I normally don't comment on reviews I find about me or my work but this one was especially interesting since it was posted by a person whose pseudonym I recognize from comments on this blog.
Here is his review of Heart String Marionette as posted on imdb:
M Dot Strange's work is hateful to women. One starts to really notice it after seeing all of his work - especially his "badassery" series. Women are always depicted as prostitutes, harlots, as users not to be trusted, or as objects to be raped and discarded, and I find that to be a disgusting attitude - as well as boring. Portraying characters of the opposite gender takes a certain amount of ability to understand them, and I'm not seeing that here.
The character development really needs to be worked on, overall. The visuals and music are great. M Dot Strange could be a great director, and its' amazing that he was able to accomplish this level of quality with just himself and a small team. There's just one problem - the story. Why is it that animators tend to think the story will take care of itself?
Also, the story doesn't have much contrast – either in the landscape or the characters. The two main characters don't have any arc – they don't change in any way. Throughout the film, we have the feeling of darkness but without any hope or expectation of justice. Darkness on its own isn't really all that fascinating, and unrelenting darkness just becomes tedium.
I wish I could give this film a "one hundred percent wonderful" rating, because I really would like to see him succeed hugely. Honestly, he probably could get hired by Hollywood right now to go direct a big film (with a script written by someone else) and make millions. He's obviously that talented, but the writing skills still need work.
Not recommended for anyone with an ounce of moral intelligence.
I'm posting my response here so Mr. Zambori can reply....
How is Siouxsie Silen's character hateful to women? Do you actually know any women in real life? Like not movie women? She's not a saint and she's not a whore- she's a real person- you know there are prostitutes in real life right? And strippers? And they can be portrayed in films that don't have happy endings where they aren't "saved" by a man and become "normal" like in Pretty Woman or some shit right? Have you ever seen real people talk or act? How is Siouxsie Silen's character hateful to women? Because she uses her body to get a man to do what she wants? You don't think some real women do things like that? Welcome to the real world SON- How was I supposed to portray this woman? As a virginal princess waiting for a man to save her? Who never speaks any bad words because it wouldn't be ladylike?
I don't think you know any actual women? Do you know how many women are RAPED and DISCARDED every day all over the world? What fantasy land do you live in? Maybe I'm just portraying reality? Did it make you uncomfortable to see reality portrayed in a film?
Why review my current film and base most of your review on my other work? You clearly have a personal problem with me- bringing in your personal issue with my work as a whole is a disservice to the people that go to the imdb page looking to read a review about HEART STRING MARIONETTE not some d00d's personal problem with my work as a whole. The imdb review section for Heart String Marionette does not ask you to review the filmmaker- its supposed to be a review of the film.
Badassery is this thing called a "satire"- please read the definition of what that is- by your logic isn't Badassery also hateful to men with my portrayal of the MALE Operative 69 as a giant dumb penis that shoots everything and only thinks about sex? Why not say my work is hateful to men as well?
Do you even know what a character arc is? Have you written a script with one in it? Have you made your own film that portrayed these supposed character arc's you know so well? Or did you just read a few screenwriting books and become familiar with this buzzword? Well if so read it AGAIN- Samhaine Tsuke/The Child has no arc eh? Did you even watch the film? Please send me a link to your work so you can show me how it is done because I would like to learn since I'm doing it wrong ^_^
Hollywood?! Oh you think so Tyler? If I stop making satires and stop portraying women as realistic humans and not male fantasy creatures you think Hollywood would let me direct a big film? OH GOSH GOLLY GEE! VOMIT!
Please explain "moral intelligence" to me -because based on the rest of the psychological profile you've filled out for yourself in this "review" of my recent film I'm going to translate it differently...
So allow me translate the end of your review- "Not recommended for anyone with a stick up their own ass"
Or is this moral intelligence thing some sort of passive aggressive Christian statement?
Looking forward to reading your reply Tyler.
I have no issue with people saying my work and/or I suck- but please post it in the appropriate places- Its like me posting a review for James Cameron's Titanic and writing "He has no respect for the victims of the Titanic 2/10 - Not recommend for anyone with an ounce of historical respect"
Nobody gives a fuck what you think of the filmmakers- review the film.
P.S. Thanks to the people that took time to review the film on imdb and didn't make it personal ^_^