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Yay for moving on! I can't wait.
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Round 2

So after about 15 months Round 1 is finally done and we can move on, the eliminations have been done and 36 remain. It is time to move on. The choosing order is below, in reverse order of standings, while at the moment this order seems weird in the later rounds it becomes more important. When it is your turn, you just have to choose a number between 1 and 300 (inclusive) that hasn't been chosen. I will give you a prompt which is allocated that number. You can either accept that prompt or pass (earning a 10% deduction from your final score) and pick again. Passed prompts will then be open to be picked up by other participants instead of choosing a number. If after everyone has chosen there is still a passed prompt it will be available for an eliminated participant to re-enter the challenge (participants are only allowed to re-enter once, 2nd elimination is final.) At the end of the round the bottom 4 participants will be eliminated (an extra elimination will be added for each eliminated competitor that re-enters).

ORDER
Mara - 300 - Free Choice -
Wade McCormick - 66 - German - Faust (1926)
Riley Gaucher - 113 - 1910's - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)
David Anderson - 1 - War - The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Greg Dorr - 238 - Fairy Tale - Return to Oz (1985)
Ben Lott - 58 - Oscar Best Picture Nom - Brooklyn (2015)
Ryan Swinimer - 187 - TSZDT - Dog Soldiers (2002)
Elisabeth Miller - 134 - Wedding - My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Chad Hoolihan - 28 - Free Choice - The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
Nathan Treadway - 98 - Erotic Thriller - Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Luke Winston - 37 - Dystopian - Upgrade (2018)
Greg Dean Schmitz - 144 - Free Choice - The Quiet Earth (1985)
Bethany Megill - 145 - Oscar Nominated - Gaslight (1944)
Ty Tag - 10 - 500<400 - The Silent Partner (1978)
Ben Shoemaker - 212 - Kung Fu - Shaolin Soccer (2001)
Travis Easton -29 - Free Choice - The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Patrick Gray - 77 - Mothers - Bunny Lake is Missing (1965)
Bas van Stratum - 143 - Fugitive - The Clouded Yellow (1950)
Jeff McCullough - 140 - 1980's - Atlantic City (1980)
Lindsey Stinson - 283 - Cinematography - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Josh Haysom - 15 - Slapstick - Tommy Boy (1995)
Tom Leazak -
Rachel Gilbert - 223 - Oscar Winner - BlacKkKlansman (2018)
David Conrad - 266 - Free Choice - River of Grass (1994)
Mike Seaman - 56 - Rock and Roll - American Pop (1986)
Jandy Hardesty - 183 - Free Choice - Design for Living (1933)
Brogan Tesla - 8 - Non US/Japan Animation - Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975)
Jacob West Good - 5 -Sport - Wrestling with a Memory (2008)
Stephen Roney - 255 - Disaster - The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Sharon Brenton - 230 - Bechdel Test - Hidden Figures (2016)
Dan Kocher - 33 - Starts with S - Sabotage (1936)
Hannah Keefer - 114 - Nerds - Role Models (2008)
Akki Salmi -
Maxwelldeux - 216 - Canadian - Mommy (2014)
Internet - 236 - B-Movie - Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Michael Reap - 256 - Free Choice - The Big Clock (1948)

SELECTION NUMBERS
1 War
2
3 My Favourite Actors
4
5
6 Free Choice
7 Epic
8 Non US/Japan Animation
9
10 500<400
11 Free Choice
12 Free Choice
13
14 Bottom 100
15 Slapstick
16 Phone Call
17
18
19 Eastern Europe
20
21
22
23 Mental Illness
24
25 Starts with J
26
27 LGBTQIA
28 Free Choice
29 Free Choice
30 Starts with H
31
32
33 Starts with S
34
35
36
37 Dystopian
38
39
40
41
42 Medical
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55 Slice of Life
56 Rock and Roll
57
58 Oscar Best Picture Nom
59
60
61
62 Stunts
63
64
65
66 German
67
68
69 Free Choice
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77 Mothers
78
79
80
81
82
83 Monologue
84
85
86
87
88
89
90 Royalty
91
92
93
94
95
96
97
98 Erotic Thriller
99
100 Family
101
102
103
104
105
106
107
108
109
110
111 Prison
112
113 1910's
114 Nerds
115
116 Starts with E
117 Buddy Film
118
119
120
121
122
123 My Top 10 Directors
124
125
126
127
128
129
130
131
132
133
134 Wedding
135 Free Choice
136
137
138
139
140 1980's
141 Free Choice
142 Fantasy
143 Fugitive
144 Free Choice
145 Oscar Nominated
146
147
148
149 Starts with A
150 Title contains a colour
151
152
153
154
155
156
157 Free Choice
158
159
160
161
162
163
164
165
166
167
168
169
170
171
172
173 Starts with Z
174 Starts with L
175
176
177
178
179 Cult Movie
180
181
182
183 Free Choice
184
185
186
187 TSZDT
188
189
190
191
192
193
194
195
196
197
198
199
200 Religious
201
202
203
204
205
206
207
208
209
210
211
212 Kung Fu
213
214 Starts with V
215
216 Canadian
217
218
219
220
221 Apocalyptical
222 Cameo
223 Oscar Winner
224
225
226
227
228
229
230 Bechdel Test
231
232
233
234
235
236 B-Movie
237 Fashion
238 Fairy Tale
239
240
241
242
243
244
245
246
247
248
249
250 Low Budget Film
251
252
253
254
255 Disaster
256 Free Choice
257
258
259
260
261
262 Anime
263
264
265
266 Free Choice
267
268
269
270 Espionage
271
272
273
274
275
276
277
278
279
280
281
282
283 Cinematography
284
285
286
287
288
289
290
291
292
293
294
295
296
297
298
299 Starts with C
300 Free Choice

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Looking at the FB group, I'm waiting on one person to pick a number, so, I'll just post here, for whenever he gets around to choosing one..

I'll go with 37. If he takes that one, I'll go with 98.
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Nathan Treadway wrote: December 14th, 2020, 6:51 am Looking at the FB group, I'm waiting on one person to pick a number, so, I'll just post here, for whenever he gets around to choosing one..

I'll go with 37. If he takes that one, I'll go with 98.
Yes you are next. I may have to skip Chad and come back as he is recovering from Covid and may not be well enough.

Anyway as long as 37 is yours your prompt would be Dystopian. Would you accept or pass?
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2020: The Year that Soon will be Was

I'll pass on that one.
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Remember that takes 10 of your score but this early on you should be fine. 98 would give you Erotic Thriller. Do you accept or pass?
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I think I'd have been better off with dystopian, but, Okay.

Your film from me is Dangerous Liaisons. Although I'm not entirely sure how well it'd fit.
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Well it looks like 2 of our forum participants are AWOL (tommy_leazaq (skipped earlier) and nimimerkillinen (skipping now)). I know our next forum member is around though, maxwelldeux you are now up. You have a choice of picking up the passed prompt of Starts with V or choosing a number.
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I'm going to go with 216.
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Your prompt is Canadian. Do you accept or pass?
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I will accept. How soon do you need the film?
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maxwelldeux wrote: December 23rd, 2020, 2:49 am I will accept. How soon do you need the film?
You have 2 days to get your choice to me.
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zzzorf wrote: December 23rd, 2020, 8:22 am
maxwelldeux wrote: December 23rd, 2020, 2:49 am I will accept. How soon do you need the film?
You have 2 days to get your choice to me.
I'm going to go with Mommy (2014)

It's worth seeing. Very much so.
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So kicking off the 2nd round I spent Christmas Morning watching Luke Winston's movie Upgrade (2018) which he gave me for his prompt, Dystopian. Firstly I wouldn't necessarily call the future from this world a dystopia from my understanding of the word but I can see some aspects so I am not going to penalise here for not fully fitting the prompt (not like I would anyway, lol).

Anyway back when Saw came out I fell in love with the work of James Wan and Leigh Whannell. While James Wan went onto super-stardom as a director Whannell kept being his actor and writer. Of course though eventually W he would pull out on his own, first directing Insidious: Chapter 3 he would return home to Australia to venture out on his own.

While most are aware of his great triumph The Invisible Man from earlier this year, Upgrade was his first effort from a couple of years ago. And guess what, it is just as awesome.

I have to say, Whannell has a great sci-fi mind, while some of this movie was trodden ground he still added so much to make it unique. A must watch for any sci-fi fan.

9/10 and charted as follows:
> The Last Wave (1977)
> Deliverance (1972)
> Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
> Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
< I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
< The Fast and the Furious (2001)
> The ABCs of Death (2012)
> Barbie as Rapunzel (2002)
< Cool Runnings (1993)
> Boxcar Bertha (1972)
> Demolition Man (1993)
> The Wizard (1989)
Congratulations!
Upgrade
is now #234 on your Flickchart!
(out of 4787) (95%)

A great score which will surely see Luke go through to round 3

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Dan Kocher drew "Starts with S" as his prompt and gave me the Hitchcock thriller Sabotage (1936). Before I started this journey into cinematic history back in 2016, and thus my development into the movie fan you see before you, I had only seen 1 Hitchcock movie. Sabotage would become my 17th movie of a director who currently sits at #6 on my Top Directors list (a statistical based list which points out as an overall body of work just how much of his work has worked for me.)

The problem therefore is not that I just compare this movie against all other movies but it has the added pressure of going up specifically against Hitchcock's other movies. If this was just a regular director some leeway might be given but from Hitchcock, I expect a certain standard. Unfortunately Sabotage just didn't get there for me.

Yeah the movie had it's moments of genius, such as the whole lead up, and including, the explosion scene, but a lot of the rest just didn't seem to click like his other movies do.

5/10 and charted as follows:
< Dances with Wolves (1990)
< Paprika (2006)
> Barbie: Dolphin Magic (2017)
> The Big Shave (1968)
> The Specialist (1994)
> Mystics in Bali (1981)
> Bringing Ashley Home (2011)
> Diary of the Dead (2007)
> Paw Patrol: Jet to the Rescue (2020)
< Mara Maru (1952)
3607/4800 (25%)

While that may hopefully be enough to see Dan through to the next round, we just need to see what everyone else scores, unfortunately for Hitchcock himself it sees him fall one spot on my director chart, swapping places with Spielberg.

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This round two people, instead of taking the 10% score penalty by skipping a prompt, instead went in blind and gave me a movie they had never seen before. One of them was Ty Tag who drew the 500<400 list, a list of obscurities we do yearly over in the iCM Forum, and having seen none of them went with one he had heard of before, The Silent Partner (1978).

Firstly this movie was interesting for the fact it had a young Elliot Gould as the main actor but also in a supporting role John Candy in an early role. The story was an interesting one, a bank teller catches on to a potential bank robbery and beats the robber to the punch who upon finding out comes after him and the money. The plot did seem to move along slowly but it did have some great moments along the way.

6/10 and charted as follows:
> Dances with Wolves (1990)
< Vivarium (2019)
< The Crazies (1973)
< Death Comes to Pemberley (2013)
< Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
> Zookeeper (2011)
> Drone (2017)
< Mustang (2015)
> Young and Wild (2012)
> Scary Movie 5 (2013)
< Fragtime (2019)
> Blackboard Jumble (1957)
Congratulations!
The Silent Partner
is now #2279 on your Flickchart!
(out of 4815) (53%)

A reasonably healthy score for Ty that should see him through after his gamble and the movie should make the tail end of my own 500<400 ballet next year hopefully see it rise up in spaces from it's current placing at #222 (as long as it doesn't receive the 14 checks to make it ineligible before September).

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Even though the prompts are random behind the numbers sometimes they fall perfectly in the participants favour and it happened this way for Ryan Swinimer who as one of our horror aficionado's the They Shoot Zombies, Don't They? list was a perfect prompt for him. The movie he chose to give me was Dog Soldiers (2002), a werewolf film.

Monster movies are not my favourite horror sub-genre and werewolf ones are on the lower side of that equation. That doesn't mean though that I don't like them, it just means they have to work a lot harder for me to enjoy them. This movie in particular was one of the better Werewolf films I've seen with an interesting premise and unique looking creatures. So in the end it was a bit of a win for me.

6/10 and charted as follows:
< December Boys (2007)
> Paprika (2006)
< Aquaman (2018)
> A Tale of Two Critters (1977)
< For the Term of His Natural Life (1983)
> Five Time Champion (2011)
> Asian School Girls (2014)
> Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
> Vampires Suck (2010)
< The Secret Garden (1993)
< Gallipoli (1981)
> The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
Congratulations!
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(out of 4816) (34%)

A tough score that puts Ryan down but should see him through, we just have to wait and see.

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Lindsey Stinson drew Cinematography as her prompt and gave me one of the Fiesta favourites, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003). I will admit this was a beautifully shot movie and can understand why Lindsey went with this for the prompt. To be honest most of this movie was well done, from the acting to the script, costumes and so on. Unfortunately this is just not a type of movie that I struggle to sit through. I don't know just boat movies aren't my thing.

5/10 and charted as follows:
< The Last Wave (1977)
< Alice Through the Looking Glass (1987)
> Inside (2013)
> Heart of the Beholder (2005)
< The First Round-Up (1934)
< The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999)
> Blue Fin (1978)
< The Devil's Playground (1976)
> The Sacrifice (1946)
> Backstairs (1921)
< Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)
3863/4820 (20%)

A low score but could possibly see Lindsey through, we just need to wait and see.

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War is the prompt that David Anderson drew, and despite it being widely known around these parts that this is one of my weaker genres he still went with it. The movie in question he gave me was The Caine Mutiny (1954).

Of course I was a bit sceptical going in, as I am which most movies of the genre and the slow start didn't help me much. Though as it is sometimes, a good story, acting and filmmaking win out over any inherent bias against the fact. In the end we got a nice little drama which had some good things to say at the end. I actually enjoyed this one.

7/10 and charted as follows:
> The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
< Vivarium (2019)
> Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
> Damien: Omen II (1978)
> Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002)
> Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
< The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
> The Big Sick (2017)
< Minority Report (2002)
< It Could Happen to You (1994)
> Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)
> Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
Congratulations!
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(out of 4847) (74%)

A score that should easily see David advance, thanks for a great movie. Also Luke Winston is the first person to officially score one of the 32 spots in round 3.

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As part of my March Around the World challenge on Letterboxd a prerequisite each year is that I have to watch a movie from that years host country, with this year being New Zealand. While there are a lot of good films I could choose from concerning my closest neighbours I went with the movie Greg Dean Schmitz picked with his free choice in this challenge, The Quiet Earth (1985), thus becoming the 8th country I have watched a movie from this month (well actually 9th but the rewatch of Cujo doesn't count in the challenge).

I went into this movie knowing very little about it which was good because I think if I knew much more I may not have enjoyed it unfold as much as I did. The basic story was well done but the science was a little hard to follow (but then again are they ever to understand in these type of movies?). The different tones through the different acts made for a refreshing change to allow the movie to not become stale and keep me interested in what was happening.

7/10 and charted as follows:
> Girl on the Third Floor (2019)
< The Plea (1967)
> The Crazies (1973)
> Prison Break: The Final Break (2009)
< Beauty and the Beast (2014)
< A Thousand Times Good Night (2013)
< Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers (1984)
< Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
< Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
> Hotel Transylvania (2012)
> Rocky Balboa (2006)
> Scream 3 (2000)
Congratulations!
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is now #1529 on your Flickchart!
(out of 4921) (69%)

That is enough to see Greg through to the next round.

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With a prompt of non-US/Japan Animation, of course Brogan Tesla's pick would be a good option for my March Around the World challenge. His Norwegian stop-motion movie Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975) was my 18th country visited so far this month.

I had a fun time watching this with my youngest daughter the other night, it was good to watch something with her other than her normal fare. While I will admit the animation was good, unfortunately I am not the biggest fan of stop animation and thus I wasn't as into it as I should probably have been. Still it was a good bonding time with the daughter (6 years old and low-level autistic) that I am very grateful for.

6/10 and it entered my chart as follows:
< Lady on a Train (1945)
> Wild Horses (1985)
> Cannibal!: The Musical (1993)
< Home (2015)
< [REC]² (2009)
< Tess (1979)
> Once Upon a Forest (1993)
> White Comanche (1968)
> 3some (2009)
> Slaughter of the Vampires (1962)
> Daddy's Home (2015)
> Charming (2018)
Congratulations!
Pinchcliffe Grand Prix
is now #3005 on your Flickchart!
(out of 4928) (39%)

Since Brogan passed on a prompt he had a -10% penalty giving him a score of 29% Puts him into one of the hot seats at the moment and sees David Anderson safely through to the next round.

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Did you know? There are currently 193 official countries in the UN (with 2 observant states) and luckily for me Ireland is one of them and therefore I am able to use it for my March Around the World Challenge. So my 21st country for this years challenge was Ireland courtesy of Ben Lott and his Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Brooklyn (2015).

I have to say period pieces just suit Saoirse Ronan to a tee. Only last month I watched her in Ammonite (2020) and both there and here her whole presence seemed like she belongs in times past. She is easily coming to be one of my favourite young actresses (though she will never be Chloe Grace Moretz) and a must see whenever I see her name. This movie drew me in early and I never lost me. A great movie with a simple story and really well made, what more can you ask for.

8/10 and charted as follows:
> The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
> Vivarium (2019)
> Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
< Trojan War (1997)
< Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
< The Story of the Voyages (1982)
< Days of Thunder (1990)
> Epic Movie (2007)
> Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
> Fifty Shades Darker (2017)
< Hard Target (1993)
< Kick-Ass (2010)
Congratulations!
Brooklyn
is now #583 on your Flickchart!
(out of 4930) (88%)

A fitting last match there considering what I said above sees Ben currently sits in 2nd for this round and is safely through to next round. Thanks Ben.

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Despite my World Movie challenge this month I do still watch other movies outside of it. One of the main reasons for this is my wife doesn't do subtitles and I can only milk so many English-Language movies into it before I start to see it as a departure from the nature of the challenge (I managed to knock off New Zealand, USA, UK, Australia, South Africa, Ukraine, Canada, Ireland, Sweden and The Bahamas with her help so 10/35 ain't too much cheating the purpose of the challenge is it?). Anyway cutting a long story short, on the weekend my wife and myself sat down to watch one of the movies from this challenge, Stephen Roney's choice for his disaster prompt The Flight of the Phoenix (1965).

First off, I agree with Stephen, this movie didn't really belong in the Disaster genre tag, it is more a survival movie instead. Secondly, this is not going to go the way Stephen was hoping for. Unfortunately we both found this movie to be overly boring. I don't know how better to put it than that, sorry.

2/10 and charted as follows:
< Petals on the Wind (2014)
< The Pianist (2002)
< Lavalantula (2015)
< Devil Servant (2018)
> Not Quite Hollywood! (2008)
> Amelie (2001)
< Arabian Nights (1974)
> Persona (1966)
> Barricade (2012)
> Patton (1970)
4692/4961 (5%)

So unfortunately that sees Stephen at the bottom of the barrel for now, and most likely seeing elimination in his future. Ty Tag joins the others safely through to Round 3.

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sol wrote: March 24th, 2021, 9:08 am
zzzorf wrote: March 24th, 2021, 6:46 am Despite...
Are you okay with all the flooding on your side of the country at the moment? For the first time ever (well first time in recent years), I heard about Kempsey in the news.
Yeah all good here. I live high enough that water won't get this high. My work has been shut all week though (I reopen it tomorrow) and my kids are home from school all week but other than that all's good. The water just didn't make the spot for a major flood here. Last time it did was 2001 but this was enough to do a bit of damage around the place
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Good to hear that you and your family are safe. And sorry for hijacking this thread to ask you that.
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If you are looking for a good classic Mystery recommendation we all know there is one member of our group ready to oblige, so when Patrick Gray gave me Bunny Lake is Missing (1965) for his prompt Mothers than I knew exactly what I was getting myself in for.

I have to say that the someone is missing but nobody knows if they were real trope is one that seemed to be used a lot in these older movies but it was one they did well as everyone I have seen has done relatively well for me, this one being no different. All throughout the movie I was in multiple minds on where the outcome was heading, the main one being the plot from an Australian mini-series called The Cry but fortunately it did throw up a different ending than that.

I don't know if it was just my copy but at times the black and white seemed a bit more heavier on the black but I was able to get over that pretty quickly. Eventually this turned out to be a perfect way to kill some time, offering up exactly what I would expect from this type of film.

7/10 and charted as follows:
> Steamboat Willie (1928)
< Our Blood Is Wine (2018)
> Grown Ups 2 (2013)
> Shoah (1985)
> King Ralph (1991)
> The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998)
> Colonia (2015)
> Daddy Day Care (2003)
> Nim's Island (2008)
> Fantasy Island (2020)
1248/4982 (75%)

With that score Patrick sees himself safely through to the next round.

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Bas van Stratum drew Fugitive for his prompt and gave me The Clouded Yellow (1950) as his movie. Maybe if I actually looked at the prompt before watching the movie than maybe it would have worked a little better for me.

I put this on when me and the wife were looking for a good mystery after having watched both Village and Children of the Damned and this looked promising. Yes it had mystery aspects but they were only minor, instead what I got was a pair of fugitives on the run. Another watch in the right mood in the future may see this working for me, but for now it suffered from not fitting the mood of the watching time.

5/10 and charted as follows:
< Steamboat Willie (1928)
> The Infernal Caldron (1903)
< Top Secret! (1984)
< Last Ride (2009)
> The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1998)
< Ernest Goes to School (1994)
> Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
< Flash Gordon (1980)
> Barbie in A Mermaid Tale (2010)
> The Nutcracker Sweet (2015)
< Leprechaun 2 (1994)
Congratulations!
The Clouded Yellow
is now #3534 on your Flickchart!
(out of 4990) (29%)

This puts Bas into one of the hotseats for now and sees Brogan safely through to the next round.

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It takes a lot of guts to recommend a movie that you have never seen in a challenge like this, and it surprisingly happened twice this round. It did work for the first person, already having their spot secured in the next round, now it is time to find out how it goes for our second gutsy participant Riley Gaucher.

Riley drew the 1910's as his prompt and even though he isn't a silent movie fan (or barely watched any at all) answered the challenge with a story he knows, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1917). We are all aware of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus to some degree and know their story somewhat and this movie was a reasonable adaption of that story (with bits of The Mysterious Island thrown in for good measure). I have seen better adaptions but for the time this was definitely worth my time.

The real special part of this movie was the slight-documentary like section near the middle. This was the first Motion Picture filmed "Underwater" (though not with actual underwater cameras). The movie takes advantage of this dedicating close to a quarter of its runtime to letting us see under the sea as some of the characters explored the sea bed in their special underwater suits. While by todays standards this section would be overly poor you could only imagine what it was like for viewers nearly 100 years ago who had yet to see anything like it.

6/10 and charted as follows:
< Fig Tree (2018)
> The Pianist (2002)
> Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
> My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)
> Alice in Wonderland (1985)
> LEGO Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash (2017)
> Hick (2011)
< Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
< Year of the Jellyfish (1984)
< The Rookie (2002)
> 127 Hours (2010)
> The Host (2013)
Congratulations!
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
is now #2534 on your Flickchart!
(out of 4996) (49%)

That is enough to see Riley through to the next round so I guess the gamble paid off for him this time round.

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