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France Challenge (Official, October 2021)

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France Challenge (Official, October 2021)

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France Challenge

Goal
Watch as many movies from France as you can from October 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021.

Rules
- Each feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- 80 minutes of short films or miniseries/TV episodes counts as one entry.
- Films must be watched one at a time and at single speed (not sped up).
- Rewatches are allowed and are good for your soul.
- Movies from France only! Try to use your own common sense regarding eligibility and/or ask when in doubt.

Bonus challenges
- Bonus Challenge #1: Watch as many movies as you can from this list Les Comédies à la Française

- Bonus Challenge #2: Watch as many movies as you can involving people (director or cast) deceased in the past two years (between October 1, 2019 and October 31, 2021). For the movie to count for the Bonus Challenge #2, please name the person deceased with a hashtag. Example: 32. Pierrot le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965) #Belmondo
Non-exhaustive list of eligible people: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5615&p=731356#p731373

Official Lists
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/cesa ... best+film/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/time ... nch+films/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/time ... nch+films/

Non-Official Lists
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/expl ... nema/prat/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/film ... lms/tdylf/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/the+ ... kasparius/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/hist ... ms/mjf314/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/la+n ... /gershwin/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/les+ ... ms/myname/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/fren ... /veterini/

This thread will be updated at least once a day.

Participants
RankParticipant# of Watches
1 hurluberlu 84
2 jdidaco 80
3 DudeLanez 50
4 St. Gloede 29
5 RolandKirkSunglasses 22
6 sol 21
7 pitchorneirda 18
7 Mario Gaborovic 18
9 gunnar 16
10 peeptoad 14
11 Teproc 12
11 flavo5000 12
13 Lonewolf2003 11
14 Lu-Chin 10
15 AB537 7
15 kongs_speech 7
17 maxwelldeux 5
17 blocho 5
17 frbrown 5
17 zzzorf 5
17 Melvelet 5
22 ororama 4
23 Arkantos 3
24 cinephage 2
24 Lakigigar 2
26 ckfilm88 1
26 shugs 1


Bonus Challenge 1

250 comédies
RankParticipant# of Watches
1 DudeLanez 4
2 hurluberlu 3
3 maxwelldeux 1
3 pitchorneirda 1
3 Cinephage 1



Bonus Challenge 2

Recently deceased
RankParticipant# of Watches
1 hurluberlu 5
2 pitchorneirda 4
3 DudeLanez 2
3 Lu-Chin 2
3 Teproc 2
3 maxwelldeux 2
7 St. Gloede 1
7 gunnar 1
7 blocho 1
7 ckfilm88 1
7 AB537 1
7 frbrown 1


Previous Winners
2019: jdidaco (100)
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pitchorneirda wrote: September 30th, 2021, 4:24 pm Bonus challenges
- Bonus Challenge #2: Watch as many movies as you can involving people (director or cast) deceased in the past two years (between October 1, 2019 and October 31, 2021). For the movie to count for the Bonus Challenge #2, please name the person deceased with a hashtag. Example: 32. Pierrot le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965) #Belmondo
Well, that's one way to cross over with the Horror challenge... :circle:

I like it! Looking forward to it.
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I’m in.
For BC 2; Could you give a list of names of people that died the last two years. Or at least of the most famous, important ones?
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🇫🇷 :party: 🇫🇷

I am in the mood for this !
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Lonewolf2003 wrote: September 30th, 2021, 6:06 pm I’m in.
For BC 2; Could you give a list of names of people that died the last two years. Or at least of the most famous, important ones?
These are the ones I could think of:

Actors
Jean-Pierre Bacri (l)
Guy Bedos
Jean-Paul Belmondo (l)
Claude Brasseur
Roger Carel
Claude Giraud
Michael Lonsdale (l)
Philippe Nahon
Yves Rénier
Michel Piccoli (l)
Jean-François Stévenin (also director)

Actresses
Françoise Arnoul
Suzy Delair
Nathalie Delon
Anna Gaylor
Anna Karina (l)

Directors
Robert Hossein (also actor)
Nelly Kaplan
François Leterrier
Bertrand Tavernier (l)
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It starts! First in tehe

1. La question humaine (Nicolas Klotz, 2007) - 6/10 - #Lonsdale
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1. Ils [Them] (2006): 6/10

There are some other French horror movies i'll probably watch (and maybe a few french non-horror ones, depending on how much i'm able to watch this month, we will see).
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pitchorneirda wrote: September 30th, 2021, 7:07 pm
Lonewolf2003 wrote: September 30th, 2021, 6:06 pm I’m in.
For BC 2; Could you give a list of names of people that died the last two years. Or at least of the most famous, important ones?
These are the ones I could think of:

Actors
Jean-Pierre Bacri (l)
Guy Bedos
Jean-Paul Belmondo (l)
Claude Brasseur
Roger Carel
Claude Giraud
Michael Lonsdale (l)
Philippe Nahon
Yves Rénier
Michel Piccoli (l)
Jean-François Stévenin (also director)

Actresses
Françoise Arnoul
Suzy Delair
Nathalie Delon
Anna Gaylor
Anna Karina (l)

Directors
Robert Hossein (also actor)
Nelly Kaplan
François Leterrier
Bertrand Tavernier (l)
There is also this page but it's a lot to wade through to find the actors, let alone French actors. The previous months are towards the bottom of the page.

And, I'm in, pitchorneirda. Thanks for hosting. I prob won't take part in the bonuses, but I have a number of French horrors lined up, plus a few others (e.g. hoping to catch Titane since it's playing in a cinema a few blocks away from where I live). :cheers:
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1. La graine et le mulet (2007) - 9/10
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1. Oasis of the Zombies (Jesús Franco, 1982, 🇫🇷) - 4/10
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For Bonus Challenge 1 I did a cross-reference with the "All movies currently on Dutch Netflix"-list.

These movies on Les Comédies à la Française are on Dutch, and I assume also other European, Netflix:

Le grand bazar The Big Store 1973 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070128/
Les Chinois à Paris Chinese in Paris 1974 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069874/
Buffet froid 1979 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078913/
Celles qu'on n'a pas eues 1981 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080509/
Les babas cool 1981 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082041/
Black Mic Mac 1986 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090734/
Le miraculé 1987 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091525/
Neuf mois 1994 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110646/
Pédale douce 1996 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117412/
Un air de famille Family Resemblances 1996 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118015/
Les démons de Jésus 1997 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119034/
La tour Montparnasse infernale Don't Die Too Hard! 2001 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0259060/
Prête-moi ta main I Do 2006 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0478724/
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1. Quatorze Juillet (1933):

A small Parisian neighbourhood is gearing up for Bastille day celebrations, Rene Clair captures this idealised view of 30s Paris with plenty of charm, some nice tracking shots and a bit of gentle humour. Oddly at its best when focusing on minor secondary characters instead of the main plot, a rather weak love-triangle between the cabdriver Jean, the flower-girl Anna and his ex Pola. In the second half the tone darkens as a gang of criminals enter the story, yet a couple plot points could've been resolved sooner if characters just told the truth upfront, alas characters need to be deceived in order for the ending to work. A notch below "Le Million" and "A Nous la Liberte".
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1. Moi, un noir (I, a Negro, 1958, Rouch) 6/10
2. Daguerreotypes (1975, Varda) 6,5/10
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1. Moi, un noir (I, a Negro, 1958, Rouch) 6/10
2. Daguerreotypes (1975, Varda) 6,5/10
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1. La graine et le mulet (2007) - 9/10

2. Trois couleurs: Rouge (1994) - 7/10
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1. Le Professionel (1981) #Hossein
A spy thriller with preposterous plot turns and dialogue. On the other hand, it's got some wit, a top-notch Morricone score, and Belmondo at his most charming.
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1. Jacky in the Kingdom of Women / Jacky au royaume des filles (Riad Sattouf, 2014) 7 :lol:

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2. L'été en pente douce (Gérard Krawczyk, 1987) #Bacri 5-
3. Journeys Through French Cinema Ep 9-10 / Voyages à travers le cinéma français Ep 9-10 (Bertrand Tavernier, 2017) #Tavernier 7
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Another important list, our forum's own list: https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/icm+ ... ewolf2003/

French movies available online with English subtitles (non-exhaustive, errors possible):
Up until 1999: https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/avai ... /melvelet/
2000 and later: https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/avai ... /melvelet/
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1. La rose de fer (1973) The Iron Rose 8+
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2. Mutants (2009) 6
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1. La rose de fer (1973) The Iron Rose 8+
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I'm very happy to see the return of the French challenge, especially with a more pure focus on France. Will try to set most of my viewings this month accordingly, and will actually set a high goal of 31 (1 per day). Should hopefully not be a big issue, especially as my wife loves French films too (just need to find strategic, more mainstream efforts - and we have almost run out of modern comedies with decent ratings).

Anyhow, I had a great start to the challenge, and hope/expect to see many more great films by the end of the month.


1. Petite maman (2021, Céline Sciamma)

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I don't know how much I want to say about Petite Manan in order not to spoil anything, but even for those already aware of where the film goes (like I unfortunately was) it is confounding in just how easily and seamlessly everything comes together. Using extremely sparce settings, primarily shooting in a single house and the forest next to it, Sciamma manages to create a powerful family portrait with raw emotionally intuitive power.

What is perhaps most impressive is how Sciamma can go from creating the visually breathtaking world of Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which is stunning from start to finish, to this "small" work, that never attempts to dazzle you with style - but rather, slowly and earnestly, take you into the inner life and logic of children - and making what could be small, seem large - what should seem unnatural seems natural and forge a universal connection that contemplates love, loss and connection.

Petite maman shows its delicate, observant beauty from start to finish, with long takes, few cuts, and room to observe our characters' faces and mannerisms- and more impressively - for a film starting with loss - and leaving us in this loss - it remains tender and life-affirming. A wonderful little film that once more proves that Sciamma is one of our greatest living directors. 8.5/10.


2. La jeune fille sans mains / The Girl Without Hands (2016, Sébastien Laudenbach)

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The Girl Without Hands is a striking minimalist animated adaptation of a Brothers Grimm fairytale I was not previously familiar with - told with elegance and beauty. The style may at times, at least for me, be so bare-boned that it was both an intriguing expression and a slight distraction - as at times you can barely see what is indeed happening. You see contours, yet colours blend together, and bodies have no mass - yet - this is also where the film produces its most gentle beauty. 6.5/10.


3. Le mirage (1992, Jean-Claude Guiguet)

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Le mirage was my first encounter with Jean-Claude Guiguet, and I am instantly reminded by Rohmer in his focus on clear, philosophical dialogue, a leisurely pace, "pure" performances, dialogue-driven examinations of love and the backdrop of nature. It is consistently simple, and slightly stilted, with the familiar motif of middle class/bourgeoisie lifestyle centered on the arts, thought and, as already mentioned, love. I don't think it has the strength or power of Rohmer, and at least on this viewing I was not fully captivated or sold - but it is a strong and intriguing effort with a lot to offer and unravel - and quite possibly one that would have even more to give me on later rewatches. 6/10.
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1. La graine et le mulet (2007) - 9/10
2. Trois couleurs: Rouge (1994) - 7/10
3. Spoorloos (1988) - 7/10
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3. Panique (1946, Duvivier) 7/10
4. Gervaise (1956, Clément) 6,5/10
5. L'ange (1982, Bokanowski) 4,5/10
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1. Moi, un noir (I, a Negro, 1958, Rouch) 6/10
2. Daguerreotypes (1975, Varda) 6,5/10
3. Panique (1946, Duvivier) 7/10
4. Gervaise (1956, Clément) 6,5/10
5. L'ange (1982, Bokanowski) 4,5/10
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1. Titane (2021) * 108 min.

I expect my participation in this challenge to be limited to French horror.

*First time viewing
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01) Titane (2021, Julia Ducournau) - 5/5
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01) Titane (2021, Julia Ducournau) - 5/5
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4. The Swarm / La nuée (Just Philippot, 2020) 7+

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5. The Benefit of the Doubt / Une part d'ombre (Samuel Tilman, 2017) 7
6. Sergio Leone Portrait of an «Outlaw» / Sergio Leone, une Amérique de légende (Jean-François Giré, 2018) 7-
7. Les casse-pieds (Jean Dréville, 1948) [Bonus#1] 7-
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1. Jacky in the Kingdom of Women / Jacky au royaume des filles (Riad Sattouf, 2014) 7 :lol:

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2. L'été en pente douce (Gérard Krawczyk, 1987) #Bacri 5-
3. Journeys Through French Cinema Ep 9-10 / Voyages à travers le cinéma français Ep 9-10 (Bertrand Tavernier, 2017) #Tavernier 7
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2. The Horse Ate the Hat (1928):

Really slow and tedious Rene Clair silent film about a man having to find a replacement hat before it's too late. The story hasn't aged well at all, the 105 minute running time makes it hard to get through.
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01. Le village (1901) + Les camps de la mort (1947) + Hôtel des invalides (1952) + Les maîtres fous (1955) + L'ombre de la pomme (1967) + Réponse de femmes: Notre corps, notre sexe (1975)
02. Les diaboliques (1955)
03. Le carrosse d'or (1952)
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Thank you for hosting, pitchorneirda!

(Screenshots from 'Un coeur gros comme ça' & 'Haltéroflic'),

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1. La chute de la maison Usher (The Fall of the House of Usher, Jean Epstein, 1928) 9.5/10 (RV)
2. Vampyr (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932) 10/10 (RV)
3. Un coeur gros comme ça (The Winner, François Reichenbach, 1961) 8.5/10
4. Fantasmagorie (Patrice Molinard, 1964) 8.5/10
5. Le secret de Wilhelm Storitz (The Secret of Wilhelm Storitz, Eric Le Hung, 1967) 9/10
6. Le collectionneur des cerveaux (The Collector of Brains, Michel Subiela, 1976) 7.5/10
7. Cauchemar (Nightmare, Noël Simsolo, 1980) 8/10
8. La chute de la maison Usher (The Fall of the House of Usher, Alexandre Astruc, 1981) 9/10
9. Haltéroflic (Rainbow Serpent, Philippe Vallois, 1983) 8.5/10
10. Adieu les cons (Bye Bye Morons, Albert Dupontel, 2020) 7.5/10

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jdidaco wrote: October 3rd, 2021, 3:00 pm 10. Adieu les cons (Bye Bye Morons, Albert Dupontel, 2020) 7.5/10
Bye Bye Morons is one of my favorite films of this young decade, so I'm thrilled people are watching it. Glad you at least got something out of it! I'm so into Virginie Efira right now. Can't wait to see Benedetta!
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1. Tell No One (2006)

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This mounts some superb foot chase sequences and François Cluzet is excellent as the everyman protagonist. The plot feels far too elaborate though for a two hour movie. Everything is so murky, unclear and coincidence-ridden that the plot only becomes clear at the end when the ostensible antagonist spends five minutes explaining things - which is pretty uncinematic despite interwoven flashbacks. The film is captivating for the most part but left me feeling 'eh'.

2. L'Enfant Secret (1979)

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While some of the shots here look just as sumptuous as the best images in Garrel's Le Révélateur, this project is one and half times as long and full of scenes that are aimlessly long. Many shots simply consist of the characters sitting around and staring, but with limited dialogue and character interactions, it is hard to feel for the characters stuck in their own thoughts. It all feels devoid of emotion, beautiful as the world here looks in lush black and white.

3. The Secret of the Grain (2007)

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This runs for over two and half hours and feels like it, largely built on conversations, rants and characters eating. There is limited urgency and tension in the film except in the final half-hour, but between the abrupt ending and the weird overload of belly dancing, this is not the film's strong stretch. The most interesting character for me was the mother who is obsessed with potty training her daughter, though I liked how sympathetic I found Habib Boufares to be.

4. Dernier Maquis / Adhen (2008)

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There is not much plot to speak of, but the collection of incidents here is fairly engaging. Most memorable is one worker who gruelingly tries to perform a circumcision on himself after being mocked, and then tries to convince his boss to sign it off as a workplace accident for insurance reasons. Then there is giant rat (or beaver!) that somehow makes it into one of their storerooms, though their foreman could not care less. All very dialogue-based but watchable.

5. The Night Eats the World (2018)

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Anders Danielsen Lie delivers well in the lead role here, going through different states of grieving and despair as he finds himself alone in a high rise apartment after a zombie outbreak. Generally speaking though, the film brings nothing new to the table in terms of zombie lore. The action is extremely limited too. Over three quarters of the film simply consists of him sitting around in his apartment, cleaning it and doing trivial things to pass the time.
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kongs_speech wrote: October 3rd, 2021, 3:05 pm
jdidaco wrote: October 3rd, 2021, 3:00 pm 10. Adieu les cons (Bye Bye Morons, Albert Dupontel, 2020) 7.5/10
Bye Bye Morons is one of my favorite films of this young decade, so I'm thrilled people are watching it. Glad you at least got something out of it! I'm so into Virginie Efira right now. Can't wait to see Benedetta!
Virginie Efira rocks!, and like you can't wait to see 'Benedetta'. That said I so miss the equally beautiful and talented Claude Perron in Dupontel's films, she was the perfect match for him, and one of the reasons I like Dupontel's earlier films more than the recent ones - there was something edgier and darker in them, more unpredictable, anarchic even, he has softened a bit, became slightly more sentimental, but I still like his films though, and this one was no different, he loves these identity quests, and I especially liked how he integrated the use of computer technology into the narrative.
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1. Les raisins de la morte (1978)
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RolandKirkSunglasses wrote: October 3rd, 2021, 11:35 am 2. The Horse Ate the Hat (1928):

Really slow and tedious Rene Clair silent film about a man having to find a replacement hat before it's too late. The story hasn't aged well at all, the 105 minute running time makes it hard to get through.
I was afraid that might be the case ;)

I had this lined up for the Silent challenge, but didn't really feel like watching it. I still have it lying around for this challenge, but it's not looking likely.
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First consistent update of the OP!

@jdidaco: I'll consider it valid but Vampyr is really at the edge of what's French
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frbrown wrote: October 3rd, 2021, 4:52 pm
RolandKirkSunglasses wrote: October 3rd, 2021, 11:35 am 2. The Horse Ate the Hat (1928):

Really slow and tedious Rene Clair silent film about a man having to find a replacement hat before it's too late. The story hasn't aged well at all, the 105 minute running time makes it hard to get through.
I was afraid that might be the case ;)

I had this lined up for the Silent challenge, but didn't really feel like watching it. I still have it lying around for this challenge, but it's not looking likely.
Count me in as another vote against it. "Really slow and tedious" is right on track.
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1. The Dinner Game (1998) BC1: #190

I thought this was going to just be the original French version of Dinner for Schmucks, but it was way better - Rich guy finds an idiot and suffers the consequences, along with a bad back. Hilarious throughout, it never really went where I thought it would. Cleverly executed miscommunication comedy. Very fun.
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maxwelldeux wrote: October 3rd, 2021, 5:25 pm 1. The Dinner Game (1998) BC1: #190

I thought this was going to just be the original French version of Dinner for Schmucks, but it was way better - Rich guy finds an idiot and suffers the consequences, along with a bad back. Hilarious throughout, it never really went where I thought it would. Cleverly executed miscommunication comedy. Very fun.
Hmm, interesting. I've been dreading the day when I eventually need to see The Dinner Game for that list, because I utterly detest Dinner for Schmucks.
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kongs_speech wrote: October 3rd, 2021, 5:32 pm
maxwelldeux wrote: October 3rd, 2021, 5:25 pm 1. The Dinner Game (1998) BC1: #190

I thought this was going to just be the original French version of Dinner for Schmucks, but it was way better - Rich guy finds an idiot and suffers the consequences, along with a bad back. Hilarious throughout, it never really went where I thought it would. Cleverly executed miscommunication comedy. Very fun.
Hmm, interesting. I've been dreading the day when I eventually need to see The Dinner Game for that list, because I utterly detest Dinner for Schmucks.
Yeah - it's not bad at all. Like actually enjoyable. And since they don't actually get to the dinner, it's more palatable. And at ~80min of runtime, it's even more palatable.
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maxwelldeux wrote: October 3rd, 2021, 7:34 pm
kongs_speech wrote: October 3rd, 2021, 5:32 pm
maxwelldeux wrote: October 3rd, 2021, 5:25 pm 1. The Dinner Game (1998) BC1: #190

I thought this was going to just be the original French version of Dinner for Schmucks, but it was way better - Rich guy finds an idiot and suffers the consequences, along with a bad back. Hilarious throughout, it never really went where I thought it would. Cleverly executed miscommunication comedy. Very fun.
Hmm, interesting. I've been dreading the day when I eventually need to see The Dinner Game for that list, because I utterly detest Dinner for Schmucks.
Yeah - it's not bad at all. Like actually enjoyable. And since they don't actually get to the dinner, it's more palatable.
That doesn't sound painful. That remake was just a combination of the worst lowbrow humor and extreme mean-spiritedness. Plus, it had Jeff Dunham and one of his puppets, so instant fail.
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kongs_speech wrote: October 3rd, 2021, 7:35 pm
maxwelldeux wrote: October 3rd, 2021, 7:34 pm
kongs_speech wrote: October 3rd, 2021, 5:32 pm

Hmm, interesting. I've been dreading the day when I eventually need to see The Dinner Game for that list, because I utterly detest Dinner for Schmucks.
Yeah - it's not bad at all. Like actually enjoyable. And since they don't actually get to the dinner, it's more palatable.
That doesn't sound painful. That remake was just a combination of the worst lowbrow humor and extreme mean-spiritedness. Plus, it had Jeff Dunham and one of his puppets, so instant fail.
I think I blocked out Jeff Dunham. I forgot about that. :circle:
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