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The Circus, the Whale, the Prince
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This challenge submission is a tribute to the hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr. His movie "Werckmeister Harmonies", which I watched nearly a year ago still excites me today. I never watched a movie this impressive before. On the other hand I can't say that I really grasp the story of this movie. But that's maybe not a bad thing. I'm looking forward to deal even more with the Werckmeister Harmonies in the future.
Werckmeister Harmonies received much critical acclaim. On Metacritic, the film received an weighted average score of 92/100 (based on eight reviews), which translates to "universal acclaim". Based on 39 reviews, Rotten Tomatoes reports a 97% approval rating, with an average score of 8.5/10.
Lawrence van Gelder of The New York Times called the film "elusive" and argued that it "beckons filmgoers who complain about the vapidity of Hollywood movie making and yearn for a film to ponder and debate." David Sterritt, writing for the Christian Science Monitor, awarded it a full four stars, remarking, "Tarr wants to stir the imagination and awaken the conscience of his audience rather than divert us with easy entertainment."
In The Guardian, Richard Williams compared Tarr to the greatest directors and perceived Werckmeister Harmonies as "a bleak vision of chaos and capitalism." Film critic Roger Ebert described the movie as "unique and original", writing that it "feels as much like cinema verite as the works of Frederick Wiseman." He went on to add the film to his "Great Movies" collection in 2007.
Some critics rank the movie with the best of all time. In the British Film Institute's decennial Sight & Sound poll, 10 critics and five directors voted Werckmeister Harmonies one of the 10 greatest works of cinema ever made — placing it 171st in the critics' poll and 132nd in the directors' poll. According to They Shoot Pictures, Don't They, a website which statistically calculates the most well-received movies, it is the fifth-most well received movie of the 21st century, and the 268th-most acclaimed film of all time.
Here are some short impressions from this true masterwork:
This is my submission to the "Night Scenes"-Challenge.
Everything is SC4 except the smoke, the fog and the tail of the whale.
Hello Simtropolis Community!
I am looking to buy a new Windows laptop and I would appreciate your input. Along with the usual Office functions, my goal will be gaming (SC4, possibly Civ 3 and eventually Cities Skylines) and graphics/dtp (Adobe).
These are the machines (all Dell) that I am considering. and I'm hoping to purchase a new machine this weekend, since there's a sale going on.
Inspiron 5000 Gaming with Win10 Pro
7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Quad Core (6MB Cache, up to 3.8 GHz) 8GB, 2400MHz, DDR4; up to 32GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5 128GB Solid State Drive (Boot) + 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive (Storage) 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display 74WHr, 6-Cell Battery (Integrated) "optimal cooling" Ports 1 HDMITM 1.4a
3 USB 3.0 including 1 with PowerShare
1 2-in-1 SD (UHS50) / MMC
1 Kensington Lock
1 Headphone/Mic Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming with Win 10 Pro
7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-7300HQ Quad Core (6MB Cache, up to 3.5 GHz) or 17-7700HQ Quad, 6MB up to 3.8GHz) 8GB, 2400MHz, DDR4; up to 32GB or 16GB, 2400MHz, DDR4; up to 32GB 256GB Solid State Drive or 128GB Solid State Drive (Boot) + 1TB 5400RPM Hard Drive (Storage) 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050Ti with 4GB GDDR5 74 Whr, 6-Cell Battery (Integrated) Ports and Slots: Combo Jack (Headset/Mic, USB 3.0 port, USB 3.0 Powershare port, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, Noble Lock Security Slot, Power, 8.USB 3.0 port, Media Card Reader front-firing speakers, a subwoofer and Waves MaxxAudio® Pro. maximum cooling feature Inspiron 17 7000 2in1 with Win 10 Pro--I'm considering two machines which share the following specs
7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7500U Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.5 GHz) 16GB, DDR4, 2400MHz NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 940MX 2GB GDDR5 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Truelife LED-Backlit Touch Display with Wide Viewing Angles 56 WHr, 4-Cell Battery (integrated) The differences are the HD and port/slots: 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive; Ports: SD, SDHC, SDXC Card Reader (specified), USB 2.0, Noble Lock Slot, DC Power In, USB Type C, HDMITM 1.4a (specified), USB 3.0 with PowerShare, Audio Jack 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive + 128GB Solid State Drive (for about $40 more); Ports: SD Card Reader, USB 2.0, Noble Lock Slot, DC Power In, USB Type C, HDMI, USB 3.0 with PowerShare,. Audio Jack XPS 15 with Win 10 Pro (priciest)
7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor (6M cache, up to 3.8 GHz) 16GB DDR4-2400MHz; up to 32GB (additional memory sold separately) 512GB PCle Solid State Drive NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge, Non-touch Killer 1535 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 Battery: 97WHr Ports: SD card slot, USB 3.0 with PowerShare, Battery gauge button and indicator, Kensington lock slot, AC power, HDMI, Thunderbolt™ 3 (2 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3) supporting: Power in/charging, PowerShare, Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps bi-directional), USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps), Native DisplayPort 1.2 video output, VGA, HDMI, Ethernet and USB-A via Dell Adapter (sold separately) | 8. Headset jack (I'm not planning on buying the Dell Adapter) I like aspects of each machine, bigger screen for one, SSD, cooling feature, (SC4 and flash games are dangerously hot on my present machine), and graphics card. I just wish they all came on one machine. I would consider upgrading my existing machine but the motherboard on my TOSH Satellite is pretty archaic by today's standards so much so that a previous Win 10 update knocked out the functionality of my native keyboard. I got a new one and it has the same issue, so I'm using a wireless one after breaking a USB keyboard.
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I'm curious to know Your opinion about the website Simtropolis. Today I started editing one site in my country. And I realized that this is far from the quality that I see on Simtropolis. How do You compare the quality of most of the other sites? Are there any sites built even more conveniently? Are there any ideals in this world? Thank you.
Hello, I'm having a problem with eternal commuters. I leave them no opportunity to complete the commute but they prefer in the last tile of the city use the invisible connector to get back and don't go to the other city. instead, the go all the way back to complete the circle. what should I do? I already know that is not all the traffic, but it is a significantly part of it (28000 of 52000). How can I avoid it? What is going on?
I was building my city of Townsville in SC4. It went good so far, then as I was building my freeway and an avenue in my city, SC4 crashed to desktop. That doesn't make sense. I spent two years organizing my plugins folder and it still crashed as of 20 minutes ago. I hate when when this happens every time I start building my cities in SC4, it frustrates me a lot. I even made a report on the "Crash to Desktop? Look Here First" thread and hasn't been any response in the past few days since I posted. Here is the information:
I am using a digital copy of SC4 I bought on Steam.
Operating system: Windows 7 (64 bit)
Processor: AMD FX(tm)-4300 Quad-Core Processor
I don't know why, but I need to know why this keeps happening every time I start building my cities in SC4.
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