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  2. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    It's now basically going to track like Suicide Squad, so it's looking like it's gonna bring in $750M-ish global. Which means virtually squat in profit.
  3. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    JUSTICE LEAGUE Is Going All In Toward A Disappointing $94.4 Million Start In The United States Following optimistic projections in the $115M-$120M range, it looks like Justice League will indeed fall short of expectations and might actually not even cross $100 million at the domestic box office. Gus
  4. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    Well, that was just...awful? No, that's not it.
  5. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    How Gal Gadot works out. No need to spend your money. You're welcome.
  6. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    Have seen it twice already myself, and doubtful I'll bother with JL at all, and, if I do, it'll be for nothing but seeing how Gadot works out.
  7. Episode 1.7: "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" Discussion Thread

    This. I've already reconciled the two designs in that, if TOS were made today (young, Nimoy, Shatner, and all the rest) it'd look like DSC, not an old 60s show. That said, so far there's pretty much nothing they're doing here in a prequel that they couldn't do post Voyager. One could even explain the retro elements of the ship fairly simply. We know M5 went nuts and the likes of Data and Lore and creating sentient supervillain holograms with a misspoken word, you certainly have planted all the seeds for some sort of human/AI conflict that left Starfleet skittish about computers that can basically rewire themselves and what they can do in six button-presses or less. Maybe there's that same level of paranoia now about AI that there seems to be still about genetic engineering.
  8. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    I might watch Thor again...if even just to hone in the point to the DC idiots.
  9. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    I'd heard he had the hairy lip for another film and they are the ones who wouldn't let him shave it for the JL reshoots. Either way, I've seen stills and the CGI is bad. Maybe my budget theater or something. I was never in a rush for this thing in the first place, but, with its awfulness confirmed I'm definitely not in a rush. They're gonna wish they had my money because this thing needs $600M before it touches black ink.
  10. Doctor Who - General Discussion

    Nice review, and congrats! I look forward to more. I’ve fallen off with listening to BF, simply due to a lack of time. But this release really interested me, as I heard it was based on a sitcom format, so it’s nice to see a review from someone whose word on this stuff I trust. (Word to the wise - get a 2nd pair of eyes on your writing before you post. Look at the second sentence of your third paragraph. Sorry, couldn’t help but notice - it’s the editor in me.) io9 put up a clip of the forthcoming Xmas spesh, but I didn’t watch. Want to come to it fresh. Yeah. I’ve seen the McGann console too, plus both versions of the classic console (that is, versions of both - the hero props changed and evolved many times). I liked the idea of the coral control room, but I like the aesthetic of Capaldi’s one much more. I remember that! That was a miniature that Mike Tucker built. It was displayed in the reception area of the BBC TV Centre for a while. I loved the way the central console was supported only from the ceiling above. I like this one, but maybe it’s a little too bright for modern audiences. Maybe with lower lighting: It’s cool how there are glimpses to other rooms beyond the console area. Suggestions of a library decked out in wood. The old chairs. I do wonder if Chibnall will reinstate the roundels? Bring back the round things!
  11. I just became a dad

    However did I miss this? Congrats and good luck! Parenthood is the greatest adventure offered us ordinary humans. The greatest part of it is, I think, discovering the unique qualities of each individual person and their likes and dislikes. Some children show a marked preference for things very early. How are you doing now that you've been a parent for about six months?
  12. Maybe they've got 'faith of the heart'... I agree that the show wouldn't have been skating uphill as it is now if they'd simply made it a post-VGR sequel. They'd unshackle themselves from the unnecessary burden of having to 'line up' with events & continuty that were written and filmed over 50 years ago. The series is only 9 episodes in but they're already hitting a few of the same exact stumbling blocks that ENT hit back in 2001. I love Star Trek, but the show seems to have a maddening inability to learn from their own history. While I'm not as big a fan of prequels in general, they can work; if one is doing a prequel to an era past. For example, if one is doing a prequel to "Gone With The Wind", they wouldn't have to worry about creating a 'too modern' looking pre-US Civil War, because that period is well-documented in American history. There are books, paintings and even crude photographs. Star Trek's biggest problem is that it tries to set prequels in as as-yet-unconceived future; from the perspective of a real world that has technologically & socially EXPLODED since the days of its source series. It's trying to run ahead of a future that has not only gained on it, but (in many ways) surpassed it. TOS' Kirk and Spock would marvel at my iPhone. Yet we're meant to believe that a new, very modern-looking science fiction series such as DSC is somehow going to align with a brylcreem-laden, Mad Men sort of 'future' that was laid out over 50 years ago. I can save anyone the expense of a crystal ball; it can't. Nor should it try. It's a bit of a fool's errand. This is why I'm perfectly content to try to accept DSC for what it is, and not the shape it's trying to contort into; the show, on its own merits, is pretty good. There are some interesting ideas that suggest it could lead to a future with SOME shared points of the Kirk-Spock era, but perhaps a Kirk-Spock era more inline with the Kelvin timeline. In NO WAY can DSC properly line up with TOS. It's not a lovingly recreated 'period piece' like the ST Continues fan films, and that's okay. STC is made strictly for the faithful and is not a commercial enterprise (FTP) designed to lure in a new audience nor make a profit in doing so. DSC has those challenges (making money, acquiring a new audience) and for some reason, it has (like ENT before it) chosen to paint itself into the prequel corner right out of the gate. With 50 plus years of ST already in the bag, it really had no reason to do this, and it's a shame. It works (as you say, Mr Picard) much better as a sequel, with only minor modifications (the ships and tech look post-VGR as they are). So while I very much enjoy DSC as yet another 'side universe' of ST (the way I eventually made peace with ENT), I know intellectually that we're not going to see an episode where Starfleet suddenly makes a fleet-wide decision to dress everyone in velour pajamas and redress all of their ships to look like clunky, analog 1960s space toys.
  13. They’re really determined to set themselves up for an ENT-like failure, aren’t they? The ENT writers had the same “we’ll reconcile this with canon” obsessions but it didn’t work then and it won’t work now, no matter how good and well-versed your writers are. I don’t know when these show runners will get it into their heads that you CANNOT convincingly pull off a prequel to a show made in the 60s AND use modern technology and introduce characters and ships no one’s ever heard of on the other shows. I also don’t get their “We have no idea how to set things up in the future therefore we won’t write it” nonsense. Discovery would work excellently as a 25th century show already, all they would have to do would be to slightly tweak Burnham’s character into being a desecendant of some famous long-lived character and there you go, show works just nicely, the Klingons could easily be the bad guys again and they now look different because hey it’s the future, make an episode or write a few lines of dialog that explain it, done, moving on with the war and the latest thing, the spore drive, and make the communicators and phasers look new-ish, introduce a few new bridge sounds and there you go. They have already WRITTEN a show set in the future. All they would have to do would be to change a few parameters, that’s all. It’s funny how they whine about not knowing what to do in a post Voyager show when they’ve actually been doing it all the time. The fans don’t believe the prequel setting already anyway, and their attempts at trying to push the show into prime timeline canon will not succeed - all they would have to do would be to look at ENT. I’ve always said it’s amazing how blindly they stumble into the same kind of trap, and it’s fascinatingly frustrating to see how they’re still on their way there, despite everything.
  14. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    A friend of mine saw it last night and said something about CGI ‘makeup’ rendered over Henry Cavill’s upper lip (?!?). I’ve heard (and I don’t know if this is true) that he refused to shave his mustache for the film so they CGId some skin over his ‘stache. My friend said it was distracting as HELL.
  15. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    My critic buddy saw an advance screening, based on his thoughts, you seem to be making the wise choice. While he did say it was "better than BvS" he also admitted that's a low bar and it is still a turd.
  16. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    We’ve decided to rent/Netflix this one. The early reviews aren’t enough to get me to the theatre. I’d rather save my moolah for Pixar’s "Coco” or some other movie.
  17. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    DC is lowering estimates from the weekend, from $110 to $97, and it might go lower still.
  18. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    "Good" might be too nice from what I'm hearing. I'm still trying to understand why Aquaman sounds like a country boy.
  19. Episode 1.7: "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" Discussion Thread

    And there is so much beauty in DSC. Not just visually, though as others have pointed out Trek has NEVER looked this good. But beauty in thematic expression, in storytelling, in character, in real-world social commentary, (and in canon fidelity!!!) Those of us who see all this can sometimes be baffled or just saddened that others don't because of what we perceive as their superficial hangups or sentimental attachments to old school Trek style. But at the end of the day I accept that their point of view is just as valid as mine. Though I do want to ask them: "When do you expect Trek to be rebooted yet again in a way that suits your tastes?" If you're going to sit out DSC, how do you think of your relationship with the franchise right now, and what are your hopes for the future? I sat out most of VOY and all of ENT, so I had to wait a good 15 years for Trek to come my way again. But it has, and in a more glorious and loving way than I ever could have imagined. DSC is the kind of prequel I remember hoping ENT would be. It has the character dynamics and realism that I used to wish VOY had. So there's hope in that. If DSC isn't for you, a new Trek will come around some day. But I hope you have to wait a long time, because I want to current Trek to be around for a while.
  20. And, at the end of it, that is the most important thing; how the audience perceives it. Some will try (like me) to ‘make it fit’ and others will simply accept it as is (I liked Prometheus’ play analogy). And neither way is wrong; because at the end of the day our own unique head-canons are the only interpretive lenses that matter. Beauty truly IS in the eye of the beholder.
  21. Episode 1.7: "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" Discussion Thread

    I haven't seen the last episode yet, but I really do not need or want them to create some alternate timeline explanation for why the Discovery sets are not made of plywood and Styrophome. I'm all for exploring parallel universes and what not, but DSC fits just fine with TOS as is, at least in my head canon.
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  23. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    Of Roddenberry’s failed pilots, I’d say Questor Tapes is probably my favorite.
  24. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    Just Saw justice league. It was a good movie but nothing spectacular like Avengers or Wonder woman. Also the villain was Kinda Lame and Superman return was anti climatic. A good two hours but nothing more. Wonder Woman saved the movie of course. The theater I just saw it was packed . But it didnt impress the audience. They were not cheering and laughing like in AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR and WONDER WOMAN. Its a good movie. I just wished it was a great movie.
  25. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    I found Spectre to have a Nice atmosphere and i loved Robert Culp as an actor Anyway ir was better than Genesis 2 cant wait for Questor Tapes
  26. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    I’ve seen it. It was very easy to see why it was thrown on the stack of Roddenberry’s failed pilots. Sorry Gus, but “Spectre” was weapons-grade bad. Though judging from the above pic, I’d say the notorious womanizer Roddenberry got er, something out of the experience. “Questor Tapes” is a little better; sort of a 20th century trial run for the character of Data. DS9’s Robert Foxworthy plays the titular character. The ending is super-goofy though... don’t say I didn’t warn you.
  27. EW on Discovery (and other reviews worth posting)

    Agreed on both. I would actually enjoy the idea of Tilly making captain with with her ‘old friend and ex-roomie’ Burnham serving as her first officer. Burnham has said that being a first officer is who she is; and Tilly has her sights on captain. It’d be a bit like Janeway’s relationship with the older Tuvok, or even Kirk with Bones. Tilly has the ambition and Burnham has the wisdom to provide much-needed guidance for her younger captain. It could totally work. Wouldn’t it be interesting to end the series in Kirk’s era, with an older, wiser Tilly (not too much of a stretch since the actress is a bit older than she seems onscreen) on the bridge with Burnham at her side? I could definitely see that as a coda to the series someday...
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