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DC Drones / Re: Doomsday Clock?
« on: January 31, 2018, 12:31:46 PM »
I enjoyed the Reverse Flash arc. I think I have an idea of where htis is going

Debate / Re: How big does the military actully need to be
« on: January 20, 2018, 02:18:59 PM »
Wait are you talking about cyber, espinoage, and ecconomic war

or an actual war

The Pentagon has been obsessed with asymmetrical warfare for a disproportionate amount of time. Most military planners, military publications and defense analyst reports have been about counterinsurgency tactics. In short, US military dominance in the face of great powers seeking technological military parity, force projection and capabilities has been ignored for along time.

To get back to your question, warfare deserves legitimate new divisions. Space and cyber warfare divisions should be just as much a part of the military tradition of the military as the marines or Rangers. Wars are fought in 5 dimensions, not the simple land, sea and air of yesteryear

I'm acknowledging this because the Pentagon publishes annual reports on defense reports and Defense Secretary Mattis (I really like Mattis and McMaster and their world views - links if anyone wants them) have overseen a publication of this years defense priorities stating the the aim of the US military is to stay ahead of the competition coming from China and Russia.

Whether that means direct warfare or just ensuring Access Denial/Area Denial (A2/AD) in the turbulent South China Sea to protect our shipping lanes and out Pacific allies or whether it means engaging in skirmishes with China or North Korea is almost inconsequential to our acknowledgement that the Islamic World and terrorism is a horrible reality that has to be dealt with and not a geopolitical imperative is a huge step.

Regarding the aforementioned comments, it will mean less useless M-1 Abrams tank factories, especially ones that are lacking sufficient Armour in their undercarriages making them ineffectual against IED and less than ideal against impossible infantry targets (no one should fight an infantry war in Asia)

It also means that our highly ineffective F-35, the most egregious military allocations program of all, will have to be corrected with a more efficient fighter plane with a more well-defined mission and weaponry systems. it also means retrofitting and establishing a replacement to the unstoppable F-22 and developing the weapons systems of the future

Right now, whoever wins the arms races for artificial intelligence, drone swarms with AI intelligence, hypersonic missiles and the weapnization of space will have absolute dominace over the world

Truth be told, the US already has this advantage. We are upgrading our carirer fleet from Nimitz-class carriers to deadlier Ford class fleets - but all of the aforementioned weapons systems can render our incredible naval advantage useless if a hypersonic missile can damage a 30 billion dollar carrier group with one, cheap missile with no counter measure to stop it

Elon Musk and Space X have already brought the space revolution. Space X is sending up payloads for 60 million dollars a launch and military flights for 90 (with military security for military objectives) so independent of what happens, the space age has hit the privt secor for the type of affordable prices that Lockheed and Boeing could never dream up.

We are clearly not just ahead in the race, we're advancing our lead and heavily at that.

China and Russia are both competing in the same sphere, with the same saturated bureaucracy that's weighed us down for decades.

Getting back to the OP, the fact that these systems have been acknowledged as the priority and not building better fighters to root terrorists out of caves in Pakistan is a huge step forward in realizing the truth of world priorities. The US is the unquestioned hegemony, but we can't rest on our laurels and be surprised that our rivals are trying to catch up and overtake us, we have to get in the game.

The lat 16 years have been an enormous overreaction in terms of blood and treaure and they are redundant. We were unable to stabilize Afghanistan with 40,000 troops,; how does raising troop levels from 5 to 10 thousand help us? Why can't we use regional allies to defeat groups like ISIS (which we did) and whoever rises up to take their place?

The Middle East won't change but Asia will and we have acknowledged that which is incredibly hopeful for our nilitaries future and the transference of that technology inevitably to the private sector

Debate / Re: How big does the military actully need to be
« on: January 19, 2018, 11:11:31 PM »
I think there's been a mistake in strategic concepts until recently. The US has been budgeted out for inefficient assymetrical warfare. Despite Russia's inability to prove along-term competitor our military works best as a great power war state. Preparing to fight China is more important than preparing to fight Jihadi's

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Re: Dave Chapelle vs Chris Rock
« on: January 17, 2018, 12:27:43 PM »
I like Rock as a comedian more. His jokes are unforgettable and sort of slip into pop culture effortlessly

Chapelle is an amazing story teller. He's way more versatile but I like Rock's standu better, much as I love Chapelle's if I had to choose

THis movie feels like one of the most positive films for the black community I've seen in a while. Instead of the black protagonist just being a physically imposing superhero, everything about the culture is technically  and intellectually superior.  It has a dedicated artist creating the entire soundtrack. THis film is going to make Black Panther a household name

It looks awesome!!!!!!!!

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi - *SPOILERS*
« on: January 15, 2018, 09:47:13 PM »
The probelm with Leia's sendoff and a lot of what I think was planned for episode 9 was that filming was complete when Carrie Fisher died. I suspect her story arc was a lot bigger in 9 than we thought and she was the one OT character besides Chewie who was going to get real development

Ford wanted out of the series, so his death, although horribly done, wasn't a surprise.

Luke's story arc was tragically awful. His entire arc could have been redeemed by giving him one awesome scene at the end. Even if he defeated the At At's and let Kylo strike him down Obi Wan style, I would have loved it. True to form and his rank misunderstanding of Star Wars in general, Johnson was quoted as saying that Luke's arc ended in ROTJ. Apparently the legions of Star Wars fans who have been fan ficitoning this since 1983 might beg to differ but hey........

Leia was shown to be at the very least a very competent force user and we see her sensing Han's death in TFA and surviving space in TLJ. Episode 9 would have likely teased her character out. As it stands right now it will be awfully hard to writ out a fitting end for her; the deaths of the rest of the OT will look even more grim

I am hopeful at the use of force ghosts. Yoda interacted in the physical world and his scene with Luke was easily the best scene in the movie. I felt real emotion at that scene.

I would be surprised if Luke didn't in some way realize that he could be of more use as a force ghost and he will be able to interact along with the other force ghosts in episode 9. I wouldn't be surprised if Snoke is in wepisdoe 9 as the first dark side force ghost we've seen or if he has been able to jump bodies - though I find that to be a cheap story trick.

I honestly like Kylo Ren a lot, though seeing him become the true villain he coukd be is going to be more difficult now. JJ Abrams has his work cut out for him  just Rey and Kylo isn't enough

As otherwise mentioned, JJ Abrams is a great storyteller in getting intriguing ideas out there but he's a terrible closer - he can't wrap up a story so I don't know what he's going to do here. I didn't trust Treverow but I would seriously cionsider asking Lucas to concept along with someone else writing (Lucas can't write)

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi - *SPOILERS*
« on: January 15, 2018, 08:03:56 PM »
As mentioned by basically everybody, the casual killing of core characters. This was atrocious, and seems to be the philosophy that is being applied- not only in the movie through Kylo "Let the past die" but by how they ungracefully remove the classics. Han was stabbed, and fell off a ledge, Luke just straight up ghosts off-screen, Leia remains to be seen, but I don't have high hopes anymore, Ackbar just gets blown up? If anything the lightspeed suicide scene should have gone to him, it would have been a fitting and badass ending for his character, instead of introducing Holdo for no reason, and then giving it to her.

That bothered the hell out of me

Ackbar - the guy who has been fighting the good fight for over 4 decades, gets killed by causally being commented on offscreen

Holdo just shows up and takes his moment?

The film felt like  a deconstruction of heroism. Johnson went out of his way to crack on the mythologival components that make Star Wars well...Star Wars.

Luke "What am I supposed to do, stand in front of the first order with my laser sword?"

Well, kind of.........

I got legitimately excited when Luke shrugged off all the At At fire and I thought this was his Darth Vader Rogue One moment that would have made me forgive all of the film that came before it. When I figured out that he wasn't leaving footprints I knew what Johnson was up to and I knew he was a goner, I felt a sinking feeling in my stomach. It sucked

The whole movie felt like an Elseworlds and I think it has really left the future of Star Wars in an untenable position. I think the best solution going forward is to focus on the KOTOR storyline and forget the new outer rim stories

I love Affleck's Batman but he and everything Snyder has put together feel like an Elseworld's story. Why have a Batman who is in his 40's if you plan to build a universe that should last 10-15 years before recasting? I'm sure Affleck could pull it off into his early 50's with a lot of effort but he's an expesnive talent who's going to want to attach himself to other big franchises and blockbusters.

I also find Affleck distracting. He brought an incredible amount of intensity to batmanvs Superman. As much as JL felt like Superman's movie BvS felt like a Batman flick featuring Superman with probably the best pure batman action sequence we've seen on film yet

Since then Affleck himself has made so much noise in the media with his personal problems that I have a hard time looking past it. It clearly shows on his face and the intensity he's bringing to the role - just his alcohol issues alone are a detrimnet to his performance and his ability to promote the film.

When I see comic con footage it shouldn't look like one of the stars of the flick is workig through a hangover and looking like death warmed over

There's also the constant discussion in the press of "will he won't he" on whether he'll stay with the role.

All bitching aside he's been a great Batman but I just can't see past the actor when he's in costume - he should be recast at this point.

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Re: Dave Chapelle vs Chris Rock
« on: January 11, 2018, 04:20:24 PM »
Eddie Murphy is to Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle as Richard Pryor was to Eddie Murphy and the generation he inspired.

Either way I think Dave Chappelle is a storyteller at heart and his stand-up takes a lot of unexpected twists. Chirs Rock is rapid fire jokes that all hit hard and keep you reeling. I kind of prefer Chris Rock as a stand up.

Dave Chapelle is more versatile: greatest sketch comedy ever, movies, joke writer and that atand up is damned close to Rock's

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi - *SPOILERS*
« on: January 11, 2018, 11:52:10 AM »
To clarify a point, I don't think Marvel is in "danger."

They're at the end of a 10 year story arc and they are at a crossroads; they can't just add in characters to an existing and compelling story line that's been gaining momentum from day one.

They will have to replace the stars that have built their universe ; Chris Hemsworth decided to play Thor for as long as Marvel wanted AFTER extracting creative concessions, namely Hemsworth wanted to have fun as a comedic actor rather than play a drab Shakespearean Thor.

RDJ and Evans will likely show up in cameos or short segments but I doubt that 10 years in either will be willing to forego the capital they've built up financially and in terms of creative leeway to create the projects they want in Hollywood. I'd also factor in that Evans has to diet and train lots of fat off and muscle on everytime he suits up and that's likely tiring for anyone.

Even RDJ has to show up in relatively good shape

We'll see how they do it but I trust Feige implicitly. They will have to work harder and they can't phone it in like they have for the last 5 years, but I'm positive that Feige will pull it off

I think DC will get its act together as well

In a strange way, JL might have beena good thing.

Kevin Tsujihara and the suits at Warner were heard all the warnings but kept coming up between 600-900 million per film. That's not Marvel money but for "good enough" executives who're protecting their bonuses I can't iamgine that they cared all that much. Once JL hit and the non-die hard DC fans were picked off, Warner clearly got the message

We've seen an enormous shakeup at the top end and DC has finally gotten what it most needed, a central controlling figure to control creativer and marke5ing. I forget his name but he's a James Wan protege and James Wan is one of the best horror directors out there and he's equally as good as a creative and a business man. Hell,m he got one of the Fast and the Furious's best box offices to date so he knows franchises.

I expect Aquaman the solo film has potential.

DC has a lot going for it now. It has some clearly established winners: Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins, Margot Robbie's Harley, James Wan, Henry Cavill (he has a good following), Duane Johnson under contract and Viola Davis. Talent wise they have a deep bench. If they get it together with their Feige like leader, they will put out films that reflect their talent pool.

And agreed - board members here range from their 20's to their 50's and I honestly don't see people not geeking out over superhero films and the genre in general. Why would anone stop? If people enjoy comic books and great fiction then there's always something else to enjoy. Tastes might become more sophisticated and people might want more vertigo-like stuff to become mainstream but eventually people will start to want to pass their fave hero's and stories on to their kids and enjoy them themselves.


Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi - *SPOILERS*
« on: January 09, 2018, 11:02:50 PM »
Wow, that's some venom

Star Wars fans have quite a bit to cry about

Mark Hamill himself has been somewhat vocal; at the very least to the extent that he can be considering his position, on his opinion on the treatment of LUke Skywalker. Virtually all of the OT characters have been killed off and the fans who make up Star Wars dedicated, die hard base are extemely divided. Not divided in the sense that "oh well no gets everything they wabnt" divided. They're truly and utterly despondent

A fair share have abandoned Youtube channels, gone to twitter, and overall made a huge stink on the internet.

Another matter of note is that Star Wars is having awful week to week drops. It's in a virtually "clear" January and its down to Coco and Jumanji. Can anyone imagine Infinity War losing out to Jumanji on its third week?

This is the middle film of a trilogy that has brought back the Original Trilogy characters 42 years after their initial debut and its barely going to make Age of Ultron or Fast and the Furious numbers after a beat for beat rehash took in the #2 box office of all time

That's the difference between a big box office number and a strong box office number

As for Marvel - there are certainly question marks. It's Marvel's 10 year anniversary and its been the cinematic equivalent of a sure thing every time its been out.


The major story arc that started with Iron Man is coming to an end with Infinity War and I'd be willing to beat one of the upcoming films will make more than The Force Awakens.

And then what?

How long will RDJ and Chris Evans stay in their roles? I'm sure they'll cameo in upcoming films to do their part but can you see either of those actors continuously reprising time-consuming roles for the next 5, 10 years? They're already expressed their desire to move on and Chris Hemsworth did Ragnorok after he got the comedy film that cfit his acting chops - otherwise he might have been close to out.

So, how sure a thing are Marvel films after the A team is gone?

I'm nt saying that Mrvel is going to suddenly turn into X Men 3, but phase 4 might have to deal with the main cast not being in the mix and new films either not having as cohesive a narrative or audiences not taking to every single film in the narrative as they have so far

Marvel's still Marvel but they might not be able to hit 700 million a flickon autopilot and if I were Kevin Feige, I'd be sweating a bit about Phase 4.  I thnk overall he will pull it off, but it isn't as sure a thing as it seems

Fantastic Beasts numbers - as good as they were - still didn't generate the excitement I'd expect from a Harry potter franchise flick. At this pojt its intuition but I don't see the new spin-off being able to carry the heavy load that Rowlings books did, I just don't feel the anticipation.

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi - *SPOILERS*
« on: January 08, 2018, 04:49:52 PM »
Star Wars is a BIG question mark in every regard after the Last jedi

The film calculated that longer time fans were dispensable to bring in a Disneyfied audience to watch the new generation which didn't concern itself with the hige,sprawling word that had been built over more than 40 years. VERY bad mpve. The next film will have to fix that or thee parks could be in serious danger. Harry Potter was an exception - it followed a specific book series and once it hit the end of the road, the new series (The American Grindelwald series) are doing mediocre busines

The MCU after phase 4 is a question mark as well.

I think DC will make a comeback but it will take some time

Star Wars CAN make a comeback - although I wouldn't call TLJ at 1.2 billion at presetna failure as its still likely to fall into 1.4 total - even the 1.3 it likely hits next week isn't terrible.

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Re: What, at core, is wrong with the DCEU?
« on: January 08, 2018, 04:45:17 PM »
Superman and Hulk are easy characters to write if handled correctly.

They need to be written slightly alone from the main cast, given challenges to match their power sets and written in specific roles in ensemble casts. in Superman's case there is a lot of space/sci-fi that he fits into.

Look at how Thor's stories work - his most interesting movie stories take him off world, problem solved.

The Man of Stell movie was a few mistakes away from being a GREAT movie. Snyder brought the action home at expense for the spirit of the movie making it very good at best. The action scnes alone showed what Superman on screen could be.

The problem with th4 DCEU so far has been a lack of a cohesive collective vision ala Feige and Kathleen Kennedy.

Say what you will but DDC has arguably far more iconic heros andf way more compelling villains. The recent shakeups are a good sign and a series of stand alone films will be a good step.

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Re: Dave Chapelle on Netflix
« on: January 08, 2018, 04:40:03 PM »
What wwre the show titles? The forst one I saw looked like he was way out of form (the one where he slagged on Bll Cosby). I saw Equanimity and it was great. I think there was one more ne pas?

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