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Post by OldAle1 » June 27th, 2020, 6:11 pm

hurluberlu wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Curious to see who will dare triple... If you can find that one lousy Canadian director...
Take a look at this guy's filmography:

https://www.imdb.com/filmosearch/?explo ... type=movie

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » June 27th, 2020, 8:11 pm

OldAle1 wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 6:11 pm
hurluberlu wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Curious to see who will dare triple... If you can find that one lousy Canadian director...
Take a look at this guy's filmography:

https://www.imdb.com/filmosearch/?explo ... type=movie
:lol: That's exactly who I was thinking of but I could not recall his name. I watched 12 of his films a couple of years ago when the low-rated challenge was held for the first time and I don't really feel the need to revisit any of them. On the plus side, at around 70-75 minutes they are shortish. On the negative side, they will feel much, much longer!

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Post by allisoncm » June 27th, 2020, 9:14 pm

Brett Kelly. I never laughed so hard at some of those titles. Some of those ideas sound really good, but I guess the execution seems a bit iffy.

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Post by flavo5000 » June 28th, 2020, 2:27 am

hurluberlu wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Curious to see who will dare triple... If you can find that one lousy Canadian director...
You'd be surprised. There's at least a handful you could probably dig a few triples out of. :D

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Post by OldAle1 » June 28th, 2020, 2:55 am

flavo5000 wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 2:27 am
hurluberlu wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Curious to see who will dare triple... If you can find that one lousy Canadian director...
You'd be surprised. There's at least a handful you could probably dig a few triples out of. :D
Yeah, let's face it, Canada has long been one of the places known for cheapo exploitation fare, and it certainly has had some homegrown practitioners of the art. Lots and lots of bad slasher films from the 80s, sex comedies from the 70s, etc. It ain't all Maddin, Cronenberg, Egoyan and Arcand up there in the Great White North you hosers.

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Post by hurluberlu » June 28th, 2020, 8:24 am

OldAle1 wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 2:55 am
flavo5000 wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 2:27 am
hurluberlu wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Curious to see who will dare triple... If you can find that one lousy Canadian director...
You'd be surprised. There's at least a handful you could probably dig a few triples out of. :D
It ain't all Maddin, Cronenberg, Egoyan and Arcand up there in the Great White North you hosers.
No ? :sweat:
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#2887

Post by Fergenaprido » June 28th, 2020, 10:16 am

sol wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 3:21 pm
zzzorf wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 7:04 am
I would be fine doing the low-rating if noone is more interested/has more free time
Thanks, zzzorf. By the way, Ferg replied to my PM and said that he's fine to host again but also fine if somebody else wants to take up the reigns.

Any other Canadians keen on hosting out there? :shifty:
I'll commit to hosting the Canadian challenge. I've been thinking of some side challenge over the weekend too, so now I'm kind of excited to host it.

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Post by sol » June 28th, 2020, 11:26 am

Fergenaprido wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 10:16 am
sol wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 3:21 pm
zzzorf wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 7:04 am
I would be fine doing the low-rating if noone is more interested/has more free time
Thanks, zzzorf. By the way, Ferg replied to my PM and said that he's fine to host again but also fine if somebody else wants to take up the reigns.

Any other Canadians keen on hosting out there? :shifty:
I'll commit to hosting the Canadian challenge. I've been thinking of some side challenge over the weekend too, so now I'm kind of excited to host it.
:banana: Looking forward to it.

By the way, I would love a Unique Directors bonus challenge to counteract the Run the Director Challenge, but I guess that might be a bit hard to administer unless you rely on us to self-report.
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Post by flavo5000 » June 28th, 2020, 12:09 pm

OldAle1 wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 2:55 am
flavo5000 wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 2:27 am
hurluberlu wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Curious to see who will dare triple... If you can find that one lousy Canadian director...
You'd be surprised. There's at least a handful you could probably dig a few triples out of. :D
Yeah, let's face it, Canada has long been one of the places known for cheapo exploitation fare, and it certainly has had some homegrown practitioners of the art. Lots and lots of bad slasher films from the 80s, sex comedies from the 70s, etc. It ain't all Maddin, Cronenberg, Egoyan and Arcand up there in the Great White North you hosers.
Yea, and actually there are also some bad films by more well-regarded directors that would count as well. Egoyan for instance has a couple of skeletons in his closet from the look of it.

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Post by frbrown » June 28th, 2020, 4:55 pm

OldAle1 wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 2:55 am
Lots and lots of bad slasher films from the 80s, sex comedies from the 70s
Sounds promising. Any recommendations?

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Post by flavo5000 » June 28th, 2020, 6:07 pm

frbrown wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 4:55 pm
OldAle1 wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 2:55 am
Lots and lots of bad slasher films from the 80s, sex comedies from the 70s
Sounds promising. Any recommendations?
Probably the most well-known Canadian slashers are the Prom Night series, My Bloody Valentine and the slasher that birthed a thousand slashers Black Christmas. If you want to dig a little deeper, some others maybe worth a look include Rituals (1977), Killer Party (1986) and Deranged (1974). But that just scratches the surface for Canadian horror. They've made quite a few over the years. For sex comedies, The Porky's movies are probably the heaviest hitters from the great white north but there are indeed a bunch of crappy lesser known ones from up there as well.

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Post by flavo5000 » June 28th, 2020, 6:08 pm

Btw, I may go ahead and post the Run the Director Challenge thread today to give folks extra time to look over the rules and plan out the month a little more ahead of time than usual.

Edit: Posted here:
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Let me know if the rules are clear or if something needs to be adjusted. Thanks!

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Post by sol » June 30th, 2020, 12:51 pm

Fergenaprido wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 10:16 am
I'll commit to hosting the Canadian challenge. I've been thinking of some side challenge over the weekend too, so now I'm kind of excited to host it.
Can't wait to see what those bonus challenges look like, this time! You really challenged me last time to find Canuck stuff for each decade, though I do have one unseen 1940s film lined up if you go with the same challenge again. :unsure:

Very excited about this. B) Nervous too since I'll be defending my honour, having won the last two Canadian Challenges that were held. :D

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Post by OldAle1 » June 30th, 2020, 1:17 pm

frbrown wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 4:55 pm
OldAle1 wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 2:55 am
Lots and lots of bad slasher films from the 80s, sex comedies from the 70s
Sounds promising. Any recommendations?
flavo's comment is on the money and should be helpful, particularly if you've not seen that much in these areas. I still haven't seen a huge amount myself so I'm looking to expand a bit. One I did see back in the 2017 iteration of this challenge was Pinball Summer aka Pick-Up Summer which is nothing spectacular but was very nostalgic for me - it came out in 1980, when I was in high school, and summer in Ontario doesn't seem that different from summer in Wisconsin at that time. I would say it is well above-average in the teen-sex-comedy genre though, given how crappy most of those films are. And it's rated 4.5 so it hits 2 challenges, and director George Mihalka has made a bunch of movies in several genres, most of them low-rated and made in Canada (My Bloody Valentine is his most famous, but that's rated over 6).

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Post by sol » June 30th, 2020, 2:38 pm

Off-topic-ish, but while we are waiting on Ferg to post the Canadian Challenge thread, here's a film that you simply have to see in July, especially if you are a Stanley Kubrick fan (it's about him faking the moon-landing):

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Post by Fergenaprido » June 30th, 2020, 4:08 pm

It just turned midnight here, so I'm creating the thread now. And yes, I do have a version of the decade challenge in mind again for this year.

Should be up in about 20 minutes or so. Using last time as a base. If there are any general challenge rules that have changed in the last two years, feel free to correct me; I haven't kept up with them.

Edit: okay, took me almost an hour, but the post is up now. Happy Film-hunting, eh!

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Post by mjf314 » July 1st, 2020, 10:46 pm

Would anyone be interested in a thegreatestbooks.org challenge? The goal is to watch film adaptations of the most acclaimed books from the list on the website. We could limit it to the top 100 or 200 or whatever people think is a good cutoff. If you haven't heard of this website before, it's like TSPDT but for books.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » July 1st, 2020, 11:16 pm

mjf314 wrote:
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Would anyone be interested in a thegreatestbooks.org challenge? The goal is to watch film adaptations of the most acclaimed books from the list on the website. We could limit it to the top 100 or 200 or whatever people think is a good cutoff. If you haven't heard of this website before, it's like TSPDT but for books.
I've always thought something like that would be an interesting challenge - but I don't have time for another one right now. Maybe add it to the voting in the fall when sol organizes it?

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Post by flavo5000 » July 4th, 2020, 1:33 pm

Could a mod please pin the Run the Director Challenge? I don't see a "report thread" option anymore for some reason.

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Post by nimimerkillinen » July 5th, 2020, 8:27 am

mjf314 wrote:
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Would anyone be interested in a thegreatestbooks.org challenge? The goal is to watch film adaptations of the most acclaimed books from the list on the website. We could limit it to the top 100 or 200 or whatever people think is a good cutoff. If you haven't heard of this website before, it's like TSPDT but for books.
id be interested in book challenge :think:

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Post by blocho » July 25th, 2020, 5:42 am

For next month, I'm willing to do either <400 or 1970s, but I'm also happy to cede them to others who are more enthusiastic.

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Post by sol » July 25th, 2020, 5:52 am

Thanks, blocho. The third Challenge is Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Lichtenstein if there are any early takers.

Similar to blocho, I could host any of them, but there are none that I am especially enthusiastic about hosting.
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Post by zzzorf » July 25th, 2020, 9:40 am

I would only be looking at <400 to f I were to host 2 in a row. Therefore if no-one else chimes in that means
<400 - zzzorf
1970's - blocho
Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Lichtenstein - sol
Though these are not set in stone and me or sol (though I'm not speaking for him just going by his post) would happily step aside if anyone else wants to host

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Post by sol » July 25th, 2020, 11:06 am

Yeah, I don't mind doing Germany etc. I could even include a similar bonus challenge, pie chart and extra columns like I did for Spain etc. But maybe a local (Trav?) or someone passionate about the region would like to volunteer...
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Post by Traveller » July 25th, 2020, 5:07 pm

sol wrote:
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Yeah, I don't mind doing Germany etc. I could even include a similar bonus challenge, pie chart and extra columns like I did for Spain etc. But maybe a local (Trav?) or someone passionate about the region would like to volunteer...
I'm focusing on the 70s next month, and I'm back to work as well, so I pass unless no one else hosts it. But it looks like we're fine. Maybe klaus78 wants to host again?
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Post by sol » July 28th, 2020, 2:28 pm

No problem, Trav. :thumbsup:

A friendly bump in case we have anyone else keen on <400 Checks, the 1970s or Germany/Australia/Switzerland/Liechtenstein who wants to step in.

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In nobody else volunteers, I'll post the German etc Challenge thread between 12:00pm and 1:00pm GMT on Friday July 31.

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As tentative host of the Germany etc Challenge, what does everybody think for a Challenge title that isn't too long? Some options:
  • Germany/Austria/Switzerland - the originally proposed title and not too long
  • Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Liechtenstein - a more inclusive and descriptive but longer title
  • DACH Countries - an accurate term but nowhere near as well known an abbreviation as Benelux etc; could be confusing
  • German-Speaking Europe excluding Belgium - a bit long, and might be confusing since French language Swiss films ARE eligible
  • German-Speaking Europe excluding Benelux - a bit long, and might be confusing since French language Swiss films ARE eligible
  • Germanic Europe - sounds okay, but a Google search suggests that this is an inaccurate term
  • Germany Etc. - might be offensive for our Swiss users (if there any) and our Austrian user(s)
  • Germany and Surrounds - might be offensive for our Swiss users (if there any) and our Austrian user(s)
  • Central Europe excluding Poland, Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary - way too long?
Other ideas...? How important do you guys think it is for Liechtenstein to be in the title?

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Post by blocho » July 28th, 2020, 4:16 pm

I had a professor in grad school who ran a historical institute called the Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies. He was searching for a shorter title, and I suggested that he go with Institute for Germanosphere Studies (for comparison, see Anglosphere or Lusosphere).

So how about the Germanosphere Challenge? That covers Germany, Austria, Swizterland, and Liechtenstein (although we'll have to ignore Luxembourg, where I believe German is also official).

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Post by blocho » July 28th, 2020, 4:17 pm

Also, if no one else steps forward for 70s challenge, I'll start the topic tomorrow. Again, I'm happy to give it up to anyone who is enthusiastic.

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Post by flavo5000 » July 29th, 2020, 2:55 am

I'm definitely going to need a break from hosting after the Run the Director Challenge this month. It's been pretty time consuming.

Also I'd say either Germany/Austria/Switzerland or Germanosphere (although this second one may be a little too ambiguous of a title to pull people in). I don't think it's unreasonable to exclude Liechtenstein given that almost no films have even been produced there (there are a few and of course the usual "tax shelter" co-production type stuff).

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Post by sol » July 29th, 2020, 1:06 pm

flavo5000 wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 2:55 am
I'm definitely going to need a break from hosting after the Run the Director Challenge this month. It's been pretty time consuming.
No worries. I'm quite stunned by your dedication to not only the leaderboard/bonus challenges but also penning such detailed write-ups on each director.
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Also I'd say either Germany/Austria/Switzerland or Germanosphere (although this second one may be a little too ambiguous of a title to pull people in). I don't think it's unreasonable to exclude Liechtenstein given that almost no films have even been produced there (there are a few and of course the usual "tax shelter" co-production type stuff).
Yeah, I think I am leaning towards just Germany/Austria/Switzerland at the moment. No point confusing prospective participants with a term not in the general geographic vernacular.

Also, if we went with Germanosphere, it would still have to be "Germanosphere excluding Benelux". Fun fact (at least according to Wiki): a far larger percentage of Luxembourg speaks German than Belgium, but because Belgium has a much larger population, the estimated number of German speakers is higher in Belgium. Both countries have German as an Official language.

Okay, Germany/Austria/Switzerland the Challenge title is, unless anybody objects.
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Post by Mario Gaborović » July 29th, 2020, 1:51 pm

Will you stop excluding small states in the challenges? If you don't wanna watch their films I don't give a damn- coz I will.

I've already got fed up for not being recognized Macau in the Chinese challenge. WHY? Does that takes money from somebody?

If these countries ain't to be included where they belong (even SURROUNDED! by German-speaking states), where would they be placed instead ???

And finally Benelux (which also has a challenge of its own) is where Luxembourg belongs (BeneLUX, duhhhh) so why even considering it now? Let's rather agree that Italian-Swiss and Franco-Swiss films belong here and not those.

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Post by Melvelet » July 29th, 2020, 1:56 pm

I could take <400 Checks unless you want to do it, zzzorf.
In any case, maybe a cool bonus challenge would be to have something like the 1>500<400 we once had. Where every participant can name a recommendation [after 3 entries in the challenge or something].

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Post by sol » July 29th, 2020, 2:10 pm

I can tell that you have only been skim-reading this thread, Mario. ;) I would be interested to hear your thoughts if you re-read the actual discussion between myself, flavo and blocho and are able to offer your thoughts about what we are actually talking about.
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Will you stop excluding small states in the challenges? If you don't wanna watch their films I don't give a damn- coz I will.
Nobody is suggesting that we exclude Liechtenstein. Everybody though is suggesting that the name of the Challenge is too long if we include it in the title. The only thing up for discussion is whether we include Liechtenstein in the title. Everybody agrees that its films should be included. B)
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If these countries ain't to be included where they belong (even SURROUNDED! by German-speaking states), where would they be placed instead ???
Yeah, re-read what we have written. Flavo, Blocho and myself all agree with you on this. :thumbsup:
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Let's rather agree that Italian-Swiss and Franco-Swiss films belong here and not those.
We all agree about that too. :) Sounds like we are all on the same page.

Now back to the discussion at hand: What title would you use for the Challenge?
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Post by blocho » July 29th, 2020, 4:32 pm

Hey, Mario. No one has argued for or said that Liechtenstein should be excluded. Nor has anyone argued that Luxembourg should be included.

Incidentally, Macau was included in the China challenge viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4919&p=644375&hilit=macau#p644375

That being said, I strongly support anyone who feels Liechtenstein doesn't get enough respect. True, I've never been there. But look at this picture. More of us should probably visit.
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Post by flavo5000 » July 29th, 2020, 7:42 pm

blocho wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Hey, Mario. No one has argued for or said that Liechtenstein should be excluded. Nor has anyone argued that Luxembourg should be included.

Incidentally, Macau was included in the China challenge viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4919&p=644375&hilit=macau#p644375

That being said, I strongly support anyone who feels Liechtenstein doesn't get enough respect. True, I've never been there. But look at this picture. More of us should probably visit.
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Oh yea, that region looks gorgeous. I'd love to visit the "Germanosphere" ;) some time.

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Post by flavo5000 » July 29th, 2020, 7:45 pm

sol wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 1:06 pm
flavo5000 wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 2:55 am
I'm definitely going to need a break from hosting after the Run the Director Challenge this month. It's been pretty time consuming.
No worries. I'm quite stunned by your dedication to not only the leaderboard/bonus challenges but also penning such detailed write-ups on each director.
I can tell you I'm probably not gonna be doing write-ups this extensive again. I seem to be perpetually like 2 to 4 directors behind in my posts. Heck, I may compile them all together with a healthy dose of editing and flesh it out into a book or something... It'd be a shame to just have all that fade into the obscurity of the archived challenges section.

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Post by Mario Gaborović » July 29th, 2020, 8:16 pm

flavo5000 wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 7:42 pm
blocho wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Hey, Mario. No one has argued for or said that Liechtenstein should be excluded. Nor has anyone argued that Luxembourg should be included.

Incidentally, Macau was included in the China challenge viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4919&p=644375&hilit=macau#p644375

That being said, I strongly support anyone who feels Liechtenstein doesn't get enough respect. True, I've never been there. But look at this picture. More of us should probably visit.
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Oh yea, that region looks gorgeous. I'd love to visit the "Germanosphere" ;) some time.
Most of Slovenia and some small chunk of northern Croatia (minus high mountains) look the same.

My late grandmother hails from the village of Log pod Mangartom, I've been there 10 about times:
https://vcdn.bergfex.at/images/resized/ ... 8dd@2x.jpg:

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Post by zzzorf » July 29th, 2020, 9:12 pm

Melvelet wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 1:56 pm
I could take <400 Checks unless you want to do it, zzzorf.
In any case, maybe a cool bonus challenge would be to have something like the 1>500<400 we once had. Where every participant can name a recommendation [after 3 entries in the challenge or something].
It is all yours. I only chucked my name in if no-one else was interested. I am just coming of hosting a challenge and didn't really plan on doing two in a row.

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Post by Melvelet » July 30th, 2020, 11:34 am

Okay cool :) Does anybody have an objection against including 1>500<400 in the <400 checks challenge?

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#2920

Post by hurluberlu » July 30th, 2020, 12:24 pm

Melvelet wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 11:34 am
Okay cool :) Does anybody have an objection against including 1>500<400 in the <400 checks challenge?
You mean the official 500<400 list even if some of the films have more than 400 checks now ?
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