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Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
The heard word is lost, the written letter remains...
Ho hum.
I went and saw 'The Rite' on Monday, just because it'd been a while since I'd gone to the movies, and I like a good exorcism movie. It wasn't too bad. They downplayed the horror aspect slightly (maybe because the film is loosely based on the true story of an American priest studying to be an exorcist in Rome- it's less about the visceral horror and more about the spiritual warfare involved), so the film wasn't quite a horror movie and not quite a drama. Things didn't get truly scary. Anthony Hopkins played the older experienced exorcist, and IDK, his performance was a bit flat in places. The footage of Rome made me feel quite nostalgic, and there was the added bonus of Ciaran Hinds gliding around in a Dominican habit as the would-be exorcist's course lecturer. Wouldn't have called it a waste of money, but then if I knew what it was going to be like, I might have just waited for it to screen on Foxtel.

I'm on a shopping embargo during Lent, but still tossing up whether or not to pre-order Umberto Eco's latest novel, which will be available in English in November. Kind of torn between ordering a nice hardback copy or instead waiting for a cheaper paperback edition (no Australian release date at all, sigh). I'm quite impressed with Amazon UK offering free shipping for orders over 25 pounds to Australia now; not that their prices are as good as The Book Depository's, but TBD doesn't sell DVDs or music, sooo free shipping for those items is quite a bonus. Might preorder Eco's novel and maybe the DVD release of Rev., since I enjoyed that so much (and it's coming out at roughly the same time).

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dives From: dives Date: March 18th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
wait Ciaran Hinds was in it? I initially was going to swerve it because the lead looked so painfully bland, but now I might watch it when it comes on TV.
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: March 19th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, he has maybe about 10 minutes of screentime? His character was a bit snarky, which was entertaining. It is definitely a 'watch on tv' kind of film though.
classics_lover From: classics_lover Date: March 18th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
What did you think of the guy playing the young excorcist?

I've only seen him playing a bipolar arse on RTE's The Clinic. He was good, but the character was such an unpleasant sort that I found it hard to get past it.
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: March 19th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)
He wasn't too bad- I remembered him from 'The Tudors', he played the German duke who tried to woo Princess Mary (and he was completely charming and gorgeous!).

I got the impression that he was a little uncomfortable playing the 'hero' of the film- I think this must have been his first major film role, so his acting was a bit under-performed in places.
classics_lover From: classics_lover Date: March 20th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was his first, I saw him on the Late Late Show. He was so intimidated by Sir Anthony Hopkins, too. Such a woobie! :-)
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