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Nolan's Pop Culture Review 2008!
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Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our ninth calendar year!
Number 414  (Vol. 9, No. 9). This edition is for the week of February 25--March 2, 2008.

"Vantage Point"
Dr. Paul Bearer: The Lost Photographs – Part 2
Book Review: Historical Photos of Tampa. Text and captions by Ralph Brower
Remembering Dick Fletcher
Happy Birthday Famous Monsters....Another Icon Lost....Oscar Miss....2 Weeks Left For Rondo
Politics .... Oscar Recap .... Speaking Of Winners (not) .... Passing On .... Corrections .... .... .... .... And The Oscar For 1990 Should Have Gone To... o
The 80th Academy Awards
"No Country For Old Men" Rules Night
And the other winners are...who?

Saying goodbye to Ben Chapman, Steve Gerber, Dick Fletcher, and William F. Buckley, Jr.

There is good news and bad news in Hollywood. Well, maybe no so much bad as weird. The weird news is that most of this year's Oscar-winners for acting are unknown to casual movie-goers. Also, of all nominated films, none could really be typically classified as a sensation-type event, a la, King Kong, Lord of the Rings, Titantic, or even Narnia (although Drew Reiber argues for Juno).

The good news! THE SAME!

Marcus Koch, Mar 18, 31 yrs.
This year's awards brings home the first inkling that maybe....finally....at long last....Hollywood is breaking away from its recent past of remake after remake after remake, and instead trying new things, new stories and new writers, starring relative unknowns, and upstarts.

Well there were a few exceptions. The night's big winner No Country for Old Men is a Coen Brothers film who are remembered for such fare as Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski and the like. The winner for best actor, Daniel Day-Lewis, is synonomous with (at the very least) My Left Foot. With the others, I wound up scratching my head...who?

The other odds-on favorite to win for Best Picture was There Will Be Blood, a noted favorite around the PCR compound (and the one Daniel Day-Lewis took home Best Actor for). But the Coen Bros' film ruled the night with 4 Oscars for No Country.

Long-time readers remember we have a little bet going between Mike Smith and Matt Drinnenberg every year regarding Oscar picks. Mike usually wins. This year is no exception.

Best Motion Picture: "No Country for Old Men." Mike: "No Country for Old Men", Matt: "There Will Be Blood"
Lead Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood." Mike: Daniel Day-Lewis, Matt: Tommy Lee Jones
Lead Actress: Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose." Mike: Julie Christie, Matt: Cate Blanchett
Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men." Mike: Javier Bardem, Matt: Casey Affleck
Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton, "Michael Clayton." Mike: Amy Ryan, Matt: Tilda Swinton
Director: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men." Mike: Coen Bros., Matt: Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood)
Foreign Language Film: "The Counterfeiters," Austria. Mike: "The Counterfeiters", Matt: "Beaufort"
Adapted Screenplay: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men." Mike: "No Country for Old Men", Matt: "There Will Be Blood"
Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody, "Juno." Mike: "Juno", Matt: "Juno"
Animated Feature Film: "Ratatouille." Mike: "Ratatouille", Matt: "Ratatouille"
Art Direction: "Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street." Mike: "Atonement", Matt: "Sweeney Todd"
Cinematography: "There Will Be Blood." Mike: "There Will Be Blood", Matt: "There Will Be Blood"
Sound Mixing: "The Bourne Ultimatum." Mike: "Transformers", Matt: "Transformers"
Sound Editing: "The Bourne Ultimatum." Mike: "Transformers", Matt: "There Will Be Blood"
Original Score: "Atonement," Dario Marianelli. Mike: "Atonement", Matt: “3:10 to Yuma”
Original Song: "Falling Slowly" from Once, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Mike: "That's How You Know" from Enchanted, Matt: "That’s How You Know" from Enchanted
Costume: "Elizabeth: The Golden Age." Mike: "Sweeney Todd", Matt: "Sweeney Todd"
Documentary Feature: "Taxi to the Dark Side." Mike: "Sicko", Matt: "Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience"
Documentary Short Subject: "Freeheld." Mike: "Freeheld", Matt: "Sari’s Mother"
Film Editing: "The Bourne Ultimatum." Mike: "No Country for Old Men", Matt: "There Will Be Blood"
Makeup: "La Vie en Rose." Mike: "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End", Matt: “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”
Animated Short Film: "Peter & the Wolf." Mike: "I Met the Walrus", Matt: “Peter & the Wolf”
Live Action Short Film: "Le Mozart des Pickpockets (`The Mozart of Pickpockets')." Mike: "The Tonto Woman", Matt: "The Tonto Woman"
Visual Effects: "The Golden Compass." Mike: "Transformers", Matt: "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End"

MIKE: 11, MATT: 6 . Congratulations, once again, Mike!

The man who played the Creature From The Black Lagoon in standing-ground-above water shots, Ben Chapmen, has died. He was 79. (Ricou Browing, who played The Creature in all underwater shots where the Creature is seen swimming, is fortunately still with us.) This week's Matt's Rail has more on Ben Chapman.

I neglected to mention comic-book writer Steve Gerber in last week's PCR. Gerber was the creator of the breakthrough comic character Howard the Duck that became the lame-ass LucasFilm motion picture, arguably its greatest failure. Gerber was 60 years old when he recently passed away from pulmonary fibrosis.

Dick Fletcher, veteran weatherman with WTSP's Channel 10 News in the Tampa Bay area just died at the age of 65. He'd been hospitalized for a week over a massive stroke (he suffered a milder one years ago). He seemed to show signs of recovery when he succumbed. As iconic as any other local weathermen, he was much-loved by viewers and will be sorely missed.

Conservative writer William F. Buckley Jr., the erudite and eloquent Ivy Leaguer and conservative herald I mostly remember from the PBS show Firing Line and editor of The National Review (which he founded), has died at the age of 82. He frequently showered huge and scornful words on liberalism as he observed, abetted and cheered on the right's post-World War II rise from the fringes to the White House. He was a favorite of impressionists, easy to imitate, but really because his personality loomed large. His Yale background frequently peppered his speeches, perhaps because it's usually cited as a bastion of liberal thinking, yet he himself was staunchly conservative. Although I have always leaned left in my politics, I always enjoyed any debate he was a part of. One of the most influential and intelligent thinkers of our time, Mr. Buckley will be sorely missed.

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Andrew Allan [03-03-2008 21:09] 
Thanks for the pics, Ed. They're great. I especially love the one of HGL & Friedman together. The stories and experiences between those two guys is phenomenal.

Chris Woods [03-03-2008 21:07] 
It was an awesome weekend. Having lunch with H.G. Lewis and David Friedman. Hanging out with good friends. The screening of the Joe Redner doc preview and having Joe there as a guest at the Gasparilla Film Fest. Watching Blood Feast on the big screen. And being at Gasparilla itself and watching great movies. Good times.
Nolan [03-03-2008 10:22] 
ED--send me one, too!
ED [03-03-2008 10:03] 
Andrew - I have several photos of that little incident. Send me an E-mail and I will send you one.
Andrew Allan [03-03-2008 08:25]  
Big thanks to everyone who came out to support the Blood Feast event. Andy and I had a blast and hope you did, too.

I'm sorry I couldn't make the Saturday lunch. Having dined with Herschell on several occassions, I know how entertaining those can be.

If anyone snapped a picture of the blood dripping down the screen, I'd love to see it.

Thanks again - Andrew
Paul Guzzo [03-03-2008 07:43] 
BTW ... the Gasparilla Fest seems to have been a huge success this year. I only made it to one film, but from all I hear it had a big crowd for most events and local film critics for the newspapers all were raving over the film selections. IT had some kinks still, but I'm sure they will be worked out.
I had basically nothing to do with the fest this year outside of small things and am now officially off the board, having served my two years. But it looks like it is growing.
The newspapers all continue to rave about its growth being the work of the new director ... and he did a good job by all accounts ... but I give most credit to president Eric Odum. His commitment to this festival is what has kept it going through its growth years. He deserves so much credit.
ED [03-03-2008 06:26] 
Paul - It was great to finally meet you. When opportunities like that lunch present themselves you just have to grab them. Now you have all the time in the world to become a fan of Herschell Lewis and David Friedman's work.

For those who missed it, the lunch and the Blood Feast event were both excellent and will be covered in this week's issue of PCR by myself and undoubtly others. Just some shameless self promotion!
paul guzzo [03-03-2008 05:42] 
I'd like to thank you guys for allowing me to join you for lunch ... I didn't feel worthy to be at the table considering I am hardly a fan - in fact, I've only seen the movie once and it was many, many years ago. Thanks, though.
Nolan [01-03-2008 23:29] 
I apologize to the Gasparilla Film Fest, Eric, ED, Andy, Herschell, and David for not being able to show up to the Saturday night portion (Blood Feast) after all. After the enjoyable encounter with HGLewis in Ybor City that afternoon, although I had a tremendous time, I was subsequently in a lot of pain (the nagging pre-existing physical condition in my feet and ankles). I returned home exhausted after having been up close to 24 hours, and, barely able to walk, collapsed in bed. I was not in any shape to go back out that night, sorry to say.

I support the Film Fest in its entirety and hope the showing of Blood Feast was a sell-out. I wish I could've been there, but it couldn't be helped, believe me.
Nolan [01-03-2008 05:02] 
Matthew, thank you for the kind words. And yes...sckaw...back atcha.

Mike, I think I remember your encounter with the original Munchkins, that's another of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Thanks for the revisit for those who may not've heard it.

Aside to Terence: Apparently, the most recent attempt to block Passinault was unsuccessful, as our favorite dingleberry was on here spouting his jealous nonsense again. I was going to leave it up for a while for laughs, but didn't want to set a precedent. I'll talk to you about it later.
Michael [29-02-2008 20:54] 
Wish I could be there for the meet and great with H.G. Lewis. And DO get to the OZ festival if you can. I've had the great pleasure of working with Meinhardt, Jerry, Margaret and Clarence when we opened a new theatre in Kansas (how appropriate, don't you think?) They had a great time and my son, Phillip, who was 15 at the time, was mesmorized by Meinhardt's stories. The guy is a frickin' math genius and remembers EVERYTHING that's ever happened in his life. The highlight of the opening occured after I learned that NONE of the four had ever seen the movie on the big screen. As we were showing it during the opening I roped off a special section of the theatre and, right before showtime, they walked to their seats to the applause of a sold out house. Watching them watch themselves was truly a highlight in my promotions career.
matthew [29-02-2008 20:37] 
someone actually had the forsight to make you a judge?

you are one of the few people i know who are completely impartial and open for discussion. how perfect being a judge fits you.

dare i say......sckaw.
Lisa C [29-02-2008 09:37] 
At the Gasparilla Film Festival, I'm just an attendee and film fan. I think Nolan might be thinking of my judge duties at the upcoming Sunscreen Film Festival (coming soon, plug, plug!). It's back-to-back film festivals from now until the end of April!
Nolan [29-02-2008 05:48] 
Yes, Matt, there still is a Gasparilla, and there were parades and such....but that was a few weeks ago. What we're referring to here in Comments is the Gasparilla Film Festival which is a separate event.

Thanks for asking though. Gives us another chance to plug it! (Yours truly is a judge. I believe Lisa Ciurro is as well.)
matthew [29-02-2008 05:39] 
ahhh. gasparilla.

a time for children of all ages to gather around and observe drunk bankers stagger around in pirate garb.

ya gotta love it.

do they still hold the party in downtown tampa? what bands are playing? and above all.....will there be a rundown in a subsequent edition of PCR?
Nolan [28-02-2008 20:23] 
I have to work Friday, but I'll be there Saturday.
Paul Guzzo [28-02-2008 19:59] 
anyone hitting gasparilla fest for the redner preview on Friday?
ED [28-02-2008 18:40] 
Brandon - I am trying to make sure people know about the Blood Feast event this weekend because I think this is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity for horror fans and I for one am not going to miss it. Next weekend is also a rare chance to meet some of the few surviving cast members of a film classic, The Wizard of Oz, so I think that is pretty important too.
Brandon [28-02-2008 17:34] 
Ed, are you self promoting your column from the reader comments section?

That may be a first.
matt [28-02-2008 14:22] 
yes, mike spanked me once again in the oscar showdown. it is getting easier to take since i've never ever won in the history of life.

of course, there is my fantasy football refuge, where i normally have great success.
ED [27-02-2008 12:44] 
Check out Retrorama this week for a link to the Blood Feast screening in Tampa with Herschell Lewis and David Friedman this Saturday. I cannot stress this enough, if you are a horror movie fan - DO NOT PASS UP THIS RARE OPPORTUNITY!!!!!!!!! Also in the column is a link to the Wizard of OZ festival in Orange Park, FL next weekend. Megacon is also next weekend. Oh yeah, and there's some cool Dr. Paul Bearer photos too! Enjoy!
Nolan [27-02-2008 12:40] 
More Coming Thursday and Friday, Folks!
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