I realize that I’ve probably run my course with these Back to the Future comics. After all, there’s only so many times I can substitute a reference for a punchline. But I just had to bring things full circle after Friday’s comic. After all, who doesn’t want to see Doc Brown crash through a window? Now if only my Christopher Llyod caricature could have been better…

Cami and I saw You Don’t Mess With The Zohan yesterday afternoon and I had a pretty good time. I was surprised because Cami didn’t like the movie much. Typically she’s all over Adam Sandler films. But I think this one was too juvenile and weird even for her!

You have to expect a certain level of mental handicap when walking into an Adam Sandler movie, but I had a much better time with this one than most because I think Sandler really lets the thing run it’s course and he looks like he,himself is having fun for once.. He’s not reaching for THE BIG MESSAGE – which is weird, considering how the plot is primarilly centered around the conflict between Israel and Palistine.

Typically Sandler’s protagonists are about finding their way to maturity. Whether it’s the slacker who becomes a Dad in Big Daddy or the hectic family man who realizes what’s truly important in life in Click. But in this film, Sandler’s Israeli counter terrorist (an apparently super hero?) Zohan is a character who is TOO mature – a warrior who has seen too much and wants to escape all the fighting by becoming a hair dresser in America.

Considering just how complicated the conflict between Israel and Palistine has become, I thinkZohan does the right thing by making a complete mockery of it. Any attempt to frame it within a real world context would have fallen flat on it’s face. Although, in fairness, the movie tens to make the Palistinian side a little more ludicris than the Israeli side. In fact, any scene featuring Rob Schneider as a cab driver / wannabe terrorist is cringe-inducing in more than the typical Schneider-esque way. Some of it borders on complete cultural insensitivity.

But I don’t know if it’s fair to weighZohan in these terms. The film iscompletely stupid with no long term geo-political ramifications. Just… just go with it, will you? You’ll have more fun if you do.

If you saw Zohan over the weekend and want to talk about it, be sure to tune in LIVE to The Triple Feature podcast tonight at 9:00 PM CST over at TalkShoe. We’ll be talking about You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, Kung Fu Panda and Sex and the City.

I know I promised we’d talk about Sex and the City last week (and we did, a little bit), but none of us had actually seen the movie. Well, I saw it last week and I know for a fact that Joe did as well. So we’ll have a little more to talk about this week. Be sure to tun in and listen to my anecdote about the parade of gay guys who joined us in the screening we took part in!

Also, we’ll probably take a little time to talk about The Incredible Hulk coming out this weekend. Personally, I wasn’t that amped up to see the movie until just the last week or so. Early reviews from press screenings are coming back strong. Some are saying it’s just as good as Iron Man. There’s even a rumored cameo from Captain America. Is this Marvel setting the stage for an Avengers movie down the road? It sure looks like it!

I’m psyched because I have a friend of a friend that has the hook-up at a local theater. He’s going to let us in for a special midnight screening on Thursday and I’m really looking forward to it.

Heck – even without all of that extra stuff, there’s still this to consider:

Geeks have known about the Iron Man cameo for months. It’s damn-near marketinggenius to confirm it in the television advertising. Watch out. This weekend will be all about HULK!! SMASH!!

Join us this evening on The Triple Feature podcast to discuss it. See you at 9:00 PM CST!

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DOC! We're too late! The Clocktower Square is engulfed in flames!

Don't worry, tom! I got what I came for!


I TOLD you!... I gotta get those hover jets repaired!