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Rankdown III - TSPDT Top 100 - Congrats to the winner!

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Don't call it a comeback. Actually maybe do, because it's been a while :)

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For the third forum rankdown, we'll be ranking the top 100 films in the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? top list, 2021 edition.

If you would like to participate, please sign up in this thread! I'll cap the participants at 15 for this go-round, but if we don't get 15 signups we can go with however many are interested.

Rules:

We'll use the same rules from Rankdown II, with one change that will hopefully speed up the final round (see below). Shoutout to Onderhond and cinewest for contributing this idea in the previous thread.

This time around, the game starts with our standard one cut per participant per round structure. Players will still start with 2 vetoes.

Once we reach a round where not everyone can make a cut (example, 13 participants and only 12 films remaining) OR we reach a round where there are no vetoes remaining and there is one more film than there are participants (example, 13 participants and 14 films), we will enter a NEW ballot phase. During this phase, each participant will submit a secret unranked list of films they wish to CUT (exact number of cuts tbd). The 5 films with the fewest votes to cut will proceed automatically to the final phase of the game, a public vote out that will work the same as our second game.

In addition, vetoes will be in effect for this round, with a twist: if a player wishes to veto a cut, they must do so before the cut films are revealed. This will balance the power of a veto advancing a film to the final phase to join the other 5 with the risk of wasting a veto entirely. It is a high-risk, high-reward play, which should make things interesting. ;)

In the final phase, every participant will publicly vote for a film to be cut. The film with the most votes in that round will be cut. If there is a tie, we will have a vote-off specifically between those two films. As in the last game, vetoes will still be in effect. If a player saves their veto all the way to the final round, they can veto a cut after all participants have voted. That will cause the film with the 2nd most votes to be cut instead.
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What is a rankdown? A rankdown is a game where participants start with a given list, and then take turns knocking a film out of the running. They can base their decision to cut a film on whatever criteria they choose. The only rule is that when they knock a movie off the list, they have to explain their decision. The game proceeds in order, with each participant choosing a new film to cut, until we reach the final round. In the last round participants will publicly vote for one film to cut each round. This way the champion isn't decided purely by one participant.

Vetoes each participant will have vetoes they can use along the way. If one of their favorites is knocked out, they can veto that choice and it goes back in the pool. The film will also be protected from being cut by the player who made the cut in the subsequent round. However, any other player can still cut a vetoed film at any time! To start, everyone will have two vetoes that can each be used once per game. Use them wisely!

How many people can participate? Somewhere between 5-15 usually works best. It's definitely subjective and arbitrary, but that's part of the quirkiness of a rankdown. If there are too many participants, it winds up becoming just another popularity contest. By keeping the pool of participants small, it allows for some truly surprising results.

Somebody cut one of my favorites! What should I do? Use a veto if you have one! And feel free to talk about why you love the film that just got the axe. This is a game that is intended to spark discussion, but don't take anything personally, or too seriously. It's just a silly game!


Presenting...
ICM Forum's Rankdown of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 100 Greatest Films official list!

The Participants
1. Coryn - 0 vetoes remaining
2. beasterne - 0 vetoes remaining
3. Fergenaprido - 0 vetoes remaining
4. OldAle1 - 0 vetoes remaining
5. brokenface - 0 vetoes remaining
6. jeff_v - 0 vetoes remaining
7. Obgeoff - 0 vetoes remaining
8. blocho - 0 vetoes remaining
9. Onderhond - 0 vetoes remaining
10. perceval - 0 vetoes remaining
11. sol - 2 vetoes remaining
12. RolandKirkSunglasses - 0 vetoes remaining
13. toromash - 0 vetoes remaining
the results
Playtime (1967), cut by Coryn vetoed by beasterne!
100. Pierrot le fou (1965), cut by beasterne
99. The Searchers (1956), cut by Fergenaprido
The Shining (1980), cut by OldAle1 vetoed by Coryn!
98. Gertrud (1964), cut by brokenface
97. The Apartment (1960), cut by jeff_v
96. City Lights (1931), cut by Obgeoff
95. Les enfants du paradis (1945), cut by blocho
94. Barry Lyndon (1975), cut by Onderhond
93. Once Upon a Time in America (1984), cut by perceval
Seven Samurai (1954), cut by sol vetoed by Fergenaprido!
92. A Clockwork Orange (1971), cut by RolandKirkSunglasses
91. Jaws (1975), cut by toromash
90. Amarcord (1973), cut by Coryn
Stalker (1979), cut by beasterne vetoed by OldAle1!
89. Annie Hall (1977), cut by Fergenaprido
88. The Godfather pt. II (1974), cut by OldAle1
Viaggio in Italia (1954), cut by brokenface vetoed by perceval!
87. Andrey Rublev (1966), cut by jeff_v
86. Rio Bravo (1959), cut by Obgeoff
Tokyo Story (1953), cut by blocho vetoed by Obgeoff!
85. Modern Times (1936), cut by Onderhond
84. Raging Bull (1980), cut by perceval
The Rules of the Game (1939), cut by sol vetoed by RolandKirkSunglasses!
83. À bout de souffle (1960), cut by RolandKirkSunglasses
82. Lawrence of Arabia (1962), cut by toromash
81. Pather Panchali (1955), cut by Coryn
80. The Wild Bunch (1969), cut by beasterne
79. Pickpocket (1959), cut by Fergenaprido
78. The Shining (1980), cut by OldAle1
77. Nashville (1975), cut by brokenface
76. Playtime (1967), cut by jeff_v
75. La Strada (1954), cut by Obgeoff
74. Il Conformista (1970), cut by blocho
73. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), cut by Onderhond
72. Goodfellas (1990), cut by perceval
Seven Samurai (1954), cut by sol vetoed by Fergenaprido!
71. It's a Wonderful Life (1946), cut by RolandKirkSunglasses
70. Man with a Movie Camera (1929), cut by toromash
69. 8 1/2 (1963), cut by Coryn
68. Le mépris (1963), cut by beasterne
67. Blade Runner (1982), cut by Fergenaprido
In the Mood for Love (2000), cut by OldAle1 vetoed by Onderhond!
66. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels (1975), cut by brokenface
65. Blow-up (1966), cut by jeff_v
64. Viaggio in Italia (1954), cut by Obgeoff
63. Tokyo Story (1953), cut by blocho
62. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), cut by Onderhond
61. Pulp Fiction (1994), cut by perceval
The Rules of the Game (1939), cut by sol vetoed by perceval!
60. Battleship Potemkin (1928), cut by RolandKirkSunglasses
59. Singin' in the Rain (1952), cut by toromash
58. Ugetsu monogatari (1953), cut by Coryn
Stalker (1979), cut by beasterne vetoed by toromash!
57. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), cut by Fergenaprido
56. North By Northwest (1959), cut by OldAle1
55. Some Like It Hot (1959), cut by brokenface
54. The Gold Rush (1925), cut by jeff_v
53. Greed (1924), cut by Obgeoff
52. Il Gattopardo (1963), cut by blocho
51. Smultronstället (1957), cut by Onderhond
The Godfather (1972), cut by perceva vetoed by beasterne!
50. Seven Samurai (1954), cut by sol
The Night of the Hunter (1955), cut by RolandKirkSunglasses vetoed by brokenface!
49. Casablanca (1943), cut by toromash
48. L'Avventura (1960), cut by Coryn
47. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), cut by beasterne
46. The Night of the Hunter (1955), cut by Fergenaprido
In the Mood for Love (2000), cut by OldAle1 vetoed by Onderhond!
45. Jules et Jim (1962), cut by brokenface
Ordet (1955), cut by jeff_v vetoed by Obgeoff!
44. Close-Up (1990), cut by Obgeoff
43. A Woman Under the Influence (1975), cut by blocho
42. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), cut by Onderhond
41. The 400 Blows (1959), cut by perceval
40. The Rules of the Game (1939), cut by sol
39. Rashomon (1950), cut by RolandKirkSunglasses
38. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), cut by toromash
37. Fanny och Alexander (1982), cut by Coryn
Stalker (1979), cut by beasterne vetoed by toromash!
36. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), cut by Fergenaprido
35. To Be or Not to Be (1942), cut by OldAle1
34. Citizen Kane (1941), cut by brokenface
33. Metropolis (1927), cut by jeff_v
Blue Velvet (1986), cut by Obgeoff vetoed by jeff_v!
32. L'Atalante (1934), cut by blocho
31. Apocalypse Now (1979), cut by Onderhond
30. La Dolce Vita (1960), cut by perceval
Mulholland Dr. (2001), cut by sol vetoed by brokenface!
29. Viridiana (1961), cut by RolandKirkSunglasses
28. Psycho (1960), cut by toromash
Chinatown (1974), cut by Coryn vetoed by RolandKirkSunglasses!
27. Blue Velvet (1986), cut by beasterne
Taxi Driver (1976), cut by Fergenaprido vetoed by jeff_v!
26. In the Mood for Love (2000), cut by OldAle1
25. Shoah (1985), cut by brokenface
24. Ordet (1955), cut by jeff_v
Persona (1966), cut by Obgeoff vetoed by Coryn!
23. Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (1956), cut by blocho
22. Sunset Blvd. (1950), cut by Onderhond
The Godfather (1972), cut by perceval vetoed by blocho!
The Seventh Seal (1957), cut by sol vetoed by blocho!
21. Touch of Evil (1958), cut by RolandKirkSunglasses
20. The Grand Illusion (1937), cut by toromash
19. The Seventh Seal (1957), cut by Coryn
18. Stalker (1979), cut by beasterne
17. Zerkalo (1975), cut by Fergenaprido
16. The Godfather (1972), cut by OldAle1
15. Rear Window (1954), cut by brokenface
14. Dr. Strangelove (1964), cut by jeff_v
Taxi Driver (1976), cut by Obgeoff vetoed by sol!
13. Banshun (1949), cut by blocho
Vertigo (1958), cut by Onderhond vetoed by OldAle1!
12. The General (1926), cut by perceval
11. Mulholland Drive (2001), cut by sol
The Third Man (1949), cut by RolandKirkSunglasses vetoed by sol!
10. M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder (1931), cut by toromash
9. Taxi Driver (1976), cut with 8 votes by secret ballot
8. The Third Man (1949), cut with 7 votes by secret ballot
7. Sansho the Bailiff (1954), lost the run-off with 11 cuts
6. Chinatown (1974), lost the run-off with 9 cuts
5. Last Year at Marienbad (1961), cut with 7 votes in a run-off
4. Bicycle Thieves (1948), cut with 5 votes
3. The Battle of Algiers (1966), cut with 5 votes
2. Vertigo (1958), cut with 7 votes
1. WINNER: Persona (1966)!
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I'm in.
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This sounds pretty fun, I'll play.
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In! Love this.
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In !
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Sure, I can handle this level of mental work now. Barely. In.
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blocho, Onderhond, Ale, good to have you back for another go round! Welcome Roland and Coryn!
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Oh, do let me join. I enjoyed lurking for the last two iterations.
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I'm in.
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Yeah I'll join
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I'll join in this time. I think I can keep up with the pace at the moment.
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I suspect I will be spending the whole time jumping back and forth between cutting the same two films :ermm: but I'll join I guess.
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Added up to sol. 4 spots left!
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I'll give it another ~24 hours for anyone who wants to claim one of the last 4 slots, and then we'll be off and running :)
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Not sure if I understand all the rules or how much time this will take, but sounds fun and something that could motivate me to rewatch films I haven't seen in a long time. Would like to join!
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Added toromash and perceval--2 spots remain!
perceval wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 1:31 pm Not sure if I understand all the rules or how much time this will take, but sounds fun and something that could motivate me to rewatch films I haven't seen in a long time. Would like to join!
Glad to have you aboard! If you're not clear on the rules at any time, just ask and someone will be glad to help. The core of the game is to make cuts of your least favorite movies, so that by the end we have movies that are presumably liked (or at least, not disliked) by the most people. This game is obviously more fun if you've seen all or almost all of the movies in the list, and if you're familiar enough with them to pick out your least favorite each round.

Personally, I'm at 94/100 seen on this list, and I'm trying to make that 99/100 in the near future (100/100 if I can get over the hump of watching Greed on YouTube :hmph: )
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beasterne wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 2:31 pm
Personally, I'm at 94/100 seen on this list, and I'm trying to make that 99/100 in the near future (100/100 if I can get over the hump of watching Greed on YouTube :hmph: )
I love Greed and have seen it twice I think - on film and on VHS, both at least 20 years ago; time for a re-watch one of these days I guess. It's probably in my top quarter-third of films on the list. I feel like I've seen lots of negativity around it here over the years though and I wouldn't expect it to be one of the last films standing.
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OldAle1 wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 2:38 pm
beasterne wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 2:31 pm
Personally, I'm at 94/100 seen on this list, and I'm trying to make that 99/100 in the near future (100/100 if I can get over the hump of watching Greed on YouTube :hmph: )
I love Greed and have seen it twice I think - on film and on VHS, both at least 20 years ago; time for a re-watch one of these days I guess. It's probably in my top quarter-third of films on the list. I feel like I've seen lots of negativity around it here over the years though and I wouldn't expect it to be one of the last films standing.
Oh, I may enjoy the film a lot. I'm just getting spoiled by watching so many films on the Criterion Channel, so I'm becoming a bit of a quality snob and turning up my nose at the low-quality Youtube upload.
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beasterne wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 2:31 pm Added toromash and perceval--2 spots remain!
perceval wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 1:31 pm Not sure if I understand all the rules or how much time this will take, but sounds fun and something that could motivate me to rewatch films I haven't seen in a long time. Would like to join!
Glad to have you aboard! If you're not clear on the rules at any time, just ask and someone will be glad to help. The core of the game is to make cuts of your least favorite movies, so that by the end we have movies that are presumably liked (or at least, not disliked) by the most people. This game is obviously more fun if you've seen all or almost all of the movies in the list, and if you're familiar enough with them to pick out your least favorite each round.

Personally, I'm at 94/100 seen on this list, and I'm trying to make that 99/100 in the near future (100/100 if I can get over the hump of watching Greed on YouTube :hmph: )
I didn't even think to check how many of the films I'd seen... I just assumed I've seen most of them. Turns out I've only seen 72/100. I have 19 of the remaining 28 on hand so could watch them to hit 91. I currently have 8 favourites and 1 dislike in the Top 100, so I have my clear priorities, but perhaps I haven't seen enough to participate this time?

I've also got Greed left, and I've put it off because there are a couple of versions out there and I can't figure out which one I should watch. I actually have a handful of films like there where I have 2 or more different copies, and instead of spending time to figure out which one to watch, I just watch something else instead.
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I'm 100/100 for this one. I'm such a classics nerd.
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74/100

If that's too low please tell.
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beasterne wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 2:31 pm Added toromash and perceval--2 spots remain!
perceval wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 1:31 pm Not sure if I understand all the rules or how much time this will take, but sounds fun and something that could motivate me to rewatch films I haven't seen in a long time. Would like to join!
Glad to have you aboard! If you're not clear on the rules at any time, just ask and someone will be glad to help. The core of the game is to make cuts of your least favorite movies, so that by the end we have movies that are presumably liked (or at least, not disliked) by the most people. This game is obviously more fun if you've seen all or almost all of the movies in the list, and if you're familiar enough with them to pick out your least favorite each round.

Personally, I'm at 94/100 seen on this list, and I'm trying to make that 99/100 in the near future (100/100 if I can get over the hump of watching Greed on YouTube :hmph: )
Thank you!

I have actually seen 99/100. Not seen Nashville, and this could be a good time to finally watch that one.
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Hmm, I won't tell anyone not to participate if they're enthusiastic about playing along. But I will say it works best when you've seen all or almost all of the films. This is mostly because of the round where we'll be voting to cut multiple films at the same time--it could be hard to vote in this round if you haven't seen a lot of the films remaining.
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beasterne wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 9:28 pm Hmm, I won't tell anyone not to participate if they're enthusiastic about playing along. But I will say it works best when you've seen all or almost all of the films. This is mostly because of the round where we'll be voting to cut multiple films at the same time--it could be hard to vote in this round if you haven't seen a lot of the films remaining.
Is that the last round? I don't recall how quickly the last two games went, so when would this round be? in a month or so? or sooner?
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Fergenaprido wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 10:25 pm
beasterne wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 9:28 pm Hmm, I won't tell anyone not to participate if they're enthusiastic about playing along. But I will say it works best when you've seen all or almost all of the films. This is mostly because of the round where we'll be voting to cut multiple films at the same time--it could be hard to vote in this round if you haven't seen a lot of the films remaining.
Is that the last round? I don't recall how quickly the last two games went, so when would this round be? in a month or so? or sooner?
It will be the penultimate round. Yes it's probably going to take about a month to reach that round, just based on the pace of previous games.
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Okay, thanks beasterne. I'm only focusing on debut films this month, so I'll add the TSPDT 100 to my priority list and see how far I can get. I'd still like to participate, then.
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Great! So let's kick things off then :)

Here is our random.org order for the game:
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This means that our first cutter of the game will be Coryn! Then I am on deck and Fergena is 3rd. Good luck and have fun everyone!
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Great !

I'm getting rid of Playtime (1967) by Tati.
It's not often that I don't finish a movie but after 2 hours of boringness I put an end to my misery.

PS: How does the veto work ? Do we just write it down here ? How much time do we have to veto ?
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Coryn wrote: February 4th, 2021, 8:08 am PS: How does the veto work ? Do we just write it down here ? How much time do we have to veto ?
After every round there's a period where people can veto cuts.
You have a couple of options then. You hope others veto the film you want to save, you can see your darling die, or you can be a hero and save your loved one.
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Onderhond wrote: February 4th, 2021, 8:35 am
Coryn wrote: February 4th, 2021, 8:08 am PS: How does the veto work ? Do we just write it down here ? How much time do we have to veto ?
After every round there's a period where people can veto cuts.
You have a couple of options then. You hope others veto the film you want to save, you can see your darling die, or you can be a hero and save your loved one.
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Coryn wrote: February 4th, 2021, 8:08 am Great !

I'm getting rid of Playtime (1967) by Tati.
It's not often that I don't finish a movie but after 2 hours of boringness I put an end to my misery.

PS: How does the veto work ? Do we just write it down here ? How much time do we have to veto ?
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Omg no!! (D:) I guess I will feel pretty bad playing this game most of the time...
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Using the top 100 of the TSPDT I don't think there is a single movie on there we all are going to hate so ye :)
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I’m cutting Pierrot le fou. Godard does not click for me, and this was my least favorite of his movies in the top 100. I couldn’t get into the story, nothing that happened made any sense, and really I just wanted it to be over after a while.

I am sad to see Playtime cut very first :( I may have to use one of my vetoes already, I love that movie.
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perceval wrote: February 4th, 2021, 9:07 am
Coryn wrote: February 4th, 2021, 8:08 am Great !

I'm getting rid of Playtime (1967) by Tati.
It's not often that I don't finish a movie but after 2 hours of boringness I put an end to my misery.

PS: How does the veto work ? Do we just write it down here ? How much time do we have to veto ?
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Omg no!! (D:) I guess I will feel pretty bad playing this game most of the time...
You'll get used to it :lol:

There's only one film on the entire list that I'm even borderline negative about, though probably about a third are films that I don't like nearly as much as the critical mass that put them there. The fun - or maybe I should say "fun" comes in people's comments, I feel I learn more about where people are coming from in their individual tastes, and also maybe a bit more about the general attitudes towards specific films. Sometimes it's obvious though if you've been around long enough - I'm not at all surprised for example that Playtime is an early cut, much as I love it I can see how it could alienate even a lot of "serious" film people. It certainly alienated general audiences!
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:whistling: I guess I am correct in saying I can't vote for Playtime in the 2nd round as well if it would get vetoed, right ?
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Coryn wrote: February 4th, 2021, 1:44 pm :whistling: I guess I am correct in saying I can't vote for Playtime in the 2nd round as well if it would get vetoed, right ?
Correct! If a movie you cut is vetoed, you cannot cut that movie in the next round.

However, if someone else wanted to cut Playtime, they wouldn’t have to wait a round to do so.
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Is there a point to being strategic in this, in the sense of not eliminating films you think are likely to be vetoed early on? I have one clear dislike on the list, and then a bunch of films that are just okay, but I think the dislike would improve upon a rewatch, so maybe it's unfair to pick it now. Plus, I can almost guarantee I would be forcing someone to waste a veto so early on, which seems kind of cruel. Maybe I'll finally rewatch it.

Anyway, for now, I'll just pick a not-so-great film.

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beasterne wrote: February 4th, 2021, 4:43 pm
Coryn wrote: February 4th, 2021, 1:44 pm :whistling: I guess I am correct in saying I can't vote for Playtime in the 2nd round as well if it would get vetoed, right ?
Correct! If a movie you cut is vetoed, you cannot cut that movie in the next round.

However, if someone else wanted to cut Playtime, they wouldn’t have to wait a round to do so.
I can't see it in the OP, but is there a time limit on when a film could be vetoed? For example, if I wanted to veto Playtime being cut, do I have to do it this round before Coryn cuts another film, or could I wait until round 7 when there are only about 20 films left to veto Playtime and bring it back into the game?
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Fergenaprido wrote: February 4th, 2021, 5:54 pm
beasterne wrote: February 4th, 2021, 4:43 pm
Coryn wrote: February 4th, 2021, 1:44 pm :whistling: I guess I am correct in saying I can't vote for Playtime in the 2nd round as well if it would get vetoed, right ?
Correct! If a movie you cut is vetoed, you cannot cut that movie in the next round.

However, if someone else wanted to cut Playtime, they wouldn’t have to wait a round to do so.
I can't see it in the OP, but is there a time limit on when a film could be vetoed? For example, if I wanted to veto Playtime being cut, do I have to do it this round before Coryn cuts another film, or could I wait until round 7 when there are only about 20 films left to veto Playtime and bring it back into the game?
Another good question. After every round there is a 24 hour cooldown period to give everyone a chance to veto any cuts. Once the next round starts you can no longer veto a cut from the previous round, and all those cuts are finalized.
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