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for Friday, June 12, 2009

Star Trek

Most every Tuesday, I post new Tony Polls questions for your balloting entertainment. Last week, we asked you to rate some recent big genre movies. Here's how you voted:

How would you rate STAR TREK?

Very Good.....9.65%
Didn't see it.....6.14%

How would you rate X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE?

Very Good.....14.95%
Didn't see it.....24.30%

How would you rate TERMINATOR SALVATION?

Very Good.....1.23%
Didn't see it.....74.07%


Very Good.....4.11%
Didn't see it.....73.97%

Of these four, the only movie I've seen is Star Trek. In my initial enthusiasm, I voted it a "Near Mint." Upon further reflection, I'd rate it "Fine."

I'll see X-Men Origins: Wolverine when it's available on DVD. Though I really like the three X-Men movies, the reviews convinced me to stay away from the theater for this one.

I have no intention of seeing Terminator Salvation for the basic reason that, with my country and world facing desperate times on so many fronts, I'm just not that interested in spending my spare time in the dark future world of that film. I'm already getting way too much darkness from the super-hero universes of DC and Marvel Comics.

I didn't see the original Night at the Museum, but I'm planning to rent both that movie and this sequel as soon as I can get them through Netflix. Friends whose opinions I respect seem to like them a lot.

A few voters suggested that, in the future, when asking "rate the movies" questions, I include "I have no interest in seeing this movie" among the choices. That strikes me as a good idea, so I'll be doing that from here on in.

Moving right along...

Your suggestions for future Tony Polls are always most welcome, especially if they include both questions and up to twenty possible choices. Before summer's end, I'm planning to do a 1980s version of our "They're Not Dead Yet! Comics Idol" competition in which you'll vote on the comics writers of the 1980s who you'd most like to see return to write their signature features. Please send your nominations to:

Sometimes I ask questions because I'm curious to learn how I compare with my readers. That's why this week's questions ask you to choose from which of three online social networks you derive the most benefit or enjoyment. I'm also asking about how/where you are most likely to see a movie and, if you currently rent DVDs through Netflix, which plan you're on.

You can cast your votes here:


Because I'll be taking a week off from TOT to celebrate my 25 years of being married to Sainted Wife Barb, these questions will be active for two weeks. I'll be posting new questions on Tuesday, June 23.

Thanks for spending a part of your day with me. I'll be back on Monday, June 22, with more stuff.

Tony Isabella

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Zero Tonys
ZERO: Burn your money before buying any comic receiving this rating. It doesn't *necessarily* mean there's absolutely nothing of value here - though it *could* - but whatever value it might possess shrinks into insignificance before its overall awfulness.

ONE: Buy something else. Maybe I found something which wasn't completely dreadful in the item, but not enough for me to recommend it when there are better comics available. I only want what's best for you, my children.

TWO: Basic judgment call. I found some value, but not enough to recommend it. My review should give you enough info to decide if you want to take a chance on it. Are you feeling lucky today, punk? Well, are you?

THREE: This denotes something I find perfectly respectable. There are better books out there, but I wouldn't regret buying this item. Based on my review, you should be able to determine if it's of interest to you. Let the Force guide you.

FOUR: I recommend anything earning this rating. Unless you don't like the genre, subject matter, or past work of the creators, I believe you'll enjoy this item. Isn't it uncanny how I can look right into your soul that way?

FIVE: Anything getting this rating is among the best comicdom has to offer. You should buy/read this, even if the genre/subject matter doesn't appeal to you. It's for your own good. Me, I live for comics and books this good...but not in a pathetic "Comic-Book Guy" sort of way.

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