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The Ongoing Ultra Obscure Challenge

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The Ongoing Ultra Obscure Challenge

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Goal:
Watch as many movies as you can that have 50 checks or less. If you are unsure as to whether or not a film has 50 checks or less, then you really need to familiarize yourself with the iCheckMovies website first.

Rules:
- A feature film (Anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes the 60 minute rule applies.
- For Mini-Series, many people only check the whole show, making the pages for each episode having only 1 or 2 checks. Because of this, the whole miniseries must have 50 checks or less. However, if it is a series like Heimat or Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge (Where U.S. Go Home is) then those will count, since each episode is more of a "film", not a part of a show.
- Rewatches allowed, but only once.

Challenge runs from 1 November 2013 to the time when no one cares about this challenge anymore (if any other people will care about this now in the first place).

Participants:
allisoncm 101
joachimt 84
ArthurYanthar 24
Dolwphin 21
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3eyes 15
jgwr 19
Sir Plebeian 7
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I watched Monty's Lil Mom's P..n Movie (1962) which is so ultra obscure, it doesn't even have an entry on IMDb.

Ok, sorry, no more trolling your thread :hug:
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1. Fight Club (Fincher, 1999) 8/10
you guys should really track this one down, if you can.
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Oh keep the trolling going, this is great so far :)
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As this challenge overwhelmingly stands to yield no official checks, the forum's response is bound to be meagre.
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Say that to the horror challenge :P
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1. The Big Punch (1948) unofficial, 0 checks before I checked it. (disclosure: will become official)
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This is an easy challenge. :)
I'm doing the UNESCO challenge. I watched five titles today and all of them have less than 15 checks. I guess I can post almost everything for the UNESCO-challenge here too.

1. Koinoniki sapila (1932)
2. O magos tis Athinas (1931)
3. Avodah (1936)
4. Rudareva sreca (1926)
5. Jayu manse (1946)
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I just decided to make this since this will be a much more organized way for us to post about hidden gems (or hidden pieces of shit) that we come across. But then again maybe 50 is too small?
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ArthurYanthar on Nov 1 2013, 04:32:14 PM wrote:But then again maybe 50 is too small?
Not at all. How will you otherwise get Zeppo to join?
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Joachim is right: that this will work well with the UNESCO challenge.

1. Lisboa

I saw this one this morning and it had under 12 checks.
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If I knew there was going to be an obscure challenge, I wouldn't have watched the ultra-mainstream film Girl with Hyacinths (60 checks) for my first film of the UNESCO challenge. :(
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1. Les parents terribles (48 checks) 5/10

It is stable craftsmanship and moderately funny.
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I'm actually slightly stunned to realise just how many films on my watchlist I have with less than 50 checks, i.e. the best part of 300.

OK, I'm in.
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I was thinking about changing it to less than 100, but it looks like 50 is a good number now.

1. Gone to Earth (1950) - 7/10

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This film is absolutely gorgeous, but I expected it from the guys that made stuff like The Red Shoes and Peeping Tom. The story is pretty melodramatic, but it felt suitable with the film. The biggest surprise for me is that I didn't need subtitles to understand what they were saying.

2. Artavazd Peleshian Package (36 of 60 minutes)
- Skizbe (1967) - 6/10
- Obitateli (1970) - 7/10
- Verj (1994) - 8/10
- Kyanq (1993) - 7/10

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I needed to check out the rest of his filmography after seeing Mer dare [Our Century] which btw... please see it guys it's so beautiful. Although those films weren't as strong, his cool style still remains. It's found footage most of the time but instead of going all out scary and intense like Bruce Connor or Peter Tscherkassky, he makes them look like it's part of a gorgeous visual poem. Connor and Tscherkassky's films are still gorgeous, just in a different way.

3. Decoder (1984) - 6/10

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This was surprisingly tame for something that was supposed to be so counter-culture and based on industrial and noise. But, it was still fun recognizing most of the cast and it was shot very well.
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1. Rebel in Town (1956) Alfred L. Werker (7/10) (7 checks)

Wrote about it in the noir challenge.
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I may join later if and when I see a film in this category. Also what would it take to get monty to join a challenge?, I thought this would have suited him.
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Monty only joins his own challenges, because he only cares about himself.
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allisoncm on Nov 1 2013, 05:03:46 PM wrote:Joachim is right: that this will work well with the UNESCO challenge.

1. Lisboa

I saw this one this morning and it had under 12 checks.
You didn't post this one in the UNESCO challenge.

Btw, can you make subs for this? I've got this on my to do list, but it would be nice if someone else does the translation instead of a google-translation.
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It has no dialogue and no intertitles as far as I remember, Joachim.
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1. &#65279;Ouarzazate Movie (Morocco/France 01) - Not on IMDb
hour-long documentary about a town in Morocco whose chief industry is being a location for foreign movie making. Director: Ali Essafi (who has a couple of later movies listed on IMDb but not this one).
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lampadatriste on Nov 2 2013, 06:25:44 AM wrote:It has no dialogue and no intertitles as far as I remember, Joachim.
It has intertitles. Jerome just watched it too and used google-translate. Was pretty easy to watch that way, he said.

6. Mis Ston
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1. Koinoniki sapila (1932)
2. O magos tis Athinas (1931)
3. Avodah (1936)
4. Rudareva sreca (1926)
5. Jayu manse (1946)
6. Mis Ston (1958)
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2. Spoilers of the Plains (1951) William Witney (7/10) (3 checks)
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2. Spoilers of the Plains (1951) William Witney (7/10) (3 checks)
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2. Nail in the boot (USSR 31) - 33 checks
On youtube with Russian intertitles, no subs; I dusted off my old Russian-English dictionary and kept a finger on the pause button. Toward the end I started playing with the idea of a Hollywood remake - boggles the mind.
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7. Trobriand cricket (1975)

Simply fascinating piece of anthropology. As a documentary/movie not really special, but the subject is incredible. 7/10

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2. O magos tis Athinas (1931)
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3eyes on Nov 2 2013, 02:17:37 PM wrote:2. Nail in the boot (USSR 31) - 33 checks
On youtube with Russian intertitles, no subs; I dusted off my old Russian-English dictionary and kept a finger on the pause button. Toward the end I started playing with the idea of a Hollywood remake - boggles the mind.
This is a remarkable movie. Artistically, it uses techniques that rival Dovzhenko and Eisenstein, but it also takes propaganda
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8. Description d'un combat (1961)
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1. Koinoniki sapila (1932)
2. O magos tis Athinas (1931)
3. Avodah (1936)
4. Rudareva sreca (1926)
5. Jayu manse (1946)
6. Mis Ston (1958)
7. Trobriand cricket (1975)
8. Description d'un combat (1961)
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3. Jack Slade (1953) Harold D. Schuster (7.5/10) (3 checks)
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1. Rebel in Town (1956) Alfred L. Werker (7/10) (7 checks)
2. Spoilers of the Plains (1951) William Witney (7/10) (3 checks)
3. Jack Slade (1953) Harold D. Schuster (7.5/10) (3 checks)
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Kasparius on Nov 2 2013, 05:08:46 PM wrote:3. Jack Slade (1953) Harold D. Schuster (7.5/10) (3 checks)
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1. Rebel in Town (1956) Alfred L. Werker (7/10) (7 checks)
2. Spoilers of the Plains (1951) William Witney (7/10) (3 checks)
3. Jack Slade (1953) Harold D. Schuster (7.5/10) (3 checks)
You forgot to highlight the number of checks.
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1. Austeria (1982) 6/10 (17 Checks) - Good film if I ignore all the singing jews scenes. The old man in the film had some crazy fun philosophical lines.
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For this not to get too tiresome, I'll only mention films in which I'm one of the first five checkers or films that are not on IMDB. I'll only comment when I'm not doing it in any other thread.

1. Industrie und Fotografie (Harun Farocki, 1979) - 1st check
2. Six Fois Deux, Part 3A: Photos et Cie (Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville, 1976) - not on IMDB
3. Filming Muybridge (Jean-Louis Gonnet, 1981) - not on IMDB
4. Filmarilyn (Paolo Gioli,1992) - 2nd check
5. De Gevoelige Plaat / The Sensitive Plate (Kees Hin, 1976) - not on IMDB

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2. Juvenile Court (25 checks) 7/10
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1. Les parents terribles (48 checks) 5/10
2. Juvenile Court (25 checks) 7/10
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3eyes on Nov 2 2013, 02:17:37 PM wrote:2. Nail in the boot (USSR 31) - 33 checks
On youtube with Russian intertitles, no subs; I dusted off my old Russian-English dictionary and kept a finger on the pause button. Toward the end I started playing with the idea of a Hollywood remake - boggles the mind.
I've got a subtitled version of that which I'm happy to provide.
It's an amazingly odd film.
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joachimt on Nov 2 2013, 01:19:22 AM wrote:
allisoncm on Nov 1 2013, 05:03:46 PM wrote:Joachim is right: that this will work well with the UNESCO challenge.

1. Lisboa

I saw this one this morning and it had under 12 checks.
You didn't post this one in the UNESCO challenge.

Btw, can you make subs for this? I've got this on my to do list, but it would be nice if someone else does the translation instead of a google-translation.
I didn't save the text. It is way too easy. But timings take up a lot of time. Really it isn't worth anyone's while. Don't mean to be rude, but I have lots of big projects coming up.
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1. Lisboa - official
2. The Lost Moment 1947 - official
3. Sibaji 1987 — a.k.a. The Surrogate Woman - official
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1. Agantuk, the Visitor 1991

Well this was the last film directed by Satyajit Ray and is a very good one too. Surprising to see it has under 50 checks for now. I recorded it part of an Indian cinema centenary series on Channel 4 in the UK.
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A pretty mainstream title this time, because I was the 40th check. :P

9. El húsar de la muerte (1925)
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2. O magos tis Athinas (1931)
3. Avodah (1936)
4. Rudareva sreca (1926)
5. Jayu manse (1946)
6. Mis Ston (1958)
7. Trobriand cricket (1975)
8. Description d'un combat (1961)
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allisoncm on Nov 3 2013, 12:23:47 AM wrote:
joachimt on Nov 2 2013, 01:19:22 AM wrote:
allisoncm on Nov 1 2013, 05:03:46 PM wrote:Joachim is right: that this will work well with the UNESCO challenge.

1. Lisboa

I saw this one this morning and it had under 12 checks.
You didn't post this one in the UNESCO challenge.

Btw, can you make subs for this? I've got this on my to do list, but it would be nice if someone else does the translation instead of a google-translation.
I didn't save the text. It is way too easy. But timings take up a lot of time. Really it isn't worth anyone's while. Don't mean to be rude, but I have lots of big projects coming up.
I'm a perfectionist. ;)

I'll make the subs. Making timings isn't much work for a silent movie. I already need to pause the movie and type out the text into google-translate. Then it's just slightly more work to paste it into Subtitle Workshop.
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1. Nightbirds, 1970, 5 checks (review)
2. The Body Beneath, 1970, 8 checks (rewatch) (review)
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10. O agapitikos tis voskopoulas (1936)

2nd check! First non-Greek to check this after kingink published his subs. :thumbsup:

Nice little love story. 7/10
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1. Koinoniki sapila (1932)
2. O magos tis Athinas (1931)
3. Avodah (1936)
4. Rudareva sreca (1926)
5. Jayu manse (1946)
6. Mis Ston (1958)
7. Trobriand cricket (1975)
8. Description d'un combat (1961)
9. El húsar de la muerte (1925)
10. O agapitikos tis voskopoulas (1936)
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