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Nolan's Pop Culture Review 2007!
Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our eighth calendar year!
Number 403  (Vol. 8, No. 50). This edition is for the week of December 10--16, 2007.

"I Am Legend"
I'm Your Man, Unique Video Fan Club Card, Viva Knievel, "Canova"
Time Warp Toy Box: Week 2

My Worst of 2007 List
Great Issue, Guys! .... Ike! .... No Joy In Mudville .... Here Come The Awards .... .... .... .... .... Whatever Happened To--? Chapter 36: The Final Chapter r
Season's Bleatings

 Matt's Top 10 Christmas Movie Challenge
"Canova" Comic First Installment Next Week
 PCR Writers Alert: The Upcoming Year-End Issues
 The Top 10 Christmas Movies of All Time

Matt's Challenge: The Top 10 Christmas Movies of All Time
Entries have finally started coming in since last week's announcement and it's still on. The challenge is to email me your Top 10 Christmas Movies of all Time (not TV specials and the like) and I'll post them here on the homepage as they arrive over the next week or so. The selections must have a Christmas theme somewhere in the film. Obviously anything with Santa and/or elves counts (Elf, Miracle on 34th Street) but also more subtle things like the story talking place during Christmas (Die Hard) or simply about the event itself (A Christmas Story).

Letters to the Editor I myself can't even remember 10 Christmas movies, but I do fondly recall Miracle on 34th Street, It's A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, and more recently, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (modeled after the Rankin-Bass TV cartoon adpatation of Dr. Suess's book). That about does it for me. Die Hard is, to me, more an action flick than a Christmas movie, but others may disagree. Black Christmas made many horror movie lists last Halloween, but our deranged gang but force it into double-duty status here. The '60s Mexican cult fave simply titled Santa Claus (where he fights the devil!) wasn't produced in the US, but I did see it at the movies on its special tour during the '60s (shocking, but true). I don't know if Santa Claus vs The Martians counts as a Christmas Movie or just endearing schlock.

The last time we attempted anything like this was way back in 2001 with the Top 10 Christmas Television Specials of All Time, where I did find 10 contenders (A Charlie Brown Christmas, the original Grinch, etc.,etc.).

"Canova" Comic To Debut in PCR #404
Right on schedule, the first chapter of the "Canova" weird-adventure saga begins next week in PCR #404. J. Miller and I have been developing the story and action based on original drawings and outlines he's brought me over the past few weeks. It will be challenging finishing the final formatting and coloring on the super-tight year-end schedule, but I think it can be done.

The strip will fit right into this website's transition to the 2008 "model" along with some re-formatting and facelifting being planned. More later as that story develops.

PCR Writers' Alert, Part 2
Please be advised we only have two more issues of PCR left in the year! If you're planning a best-of/worst-of list, year's highlights, or simply what this year has meant to you, now is the time to plan it.

The good news for all new writers, is we have no clear candidates for this year's graveyard "tombstone" -- that's the graphic that accompanies the citation of new columns that didn't make it in 2007, or washed out after only a few issues, or older columns that were abandoned. There have been some mighty close calls, mind you! 2007 was a pretty stable year, all things considered, so I think it will take well into 2008 before we see who can truly stay the distance.

10. Elf: I’m absolutely in lust with Zooey Deschanel. So it makes my list for her alone.
9. Die Hard: Still one of the greatest action movies of all time. All McClain wanted was a good family Christmas damn it! Stupid terrorists! It was also the first Rated R movie I ever saw. I think it’s PG-13 today, but I believe it was R when it was released.
8. Rocky IV: The greatest 90-minute music video ever made. It single handedly ended the Cold War.
7. Trading Places: The story takes place between Christmas and New Years, so I’ll count it. Outside of 48 Hours, maybe Eddie Murphy’s finest movie … not really because of the jokes, though they are funny, but because as a little kid of 8 years old getting to see Jaime Lee Curtis boobs was a monumental moment in my life. I think I had my first girlfriend a few days later. Side note: That first girlfriend was arrested 10 years later when she puked up bags of heroin on a plane. Yes, she turned into a low level drug smuggler … I know how to pick ‘em!
6. The Nightmare Before Christmas: How many times did I watch this in college while all hopped up on goof balls? Too many to count.
5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: I still feel it’s the best Griswald movie ever. “Merry Christmas, Shitters Full!” " “Oh, Eddie... If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be more surprised than I am now.” “ HAHA! Is there a more quotable Christmas movie?
4. Christmas Carol: I don’t know which one it was, but one of the older versions gave me nightmares when I was kid. When Bob Crachit’s face appeared on his front door, I remember being scared out of my whits. Anyway, I love all the versions now … even Mr. Magoo!
3. Christmas Story: Honestly, can you have a Christmas movie list and NOT include this? I actually saw this in a tiny rundown theatre in Edgewood,Pa. with my sister and her friend. I was 8 years old and my sister’s friend’s parents were watching us for the day and gave us each $2 to go to the town movie theatre. We had NO idea what the movie was, but figured a Christmas movie had to be good. I remember leaving the theatre loving the movie. 24 years later it is a complete cult classic. Twenty-hour straight every year … need I say more?
2. Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas: A few years ago my friend Mike’s girlfriend gave him the Emmet Otter VHS for Christmas. I told him, “Mike, you need to marry that girl.” Today they have two kids, and he still jokingly says he knew she was one for him when she gave him the VHS. The television movie is that good.
1. Oliver Twist: Really. I’ve only seen it from start to finish once, but I really liked the movie. I was maybe 7 years old … I’d been playing in the snow for hours and my father called me inside to warm up. Angry, I listened. My mother greeted me with a cup of hot chocolate and told me to watch the movie with her. I always hated my mother’s movies – they were always musicals. It took me only a few minutes to realize this was another musical. BUT, I was fascinated by the story of the homeless kids living on their own, scamming for money. I watched it from start to finish, imagining myself as a homeless kid on the streets in this distant land in a time way before I was born. I thought all the kids were so cool and for weeks afterwards had day dreams of hanging out with the characters of the film, living on the street, as only a little kid with a vast imagination can do.

by Mike Smith

Like other traditions I try my best to watch each of these films at least once in December. My Top 10 Christmas movies are:

1. A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983): I don't think (or at least I hope) there isn't a person reading this that doesn't have their own childhood memories rekindled watching this movie. From going to get the tree (long before the idea of PLASTIC ones even entered your mind) to sitting on Santa's lap to actually getting that special present you longed for, "A Christmas Story" is timeless. And I still laugh out loud every time an exasperated Darrin McGavin yells out, "Badafinga!"
2. DIE HARD (1988): Yes, to me nothing says Christmas like John McClain running barefoot through the Nakatomi Building on Christmas Eve. It's amazing how many Hollywood insiders publicly made fun of the fact that 20th Century Fox gave $5 million to a t v actor. 20 years later the franchise is still going. Yippie ki yay!
3. LOVE ACTUALLY (2003): A look at the intertwined lives of people in England around Christmas. Well written with an entire cast that deserved an award.
4. A MIDNIGHT CLEAR (1992): How many holiday films take place during World War II? At least one, which deals with an American patrol that comes across their German counterparts during the final stages of the war. They make their own truce, celebrating Christmas as a group. Extra points for being directed by "JAWS 2"s Keith Gordon!
5. SCROOGED (1988): Bill Murray in classic form as a television executive who learns about Christmas the hard way! From the faux holiday specials to Murray's uncanny Richard Burton impression, this is a must see.
6. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946): Wonder what life would be like if you weren't around? Wonder no more. A top notch cast and director Frank Capra at his smaltsiest make this classic one of the most popular films of all time.
7. TRAPPED IN PARADISE (1994): Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey endeavor to rob a small town bank and instead find themselves overcome by the kindness of the people they have stole from.
8. NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989): Bright lights, jelly of the month clubs and Cousin Eddie all conspire to make the Griswolds' holiday a memorable one.
9. HOME ALONE (1990): Who knew Joe Pesci could be funny? Funny? Funny how? Like a clown?
And one from television...
10. THE HOMECOMING (1971): Dad is working out of town but has promised to be home with the family for Christmas. Will he make it? This film led to "The Waltons" television series.

by Brandon Jones

Before I begin, I would like to say that I stuck to films and omitted the Rankin-Bass featurettes. They, like the “Charlie Brown’s Christmas” are not just iconic, but help shape and define the traditions of our Christmas celebrations and the entire Santa Claus mythology.

Favorite Christmas Films...

“Silent Night, Deadly Night” – can’t leave off the best horror Santa interpretation.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” – I don’t blame Jim Carey for the problems with this film. The entire childhood Grinch flashback is totally unwatchable, but it’s mostly fun and a pretty good adaptation to a classic.
“Elf” – Similar to the Grinch, I was surprised to like the film, especially the homage to Rankin & Bass.
“Edward Scissorhands” – a great triumph: the anti-Christmas “Christmas movie” was a huge deal for me when it was being filmed here locally so I’m personally biased.
      The Sentimental Favorites:
“Miracle on 34th Street” & “It’s a Wonderful Life” – more of the nostalgia of watching when I was younger, but not a must watch every year. If they’re on, we might TIVO them.
“The Muppets Christmas Carol” – I was a big fan of the Muppets when I was REALLY young (not so much Sesame Street) so the film adaptation was already a fun time.
      The Yearly Viewing Lists – Classics:
“Scrooged” – mindless, simple humor; we love it everytime.
“Christmas Vacation” – the adult in me enjoys quoting the lines and relating the antics of the Griswold Family Christmas.
“Christmas Story” – from the Pink Nightmare to Fudge to Scut Farkus Affair (as it has become to be known) make this a Christmas Classic. The Leg Lamp makes this a classic.
“The Nightmare Before Christmas” – The true cult classic that seems to be growing with each and every generation.

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1974 [18-12-2007 05:48] 
http://www.avclub.com/content/feature/my_favorite_movie_year_1974 - for Andy
ED [17-12-2007 12:39] 
Mark - I have known this was coming. I have seen H.G. Lewis and John Waters at the San Marco as part of this series and both events were excellent (although Waters bolted right after the commentary and wouldn't sign). They are also working on getting Dennis Hopper but I bet they don't show Chainsaw 2!
Mark [17-12-2007 11:18]  
Did you guys see this:

Night of the Living Dead is turning 40 and Friends of the Fest is bringing in the man who started the zombie sensation to the San Marco Theatre. He will be providing THE TALKIES treatment to his seminal horror film from 1968. On February 1st at 11:55 p.m. we will screen Night of the Living Dead in 35mm to acquaint—or re-acquaint—viewers, as the case may be. Then on February 2nd at 9:30p.m., not only will George Romero be there for the screening, he will be providing live commentary throughout the film. Not motivated by a moderator, Mr. Romero will be freely skipping on down memory lane regarding the making of his film.

25 people will also have the opportunity to join Mr. Romero for an exclusive dinner. Come celebrate Night of The Living Dead turning 40 with the Friends

ED [16-12-2007 09:02] 
Andy - those cable guides were great and I couldn't wait for them to come out. I probably still have a stack somewhere in my folks house! Whenever I go a new one I would always start with the small ads in the back that were for all the horror movies I liked. I remember reading ads for The Evil, The Brood, Black Christmas, and a lot of other great sleze back there!
Odds [15-12-2007 18:49] 
Didn't Pia Zadora have an older man as a hubby who used to (or so it was perceived at the time) bankroll her entertainment ventures in movies and singing?
Odds [15-12-2007 18:47] 
Hey, Mike,
Remember the early days of cable TV (late '70s) when Showtime/HBO etc. had that little full-color booklet they mailed out to cable customers?

I recall the entry for Zadora's "Butterfly". I also remember when "Jaws" made it's cable debut. In that booklet they didn't name the movie but announced it was one of the "biggest movies of all time". Other notable entries: "The Manitou", "Scalpel", "Embryo", "Coma", "The World's Greatest Lover". Man, I used to love looking through those booklets.
Odds [15-12-2007 18:44] 
Nice to see Pia fans in the Crazed Fanboy universe!
Michael [15-12-2007 18:16] 
Puff I do agree that some of the events happened rather quickly in "Love Actually." However, as for the "men in power" scenario, it should be noted that both the Prime Minister and the Writer were very timid - almost playing the submissive one and that in the boss/secretary episodes the secretary was clearly the agressor. Still, a fine film and one I enjoy watching. The fact that Billy Mack's agent has a framed "Jaws" poster on his wall gives it an extra plus.
Michael [15-12-2007 18:13] 
I will admit here that I have been in lust with Pia Zadora since "Butterfly." Brandon, not only do I have the magazine you mentioned but an autographed postcard of same by Pia herself. Grrrrrrrwwwwwlllllllll! To be fair, I also have her album where she sang with the Philharmonic Orchestra just to prove it's not all physical between us.
paul [15-12-2007 16:15] 
Really? People didn't like the Audet film? Christ ... I think it's brilliant.
Nolan [15-12-2007 10:04] 
Hey, Paul. Not a great night at the TFR, actually. The Bazaar left Pete with audio problems (again) and the Audet doc put everyone to sleep. Many of the regulars didn't show up, but a few did. Not the strongest show of movies. And it rained. That's about it.
Paul [15-12-2007 09:15] 
How'd the TFR go last night?
Puff Chrissy [15-12-2007 06:28] 
Nice to see Love, Actually on Mike's list.

A good movie with two distinct flaws which stop it from being great.

The biggest flaw is the insistence of having three of the romantic couples involving men in power and the women who serve them (Prime Minister/Office Assistant; Boss/Secretary; Writer/Maid); an idea someone should've noted before filming.

The second biggest flaw is the compression of time; none of the plot resolutions could possibly be resolved in a satisfying manner within the four week period that the movie demanded (in time for Christmas!). I mean, the father buries his wife, helps his son win over a girl (the son learning to play drums for a talent show), and meets a new woman all within a month. Really?

Still, I liked the movie, but those two details had me scratching my head.

And now I've written way too much about Love, Actually.
matthew [15-12-2007 05:52] 
hey guys, sorry no rail this week. my workload has just completely zonked me out. i pull another 13 hour shift today.

will be back with my top ten next week.

Brandon [14-12-2007 18:12] 
Re Pia Zadora:

I'm not sure what more pathetic, that I know this or that'll excite some you -- anyway, Pia was on the cover and posed for a pictorial in Penthouse
Brandon [14-12-2007 18:07] 
To Andyland
You don't have to throw me a soft complement, You're basically the Scut Farkus of Fandom.
Terence [14-12-2007 14:00] 
Pia Zadora also has a hilarious role as a beatnik in the origjnal Hairspray,
Michael [14-12-2007 13:30] 
Wow! "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians!" When I was but a wee lad I was part of the volunteer group that helped clean up and restore the Tampa Theatre. Deep in the bowels of the theatre I discovered a large cardboard lobby display for, ta da, the aforementioned Claus/Martian extravaganza. We gave it a place of honor near the employee area and the last time I was in the theatre (1979) it was still there.
Odds [14-12-2007 12:31] 
You can say that again, Ed!

Ah, the bliss of the early '80s...
ED [14-12-2007 12:12] 
After seeing The Lonely Lady, watering the lawn was never the same again!
Odds [14-12-2007 12:00] 
I think "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" is pretty easy to find on DVD. I don't know if you're too young to remember Pia Zadora. She was a talked-about bombshell back in the early '80s. She played "Girmar" in "Santa Claus/Martians".

Some good sleaze is a movie called "The Lonely Lady" with Ms. Zadora, which I think came out in '83. She had nude scenes.
J.Miller2 [14-12-2007 10:51] 
"Santa Claus Conquers the Martians"...Holy crap I wish I could make a showing of that...I almost bought it a few weeks ago off Ebay...
Lisa [14-12-2007 09:48] 
Andy -- you probably know this already, but the Beach Theatre in St. Pete is showing "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. as part of their free kids' matinee series.
Odds [14-12-2007 09:41] 
I implore you to use other methods in rebellion of my piece. Honestly, giving your hard-earned $9.50 to the 'golden compass' is just encouraging these jokers to make more of these useless, generic, unexciting spectaculars - that $9.50 would be better spent at a place like Unique Video - watching a mainstream movie if you wish, but at least you know your money will go toward stocking new cult movies and not the studio's pockets.

I'd also like to admit that embracing the mainstream is not freedom - it's slavery. Watching a really cool Cult Movie is the most freedom you'll ever enjoy. It all comes down to what's cool and what's not. golden compasses are clearly not, therefore avoid it. "Wizard of Gore" is extremely coll and rock & roll, so I suggest experiencing it, and other movies like it.
Odds [14-12-2007 09:34] 
...and where's Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and K. Gordon Murray's Santa Claus?
Odds [14-12-2007 09:31] 
God; no offense guys, but I forgot how many really bad Christmas movies there are! 'scrooged'? Come on! That wreaks of '88. I wish Annie Lennox could have pulled her single off the soundtrack album. I did see it back in the day and found it to be a pretty big letdown.

And despite my adoration of Bob Clark, I'm going on record as saying I'm NOT a "Christmas Story" fan. I simply cannot watch the film for some unknown reason. I think it's the narration. I've always hated shows/movies with kids with an "adult" voice narration ('wonder years').

Again, I thought "The Nightmare Before Christmas" was another letdown, despite the stop motion, and the presence of Burton and Elfman.

And Paul...Zooey Deschanel? Star of the Sci-Fi Channel's 'tin man'? Roles don't get much worse.

Best picks: Mike's "The Homecoming", Paul's "Trading Places", and even BranJo's "Silent Night, Deadly Night" (see, BranJo - I gave you a complement - I'm not really a mean
ED [14-12-2007 05:27] 
To Andy & Mike - The Waltons figures didn't last long and were apparently not very popular action figures but were part of a minor craze of returning to traditional values. This was around the time when The Waltons and Little House on the Prarie ushered in a revival of family programing that included less known shows like Apple's Way and The Family Holvak. A few years later, Mego passed on the Star Wars action figure liscense and never recovered. With Mego's habit of cannibalizing items from one action figure line to use in another, I was always surprised that impressive house didn't become stately Wayne Manor for Batman! They released a sort of condo Wayne Manor but it was ripped off a Barbie Dream House!
ED [14-12-2007 04:48] 
I won't argue for a moment that The last Man on Earth is by far the superior film and extremely faithful to the book with the major exception of the ending, but I do feel The Omega Man has it's place. The Omega Man is much more a product of the 60's, especially the late 60's. The attempts that were made to update the story are also what badly date the movie but I love the fact that the film presents a view of what the world would look like if it HAD ended in the mid 1970's! The part where Heston watches Woodstock in an empty movie theater is classic. At least today he could raid Best Buy and watch thousands of DVDs!
Terence [13-12-2007 22:36] 
oddly enough the Price version being even older than the Heston one never comes off dated. dont get me wrong im not trying to slight Heston. Im a Soylent Green fan myself but Omega Man just doesnt hold up. but some people love it. Drew swears by it. I on the other hand swear by Last Man On Earth.
Terence [13-12-2007 22:34] 
Lisa--Forget Omega Man. its a crappy 70s dated film. ok so thats a little harsh but i didnt like it. also it came off almost like it was a blaxploitation film at times. The Price version is superior in every way in my opinion.
Lisa [13-12-2007 16:13] 
Andy -- You put the "crazed" in "crazed fanboy," for sure. Your enthusiasm is ... clearly evident, but I'm gonna continue living in and fighting for fan freedom (or is it a free fandom?), where people can watch, read, listen to and like/dislike whatever they want and make up their own minds.

You have inspired me in one regard, however...I want to be a XX Offender on your list next year! (the extra "X" is because I'm a fangirl...it's a chromosome joke, ha ha) Not only am I now going to see "The Golden Compass" but I'm going to try to get others to go with me. The Annoy Andy Club is now accepting new members.
Lisa [13-12-2007 15:53] 
Nolan -- I'm working on my column now, so it'll be up later tonight. I didn't know about the "tombstone" graphic before, but find it to be a great motivator... :)

Ed -- I saw "I Am Legend" earlier this week. I haven't read Matheson's book (but I plan to, plus I need to watch the Price version and re-watch the Heston version (it's been eons). I'd love to know how the book ends because I'm curious about how faithful the new movie is to the story. If you get a chance, can you email me at tampafilmfan@aol.com and tell me how the book ends? That's a weird request, I know, but I'm curious. Thanks.
Odds [13-12-2007 13:52] 
Enjoyed the piece about The Walnuts. I was never a big Walnuts fan, but "Goodnight, John Boy" was very much iconic '70s lingo. I also think Richard Thomas is a fine actor (who by the way, doesn't age!). Actually, Nolan and I are fans of his '75(?) made-for-TV movie "The Silence". I don't think I ever knew (or didn't pay attention to the fact)that The Walnuts had action figures(!). The show is still in reruns today on The Hallmark Channel - my wife loves the show! Like you, I was no doubt watching "Kung Fu" instead.
Odds [12-12-2007 13:28] 
Wow - thanks a lot for the info on those puzzles! I thought they'd be so obsure as to escape being noted as a horror collectible. Much appreciated!!!
ED [12-12-2007 12:37] 
Andy - that is the same poster I have. That always looked like comic style art to me but I know the EC version you are describing too. I found a copy of Blood Rage on a used VHS tape in a Pic N Save about 15 years ago for $2 and have clung onto it for dear life!

I know the puzzles you speak of. They will magically appear in next week's Retrorama because you demanded it!
Odds [12-12-2007 12:15] 
I know the "7 Doors" artwork you're referring to; I've seen it on the (oversized) VHS cover back in the '80s. Kind of EC-looking. But that's not the poster I have; mine is more of a movie-poster style illustration with Dave Warbeck reching out toward the viewer with Catriona MacColl behind him (with spiders). Blood Rage sounds very interesting. I'd love to see it. Do you know if it's on VHS or DVD?

I have Retrorama Toy question for you: Do you happen to recall from back in the mid-to-late-'70s, there were these extremely cool classic monster puzzles that were in a package shaped like a coffin. I recall there being one for The Wolfman, and one for Dr. Jekyll/Hyde. There were probably others. I purchased them back in the day at a Woolco dept. store. Ever head of them? Sadly, they got lost with time, and I have not seen any reference to them on eBay or in collector's magazines. Any info?
ED [12-12-2007 11:30] 
Andy - I saw Hellhole at a drive-in in Jacksonville on a multi-horror bill that included Humanoids from the Deep. Nightmare was originally titled Blood Rage and was film in Jacksonville, FL. It came out around 85. That sounds like the same poster I have for 7 Door. It looks like the cover of a comic book with some great cheesy artwork.
Odds [12-12-2007 11:26] 
Hi, Ed,
Good to see another Crazed Fanboy was able to experience an in-theater screening of "7 Doors of Death". I may have the same poster of you. Does it have a red border and list the director as "Lewis Coates"? It was by Aquarius Releasing. I bought it (cheap) at a convention. Believe it or not, I've never seen "Death Dream", but have seen "House by the Cemetary" (at a drive-in), "Evil Dead", "Witchfire" (w/Shelley Winters), and "Dawn of the Dead". You were lucky to have seen "Burial Ground" at the movies! I loved it, but I saw it on video (I have the VHS tape). Not familiar with "Nightmare at Shadow Woods" - can you give us any more info? I'm currently watching the classic 1985 sleaze-shocker "Hellhole", which I originally saw in-theater.

Everybody must get Woronoved.
Puff Chrissy [12-12-2007 07:19]  
I'm confused. Does Drew have to play in the NFL now?
ED [12-12-2007 03:26] 
Mike - I always enjoyed Vincent Price in The Last Man on Earth which is a pretty straight take on the book and Charlton Heston in The Omega Man which tried to make the material more hip. The only potential big surprise left with this third remake of I am Legend is going to be the ending. I know you don't like to give away spoilers so I will settle for a yes or no answer. Did the current movie have the balls to keep the ending from the book that justifies the title and that the previous films wussed out on in favor of theatrics?
J.MILLER2 [12-12-2007 01:43] 
Thought Lalinos column was hilarious...

Still not sure why he hates The Simpsons so much...Other then maybe the Bartman Dance and their late 80s debut...
Terence [11-12-2007 15:01] 
but even after all that nothing can explain your love of a cgi laden remake of a beloved douglas adams novel and classic tv miniseries. not only was it made after 1986 it also has cgi and a rapper starring in it, yet you told me to my face it was good. your own rules are apparently meaningless and the idea that a man who loves not only a remake but an awful remake at that would dare to write a column telling me whos more of fanboy is ludicrous. you are a disgrace to your own standards Lalino.

Christian i refrained from using CAPS this time. i dont want to come off too professional haha.
Terence [11-12-2007 14:58] 
ok everybody we have seen it now. andy's idea of what makes you a fanboy is when and where you saw say Seven Doors of Death rather than your love of the directors work as as it should be seen. 7 Doors of Death is not fulci's cut and in my mind that means it is not a fulci film. and to me no true fanboy would be cool witth it just because thats the experience they had. my first experience of bladrunner was the lousy theatrical cut but never would i now say i love it compared to the directors cut. nor would i trump up the idea that i liked an inferior version simply becuase it was what i saw in my youth. i true crazedfanboy searches out the original visions like a true maniac would. thats why they are crazed fanboys.
Puff Chrissy [11-12-2007 13:23] 
Well, if that's true, Terence has been the most professional person here for years now.
Nolan\'s BFF [11-12-2007 13:14] 
It's unprofessional to capitalize.
Puff Chrissy [11-12-2007 13:11]  
You know you riled Terence up when he starts capitalizing!
ED [11-12-2007 12:28] 
Andy - I actually saw 7 Doors to Death at the drive-in as the lower half a double bill (I have no idea what the first feature was). There's an awesome poster for that version that I have as well. I am not a fan of Italian horror films by any stretch but I do have good memories of the experience of seeing a film like this on the big screen in any form. I also saw Death Dream, House by the Cemetary, Burial Ground, Basket Case, Nightmare at Shadow Woods, Pieces, Witchfire, Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead, and a lot of other good and bad genre films in the theater during their initial runs or within a few years of them. That doesn't even begin to count revival screenings or the kiddie matinees I grew up with showed AIP films and all kinds of cult movies all summer long.
Odds [11-12-2007 10:44] 
Oh, come on, Tez, don't play those grade school games! You know very well my proud bragging right of being one of the VERY few to actually see Seven Doors of Death at the movies. Though it may not be your "dream cut", it was still a thrill to experience Fulci on the big screen during a time when you could actually release a film such as this.

And I'm sure there's a yachtload of Cult Movies you haven't yet caught up on, and just as an aside, Drink Your Blood was INCREDIBLE!!!
Odds [11-12-2007 10:35] 
Nice to see Andy continuously name drop Leonard Cohen's excellent "I'm Your Man" album, which of course came out in 1988.

...Well, I was more so referencing Wham!, but...
Mr. Terry [11-12-2007 10:32] 
Andy has some great points in his new article this week. Love the ones pretaining to Drew.

Its very interesting how all the DOERS of the world actually have the same mind set.

"Drew there is much Potential in you." -Andy

I wonder how many times Drew has heard this in his life.? Potential in the NFL doesn't win you championships. IF YOUR A MAN you gotta show up, be around the game, play the game, and win the game.

We are still waiting Drew.
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