Welcome to the ICM Forum. If you have an account but have trouble logging in, or have other questions, see THIS THREAD.
Podcast: Talking Images (Episode 8 released June 27th)
Polls: 2010s (Results), 1974 (Results), 2019 awards (Jul 11th)
Challenges: Canada, Low Rated, Director
Film of the Week: Vinyan, August nominations (Jul 31st)
World Cup S4: Round 2 schedule, Match 2E: Georgia vs Ukraine (Jul 16th)

Canadian Challenge (Official, July 2020)

User avatar
Fergenaprido
Donator
Posts: 4027
Joined: Jun 03, 2014
Location: Malaysia
Contact:

Canadian Challenge (Official, July 2020)

#1

Post by Fergenaprido » June 30th, 2020, 4:59 pm


Image
Happy Canada Day!


Goal:
Watch as many films from the Great White North as possible from July 1st, 2020 until July 31st, 2020.


Rules:
- A feature film (Anything 40 minutes or over) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For TV Series and Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For TV Series and Mini-Series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies.
- Rewatches allowed and are good for the soul.
- Try to use your own common sense regarding eligibility and/or ask when in doubt. If it's on any of the lists linked in this post, then it's eligible. If it was nominated for or won a Genie/Gemini/Canadian Screen Award/Etrog, then it's eligible. If it's simply an American movie filmed in Canada, or a Canadian director making an American film, then it's not eligible (unless it meets one of the other criteria).

Stuck for ideas of what to watch? Look no further:

Official iCM Lists:
Top 100 Canadian Films
UNESCO's Memory of the World: National Cinematic Heritage (101-113)

Unofficial iCM Lists:
Canadian Screen Awards/Genie Awards: Best Motion Picture
Canadian Screen Award Best Motion Picture Nominees
CFB's Top 100 Canadian Films
200 Quebec Movies You Must See
Playback's Best Canadian Films of All Time
The Canadian Cult
The 10 and 3's top 50 Canadian Films
National Canadian Film Day: 150 Canadian Films
Canadian Films on Official iCM Lists
Canadian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
National Film Board of Canada (1936-1979)
National Film Board of Canada (1980-present)
Overlooked Canadian Films
Taste of Cinema: 20 Canadian Cult Films You Might Not Have Seen

Other lists:
All of the Oscar-nominated NFB films (shorts & features) available online at the NFB site
Top Canadian Films (TIFF 2015)[Runners Up]

You can watch a lot of films online for free at the National Film Board of Canada website.

Not sure how to format your post? Check out the Basic rules thread.

2014 Edition - hosted by HVM, winner was ryebass with 35 points
2017 Edition - hosted by 72allinncallme, winner was sol with 82 points
2018 edition - hosted by Fergenaprido, winner was sol with 81 points

Bonus Challenge
I've decided upon a couple of bonus challenges for this month.Show
The first subchallenge, just like last time, is to watch a movie from every decade. While Canadian cinema started to blossom in the 60s and 70s, really took off internationally in the late 80s and early 90s, and started to receive more critical acclaim in the 00s and 10s, its history goes back over a century. There may not be films from Canada's first 50 years, but the last 100 have given us some gems. I encourage you to seek them out. Since regular challenge players will/should have already seen all the eligible films from the 1910s and 1920s, the eligible decades for this will be from 1930s to 2020s. You get one point per decade, for a maximum of 10 points
Canadian films from 2020Show
There are a few films released this year already, though definitely NOT all of the nearly 5,000 titles listed here are actually Canadian, though many seem available via Netflix and other streaming services.
From the top part of that list, The Decline and Stolen Season definitely are.
I'm less certain about The Willoughbys and Possessor.
Most of the rest mentioned are not Canadian.
The second subchallenge is based on regionalism. Canada has 10 provinces, 3 territories, 2 official languages, and a plethora of indigenous and immigrant languages spoken by the population. For this challenge you get one point per province, territory, and language. To count for a province/territory, it must be a Canadian film set/produced in that particular place (i.e. so the American film The Shipping News, which takes place in Newfoundland & Labrador, wouldn't be eligible). It's not always easy, but you can usually tell by the credits as most provinces have a film board that helps fund films. A film made in Ontario taking place in Manitoba, for example, could count for either place, but not both. To count for a language, at least 65% (supermajority, approximately) of the film/dialogue should be in that language. English and French should be easy; there are a number of films in Inuktitut from that last 20 years since Atanarjuat was released; films from immigrants have been made in Hindi, Chinese, and other languages; a few other indigenous languages have been filmed for the first time in the last decade, but imdb isn't very useful here. There's at least one film in Haida, and possibly in Cree, Micmac, Mohawk, Montagnais, and Ojibwa. And you can get one point for a bilingual film where both languages are spoken at least 40% of the time. No maximum points here, but I'm guessing people will top out around 20 (13 regions + 7 languages).

The third subchallenge is because there are so many Canadian films that are underseen. So, for every film that you watch with 0 checks OR less than 5 votes on imdb (and thus no rating), you get a bonus point. First to check a film AND it has less than 5 votes on imdb? Then you get double points! And for this, each film counts on it's own, so a short is worth as many points as a long film. No television series for this bonus though. But also no limit!

I'll announce a winner for each subchallenge separately, as well as a winner for the bonus challenge overall.
Bonus/Side Challenge ScoreboardShow
ParticipantDecadesPtsRegionsPtsLanguagesPtsUnderseenPtsTOTAL
sol30s,40s,50s,60s,70s,80s,90s,00s,10s,20s10NL,PE,NB,QC,ON,MB,BC,NU8en,fr,bil3icm:2223
Fergenaprido30s,60s,70s,80s,90s,00s,10s7NS,QC,ON,SK,AB,NT6en,fr2icm:3,imdb:2520
blueboybob30s,40s,60s,70s,80s,90s,00s,10s8NS,QC,ON,AB,BC5en,fr2015
Traveller60s,70s,90s,00s,10s5QC,ON,NU3en,fr,iu3011
OldAle170s,80s90s,10s4ON,BC2en,bil2icm:119
allisoncm00s,10s2QC,ON,MB,AB4en,fr208
maxwelldeux90s,10s2QC,ON,MB,BC4en1icm:118
Mario Gaborović60s,00s,10s3ON,MB,NU3en,iu208
AB53780s,90s,10s3QC,ON,BC3en107
jdidaco60s,70s,80s,10s4QC,ON2en107
cinephage90s,10s2QC,ON2en,bil206
ororama70s,80s,10s3ON1en105
morrison-dylan-fan70s,20s2QC1fr104
Onderhond10s,20s2ON1en104
connordenney10s1ON1en103
nimimerkillinen80s1ON1en103
flavo500010s1ON1en103
frbrown80s1ON1en103
blocho70s1QC1fr103
zzzorf90s1MB1en103

Participants

RankParticipant2020201820172014
1blueboybob646101
2sol348182
3jdidaco10860
3maxwelldeux10321
3Fergenaprido1026194
6Traveller7
7OldAle161050
8allisoncm56101
9frbrown44
9ororama48
9Mario Gaborović4
12AB5373
13flavo500029
13cinephage2411
13morrison-dylan-fan213
13Onderhond2
17connordenney1
17nimimerkillinen1140
17blocho14
17zzzorf1
-3eyes2511
-45MinuteZoom22
-72aicm/72allinncallme125
-albajos103
-ChrisReynolds11
-clemmetarey0
-Daviddoes5
-Gershwin0
-Hunziker1
-HVM9
-hurluberlu6
-jeroeno57
-lynchs1
-Mate_cosido10
-Melvelet20
-mjf3142
-Panunzio1
-peeptoad21
-Pretentious Hipster/XxXApathy420XxX/ArthurYanthar4
-psychotronicbeatnik34
-RogerTheMovieManiac883251
-ryebass35
-sebby2
-vortexsurfer6
-weirdboy5
-zuma2023



I'll update the totals as often as I can, probably every few days since I'm no longer employed! - Last updated 00:08 July 9 GMT +8
Last edited by Fergenaprido on July 8th, 2020, 4:08 pm, edited 3 times in total.

User avatar
Traveller
Posts: 1251
Joined: Dec 31, 2018
Location: Germany
Contact:

#2

Post by Traveller » June 30th, 2020, 5:53 pm

I'm in. Thanks for hosting, Fergenaprido.
ICM
July Challenge: Image
But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

blocho
Donator
Posts: 3248
Joined: Jul 20, 2014
Contact:

#3

Post by blocho » June 30th, 2020, 6:53 pm

I saw Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance at a theater here in New York a few days before the city shut down in March. For all I know, I might have picked up the virus in that theater.

I highly recommend it for this challenge, and you can see it free here.

User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 8723
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#4

Post by sol » June 30th, 2020, 11:16 pm

Oh, yes. I'm definitely in. Even if it means that I have to watch over 100 films (gulp) to beat Trav (who always watches that much) and maintain my crown as the champion of the Great White North! :unsure:
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image

User avatar
Traveller
Posts: 1251
Joined: Dec 31, 2018
Location: Germany
Contact:

#5

Post by Traveller » July 1st, 2020, 4:47 am

sol wrote:
June 30th, 2020, 11:16 pm
Oh, yes. I'm definitely in. Even if it means that I have to watch over 100 films (gulp) to beat Trav (who always watches that much) and maintain my crown as the champion of the Great White North! :unsure:
Don't worry, sol. :D I'd be lucky enough to reach half of the viewings you needed to win the last two Canadian challenges. My main focus is on some side stuff this month.
ICM
July Challenge: Image
But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 8723
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#6

Post by sol » July 1st, 2020, 9:06 am

First in. :D It starts! Great start too.

1. Bedroom Eyes (1984) Ontario / English

Image

While some have been critical of how little nudity there is here and how mundane the peeping tom stuff is, this feels on-point. With the camera fixated on his eyes (rather than the goings-on) whenever he peeps, the film acutely captures how the experience feels for him as well as how invasive his presence is. The wrong-man angle actually feels like the perfect comeuppance for a pervert too. Less successful here is a female psychiatrist lover.
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image

User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 8723
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#7

Post by sol » July 1st, 2020, 12:06 pm

Image GO, CANADA, GO! Image

The True NorthShow
1. Bedroom Eyes (1984) Ontario / English

2. Wedding in White (1972) Ontario / English

Image

It is refreshing to find a film of this vintage that deals so frankly and openly with victim blaming in rape and the practice of marrying off pregnant girls without considering their feelings. Carol Kane is so passive throughout as the victim in the case that it is always hard to like her, but her passive nature is somewhat essential in showing just how little she is considered in her parents' scheme of things. The final few minutes are especially grim/haunting.
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image

User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 8723
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#8

Post by sol » July 1st, 2020, 2:07 pm

Image GO, CANADA, GO! Image

The True NorthShow
1. Bedroom Eyes (1984) Ontario / English
2. Wedding in White (1972) Ontario / English

3. Search and Destroy (1979) Ontario / English

Image

This has some decent suspense and thrills, including silent cat-and-mouse routines in empty factories, fights against Niagara Falls and rooftop shootouts in crowded streets late at night. The film does not have a lot driving it though in between the occasional confrontations. Perhaps if our hero was being framed for the murders here this would have had extra sizzle; as it is, it is never clear why the police do not just believe him because he has no motive.
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image

User avatar
Traveller
Posts: 1251
Joined: Dec 31, 2018
Location: Germany
Contact:

#9

Post by Traveller » July 1st, 2020, 3:29 pm

01. Atanarjuat (2001) - 7/10
ICM
July Challenge: Image
But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 8723
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#10

Post by sol » July 1st, 2020, 4:00 pm

:run: Aaaaah. Fitting one more in today to keep ahead of Trav. :ermm:

And yes, Trav, I saw your message above and I actually had planned to squeeze in a (brief) fourth film today anyway. ;)


Image GO, CANADA, GO! Image

The True NorthShow
1. Bedroom Eyes (1984) Ontario / English
2. Wedding in White (1972) Ontario / English
3. Search and Destroy (1979) Ontario / English

4. Twin Dragon Encounter (1986) Ontario / English

Image

Known as Canada's first martial arts movie, this is perhaps the reason why there have been so few. The film has a catchy theme song but almost every single fight is played in slow-mo, which reduces the immediacy of the action. The antagonists seem more silly than threatening throughout too. I guess this wasn't absolutely terrible, but my hopes to keep the spirit of the recent China/HK/TW Challenge alive with this were quickly dashed.
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image

User avatar
blueboybob
Donator
Posts: 2071
Joined: Mar 11, 2013
Location: DC
Contact:

#11

Post by blueboybob » July 1st, 2020, 7:22 pm

1. Monkey Warfare (2006)
2. Fubar (2002)
3. Polytechnique (2009)
4. Kissed (1996)
5. Nobody Waved Good-bye (1964)
6. Crime Wave (1985)

AB537
Posts: 876
Joined: Apr 21, 2018
Location: Toronto, Canada
Contact:

#12

Post by AB537 » July 2nd, 2020, 2:29 am

1. The Grey Fox (Philip Borsos, 1982) 7.5/10 ... Worked out well that I saw a good Canadian movie on Canada Day.

connordenney
Donator
Posts: 2400
Joined: Nov 03, 2014
Location: Boston, MA
Contact:

#13

Post by connordenney » July 2nd, 2020, 3:54 am

1. MS Slavic 7 (Sofia Bohdanowicz & Deragh Campbell, 2019) 8/10

allisoncm
Posts: 16568
Joined: May 11, 2011
Contact:

#14

Post by allisoncm » July 2nd, 2020, 4:28 am

connordenney wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 3:54 am
1. MS Slavic 7 (Sofia Bohdanowicz & Deragh Campbell, 2019) 8/10
going to be watching this soon

User avatar
nimimerkillinen
Posts: 2315
Joined: Dec 30, 2011
Location: Vantaa, Finland
Contact:

#15

Post by nimimerkillinen » July 2nd, 2020, 5:01 am

1. Next of Kin (1984) Toronto - Liked it though a bit too stagey at times, kind of impressive camera work at times

allisoncm
Posts: 16568
Joined: May 11, 2011
Contact:

#16

Post by allisoncm » July 2nd, 2020, 5:52 am

1. GOON (2011, Canada)
2. The F Word / What If (2013, Canada)
3. Fubar (2002, Canada)

User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 8723
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#17

Post by sol » July 2nd, 2020, 8:41 am

blueboybob wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 7:22 pm
1. Monkey Warfare (2006)
2. Fubar (2002)
3. Polytechnique (2009)
4. Kissed (1996)
5. Nobody Waved Good-bye (1964)
6. Crime Wave (1985)
:( How on earth am I meant to compete against someone aiming for 180 watches at his current pace? :huh:
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image

User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 8723
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#18

Post by sol » July 2nd, 2020, 10:26 am

Image GO, CANADA, GO! Image

The True NorthShow
1. Bedroom Eyes (1984) Ontario / English
2. Wedding in White (1972) Ontario / English
3. Search and Destroy (1979) Ontario / English
4. Twin Dragon Encounter (1986) Ontario / English

5. A Whisper to a Scream (1989) Ontario / English FIRST CHECK!

Image

Reminiscent of De Palma's Blow Out, this thriller focuses on a man so obsessed with the recording the right sound effect of a woman screaming that he begins hiring and murdering young actresses in his pursuit. The kills scenes are good with loads of black comedy as he stands over his victims with a large microphone. The focus of the film though is actually a less interesting telephone sex worker who the sound recorder becomes obsessed with.
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image

User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 8723
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#19

Post by sol » July 2nd, 2020, 1:03 pm

Image GO, CANADA, GO! Image

The True NorthShow
1. Bedroom Eyes (1984) Ontario / English
2. Wedding in White (1972) Ontario / English
3. Search and Destroy (1979) Ontario / English
4. Twin Dragon Encounter (1986) Ontario / English
5. A Whisper to a Scream (1989) Ontario / English FIRST CHECK!

6. Little Devils: The Birth (1993) Ontario / English

Image

This has copped some flak over its similarities to Gremlins and Ghoulies, but with the "little devils" all armed with insane weapons (including acid spray and flame throwers), the film does its own crazy thing. The gooey creature effects are great too, creepy with realistic movements, and the film has some amazing pyrotechnic special effects. As a narrative, this is less solid with a poorly explained mythology, but all the energy here makes it quite fun.
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image

User avatar
frbrown
Posts: 6184
Joined: Nov 01, 2011
Contact:

#20

Post by frbrown » July 2nd, 2020, 2:07 pm

sol wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 8:41 am
blueboybob wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 7:22 pm
1. Monkey Warfare (2006)
2. Fubar (2002)
3. Polytechnique (2009)
4. Kissed (1996)
5. Nobody Waved Good-bye (1964)
6. Crime Wave (1985)
:( How on earth am I meant to compete against someone aiming for 180 watches at his current pace? :huh:
There are 31 days in July tehe


viewtopic.php?p=647610#p647610
bluboybob wrote:I think my plan is "Complete Lists" & Do Challenges now.
If you thught bbb was doing well in challenges before, it turns out he wasn't even giving them his full attention - until now!

User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 8723
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#21

Post by sol » July 2nd, 2020, 2:22 pm

frbrown wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 2:07 pm
sol wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 8:41 am
blueboybob wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 7:22 pm
6. Crime Wave (1985)
:( How on earth am I meant to compete against someone aiming for 180 watches at his current pace? :huh:
There are 31 days in July tehe
(D:) !!
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image

User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 8723
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#22

Post by sol » July 2nd, 2020, 2:27 pm

Okay, let's get the mandatory 1930s viewing out of the way:


Image GO, CANADA, GO! Image

The True NorthShow
1. Bedroom Eyes (1984) Ontario / English
2. Wedding in White (1972) Ontario / English
3. Search and Destroy (1979) Ontario / English
4. Twin Dragon Encounter (1986) Ontario / English
5. A Whisper to a Scream (1989) Ontario / English FIRST CHECK!
6. Little Devils: The Birth (1993) Ontario / English

7. What Price Vengeance (1937) British Columbia / English

Image

From his superiors calling him a coward to the way a gang (who he earlier tried to stop!) embrace him in without checking his story, little involving the cop protagonist here makes sense. The film's saving grace though is the true-to-life performance of Wally Albright as the abducted nephew; while fun and oh-so-precocious early on, he is stellar in the second half of the film as he loses his eyesight. Alas, he is never the focus and Lyle Talbot is bland.
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image

User avatar
Traveller
Posts: 1251
Joined: Dec 31, 2018
Location: Germany
Contact:

#23

Post by Traveller » July 2nd, 2020, 3:19 pm

02. Gambling, Gods and LSD (2002) - 8/10
ICM
July Challenge: Image
But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 8723
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#24

Post by sol » July 2nd, 2020, 4:04 pm

Image GO, CANADA, GO! Image

The True NorthShow
1. Bedroom Eyes (1984) Ontario / English
2. Wedding in White (1972) Ontario / English
3. Search and Destroy (1979) Ontario / English
4. Twin Dragon Encounter (1986) Ontario / English
5. A Whisper to a Scream (1989) Ontario / English FIRST CHECK!
6. Little Devils: The Birth (1993) Ontario / English
7. What Price Vengeance (1937) British Columbia / English

8. Murder by Night (1989) Ontario / English

Image

Pestered by a detective who believes that he is faking his condition, an amnesic man tries to work out why he was found passed out near a murder scene in this nifty telepic. Michael Ironside is perfect as the taunting and unrelenting police officer and the film has some appropriately haunting dreams and nightmares as pieces of the puzzle slowly come back to the protagonist. Great personal identity themes too; the ending is a bit 'eh' though.
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image

User avatar
OldAle1
Donator
Posts: 4529
Joined: Feb 09, 2017
Location: Dairyland, USA
Contact:

#25

Post by OldAle1 » July 2nd, 2020, 4:24 pm

OK, in. Not going to try to best sol or the other heavy-hitters here or anything (impossible) but I do hope to get to silver on the official Canadian list, or maybe even gold if I focus more on this than the bad movies challenge. Will probably try to focus more on Quebecois films but availability/subs I'm sure will limit that a bit.

1. Double Happiness (Mina Shum, 1994) British Columbia/English/Cantonese

Korean-Canadian actress Sandra Oh plays 22-year-old Jade, a Chinese-Canadian woman still living with her parents and younger sister Pearl in Vancouver. I wonder Oh's ethnicity caused issues at the time? Certainly we've become more aware of these things now than we were even in the 90s let alone earlier eras. Anyway it's not a huge issue in the film as she only has to speak a little Cantonese - mostly she and her sister talk to their parents in English while the parents move back and forth between languages; I liked this element, too often there's the stereotype that the parents never really learn the new language, which in my experience with immigrants I've known is rarely the case. Anyway this is a very typical story of cultural conflicts - Jade wants to be an actress, her parents want her to go to business school so she can meet a nice up-and-coming young Chinese man, while she's fallen in love with a white guy. I liked that the theme of rebellion was done very quietly and relatively subtly - Jade's parents are really fairly nice and there aren't any shouting matches and no really serious conflict until near the end, so Jade's own slowness to rebel makes more sense. I really like Sandra Oh, who with her narrow face and very high thin eyebrows always seems to radiate a mournfulness to me - glad to see she's playing a character full of positive energy and life here. On the whole nothing special but enjoyable enough with really solid acting.

User avatar
blueboybob
Donator
Posts: 2071
Joined: Mar 11, 2013
Location: DC
Contact:

#26

Post by blueboybob » July 2nd, 2020, 5:00 pm

7. Winter Kept Us Warm (1965)
8. Maelström (2000)
9. Out of the Blue (1980)
10. Rebelle (2012)

User avatar
blueboybob
Donator
Posts: 2071
Joined: Mar 11, 2013
Location: DC
Contact:

#27

Post by blueboybob » July 2nd, 2020, 5:31 pm

sol wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 2:22 pm
frbrown wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 2:07 pm
sol wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 8:41 am
:( How on earth am I meant to compete against someone aiming for 180 watches at his current pace? :huh:
There are 31 days in July tehe
(D:) !!
If it matters (I know yall are partially joking), I am only planning on watching about 85 movies -- https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/cana ... genaprido/

ororama
Posts: 1937
Joined: Jun 19, 2011
Contact:

#28

Post by ororama » July 2nd, 2020, 11:58 pm

OldAle1 wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 4:24 pm
OK, in. Not going to try to best sol or the other heavy-hitters here or anything (impossible) but I do hope to get to silver on the official Canadian list, or maybe even gold if I focus more on this than the bad movies challenge. Will probably try to focus more on Quebecois films but availability/subs I'm sure will limit that a bit.

1. Double Happiness (Mina Shum, 1994) British Columbia/English/Cantonese

Korean-Canadian actress Sandra Oh plays 22-year-old Jade, a Chinese-Canadian woman still living with her parents and younger sister Pearl in Vancouver. I wonder Oh's ethnicity caused issues at the time? Certainly we've become more aware of these things now than we were even in the 90s let alone earlier eras. Anyway it's not a huge issue in the film as she only has to speak a little Cantonese - mostly she and her sister talk to their parents in English while the parents move back and forth between languages; I liked this element, too often there's the stereotype that the parents never really learn the new language, which in my experience with immigrants I've known is rarely the case. Anyway this is a very typical story of cultural conflicts - Jade wants to be an actress, her parents want her to go to business school so she can meet a nice up-and-coming young Chinese man, while she's fallen in love with a white guy. I liked that the theme of rebellion was done very quietly and relatively subtly - Jade's parents are really fairly nice and there aren't any shouting matches and no really serious conflict until near the end, so Jade's own slowness to rebel makes more sense. I really like Sandra Oh, who with her narrow face and very high thin eyebrows always seems to radiate a mournfulness to me - glad to see she's playing a character full of positive energy and life here. On the whole nothing special but enjoyable enough with really solid acting.
Double Happiness was liked by all in our house who watched it. Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity by Mina Shum was also liked by all. Sandra Oh also starred in that movie, but the focus was more on the community than on her individual character. Wilby Wonderful was another Canadian comedy with Sandra Oh that I really liked, set in a small community in the Maritimes. I haven't seen any of the TV shows that made her famous, but these 3 movies have made me a Sandra Oh fan.

User avatar
blueboybob
Donator
Posts: 2071
Joined: Mar 11, 2013
Location: DC
Contact:

#29

Post by blueboybob » July 3rd, 2020, 1:02 am

11. Sonatine (1984)
12. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
13. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
14. Last Night (1998)
15. The Adjuster (1991)

User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 8723
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#30

Post by sol » July 3rd, 2020, 8:01 am

blueboybob wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 5:31 pm
If it matters (I know yall are partially joking), I am only planning on watching about 85 movies -- https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/cana ... genaprido/
That's a good list, one that I actually used in past Canuck Challenges -- and I still have 86 films unchecked on the list myself. That said, I have already seen most of what interests me of Canada's Official Checks, so a few revisions aside, this will be more an unofficial check challenge for me, plowing through the best of Canuxploitation since it is Canada's B-movies and horror films that I love the most of the country's cinematic output - and of course my favourite film of all time is a Canadian horror movie that I plan to rewatch later this month.

Oh, and LOL at you increasing your pacing to nine films per day after posting that message. :lol:
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image

User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 8723
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#31

Post by sol » July 3rd, 2020, 8:04 am

:circle: Image :circle: Image :circle: Image :circle: Image :circle: Image :circle:

The True NorthShow
1. Bedroom Eyes (1984) Ontario / English
2. Wedding in White (1972) Ontario / English
3. Search and Destroy (1979) Ontario / English
4. Twin Dragon Encounter (1986) Ontario / English
5. A Whisper to a Scream (1989) Ontario / English FIRST CHECK!
6. Little Devils: The Birth (1993) Ontario / English
7. What Price Vengeance (1937) British Columbia / English
8. Murder by Night (1989) Ontario / English

9. Martyrs (2008) Québec / French REVISION

Image

While the overarching mystery is not quite the same upon revision, Martyrs is arguably even more disturbing on second viewing, knowing exactly what is going on, since the film is so much of an indictment of the unspeakable things that human beings are capable of doing to one another. While some of the third act scenes feel a bit repetitive, the film ultimately concludes on a chilling note that still plays out as a jolt even knowing that it is coming.

NOTE: While this Canada/France co-production does not appear in Ferg's Canadian Official Checks list, it is eligible by his rules since it was nominated for a Jutra Award. It was also filmed in Québec with a French Canadian cast, plus the film has a couple of Canadian production companies attached.
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image

User avatar
cinephage
Donator
Posts: 4047
Joined: Nov 11, 2011
Contact:

#32

Post by cinephage » July 3rd, 2020, 8:46 am

01. Black Robe, by Bruce Beresford (1991) 7,5/10

I enjoyed both the story and historical setting, as well as the fantastic landscapes...

User avatar
Fergenaprido
Donator
Posts: 4027
Joined: Jun 03, 2014
Location: Malaysia
Contact:

#33

Post by Fergenaprido » July 3rd, 2020, 9:48 am

blueboybob wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 5:31 pm
If it matters (I know yall are partially joking), I am only planning on watching about 85 movies -- https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/cana ... genaprido/
I have to update that list. About 5 new films to add. I'm just waiting for the next round of official list adoptions before I update this and my official queer list.

To be added to the Canadian list: grave encounters, splice, slither? (Can't decide if this is Canadian or not), full circle, happy birthday to me, rock n roll nightmare
sol wrote:
July 3rd, 2020, 8:04 am
9. Martyrs (2008) Québec / French REVISION
NOTE: While this Canada/France co-production does not appear in Ferg's Canadian Official Checks list, it is eligible by his rules since it was nominated for a Jutra Award. It was also filmed in Québec with a French Canadian cast, plus the film has a couple of Canadian production companies attached.
Yeah, it's eligible for this challenge, even though I personally consider it a French film (hence why it's not on my list). :thumbsup:

Y'all are really fast outta the gate. :run:

User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 8723
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#34

Post by sol » July 3rd, 2020, 9:53 am

Fergenaprido wrote:
July 3rd, 2020, 9:48 am
slither? (Can't decide if this is Canadian or not)
I'm pretty sure this came up when you ran a Canadian Films poll (?) and the determination was that it was a genuine co-production due to the companies attached.
sol wrote:
July 3rd, 2020, 8:04 am
Y'all are really fast outta the gate. :run:
I'd be slower without blueboybob whipping me into shape. ;)
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image

User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 8723
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#35

Post by sol » July 3rd, 2020, 9:56 am

:circle: Image :circle: Image :circle: Image :circle: Image :circle: Image :circle:

Cinema of The True NorthShow
1. Bedroom Eyes (1984) Ontario / English
2. Wedding in White (1972) Ontario / English
3. Search and Destroy (1979) Ontario / English
4. Twin Dragon Encounter (1986) Ontario / English
5. A Whisper to a Scream (1989) Ontario / English FIRST CHECK!
6. Little Devils: The Birth (1993) Ontario / English
7. What Price Vengeance (1937) British Columbia / English
8. Murder by Night (1989) Ontario / English
9. Martyrs (2008) Québec / French REVISION

10. Bullies (1986) British Columbia / English

Image

This has the markings of a vigilante thriller, yet all of the vengeful violence is confined until the very end and is actually hard to make out, shot in low light at night. The project also tries too hard to be about a strained stepfather/stepson relationship when an intimidating, self-righteous bullying family is more interesting. I found the stepfather/stepson angle is problematic too. There are certainly some intense bits though and Olivia d'Abo is radiant.
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image

User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 8723
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#36

Post by sol » July 3rd, 2020, 11:44 am

:circle: Image :circle: Image :circle: Image :circle: Image :circle: Image :circle:

Cinema of The True NorthShow
1. Bedroom Eyes (1984) Ontario / English
2. Wedding in White (1972) Ontario / English
3. Search and Destroy (1979) Ontario / English
4. Twin Dragon Encounter (1986) Ontario / English
5. A Whisper to a Scream (1989) Ontario / English FIRST CHECK!
6. Little Devils: The Birth (1993) Ontario / English
7. What Price Vengeance (1937) British Columbia / English
8. Murder by Night (1989) Ontario / English
9. Martyrs (2008) Québec / French REVISION
10. Bullies (1986) British Columbia / English

11. Flying (1986) Ontario / English

Image

This is mostly of interest for seeing a young Keanu Reeves playing romantic yet goofy high schooler. Despite third billing, Reeves is absent from over half the film though which instead focuses on a teen gymnast trying to get ahead despite being bullied by her peers and her grumpy stepfather. The set-up is decent and there are some memorable moments as she is tricked into going to a posh party, but this mostly just feels like montages strung together.
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image

User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 8723
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#37

Post by sol » July 3rd, 2020, 1:02 pm

:circle: Image :circle: Image :circle: Image :circle: Image :circle: Image :circle:

Cinema of The True NorthShow
1. Bedroom Eyes (1984) Ontario / English
2. Wedding in White (1972) Ontario / English
3. Search and Destroy (1979) Ontario / English
4. Twin Dragon Encounter (1986) Ontario / English
5. A Whisper to a Scream (1989) Ontario / English FIRST CHECK!
6. Little Devils: The Birth (1993) Ontario / English
7. What Price Vengeance (1937) British Columbia / English
8. Murder by Night (1989) Ontario / English
9. Martyrs (2008) Québec / French REVISION
10. Bullies (1986) British Columbia / English
11. Flying (1986) Ontario / English

12. <---> (1969) Ontario / English REVISION

Image

The false sense of security that Snow establishes by the exact same thing happening hypnotically for so long (with only whirring sounds heard) makes the rest of this film dynamic. People randomly pop up, the speed and direction of the swaying changes and then we start to see things in the windows... or do we? The classroom setting is nifty too, perhaps symbolic of repetitive lessons where it is easy to become distracted by things going on outside.
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image

User avatar
OldAle1
Donator
Posts: 4529
Joined: Feb 09, 2017
Location: Dairyland, USA
Contact:

#38

Post by OldAle1 » July 3rd, 2020, 1:11 pm

Canuck Crap and Canadian CaviarShow

1. Double Happiness (Mina Shum, 1994) British Columbia/English/Cantonese
See more about the genius that is Brett Kelly on the Run the Director Challenge - also I watched a third film (why?) which was unfortunately American. Jeez, you guys in the north can keep him, we've got enough of our own!

2. Hell at My Heels (Brett Kelly, 2011) Ontario/English FIRST CHECK

"Western" starting out with 2 guys chained together, one of them an ex-sheriff, who have to survive the desert heat and get revenge on the guy (the new sheriff) who put them in this position. This is where you notice immediately that Kelly has no ability, or no desire to film action - gunfights are always a guy with a gun in close-up, then another guy with a gun, then one of them falling down, never in the same shot. Again, no blood or FX of any kind, except for what look to be digitally enhanced muzzle flashes. The long, almost endless confrontation scene at the end really looks like it was shot on somebody's back lawn - in fact throughout the film all the grass is nicely mowed, like it always was in the Old West.

3. Rise of the Black Bat (Brett Kelly, 2012) Ontario/English

Kelly is credited as "Scott Patrick" here and on some of his other "work", don't know why, don't care. This is an amalgam of the Daredevil and Batman characters, with a very tall and somewhat out-of-shape actor in a really terrible-looking black vinyl suit going around shooting criminals; it's all flashback as we learn how he was a district attorney (like Daredevil) who got blinded (like Daredevil) at the order of an evil mob boss, then went to some mystics in the Orient or somewhere (there are a few short scenes describing this, with 1 or 2 Asian-looking people among the dozen or so actors playing scientists or doctors) and got his sight back - but it's special night-vision dontcha know. Um, that's all I want to bother with.
Last edited by OldAle1 on July 4th, 2020, 2:20 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 8723
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#39

Post by sol » July 3rd, 2020, 2:51 pm

:circle: Image :circle: Image :circle: Image :circle: Image :circle: Image :circle:

Cinema of The True NorthShow
1. Bedroom Eyes (1984) Ontario / English
2. Wedding in White (1972) Ontario / English
3. Search and Destroy (1979) Ontario / English
4. Twin Dragon Encounter (1986) Ontario / English
5. A Whisper to a Scream (1989) Ontario / English FIRST CHECK!
6. Little Devils: The Birth (1993) Ontario / English
7. What Price Vengeance (1937) British Columbia / English
8. Murder by Night (1989) Ontario / English
9. Martyrs (2008) Québec / French REVISION
10. Bullies (1986) British Columbia / English
11. Flying (1986) Ontario / English
12. <---> (1969) Ontario / English REVISION

13. Watchers (1988) British Columbia / English

Image

This is an odd film that pulls in two near polar directions. As a comedy, it is heartwarming with lots of great moments as the well-trained dog bonds with Corey Haim and impresses him with his intelligence. The film is also partially a horror movie of the 'creature feature' variety though, and crazy as some of the kills are with the mutant beast's face obscured, the illogical reasons why he was bred to track down the dog never quite make sense.
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image

User avatar
blueboybob
Donator
Posts: 2071
Joined: Mar 11, 2013
Location: DC
Contact:

#40

Post by blueboybob » July 3rd, 2020, 3:18 pm

16. Family Viewing (1987)
17. Where The Truth Lies (2005)
18. Speaking Parts (1989)

Post Reply