Ender’s Game

I am a lucky boy.

As reported in my post on the subject, my lovely wife and I defied all odds and actually made it through an entire film (Oblivion) two nights ago. This was made all the more amazing because it was a Tom Cruise film – I rarely get past half an hour of that guy.

So why am I a lucky boy?

Because last night I got to watch a second science fiction film in a row! That’s fairly unprecedented, around here. Usually, if we get on a watching streak like this (and a “streak” involves sustained attention on anything longer than an hour in duration, more than one night in a row – we’re tired folk here, at the end of a day), the night after one of “my” movies would be one of “her” movies, which would be just about anything other than science fiction two nights in a row.

But I am also lucky because last night my lovely wife chose to join me in watching Ender’s Game. As recently as a month ago, I read the graphic novel of this very thing. And now here is the DVD from the library, and it is really quite excellent. It’s visually gorgeous, it’s well-acted, and they followed the story well.

Do I recommend you see this? Yes, I do!

[UPDATE: James rightly pointed out (in the comments, below) that the story’s author, Orson Scott Card, holds some interesting views on a couple of hot-button topics. As such, a controversy about which I knew nothing, until James pointed it out, rose around this film. I find that unfortunate, because I didn’t see anything in this film that reflected those views. Would I still recommend you see this film for the fun sf that it is? Yes I would. And now back to the post. A.].

Now, to make this an official KMA post (we’re here to discuss music, not films), I did try to pay attention to the music. It sounded (to me) like fairly typical movie fare. You know that sound I mean. Nothing about the music made it get in the way of the film, but it accompanied the film well. According to Wiki, James Horner was supposed to have done this score, but the work went to Steve Jablonsky. I must admit I didn’t know that name until I looked this up.

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Posted on October 3, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Haven’t seen this, and just based on other reviews (my sister’s in particular) I won’t go out of my way to see it, unless it’s for free on Netflix. Sorry! I do have the book here.

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  2. “I love Orson Scott Card (don’t we all? Yes we all do!)”

    No we do not! Orson Scott Card is a raging homophobe. I want nothing to do with that wet bag of garbage or his books (or the movies based thereon).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orson_Scott_Card#Views_about_homosexuality

    Ooh, Wikipedia says he’s also a climate change denier. I didn’t know that. That’s like the shit cherry on top of the turd sundae.

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  3. Did you get your graphic novels from the library too? Ours has a decent selection from what I can remember.

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    • Yep, just about everything I read comes from the library. I couldn’t afford myself if I had to buy books all the time. They have a really good selection of graphic novels at our library – the lady who does the ordering is a person I’ve made sure to get to know, that way I can drop suggestions as to what could be cool… Now, the selection here isn’t nearly as awesome as the Saskatoon public library’s was when we lived there. Of course, that’s a much bigger city than this place, so they’d have had access to more funds. But damn their selection was sweet too.

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      • You ever take advantage of Interlibrary loans? That’s a pretty cool system too – good way to gain access to more stuff.

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        • Oh yes indeed! I am a full-on library user, get what I want from wherever. I do find an alarming number of books I want are now electronic versions – I have no desire to read an entire novel on a screen – but I sure do get ’em interlibrary.

          And I always leave ’em in the freezer overnight. WHAT! You say? Because there was a thing from the Toronto library system with bugs in the books. Bedbugs. So I freeze the fuckers overnight before handling the book too much. It’s what they themselves said to do!

          http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/exclusive-bed-bugs-a-persistent-problem-in-several-toronto-libraries-documents-reveal-1.1439087#

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          • Bedbugs, AND silverfish!! Oh, yes. Don’t blame you there!
            And good for you for being a full-on library user. My card hasn’t been used in a few years – embarrassing, since we used to utilize Stouff’s and Markham’s systems. But there is just so much distraction now, and I have little time to pay attention. I studied to be a library technician, so that’s why I asked. 😉

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            • There will be no Toronto bugs in my house, nope nope nope.

              I love libraries. Every town we’ve lived in, I get my card ASAP. Our kids had their cards before we received their birth certificates in the mail. I applied for a job at the library here and was candidate #2 simply because I didn’t do the training you did. Apparently a piece of paper wins out over enthusiasm. The lady who got the job is nice enough, but she’s not as cool as me.

              You should get back to the library. Lots of distractions out there, but they have so much cool stuff going on, it’s really easy to just go there all the time. Even with our kids, tons of stuff happening all the time. I’m in there so much, the whole staff knows me by name (and I know them too). If that makes me a geek, I can live with that. 😉

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              • That’s great! And I hate to say it, even though you’re a cool dude, that lady’s credentials SHOULD win over…in Stouffville, there is only one Library Technician, two librarians and a boatload of part-time circ desk staff with no formal library education, with no chance of getting full time. I had one of my placements there and it didn’t take long (one day?) to peel the layer back and hear the disgruntled staff want full time. And here I wished I could work there – I could walk to work! But, no chance in hell. Library jobs are competitive, and they don’t pay well at all (starting salary at a public library is $18/hr – I made $21 /hr working Dietary in a hospital 6 years ago. Academic libs are better – $23-28 +).

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                • Oh sure, I’m not arguing. She should get it. But she’s nowhere near as cool as me. 🙂 And I’m not the only person to find her condescending, as a person. Something about her just grates – and that’s not sour grapes ‘cos she got the job. She really is just like that. Still, good on her for having the piece of paper. But some days she should not be helping people. Or anywhwere near people, for that matter.

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                  • Wow, too bad. You need to be tolerant to work with the public, and unfortunately, some people aren’t fit to work with the public…That “grouchy librarian” or “intimadating librarian” schtick really does exist, which shouldn’t happen at all!

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