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‘Code’ Red Hot
What do you mean, what’s up with Tom Hanks’ hair? I think it makes him look sexy. I can’t wait for The Da Vinci Code to hit theaters. Tom Hanks is all that and a bag of chips. Wait…he’s all that and a supersize bag of chips!
I squealed like a little girl when I saw Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon on the cover. And I loved the inside information in ”The Code Warrior.” I didn’t realize how in the dark I was until I read it.
Thanks for your excellent interview with the often overlooked Angela Bassett (Spotlight). I was impressed with her candor about how acclaimed films can still indulge in age-old racial stereotypes. I applaud her for standing by her convictions and appearing in positive films like the superb Akeelah and the Bee.
Frederick D. Weaver
Revisiting Sept. 11
My husband and I attended a sneak preview of United 93 (News & Notes). I figured that by seeing it for free, I would at least not help anyone make money if it turned out to be a betrayal of the events of Sept. 11. We found it difficult, but never manipulative. It is a straight-up telling of the facts. What Oliver Stone does with his, we’ll see, but Paul Greengrass is to be commended for this cathartic, faithful tribute.
Wild on Walden
Three cheers for Cary Granat, Micheal Flaherty, and Walden Media. I read ”The Family Business” with great interest, since I have long wondered why no one has really tried to tap into my movie niche: parents who like to watch clean, meaningful movies with their kids. My family loved Because of Winn-Dixie and The Chronicles of Narnia and recommend them to both kids and adults.
I grinned with pleasure as I retrieved my mail to find ”Summer Movie Preview” stamped across the front, but nothing could match the smile of nerdy delight brought on when I stumbled to page 79. John Lasseter is a brilliant storyteller who knows the true heart of a story better than nearly anyone else in the business. I’m glad Steve Daly’s article ”The Man Who Could Save Animation” shed some light on Lasseter’s career and the (hopefully) positive changes he and Ed Catmull will bring to the Walt Disney Co.
In Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, the Grand Master writes ”So dark the con of man” in invisible marker, not blood, on the display case of the Mona Lisa (”The Code Warrior”). A still from Over the Hedge on page 53 showed Hammy the squirrel, not RJ the raccoon (Summer Movie Preview).
Number of readers who thought the movie Tomb Raider would have been way better if Angela Bassett had starred in it
Number of readers who felt that Ken Tucker’s ”F” review of the American Dad! Vol. 1 DVD set was on the harsh side
OBSESSIVE FAN OF THE WEEK!
Ron Barth Jr. of Chicago was barking mad about a recent Shaw Report (#873) that deemed cockapoos (like his pooch Murphy) ”Out”: ”[Murphy] has certainly filled out since puppyhood given his voracious appetite,” and ”frequently demands to be let out to take care of his business. But as an accessory, he remains most definitely in. ” Now, that’s what we call dogged devotion.