Watch as many films with fewer than 400 checks on ICM as you can!
Challenge runs 1 August 2021 - 31 August 2021.
- Rewatches are allowed and are known to be good for the soul.
- A feature film (at least 40 min) counts as one entry.
- A total of 80 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- To qualify for the challenge, you must list the number of checks the film has, including your check. 400 or fewer, including your check, qualifies. Films with >400 checks are ineligible.
- For mini-series, individual episodes may count if the series page has <400 checks; report the check count for the overall series.
- No TV series this challenge.
Stats & Formatting:
- Title (year) #Checks is the preferred format (Include your check in the total)
- Linking to the IMDb entry would be cool as I plan to create some stats
- New posts are preferred over edited posts
- I'll be tracking years and checks with this challenge
- Link to ICM import: https://beta.icheckmovies.com/import/movies/
ICM Forum's 500<400
(But check eligibility - 39 films are currently ineligible. When you sort by checks (i.e., above link), everything above Sudba cheloveka (1959) has at least 400 checks.)
1000<400 (2020 Update)
(But check eligibility - Everything from Sudba cheloveka (1959) downwards is currently eligible.)
500<400 films which still have <400 checks (from all editions)
3 bonus challenges this year. I am going to honour the two previous hosts of this challenge with the bonus challenges they held and then give one of my own. The first one is automatic inclusion when you follow the rules above, the other two are optional and while I will try to monitor them as best I can and pick up any watches it would be appreciated if you could tag either #Melvelet or #zzzorf depending on the challenge the movie is for.
Bonus Challenge #maxwelldeux: The Ultra-Obscurity Challenge!
Goal: Watch films with the fewest checks possible - the person with the lowest average number of checks on films watched wins!
Scoring: I'm going to use an Adjusted Average; this to account for averages based on small sample sizes (e.g., should a person who watches only one film, but was the first person to check it, win?). Basically, everyone starts out with five watches with 400 checks each (this only applies to the scoring for the side challenge). Each time you watch a film, your average is recalculated based on those 5 watches with 400 checks, plus the check counts for whatever films you've watched for this challenge. Note that shorts and features will be treated equally for this side challenge.
Example 1a: ABC has watched their first film, and was the 50th check on it.
(2000 + 50)/(5 + 1) = 2050/6 = 341.67
Example 1b: DEF has watched 20 films, and was the 325th check on all twenty of them.
[2000 + (325*20)]/(5 + 20) = 8500/25 = 340
So DEF is currently in the lead, but only just barely. ABC watching a more obscure film, but only one versus twenty for DEF.
Example 2a: ABC has watched a second film, and was the 10th check on it.
(2000 + 50 +10)/(5 + 2) = 2060/7 = 294.29
Example 2b: DEF has watched another 20 films, and was the 300th check on all twenty in this batch.
[2000 + (325*20) + (300*20)]/(5 + 20 + 20) = 14500/45 = 322.22
So ABC is now leading, despite only watching two films, because the films had very few checks. DEF just isn't watching obscure enough films to stay in the lead.
Bonus Challenge #Melvelet: 1>500<400 Challenge!
Goal: Watch films recommended by other participants of this challenge, just like in this challenge. Anyone can nominate one film after having watched 3 entries for this challenge. We'll use the same nomination rules as the previous challenge so a film must fulfil the following criteria:
1. Not on this year's or last year's 500<400
2. <300 checks for films on 0 official lists, <150 for films on 1 official list, <100 for films on 2 official lists, <50 for films on more than 2 official lists
3. Not nominated before by another forum member
It would be nice if you wrote a few lines about the film of your choice, a personal introduction. It's not necessary to answer all of these questions, but you could think of questions like: why exactly this is one of your favourite films? Why does this film deserve more love? What makes watching this film a unique experience? Why does this film deserve a high spot in our hidden gems list?
Try to trigger people into watching it. You might want to add a screenshot as well.
Bonus Challenge #zzzorf: Stroking zzzorf's Ego
Goal: Watch as many movies of zzzorf's personal 500<400 list as possible
As I mentioned to sol when I took on this challenge earlier in July I resigned from my job due to mental health issues. In my household we have a few issues. My wife is bi-polar and has been having some bad days of late because of the problems dealing that my kids are having ranging from suicide attempts by my eldest daughter (2nd eldest child age:17) down to my youngest (6yo) who is level 3 autistic. Between this and things at work not helping my own depression is the worst it has been in a long time. My eldest son has also moved back after leaving his job as well due to his own issues meaning I have all 6 kids, my daughters partner and my wife's Step-Father (who lives in a caravan out back) all dealing with problems with little income coming in living in a 4 bedroom government house. Life is not easy at the moment.
In saying this you may be able to cheer me up a little watching some of my favourite movies. Just remember the list is ever evolving so if it is near the bottom it could drop off as I watch other movies in this challenge.