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#81

Post by Fergenaprido » April 2nd, 2020, 12:34 pm

Fergenaprido wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 12:02 am
I'm going to continue to work on a lot of my 2019 goals in 2020, and only add a few new ones.

3330 feature-length films - 370 to go
2330 short-length films - 220 to go
5500 checks - 455 to go
3000 official checks - 256 to go
<20 unseen films on ≥20 official lists - 35 to go
≥10 films from at least ≥50 countries - 14 countries to go
≥5 films from at least ≥75 countries - 21 countries to go
Be ranked below 10,000 on all official lists - 6 to go (icm Most Checked, FilmTotaal, Tim Dirks, TSZDT, imdb mini-series, The Deuce)
Get median ranked list to be under 1500 - current median pair is at 1838 & 1851, with 17 more lists between rank 1500 and 1838.

Finish outstanding goals from 2015 (7 goals) & 2016 (7 goals)
Finish all four old watchlists (2013-2016) - 31 to go
Finish country-based old watchlists (2017-2018) - 55 to go
Watch at least 15 films that are at least 2½ hours long, including 5 films at least 3 hours long and at least 5 mini-series.
Finish outstanding Tin Award goals and Notable Director goals.
Fergenaprido's 2020 Film Goals
GoalTargetStart Jan 1Progress Mar 31Progress Jun 30Progress Sep 30Progress Dec 31
Feature-length films3330 films370 to go251 to go
Short-length films2330 films220 to go155 to go
Checks5500 checks455 to go270 to go
Official checks3000 checks256 to go109 to go
Films on 20+ official lists43 films35 to go35 to go
≥10 films50 countries14 to go36 to go
≥5 films75 countries21 to go18 to go
Ranked <10,000All lists6 to go6 to go
Median Ranked List below 1500Half of all lists18 to go14 to go
Finish goals from 2015112 goals7 to go7 to go
Finish outstanding goals from 201638 goals7 to go4 to go
Finish 2013-2016 watchlists250 films31 to go29 to go
Finish 2017-2019 watchlists100 films55 to go53 to go
Films at least 2½ hours long15 films15 to go8 to go
Films at least 3 hours long5 films5 to go2 to go
Mini-series at least 2½ hours long5 mini-series5 to go5 to go
Tin Awards30 awards28 to go25 to go
Notable and/or Prolific Directors500 directors636 to go (483)625 to go (472)
Specific Notable and/or Prolific Directors21 directors17 to go17 to go/td]


2016 goals finished: 3 - 25 films (1981, 1982, 1983)

Minimal progress this first quarter, though I ended up seeing more films than planned. On top of Mubi and Kanopy, I now have Netflix, so those numbers may increase as well (or decrease if I get lost in the tv shows on Netflix). Biggest progress is probably on the long films, an area I've struggled with forever. Mubi's new South Asian channel is responsible for most of those films (and it's also helped me improve my ranks on the 3 Indian lists).

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Post by Obgeoff » April 2nd, 2020, 9:15 pm

Obgeoff wrote:
January 1st, 2020, 1:04 pm
1. Watch at least 366 features
2. Reach platinum on TSPDT by March (69 to go)
3. From April, each month watch at least 25 films in a single challenge
4. Make it to the cinema at least 20 times
5. Watch all movies on 10+ lists (89 to go)
After March:
1. Ahead of target (137 features in 91 days)
2. Completed TSPDT on the 19th March with Shoah. Delighted and proud to complete a really enriching experience.
3. Got to participate fully in the last few days of March so hit this milestone for Women Directors.
4. I've been 9 times but not the year for this challenge!
5. I was down to 64 but the new lists added 28 for me.
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Post by cinephage » April 3rd, 2020, 6:23 am

cinephage wrote:
February 3rd, 2020, 2:33 pm
cinephage wrote:
December 26th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Since I didn't reach my goals from 2019, I'll try and pursue them in 2020.

1 - Reach gold on the They shoot zombies, don't they ? list (158 films to watch)

2 - get bronze on the <400 list : 80 movies to check.

3 - Get 6 more bronze medals (1910, Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize, Goya Awards, Belgian Film Awards, Silent but not forgotten, Spaghetti western)

4 - Finish iCM Forum's Favourite French Films list : https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/icm+ ... htysparks/ (21 films to watch)
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1 - 156 films to watch. Only 2 checks this month...

2 - 77 films to watch. Only 3 checks, in spite of the challenge. I didn't do well here...

3 - Get 6 5 more bronze medals (1910, Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize, Goya Awards, Belgian Film Awards, Silent but not forgotten, Spaghetti western)

4 - Still 21 films to watch.

So I didn't do too well last month, we'll see if I can do better.
1 - 152 films to watch, the progress is slow, but regular...

2 - 76 more films, progress as well here.

3 - Nothing there...

4 - still 20 films to watch.

I'm not certain I will actually reach any of these goals before the year's end... :D

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Post by kongs_speech » April 4th, 2020, 10:54 pm

My goal is to reach 3000 Letterboxd ratings this year. I presently have 2,414. I hope the vast majority will be features, as I'm really trying to expand my film expertise.
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Post by Leopardi » April 5th, 2020, 12:57 pm

Despite watching a goal-related film each day for the last few weeks I'm still falling behind schedule. Here's a breakdown of my progress, showing the number of checks needed at the beginning of the year, last month and today, with completed lists in bold, backslides in red and gains in green:

The push for Top 200 on every official listShow
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die: 11-->7-->6
A.V. Club's The Best Movies of the 2010s: 0-->0-->4
Annecy Festival's 100 Films for a Century of Animation: 6-->0-->0
Arts & Faith's Top 100 Films: 1-->1-->1
BBC's The 21st Century's 100 Greatest Films: 0-->1-->1
Cahiers du Cinéma's 100 Films for an Ideal Cinematheque: 1-->1-->1
CineChile's 50 Best Chilean movies of all time: 1-->0-->0
Cinema Tropical's Best Latin American Films 2010-2019: 0-->0-->0
Empire's The 100 Best Films of World Cinema: 0-->1-->1
Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films: 1-->0-->0
Hürriyet's The 100 Best Movies of Turkish Cinema: 0-->0-->9
IMDb's 1910s Top 50: 1-->1-->1
IMDb's 1920s Top 50: 0-->1-->1
IMDb's 1950s Top 50: 1-->1-->1
IMDb's 1970s Top 50: 1-->1-->0
IMDb's 2010s Top 50: 0-->1-->1
IMDb's Animation Top 50: 0-->1-->1
IMDb's Biography Top 50: 0-->0-->1
IMDb's Drama Top 50: 0-->1-->1
IMDb's Shorts Top 50: 0-->0-->1
IMDb's Top 250: 0-->0-->1
Kinemathekverbund's The 100 Most Important German Films: 3-->0-->0
Livejournal's 100 Best Russian Movies: 1-->0-->0
Outlook India's Best Bollywood Films: 1-->0-->0
Rotten Tomatoes's Top 100 Movies of All Time: 0-->2-->0
Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time: 17-->16-->14
Taschen's 100 All-Time Favorite Movies: 1-->1-->1
Total Sci-Fi's The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies: 2-->2-->2
TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 17-->19-->21

And the breakdown so far:

Goal: Top 200 on every official list
Films left at start of year: 66
Target pace to meet goal: 5.5 checks/month
Checks left last month: 58
Checks left currently: 69
Checks left at this point in 2019/2018/2017/2016/2015: 66/63/79/71/47
Current pace: -1.0 checks/month
Top 200 goals completed this month: Annecy Festival's 100 Films for a Century of Animation, Cinema Tropical's Best Latin American Films 2010-2019, IMDb's 1970s Top 50, IMDb's Animation Top 50, IMDb's Top 250, and Rotten Tomatoes's Top 100 Movies of All Time
Lists that have (re)appeared this month: A.V. Club's The Best Movies of the 2010s, Annecy Festival's 100 Films for a Century of Animation, Cinema Tropical's Best Latin American Films 2010-2019, Hürriyet's The 100 Best Movies of Turkish Cinema, IMDb's 2010s Top 50, IMDb's Biography Top 50, IMDb's Shorts Top 50, and IMDb's Top 250
Worst ranking this month: Hürriyet's The 100 Best Movies of Turkish Cinema (#341)
Best goal-related ranks: IMDb's Animation Top 50 (#149)
Median ranking on all lists: #78 (BBC's The 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time) and #79 (National Film Archive of India's 125 Great Indian Films)
Overall Ranking: 18-->14-->16

Despite watching all those goal-related films since the COVID-19 outbreak sent us all home, new and evolving lists delivered a mighty headwind along the way: The Cinema Tropical update was first, adding 3 to the goal. Then Hürriyet updated, putting me back another 18, which I've halved so far. And finally, the addition of the new A.V. Club list added another 9 to the to-do list (now down to 4). All of that, plus some IMDb updating, made for a real roller coaster of a month, but it's been a lot of fun putting out those fires and seeing some quality films in the process, so I'm not complaining.

Amazingly, despite adding 120 official checks in the last month (including those from the list updates/additions, of course) I've fallen two spots in the ranking, to Blueboybob and Spocksbrain! The latter is able to check a dozen or more features a day pretty regularly, so I have no hope in competing with them. And Tim2460 is tearing up the track behind me, so the next update I fully expect to drop another place. it's a jungle out there!

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#86

Post by beasterne » April 5th, 2020, 1:52 pm

Just wanted to say I really enjoyed that update Leopardi. Good luck with your future progress!

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Post by Leopardi » April 5th, 2020, 3:13 pm

beasterne wrote:
April 5th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Just wanted to say I really enjoyed that update Leopardi. Good luck with your future progress!
Thanks! I worry that I put too much detail into these updates, but I figure it's only once a month so it's not too obnoxious or annoying. :)

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Post by kongs_speech » April 5th, 2020, 4:34 pm

I would like to boost my lifetime numbers to 3000 films seen and 300 Criterions. Using my Letterboxd numbers, I'm currently at 2419 and 162, respectively. I believe these goals are within reach, particularly since I own about 100 Criterions that I haven't yet watched. (Those Barnes and Noble 50% off sales, man. Gets me every time.)
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Post by Fergenaprido » April 5th, 2020, 5:05 pm

Leopardi wrote:
April 5th, 2020, 3:13 pm
beasterne wrote:
April 5th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Just wanted to say I really enjoyed that update Leopardi. Good luck with your future progress!
Thanks! I worry that I put too much detail into these updates, but I figure it's only once a month so it's not too obnoxious or annoying. :)
Not at all. I also enjoy reading your monthly updates. :)

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Post by Tim2460 » April 14th, 2020, 7:52 am

Still working on the new 3+ Films and the total Number of awards.

Having been very mainstream for my first 35 years of movies... I'm trying to be as eclectic as possible and have meet some sucess.. The only subject i'm wayyyyy back is Horror/Zombies
And god knows there are a lot of people who seems to like them here @ICM tehe tehe

This is the number of awards for the top 50 users on ICM .. I'm doing good but i could do even better. The "full Award Goal" is still... 517 Films away (Maybe a few films on 2 lists will help)

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Road To Bronze
List.Name Seen % Num Unseen % Rank 517
Cinema Tropical's Best Latin American Films 2010-2019 28 12% 229 201 88% 79 87
UNESCO's Memory of the World 337 41% 832 495 59% 20 79
TSPDT's Ain't Nobody's Blues but My Own 72 28% 253 181 72% 15 55
DIFF's The 100 Greatest Arab Films 19 18% 104 85 82% 64 33
Film Magazine's Best Iranian Films 32 26% 121 89 74% 55 29
Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej's 100 Years of Polish Film 38 29% 130 92 71% 51 27
Cinema Tropical's Best Latin American Films 2000-2009 41 33% 125 84 67% 61 22
Yle News's Best Finnish Films 25 27% 92 67 73% 77 21
Asociatiei Criticilor de Film's Best Romanian Films 10 17% 59 49 83% 71 20
Golden Lotus Award - Best Indian Feature Film 14 21% 66 52 79% 24 19
Golden Foundation of Czech and Slovak Cinema 37 33% 112 75 67% 72 19
Cine.gr's The Best of Greek Cinema 14 23% 60 46 77% 66 16
Bodil Award - Best Danish Film 22 30% 73 51 70% 60 15
Público's Top Portuguese Films to Show in Schools 15 26% 58 43 74% 57 14
National Film Archive of India's 125 Great Indian Films 49 39% 125 76 61% 28 14
Magyar Művészeti Akadémia's 53 Hungarian Films 14 26% 53 39 74% 57 13
Lola Award - Best German Film 23 32% 72 49 68% 45 13
Locarno Film Festival - Golden Leopard 35 40% 88 53 60% 15 9
Maariv's Best Israeli Films of All Time 13 33% 40 27 68% 13 7
CineChile's 50 Best Chilean Movies of All Time 26 42% 62 36 58% 23 5

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Post by peeptoad » April 16th, 2020, 6:35 pm

peeptoad wrote:
December 26th, 2019, 6:21 pm
just one: crack 400 features again (I'm currently at 406 I think for 2019).
Putting the kibosh on this since COVID19 has effectively made it a non-challenge...

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Post by Obgeoff » April 30th, 2020, 11:03 pm

Obgeoff wrote:
January 1st, 2020, 1:04 pm
1. Watch at least 366 features
2. Reach platinum on TSPDT by March (69 to go)
3. From April, each month watch at least 25 films in a single challenge
4. Make it to the cinema at least 20 times
5. Watch all movies on 10+ lists (89 to go)
After April:
1. Ahead of target (253 features in 121 days)
2. Completed TSPDT on the 19th March with Shoah. Delighted and proud to complete a really enriching experience.
3. Done it for 3 challenges (1950s, Doubling the Canon List and Women Directors).
4. I've been 9 times but not the year for this challenge!
5. Down from 92 to 82.
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Post by Traveller » May 1st, 2020, 4:51 am

1. Top 150 (#210 -> #203 -> #197 -> #182 -> #156)
2. Make progress on the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? (all editions) list (253 left -> 249 left -> 238 left -> 234 left -> 229 left)
3. Finish the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list (77 left -> 76 left -> 65 left -> 57 left -> 56 left)
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Post by 72aicm » May 1st, 2020, 5:45 am

72aicm wrote:
1. Platinum on the 500<400 list. (472/500 +28)
2. Gold on the iCM Forum's 1000<400 list (718/1000 +182)
3. Get bronze or better on every official lists. (180/198 +18)
72aicm wrote:
March 31st, 2020, 11:26 pm
72aicm wrote:
March 1st, 2020, 8:12 am
72aicm wrote:
February 1st, 2020, 9:17 am

1. Done. :party:
2. 821/1000 (+103)
3. 181/198 (+1)
1. Still done.
2. 821/1000 (+0)
3. 184/198 (+3)
1. Done
2. 821/1000 (+0)
3. 193/204 (+9)
1. Done
2. 846/1000 (+25)
3. 193/204 (+0)

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Post by joachimt » May 1st, 2020, 7:19 am

joachimt wrote:
March 1st, 2020, 8:23 am
joachimt wrote:
February 2nd, 2020, 8:14 pm
joachimt wrote:
December 26th, 2019, 8:09 am
My goals:

1. Watch every available title on TSPDT All Editions: currently 73 unchecked (a handful are unavailable)
I had this goal last year as well and then I had 144 unchecked, so at this pace I might reach it in 2020.
66 unchecked
64 unchecked

Almost everything I watch are simply things that pop up on the three streaming-subscription I got: MUBI, Prime, Disney+. Since MUBI has a watching deadline, I keep giving stuff there priority. So I rarely watch movies anymore that I collected on my laptop. I doubt I'll reach this goal this year, but it doesn't matter. My subscriptions give me a lot of variety in what I watch, so I'm having fun with those.
Two months later, two movies down.
62 unchecked.
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Post by Tim2460 » May 1st, 2020, 11:47 am

Interesting i'm @ 74 unchecked on the TSPDT all edition we're not far ;)

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Post by beasterne » May 1st, 2020, 1:43 pm

beasterne wrote:
January 6th, 2020, 5:22 pm
The 2019 Goals thread helped me stay on track for my goals for the most part. Hopefully 2020 will be the same. Here are my goals for 2020:

1. Complete my project of watching a film from each year from 1919-2020 (currently on 1960, 60 films to go)
2. Bronze on TSPDT (53 films to go)
3. Rank in top 8,000 on every list (9 more lists to go)
Update through April:

1. Complete my project of watching a film from each year from 1919-2020 (currently on 1980, 40 films to go)
2. Bronze on TSPDT (39 films to go)
3. Rank in top 8,000 on every list (8 lists to go)

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Post by kongs_speech » May 1st, 2020, 8:51 pm

2461 films for the lifetime total and an even 200 for the year. I need to step my game up if I'm going to break 3000 by year's end. And my Criterion number hasn't gone up much because I'm focusing more on things that are expiring from streaming.
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Post by erde » May 2nd, 2020, 9:26 am

erde wrote:
April 1st, 2020, 6:52 pm
My goals for 2020:

1. Platinum on They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? -215 to go
2. Bronze on Yle News’ Best Finnish Films of All Time - 19 to go
3. All movies on a list with 50 films from 50 countries, chosen by my friend and myself to watch and discuss during the year in pubs -49 to go
+ Watch all unseen movies on 10+ official lists again - 15 to go
1. Platinum on They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? - 135 to go. Three movies to watch on top 600.
2. Bronze on Yle News’ Best Finnish Films of All Time - Done! For years I've struggled, for some reason, to get myself to watch these, but now I just went and did it for the Nordic challenge! It was enlightening to finally see some of the classics of my home country that I hadn't previously watched. I cannot explain why I've put it off for so long.
3. All movies on a list with 50 films from 50 countries, chosen by my friend an myself to watch and discuss during the year in pubs - 33 to go. Well on schedule. Pubs are off limits now, of course, but drinking in front of a webcam works surprisingly well, too. :cheers:
+ Watch all unseen movies on 10+ official lists again - 15 to go. No progress here yet.
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Post by Fergenaprido » May 2nd, 2020, 9:57 am

erde wrote:
May 2nd, 2020, 9:26 am
2. Bronze on Yle News’ Best Finnish Films of All Time - Done! For years I've struggled, for some reason, to get myself to watch these, but now I just went and did it for the Nordic challenge! It was enlightening to finally see some of the classics of my home country that I hadn't previously watched. I cannot explain why I've put it off for so long.
And what are your thoughts on the films you watched/your national cinema overall now that's you've achieved your bronze? Top 5 recommendations?

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Post by erde » May 2nd, 2020, 3:24 pm

Fergenaprido wrote:
May 2nd, 2020, 9:57 am
erde wrote:
May 2nd, 2020, 9:26 am
2. Bronze on Yle News’ Best Finnish Films of All Time - Done! For years I've struggled, for some reason, to get myself to watch these, but now I just went and did it for the Nordic challenge! It was enlightening to finally see some of the classics of my home country that I hadn't previously watched. I cannot explain why I've put it off for so long.
And what are your thoughts on the films you watched/your national cinema overall now that's you've achieved your bronze? Top 5 recommendations?
Well, watching forty-something films on Yle News list hardly makes me an expert on Finnish cinema. But it has brought me a much more versatile understanding of it than before. My ultimate Finnish favourite director has always been - not at all surprisingly - Aki Kaurismäki. (Although, instead of the usual suspects, my favourite movie from him is https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/ham ... aailmassa/ which is, in my opinion, criminally underseen.) But I find that his distinctive style of filmmaking sits very comfortably in cosmopolite western arthouse cinema, and is not especially "Finnish" (whatever that is). I have also enjoyed films by e.g. Veikko Aaltonen (e.g. https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/isa+meidan/ and https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/rakkaudella+maire/) and Auli Mantila (https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/neitoperho/). Also, as a very special recommendation, one of my favourite Finnish filmmakers of all time is Katariina Lillqvist who has done amazing puppett animation based on e.g. Kafka's short stories in the 90's (see https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/kamarihaikara/, https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/hii ... atsastaja/ and https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/maalaislaakari/). Although I'm afraid that they might be quite hard to come across. Couple of recent delightful surprises include https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/hymyileva+mies/ and https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/armomurhaaja/. However, I notice that many of these are not official checks, of which I am sorry. :D
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Post by Leopardi » May 3rd, 2020, 12:45 pm

Being able to work from home (for the most part) during this global shutdown has really done a number on the list this month, just like last month, and yet only a few days ago did I actually find myself meeting my minimum checking needs to complete this year's goal. Here's a breakdown of my progress, showing the number of checks needed at the beginning of the year, last month and today, with completed lists in bold, backslides in red and gains in green:

The push for Top 200 on every official listShow
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die: 11-->6-->5
A.V. Club's The Best Movies of the 2010s: 0-->4-->1
Annecy Festival's 100 Films for a Century of Animation: 6-->0-->0
Arts & Faith's Top 100 Films: 1-->1-->1
BBC's The 21st Century's 100 Greatest Films: 0-->1-->1
Cahiers du Cinéma's 100 Films for an Ideal Cinematheque: 1-->1-->1
CineChile's 50 Best Chilean movies of all time: 1-->0-->0
Cinema Tropical's Best Latin American Films 2010-2019: 0-->0-->0
Empire's The 100 Best Films of World Cinema: 0-->1-->1
Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films: 1-->0-->0
Hürriyet's The 100 Best Movies of Turkish Cinema: 0-->9-->0
IMDb's 1910s Top 50: 1-->1-->2
IMDb's 1920s Top 50: 0-->1-->1
IMDb's 1950s Top 50: 1-->1-->1
IMDb's 1970s Top 50: 1-->1-->0
IMDb's 2010s Top 50: 0-->1-->2
IMDb's Animation Top 50: 0-->0-->0
IMDb's Biography Top 50: 0-->1-->1
IMDb's Drama Top 50: 0-->1-->1
IMDb's Shorts Top 50: 0-->1-->0
IMDb's Thrillers Top 50: 0-->0-->1
IMDb's Top 250: 0-->1-->2
Kinemathekverbund's The 100 Most Important German Films: 3-->0-->0
Livejournal's 100 Best Russian Movies: 1-->0-->0
Outlook India's Best Bollywood Films: 1-->0-->0
Rotten Tomatoes's Top 100 Movies of All Time: 0-->0-->0
Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time: 17-->14-->7
Taschen's 100 All-Time Favorite Movies: 1-->1-->1
Total Sci-Fi's The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies: 2-->2-->0
TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 17-->21-->12

And the breakdown so far:

Goal: Top 200 on every official list
Films left at start of year: 66
Target pace to meet goal: 5.5 checks/month
Checks left last month: 69
Checks left currently: 41
Checks left at this point in 2019/2018/2017/2016/2015: 52/56/75/71/36
Current pace: 6.25 checks/month
Top 200 goals completed this month: Hürriyet's The 100 Best Movies of Turkish Cinema, IMDb's 1950s Top 50, IMDb's Shorts Top 50, and Total Sci-Fi's The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies
Lists that have (re)appeared this month: IMDb's 1950s Top 50, IMDb's Drama Top 50, and IMDb's Thrillers Top 50
Worst ranking this month: IMDb's 2010s Top 50 (#353)
Best goal-related ranks: IMDb's Shorts Top 50 (#1) and Cinema Tropical's Best Latin American Films 2010-2019 (#157)
Median ranking on all lists: #73 (TSPDT's Brief Encounters and The Criterion Collection) and #74 (Lola Award - Best German Film and BFI's 100 Science Fiction Films)
Overall Ranking: 18-->16-->16

This is the first full month of lockdown, and the effect on the numbers are very apparent. I've overcome the deficit built up from the new lists and swung back into positive territory, concentrating almost exclusively on the TSPDT and Hürriyet lists, completing the latter goal this morning. The earliest I'll be back in the lab is June 1st, and I plan to continue watching roughly a goal-related film each day until then. Since TSPDT, S&S and 1001 Films have so much overlap and together make up more than half the remaining checks needed, in the next four weeks I may actually come within a stone's throw of finishing my 2020 goal altogether!

Also this month there was a trade-off in overall ranking, with Tim2460 blazing past me as I in turn passed Jerry Warton. For the first time every person ahead of me has selected an avatar for themselves; I don't know why I've been preoccupied about that, but I have. There was a spell where SanderO and Rich were taking it easy, but they've started checking again in earnest lately and so everyone ahead of me is very active on the whole. I'm not sure my all-time highest rank of #14 will be bested, not for a long time anyway, and there's a risk in future years of not being able to meet my goal of at least maintaining my rank at each year's end. But this year seems safe, December 2021 is a long way off, and a lot can happen between now and then, so I'm curious to see how it all plays out.

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Post by Fergenaprido » May 8th, 2020, 9:16 am

erde wrote:
May 2nd, 2020, 3:24 pm
Fergenaprido wrote:
May 2nd, 2020, 9:57 am
erde wrote:
May 2nd, 2020, 9:26 am
2. Bronze on Yle News’ Best Finnish Films of All Time - Done! For years I've struggled, for some reason, to get myself to watch these, but now I just went and did it for the Nordic challenge! It was enlightening to finally see some of the classics of my home country that I hadn't previously watched. I cannot explain why I've put it off for so long.
And what are your thoughts on the films you watched/your national cinema overall now that's you've achieved your bronze? Top 5 recommendations?
Well, watching forty-something films on Yle News list hardly makes me an expert on Finnish cinema. But it has brought me a much more versatile understanding of it than before. My ultimate Finnish favourite director has always been - not at all surprisingly - Aki Kaurismäki. (Although, instead of the usual suspects, my favourite movie from him is https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/ham ... aailmassa/ which is, in my opinion, criminally underseen.) But I find that his distinctive style of filmmaking sits very comfortably in cosmopolite western arthouse cinema, and is not especially "Finnish" (whatever that is). I have also enjoyed films by e.g. Veikko Aaltonen (e.g. https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/isa+meidan/ and https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/rakkaudella+maire/) and Auli Mantila (https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/neitoperho/). Also, as a very special recommendation, one of my favourite Finnish filmmakers of all time is Katariina Lillqvist who has done amazing puppett animation based on e.g. Kafka's short stories in the 90's (see https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/kamarihaikara/, https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/hii ... atsastaja/ and https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/maalaislaakari/). Although I'm afraid that they might be quite hard to come across. Couple of recent delightful surprises include https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/hymyileva+mies/ and https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/armomurhaaja/. However, I notice that many of these are not official checks, of which I am sorry. :D
Thanks!

Official check status isn't that important to me. Not a big fan of Kaurismäki, but his films are usually short so they're not that bad to sit through and give a try. I'm not familiar with any of the ones you mentioned, but I'll look around for them and see if I can find a few and add them to my ever-growing watchlist. :)

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Post by erde » May 8th, 2020, 4:17 pm

That "Hamlet liikemaailmassa" (engl. 'Hamlet goes business'), which I heartily recommend, is not a typical Kaurismäki film (more like "Kaurismäki does Buñuel" kind of thing...), so you might like it even if you don't usually like his films. Let me know if you decide to watch it (or other films that I recommended), and tell me what you thought of it!
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Post by Ebbywebby » May 8th, 2020, 8:54 pm

Only 63 features on my watchlist, and "Hamlet Goes Business" is one of them.

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Post by erde » May 8th, 2020, 10:57 pm

Great! :thumbsup: Let me know what you thought about it.

It seems that the seven other voters in this year's DtC were not as amazed by it as I am. :blink: I find it quite curious, of course, but hey, what can you do? :shrug: :lol:
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Post by Tim2460 » May 15th, 2020, 4:14 pm

I have meet this last Month 2 of my main Goals...

One is an very old, almost "For ever" Goal as i finally collected all the Peary Book Film Fanatic Films ! Only 129 Still to watch on the watchlist for it ,)

The other one, is joining the Top 75 Club, just in time before the TSZDT update ,)

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I have been watching wayyyyy to much Horror films theses last 15 days just to go down the last List over 75.

Time for a little "Movie i have to watch for an ICM Goal" break.

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