Dan Brown ‘The Lost Symbol’ Breaks Record

Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, a follow-up to the Da Vinci Code has broke the first day record, selling more than 1 million copies in US and Canada, according to the publishers. The e-book edition also posted big sales, and is currently the top seller for the Amazon Kindle.

Brown’s The Da Vinci Code has sold 81 million copies around the world.

Da Vinci Code, Leonardo & Cryptography

My homies and I weren’t the first batch of people who watched the movie Da Vinci Code as I found out my sister watched it a day earlier during the movie premiere. She was ushering during the movie premiere hence she get to watch it. And no, she ain’t a VIP (but, she’s a VIP in my life even though I wouldn’t admit it :) ).

Don’t get me wrong, I ain’t a movie buff, nor a fan of the book Da Vinci Code. Reasons? Because the whole world go so hype about the book. Even the illiterates are seen carrying the novel wherever they are (in buses, coffee shops, etc.), it just doesn’t make sense if I read them because everyone has the book. Even my homie was seen carrying the book when I knew this man hardly reads. Anyway, after watching the show, though I couldn’t anticipate more because I haven’t really read the book, I knew many elements are missing in the movie as compared with the book. Mickey Mouse watch, romantic scenes, etc.

But there are many things you can learn from watching a movie like this. I learnt about cryptography (not like I don’t know before this) and it also reminded me of Leonardo’s real name. His real name ain’t Leonardo Da Vinci, it’s Da Vinci just because the place he was born is a hamlet named Vinci. His full name ought to be just “Leonardo” because he was an illegitimate child. However, he was fortunate that his dad acknowledged him as Leonardo di ser Piero. Somewhat, he’s more known as Leonardo Da Vinci as he is today.

I always admire Leonardo’s works. Even when the cartoon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles named their characters after artists like Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Raphael, etc. My favorite character is Leonardo, the leader of the pack. Ironic.

On crytography, I was searching for a simple way of crytography for various reasons, and I found ROT13 to be one of the simplest but still useful. ROT13 stands for Rotate 13, it’s also known as Caesar Shift. It was used by Caesar against his illiterate enemies but nowadays, it’s no longer effective. The method is by shifting the alphabet 13 times to the right. Unvy pnrfne!

Da Vinci Code (2006) – Movie Review

Da Vinci is a brilliant movie

Da Vinci Code is a brilliant movie. For a non-believer like me, I decided to review this movie sparingly.

Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, Audrey Tautou as Sophie Neveu, Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf in LOTR & Magneto in X-Men) as Sir Leigh Teabing, Paul Bettany as Silas, Alfred Molina as Bishop Aringarosa and Jean Reno as Bezu Fache is a movie adapted from Dan Brown’s book. It seems that the film rights were purchased from Dan Brown for US$ 6 million. Audrey Tautou, the French actress who plays Sophie in the movie is a lovable lady. She acted and became famous in the movie ‘Amelie’. Sir Ian McKellen delivered a solid performance as one of the key actors in this film. Can’t wait to watch him in X-Men: The Last Stand next week.

Audrey Tautou is hot!

The entire movie is about seeking the truth and solving mysteries that have been unsolved for nearly 2,000 years. The length of the movie is about 2 hours and 30 minutes. The story is a bit twisted, and sometimes give you a different kind of feelings. Before the movie was released, many religious organization including The Vaticans and Opus Dei actually protested against the film. One of the archbishops in The Vaticans called this movie “full of calumnies, offenses, and historical and theological errors”.

I am somehow amazed that this movie is released in Malaysia, uncut! In some countries, certain parts of this movie are cut. In fact, I’m amazed it is even released in the religious country of ours. Kudos to that! To those who haven’t watched yet – heed this, this is a very controvesial movie that might bring false sense and theories to you especially if you’re a religious person (whatever the religion is). (spoilers ahead)… but, I strongly agreed with what Robert Langdon said at the end of the movie, “The only thing that matters is what you believe.” I second that.