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3-25-2010 @ 12:16PM
I am going to go way out on a limb and suggest they didn't win because the film failed to follow the proscribed theme and depict a "rise to power" and instead showed a fall from grace.Why didn't Avatar win the Oscar for Best Documentary? It was clearly far and away a better technically executed movie than an other one there? Oh? What? IT WASN'T A DOCUMENTARY THAT'S WHY!This movie is awesome. It does not, however, by any stretch of the imagination, embody the theme of a Rise to Power.Mr. Gray, your failure to appreciate this subtlety leaves me to wonder if perhaps you sit and scratch your beard wondering why all those HKs you rack up on the road in Arathi Basin somehow don't equate to a Victory in the match.
3-25-2010 @ 12:35PM
Well if you're going to get all picky like that.... Who is to say what the true embodiment of power really is?You criticize Gray's ability to understand subtlety, but you are the one who seems to think that power can only mean command over others or great physical abilities.What I see is a man who is at the beginning alone, and while taking pride in his work, it's still just work. By the end, he is flying off into the sunset with someone whom presumably we are left to believe is his romantic interest.Going from alone and slaving away at work to flying around the world with your new sweetiepie. Anyone with a whit of real life experience can tell you this is quite a powerful thing indeed. I bet that dwarf feels as powerful as a Fel Reaver right now.Perhaps your mastery of subltety is lacking.
3-25-2010 @ 2:03PM
@GabrielHe must play Mutilate...
3-25-2010 @ 2:58PM
(From the official rules and description of the contest:)"We're looking for players to produce movies set in Azeroth, focusing on the rise to power of your favorite villain, hero, or even yourself."(From the article by Michael Gray:)"In the face of someone else's rise to power, his own living is destroyed."NOWHERE does the description of the contest state that the figure for that rise to power must be shown, or even humanoid; ergo, your argument is invalid whereas Mr. Gray was right on the mark.In this video, we have one person, a dwarf, who was rising to power, but someone else's rise to power took his own and left him bereft. Further, that same rise to power destroyed someone else's career and dignity, yet in the shadow of this specter, these two found one another and kindled something that had heretofore been missing - romance, love, peace and tranquility - something that all the power in the world can't give you.Your statement, "your statement of "It does not, however, by any stretch of the imagination, embody the theme of a Rise to Power," has just been succinctly disproved. It therefore strikes me that it is you, Eliezer, who seems to have difficulty in understanding subtleties. Your further harsh criticism and sarcasm was completely unwarranted, so enjoy eating your crow.
3-25-2010 @ 3:31PM
I just knew someone was going to do this.
3-25-2010 @ 3:40PM
@Sedrin: By the by, I am actually friends with Mike Gray in real life, so I am mostly poking fun with him here. I thought the video was awesome, and certainly deserved to win as much as any of the actual finalists. Maybe someone at Alienware hates classical piano?
3-25-2010 @ 3:57PM
"I am actually friends with Mike Gray in real life."DOH!Okay, pass some of that crow over here, please.Mmmm...needs barbecue sauce.
3-25-2010 @ 5:08PM
@Eliezer: Give Mike a hug for me some time. He's a very kind reviewer.For what it's worth, I am mostly in agreement with you. In the official rules, I think it says somewhere the "content requirements are open," which I took to mean that--like in previous contests--the name of the promotion is just a name. I also knew my movie totally wasn't following the theme very well. But I had the music, had the idea, wanted to do it, and hey, deadlines are motivating.So I disagree that it does not embody the theme "by any stretch of the imagination." You just reeeaaaally need to stretch! XD
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