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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Last post by wilberfan on Today at 09:26:24 PM »
Leon Vitali Talks About Stanley Kubrick and ‘Filmworker’ at Nuart Theatre
Vitali did share stories about Kubrick which involved him calling Vitali a certain word which has a broader meaning in England and Scotland but a simpler one in America as many find it extremely offensive (hint: it begins wit a c and ends with a t), and he also talked about the pie fight scene which was taken out of “Dr. Strangeglove” because they just felt it would have been a terrible way to end the movie. In terms of filmmakers today who Vitali considers in Kubrick’s league, he said he really admires Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo Del Toro because he gets back to the fairy tale part of the storytelling, and Sean Baker who directed “The Florida Project.” In terms of his favorite Kubrick movie, he said if you put a gun to his head he would have to say it is “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Other Media / Re: Overwatch
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on Today at 04:10:48 PM »

1k healing per minute is a good rough benchmark to reach with Mercy. That's not always possible though and depends on your team a bit.

What are your hero settings for Mercy under Controls? I use "toggle beam OFF" and "GA prefers beam target." I've tried the opposite settings for a while and strongly prefer it this way.

I only warned against doing competitive now because of my experience. I started as soon as I could and placed low, so it took me some time to rank up. But if you're not going to worry about rank for a while, it doesn't matter. And you're almost certainly better than I was when I started.

In terms of maps, Mercy is kind of weak on some king of the hill maps, especially Nepal Village and Nepal Shrine. Everyone plays too close together, so you're vulnerable AND your teammates are not far away enough to provide you a safe escape. I tend to play Moira on king of the hill. The only one Mercy is actually great on is Illios Ruins.

And yeah, Mercy is great on Route 66. (Similar to Blizzard World.) The second section of Route 66 is actually the most severe chokepoint in the entire game. The only way to solve that is to have your team run dive tanks, i.e. Winston and Mercy is a lot of fun to play with Winston and because you can constantly slingshot yourself everywhere.

If you are getting flanked on Mercy too much, the only solution is to have a teammate babysit you, someone who's effective playing that far back, like McCree. The alternative is to play Brigitte or Moira instead, who can deal with flankers a lot better.

Reinhardt, in my opinion, is the most rewarding and frustrating hero in the game. I don't really enjoy playing him anymore. If you don't have a good team behind you, he's almost unplayable. Orisa is pretty great though.
Other Media / Re: Overwatch
« Last post by KJ on Today at 01:13:45 PM »
thanks for the tips. they where really helpful. I don't use the gun as often now, and pulling of sneaky rezzes has become one of my favorite things to do! using the flanks to hide behind while rezzing was a great advice

I am level 48 now and my avg healing is 8k after 9h.  I didn't follow your advice to not play competitive  because it's more fun and it seems easier to improve you're game when everyone is taking the match seriously. you can see my stats here if you're interested: maybe these stats doesn't say anything though.

I had 24k in one comp match, but that was before I started to save the games so I could watch them later, and I didn't realize at the time how high that would be in comparison to my other matches.  it's like 10k more then my second best game which seems to be a reasonable lever to be at (15k  per match). it's archivable if you are playing with smart team mates. sometimes they are really driving me crazy though. I can't help it.

the 24k game was on Route 66 which is my favorite map right now. there's a lot of good places to escape to in the beginning of the map. I think the middle part is tricky though because I get killed from opponents coming up from behind a lot of the times. advice for those situations?

I want to learn Orsia or Reinhardt. having one in your team seems important in a lot of matches.
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Phantom Thread - SPOILERS!
« Last post by Bleep on Today at 04:05:13 AM »
Family resemblance?

Framing agitation.
This Year In Film / the day after
« Last post by samsong on Today at 03:23:32 AM »
hong sang soo's latest.

for some reason i've fallen off following hss's output (the last i saw was night and day), and this is a forcible reminder that i love his work and should rectify that oversight.  really liked this.  i find hss's toying with chronology to be much more effective and profound than, say, chris nolan et al.  another worthy addition to the oeuvre of the patron saint of the follies of masculinity.  the funniest of his that i've seen.  highly recommended.
This Year In Film / Re: First Reformed
« Last post by samsong on Today at 03:14:25 AM »
powerful, admirably unhinged and unmitigated in its bleakness.  i'm not sure that this is actually transcendental so much as schrader aping the aesthetic that he literally wrote the book on, frenetically, lovingly, but also frivolously tipping his cap to the practitioners of said style, but not necessarily achieving what he purports is its purpose.  it plays like a tarantino film for the likes of bresson, bergman, dreyer, and tarkovsky (i really didn't see much ozu here).  so i found myself at odds with the forced asceticism, especially as the film moved towards where it ends up.  still, against today's standards and what cinema has become, this is as austere as one can reasonably expect, i guess.

this is a profoundly angry film, a damning study of christian/religious pathology and a death knell for humanity.  there's also this (skip to 03:16):

very good.  wanted to like this more.  i suspect i'm overly precious about the films and filmmakers that can be categorized as transcendental, and can't help but view this as somewhat slight by comparison.

Xix & Xax / Re: Xixax Members Living In/Near Los Angeles
« Last post by Fuzzy Dunlop on Yesterday at 06:28:50 PM »
Seems like most of the Walk of Fame is owned by Scientology at this point. They're going hard buying properties in Los Feliz too. Really happy for them on all their success. Such a great, cool organization.

also this is great if you haven't stumbled across it before:
Xix & Xax / Re: Xixax Members Living In/Near Los Angeles
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on Yesterday at 04:32:52 PM »
Oh perfect, thank you. Makes sense, since the adjacent building is also owned by Scientology.
Xix & Xax / Re: Xixax Members Living In/Near Los Angeles
« Last post by polkablues on Yesterday at 04:23:56 PM »
It is apparently called the Regal Shoes Building, and it’s owned by the church of Scientology. The corner of the building has the Sea Org logo on it. (about halfway down the page)
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