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Sat, Jun. 17th, 2006 | 04:32 pm  ‏‏␦ predatory slavezombie


Da Vinci Code, the movie
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      Films like these, which are bound to be followed by a sequal, don't catch my interest. I only went to this showing because Audrey Tautou is in it and I really liked the two films I saw where she is the main character:

  1. A very long engagement

  2. Ámelie

      As much as I am a fan of the plot of Da Vinci Code, I did not rush off to the theaters the moment I heard it would debut. My day job doesn't allow for this kind of kickback. What I do receive from work is a discount on the ridiculous $12-15.00 admittance fee for a movie ticket after 6pm. There is a catch though. I cannot see a newly released film until after it has been in theaters for two weeks; but this restriction only applies to some theaters. Not all.
      If a person decides to make an evening of it, with popcorn as the main course on the dinner menu, then of course the wait is worth it. I don't know about you, but I have sensitive taste buds. So on with the review. The movie sucked and didn't live up to it's reputation for handling such a popular Dan Brown novel, and a beautiful actress. I only hold this opinion because the most interesting parts in the film were the FLASHBACK/CUT TO: scenes in which medieval times are being explained by one of the scholarly characters, and [these] historical events are depicted in live motion. I won't lie to you, though. At the end of the film I heard people say they simply didn't follow the plot.
      Thanks to my current job, I've never read more books in my life and, since I've always been a fan of King Arthur and the round table, I tried to find a good version of the fairytale. However, that's all it was to me. A fairytale. My friend who knew about my fascination recommended reading up on the Knights Templar. So I got myself some books (totalling 4 or 5) on medieval history dating back to the 14th and 15th century. Needless to say, by the time Dan Brown released his novel, I had practically read everything short of Holy Blood, Holy Grail. So I was not lost in the film. I followed it very well and when it becomes available on cable, I'll see it again and again.
      As far as Audrey's role in the film, I still intend to purchase her previous two films on DVD, but Ron Howard's film didn't do her justice. I'll still see Angels & Demons if and when it gets made. It is in development on IMDB and I sought to buy a few shares on hsx but so far they have no listing of it.
      Next film I would like to see is Lake House. I read a few reviews on a similar film called The break up which I also thought might be good. That was before the reviews I read on lj. I would love to hear what annamaryse would say about Lake house. So, would I recommend Da Vinci Code? Anybody who has not seen Audrey Tautou in the films mentioned early should see her in this. It would be the first mainstream film from a rising beauty that peeps will link her with when she conquers the film industry as we know it.

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...my own true Hollywood story....

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from: annamaryse
date: Sat, Jun. 17, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
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Don't hold your breath... I probably won't be seeing THE LAKE HOUSE in the near future. I was kiinda interested in it because I like Keanu, and I really like films and stories about time travel (THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT and DONNIE DARKO most notably) but we are pretty broke so we only go to films that we get screenings for (through BF's work) or films that are super emergency gotta-see it opening night blockbuster events like Xmen 3.

Unfortunately LAKE HOUSE isn't from one of the studios BF is likely to get screenings from.

And, regarding DA VINCI CODE, we were both so da vinci'd out, we had no desire to see it at all. Like so many films, I'll see it when I get to see it for free. Sometimes there's films we didn't get screenings for and didn't go see, but his workplace gets screener dvds before the films hit PPV... so we get a second chance and often get our hands on DVDs before films get released on DVD to the public. That UNDERWORLD sequel is the most recent example... then sometimes we don't have time to watch them and they sit in our livingroom until after the film's been released to the public on DVD and then all the commercials remind us that we've still got that screener laying around.

My BF works for a company that is involved in PPV distribution. So I'm curious, why reading so many books because of work... what's YOUR day job, anyhow?

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Book worms

from: slavezombie
date: Sun, Jun. 18, 2006 02:39 am (UTC)
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Ever walk into the library and check out some of the office workers who wait around for somebody to either check out a book or ask a question? That would be me behind the counter reading a book? It can get pretty boring and you can be certain that there's plenty coffee brewing in the breakroom, but it is heavenly when a person loves books. I've had questions put to me about whether or not I ever get bored. Yes! I love the interaction with the people who never fail to liven things up, and it doesn't take much to liven things up.

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Re: Book worms

from: annamaryse
date: Sun, Jun. 18, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)
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Interesting... you would be the third person on my flist with a connection to that vocation -- except I think #2 switched her major from Library Science to something Psychiatric.

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from: pink_pikachu
date: Sat, Jun. 17, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
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wow, I didn't know that Audrey Tautou was in The Da Vinci Code...basically, I didn't know she was the same girl from Ámelie.
As seeing how you read a lot, do you have any books you'd recommend to me?

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A good read

from: slavezombie
date: Sun, Jun. 18, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
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These are some of the books I've read
  1. FICTION
    • A child called "it"
    • Da Vinci Code
    • Angels & Demons
    • A chymical wedding
    • Pillars of the earth
    • The alchemist
    • e
    • Covenant of the flame

  2. NON-FICTION

    • The history of the Knights Templar
    • The perfect heresy
    • The temple and the lodge
    • The Albigensian crusades
    • The yellow cross
    • The great shark hunter: Gonzo papers, Vol. 1
    • Oskar Schindler: the untold account of his life, wartime activities, and the true story behind The List

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...my own true Hollywood story....

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from: annamaryse
date: Tue, Jun. 20, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
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Update to previous comment...

BF came home from the office tonight with a pass for The Lake House. Warner Bros is weird... they don't have screenings the same way Universal does (for instance) but for their art house and second tier films he gets these passes called 'movie money' we can use at any theater. We don't get movie money for their blockbuster releases ... no Superman for free for us... but while I didn't think we'd get a screening for it, I was wrong -- we do after all. So I'll let you know.... ;)

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Lake House

from: slavezombie
date: Tue, Jun. 20, 2006 11:32 am (UTC)
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      Well, congratulations! I don't know if my desire to see LAKE HOUSE is enough motivation to get you and ur BF out on the town… I just discovered it's rated PG. I guess the only good thing about that is that the film probably won't be butchered and redubbed by the FCC when it airs on network TV. I gotta say, I honestly doubt I'll be paying money to see it myself (unless it's really, really, cry uncontrollably, sad). I'm staying home until the networks get their hands on it.
      Interesting job though. For a very brief time, in my career as a temp, I held a position with Epic which seemed to focus on similar promotions. (my job was organizing their storage of discarded videos, posters, illustration art, magazines, etc. and labeling them NOT TRASH/NO BASURA) They were in the stages of moving their offices and I wasn't with them long enough to see where they ended up.
      Enjoy your film, I've been trying to hold on to somebody I've never met too.

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Re: Lake House

from: annamaryse
date: Tue, Jun. 20, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)
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Even if it was rated R it wouldn't mean much... films are so much more tame now. We netflix old movies sometimes and it's amazing how much more 'stuff' used to be 'normal' in films...

Holding on to someone you've never met? How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?

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Re: Lake House

from: slavezombie
date: Tue, Jun. 20, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
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Aww.. little kitties. Cute icon,
      Is holding a moonbeam in the hand something like catching a box of moonlite? I remember Tom DiCillo's movie BOX OF MOONLITE. Holding on to someone you've never met is easier. Here's a recipe for doing just that. Take a person who meant a lot, don't see that person for like forever, don't know if they're dead or alive, cross paths with that now estranged loved one and even converse a bit with them (never acknowledging if you've ever met her before) and you've got someone to hold on to that you've never met. I know it's complex to never see a person forever and cross their paths one day. The trick is conserving doubt as to whether or not she is who you think she (he) is but not asking because if she (he) was who you thought, you'd have a nervous breakdown.

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Re: Lake House

from: annamaryse
date: Tue, Jun. 20, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
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Sometimes people don't know what it is even if it hits them in the face. Don't have a nervous breakdown.. just be glad that you do go through life knowing what 'it' is... and make it your positive creation that next time you will meet someone else who also knows 'it' for what it is.

I had a similar experience. I was involved with someone who I had a totally spiritual intense psychic bond with... but they didn't get it. It was insane... our whole relationship was awesome in every other way. So I had to walk, I had to shut the whole thing down which was difficult because our lives had become so intertwined, but it was destroying my self esteem, it was human nature to end up feeling like I wasn't good enough.

And this person was confused, because they didn't think I wasn't good enough, they just had this feeling that there was some 'perfect' person out there and that some day they'd meet them and run off into the sunset with them.

Reality check: there is no perfect person. And when I walked, it totally devastated this ex, who ironically has never ever had a serious relationship since that time with me. So I've gone down in history as the most important one, but I moved on.

That's the other thing... never think 'this is THE ONLY one...'

In our lives, there are many moments of possible perfection to be had.

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Re: Lake House

from: slavezombie
date: Wed, Jun. 21, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
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And this person was confused, because they didn't think I wasn't good enough, they just had this feeling that there was some 'perfect' person out there and that some day they'd meet them and run off into the sunset with them.

      Thank you, wise one. I thought I'd take this opportunity to point to your double negative in the ¶ above because it just brings me comfort knowing, not having "moved on" myself, that perhaps there might have been a Freudian slip (Freudian typo) involved.
      You describe your experiences like they are lived by everyone (namely, me) and the one thing that distinguishes folks like us are those who move on and get on with their lives, and those who don't and seek pitty. I'm going to add this to my memories, if you don't mind, as a reminder to myself that everybody hurts and/or has their heart broken. I have difficulty understanding that a broken heart cannot be measured for damages and my troubles are trivial in comparison to otherz. Thx again for being a doctor to me problems. ;)

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Re: Lake House

from: annamaryse
date: Wed, Jun. 21, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
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No, it was an awkward kinda colloquial intended figure of speech. I sometimes say "me and her" or "Me and Avery were going to the beach" etc..

The person in my past was not looking at me and thinking I was not good enough, but even as that wasn't intended... the fact that there might be some more perfect person out there suggested that therefore (ergo) I was imperfect somehow.

I admit to being somewhat smug that they've never found 'miss perfect' so our relationship remains instead a missed opportunity. Sucker.

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Re: Lake House

from: slavezombie
date: Wed, Jun. 21, 2006 01:36 pm (UTC)
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touché

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