Today we got our shipment of movies from Amazon. Yippee!
"Alien 3," and we may be able to finish that franchise this week; all 3 of the "Evil Dead" movies, which I hope we can watch after the Alien series; and "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," which we watched tonight! (Just an aside...I think it's interesting how many movies and stories have a "mysterious book" at their heart. In the "Evil Dead" movies, it's the Necronomicon, and in the movie tonight, it is a rumored book that is passed down from president to president. Mysterious books are always cool! Wouldn't YOU like to find one?)
I liked "Book of Secrets" a lot. No, nothing really startling or unusual here. Nicolas Cage is estranged from his girlfriend. Will they get back together? Nicolas Cage's mom is introduced here (Helen Mirren is always good, no matter what she's in), and she has been divorced from Nic's father for many years. Will they rekindle their love? Will young Riley finally get the respect he craves (and it turns out, deserves)? Nic's mom is an expert in the Olmec language, and they enlist her help to find Cibola, the legendary city of gold. Nic's goal is to clear his ancestor's good name--a fellow historian (Ed Harris in a rare bad guy role) has accused his great-grandfather of being part of the plot to assassinate President Lincoln, and Nic knows it can't be true.
And what was on Page 47? I suspect we'll find out more in "National Treasure 3!"
I know, it's all pretty predictable. But what a fun ride! I can't help it--I'm a sucker for what I call "history mysteries." Throw in a code that must be solved, a treasure to be found, and ancient civilizations to be researched, and I am THERE! I loved the Mummy movies (new AND old) for the same reason--there's just enough history there to make it really fascinating for me. No, I know they're not historically accurate, but what's fun about these movies for me is that they make me want to read more about it. The Knights Templar, ancient Egypt, vampire legends (Or...are they FACT?! Heh heh heh....), I love it all, and if an author blends historical fact with his or her fiction, I'm hooked.
As a girl, I loved Sherlock Holmes and Nancy Drew (I still do, come to think of it!), archaeology and mythology, so it's no wonder I grew to love historical fiction and mysteries as an adult.
Maybe one day, I'll try and figure out why I love monster and horror movies so much. I think it's having a feeling of cheating death--I love roller coasters, too--but I'll have to think about it some more.