Take it from an old prof, grading top students is boring. You glance over their exams and write “A” and “nice job.” Except for the grade, it’s much the same with the flunking ones. But toward the bottom of the pack, somewhere between C- and D+, is where the fun begins. Their bluebooks are a wonderful mishmash of fact and foolishness. You can tell where they listened to the lecture, and when they fell asleep. And so it is with “The Da Vinci Code,” the movie version of which opened last week. Dan Brown billed his blockbuster book as a
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May 23, 2006 – This past weekend churches across the country held premieres of a new documentary, “The Da Vinci Code Revealed.” This high quality presentation has been produced by Watchman Fellowship, an Evangelical ministry recognized as a national leader in the defense of the Christian faith. Featured in the documentary are experts in the fields of theology, history, and art. They include such prominent scholars as: Dr. Al Mohler, Dr. James Garlow, Dr. Darrell Bock, Dr. Gary Habermas, Dr. Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, Dr. Phil Roberts, and Dr. Ed Hindson. These experts set the record straight on the many inaccuracies of
The plot of The Da Vinci Code turns on the revelation of a “sacred feminine” core to Christianity a secret supposedly so shocking that it might overturn the Catholic Church. The story line is well known: Jesus married Mary Magdalene and intended for her to succeed him as leader of his church; she was pregnant when he was crucified; their child, Sarah, was first in a bloodline that continues to this day. Powerful churchmen connive and kill to deny women their rightful place in the church. And after a thriller-killer cross-continental chase, the heroine is declared “the last living
VATICAN CITY, (AP) — “The Da Vinci Code” film was “much ado about nothing’ and the fuss surrounding it was nothing more than a clever marketing strategy to increase sales at the box office, the Vatican newspaper wrote in a review published Tuesday. In fact, after a catchy beginning, the film version of Dan Brown’s novel is a dull watch and has little to recommend it, L’Osservatore Romano said. The film and book have angered church leaders worldwide with their premise that Jesus married and fathered children and also because the conservative Catholic movement, Opus Dei, is depicted as a
The Peak practice of Peter Allamby and Miles Davidson, doctors who run a surgery on the edge of the Derbyshire Dales, holds a secret. Unbeknown to their patients, the GPs are the new keepers of The Da Vinci Code. They are among 175 Britons, including dentists, lawyers, bankers and at least 20 other doctors, who own the the $200m (£106m) blockbuster film starring Tom Hanks and based on Dan Browns bestselling novel. All belong to a syndicate put together by City financiers to buy the master print of the movie in a scheme designed by accountants to defer income tax
A conspiracy thriller set in and around the Vatican could be the next Dan Brown novel to receive the blockbuster treatment after the box-office triumph of The Da Vinci Code. Audiences have not been deterred by the films lukewarm reception from critics. It has taken more than $200 million (£106 million) in the past three days, enough to propel it into Hollywoods top four opening weekends, according to Jeff Blake, the vice-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment. He said: We are certainly exceeding all of our expectations and pointing towards being one of the top ten opening weekends of all time.
Samoa has banned The Da Vinci Code after church leaders frowned on the film about a fictional Catholic conspiracy. Samoa’s principal censor banned the Ron Howard movie based on the best-selling Dan Brown novel from cinema, DVD and video rental and television broadcast, Radio New Zealand International reported. The decision was made after leaders of the Samoa Council of Churches watched a weekend preview of the Da Vinci Code in the country’s only cinema at the government’s invitation. The Archbishop of the Catholic Church in Samoa, Alapati Mataeliga, said the film would affect the beliefs of young people whose faith
Dud. Bomb. Flop. Disaster. Nightmare. Stinker. Train-wreck. Travesty. Pick your favorite euphemism for a cinematic “Oops!” and chances are it was deployed by a film critic late last week to describe “The Da Vinci Code,” which opened over the weekend. That near-unanimous rhetorical ravishing prompts the question: What’s it like to see a film that’s already been dismissed by those in the know as a gigantic plantar’s wart on the nation’s sole (not to mention, as some contend, an even bigger blemish on that other kind of soul)? The sooner removed, that is, the better. “The Da Vinci Code’ did
The mystery cloaking “The Da Vinci Code” is over. The movie’s a hit. Surviving critical brickbats, threats of boycott from religious groups, and a kept-under-wraps promotional campaign, the screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s hugely popular novel about dastardly shenanigans in the Roman Catholic Church debuted with an estimated $77 million in domestic ticket sales. Worldwide the Sony release is estimated to have grossed $224 million. “Incredible,” exclaimed Rory Bruer, president of distribution for Sony Pictures. “Certainly for an adult movie — and it kind of skews adult — anything north of 50 is huge. . . . We
Cover-ups. Secret Societies. Magdalene as goddess. A look at “The Da Vinci Code” and its gnostic roots People love a mystery and, these days, Jesus is the biggest mystery of all. “The Da Vinci Code” has turned many into spiritual detectives, on the hunt for lost religions and poking around early Christian history, scavenging for obscure clues to rampant questions. Did the early church fabricate an elaborate cover-up, which would mean that Christianity is essentially a lie? Was Jesus married to Mary Magdalene? Did she symbolize his adoration of the sacred feminine? Is Jesus the only way to eternal salvation?