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Posted by Kent (Member # 7850) on :
I saw God's Army 2: States of Grace last week and found it to be the very best LDS movie ever made (and I've seen almost all of them). OSC, will your son be writing this film into a book as he did God's Army? I look forward to your review of this film.

I posted my review on Deseret News' movie section and it is either a "loved it" or "hated it" movie for most people. Here is my review:

This movie is definitely the best "Mormon" movie I've ever seen. I am surprised by individuals who could leave depressed by the message, as I felt it was one of the most uplifting movies I've ever seen. I think it speaks to the "Mormon culture" in important ways and I can understand those who will bristle at the portrayal of religious life as complicated when for them it may be more simple to deal in absolutes. The message that Christ's atonement is for sinners (and those who pretend they aren't sinners) is one I felt deeply affected by. This is definitely a film you will not want to take children under 12 to unless they already understand concepts like pornography, murder, and fornication because you may have a lot of family discussion about these concepts prematurely. All in all, I look forward to more from Dutcher and I will continue promoting this film to everyone I know.
Posted by pooka (Member # 5003) on :
Thank you for that information. I was reading in 3 Nephi last night where the prophet encourages people to repent. I think in our church today there is a tendency not to want to lay a guilt trip on people, or the sisters at any rate. But we all continually have need of repentance. Too often we fall into assumptions that are at odds with the doctrine in the scriptures, like that we are okay until we sin, when Alma taught Corianton that all are damned unless they are penitent.

Well, sorry to go off there.
Posted by Roseauthor (Member # 148) on :
Pooka: Actually.. I liked the fact that someone mentioned repenting. However, what is your definition of repentance? For me it means to 'turn away from, stop doing.' Most people think that repentance is to just feel really bad about their sin rather than making a choice to stop doing what they know is wrong.

KENT: I've not seen Geoffrey Card's, God's Army, however it sounds inspirational by your post. I hope others will post on this and give more information on how the general public can experience his movie. (Links, etc)
Posted by Orson Scott Card (Member # 209) on :
Back when Geoff novelized God's Army, he was basically sort of unemployed. <grin>. Now he has a very demanding job and a new baby on the way. So even if invited, I doubt he'd have the time. Just speculation, mind you.
Posted by ketchupqueen (Member # 6877) on :
He has a baby on the way?

And it's not on the list in the pregnancy thread?

What kind of expectant father is he? [Wink] And how are we pregnant ladies supposed to harass him about when his wife is due? [Big Grin]
Posted by Scott R (Member # 567) on :
I think he announced it, kq, but didn't make a big deal out of it.

Heh-- does this mean we get to call Uncle Orson Grampa Orson now?

Posted by Kent (Member # 7850) on :
Here is another thread that has more on the movie.
Posted by Puppy (Member # 6721) on :
No, no one has approached me about a novelization, though I'm flattered that someone thought of it [Smile]

Right now, I'm working on two video game projects, plus pinch-hitting on a few scripts for my dad's production company. And I've learned through experience now that I am much happier working as a game designer than I ever was as a writer.

I've actually gained a whole new level of respect for my father for being able to do the work he does. It makes me insane to sit alone in a room, writing for hours on end, fearing how my words might be judged when I'm through. As a game designer, I'm constantly collaborating with other people, I get feedback every day at every step, and the work is divided into a lot of small accomplishments. The writing I do is only a small part of the larger whole, and most of my actual words are never seen by the audience, and therefore are never judged. It's perfect! [Smile]

Plus I'm a lifelong lover of video games, and I belong in this industry more than in any other I've dabbled in. It aligns very well with my interests (ie, making a sci-fi video game is much easier than making a sci-fi movie), and I've developed a passion for understanding and developing games that I never really had for prose or film.

So ... I think I'll stick where I am [Smile] If you want to see my work, though, rent The Sims 2 for PSP when it comes out next month. It's only my third project (and I'm getting better with each new attempt), but I think it turned out rather charming and entertaining.

Assuming you all own PSPs, of course ... [Smile]
Posted by ketchupqueen (Member # 6877) on :
I think he announced it, kq, but didn't make a big deal out of it.

It's a big deal! He outta come hang out in the pregnancy thread now and then-- we have other expectant fathers who drop in occasionally. [Smile] *pokes at Puppy*
Posted by quidscribis (Member # 5124) on :
*pokes at Puppy*
Hey, careful with that. It could hurt!
Posted by ketchupqueen (Member # 6877) on :
*pokes quid* What, that?

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