Typically comic-Tom is so much more creative. I don’t know why he didn’t go a little bit further when picking his mutant power.

Even though yesterday’s comic was about Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s baby, I took most of the blog to discuss the recently released X-Men 3  teaser trailer. Now I’m in the position of having nothing more to say about it when I actually get around to making a comic that references it directly! I have to plan these things out a little more in advance.

Not much to share, I supposed. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe comes out today. Or, as I like to call it The Chronicles of Narnia: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Embrace The Unfathomably Long Movie Title. Still no plans to see it. The Lion is a metaphor for Jesus Christ, that’s all I need to know. Not to sound ignorant, but I guess I’m already too late.

Brokeback Mountain and Syriana come out today as well. I’ve been kind of pacing back on forth on whether to see either. As the boys from South Park might put it, Brokeback Mountain looks like nothing more than an independent movie about gay cowboys eating pudding. But the more reviews I read, the more it becomes clear that homosexuality has less to do with it than it being a truly heart-wrenching love story. Wanting what we can’t have due to forces beyond our control.

The homosexual theme isn’t what made me wary of the movie, mind you. I think if more movies like this can creep into the mainstream, then that’s a good thing. But the trailer just made it seem so overbearing, it bordered on being gimmicky. "I WISH I KNEW HOW TO QUIT YOU!" I mean, c’mon. I know it’s a love story. I know it’s about tortured passion. But that’s a ham-fisted line in the vein of "You had me at ‘Hello’." A real eye-roller.

Syriana seemed to be a liitle "too political" for it’s own good. I’m a news-junkie as-is, so I’m exposed to a lot of the subject matter it covers on a daily basis anyway. I don’t know at what point the tide started turning for me. I guess reading more reviews! Critics seem to think this is a pretty important film in the sense that it puts serious issues front and center and we don’t see a lot of films like that anymore. I never thought about it that way before, but it’s true. It’s made me curious enough to check it out soon.

Of course both of these movies are awards-contenders. And as the sun sets sooner and the temperature dips below freezing, I am more inclinded to watch "serious" movies in hopes that the mental stimulation inside a toasty warm theater will stave off the winter doldrums for another year.

Got a little poetic on you there, didn’t I?

Anyway, in non-movie news, there will probably be a new front page layout for you guys when you come back to the site on Monday. I’m not doing a site-overhaul, or anything. Just kind of reorganizing elements and trying new things with advertisers. Yup, advertisers. I bet you love to hear that, huh? But it’s actually a serious attempt to parse some of that action back. Or at least integrate it into the site a little less clumsily.

Aren’t you excited to see the results?! I know I am.

Have a great weekend. I’ll see you back here Monday.

↓ Transcript
I just saw the X-Men 3 teaser trailer.


So if you had a mutant power, what would it be?

That's easy!


One senior-citizen discount ticket, whipper-snapper!