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Even Uncle Orson Approves!

I'm thinking about going to see Star Trek again.  Yes, that would make four times.  And your point is what, exactly?  After all, even extremely hard-to-please Orson Scott Card loved it!

His words? I wonder if this might not be the best space-adventure movie ever made.

Seriously...just wow...this film is that good.  Sigh...

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lothithil
Jun. 7th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Ha ha ha! This is great! I love reading OSC's reviews as much as I love reading his books! He's funny!
jackwabbit
Jun. 7th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I discovered Uncle Orson Reviews Everything a few years ago, but I rarely make time to read it.

I do enjoy it, though.
lolmac
Jun. 7th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
I have to say that the praise of Homophobic Uncle Scott hasn't meant a whole lot to me since he returned to the Mormon church and repudiated gay marriage. (I met him once back in 1986 or so, and I deeply regretted the onset of his Jackass phase.) But I think the movie's good in spite of his opinion, so have a grand time!
jackwabbit
Jun. 7th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Thus the reason I rarely read his reviews anymore.

I'm just shocked he admits to liking it, is all. He's such a nitpicker and he's so anti-Trek that him having nice things to say at all blows me away. He's still as bitter as ever, but even a grain of nice from him is huge.

I'm likely not going anywhere...just thinking. Incidentally, I've read many of OSC's books, and I've got to say that for the most part (at least for me) they are vastly overrated. Ender's Game is phenomenal, but the series that followed it? Ugh. Booooring. And the other series? I can't even bring myself to read them after the whole Piggies debacle. (I did read the entire series...I kept thinking it would get better...um, not so much.) They weren't the worst books ever, but they were also certainly no ground-breakers.
lolmac
Jun. 7th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
*pauses to ROFL all over again at that icon*

I've been ignoring him so hard for so long I didn't even know he hated Trek, but it doesn't surprise me. Given that added context, I shall indulge in a moment's happy gloating.

*gloats happily*

I think Card, like the early Piers Anthony, tended to get a good idea, write one or two really good books, and then flog the damned thing to muddy, miserable death. I loved the original Ender's Game -- the short story! -- and skipped the book because I couldn't see that extending it to novel length could ever be more than a step sideways. I did enjoy Speaker For the Dead, but not enough to buy it. And I loved the first Alvin Maker book: Seventh Son is still on my re-read list. So is Songmaster (which included homoerotic themes. Go figure.)

Edited at 2009-06-07 07:12 pm (UTC)
jackwabbit
Jun. 7th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I still love this icon, too. Thanks, Chris!

As for Card, the anti-Trek sentiment flip-flopping is why I shared and why I enjoyed this little review someone sent my way. I agree with your assessment of his works, too, from what I've read. I loved Ender's Game, and I really liked Ender's Shadow (quite possibly more than Ender's Game) but the others? Meh.
ncb1
Jun. 8th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
Very interesting reading. I watched an old original Star Trek tonight and the acting was horrible, except for Spock and Uhura.

And I wish I could go back and see the new Star Trek again. It is on my not to be missed DVD list though. Then I can watch it anytime. Complete with patented JJ Abrams quick cuts that just about make me sick to my stomach.

And OSC did flog the sequels to Ender's Game to death. The original sequels could have been awesome but I got so bogged down in the philosophy (and left the piggies hanging) it got boring.

But the Shadow series was different. He could have compressed them into 2 books instead of 4 but they were very entertaining and resonated a lot with what is going on in the world today.
jackwabbit
Jun. 9th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
Oh, gods, yes on TOS. I watched The Trouble With Tribbles the other night...wow. Just...wow.

Moving on.

I do want to see the movie again, but I'm not sure I can justify it. I do have a free movie ticket, though, so we shall see.

And agreed on the Ender and Shadow series. I haven't read the latest Ender book, but otherwise I quite agree with you. Though I did find that the Ender series got better toward the end. Ender's game rocked, then the next couple not so hot for me, but by the last book or two I was back into it. The Jane angle was interesting to me.
dragonfly_sg1
Jun. 7th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
I absolutely 100% agree! If I had had the money, I would have turned right back around and watched it again.

And you know what? I was never into the series. Not any of them.
jackwabbit
Jun. 7th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
That's the wonderful thing about this film. Us Trekkies love it (ok, most of us) and the virgins love it, too. Yay!
oneofaradia
Jun. 7th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
Just got back from seeing it a 3rd time and have every intention of catching it at least once more before it leaves the big screen. I love this movie!
jackwabbit
Jun. 7th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
Me, too! I haven't gone for that fourth time yet (I spent today writing and doing a few other things), but I sure would like to!
charlie_bz
Jun. 7th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to go for the fourth time, too. I loved this movie!

Dang! I thought I'd uploaded a ZQ Spock icon. I'm very disappointed.
jackwabbit
Jun. 7th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure when I'll get the time, but I sure wouldn't mind!
charlie_bz
Jun. 7th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
I forgot to tell you - we adopted a dog from the pound today. He's a precious little shih tzu mix. He was dropped off at the pound during his previous owner's cross country trip which I find very sad. We met him yesterday. Fell in love. Then went back this morning to make it official.

We didn't get to bring him home today because he needs to be sterilized tomorrow. We are all very excited. Both the kids cried tears of joy.

We bought a crate for him. The people at the pound said it's a good thing because he will be able to have his own space.
jackwabbit
Jun. 7th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
If there is one thing that I would recommend any dog owner do for their dog, it's crate train. Well done. Contain and train, that's my motto. Oh, wait...where are my dogs right now while I'm completely not paying attention to them? In their crates. They're having down time after our hike today.

I hope Mr Wiggles (was that it? I don't think so?) fits in perfectly!

Congratulations!
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