Watch as many films with fewer than 400 checks on ICM as you can!
Challenge runs 1 August 2020 - 31 August 2020.
- Rewatches allowed and good for the soul.
- A feature film (at least 40 min) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- To qualify for the challenge, you must list the number of checks the film has, including your check. 400 or fewer, including your check, qualifies. Films with >400 checks are ineligible.
- For mini-series, individual episodes may count if the series page has <400 checks; report the check count for the overall series.
- No TV series this challenge.
Stats & Formatting:
- Title (year) #Checks is the preferred format (Include your check in the total)
- Linking to the IMDb entry would be cool as I plan to create some stats
- New posts are preferred over edited posts
- I'll be tracking years and checks with this challenge
- Link to ICM import: https://beta.icheckmovies.com/import/movies/
Bonus Challenge: 1>500<400 Challenge!
Goal: Watch films recommended by other participants of this challenge, just like in this challenge. Anyone can nominate one film after having watched 3 entries for this challenge. We'll use the same nomination rules as the previous challenge so a film must fulfil the following criteria:
1. Not on this year's or last year's 500<400
2. <300 checks for films on 0 official lists, <150 for films on 1 official list, <100 for films on 2 official lists, <50 for films on more than 2 official lists
3. Not nominated before by another forum member
It would be nice if you wrote a few lines about the film of your choice, a personal introduction. It's not necessary to answer all of these questions, but you could think of questions like: why exactly this is one of your favourite films? Why does this film deserve more love? What makes watching this film a unique experience? Why does this film deserve a high spot in our hidden gems list?
Try to trigger people into watching it. You might want to add a screenshot as well.
|Nominator||Film||ICM||Reason||link to post|
|zzzorf||Amazonia (2013)||This movie was a beautifully shot look at the Amazonian Jungle. A domestic Capuchin Monkey is stranded in the Amazon and encounters many perils as he investigates this vast forest. The original has no voice over which I think would work better here but there is a version out there with Martin Sheen doing a voiceover if anyone would prefer that (I have no idea how good that version is or if Sheen helps or hinders the movie)||here|
|flavo5000||Symptoms (1974)||Casting the English countryside in golden hues of twilight is the perfect setting for this very atmospheric, moody and criminally underrated psychological horror film from José Ramón Larraz and is almost certainly his best film. It is well worth a watch (plus it'll count as a double for the '70s challenge as well ). It's easily available on youtube (although frankly the transfer there is very poor and doesn't do the film justice) as well as a spiffy blu-ray which looks much better.||here|
|Onderhond||The Fourth Portrait (2010)||This is the film that got me hooked on Mong-Hong Chung. A cinematographer turned director who has a way with stylish, stilted drama. It's a nice change of pace of those who want something else than the typical Taiwanese New Wave films, but don't want to stray too far from the arthouse path. His latest film won the Golden Horse awards for best film + director, just so you know it's not some weird, underground dude who makes films for an audience of 5.||here|
|beavis||Hintertreppe (1921)||It has only 67 checks at the moment but it is truly an early masterpiece of silent cinema and expressionism. At only 50 minutes it won't take up much of your time, and what you'll get is a very "Lynchean" dreamlike atmosphere. In an attempt at pure cinema, this one reduces the amount of intertitles to almost nothing, setting the stage for more well known masterpieces of silent expression that came to a peak around 1928 or so. This one is perfect for what it sets out to do, and is, and I can't understand why it hasn't gotten more credit for it.||here|
|maxwelldeux||Keepers of the Magic (2016)||I genuinely think this is a film most folks around here would like, or at least appreciate. It's a documentary celebrating cinematographers and cinematography. It features interviews with a lot of cinematographers about their craft, and includes clips of famous scenes. I felt like I learned quite a bit from watching this doc, plus it was often a visual delight revisiting (or seeing for the first time) some beauty from the film medium.||here|
|sol||Despair (1978)||Michael Ballhaus photography's is superb here with plenty of glides and fluid camera movements around glass wall interiors. Coupled against disquieting sound effects and music, Despair plays out like a semi-surreal nightmare as the delusion protagonist finds a man who he inexplicably believes to be his exact double and concocts a wild scheme. Dirk Bogarde very relatable throughout with desire to escape his life - and his despair at not being able to.||here|
|sebby||Angela (1995)||This film needs more champions. Tragicoming-of-age story that blends a gentle idyllic visual canvas with a series of increasingly dark circumstances that threaten to vault the eponymous character into a biblical abyss into which she is constantly peering. Her monsters can only be slain with the sword of a religious fervor that manifests as the peculiar and dangerous behavior the often accompanies childhood trauma.||here|
|cinephage||Liza, a rókatündér (2015)||It is a dark hungarian comedy, about a single woman who thinks she may be cursed in her relationship with men... There is a lot of invention in the storytelling, and the film definitely looks up to Kaurismaki as well as japanese pop music (a strange mix, certainly, but this film is overall rather unusual in its tone). It is rather funny, but certainly not naive. I had to rewatch it to notice a lot of subtle elements and nice touches.||here|
|72aicm||The Art of Flying (2015)||It’s only seven minutes long and it’s on our «movies on 0 official list» list.||here|
|Melvelet||Asha Jaoar Majhe (2014)||A decidedly arthouse movie from an interesting part of the world that unfortunately most commonly shown through Bollywood and seldom explored (film-wise) by non-domestic viewers. The film is about a married couple who work in opposite shifts to make ends meet in a recession hit Calcutta. But even though they're under constant pressure to sustain their livelihood, their behaviour displays a strange, comforting calmness as we observe their daily lifestyles with fine details. The simplicity of the dialogue-free story is contrasted by the rich sensory experience that gives Labour of Love a meditative, poetic feeling.||here|
ICM Forum's 500<400
(But check eligibility - 48 films are currently ineligible. When you sort by checks (i.e., above link), everything above Tretya meshchanskaya (1927) has at least 400 checks.)
1000<400 (2019 Update)
(But check eligibility - Everything from Red Army downwards is currently eligible.)
500<400 films which still have <400 checks (from all editions)
* The mean/median and 500<400 related stats count every entry as one (including mini-series and shorts)
(takes into account all entries posted until post #352 and all entries with IMDb links posted afterwards)
(takes into account all entries posted until post #352 and all entries with IMDb links posted afterwards and uses all co-production countries listed in the film's OMDB entry)
Movies that have been challenged more than once
Post contents partially stolen from maxwelldeux & Gershwin