Welcome to the Crime Challenge! This is the first challenge focused on crime in the history of this forum. The crime genre has a long, varied, and meaningful history, alternately serving as a means of reifying the social order or as a way to live out transgressive fantasies on screen.
Watch as many crime movies/episodes as you can in March.
- I leave eligibility up to the discretion of participants, but I strongly suggest you only include movies/episodes in which crime is a major theme rather than an incidental event. Here's an example: Green Book is a movie in which a few crimes occur, but crime is mostly incidental to the narrative and the movie's themes. Goodfellas is a movie in which a few crimes occur, and crime is a major theme.
- Challenge runs March 1, 2020 - March 31, 2020.
- A feature film (at least 40 minutes) counts as one point.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films (less than 40 minutes) counts as one point.
- For mini-series, each part (at least 40 minutes) counts as one point. If less than 40 minutes, then the short films rule applies. Anthology series can be treated as miniseries.
- A total of 120 minutes of TV Episodes counts as one point.
- Not a rule but a request: When you post what you have watched, please include your reaction or at least a rating so that other people can learn about movies they might not know about.
Stats & Formatting:
- Title (Year) is the preferred format. If you are participating in the bonus challenges, an extra notation will be necessary, as will be explained below.
- Don't edit posts to include new movies you've watched. Always make new posts.
IMDb's Crime Top 50
101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die
NB: Any particular movie/episode/short can only be used for one of the three bonus challenges. And once you indicate, which challenge and which crime/action, you can't go back and change.
Bonus Challenge #1 - Crime Wave
Your goal in this bonus challenge is to see movies featuring as many different crimes as possible. Any time you see a crime from the list below in a movie, you can note that crime when you post that movie in this challenge. For example, you might write the following:
1. Owning Mahowny (2003) - Embezzlement
2. Backdraft (1991) - Arson
Please use the format you see above. Only one crime per movie is allowed, so if you see a movie with many different crimes, you can only list one of them. The goal is to complete the list of crimes, so once you list a certain crime you should not list it again. The list below contains 24 different crimes, so that is the max score for this bonus challenge. Some of these crimes, you will notice, overlap. One can commit treason while committing espionage, or one might commit assault in the course of an attempted murder. I should also note that the definitions of certain crimes vary by jurisdiction. As such, the ultimate judgment on whether a crime depicted in a movie should qualify for this bonus challenge belongs to the participant. Please be mindful that certain actions are not generally considered a crime during wartime and should not be listed. I've included a few explanatory notes in the list below.
List of crimes
Assault (inflicting unwanted physical harm on another person)
Involuntary manslaughter (killing another person through negligence, such as drunk driving)
Burglary (Breaking into a residence or business)
Theft/Larceny/Robbery (Taking someone else's property)
Computer Crimes (like hacking)
Counterfeiting (currency or consumer goods)
Drug Dealing (manufacture and/or sale)
Drug Use (illegal consumption)
Smuggling (illegal transport of drugs, weapons, jewels, or people across borders)
Obstruction of Justice (jury tampering, witness tampering, destruction of evidence, making false statements to police)
Bonus Challenge #2 - Law and Order
This is exactly the same as the first bonus challenge, except the focus here is on the actions of police and the justice system. The same rules apply here as they do for Bonus Challenge #1. Please note that this challenge only applies to criminal law. Civil law (as in Liar Liar or A Civil Action) does not qualify for this bonus challenge or the main challenge. There are 15 actions in the list, so that is the max score for this bonus challenge.
List of actions
Police Interrogation (of suspects or witnesses)
Fingerprints (dusting or analysis or identification or use in trial)
DNA (collection of evidence or analysis or use in trial)
Police Academy (including training or graduation)
Plea Bargain (a suspect agrees to plead guilty in return for a reduced charge)
Testimony (any statement by a witness during a criminal trial)
Opening Statement (by prosecutor or defense attorney)
Closing Statement (by prosecutor or defense attorney)
Miranda Warning (In the US, this is a warning made by the police about a suspect's rights - "You have the right to remain silent ..." - if the police in other countries say something similar, you can use that)
Bonus Challenge #3 - Blocho's Crime Block
See the following movies:
|Rank||Participant||# of Points||Crime Wave||Law/Order||Blocho's|
|7||maxwelldeux||39||24 (Completed)||15 (Completed)||---|