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[font=courier]Do we really need to clutter up the forum with another challenge? No.

And one so oddly specific? No.

Can these concerns stop me? Of course not.

I thought this would be interesting. In a week I might not and this challenge may die a quick death.

But

I am curious now, at least, to know (deeply and intimately know) what was going on in the world of film when I popped outta my momma.

So I've given birth to this challenge.

I was born in the best year -- 1984 -- so I'll only be watching and re-watching films released in that year. Follow suit if you're interested. If not, I do not blame you.

But I will judge you.

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1976

1982

1988

1983

1991

1985

1988

1974

1986
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I'm oddly intrigued by this one. I can't say I'll go out of my way to watch these, but I'll keep track of what I'm watching from the finest year in human history, 1982.
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Im definitely joining, been meaning to do this for a long time but been watching only slightly more from 1988 than 1987 and 1989 so far
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1930s are not my favorite decade - I'll pass.
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1984

01. Next of Kin (Release date: November 30, 1984) - 7/10

I've not really explored Egoyan. The only other film of his mine eyes have gazed upon is the one with the bus going into the lake. This was a more interesting film than that one. The central character is a borderline sociopathic young male whose games of pretend have real-life consequences. I bet someone reviewing this film in 1984 said something almost exactly the same as that. I know this because, being born in the great year, I am plugged into these zaps of knowledge as a matter of financially unviable psychic energy.

...

Remembering now that I also saw another Egoyan film. The Nazi revenge one. That one was alright, better than bus sadness, but not as good as Next of Kin. Christopher Plummer.

My <400 list swells by less than half a percent in size. And just in time, eh?
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01. Next of Kin (Release date: November 30, 1984) - 7/10
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Fellas: Welcome aboard

3eyes: I agree that the thirties are overrated. I do like Poetic realism though. Mmm hmm Sad Gabin walking through the fog. Good stuff.
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02. Perfect Strangers (Release date: November 1984) - 4.5/10

Few people know that before being adapted into a hit family-friendly television program, Perfect Strangers originated as a sleazy NY film directed by venerable B-movie grimehound Larry Cohen. This time around Balki is played by a dead-eyed Ted Danson lookalike with his eyes set on murdering a baby. Lives right on the intersection of fascinating and boring.
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01. Next of Kin (Release date: November 30, 1984) - 7/10
02. Perfect Strangers (Release date: November 1984) - 4.5/10
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sebby on Sep 26 2017, 10:48:12 PM wrote:02. Perfect Strangers (Release date: November 1984) - 4.5/10

Few people know that before being adapted into a hit family-friendly television program, Perfect Strangers originated as a sleazy NY film directed by venerable B-movie grimehound Larry Cohen. This time around Balki is played by a dead-eyed Ted Danson lookalike with his eyes set on murdering a baby. Lives right on the intersection of fascinating and boring.
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02. Perfect Strangers (Release date: November 1984) - 4.5/10
That is super fascinating - I was not aware of that movie. And great description! :thumbsup:
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Well, we have 1982 and 1984 in this thread, might as well make it 1983 as well. ;)

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/unc ... =year:1983

Anything good in there? :D It doesn't look like a very promising year, though.
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Nathan_Treadway on Sep 28 2017, 12:00:54 AM wrote:Well, we have 1982 and 1984 in this thread, might as well make it 1983 as well. ;)

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/unc ... =year:1983

Anything good in there? :D It doesn't look like a very promising year, though.
Great stuff: El sur, Fengkuei, Pauline at the Beach, Seventeen

But IMO the best part of a challenge like this is watching the curious things that you wouldn't have otherwise prioritized. I mean, I have no idea if My Breakfast With Blassie or Twice Upon a Time are as interesting as they sound, but they'd be on my shortlist if I was doing '83.
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03. George Carlin: Carlin on Campus (Release date: Sometime in 1984) - 6/10

Carlin is a comforting comedic presence, even if his jokiness tends to fall flat. I want more rants, less jokes, George.
Films of the Year 1984, (this part redacted), Challenge
01. Next of Kin (Release date: November 30, 1984) - 7/10
02. Perfect Strangers (Release date: November 1984) - 4.5/10
03. George Carlin: Carlin on Campus (Release date: Sometime in 1984) - 6/10
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How long is this going to run? And, yeah, I'm going to be watching stuff that's really off my radar for this, as I don't think there's too much left that's on my watchlists from that year. It's not exactly a banner film year.
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“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:37-40)
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I have a handful of films from my year on the shelf, that I may rewatch. But I start of with a closing film on the silent film challenge

01. Silent Movie (1976) rewatch
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Nathan_Treadway on Sep 28 2017, 01:15:31 AM wrote:How long is this going to run? And, yeah, I'm going to be watching stuff that's really off my radar for this, as I don't think there's too much left that's on my watchlists from that year. It's not exactly a banner film year.
i hope forever and ever and ever but at least until sebby gets tired? (then maybe someone can continue it :P )
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1988
1. Married to the Mob - entertaining enough tho not recommended
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I'll join in too. My birth year is 1991.
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Nathan_Treadway on Sep 28 2017, 01:15:31 AM wrote:How long is this going to run? And, yeah, I'm going to be watching stuff that's really off my radar for this, as I don't think there's too much left that's on my watchlists from that year. It's not exactly a banner film year.
It will run until every member of the forum has watched 250 films from the year of their birth.

I'm not a gifted challenge hoster, but I'll do my best to keep stats updated every week or so.
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I have already seen 126 feature length films from 1986 (according to IMDb) and I kind of doubt that I'll come across 250 more that look really interesting any time soon, but mmm...

1. Troll (1986)
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hey albajos, I'm from 1976 too
and I happen to have 5 movies from that year on my current watchlist (covering the next two months)
too little to join in the challenge (so much other stuff to see too...) but I thought I just post them here as possible tips (having not yet seen any of them...) :)

doriana grey (79 min)
la marge (88 min)
une vraie jeune fille (93 min)
shirley temple story (240 min)
novecento (317 min)
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beavis on Oct 1 2017, 03:25:54 AM wrote:hey albajos, I'm from 1976 too
Congrats

I will mainly focus cleaning out my shelves so, in my possession:
Blind makker
Classe mista
Hjerter er trumf
Hopla på sengekanten
I Løvens tegn
Olsenbanden for full musikk
Piger i trøjen 2
Salon Kitty

Rewatch:
Bør Børson II
Carrie
Julefrokosten
Lasse & Geir
Logan's Run
The Omen
The Pom Pom Girls (I watched this this year already, so a rewatch will not happen so soon)
Reisen til julestjernen
Rocky
Stay Hungry
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I am from 1985.

1. Crimewave (Sam Raimi)

One of those early works where you can see there's some talent behind the camera trying things out and there's some good ideas and good lines (it's a Coen brothers script) and there's Bruce Campbell, but there's nothing quite tying it together and it's mostly too broad in humour for me, in the way of Hellzapoppin'. I need exaggerated comedy style to be countered by more deadpan performances (i.e. Airplane and, indeed, later Coens work).
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Sure, why not :)

1. They Live (1988)

249 to go :whistling:
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72allinncallme on Oct 4 2017, 03:56:39 PM wrote:Sure, why not :)

1. They Live (1988)

249 to go :whistling:
250th will be They Die ?
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Count me in -- I think I have a film from my birth year coming up tonight or tomorrow! I won't make a big effort to see films from 1974, but when I see them, I'll mention it here. :-)
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sebby on Sep 25 2017, 08:56:31 PM wrote:I was born in the best year -- 1984
I think you mean scariest year.

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Knaldskalle on Oct 4 2017, 08:59:25 PM wrote: Who are you?
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01. Sweet Movie -- Makavejev, 1974

So I guess I started off with a bang...this film makes Pasolini's Salò seem pretty darn tame. I was thinking that the latter half of the film was a lot like one of those Otto Muehl shorts I'd seen from the Amos Vogel list, and sure enough, when the credits rolled, the commune/collective that Makavejev used for his scenes where people get slathered in food and pee on each other, etc. was Muehl's group -- he himself was in the film! There are plenty of attempts to shock in the film, which consists of two different stories (turns out that the lead actress in what was intended as the main story quit after they filmed the commune part). I'm rarely uncomfortable watching anything in film (including Pasolini and the Muehl shorts), but I'll confess to being a little uncomfortable watching a grown woman stripping naked and posing suggestively for a group of boys who appeared roughly ten years old. The best part of the film (no, I'm not joking) were two brief segments of what appeared to be documentary footage of them digging up bodies of the Katyn massacre with a folk song playing over the whole thing -- it was actually very sobering and horrifying, and I think I'd have admired the film if it was just this documentary footage. Instead, there's a lot of other nonsense about a pageant examining women's hymens, having sex in a boat full of sugar, breastfeeding adults...not really my thing.
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Damn dude, that's cold - though I guess we'll soon see if I was left off the leader board on purpose or not. :huh:
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1. Immortal Sins (1991) 4/10
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1. The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

It is with a weird source of simultaneous pride and horror that I claim this film as being from the year of my birth. Already clocking in at a short 77 minutes, that time was padded with needless nudity and clips that didn't seem to progress the plot. Supposedly it was written as a parody film that the studio decided to make into a serious one, but it missed on both accounts.
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1920
#1 Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920, Robert Wiene) 7
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arittake no yume (nikki) o kaki atsume & I suppose I’ll have to add the force of gravity to my list of enemies

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sol on Oct 6 2017, 01:50:05 AM wrote:Damn dude, that's cold - though I guess we'll soon see if I was left off the leader board on purpose or not. :huh:
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2. Extremities (1986)
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Carmel1379 on Oct 8 2017, 08:21:17 PM wrote:1920
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sebby on Oct 8 2017, 08:25:28 PM wrote:
sol on Oct 6 2017, 01:50:05 AM wrote:Damn dude, that's cold - though I guess we'll soon see if I was left off the leader board on purpose or not. :huh:
Life, as we all know, hasn't purpose. Question answered :)
No problem. Incidentally, you've managed to knock a couple of years off me, but I don't mind. I like being told that I look younger than I am. -_-
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2. Fanny and Alexander (1982)

A much better entry into this challenge. Just beautiful. It was my first Bergman film in color, and it was stunning. The colors matched the mood of the film and it was like an ever changing work of art. Wonderful picture.
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sol on Oct 9 2017, 05:24:24 AM wrote:
sebby on Oct 8 2017, 08:25:28 PM wrote:
sol on Oct 6 2017, 01:50:05 AM wrote:Damn dude, that's cold - though I guess we'll soon see if I was left off the leader board on purpose or not. :huh:
Life, as we all know, hasn't purpose. Question answered :)
No problem. Incidentally, you've managed to knock a couple of years off me, but I don't mind. I like being told that I look younger than I am. -_-
I've been told that I look 28 or 29 since I was 25. I suppose it's nice to not age in the face for 8 years. But oh, have I aged in other ways. Ooof my back, get off my lawn you damn dirty kids, turn that music down, etc.

I balance it all out by being as emotionally immature as possible <_<

Anyway

Gotta find some horror films from '84 that are worth watching. Seems I've already seen most of the gooduns. Company of Wolves is well-regarded I guess. I might go for that one.
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sebby on Oct 9 2017, 01:09:23 PM wrote:But oh, have I aged in other ways. Ooof my back, get off my lawn you damn dirty kids, turn that music down, etc.

I balance it all out by being as emotionally immature as possible <_<
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04. The Company of Wolves (Release date: July 1984) - 7/10

Ranks among the top 10 goriest episodes of Murder, She Wrote. Maybe even top 5.
Films of the Year 1984, (this part redacted), Challenge
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02. Perfect Strangers (Release date: November 1984) - 4.5/10
03. George Carlin: Carlin on Campus (Release date: Sometime in 1984) - 6/10
04. The Company of Wolves (Release date: July 1984) - 7/10
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burneyfan on Oct 5 2017, 02:27:33 PM wrote:01. Sweet Movie -- Makavejev, 1974

So I guess I started off with a bang...this film makes Pasolini's Salò seem pretty darn tame. I was thinking that the latter half of the film was a lot like one of those Otto Muehl shorts I'd seen from the Amos Vogel list, and sure enough, when the credits rolled, the commune/collective that Makavejev used for his scenes where people get slathered in food and pee on each other, etc. was Muehl's group -- he himself was in the film! There are plenty of attempts to shock in the film, which consists of two different stories (turns out that the lead actress in what was intended as the main story quit after they filmed the commune part). I'm rarely uncomfortable watching anything in film (including Pasolini and the Muehl shorts), but I'll confess to being a little uncomfortable watching a grown woman stripping naked and posing suggestively for a group of boys who appeared roughly ten years old. The best part of the film (no, I'm not joking) were two brief segments of what appeared to be documentary footage of them digging up bodies of the Katyn massacre with a folk song playing over the whole thing -- it was actually very sobering and horrifying, and I think I'd have admired the film if it was just this documentary footage. Instead, there's a lot of other nonsense about a pageant examining women's hymens, having sex in a boat full of sugar, breastfeeding adults...not really my thing.
Sweet Jesus. I think I need to create a Never Watchlist so I can put this flick at the top.
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sebby on Oct 9 2017, 01:09:23 PM wrote:
sol on Oct 9 2017, 05:24:24 AM wrote:
sebby on Oct 8 2017, 08:25:28 PM wrote:Life, as we all know, hasn't purpose. Question answered :)
No problem. Incidentally, you've managed to knock a couple of years off me, but I don't mind. I like being told that I look younger than I am. -_-
I've been told that I look 28 or 29 since I was 25. I suppose it's nice to not age in the face for 8 years. But oh, have I aged in other ways. Ooof my back, get off my lawn you damn dirty kids, turn that music down, etc.

I balance it all out by being as emotionally immature as possible <_<
people used to think I was 3-6 years older than I ever actually was growing up but now people think I'm 3-6 years younger which is very odd. When will I ever crack even? I've probably passed that point already.

I'll probably participate here in between previewing potential world cup films.
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