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23. Zama -- Martel, Argentina, 2017

Strong, suffocating portrayal of a man wading through New World bureaucracy for his long-overdue transfer from Argentina in the eighteenth century. I didn't love it quite as much as I thought I would, but it was still a solid, worthwhile experience.

List of previous films
01. Nanjeongiga soaolrin jakeun kong a.k.a. A Ball Shot by a Midget -- Lee, South Korea, 1981
02. Erzi a.k.a. Sons -- Zhang, China, 1996
03. Dieu sait quoi a.k.a. God Only Knows -- Pollet, France, 1994
04. Namgeuk-ilgi a.k.a. Antarctic Journal -- Yim, Antarctica, 2005
05. Kala Pani -- Khosla, India, 1958
06. The Crooked Web -- Juran, United States, 1955
07. Die Bettwurst -- von Praunheim, Germany, 1971
08. Woo Yuet dik goo si a.k.a The Story of Woo Viet a.k.a. God of Killers -- Hui, Hong Kong, 1981
09. Heli -- Escalante, Mexico, 2013
10. Discopathe -- Gauthier, Canada, 2013
11. Hotarubi a.k.a. Firefly Light -- Gosho, Japan, 1958
12. La sombra del caminante a.k.a. Wandering Shadows -- Guerra, Colombia, 2004
13. Princezna se zlatou hvezdou -- Fric, Czech Republic, 1959
14. A Matter of Choice -- Sewell, United Kingdom, 1963
15. Ma-ma a.k.a. Rock 'n' Roll Wolf -- Bostan, Romania, 1976
16. La vie d'Adèle a.k.a. Blue is the Warmest Colour -- Kechiche, Belgium, 2013
17. Left Luggage -- Krabbé, Netherlands, 1998
18. Varúj...! a.k.a. Beware -- Fric & Bielik, Slovakia, 1947
19. Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts -- Hicks, Australia, 2007
20. En la selva no hay estrellas a.k.a. No Stars in the Jungle -- Robles Godoy, Peru, 1967
21. Zum Vergleich a.k.a. In Comparison -- Farocki, Austria, 2009
22. Baykot a.k.a. Boycott -- M. Makhmalbaf, Iran, 1986
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Travel the World; Spread the Virus
1. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
2. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
3. Nobody (2021) United States
4. Lorik (2018) Armenia
5. Hers (2017) Mongolia
6. PK (2014) India
7. Sib (1998) Iran
8. Easy (2017) Ukraine
9. Wira (2019) Malaysia
10. 247°F (2011) Georgia
11. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
12. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
13. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
14. Cadaver (2020) Norway
15. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
16. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
17. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
18. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
19. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
20. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
21. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
22. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
23. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
24. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
25. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
26. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
27. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
28. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
29. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
30. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
31. Blind Detective (2013) China
32. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
33. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
34. Around the Block (2013) Australia
35. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
36. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
37. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
38. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
39. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
40. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
41.The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
42. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
43. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
44. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
45. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo
46. The Dance of Reality (2013) Chile
47. Whisper with the Wind (2009) Iraq
48. Struggle Through Death (1979) Taiwan

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Forced to work in goldmines under brutal conditions, two slaves eventually learn kickboxing kung fu to help them escape. The fight choreography is absolutely awesome here. Trouble is, the slaves don't even begin to learn their wild kung fu moves until the final 40 minutes. Also, while working in the mines is dangerous, they actually seem to have a decent life as slaves: they are allowed to bathe, are well-fed and have the spare time to learn kung fu...

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Order of preference of infected countries:
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1. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
2. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
3. Lorik (2018) Armenia
4. Dance of Reality (2013) Chile
5. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
6. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
7. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
8. Nobody (2021) United States
9. Easy (2017) Ukraine
10. PK (2014) India
11. Sib (1998) Iran
12. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
13. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
14. Blind Detective (2013) China
15. Cadaver (2020) Norway
16. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
17. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
18. Whisper with the Wind (2009) Iraq
19. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
20. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
21. Hers (2017) Mongolia
22. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
23. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
24. Wira (2019) Malaysia
25. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
26. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
27. Struggle Through Death (1979) Taiwan
28. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
29. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo
30. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
31. The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
32. Around the Block (2013) Australia
33. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
34. 247°F (2011) Georgia
35. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
36. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
37. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
38. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
39. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
40. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
41. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
42. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
43. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
44. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
45. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
46. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
47. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
48. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
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86. Perl oder Pica (Luxembourg, 2006) - 3/10
87. The Tracker (Australia, 2002) - 6/10
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6. Un Regalo Esencial (Costa Rica, 2018)
A story about how jealousy can destroy relationships. Kinda boring.
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21. The Falklands War: The Untold Story (1987) - United Kingdom
22. Aliisa (1970) - Finland

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01. Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story (1981) - United States of America
02. Circumstance (2011) - Iran
03. Kurent, l'espiègle (1985) - Canada
04. Ônibus 174 (2002) - Brazil
05. Stani na put (2015) - Serbia
06. El romance del Aniceto y la Francisca (1967) - Argentina
07. Night of Fear (1973) - Australia
08. V letu hip-hopa (2011) - Slovenia
09. Kratka sredba (1984) - North Macedonia
10. Kukurantumi (1983) - Ghana
11. Magdanas lurja (1956) - Georgia
12. Chanson d'Armor (1934) - France
13. L'inferno (1911) - Italy
14. Hasanaginica (1983) - Bosnia and Herzegovina
15. Lidija (1981) - Croatia
16. Colectiv (2019) - Romania
17. Sleeping Dogs (1977) - New Zealand
18. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) - Poland
19. Oče, laku noć (2011) - Montenegro
20. Chingoo (2001) - South Korea
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13. In My Room (Ulrich Köhler, 2018) [Germany] 6
14. There is no Evil / Sheytan vojud nadarad (Mohammad Rasoulof, 2020) [Iran] 8-
15. Shiva Baby (Emma Seligman, 2020) [USA] 5

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9. Rangeela a.k.a. Full of Color (1995) India 🇮🇳 4/10

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4. Variações: Guardian Angel (2019) Portugal 🇵🇹
5. The Train of Salt and Sugar (2016) Mozambique 🇲🇿
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15. Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum - The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum ((West) Germany, Schlondorff/von Trotta, 1975) 6/10
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12) Dos monjes (1934, Juan Bustillo Oro, Mexico) - 4/5
13) Vitalina Varela (2019, Pedro Costa, Portugal) - 4/5
14) Abouna (2002, Mahamat Saleh-Haroun, Chad) - 4/5
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01) Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963, Robert Drew, USA) - 4/5
02) Cowards Bend the Knee (2003, Guy Maddin, Canada) - 4.5/5
03) Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988, Terence Davies, UK) - 3.5/5
04) Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989, Shinya Tsukamoto, Japan) - 5/5
05) Dis-moi (1980, Chantal Akerman, France) - 4/5

06) The Assassin (1961, Elio Petri, Italy) - 4.5/5
07) The Story of Sin (1975, Walerian Borowczyk, Poland) - 3.5/5
08) Black Venus (2010, Abdellatif Kechiche, Belgium) - 4.5/5
09) The Wolf House (2018, Cristobal Leon & Joaquin Cocina, Chile) - 4.5/5
10) Air Conditioner (2020, Fradique, Angola) - 4/5

11) Diamonds of the Night (1964, Jan Nemec, Czech Republic) - 3.5/5
12) Dos monjes (1934, Juan Bustillo Oro, Mexico) - 4/5
13) Vitalina Varela (2019, Pedro Costa, Portugal) - 4/5
14) Abouna (2002, Mahamat Saleh-Haroun, Chad) - 4/5
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Travel the World; Spread the Virus
1. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
2. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
3. Nobody (2021) United States
4. Lorik (2018) Armenia
5. Hers (2017) Mongolia
6. PK (2014) India
7. Sib (1998) Iran
8. Easy (2017) Ukraine
9. Wira (2019) Malaysia
10. 247°F (2011) Georgia
11. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
12. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
13. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
14. Cadaver (2020) Norway
15. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
16. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
17. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
18. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
19. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
20. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
21. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
22. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
23. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
24. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
25. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
26. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
27. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
28. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
29. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
30. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
31. Blind Detective (2013) China
32. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
33. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
34. Around the Block (2013) Australia
35. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
36. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
37. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
38. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
39. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
40. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
41.The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
42. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
43. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
44. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
45. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo
46. The Dance of Reality (2013) Chile
47. Whisper with the Wind (2009) Iraq
48. Struggle Through Death (1979) Taiwan
49. The Tam Tam are Silent (1972) Gabon

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Constantly critical of his fellow city dwellers who equate acting civilised with eating, dressing and talking like white men, a proud African sculptor returns to his "bush" hometown in this brief feature from Gabon. Writer-director Philippe Mory gives an effective performance in the lead role; his annoyance at culture and tradition that seems to be fading away is heartfelt. Once he reaches his hometown though, the film becomes a somewhat uneven ride.

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Order of preference of infected countries:
Spoiler
1. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
2. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
3. Lorik (2018) Armenia
4. Dance of Reality (2013) Chile
5. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
6. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
7. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
8. Nobody (2021) United States
9. Easy (2017) Ukraine
10. PK (2014) India
11. Sib (1998) Iran
12. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
13. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
14. Blind Detective (2013) China
15. Cadaver (2020) Norway
16. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
17. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
18. Whisper with the Wind (2009) Iraq
19. The Tam Tams Are Silent (1972) Gabon
20. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
21. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
22. Hers (2017) Mongolia
23. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
24. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
25. Wira (2019) Malaysia
26. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
27. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
28. Struggle Through Death (1979) Taiwan
29. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
30. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo
31. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
32. The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
33. Around the Block (2013) Australia
34. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
35. 247°F (2011) Georgia
36. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
37. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
38. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
39. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
40. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
41. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
42. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
43. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
44. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
45. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
46. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
47. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
48. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
49. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
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Previously watched...
1. Censor (Bailey-Bond, 2021) 32 checks, 0 official lists, UK Image 6/10
2. The Witch of Kings Cross (Bible, 2020) 3 checks, 0 official lists, Australia Image 6/10
3. F9 (Lin, 2021) 207 checks, 1 official list, United States Image low 4/10
4. Beruseruku: Ougon jidai-hen III - Kourin / Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent (Kubooka, 2013) 283 checks, 0 official lists, Japan Image 6/10
5. Blood Machines (Joly-Gonfard-Hernandez, 2019) 54 checks, 0 official lists, France Image
Reminiscent of the work of Panos Cosmatos, this is essentially a music video that was stretched to feature length. The visuals and music are really striking, although the flimsy sci-fi plot and stilted acting brings it down.
5/10

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6. Vicious Fun (Calahan, 2020) 25 checks, 0 official lists, Canada Image
Horror-comedy where a man finds himself up against a team-up of cartoonish serial killers. Like Blood Machines, this is another film inflected by 80s neon style. When it goes for horror, the film works reasonably well, but the comedy falls flat due to weak gags and variable acting &mdash; I found Evan Marsh particularly irritating with his constant whining and wisecracks.
4/10

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7. Guns Akimbo (Howden, 2019) 770 checks, 0 official lists, New Zealand Image
Another offbeat acting role for Radcliffe, starring in what is essentially a nerdy version of Crank. Filled with video-game effects, frenetic energy and self-referentiality, it's a lot of fun, although it does overload on the clichés and plot armour towards the end. The fact that it's parodying them doesn't change the fact that it's still employing them. Samara Weaving is great support.
6/10

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23. Okasareta hakui (1967) - Japan
24. Shao Lin si (1982) - Hong Kong
25. Die Büchse der Pandora (1929) - Germany

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01. Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story (1981) - United States of America
02. Circumstance (2011) - Iran
03. Kurent, l'espiègle (1985) - Canada
04. Ônibus 174 (2002) - Brazil
05. Stani na put (2015) - Serbia
06. El romance del Aniceto y la Francisca (1967) - Argentina
07. Night of Fear (1973) - Australia
08. V letu hip-hopa (2011) - Slovenia
09. Kratka sredba (1984) - North Macedonia
10. Kukurantumi (1983) - Ghana
11. Magdanas lurja (1956) - Georgia
12. Chanson d'Armor (1934) - France
13. L'inferno (1911) - Italy
14. Hasanaginica (1983) - Bosnia and Herzegovina
15. Lidija (1981) - Croatia
16. Colectiv (2019) - Romania
17. Sleeping Dogs (1977) - New Zealand
18. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) - Poland
19. Oče, laku noć (2011) - Montenegro
20. Chingoo (2001) - South Korea
21. The Falklands War: The Untold Story (1987) - United Kingdom
22. Aliisa (1970) - Finland
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88. Voodoo Man (St Vincent and the Grenadines, 2014) - 0/10
89. The Worthy (United Arab Emirates, 2016) - 4/10
90. The Wild Wild Rose (Hong Kong, 1960) - 7/10

Voodoo Man must be the worst film I’ve seen so far for this challenge.
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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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24. Too Late to Die Young (Chile, 2018) * 110 min. 
25. Mythily Veendum Varunnu (India, 2017) * 88 min.
26. Therapy (Cameroon, 2020) * 84 min. 

Too Late to Die Young has been compared to the movies of Lucrecia Martel, but writer-director Dominga Sotomayor is more interested in the teens and pre-adolescents than the rather confused and aimless adults. Mythily Veendum Varunnu would have been better if it had been a real horror movie, but took forever to get to its extremely mild scares, then added a couple stupid plot twists. Therapy was a sincere but slow story of a woman depressed after the birth of her child, with a plot twist telegraphed from the start. I haven't seen any of his movies, but I also have my doubts about its offering of Tyler Perry as a great thinker.
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1. The Dybbuk (Poland, 1937) * 122 min.
2. Inch'Allah Dimanche (France, 2001) * 98 min.
3. Intuition (Argentina, 2020) * 116 min.
4. Struggle in the Valley (Egypt, 1954) * 115 min.
5. Colossal Sensation! (Hungary,2004) * 95 min.
6. Danur: I Can See Ghosts (Indonesia, 2017) 75 min.
7. Nomadland (United States, 2020) * 107 min.
8. Dukhtar (Pakistan, 2014) * 93 min.
9. Spider Lilies (Taiwan, 2007) * 97 min.
10. The Cyclist (Iran, 1989) * 79 min.
11. The Witch's Mirror (Mexico, 1962) 75 min.
12. The Gift to Stalin (Kazakhstan, 2008) * 96 min.
13. My Prince Edward (Hong Kong, 2019) * 93 min.
14. His House (United Kingdom, 2020) * 93 min.
15. Omar (Palestine, 2013) * 98 min.
16. Fine Dead Girls (Croatia, 2002) * 77 min.
17. The South of Innocence (Dominican Republic, 2014) * 88 min.
18. Vigil (New Zealand, 1984) * 90 min.
19. The Silence (Tajikistan, 1998) 76 min.
20. A Touch of Spice (Greece, 2003) * 107 min.
21. A Story from Chikamatsu (Japan, 1954) 102 min.
22. Halfaouine: Child of the Terraces (Tunisia, 1990) * 100 min.
23. Boy on the Bridge (Cyprus, 2016) * 85 min.
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14. Bad Black (Uganda, 2016) - 8/10
15. Yeelen (Mali, 1987) - 7/10
16. Heremakono (Mauritania, 2002) - 6/10
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1. Kapana (Namibia, 2020) - 5/10
2. Lantana (Australia, 2001) - 7/10
3. Snow on tha Bluff (USA, 2011) - 6/10
4. Darkness on the Edge of Town (Ireland, 2014) - 6/10
5. Clout (Nigeria, 2021) - 3/10
6. The Dirties (Canada, 2013) - 7/10
7. Auguste Rodin (Belgium, 2017) - 4/10
8. La Casa Lobo (Chile, 2018) - 6/10
9. Viva Riva! (Democratic Republic of Congo, 2010) - 7/10
10. Memories of Murder (South Korea, 2003) - 9/10
11. Menschen am Sonntag (Germany, 1930) - 6/10
12. Ma vie de courgette (Switzerland, 2016) - 7/10
13. Brazil (UK, 1985) - 6/10
14. Bad Black (Uganda, 2016) - 8/10
15. Yeelen (Mali, 1987) - 7/10
16. Heremakono (Mauritania, 2002) - 6/10
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Traveller wrote: July 17th, 2021, 3:41 pm Voodoo Man must be the worst film I’ve seen so far for this challenge.
I gave it 6/10 when I watched it for the Caribbean challenge 2019 but don't remember too much about it.
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16. 3.0* - The Tin Drum [Die Blechtrommel] by Volker Schlöndorff (1979) Germany

A surprisingly fun, quirky and unique film. I generally don't expect too much from Cannes winners, and The Tin Drum does have a couple of predictable flaws, but overall this felt quite fresh and different. It was almost like watching a precursor to the work of Kusturica and/or Jeunet. Oskar is a young boy who stops growing after falling from a flight of stairs. People feel sorry for him and tend to underestimate the boy, but as he ages, he learns to makes excellent use of his appearance to get whatever he wants. With World War II developing in the background, Oskar just tries to make the best of his life. Bennent's performance is truly excellent, his character is also very intriguing. A mix of innocence and cunning that challenges the viewer. The direction is pleasant, with slightly absurd and exaggerated moments that keep you on your toes. The WWII setting feels a bit redundant though and the runtime is a bit too long, other than that this turned out to be a nice discovery.

World 1
01. 2.5* - Codes Bias by Shalini Kantayya (2020) USA
02. 4.5* - G Affairs [G Saat] by Cheuk Pan Lee (2018) Hong Kong
03. 3.5* - Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno [Rurôni Kenshin: Kyôto Taika-hen] by Keishi Ohtomo (2014) Japan
04. 1.0* - The Death of Mr. Lazarescu [Moartea Domnului Lazarescu] by Cristi Puiu (2005) Romania
05. 1.5* - Sir Arne's Treasure [Herr Arnes Pengar] by Mauritz Stiller (1919) Sweden
06. 3.0* - Blue Kids by Andrea Tagliaferri (2017) Italy
07. 1.5* - Somersault in a Coffin [Tabutta Rövasata] by Dervis Zaim (1996) Turkey
08. 1.5* - Execution in Autumn [Qiu Jue] by Hsing Lee (1972) Taiwan
09. 3.5* - Level Up by Adam Randall (2016) UK
10. 1.5* - Zama by Lucrecia Martel (2017) Argentina
11. 2.0* - Forbidden Games [Jeux Interdits] by René Clément (1952) France
12. 3.0* - The 8th Night [Je8ileui Bam] by Kim Tae-hyung (2021) South-Korea
13. 3.0* - Infernal Storm by Huang Yi (2021) China
14. 3.5* - Gaia by Jaco Bouwer (2021) South-Africa
15. 2.0* - Crocodile Dundee by Peter Faiman (1986) Australia
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Onderhond, if you're able to... give Valerie a shot. There is a chance you'll like or at the very least appreciate it. I'm very much surprised you haven't seen that one.
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15) Mad Detective (2007, Johnnie To & Wai-Ka-Fai, Hong Kong) - 3.5/5
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01) Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963, Robert Drew, USA) - 4/5
02) Cowards Bend the Knee (2003, Guy Maddin, Canada) - 4.5/5
03) Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988, Terence Davies, UK) - 3.5/5
04) Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989, Shinya Tsukamoto, Japan) - 5/5
05) Dis-moi (1980, Chantal Akerman, France) - 4/5

06) The Assassin (1961, Elio Petri, Italy) - 4.5/5
07) The Story of Sin (1975, Walerian Borowczyk, Poland) - 3.5/5
08) Black Venus (2010, Abdellatif Kechiche, Belgium) - 4.5/5
09) The Wolf House (2018, Cristobal Leon & Joaquin Cocina, Chile) - 4.5/5
10) Air Conditioner (2020, Fradique, Angola) - 4/5

11) Diamonds of the Night (1964, Jan Nemec, Czech Republic) - 3.5/5
12) Dos monjes (1934, Juan Bustillo Oro, Mexico) - 4/5
13) Vitalina Varela (2019, Pedro Costa, Portugal) - 4/5
14) Abouna (2002, Mahamat Saleh-Haroun, Chad) - 4/5
15) Mad Detective (2007, Johnnie To & Wai-Ka-Fai, Hong Kong) - 3.5/5
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26. Jánošík (1921) - Slovakia

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01. Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story (1981) - United States of America
02. Circumstance (2011) - Iran
03. Kurent, l'espiègle (1985) - Canada
04. Ônibus 174 (2002) - Brazil
05. Stani na put (2015) - Serbia
06. El romance del Aniceto y la Francisca (1967) - Argentina
07. Night of Fear (1973) - Australia
08. V letu hip-hopa (2011) - Slovenia
09. Kratka sredba (1984) - North Macedonia
10. Kukurantumi (1983) - Ghana
11. Magdanas lurja (1956) - Georgia
12. Chanson d'Armor (1934) - France
13. L'inferno (1911) - Italy
14. Hasanaginica (1983) - Bosnia and Herzegovina
15. Lidija (1981) - Croatia
16. Colectiv (2019) - Romania
17. Sleeping Dogs (1977) - New Zealand
18. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) - Poland
19. Oče, laku noć (2011) - Montenegro
20. Chingoo (2001) - South Korea
21. The Falklands War: The Untold Story (1987) - United Kingdom
22. Aliisa (1970) - Finland
23. Okasareta hakui (1967) - Japan
24. Shao Lin si (1982) - Hong Kong
25. Die Büchse der Pandora (1929) - Germany
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40. Kinatay a.k.a. The Execution of P. (Brillante Mendoza, 2009, Philippines) - 5/10

Plays a bit too long with the same emotion. Didn't care either for the "truer-than-life" cinematography that made the movie famous.

41. Dharmaga tongjoguro kan kkadalgun a.k.a. Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (Bae Yong-kyun, 1989, South Korea) - 5.5/10

Felt like Buddhism 101 i.d. a bit too didactic. Expected stronger visuals too, that would have made the slowness more bearable than it was.
Recap
1. Beed-e majnoon a.k.a. The Willow Tree (Majid Majidi, 2005, Iran) - 6.5/10
2. Baara a.k.a. Work (Souleymane Cissé, 1978, Mali) - 7/10
3. Shiza a.k.a. Fifty-Fifty (Gulshat Omarova, 2004, Kazakhstan) - 6/10
4. Yam Daabo (Idrissa Ouedraogo, 1987, Burkina Faso) - 4/10
5. Boz salkyn a.k.a. Pure Coolness (Ernest Abdyljaparov, 2007, Kyrgyzstan) - 4/10
6. De noorderlingen a.k.a. The Northerners (Alex van Warmerdam, 1992, Netherlands) - 5/10
7. Natvris khe a.k.a. The Wishing Tree (Tengiz Abuladze, 1976, Georgia) - 6/10
8. Ilo Ilo (Anthony Chen, 2013, Singapore) - 5/10
9. Nabat (Elchin Musaoglu, 2014, Azerbaijan) - 7.5/10
10. Petit à petit a.k.a. Little by Little (Jean Rouch, 1970, Niger) - 3.5/10
11. Syngué sabour, pierre de patience a.k.a. The Patience Stone (Atiq Rahimi, 2012, Afghanistan) - 1.5/10
12. Araya (Margot Benacerraf, 1959, Venezuela) - 5.5/10
13. Foxtrot (Samuel Maoz, 2017, Israel) - 6/10
14. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson, 2003, New Zealand) - rewatch: 4/10 -> 4/10
15. Die Höhle des gelben Hundes a.k.a. The Cave of the Yellow Dog (Byambasuren Davaa, 2005, Mongolia) - 5/10
16. H-8... (Nikola Tanhofer, 1958, Croatia) - 6/10
17. Terje Vigen a.k.a. A Man There Was (Victor Sjöstrom, 1917, Sweden) - 5/10
18. Moy drug Ivan Lapshin a.k.a. My Friend Ivan Lapshin (Aleksey German, 1985, Russia) - 5/10
19. En la selva no hay estrellas (Armando Robles Godoy, 1967, Peru) - 7.5/10
20. Moartea domnului Lãzãrescu a.k.a. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu, 2005, Romania) - 7/10
21. Yadon ilaheyya a.k.a. Divine Intervention (Elia Suleiman, 2002, Occupied Palestinian Territory) - 6/10
22. El Chacal de Nahueltoro a.k.a. Jackal of Nahueltoro (Miguel Littin, 1969, Chile) - 6/10
23. Taken (Pierre Morel, 2008, United Kingdom) - 3/10
24. La antena a.k.a. The Aerial (Esteban Sapir, 2007, Argentina) - 5/10
25. Angst (Gerald Kargl, 1983, Austria) - 4/10
26. Muna Moto (Jean-Pierre Dikongue-Pipa, 1975, Cameroon) - 6/10
27. Za sciana a.k.a. Behind the Wall (Krzysztof Zanussi, 1971, Poland) - 6.5/10
28. Jób lázadása a.k.a. The Revolt of Job (Barna Kabay & Imre Gyöngyössy, 1983, Hungary) - 6.5/10
29. ...ere erera baleibu izik subua aruaren... (José Antonio Sistiaga, 1970, Spain) - 10/10 (l)
30. L'invitation a.k.a. The Invitation (Claude Goretta, 1973, Switzerland) - 6/10
31. Byôsoku 5 senchimêtoru a.k.a. 5 Centimeters per Second (Makoto Shinkai, 2007, Japan) - 5.5/10
32. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Peter Jackson, 2012, USA) - 4/10
33. Ixcanul (Jayro Bustamante, 2015, Guatemala) - 6/10
34. Istoria mias kalpikis liras a.k.a. The Counterfeit Coin (Yorgos Javellas, 1955, Greece) - 5/10
35. Ucho (Karel Kachyna, 1990, Czechia) - 6.5/10
36. My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007, Canada) - 5/10
37. Ila Ayn a.k.a. Whither? (Georges Nasser, 1957, Lebanon) - 9/10
38. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (F.W. Murnau, 1922, Germany) - 3.5/10
39. Mabei shang de fating a.k.a. Courthouse on Horseback (Liu Jie, 2006, China) - 6/10
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1. ...ere erera baleibu izik subua aruaren... (José Antonio Sistiaga, 1970, Spain) - 10/10
2. Ila Ayn a.k.a. Whither? (Georges Nasser, 1957, Lebanon) - 9/10
3. En la selva no hay estrellas (Armando Robles Godoy, 1967, Peru) - 7.5/10
4. Nabat (Elchin Musaoglu, 2014, Azerbaijan) - 7.5/10
5. Moartea domnului Lãzãrescu a.k.a. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu, 2005, Romania) - 7/10
6. Baara a.k.a. Work (Souleymane Cissé, 1978, Mali) - 7/10
7. Ucho (Karel Kachyna, 1990, Czechia) - 6.5/10
8. Jób lázadása a.k.a. The Revolt of Job (Barna Kabay & Imre Gyöngyössy, 1983, Hungary) - 6.5/10
9. Beed-e majnoon a.k.a. The Willow Tree (Majid Majidi, 2005, Iran) - 6.5/10
10. Foxtrot (Samuel Maoz, 2017, Israel) - 6/10
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1. Na samote u lesa (1976, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic)) - 7/10
2. Aquaman (2018, United States, Australia) - 7/10 - (rewatch)
3. Nirgendwo in Afrika (2001, Germany) - 9/10
4. Het debuut (1977, Netherlands) - 7/10
5. Sestra (2019, Bulgaria, Qatar) - 5/10
6. Shazam! (2019, United States, Canada) - 7/10
7. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020, United States, United Kingdom, Spain) - 6/10
8. Cumbres (2013, Mexico) - 4/10
9. Zheng tu (2020, China) - 8/10
10. Ne croyez surtout pas que je hurle (2019, France) - 8/10
11. Col cuore in gola (1967, Italy, France) - 6/10
12. The King (2019, United Kingdom, Hungary, United States, Australia) - 6/10
13. Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (2018, United Kingdom, United States, Sri Lanka) - 7/10
14. Longa noite (2019, Spain) - 3/10
15. Reka (2002, Russia) - 7/10
16. Superman (1978, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, France) - 6/10 - (rewatch)
17. Soy Cuba (1964, Cuba, Soviet Union) - 6/10
18. Qudrat ghayr adiya (2014, Egypt) - 7/10
19. Tôkyô no kôrasu (1931, Japan) - 7/10
20. Cateva conversatii despre o fata foarte inalta (2018, Romania) - 6/10
21. Vredens dag (1943, Denmark) - 7/10
22. Josep (2020, France, Spain, Belgium) - 6/10
23. Det sjunde inseglet (1957, Sweden) - 7/10
24. It Must Be Heaven (2019, France, Qatar, Germany, Canada, Turkey, Occupied Palestinian Territory) - 4/10
25. Wolfwalkers (2020, Ireland, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, France) - 8/10
26. El Ángel (2018, Argentina, Spain) - 6/10
27. Gyeongseonghakyoo: Sarajin sonyeodeul (2015, South Korea) - 7/10
28. Au nom du Christ (1993, Côte d'Ivoire) - 2/10
29. Die Adern der Welt (2020, Germany, Mongolia) - 6/10
30. Monanieba (1984, Soviet Union (Georgia)) - 2/10
31. Yo, imposible (2018, Venezuela, Colombia) - 7/10
32. Yeelen (1987, Mali, Burkina Faso, France, West Germany, Japan) - 5/10

33. Bush Christmas (1983, Australia) - 6/10 - I watched the original movie a couple of years back and absolutely loved it so I thought it was about time I watched the remake. It doesn't hold up to the first but at least it gave us Nicole Kidman.

34. Kronika wypadków milosnych (1986, Poland) - 6/10 - This was my third Andrzej Wajda movie and while it wasn't as good as the others it still had his brilliance on offer. I think if parts of the movie made a bit more sense to me a higher rating would have been in the offering.

35. Thale (2012, Norway) - 7/10 - A nice little tight horror that was just missing a little spark that maybe a longer running time would have offered to put in some missing bits.


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I wasn't initially planning on participating in this challenge, but since I'm doing a mini-version for the Central Asian challenge, I figured I might as well join in. No goal for this one.

1. IRN - Nema-ye Nazdik [Close-Up] (1990)
2. USA - Luca (2021)
3. GEO - Monanieba [Repentance] (1984)
4. GER - Avetik (1992)
5. AZE - Nabat (2014)
6. JAP - Kagerō-za [Heat Shimmer Theatre] (1981)
7. AFG - Wolf and Sheep (2016)
8. DEN - Sommeren '92 [Summer of '92] (2015)
9. TAJ - Qiyami roz [True Noon] (2009)
10. KYR - Maimil [The Chimp] (2001)
11. GBR - The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
12. UZB - Voiz [Orator] (1998)
13. GRC - Kynodontas [Dogtooth] (2009)
14. HKG - Wu du [The Five Venoms] (1978)
15. KAZ - Otvergnutyye [Rejected] (2018)
16. SWE - Höstsonaten [Autumn Sonata] (1978)
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16. Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Jasmila Žbanić, 2020) 7/10
17. Hockey Night (Canada, Paul Shapiro, 1984) 4/10
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Traveller wrote: July 17th, 2021, 3:41 pm 88. Voodoo Man (St Vincent and the Grenadines, 2014) - 0/10
89. The Worthy (United Arab Emirates, 2016) - 4/10
90. The Wild Wild Rose (Hong Kong, 1960) - 7/10

Voodoo Man must be the worst film I’ve seen so far for this challenge.
With all these 0/10 and 1/10 films, you don't really seem to being enjoying this challenge, Trav. :( Perhaps you can find a different way of selecting what to view? I'm not sure what process you are using, but maybe it would be better to focus on all of the countries with a lot of filmic output first, giving you the most choice, before tackling countries like St. Vincent for which the options of what to watch are quite limited? I'm also curious about your film choices beyond the individual countries; even for a lot of countries with smaller output like Suriname there is stuff easily available with higher IMDb scores than what you saw. Me? I'm getting through a lot of horror/thriller stuff because that's what I'm into. I just haven't been able to nail how you are choosing your own viewings.

And my apologies if it seems nosey to ask... I just hate to see you winning a challenge through painful film watching. :shrug: Oh, and you need not worry about me overtaking you for top spot. I'm back at work tomorrow, so I will NOT be hitting triple digits in this challenge...
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Travel the World; Spread the Virus
1. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
2. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
3. Nobody (2021) United States
4. Lorik (2018) Armenia
5. Hers (2017) Mongolia
6. PK (2014) India
7. Sib (1998) Iran
8. Easy (2017) Ukraine
9. Wira (2019) Malaysia
10. 247°F (2011) Georgia
11. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
12. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
13. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
14. Cadaver (2020) Norway
15. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
16. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
17. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
18. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
19. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
20. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
21. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
22. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
23. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
24. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
25. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
26. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
27. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
28. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
29. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
30. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
31. Blind Detective (2013) China
32. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
33. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
34. Around the Block (2013) Australia
35. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
36. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
37. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
38. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
39. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
40. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
41.The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
42. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
43. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
44. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
45. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo
46. The Dance of Reality (2013) Chile
47. Whisper with the Wind (2009) Iraq
48. Struggle Through Death (1979) Taiwan
49. The Tam Tam are Silent (1972) Gabon
50. The Night Comes for Us (2018) Indonesia

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This has earned comparisons to The Raid and if anything it is more unrelenting than that, full of impressively choreographed fights to the death with assassins teeming of every single corner; this is not a good film to watch if you have a heart condition. For what it excels at (fights, realistic bloodletting, some amazing exterior lighting -- see above), the film has some definite narrative weaknesses, but it's all very watchable and compelling to the end.

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Order of preference of infected countries:
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1. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
2. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
3. Lorik (2018) Armenia
4. Dance of Reality (2013) Chile
5. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
6. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
7. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
8. Nobody (2021) United States
9. Easy (2017) Ukraine
10. PK (2014) India
11. Sib (1998) Iran
12. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
13. The Night Comes for Us (2018) Indonesia
14. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
15. Blind Detective (2013) China
16. Cadaver (2020) Norway
17. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
18. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
19. Whisper with the Wind (2009) Iraq
20. The Tam Tams Are Silent (1972) Gabon
21. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
22. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
23. Hers (2017) Mongolia
24. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
25. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
26. Wira (2019) Malaysia
27. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
28. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
29. Struggle Through Death (1979) Taiwan
30. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
31. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo
32. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
33. The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
34. Around the Block (2013) Australia
35. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
36. 247°F (2011) Georgia
37. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
38. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
39. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
40. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
41. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
42. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
43. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
44. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
45. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
46. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
47. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
48. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
49. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
50. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
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91. Land and Shade (Colombia, 2015) - 5/10
92. The Noose (Poland, 1958) - 8/10
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sol wrote: July 18th, 2021, 4:24 am
Traveller wrote: July 17th, 2021, 3:41 pm 88. Voodoo Man (St Vincent and the Grenadines, 2014) - 0/10
89. The Worthy (United Arab Emirates, 2016) - 4/10
90. The Wild Wild Rose (Hong Kong, 1960) - 7/10

Voodoo Man must be the worst film I’ve seen so far for this challenge.
With all these 0/10 and 1/10 films, you don't really seem to being enjoying this challenge, Trav. :( Perhaps you can find a different way of selecting what to view? I'm not sure what process you are using, but maybe it would be better to focus on all of the countries with a lot of filmic output first, giving you the most choice, before tackling countries like St. Vincent for which the options of what to watch are quite limited? I'm also curious about your film choices beyond the individual countries; even for a lot of countries with smaller output like Suriname there is stuff easily available with higher IMDb scores than what you saw. Me? I'm getting through a lot of horror/thriller stuff because that's what I'm into. I just haven't been able to nail how you are choosing your own viewings.

And my apologies if it seems nosey to ask... I just hate to see you winning a challenge through painful film watching. :shrug: Oh, and you need not worry about me overtaking you for top spot. I'm back at work tomorrow, so I will NOT be hitting triple digits in this challenge...
If I wasn't enjoying the challenge, I wouldn't be watching so much, sol. It was always a goal of mine to see a movie from every country (where possible) and since I'm off work this month as well (hence the greater numbers), I thought this might finally be the time to explore this specific goal. I thus deliberately choose countries with less filmic output than others which I wouldn't watch otherwise. I took inspiration from the Conquer the World thread, and honestly went with what I could find. In a few years, perhaps, I'll adjust the goal to see one film I like per country.
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27. The Sea (Iceland, 2002) * 109 min. 

Adult children are called home by their father to be advised of his decisions regarding the family business, leading to exposure of traumatic family history. An uneasy mix of comedy and drama elicits laughs concerning things that aren't funny, and almost everyone ranges from unpleasant to corrupt to irredeemably evil, so it is not a pleasant watch.
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1. The Dybbuk (Poland, 1937) * 122 min.
2. Inch'Allah Dimanche (France, 2001) * 98 min.
3. Intuition (Argentina, 2020) * 116 min.
4. Struggle in the Valley (Egypt, 1954) * 115 min.
5. Colossal Sensation! (Hungary,2004) * 95 min.
6. Danur: I Can See Ghosts (Indonesia, 2017) 75 min.
7. Nomadland (United States, 2020) * 107 min.
8. Dukhtar (Pakistan, 2014) * 93 min.
9. Spider Lilies (Taiwan, 2007) * 97 min.
10. The Cyclist (Iran, 1989) * 79 min.
11. The Witch's Mirror (Mexico, 1962) 75 min.
12. The Gift to Stalin (Kazakhstan, 2008) * 96 min.
13. My Prince Edward (Hong Kong, 2019) * 93 min.
14. His House (United Kingdom, 2020) * 93 min.
15. Omar (Palestine, 2013) * 98 min.
16. Fine Dead Girls (Croatia, 2002) * 77 min.
17. The South of Innocence (Dominican Republic, 2014) * 88 min.
18. Vigil (New Zealand, 1984) * 90 min.
19. The Silence (Tajikistan, 1998) 76 min.
20. A Touch of Spice (Greece, 2003) * 107 min.
21. A Story from Chikamatsu (Japan, 1954) 102 min.
22. Halfaouine: Child of the Terraces (Tunisia, 1990) * 100 min.
23. Boy on the Bridge (Cyprus, 2016) * 85 min.
24. Too Late to Die Young (Chile, 2018) * 110 min.
25. Mythily Veendum Varunnu (India, 2017) * 88 min.
26. Therapy (Cameroon, 2020) * 84 min.
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7. The Bodyguard (Tajikistan, 1979)
Ten years ago, Lincoln Center in New York did a series on Soviet "Osterns." I saw White Sun of the Desert and The Horsemen. A friend of mine saw The Bodyguard and told me it was great. Now, finally, I got a chance to see it. Unfortunately, it doesn't live up to the hype. A story of the Basmachi Rebellion during the 1920s, it suffers from a lack of coherence and no character depth. On the other hand, there's plenty of gorgeous Tajik scenery and a cool, albeit anachronistic rock score.

8. Ashes in the Snow (Lithuania, 2018)
A Lithuanian family that has been aiding dissidents following the Soviet conquest of 1940 is deported to the gulag in Siberia. Though not as good as Risttuules (to which it is destined to be compared), this is still quality, heart-rending drama and a worthy exploration of individual suffering/autonomy within a totalitarian society. The only problem is a quick resolution that doesn't do justice to the story. My father, only a toddler then, was himself deported along with his family to a Siberian gulag during the war. And though their circumstances were certainly better than those endured by the Lithuanians in this movie (my family was considered refugees rather than enemies of the state), there was still plenty of suffering. I've thought often of that first fateful train journey to the east, a step into a future in which the only unknown was the degree of harshness, and the strength it took to see all those grim years coming and endure anyway.
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Traveller wrote: July 18th, 2021, 5:29 am
sol wrote: July 18th, 2021, 4:24 am
Traveller wrote: July 17th, 2021, 3:41 pm 88. Voodoo Man (St Vincent and the Grenadines, 2014) - 0/10

Voodoo Man must be the worst film I’ve seen so far for this challenge.
With all these 0/10 and 1/10 films, you don't really seem to being enjoying this challenge, Trav. :(
If I wasn't enjoying the challenge, I wouldn't be watching so much, sol. It was always a goal of mine to see a movie from every country (where possible) and since I'm off work this month as well (hence the greater numbers), I thought this might finally be the time to explore this specific goal. I thus deliberately choose countries with less filmic output than others which I wouldn't watch otherwise. I took inspiration from the Conquer the World thread, and honestly went with what I could find. In a few years, perhaps, I'll adjust the goal to see one film I like per country.
Ah, okay. Good to know that you're still enjoying the challenge, and I would possibly consider doing something similar if I had the entire month off. I am of course guilty myself of watching some stuff from less prolific countries that I would not have prioritised otherwise (Papa Mau; that Pitcairn documentary) but I have only seen one film this month that I hated, and I have only seen three films that are less than a 5/10 in my books. Half your viewings seem to be below 5/10, so please forgive my curiosity, and yeah, good to know that you're getting something out of the challenge even with so many movie dislikes.

P.S.: I'd recommend The Road Movie as a better Belarusian film and Wan Pipel as a better Surinamese film when this challenge rolls around again. ;)
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Travel the World; Spread the Virus
1. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
2. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
3. Nobody (2021) United States
4. Lorik (2018) Armenia
5. Hers (2017) Mongolia
6. PK (2014) India
7. Sib (1998) Iran
8. Easy (2017) Ukraine
9. Wira (2019) Malaysia
10. 247°F (2011) Georgia
11. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
12. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
13. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
14. Cadaver (2020) Norway
15. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
16. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
17. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
18. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
19. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
20. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
21. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
22. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
23. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
24. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
25. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
26. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
27. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
28. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
29. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
30. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
31. Blind Detective (2013) China
32. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
33. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
34. Around the Block (2013) Australia
35. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
36. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
37. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
38. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
39. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
40. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
41.The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
42. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
43. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
44. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
45. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo
46. The Dance of Reality (2013) Chile
47. Whisper with the Wind (2009) Iraq
48. Struggle Through Death (1979) Taiwan
49. The Tam Tam are Silent (1972) Gabon
50. The Night Comes for Us (2018) Indonesia
51. Jungle Beat: The Movie (2020) Mauritius

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This has been compared to Madagascar, but the character designs are far classier (and some of the animation is simply beautiful) and the characters themselves are actually likeable, unlike the annoying, shrill animals in Madagascar. The final third of the movie is weaker than the first two thirds as copious time is dedicated to aliens on generic spacecrafts. Whenever the film stays in the jungles or wild plains of Africa though, it is a lot of fun to watch.

Countries infected so far:

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Order of preference of infected countries:
Spoiler
1. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
2. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
3. Lorik (2018) Armenia
4. Dance of Reality (2013) Chile
5. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
6. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
7. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
8. Nobody (2021) United States
9. Easy (2017) Ukraine
10. PK (2014) India
11. Sib (1998) Iran
12. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
13. The Night Comes for Us (2018) Indonesia
14. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
15. Blind Detective (2013) China
16. Cadaver (2020) Norway
17. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
18. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
19. Whisper with the Wind (2009) Iraq
20. The Tam Tams Are Silent (1972) Gabon
21. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
22. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
23. Hers (2017) Mongolia
24. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
25. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
26. Wira (2019) Malaysia
27. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
28. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
29. Jungle Beat: The Movie (2020) Mauritius
30. Struggle Through Death (1979) Taiwan
31. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
32. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo
33. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
34. The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
35. Around the Block (2013) Australia
36. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
37. 247°F (2011) Georgia
38. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
39. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
40. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
41. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
42. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
43. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
44. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
45. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
46. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
47. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
48. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
49. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
50. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
51. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
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7. The Mitchells vs the Machines (Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe, 2021) 7/10 Canada

Feels a bit dirty to count this as Canadian, but rules are rules I guess... It would be "worse" to count it as Hong Kong at least. Had fun with this one, some genuinely funny parts.

8. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (Aditya Chopra, 1995) 5/10 India

As cliched as they come. But the main theme is a real earmworm, which has to account for something. I also really like most of the musical/music scenes, wish there were more of them over the 3 hour + runtime. More a fan of the heart on the sleeve quirkiness in the beginning (in Europe) than the familiar wedding drama it becomes towards the second half.

9. The Laser Man / Lasermannen (Mikael Marcimain, 2005) 8/10 Sweden

Perhaps a slightly overlooked miniseries? I thought it was a really fascinating look into a rascist terrorist and the failures of institutions and the police. The cases it is based on are well known in Scandinavia, but I had forgotten a lot of interesting details. "Discovered" it through the FLM list!
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1. On the Railway (Kim Song Gyo, 1960) North Korea
2. Zire darakhatan zeyton / Through the Olive Trees (Abbas Kiarostami, 1994) 8/10 Iran
3. Hercules (Rohn Clements & John Musker, 1997) 7/10 United States
4. Mariya (Aleksandr Sokurov, 1988) 7/10 Russia
5. Ilo Ilo (Anthony Chen, 2013) 7/10 Singapore
6. Alsino y el cóndor / Alsino and the Condor (Miguel Littin, 1982) 5/10 Nicaragua
7. The Mitchells vs the Machines (Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe, 2021) 7/10 Canada
8. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (Aditya Chopra, 1995) 5/10 India
9. The Laser Man / Lasermannen (Mikael Marcimain, 2005) 8/10 Sweden
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sol wrote: July 18th, 2021, 6:11 am I have only seen one film this month that I hated, and I have only seen three films that are less than a 5/10 in my books
Spoke too soon. This was awful. :(
Travel the World; Spread the Virus
1. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
2. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
3. Nobody (2021) United States
4. Lorik (2018) Armenia
5. Hers (2017) Mongolia
6. PK (2014) India
7. Sib (1998) Iran
8. Easy (2017) Ukraine
9. Wira (2019) Malaysia
10. 247°F (2011) Georgia
11. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
12. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
13. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
14. Cadaver (2020) Norway
15. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
16. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
17. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
18. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
19. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
20. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
21. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
22. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
23. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
24. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
25. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
26. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
27. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
28. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
29. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
30. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
31. Blind Detective (2013) China
32. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
33. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
34. Around the Block (2013) Australia
35. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
36. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
37. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
38. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
39. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
40. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
41.The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
42. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
43. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
44. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
45. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo
46. The Dance of Reality (2013) Chile
47. Whisper with the Wind (2009) Iraq
48. Struggle Through Death (1979) Taiwan
49. The Tam Tam are Silent (1972) Gabon
50. The Night Comes for Us (2018) Indonesia
51. Jungle Beat: The Movie (2020) Mauritius
52. Party Hard Die Young (2018) Austria

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Teenagers are killed off in between drunken partying here. The neon party lights provide some great visuals and there is much to like in the notion of teens too busy partying to notice their friends dying. Unfortunately, the teens feel interchangeable and none of them are likeable. The reason why they are being killed off is also eventually revealed to be something they did in the past that is never shown or mentioned until the teens begin to look for a motive.

Countries infected so far:

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Order of preference of infected countries:
Spoiler
1. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
2. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
3. Lorik (2018) Armenia
4. Dance of Reality (2013) Chile
5. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
6. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
7. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
8. Nobody (2021) United States
9. Easy (2017) Ukraine
10. PK (2014) India
11. Sib (1998) Iran
12. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
13. The Night Comes for Us (2018) Indonesia
14. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
15. Blind Detective (2013) China
16. Cadaver (2020) Norway
17. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
18. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
19. Whisper with the Wind (2009) Iraq
20. The Tam Tams Are Silent (1972) Gabon
21. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
22. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
23. Hers (2017) Mongolia
24. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
25. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
26. Wira (2019) Malaysia
27. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
28. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
29. Jungle Beat: The Movie (2020) Mauritius
30. Struggle Through Death (1979) Taiwan
31. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
32. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo
33. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
34. The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
35. Around the Block (2013) Australia
36. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
37. 247°F (2011) Georgia
38. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
39. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
40. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
41. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
42. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
43. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
44. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
45. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
46. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
47. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
48. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
49. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
50. Party Hard, Die Young (2018) Austria
51. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
52. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
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27. Moment of Prayer and Urbi et Orbi Blessing (2020) - The Holy See
28. Kmêdeus (2020) - Cape Verde
29. Skřivánci na niti (1969) - Czech Republic

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01. Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story (1981) - United States of America
02. Circumstance (2011) - Iran
03. Kurent, l'espiègle (1985) - Canada
04. Ônibus 174 (2002) - Brazil
05. Stani na put (2015) - Serbia
06. El romance del Aniceto y la Francisca (1967) - Argentina
07. Night of Fear (1973) - Australia
08. V letu hip-hopa (2011) - Slovenia
09. Kratka sredba (1984) - North Macedonia
10. Kukurantumi (1983) - Ghana
11. Magdanas lurja (1956) - Georgia
12. Chanson d'Armor (1934) - France
13. L'inferno (1911) - Italy
14. Hasanaginica (1983) - Bosnia and Herzegovina
15. Lidija (1981) - Croatia
16. Colectiv (2019) - Romania
17. Sleeping Dogs (1977) - New Zealand
18. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) - Poland
19. Oče, laku noć (2011) - Montenegro
20. Chingoo (2001) - South Korea
21. The Falklands War: The Untold Story (1987) - United Kingdom
22. Aliisa (1970) - Finland
23. Okasareta hakui (1967) - Japan
24. Shao Lin si (1982) - Hong Kong
25. Die Büchse der Pandora (1929) - Germany
26. Jánošík (1921) - Slovakia
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sol wrote: July 18th, 2021, 6:11 am
Traveller wrote: July 18th, 2021, 5:29 am
sol wrote: July 18th, 2021, 4:24 am With all these 0/10 and 1/10 films, you don't really seem to being enjoying this challenge, Trav. :(
If I wasn't enjoying the challenge, I wouldn't be watching so much, sol. It was always a goal of mine to see a movie from every country (where possible) and since I'm off work this month as well (hence the greater numbers), I thought this might finally be the time to explore this specific goal. I thus deliberately choose countries with less filmic output than others which I wouldn't watch otherwise. I took inspiration from the Conquer the World thread, and honestly went with what I could find. In a few years, perhaps, I'll adjust the goal to see one film I like per country.
Ah, okay. Good to know that you're still enjoying the challenge, and I would possibly consider doing something similar if I had the entire month off. I am of course guilty myself of watching some stuff from less prolific countries that I would not have prioritised otherwise (Papa Mau; that Pitcairn documentary) but I have only seen one film this month that I hated, and I have only seen three films that are less than a 5/10 in my books. Half your viewings seem to be below 5/10, so please forgive my curiosity, and yeah, good to know that you're getting something out of the challenge even with so many movie dislikes.

P.S.: I'd recommend The Road Movie as a better Belarusian film and Wan Pipel as a better Surinamese film when this challenge rolls around again. ;)
No worries. I may have become less forgiving rating wise over the years, I guess, but I measure the success of a month less by the disliked and more by the great movies I’ve seen anyway. Maybe our rating systems do differ a little as well.
Some of the movies were really bad though, and I make use of the entire scale for that. :D Noted the mentioned films.

93. The Red Bowmen (Papua New Guinea, 1978) - 5/10
94. The Wedding Party (Nigeria, 2016) - 2/10
95. Munyurangabo (Rwanda, 2007) - 5/10
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30. El caso Sark (2010) - Spain

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01. Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story (1981) - United States of America
02. Circumstance (2011) - Iran
03. Kurent, l'espiègle (1985) - Canada
04. Ônibus 174 (2002) - Brazil
05. Stani na put (2015) - Serbia
06. El romance del Aniceto y la Francisca (1967) - Argentina
07. Night of Fear (1973) - Australia
08. V letu hip-hopa (2011) - Slovenia
09. Kratka sredba (1984) - North Macedonia
10. Kukurantumi (1983) - Ghana
11. Magdanas lurja (1956) - Georgia
12. Chanson d'Armor (1934) - France
13. L'inferno (1911) - Italy
14. Hasanaginica (1983) - Bosnia and Herzegovina
15. Lidija (1981) - Croatia
16. Colectiv (2019) - Romania
17. Sleeping Dogs (1977) - New Zealand
18. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) - Poland
19. Oče, laku noć (2011) - Montenegro
20. Chingoo (2001) - South Korea
21. The Falklands War: The Untold Story (1987) - United Kingdom
22. Aliisa (1970) - Finland
23. Okasareta hakui (1967) - Japan
24. Shao Lin si (1982) - Hong Kong
25. Die Büchse der Pandora (1929) - Germany
26. Jánošík (1921) - Slovakia
27. Moment of Prayer and Urbi et Orbi Blessing (2020) - The Holy See
28. Kmêdeus (2020) - Cape Verde
29. Skřivánci na niti (1969) - Czech Republic
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13. The City & the Dogs (Peru, 1985) 6
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1. Dead Man's Shoes (United Kingdom, 2004) 8+
2. Milano calibro 9 (Italy, 1972) Caliber 9 7
3. Ular Tangga (Indonesia, 2017) Snakes & Ladder 5
4. Alsino y el cóndor (Nicaragua,1982) 6
5. Sanatorium pod Klepsydra (Poland,1973) Hourglass Sanitorium 7
6. The Text of Light (United States, 1974) 7
7. Bacurau (Brazil, 2019) 9 (rewatch)
8. No moriré sola (Argentina, 2008) I'll Never Die Alone 4
9. Le Samourai (France, 1967) 8
10. Sing Street (Ireland, 2016) 5
11. Touki-Bouki (Senegal,1973) Journey of the Hyena 7
12. Casa de Lava (Portugal, 1994) Down to Earth 8
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7. Son of the White Mare (Hungary, 1981, Marcell Jankovics) (Rewatch) - Friend wanted to watch something trippy and this had just popped up on Criterion, so it was a perfect fit. Love the style of this, even with the simplistic story. Always down to rewatch this one. 9/10

8. Child of Peach (Taiwan, 1987, Chen Chun-Liang, Chung-Hsing Chao) - The Washington Psychotronic Film Sosiety streamed this movie, and I’m very glad to have watched it. Never thought I would see a dog and monkey peeing into bowls in a movie. Fun style, will watch the sequel. 6/10

9. My Mexican Bretzel(Spain, 2019, Nuria Gimenez) - Set over footage the director found in her Grandfathers possessions, she wrote a fake diary for fictional characters. The diary entries over the found footage worked very well. 7/10

10. Gary of the Pacific (Cook Islands, 2017, Jarrod Holt) - I can’t believe in 2017 someone wrote a movie with a running joke in it about a Prince Albert piercing. Feel bad that this is the only feature to represent the Cook Islands. 1/10

11. Yasmine (Brunei Darussalam, 2014, Siti Kamaluddin) - Fighting scenes were fine, but story was a little weak. 4/10

12. Ilo Ilo (Singapore, 2013, Anthony Chen) - Easily the best new movie I’ve watched for this month’s challenge. Does such a great job of invoking a feeling of a time period. 8/10

13. Mother of All Sectrets (Bermuda, 2018, Lucinda Spurling) Fine lifetime type thriller, but nothing special. 4/10

14. Get Away to Pitcairn (Pitcairn, 2014, Marek Ulan-Szymanski) - Fine documentary about Pitcairn. 5/10

15. Pope Francis: A Man of His World (Holy See, 2018, Wim Wenders) - Interesting to hear Pope Francis’ beliefs on various subjects. 7/10
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1. Tampopo (Japan, 1985, Juzo Itami) (Rewatch) - 8/10

2. Leitis in Waiting (Tonga, 2018, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu) - 6/10

3. Yume Go Kale (A Piece of the Cake) (Vanuatu, 2016, Peter Walker) - 4/10

4. Instant Justice (Gibraltar, 1986, Craig T. Rumar) - 2/10

5. The Postcard (Morocco, 2020) 6/10

6. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Peru, 1972, Werner Herzog) (Rewatch) - 7/10

Mistake Shorts :$
a. Tuna: A Fish with a Special Place in My Heart (Palau, 2012, Ongerung Kambes Kesolei) - PNA Tuna was nice enough to put this back on their youtube channel after I emailed them about this. Cute doc about the director reflecting on his childhood and what tuna meant to him during it. 7/10 - 14 min
b. Nauru 1998 (Nauru, 2007) - Not much to talk of, just a few shots from Nauru. 5/10 - 3 min
c. Niue: This is Your Land (Niue, 2003, Mella Lahina) - Travelogue from Mella, who lived her whole life in Austrailia and New Zealand, trying to connect with her Niue heritage. 4/10 - 14 min
d. Liquid Love (Seychelles, 2013, Pilli Cortese) - Pretty cliche, but fun underwater shots. 2/10 - 8 min
e. St Kitts (Saint Kitts and Nevis, 2009, Dave Weber) - Travelogue from someone who arrived on a cruise ship, absolutely terrible, should be removed from imdb. Only for someone desperate to see something from Saint Kitts and Nevis. 1/10 - 4 min
f. The Last Alchemist (San Marino, 2012, Michele Massari) - Fun little fantasy/horror story, but not totally solid by the end. Set design and feeling were good though. 6/10 - 30 min
g. Our Marine World Heritage (Cocos Islands, 2010) - UNESCO short about some of the Marine World Heritage sites, including Cocos Islands. Hard to find the correct version though, there was another short with the same name but different narrator that included different Marine World Heritage sites. Maybe mislabeled on imdb. 5/10 - 4 min
h. Marisa at Brunch (eSwatini, 2016, Jonathan Smith) - short comedy sketch, it was alright. 5/10 - 5 min
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