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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13395 on: November 02, 2013, 08:59:39 PM »
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Is anyone planning to see Ender's Game? I'm not sure if I want to see it; I've heard it's a pretty mediocre adaptation that's just a by the book box checking OF the book, which is rather depressing.

Also, it needs to justify more of my money going to Card. Love the books, hate the man.

Saw it last night.

I would categorize it as flawed but solid. Not great, but not nearly as bad as I feared it would be. The acting was good. Most of the notable sequences like the battle room looked pretty cool. It also kept some of the darker, morality-driven conflicts from the book. It's worth seeing if you liked the book.

As for your dislike of Card's personal opinions (and I agree with you 100%)...

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/10/enders-game-movie-profits-wont-go-orson-scott-card/71136/


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13396 on: November 02, 2013, 09:02:56 PM »
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Is anyone planning to see Ender's Game? I'm not sure if I want to see it; I've heard it's a pretty mediocre adaptation that's just a by the book box checking OF the book, which is rather depressing.

Also, it needs to justify more of my money going to Card. Love the books, hate the man.

Saw it last night.

I would categorize it as flawed but solid. Not great, but not nearly as bad as I feared it would be. The acting was good. Most of the notable sequences like the battle room looked pretty cool. It also kept some of the darker, morality-driven conflicts from the book. It's worth seeing if you liked the book.

As for your dislike of Card's personal opinions (and I agree with you 100%)...

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/10/enders-game-movie-profits-wont-go-orson-scott-card/71136/

Yeah, but if it does well, it will undoubtedly lead to a) the book selling more, and b) him getting more work. It doesn't have to be specifically profits from the film for him to profit.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13397 on: November 02, 2013, 09:13:29 PM »
Well, if nobody ever saw certain movies to prevent someone from profiting, they're be nothing to see. The world is full of stupid people.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13398 on: November 02, 2013, 09:24:44 PM »
Well, if nobody ever saw certain movies to prevent someone from profiting, they're be nothing to see. The world is full of stupid people.

So there's no line you would draw?
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13399 on: November 02, 2013, 10:09:53 PM »
Wow, I'd never even heard anything about Card outside of his books.  That's depressing to hear.  I might still see the movie, but I'm not rushing out the door for it.  Might just wait for the dvd.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13400 on: November 02, 2013, 11:08:10 PM »
Wow, I'd never even heard anything about Card outside of his books.  That's depressing to hear.  I might still see the movie, but I'm not rushing out the door for it.  Might just wait for the dvd.

I hadn't found out anything until a few months ago. The dude is just about the biggest jerk on the planet.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13401 on: November 03, 2013, 12:56:06 AM »
Never even heard of the guy until now. What makes him a jerk?


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13402 on: November 03, 2013, 01:02:03 AM »
Never mind, he's an outspoken bigot, generally I avoid giving money in anyway to someone like this. If for some reason I really feel the need to see the movie or read his book I would wait to borrow it from the library or wait until it's free to watch with Netflix, HBO etc.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13403 on: November 03, 2013, 01:22:37 AM »
Never even heard of the guy until now. What makes him a jerk?
The fact that you haven't heard of him isn't surprising. Most people try to keep him away from interviewers at ALL costs. He supports a lot of hate groups, and will go on about the "Gay Agenda" if you let him talk long enough. The reason there's a boycott of Ender's Game is because he's got a producer's credit, and, while it's been said that he only got money for the rights to the movie, Hollywood's really iffy on what money goes where, plus what EJG3 said.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13404 on: November 03, 2013, 01:39:02 AM »
Never even heard of the guy until now. What makes him a jerk?
The fact that you haven't heard of him isn't surprising. Most people try to keep him away from interviewers at ALL costs. He supports a lot of hate groups, and will go on about the "Gay Agenda" if you let him talk long enough. The reason there's a boycott of Ender's Game is because he's got a producer's credit, and, while it's been said that he only got money for the rights to the movie, Hollywood's really iffy on what money goes where, plus what EJG3 said.

Yea, it also wouldn't surprise me if everyone else involved in production lies about Cards involvement to keep the boycott at bay.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13405 on: November 03, 2013, 02:09:22 AM »
Don't Look Now

I really wish that I hadn't had the ending for me spoiled (seriously, don't read any reviews, all the ones I've read like to talk about the ending) before I saw it, but still a good, though very quiet, thriller.  It almost doesn't qualify as a thriller considering how calm it is, but through the whole thing you feel like something is up.  Donald Sutherland plays a father who's daughter drowned in a pond and was unable to save her.  We then does some restoration work in a church in Italy with his wife.  His wife runs into a blind woman who claims to be psychic and that their daughter is fine in the afterlife.  Though Donald Sutherland doesn't really by it, he sort of begrudgingly accepts it as it gives his wife joy.  But slowly he becomes worried that his wife might be being taken advantage of by the psychic woman, or at least she is causing her to be too focused on life after death instead of just living (though he might have the same problem, in his way).  Meanwhile, the psychic thinks Donald Sutherland might have psychic powers of his own.  Is that why he is seeing something that... shouldn't be possible!

The first scene is masterful, cutting between Sutherland and the girl playing.  The rest is good, but it is also very subdued.  In fact, the most the think about it, the better it gets.  I really like the fact that it is sort of rambling on the surface, but in fact the threads all tie together surprisingly well.

If you are expecting a mile a minute thriller, you will probably be disappointed.  Still, it is also very beautiful and eerie and it doesn;t have the usual thriller arc.  It's definitely worth checking out for a fantastic acting job from Donald Sutherland, who may be my one of my all time favourite actors.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13406 on: November 03, 2013, 11:04:29 AM »
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So there's no line you would draw?

I would at some point, but in this case it seems like a victory for more reasonable minds. We know that a lot of the stars and crew vehemently disagree with Card. It is ironic that that themes in Ender's Game completely contradict Card's beliefs. But that's just my opinion. I completely understand some peoples' wishes to boycott. I know I have businesses (and indeed movies) that I'm against for moral reasons.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13407 on: November 03, 2013, 11:53:04 AM »
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13408 on: November 03, 2013, 09:43:28 PM »
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So there's no line you would draw?

I would at some point, but in this case it seems like a victory for more reasonable minds. We know that a lot of the stars and crew vehemently disagree with Card. It is ironic that that themes in Ender's Game completely contradict Card's beliefs. But that's just my opinion. I completely understand some peoples' wishes to boycott. I know I have businesses (and indeed movies) that I'm against for moral reasons.

OK, so we agree, he just happens to be on the wrong side of my line. :) (One of only a very few people)
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13409 on: November 03, 2013, 10:34:29 PM »
An American Werewolf in London

We all know that this is a great movie and while I remember the part where the characters discuss suicide in a porno theatre as a funny scene, I clearly missed the porno itself, which was hilarious!

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