Originally Posted by STFUDonny
Sorry cat freak, I have a job and a life so I really don't have the time to monitor the TotalFilm forum page 24/7. I wasnt going to bother elaberating since I didnt realise I was entering into fully blown discussion. I've used this site long enough to know that you guys arnt likely to change your mind based on anything I have to say. (And I am not a student but I am perhaps a little geeky.)
That post was in fact addressed to Mr Silly, who is a student, is young and would probably admit to being a bit geeky. I didn't think I had to quote him as his post was directly above mine.
I did a longer post trying to debate some more about these films: Hidden and Thirst, but I think essentially I'm just repeating what I've already said. There's no point in doing that, so it is one of those agree to disagree times.
I have watched a few films by Haneke, as he is a bit of a critic's favourite and have never been able to enjoy any of them, even though I find some of his ideas interesting (eg, Benny's Video) I find his execution of them stilted, disjointed at times and yes - pretentious.
I'm sorry you don't feel that using the word pretentious is a constructive criticism because with Haneke it is actually a perfect fit. He's one of those directors who tosses things in just to be arty, and really wants to strain your patience in the hope that when you do finally get to what he's saying, it will feel that much deeper and profound. For some people perhaps it does. I am not one of them.
I wouldn't say Thirst is not getting any love on this forum. As far as I know, I'm the first person to say anything negative about this film.
It sounds as though you've got a chip on your shoulder about your opinions not being respected on the forum. That's too bad, but why lose your rag about it here and now?
Why are world cinema films genuine movies, and horror films like Saw and Pirahna less worthy of discussion, if we feel like discussing them? As you said it's an open forum and so it is.
There is a lot of hypocrisy in your post. You dismiss the criticisms of others as not constructive, but who's to say which words are and aren't constructive? If the boot fits, then pretentious is the right word, or boring.
You say you can dismiss certain films as rubbish without even seeing them. If you haven't seen a film, you don't know what it's like, end of story. You can only surmise.
I have edited this post extensively because I found your attitude difficult to reply to, and be polite. I think there are times when it is hard to be polite and get your point across and this has certainly been one of those times.