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15. 49th Parallel (1941). Disgustingly pro-war. 5.3/10
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70. Touching the Void (2003, Kevin Macdonald) - 8/10
71. Nil by Mouth (1997, Gary Oldman) - 5/10

That’s it for me. Thanks for hosting, clemmetarey.
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Thanks for hosting clemmetarey. No more checks from me.
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Sol saying I can still overtake him and then casually adds 4 movies :D
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Previously watched...
1. Great Expectations (Lean, 1946) (7222nd check) 6/10
2. Johnny English (Howitt, 2003) (12609th check) 2/10
3. You Were Never Really Here (Ramsay, 2017) (2526th check) 6/10
4. The Haunted House of Horror / Horror House (Armstrong, 1969) (36th check) 3/10
5. Blackmail (Hitchcock, 1929) (2470th check) 7/10
6. Slaughterhouse Rulez (Mills, 2018) (94th check) 3/10
7. The Ghoul (Tunley, 2016) (33rd check) 4/10
8. Tales from the Lodge (Blackmore, 2019) (1st check)
A British comedy taking Amicus portmanteaus as its inspiration. Its main problems stem from a low density of jokes and a lack of strong endings for the story segments.
4/10

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9. A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (Pastoll, 2019) (1st check)
Social realist drama that becomes a violent revenge thriller. Lazy scripting spoils a strongly acted thriller.
4/10

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''Directed by John Akomfrah, Handsworth Songs is the epitome of black avant garde art in the 1980s. With its subtly swirling collage of newsreel, interviews, archive footage of the Windrush generation arriving in bleak Britain, of intensely close conversations with housewives, shopkeepers and rioters, and broad scenes of police kettling crowds and cornering suspects in a clatter of shields (shot, not incidentally, by black film-makers: the police are said to have asked if their cameras were real), this is a work of many voices, and of many lives. It couldn’t be less like a conventional documentary, even though it was commissioned as such by Channel 4; and it is often credited with ushering in a whole new strain of documentary art film that stretches onwards to Isaac Julien, Tacita Dean and Luke Fowler.'' - Laura Cumming, writing in The Observer:

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81. 'Handsworth Songs' / 1987, John Akomfrah / 9/10 / UK
82. 'Bloody Sunday' / 2002, Paul Greengrass / 8.5/10 / UK | Ireland
83. 'Evelyn' / 2002, Bruce Beresford / 6.5 or 7/10 / USA | Germany | Ireland | UK | Netherlands
84. 'Song for a Raggy Boy' / 2003, Aisling Walsh / 7.5 or 8/10 / Ireland | UK | Denmark | Spain
85. 'Spin the Bottle' / 2003, Ian Fitzgibbon / 4/10 / Ireland
86. 'Death of a Superhero' / 2011, Ian Fitzgibbon / 7.5 or 8/10 / Germany | Ireland
87. 'The Irish Pub' / 2013, Alex Fegan / 7.5 or 8/10 / Ireland
88. 'The Guarantee' / 2014, Ian Power / 5/10 / Ireland
89. 'One Million Dubliners' / 2014, Aoife Kelleher / 8.5/10 / Ireland
90. 'Sing Street' / 2016, John Carney / 8/10 / Ireland | UK | USA

'Sing Street' - another captivating, energetic and enjoyable Irish musical from John Carney; a homage to movies and music of the '80s; really cool musical numbers that add colour and exuberant playfulness to the urban grit of the Dublin settings; a fun and poignant look at inspiration and youthfulness:

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I have one final update which I'll post on Sunday afternoon/early evening, if that's OK and not too late.
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23-25. Place of execution (UK 08, mini 3 eps, Daniel Percival - double)

für Ehren, boys, go brawl!
1. Operation Oman (UK 14, Tristan Ofield) - double
2-5. The way we live now (UK 01, mini, 4 eps, David Yates) - triple
6. Dead along the way (Ire 16, Maurice O’Connell) - double
7. Nell Gwyn (UK 26, Herbert Wilcox - triple
8. The happy prince (UK etc. 18, Rupert Everett) - double
9. Castle in the air (UK 52, Henry Cass) - double
10. A room with a view (UK 86, James Ivory) - double [rewatch]
11. Lucy Worsley: Elizabeth I's Battle for God's Music (UK 17) - double
12. The Treasure Seekers (UK 96, Juliet May) - double
13. Brief encounter (UK 45, David Lean) - double [Rewatch]
14. Becoming Jane (UK/Ire 07, Julian Jarrold) - double
15. Eden (Ire 16, Robbie Walsh) - double
16. I know where I’m going (UK 45, Powell & Pressburger) - double [rewatch]
17. Henry VII: Winter King (UK 13, S Elliott & G Clark) - double
18. Summer in February (UK 13, Christopher Menaul) - Triple
19-22. The Devil’s Whore (UK 08, mini, 4 eps, Marc Munden) - triple [rewatch]
23-25. Place of execution (UK 08, mini 3 eps, Daniel Percival - double)
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These are the last things I watched. Thanks for hosting, clemmetarey.
Previously watched...
1. Great Expectations (Lean, 1946) (7222nd check) 6/10
2. Johnny English (Howitt, 2003) (12609th check) 2/10
3. You Were Never Really Here (Ramsay, 2017) (2526th check) 6/10
4. The Haunted House of Horror / Horror House (Armstrong, 1969) (36th check) 3/10
5. Blackmail (Hitchcock, 1929) (2470th check) 7/10
6. Slaughterhouse Rulez (Mills, 2018) (94th check) 3/10
7. The Ghoul (Tunley, 2016) (33rd check) 4/10
8. Tales from the Lodge (Blackmore, 2019) (1st check) 4/10
9. A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (Pastoll, 2019) (1st check) 4/10
10. Estranged (Levins, 2015) 38 checks
A dark low-budget drama. It starts off badly, but it gets better towards the end when it gets unexpectedly dark and nasty, but there's nothing to make it stand out and compensate for how grey and dull everything looks.
4/10

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11. Inside No. 9 TV episodes [30 mins each]
a. Inside No. 9: Sardines (Kerr, 2014) [30 mins] (17th check)
d. Inside No. 9: A Quiet Night In (Kerr, 2014) [30 mins] (16th check)
c. Inside No. 9: Tom & Gerri (Kerr, 2014) [30 mins] (16th check)
d. Inside No. 9: The Riddle of the Sphinx (Morales, 2017)

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12. Shorts [60 mins]
a. Wither (Evans, 2019) [3 mins] (1st check)
b. Marianne (Losasso, 2019) [7 mins] (1st check)
c. The Dead Ones (Georgiou, 2018) [19 mins] (1st check)
d. The History of Nipples (Bailey, 2019) [10 mins] (1st check)
e. Dog Skin (Teixeira, 2019) [13 mins] (1st check)
f. Midnight (Bonham, 2019) [8 mins] (1st check)
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25. The Mackintosh Man (John Huston, 1973)
Eurospy movie that's definitely a step up from Huston's earlier Kremlin Letter. The first half has a pretty good story, but the second half falls apart and eventually the plot holes become too big. Watching it, I felt like the studio had edited it down, which would explain the problems with the part and why Newman's and Sanda's characters never become romantic despite the movie's poster indicating exactly that.

26. The Million Pound Note (Ronald Neame, 1954)
Within the first minute of this movie, I realized it must have influenced the much more famous Murphy/Aykroyd comedy Trading Places, though it's certainly not a straight remake. Beyond that connection, this movie occasionally works as a comedy and doesn't work at all as a romance. Only for Gregory Peck enthusiasts.

27. Another Man's Poison (Irving Rapper, 1951)
A decent noir that sometimes tips halfway into unintentional comedy and occasionally tips even further into camp. This is a movie, after all, that features a love pentagon which includes a mystery novelist, her fake husband, her secretary, her secretary's fiance, and her horse. And the horse ends up dead because of jealousy. Still, it was mostly entertaining.


One nice bonus of watching all these UK movies this month has been that I'm starting to recognize some of the supporting actors and bit players. Certainly, I noticed that Reginald Beckwith appeared in supporting roles in both Million Pound Note and Another Man's Poison. Other recognitions:

- There was a minor character in Mackintosh Man called Mr. Brown. I was sure I'd seen him before and at first thought he played the Minister in the Bond movies, but it turned out that was a different actor. No, actually, I remembered him from Where Eagles Dare, where he played the great Admiral Rolland (he was the Danny Boy in "Broadsword calling Danny Boy"). The actor's name was Michael Hordern.

- There's a brief scene in the 1980 Walter Matthau movie Hopscotch that features the head of British intelligence, and I immediately recognized him as the major who Anthony Quayle threatens to shoot in The Guns of Navarone. Sure enough, he was an Australian actor named Allan Cuthbertson.
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Can we refer to the end of this challenge as "Brexit"?
1. Get Carter (1971, Mike Hodges)
2. Death of a President (2006, Gabriel Range)
3. Performance (1970, Nicolas Roeg & Donald Cammell)
4. Exam (2009, Stuart Hazeldine)
5. Special When Lit (2009, Brett Sullivan)
6. Three Identical Strangers (2018, Tim Wardle)
7. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960, Karel Reisz)
8. About a Boy (2002, Paul/Chris Weitz)
9. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989, Peter Greenaway)
10-17. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann (2019, 60 Checks)
18. Doctor Zhivago (1965, David Lean)
19. StreedDance 3D (2010)

OK. Didn't watch it in 3D. It was definitely filmed for 3D. Too many shots were filmed from stupid angles that don't work in 2D, but would be cool in 3D. The annoying thing most of the 3D movies do. Moving on...

It's a basic group dance movie, a crew needs space to rehearse and they get it in exchange for incorporating 5 ballet dancers into their crew. The direction wasn't great, but what was more disappointing what that the dancing wasn't better - Wife and I watch a lot of dance shows (e.g., So You Think You Can Dance, World of Dance) and the level of dancing on those shows was, on average, better than in this film. The love story was basic and predictable, but it was a dance film first and foremost. Lots of dancing, none of it spellbinding.
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Not my focus this month, but a few movies got through. Thanks for hosting, clem! :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

1. Shakespeare in Love (John Madden, 1998) - 8/10
2. Lords of Chaos (Jonas Åkerlund, 2018) - 6/10
3. The Damned (Joseph Losey, 1962) - 4/10
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19. Dear Frankie (2004) (rewatch): 8.5 > 7.5
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1. Stormy Monday (1988, Mike Figgis): 6.0
2. Pulp (1972, Mike Hodges): 6.5
3. Two for the Road (1967, Stanley Donen): 7.2
4. Jabberwocky (1977, Terry Gilliam): 6.0 -
5. Mona Lisa (1986, Neil Jordan): 7.2
6. Cul-de-sac (1966, Roman Polanski): 8.0
7. Jamaica Inn (1939): 7.5
8. Paddington (2014): 7.0 -
9. North Sea Hijack [Ffolkes] (1979): 7.0
10. Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988): 7.8
11. Hobson's Choice (1954): 7.8
12. A Zed & Two Noughts (1985): 6.8
13. The Killing Fields (1984) (rewatch): 8.5 > 8.5
14. Peeping Tom (1960) (rewatch): 9.0 > 8.8
15. The Browning Version (1994): 8.5 > 8.2
16. 63 Up (2019): 7.5
17. The Innocents (1961) (rewatch): 8.5 > 8.5
18. Breakfast on Pluto (2005) (rewatch): 8.5 > 6.8
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19. A Modest Defeat (2018) * 9 min.
New Boy (2007) 11 min.
A Diary for Timothy (1945) * 39 min.
Aerial (1974) * 4 min.

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1. You're Human Like the Rest of Them (1967, B.S. Johnson) * 17 min.
Up Yours Too Guillaume Apollinaire! (1968, B.S. Johnson) * 2 min.
Paradigm (1970, B.S. Johnson)  * 9 min.
The Flying Man (1962, George Dunning) * 2 min.
The Apple (1963, George Dunning) * 6 min.
The Obedient Flame (1939, Norman McLaren) * 10 min.
Moon Rock (1970, George Dunning) * 10 min.
My Name Is Yu Ming (2003, Daniel O'Hara) * 13 min.
2. Jack the Ripper (1959, Robert S. Baker, Monty Berman) * 81 min.
3. From Darkness: Episode #1.1 (2015) * 57 min.
4. From Darkness: Episode #1.2 (2015) * 59 min.
5. From Darkness: Episode #1.3 (2015) * 58 min.
6. From Darkness: Episode #1.4 (2015) * 59 min.
7. Alfie (1966) * 114 min.
8. Get Carter (1971) 112 min.
9. The Quare Fellow (1962) * 90 min.
10. Brendan Behan's Dublin (1966) * 28 min.
The True Story of Lili Marlene  (1944) * 30 min.
Heavy Metal Drummer (2005) * 6 min.
11. Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World (1966) * 63 min.
12. Blinded by the Light (2019) * 117 min.
13. Privilege (1967) * 103 min.
14. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927) 90 min.
15. '71 (2014) * 99 min.
16. The Ring (1927) 89 min.
17. Pulp (1972) * 96 min.
18. Jeeves and Wooster: The Village Sports Day at Twing (or, the Gambling Event) (1990) * 49 min.
Pulling: Episode #2.4 (2008) * 29 min.
Pulling: Episode #2.5 (2008) * 29 min.
Pulling: Episode #2.6 (2008) * 29 min.

*First time viewing.
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12. Plenty (Fred Schepisi, 1985) [<400 checks] 6+
13. Carrington (Christopher Hampton, 1995) [Romance] [<400 checks] 6+
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Teenage delinquent Benny - a mohawk-haired outsider - who is forced to revise his isolation from the opposing sides of the Troubles after being suspected in a killing; Marc O'Shea impresses in Joe Comerford's stark and grittily poetic ''allegory on a conflict which has produced more deception than truth'':

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91. 'High Boot Benny' / 1993, Joe Comerford / 7.5 or 8/10 / Ireland
92. 'St. Ives' / 1998, Harry Hook / 6 or 6.5/10 / France | Germany | Ireland | UK
93. 'A Film with Me in It' / 2008, Ian Fitzgibbon / 8/10 / Ireland
94. 'Kissing Candice' / 2017, Aoife McArdle / 7/10 / Ireland | UK
95. 'The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid' / 2017, Feargal Ward / 7 or 7.5/10 / Ireland
96. 'Aithrí' / 'Penance' / 2018, Tom Collins / 6.5 or 7/10 / Ireland | UK
97. 'The Little Stranger' / 2018, Lenny Abrahamson / 7/10 / UK | Ireland | France
98. 'An Engineer Imagines' / 2019, Marcus Robinson / 6 or 6.5/10 / Ireland | UK | France | Australia

I loved the nuanced, compelling acting of Domhnall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson in Lenny Abrahamson's gothic chiller and the atmosphere of landed decay and despair was spookily intriguing and offered promise and possibility; unfortunately the story proves too thin and slow in pace... I admire the look and feel of the piece though and the fascination of the doctor drawn back to the big house visited admiringly in his youth:

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And, to close things out on this rather Irish-focused little challenge of mine, an assortment of shorts:

'Harvest', shot by avid amateur filmmaker Desmond Egan in 1946, explores antiquated harvesting methods used in remote areas of Ireland. From horse and cart to manual tilling of the land, the film proposes a more profitable and efficient way of working that would result from investing in machine technology. Wonderfully observational and filmed in pleasant Kodachrome hues.

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99-102.
'Oidhche Sheanchais' / 1935, Robert J. Flaherty / 6.5/10 / Ireland / 11 minutes
'Riders to the Sea' / 1935, Brian Desmond Hurst / 6/10 / UK | Ireland / 39 minutes
'Harvest' / 1946, Desmond Egan / 7.5 or 8/10 / Ireland / 16 minutes
'In Wicklow's Hills' / 1940s, Desmond Egan / 7.5/10 / Ireland / 12 minutes
'Our Country' / 1948, Liam Ó'Laoghaire / 7.5/10 / Ireland / 6 minutes
'Mr Careless Goes to Town' / 1949, Liam Ó'Laoghaire / 6/10 / Ireland / 11 minutes
'Beau Guest' / 1956, no director credited / 6/10 / Ireland / 2 minutes
'The Port of Hull' / 1963, John Taylor / 7 or 7.5/10 / UK / 29 minutes
'Wild Wings' / 1965, Patrick Carey, John Taylor / 8/10 / UK / 34 minutes
'Yeats Country' / 1965, Patrick Carey / 8.5/10 / Ireland / 17 minutes
'Errigal' / 1970, Patrick Carey / 9/10 / Ireland / 14 minutes
'The Tryzzian Exiles' / 1972, Roy Spence / 8/10 / Ireland | UK / 24 minutes
'Cloch le Carn - Ciarán Mac Mathúna' / 2013, Laura Ní Cheallaigh / 7/10 / Ireland / 25 minutes
'Little One' / 2016, Ferdia MacAnna / 5/10 / Ireland / 3 minutes
'Seán Hillen, Merging Views' / 2016, Paddy Cahill / 6.5/10 / Ireland / 11 minutes

(254 minutes in total)

The cinematography of Patrick Carey has been a great discovery for me at the tail-end of this challenge. Perhaps my favourite of the titles I saw was the exquisite 'Errigal'. The sense of movement he brings to his lensing of the mist and landscape around the imposing, fabled Donegal mountains has a fine and striking beauty. Of the film, Carey wrote: ''The mountains are the characters in the story, the drama is in the battle of the elements. I have tried to convey the feeling of personality in a landscape, supported only by music and natural sounds''.

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Thanks for hosting the challenge, clemmetarey. It's been one of my very favourites!

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30. Don't Look Now (Nicolas Roeg, 1973) 9/10
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22-24 detectorists ep1-13

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01-05 chernobyl 2019 7/10
06 sense and sensibility 1995 6.5/10
07 hard labour 1973 4/10
08 bridget jones's diary 2001
09 about time 2013
10 juliet naked 2018
11 bridget jones the edge of reason 2004
12 notting hill 1999
13 gregory's girl 1980
14 dangerous liaisons 1988
15 bridget jones's baby 2016
16 howl 2016
17 the remains of the day 1993
18 creep 2004
19-21 the enfield haunting 2015
22-24 detectorists ep1-13
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So August and my computer's hard-drive are over. Here are the results:


Participants
Rank iCMer Total Watches
1 albajos 150
2 jdidaco 112
3 RogerTheMovieManiac88 102
4 Traveller 71
5 sol 46
6 Coryn 41
7 jeroeno 39
8 ABC537 30
9 blocho 27
10 peeptoad 25
10 3eyes 25
12 sebby 24
13 vortexsurfer 23
14 flavo5000 21
15 frbrown 19
15 ororama 19
15 maxwelldeux 19
15 Lonewolf2003 19
19 mathiasa 15
20 hurluberlu 13
21 ChrisReynolds 12
22 cinephage 7
22 zzzorf 7
24 shugs 3
25 Obgeoff 2
25 VincentPrice 2
27 allisoncm 1
27 Cinepolis 1
27 morrison-dylan-fan 1
27 nimimerkillinen 1


Congrats to albajos for winning, to Roger and jdidaco for reaching 100 watches along with albajos, and thanks to everyone for participating. :cheers:
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Thanks for hosting Clemmetarey !

First time I reached 40+ movies.
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