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The Small Screen / Re: What shows are you watching?
« Last post by Sleepless on May 21, 2018, 09:08:13 AM »
I'm trying to watch more movies than TV, but it's easier sometimes to throw on an episode or two of a show in the evenings. Ditched Netflix several months ago because it's gone to shit, so we're just left with whatever's on Prime now. Downton Abbey was surprisingly good, a period soap opera, but enjoyable. Rewatched Father Ted, which I recommend anyone who hasn't seen checks out - the first season is a little spotty, but it's a great cultural insight for Americans that other people don't take themselves too seriously and are plenty capable of laughing at central aspects of their life. Rovers was a surprisingly emotional 6-ep comedy in the vein of The Royle Family. Red Oaks, I've already mentioned - first ep or two are a little on the raunchy side, but it quickly become more John Hughes-esque and turns into a very sweet coming-of-age type story, going far beyond the confines of the country club setup of S1. The Grant Tour is a fun Friday night with some beers show when is on, but there's 2 seasons there if you haven't watched already. We're almost done watching Orphan Black, which is a great show, and Tatiana Maslany is incredibly playing 5+ characters each episode. One of them in particular, I constantly need to remind myself it's actually her and not a different actress portraying. She's that good. I'd like to check out Fortitude with Dennis Quaid next, it looks interesting. I think they have all of Doctor Who on there too, which is good. Lots of their flagship shows, I'll admit, don't look great. There's a few I've sampled and had to just give up that they are not for me at all. Hopefully things are going to get better, according to the trades there's been some shifts at the top, so they're going to move from more niche stuff (presumably Transparent, etc.) and into more broader stuff (such as the possibly Peter Jackson's LORT TV series). Hopefully that'll be a good thing. Honestly, though, with everything else you get with Prime - music streaming, photo storage, free shipping - it's worth the investment.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Phantom Thread - SPOILERS!
« Last post by Lottery on May 21, 2018, 08:38:04 AM »
Exceptional stuff. Feels like a sister film to The Master at times. Alma is easily one of PTA's best characters, Krieps is absolutely amazing.

Intriguing use of framing device. For a brief moment I thought Reynolds may have been dead, then realised they were using present tense and then they revealed that she's speaking to the doctor in the midst of her and Reynolds's bizarre psychological game- with a brief glimpse into a potential future. Really interesting.

PTA has said a few times that he doesn't use 70s films as models/inspiration anymore and that he draws from older films. It seems very true in this film,  some of the cuts/moments are old school indeed.

Jonny Greenwood is a hero here. Quite different from his previous work and the use of music here differs from other PTA's films. Interestingly, you can tell he has been on a serious piano kick for the last few years, this is reflected in this film and the most recent Radiohead album.

I admire PTA's restraint on this one. Quieter and less in your face than earlier works but also really funny, sinister, sweet and uncomfortable.

Very different and very similar to what PTA has done before, in the best way possible.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: What is PTA best known film?
« Last post by Punch Drunk Hate on May 21, 2018, 12:22:53 AM »
Those are the first two films I thought of.


TWBB performed the best at the box office--which would suggest the largest number of people actually paid to see it.  It also had the advantage ot starring DDL--and winning the Best Actor award that year.


On the other hand, Boogie Nights was probably really found an audience following it's release on home video in '98.  I'm sure characters like Dirk Diggler and Rollergirl (and Jack Horner) are probably more familiar to the culture at large than Daniel Plainview, for example (at least by name). 


Using the indicator of box office performance, we can probably assume that Inherent Vice is the least known of his films?
 
Heaven forfend, but don't you think a PTA obituary would most likely mention TWBB and Boogie in it's first paragraph?

TWBB BO was very good for a studio-speciality film, which was backed through the esteemed performance of Daniel Day-Lewis. One takeaway is adjusted for inflation more people slightly saw Boogie Nights in theatrical release, making that his most-seen film combined with home video being stronger in the nineties and more rotation on cable/premium television. Those figures keep making me think the latter film has a higher self-awareness among the public then former. On movie sites such as Letterboxd and IMDB, TWBB has the more votes, Magnolia even draw more votes then BN, which would dispute the former notion in the previous sentence. Yet I wouldn't use it as benchmark for the question which excludes many people who don't go online and vote on a movie they just saw. The most accurate thing would be asking people about those films and see if they can gain any recognition without having seeing the work themselves.

Unless IV gains a Lewbowski-following I'm guessing it will be left in the shadow of his other more prestige work post-HE.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: What is PTA best known film?
« Last post by wilberfan on May 20, 2018, 11:04:28 PM »
Those are the first two films I thought of.


TWBB performed the best at the box office--which would suggest the largest number of people actually paid to see it.  It also had the advantage ot starring DDL--and winning the Best Actor award that year.


On the other hand, Boogie Nights was probably really found an audience following it's release on home video in '98.  I'm sure characters like Dirk Diggler and Rollergirl (and Jack Horner) are probably more familiar to the culture at large than Daniel Plainview, for example (at least by name). 


Using the indicator of box office performance, we can probably assume that Inherent Vice is the least known of his films?
 
Heaven forfend, but don't you think a PTA obituary would most likely mention TWBB and Boogie in it's first paragraph? 
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Paul Thomas Anderson / What is PTA best known film?
« Last post by Punch Drunk Hate on May 20, 2018, 10:17:06 PM »
This may seem trivial of a discussion but since Paul's been going out to the public more to promote his work I'm curious to know what film of his is best known to the layperson on the street. Not someone who scrolls through this board, just a regular person who doesn't have the insider knowledge of film history.


There Will Be Blood would seem like the slam-dunk answer as it the type of film that will be looked down as classic, if not already, with a memorable finale and line that spread through much of culture in the last decade. Going through the mainstream interviews such as Kimmel I have a notch feeling that Boogie Nights still retains a greater pop-cultural hold of all his work, even 20 years after it's release. It difficult to compare a film with ten years ahead of the next. Looking over the IMDB connections, TWBB has been referenced/spoofed half the times that BN has over the years.  For the layperson I'm guessing they know BN as that Marky Mark porn movie, with TWBB they might have vague knowledge, most knowing the infamous milkshake line.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Last post by wilberfan on May 20, 2018, 09:26:24 PM »
Leon Vitali Talks About Stanley Kubrick and ‘Filmworker’ at Nuart Theatre
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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.”
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Last post by Punch Drunk Hate on May 20, 2018, 07:38:52 PM »


 
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Other Media / Re: Overwatch
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on May 20, 2018, 04:10:48 PM »
Excellent!

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 D.va. Mercy is a lot of fun to play with Winston and D.va 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.
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Other Media / Re: Overwatch
« Last post by KJ on May 20, 2018, 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: https://overwatchtracker.com/profile/psn/global/betweenthebars1?mode=0 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.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Phantom Thread - SPOILERS!
« Last post by Bleep on May 20, 2018, 04:05:13 AM »
Family resemblance?

Framing agitation.
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