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The Official Australia, New Zealand & Oceania Challenge - April 2019

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The Official Australia, New Zealand & Oceania Challenge - April 2019

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Post by zzzorf » March 30th, 2019, 4:01 am

Australia, New Zealand & Oceania Challenge

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G'Day one and all and welcome to the best movie challenge you will do this year. The challenge where you get to watch movies from the greatest country in the world Australia (and some other insubstantial surrounding countries, lol) and you get to do it with me as your wonderful host. What a great way to spend your April.

Goal:
Watch as many movies from Australia, New Zealand and the rest of Oceania as you can in April.

Challenge runs 1 April 2019 - 30 April 2019.
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Australia
Cook Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
Fiji
Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Nauru
New Zealand
Niue
Palau
Papua new Guinea
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu

Rules:
- Rewatches allowed.
- A feature film (at least 40 min) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films (less than 40 min) count as one point.
- For mini-series each part counts as a point.
- A total of 60 minutes of TV Episodes count as a point

Stats & Formatting:
- Title (year, Country) is the preferred format
- For TV episodes, please use "Series Title: Episode Title" as the title
- New posts are preferred over edited posts


Official Lists:
100 Greatest Films of Australian Cinema
UNESCO's Memory of the World: Australia (16-31), New Zealand (493-510), Papua New Guinea (539-552)

My Unofficial Lists:
Australian Movies Ranked (These are all the movies from Australia that I have watched & rated since joining IMDb in July 2016.)
Notable Australian Films
AACTA Award for Best Film Winners

Other Unofficial Lists:
iCM Forum's Favorite Movies from Oceania
Films from New Zealand
film.org.au - The Best in Australian Film


Bonus Challenge - Tell Me What to Watch

Every participant is entitled to give me one Australian movie that does not appear on my above mentioned "Australian Movies Ranked" list (those are movies I have watched since I started rating movies nearly 3 years back). It doesn't matter if I have seen them previous to then as long as they don't appear on that list. I will then endeavour to watch said movies and the winner is the participant who gives me what I deem the best choice.
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maxwelldeux - The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
OldAle1 - Sweetie (1989)
flavo5000 - Next of Kin (1982)
ororama - My Brilliant Career (1979)
sol - Dr. Plonk (2007)
peeptoad - Roadgames (1981)
Nathan Treadway - That Eye, the Sky (1994)
albajos - Muriel's Wedding (1994)

Bonus Challenge 2 - Official Lists

I will keep track of all movies that appear on Official lists as we might as well support the website this forum is based on.

Bonus Challenge 3 - Country Spread

While all my talk is about Australia it is of course not the only country represented in this challenge. This challenge is to see who can watch at least one movie from the most eligible countries.


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RankParticipantNumber of WatchesOfficial Lists# Countries
1stflavo500051312
2ndzzzorf47141
3rdalbajos30133
4thsol2282
5thNathan Treadway13111
6thororama1102
7thblocho834
=8thmaxwelldeux741
=8thjeroeno701
=8thpeeptoad711
=11thOldAle1651
=11thStraka632
=13thsebby201
=13thjdidaco211
=13thAB537221
=13th3eyes221
=13thalisoncm211
=18thfrbrown101
=18thcinephage111
=18thknaldskalle101
=18thweirdboy111
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#2

Post by jeroeno » March 30th, 2019, 7:07 am

Yeah I'll watch a couple. Thanks for the lists, already found some interesting ones on there.

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Post by maxwelldeux » March 30th, 2019, 7:18 am

Woohoo! Excited to Play!

In case it helps anyone, I rebuilt the official Australia list on trakt.tv: https://trakt.tv/users/maxwelldeux/list ... ian-cinema

The triangle under the poster will tell US-based people (that's the data it's based on) where they can stream it. And there's a surprising number of them available on Amazon Prime.

I don't know if this is crazy, but I'm 29 away from a bronze on the official list, and I kinda want to go for it.

Questions:
BC#1: Love it - just to clarify: Australian specifically, but Australian-co-productions are OK?
BC#2: Just the official lists in the OP, or any Aus/NZ/OC film that appears on any official list?

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Post by zzzorf » March 30th, 2019, 8:10 am

maxwelldeux wrote:
March 30th, 2019, 7:18 am

Questions:
BC#1: Love it - just to clarify: Australian specifically, but Australian-co-productions are OK?
BC#2: Just the official lists in the OP, or any Aus/NZ/OC film that appears on any official list?
BC#1: Australian specifically is preferred but co-productions that have a strong claim are fine.
BC#2: All official lists.

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Post by 3eyes » March 30th, 2019, 7:52 pm

In, modestly.

The rats of Tobruk (Oz 44) - double (Fandor)

I particularly liked Field Punishment No. 1 (NZ 2014), available on Amazon Prime US.

Zorff, the "Notable Australian Film" link doesn't work.
:run: STILL the Gaffer!

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Post by zzzorf » March 30th, 2019, 8:24 pm

3eyes wrote:
March 30th, 2019, 7:52 pm
Zorff, the "Notable Australian Film" link doesn't work.
Sorry about that. The link has been fixed.


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Post by jeroeno » March 31st, 2019, 7:33 am

Thanks for those sol. I'll watch Redd Inc. , Dr. Plonk and $9,99 for sure. Maybe some of the others as well.

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Post by zzzorf » April 1st, 2019, 10:23 am

Day 1


Stats

Nothing yet to relate as it is still early in most places (though I do think Mighty Sparks may have put a watch in a wrong thread).
Hopefully I can keep this up every day but we will see how I go so don't be offended if this falls off as the month goes on. As well as the stats I will try to showcase a movie each day, sorry though I will probably keep that Australian.


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Tomorrow, When the War Begun (2010)

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Based on the YA novel of the same name by John Marsden this movie is reminiscent of the US movie Red Dawn (1984 & 2012 (remake)) in how a group of kids come together when their town is taken over by an invading army. The movie was directed and adapted for screen by Stuart Beattie whose only other director credit is I, Frankenstein (2014) but has writing credits for the original Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) and 30 Days of Night (2007). The book was also adapted into a 6-episode tv show but just like the movie's potential sequel the second season based on the next book in the series was not adapted.

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Post by zzzorf » April 1st, 2019, 12:53 pm

So I might as well make the first official watches for the Challenge with tonight's viewing.

1. Crackerjack (2002, Australia) - 7/10
2. Jedda (1955, Australia) - 7/10

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Post by sol » April 1st, 2019, 2:09 pm

1. The Dressmaker (2015)

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This film gets off to a strong start with a stringy, atmospheric music score and much mystery in the air as it is only gradually revealed what exactly the protagonist apparently did and whether or not she was guilty. Many of the locals are kooky and delightfully eccentric too. The more the film reveals about the mystery though, the less and less interesting the whole thing becomes and the addition of a formulaic love interest only distracts from the tale. Everything does admittedly come together in a memorable conclusion though.
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Post by blocho » April 1st, 2019, 2:37 pm

1. The Dressmaker (Australia)

I don't think I've ever seen a movie that so quickly moved back and forth between tragedy and comedy, again and again and again. I guess it's going for some fun, disruptive feeling, but the whole thing feels incoherent. It's a mess, which is a shame because I love the set-up: a small town, plenty of eccentric characters, a buried past, a mix of comedy and drama. This is the stuff of Empire Falls (which I love and rewatched last week), and I think this movie could have been done better as a more drawn-out miniseries, which could have provided the opportunity for better pacing and deeper characters.
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Post by Knaldskalle » April 1st, 2019, 8:04 pm

In.
Personal film goals for 2019.
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Post by albajos » April 1st, 2019, 8:47 pm

First (and last?) of the challenge!

01. Australia (2008) Australia | UK | USA 1 official list 16 055 checks

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Post by maxwelldeux » April 1st, 2019, 10:34 pm

1. The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) - 1 list
This is an absurd comedy. I suspect I would have enjoyed it more being Australian, but there were several LOL scenes in there. Of course, I now have "one-eyed trouser snake" stuck in my head.

Bonus Challenge #1: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

It's my favorite Aussie film not on your list. And one of my favorite road trip films. ICM says you've seen it, but it's worth a revisit.

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Post by OldAle1 » April 1st, 2019, 11:58 pm

In for a few, probably not too many because of other (film) commitments and such. Would like to hit up a few of the DTC noms, and potentially go for Bronze on the official Aussie list - 22 films away, so that's iffy given everything else I've got this month, but not impossible.

And my pick for your Bonus Challenge is Sweetie (1989), my favorite film from the region by a big margin.

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Post by flavo5000 » April 2nd, 2019, 12:06 am

I'm in for some. Probably not as hardcore as I've gone on some challenges.

And zzzorf, how about Next of Kin (1982) for the bonus challenge?

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Post by maxwelldeux » April 2nd, 2019, 1:18 am

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2. Romper Stomper (1992) - 3 lists
Well, if you're looking for the exact opposite of "uplifting", this film will do it. Russel Crowe convincingly plays a person with zero redeeming qualities. Time to switch things up... :blink:

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Post by jeroeno » April 2nd, 2019, 4:15 am

01. $9.99 (2008)

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Post by zzzorf » April 2nd, 2019, 10:05 am

Day 2


Stats

Movies watched in challenge lists: iCM iMDB
# of Participants: 6
# of Watches: 8
Genres: Drama (5) Comedy (4) Adventure (2) Animation (1) Crime (1) Fantasy (1) History (1) Romance (1) War (1) Western (1)

Anything else you guys and girls would like?

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Fat Pizza (2003)

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iMDb: 5.9/10



Spun off from the TV show Pizza (2000) and directed/written by the show creator Paul Fenech, Fat Pizza is a black/off-colour comedy about the life of a pack of pizza delivery drivers in suburban Sydney.

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Post by ororama » April 2nd, 2019, 11:39 am

1. Fresh Meat (2012, New Zealand) * 91 min.


*First time viewing.

Expected to like this, and I did. Fun movie.

My recommendation for your bonus challenge is My Brilliant Career (1979). I wanted to pick one that you hadn't seen, and this was one of the first two non-action movies that came to mind. I saw it over thirty years ago, and expect to watch it later this month.

I mostly avoided movies from Australia and New Zealand last month, except Captain Marvel (doesn't seem Australian) and Hotel Mumbai (Australian director) at the end of the month, so I have a lot to choose from. Australian TV seems my first priority, with the second season of The Doctor Blake Mysteries and one or more seasons of Underbelly as possibilities.

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Post by zzzorf » April 2nd, 2019, 12:40 pm

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1. Crackerjack (2002, Australia) - 7/10
2. Jedda (1955, Australia) - 7/10
3. Dying Breed (2008, Australia) - 6/10 (rewatch)
4. The Craic (1999, Australia) - 6/10 (rewatch)
5. Somersault (2004, Australia) - 9/10 (rewatch)

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Post by sol » April 2nd, 2019, 12:58 pm

zzzorf wrote:
March 30th, 2019, 4:01 am
Bonus Challenge - Tell Me What to Watch

Every participant is entitled to give me one Australian movie that does not appear on my above mentioned "Australian Movies Ranked" list (those are movies I have watched since I started rating movies nearly 3 years back). It doesn't matter if I have seen them previous to then as long as they don't appear on that list. I will then endeavour to watch said movies and the winner is the participant who gives me what I deem the best choice.
You owe it to yourself to see Dr Plonk; same goes for anyone under the mistaken impression that The Artist is the best silent comedy made this century.

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Post by sol » April 2nd, 2019, 1:03 pm

jeroeno wrote:
April 2nd, 2019, 4:15 am
01. $9.99 (2008)
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Can I entice you to add this one to your 500<400 ballot?

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Post by jeroeno » April 2nd, 2019, 5:12 pm

sol wrote:
April 2nd, 2019, 1:03 pm
jeroeno wrote:
April 2nd, 2019, 4:15 am
01. $9.99 (2008)
:woot:

Can I entice you to add this one to your 500<400 ballot?

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Sure, I can do that :cheers:

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Post by albajos » April 2nd, 2019, 10:00 pm

I randomly watched Christina Ricci movies today while I was doing the Academy Award stats, and one of them were actually Australian :lol:

02. The Lovely Bones (2009) New Zeland | UK | USA 12 168 checks
Co-produced by WingNut Films which had produced all of Jackson's films.
03. Around the Block (2013) Australia | USA 28 checks
About a teacher that sets up a play with her aboriginal students. Your typical "Dangerous Minds"

Also saw Speed Racer, but can't see where the Australia connection are.
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Post by maxwelldeux » April 2nd, 2019, 10:01 pm

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3. All This Mayhem (2014, Aus) - 0 lists
DtC Nominee. Very good doc about two Australian brothers who hit the top of the world in professional skateboarding, then drugs caused their inevitable downfall. Fascinating look into that scene from an Australian perspective.

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Post by blocho » April 3rd, 2019, 3:21 am

2. O Le Tulafale (Samoa)
Nice movie about a little person living in a small village in Samoa and the difficulties he encounters as other villagers and relations refuse to treat him with dignity. Available on amazon prime.

That being said, seeing this Brett Favre jersey show up was pretty random:
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Post by maxwelldeux » April 3rd, 2019, 7:47 am

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4. Long Weekend (1978, AU) - 2 lists
You know, it's a rare film when you pit humans vs. nature, and actively root for nature. Jaws? Kill the shark. Cujo? Kill the dog. The Birds? Kill the birds. Long Weekend? Kill the fucking humans. Wow they were shitty people and treated everything around them like it was disposable. Not only was this suspenseful and fun to watch, but a surprisingly pro-environment film.

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Post by Nathan Treadway » April 3rd, 2019, 6:04 pm

I'm going to try and get as close to platinum on the Australian list as I can, although I highly doubt I'm going to get close. Started with 23/100 on the list.

1. Romper Stomper
2. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
3. Lantana

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Post by maxwelldeux » April 3rd, 2019, 6:06 pm

Nathan Treadway wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 6:04 pm
I'm going to try and get as close to platinum on the Australian list as I can, although I highly doubt I'm going to get close. Started with 23/100 on the list.
Heh. Different goals - I started with 21/100 on the list and am aiming for bronze... :cheers:

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Post by Nathan Treadway » April 3rd, 2019, 7:02 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 6:06 pm
Nathan Treadway wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 6:04 pm
I'm going to try and get as close to platinum on the Australian list as I can, although I highly doubt I'm going to get close. Started with 23/100 on the list.
Heh. Different goals - I started with 21/100 on the list and am aiming for bronze... :cheers:
Like I said, I'd be surprised if I get close. Bronze is definitely doable, but, we'll see. Thankfully none of the films on the list are too long (longest is 134 minutes), and it appears all are available, with one somewhat questionable. I started with 8 on my watchlist on the list, and watched 3 of them already, and I'm watching a 4th right now. So, I'll at least get those done.

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Post by peeptoad » April 3rd, 2019, 8:08 pm

in for a few :cheers:

1. The Reef (2010) 7




zzzorf wrote:
March 30th, 2019, 4:01 am
Bonus Challenge - Tell Me What to Watch

Every participant is entitled to give me one Australian movie that does not appear on my above mentioned "Australian Movies Ranked" list (those are movies I have watched since I started rating movies nearly 3 years back). It doesn't matter if I have seen them previous to then as long as they don't appear on that list. I will then endeavour to watch said movies and the winner is the participant who gives me what I deem the best choice.
Roadgames (1981)

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Post by frbrown » April 4th, 2019, 12:59 am

1. Ozploitation Trailer Explosion (2014)

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Post by maxwelldeux » April 4th, 2019, 1:50 am

frbrown wrote:
April 4th, 2019, 12:59 am
1. Ozploitation Trailer Explosion (2014)
I have to ask... WTF? The words "awesome" and "terrible" both spring to mind with that title...

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Post by flavo5000 » April 4th, 2019, 2:39 am

maxwelldeux wrote:
April 4th, 2019, 1:50 am
frbrown wrote:
April 4th, 2019, 12:59 am
1. Ozploitation Trailer Explosion (2014)
I have to ask... WTF? The words "awesome" and "terrible" both spring to mind with that title...
I'm planning to watch this soon too. I love trailer compilations.

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Post by flavo5000 » April 4th, 2019, 2:44 am

I'd like to finish the Top 100 Australian films list but I'm sitting at 42/100 right now and don't have access to about half the ones left so I probably won't make it.

1. The Big Steal (1990)
2. Letters to Ali (2004)
3. Australia (2008)
4. Radiance (1998)
5. Cargo (2017)
6. The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972)
7. Looking for Alibrandi (2000)

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Post by jeroeno » April 4th, 2019, 5:52 am

02. Dr. Plonk (2007)

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Post by cinephage » April 4th, 2019, 7:13 am

01. Roadgames, by Richard Franklin (1981) 8/10

A road movie with a hitchcockian atmosphere... Quite thrilling, and I usually enjoy seeing Stacy Keach in a movie...

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