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Post by hurluberlu » June 30th, 2018, 10:19 pm

2. The Night of Truth / La Nuit de la Vérité (Fanta Régina Nacro, 2004, Burkina Faso) 6+
3. Faro: Goddess of the Waters / Faro, la Reine des Eaux (Salif Traoré, 2007, Mali) 6+
4. Guimba the Tyrant / Guimba, un tyran une époque (Cheick Oumar Sissoko, 1995, Mali) 7
5. Waati (Souleymane Cissé, 1995, Mali) 5
6. Sankofa (Haile Gerima, 1993, Ghana) 7-
7. Zulu (Jérôme Salles, 2013, South Africa) 7-
8. Sia, the Dream of the Python / Le Rêve du Python (Dani Kouyaté, 2001, Burkina Faso) 7

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1. Dreams of Dust / Rêves de poussière (Laurent Salgues, 2006) [Burkina Faso] 6
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Post by flavo5000 » July 1st, 2018, 4:00 am

35. Emitaï (1971, Senegal)
36. Witchdoctor of the Livingdead (1985, Nigeria)
37. Afrique, je te plumerai (1992, Cameroon)
38. The Demon (1981, South Africa)
39. Cobra Verde (1987, Ghana)
40. Buud Yam (1997, Burkina Faso)
41. The Stay Awake (1987, South Africa)

Last post of the challenge for me! I ended up with way more than I had anticipated (in fact I hadn't really even planned to participate hence not watching anything for it the first week of the month), but I found it interesting exploring the various cultures across the continent. Plus I also like exploring genre films (horror/exploitation) in other markets, seeking out hidden "gems" like Witchdoctor of the Livingdead. Thanks to maxwelldeux for hosting. Great job as usual!
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1. Wend Kuuni (1982)
2. Xala (1975)
3. Kill or Be Killed (1976, South Africa)
4. Kill and Kill Again (1981, South Africa)
5. Dilemma (1962, South Africa)
6. The Objective (2008, Morocco)
7. Africa paradis (2006, Benin)
8a. Fary l'anesse (1990, Senegal)
8b. Picc mi (1992, Senegal)
8c. Borom sarret (1969, Senegal)
8d. Nothing's the Same (2008, Burundi)
9. Sambizanga (1972, Angola)
10. Everyone's Child (1996, Zimbabwe)
11. Udju Azul di Yonta (1992, Guinea-Bissau)
12. Samt el qusur (1994, Tunisia)
13. House on Willow Street (2016, South Africa)
14. Guimba, un tyran une époque (1995, Mali/Burkina Faso)
15. Touki Bouki (1973, Senegal)
16. Guelwaar (1992, Senegal)
17. Come Back, Africa (1959, South Africa)
18. Neria (1993, Zimbabwe)
19. Al-ins wal jinn (1985, Egypt)
20. Allah Tantou (1992, Guinea)
21. Space Mutiny (1988, South Africa)
22. Chappie (2015, South Africa)
23. Keita! L'héritage du griot (1996, Burkina Faso)
24. Death of a Snowman (1976, South Africa)
25. Who Killed Captain Alex? (2010, Uganda)
26. Remparts d'argile (1970, Algeria)
27. La vie est belle (1987, Zaire)
28. Naked Wrestler (2008, Nigeria)
29. Naked Wrestler 2 (2008, Nigeria)
30. Finzan (1989, Mali)
31. Gito, l'ingrat (1992, Burundi)
32. Femmes aux yeux ouverts (1994, Togo)
33. Le grand blanc de Lambaréné (1995, Gabon/Cameroon)
34. Tilaï (1990, Burkina Faso)
35. Emitaï (1971, Senegal)
36. Witchdoctor of the Livingdead (1985, Nigeria)
37. Afrique, je te plumerai (1992, Cameroon)
38. The Demon (1981, South Africa)
39. Cobra Verde (1987, Ghana)
40. Buud Yam (1997, Burkina Faso)
41. The Stay Awake (1987, South Africa)

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Post by Mate_cosido » July 1st, 2018, 5:49 am

41. Ceddo (1977, Ousmane Sembene, Senegal)

42. Timbuktu (2014, Abderrahmane Sissako, Mauritania)

43. More Short Films [70']

a. À nous la rue (1987, Moustapha Dao, Burkina Faso) [15'23"]

b. L'enfant et le caïman (1991, Moustapha Dao, Burkina Faso) [17'32"]

c. L'oeuf (1999, Moustapha Dao, Burkina Faso) [21'29"]

d. Picc mi (1992, Mansour Sora Wade, Senegal) [15'36"]

44. Samt el qusur - The Silences of the Palace (1994, Moufida Tlatli, Tunisia)

45. Xala (1975, Ousmane Sembene, Senegal)
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1. Sankofa (1993, Haile Gerima, USA/Ghana/Burkina Faso)

2. Visages de femmes - Faces of Women (1985, Désiré Ecaré, Côte d'Ivoire)

3. Mueda, Memoria e Massacre - Mueda, Memory and Massacre (1979, Ruy Guerra, Mozambique)

4. Po di Sangui - Tree of Blood (1996, Flora Gomes, Guinea-Bissau)

5. Come Back, Africa (1959, Lionel Rogosin, South Africa)

6. Al-mummia - The Mummy (1969, Chadi Abdel Salam, Egypt)

7. Samba Traoré (1992, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Burkina Faso)

8. Zan Boko (1988, Gaston Kaboré, Burkina Faso)

9. Lamb (2015, Yared Zeleke, Ethiopia)

10. Yam Daabo - The Choice (1987, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Burkina Faso)

11. Le franc (1994, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Senegal)

12. El-haimoune - Wanderers of the Desert (1984, Nacer Khemir, Tunisia)

13. Tabataba (1988, Raymond Rajaonarivelo, Madagascar)

14. Nelisita (1983, Rui Duarte, Angola)

15. Muna Moto - The Child of Another (1975, Jean-Pierre Dikongue-Pipa, Cameroon)

16. I Am Not a Witch (2017, Rungano Nyoni, Zambia)

17. Finye - The Wind (1982, Souleymane Cissé, Mali)

18. Ezra (2007, Newton I. Aduaka, Nigeria)

19. Keita! L'héritage du griot (1996, Dani Kouyaté, Burkina Faso)

20. Hyènes - Hyenas (1992, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Senegal)

21. Heritage Africa (1989, Kwaw Ansah, Ghana)

22. Le collier perdu de la colombe - The Dove's Lost Necklace (1991, Nacer Khemir, Tunisia)

23. Soleil Ô - Oh, Sun (1970, Med Hondo, Mauritania)

24. Femmes aux yeux ouverts - Women with Open Eyes (1994, Anne-Laure Folly, Togo)

25. Cabascabo (1969, Oumarou Ganda, Niger)

26. Afrique, je te plumerai - Africa, I Will Fleece You (1992, Jean-Marie Téno, Cameroon)

27. Festival panafricain d'Alger (1969, William Klein, Algeria)

28. Les mille et une mains - A Thousand and One Hands (1973, Souheil Ben-Barka, Morocco)

29. Mossane (1996, Safi Faye, Senegal)

30. Remparts d'argile - Ramparts of Clay (1970, Jean-Louis Bertuccelli, Algeria)

31. Histoire d'une rencontre - Tale of an Encounter (1984, Brahim Tsaki, Algeria)

32. Short Films [76'59"]

a. Le neveu du peintre - The Painter's Nephew (1989, Moustapha Dao, Burkina Faso) [28'57"]

b. Niaye (1964, Ousmane Sembene, Senegal) [29'34"]

c. Borom sarret (1963, Ousmane Sembene, Senegal) [18'28"]

33. Sarraounia (1986, Med Hondo, Burkina Faso/Mauritania)

34. Finzan (1989, Cheick Oumar Sissoko, Mali)

35. Udju Azul di Yonta - The Blue Eyes of Yonta (1992, Flora Gomes, Guinea-Bissau)

36. Guimba, un tyran, une époque - Guimba the Tyrant (1995, Cheick Oumar Sissoko, Mali)

37. Emitaï (1971, Ousmane Sembene, Senegal)

38. Cobra Verde (1987, Werner Herzog, Ghana)

39. Yaaba (1989, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Burkina Faso)

40. Dilemma (1962, Henning Carlsen, South Africa)

41. Ceddo (1977, Ousmane Sembene, Senegal)

42. Timbuktu (2014, Abderrahmane Sissako, Mauritania)

43. More Short Films [70']

a. À nous la rue (1987, Moustapha Dao, Burkina Faso) [15'23"]

b. L'enfant et le caïman (1991, Moustapha Dao, Burkina Faso) [17'32"]

c. L'oeuf (1999, Moustapha Dao, Burkina Faso) [21'29"]

d. Picc mi (1992, Mansour Sora Wade, Senegal) [15'36"]

44. Samt el qusur - The Silences of the Palace (1994, Moufida Tlatli, Tunisia)

45. Xala (1975, Ousmane Sembene, Senegal)
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Post by OldAle1 » July 1st, 2018, 7:20 am

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1. Jerusalema (Ralph Ziman, 2008) South Africa

2. THREE SHORTS 30 + 22 + 15 = 67 minutes total, all from Senegal
a) Niaye (Ousmane Sembene, 1964) -
b) Contras' City (Djibril Diop Mambèty, 1969) -
c) Petite Lumière / Little Light (Alain Gomis, 2003)

3. TWO SHORTS 36 + 29 = 65 minutes totals
a. Le wazzou polygame / The Polygamist's Morale (Oumaru Ganda, 1971, NIGER/France)
b. Concerto pour un exil / Concerto for an Exile (Désiré Ecaré, 1968, IVORY COAST/France)

4. Purgatory (Ami Artzi, 1988, SOUTH AFRICA)
5. Nyamanton / Lessons from the Garbage (Cheick Oumar Sissoko, 1987, MALI)
6. Mapantsula (Oliver Schmitz, 1988, SOUTH AFRICA/UK)
7. Al-ard / The Land (Youssef Chahine, 1969, EGYPT)
8. The Stick / Platoon Warrior (Darrell Roodt, 1988, SOUTH AFRICA)
9. Sumuru (Darrell Roodt, 2003, SOUTH AFRICA/Canada/UK/Germany)
10. Yam Daabo (Idrissa Ouedraogo, 1987, BURKINA FASO/France)
11. Cabascabo (Oumarou Ganda, 1969, NIGER)
12. Bamako (Abderrhamane Sissako, 2006, MALI/USA/France)
13. Soleil Ô / Oh, Sun (Med Hondo, 1970, France/MAURITANIA)
14. Tsotsi (Gavin Hood, 2005, UK/SOUTH AFRICA)
15. O Grande Bazar / The Great Bazaar (Licino Acevedo, 2006, MOZAMBIQUE)
16. Quartier Mozart (Jean-Pierre Bekolo, 1992, CAMEROON/France)
17. Baara / Work (Souleymane Cissé, 1978, MALI)
18. Mustapha Dao shorts 15 + 29 + 17 = 61 m, all BURKINA FASO
À nous la rue / The Street is Ours (1987) i
Le neveu du peintre / The Painter's Nephew (1989)
L'enfant et le caïman / The Child and the Caiman (1991)
19. Sarraounia (Met Hondo, 1986, BURKINA FASO/MAURITANIA/France)

Perhaps a bit of a disappointment after being knocked over by Hondo's Soleil Ô a few days ago, this is nevertheless a very solid historical/war drama about the eponymous queen of a Hausa tribe who successfully resisted French invasion in 1899. Sarraounia is groomed for greatness by her father and grows up a tough, uncompromising warrior, but the film is ultimately less interested in her or even in her tribe's resistance than it is in the blundering, arrogant and vicious French troops led by the monstrous Captain Voulet, and it becomes clear through the course of the film that it's the French hubris and their refusal to learn anything about the people they're conquering that leads to their ultimate defeat.

and ending on a high note

20. Yeelen / Brightness (Souleymane Cissé, 1987, MALI/BURKINA FASO/France/West Germany/Japan) (4th or 5th viewing)

Five production countries? Maybe you'll understand why if you compare the production values here to those of just about any other sub-Saharan film in the 1980s. I was introduced to this when it was new; living in Chicago I was under the spell of Jonathan Rosenbaum, then and still the most significant influence on my film tastes, and while I probably agree with him a little less now than 30 years ago, this is one case where I'm fully aligned, and after many viewings this is still pretty easily the best African film I've seen, and probably still in my top 10 for the decade. There are few films that take me into a mythical and strange world so utterly - that so take me out of my contemporary "rational" "non-superstitious" viewpoint; Ten Canoes is another example I saw not too long ago, but Yeelen probably reigns supreme, a story of two sorcerers, father and son, in a fight to the death, for reasons that remain elusive, in a world of magic where nature, earth, air, sky, animal, plant all seem as alive and conscious as man. The cinematography by Jean-Noël Faragut and Jean-Michel Huneau is lush, vibrant and certainly shows a brightness commensurate with the title; the music by Salif Keita and Michel Portal is by turns mysterious/spooky/eerie and percussive, somehow sounding neither primitive nor modern, but of no time (at least no real time) or place, in a fantastic land like the film it accompanies. A film you very much have to get wrapped up in and be prepared for a journey that will probably never make complete sense, a trip into a foreign space in every sense of the word.

I'm done, thanks Max!
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Post by Simba63 » July 1st, 2018, 2:34 pm

I'm done too Maxwell. I ran out of gas the last week. Thank you so much for all the stats and hosting!

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Post by Fergenaprido » July 1st, 2018, 3:04 pm

June was a terrible film-watching month for me.

1. His Majesty's Sergeant (1983 Ghana) - 5.6 - Saw this on Kanopy. Very amateurish with a great setup but middling execution. Also, the movie ended so abruptly I'm not sure if part of it is missing. Rated this the lowest I could without it actually becoming a dislike, because it does have some merit. {also fits the 1980s and unofficial challenges}

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Post by Knaldskalle » July 1st, 2018, 4:10 pm

I had a terrible film month as well. Just not enough time, with everything going on IRL and behind the scenes here. I did, though, manage last night to squeeze in one African film, just so I don't get a 0 for the month:

1. Tajouj (Gubara, 1977). A mess. It's a VHS-rip with both English white burned-in subtitles (half of which you can't read) and Arab overlaid titles (TV ads?). The story seems very familiar, lovers who can't have each other due to social status differences and tragedy ensues.
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Post by maxwelldeux » July 1st, 2018, 5:23 pm

Since I'm pretty sure it's July the world over, Last Call for entries this month...

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Post by maxwelldeux » July 1st, 2018, 5:41 pm

Feedback time: Was that list of films watched interesting/useful to people? It's a little time-consuming to keep up with, but I can do it for future challenges if there's interest...

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Post by jdidaco » July 1st, 2018, 6:40 pm

maxwelldeux on Jul 1 2018, 11:41:22 AM wrote:Feedback time: Was that list of films watched interesting/useful to people? It's a little time-consuming to keep up with, but I can do it for future challenges if there's interest...
Not sure about future challenges if it’s too time-consuming, max, but I think that, for this particular challenge, this list was, and is, very important. Certainly underrepresented in relation to Egyptian and Maghrebi cinemas, and with two or three titles that perhaps shouldn't be there, but still one of the most interesting selection of sub-Saharan titles I've came across. Excellent participation from all challengers, and a big thanks to you for compiling it!

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Post by Fergenaprido » July 1st, 2018, 7:01 pm

jdidaco on Jul 1 2018, 12:40:08 PM wrote:
maxwelldeux on Jul 1 2018, 11:41:22 AM wrote:Feedback time: Was that list of films watched interesting/useful to people? It's a little time-consuming to keep up with, but I can do it for future challenges if there's interest...
Not sure about future challenges if it’s too time-consuming, max, but I think that, for this particular challenge, this list was, and is, very important. Certainly underrepresented in relation to Egyptian and Maghrebi cinemas, and with two or three titles that perhaps shouldn't be there, but still one of the most interesting selection of sub-Saharan titles I've came across. Excellent participation from all challengers, and a big thanks to you for compiling it!
If I'd had more time this month it probably would have been useful.

Still, I think it's a great resource for exploring African cinema in the future (and a good reminder list for the upcoming poll), even with a few questionable inclusions as jdidaco mentioned.

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Post by maxwelldeux » July 1st, 2018, 7:04 pm

jdidaco on Jul 1 2018, 12:40:08 PM wrote:
maxwelldeux on Jul 1 2018, 11:41:22 AM wrote:Feedback time: Was that list of films watched interesting/useful to people? It's a little time-consuming to keep up with, but I can do it for future challenges if there's interest...
Not sure about future challenges if it’s too time-consuming, max, but I think that, for this particular challenge, this list was, and is, very important. Certainly underrepresented in relation to Egyptian and Maghrebi cinemas, and with two or three titles that perhaps shouldn't be there, but still one of the most interesting selection of sub-Saharan titles I've came across. Excellent participation from all challengers, and a big thanks to you for compiling it!
That was kinda my thinking - there aren't a lot of good African cinema lists, and while this list has zero quality control, at least it's a place to start when exploring the genre. Like this month, I'm not sure we need another Chinese etc. movie list (I mean, there are already 4 official lists). But I'm kinda kicking myself that I didn't think of this for the African American cinema challenge (where I've yet to see a good list). Maybe I'll keep this idea on the back burner for some of those under-seen types of challenges.

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » July 1st, 2018, 8:16 pm

A few final entries from me:

11. 'El-haimoune' / 1984, Nacer Khemir / 10/10 / Tunisia / France
12. 'Abderrahmane Sissako, cinéaste aux semelles de vent' / 2017, Valérie Osouf / 6.5/10 / France / Mauritania / Mali

13.
'Hommage' / 1985, Jean-Marie Téno / 7.5/10 / (14 minutes) / Cameroon / France
'Pumzi' / 2009, Wanuri Kahiu / 8/10 / (22 minutes) / Kenya / South Africa
'Everything Happens for a Reason' / 2013, Florian Schott / 5.5 or 6/10 / (15 minutes) / Namibia
'They Came at Night' / 2014, Andrew Ellis, Alex Mallis / 7/10 / (19 minutes) / USA / Congo
(Total: 70 minutes)

Saving the best for last with the first of Khemir's ''Desert Trilogy''! A film of spellbinding and haunting sadness, absence and transcience. Exquisite artistry and lucidity and a poetic wonder to experience:

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Wish I could have watched a few others but I discovered a few new faves as it is. Thanks for a fascinating and rewarding challenge, Max!

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That's all, folks!

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Post by maxwelldeux » July 1st, 2018, 9:46 pm

RogerTheMovieManiac88 on Jul 1 2018, 02:16:57 PM wrote:12. 'Abderrahmane Sissako, cinéaste aux semelles de vent' / 2017, Valérie Osouf / 6.5/10 / France / Mauritania / Mali
I can't find that one... is it on IMDB?

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » July 1st, 2018, 10:21 pm

maxwelldeux on Jul 1 2018, 03:46:33 PM wrote:
RogerTheMovieManiac88 on Jul 1 2018, 02:16:57 PM wrote:12. 'Abderrahmane Sissako, cinéaste aux semelles de vent' / 2017, Valérie Osouf / 6.5/10 / France / Mauritania / Mali
I can't find that one... is it on IMDB?
It doesn't appear to be yet, Max. Sorry about that. Osouf has a page on IMDb so it should show up on the database sometime in the not too distant future.
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Post by maxwelldeux » July 1st, 2018, 10:46 pm

RogerTheMovieManiac88 on Jul 1 2018, 04:21:21 PM wrote:
maxwelldeux on Jul 1 2018, 03:46:33 PM wrote:
RogerTheMovieManiac88 on Jul 1 2018, 02:16:57 PM wrote:12. 'Abderrahmane Sissako, cinéaste aux semelles de vent' / 2017, Valérie Osouf / 6.5/10 / France / Mauritania / Mali
I can't find that one... is it on IMDB?
It doesn't appear to be yet, Max. Sorry about that. Osouf has a page on IMDb so it should show up on the database sometime in the not too distant future.
You and your obscure films... :P

No worries - if you (or someone else) get it on IMDB, I'll add it to the list of films watched.

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Post by maxwelldeux » July 2nd, 2018, 4:52 pm

Final Stats and Challenge Update

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The Official Africa Challenge for June 2018 is now closed. We've had 25 participants in the African Challenge. Simba63 took the victory in pretty dominating fashion, ending with a total of 61 watches. Mate_cosido finished in second place with 45 watches. flavo5000 took third place with 41 watches.

Leader board is up-to-date and maintained in the first post.

Years
Films watched so far have ranged from 1959 to 2017, covering 55 unique years in film. 1992 is tops with 33 watches, and 1988 is right behind with 25 watches. Here's a list of watch count by decade:

Decades List
DecadeCount
19503
196026
197049
1980120
1990112
200043
201035


Progress on Fun Bonus Collective Challenge #1: Complete the "Guide to African Cinema" official list
Through the end of the challenge, we've completed the Guide to African Cinema list (42/42) - thanks to klaus78 for watching "The Battle of Algiers". Simba63 was the first to watch 16 of those films; Eve-Lang-El-Coup was the first to watch 5 of those films; 72allinncallme and flavo5000 are right behind being the first person to watch 4 of the films.

Progress on this is up-to-date and maintained in the first post.

Progress on Fun Bonus Collective Challenge #2: Conquer the Continent
Through the second week of the challenge, we've watched a film from about 67% of the countries in Africa (37/55). jdidaco was the first to watch a film from 11 of those countries; psychotronicbeatnik is right behind being the first to watch a film from 6 of those countries. Senegal is tops with 63 watches this month, followed by South Africa and Burkina Faso with 58 and 52 watches, respectively.

Progress on this and watch counts for each country are up-to-date and maintained in the first post.
PS: Zaire = Democratic Republic of the Congo

Films
So far this month, we have watched 210 unique films, including three that were new imports to ICM. Check out how many of them you've seen on this list.

Misc. Stats
Total films watched (including shorts): 388
Total points: 370
Avg. watches: 14.8

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Post by blocho » July 3rd, 2018, 12:17 am

I think the last time we did the African challenge the winner had something like 18 movies. So a big improvement this time.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » July 3rd, 2018, 8:35 pm

maxwelldeux on Jul 1 2018, 11:41:22 AM wrote:Feedback time: Was that list of films watched interesting/useful to people? It's a little time-consuming to keep up with, but I can do it for future challenges if there's interest...
I like all the stats you do but the list of movies watched is one I mainly refer to at the end of the challenge to make sure I've checked everything (if it's an ICM list anyway). Sometimes I don't even have time to do that. If you drop anything out of what you're doing already - and you do more stats than most hosts - that's the one I would recommend dropping.

You always do a great job of hosting and I appreciate that. It can be time consuming - which is why I'm not hosting any challenges here because I don't have the time to do it properly.

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