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<400 Checks Challenge (Official, August 2021)

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<400 Checks Challenge


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Goal:
Watch as many films with fewer than 400 checks on ICM as you can!

Challenge runs 1 August 2021 - 31 August 2021.

Rules:
- 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/

Official Lists:
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.)

Unofficial Lists:
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)


BONUS CHALLENGES

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 Math
(Remember, 400 + 400 + 400 + 400 + 400 = 5*400 = 2000)

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.
Nerd Talk
Using a Bayesian Average, with m=400 and c=5.

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.


Rank Participant Count
1st PUNQ 128
2nd flavo5000 118
3rd zzzorf 106
4th jdidaco 100
5th burneyfan 98
6th Traveller 96
7th sol 74
8th 72aicm 58
9th DudeLanez 55
10th Onderhond 54
11th OldAle1 50
12th ororama 46
13th TraverseTown 42
14th Lu-Chin 41
15th maxwelldeux 38
16th ckfilm88 35
17th filmbantha 34
18th cinephage 32
19th kongs_speech 27
20th pitchorneirda 26
=21st marienbad 25
=21st VincentPrice 25
=21st Fergenaprido 25
24th Ebbywebby 22
25th RolandKirkSunglasses 20
=26th shugs 18
=26th Marazmatique 18
=26th Cinepolis 18
=29th Knaldskalle 14
=29th klaus78 14
=29th hurluberlu 14
=32nd 45MinuteZoom 13
=32nd Lilarcor 13
34th Arkantos 10
35th vortexsurfer 9
=36th peeptoad 8
=36th dirty_score 8
=36th AB537 8
=36th connordenney 8
=40th Mario Gaborović 7
=40th blocho 7
=42nd 3eyes 6
=42nd frbrown 6
=42nd toromash 6
=42nd Melvelet 6
46th Lakigigar 5
47th Silga 2
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Bonus Challenge #maxwelldeux: The Ultra-Obscurity Challenge!

Adjusted Average Participant Average Checks First Checks Number of Watches
37.47 jdidaco 20.69 8 108
43.24 PUNQ 29.52 35 130
73.84 ororama 58.01 17 103
76.95 Onderhond 47.04 8 54
84.21 Traveller 67.76 0 96
88.39 Cinepolis 1.83 11 18
92.52 burneyfan 76.84 0 98
98.53 Fergenaprido 55.46 5 35
105.81 zzzorf 91.10 14 100
113.40 pitchorneirda 87.35 1 55
115.38 TraverseTown 81.50 4 42
115.90 maxwelldeux 76.44 1 36
129.85 marienbad 91.26 6 35
132.39 OldAle1 107.61 0 54
136.97 kongs_speech 88.26 9 27
138.59 sol 121.83 0 78
138.81 flavo5000 127.25 1 113
144.28 45MinuteZoom 49.25 0 13
145.26 Knaldskalle 54.29 0 14
151.20 Ebbywebby 115.66 2 35
157.17 VincentPrice 108.60 0 25
175.97 cinephage 140.97 2 32
180.69 filmbantha 148.44 0 34
190.16 RolandKirkSunglasses 137.70 0 20
190.56 Lilarcor 110.00 1 13
194.87 shugs 137.89 0 18
195.48 72aicm 177.84 0 58
196.27 3eyes 26.50 0 6
207.87 Arkantos 111.80 0 10
212.74 hurluberlu 145.86 0 14
215.38 ckfilm88 189.00 0 35
217.02 Lu-Chin 194.71 0 41
217.08 AB537 102.75 0 8
217.64 frbrown 65.67 0 6
221.29 vortexsurfer122.00 0 9
228.21 DudeLanez 214.13 0 61
230.67 Mario Gaborović 109.71 1 7
234.92 peeptoad 131.75 0 8
241.00 connordenney 141.63 0 8
246.77 dirty_score 151.00 0 8
273.26 Marazmatique 238.06 0 18
295.32 klaus78 257.93 0 14
310.82 toromash 236.50 0 6
314.92 blocho 254.14 0 7
317.64 Melvelet 249.00 0 6
326.40 Lakigigar 252.80 0 5
370.57 Silga 297.00 0 2



Bonus Challenge #Melvelet: 1>500<400 Challenge!

TitleAKAYearDirectorSubmitted byiCM
The Story of the Voyages Skazka stranstviy 1983 Aleksandr Mitta zzzorf :ICM:
Moon Father Luna Papa 1999 Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov flavo5000 :ICM:
LFO 2013 Antonio Tublen filmbantha :ICM:
Ritual Shiki-Jitsu 2000 Hideaki Anno Onderhond :ICM:
Sapience La Sapienza 2014 Eugène Green AB537 :ICM:
Closet Monster 2015 Stephen Dunn Fergenaprido :ICM:
Dance Me to My Song 1998 Rolf de Heer cinephage :ICM:
The Painter and the Thief 2020 Benjamin Ree 72aicm :ICM:
Soldiers in Hiding 1985 Malcolm Clarke blocho :ICM:
Edge of the Knife SGaawaay K'uuna 2018 Helen Haig-Brown, Gwaai Edenshaw Arkantos :ICM:
Strip Search 2004 Sidney Lumet maxwelldeux :ICM:


Participant# of Watches
zzzorf6
filmbantha3
flavo50002
Arkantos1
blocho1
sol1
45MinuteZoom1
Fergenaprido 1




Bonus Challenge #zzzorf: Stroking zzzorf's Ego

Participant# of Watches
flavo500025
sol6
blocho4
Fergenaprido 3
vortexsurfer2
filmbantha2
jdidaco 1
72aicm 1
3eyes1
Cinepolis1
burneyfan 1
45MinuteZoom 1
Marazmatique 1
ckfilm88 1
ororama 1
OldAle11
TraverseTown1
Ebbywebby1
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zzzorf wrote: July 30th, 2021, 9:31 am Bonus Challenge #zzzorf: Stroking zzzorf's Ego
Goal: Watch as many movies of zzzorf's personal 500<400 list as possible
:hmph:

Dammit; I knew I should have volunteered to host this one instead. We NEED a sol 500<400 ego-trip challenge!!! :o

But in all seriousness, thanks for taking this on and getting the OP up and running so promptly. ;) You even beat me by a few minutes. :ermm:
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zzzorf wrote: July 30th, 2021, 9:31 am 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.
No worries. :hug: Just took a skim through, and there are at least a couple of dozen films in your 500<400 list that have been floating around my watch-lists for a while, plus there's a bunch of others that I have unwatched on DVD. We'll see how much I can crack through this challenge. Also, a good excuse to rewatch some Carry On movies.
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It’s been a while, but I’m back. Aiming for gold on the 1000<400 list. 853/1000 as it is. Probably going to watch 10. 😂
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I'm in. Not deliberately competing, but just recording the <400 films I watch in the normal course of August viewing, out of curiosity.
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It starts! First in. :D

1. The Thieves (2012) 367 checks

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Often described as South Korea's answer to Ocean's Eleven, this crime caper about two different bands of thieves cooperating for a major heist is certainly entertaining. The film never quite matches the classiness of the Soderbergh film though; there are great stunts (leaping between balconies) and fun small cons (lifting wallets) but the film lacks supersaturated colours and the character dynamics get confusing as the film is built on distrust, not friendship.

Will I be adding this film to my 500<400 list? Probably. I didn't like it nearly as much as Eleven, but that's an all-time favourite so hard to compete with.
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I'm in! Continuing my year goal of hitting every country/territory possible, most of the lesser seen countries have less than 400 checks.
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The <400 Blows
1. The Thieves (2012) 367 checks
2. A Second Chance (2011) 42 checks #zzzorf

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The three young actresses are excellent here, especially Emily Morris as our nerve-ridden protagonist, and their gymnastic feats are pretty impressive. The adult actresses though are less impressive and all of the attention dedicated to the girls' new coach never feels right. Her flashbacks interrupt the flow of things, while a side romance with a male coach adds absolutely nothing. The film works though when focused on the girls and their body image issues.

Will I be adding this film to my 500<400 list? Nah. While better than the low ratings on IMDb and Letterboxd might indicate, I didn't like this anywhere near enough to include in my list. True to the film's title though, I will give zzzorf a second chance. Still plenty of promising films on his list in my blind.
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1. Night Watch-1973: 6/10 54 checks
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sol wrote: August 1st, 2021, 5:26 am
Will I be adding this film to my 500<400 list? Nah. While better than the low ratings on IMDb and Letterboxd might indicate, I didn't like this anywhere near enough to include in my list. True to the film's title though, I will give zzzorf a second chance. Still plenty of promising films on his list in my blind.
I don't expect anyone to add this, it is a favourite of one of my daughter's and the only reason I hold it to such a high esteem. Did not expect that to be one of the movies watched off my list.
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zzzorf wrote: August 1st, 2021, 5:43 am
sol wrote: August 1st, 2021, 5:26 am
Will I be adding this film to my 500<400 list? Nah. While better than the low ratings on IMDb and Letterboxd might indicate, I didn't like this anywhere near enough to include in my list. True to the film's title though, I will give zzzorf a second chance. Still plenty of promising films on his list in my blind.
I don't expect anyone to add this, it is a favourite of one of my daughter's and the only reason I hold it to such a high esteem. Did not expect that to be one of the movies watched off my list.
Just so you know, I'm going to be doing a "will I add this" for every film that I watch during this Challenge - not just your recommendations. And I wasn't expecting to add this one to my list either. :D It looked harmless enough though, I had heard a thing or two about it, and some adventurous person tagged it as an Adventure film on IMDb, so as a challenge double streaming on Netflix, it was a bit of a shoe-in for me to watch this month. :)
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zzzorf wrote: August 1st, 2021, 5:43 am Did not expect that to be one of the movies watched off my list.
And now for a film that zzzorf probably *did* expect to be watched this month:
The <400 Blows
1. The Thieves (2012) 367 checks
2. A Second Chance (2011) 42 checks #zzzorf
3. Three Smart Girls (1936) 248 checks #zzzorf

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This Deanna Durbin comedy begins well with an amusing ball in an eye and much mischief at a posh restaurant and in a personal gym. If touching, the rekindled relationship between father and daughters here happens far too quickly... but the whole thing is certainly sweet, energetic, and occasionally hilarious (overhearing sounds that they mistake for spanking). There are also some very creative bits and pieces, such swinging directly at the camera.

Will I be adding this film to my 500<400 list? Probably not. While sorta fun, I count myself among those scrupulous of the film's Best Picture Oscar nod.
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sol wrote: August 1st, 2021, 7:24 am
zzzorf wrote: August 1st, 2021, 5:43 am
sol wrote: August 1st, 2021, 5:26 am
Will I be adding this film to my 500<400 list? Nah. While better than the low ratings on IMDb and Letterboxd might indicate, I didn't like this anywhere near enough to include in my list. True to the film's title though, I will give zzzorf a second chance. Still plenty of promising films on his list in my blind.
I don't expect anyone to add this, it is a favourite of one of my daughter's and the only reason I hold it to such a high esteem. Did not expect that to be one of the movies watched off my list.
Just so you know, I'm going to be doing a "will I add this" for every film that I watch during this Challenge - not just your recommendations. And I wasn't expecting to add this one to my list either. :D It looked harmless enough though, I had heard a thing or two about it, and some adventurous person tagged it as an Adventure film on IMDb, so as a challenge double streaming on Netflix, it was a bit of a shoe-in for me to watch this month. :)
An Adventure film? Really? Ok then. But yeah, the director does a few harmless gymnastics movies, I even think there is a sequel floating around to this one. When you have 4 daughters these sort that f movies come commonplace.
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zzzorf wrote: August 1st, 2021, 7:33 am An Adventure film? Really? Ok then. But yeah, the director does a few harmless gymnastics movies, I even think there is a sequel floating around to this one. When you have 4 daughters these sort that f movies come commonplace.
Yeah, the sequel was the first thing that Netflix recommended when I finished watching the film. :lol: As for the Adventure tag, somebody has also gone ahead and tagged the film as a Mystery movie too - I presume regarding the coach's faded memories and her uncertainty over what exactly happened. :unsure:

I guess the film's tagline makes it sound like a mystery movie too...
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I'm in! My goal is to get to 100/500 on the current 500<400 list before it is updated this year (I'm currently at 65/500) - so I will mostly be sticking to films that are already on there.

1. Ashes and Snow (2005) - 358 checks with mine.

8/10 Stunningly beautiful. Going on my <400 list? Absolutely.
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The <400 Blows
1. The Thieves (2012) 367 checks
2. A Second Chance (2011) 42 checks #zzzorf
3. Three Smart Girls (1936) 248 checks #zzzorf
4. Desert Blue (1998) 65 checks

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Placed into quarantine as a precaution after possible chemical contamination, the residents of an isolated town and two stranded tourists contemplate what their futures hold in this indie drama. Unfortunately, the film hones in on just two of the characters: the tourist daughter and a local boy who she begins to romance. Far more fascinating is Christina Ricci who enjoys blowing things up and a young Casey Affleck, but they are very much side characters.

Will I be adding this film to my 500<400 list? Probably not, though the Covid-19 quarantine parallels were pretty interesting.
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I just want to make sure only films that came out in 2019 and before are eligible for this challenge going off of 500<400 voting rules for this year?
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ckfilm88 wrote: August 1st, 2021, 2:32 pm I just want to make sure only films that came out in 2019 and before are eligible for this challenge going off of 500<400 voting rules for this year?
Films from any year can be watched during this challenge, but you'll only be able to add films seen to your 500<400 ballot if they are from 2019 or earlier.

Or at least that is how it has worked the last few times that this challenge was run.
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ckfilm88 wrote: August 1st, 2021, 2:32 pm I just want to make sure only films that came out in 2019 and before are eligible for this challenge going off of 500<400 voting rules for this year?
As sol pointed out that as long as the movie is under 400 checks it doesn't matter what year for this challenge. You won't be able to put them in your 500<400 ballot but this challenge is seperate from that.
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sol wrote: August 1st, 2021, 2:41 pm
ckfilm88 wrote: August 1st, 2021, 2:32 pm I just want to make sure only films that came out in 2019 and before are eligible for this challenge going off of 500<400 voting rules for this year?
Films from any year can be watched during this challenge, but you'll only be able to add films seen to your 500<400 ballot if they are from 2019 or earlier.

Or at least that is how it has worked the last few times that this challenge was run.
Thanks Sol! I was only thinking because for example, Jungle Cruise came out this weekend and would be eligible. It's currently under 400 checks, but it just came out and it probably won't be under 400 checks for long (maybe not even by the end of this month). :lol: Obviously, we should use our own judgment, but I just wanted to make sure before I watch something from 2020 or early 2021.
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zzzorf wrote: August 1st, 2021, 2:50 pm
ckfilm88 wrote: August 1st, 2021, 2:32 pm I just want to make sure only films that came out in 2019 and before are eligible for this challenge going off of 500<400 voting rules for this year?
As sol pointed out that as long as the movie is under 400 checks it doesn't matter what year for this challenge. You won't be able to put them in your 500<400 ballot but this challenge is seperate from that.
Sounds great. Thanks! Also, thank you for hosting! I was planning on going on a watching spree of <400 check films this month for my submission list for 500<400 this year, so this is perfect!
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01. 1987: When the Day Comes (2017) - 5/10 75 checks
02. 2009: Lost Memories (2002) - 7/10 146 checks
03. Ardor (2002) - 5/10 17 checks

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6493286/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0294252/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0341470/

Might as well join with virtually all my lined up viewings for this month below 400 checks.
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1. KL Zombi (2013) * 93 min. (7 checks)

Okay Zomcom. I was thinking "why did they bother if they weren't going to try anything new, and why aren't they at least trying some things that worked in much better movies (Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland), and then the ending surprised me. I would have liked to see more of the kids-the boy's mugging is so extreme that it's amusing, and the girl gets only one good scene and then is forgotten. I could have done with a lot less of the slacker "hero."

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1. We the Animals (2018) 175 checks (added to my list)
2. The Lathe of Heaven (1980) 163 checks
3. Sameblod (2016) 290 checks
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Marazmatique wrote: August 1st, 2021, 10:13 am I'm in! My goal is to get to 100/500 on the current 500<400 list before it is updated this year (I'm currently at 65/500) - so I will mostly be sticking to films that are already on there.

1. Ashes and Snow (2005) - 358 checks with mine.

8/10 Stunningly beautiful. Going on my <400 list? Absolutely.
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1. Obaltan (Aimless Bullet, 1961, Hyun-mok Yoo, 233 checks) 7,0/10

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1. Obaltan (Aimless Bullet, 1961, Hyun-mok Yoo, 233 checks) 7,0/10
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1. Uchiage hanabi, shita kara miru ka? Yoko kara miru ka? (2017, 122 checks) - 4/10 - The animation in this time-travel anime was beautiful but the story fell really flat, I may have to go and watch the original live-action version to see if it worked any better.

2. Weekend (2012, 3 checks) - 4/10 - I originally thought I was watching Lipstick (2013) but a little bit into it I realised this didn't meet the write-up and found it was instead this other Troma release. This Japanese rape/revenge film was really lacking in much to make it enjoyable.

3. The Bridge Curse (2020, 20 checks) - 5/10 - The best of a bad first day of watches this Taiwanese horror couldn't decide if it wanted to be found footage or normal, constantly swapping from phone/security/handheld camera footage to just normal movie style. I think if it just went full on with the found-footage the movie may have been a bit better.

4. Circumstantial Pleasures (2020, 16 checks) - 2/10 - IAs is normal with these Avant-Garde movies, I just didn't get it. I did look good in places but it just made no sense to me.
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Time to kick off Bonus Challenge #Melvelet. Yeah I realise I have my own challenge where you watch my movies but I doubt anyone other than Sol is really going to challenge for it. I will therefore chuck 1 of the movies up in the 1<500<400 challenge with the rest of you, thus making the movie a bonus double.


Skazka stranstviy (1983)
a.k.a The Story of the Voyages
Director: Aleksandr Mitta
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A Fairy-tale adventure like only the Russians can do sees a young orphan girl go on a quest to find her brother who has been kidnapped to utilise his special power. An official check on the Empire Russia's 100 Best Russian Films: Readers' Choice list it can be easily found on Youtube
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1. The Green Knight (David Lowery, 2021) 7/10 ... 82 checks - already up to 89 since I checked it
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AB537, same, I though it would be moving up much faster.

1. The Green Knight (2021) - 85 Checks Just generally disappointed with this, dude had a whole year to reflect on his potential fate, and waited until the last second in December to even try. I’m perfectly fine with a movie focusing on establishing at atmosphere rather than telling a story, but the attempt here did nothing for me. 4/10
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I'm back after a two month break, as this is just one of a handful challenges this year that naturally suits my viewing habits, I'll join. Won't go as hard in as in the Western challenge and try and go for >400 number of movies :P , but as I'm trying to get through the 1940s this year, I'll still be very dedicated.




1. Vlcie diery [Wolves' Lairs] (1948, Palo Bielik) - 7/10 - OFFICIAL CHECK (1 list) - 23rd check
--- Story from a Slovak village toward the end of WWII, as the Nazi offence is weakening, the locals get braver. This one is bit of a cat & mouse game, with pacing not always being the most fluent. But in a way that fits the theme. Careful plotting, hoping not to provoke a Nazi retribution. And while not perfect cinema, the whole thing felt genuine.


2. Berliner Ballade [The Berliner] (1948, Robert A. Stemmle) - 8/10 - OFFICIAL CHECK (2 lists) - 50th check
--- If the German's were going to start laughing again after the horrendous Nazi diabolical, this was the way to do it. Dreamy, almost surrealistic comedy about getting back to normal post-war in a the ruins of Berlin. Perhaps not massive laugh generator, but genius comedy nonetheless. And guess who made his movie debut in the lead here. Fucking Goldfinger from the Bond movie, Gert Fröbe! And he's freaking skinny goof! That revelation had my head spinning!


3. Ulica Graniczna [Border Street] (1948, Aleksander Ford) - 7/10 - 21st check
--- Fresh off the war comes a story from Warsaw starting as the Nazis invade Poland, and we get to experience the gradual degrading and eventual slaughter of the Jews. Nasty horror infested hunt. Impactful stuff from what was then fairly recent events. And if you thought the persecution of Jews was over with the war, this film was banned by then Communist-turned Poland because the heroes of the film where Jewish.


4. F9 (2021, Justin Lin) - 6/10 - OFFICIAL CHECK (1 list) - 399th check
--- ....even at No.9 they're continuing to push what ridiculous is. This one has already passed 400 as I post this, but I came in at 399! I double refreshed to make sure. Not sure if this counts as it passed the limit under an hour(!) after I watched it. Wasn't watching it for the challenge, but I'll take it if allowed.


5. Dédée d'Anvers [Woman of Antwerp] (1948, Yves Allégret) - 6/10 - 35th check
--- Full of that French cinema attitude you'd associate with the foggy docks. Simone Signoret certainly commands your attention. She does lack a proper leading man, but the lookalikes does a serviceable job. One of those you'll love to look at, but wish there was something more original to the story.
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1. Hidden Assassin (1995, 200 Checks) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114432/
2. Gunpowder Milkshake (2021, 208 Checks) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8368408/

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blocho wrote: August 1st, 2021, 9:17 pm
First post in nearly three years. Welcome back!!!
Thanks! :lol: I do lurk occasionally though, especially during the <400 season.
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1. Ashes and Snow (2005) - 358 checks 8/10
2. Sero hiki no Gôshu (1982) aka Gauche the Cellist - 333 checks

5/10 Didn't strike me as anything special. Won't be going on my list.
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2. Crooked Hearts-1991: 6/10 22 checks
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1. Night Watch-1973: 6/10 54 checks
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zzzorf, I'm sorry to read about all you've been dealing with. It's a lot for anyone to handle. My best wishes that things improve for you and your family. The suggestion that us seeing one of your recommendations could cheer you up seems so insignificant, but if it might, why not give it a shot.

1. Mary Shelley (2017, 396 checks) #zzzorf
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1. One Left (2021) - 1 Check
Proves once again that a tight narrative beats a high budget. Of course, the technical aspects are not too great but the director knows how to tell an interesting story.
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blocho wrote: August 2nd, 2021, 5:02 am zzzorf, I'm sorry to read about all you've been dealing with. It's a lot for anyone to handle. My best wishes that things improve for you and your family. The suggestion that us seeing one of your recommendations could cheer you up seems so insignificant, but if it might, why not give it a shot.

1. Mary Shelley (2017, 396 checks) #zzzorf
Thanks blocho. Yeah it seems insignificant, and in the scheme of things it is. But having something to talk to people about something I enjoy is something therapeutic and then the chance that I may help push something into an official list, or even the 1000<400 list, is a confidence boost I look forward to.
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01. 2.5* - The Iron Bodyguard [Da Dao Wang Wu] by Cheh Chang, Hsueh-Li Pao (1973) 16th check

A middle of the road Cheh Chang film. The man has made so many films in such a short span of time, all within the same genre, that some of them are inevitably forgettable. The Iron Bodyguard is one of such films. Not that it's particularly bad or disappointing, it just doesn't excel at anything in particular. Tan is trying to fight the corruption in the Chinese government, but they are on to him and manage to arrest him before he can do any real damage. Right before his arrest, Tan did get Wang on board, a skilled martial artist who will do his very best to keep Tan from becoming a martyr. The Iron Bodyguard is a film with a slightly stronger focus on the narrative. There are still the usual Shaw Bros fights, but they are fewer and shorter. The story isn't all that exciting though and performances don't really stand out either. It's decent enough when you're pining for some Shaw Bros action, but only when you've seen all of their more prominent films.
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zzzorf wrote: August 2nd, 2021, 3:15 am I realise I have my own challenge where you watch my movies but I doubt anyone other than Sol is really going to challenge for it.
Oh, you bet I am. B) It's the only challenge that I have any hope of winning this month. :unsure:
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