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Canadian Challenge (Official, December 2018)

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Post by lynchs » December 20th, 2018, 1:11 pm

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1. Curling 2010, in 0 top lists - iCM Forum's Favourite Canadian Films - Top 150
2. Vic + Flo ont vu un ours (2013) 3/10
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Post by sol » December 20th, 2018, 2:05 pm

Any Which Way You CanadaShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)
31. War Witch (2012)
32. Turbo Kid (2015)
33. The Brain (1988)
34. Deranged (1974)
35. The Mask (1961)
36. Stupidity (2003)
37. Being Canadian (2015)
38. Death Weekend (1976)
39. Trapped (1982)
40. The Kiss (1988)
41. Scanners (1981) REVISION

42. Altitude (2010)

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This private plane-set thriller features some very obnoxious characters and not even the two protagonists are particularly likeable, but the filmmakers capture the tension and mounting paranoia from the teens during their flight excellently with some particularly intense moments as they open the hatch doors of the craft to fix a mysterious malfunction. The weather conditions are very well portrayed too and there are lots of mobile shots for something filmed in such a small space. The movie falls apart towards the end though and ends on a low note.
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Post by OldAle1 » December 20th, 2018, 3:10 pm

Finally putting up my viewings, which are just about all in other challenges anyway. Going to be a bear getting to my self-imposed 10+ on every challenge this month, just too much else to do.

1. Warrendale (Allan King, 1967)

The film I just didn't quite get to the last time we did a Canada challenge - maybe I'll start off every future Canada challenge with an Allan King film? Certainly a good way to start and also like the other film I've seen from him, A Married Couple, a work that grows into almost unbearable intensity; I don't think I'd want to see too many of these in a short span of time. This one deals with an experimental therapy facility for children (adolescents/young adults for the most part - the oldest looked 16-17 to me) in the Toronto area and the efforts of the therapists to help the kids deal with mostly emotional and anger issues. It culminates with a tragedy that feels like it could wreck the whole program - and indeed, the facility didn't last very long. I'm not knowledgeable about this area at all and have never really had to deal with these kinds of problems except very rarely and at a distance so I can't say that I felt one way or another about whether this kind of therapy is useful but in its emphasis on holding, hugging, etc, it does seem like something that would be hard to practice today. At any rate, very intense and powerful stuff.

2. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (Sacha Gervasi, 2008) Canada, Documentaries

OK so I'm sure just about every review of this documentary of a struggling, long-lived Toronto heavy metal band has to evoke a certain other "documentary" about a certain British heavy metal band that came out in 1984, so I'll just start by saying that if Spinal Tap is a fake doc that often feels very, very real, Anvil is a real doc that - because we've all seen Spinal Tap and innumerable other faux rockumentaries that followed in it's wake (or preceded it, like The Rutles) - often feels fake, or at least made me wonder, "did they exaggerate this?" But no, Anvil is the band that Spinal Tap might've been if it were even less famous and more unlucky, and the miracle of this film is that watching a couple of guys struggle to no avail for decades can feel so invigorating and inspiring in the end. There are even some fairly incredible parallels with the fictional band - "Robb Reiner", a blonde manager who is the girlfriend of one of the band members, lots of similar-sounding albums, the occasional pretentiousness...but it's all the real deal in this case, truth really is stranger than, or at least as strange as fiction. It's really quite a special portrait ultimately of a life-long friendship and an undying dream and what is more important than that? The only thing I would have wished for is that they might have played one or two songs complete, all we get are snatches, but then this really is focused on the band and relationships more than the music.

3. SHORTS 7 + 12 + 26 + 16 = 61 m
a) A to Z (Michael Snow, 1956)
b) Dripping Water (Michael Snow/Joyce Wieland, 1968)
c) The Dead Father (Guy Maddin, 1985) (re-watch)
d) Treevenge (Jason Eisener, 2008)

Snow's first short is a cute, inventive little animated fantasy with a couple of chairs and bowls and plates whirling around - not remotely like any of his subsequent work, though there are moments of playfulness in a few of his longer features I suppose, like *Corpus Callosum. Dripping Water is just that, 12 minutes of water dripping into a bowl. Exciting! This is minimalism/structuralism at it's least-entrancing, though in this case as in many, a nice 35mm print might at least make the visuals a bit interesting. I first saw The Dead Father in cinema when the director was in Chicago to present it and... I think Archangel, in the mid-90s, and I didn't remember it too well. It's pretty striking though rather fragmented as narrative, with many of Maddin's regular themes in nascent form, like his obsessive focus on death and on rather bizarre intergenerational family relationships. I really should give it another watch before commenting more, perhaps I'll go through Maddin's work again this coming year HAH. Treevenge is a fun little film about Christmas trees taking revenge on the horrible humans (all of them quite exaggeratedly monstrous) who cut them down every years. Very bloody and silly - you don't see a baby getting it's head mashed by an anamorphic tree every day.

4. Fido (Andrew Currie, 2006)

A pretty wonderful suburban 50s satire in the form of a zombie comedy, with a little newsreel exposition at the beginning explaining how the zombie outbreak changed the world and almost destroyed it, until we learned that a shot through the head would kill them - and we could tame them with control collars. Years later, everyone in the middle-class (verging on upper) suburb we're watching has at least one zombie servant and rules about death and burial and all kinds of other social customs are significantly changed, and our perfect family, Bill and Helen Robinson (Dylan Baker and Carrie-Ann Moss) have their first zombie (gotta keep up with the Joneses, or in this case the Bottoms family led by patriarch Henry Czerny, a hero in the zombie wars and the head of security of Zomcon, a corporation that more or less runs everything), the title character (Billy Connolly) and everything seems to be wonderful, but the relationships between Fido and their young son Timmy (K'sun Ray), Fido and Helen, and other zombie-human situations point to some dark problems at the heart of this strange utopia. Fido's biggest problem is that it's got too much on it's plate, trying to do political/historical satire, horror-comedy, a bit of 50s science fiction and lots of other things in a standard hour-and-a-half, and it doesn't quite gel into a cohesive, satisfying whole though it's always entertaining and inventive, and Moss and Czerny in particular are just great, as is the colorful pastel-oriented photography and production design. This is right up my alley so while I wish it went a little deeper in it's exploration of the suburban psyche, and in the obvious allusions in the human-zombie relationships to pets, slavery, and various other unequal societal arrangements in history, it offers plenty of food for thought and entertainment as is.

5. Radiant City (Jim Brown/Gary Burns, 2006)

Interesting mixture of documentary and staged footage about suburban life near a large, unnamed North American city - according to IMDb, Edmonton, Alberta. Lots of fairly well-known (if you know anything about New Urbanism or such things) talking heads like James Howard Kunstler mostly bemoan the loss of all the good things about urban life and knock all of the negative impact of suburban sprawl as well as the ways in which it changes us as communities and societies, interspersed with a look at the lives of several suburban individuals and families. Some folks in the reviews have knocked the "reveal" near the end of the film about how it was made but this didn't much bother me and while I didn't find a lot that was new here I think it's presented in a fairly entertaining and informative way, and might be a good first look for some folks into the suburban problem.

6. Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (Sam Brown/Scott McFadyen, 2010)

I don't think this needs much explanation - basically a straightforward, year-by-year and album-by-album look at the Canadian power trio, which I found out just after watching this, to my surprise, disbanded earlier this year. Shows how serious a fan I was! This is actually ideal for someone like me who has a modest interest in the band but really doesn't know them that well, and I have to say that as a vehicle to increase interest and maybe get me to listen to more, it totally worked, and it does a reasonable job of explaining how this band lasted so long and took so long to really hit the big time - though it's still fair to call them a "cult" band rather than one of general popularity. Where it falls short I think is in putting them in the context of the Canadian or prog/hard rock music scenes in general - we get a lot of adoring bits of interviews from many famous fans who grew up on them, i,e. Jack Black, Trent Reznor, but we don't get enough sense IMO of their competition and how the Toronto music scene evolved - significant since they've stayed in their home city for the most part. And I'd have liked a little bit more about Peart's lyrics and their conception of narrative in music in general; but this is nearly two hours and there isn't really any waste, how much can you say in that time about a band with a 40+ year history? It's really about as good an introduction as you could make I think with all these caveats, though I wonder how useful it would be to those who are already really hardcore fans.

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Post by vortexsurfer » December 20th, 2018, 3:37 pm

5. Father’s Day (Astron-6, 2011)
6a. Corner Gas: Comedy Night (2004)
6b. Corner Gas: Hook, Line and Sinker (2004)
6c. Corner Gas: Face Off (2004)

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1. Manborg (Steven Kostanski, 2011)
2a. Corner Gas: Ruby Reborn (2004)
2b. Corner Gas: Tax Man (2004)
2c. Corner Gas: Pilates Twist (2004)
3a. Corner Gas: Oh Baby (2004)
3b. Corner Gas: Grad ‘68 (2004)
3c. Corner Gas: World’s Biggest Thing (2004)
4a. Corner Gas: All My Exes Live in Toronto (2004)
4b. Corner Gas: Cousin Carl (2004)
4c. Corner Gas: Cell Phone (2004)
5. Father’s Day (Astron-6, 2011)
6a. Corner Gas: Comedy Night (2004)
6b. Corner Gas: Hook, Line and Sinker (2004)
6c. Corner Gas: Face Off (2004)

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » December 20th, 2018, 6:29 pm

sol wrote:
December 20th, 2018, 1:56 am
psychotronicbeatnik wrote:
December 19th, 2018, 6:56 pm
sol wrote:
December 19th, 2018, 2:23 am
Dafuq? How have I never seen or heard of this before? My Canadian watchlist only grows longer every day...
I couldn't believe it when I first heard about it years ago either. It features Cronenberg regular, Robert Silverman in one of the leading guest roles. You may not know his name but you will certainly recognize him if you've seen a lot of Cronenberg. Not surprisingly, given who directed it, it's one of the darker episodes of this series (at least of the 13 or so eps I've seen). You can find it on YT.

I haven't forgotten the Bloody Brood, but this morning I confirmed my suspician that I had seen it before. According to an old database I watched it back in 2008 and rated it a 6/10. I don't remember much about it except that Falk was good in an otherwise unexceptional film. If I get through my Cronenberg rewatches in time I'll revisit it too, but I'm feeling a little more motivated to watch docos and Xmas films at the moment.
Oh yes, I've found it on YT. It's more a matter of trying to find time for it with so much left to watch and only 11 days left of December. :wacko:

No sweat re: The Bloody Brood. I would rather rewatch something by Cronenberg if I was going to revisit anything this month. In fact, maybe I will...
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Post by sol » December 21st, 2018, 2:18 am

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By the way, you've got to see The Brain -- if you haven't already -- for the Challenge this month if you are on a Cronenberg high. Plot: teenager starts having video hallucinations after being subjected to a damaging television signal. He finds himself on the run for the police after he is blamed for a series of murders.
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Post by sol » December 21st, 2018, 2:20 am

vortexsurfer wrote:
December 20th, 2018, 3:37 pm
5. Father’s Day (Astron-6, 2011)
Good idea. I loved Manborg (and liked The Editor to a lesser extent) so I really ought to make time for this one this month...
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Post by sol » December 21st, 2018, 2:24 am

Any Which Way You CanadaShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)
31. War Witch (2012)
32. Turbo Kid (2015)
33. The Brain (1988)
34. Deranged (1974)
35. The Mask (1961)
36. Stupidity (2003)
37. Being Canadian (2015)
38. Death Weekend (1976)
39. Trapped (1982)
40. The Kiss (1988)
41. Scanners (1981) REVISION
42. Altitude (2010)

43. Phobia (1980)

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Not as bad as its reputation might suggest, the protagonist's treatment process for phobias is actually pretty fascinating as he subjects his patients to wall-to-wall screens with video projections of their fear. There is also an incredibly well done sequence in which an agoraphobic woman has a panic attack aboard a train. Unfortunately, the film is less interested in fleshing out his therapy processes or what it is like to live with a phobia, and far more interested in spinning a slow and formulaic whodunit (with a grossly unsatisfying solution).
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Post by allisoncm » December 21st, 2018, 6:50 am

lynchs wrote:
December 20th, 2018, 1:11 pm
allisoncm wrote:
December 18th, 2018, 6:48 am
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1. Curling 2010, in 0 top lists - iCM Forum's Favourite Canadian Films - Top 150
2. Vic + Flo ont vu un ours (2013) 3/10
allison got mad :unsure:

i just wasn't satisfied.

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Post by allisoncm » December 21st, 2018, 6:50 am

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1. Curling 2010, in 0 top lists - iCM Forum's Favourite Canadian Films - Top 150
2. Vic + Flo ont vu un ours (2013) 3/10
3. The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (1983) 6/10
4. Manufactured Landscapes (2006) 5.2/10
5. Haunter (2013) iCM Forum's Favourite Canadian Films - Top 150 5.25/10

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Post by sol » December 21st, 2018, 10:29 am

Any Which Way You CanadaShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)
31. War Witch (2012)
32. Turbo Kid (2015)
33. The Brain (1988)
34. Deranged (1974)
35. The Mask (1961)
36. Stupidity (2003)
37. Being Canadian (2015)
38. Death Weekend (1976)
39. Trapped (1982)
40. The Kiss (1988)
41. Scanners (1981) REVISION
42. Altitude (2010)
43. Phobia (1980)

44. Plague (1979)

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A thriller that sits halfway between The Andromeda Strain and Contagion. It is a dark and brutal movie that does not shy away from showing kids dying from the infection and there are some gut-wrenching scenes of panicked citizens gunned down as they attempt to flee quarantine. The film also sits halfway between conspiracy (the scientists trying to cover things up) and alarmism though and never quite seems sure what it is about (a cautionary tale?). Pretty compelling while it last though.

45. Rabid (1977) REVISION

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Although the plot does not quite add up (experimental skin graft results in an extra orifice on a separate part of the body, which soon becomes infectious), this early Cronenberg offering stands up well to repeat viewings. The carrier of the disease is highly human and empathetic here with her heartfelt claims that "it's not my fault", the sourced music is great and there is plenty of awesome grotesque imagery. The film also takes a swipe at human intimacy with the infection spread through hugging.

46. 88:88 (2015)

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An experimental anti-narrative movie. There are some striking images (a sequence shot through red filters; see above) but the highs are few and far between with fragmented editing rendering the project hard to sit through. Not only is the film full of split second edits, there are lapses in which the audio deliberately cuts out. This happens in particular during the lengthy monologues, which makes it hard to follow what the characters are saying and it makes the director's agenda with the film entirely elusive.

47. 88 (2015)

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Katherine Isabelle plays an amnesic woman who slowly has to piece her past back together after her finding herself lost with a gun in her handbag in this Canadian thriller that been described as a "female version of Memento". That comparison certainly oversells the film a little bit, but Isabelle convincingly plays two sides to her character well, Christopher Lloyd excels in a badass gangster role and there is much tension even in quieter scenes such as her early seductive waltz through a convenience store.
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Post by peeptoad » December 21st, 2018, 11:48 am

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44. Plague (1979)

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Added to watch list... thanks sol!

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Post by sol » December 21st, 2018, 3:20 pm

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December 21st, 2018, 11:48 am
Added to watch list... thanks sol!
You're welcome. It's from Ed Hunt (the same director as The Brain) but there's no silly giant brain monster, so maybe you'll like it more. :D It also has touches of Cronenberg (no coincidence I rewatched Rabid directly afterwards) though the parallels are far less pronounced than the video hallucinations of The Brain.
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Post by sol » December 21st, 2018, 3:26 pm

Any Which Way You CanadaShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)
31. War Witch (2012)
32. Turbo Kid (2015)
33. The Brain (1988)
34. Deranged (1974)
35. The Mask (1961)
36. Stupidity (2003)
37. Being Canadian (2015)
38. Death Weekend (1976)
39. Trapped (1982)
40. The Kiss (1988)
41. Scanners (1981) REVISION
42. Altitude (2010)
43. Phobia (1980)
44. Plague (1979)
45. Rabid (1977) REVISION
46. 88:88 (2015)
47. 88 (2015)

48. 2:22 (2008)

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Planning to rob the security deposit boxes at a fancy hotel by tying up and gagging the nightshift staff and wearing their uniforms, four criminals find themselves unprepared for the absurd demands of the night owl paying guests. The film is very slow to warm up with over half an hour elapsing before they begin to impersonate the night staff, but the middle section of the project is pretty strong with lots of dark humour as their plans are constantly put on hold to make BLT sandwiches etc for the guests. The final third is pretty weak though.

49. <---> (1969)

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The camera in this experimental Michael Snow movie rocks to and fro in an empty classroom for 45+ minutes. The false sense of security that Snow establishes by the exact same thing happening for 11 minutes with only whirring sounds makes the rest of the film full of surprises. People random start popping up as the camera sways, the speed and direction of the swaying changes and then we start to see things outside the windows (or do we?). A pretty hypnotic film that meditates on the relationship between cameras and their film environments.
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Post by sol » December 21st, 2018, 3:29 pm

So, I'm obviously digging Michael Snow - or at least from the two that I have now seen. I'll give a few days to space things out, but I can't wait to experience Wavelength. And I might just make time for the three-hour La région centrale; sounds absolutely fascinating from the little that I have read up about the way the film was made. This is all pretty odd (i.e. nice and refreshing) for me since I usually can't stand experimental anti-narrative movies...
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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » December 21st, 2018, 3:32 pm

11. 'Tit-Coq' / 1953, René Delacroix, Gratien Gélinas / 7.5 or 8/10 / Canada / France
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12. 'Acts of Imagination' / 2006, Carolyn Combs / 7.5/10 / Canada
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13. 'The 4th Life' / 2006, François Miron / 8.5/10 / Canada
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14. 'Euphoria' / 2013, Paula Kelly / 7.5/10 / Canada
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15. 'Les derniers hommes éléphants' / 2015, Arnaud Bouquet, Daniel Ferguson, George Jefferies / 8/10 / France / Canada / Cambodia
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Post by Fergenaprido » December 21st, 2018, 5:47 pm

16. Crash (1996) - 7.0 - Top 100 {also counts for forum lists challenge} - This was one weird flic. I'd heard a lot about it, but I still can't say that I was prepared for what I saw. Elias Koteas was great in here, and Spader was eyecandy, but Holly Hunter felt out of place, even though she did a good job. Just not the something that really grabbed me, however. Shocked that this isn't one of the 17 Canadian films on the 366 Weird list.

17. Being Canadian (2015) - 8.2 - Bonus Point! {also counts for documentary challenge} - I really enjoyed this, more than I expected to. Not knowing anything about it or the director before going into it, I wasn't expecting so much humour. And after each question popped up on screen, I laughed and blushed because 90% of them applied to me. So, this really hit home. Some weak parts (I actually didn't care for the therapy sketch), but overall I had a great time on the trip across the country. A great find.

18. The Adjuster (1991) - 7.2 - Top 100 {also counts for forum lists challenge} - Another weird '90s film from a Canadian auteur starring Elias Koteas as a sexually ambiguous seducer. Also surprised this one didn't make the 366 Weird List. I liked this one marginally more than Crash, perhaps only because the story made marginally more sense. It's still rather head-scratching and both films feel like they exist in some kind of parallel universe version of Toronto. I did like the way the story unfolded with the different narratives, though the Maury Chaykin and the random guy outside the house subplots were a bit much for my liking and took away from the other, more central stories.

My goals for this challenge are...
- to see at least 12 films (to hit level 12 of the xx/xx award) DONE!
- to see at least one film from each decade 1920s-2010s (I've already seen the 1910s one on UNESCO, and haven't been able to find any others online, including shorts) {9 decades so far}
- see all available remaining UNESCO films from Canada (Carry On Sergeant, Lest We Forget, and Les dernières fiançailles) DONE!
- see at least 10 films from the Top 100 Canadian Films list (and get a silver medal and back into the top 10 in the process DONE!; gold and top 5 if I'm really ambitious) {8 films so far}
- see at least 1 film from all of the other Canadian lists I follow (22 lists in total) {17 lists so far}
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1. <---> [Back and Forth] (1969) - 2.4 {also counts for iCM Forums challenge and documentary challenge}
2. Carry On, Sergeant! (1928) - 6.4 - UNESCO
3. Highway 61 (1991) - 7.4 - Top 100
4. Carcasses (2009) - 3.4 - Top 100 {also counts for documentary challenge}
5. Lest We Forget (1935) - 6.6 - UNESCO {also counts for documentary challenge}
6. Waiting for Fidel (1974) - 7.6 {also counts for documentary challenge}
7. Les dernières fiançailles [The Last Betrothal] (1973) - 7.6 - UNESCO
8. Le jour avant le lendemain [Before Tomorrow] (2008) - 7.4
9. Double Happiness (1994) - 8.0 - Top 100
10. Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992) - 7.8 - Top 100 {also counts for documentary challenge}
11. Le père Chopin (1945) - 7.8 - FIRST CHECK!
12. Cree Hunters of Mistassini (1974) - 7.6 {also counts for documentary challenge}
13. Careful (1992) - 5.8 - Top 100 {also counts for forum lists challenge}
14. Black Christmas (1974) - 7.6 - Top 100 {also counts for forum lists challenge}
15. Tit-Coq (1953) - 7.6

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Post by Fergenaprido » December 21st, 2018, 6:01 pm

Updating the OP now. I fly out in a few hours, and then I'll be with family for two weeks so probably only 1 or 2 more updates before the end of the month. Happy watching!

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » December 21st, 2018, 7:24 pm

sol wrote:
December 21st, 2018, 2:18 am
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By the way, you've got to see The Brain -- if you haven't already -- for the Challenge this month if you are on a Cronenberg high. Plot: teenager starts having video hallucinations after being subjected to a damaging television signal. He finds himself on the run for the police after he is blamed for a series of murders.
I just bookmarked it but I'm not sure I'll have time to get to it this month. Looks promising though, and it would count for the sci/fi challenge next month too! Thanks for the rec. :cheers:

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Post by jeroeno » December 21st, 2018, 7:51 pm

56. Gregoire (2017) Not bad at all.

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Post by peeptoad » December 21st, 2018, 8:49 pm

sol wrote:
December 21st, 2018, 3:20 pm
peeptoad wrote:
December 21st, 2018, 11:48 am
Added to watch list... thanks sol!
... but there's no silly giant brain monster, so maybe you'll like it more. :D
Aaahhh... B)

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Post by sol » December 22nd, 2018, 2:53 am

Any Which Way You CanadaShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)
31. War Witch (2012)
32. Turbo Kid (2015)
33. The Brain (1988)
34. Deranged (1974)
35. The Mask (1961)
36. Stupidity (2003)
37. Being Canadian (2015)
38. Death Weekend (1976)
39. Trapped (1982)
40. The Kiss (1988)
41. Scanners (1981) REVISION
42. Altitude (2010)
43. Phobia (1980)
44. Plague (1979)
45. Rabid (1977) REVISION
46. 88:88 (2015)
47. 88 (2015)
48. 2:22 (2008)
49. <---> (1969)

50. Grass (1999)

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This documentary meticulously assembles archive footage from across the twentieth century to depict the USA's changing attitude towards marijuana. The propaganda/scare clips from the 1920s and 1930s are hilarious, with claims that it will make you go insane and turn you into a murderer! A couple of animated sequences aside, the film is entirely archive footage though, which does not quite sit right. Without interviews or expert commentary or opinion, it eventually grows tiresome to listen to Harrelson tells us his beliefs on marijuana again and again.
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Post by maxwelldeux » December 22nd, 2018, 6:47 am

sol wrote:
December 22nd, 2018, 2:53 am
Without interviews or expert commentary or opinion, it eventually grows tiresome to listen to Harrelson tells us his beliefs on marijuana again and again.
Not to mention that it's also horrifically out of date, given that pot is legal in much of the US and Canada...

But if you've never seen Reefer Madness, it's worth checking out for the hilarity of it. Probably the source of some of the clips.

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Post by peeptoad » December 22nd, 2018, 12:00 pm

17. Plague (1979) 6
straight outta TweedShow
*rewatch

1. Sur le seuil (2003) Evil Words 7
2. The Keeper (1976) 5
3. Funeral Home (1980) 7
4. Out of the Blue (1980) 8
5. The Uncanny (1977) 5
6. Crimes of the Future (1970) 5
7. The Brain (1988) 5
8. The Editor (2014) 6
9. Prom Night (1980) 5
10. The Dark (1993) 4
11. Exotica (1994) 8
12. Grave Encounters (2011) 3
13. Subconscious Cruelty (2000) 4
14. Brand Upon the Brain (2006) 7
15. Atanarjuat (2001) 8
16. Black Christmas (1974) 9*

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Post by sol » December 22nd, 2018, 4:07 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
December 22nd, 2018, 6:47 am
sol wrote:
December 22nd, 2018, 2:53 am
Without interviews or expert commentary or opinion, it eventually grows tiresome to listen to Harrelson tells us his beliefs on marijuana again and again.
Not to mention that it's also horrifically out of date, given that pot is legal in much of the US and Canada...

But if you've never seen Reefer Madness, it's worth checking out for the hilarity of it. Probably the source of some of the clips.
Ah, interesting - didn't know that.

I haven't seen Reefer Madness but probably should since it's on an Official List. Maybe for the 1930s Challenge in February?
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » December 23rd, 2018, 1:37 am

30. Les invasions barbares (2003 / Denys Arcand) 10/10

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1. Rock ‘N’ Roll Nightmare (1987 / John Fasano) FTV 5/10
2. Away From Her (2006 / Sarah Polley) 9/10
3. Back to God’s Country (1919 / David Hartford) FTV 8+/10
4. My Winnipeg (2007 / Guy Maddin) FTV 8+/10
5. Stories We Tell (2012 / Sarah Polley) 9/10
6. Take This Waltz (2011 / Sarah Polley) FTV 7+/10
7. The Saddest Music in the World (2003 / Guy Maddin) 7/10
8. Careful (1992 / Guy Maddin) 8/10
9. Remember (2015 / Atom Egoyan) FTV 8+/10
10. The Sweet Hereafter (1997 / Atom Egoyan) 9+/10
11. The Captive (2014 / Atom Egoyan) FTV 7+/10
12. Mommy (2014 / Xavier Dolan) FTV 9+/10
13. Warrendale (1967 / Alan King) FTV 8/10
14. Black Code (2016 / Nicholas de Pencier) FTV 7+/10
15. The Silent Partner (1978 / Daryl Duke) 9/10
16. A Christmas Story (1983 / Bob Clark) 9+/10
17. Enemy (2013 / Denis Villeneuve) FTV 8+/10
18. October Gale (2014 / Ruba Natta) FTV 7+/10
19. Shivers (1975 / David Cronenberg) 8+/10
20. Three short Canadian docos from the 1950s {total time: 69 min.}
a. The Days Before Christmas (1958) FTV 8+/10 {29 min.}
b. Artist in Montreal (1954) FTV 7/10 {30 min.}
c. The Jolifou Inn (1955) FTV 8+/10 {10 min.}
21. Rabid (1977 / David Cronenberg) 8+/10
22. Fast Company (1979 / David Cronenberg) 8+/10
23. The Brood (1979 / David Cronenberg) 8+/10
24. Scanners (1981 / David Cronenberg) 9/10
25. Damaged Lives (1933 / Edgar G. Ulmer) FTV 6/10
26. Videodrome (1983 / David Cronenberg) 9/10
27. The Dead Zone (1983 / David Cronenberg) 9+/10
28. The Fly (1986 / David Cronenberg) 9/10
29. Friday the 13th: Faith Healer (1988 / David Cronenberg) 7+/10

30. Les invasions barbares (2003 / Denys Arcand) 10/10


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Post by flavo5000 » December 23rd, 2018, 4:10 am

7. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)
8. La région centrale (1971)
SpoilerShow
1. Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016)
2. Camp Hollywood (2004)
3. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)
4. Black Metal Veins (2012)
5. The Arctic Patrol (1929)
6. Being Different (1981)
7. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)
8. La région centrale (1971)

Shorts:
Canadian Pacific (1974) 9 min.
Rouli-roulant (1966) 16 min.

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Post by weirdboy » December 23rd, 2018, 5:37 am

SpoilerShow
1. A Married Couple - 1969 - Allan King
2. Cosmopolis - 2012 - David Cronenberg

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Post by maxwelldeux » December 23rd, 2018, 7:01 am

sol wrote:
December 22nd, 2018, 4:07 pm
maxwelldeux wrote:
December 22nd, 2018, 6:47 am
sol wrote:
December 22nd, 2018, 2:53 am
Without interviews or expert commentary or opinion, it eventually grows tiresome to listen to Harrelson tells us his beliefs on marijuana again and again.
Not to mention that it's also horrifically out of date, given that pot is legal in much of the US and Canada...

But if you've never seen Reefer Madness, it's worth checking out for the hilarity of it. Probably the source of some of the clips.
Ah, interesting - didn't know that.

I haven't seen Reefer Madness but probably should since it's on an Official List. Maybe for the 1930s Challenge in February?
Yeah, it's pretty cool. When we need pot, we go to the "store" and "make use of the rewards program" and everything. But having lived through it and seeing the changes to pot laws up close over the last 20 years, the doc struck me as an "Aww... how naive we used to be" bit of nostalgia.

And my advice on Reefer Madness is to watch that in the least sober state you're willing to go. :cowbow:

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Post by sol » December 23rd, 2018, 10:14 am

Any Which Way You CanadaShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)
31. War Witch (2012)
32. Turbo Kid (2015)
33. The Brain (1988)
34. Deranged (1974)
35. The Mask (1961)
36. Stupidity (2003)
37. Being Canadian (2015)
38. Death Weekend (1976)
39. Trapped (1982)
40. The Kiss (1988)
41. Scanners (1981) REVISION
42. Altitude (2010)
43. Phobia (1980)
44. Plague (1979)
45. Rabid (1977) REVISION
46. 88:88 (2015)
47. 88 (2015)
48. 2:22 (2008)
49. <---> (1969)
50. Grass (1999)

Atom Egoyan double:

51. Chloe (2009)

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One of his few films to play out entirely in chronological order, Egoyan successfully drums up the tension as the escort character's recollections become more detailed and descriptive over time. This is one of those films without any likeable characters though, and as such, the project only really takes off when it enters thriller mode in the final half-hour. Even so, the conclusion is not exactly satisfying, though some of the character revelations in this final stretch of the film certainly resonate, making this an interesting look at human desire.

52. Adoration (2008)

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A high school student causes controversy by confessing that his father was a terrorist who almost blew up a plane, but questions arise as to the truth of his tale in this film. As another character states, "as soon as we imagine it, it becomes something we have to deal with" and Arsinée Khanjian is excellent as the boy's teacher who does not realise the consequences of letting him tell the story in class. Not all of the twists and turns with her character really add to the plot and the whole project feels bloated (too long) but's generally intriguing.
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Post by sol » December 23rd, 2018, 1:33 pm

Any Which Way You CanadaShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)
31. War Witch (2012)
32. Turbo Kid (2015)
33. The Brain (1988)
34. Deranged (1974)
35. The Mask (1961)
36. Stupidity (2003)
37. Being Canadian (2015)
38. Death Weekend (1976)
39. Trapped (1982)
40. The Kiss (1988)
41. Scanners (1981) REVISION
42. Altitude (2010)
43. Phobia (1980)
44. Plague (1979)
45. Rabid (1977) REVISION
46. 88:88 (2015)
47. 88 (2015)
48. 2:22 (2008)
49. <---> (1969)
50. Grass (1999)
51. Chloe (2009)
52. Adoration (2008)

53. Defendor (2009)

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This film gets off to a terrific start with some very funny moments as amateur superhero Woody Harrelson uses containers of wasps and lime juice to tame the baddies (see above) as well as MacGyver methods to break out of police custody. Things turn dramatic pretty quickly though and the whole final hour of the film is hard to sit through as it never feels comfortable to laugh at the character once we find out his history of mental illness and childhood trauma - not to mention the revelation that he has a low IQ. Kick-Ass did the idea better.
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Post by sol » December 24th, 2018, 3:28 am

Any Which Way You CanadaShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)
31. War Witch (2012)
32. Turbo Kid (2015)
33. The Brain (1988)
34. Deranged (1974)
35. The Mask (1961)
36. Stupidity (2003)
37. Being Canadian (2015)
38. Death Weekend (1976)
39. Trapped (1982)
40. The Kiss (1988)
41. Scanners (1981) REVISION
42. Altitude (2010)
43. Phobia (1980)
44. Plague (1979)
45. Rabid (1977) REVISION
46. 88:88 (2015)
47. 88 (2015)
48. 2:22 (2008)
49. <---> (1969)
50. Grass (1999)
51. Chloe (2009)
52. Adoration (2008)
53. Defendor (2009)

54. Hog Wild (1980)

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A teen returns home to find his school terrorised by a motorcycle-riding gang in this Canadian comedy. While the viciousness of the gang is precursory to the likes of Class of 1984, the filmmakers play up their goofiness, with one gang member having a hook hand and their leader talking incoherently. As they ride their motorcycles into packed cinemas (see above) and bash their heads through cafeteria windows without repercussions, the film is too silly to ever take seriously, but the PG-13 level humour is too innocuous and good-natured not to like.
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Post by sol » December 24th, 2018, 3:35 pm

Any Which Way You CanadaShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)
31. War Witch (2012)
32. Turbo Kid (2015)
33. The Brain (1988)
34. Deranged (1974)
35. The Mask (1961)
36. Stupidity (2003)
37. Being Canadian (2015)
38. Death Weekend (1976)
39. Trapped (1982)
40. The Kiss (1988)
41. Scanners (1981) REVISION
42. Altitude (2010)
43. Phobia (1980)
44. Plague (1979)
45. Rabid (1977) REVISION
46. 88:88 (2015)
47. 88 (2015)
48. 2:22 (2008)
49. <---> (1969)
50. Grass (1999)
51. Chloe (2009)
52. Adoration (2008)
53. Defendor (2009)
54. Hog Wild (1980)

55. The Dark (1993)

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This "mutant gopher" horror film is s bit hard film to get into at first as it takes a while for its two separate story threads to converge, but a good dose of humour keeps things afloat, as well as some fun similarities to The Terminator regarding the scientist and waitress, and things certainly get interesting once the monster starts attacking. More could have been made of its ability to pass on regenerative DNA to those it has bitten and the Muppet-looking creature is more terrifying when unseen, but this is relatively engaging for what it is.

56. February (2015)

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A horror film best entered into with as few expectations as possible. Director Oz Perkins does a great job drumming up tension and suspense in two dueling plotlines that eventually converge in unexpected ways. The deserted school is a particularly good setting and the slow creeping shots and sound effects style music add oodles of atmosphere. As a narrative, the film is arguably left too open to interpretation at the end, but it is one surefire eerie and thrilling ride, with Emma Roberts once again proving herself a talented horror actress.

57. Repeaters (2010)

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A Canadian Groundhog Day variant with the novelty of multiple persons experiencing the time loop paradox. The filmmakers spin a fascinating morality play movie by having their characters debate what to do. One of them views it as "a gift" and eventually resorts to murder and rape for kicks with no consequences while the others haplessly try to stop him. In this regard, the characters a little too black and white 'good' and 'bad' to ever really be interesting, but this is surprisingly intelligent stuff overall for something marketed as an action thriller.

58. Remember (2015)

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Suffering from dementia, an elderly Holocaust survivor attempts to track down the former Nazi responsible for his family's slaughter in this unusual Atom Egoyan movie. The film instantly brings to mind Memento, though it does not play into this dynamic often enough to really work as a thriller. It does, however, click for the most part as a haunting drama about the fragility of memory and the need to remember, and Christopher Plummer has never been better in the lead role with every eye twitch and facial tic conveying volumes.

Great batch of films there. :D Okay, maybe not so much The Dark, but it's still better than peeps made out. :pinch:
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Post by OldAle1 » December 24th, 2018, 5:00 pm

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1. Warrendale (Allan King, 1967)
2. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (Sacha Gervasi, 2008)

3. SHORTS 7 + 12 + 26 + 16 = 61 m
a) A to Z (Michael Snow, 1956)
b) Dripping Water (Michael Snow/Joyce Wieland, 1968)
c) The Dead Father (Guy Maddin, 1985) (re-watch)
d) Treevenge (Jason Eisener, 2008)

4. Fido (Andrew Currie, 2006)
5. Radiant City (Jim Brown/Gary Burns, 2006)
6. Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (Sam Brown/Scott McFadyen, 2010)
7. Plague (Ed Hunt, 1979)

I have a terrible affection for a lot of the cheaper, crappier sci-fi of the 70s, which for whatever reason does not seem to be as prone to rehabilitation yet as much of the, shall we say, less-intellectual and/or less-well-made product of the previous couple of decades; it's hard to find a cheap 50s SF film, an English-language one anyway, that doesn't have it's fans or defenders for example, but there's plenty of stuff from the decade between 2001 and Ronald Ray-Gun that remains completely forgotten. Some of it of course deserves the grave of forgetfulness and this is a prime example. Basically a lab experiment goes wrong, the scientist involved dies from this mutant bacteria, and it gets out of the lab and infects and kills a bunch of people while other scientists work feverishly to stop the potential world-wide catastrophe. This has never been my favorite kind of SF (or, in recent years, horror) theme but there are good examples, and alas this is not one of them. The most interesting bit is that we are introduced to a carrier (Céline Lomez, the lone Québécois member of the principal cast) who doesn't get sick herself and who escapes quarantine, thus increasing the danger - but the way in which this subplot is handled and resolved is utterly ludicrous, while the main plot is merely by-the-numbers dull. Utter waste of time.

8. Nothing (Vincenzo Natali, 2003)

Two best friends - Andrew, a totally paranoid and extreme neurotic who can't leave the house, and Dave, a cocksure jerk who is just now finding out what an incompetent loser he is, both have terrible days - ridiculously terrible as the world seems quite literally to be conspiring against them, and have a sort of simultaneous breakdown after which they find out that the world outside of the house is gone and replaced by a pure white Nothing. Rather than acting the way we might expect people in most movies to act - either becoming complete psychotics and retreating into themselves, or calmly and rationally working towards figuring a way out of their situation, they actually act the way we might expect given what we've seen of them up to this point - like adolescent idiots who show us almost at every moment why they were outsiders/losers in society to begin with. This is the most refreshing element of Nothing - that these characters are consistent throughout, and once you figure that out, the conclusion seems foreordained (though still fun). I didn't love it as much as I hoped given the originality of the conceit, because hanging out with Andrew and Dave for an hour and a half got irritating and tiresome at times, but it was definitely worth a look.

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Post by weirdboy » December 25th, 2018, 4:55 am

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1. A Married Couple - 1969 - Allan King
2. Cosmopolis - 2012 - David Cronenberg
3. Anvil: The Story of Anvil - 2008 - Sacha Gervasi

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Post by sol » December 25th, 2018, 5:29 am

Any Which Way You CanadaShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)
31. War Witch (2012)
32. Turbo Kid (2015)
33. The Brain (1988)
34. Deranged (1974)
35. The Mask (1961)
36. Stupidity (2003)
37. Being Canadian (2015)
38. Death Weekend (1976)
39. Trapped (1982)
40. The Kiss (1988)
41. Scanners (1981) REVISION
42. Altitude (2010)
43. Phobia (1980)
44. Plague (1979)
45. Rabid (1977) REVISION
46. 88:88 (2015)
47. 88 (2015)
48. 2:22 (2008)
49. <---> (1969)
50. Grass (1999)
51. Chloe (2009)
52. Adoration (2008)
53. Defendor (2009)
54. Hog Wild (1980)
55. The Dark (1993)
56. February (2015)
57. Repeaters (2010)
58. Remember (2015)

59. Heartbeats (2010)

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While it is hard to buy how oblivious Niels Schneider remains throughout towards the fact the two protagonists (a gay man and a straight woman) are both into him, this is a thoroughly compelling look at human desire with all the usual awesome Dolan artistic flourishes. The slow motion shots set to melancholic music are simply sublime and there is a magnificent scene midway through in which they sit and watch Schneider dance amid strobe lighting at a party. The acting is excellent too, though Dolan leaves the juiciest role for himself.
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Post by sol » December 25th, 2018, 11:59 am

Any Which Way You CanadaShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)
31. War Witch (2012)
32. Turbo Kid (2015)
33. The Brain (1988)
34. Deranged (1974)
35. The Mask (1961)
36. Stupidity (2003)
37. Being Canadian (2015)
38. Death Weekend (1976)
39. Trapped (1982)
40. The Kiss (1988)
41. Scanners (1981) REVISION
42. Altitude (2010)
43. Phobia (1980)
44. Plague (1979)
45. Rabid (1977) REVISION
46. 88:88 (2015)
47. 88 (2015)
48. 2:22 (2008)
49. <---> (1969)
50. Grass (1999)
51. Chloe (2009)
52. Adoration (2008)
53. Defendor (2009)
54. Hog Wild (1980)
55. The Dark (1993)
56. February (2015)
57. Repeaters (2010)
58. Remember (2015)
59. Heartbeats (2010)

60. Father's Day (2011)

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A film is from the minds of Astron-6, the team behind Manborg and The Editor, and as to be expected, it is a pretty wild ride. There is some really morbid humour, several laugh-out-loud moments as a mixed metaphor is misunderstand and the special effects are spectacular for such a low budget affair. The film also includes an awesome fake ad break. It does run incredibly long with the slim premise exhausted by the end, but the project concludes on a pitch perfect final note and the energy from all concerned is undeniable.
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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » December 25th, 2018, 4:26 pm

16. 'Screamers' / 1995, Christian Duguay / 7 or 7.5/10 / Canada / USA / Japan
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17. 'La dernière fugue' / 2010, Léa Pool / 9/10 / Canada / Luxembourg
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18. 'Corbo' / 2014, Mathieu Denis / 8/10 / Canada
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19. 'Weirdos' / 2016, Bruce McDonald / 8.5/10 / Canada
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20. 'Pyewacket' / 2017, Adam MacDonald / 7/10 / Canada
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That's all, folks!

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Post by 3eyes » December 26th, 2018, 2:37 am

13. Edge Codes.com: The Art of Motion Picture Editing (Can 04) - double
14-19. Republic of Doyle (Can 10- S1, eps 6-11)
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1. The war between us (Can 95)
2. Stories we tell (Canada 12) - Triple
3. Le fantôme de l'opératrice (Can 06) - Double
4-8. Republic of Doyle (Can 10- S1, Eps 1-5)
9. Monsieur Lazhar (Can 11) - Double (Rewatch)
10. La face cachée de la lune / The far side of the moon (Canada 03)
11. Race (Can 16)
12. Jesus Christ vampire hunter (Canada 01)
13. Edge Codes.com: The Art of Motion Picture Editing (Can 04) - double
14-19. Republic of Doyle (Can 10- S1, eps 6-11)
Sorry about the almost half TV episodes. At least I did better than for last year's Canadian challenge, and enjoyed all the bona fide movies I saw. This may be it for now.
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Post by peeptoad » December 26th, 2018, 4:34 am

sol wrote: Great batch of films there. :D Okay, maybe not so much The Dark, but it's still better than peeps made out. :pinch:
Hey! ... ;) it wasn't terrible. My 4s vary but generally are slightly below average. I might also have some sort of subconscious dislike of Neve Campbell. But maybe not. :shrug:

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