It's summer 2007 -- so, we're heading back to the movies.

Movies that we can all see as a family. Or not. It's a slightly different summer. Our daughter Megan is 3 months shy of 13.

So, while we're not interested in seeing baudy, inuendo-laden junk like 'You, Me and Dupree' or some violent, bloody slash-fest like 'Hostel,' we might be able to push the limits of G and PG rated movies.

Megan already went with a freind to see '1408' -- a creepy, Stephen King thriller starring John Cusack. So, who knows how many movies we'll actually see together. She may not even want to be out in public with her dorky parents.

What we do see, we'll write about, and post it here.

We'll also watch some movies on DVD this summer that we missed in theaters or just haven't seen. We'll share those reviews with you too.

Off we go.

June 23, 2007 - Stan Lee, [left] the patriarch of the comic book world, founder of Marvel Comics, and creator of such classics as The Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Captain America just signed a deal with The Walt Disney Company.

Apparently, Lee will create new characters for movies, comics, books and games, at which Disney will get first pass. Could be interesting to see what Disney and Stan come up with.

With movies -- rest assured it won't be easy.

Movies based on comic book characters have always been a crapshoot.

With every success like 'Superman,' 'Spider-Man' or 'Batman Begins,' there are a several more duds like 'Supergirl,' 'Judge Dredd,' 'Steel' or 'Catwoman' to make us remember that it isn't easy to adapt a comic book.

One might think that I have a huge affection for 'Fantastic Four' and the characters and folklore of the comic strip and Stan Lee and Marvel and all the other stuff.

Given that I have a huge mural of Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, The Thing, and Dr. Doom tattooed on my leg.

And given that I also have Stan Lee's signature on my leg -- [Stan signed it, and a tattoo artist permanently drilled it onto my body] - one might imagine I'm a drooling comic book fanatic. [see full story]

Not really.

I do love comic book art, and appreciate the talent of the artists, and I did own the comic book shirt in the picture to the left, but beyond that, I don't consider myself a big comic book fan. I'm just another movie goer.

And having seen 'The Fantastic Four' two summers ago, I walked into the sequel with moderate expectations.

Probably a good thing.

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