usually associated as the lead actor in Ray Harryhausen's The Three Worlds of Gulliver and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, he was always a fan favorite, and it is always how I'll remember him. He died peacefully in his sleep, apparently the same week as character actor Charles Lane (who I talked about in PCR #382), but poor coverage caused me to miss notice of Matthews' passing.

Another Year Older And Deeper in Debt
Yours truly "celebrates" another completion of our planet's revolution around the sun for the 52nd time this Monday. Birthday merriment will likely be held at our regular Hooters on Gandy this Sunday at 7:00pm for any and all who want to come (the last two years' get-togethers were at The Durango on Westshore).

Readers' Comments

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Odds [10-08-2007 20:24] 
To Terence,
I'm well-aware that in the world of fandom we've got the Buffy, anime, etc. fans taking up space. Terence, "Operation: Woronov" is a tactic used to convert female fans toward cult/exploitation before they can become Buffy fans. I strongly recommend this program, in fact it's essential for any prospective female wanna-be fan.
Lisa [09-08-2007 18:29] 
And also, I don't think it makes much sense to blame women for changes -- or perceived changes -- in movies over the last 20 years. The majority of directors, writers and fans are men, not women, so I'm not really sure how women have "watered down the creative playing field" as you claim.
Lisa [09-08-2007 18:23]  
Well said, Terence.
Andy -- "sleazy" was a good word choice. Phrases like "perhaps your virgin time," "you should nearly be seduced," and "have been lubed" are offensive and disgusting. Are we talking about women watching/reading horror/sci-fi or being part of some prostitution slavery rape gang? Geez.
Terence [09-08-2007 13:49] 
........i mean you are basically saying that girls should like films that are appealing to males. why would a girl want to watch naked women being subjected in a horror film while say the hero like say Ash in Evil Dead defeats the monsters when they could see a female do it? seriosuly rethink andy rethink.
Terence [09-08-2007 13:48] 
You just dont get it do you Andy? the girls that are watching the "lady channels" are watching the "lady channels" because they arent into geekdom and fan stuff. why is that so hard to grasp. and while i dont like Buffy its still fando and that makes them fangirls. i hate the new battlestar galatica but that doesnt mean if you like it you arent a fanboy. if its genre then you are a fan. Dark Shadows main fans were women since it was a soap opera and kinda has those girly elements of Buffy etc. and i dont think anyone here would have the nerve to say its fans arent fanboys or fangirls. rethink your position its awfully closeminded.....
Michael [09-08-2007 13:34] 
T - Bonds has never tested positive. However, from everything I've read and seen (hat size growing 3 times, foot going from a size 10 to a size 13 after the age of 35) the man has chemically altered his body. Read more in the Rant this week.
Lonnie Dohlen [09-08-2007 11:17]  
Besides Andy Lalino's take on Mary Wonovon,what has happened with the film career of Lindsay Lohan.Her latest film bombed @ the Box Office & she's a contender for the raseberry awards in Feb 2008.
Nolan [09-08-2007 10:28] 
Let's stay on our current topics, people. This is the homepage, keep the blue humor and risque talk for the message board.
Mr. X [09-08-2007 09:29] 
40 days of shooting with it was a mistake I bet.
Michael Bay [09-08-2007 08:39] 
My only regret in Transformers was that stupid Russian Arm I used !
Odds [09-08-2007 05:19] 
I've seen my share of really weird cinema over the years, but nothing beats the "coffee girls" at the end of a 'Gilmore Girls' episode. I happened to experience it one day, and it was incredible. After the end credits, there's this bevy of chicks sitting in a posh living room, and of course they're sipping coffee. Then, they would talk about the episode they just watched! The relationships, the drama, the unrequited love...it was an amazing experience that rivalled any of the avant-garde weirdness I've ever seen. I recall them talking about the word "mandate" (man...date...get it?).
Odds [09-08-2007 05:12] 
You know girls? Amazing. (heh-heh).

By your statement you're presuming that I believe that there's not a single female out there who enjoys, appreciates cult cinema, when that's clearly not the case. You guys don't seem to be understanding what I'm writing about. My position is if a chick is a candidate to be a fangril, let's not have her become a Buffy/Xena pixie, let's convert her to a more hardcore cinema, via Operation: Woronov.

Have you ever watched the "lady channels" (We, Oxygen, Lifetime). They're all made-for-TV drek and contain hardly any real cinema, horror or otherwise. It speaks volumes.
IndieFilmSavior [09-08-2007 02:00] 
I watched Transformers, and it was not very good. I agree with the points that Nolan and others made about the movie. The comedy bits were not funny and the clunky dialogue clashed with the premise of the movie.
Thank my father that I did not have to pay to see that loud, overdone trype. I watched it at home.
Who cares how much a film sells? It merely reflects the success of marketing and the POOR TASTE that the average ignorant, sell-out American has.
Mr. X [08-08-2007 21:27] 
Comment removed by Admin for inappropriate content. Transformers was mentioned. Then an ad for a video was placed, which is a policy violation.
Terence [08-08-2007 21:21] 
Andy your column is perplexing. I know of several girls who like the same sh*t musically and moviewise that i do. I even know one who watched Fulci's Conquest, Maniac, and Brain Dead all in the same week.
Terence [08-08-2007 21:16] 
Thanks Ed will do. Mike i thought they proved he isnt on roids?
Michael [08-08-2007 16:36] 
Trust me, I'll have plenty to say about Bar-roid Bonds this week.

ED [08-08-2007 16:28] 
Terence - get me your mailing address by way of Nolan and I will take care of it.
Terence [08-08-2007 14:32] 
Dont Be Adraid of The Dark!!! god i have been wanting to get a copy of that like forever. can anyone hook me up?
Lisa [08-08-2007 14:22]  
Oh, good heavens...Andy and I both wrote columns this week about female fandom. Isn't this one of the signs of the Apocalypse?

Andy, my friend, you and I have LOTS to discuss. But first I have to finish watching this rerun of Gilmore Girls....
Nolan [08-08-2007 14:14] 
And yes, of course I acknowledge Barry Bonds' home run number 756. I'm not a sports fan, so I don't have much to say beyond "congratulations", but I imagine Mike Smith will do his usual extraordinary job cataloging this achievement and its signifigance in this week's Rant.
Nolan [08-08-2007 13:57] 
Tampa Film Review reminder:: it's THIS Friday, people. 8:00pm. Be there.
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