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Nolan's Pop Culture Review 2007!
Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our eighth calendar year!
Number 404  (Vol. 8, No. 51). This edition is for the week of December 17--23, 2007.

"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street "

My Best of 2007 List
Time Warp Toy Box: Week 3
Dan Fogelberg....Dark Shadows DVD Update....Top Ten Christmas Movies
This Week .... Movie Notes .... Those Who Can't Do Teach .... Passing On .... Sorry I Missed You: Part One .... .... h

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sad Passings
2007 Musings
The Top 10 Christmas Movies of All Time
CANOVA the Comic, "Prologue"
The Year That Was, Part 1
Readers' Comments

I'm sure I've said it before, but I'll say it again: it is quite unbelievable to me to think that another year has already passed. Can it be almost 2008?? As I get older, the years scream by faster and faster (a feeling no doubt shared by my baby-boomer brethren).

Sad Passings
Dan Fogelberg, with his signature soft acoustic guitar stylings, and mainstay of '70s soft-rock culture, has died at the age of 56 from prostate cancer after a three-year battle.

Last week I neglected to mention the passing of Ike Turner at 76. Former husband to Tina Turner and rock music legend in his own right, his reputation was forever marred by stories of his abusive and violent nature, particularly toward Tina.

Hugh Smith, one of the original anchors for local television station WTVT Channel 13 in Tampa, died last Sunday at the age of 73 from cancer (stage 4 melanoma). PCR Lettercol readers may remember I was contacted by Hugh's son, Ward, a couple weeks ago and informed of his father's dire condition.

Hugh Smith worked at Channel 13 for 28 years, and while there he anchored Tampa's first color broadcast of a newscast in 1966. In 1976, he did Tampa's first live remote shot, reporting from a helicopter hovering over town. He also was instrumental in expanding WTVT's newcasts from 15-minute reports to 30 minutes and eventually to 60 minutes.

He left WTVT in 1991 for personal reasons, but will always be remembered for the pioneering work he did as a newsman for the station.

2007 Musings
Before I sail into The Year That Was, Part 1, I'd like to single out a few special things that happened in 2007 (as I'm not sure all of you will actually read all of "The Year That Was" Two-Parter, as it's basically a summary of the Archives section):

  • Crazed Fanboy moved to a new server/webhost. I know this might seem more important to me than to you all, but it was actually a pretty big deal. My former web host I'd been with since the beginning had traded hands many, many times, and was still operating successfully, but had not grown as far as capacity or customer service. With my options there increasingly limited (and a "last straw" involving unresponsive File Transfer Protocol business), I left for a bigger, better, and newer host. (I'm resisting naming names for fairness as this was my individual experience.) This was a stressful time, but fortunately the transition was smooth and the options are much better now. This actually paved the way for increased functionality and interactivity on the website. For example...
  • The Crazed Fanboy Chatroom was created. Ah, the chatroom. I remember being so proud of this and the potential of its being a real player in our online universe. Unfortunately, it has been my least successful endeavor to date and it's my own fault: like Nolan Radio and The World of Nolan online video series, I simply didn't have the time I needed to devote to its development and promotion. Also, my screwy work schedule is not conducive to hosting chats at normal waking hours. I did get one hosted chat in last April (actually before I changed web hosts), but except for checking in from time to time, the room sits unused. After briefly considering its abandonment, Terence and I decided to get serious about its direction and scheduling in 2008. I may also re-write the source code for it (there were a few complaints about its clunky interface, but only a few). The new year should see an improvement in Chat Room use.
  • The Readers Comments section was installed. I wasn't sure how this would be received, because we already had the Message Board, arguably the most successful interactive function we ever had. But all the news sites I visit on a daily basis (like AOL, MSN, Yahoo) had a readers comments section at the bottom of all their news stories' pages and it seemed like something I'd like to have for Crazed Fanboy's homepage as well. It has been very popular, it features contributors who find the Message Board a turn-off (they're out there), and, except for a brief glitch a couple months ago involving here-again-gone-again entries, it has been relatively easy to maintain and a successful addition to the website.
  • The new Content Management system was instituted. This is possibly my proudest accomplishment this year. I wrote the code (or manipulated exisiting code) for this myself and am still fine-tuning it, but it improved the timliness of certain columns by allowing the writers to post their output on their own schedule. It still has a long way to go to be completely automated (I still have to do some maintenance week-to-week), but the early results have been very successful and encouraging. As I learn more about the PHP codes that power it, I improve the system. All columns except for Retrorama, La Floridiana, and Matt's Rail have been modified to this end, the latter two were delayed because I was never sure they were coming back! But, over the next few weeks, the transition should be pretty much completed.
  • The Crazed FanPoll. This was more about me indulging myself in some sensationalism as I developed my PHP chops, but it was entertaining as far as it went. It hasn't been around in a few months because I ran out of interesting things to Poll about. But as the election year heats up, look for a return of the Crazed FanPoll!
  • The Creature Feature Store. This is so new (debuted this month) there isn't really much to report about it yet, except it's something I'm very proud of and it has already resulted in sales. Originally conceived to coincide with Halloween (I blew that), it made it just in time for Creepy Christmas. I have great confidence in its potential as word gets out about it.

    I wish to personally thank Unique Video and MRL Comics for sticking with me this far. I hope that The Terror Shop can once again re-join our fold someday. I'd also like to thank Andy Lalino who has been most helpful in developing contacts for potential ad revenue. Of course, this is something that needs to increase dramatically in 2008! Haha.

    This year saw the debut of Retrorama (ED Tucker), FANGRRL (Lisa Ciurro), and Film Biz 101 (Corey Castellano). Congratulations to one and all for a successful debut and consistently good showing!

    ED TUCKER wins the Mike Smith award for not missing an issue since his debut. Thank you, ED! Well done. And everyone, keep up the great work!

    "CANOVA" the comic strip by John Miller, debuts this issue, so is technically a 2007 "new column", but of course, it's way too early to judge proper feedback yet!


    This is in response to a challenge by Matt Drinnenberg, begun in last week's issue (please refer to that issue for the first responses to this challenge). We continue this week with the newest contributors.

    1) National Lampoons Christmas Vacation - Why?? Because this movie is my family!!
    2) Trapped in Paradise - I need to research this and find out whose idea it was to pair one very unlikely actor with the other two (Nicholas Cage, with Dana Carvy and Jon Lovitz) Love the movie......never heard the reasoning or story behind that...if there is one.
    3) While You Were Sleeping - Simply because I am a woman and it is a romantic movie.
    4) The Santa Clause - The first one.
    5) Home for the Holidays - Oh wait, no that movie is my family!
    6) Miracle on 34th St - The original version.
    7) A Christmas Story - My mother always bundle me up in so much winter attire that I could not stand or walk either....
    8) It's a Wonderful Life - Just a classic!
    9) Home Alone
    10) The Santa Clause # 2

    Omitting the beloved TV specials opened up a few spaces on my list, which I've filled by stretching the "Christmas related" theme as much as possible, as you can see:

    10. Bridget Jones' Diary (2001) I suppose this is my chick flick pick, so I'll spare you the gory girlie details. I will say, however, that this movie does a good job of making fun of those brightly-colored Christmas sweaters our relatives have bought us over the years. (If your mother never bought you any, you can have one of mine. I've got plenty.)
    9. Better Off Dead (1985) Any time I can include a John Cusack movie on my list, I'm happy. This is a black comedy about suicide with skiing, a French foreign exchange student, bizarre neighbors, gross food and a homicidal paperboy thrown in for good measure. The depressed main character Lane Meyer (Cusack) gets TV dinners as Christmas presents (which is actually a good thing considering his mother's cooking) and some of the film's many famous quotes involve Christmas. "It's a Christmas present. Do you have Christmas in France?"
    8. Lethal Weapon (1987) Opening with Christmas music and ending with a Christmas dinner with family, Lethal Weapon uses the festive holiday season to make the murder and mayhem taking place more jarring. This film is a nostalgic fave of mine...when it was filmed, the buddy-cop routine wasn't exhausted, the infamous lines weren't over-quoted and Mel Gibson was crazy only on the big screen.
    7. Die Hard (1988) Great lines, great casting, great action, great villains, the great Nakatomi Christmas party. Watching the fourth installment, Live Free or Die Hard, this past weekend reminded me how much I enjoyed the original Die Hard movie.
    6. Gremlins (1984) I can't remember what this film is rated, but I know that I went to see it a few times in the theater and lied to my mom about what movie I had seen (sorry, Mom). I loved this movie. I bet I could find one of those gremlins dressed like Santa on eBay if I looked...
    5. Elf (2003) One of Will Farrell's better roles. Absolutely hilarious. Back in my starving student days I had a part-time job at the mall as one of Santa's helpers. Wore the elf costume, heard the jokes and lived to tell about it. So I have a soft spot for "too-tall elf humor" in general and this movie in particular.
    4. It's A Wonderful Life (1946) Cliched, hokey, mandatory viewing, on one hand. Moving, sweet and classic, on the other.
    3. Miracle on 34th Street (1947) I'm a sucker for the scene in the courtroom where all those letters to Santa are entered as evidence. Plus, I think Edmund Gwenn is the best movie Santa ever.
    2. A Christmas Story (1983) Through the years I've loved and hated this movie...mostly loved it. Every once in a while, I come across people who are unfamiliar with the line "you'll shoot your eye out!" and am dumbfounded by that. This film should be mandatory (love it or hate it, you at least have to see it).
    1. Joyeux Noel (2005) A beautiful French film about the Christmas truce in 1914, when French, British and German soldiers crawled out of their WWI trenches and shared food, music and laughter with each other (and found that killing the enemy wasn't quite so easy afterwards). This movie is a beautiful example of the Christmas spirit we're always hearing about, and it's especially moving because the Christmas truce really happened.

    It’s a Wonderful Life - Frank Capra’s holiday classic about George Bailey, who throughout the course of his life just never gets a lucky break, at least in his own eyes. George gets the gift of gifts, however, when Clarence the angel takes him on a tour of life as it would have been for all involved had he never been born. In a movie filled with emotional heart tugs at every turn, Jimmy Stewart shows why his is considered today one of the great actors in the history of film, pretty much owning every scene he is in.
    A Christmas Story - No Christmas is complete without watching this great flick at least once. Peter Billingsly plays Alfie, whose one line Christmas dream is to get a Red Rider BB Gun. Aside from its Christmas premise, this movie stands alone as one of my favorite films ever. Darren McGavin is simply great as Alfie’s father, who finally delivers the young boy's Christmas dream. And who can forget Schwarts getting his!
    The Christmas Tree - Not really a ‘holiday classic’ but it should be. The movie is about a little boy who has a love for Christmas, as well as a love for wolves at the local zoo. His father, played by William Holden, learns that his son is dying of Leukemia, and steals two wolves for his son from the local zoo. The wolves and child somehow come face to face, and the wolves behave more like obedient dogs who love their master, the boy. The movie ends with the child being found Christmas morning by his father, lying under the tree, with the dogs beside him wimpering. Just typing this I’m getting misty eyed. I’m such a sap.
    Scrooge - While I love all the Christmas Carol films, my personal nod goes to this 1970 musical retelling starring Albert Finney. An excellent rendition I highly recommend.
    Scrooged - In what has to be one of the best comedy takes-offs ever of a Christmas story, Bill Murray plays the unwitting victim to the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. The premise is pretty straightforward to the classic, but has Karen Allen as his love interest, which, since I really like her is a huge bonus. I’m still amazed his brother James doesn’t know it’s the SS Minnow that takes the castaways to Gilligan's Island.
    The Santa Claus - Pretty recent to be on a top 10 list, but this movie puts a whole new spin on the Santa ideal. Tim Allen plays an unlucky sapp who kills Santa, thus being bound by the Santa ‘Claus’ which states he must in turn become the new Santa. For Real. Any movie that features the Oscar Meyer Weenie Whistle is going to be high on my list.
    Trading Places - One of my favorite comedies ever, this isn’t necessarily about Christmas, tho it is set at that time of season. Eddie Murphy’s coming out party to the big screen from what I remember, and Dan Akroyd is at his best as the beat down by corporate scum white bread silver spooned Winthrop. Also, you gotta love Akroyd as Santa. Always cracks me up. Plus, any movie that has the word ‘Scumbag’ in it will be on my list.
    Mixed Nuts - Steve Martin plays the head of a crisis counseling service which is inundated with tragedy and hilarity as Christmas comes to fruition. One of the most underrated ensemble holiday movies ever, in my opinion.
    Die Hard - Okay, I wasn’t going to include action films on this list, but as I type this out I keep thinking “Now I have a machine gun. Ho, Ho, Ho”. The perfect combo of Christmas and anarchy. I remember seeing the trailer for this at Hillsboro cinema, I think Mike was with me, and the crowd laughed at the premise of an action movie starring Bruce Willis. Boy oh boy, were they wrong.
    Home Alone - This was, to put it mildly, a holiday phenomenon for quite some time. Seems you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing about it, and it seemed to always be on TV once it hit the small screen circuit. Pesci does indeed show great comedy timing for someone who normally kills people in his movies. And Caulkin, well, this made him big time for a while, altho he’s kind of disappeared. I did think he was excellent in the Good Son.

    10. Lethal Weapon (1987) – Great action film that takes place around Christmas time and best film out of the whole Lethal Weapon series.
    9. Die Hard (1988) – Awesome action flick that takes place on Christmas Eve.
    8. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – A very funny film and one of the better Chevy Chase Vacation films and a good Christmas flick, too.
    7. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – Classic Christmas film and a must watch around the holidays.
    6. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) – One of two horror films on my list. A great killer Santa movie.
    5. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) – Very cool cult classic film for Christmas.
    4. Gremlins (1984) – Another must see film for the Christmas season. A very good movie that captured the great wintry scene of the season and also had some cool scares and fun moments.
    3. Black Christmas (1974) – The second horror film on my list is Bob Clark’s horror classic. Just an awesome film in general and the best horror Christmas film.
    2. A Christmas Carol (1938) – This classic film I saw when I was a kid and always watched it around Christmas time. It’s also the best film adaptation to Dickens’ classic story.
    1. A Christmas Story (1983) – The ultimate Christmas movie that’s a must see and a must own for Christmas. You can also catch it 24-7 on TNT every Christmas Eve/Day. It’s also the other Bob Clark Christmas classic.

    1.) A Christmas Story (1983) – When I told a couple of friends that I was doing a top ten Christmas movies list they simultaneously blurted out “number one, A Christmas Story”. It was unanimous, nothing gets me more in the holiday spirit than the story of little Ralphie’s quest for his beloved BB gun. Add to this a nostalgic 1940’s Christmas time as seen through the eyes of a child and this has classic written all over it. I am still amazed that this didn’t do better at the box office during its initial release but this is one of those films that truly gets more enjoyable with subsequent viewings.
    2.) It’s A Wonderful Life (1943) – If anyone doubts that this film is a classic, just look at how many times the story of a man being given the opportunity to see how his friends and family would have turned out if he had never been born has been copied. Jimmy Stewart gives an excellent performance as a seemingly average Joe who decides his life is no longer worth living until some supernatural intervention shows him just how valuable he really is.
    3.) Miracle on 34th St. (1947) – Here’s another must see film for the holiday season. A gentle tale of Christmas versus consumerism as a man who may or may not be the real St. Nick takes a job as a department store Santa. The courtroom trial at the end is cinema gold and Edwin Gwen turns in a marvelously low-key performance as Kris Kringle.
    4.) Christmas Carol (1984) – There was no doubt that a Christmas Carol was going on my list but the question was which one? As much as I enjoyed the 1970 musical version with Albert Finney, Scrooge, there’s just something about seeing George C. Scott in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge that really appeals to me. I keep expecting him to switch into Patton mode at any moment and slap the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come straight into next year!
    5.) Santa Claus (1959) – I devoted an entire feature to this bizarre holiday conglomeration from South of the border that was a kiddie matinee staple for most of my childhood. Santa versus Satan, I’m there!
    6.) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – One of the weaker, but by no means weakest, entries in the Vacation film series, this is still one of the best cinematic representations of dealing with the extended family during the holidays. Randy Quaid is given a chance to shine with his Cousin Eddie character and no one will ever look at a storm drain the same way again! Sh*tters full!
    7.) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (2005) – I am surprised this hasn’t already turned up on other lists. While not strictly a Christmas film, this movie does manage to combine both the Santa Claus mythos with the Christ-like character of the lion Aslan. This belongs on the list for no other reason than Father Christmas being portrayed as a real bad ass that arms the children with an entire arsenal of weapons!
    8.) Bad Santa (2003) – Say what you will but this film always puts me in the Christmas spirit after I get done laughing my head off. Once you get past the crude humor and endless profanity, you realize this is a morality tail of a man at the end of his rope who almost misses what is surely his last chance at redemption. Billy Bob Thorton gives a great performance as the alcoholic, suicidal, small time crook with the Santa Claus MO. Save this one for after the kids have gone to bed on Christmas Eve!
    9.) Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) – OK, everyone is allowed to have their guilty pleasures and this one is mine. I admit I have never been a huge fan or Ernest P. Worrell, although I do like Jim Varney, but he manages to evoke a few laughs here without being too irritating. The fact that this was filmed in Orlando and has lots of recognizable scenery is a big plus.
    10.) Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) – Alexander Salkind thought he had another Superman on his hands when this film was released in 1985 but he couldn’t capture lightening in a bottle twice. The first third of this movie that explains the historical origins of Santa (humanly portrayed by character actor David Huddleston) is excellent but once the film moves to more modern times it loses steam quickly. Dudley Moore and John Lithgow (both very good actors under most circumstances) turn in performances that prove more annoying than anything else. If this film could have maintained the quality and tone set by its first act it would have placed much higher on the list.

    Next Week: Operation Flybone


    January through June, 2007

    January starts off with a brazen boast by yours truly that my multi-media aspirations would take off -- only they didn't. Well, not exactly like I wanted to, anyway. UFOs gather over O'Hare airport, rocks fall from space, and we lose our first notable celebrity of the year, Yvonne DeCarlo. ED Tucker appears in Tampa with a giant spider -- an authentic prop from The Giant Spider Invasion! Mike Smith begins his year-long serial on "Whatever Happened To..?". Terence Nuzum opines on the Best Albums of 2006 and meets Dinosaur, Jr., while Andy Lalino's short-lived "Putzo the Clown" character derides non-crazed believers. Hillary Clinton confirms her candidacy for president, and we lose a Watergate burglar in E. Howard Hunt. February sees more crap falling from space, while Ed and Andy make the Florida FX Show. We lose Tige Andrews (Mod Squad). ED Tucker visits Sanford, Florida and meets up with Charlie Carlson and Harry Wise. Will Moriaty sends the first of what would be only six La Floridianas to grace us this year, but it's a doozy: paranormal and skunk apes. Andy covers Peter Straub's visit to USF, Pan's Labyrinth opens to rave reviews, Will interviews Paul Guzzo, and Matt's Rail returns. As the 79th Academy Awards heats up, ED reports on this year's MegaCon.  March, an incredibly action-packed month, brings us the first Gasparilla Film Festival the largest event of its kind attempted, and the heir apparent to the late Tambay Film Fest. Yours truly has the honor of being a judge for the Best Young Filmmaker Award! Speaking of film festivals, Horrors & Hotties anyone? Andy Lalino's inaugural all-horror film fest exceeds expectations. Captain America is shot by a sniper and killed (what the..?), while 300 shows Michael Bay can occasionally not suck quite so bad. Frederick Pohl, Harry Harrison, Prof. Rick Wilber, and Rusty Hevelin visit USF, but we lose another rock star when Brad Delp (Boston) leaves for the great beyond. ED partakes of Munchkin Mayhem as some genuine wee folks from the movie visit a Jacksonville mall! Scooter Libby is convicted of lying to Congress and local councilman Steve Stanton decides he'd rather be a woman. Mike Smith updates his picture in The Rant, and local strip bar owner/politician/wildman Joe Redner makes another bid for public office. The "true tomb" of Jesus is one story we run on our first Crazed FanPoll of 2007.  April is a pretty full month as well and sees the debut of the Crazed Fanboy Chat Room, although it got under-used during the rest of the year. Keith Richards claims he snorted his own father's ashes, while a drunken Mexican driver kills cult film director Bob Clark. Locally, Tampa weatherman John Winter takes his own life, leaving a community in shock. Don Imus loses his job over racist remarks. Grindhouse, the ultimate experiment in retro-culture by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino impresses some fans and critics, confuses others, then tanks at the box-office. Oh, well. I liked it. Comic strip artist Johnny Hart (B.C.) and legendary novelist Kurt Vonnegut leave the mortal coil. The SunScreen Film Festival is visited by Chris Woods. I am honored to know TBO.com lists Crazed Fanboy as a top area "blog" -- I seem to be the only one still referring to what we do here as an "online e-zine". Although that's more prestigeous, "Blog" is easier to promote, ironically. Finally getting to excercise my video chops, I cobble together a "book trailer" for Patty G. Henderson to post on YouTube. Virginia Tech is shot up by a madman (yes it's already been that long ago), and Mike Smith reviews "The Shark Is Still Working", a documentary on JAWS that he appears in (I will review it later in the year). The first--and only--hosted chatroom takes place as four of us discuss Genesis (the Bible book, not the band). MPAA chieftain Jack Valenti and former Russian leader Boris Yeltsin die. As we move into May, actors Tom Poston and Dabbs Greer, bandleader Tommy Newsom, and former astronaut Wally Schirra all pass away. I seem to be the only one who remembers Tom Poston in Zotz!. Jimmy "Scotty" Doohan, who died a couple years ago, finally got his ashes shot into space via shuttle as per his request. Televangelist Jerry Falwell, creator of the "Moral Majority" and influential in politics (long a pain-in-the-ass to creatively daring individuals like, say, Larry Flynt) dies. But so much death, anything positive happen? YES, Spider-Man 3 breaks all box-office records. Yours truly breaks into some local media by being a guest on a video produced for BobRossMovies.com, where Bob and I discussed the summer movie agenda. Two days later, Tampa Digital Studios interviews me for live web video, "Tampa Bay's Media Talk" (probably still on YouTube)! I am indeed honored. Shrek 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean 3 continue the "summer of sequels" (or "threequels" in this case). Chris Woods writes up The Legends of Wrestling, while former president Jimmy Carter calls George W. Bush "the worst president in history". Mike Smith attends JAWSFEST, legendary character actor Charles Nelson Reilly passes on. Tropical Storm Barry causes problems on the Gulf Coast.  June. Crazed Fanboy moves to a new web host, Will Moriaty forgives J. Lamar McMichael (the guy who screwed him out of a quarter million dollars), and John Lewis opens Comics & Critters Too in Clearwater (a "sequel" to the Comics & Critters store of years ago); oddly, he's close-mouthed about it around me. I finally review "The Shark Is Still Working" documentary, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer didn't do all that fantastic, but local underground indie film hero Marcus Koch, along with Joe Davison, premiere 100 Tears. Although my review was positive, I got grief for months over my few objections regarding actor chemistry and conservative editing. The sports community is shocked by the death of young WWE star Chris Benoit, and, of course, Paris Hilton's release from jail got obscene media coverage

    Next Week: The Year That Was, Part 2, July through December! PLUS...The Graveyard of Dead Columns has only ONE tombstone this year; can you guess which one?

    Readers' Comments

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    RON CANOVA [25-12-2007 06:33] 
    Lisa [21-12-2007 15:01] 
    Nolan said "I am honored to know TBO.com lists Crazed Fanboy as a top area "blog" -- I seem to be the only one still referring to what we do here as an "online e-zine". "

    And you're right, as usual. Crazed Fanboy is not a blog! A blog is (short version) an online journal, of sorts, with frequent posts that appear in reverse chronological order (most recent on top) with date/time stamps.

    That's not meant to imply that one is better than the other and I'm glad you got attention from TBO.com. This is just one of my biggest pet peeves. (Don't get me started on referring to individual blog posts as blogs...)
    Mark [21-12-2007 12:42] 
    I dont know if Chris Benoit can be considered too young. He was 40 when he died. Although he was young to die he wasnt a guy who died in his 20s like the Von Erichs.
    terence [20-12-2007 20:32] 
    DVD Release That I’m Dying To Own: The 5-disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition of Blade Runner

    i think all of us cant wait to own this!!!
    Lisa [20-12-2007 15:45] 
    Juanita -- I love "While You Were Sleeping" too! I almost included in on my list instead of "Bridget Jones' Diary."

    John -- :) :)

    Nolan -- Thanks for another year of your dedication, talent and hard work and for giving us fans -- fanboys, fangirls, crazed and crazy -- a great place to hang out.
    Joel D. Wynkoop [19-12-2007 17:28] 
    I enjoyed Double Vie too, it reminded me of The Family Man with Nick Cage. Nick Cage was a ritzy money guy but he goes to sleep and wakes up in another life with children and he doesn't know what's going on but he starts to love his new family, usually not the kind of flick I'd watch but Cathy and I took my Mom to it years ago, check it out sometime.

    Joel Wynkoop

    I'm a sucker for superhero flicks too Nolan.
    Joel D. Wynkoop [19-12-2007 16:37] 
    Nolan, Hey buddy, Merry Christmas!!! I just did an interview for FOCUS magazine, it should be out in January, I'm groveling for the cover hah hah. Hope to see you this Sunday at our usual haunt, sorry we missed last time.

    Paul Guzzo [19-12-2007 16:21] 
    Fascinating experience for me this week ... first time in a long time I read the TFR piece as an outsider!
    Nolan [19-12-2007 15:03] 
    I admit the comic strip is a pretty heavy graphic (300KB). Let me know if it gives you any problems.

    The Tampa Film Review piece is up -- after I wrote it, I remembered having a better time than I thought, haha.

    More to come Thursday and Friday.
    [31-12-1969 16:00] 
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