Heather DeLuca - 95.1 WAYV

Friday, May 19, 2006

Will DaVinci Disappoint?

I was lucky enough to attend an advanced media screening with Sony Pictures last night of the highly anticipated blockbuster film The DaVinci Code. Being as big a fan of Dan's Brown's novel as I am, the release of the movie version was a moment I had been waiting years for. I had a calendar that I obsessively marked days off of in looking forward to it. I have read the book 4 times (I just finished the last page AGAIN Wednesday night) and have been completely enthralled by the story from page 1.

I felt I was in very capable hands with Ron Howard directing the movie and Tom Hanks bringing symbologist Robert Langdon to life. My excitement was palpable when I found out they would helm the film. Like a kid on Christmas Eve. I would get chills every time the trailer came on TV.

Enough rambling, you just want to know if its worth seeing right? YES.

Fans of the book may feel the movie fell short in many ways. Without giving too much away, there ARE tiny details of the story the are missing or changed. I felt as though the first 20 chapters of the book were moved through on film in about 6 minutes. There are pivotal scenes centered around London's Temple Church and Westminster Abbey that are just a blip on celluloid. I felt that as a new person watching the movie having not read the book, may find themselves lost in the film's trying to explain key story details too quickly, or glossing over them altogether. To see ANY of this book come to life on the big screen was worth the wait but I find I much prefer the book. SO much is lost on the movie.

However, if you are new to DaVinci Code you most likely will find the movie meets your expectations. Its fresh idea of searching for, and the mere existence of a "holy grail" will perk up your ears, and Ron Howard's interpretation will take you on a rollercoaster ride from Paris to London to Scotland and back. The characters are played very well by their actors. But I have to admit I DID find Tom Hanks a little TOO Tom-Hanks-ish at times.

If you're on the fence about whether to read the book or see the film. Read the book but go into the film being prepared to be somewhat disappointed. If you are only seeing the film go in with an open mind and prepare to be entertained!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

EVOO! And keep it comin'...

Helloooooo everyone out there in web-land. Been gone awhile, I know. But I have been entirely TOO distraught to type since the love-of-my-life Chris Daughtry got booted from American Idol. So NO! I will NOT be speaking of AI especially since now there is NO hope of my even coming close to a victory in the AYV American Idol Challenge against Paul Kelly.

Whew! Now on to happier news. I recently took some time off and in my leisure I have discovered one of 3 soul mates in this world. Maybe you've heard of her? Rachael Ray? Ah, but you MUST know her because apparently I am late to that party. If ya don't, Rachael makes 30-minute Meals on the Food Network and the woman is a freakin' GENIUSSSSS!!!!!

One day during my vacation I inadvertently flipped on Food Network instead of HGTV (don't laugh). All of a sudden I see this pint-sized thing whipping her way around the kitchen and chatting at lightening speed, laughing at her own stories and talking to no one it seems other than herself. My first reaction? "Oh gosh what is this poor girl on?". I couldn't decide whether I was annoyed by her or fascinated. Whatever it might have been, I couldn't change the channel. Could it be that I found someone to really honestly and truley inspire me to cook? YEEESSSSSS!!!!

Rachael Ray has gotten me to do what my mother and boyfriends have been trying to do for years--get ME to cook, and do it in an organized way that doesn't require my using EVERY utensil and pot in the kitchen. Rachael's recipes are quick and easy, with simple ingredients. She cooks in real-time "delicious and healthy meal from start to finish in under 30 minutes". And here's a novel idea, they actual come out tasting AS GOOD as they look on TV. No guess work. I'm in love I think.

She has tons of cookbooks and numerous shows as I have found out. And soon she partners with Oprah Winfrey for her own talk show! In talking incessantly about Rachael Ray I have found people either love her or REALLY don't (Mike of Mike and Diane Morning show and my boyfriend being haters--Paul Kelly being a lover). Check her out, you won't be sorry! 6pm Food Network.

TTYL, Heather