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Date: 5/27/06 8:37 PM

I'd like to tear myself away from the sewing machine to see some movies in the next few weeks. The DaVinci Code is on my list (especially since we can see it at a cinema grill); Cars looks entertaining, and anything involving Paul Newman gets my attention.

Opinions, anyone?

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Date: 5/27/06 10:23 PM

Yea, I'm looking forward to the DaVinci Code too. One of my honor students made me read it so we could discuss it together. My grown nephew and his wife really loved it and I know it got two thumbs up from the those reviewers who use that scale.

On a side note, my DS -- 11 yo really wants to go see X-Men, The Last Stand. It's rated PG-13 and I've upheld the ratings very strictly but he is almost 12 and I kind of want to give in to him. I let him watch PG-13 on our little screen TV after it's been edited. Has anyone taken their kids to see it and how violent is it really? I don't want to open a can of worms, so to speak, for future enforcement of the ratings.

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Date: 5/27/06 10:54 PM

Karla, I read DEMONS AND DRAGONS and then THE DA VINCI CODE and definitely want to see the movie. Don't pay attention to the movie critics. They are frequently elitist and waspishly critical and might think that they have to be that way for a variety of predictable and transparent reasons.

I saw MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA the other night and loved it. I almost want to say, "Every shot seemed to be composed as THE perfect still picture."

As for humor and comedy, there are so many different kinds and not every one appeals to everyone, but there is/was one humor/comedy movie that made me laugh throughout the entire film and made me check it out to see again a second time many months later when I needed a pick-me-up. That movie is/was JACKASS. It is bawdy, physical, male-prankster type of humor one after the other after the other and each one had my stomach hurting. I am sure that my nearby neighbors wondered what was going on.

These were Hollywood stuntmen doing all sorts of potentially dangerous things, like shooting sky rockets out of their hindmost. If this is not your kind of humor, definitely stay away, but although I love Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters and Jim Carey, JACKASS stands out as the most hilarious. It's old so a person would have to go to the video store to get it and I do recall that you wanted to go to the Cinema Grill.

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Date: 5/27/06 11:01 PM

I just saw DaVinci Code today. Be prepared - it's very long. Two and a half hours. It was good. First parts of it had some gore that I couldn't deal with (self-flaggellation) and I had to cover my eyes. Seriously, CSI doesn't bother me that much. But maybe it's me. I didn't read the book and was a bit pessimistic going into it, because I tend not to get on the bandwagon with pop culture - can't think of a better term really for the DaVinci Code movie. It's kind of like Harry Potter to me - everyone raves about it and I don't get what the hoopla is all about.

I think to appreciate the DaVinci Code you have to understand a bit about the history of religion - not a lot, because they fill in quite a bit, but if I'd never had any religious education other than just knowing who Jesus was, I might be a bit lost.

Aside from that, there are some cool special effects and some good acting. Plus, I love seeing the backdrop of Paris. Subtitles - there are lots of subtitles.

Still, it was a good movie. Not one I care to see again, however. Not one that will stand out as a classic to me.

Other movies? My mom said RV is hilarious. Anything with Robin Williams is bound to be funny. I want to see the new Miami Vice when it comes out, simply because I remember the original, and I like Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx. Also, Adam Sandler's "Click" sounds good. And if you like just stupid comedy (not even slapstitck) you might try Nacho Libre.

Oh, and I'm going to sign up to see the sneak preview of Break Up with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Anniston. I love both of them.

I'd be curious to know what others thought of the DaVinci Code.

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Date: 5/27/06 11:17 PM

We saw "Over the Hedge" last night with the kids (5 and 8) and laughed all the way through it! IT was amazingly funny at all levels! A very unique look at suburbia and families. We will be buying this on DVD when it comes out. I highly recommend it for a nice light night out with or without the kids!

Edited for spelling as my typing is getting worse as my speed increases ...
-- Edited on 5/27/06 11:17 PM --

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Date: 5/27/06 11:43 PM

Claire, I read The DaVinci Code a few years ago - shortly after it came out - and found all the background material extremely interesting; right now I'm reading Secrets of the Code by Dan Bursteyn, who has compiled the research material used as the basis for The DaVinci Code and put it into one convenient volume. LOL...In 2004 DD went to Paris and Rome and the Vatican; she said she was sure her religious education was lacking when everything she saw there related to the DaVinci Code -"Oh, here's where he parked the car" and "Here's the glass pyramid". I'm wondering what others who were intrigued by the book think of the movie.

And RV - I had forgotten about that one - another one for my movie list....

X-Men...I don't know a thing about the plot, but I'd be willing to watch Hugh Jackman in just about anything...

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Where are we going, and what am I doing in this handbasket?

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The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'



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Date: 5/28/06 0:28 AM

We never get to go out to the movies, but my DM saw "RV" a few weeks ago and said it was totally hilarious. She said even my dementia-afflicted DGM laughed, although I'm not sure that's really an endorsement.

I'm glad to hear "Over the Hedge" is good, we'll probably get it on dvd when it comes out.

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Date: 5/28/06 1:02 AM

I was amazed at how much I enjoyed Thank You for Smoking! It was rated R & I usually won't go see those movies rated "For Mature Audiences Only".

It does have a few sexually explicit bedroom scenes but they are relevant to the plot, as it turns out. It is very funny, well cast & very well done.

If the SEBS doesn't offend, it is very light-hearted & very tongue-in-cheek! Not to be taken too seriously!

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Date: 5/28/06 8:04 AM

Karla,
I saw RV last night and it was very funny! We laughed the whole way through it. Cars and Over the Hedge look good. I won't be seeing the DaVinci Code. Click also looks like it will be funny and I do like Adam Sandler. I love Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn so I'll probably see Breaking Up. Although we usually save those movies to rent in the winter.

The friends we went with to see RV want to also see Posiden (sp?) I saw the first one and it disturbed me so much that I wouldn't think about taking a cruise until 2 years ago when we went to Bermuda. If I see this one I'm pretty sure I'll never step foot on a cruise ship again.

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Date: 5/28/06 10:02 AM

Oooo, I forgot about "Thank You For Smoking"! That was one of the funniest books I ever read (right up there with Carl Hiassen's "Striptease"... I hope this movie version is better than that one was. I've never been so disappointed in a book remake in my life )

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