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  • By David Chien
    October 14, 2009
    02:39 PM

    Congratulations to all on their efforts and contributions. It has been interesting to see the various interpretations of Jeanne Dielman and the contest requisites. May the best man/woman win. That said, I wanted to do a repost on my short film. For those interested, I thought it would be worthwhile to provide the link below. It would mean a lot to me for those who've yet to make a decision on their favorite entry to watch mine (again or for the first time). For your consideration, as they say. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPg5x8lslhQ Thanks again, D.
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  • By Pete O.
    October 14, 2009
    10:30 PM

    I noticed a lot of positive comments about Amy Elizabeth, but I found it very boring. It really copied the Akerman film and did not branch out on its own at all, very pretentious, and after reading his little comment about his own work further just only further proves the pretentiousness of it! The Engineer Makes Potatoes was the most creative!
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  • By Pete O.
    October 14, 2009
    10:36 PM

    I agree with John Simmins about Amy Elizabeth... and I was reading DAVID J. WHITE's, (the maker of this short I guess), little blurb above, hilarious, he calls other people's works poor-man versions, and boring and I think he even called one pretentious, Well David, take a closer look at your own work and what you say... EGOs
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  • By Pete O.
    October 14, 2009
    10:52 PM

    Agreed with the two above comments...
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  • By Daniel Kennedy
    October 15, 2009
    12:57 AM

    I keep coming back to "I Want Potatoes For Dinner." Maybe it's because it feels completely "whole." I feel it acts as one of the best responses to the the contest rules because I forget about the rules themselves while I'm watching it until the very end when the point hits me, which also makes it stand on it's own perfectly well outside of the contest's context which is a bonus for them.
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  • By Pete O.
    October 15, 2009
    12:59 AM

    Haha. I was just reading through all the comments and I too feel that I have to agree with the last 3 above about David's Amy Elizabeth. I thought it was ok, I didn't care for it too much. A lot of people seamed to like it and posted some nice comments which appear to have gone right to that David guy's head. It reminds of that character ENO from the movie Art School Confidential. If your a film buff you'll know the character. He's the pretentious one who writes his name 3 times ENO ENO ENO for his self portrait. and this David guys last little comment "Overall this was alot of fun, and I’m glad that such a contest even exists. I’m not sure who else but Criterion would’ve thrown a contest based on “Jeanne Dielman 23, Commerce Street, 1080 Bruxelles”. Weirdos!" - good way of kissing criterion's ass
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  • By TJ Ceron
    October 15, 2009
    02:04 AM

    How is anything David said arrogant? If anything, he's being humble, considering he said he was "surprised" his video was recieved well. I guess the "Amy Elizabeth 23 Commerce Street" backlash was inevitable. And I find it amusing that David isn't allowed to call an entry pretentious but you're allowed to call his that. He's also not the only person in these comments to have listed entries he disliked, so these negative comments come off a little bit like jealousy! I don't see any of these recent comments going after fakevampireteeth's "self entitlement" comment. Stop being petty, people! "Amy Elizabeth" was a great entry.
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  • By GOD
    October 15, 2009
    04:31 AM

    You don't need to register and you can put any name you want when you leave a comment here. That is a reason enough not to take any of the comments seriously. I commend Criterion for being forward thinking and so accommodating to their loyal fans by making a contest like this happen. It's mostly great. Letting the youtube community rate the films was very revealing of the entrants' integrity. My entry for example received 45% 1-star rating, 45% 5-star ratings and 10% 2-3-4-star ratings. I'm sure there isn't a single entry out there that hasn't received multiple 1-star ratings. I don't think any video deserves a 1-star rating unless it is offensive! Rating others 1-star just to make your own seem better rated is very similar to bank robbers killing off each other to get a bigger share. I really hated "I want Dinner for Potatoes" and "Millenium". JUST KIDDING! Giving you an example of how tactless it is of anyone (who is not a film critic) to criticize efforts of others. It's true however that none of the videos are as good as this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-azqXygCzO8
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  • By Alex
    October 15, 2009
    04:41 AM

    Kudos God
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  • By David J. White
    October 15, 2009
    05:08 AM

    Yeah, it's difficult to take the last three remarks leveled against my film seriously when all three were arguably written by the same person: John Simmins: "...after reading his little comment about his own work..." Adam Keegan: "...DAVID J. WHITE’s, (the maker of this short I guess), little blurb above, hilarious..." Allison Malatesta: "...this David guys last little comment..."
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  • By Emily
    October 15, 2009
    08:28 AM

    I'm surprised no one is talking about "Submission". One person said it was pretentious, but I agree with whoever said that that says more about the critic than the film itself. hah. anyway, I imagine no one is talking about "Submission" because they didn't watch it the whole way through. I had to watch it twice to understand that this wasn't just any old contest "submission". The main character is giving us a lesson in submission. You can see it throughout the entire film, at the beginning when the bikers merrily ride past and he just shakes his head. While he's enjoying his last cigar, thoughtfully looking around and sort of looking bizarrely contented. When he's making his last meal, but doesn't want to go out with a sink full of potato peels. His expression at the end is brilliant. He knew what was coming; he could have screamed, cried, run, hid--but he didn't. He prepared his favorite meal, smoked his favorite cigar, and quietly waits. He has submitted.
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  • By Jos d.
    October 15, 2009
    08:48 AM

    I'd like to give a nod to Allison Almodovar's comic masterpiece ("Allison’s Response to Jeanne Dielman Criterion Cooking Contest").
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  • By Pete O.
    October 15, 2009
    09:31 AM

    David, you could not be more wrong, haha, but you can keep telling yourself that
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  • By Brian Schmidt
    October 15, 2009
    10:30 PM

    Anonymous comments and youtube ratings are the downfall of this contest.
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  • By Nathan Sakulich
    October 16, 2009
    12:00 AM

    Reading what Brian just wrote is the only thing worth listening to here.
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  • By Zara Bloom
    October 16, 2009
    03:37 PM

    Is everyone just fighting with each other? It is my assertion that everyone who is participating in this board are the filmmakers. There really isn't anything constructive going on in this discussion. It would be nice to discuss the films, how they were made, etc. Instead of: "I think my films is great because.. " or "i'm not pretentious but you are... " I'm just giving my opinion.
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  • By Emily Nine
    October 16, 2009
    05:45 PM

    whoa whoa whoa, this thread is blowing up! let's all just calm down, vote my video 5 stars http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5RfOXObMgI , and get on with our criterion lives!
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  • By Pete O.
    October 17, 2009
    12:29 AM

    Just because I agreed with the comment above me doesn't mean I'm the same person??? that doesn't even make sense... I didn't enter the contest but I was going through the lot of the videos and I just though some constructive criticism would have been better than saying this one bored me or that was unfunny .... anyways nothing to make a big fuss over...
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  • By S Charlton
    October 18, 2009
    08:01 AM

    lets just never listen to any criticism ever... that way everyone's movies will be treated equally and with fairness and kidness... because if you work on something, it obviously means it is a masterpiece... boohoo
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  • By Pariah
    October 19, 2009
    09:24 PM

    See this...http://www.vimeo.com/6803182
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