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6-11. Can't Get You Out of My Head (2021, Curtis) 8 [480m] United Kingdom
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1. Cucumber Castle (1970)...curious but awful Bee Gees vehicle. Long before their disco phase, of course. I can't believe I was the first to check it.
2. Leo the Last (1970)...really frustrating film. Initially fits in well with simultaneous social satires by folks like Hal Ashby, Milos Forman and Robert Altman, and then it goes really, really over the top in the final half-hour. No saving it.
3. Play for Today: The Long Distance Piano Player (1970). I never knew about this until I came across it in the recently created "Psychedelic Celluloid" list. Being a major lover of early Kinks, I HAD to see a film starring Ray Davies in his prime. IMDb page says it's 80 minutes, but it was actually 61 and I don't think it was edited. It wasn't so good, but I was excited to find it online. A quiet, melancholy guy (being quiet saved Ray from doing much acting) with a loving wife is trying to break the record for marathon piano-playing. He's intending to play for four days straight. And he has a sleazy manager promoting the event, but no one cares. Ray does sing one little song in the middle, though the credits indicate he didn't do all the piano-playing.
4a. Les Bicyclettes de Belsize (1968, 29 minutes)...cute romantic, musical short with little or no dialogue a la "Umbrellas of Cherbourg." I've been obsessed with this song ever since:

4b. Grave New World (1972, 29 minutes): promotional film for the same-named Strawbs album. I love Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention from that era, but this group just doesn't quite get there for me. [YouTube]
4c. Dolly Story (1968, 25 minutes): documentary about swinging London, with a lecherous emphasis on the young "dollies." There's a solid music clip of Chris Farlowe singing the Stones' "Out of Time," and Sammy Davis Jr. inexplicably pops up for a second. Some interesting footage of the young Vidal Sassoon working in his salon. [YouTube]
5. Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (1974)...unusual film, very play-like with only five speaking parts. George Harrison produced. Easily the most ballsy, masculine performance I've seen from the usually wispy John Hurt. He's an expelled art student who recruits three pliable friends to launch a fascist political party called The Party of the Dynamic Erection. They vow to take over the world, but it's all just a posturing game and the story seems designed to take the wind out of impotent, armchair revolutionaries who are all talk and no action. It's also an incel film before its time. Arguably, David Warner gets more good lines in a supporting performance than Hurt does as the lead. But I had trouble deciphering the accents at times -- the sound quality was less than ideal. Directed by Stuart Cooper, better known for "Overlord" (1975). This was on my watchlist, and I would have watched it in the near future regardless of any challenge.
6. All My Loving (1968)...55-minute film made for British TV tries to figure out what's happenin' with today's music and comes off a bit square. There are plenty of interview clips with big names like Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Burdon, Donovan and Pete Townshend, but it's not easy to tell whether it's exclusive to the film or just recycled from elsewhere. Adds a solid dose of live Cream footage.
7. Home Sweet Home (1982)...early Mike Leigh film for the BBC. About three postmen and their women.
8. Who's Who (1979)...even earlier Mike Leigh. About stockbrokers. Both of these Leigh films already were on my watchlist but, in hindsight, "Who's Who" wasn't really a must-see. Not impressive.
9. Jamaica Inn (1939)...off the top of my head, I can't think of a Hitchcock film except "Topaz" than I enjoyed less than this one.
10. Christine (1987)...Alan Clarke project for the BBC, just 52 minutes. About a circle of bland teenagers who are casually hooked on heroin.
11. Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971)...the title is self-explanatory. Why, oh why, did I think this movie starred Oliver Reed?? I was eager to see Reed cavorting in drag. I should have directly checked the cast listing. Instead it's a no-name actor as Jekyll, and "Sister Hyde" is played by a separate actress (Martine Beswick, who had been in a couple of James Bond films). I almost bailed out of the film altogether, but I managed to finish it. Barely. How a story like this could be presented with such a complete lack of self-awareness and humor, I'll never know. Lousy. It's not even sexy, though Beswick contributes a quick breast flash in one scene. At least it had Hammer's typically good cinematography, costumes and sets.
12. Henry V (1944)...I'm pretty sure this one counts as a UK film. Strange...I was really enjoying most of it, but it suddenly turned into a crashing bore in the final 25 minutes of denouement. I don't know whether to blame Shakespeare or the adaptation's editing.
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13a. Paradigm (1970, 10 minutes): experimental short designed to show the ravages of age on the mind. One actor portrays an aging person throughout his lifespan, speaking in a nonsense language that has appearances of being erudite. [Ubu Film]
13b. Death May Be Your Santa Claus (1969, 36 minutes though IMDb/ICM says it's 50). Wanted to like this more than I did. The film follows a young Black militant, but it's more about vignettes than a linear story. The psych-rock score by the Second Hand is initially interesting but turns a bit unwelcome by the end. [rarefilmm]
13c. Experience (1968, 29 minutes)...early film about Jimi Hendrix. Has more atmosphere than insight. I'm really just the second to check this?
13d. Stanley Pickle (2010, 11 minutes)...It's on YouTube. I wish the story was a quarter as good as the visual imagination and effects. This completes another set of shorts, with nine minutes extra.
14. Ryan's Daughter (1970)...I can see why this was regarded as a failure. Just didn't hang together right or create enough empathy for anyone.
15. Whistle Down the Wind (1961)...kinda lost momentum for me, and didn't turn dark enough. Lovely score and a great Hayley Mills performance, though.
16. Riff-Raff (1991)...didn't like the ending, but otherwise was really engrossed in this.

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17a. Next (1990, 5 minutes)
17b. The Pearce Sisters (2007, 9 minutes)
17c. The Black Dog (1987, 18 minutes)
17d. Over (2015, 14 minutes)
17e. The Little Match Sellers (1902, 3 minutes)
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44. The Blood Beast Terror (England, 1968)

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45. Saint Maud (England, 2019)

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46-47. Women in Love (England, 2011)

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48. The Sex Thief (England, 1973)
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1. On a Clear Day (England/Scotland, 2005)
2. Tony (England, 2009)
3. School for Sex (England, 1969)
4. Play for Today: Red Shift (England, 1978)
5. The Mind of Mr. Soames (England, 1970)
6. My Name Is Joe (Scotland, 1998)
7a. Apaches (England, 1977)
7b. The Finishing Line (England, 1977)
7c. The Ash Tree (England, 1977)
8. The Secret Life of Words (Ireland, 2005)
9. Virgin Witch (England, 1972)
10. Heartless (England, 2009)
11. Elizabeth (England, 1998)
12. What the Peeper Saw (England, 1972)
13. A Taste of Honey (England, 1961)
14. The Beast in the Cellar (England, 1971)
15. I'm All Right Jack (England, 1959)
16. Goodbye Gemini (England, 1970)
17. Harry Price: Ghost Hunter (England, 2015)
18. The Starfish (England, 1952)
19. Nil by Mouth (England, 1997)
20. Anchoress (England, 1993)
21. Corruption (England, 1968)
22. Tower of Terror (England, 1941)
23. The Headless Ghost (England, 1959)
24. Brassed Off (England, 1996)
25-26. Escape Into Night (England, 1972)
27. The Souvenir (England, 2019)
28. Unearthly Stranger (England, 1963)
29. See No Evil (England, 1971)
30. First: The Official Film of the London 2012 Olympic Games (England, 2012)
31. Home Before Midnight (England, 1979)
32. The Turn of the Screw (England, 2009)
33. The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live (England, 2011)
34. Vampira a.k.a. Old Dracula (England, 1974)
35. Citadel (Ireland, 2012)
36. Red Road (Scotland, 2006)
37-38. Safe House Season 2: The Crow E1-4 (2014)
39. Taryn Barker: Demon Hunter (Ireland, 2016)
40. Clay (England, 2008)
41. The Ballad of Tam Lin (England, 1970)
42. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (England, 2016)
43. Miss Marple: At Bertram's Hotel (England, 1987)
44. The Blood Beast Terror (England, 1968)
45. Saint Maud (England, 2019)
46-47. Women in Love (England, 2011)
48. The Sex Thief (England, 1973)
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Previously watched...
1. Oliver Twist (Lean, 1948) 4341 checks, 6 official lists 7/10
2. Ivanhoe (Thorpe, 1952) 981 checks, 2 official lists 5/10
3. Robin Hood (Scott, 2010) 23467 checks, 1 official list 3/10
4. Ironclad (English, 2011) 1231 checks, 0 official lists Wales 4/10
5. Hunger (McQueen, 2008) 9015 checks, 6 official lists Northern Ireland 6/10
6. Omagh (Travis, 2004) 88 checks, 0 official lists Ireland 5/10
7. '71 (Demange, 2014) 1717 checks, 1 official list 7/10
8. Green Street / Hooligans (Alexander, 2005) 9785 checks, 1 official list 4/10
9. RocknRolla (Ritchie, 2008) 11618 checks, 0 official lists 4/10
10. David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (Hughes-Scholey, 2020) 492 checks, 1 official list 7/10
11. Saint Maud (Glass, 2019) 301 checks, 1 official list 8/10
12a. Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible: Lesbian Vampire Lovers of Lust (Lipsey, 2001) [30 mins] 2 checks, 0 official lists
12b. Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible: Frenzy of Tongs (Lipsey, 2001) [30 mins] 2 checks, 0 official lists
12c. Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible: Curse of the Blood of the Lizard of Doom (Lipsey, 2001) [30 mins] 2 checks, 0 official lists
13a. Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible: Voodoo Feet of Death (Lipsey, 2001) [30 mins] 2 checks, 0 official lists
13b. Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible: And Now the Fearing... (Lipsey, 2001) [30 mins] 2 checks, 0 official lists
13c. Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible: Scream Satan Scream! (Lipsey, 2001) [29 mins] 2 checks, 0 official lists 5/10
14. The Dig (Stone, 2021) 675 checks, 0 official lists
This film represents well what I would think of as the safe side of British filmmaking: a historical setting, an "inspiring" storyline that mixes where people triumph despite personal tragedy, lots of drama from the clash of social classes, and stuff about WW2. That doesn't mean it's bad, as these are elements that have been proven to work well, just that it feels a bit outdated and unoriginal despite being comforting and easy to watch. The film does feel a bit overstuffed, with the story about the dig at Sutton Hoo becoming a bit bogged down with subplots for too many of the characters. Where the film works best is the beautiful photography, with the light and haze filled visions of the Suffolk countryside reminiscent of Days of Heaven.
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53. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927, Alfred Hitchcock) United Kingdom
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54. The House of Mirth (2000, Terence Davies) United Kingdom
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flavo5000 wrote: March 31st, 2021, 2:06 pm
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48. The Sex Thief (England, 1973)
Hee hee. Another one of those subtle British sex comedies, I can tell.
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26. The Skin Game (1931) - United Kingdom
27. Angela's Ashes (1999) - Ireland
28. TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011) - Isle of Man

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01. The Battle of the Somme (1916) - United Kingdom
02. Aventure malgache (1944) + Bon Voyage (1944) + I Think They Call Him John (1964) - United Kingdom
03. Solomon and Gaenor (1999) - United Kingdom
04. The Pleasure Garden (1925) - United Kingdom
05. The Descent (2005) - United Kingdom
06. The Descent: Part 2 (2009) - United Kingdom
07. Juno and the Paycock (1930) - United Kingdom
08. The Dam Busters (1955) - United Kingdom
09. Britannia Hospital (1982) - United Kingdom
10. Inside I'm Dancing (2004) - Ireland
11. Jamaica Inn (1939) - United Kingdom
12. Black Narcissus (1947) - United Kingdom
13. A Passage to India (1984) - United Kingdom
14. I'm All Right Jack (1959) - United Kingdom
15. Fires Were Started (1943) - United Kingdom
16. Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987) - United Kingdom
17. The Belly of an Architect (1987) - United Kingdom
18. Easy Virtue (1928) - United Kingdom
19. Dance of the Vampires (1967) - United Kingdom
20. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) - United Kingdom
21. Solace in Wicca (2013) + Barry Brown (2017) + Isle of Media: Europe's Offshore Media Hub (2018) + The Clown Calls for War: Fill Your Eyes (2018) + Touchpaper (2018) + Biskee Brisht: Not Again (2019) + Chris Flood: Dead Skin (2019) + I'll (2020) + Voodoo Bandits: Empty Swimming Pool (2020) - Isle of Man + Isolated (2011) + Out of Service (2013) - United Kingdom
22. The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971) - United Kingdom
23. Veronica Guerin (2003) - Ireland
24. O Lucky Man! (1973) - United Kingdom
25. The Song of Ceylon (1934) + Pink Floyd London '66-'67 (1967) + Me or the Dog (2011) - United Kingdom
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Ok this is what I have seen this month

1. To the Public Danger 1948
2. The Flesh and the Fiends 1960
3. The Legend of Hell House 1973
4. A Christmas Carol 1984
5. Four Sided Triangle 1953
6. Pink String and Sealing Wax 1945
7. The Agitator 1945
8. The Seventh Veil 1945
9. Night of the Eagle 1962
10. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne 1987
11. Station six Sahara 1963
12. Pool of London 1951
13. Another Shore 1948
14. Brief Ecstasy 1937
15. Dr Jekyl & Sister Hyde 1971
16. Uncle Silas 1947
17. The October Man 1947
18. Violent Playground 1958
19.The House in nightmare park 1973
20. What a Carve up 1961
21. Highly Dangerous 1950
22. Vampyres 1974
23.The asphyx 1972
24. Beautiful Stranger 1954
25.Our Man in Havana 1959
26. Don’t bother to Knock 1952
27. Waterloo Road 1945
28.Beat Girl 1960
29. Action in Arabia 1944

Many are very good and recommended by Scorsese. I also watched films recorded on the Talking Pictures film channel.
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55. Anna Karenina (2012, Joe Wright) United Kingdom
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sol wrote: March 30th, 2021, 4:05 pm
Bing147 wrote: March 30th, 2021, 3:17 pm
sol wrote: March 30th, 2021, 12:08 pm It makes it makes it much easier on a challenge host if you simply list new films in a new post. You don't have to do a new post for every single title (like I do) but maybe post what you have seen in batches of three or four. :)

The trouble with what you are doing is that a number of challenge hosts will simply update as they go along. I myself do this. Most challenge hosts won't go back and look at previous posts to see if they have been edited to include more movies. You run the risk of your viewings not being counted if you do not list them in a new post. It will make life easier for us all if you don't go editing old posts. ;)
Good to know. Usually I've been checking the original post before deciding whether to post an update or a new post. If the host has updated the main post, or if we're on a new page, I have been doing a new post, but if not, I generally just edit. I've been on forums where it was considered bad etiquette to post a new post for each new thing and I didn't want to look like I was spamming the thread, lol. I can try to hold off on posting until I have a few, I just find it easier to add them as I watch so I don't forget anything.
No worries. :thumbsup: For what it's worth, I would much rather you spam the Middle East Challenge that I am hosting next month than edit your old posts. :D

Oh, and regarding checking whether the OP has been updated or not, the tricky thing about that is that I update my spreadsheet at least three times a day (more often if it isn't a workday) but I may only click the edit button on the OP once a day (or once every two days for less active challenges). Obviously it varies a bit from host to host, but I find that much easier than letting everything bank up, which would happen if I updated my spreadsheets less often.

Good luck in any case with this Challenge. You're doing well for a first-timer. I have a bunch of non-UK/IR stuff that I want to try to squeeze in on the last day of March, so I think you'll be squaring off against Roger for fifth place here. :sweat:
I also update my spreadsheet more often than I update the OP.

Luckily for bing I’m way behind on both, been very busy lately so sadly have neglected my host duties. Haven’t even had time to update my own viewings.

Everybody has until Saturday ( Dutch time) to update their viewings. i will post the final results on Saturday.
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Thanks again for hosting, Lonewolf. I really enjoyed this challenge...



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55. A Wild Year on Earth (2020) episodes 3-4 100min
56. Land of Hope and Glory (2017)
57. A Wild Year on Earth (2020) episodes 5-6 96min
58. The Hit (1984) 9 (rewatch)
59. Fear in the Night (1972) 7
60. Demons of the Mind (1972) 6
61. Heartless (2009) 9+ really surprised this isn't on TSZDT or some other official list. It's easily one of the better movies, horror or otherwise, I've seen in a while.
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1. Whiskey Galore! (1949) 7 Scotland
2. 24 Hour Party People (2002) 7
3. Sabotage (1936) 6
4. Gwen (2018) 7 Wales
5. I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) 5
6. The Nanny (1965) 7 #MS1
7. Bloody Sunday (2002) 8 Northern Ireland
8. Deep End (1970) 9
9. Went the Day Well? (1942) 8 #MS6
10. Rasputin the Mad Monk (1966) 6
11. Great Expectations (1946) 7
12. The Lady Vanishes (1938) 8
13. The Witches (1966) 6
14a. Listen to Britain (1942) 20min 6
14b. Little Favour (2013) 22min 6
14c. Elephant (1989) 39min 8
15. The Creeping Flesh (1973) 7
16. The Rainbow (1989) 5
17. Blackmail (1929) 7
18. Shopping (1994) 6
19. Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) 8
20. Citadel (2012) 7 Ireland
21.The Lodgers (2017) 6 Ireland
22. Attack the Block (2011) 6
23. Third Star (2010) 7
24. Rocks (2019) 8
25. In Which We Serve (1942) 6
26. Unlocked (2017) 5
27. Genevieve (1953) 6
28. '71 (2014) 7
29. The Bed Sitting Room (1969) 6
30. Wreckers (2011) 5
31. Pride (2014) 8+ Wales
32. Velvet Goldmine (1998) 9 (rewatch)
33. The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) 8 Ireland
34. Ladybird Ladybird (1994) 7
35. Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) 7
36. Scars of Dracula (1970) 5
37. The Italian Job (1969) 7
38. A Room for Romeo Brass (1999) 8
39. The Red Shoes (1948) 9
40. The Duke of Burgundy (2014) 7
41. The Courier (2020) 8
42. Red Joan (2018) 6
43. Jabberwocky (1977) 6
44. The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009) 8 Isle of Man
45. London to Brighton (2006) 7
46. Saint Maud (2019) 8
47. The Go-Between (1971) 7
48. The Child in Time (2017) 6
49. The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) 6
50. Barry Lyndon (1975) 7
51. Trainspotting (1996) 9 (rewatch)
52. Calm with Horses (2019) 7
53. A Wild Year on Earth (2020) episodes 1-2 100min
54. The Dig (2021) 6
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56. A Kind of Loving (1962, John Schlesinger) United Kingdom

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Tea and Crumpets and Whats that on the Telly?

1. Anti-Clock (Jane Arden/Jack Bond, 1979) UK (England)
2. The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935) UK (England) (re-watch)
3. Easy Virtue (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928) UK (England)
4. The Farmer's Wife (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928) UK (England)
5. The Cement Garden (Andrew Birkin, 1993) UK (England) (+France/Germany)
6. Good-Time Girl (David MacDonald, 1948) UK (England)
7. Sapphire (Basil Dearden, 1959) UK (England)
8. Orlando (Sally Potter, 1992) (re-watch) UK (England) + a bunch of other countries
9. The Man Who Cried (Sally Potter, 2000) UK (England) + France
10. Tiger Bay (J. Lee Thompson, 1959) UK (England)
11. Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore, 2014) Ireland/UK/bunch of other countries
12. The Snorkel (Guy Green, 1958) UK (England)

DTC. I should have watched this in tandem with Tiger Bay, as both are sort of girl's own adventures - this one especially reminded me of stuff like Nancy Drew from my own childhood (OK being a boy I read The Hardy Boys, but they aren't that different and were written by the same stable of pulp writers). Not that either Candy (Mandy Brown) here or the protagonist in Tiger Bay are detectives or anything, it's just that in both cases the girls are a little more adventurous and capable than we usually find in real life, and both seem to have that adolescent adventure-novel vibe. This one's a bit closer to a "sleuth" story, with young Candy suspecting that her stepfather (Peter van Eyck) is responsible for the death of her mother, which has been judged a suicide. The suspense is in finding out how Candy will bring step-dad to justice, as we know from literally the first moments that he's guilty, and also how he did it (and it involves the title of the film). And it works pretty well as far as that goes, but I can't say I was that impressed by Brown's performance and it all felt fairly predictable. Nice Italian location work, and a not-bad ending though
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I thought for a moment it was going to be better, and that she was going to leave him to die as he should have. Eh, 1950s morality, can't have everything.
13. GIve Us This Day / Christ in Concrete (Edward Dmytryk, 1949)

DTC. Dmytryk's second British film in a row after the same year's noir Obsession; interesting that so many of his fellow Hollywood Ten members ended up in the UK, but the cooperating witness Dmytryk had already been there before the blacklist; maybe he didn't like it so much, and that's why he became a rat? Politics aside - though they are never very far away here - this is a pretty solid film about a young Italian kid (Sam Wanamaker) trying to make it as a construction worker during the Depression in New York's Little Italy (not entirely convincing - way too many hints of Brit accents among the supposed Irish and Italians here), marrying an Italian beauty (Lea Padovania) fresh off the boat on the strength of her picture, getting into lots of problems. The very beginning of the film just exudes a noir vibe like very few other films, with Geremio running down dark hallways and alleys, desperately knocking on doors...for what? The rest of the film is mostly a long flashback and the noir elements aren't really present, it's more a labor struggle film with a mordant pessimism running throughout. Sometimes a little heavyhanded to be sure but pretty good overall with a solid cast, Padovani making the strongest impression.

14. Cash on Demand (Quentin Lawrence, 1961)

DTC. I'd recommend not reading much about this; not that it's got any kind of giant surprises or twists, but it's nice to not know
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that it is essentially a noir/crime take on "A Christmas Carol"
until you get a ways into it. When this dawned on me I had a huge grin, because it's all very well done and offers just the right amount of subtle hints as to where it's coming from. Severe, humorless banker Peter Cushing - in what may be his best-ever performance, certainly the best I've seen - never makes a mistake and won't tolerate any from his employees; his only passion in life is his family, and when a genial but tough robber (André Morrell) comes to rob him just before Christmas when the bank is at his fullest, his world starts to crumble and he has to choose between his loved ones and his career. This is just beautifully done and it's all on the two leads, who are spectacularly good together, each playing a bit against type. If it were remade today, they'd develop some of the bank employees or a cop or two better, and this could add a little complexity I suppose - but the intensity of the two men's deadly game is really all that matters here and it works very well in a minimalist way. Based on a play, which is not surprising.
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77-84. Our Friends in the North (BBC Two, 1996) 7.5/10
85. A Man for All Seasons (Fred Zinnemann, 1966) 7/10

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7. Hobson’s choice (54) - Rewatch
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1. A story of children and film (UK 2013)
2. The mouse that roared (59) - Rewatch
3. The ruling class (72) - Rewatch
4. Green grow the rushes (51)
5. Young and innocent (37) - Rewatch
6. I’m all right, Jack (59) - Rewatch
7. Hobson’s choice (54) - Rewatch
:run: STILL the Gaffer!
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Ebbywebby wrote: March 31st, 2021, 5:35 pm
flavo5000 wrote: March 31st, 2021, 2:06 pm
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48. The Sex Thief (England, 1973)
Hee hee. Another one of those subtle British sex comedies, I can tell.
Yea, about as subtle as a sledgehammer... The most shocking thing about it is that it's the directorial debut of big time director Martin Campbell who gave us the Bond films Goldeneye and Casino Royale.
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Last post! Thanks Lonewolf for hosting!

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49. Crow (Wales, 2016)
Weird but interesting...

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50. The Father (England, 2020)
Good but very depressing...

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51. Esio Trot (England, 2015)
Delightfully charming!
Wot's All Dis Den
1. On a Clear Day (England/Scotland, 2005)
2. Tony (England, 2009)
3. School for Sex (England, 1969)
4. Play for Today: Red Shift (England, 1978)
5. The Mind of Mr. Soames (England, 1970)
6. My Name Is Joe (Scotland, 1998)
7a. Apaches (England, 1977)
7b. The Finishing Line (England, 1977)
7c. The Ash Tree (England, 1977)
8. The Secret Life of Words (Ireland, 2005)
9. Virgin Witch (England, 1972)
10. Heartless (England, 2009)
11. Elizabeth (England, 1998)
12. What the Peeper Saw (England, 1972)
13. A Taste of Honey (England, 1961)
14. The Beast in the Cellar (England, 1971)
15. I'm All Right Jack (England, 1959)
16. Goodbye Gemini (England, 1970)
17. Harry Price: Ghost Hunter (England, 2015)
18. The Starfish (England, 1952)
19. Nil by Mouth (England, 1997)
20. Anchoress (England, 1993)
21. Corruption (England, 1968)
22. Tower of Terror (England, 1941)
23. The Headless Ghost (England, 1959)
24. Brassed Off (England, 1996)
25-26. Escape Into Night (England, 1972)
27. The Souvenir (England, 2019)
28. Unearthly Stranger (England, 1963)
29. See No Evil (England, 1971)
30. First: The Official Film of the London 2012 Olympic Games (England, 2012)
31. Home Before Midnight (England, 1979)
32. The Turn of the Screw (England, 2009)
33. The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live (England, 2011)
34. Vampira a.k.a. Old Dracula (England, 1974)
35. Citadel (Ireland, 2012)
36. Red Road (Scotland, 2006)
37-38. Safe House Season 2: The Crow E1-4 (2014)
39. Taryn Barker: Demon Hunter (Ireland, 2016)
40. Clay (England, 2008)
41. The Ballad of Tam Lin (England, 1970)
42. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (England, 2016)
43. Miss Marple: At Bertram's Hotel (England, 1987)
44. The Blood Beast Terror (England, 1968)
45. Saint Maud (England, 2019)
46-47. Women in Love (England, 2011)
48. The Sex Thief (England, 1973)
49. Crow (Wales, 2016)
50. The Father (England, 2020)
51. Esio Trot (England, 2015)
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1. The Italian Job (1969) 7/10 UK
2. Performance (1970) 7/10 UK
3. The Ipcress File (1965) 8/10 UK
4. Orlando (1992) 8/10 UK
5. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) 8/10 UK
6. Bad Timing (1980) 8/10 UK
7. Billy Liar (1963) 7/10 UK
8. Walkabout (1971) 7/10 UK
9. Hobson's Choice (1954) 6/10 UK
10. I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) 5/10 Scotland
11. A Taste of Honey (1961) 7/10 UK
12. The Servant (1963) 8/10 UK
13. A Hard Day's Night (1964) 7/10 UK
14. Georgy Girl (1966) 7/10 UK
15. Ratcatcher (1999) 6/10 Scotland
16. The Selfish Giant (2013) 8/10 UK
17. Victim (1961) 8/10 UK
18. Priest (1994) 6/10 UK
19. Sons and Lovers (1960) 6/10 UK
20. Red Road (2006) 8/10 Scotland
21. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) 7/10 UK
22. Hell Is a City (1960) 7/10 UK
23. A Kind of Loving (1962) 8/10 UK
24. An Education (2009) 8/10 UK
25. Ravenous (1999) 6/10 UK
26. The Knack ...and How to Get It (1965) 6/10 UK
27. Ginger & Rosa (2012) 5/10 UK
28. Wuthering Heights (2011) 7/10 UK
29. The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) 7/10 UK #MS 51
30. Girl with Green Eyes (1964) 7/10 UK
31. Beat Girl (1960) 7/10 UK
32. Good Vibrations (2012) 5/10 UK
33. The Gold Diggers (1983) 4/10 UK
34. Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966) 5/10 UK
35. Taste of Fear (1961) 7/10 UK #MS 32
36. Hue and Cry (1947) 5/10 UK #MS 21
37. The Entertainer (1960) 7/10 UK
38. The Secret Garden (1993) 6/10 UK
39. Look Back in Anger (1959) 7/10 UK
40. Dead of Night (1945) 8/10 UK #MS 42
41. Culloden (1964) 6/10 Scotland
42. It Always Rains on Sunday (1947) 6/10 UK #MS 18
43. Under the Skin (1997) 6/10 UK
44. The Innocents (1961) 8/10 UK #MS 44
45. Promising Young Woman (2020) 7/10 UK
46. The Blue Lamp (1950) 6/10 UK #MS 23
47. Kes (1969) 8/10 UK
48. Ripley's Game (2002) 7/10 UK
49. The Man in the White Suit (1951) 6/10 UK
50. Tiger Bay (1959) 7/10 Wales
51. Whisky Galore! (1949) 6/10 Scotland
52. Dead Man's Shoes (2004) 8/10 UK
53. Pink Floyd: The Wall 7/10 UK
54. Play for Today: Penda's Fen (1974) 6/10 UK
55. Drowning by Numbers (1988) 7/10 UK
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21. Tom Jones (1963)
I lasted 20 minutes until I quit. Proud of myself. In years past, I would have forced myself to finish watching any movie I got more than a couple of minutes into. This seemed painfully bad and unfunny.

21. 45 Years (2015)
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5. Victim 1961 8/10
Very solid thriller drama with a strong political agenda, the forced closeted homosexuality was probably quite a daring subject back then. Any exploitative tendencies that could have been planed there by a producer are avoided, a real-life gay bar is used as a recurring set and the protagonist can love his wife and be attracted to men at the same time, a pleasant nuance that I wasn't all that prepared for when watching a 60 year old film.

6. Tiger Bay 1959 7/10
A decent chil performance and a protagonist for which I hoped for a happy end without knowing quite why (his crime didn't make him sympathetic after all)

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1. This Sporting Life 1963 8/10
2. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 1962 8/10
3. Alice in Wonderland 1966 7/10
4. Darling 1965 7/10
5. Victim 1961 8/10
6. Tiger Bay 1959 7/10
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31. Train Time (1952) * 30 min.
This Is York (1953) * 21 min.
Elizabethan Express (1954) * 20 min.
Better or Worse? (2000) * 9 min. UK-England
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1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) 100 min. UK-England
2. Shrooms (2007) * 88 min.  Ireland
3. Freakdog (2008) * 85 min.  UK-Northern Ireland
4. The Plague of the Zombies (1966) 90 min.  UK-England  #MS34
5. The Limehouse Golem (2016) * 109 min.  UK-England
6. The Reptile (1966) 90 min.  UK-England
7. Virgin Witch (1972) * 89 min.  UK-England
8. Inspector George Gently: The Burning Man (2008) * 88 min.  UK-England
9. Inspector George Gently: Bomber's Moon (2008) * 88 min.  UK-England
10. Inspector George Gently: Gently with the Innocents (2009) * 89 min.  UK-England
11. Inspector George Gently: Gently in the Night (2009) * 88 min.  UK-England
12. The True Story of Sawney Beane (2005) 11 min.
A Portrait of Ga (1952) 4 min.
The Leaden Echo and the Golden E 89 min.cho (1955) * 7 min.
Rose Street (1956) * 15 min.
Margaret Tait: Film Maker (1983) * 36 min.
Aerial (1974) 4 min.
Concrete & Flowers (2019) * 9 min.  UK-Scotland
13. The Souvenir (2019) * 120 min.  UK-England
14-21. Father Brown: The Oracle of the Dog (1974) * 52 min.
Father Brown: The Hammer of God (1974) 51 min.
Father Brown: The Curse of the Golden Cross (1974) * 51 min.
Father Brown: The Eye of Apollo (1974) * 51 min.
Father Brown: The Three Tools of Death (1974) * 52 min.
Father Brown: The Mirror of the Magistrate (1974) * 52 min.
Father Brown: The Dagger with Wings (1974) * 51 min.
Father Brown: The Actor and the Alibi (1974) * 51 min.
Father Brown: The Quick One (1974) * 51 min.
Father Brown: The Man with Two Beards (1974) * 51 min.
Father Brown: The Head of Caesar (1974) * 51 min.
Father Brown: The Arrow of Heaven (1974) * 51 min.
Father Brown: The Secret Garden (1974) * 51 min.  UK-England
22. Blue Black Permanent (1992) * 86 min.  UK-Scotland
23. Inspector George Gently: Gently in the Blood (2009) * 89 min.  UK-England
24. Inspector George Gently: Gently Through the Mill (2009) * 89 min.  UK-England
25-28. Grantchester: Episode #1.1 (2014) * 52 min.
Grantchester: Episode #1.2 (2014) * 52 min.
Grantchester: Episode #1.3 (2014) * 52 min.
Grantchester: Episode #1.4 (2014) * 52 min.
Grantchester: Episode #1.5 (2014) * 52 min.
Grantchester: Episode #1.6 (2014) * 52 min.  UK-England
29. Inspector George Gently : Gently Evil (2010) * 89 min.  UK-England
30. Inspector George Gently: Peace & Love (2010) * 87 min.  UK-England
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OldAle1 wrote: March 31st, 2021, 11:56 pm
14. Cash on Demand (Quentin Lawrence, 1961)

DTC. I'd recommend not reading much about this; not that it's got any kind of giant surprises or twists, but it's nice to not know
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that it is essentially a noir/crime take on "A Christmas Carol"
until you get a ways into it. When this dawned on me I had a huge grin, because it's all very well done and offers just the right amount of subtle hints as to where it's coming from. Severe, humorless banker Peter Cushing - in what may be his best-ever performance, certainly the best I've seen - never makes a mistake and won't tolerate any from his employees; his only passion in life is his family, and when a genial but tough robber (André Morrell) comes to rob him just before Christmas when the bank is at his fullest, his world starts to crumble and he has to choose between his loved ones and his career. This is just beautifully done and it's all on the two leads, who are spectacularly good together, each playing a bit against type. If it were remade today, they'd develop some of the bank employees or a cop or two better, and this could add a little complexity I suppose - but the intensity of the two men's deadly game is really all that matters here and it works very well in a minimalist way. Based on a play, which is not surprising.
Cash on Demand :worship: I really liked this. Highly recommended!
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Tea and Crumpets and Whats that on the Telly?

1. Anti-Clock (Jane Arden/Jack Bond, 1979) UK (England)
2. The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935) UK (England) (re-watch)
3. Easy Virtue (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928) UK (England)
4. The Farmer's Wife (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928) UK (England)
5. The Cement Garden (Andrew Birkin, 1993) UK (England) (+France/Germany)
6. Good-Time Girl (David MacDonald, 1948) UK (England)
7. Sapphire (Basil Dearden, 1959) UK (England)
8. Orlando (Sally Potter, 1992) (re-watch) UK (England) + a bunch of other countries
9. The Man Who Cried (Sally Potter, 2000) UK (England) + France
10. Tiger Bay (J. Lee Thompson, 1959) UK (England)
11. Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore, 2014) Ireland/UK/bunch of other countries
12. The Snorkel (Guy Green, 1958) UK (England)
13. GIve Us This Day / Christ in Concrete (Edward Dmytryk, 1949)
14. Cash on Demand (Quentin Lawrence, 1961)
15. Outcast of the Islands (Carol Reed, 195) UK (England)

DTC. Trevor Howard plays a man caught stealing from his boss, in some port in Asia somewhere - this is one of those films set in "exotica', basically, with Indians and Chinese and Malays and no real sense of a real place. Typical of the times, though more so for more explicitly adventurous stories and less so for more serious films based on the words of writers like Conrad. Anyway as this is Conrad you know right away that things are going to probably not go well for Howard's character Willems, and when he gets pushed into another job, further away from "civilization", working for Almayer (Robert Morley), and starts to fall for a native woman, it all goes from bad to worse. This is a solid piece of brooding male pathology, with Howard - not really one of my favorites - pretty good in what ends up sort of a pathetic Colonel Kurtz type role, and a good surrounding cast including Wendy Hiller and Ralph Richardson.

16. Shallow Grave (Danny Boyle, 1994) UK (Scotland)

DTC. Boyle's first film, and the only one I hadn't seen that I was at all interested in - he's hardly a favorite. But this turned out to be pretty good, about as good as Trainspotting, his next feature, or at least about as good as the dim 25-year-old memory I have of that. Shallow is the operative word though - it's very much about style and surface, not a lot to sink your teeth into or to get out of a second viewing. Also very much in the vein of early Tarantino, Tony Scott's work around this time, and stuff like The Usual Suspects - a nicely put together, beautifully shot (by Brian Tufano, in bright pastels and primary colors) violent crime/neo-noir pic with lots of dark humor about a trio of roommates (Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor) who get mixed up in a crime story when their new flat-mate dies and leaves behind a suitcase with a lot of money. If you wanted to take this realistically you could ask a) why are these three - who all have decent jobs it seems (Fox is a doctor) - are living together, and why when this money that seems CLEARLY ill-gotten drops in their hands they don't turn it over to the cops since they seem to be upstanding citizens - but this is one of those films where you just have to go along for the ride and not give a shit, and while there are plenty of other weird little problems that do make the whole narrative seem a bit slack/messy/like it was just a first draft that needed work - the filmmaking and acting are good enough that it doesn't matter too too much. Fun stuff but nothing more.

17. The Reflecting Skin (Philip Ridley, 1990) UK (England) / Canada (re-watch)

DTC. Second viewing - fairly sure I saw this originally when it came out, probably in the cinema though can't be sure now. I remembered very little of it besides young Viggo Mortensen - impressive and unusual even then; I might have thought him another Crispin Glover at the time though obviously his career went in a different path. I didn't remember much else though apart from "weird" and my rating wasn't that high. So why not give it another go?

It's a very self-conscious film, simple in it's setting (a farm in the midwest just at the end of WWII) and less simple, but still not complex, in it's story - a weird kid finds out that the world is Not As It Seems. The kid (Seth Dove, who looks a lot like yours truly at that age, creepy) imagines his British neighbor to be a vampire, and has problematic relationships with his parents and his older brother (Viggo) when he comes back after the war. And he has two friends, and bad things happen, and there's a car that shows up full of punks a few times in the film, and the bad things are related to that. The film is full of really weird acting, and - this is where the "self conscious" part comes in - it feels like a very, very anti-religious film made by somebody with an axe to grind, which is fine but he gets his whole cast to act in very strange stereotypical ways that are very off-putting. Also it's filmed in Canada, supposed to be set in the USA, and all of these people in this tiny little farm community have different accents (mostly Canadian). It just all felt fake, but not fake in a good way. Visuals are good and the music is nice though the film - at least the copy I saw, could be a fault of the transfer I suppose - had the most extreme dynamic range I can remember experiencing in a long time. I had to turn the volume up to the max to hear much of the dialogue (it doesn't help that Viggo's usual tone is close to a whisper), and then the music would swell and it would be earsplitting. Didn't seem like that was supposed to be intentional or if it was I'm not sure what was intended. Such volume extremes work better in the cinema, at least for this listener.

Don't know what to make of it overall; I have the feeling Ridley's next film The Passion of Darkly Noon might be better but can't say I'm in a hurry to catch up to it.

18. The Small World of Sammy Lee (Ken Hughes, 1963)

DTC. Solid late-noir effort, if you want to call it that - but it's mostly a character study of a small-time hustler, the titular character, impressario at a cheap strip club who has all sorts of gigs on the side and also a free hand in betting on poker, the races, you name it. Unfortunately as the film begins he's come up short - £300 short, which was a pretty large sum in those days for people in the working classes, or just out of them. Sammy - beautifully played by Anthony Newley - tries everything he can to avoid dealing with his problem except for one thing - running away, which he just won't do. You get the sense he's never been outside of London, maybe never outside a few neighborhoods, a city boy through and through, and even when a beautiful, much younger girl who he'd had a very brief liaison with tries to come to his aid, he thinks he can still try to sort it all out himself. The middle chunk of the film, where Sammy is making one deal after another, all dependent on him being able to get cash from Phil to pay Ned, while Ned's going to pay for Joe, etc, etc, is really brilliant and very amusing, but - and this is what makes it noir, perhaps - he can't keep escaping his debts and his problems forever, and the darker mood of the late frames is nicely done as well.

That's it for me, thanks Lonewolf.
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29. The Pillow Book (1996) - United Kingdom
30. Prospero's Books (1991) - United Kingdom
31. That Sinking Feeling (1979) - United Kingdom
32. Frenzy (1972) - United Kingdom
33. Waltzes from Vienna (1934) - United Kingdom

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01. The Battle of the Somme (1916) - United Kingdom
02. Aventure malgache (1944) + Bon Voyage (1944) + I Think They Call Him John (1964) - United Kingdom
03. Solomon and Gaenor (1999) - United Kingdom
04. The Pleasure Garden (1925) - United Kingdom
05. The Descent (2005) - United Kingdom
06. The Descent: Part 2 (2009) - United Kingdom
07. Juno and the Paycock (1930) - United Kingdom
08. The Dam Busters (1955) - United Kingdom
09. Britannia Hospital (1982) - United Kingdom
10. Inside I'm Dancing (2004) - Ireland
11. Jamaica Inn (1939) - United Kingdom
12. Black Narcissus (1947) - United Kingdom
13. A Passage to India (1984) - United Kingdom
14. I'm All Right Jack (1959) - United Kingdom
15. Fires Were Started (1943) - United Kingdom
16. Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987) - United Kingdom
17. The Belly of an Architect (1987) - United Kingdom
18. Easy Virtue (1928) - United Kingdom
19. Dance of the Vampires (1967) - United Kingdom
20. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) - United Kingdom
21. Solace in Wicca (2013) + Barry Brown (2017) + Isle of Media: Europe's Offshore Media Hub (2018) + The Clown Calls for War: Fill Your Eyes (2018) + Touchpaper (2018) + Biskee Brisht: Not Again (2019) + Chris Flood: Dead Skin (2019) + I'll (2020) + Voodoo Bandits: Empty Swimming Pool (2020) - Isle of Man + Isolated (2011) + Out of Service (2013) - United Kingdom
22. The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971) - United Kingdom
23. Veronica Guerin (2003) - Ireland
24. O Lucky Man! (1973) - United Kingdom
25. The Song of Ceylon (1934) + Pink Floyd London '66-'67 (1967) + Me or the Dog (2011) - United Kingdom
26. The Skin Game (1931) - United Kingdom
27. Angela's Ashes (1999) - Ireland
28. TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011) - Isle of Man
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32. The Go-Between (1970,Joseph Losey): 6.5
33. Taste of Fear [Scream of Fear] (1961,Seth Holt): 7.8 #MS 32 - Already a very enjoyable mysterious thriller, the final twist, I didn't see coming, lifts it up even more.
34. Station Six Sahara (1963, Seth Holt) #MS 2: 8.0
35. The Thief of Bagdad (1940, Michael Powell, Ludwig Berger, William Cameron Menzies & Tim Whelan): 5.2
36. The Edge of the World (1937, Michael Powell): 8.0
37. Oh... Rosalinda!! (1955, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger): 7.5
38. Age of Consent (1969, Michael Powell): 6.2
39. The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972, Michael Powell): 3.8
40. It Always Rains on Sunday (1947, Robert Hamer) #MS 18: 7.8
41. Never Take Sweets from a Stranger [Never Take Candy from a Stranger] (1960, Cyril Frankel): 7.8
42. Life Is Sweet (1991, Mike Leigh): 8.0
43. Topsy-Turvy (1999, Mike Leigh): 8.5
44. Robbery (1967, Peter Yates): 7.5

Having a jolly good time
1. The Full Treatment [Stop Me Before I Kill!] (1960, Val Guest): 6.8
2. The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961, Val Guest): 6.0
3. A Field in England (2013, Ben Wheatley): 8.5
4. The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958. Terence Fisher): 6.8
5. The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959, Terence Fisher): 6.5
6. The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960, Terence Fisher): 6.5
7. The Gorgon (1964. Terence Fisher): 6.8
8. The Earth Dies Screaming (1965. Terence Fisher): 6.0
9. Night of the Big Heat (1967, Terence Fisher): 5.8
10. This Happy Breed (1944, David Lean): 8.0 #MS 14
11. The Sound Barrier (1952, David Lean): 6.5 #MS 13
12. Song of Paris (1952, John Guillermin): 6.8
13. The Crowded Day (1954, John Guillermin): 6.8
14. I Was Monty's Double (1958, John Guillermin): 6.5
15. Guns at Batasi (1964, John Guillermin): 8.0 #MS 15
16. Death on the Nile (1978, John Guillermin): 7.5
17. Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965, Freddie Francis): 5.5
18. The Deadly Bees (1967, Freddie Francis): 5.2
19.The Skull (1965, Freddie Francis): 7.2
20. Poor Cow (1967, Ken Loach): 8.0
21. Hidden Agenda (1990, Ken Loach): 7.5
22. Riff-Raff (1991, Ken Loach): 8.0
23. Deadlier Than the Male (1967, Ralph Thomas): 7.5
24. Raining Stones (1993, Ken Loach): 8.2
25. Some Girls Do (1969, Ralph Thomas): 5.8
26. Ladybird Ladybird (1994, Ken Loach): 8.2
27. Route Irish (2010, Ken Loach): 6.5
28. The Criminal (1960, Joseph Losey): 8.2
29. The Damned [These Are the Damned ] (1963, Joseph Losey): 7.5 #MS 33
30. Ransom [The Terrorists] (1974, Caspar Wrede): 5.8-
31. Secret Ceremony (1968, Joseph Losey): 4.5
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Last couple of films I watched. Thanks for hosting, Lonewolf.
Previously watched...
1. Oliver Twist (Lean, 1948) 4341 checks, 6 official lists 7/10
2. Ivanhoe (Thorpe, 1952) 981 checks, 2 official lists 5/10
3. Robin Hood (Scott, 2010) 23467 checks, 1 official list 3/10
4. Ironclad (English, 2011) 1231 checks, 0 official lists Wales 4/10
5. Hunger (McQueen, 2008) 9015 checks, 6 official lists Northern Ireland 6/10
6. Omagh (Travis, 2004) 88 checks, 0 official lists Ireland 5/10
7. '71 (Demange, 2014) 1717 checks, 1 official list 7/10
8. Green Street / Hooligans (Alexander, 2005) 9785 checks, 1 official list 4/10
9. RocknRolla (Ritchie, 2008) 11618 checks, 0 official lists 4/10
10. David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (Hughes-Scholey, 2020) 492 checks, 1 official list 7/10
11. Saint Maud (Glass, 2019) 301 checks, 1 official list 8/10
12a. Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible: Lesbian Vampire Lovers of Lust (Lipsey, 2001) [30 mins] 2 checks, 0 official lists
12b. Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible: Frenzy of Tongs (Lipsey, 2001) [30 mins] 2 checks, 0 official lists
12c. Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible: Curse of the Blood of the Lizard of Doom (Lipsey, 2001) [30 mins] 2 checks, 0 official lists
13a. Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible: Voodoo Feet of Death (Lipsey, 2001) [30 mins] 2 checks, 0 official lists
13b. Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible: And Now the Fearing... (Lipsey, 2001) [30 mins] 2 checks, 0 official lists
13c. Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible: Scream Satan Scream! (Lipsey, 2001) [29 mins] 2 checks, 0 official lists 5/10
14. The Dig (Stone, 2021) 675 checks, 0 official lists 5/10
Themes in British moviemaking: Scottish miserablism / Cinema dreich

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15. Ratcatcher (Ramsay, 1999) 1699 checks, 6 official lists Scotland
Over the course of the 1980s, UK government policy was to cut a lot of the subsidies that were keeping loss-making industries going. Coal, textiles and steel were hit hard, and Scotland's reliance on all three resulted in mass unemployment. A reaction to these conditions resulted in a genre of miserablist film that peaked in popularity throughout the 90s and 00s as the economy improved and it became cathartic to explore more painful times. Miserablism portrays the bleak lives of Scots helplessly trapped in cycles of poverty, guilt and despair. Ratcatcher is a great example and contains most of the key elements of this genre: a dreary atmosphere, decaying housing, drunkenness, abused women, canal drownings, and most key of all, a hero who wants to escape his condition but finds his hopes crushed at every turn. This film does do what a lot of these films don't and provides variety in the grim despair, making good use of sunlit cornfields as symbols of beauty and hope that can never be attained.
8/10

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16. Young Adam (Mackenzie, 2003) 793 checks, 1 official list Scotland
Again, this contains all the key elements mentioned above and also features Peter Mullan, who often turns up in these films. This has a great cast and is an interesting study of Ewan MacGregor's character, Joe. Some reviewers have called a sociopath, but he clearly struggles with guilt and regret, so I don't think he is. His weaknesses are cowardice, lack of self-control and narcissism. Rather than Adam, he's like the snake in the garden of Eden, bringing pain and suffering to those who are taken in by him.
7/10

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(Screenshots from 'An Tine Bheo' (made to mark the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising; I particularly liked the focus on the faces of the old men with their memories and the look at de Valera as arrested participant and then behind his presidential desk in 1966), from 'Joe Éinniú: Song of Granite' (there is an undeniable slowness, but Collins' brand of cinema manages to tap into and allude to the landscape, the sounds, the traditions, the myths, and the folklore that informed Heaney's singing and that he carried with him in faraway lands), from Claire Dix's charming 'Downpour' (an ode to Irish rain as a bride-to-be reflects upon and remembers little idyllic moments that have brought her to where she is; redhaired Muireann Bird is quite lovely here), and from 'Scope' (around a twenty-something son hemmed in and restricted by the presence of an agoraphobic mother; Fiach Kunz is rapidly becoming one of my favourite young Irish actors.))

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46. Adventure in the Hopfields (1954, John Guillermin) - 7 or 7.5/10 / UK (England)
47. An Tine Bheo / The Living Fire (1966, Louis Marcus) - 7.5/10 / Ireland / (sharing Pet O'Connell's Irish Examiner article on the pioneering Louis Marcus: https://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle ... 31444.html)
48. Boys and Men (1996, Sean Hinds) - 7 or 7.5/10 / Ireland
49. Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005, Miranda July) - 8.5/10 / USA | UK
50. Jimmy's Hall (2014, Ken Loach) - 5/10 / UK | Ireland | France | Belgium | Japan / I'm going with Ireland
51. Joe Éinniú: Song of Granite (2017, Pat Collins) - 8/10 / Ireland | Canada / I'm going with Ireland
00. Love on the Line (2020, Bernadette McCarthy) - 5.5/10 / USA / (I watched this yesterday evening, thinking it was an Irish film. However, despite the Irish cast and director/star, it turned out to have been American produced (which I only realised upon rating it...). A pleasant little film of love lost and rekindled, if erring just a touch towards the saccharine and the neatly resolved. I'm including it among my viewings here (because of its Irish focus), but won't count it towards my score.)

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52.
Armchair Theatre: High Summer (1972, Peter Duguid) - 6.5/10 / UK / * I haven't been able to ascertain the correct runtime for this; Mubi lists it as being an hour long, while IMDb has it as an 80 minute affair. I suspect it was around the hour mark, minus the breaks. I should have checked after watching, but forgot to do so. *
Extraordinary People: The Real Sleeping Beauty (2007, Liz Friend) - 5.5/10 / UK / 47 minutes


And, closing with a batch of shorts (2 points to Ireland):

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53-54.
That's All Right (1989, Billy McCannon) - 7/10 / Ireland / 5 minutes
Ten Minute Movie (2004, Imogen Murphy) - 7/10 / Ireland / 9 minutes
The Beekeeper's Son (2007, Jamie Hannigan) - 7/10 / Ireland / 10 minutes
Olinda (2009, Bruno Palma) - 5.5/10 / Ireland / 3 minutes
Downpour (2011, Claire Dix) - 7.5 or 8/10 / Ireland / 4 minutes
Kill Me Now (2013, Eoin Cleland) - 6.5/10 / Ireland | UK (Northern Ireland) / 13 minutes
Then and Now (2013, David Naughton) - 6.5/10 / Ireland / 2 minutes
Every Breaking Wave (2015, Aoife McArdle) - 7/10 / Ireland | UK (Northern Ireland) / 13 minutes
Looks Like Rain (2015, Kevin O'Farrell) - 7/10 / Ireland / 8 minutes
Testimony (2015, Kamila Dydyna) - 6/10 / Ireland / 9 minutes
A Blessing for Eileen (2016, Emma Williamson) - 5/10 / Ireland | UK (Northern Ireland) / 11 minutes
QED (2017, Amy-Joyce Hastings) - 6/10 / Ireland / 17 minutes
The Wake (2017, Rik Gordon) - 4 or 5/10 / Ireland / 10 minutes
Bare (2018, David Devoy) - 6/10 / Ireland / 20 minutes
Scope (2018, Richard Keaney) - 7.5 or 8/10 / Ireland / 18 minutes
Railway (2021, Michael Keane) - 4/10 / Ireland / 3 minutes
Internment Camps (2021, Zachary Denman) - 6 or 6.5/10 / UK (England) / 6 minutes

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Side challenge tally: IE - 35, NI - 5, Wales - 1


Thanks so much for hosting the challenge, Lonewolf. I really enjoyed my March and was particularly glad to delve into more Irish cinema.

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14. The Small World of Sammy Lee (Ken Hughes, 1963) 7
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Bing147 wrote: March 31st, 2021, 11:19 pm 56. A Kind of Loving (1962, John Schlesinger) United Kingdom

Edit: misnumbered before, my bad
You, misnumbered indeed, but have you higher cause you numbered 53 and 54 twice. So have you at 58
Bing147 wrote: March 31st, 2021, 12:48 am 53. Annihilation (2018, Alex Garland) United Kingdom
54. A Taste of Honey (1961, Tony Richardson) United Kingdom
Bing147 wrote: March 31st, 2021, 3:38 pm 53. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927, Alfred Hitchcock) United Kingdom
Bing147 wrote: March 31st, 2021, 4:31 pm 54. The House of Mirth (2000, Terence Davies) United Kingdom
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Final Results

All take a nice cup of tea and enjoy the final results.

We had 29 participants in total. AB537 won with an impressive 85 points. Runner-ups are peeptoad and Bing147 with 61 and 58 points respectively. RogerTheMovieManiac88 watched the most movies that aren't from England; 41, including 35 Irish, 5 Northern-Irish and 1 Welsh movies. Sol came in second with 36 non-British watches. Lu-Chin and myself watched the most movies from Scorsese's recommendations list; 7. In total the people competing in this challenge checked of exactly half of the Scorsese list, with "It Always Rains on Sunday" being the most watched; 3x.

BONUS CHALLENGE #1: Who needs England?! Top 5

RankParticipantTotalIrelandNorthern IrelandScotlandWalesIsle of Man
1. RogerTheMovieManiac8841355010
2. sol36273321
3. jdidaco1481311
4. peeptoad831121
5. flavo5000730310


BONUS CHALLENGE #2: Martin Scorsese's Recommendation Top 7

RankParticipantCount
1.Lu-Chin7
2.Lonewolf20037
3.AB5372
4.peeptoad2
5.jdidaco2
6.Kublai Khan2
7.frbrown2


Overall Leaderboard Top 10

RankParticipantCount
1. AB53785
2. peeptoad61
3. Bing14758
4. Lu-Chin55
5. RogerTheMovieManiac8854
6. flavo500051
7. sol50
8. Lonewolf200344
9. jdidaco40
10. AssonFire37


Total results are in the OP, if anything is incorrect please let me known.

The distribution of the watches in BC1:
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This is only for the watches as indicated for first Bonus Challenge. Cause not every users indicated watches (including myself) or didn't specify which part from the UK a movie is from, I'm not able to make an accurate graph of every movie watched. (To be clear I'm not saying anyway should have indicated their watches, I didn't either, just explaining why this graph is only about a part of the movie watched in this challenge and not all)

BONUS CHALLENGE #3: Best contribution
Finally, like said in the OP, at the end a winner will be declared for making the best contribution to this challenge thread. To me two users stood out:
sol: who, like always, made a small, but captivating and well-written reviews for every watch, that are always a joy to read, including a screenshot. And amazingly (to me) has the discipline and time to post one for every new watch in regular intervals.
But unless their is massive outcry I want to declare ChrisReynolds the winner for this BC, for not only did he also wrote intriguing reviews for his watches, he combined (most of) them into insightful theme-based posts.

Other honorable mentions: Kublai Khan (who unfortunate stopped doing so halfway), maxwelldeux, morrison-dylan-fan, OldAle1, Ebbywebby, blocho, Onderhond, 3eyes and Knaldskalle, who all made the effort to add (short) write-ups for (some of) their watches. Plus flavo5000, jdidaco and RogerTheMovieManiac88 for illuminating this thread with various screenshots

Thanks everybody for participating!
Cheers!
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Lonewolf2003 wrote: April 3rd, 2021, 2:52 pm RogerTheMovieManiac88 watched the most movies that aren't from England; 41, including 35 Irish, 5 Northern-Irish and 1 Welsh movies. Sol came in second with 36 non-British watches.
Thanks for hosting, Lonewolf. I had a sneaking suspicion that Roger would end up beating me in the Bonus Challenge, but it's probably more appropriate for an Irishman to come out on top of that one. I might mention though that my 36 are 36 non-English (rather than non-British) films since Scotland and Wales are part of Great Britain.
Lonewolf2003 wrote: April 3rd, 2021, 2:52 pm BONUS CHALLENGE #3: Best contribution
Finally, like said in the OP, at the end a winner will be declared for making the best contribution to this challenge thread. To me two users stood out:
sol: who, like always, made a small, but captivating and well-written reviews for every watch, that are always a joy to read, including a screenshot. And amazingly (to me) has the discipline and time to post one for every new watch in regular intervals.
But unless their is massive outcry I want to declare ChrisReynolds the winner for this BC
I don't object to Chris winning, that's cool, and thanks for the mention. :thumbsup: Surfing the internet for or taking my own epitome moment screenshot is one of the most fun aspects of Challenge participation for me. Writing up a paragraph for everything that I see is not always easy, but at least it was only 50 films. I did it for every one of the 125 films/eps that I logged in last year's Canadian Challenge. :sweat:
Lonewolf2003 wrote: April 3rd, 2021, 2:52 pm Thanks everybody for participating!
Cheers!
:cheers:
Thanks for getting the results finalised in a timely manner. I'll add them to the spreadsheet soon. Which I think just means that we are waiting on Max to wrap up the Directed by Women Challenge. :shifty:
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sol wrote: April 3rd, 2021, 3:05 pm
Lonewolf2003 wrote: April 3rd, 2021, 2:52 pm RogerTheMovieManiac88 watched the most movies that aren't from England; 41, including 35 Irish, 5 Northern-Irish and 1 Welsh movies. Sol came in second with 36 non-British watches.
Thanks for hosting, Lonewolf. I had a sneaking suspicion that Roger would end up beating me in the Bonus Challenge, but it's probably more appropriate for an Irishman to come out on top of that one. I might mention though that my 36 are 36 non-English (rather than non-British) films since Scotland and Wales are part of Great Britain.
I meant the same thing. I thought British and English were synonyms. Didn't now British meant from Great-Britain. Those Brits just make everything needlessly complicated. :lol:

(sorry if I offended some British or English users)

Why don't we call it the British Isles Challenges next time? With that we covered all in one name. Or is that offensive to the Irish?
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Lonewolf2003 wrote: April 3rd, 2021, 3:10 pmI thought British and English were synonyms. Didn't now British meant from Great-Britain. Those Brits just make everything needlessly complicated. :lol:

(sorry if I offended some British or English users)

Why don't we call it the British Isles Challenges next time? With that we covered all in one name. Or is that offensive to the Irish?
As far as I know, Ireland is not a British isle. Neither is Northern Ireland.

The term 'UK' actually covers all bases -- an abbreviation for The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
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It is confusing. And "Great Britain" is technically the name of the island - which begs the question, was there a "Lesser Britain" or just "Britain", a smaller island? Was Ireland once named "Britain", a thousand or two thousand years ago?

Geography wouldn't be so confusing if it weren't for those dirty humans and their stupid politics.
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OldAle1 wrote: April 3rd, 2021, 3:32 pm It is confusing. And "Great Britain" is technically the name of the island - which begs the question, was there a "Lesser Britain" or just "Britain", a smaller island? Was Ireland once named "Britain", a thousand or two thousand years ago?

Geography wouldn't be so confusing if it weren't for those dirty humans and their stupid politics.
OldAle has/had me on ignore because of a silly, jokish post that I rather regret in the American politics thread, but I'll reply to his post (just to pick up on this).

The Irish-language term for Wales is An Bhreatain Bheag. Beag, which takes an h in cases like this, is the Irish word for small.

The term The British Isles continues in usage, but is increasingly seen as outdated by many in Ireland (although I personally don't really have anything against it). I think UK/Ireland is probably the best fit for this challenge.

Thanks for hosting, Lonewolf; and thanks to everyone who took part. I had a great month, and I really liked your end-of-challenge rundown as well.

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Thanks for the stats, LW.
Congrats on the win AB537! :cheers:
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Lonewolf2003 wrote: April 3rd, 2021, 2:52 pm BONUS CHALLENGE #3: Best contribution
Finally, like said in the OP, at the end a winner will be declared for making the best contribution to this challenge thread. To me two users stood out:
sol: who, like always, made a small, but captivating and well-written reviews for every watch, that are always a joy to read, including a screenshot. And amazingly (to me) has the discipline and time to post one for every new watch in regular intervals.
But unless their is massive outcry I want to declare ChrisReynolds the winner for this BC, for not only did he also wrote intriguing reviews for his watches, he combined (most of) them into insightful theme-based posts.

Other honorable mentions: Kublai Khan (who unfortunate stopped doing so halfway), maxwelldeux, morrison-dylan-fan, OldAle1, Ebbywebby, blocho, Onderhond, 3eyes and Knaldskalle, who all made the effort to add (short) write-ups for (some of) their watches. Plus flavo5000, jdidaco and RogerTheMovieManiac88 for illuminating this thread with various screenshots
Thanks everybody for participating!
Thanks for the win, LoneWolf. It's rare that I win anything in these challenges nowadays, and it was fun to be able to both watch films and do some research. I learned several things I didn't know during the course of this challenge, and I hope others have too.

Thanks again to LoneWolf and all the other participants. :cheers:
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sol wrote: April 3rd, 2021, 3:19 pm
Lonewolf2003 wrote: April 3rd, 2021, 3:10 pmI thought British and English were synonyms. Didn't now British meant from Great-Britain. Those Brits just make everything needlessly complicated. :lol:

(sorry if I offended some British or English users)

Why don't we call it the British Isles Challenges next time? With that we covered all in one name. Or is that offensive to the Irish?
As far as I know, Ireland is not a British isle. Neither is Northern Ireland.

The term 'UK' actually covers all bases -- an abbreviation for The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
According to this it is. Correct me if it's wrong, Roger (or other Irish or British users).
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I also wouldn’t object strongly to the British Isles being the title as it is geographically accurate. The objection that a number of Irish people have to the British Isles name is that it was not named in a vacuum. The name was codified by a British colonial power that claimed Ireland as its own. If the geographical entity was being named today it would not be the British Isles.

I think it is safer all round to retain it as the Uk and Ireland challenge.

An alternative could be to have the UK separate and include Ireland in a colonised country challenge.
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