The confrontation depicted in today’s comic could have ended any number of ways. Jared being thrown through a plate glass window, for example. Vote for Theater Hopper at buzzComix to see what I mean…

For those of you concerned that I’ve been rambling about Alien vs. Predator for too long, don’t worry. I think I’ve gotten it out of my system. I mean, 5 comics on one movie is kind of overkill. But then again, AvP was a little bit of overkill as well… ON THE PART OF MY BRAIN THAT DECIPHERS A REASONABLE PLOT!!!

Ahem… I’m twelve-stepping this. I’ll kick it. I swear.

I went to see Garden State this weekend. Walking out of the theater, I learned two things:

1. I need to buy the soundtrack to this movie.

2. I have been SERIOUSLY underestimating writer/director/actor Zach Braff.

All that talk about Garden State being our generation’s The Graduate isn’t just a bunch of bluster. I know it’s easy to dismiss that kind of praise. It seems like every sci-fi movie that’s come out in the last 20 years has been heralded as the next Star Wars, or whatever. Heck, even that new shark movie Open Water is being called the next Jaws.

But comparisons aside, Braff perfectly captures the alienation of a man in his mid-twenties. The aimlessness. The detachment. Yet, at the same time, there is sweetness to his exploration and humor in his struggle to reach out to others. His chemistry with Natalie Portman never feels forced. I’ll probably see it again. It had a very profound effect on me.

Make a deal with me right now, America. Take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror. If you were planning AT ALL to see SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2 when it opens on Friday, put it off for another week and see Garden State instead. You won’t regret it.

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Hey, Tom. I know it’s been out for more than a week, but do you want to see Alien Vs. Predator with me?

Sweet sassy molassy, young man!

Have you not listened to a word I’ve said ALL WEEK?! That movie is box office POISON! What can you possibly say to make me watch that piece of garbage a second time?

My treat?

And I can get Milk Duds too, right?

Of course!