On Tuesday night, JNK and I went to an advanced screening of "The Golden Compass" ... it was part of a dinner-and-movie social group that JNK found out about and the free movie was showing at the within-walking-distance theatre. This was a best-intentions situation to try to further integrate into the Charlotte social scene ... unfortunately (and perhaps it should have been predictable?) it wasn't so much the young, culturally-sophisticated movie intellectual as much as a bunch of the comic-book-guy-from-the-Simpsons types. The demographic might have been influenced by the film choice - a fantasy film about a parallel universe. Very fun and entertaining if you enjoy the Lord of the Rings/Pans Labyrinth-type movies -- just be sure to check your expectations at the door if you are looking for epic or if you require a solid movie ending (this one is clearly set up for a sequel, but didn't leave me caring to continue on with the silly journey). For the record, we opted out of dinner with the group.