Cracking the DaVinci Code is a film about the fact behind the fictional book by Dan Brown, The DaVinci Code. While the subject matter is enthralling as all get out, the production quality of the film kills is viewability. The film covers all the issues raised by the book, but points out the changes Brown made for the sake of the story and the real truth.
RATING 4 out of 10
Mary Magdalene – The Hidden Apostle was produced by the Biography Channel obviously in response to The DaVinci Code. The Biography Channel however, unlike the previous film, did their homework and produced a high-quality documentary. The film also looks at issues raised in the book, but focuses only on Mary Magdalene and her role in the development of the early church as well as the subsequent whitewashing of her importance by the Catholic Church. A very good film…
RATING 8 out of 10
From anti-religion, to counter-culture…
The Yes Men is a very fun film. The filmmakers take on big business in the form of the WTO (World Trade Organization.) After putting up a website to parody the WTO, they are mistakenly hired to speak to various organizations thinking they are the real deal. The group uses the opportunity to propose outlandish ideas as the WTO and the scary thing is how very little reaction they get to their ideas. You really have to see the film to get a feel for how disconnected big business is from the real world.
RATING 7 out of 10
Steal This Movie! chronicles the tale of counter-culture icon and FBI target, Abbie Hoffman. Vincent D’Onofrio does a passable job as Hoffman, but the film doesn’t really add anything to your understanding of the man or the situation – it is a typical counter-culture movie given a subpar treatment. It is sad that such an important part of our history as the Chicago 7 and the anti-war movement is treated so poorly.
RATING 5 out of 10