[Challenge for Films on Zero Offical Lists]
For many of us, iCM has been a godsend. Rather than spending hours trying to work out what to watch from thousands of movies out there, the site provides 190 (and counting) reputable lists to work on. What's more, the site ranks you against other users depending on the number of films you have checked from those 190 Official Lists, and gives you imaginary metal for completing 50, 75, 90 and 100% of any given list. The downside of this is that, since joining iCM, some users (I am certainly guilty of this) have refined their viewing habits to preference to films on 1+ Official lists over those on no lists at all. And on a personal note, this has lad to me amassing a very large number of unwatched films (and recommendations) that I have procrastinated due to their Unofficial status.
This is the Challenge where we aim to reverse that trend and try to encourage everyone to think outside the square and check out all the promising films out there that are currently on no Official lists. As the massive number of films mentioned in last year's Unofficial poll proved, there is a wealth of movies out there that many of us believe to be great, Official Status or not. And this is the month to explore those titles. Who knows what you might find? Maybe something worth nominating for this year's 500<400 poll, next year's DTC exercise or the next World Cup? So go out, explore and report to back to us with what is out there, worthwhile and which we may have missed due to unofficial status.
Watch as many Unofficial movies as you can from June 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018.
What is an Unofficial Film?
Must be on zero Official Lists on iCheckMovies at the time that you watch it. If a film turns Official during the month you can only include it if you saw it before it became Official.
- Feature length (40mins+) narrative, documentary and experimental films are eligible for this Challenge
- Telepics and miniseries (if watched in their entirety) are eligible for this Challenge, but are only worth 1 point
- TV episodes, individual miniseries episodes, music videos and short films are not eligible for this Challenge
- See our discussion about inclusions and exclusions for this Challenge
- All current cinema releases are eligible if they are on zero Official lists
- Rewatches are allowed, and yeah, they are still good for the soul
I reserve the right to exclude participants who intentionally number their viewings incorrectly. If you play the game, you're expected to play properly.
Final results will be posted between 11:00am and 11:30am GMT on July 2 - at which point it will have been June everywhere in the world for almost a whole day. While you are welcome to post updates beyond this point, any such updates will not be included in the final results. Your choice whether you miss the deadline or not; besides, if it's July on your side of the world, shouldn't you be starting on one of next month's challenges, mm?
Stuck for ideas of what to watch? Look no further:
iCM Forum's Favourite 1000 Unofficial Checks (the last 38 films have since become Official and are ineligible)
iCM Forum's 1000<400 (sorted by least number of Official Lists; many but not all are eligible)
TSZDT Top 1001-2000 (sorted by least number of Official Lists; many but not all are eligible)
TSPDT Top 1001-2000 (the first 22 films are Unofficial)
The last three lists should be especially interesting to check
This thread will be updated at least twice a day (more often if I am around and feel like it). Since I am updating manually, I would appreciate it if you to list new films seen in a new post. If you would prefer just to endlessly edit your original post, please let me know so that I remember to check your post.
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