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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 535  (Vol. 11, No. 26). This edition is for the week of June 21--27, 2010.

Then What
Michael Jackson Deathiversary
Then What
Oh...F**king Great
Readers' Comments


Crazed Fanboy's Most Memorable Moments, 2000--2009
As submitted by PCR writers, compiled by Chris Woods
From 2009, Chris Woods' article on The Encyclopedia of Horror Movies book, which gives a history of horror in the cinema going back to the 1890's and up until the mid-1980's.
Michael Jackson was by all accounts one of the strangest individuals on the planet, but his success as an entertainer is beyond doubt. I myself was only a casual fan. To me, he stood as a prime example of how limitless wealth and fame could not bring one happiness. He was one of the most miserable people on Earth.

And yet I feel a certain sadness on this day, one year after his death at age 50 (inadvertant homicide by his attending doctor) that he never found the satisfaction in life he so desperately sought. Oh sure, he loved his fans, but he could never seemingly earn his father's affection or respect. His obsession with his looks suggested Jackson might not've been especially happy with his race or gender, electing to continuously blur the lines of both with non-stop plastic surgery, so he would be neither black nor white nor male nor female.

I suppose one could argue it was a runaway artistic goal of some kind, but one unique in our history. I'm not even going to go into his marriages and offspring, the origins of which are all still clouded in mystery. That said, it was obvious he worshipped his children.

He was a great entertainer and made some good music and some very memorable videos. Even a casual fan like myself can say he is missed.


You may have noticed that I posted on Monday of this week (See "Oh...F**king Great" below), which normally I never do. Traditionally, this is because the previous weeks' issue of PCR is Archived on Tuesdays and I was reluctant to post anything that would only be on the homepage for a day.

As part of a slow transition to our newer set-up, the "Weekend Video" (see PCR #534 for details on that) will be archived on Monday and anything I post on the homepage Monday will be "held over" to the new issue, more or less blog-style. This should help further smooth the transition between issues (which at this writing I think I'm still going to keep as weekly). The staff writers' nav-bar will still show "Please check back!" between their weekly columns for a little longer until I have time to reconfigure their templates.

Then what? PCR will be a 7-day-a-week operation, which up to now has only applied to the Message Board and Readers' Comments. And Readers' Comments won't be around much longer anyway, at least not in the form it's in.


As if things weren't already hard enough. A recent news item went out on several news sites over the weekend that the websites most likely to carry malicious downloads are....get ready....pop culture sites!!

AOL's page listed the top ten most dangerous ones, but none of the URL's listed seemed likely to warrant a visit from our circle--although one had "Tim Burton" in the title. HOWEVER....they were all configured to respond to typical search engine inquiries, like searches for famous movie celebrities and pop stars.

One of our Readers Comments posters noted that after last Friday, even after this page downloads, something else keeps downloading for quite a while afterwards that caused him/her to distrust us. There is no reason for concern.

Friday afternoon, the new episode of RadioActive Television was posted here causing a lengthy "buffering" time that kept modems hopping long after the homepage was viewable, whether the movie was started or not. That's because the video continues to download even after it's started playing. It stops when the video is completely downloaded into your browser. I'm working on a different configuration to prevent this.

Please know that I hand-code this site entirely and there is nothing sneaky or malicious going into your computer that I myself included or intended.

Readers' Comments

The Readers' Comments section for this issue of PCR is now closed. To continue to interact, please use the Message Board or write a Letter to the Editor! The comments below are listed starting with the most recent. Thank you.

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Petrey [29-06-2010 06:55] 
R.I.Purgatory, Michael Jackson 1 yr. ago today. (Inside joke for those who watch SOUTH PARK)
ED [28-06-2010 04:54] 
RIP Pete Quaife, original bass player for the Kinks. He passed away yesterday at the age of 66.
70\'s guy [27-06-2010 17:23] 
who cares about MJ, Farrah Fawcett, passed away a year today. Her work was much more important into pop culture than the child molester.
ED [27-06-2010 12:25] 
Sorry Mike, you missed the boat. The Thriller mass insanity was a year ago on eBay.
Michael [27-06-2010 12:19] 
Who's buying copies of "Thriller" for $200??? I've got a couple they can have. If you get a chance, listen to the remastered version, which includes, among other things, a couple of songs not used for the album and the third verse to Vincent Price's rap. Quincy Jones tells a story about the inspiration for "Billie Jean." Apparently one morning MJ went outside to find a woman sitting by his pool. She proceeded to accuse him of being the father of ONE of her twins! True story.
petrey [26-06-2010 23:21] 
ED- Sounds like a dream one screen!

Why are all my married friends p*ssy whipped? OOPS, just answered my own question.
Chris Woods [25-06-2010 18:56] 
Lisa - Great write up on Astro-Zombies M3. Looks like that event was the place to be in the Crazed Fanboy universe. Also, I'm glad you enjoyed my Encyclopedia of Horror Movies column.
ED [25-06-2010 16:02] 
Ter - actually that reference was to the Thriller LP that people were paying stupid money for a year ago. The CD is in print and has been since it's release so even these idiots would not fall for that one.

Petrey - The Five Points is a beautiful theater and the guys that run it do a great job. I go out of my way to see films there when I can just to support what they are doing.
Terence [25-06-2010 13:31] 
Thriller in the dollar bin and goodwill? since when? thats actually one cd that you dont see used too often. i mean how many people really sell it back?
Thift Rat [25-06-2010 13:21] 
Ooh, ooh.... I can get a CD of Thriller for cheap now... Thanks for the idea!
Petrey [25-06-2010 13:17] 
ED - Isn't it great to be able to setup a show at a classic theatre?!?! The feeling is something I wish everyone could experience because I know the excitement I get from it is the warmest feeling on earth. I admire the hell out of what you did man, keep it up :)
Lonnie [25-06-2010 11:44]  
Ed,I can't wait for the DVD release of Astro Zombies:M3 Cloned.
ED [25-06-2010 09:53] 
Nolan - I have to wonder, on the one year anniversary of Jackson's death, how all those idiots who paid $200, $300, even $350 for a copy of his Thriller LP feel now that it is back in the Goodwill bins for $1.00 again.
Simon Lynx [25-06-2010 04:35] 
Thanks for all the Birthday wishes everyone.
Paul [24-06-2010 17:06] 
No, never at TFR. But a nice, down to earth guy. Dude is blowin up.
ED [24-06-2010 16:24] 
MMMMM....That was some good dip!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Lisa [24-06-2010 16:09] 
Happy birthday Simon!

ED -- Enjoyed your take on the Astro-Zombies 3 event. Thanks for not posting any dorky photos of me stuffing my face with shrimp dip.

Chris W. -- Loved your Encyclopedia of Horror Movies column just as much the second time around as when it was originally posted. Still think the Memorable Moments bit was a great idea.
Gorn [24-06-2010 13:45] 
I don't think that Happy was talking to you, Nolan. Filmmakers want a web site that can actually give them exposure, and which have readers. Read between the lines.
Nolan [24-06-2010 12:14] 
Matt Lopez? Was he ever at the TFR?
Happy Young Man [24-06-2010 09:33] 
While you all will obviously say you hate his films, I think a Tampa-based pop culture webzine needs to start paying more attention to this local - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2188941/
Terence [24-06-2010 09:19] 
thanks mike! also thanks to all my supporters and detractors lol.
Always a little tardy Michael [24-06-2010 04:29] 
Happy belated birthday, Simon. To paraphrase Joe Piscopo in "Johnny Dangerously," "I was 35 once...ONCE!"

T, I really enjoyed your new production. Nice to see you can walk the walk. (a "Full Metal Jacket" reference for those of you who think Stanley Kubrick only did "2001" and then disappeared). More please!
Chris Woods [23-06-2010 19:37] 
New Schlock Review posted: THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL
ED [23-06-2010 16:29] 
It was Chris. This was probably the only time people will be able to see it on the big screen in Florida. I just wish I could have stayed awake for the original Astro-Zombies.
Chris Woods [23-06-2010 15:57] 
ED - Enjoyed your article on the Astro-Zombies M3 screening. It looked like a very cool event.
Simon Lynx [23-06-2010 14:57] 
Oh you guys.........
Terence [23-06-2010 08:41] 
Happy Bday Simon
Chris Woods [23-06-2010 08:37] 
Happy Birthday Simon!
Nolan [23-06-2010 04:49] 
Happy birthday, Simon! Sorry I'm late....
Simon Lynx [22-06-2010 16:04] 
Happy Birthday to me.....
Inspector Gadget [22-06-2010 14:55] 
Nolan, can you cite the sources of the news about Pop Culture sites? I just love it when software such as McAfee marks a site as suspicious because it has "pop culture" in the site content. It's discrimination, and it's B.S.!
Happy Young Man [22-06-2010 09:11] 
Like the new short Tez.
ED [22-06-2010 07:43] 
Wow Lisa, you could be the last of the firsts?
First in Line Lisa [22-06-2010 07:28] 

(Hope we can still do that on the revamped Readers Comments!) :)
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