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The zero checks challenge - ongoing

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Post by monty » October 28th, 2014, 11:11 pm

Many will probably find that the ultra obscure challenge is too easy. Well, this thread is for you guys. :)

Goal:
Watch as many movies as you can that have 0 checks.

Rules:
- A feature film (Anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry
- A TV drama/play (over 45 minutes) counts as one entry. TV series do not count.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry



This challenge will be on-going.

Participants:
509 - PUNQ
70 - themagician
49 - monty
27 - ChrisReynolds
21 - sortile9io
13 - xGvJx
12 - albajos
10 - joachimt
9 - 3eyes
3 - Jay Mars
2 - Bronson
1 - Lilarcor
1 - allison
1 - Ettinauer226XL AKA The Artist formerly known as Art
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Post by Jay Mars » October 28th, 2014, 11:14 pm

Well I suppose I must join since the next movie I was planning on watching has 0 checks.

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Post by monty » October 28th, 2014, 11:19 pm

1. Fei cheng AKA Ghost Town (2009) - running close to three hours, this Chinese docu about the thoroughly depressing existence of village people in a remote corner of southwest China is a bit of a mixed bag. The first two segments didn't really do it for me, but the last one focusing on the plight of a 12-year-old boy left to fend for himself was nicely handled. Overall, this film would have benefitted tremendously from som judicious editing - now shots just go on forever with no good reason.
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Post by Cippenham » October 28th, 2014, 11:48 pm

I think they often have zero checks because they are poor or only of local interest or are very new, but this is not always the case.
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Post by allisoncm » October 28th, 2014, 11:56 pm

Sounds fun, Monty. I'll participate if I can.

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Post by monty » October 28th, 2014, 11:57 pm

Cippenham on Oct 28 2014, 05:48:47 PM wrote:I think they often have zero checks because they are poor or only of local interest or are very new, but this is not always the case.
Far from it, there are plenty of gems to be found that have zero checks.

Not long ago I finally got to watch Tai Kato's Miyamoto Musashi (1973) - still only one check btw - , which I found vastly more enjoyable than the much praised Inagaki trilogy.
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Post by monty » October 28th, 2014, 11:58 pm

allisoncm on Oct 28 2014, 05:56:02 PM wrote:Sounds fun, Monty. I'll participate if I can.
Shall I sign you up then?


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Post by ChrisReynolds » October 29th, 2014, 12:44 am

I would like to participate too.

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Post by AdamH » October 29th, 2014, 3:22 am

Cippenham on Oct 28 2014, 05:48:47 PM wrote:I think they often have zero checks because they are poor or only of local interest or are very new, but this is not always the case.
Higher number of checks does not equal higher quality. You often post that it does. A film not being well-known does not mean that it is bad just like a film being very well-known does not mean that it's great.

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Post by mjf314 » October 29th, 2014, 6:21 am

Cippenham on Oct 28 2014, 05:48:47 PM wrote:I think they often have zero checks because they are poor or only of local interest or are very new, but this is not always the case.
If no has checked a film, it's unlikely that people would hear bad things about it, so they would have no reason to avoid it, so that can't be a common reason for films having 0 checks. By far the most common reason is lack of availability.

If you found a film that was critically-acclaimed or looked interesting (and there are plenty of those to choose from), it would be pretty stupid to avoid it just because it has 0 checks.

Btw Ghost Town (which monty watched) received a lot of good reviews and is also on the dGenerate list. I see that it just got uploaded this year. I'll probably watch it during the next Chinese challenge.
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Post by joachimt » October 29th, 2014, 6:53 am

Sure, I'm in. The ultra obscure challenge is a piece of cake. I need a new challenge. :lol:

Seriously, I'm not going to look for such titles to watch, but I've got a few in my backlog and some might appear, so I'll certainly post here, if I happen to watch some.
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Post by sortile9io » October 30th, 2014, 6:16 pm

I'll join the hunting party too. Is there any trophy?

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Post by joachimt » October 30th, 2014, 8:01 pm

sortile9io on Oct 30 2014, 12:16:15 PM wrote:I'll join the hunting party too. Is there any trophy?
I think you'll get a trophy from Monty when you join the dark side.
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Post by Limedebois » October 30th, 2014, 8:16 pm

Aisai monogatari, first Shindô's film 7/10 (part of the Annual Junpo top 10)
Káin gyermekei , Hungarian documentary about three young killers 7/10
Jun'ai monogatari, Imai 8/10 (annual Junpo top 10)
Gobanchô yûgirirô, 8/10 (annual Junpo top 10).

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Post by sortile9io » October 30th, 2014, 8:42 pm

joachimt on Oct 30 2014, 02:01:47 PM wrote:
sortile9io on Oct 30 2014, 12:16:15 PM wrote:I'll join the hunting party too. Is there any trophy?
I think you'll get a trophy from Monty when you join the dark side.
What kind of trophy? A big one?

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Post by monty » October 30th, 2014, 9:27 pm

sortile9io on Oct 30 2014, 02:42:59 PM wrote:
joachimt on Oct 30 2014, 02:01:47 PM wrote:
sortile9io on Oct 30 2014, 12:16:15 PM wrote:I'll join the hunting party too. Is there any trophy?
I think you'll get a trophy from Monty when you join the dark side.
What kind of trophy? A big one?
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Post by monty » October 30th, 2014, 9:31 pm

Limedebois on Oct 30 2014, 02:16:05 PM wrote:Aisai monogatari, first Shindô's film 7/10 (part of the Annual Junpo top 10)
Káin gyermekei , Hungarian documentary about three young killers 7/10
Jun'ai monogatari, Imai 8/10 (annual Junpo top 10)
Gobanchô yûgirirô, 8/10 (annual Junpo top 10).
Glad to see I've assisted in making you seek out the path less trodden...

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Post by joachimt » October 30th, 2014, 11:08 pm

So let's get this party started...

1. Akuma ga kitarite fue o fuku (1979)

0 lists, not even personal ones. 0 comments. But as of now, 1 check. :)

This movie tries to be too many things at the same time. It includes horror, detective, mystery, drama, romance including some erotic scenes, which result in a pretty messy movie, but it still maintains its entertainment value. The music was terrible though.

It found its way into my backlog, because I filled a KG-request for this.
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Post by monty » October 30th, 2014, 11:20 pm

joachimt on Oct 30 2014, 05:08:23 PM wrote:So let's get this party started...

1. Akuma ga kitarite fue o fuku (1979)

0 lists, not even personal ones. 0 comments. But as of now, 1 check. :)

This movie [...] includes horror, detective, mystery, drama, romance including some erotic scenes...
Sounds like something Art would like. :P
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Post by Limedebois » October 31st, 2014, 12:03 am

Sounds like the typical Cip's trodden path:
"0 lists, not even personal ones. 0 comments. And still 0 fav. :down: "

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Post by Jay Mars » October 31st, 2014, 4:36 am

1. Big Town Scandal (1948)

A newspaper man takes on five juvenile delinquents and coaches them on a basketball team to prove they can be reformed. One gets involved with crooks and you can guess the rest, last minute redemption and all. Nothing special, nothing particularly bad either. I was surprised to find it was the final in a series of "Big Town" movies. Never heard of them.

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Post by joachimt » October 31st, 2014, 4:03 pm

2. Az aranyember (1936)

Yet another one on 0 lists, not even personal. 0 comments, 0 dislikes, 0 favs, no poster...... like Lim said "the typical Cip's trodden path". :lol:

This one was actually pretty nice. I especially liked the outdoor scenes on the water and the island. 7/10

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I got this movie, because I downloaded it from KG in a double-pack with the 1919-movie with the same title.
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Post by Limedebois » October 31st, 2014, 5:43 pm

This film has been mentioned in the "name that movie" topic, right?
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Post by joachimt » October 31st, 2014, 6:11 pm

Limedebois on Oct 31 2014, 11:43:03 AM wrote:This film has been mentioned in the "name that movie" topic, right?
Indeed, I once did this one in the name that obscure movie game.
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Post by Limedebois » October 31st, 2014, 10:46 pm

Yeah, I remember well. You said that it was your grand-father with the mustache and the pipe in the first pic.
(huh, what?)

Si le vent te fait peur, 1960, 8/10

From the Cannes list. (Warning: incest film!).
Very good small movie actually. Could have been a pure French new wave but it's 'only' Belgium (with Parisian accent) so it explains why it's totally forgotten. Very simple plot ('I love my sister -- I love my brother -- Oh no! resist, resist! -- A whole world with bodies and only one I can't touch...'). Inspired by the minimalist literature of these times; the dialogues are fantastic, a bit theatrical, very literal (unnatural like Les Dimanches) and the whole film is narrated by the brother with a voice over like Un homme qui dort. The music is by the jazzman Martial Solal (the one who composed the same year À bout de souffle). Most of the scenes takes place in a beach (ironically we never see the sea, always the dunes, and again the dunes -- top less it's ok but you can't afford to be all wet, no, no -- resist!).
Of course it's an incest film so it's from a dutch copy.
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Káin gyermekei , Hungarian documentary about three young killers 7/10
Jun'ai monogatari, Imai 8/10 (annual Junpo top 10)
Gobanchô yûgirirô, 8/10 (annual Junpo top 10).
Si le vent te fait peur
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Post by Jay Mars » November 2nd, 2014, 5:40 am

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1. Big Town Scandal (1948)
2. The Fall of '55 (2006)
A documentary that could have been great but was undermined by unimaginative direction and lackluster voiceover.

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Post by Limedebois » November 2nd, 2014, 9:27 am

Telegramme, 1960, 5/10 (Cannes)
La malédiction d'Edgar, French docu-fiction about Hoover, 2014, 5/10
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Aisai monogatari, first Shindô's film 7/10 (part of the Annual Junpo top 10)
Káin gyermekei , Hungarian documentary about three young killers 7/10
Jun'ai monogatari, Imai 8/10 (annual Junpo top 10)
Gobanchô yûgirirô, 8/10 (annual Junpo top 10).
Si le vent te fait peur, 1960, 8/10 (Cannes)
Telegramme, 1960, 5/10 (Cannes)
La malédiction d'Edgar, French docu-fiction about Hoover, 2014, 5/10

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Post by ChrisReynolds » November 3rd, 2014, 8:25 pm

Do 45-minute long TV shows count? If so...

1. Doctor Who: Dark Water (2014) Mostly set-up for the finale but has some very good scenes and a good horror concept at its core. 7/10

Edit: I'm not counting it.
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Post by Mollykins » November 3rd, 2014, 9:25 pm

ive done 4. 2 of them i even had to ask imdb them to the website &#128514;

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Post by Bronson » November 3rd, 2014, 9:29 pm

Quarterlife 2013 by Marnix Ruben
A documentary about five completely different friends with one striking similarity. It is time for them to become adults! When the friends meet it is to escape their everyday lives. They are determined to reject adulthood for as long as possible. Marnix Ruben, director: objective outsider and one of the five, gives as complete as possible portrayal of a generation, a time and a place; but above all, of his friends.


Saw this in the weekend at a fundraising for his next movie.

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Post by monty » November 3rd, 2014, 11:54 pm

Mollykins1999 on Nov 3 2014, 02:25:54 PM wrote:ive done 4. 2 of them i even had to ask imdb them to the website &#128514;
That's good work. However, for them to count for this challenge, you have to have seen them after the start date of this challenge.

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Post by monty » November 3rd, 2014, 11:57 pm

ChrisReynolds on Nov 3 2014, 01:25:17 PM wrote:Do 45-minute long TV shows count? If so...

1. Doctor Who: Dark Water (2014) Mostly set-up for the finale but has some very good scenes and a good horror concept at its core. 7/10
What the hell, let's make tv shows part of this one. Tv series, however, are not ok.
All in all, though, I do expect the main focus to be on features.

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Post by joachimt » November 4th, 2014, 12:19 am

monty on Nov 3 2014, 04:57:28 PM wrote:
ChrisReynolds on Nov 3 2014, 01:25:17 PM wrote:Do 45-minute long TV shows count? If so...

1. Doctor Who: Dark Water (2014) Mostly set-up for the finale but has some very good scenes and a good horror concept at its core. 7/10
What the hell, let's make tv shows part of this one. Tv series, however, are not ok.
All in all, though, I do expect the main focus to be on features.
Even if you're the first check for the complete TV series? I understand not counting episodes, of course.
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Post by ChrisReynolds » November 4th, 2014, 12:32 am

joachimt on Nov 3 2014, 05:19:51 PM wrote:
monty on Nov 3 2014, 04:57:28 PM wrote:
ChrisReynolds on Nov 3 2014, 01:25:17 PM wrote:Do 45-minute long TV shows count? If so...

1. Doctor Who: Dark Water (2014) Mostly set-up for the finale but has some very good scenes and a good horror concept at its core. 7/10
What the hell, let's make tv shows part of this one. Tv series, however, are not ok.
All in all, though, I do expect the main focus to be on features.
Even if you're the first check for the complete TV series? I understand not counting episodes, of course.
OK, Doctor Who: Dark Water is an episode of a series and not an individual show. I won't count it.

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Post by monty » November 4th, 2014, 12:35 am

joachimt on Nov 3 2014, 05:19:51 PM wrote:
monty on Nov 3 2014, 04:57:28 PM wrote:
ChrisReynolds on Nov 3 2014, 01:25:17 PM wrote:Do 45-minute long TV shows count? If so...

1. Doctor Who: Dark Water (2014) Mostly set-up for the finale but has some very good scenes and a good horror concept at its core. 7/10
What the hell, let's make tv shows part of this one. Tv series, however, are not ok.
All in all, though, I do expect the main focus to be on features.
Even if you're the first check for the complete TV series? I understand not counting episodes, of course.
Yeah, I'm afraid so. Free-standing TV dramatizations, yes. TV series, no.

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Post by joachimt » November 4th, 2014, 12:37 am

monty on Nov 3 2014, 05:35:29 PM wrote:
joachimt on Nov 3 2014, 05:19:51 PM wrote:
monty on Nov 3 2014, 04:57:28 PM wrote:What the hell, let's make tv shows part of this one. Tv series, however, are not ok.
All in all, though, I do expect the main focus to be on features.
Even if you're the first check for the complete TV series? I understand not counting episodes, of course.
Yeah, I'm afraid so. Free-standing TV dramatizations, yes. TV series, no.
It's very unlikely to be the first to complete a certain TV-series anyway.
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Post by monty » November 4th, 2014, 2:10 am

2. La giornata balorda (1960) - this film has quite the pedigree. Directed by Mauro "Il bell' Antonio" Bolognini and written by none other than Pier Paolo Pasolini, this film deals with the poverty, vice and lasciviousness of the Roman underclass. Its many glamourous characters (in general, the women populating this film are beyond beautiful) and the rather commercialized treatment of the script makes for a lightweight effort. Worth watching, especially when bearing in mind that supposedly this film is the reason why Pasolini started directing himself as he felt his script didn't get the necessary grimy and dirty treatment he wanted it to have.
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Post by Bronson » November 4th, 2014, 4:55 pm

2. 4 shorts with a total of +/- 70 min.
- Enkel Vlees 2011

- Isip the Warrior 2013
Came to my attention because Rutger Hauer is in it.. for 1 second..

- Mastodon 2013

- Het Everzwijn 2002
(with Carice van Houten) I'm quite surprised this was still unchecked.

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Post by joachimt » November 4th, 2014, 4:59 pm

Bronson = mheadt
(trying to remember it...)
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