Archives for May 17, 2006

Mark Shea is saving Ireland…

Mark Shea is saving Ireland... from The Da Vinci Code.From Day 4 of his Ireland journal: More TV and radio interviews yesterday. One sympathetic and a couple more asking the tired question, "Isn't it just fiction?" I proposed a fictional film in which all the homosexuals in the world were engaged in a vast conspiracy to destroy Western Civilization."That would be offensive."No duh.The *only* time people fall for this notion that a fictional story which goes out of its way to … [Read more...]

So Dull the Con of Moviegoers.

Michael Phillips of The Chicago Tribune: How can a film contain so many clues yet remain utterly clueless? The screen adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code" treats the Dan Brown novel with a reverence it does not deserve and from which it does not benefit. The film was directed by Ron Howard in a style to be named later, and the screenplay by Akiva Goldsman can't get three sentences out without resorting to expositional set-ups such as "Ah, the Grand Gallery ..." or "Opus Dei. What is that?" "A … [Read more...]

And now, the AP with more…

From the Associate Press: Updated: 6:56 p.m. ET May 16, 2006CANNES, France - “The Da Vinci Code” drew... Wait for it...Yes...Surprise!... lukewarm praise, shrugs of indifference, some jeering laughter and a few derisive jabs Tuesday from arguably the world’s toughest movie crowd: critics at the Cannes Film Festival.The year’s most anticipated movie, “The Da Vinci Code” was a generally faithful adaptation of Dan Brown’s monster best seller, spinning a murder thriller that ste … [Read more...]