Sunday, May 14, 2006

The Da Vinci Code - movie

The movie will be released this Friday.

No, I am not boycotting it, but at the same time, I do not want to give a dime to Dan Brown. So what should I do?

Here is what I did when Mike Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 came out. Even though I strongly opposed the war in Iraq, my dislike for Mike Moore's shrillness of preaching to the choir was too much to overcome. The film did nothing but a disservice to the anti-war side, but a lot to inflate his own already oversized ego. He was not going to get a dime from me.

So I stepped up to the box office, and purchased a ticket for Shrek 2, not for Fahrenheit 9/11. Then after handing the ticket to the attendant and purchasing popcorn and a drink, I sneaked into the room which was showing F-911, not Shrek 2.

Then I wrote an email to Mike Moore explaining what I had done so as to leave him with an option to come after me.

Who did I "rip off"? Not the theatres and employees, but for the most part Mike Moore and the production company responsible for the making of the film. And I was still out $10 after patronizing the movie house.

I do not endorse any form of piracy such as bootlegging, because it hurts a lot of innocent people besides the filmmaker and the production company while enriching questionable characters in the underground economy.

But still, was that a naughty thing to do?

17 Comments:

At May 14, 2006 4:22 PM, Blogger Granny said...

Probably but I didn't even spend the $10. I waited for the dvd on all of his. You're right about the arrogance but I liked Roger and Me and I've been following his stuff ever since.

I've seen one film in the theater in the last seven years and then only because I raised such a howl of protest when I thought our theater was boycotting (including a letter to the editor) I had to put my money where my big mouth was.

They've pretty much priced me out - especially when I can't bring my own popcorn.

 
At May 14, 2006 5:24 PM, Blogger A thinker said...

Yes. But I won't jump down your throat for it. It's probably a one or a two on the scale of offenses ;-)

 
At May 14, 2006 5:25 PM, Blogger A thinker said...

and at least you were honest about it!

 
At May 15, 2006 3:56 AM, Blogger Jenn said...

I didn't get around to watching Farenheit 911, although I'm a Mike Moore fan. But I watched Bowling for Columbine in the theatre, twice. And the second time (when the war had already started) people stood up and applauded at the end.

I think Bowling for Columbine was anti-war enough. It got the message through.

 
At May 15, 2006 10:35 AM, Blogger Elevated said...

You;ve grown your hair out....oh wait no.... :P

 
At May 16, 2006 4:40 AM, Blogger DPT said...

I guess I'm confused. On the one hand, you're entranced by Dan Brown's story but you don't want to compensate him for doing his job well. Why don't you want him to get a dime from you?

If you think there's something wrong with publishing/making a movie out of a story that's wrong, damaging, blasphemous, [pick your poison], why are you entranced by the story?

As for pulling a switcheroo at the cineplex, there are plenty of other persons whose compensation from the movie are probably tied to gross or net profits, etc. If you "boycott" DV Code like you did Moore's film, you're denying those people their compensation.

Is there something I'm missing here?

 
At May 16, 2006 3:57 PM, Blogger Gary Means said...

After reading the comments on TDC after you read it, I don't have a lot of desire to see the movie. I do like Tom Hanks though.

As for Michael Moore, he is such a --- I can't even find words. He certainly can't be called a journalist because he makes things up if they make his story more plausible or interesting. He's an unethical mediawhore.

Roger Ebert pointed out some of the serious factual errors in Bowling for Columbine. In F9/11 he did it again. I may even agree with him on some issues. But he is so over the top.

But it was Michael Moore's distortion of the truth and outright lies that finally caused George Soros' MoveOn.Org to distance themselves from Moore. They saw that he was actually helping Bush in the polls.

 
At May 16, 2006 7:17 PM, Blogger David Cho said...

I remember Moore pompously declaring how F-911 would singlehandidly torpedo Bush's re-election in his TV interview. It torpedoed Kerry instead.

 
At May 17, 2006 9:31 AM, Blogger Oricon Ailin said...

I may not agree with the "theories" in TDC, but I did like the story. Yeah, it ended weird and stuff, but to me, it's just another flick.

I'm going to go see the film. I love to see movies based on books because I like to see if they stay true or not.

I think all this hype on TDC is ridiculous. It's a FICTIONAL story. If people can't distinguish between fiction and fact, that's a problem.

There have been many many movies over the years that have been controversial. This too will pass.

As for jumping into the other theatre for one movie when you paid for the other, well, yes, it was naughty. But, I do believe a slap on the wrist will do fine. Just don't let it happen again. heheh

 
At May 17, 2006 10:39 AM, Blogger Gary Means said...

David,
I believe you were already punished sufficiently for buying a ticket for one movie and then watching a different one. You had to sit through F-9/11.

Are you going to go see "An Inconvenient Truth"? (Al Gore's global warming film). I'll at least watch it on DVD. Maybe he can get people to listen. Perhaps he'll run again. I'd consider voting for him. Anybody but Kerry (give it a rest). Or Hillary (she almost makes Bush look ethical). Or Dean (Mr. Shrill).

BTW, when my oldest son was in high school, a favorite "sport" was to see how many consecutive movies they could see in the local multiplex before getting caught and thrown out. I did not endorse their behavior, but I was still impressed when they were able to see several movies in a day/night.

 
At May 17, 2006 7:50 PM, Blogger The Gig said...

Did your conscience bother you afterwards? If not, what you did may not have been a big deal. As far as the Da vinci Code goes, I am furious about it. I resent anyone who thinks they can just write slanderous nonsense about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am surprised that us Christians are just sitting back and letting this happen.

 
At May 17, 2006 9:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should've watched Shrek II; it was awesome!


I think it is great what you did, you took a passive aggressive stance and than let the guy know!

Too bad you didn't see Shrek II after wards...you know get 2 movies for that 10 bucks...

jane

 
At May 17, 2006 9:33 PM, Blogger David Cho said...

Only when I was a teenager, did I see more than one movie in the local multiplex. It got too tiring especially with an empty stomach.

No, I didn't see Shrek 2, but I did rent it later though. It was better than the first one I thought.

 
At May 18, 2006 9:45 AM, Anonymous Alison said...

Ah, I see what you were talking about.

I personally think the Da Vinci Code doesn't need to be taken so seriously.

From what I can see, it's a work of fiction and critics ought to praise/attack it for the way it's written, not the content.

Maybe I'm wrong...?

 
At May 21, 2006 10:46 PM, Blogger Friar Tuck said...

thanks...I think I am going to do that...you just solved an issue for me....

I dont think there is anything wrong with what you did unless the theater was full....then you are squeezing someone out of a seat..otherwise they are paying the same price to show the movie regardless..

and I think the Da Vinci code...although not Christian..will be a real conversation starter for people outside the faith. A way to meet spritual seekers where they are at in conversations.

 
At May 22, 2006 12:33 AM, Anonymous Carmen said...

I'm not sure when the Da Vinci Code is coming out here in Italy, we are usually late, even when the rest of Europe is considered not to mention the US. I won't be seeing that film though, I agree with you that I don't want even 10 of my cents going to that man. I will get the book used somewhere, probably at a garage sale next time I visit the States.

I know that my kids want to see X-Men: The Last Stand that comes out on the 26th here, so we'll go to that film instead, despite the bad reviews.

I did see Moore's film though. The audience was made up of a motley crew that cheered, booed and laughed. It was fun, nearly as good as a Star Trek film to me. Sure, Moore seems stuck-up, but celebrity can do that to people. At least he does put out some facts and makes people think about the establishment. He has given food for thought, hasn't he? Showing up the faults of human systems in general including political policy isn't a bad thing to do in my opinion.

What I have against the Da Vinci Code is that it is being sold as a truth, although it is pure fiction. The weak-minded may fall for it. I can't stand having Jesus Christ's. i.e. God's name dragged through the mud.

There is one comfort though, the elect can't be fooled, at least not indefinitely. Matthew 24:24.

 
At June 23, 2006 2:39 PM, Anonymous n[ate]vw said...

  Between chuckling and admiring your creativity, I will refrain from the requested judgment.

  I did see F9/11 in a W*M bargain bin not overly long after it came out. Unfortunately, the Da Vinci Code for all its allegedly poor aesthetics seems to be doing too well for too wait for that option!

 

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