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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 444  (Vol. 9, No. 39). This edition is for the week of September 22--28, 2008.

"Eagle Eye"
DVD Review: "Bloodsucking Cinema"
Gators Lose In The Swamp! Wtf???? .... Overtime Thriller .... Week 4 Nfl Picks .... .... .... .... .... a
Rock And Roll? .... Newsflash .... So It's Her Fault .... Perhaps In The Bizarro World .... Paul Newman .... Movie Notes .... .... .... And The Oscar For 1997 Should Have Gone To... o

Bad Credit? No Credit? No Problem!

With the country on the verge of another Great Depression, President Bush has taken the bold step of announcing a federal bailout to the tune of nearly a trillion dollars. This would be the largest operation of its kind since the aforementioned Great Depression. I watched the Rose Garden press conference and could see Dubya was not at all comfortable that such an extreme measure was necessary. For once, I empathized with him -- if it was unavoidable, he wouldn't do this.

Not that it's passed Congress yet, no not by a long shot. And not all of the pundits are all that fired up about this, fearing that we may be making a bad situation even worse.

I myself don't see it that way. Money markets have seized. Banks (those that haven't closed their doors) aren't writing loans. Businesses are closing at a record pace because they can't borrow money. We won't have time to wait until the market "self-corrects" before the ultimate disaster strikes.

The phrase that Bush used most often in his conference was "consumer confidence". That also translated into confidence in the American dollar world-wide. If it isn't stabilized soon, we're screwed.

Wall Street has been up and down over the news, but, generally, it's been positive (as the bill hasn't actually been passed yet). Admittedly, this is putting a tremendous amount of money into the hands of a few. This has caused more than a few conspiracy theories to pop up regarding the New World Order. If the Illuminati, or some such, is behind this, it's a brilliant plan. Now all we need is a special mark we must accept to buy or sell.

Clay Aiken and Lindsay Lohan Admit They're Gay

Shocking, eh?

I wonder how much People Magazine paid for Aiken's "exclusive".

The Return of Schlockarama
I'm working feverishly on the codebase for a new blog-style version of this Crazed Fanboy classic announced in last week's Oddservations. It should be ready to debut over the next few days, next week at the latest.

Called VHS/DVD Grindhouse, the "Beta" version will allow new reviews and "comment reviews" to be posted by established PCR writers only. Accompanying commentary/reviews open to the public (a la, Readers Comments) is still being discussed by Terence Nuzum and myself, but we're trying to include it in some way. (It would require additional moderation, which in turn requires more time we're already strapped for.) Eventually, it should resemble an even cross between Flixtr, the Message Board, the original Schlockarama, and a poor-man's IMDB (haha).

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Steve Beasley [28-09-2008 20:13] 
Bad Credit? No Credit? No Problem!

Does anyone recall how these words began appearing at used car lots all over Tampa Bay (and the natiion) during the Reagan years?

Yeah, ol' Reagan had a better idea alright. It's just too bad he didn't keep it to himself.
Steve Beasley [28-09-2008 20:07] 
Hey Chris,

How 'bout some Rays (MLB) news occasionally?
Steve Beasley [28-09-2008 19:52] 
I agree with Mike Smith 100%.

Run DMC is not a rock band. It never was and never will be.
Steve Beasley [28-09-2008 15:19] 
Doo Wop is indeed Rock'n Roll!
Check out the samples below...I'm sure everyone will find familiar tunes performed by these bands.

There is an underground doo wop scene today with new bands, mostly heard at customer car/motorcycle shows, etc.

http://www.history-of-rock.com/doothree.ht m
Terence [28-09-2008 13:31] 
and yes doo wop is rock n roll. Frank Zappa if he were alive and here would bitch slap you for saying otherwise.
Terence [28-09-2008 13:27] 

are you dissing wanda jackson? her rockabilly records from the 1950's are some of the most raw female rock vocals ever. how can you say maybe? Jeff Beck maybe? you need to explain yourself please. i know of no style of rock more deserving of the hall of fame than rockabilly.
Chris Woods [27-09-2008 20:15] 
It's sad to hear about Paul Newman's passing. He was a great actor in many great films.
ED [27-09-2008 19:57] 
I wasn't kidding, most of his Newman's Own products are pretty darn good. I love his pretzels too.
Terence [27-09-2008 13:33] 
i swear this isnt supposed to be funny. but my favorite salad dressing of all time is his caesar recipe.
ED [27-09-2008 12:25] 
He made a mean salad dressing too!
Nolan [27-09-2008 10:36] 
R.I.P. Paul Newman, dead at 83 following a long battle with cancer. He was a great actor and will be sorely missed.
lonnie Dohlen [27-09-2008 09:36]  
Clay Aiken & Lindsay Lohan Make Me Sick
Terence [26-09-2008 17:11] 
actually the prospect of seeing Lohan make out with a chick is pretty nice except that the chick in question is unfortunatly samantha ronson. barf!
Trevor Huckabee [25-09-2008 22:12] 
Man, I really wanted to bang Lohan. Now I will have to settle for Clay!
Steve Beasley [25-09-2008 15:06] 
A great review from Mike about the glory years of cinema. It brought back alot of memories for me.

Steve Beasley [25-09-2008 14:49] 
Happy Birthday from NZ to Chris, Scott, Mike, John and John!
Steve Beasley [25-09-2008 14:47] 
That's why I don't support People magazine. I love entertainment news, but I really don't give a damn who's dating whom or who's gay and who isn't. With all the major problems facing Americans these days and the best some people can do is bury their heads in a movie star mag. I'm sure the corporate/political/financial elite love that. "Give them more pablum to gawk at and let's have sporting and entertainment events year round just so the masses will have something to keep them too busy to pay attention to our activities. More reality television, and even bigger Big Gulps!"

Paul Guzzo [24-09-2008 18:58] 
If Clay Aiken being gay is news, then do I have BIG NEWS for you .... I'm balding .... IT'S TRUE AND AS SHOCKING AS AIKEN BEING GAY!!
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