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Nolan's Pop Culture Review 2010!
Assistant Editor / Co-moderator: Terence Nuzum

Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our eleventh calendar year!
Number 520  (Vol. 11, No. 11). This edition is for the week of March 8--14, 2010.

The Oscar Winners
Readers' Comments


Crazed Fanboy's Most Memorable Moments, 2000--2009
As submitted by PCR writers, compiled by Chris Woods
From 2003, Mike Smith's interview with musician, song writer, and actor, Paul Williams.
Welp, the 82nd Academy Awards have come and gone and there were few surprises, at least to me. I didn't expect James Cameron's "Avatar" to win Best Picture, I don't care how many billions it made--or continues to make---it simply wasn't that great. The where-did-that-come-from Best Picture/Director success of Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" I can't help but feel was aided in part from the wonderful soap-opera of her being Cameron's ex-wife. Not that it isn't a good movie and everything (I never saw it, but heard it was very good), I'm just saying.

The "upset" of the night -- if it could be called that -- was Sandra Bullock winning Best Actress for "The Blind Side" over Meryl Streep for "Julie and Julia". Meryl Streep is amazing, of course, but she's won so many times and poor ol' Sandra Bullock (I still see her as the co-star of "Speed", you know?) never has, was the underdog, and easy to root for. (Additonally, I've always been proud of the fact that we were among the first to interview the director of "The Blind Side", John Lee Hancock. Thanks to Michael Smith for that).

I'm glad Jeff Bridges got the nod for "Crazy Heart", I've always been a big fan of his. That's about all I have to say about that.

Long-time readers are well aware of our long-standing tradition of predicting the winners with a follow-up on how well we did. In the earliest years of PCR, Ye Olde Editor as among the forecasting flock, but over the years I've found I don't see enough big Hollywood movies to qualify as a judge (my tastes moved to smaller indie films, but that's another story). For the last several years, the Oscars contest has been between Mike Smith (Mike's Rant) and Matt Drinnenberg (formerly of Matt's Rail). On this, our tenth anniversary of covering the Oscars and predicting its outcome, let's see how they did. I'll be back at the end with a recap and the winner.

The winner in each category will be in RED

Best Picture

“The Blind Side”
“District 9”
“An Education”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
“A Serious Man”
“Up in the Air”

Mike Smith: "The Hurt Locker"
Matt Drinnenberg: "Inglourious Baterds"
Best Director

James Cameron, "Avatar"
Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”
Lee Daniels, "Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”

Mike Smith: Kathryn Bigelow
Matt Drinnenberg: Quentin Tarantino
Best Actor

Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

Mike Smith: Jeff Bridges
Matt Drinnenberg: Jeff Bridges
Best Actress

Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

Mike Smith: Meryl Streep
Matt Drinnenberg: Meryl Streep
Best Supporting Actor

Matt Damon in “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

Mike Smith: Christoph Waltz
Matt Drinnenberg: Woody Harrelson
Best Supporting Actress

Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Mike Smith: Mo’Nique
Matt Drinnenberg: Penelope Cruz
Best Animated Feature Film

“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“The Secret of Kells”

Mike Smith: "Up"
Matt Drinnenberg: "Up"
Best Art Direction

“Avatar” Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
“Nine” Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
“Sherlock Holmes” Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
“The Young Victoria” Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray

Mike Smith: "Avatar"
Matt Drinnenberg: "Avatar"
Best Cinematography

“Avatar” Mauro Fiore
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” Bruno Delbonnel
“The Hurt Locker” Barry Ackroyd
“Inglourious Basterds” Robert Richardson
“The White Ribbon” Christian Berger

Mike Smith: "The Hurt Locker"
Matt Drinnenberg: "Inglourious Basterds"
Best Costume Design

“Bright Star” Janet Patterson
“Coco before Chanel” Catherine Leterrier
“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Monique Prudhomme
“Nine” Colleen Atwood
“The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell

Mike Smith: "The Young Victoria"
Matt Drinnenberg: "The Young Victoria"
Best Documentary (Feature)

“Burma VJ” Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
“The Cove” Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens
“Food, Inc.” Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
“The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
“Which Way Home” Rebecca Cammisa

Mike Smith: "The Cove"
Matt Drinnenberg: "The Cove"
Best Documentary (Short Subject)

“China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
“The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
“The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
“Music by Prudence” Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
“Rabbit à la Berlin” Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Mike Smith: "The Last Truck"
Matt Drinnenberg: "The Last Truck"
Best Film Editing

“Avatar” Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
“District 9” Julian Clarke
“The Hurt Locker” Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
“Inglourious Basterds” Sally Menke
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Joe Klotz

Mike Smith: "The Hurt Locker"
Matt Drinnenberg: "Inglourious Basterds"
Best Foreign Language Film

“Ajami” Israel
“The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada)” Peru
“A Prophet (Un Prophète)” France
“The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)” Argentina
“The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band)” Germany

Mike Smith: "The White Ribbon"
Matt Drinnenberg: "The White Ribbon"
Best Makeup

“Il Divo” Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
“Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
“The Young Victoria” Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Mike Smith: "Star Trek"
Matt Drinnenberg: "Star Trek"
Best Music (Original Score)

“Avatar” James Horner
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” Alexandre Desplat
“The Hurt Locker” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
“Sherlock Holmes” Hans Zimmer
“Up” Michael Giacchino

Mike Smith: "Up"
Matt Drinnenberg: "Up"
Best Music (Original Song)

“Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
“Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
“Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas
“Take It All” from “Nine” Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Mike Smith: "The Weary Kind"
Matt Drinnenberg: "The Weary Kind"
Best Short Film (Animated)

“French Roast” Fabrice O. Joubert
“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
“The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” Javier Recio Gracia
“Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin
“A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park

Mike Smith: “A Matter of Loaf and Death”
Matt Drinnenberg: “A Matter of Loaf and Death”
Best Short Film (Live Action)

“The Door” Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
“Instead of Abracadabra” Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
“Kavi” Gregg Helvey
“Miracle Fish” Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
“The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Mike Smith: “Kavi”
Matt Drinnenberg: “Kavi”
Best Sound Editing

“Avatar” Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
“The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson
“Inglourious Basterds” Wylie Stateman
“Star Trek” Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
“Up” Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Mike Smith: “Avatar”
Matt Drinnenberg: “Inglourious Basterds”
Best Sound Mixing

“Avatar” Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
“The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
“Inglourious Basterds” Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
“Star Trek” Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Mike Smith: (no vote)
Matt Drinnenberg: (no vote)
Best Visual Effects

“Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
“District 9” Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
“Star Trek” Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Mike Smith: "Avatar"
Matt Drinnenberg: "Avatar"
Best Adapted Screenplay

“District 9” Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
“An Education” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
“In the Loop” Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
“Up in the Air” Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Mike Smith: "Up In The Air"
Matt Drinnenberg: "Up In The Air"
Best Original Screenplay

“The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal
“Inglourious Basterds” Written by Quentin Tarantino
“The Messenger” Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
“A Serious Man” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Up” Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

Mike Smith: "The Hurt Locker"
Matt Drinnenberg: "Inglourious Basterds"

Well, ONE thing is certain: Matt Drinnenberg thought that "Inglourious Basterds" deserved WAY more credit than it did! In any event, the scores are in---


Matt's devotion to Tarantino drew him down to almost half of Mike's score, BUT even though Mike won, he didn't seem to get nearly as many hits as previous years. Conclusion: I guess I have to take it back...there were a lot of surprises at the Oscars this year! Gentlemen, thanks for playing!

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matthew [15-03-2010 17:22] 
heard Graves on a radio interview a couple years ago and he seemed like the nicest guy. he mentioned something he was working on and the host really seemed enthused. Graves told him to call him at home around a certain time after it was done and the host was floored.
Petrey [15-03-2010 06:55] 
Sorry Michael, didn't mean to bring such a downer article up to someone in the field however I was just astonished that that many had been let go. You've been fortunate and hopefully things will turn around soon and people can breath better. That goes for many friends of mine also whose jobs are hanging on by a thread.
ED [15-03-2010 06:12] 
That is sad news about Peter Graves but 83 is a more than respectable run. I was a huge Mission: Impossible fan growing up and was thrilled to get to meet him at the FX show in 2007. To be honest though, he did not seem like he was 100% there then.
Simon Lynx [15-03-2010 04:39] 
R.I.P. Peter Graves......

This Readers comment with self destruction in 5 sec......
matthew [14-03-2010 20:05] 
RIP Peter Graves
Terence [14-03-2010 18:54] 
well considering the movies nowadays thats not shocking.
Phatness in South Tampa [14-03-2010 18:25] 
anyone in Tampa noticed that the Tampa Tribune/Friday Extra movie reviews are always negative?
Michael [14-03-2010 10:24] 
I didn't think you did, T. Just having some fun while sitting around in my "How to Train your Dragon" pajamas! Actually, on occasion we do get some cool goodies. One of my favorite items is a boxed set of action figures from "Tropic Thunder." We do have a critic here in Kansas City that I'm sure you've seen in every other movie commercial. Roger Ebert has even written a piece about him, calling him a "quote whore." Often times he just goes to screenings, gives the studio a blurb ("best movie starring Martin Lawrence this year) and that's it....doesn't even do a review. I'm proud of the fact that two of my quotes, both attributed to the PCR have been used on DVD releases. I hope if people read them it brings them to the site.
Terence [14-03-2010 09:03] 
i wasnt meaning you Mike GEEZ. i didnt think you did that.
Michael [14-03-2010 07:07] 
" online movie reviewers and newspaper reviewer are full of crap mostly. i think they do stuff just to secure screeners. and give good review to companys that send them free stuff. pathetic."

Michael [14-03-2010 07:04] 
Petrey, your list of ex-critics is quite frightening, especially since I still write for a newspaper! Many names on that list were "old friends" that I grew up admiring. One name on that list actually is an old friend, Stephen Hunter, who mentored me in this position. He's also a pretty successful author as well as a Pulitzer Prize winner, so I think he's going to be ok. I hadn't seen that Mike Clark from USA Today, had gotten let go. I've never met him but I think that he and I write alike, using life experiences sometimes in our reviews.

Todd McCarthy was THE highest paid print critic in the country....very influential. Well, gotta go. If Variety is looking for stringers I need to get my name on the list.
Jason Fetters [14-03-2010 01:33]  
Terrence-Also all the references to his culture shock and the way he carried himself showed that if he had been in Japan before, he would have gotten over those shocks and interacted with society better.
Jason Fetters [14-03-2010 01:21]  
Terence-I got the impression that the Bill Murray character was in Japan for the first time just to work on a commerical because his career was going nowhere back in America. Evidence is in the way the Japanese production crew greeted him at the hotel and made sure he had a ride to the studio. If he had been in Japan before he would have gotten around himself by using the subway, train, taxi, etc. He wouldn't have received so many gifts from the Japanese staff.
Terence [13-03-2010 19:20] 
Jason- its funny that you didnt like or relate to Lost In Translation. a friend of mine visited there and later saw that film and said it was just like his experience. i also think you are totally misunderstanding the Bill Murray character. always got the impression that he went there many times and was bored by everything he had done a million times and that Scarlett Johansons character let him see everything in a new light. then again maybe its just that i have a hard on for both Scarlett and Sofia Coppola lol
Terence [13-03-2010 19:09] 
poor old Bob Ross. its a shame cus i could always count on his reviews for one thing and that is if he liked the movie i knew i wouldnt and if he hated it the movie was actually good. it never failed me except maybe once. i also saw him at a premiere of I believe Halloween H20 and he was alseep for most of the movie. i sympathized since the movie was so damn terrible but seriously how is he allowed to review a movie he slept through. thats hack work. i cant remember if it was him at the tribune or the st. pete times that originally when they reviewed the 1991 Addams Family movie claimed that it wasnt even the real Uncle Fester and that it was a cop out to fans. obviously they didnt even stay for the ending when it was revealed that he was really the real Uncle Fester with amnesia. online movie reviewers and newspaper reviewer are full of crap mostly. i think they do stuff just to secure screeners. and give good review to companys that send them free stuff. pathetic.
Brandon [13-03-2010 14:48] 
Why would a newspaper pay a movie critic when most people turn to the internet anyways? Just another dying breed.
Petrey [13-03-2010 10:57] 
I've included a link to the 65 critics that have gotten the shaft. Lot of jobs lost and our own Bob Ross is on the list.
Randy [12-03-2010 18:38] 
I didn't see "Avatar", but I did see "The Hurt Locker". "The Hurt Locker" was intense. I know people who have seen both. Practically all of them have said that "the Hurt Locker" was the better of the pictures,
Petrey [12-03-2010 15:27] 
Nolan - Love the CVS in the url. ha!

Man I didn't realize how many newspapers have dumped their movie critics.

Oh, and I am hereby changing my middle name soon. Alan is to close to the ficticious God known as Allah.

Billy Ocean [12-03-2010 09:05] 
Get out of my dreams, get into my hearse!
Petrey [11-03-2010 15:30] 
Well Steve better safe than sorry. You know, all that "Ignorance of the law is no excuse" and stuff. I definitely wouldn't want to give any feds any chance to bust in and say 'look, there's images of kids naked on your computer'! You explain you innocently clicked a link and they are like. yeah right! You know how paranoid our laws are. My concern was they would wonder why you hadn't cleaned the image off your hard drive, not just clicking the link. Call me paranoid but I'm just thinking ahead.

I haven't seen the website at the nudist lakes in Tampa and if it involves kids I don't want to. If it were just adults then it wouldn't be a big deal. I mean the Pete Townsends of the world has the money to just say 'But it's for research", however we'd be doing time.
Steve [11-03-2010 12:43] 
Who was it a few months back that said Corey Haim had died? ED's right, that is kinda freaky! Do we have a Nostradamus lurking around CFB?
Steve [11-03-2010 12:40] 
How could they hold us responsible for clicking on an innocent link that turns out to have been purchased by a naturist website in the years since then?

Besides, we have naturism in Tampa at Paradise Lakes. 'Naturist' websites aren't porn or at least they aren't supposed to be, it's just pics and articles revolving around the nudist lifestyle.
Petrey [11-03-2010 00:08] 
No sweat Nolan. I was just looking through the archives and stumbled upon the link by just reading random letters. The people who own that site should be investigated.
Nolan [10-03-2010 23:01] 
OK, the only other active link to Film State 51 I could find was in PCR #308 from 2006. It was on a list for a film festival. It, too, has now been removed.
Nolan [10-03-2010 22:35] 
That is very weird about Corey Haim's death. A mysterious Readers Comments poster posted that notice, like, two weeks ago, well before the fact. (I wasn't able to determine who that poster was.) Strangely prophetic, eh?
Nolan [10-03-2010 22:31] 
The rogue link to the Russian nudie site has been removed.

To Mr. Petrey: I am in your debt, sir. Thanks for the head's up. ED and I had a brief brush with a rogue link before, but that one wasn't salacious. How in the heck did you find it? That Lettercol is over four years old.

Andy never stuck with a company name long back then, but I fear there might be more of those links lurking about (he was still writing for us back then). Guess I should search for some.
Chris Woods [10-03-2010 16:49] 
New Schlock Review posted: THE DEFILERS
Chris Woods [10-03-2010 16:48] 
ED - Liked your article on MST3K. Always been a fan of the show.

I haven't watched Town That Dreaded Sundown in years. I've always remembered the cover too and wanted to see it based on that. From what I remember it was pretty good.

I remember seeing Haim at the same Spooky Empire in 2008, Wynkoop interviewed him for the Spooky Empire video.
Petrey [10-03-2010 16:19] 
My advice to anyone here who clicked the 2005 link I explained in detail below and instead got the enature russian nudists with the nude kids showing and who gives a crap what images are stored in your computer is to clean out your cookies, temp folder, etc. NOT COOL GUYS! All it takes is one little .jpg stored without your knowledge to put ya in to hot water!
Michael [10-03-2010 15:55] 
Wow, so sorry to hear about Charles B. Pierce. His trailers were always the cheesiest when we ran them, and his movies, at Twin Bays. I remember "The Norseman" well....condos on the horizon, planes in the sky and a great battle with one of the sword wielding Vikings wearing a very nice wrist watch. A friend of ours from high school (his name escapes me) auditioned for a part and was given a pretty decent sized role as an Indian. However, he was "Robin Williams" hairy and one of the requirements for the part was that he shave his body hair, which he did. On the first day of shooting he was let go because they hadn't noticed his piercing BLUE eyes!

I saw Corey Haim last year at the Chiller Theater convention in New Jersey. He spent most of the weekend whining about the line to meet Linda Hamilton blocking his table and the many fans wanting to meet him. He could have been sitting alone in a room and not sold an autograph. He and Scott Schwartz couldn't get arrested that
Lonnie Dohlen [10-03-2010 13:37]  
Nolan,Ed,They say Corey Haim's Death was not in any way Drug Related.He had Flu-Like Symptoms & was treated with over the counter Medication.Ed Remember Spookyempire(Scramfest) on Oct 18,2008.when we saw Corey Haim going out for a Ciggy.
Petrey [10-03-2010 07:41] 
Just Russian Naked Chicks? Those nude bodies look extremely young as you scroll down their page guys. I'd have that link taken down immediately!
ED [10-03-2010 06:53] 
Freaky but true this time! Link attached.
Happy Young Man [10-03-2010 06:26] 
Corey Haim really did die this time.
ED [10-03-2010 05:38] 
That tends to be what happens if you let a domain name registration lapse. These people come in and buy up the name and then link it to some embarrasing site hoping someone will buy it back from them at a tremendous mark up.
Simon Lynx [10-03-2010 04:32] 
Ha Ha Naked Russian chicks....
Petrey [10-03-2010 00:44] 
NOLAN - If you go to the archives, click on 2005, click on the 'Letters' link at the bottom of issue 301 (December 26--31, 2005). Once you see the pop-up that takes you to 'To Nole and the world of Crazed Fanboy (writing staff & fans alike), click on the Film State 51 link in the second paragraph and you will be in for a big surprise. I wonder how long that's been like that.
Jason Fetters [09-03-2010 23:26]  
Ed - liked your review of MST3K. I always liked the Mike episodes best.
William Moriaty [09-03-2010 17:44] 
I did a Schlockarama review of the Legend of Boggy Creek years ago (http://www.crazedfanboy.com/schlock/indexprimePB. html). I'm freaked out to find out he also directed "The Norseman"!
ED [09-03-2010 16:59] 
Ter - you will probably like Boggy Creek for it's similar docu-drama feel. I finally saw Town about a year ago and it seemed stilted to me although there were a few good creepy scenes. I have yet to see Norseman but no one is making me regret that so far!
Terence [09-03-2010 16:11] 
i really want to see Boggy Creek. i never have.
Terence [09-03-2010 16:10] 
say what you will about boggy creek or the norseman but The Town That Dreaded Sundown was great. saw it as a kid based on the video box and it didnt dissapoint. ok well the keystone cops bits did but its still the creepiest docudramas you will ever see.
Mr. Beasley [09-03-2010 15:36] 
Picnic Island shoot:

ED [09-03-2010 15:09] 
Coincidentally, Boggy Creek II, also directed by Pierce, was used on an episode of Mystery Science Theater. It aired in the tenth and final season immediately following Blood Waters of Dr. Z.
Nolan [09-03-2010 13:29] 
I liked "Boggy Creek" though!
Nolan [09-03-2010 13:28] 
BTW, he was 71 when he died.
Nolan [09-03-2010 13:25] 
OMG, "The Norseman"! They shot some of that just a few miles away from here at Picnic Island Beach in Tampa (the opening to my 1999 public access horror film was shot at the same location. Mr. Beasley will definitely remember that!). I remember when "The Norseman" came out. In some scenes, you could catch glimpses of high-rise buildings over the treetops and airplane vapor trails in the sky. Many critics said you could make out the Sunshine Skyway, but I don't remember seeing it in the film.

Nevertheless, RIP Charles Pierce, I'm sure he was a very nice man. "The Norseman" remains as one of the worst , most gawdawful films ever.
ED [09-03-2010 13:13] 
RIP Charles B. Pierce. He passed away last Friday, March 5, but I held off posting until this week's issue. He was the director of such Southern fried turkies as Legend of Boggy Creek and The Town That Dreaded Sundown. He also directed the infamous shot in Florida Lee Majors Viking opus The Norseman.
ED [09-03-2010 13:08] 
Actually I was already a fan before this set was produced but it certainly didn't hurt. I already own several episodes on DVD including Giant Spider Invasion but of course Blood Waters is my favorite for many reasons!
Nolan [09-03-2010 13:00] 
ED, glad to see you eventually became a fan of MST3K, it was always one of my favorites. Of course getting yourself a special credit on the DVD set probably helped a bit, haha! Nice piece.
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