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I speak on behalf of the Spanish Armada. - (2001-01-03)

Tony - Digital Garbage:
Game Review: Oni - (2001-01-01)

Dan - The Word:
The Kindness of Strangers - (2001-02-07)

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I Can Make Geek Comics! - (2001-02-07)

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The Wedding Planner (starring J-Lo!)
(2001-02-10 - Movie)
Working on Marketing Plan (bleh!)
(2001-01-28 - School - GAM150)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (again)
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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Wonder Boys
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The Subtle Knife
(2001-02-08 - Book)
The Return of the King
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Shadow of the Vampire
(2001-01-28 - Movie)
32 Stories: Optic Nerve Mini Comics
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O Brother, Where Art Thou?
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February 12, 2001

Today's strip sheds a little light on the futures in store for some of the CXM group after college. Or at least, I hope it does.

I've had the pleasure of watching two good movies today, and I want to recommend them both to our audience. Wonder Boys, if you haven't seen it, is a spectacularly awesome film (which connects again a bit with today's strip) about a writing professor (Michael Douglas), who's come to a sort of crisis point in his career. He hasn't written a book in seven years, his wife has left him, his girlfriend's pregnant, etc. The film's take on writing was pretty insightful to me (as a self-described "writer"), but it manages to be pretty hysterical in spite of its message. I highly recommend taking a look; I believe it has just come to video.

The other film was one I'd seen before, but I enjoyed it thoroughly the second time as well: Sliding Doors. It's one of those romantic comedies with a slight spin on it. Gwyneth Paltrow plays a London PR executive whose future is dependant on whether or not she makes it onto the subway before the doors close. Two separate realities ensue (cleverly distinguished via the Ms. Paltrows' choices in hairstyles). It also concerns itself a bit with a man of the writing trade (not perhaps as complimentary a portrayal as Michael, well, maybe it is). While Ms. Paltrow is lovely as ever (she's so damn cute with that faux British accent), the real show stealer is Scottish actor John Hannah. Hell, I'd go out with him. And I don't even like Scots (okay...yes, I suppose there is evidence to the contrary of that).

Also, recently read over at that the gearing-up has become for a feature film version of The A-Team. Now I love the A-Team, and I would love nothing more to see them come to the big screen. Sadly, it will not be with the original cast. George Peppard (Col. John "Hannibal" Smith) has passed on; Mr. T was suffering from T-cell lymphona; Dirk Benedict is perhaps even a little too old to reclaim the role of Face; among the group it seems only that Dwight Schultz ("Howling Mad" Murdoch) could reprise his original role. However, the rumoured cast names point to Owen Wilson (Shanghai Noon), Mel Gibson, Taye Diggs (The Way of the Gun), and Brendan Fraser. With Peppard gone, I could see Gibson filling the role of Hannibal, but as Jason said: "who could play Mr. T better than Mr. T?" Diggs appears to be a fine actor, but I question if he has the sheer personality (and ability to carry that amount of gold chain) to play B.A. Baracus the way he needs to be played. I'd assume Fraser is being looked at for the role of Murdoch. He might be crazy enough, but I'm not sure; I liked Wilson in Shanghai Noon, but I question his "slickness." I don't know that he's smooth enough to pull off Face. I propose something a little different....

In 2000, a crack comics unit was sent to prison for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a minimum security suburb to the Internet underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of Funny. If you need a laugh, if no one else can help, and if you can find their website, maybe you can read the exploits of....the CXM-Team. Starring: Dan as Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, Jason as Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck, Kai as Capt. H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdoch, and Mr. T$ as Sergeant B.A. Baracus.

Hey, it could happen...

Well, lest you think me a complete Philistine, I'll have you know that I spent two hours today in the Royal Museum here. I was especially interested by the current main exhibit: "Heaven and Hell and Other Worlds of the Dead." Basically, they talked about how different cultures/religions view death; how they prepare for it, why they do certain things, etc. Saw everything from a coffin in the shape of a Mercedes from Ghana to decorations for the Day of the Dead in Mexico. Fascinating stuff. Hope some of it managed to set in my brain; sometimes I have a hard time with that. Also checked out the Middle Eastern gallery, and the Japanese section (sadly, most of the swords had been removed due to environmental conditions...darn).

We'll see you on Wednesday (it's not "victory day") with our weekly columns. Til then.

Dan Moren never expects a Spanish Inquisition.

Quote of the Day: "That is a big trunk. It holds a tuba, a suitcase, a dead dog, and a garment bag almost perfectly."

-Tobey Maguire, Wonder Boys

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