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traineraz
I don't expect I will, but I must admit I find all the uproar -- boycotts, hunger strikes, protests -- intriguing.

The reviews ain't generally too good; it's almost as though Sony's potential profit on the flick requires the controversy. (A conspiracy to promote a movie about a conspiracy!)
celticgent
i'll catch it on HBO
jacal01
Played it already. Gabriel Knight is my avatar.
celticgent
spoiler:

jesus dies.
Stomp Brockmore
That's hilarious. I played that game also, which prompted me to go and read Holy Blood, and a bunch of other books on the subject. That was years ago. Jesus Christ was a vampire hunter.
Parrish
Tom Hanks playing Indiana Jones sounds like one of the worst things ever to hit the screen.

Then again, it does have the awesomenessitude of Jean Reno...
Stomp Brockmore
I'm interested to see how Ron Howard has shot the big Priory of Sion orgy scene.
traineraz
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awesomenessitude of Janet Reno
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I didn't know there WAS a game.

Online? Board? Oiled? Card? Computer? Any good?
Stomp Brockmore
It wasn't a Da Vinci Code game, but the 3rd Gabriel Knight game...Gabriel Knight & the Sins of the Fathers I think it was called. A computer game. It was based on the same source material as The Da Vinci Code - The Holy Blood & the Holy Grail. Came out in 1999 or something like that.

Janet Reno was awesome in both.
MrsAbsomphe
Looks like a crappy film version of a crappy book.

I'll wait until it's on cable, so I can have a good nap.

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jacal01
I just feed you this stuff, don’t I trainer?

GK3: Blood of the Sacred; Blood of the Damned

4 Fat Chicks gushed over it, too.
Stomp Brockmore
Oh yeah, Sins of the Fathers was the first one.
jacal01
My personal fave of the series, tho. Something 'bout those zombies... Zombie3.gif
Stomp Brockmore
I was really into the narrator in the first game - "Gaaaayyybreeeel opuns da Times Pick-a-hooon fo da dayyyy...Nutteen of intrest here".
Donnie Darko
The NYT review summed it up pretty well: "Takes longer to watch the movie than to read the book".

If I do neither, than that's likely 5-6 total hours of my life I haven't wasted.

I read the first two pages of the DaVinci code, and it was clearly a book for people who don't read books. I'm sure everyone knows some fat lady named Elaine who works in Accounts Receivable that wears a lot of purple, too much hairspray, drinks lots of Diet Pepsi and has read everything ever written by Dan Brown. Do you really want to watch a movie that she would watch, and thus make her feel less alone and be inclined to talk your ear off about the movie and then start telling you uncomfortable details about her life?

I didn't think so.
Parrish
QUOTE(Donnie Darko @ May 18 2006, 02:21 PM) *

The NYT review summed it up pretty well: "Takes longer to watch the movie than to read the book".

If I do neither, than that's likely 5-6 total hours of my life I haven't wasted.

I read the first two pages of the DaVinci code, and it was clearly a book for people who don't read books. I'm sure everyone knows some fat lady named Elaine who works in Accounts Receivable that wears a lot of purple, too much hairspray, drinks lots of Diet Pepsi and has read everything ever written by Dan Brown. Do you really want to watch a movie that she would watch, and thus make her feel less alone and be inclined to talk your ear off about the movie and then start telling you uncomfortable details about her life?

I didn't think so.


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jacal01
QUOTE(Stomp Brockmore @ May 18 2006, 01:49 PM) *

I was really into the narrator in the first game - "Gaaaayyybreeeel opuns da Times Pick-a-hooon fo da dayyyy...Nutteen of intrest here".

Grace never looked better than she did that first game, pixelated and all.
I was just happy to finally get out of that confessional booth via a software patch.

‘Course, chicken blood is not the same thing as Jesus’s, is it?
traineraz
Loverly, now I'll hafta read those reviews when I get home.

"Games" be filterated by my employer's WebSense policy.
Absomphe
QUOTE(celticgent @ May 18 2006, 11:01 AM) *

i'll catch it on HBO


You said cat shit, but in this case, I think that's insulting to felines.
jacal01
If you do get your XP emulation software to work, I’d play them in sequence. They’re all great.

If it ain’t porn, mine’s good to go, just monitored like hell. *cough*
Kommienezuspadt
You should check out 'Foucault's Pendulum' by Umberto Eco. It's like The Da Vinci Code, but for people with a brain. I think it originally came out in '88.

Tom Hanks makes me shudder kinda. (In a bad way).
traineraz
If he made you shudder in a good way, that'd be even worse.
jacal01
Couldn’t get into Foucault's Pendulum very far, but Name of the Rose is one of my all time favorite novels. The movie with Sean Connery is but a pale shadow.

Probably because of Eco’s flowery prose; it takes some while to get swept up in his story.
sixela
QUOTE(jacal01 @ May 19 2006, 01:45 AM) *

Couldn’t get into Foucault's Pendulum very far, but Name of the Rose is one of my all time favorite novels. The movie with Sean Connery is but a pale shadow.


Careful! Your idioms expose you as a closet Platonian Realist (as opposed to a Nominalist).

I liked the movie. It's different, of course, and not Umberto Eco for one bit (Umberto Eco wouldn't save a peasant girl from the middle ages - he knows darn well she's just a blip on the history radar, and he knows that people like her were toast all the time), but it's rather interesting (and revealing) to see how the director warped and twisted the raw material and slashed it.
sixela
QUOTE(Ravenshaw @ May 19 2006, 12:28 AM) *

You should check out 'Foucault's Pendulum' by Umberto Eco. It's like The Da Vinci Code,


The Da Vinci Code is a pale attempt at emulation by someone who takes himself and his stories much too seriously, and someone who'd never dream of writing about of vis movendi, pinball, and sublimated erotic fury (remember that passage?) - in other words, by someone who could read through the entire Pendulum without ever Getting It.

Reading the Foucault's Pendulum as if it were the Da Vinci Code (and with a gullible mind) leads to madness (or at least a splitting headache) - it's one of the points of this book.

It only becomes (immensely) enjoyable once you start to enjoy the way Umberto Eco illustrates how easily a good semiologist can wrongfoot you and fuck with your mind at every possible opportunity.

FP is full of logical holes, but ones that have been designed in, beautifully crafted, and artfully camouflaged, but they're all meant to be discovered.

The DVC is full of holes that are neither crafted nor beautiful, but just plainly stupid - discovering them (or rather, stumbling upon them) is as charming as gaping at the abyss of human stupidity.
jacal01
Curses! Foiled again!

Um...can you repeat the nomenclature? Perhaps use it in a sentence? Am I doomed to always seeing pale shadows? wink.gif

Yeah, I tend to still watch parts of the movie at times on its own merit. Sorta like the made-for-TV Shogun miniseries with Richard Chamberlain as opposed to the sublimely magnificent Clavell novel. I remember reading about the Rose director going through elaborate lengths to cast phenotypes true to the medieval period and engaging artists to reproduce the colorful and ornate monastery manuscript illustrations of the time, even using real gilt. In fact the exact analogy holds with the TV Shogun, too: elaborate and faithful scene casting, with minor emphasis on character development and/or underlying themes, as juxtaposed with their respective novels. Kuprick’s Barry Lyndon is another quality effort of the same genre.

But the role of the library labyrinth can never be adequately portrayed. A mere faint echo...
Fredie
No one can say for sure if the Jesus Mary Magdalene thing was true or not.... it's possible.
But it has been proved that the whole Priory of Sion thing is total bullshit.
Still, it is an interesting story.... but it's just that, a story
I will end up seeing it though.... just because I love the fact that it pisses off the Catholic church!!! evill.gif
traineraz
Answer to the question: $77M domestic, over $220M world wide.

I guess a lot of people were going to see it. While they were all off watching the movie, I spent my time installing my new bathroom sink. Not a minute too soon, as the arm on the kitchen faucet came off in my hand two hours later. While the water was on.
sixela
QUOTE(traineraz @ May 22 2006, 06:37 PM) *

Answer to the question: $77M domestic, over $220M world wide.


A billion flies can't be wrong...
traineraz
'zactly.

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Nymphadora
Are there any more Gabriel Knight games? I really enjoyed the three I played; my favorite was the second game. I loved the opera sequence!

Donnie Darko
I was in Tennessee this weekend. Their panties are really in a wad over The DaVinci Code down there. Every church we passed (you pass one every other block in Tennessee) had a sign up regarding Sunday's sermon and most of them had something to do with The DaVinci Code and how it was evil. I always thought Ron Opie Howard was evil, but for different reasons.

It's no surprise they're fixated on the movie, since Christians have a track record of obsessing over poorly written fiction that's only loosely inspired by fact (Bible anyone?).
celticgent
Ha!
jacal01
QUOTE(Nymphadora @ May 23 2006, 12:49 PM) *

Are there any more Gabriel Knight games? I really enjoyed the three I played; my favorite was the second game. I loved the opera sequence!

Nope, just the three. Jane Jenson was the guiding light behind the GK games, tho, so you might follow up on her career to see if she’s also responsible for any other games. I think the extensive research she put into each game and her attention to detail are what set those games apart, along with the great storylines. Like the superior quality of “Wagner’s Lost Opera” that you liked that was written just for the game. And of course she was way in front of Brown’s Da Vinci Code revelations.

The second one, The Beast Within, is actually the one most acclaimed of the GK series, FMV and all.
Fredie
QUOTE(Donnie Darko @ May 23 2006, 12:07 PM) *

I was in Tennessee this weekend. Their panties are really in a wad over The DaVinci Code down there. Every church we passed (you pass one every other block in Tennessee) had a sign up regarding Sunday's sermon and most of them had something to do with The DaVinci Code and how it was evil. I always thought Ron Opie Howard was evil, but for different reasons.

It's no surprise they're fixated on the movie, since Christians have a track record of obsessing over poorly written fiction that's only loosely inspired by fact (Bible anyone?).

Sounds like the goat fucking crackers over in Plant City.

I saw it.... it wasn't the greatest.... dragged a bit.....but still intriguing enough.
Ian McKellen can steal a scene from anyone... great actor.

Unlike many other poorly made cinematic interp. of novels I certainly don't think I was missing anything by seeing the movie instead of reading the book and
probably saved myself about 5 hours by doing so.
But then the Discovery channel special on it was more in depth and only about 90 minutes, so I could have saved myself the trouble and just watched that..... It was about as entertaining. tv_horror.gif


Jane Avril
The book was great, though fiction. I'm waiting for the DVD.
Jane Avril
QUOTE(Donnie Darko @ May 23 2006, 01:07 PM) *

I was in Tennessee this weekend. Their panties are really in a wad over The DaVinci Code down there. Every church we passed (you pass one every other block in Tennessee) had a sign up regarding Sunday's sermon and most of them had something to do with The DaVinci Code and how it was evil. I always thought Ron Opie Howard was evil, but for different reasons.

It's no surprise they're fixated on the movie, since Christians have a track record of obsessing over poorly written fiction that's only loosely inspired by fact (Bible anyone?).

The Bible is more fiction than The Da Vinci Code book. A bunch of homophobic men claiming God spoke to them so they could further their own tainted morals.
Burning bushes? Schizophrenia.
Eve is tempted by a snake that won't leave her alone? She tempted ADAM? Exsqueeze me? How did Moses choose a SNAKE???
Talk about fairy tales...they pre-date absinthe. JMHO.
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Donnie Darko
You need to stop using that abililty of reason God supposedly gave you and just have faith!

Otherwise you're just going to keep making baby Jesus cry, homo.
Jane Avril
You're too sweet, Darko.

I'm a woman who never questioned God or Jesus. Doesn't mean I can't tell fiction when I read it.
That's all it takes to make me want to bang my head into walls. frusty.gif

Your gaydar is off by 137 degrees today.

Play nice, okey dokey? abs-cheers.gif
traineraz
Can't we make Baby Jesus fries instead?
Donnie Darko
That would be a good hostage demand: "Show us how to turn water into wine, or we're turning you into Baby Jesus fries!"
Jane Avril
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Can't we make Baby Jesus fries instead?

Regular or curly? harhar.gif
sixela
QUOTE(Dwight Frye @ May 27 2006, 07:00 PM) *

The book was great, though fiction.

Great for driving your SUV through the plot holes, you mean?

Absomphe
QUOTE(traineraz @ May 30 2006, 12:00 PM) *

Can't we make Baby Jesus fries instead?


Cheesus Crisps crackers are the way to go!

I even like the slogan...

"Cheesus Crisps. We've got the taste nailed."
MarKoPoLo
Jesus Fish & Chips.


NOTE: We need a Jesus Fish smilie. This would make more sense that way.
traineraz
Is Jesus ON a fish stick close enuff?

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Fine, be that way.

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Donnie Darko
How many thousands of dollars did that Jesus fish stick sell for?
Steve
OK, I admit I was actually looking forward to this movie. I had listened to the book on my iPod. We went to see the flick last weekend, and I liked it. I had already checked out all the places in Paris that figure in the book. Also, I would see anything with Audrey Tautou, who is one of my favorite actors.
Artemis
Because Audrey Tatou is in it, I might watch it.

The book is a pseudo-intellectual piece of crap. I read it last week. The writer is a hack. He reworked a previous book of his, doing a much better job of it (which was no great feat), but in the process totally ripped off a better book, published 20 years previously, that contained all the "information" (and then some) that's now captured the "minds" of the Oprah-watching set. This clown doesn't know the difference between a bathroom and a restroom, nor between "like" and "such as", and sadly, neither do his editors.

The only good thing I can say about it is that it can be read quickly, and it inspired me to read Foucault's Pendulum, which can't be. Except maybe by Sixela.
Kirk
Umberto is one of my favorite authors and Foucault's pendulum is probably his best book.
The Brown book "Da Vinci code" (there is no one named Da Vinci, he was Leonardo)
starts with a "fact" page that has nothing but lies on it, Brown went on to tell Charles Gibson on "Good Morning America" that if the book had been non fiction his assertions would not have changed.
He also claims that the Priory of Sion is a European secret society founded in 1099.
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I enjoyed the movie though, especially the Oris symbols.
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