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  1. Having now watched the film, I will try to give my 2cents worth in a NON-SPOILER way. These are just my own opinion only. 'Endgame' is a different movie to the previous 'Infinity War', the premise has changed, so it should be judged in that context. People anticipating a carbon copy of Infinity War (in terms of movie experience) could indeed feel disappointed. If people watch Endgame expecting a credible and entertaining resolution of the premise set up by Infinity War, then I think most would be satisfied. Moreover Endgame provided a mind-blowing wrap-up of the previous 21 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and did so in a clever and touching way. The downside is that viewers should brush up on the earlier movies to enjoy Endgame to the max. So watch away Where Endgame surpassed Infinity War is in characters development, there was plenty of that and done in a loving manner. One could tell the movie makers loved the Avengers characters and they pay their ode to them in this movie. Like Star Trek movies to Trekkies? Maybe. I would say Endgame is more like 'Return of the King' to the LOTR trilogy. Those dot points sum up what the film makers tried to achieve with Endgame, with a huge ensemble cast, and facing the incredible expectation set up by Infinity War. Sure, anyone could be critical of aspects in the movie, but I feel the film makers struck the right balance and compromise when faced with such a daunting task. Honestly, I didn't feel 3 hours was long enough 👍. "Nuff said!"
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  3. I don't know if this is a good idea or not - Tiff covering her own '80s hit song
  4. Grace loved it and some people think she can be anti-Marvel at times. This is a glowing NON-SPOILERS review.
  5. Not possible for me to follow every posts here. However I just want to rise two general points based on IMO We need to be aware that Tesla, no matter how successful, won't be the prototypical car company of the future when EV eventually dominates the car market and industry. As stated before Tesla is vertically integrated which makes sense for a niche market; but for the mass market most companies are flatter. The future car market won't be dissimilar to today's; you just have Toyota, VW, Hyundai manufacturing EV instead. We shouldn't overuse Tesla as the model EV car and owner experience. Regarding reliability of EV and ICE, I think in the end the difference won't be huge. Yes servicing cost will be cheaper for EV. I checked Kona's capped price servicing is $160 flat. That is a good price for a Hyundai dealer service. But we also know that well made ICE cars with quality parts can last a long long time (when well maintained). The two areas that fail modern cars are plastic parts and electronics; both are also found in EV. So I don't think the difference in reliability is much to write home about in the long term.
  6. That is understandable. Unfortunately this may also mean a bit higher retail price for EV due to the dealerships. They may soft launch through the Lexus brand. If rumour is true the first all electric is a SUV UX 300e.
  7. Yes, and what is the message being sent to the decision makers in Toyota HQ who may be watching this with interests? 🤔
  8. Regardless, if anyone is genuinely passionate about EV, they should just go out now and buy one. A Hyundai Ioniq electric costs $49k-$54k drive-away (https://www.hyundai.com.au/cars/blue-drive/ioniq/electric). Simply complaining about people and processes that no one could change ain't going to cut it. It is clear from the discussion earlier that companies like Toyota are willing and ready to produce lots of EV if the market demand is explicitly there (i.e. not just some consumer survey; talk is cheap). If they can see that Hyundai is selling the Ioniq really well, then they would naturally follow and compete. If enough people act, affordable EV can happen much quicker than 5 or 10 years. I do acknowledge that some people have done exactly that by buying the expensive Tesla cars; I take my hats off to them. 👍
  9. Yes, but he didn't do much in Force Awakens. However R2-D2 was awesome in the prequels.
  10. People like K-2SO, best droid of the newer movies
  11. JJ sounds like he knows what he is doing, so there is still hope
  12. This is what Dan has to do - be the best of the rest, for now. I am glad he can achieve that in this race.
  13. That is consistent with what I posted. From the first link is this quote: “Having that technology, which you’ll remember if you go back the electric RAV4 was one of the first electric offerings in the marketplace in the US, period,” Hollis said. “So the technology there and what we can offer is available, but like any good demand and supply economy, if the demand is low, do you really want to supply?” In fact this articles https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a26703778/toyota-why-not-selling-electric-cars/ states that Toyota could produce 28K EV each year if it divert all of its current battery production capacity away from hybrid. That is a value judgement not for me to make. I believe Toyota knows what they are doing. It is just that some people are mocking them for falling behind in the EV race.
  14. It is not news that Toyota has not gone down the BEV route in any significant way, preferring instead to use hybrids and plug-in hybrids as a bridging vehicle towards a fuel cell future car. Now they have come clean with a reason (https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2018/12/toyota-if-our-dealers-thought-they-could-sell-evs-we-d-already-have-one.html) According to Jack Hollis, the general manager of Toyota Motor North America, Toyota dealers just simply don’t think they can sell enough pure electric vehicles to warrant a business case. “If our dealers, and we just met with our national dealer council two weeks ago, if our dealers felt like there was a significant demand (for EVs) we would have already had fully electric and electric vehicles already on the road today,” Hollis told media in a roundtable interview at the 2018 LA Auto Show. Hollis has another gripe with selling EVs. The US government is subsidizing EV sales, and Hollis says it’s hard for a company like Toyota to put a significant push on EVs with the presence of an artificial demand element. Electric vehicle sales have stayed at around 1% of overall vehicle sales in the US even with the current tax credits in place, he pointed out. Meanwhile in Japan. Toyota and the Japanese Government seems committed to hydrogen for their country's future: https://www.engineering.com/DesignerEdge/DesignerEdgeArticles/ArticleID/18847/Japan-Sees-Big-Future-in-Hydrogen-Cars.aspx Toyota and the Japanese government believe that the country is ideally suited to hydrogen vehicles. A majority of the population lives in dense urban centers—many of them in apartment buildings with no room for an electric car charger. The hydrogen fuel cell would be a convenient alternative.
  15. Meanwhile 2018 Plug-in Electric Cars sales in Japan has suffered a decreased of 7% compared with 2017. This figure includes PHEV hybrid sales; and the collapse in sales of Toyota Prius Plug-In could not be compensated by other EV. https://insideevs.com/plug-in-car-sales-japan-2018/ While that article was hopeful the new Nissan LEAF e+ could reverse the downward trend, disappointing sale numbers for the first two months suggest otherwise. https://insideevs.com/no-nissan-leaf-e-sales-splash-japan/
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