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Post by Traveller » July 3rd, 2020, 3:36 pm

03. Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992) - 7/10
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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!

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Post by sol » July 3rd, 2020, 3:51 pm

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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

14. So Is This (1982) Ontario / English REVISION

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While the whole thing is white letters on black background and no audio, this is very noticeably a Michael Snow project from the way he manipulates the size of the letters, the speed between words and how long "length" and "pause" humorously linger on screen for. And humour is rife throughout So Is This; it is frequently laugh-out-loud funny as Snow lies about length of the film and makes jokes left, right and centre. Equally as fun on revision too.
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Post by Lilarcor » July 3rd, 2020, 6:33 pm

Michael Snow (l)

If only his newer stuff became available too!

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Post by Fergenaprido » July 3rd, 2020, 6:33 pm

1. MS Slavic 7 (2019) ON-en - 3ish
2. One Week (2008) ON-en - 8ish

I hated MS Slavic 7, pretentious claptrap that was sooooo boring and contrived. And the acting was piss poor, especially by Aunt Anja. I read Campbell's post on Mubi but it came off as word vomit to me.

I'd been putting off One Week for almost 6 years now, wanting to see it but never being in the mood and being slightly worried it would be too sentimental and mushy. It's actually quite humours and the soundtrack is amazing. I think it makes a great companion piece with My Life Without Me, looking at the different ways a young man and a young woman deal with a terminal cancer diagnosis. Incidentally, both Sarah Polly and Joshua Jackson won Best Actress/Best Actor Genies for their performances. Plus, I really enjoyed the road trip across the West and the many Canadianisms and cameos that showed up. Gord Downie as a cancer survivor ten years before he died of cancer was a bit tough to watch, though.

I'll post the first tally of results tomorrow.

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Post by blueboybob » July 3rd, 2020, 6:35 pm

19. Rock & Rule (1983)
20. I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)
21. Waydowntown (2000)

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Post by allisoncm » July 3rd, 2020, 8:36 pm

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1. GOON (2011, Canada)
2. The F Word / What If (2013, Canada)
3. Fubar (2002, Canada)
4. MS Slavic 7 (2019, Canada) on MUBI. 6/10
I felt like it could have been stronger, but it was mainly alright.

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Post by blueboybob » July 4th, 2020, 12:28 am

22. Pouvoir intime (1986)
23. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)
24. Goin' Down the Road (1970)
25. My American Cousin (1985)
26. Rabid (1977)

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Post by sol » July 4th, 2020, 2:29 am

Lilarcor wrote:
July 3rd, 2020, 6:33 pm
Michael Snow (l)

If only his newer stuff became available too!
Feel the same way. I'm sure it will eventually. :unsure:

Something interesting: I think I really liked how the versions of <---> and So Is This that I saw were second or third generation copies. The grit really adds to the experience.

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I'll post the first tally of results tomorrow.
No problem. Looking forward to seeing how I'm keeping up with everyone in the bonus challenges since I have no hope of staying at the head of the pack (for now). I hope the extra information that I'm including (province, language, first check) is making it easier for you. B)

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26. Rabid (1977)
Love how the number of films that you are watching each day for this challenge is increasing near exponentially. 6 --> 9 --> 11... I wonder which 13 films will you squeeze in tomorrow? ;)
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Post by AB537 » July 4th, 2020, 2:29 am

2. Felicia's Journey (Atom Egoyan, 1999) 7/10
3. Barney's Version (Richard J. Lewis, 2010) 6.5/10

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Post by sol » July 4th, 2020, 4:56 am

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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
14. So Is This (1982) Ontario / English REVISION

15. Teen Lust (2014) Manitoba / English

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An energetic horror-comedy. The film comes with some nice satiric touches as the lead's family are devout Satan worshippers who take their church sermons just as seriously as the most pious Christians. More time could have in fact been dedicated to exploring this alternate look at a religious upbringing before everything becomes a chase thriller, but it is an enjoyable ride throughout thanks to the amazing chemistry between the leads.
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Post by allisoncm » July 4th, 2020, 5:51 am

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1. GOON (2011, Canada)
2. The F Word / What If (2013, Canada)
3. Fubar (2002, Canada)
4. MS Slavic 7 (2019, Canada) on MUBI. 6/10
5. Genèse (2018, Canada) DVD that I got at the library the day before they closed down due to COVID. Just getting around to it now. 5/10

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Post by sol » July 4th, 2020, 7:13 am

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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
14. So Is This (1982) Ontario / English REVISION
15. Teen Lust (2014) Manitoba / English

16. Crazy Moon (1987) Québec / English

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A film about a deaf shop worker falling in love with a young man who goofily steals a mannequin from her store. There are some zany bits and pieces as he dresses the mannequin in certain ways, including a memorable first date in which he fondles the mannequin that he has dressed to look like his date. The chemistry between the leads is great too; same goes for 1920s and 30s music, but the whole disapproving families stuff that develops is cut and dry.
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Post by sol » July 4th, 2020, 8:35 am

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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
14. So Is This (1982) Ontario / English REVISION
15. Teen Lust (2014) Manitoba / English
16. Crazy Moon (1987) Québec / English

17. Wavelength (1967) Ontario / English REVISION

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Shot to look like one continuous slow zoom towards an object on the wall, Michael Snow employs an interesting bag of cinematic tricks to create the illusion as colours are inversed and shots are dissolved together to disguise the editing and blur the sense of time before a murder and after the body is discovered. The varying pitch sound design annoyed me this time round, but otherwise but this stacked up well to rewatch as a daringly different film.
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Post by Fergenaprido » July 4th, 2020, 8:46 am

sol wrote:
July 4th, 2020, 2:29 am
Fergenaprido wrote:
July 3rd, 2020, 6:33 pm
I'll post the first tally of results tomorrow.
No problem. Looking forward to seeing how I'm keeping up with everyone in the bonus challenges since I have no hope of staying at the head of the pack (for now). I hope the extra information that I'm including (province, language, first check) is making it easier for you. B)
Yes, that does help immensely. I should have stated that in the OP :facepalm:

Doing the decade tally is easy, and the language one will be more or less okay, but the regional one might be a tad difficult for me to figure out for films I haven't seen. Should I consider everyone participating in the bonus challenges by default, or only those who provide the extra information?

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Post by sol » July 4th, 2020, 8:51 am

Fergenaprido wrote:
July 4th, 2020, 8:46 am
Doing the decade tally is easy, and the language one will be more or less okay, but the regional one might be a tad difficult for me to figure out for films I haven't seen. Should I consider everyone participating in the bonus challenges by default, or only those who provide the extra information?
I would say:

Decades - do for everyone

Languages and Regions - opt-in challenge

As you've said, keeping track of the decades is easy enough, but you'll be creating a lot of extra work for yourself if you have to look up the regions and languages for every single film posted on this thread.

Maybe change it in the OP to state language/region as opt-in challenges?
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Post by Fergenaprido » July 4th, 2020, 10:13 am

Okay, OP is updated with all of the current results.

It took me about an hour, which wasn't too bad since I had to spend a lot of time formatting the tables. Shouldn't be too time-consuming in the future. I'll keep the bonus challenges as automatic for everyone, with the caveat that if they don't indicate which province/language the film is in I'll decide myself. For most unfamiliar productions I may just assume English films are from Ontario and French films are from Quebec. :P So far, most films mentioned were clearcut; the only one I had to choose was Goon, which I settled on Manitoba since it was produced there, and the film is set in a bunch of different other provinces.

Let me know if I made any mistakes, or if you want the tables to be displayed differently.

Welcome to Traveller, AB537, and connordenney who are joining for their first Canadian challenge; congratulations to blueboybob for already beating his personal best, and welcome back to blueboybob, allisoncm, cinephage, and myself for being the only 4 participants to join in every Canadian challenge. Hopefully 3eyes will join in again to remain part of this exclusive club.

Now to get to watching some more films. I got ahold of some rarities last night that I'm excited to finally get to see, plus there's some great new stuff on NFB I want to catch, including a new film that was just released about Filipinos in Labrador.

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Post by sol » July 4th, 2020, 10:19 am

Fergenaprido wrote:
July 4th, 2020, 10:13 am
Let me know if I made any mistakes, or if you want the tables to be displayed differently.
Format looks OK... but the bonus challenge leaderboard isn't accurate for me.

ParticipantDecadesPtsRegionsPtsLanguagesPtsUnderseenPtsTOTAL
sol30s,60s,70s,80s,90s,00s,10s7QC,ON,MB,BC4en1icm:1112


^ That above should equal 13 points, however, my actual total so far is 14 since Martyrs is in French, which gives me another language point. ;)
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Post by sol » July 4th, 2020, 10:32 am

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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
14. So Is This (1982) Ontario / English REVISION
15. Teen Lust (2014) Manitoba / English
16. Crazy Moon (1987) Québec / English
17. Wavelength (1967) Ontario / English REVISION

18. *Corpus Callosum (2002) Ontario / English REVISION

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While a basic plot can be deciphered here, this is not a traditional narrative, and with rather random cuts to a lounge room and a classroom, the film does not progress like a typical story. This is, however, a strength of the project with electrocution, upside down shots, posters melting off walls, walking monoliths, wheelchairs driving over the frame (and the list goes on) as Michael Snow encourages us to think twice about what we are seeing.
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Post by jdidaco » July 4th, 2020, 12:01 pm

Thank you for hosting, Fergenaprido!

(Screenshots from 'Stereo' & 'Only Dream Things'),

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1. Stereo (Tile 3B of a CAEE Educational Mosaic) (David Cronenberg, 1969) 7.5/10
2. Crimes of the Future (David Cronenberg, 1970) 7/10
3. Memoirs (Bashar Shbib, 1984) 6/10
4. Pissoir/Urinal (John Greyson, 1988) 8/10
5. Like Cattle Towards Glow (Dennis Cooper & Zac Farley, 2015) 6.5/10
6. Seances (Guy Maddin, 2016) 8.5/10

A collection of shorts,

7-10. Secret Weapons (David Cronenberg, 1972) 6/10 (21 min), The Lie Chair (David Cronenberg, 1976) 6/10 (27 min), The Italian Machine (David Cronenberg, 1976) 5.5/10 (24 min), The Obsession of Billy Botski (John Paizs, 1980) 7.5/10 (25 min), Springtime in Greenland (John Paizs, 1981) 8/10 (24 min), Oak, Ivy, and Other Dead Elms (John Paizs, 1982) 7.5/10 (33 min), Fancy, Fancy Being Rich (Guy Maddin, 2002) 7/10 (6 min), Odin's Shield Maiden (Guy Maddin, 2007) 6/10 (5 min), Glorious (Guy Maddin, 2008) 7.5/10 (12 min), It's My Mother's Birthday Today (Guy Maddin, 2008) 6.5/10 (5 min), Footsteps (Guy Maddin, 2008) 8/10 (9 min), Spanky: To the Pier and Back (Guy Maddin, 2008) 5/10 (4 min), Night Mayor (Guy Maddin, 2009) 7.5/10 (14 min), Sinclair (Guy Maddin, 2010) 5/10 (4 min), Only Dream Things (Guy Maddin, 2012) 9/10 (20 min), Puberty, Elms, Colours, Cold (Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson, 2014) 7.5/10 (10 min) (Total: 243 min)

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Post by flavo5000 » July 4th, 2020, 12:03 pm

1. A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, 2011)
2a. Peep Show: The Lie Chair (Cronenberg, 1975)
2b. Teleplay: The Italian Machine (Cronenberg, 1976)
2c. The Nest (Cronenberg, 2013)

I also watched Cronenberg's M. Butterfly but that one was a US production.
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Post by OldAle1 » July 4th, 2020, 2:17 pm

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1. Double Happiness (Mina Shum, 1994) British Columbia/English/Cantonese
2. Hell at My Heels (Brett Kelly, 2011) Ontario/English
3. Rise of the Black Bat (Brett Kelly, 2012) Ontario/English
Claude Jutra - dour Quebecker making dire films in Ontario & BC

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Claude Jutra was born in Montréal in 1930, and started making short films at the end of the 1940s, many of them documentaries, under the auspices of the National Film Board of Canada. There really was no "Québec cinema in those days and Jutra can rightfully be called one of it's founders, eventually making his first feature in 1963 and continuing to work in the local industry through the mid-70s when, after the disastrous failure of what some (including me) would now call his masterpiece, Kamouraska, and the ignoring of his next feature Pour le meilleur et pour le pire, he moved to Toronto and started working in the English-language industry. Having admire several of his early Francophone work, I decided to take the plunge into this lesser-known and less-regarded period...

Unfortunately I was not rewarded with anything particularly memorable - or even good at all. Certainly it's possible that the poor quality of the copies (all VHS rips in 1.3) has something to do with this; I cannot make any meaningful comments about his visual or aural style for example because everything was muddy-looking and the sound very flat and often distorted. As to his themes, well all three films have a fairly bleak outlook on the world, despite the third being ostensibly a comedy (it's listed as drama on IMDb but it's pretty clear that it is at least *supposed* to be funny and lighter than most of his previous work), and all feature characters that seem unfortunately more like, well, movie characters than people with real lived experience. Relatively awkward acting at times also - I don't know if that was due to his just not being as comfortable in English or what. No idea.

Jutra suffered from early onset Alzheimers and took his own life in 1986. The "Claude Jutra Award" and "Prix Jutra" were named after him, for his importance as a principal architect of the early Québec Cinema, but the names were changed after serious and credible allegations of child abuse were brought up 30 years after his death. A complicated legacy he has left, indeed.

4. Dreamspeaker (1976) British Columbia/English

This was a TV movie, so it was undoubtedly shot in Academy ratio, or matted for it, so it probably suffers a bit less visually from the VHS quality, and overall it was the best of the three, which alas isn't saying much. Seems like it's going to be sort of a troubled-kid-learns-how-to-get-along film at first, with Ian Tracey (later a prolific TV actor and occasional director) as 11-year-old Peter, who burns down a school, is sent to a reform facility and undergoes psychiatric evaluation, but runs away and ends up with an old First Nations man (George Clutesi) and his mute adopted son (Jacques Hubert). They all bond somewhat and things are going well for a little while, but eventually Peter is found and sent back and... well, I won't spoil the ending, suffice it to say it was unexpected. Some will admire the
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, but it all seemed too schematic and simple for me, and the various native rituals, dances etc that we see a few times while interesting don't really end up giving the film the philosophical/spiritual weight that I think Jutra may have been going for in the end. Just seems muddled.

5. Surfacing (1981) Ontario/English

American actress Kathleen Beller (who got her start in a bit part in The Godfather Part II of all things...it did not lead up from there) plays Kate, a young woman searching for her father, who disappeared weeks ago around the cabin he lives in in the north woods. She goes with a group of friends - her rather wussy boyfriend Joe, total asshole photographer David, and David's hippie-ish yet totally scared of the outdoors and prone to crying girlfriend Anna - and they go on the search, which delves briefly into something like Deliverance territory but is mostly just boring, and only worth seeing at all if you, like me, admire the beauty of Ms. Beller, who gets naked a couple of times. Some nice scenery I guess but, again, terrible VHS quality so I'm not sure if the visuals would make this more worthwhile in HD. Apart from Kate, all of the characters are so annoying and worthless that I'd have probably turned it off if I were the kind of person who turns things off.

6. By Design (1981) British Columbia/English

And last and least is this very unfunny, turgid, and more than a little bit offensive comedy-drama about a lesbian couple (Patty Duke and Sara Botsford) who run a fashion design business in... Vancouver I guess; I don't recall locations being mentioned but it's a port and it's too big to be Halifax or any other coastal city, with a rather handsy and annoying chief photographer (Saul Rubinek). Everything's hunky-dory until Helen (Duke) decides she wants to have a baby, and on finding out they can't as a gay couple adopt, decides to go the old-fashioned way. Everything about this feels wrong and fake - much like Spike Lee's She Hate Me which I watched a couple of weeks ago, this is the work of a director who may well be progressive and open-minded about a lot of things - and Jutra was gay himself - but has no idea what a lesbian is and has never met one. All three of the credited writers here are men; the sex scenes in particular are really cringe-inducing and Rubinke's breast fetish thing, why the hell was that there? What does it do for the story? A total mess.
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Post by OldAle1 » July 4th, 2020, 2:23 pm

Oh hey Fergie I forgot to mention originally that Hell at My Heels was a first check; I added that to my review now. Actually all of mine so far have less than 10 checks apart from Double Happiness which only has 65. Indeed a cinema filled with obscurities...

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Post by sol » July 4th, 2020, 2:40 pm

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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
14. So Is This (1982) Ontario / English REVISION
15. Teen Lust (2014) Manitoba / English
16. Crazy Moon (1987) Québec / English
17. Wavelength (1967) Ontario / English REVISION
18. *Corpus Callosum (2002) Ontario / English REVISION

19. Mrs Ashboro's Cat (2004) Prince Edward Island / English

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Retitled Ghost Cat in some places and given a horror cover, this is actually closer to a family comedy, but the laughs are minimal and the cat actually does very little to foil the one dimensional baddies. The film's mythology feels random too; sometimes the cat can be seen by one or more characters, while at other times it is completely invisible. A young Ellen Page looks great with long hair though and a wintery Charlottetown looks beautiful.
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Post by Traveller » July 4th, 2020, 4:01 pm

04. My Uncle Antoine (1971) - 7/10
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Post by sol » July 4th, 2020, 4:02 pm

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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
14. So Is This (1982) Ontario / English REVISION
15. Teen Lust (2014) Manitoba / English
16. Crazy Moon (1987) Québec / English
17. Wavelength (1967) Ontario / English REVISION
18. *Corpus Callosum (2002) Ontario / English REVISION
19. Mrs Ashboro's Cat (2004) Prince Edward Island / English

20. Flaming Frontier (1958) Ontario / English FIRST CHECK!

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Raised alongside Sioux children, a half-Sioux army captain is sent to quell a possible Sioux uprising in this western. The story feels pretty insubstantial, even for a brief feature like this. There is also a lot more talk than action, and what action exists is hardly impressive (a silent arm wrestling match sticks out). The protagonist becoming drawn between supporting his army and fighting for his Sioux "blood brothers" is interesting but hardly the focus.
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Post by frbrown » July 4th, 2020, 4:18 pm

1. Murder by Night (1989) Ontario/English
2. Prom Night (1980) Ontario/English

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Post by blueboybob » July 4th, 2020, 4:37 pm

27. Possible Worlds (2000)
28. Hard Core Logo (1996)
29. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
30. One Week (2008)

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Post by allisoncm » July 4th, 2020, 5:28 pm

I loved Possible Worlds (2000). Gave it a 10/10.

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Post by blueboybob » July 4th, 2020, 5:37 pm

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July 4th, 2020, 5:28 pm
I loved Possible Worlds (2000). Gave it a 10/10.
I uh did not. I dont think I got it.

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Post by allisoncm » July 4th, 2020, 5:53 pm

Ah, okay. I think I just love anything with Tilda Swinton, plus I loved the cinematography.

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Post by Fergenaprido » July 4th, 2020, 6:32 pm

sol wrote:
July 4th, 2020, 10:19 am
Fergenaprido wrote:
July 4th, 2020, 10:13 am
Let me know if I made any mistakes, or if you want the tables to be displayed differently.
Format looks OK... but the bonus challenge leaderboard isn't accurate for me.

ParticipantDecadesPtsRegionsPtsLanguagesPtsUnderseenPtsTOTAL
sol30s,60s,70s,80s,90s,00s,10s7QC,ON,MB,BC4en1icm:1112


^ That above should equal 13 points, however, my actual total so far is 14 since Martyrs is in French, which gives me another language point. ;)
You're right, good catch; thanks for checking. I'll fix it now.
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Oh hey Fergie I forgot to mention originally that Hell at My Heels was a first check; I added that to my review now. Actually all of mine so far have less than 10 checks apart from Double Happiness which only has 65. Indeed a cinema filled with obscurities...
Noted. Thanks OldAle, I'll update the table.

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Post by Fergenaprido » July 4th, 2020, 6:43 pm

3. Life Classes (1988) NS-en - 7ish
4. From Nine to Nine (1936) QC-en - 6ish
5. Fort Good Hope (1977) NT-en - 7ish - First to check, and under 5 votes on imdb

I'm catching up, but focusing more for now on hitting all the markers for the bonus challenges, and staying ahead of both Allison and Blueboybob in the rankings on the official list, since they're at risk of passing me before I pass some of the others. I really want to be in the top 4 by the end of the year, so they're lighting a fire under my ass on something I've put off for too long.

I'd delayed watching Life Classes because all the information online refers to it as rather dull and boring. While it is slow, and feels quite long at almost two hours, I surprisingly enjoyed it. The best parts of the film for me take place in Halifax, but the Cape Breton countryside sure is beautiful. There are some pretty Gaelic songs in the film as well, and a funny interaction at an art exposition Q&A: I'd love to know what the German artist says at the end of that scene from around the 45 to 50-minute mark; She's obviously annoyed by the questions from Mary, but the translator only translates her last two answers rather shortly. If any German-speaker is willing to translate, I'd be much obliged. Aside from the Gaelic touch, I was also surprised that the film touched upon Africville, a little-discussed historical black community that was torn down in the 1960s.

From Nine to Nine suffers from being a bad movie with a bad surviving print. Both the audio and video are subpar, and at times it seems like some of the film was briefly cut. Information is sparse, and I thought it was an American film at first, but it's tagged as Canadian in a bunch of places, and it was filmed in Montreal, takes place there, and seems like much of the production was based there as well. Plus, Ulmer made a few other Canadian films in that era (I plan to watch Damaged Lives for this challenge too). All in all, it's a rather bad film, but thankfully only an hour long. Some bright moments, but some not so great acting and too much exposition in the end instead of letting the story tell itself.

Fort Good Hope is a documentary about the community in the Northwest Territories and the consultation that happened by Justice Berger during the inquiry into the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline. I found it rather interesting, and it comes in at under 50 minutes. It was made by the NFB's Vancouver unit, but the entire thing (aside from a brief scene in Alberta) takes place in and around the town, so I'm counting it for the NWT for this challenge. There is some Slavey spoken, but it's either translated into English after, or it's drowned out by the narrator.

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2. One Week (2008) ON-en - 8ish
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Post by Fergenaprido » July 4th, 2020, 6:57 pm

flavo5000 wrote:
July 4th, 2020, 12:03 pm
1. A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, 2011)
1a. Peep Show: The Lie Chair (Cronenberg, 1975)
1b. Teleplay: The Italian Machine (Cronenberg, 1976)
1c. The Nest (Cronenberg, 2013)

I also watched Cronenberg's M. Butterfly but that one was a US production.
Did you mean for the three shorts to be 2a, 2b, and 2c?

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Post by ororama » July 4th, 2020, 7:39 pm

1. Murdoch Mysteries: A Merry Murdoch Christmas (2015) * 88 min.

*First time viewing.

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Post by maxwelldeux » July 4th, 2020, 8:06 pm

1. Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993) Quebec - English
Fascinating documentary. Basically, BLM, the Canadian Prequel, this is about how the government tried to take Mohawk land without compensation or conversation about it, and how the tribe and nearly the entire native population protested. Sad and still very topical today. Needed some editing to improve pacing, but well worth a watch.

2. Goon (2011) Manitoba - Eng
3. Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) Manitoba - Eng

The first was actually pretty charming. Fun, sweet, and funny. The second just felt forced and didn't have the charm of the first.

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Post by blueboybob » July 4th, 2020, 11:22 pm

31. Lest We Forget (1935)
32. Whispering City (1947)
33. Réjeanne Padovani (1973)
34. Vic + Flo ont vu un ours (2013)

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Post by flavo5000 » July 5th, 2020, 3:10 am

Fergenaprido wrote:
July 4th, 2020, 6:57 pm
flavo5000 wrote:
July 4th, 2020, 12:03 pm
1. A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, 2011)
1a. Peep Show: The Lie Chair (Cronenberg, 1975)
1b. Teleplay: The Italian Machine (Cronenberg, 1976)
1c. The Nest (Cronenberg, 2013)

I also watched Cronenberg's M. Butterfly but that one was a US production.
Did you mean for the three shorts to be 2a, 2b, and 2c?
Oh yea. I can be kinda scatterbrained.

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Post by blueboybob » July 5th, 2020, 3:10 am

35. Emporte-moi (1999)
36. Lilies - Les feluettes (1996)
37. La vraie nature de Bernadette (1972)

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Post by sol » July 5th, 2020, 3:35 am

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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
14. So Is This (1982) Ontario / English REVISION
15. Teen Lust (2014) Manitoba / English
16. Crazy Moon (1987) Québec / English
17. Wavelength (1967) Ontario / English REVISION
18. *Corpus Callosum (2002) Ontario / English REVISION
19. Mrs Ashboro's Cat (2004) Prince Edward Island / English
20. Flaming Frontier (1958) Ontario / English FIRST CHECK!

21. Twists of Terror (1997) Québec / English

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Three tales of human beings doing terrible things to one another are strung together in this horror anthology. Each tale is more twisted than it seems, and with the same writer and director behind all three, the quality is more consistent than the average horror anthology. The wraparound segment is well done too. The third tale has the niftiest plot developments of three. It is very hard to see where the third episode is going from where it starts.
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Post by sol » July 5th, 2020, 11:32 am

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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
14. So Is This (1982) Ontario / English REVISION
15. Teen Lust (2014) Manitoba / English
16. Crazy Moon (1987) Québec / English
17. Wavelength (1967) Ontario / English REVISION
18. *Corpus Callosum (2002) Ontario / English REVISION
19. Mrs Ashboro's Cat (2004) Prince Edward Island / English
20. Flaming Frontier (1958) Ontario / English FIRST CHECK!
21. Twists of Terror (1997) Québec / English

22. Whispering City (1947) Québec / English

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While the Montreal setting renders this slightly different from the average noir, there is otherwise little to distinguish it. Mary Anderson is fine but everybody else is dull or interchangeable. There is some decent suspense as she finds herself alone with a man who she does not believe is a killer but has no way of knowing for sure, however, her investigation constantly becomes sidetracked in subplots, especially with the Québec Concerto playing.
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