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DINNER 32: Wednesday, February 1, 2006

DINNER 32: Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Tonight, we took a short break from left-overs to quickly dine together at Frisch’s. Wendy had a turkey wrap and I had a cheeseburger & some of their great onion rings. After dinner, Wendy headed down to the theater for a rehearsal of IRMA VEP…

Reading: The Tomb

Reading: The Tomb

I forgot to update the site with the book I’m currently reading. Thanks to Doug for turning me on to this series. I may actually finish it today while I wait for my car’s oil to be changed. The author’s website is here.     

Reading: Legacies

Reading: Legacies

I finished THE TOMB and started right in on LEGACIES, also by F. Paul Wilson. This is book two of the Repairman Jack series. I enjoyed THE TOMB quite a bit and am looking forward to digging into LEGACIES.

Legacies : A Repairman Jack Novel (Repairman Jack)

DINNER 102: Wednesday, April 12, 2006

DINNER 102: Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Tonight, I went up to Dayton (about an hour north of our house) to Books & Co., a great bookstore, for the booksigning stop on the tour of Christopher Moore. His new book, A DIRTY JOB, continues his tradition of wry, funny books with a…

Reading: Conspiracies

Reading: Conspiracies

Rolling right along through F. Paul Wilson’s Repairman Jack series. I am currently reading CONSPIRACIES.

DINNER 139: Friday, May 19, 2006

DINNER 139: Friday, May 19, 2006

I flew by the house this evening after work to let the dogs outside then left again pretty quickly. Since Wendy had LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Falcon Theater tonight, I’d decided to go see THE DA VINCI CODE at my local multiplex. I’d purchased tickets online for the 6:40 show, so time was tight.

I made it to the theater by 6:20 after passing some guy standing at the entrance with a sign denouncing THE DA VINCI CODE. I managed to get ‘rock star’ parking — a spot right in front of the door — and was feeling pretty good about that until I noticed that the parking lot was mostly empty, which surprised me.

Going into the multiplex, my first stop was the Customer Service desk to get my tickets applied to my Star-Pass. Star-Pass is the customer loyalty program for National Amusements theaters. Free to join, it’s an amazing deal since it seems like they give you a free popcorn, soda, or ticket every other purchase you make! Wendy & I don’t go to movies very often, but we’ve already racked up enough points to join the “Director’s Club”, which offers free refills (!) on popcorn and soda, and free candy with some purchases and some other perks. So it is very worthwhile to stop and make sure your purchases are credited.

I picked up some popcorn, Milk Duds, and a Sierra Mist and headed into the theater. Settling into my reserved seat, I got comfortable and waited for the movie to begin. I was a little surprised when the usherette made an announcement that they would be showing a preview for the upcoming WORLD TRADE CENTER movie and invited anyone who might be uncomfortable with watching it to step outside. I looked around, but no one left.

After a while, the movie started. And ran. And ran. And was slow as a snail. And kinda boring. And Tom Hanks looked like he was daydreaming his way through it. And finally, it ended.

The movie was, in a word, okay. In more words, I think DA VINCI CODE was a very good book, but did not translate well into a movie. I’d rate it a 6.75/10.

So, long-and-short… Go to the cinema for a dinner of popcorn and Milk Duds. Join Star-Pass. Don’t rush to see DA VINCI CODE.





Year: 2006

Writer: Akiva Goldsman (screenplay), Dan Brown (novel)

Director: Ron Howard

Producer: Columbia Pictures

Length: 149

Category: Drama

Media: Film

Studio: Imagine Entertainment

Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing

Rating from MPAA: PG-13


  • Robert Langdon: Tom Hanks
  • Sophie Neveu: Audrey Tautou
  • Rating: 3 out of 5

    Review from 67rocks.

    Four words – wrong star, wrong director.

    Hanks and Howards best work, both together or separately, have been when they embrace intrinsically American values in their films. All their most memorable movies have involved individuals overcoming hardship through an unshakable belief in love and courage, usually set against an outwardly US-centric interpretation of events. Think Apollo 13, Forrest Gump, Cinderella Man, Saving Private Ryan – all fine films, all centred on an American hero rising above their circumstance.

    What is conspicuously absent from either man’s resume is a European-set, religious-themed mystery thriller. Having sat through their arduous, laborious adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel, I can now see why.

    The plot is total bunkum – a hodgepodge of “what ifs” and “oh my god” moments spun on the ludicrous premise that Leonardo Da Vinci had some sort of insight into the life of Christ – but loopy story lines have not stopped many films from being enjoyable.

    What makes The Da Vinci Code so deathly dull is the heavy-handed, oh-so-serious approach Howard applies to the material. Combining with his cinematographer to give the film a sleepy nocturnal feel (not so clever given the 150min running time), Howard’s film is just a constant flow of expository clues that fail to create any tension or engender his leads with any human qualities. Even for those that haven’t read the book, a couple of obligatory ‘big twists’ in the story are very obvious from early-on.

    Hanks (looking more like Jim Belushi than ever) and McKellen blather on and on and on about knights and saints and symbols and God as if they were giving a lecture at some Ivy-league school for the supernatural; Audrey Tautou is lovely but has little to do in a role that is plot- not character-driven. Jean Reno ambles thru another of his token French cop parts (he was better in the Pink Panther); Paul Bettany’s evil albino Silas at least got some audience reaction, though giggles and guffaws were probably not what he was hoping for.

    Whatever sense of fun and excitement the book provided is fully-drained from this adaptation. Come credit time, I had the realisation that all this hokey, airport-novel religious hooey and B-movie plotting would’ve made for a great X-files episode in that series heyday. As the end-product of a publishing phenomenon and carrying the tag “Years Most-Anticipated”, its a boring dud.