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The Official UNOFFICIAL Movie Challenge (December 2021)

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The Official UNOFFICIAL Movie Challenge (December 2021)

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Unofficial Challenge
For many of us, iCM has been a godsend. Rather than spending hours trying to work out what to watch from thousands of movies out there, the site provides 208 (and counting) reputable lists to work on. What's more, the site ranks you against other users depending on the number of films you have checked from those 208 Official Lists, and gives you imaginary metal for completing 50, 75, 90 and 100% of any given list. The downside of this is that, since joining iCM, some users (I am certainly guilty of this) have refined their viewing habits to preference to films on 1+ Official lists over those on no lists at all. And on a personal note, this has lad to me amassing a very large number of unwatched films (and recommendations) that I have procrastinated due to their Unofficial status.

This is the Challenge where we aim to reverse that trend and try to encourage everyone to think outside the square and check out all the promising films out there that are currently on no Official lists. As the massive number of films mentioned in last year's Unofficial poll proved, there is a wealth of movies out there that many of us believe to be great, Official Status or not. And this is the month to explore those titles. Who knows what you might find? Maybe something worth nominating for this year's 500<400 poll, next year's DTC exercise or the next World Cup? So go out, explore and report to back to us with what is out there, worthwhile and which we may have missed due to unofficial status. :)
(stolen from sol, just like every other host)

Goal
Watch as many Unofficial movies as you can, or want, from December 1st, 2021 to December 31st, 2021 your time.

What is an Unofficial Film?
Must be on zero Official Lists on iCheckMovies at the time that you watch it. If a film turns Official during the month you can only include it if you saw it before it became Official.

Rules
- Feature length (40mins+) narrative, documentary and experimental films are eligible for this Challenge
- Telepics and miniseries (if watched in their entirety) are eligible for this Challenge, but are only worth 1 point
- TV episodes, individual miniseries episodes music videos and short films are not eligible for this Challenge
- Do not edit your posts to add new watches, just create a new one


Bonus Challenge: iCMF-FF5
I was part of the programming team of this years iCMForum Film Festival and I would like to highlight them here. Unfortunately only 40 of the 50 films in this years Festival so I can't highlight the whole festival but at least those 40 can be. The winner of this bonus challenge will be the one to watch the most of the 40 films. All eligible films can be found here https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/icmf ... plists&asc (first 40 only) and are in the spoiler below as well. While I know all the movies please mark your entries with #iCMF-FF5 to save me from missing it.
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Main Slate
3. The Hidden City (La ciudad oculta) (2018)
5. Jinpa (Zhuang si le yi zhi yang) (2018)
7. Echo (Bergmál) (2019)
8. Aniara (2018)
9. Promare (Promare: Puromea) (2019)
10. S He (2018)

Euro
1. Truth and Justice (Tode ja oigus) (2019)
2. Pity (Oiktos) (2018)
3. Crystal Swan (Khrustal) (2018)
4. In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2018)

Latin
3. Valley of Souls (Tantas Almas) (2019)

Asia
1. Sun Children (Khorshid) (2020)
3. Tale of Three Sisters (Kız Kardeşler) (2019)

Africa
1. Air Conditioner (Ar Condicionado) (2020)
2. Supa Modo (2018)
3. Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (2019)
4. Youth (Dhalinyaro) (2018)

Indie
1. Fanny Lye Deliver'd (2019)
2. We the Animals (2018)
3. Ham on Rye (2019)

Animation
1. The Swallows of Kabul (Les hirondelles de Kaboul) (2019)
2. Marona's Fantastic Tale (L'extraordinaire voyage de Marona) (2019)
3. Away (2019)
4. A Whisker Away (Nakitai watashi wa neko wo kaburu) (2020)

Doc
1. Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist (2019)
2. This Changes Everything (2018)
3. Disclosure: Trans Live on Screen (2020)
4. Our Blood Is Wine (2018)

JBD
1. Rent-A-Pal (2020)
2. Anything for Jackson (2020)
3. 4x4 (2019)
4. Why Don't You Just Die? (Papa, Sdokhni) (2018)

Art
1. Obscuro Barroco (2018)
2. Dispassionate Love (Virndavani Vairagya) (2018)
3. Fire Will Come (O que arde) (2019)
4. Endless Night (Longa Noite) (2019)

LGBT
1. End of the century (Fin de siglo) (2019)
2. Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2018)
3. This is not Berlin (Esto no es Berlin) (2019)
4. Dating Amber (2020)


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zzzorf wrote: November 29th, 2021, 11:19 pm (stolen from sol, just like every other host)
:lol: I should host myself next year just so that I can steal from myself. tehe Thanks for getting this thread up and running! I know that hosting wasn't your first preference this month. :hug:
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sol wrote: November 29th, 2021, 11:29 pm
zzzorf wrote: November 29th, 2021, 11:19 pm (stolen from sol, just like every other host)
:lol: I should host myself next year just so that I can steal from myself. tehe Thanks for getting this thread up and running! I know that hosting wasn't your first preference this month. :hug:
I kept the bonus simple again so it doesn't take too much effort to keep track of. I had to get it up and running now or otherwise the challenge would have already started before I found myself with another chance.
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zzzorf wrote: November 29th, 2021, 11:19 pm the site provides 208 (and counting) reputable lists to work on.
You stopped counting. It's 214 ;)

Fun challenge, won't be really participating but will be able to log quite a bit I guess.
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Onderhond wrote: November 29th, 2021, 11:37 pm
zzzorf wrote: November 29th, 2021, 11:19 pm the site provides 208 (and counting) reputable lists to work on.
You stopped counting. It's 214 ;)

Fun challenge, won't be really participating but will be able to log quite a bit I guess.
You think the person who hosted the Film in Every Official List challenge last month would have picked that up, but then again I didn't fully read the write-up fully, just copy/pasted
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zzzorf wrote: November 29th, 2021, 11:19 pm Goal
Watch as many Unofficial movies as you can, or want,
Oh, that would be quite the difference ..
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zzzorf wrote: November 29th, 2021, 11:19 pm - Telepics and miniseries (if watched in their entirety) are eligible for this Challenge, but are only worth 1 point
I thought we were talking a full season counts as a point, or did I miss that? Like I might watch Tiger King S2, but I'm not rewatching S1 for the point here.
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It has begun.

Well it wouldn't have started yet if I hadn't fallen asleep near the start of what would have been my final Noirvember film and instead watched it this morning. Not like it was overly worth my time.

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maxwelldeux wrote: November 30th, 2021, 4:48 am
zzzorf wrote: November 29th, 2021, 11:19 pm - Telepics and miniseries (if watched in their entirety) are eligible for this Challenge, but are only worth 1 point
I thought we were talking a full season counts as a point, or did I miss that? Like I might watch Tiger King S2, but I'm not rewatching S1 for the point here.
Sounds fine to me.
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1. Galveston (2018): 7/10
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01. 3.5* - Murderer [Sha Ren Fan] by Roy Hin Yeung Chow (2009)
A very solid Hong Kong police procedural with some mystery elements thrown in to make it a bit more puzzling. Roy Chow is a capable director, and he handles this type of material with grace, but the story does get a little too farfetched in the second half. If that's a dealbreaker, this is probably not the film for you. Ling is a police detective tracking a serial killer. During his investigation he is seriously injured, leaving with severe short-term memory loss. Ling tries to pick up the trace again, but he feels he can't trust himself anymore. He does stumble upon some new leads, but they seem so implausible that he's losing the trust of the people around him. The cinematography looks slick, Kwok and Ho are seasoned actors and the pacing is perfect, even though the film isn't exactly short. The result is typical Hong Kong genre fare, confidently built to be as entertaining as possible, but with a little extra edge. A fun watch, now that Hong Kong's output is just a fraction of what it used to be.
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1. The Breaker Upperers (2018)

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This benefits from a quirky premise with imaginative breaking up methods, including posing as police officers and pretending that the disinterested party is dead. Their cliental are amusing too - especially James Rolleston who can only communicate in emoticons and cannot find the right way to txt his girlfriend to call it off. The film becomes serious-minded and dramatic a little too early on with limited early zaniness, but the chemistry between the leads is great.
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1. Galveston (2018): 7/10
2. Swallow (2019): 7/10

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1. Das merkwürdige Kätzchen (2013, Ramon Zürcher) - 6/10
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1. Truth and Justice / Tõde ja õigus (Tanel Toom, 2019) 6+
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02. 3.5* - In the Earth by Ben Wheatley (2021)
Wheatley's latest feels like a return to his roots in some ways. In the Earth is a small, off-kilter horror film that isn't so much creepy, gory or scary, but still comes off pretty dark and unsettling. It's not his most accessible film though and people looking for a simple horror film would do better to skip this one. After a long lockdown, Martin joins a research team for an assignment in the woods. Together with a ranger he starts his two-day trip towards the research camp. Before they arrive at their destination they are mugged by an unknown assailant, who steals their shoes and kills their communication. The cast is solid, even though their characters are rather simplistic. In the Earth relies more on visceral elements to get the horror across. A superb soundtrack, some trippy visuals and excellent use of the setting make this a very worthwhile film. Maybe if Wheatley could've aced the more abstract scene this would've been a personal favorite, but it's still a very worthwhile film.

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1. The Infinite Man (2014, Sullivan) 4,5/10
2. Trouble No More (2017, Lebeau) 5,5/10
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1 - The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir (1975) - 7.5/10

2 - Sound and Fury (2000) - 8/10

3 - Murnau’s 4 Devils: Traces of a Lost Film (2003) - 7/10

4 - A Queen is Crowned (1953 ) - 5/10

5 - Daughter from Danang (2002) - 8/10

6 - Crèvecoeur (1955) - 6/10
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1. Nightmare Alley (Guillermo del Toro, 2021) 8/10 ... first to check this one on ICM! ... I should revisit the original sometime soon, it's been a while and would be interesting to see how the two compare
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1.) Encanto (2021) - Directed by Jared Bush & Byron Howard (co-directed by Charise Castro Smith)
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AB537 wrote: December 2nd, 2021, 4:23 am 1. Nightmare Alley (Guillermo del Toro, 2021) 8/10 ... first to check this one on ICM! ... I should revisit the original sometime soon, it's been a while and would be interesting to see how the two compare
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This is my realm, as less than 10% of the films I watch are Official ones. I'm focused on finishing 1949 this month to complete the first 6 decades of the movie industry in the month I'm having my 10-year anniversary as a film buff. It's milestone month for me :party:


1. The Adventures of Sir Galahad (1949, Derwin Abrahams & Spencer Gordon Bennet) - 5/10
--- This 15-episode serial was a inspired amateur mess of an adventure! This was not high-class film making, but that was part of what made it fun! Really felt like they just found random places to do their sword fights, or located big rocks for forts. They really used the environment to their advantage and at times it looked hilariously silly. True B-movie cheapness to tell a confused story of life from King Arthur's court.


2. The Great Dan Patch (1949, Joseph M. Newman) - 4/10
--- While horse flicks has never been my thing, Gail Russell does at least make The Great Dan Patch (1949) a cozy one.


3. A Boy, a Girl and a Bike (1949, Ralph Smart) - 5/10
--- Healthy living post-war with hints of drama. Quite pleasant, but never feels like anything essential. It's one of those outdoors-y touch of life kind of experiences with a ray of sunshine.


4. The Story of Seabiscuit (1949, David Butler) - 5/10
--- My second horse movie of the day. Ugh. This one was a fine family movie, but had some bad aspects which dragged it down. The black guy was acting if he was Stepin Fetchit, and he wasn't even good at it. And then the was the Irish accepts which they thankfully dropped early on. That kind of acting was not for Shirley Temple! She was sweet, though, but felt partially irrelevant to the story of the great racing horse Seabiscuit. Seabiscuit was actually played by relatives of the legendary horse. Temple might have been the draw, but it was old Barry Fitzgerald that made the film as good as it was.


5. Adventure in Baltimore (1949, Richard Wallace) - 5/10
--- Got a pleasant feel, but it's not nearly as impactful as the subject matter might suggest. Shirley Temple was adorable, even as an adult, but as an actress she was lightweight. and the delivery from the studio was lightweight too. So if in the mood for something lighter and likable, look no further.


6. Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949, Elliott Nugent) - 6/10
--- I liked the first Mr. Belvedere movie with Clifton Webb. Here the helpful snob has to go to college to get his honorary award, and there he finds a rival in Shirley Temple. There ends-up being a "shocking" revelation and Mr. Belvedere tries to meddle in her affairs. Quite amusing in a sit-com'y way.


7. A Kiss for Corliss (1949, Richard Wallace) - 4/10
--- The final sip of a Shirley Temple. She started her movie career at the ago of three, and gracefully bows out at the age of 21 with A Kiss for Corliss (1949). An extremely light affair, though David Niven being a bit of a prick did burst-out a few laughs. Not so memorable for Temple herself, but she still retained that personality that made her the sweetest thing in 1930s films.


8. A Kiss in the Dark (1949, Delmer Daves) - 5/10
--- More kisses for David Niven. This time A Kiss in the Dark (1949) and not with Corliss, but with Jane Wyman showing-off her legs. Struggles to find the big laughs. It's more the collective of characters that make this one enjoyable. Mainly Victor Moore, who probable should have been given top billing for his efforts in this one.
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PUNQ wrote: December 2nd, 2021, 5:40 am This is my realm, as less than 10% of the films I watch are Official ones. I'm focused on finishing 1949 this month to complete the first 6 decades of the movie industry in the month I'm having my 10-year anniversary as a film buff. It's milestone month for me :party:

6. Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949, Elliott Nugent) - 6/10
--- I liked the first Mr. Belvedere movie with Clifton Webb. Here the helpful snob has to go to college to get his honorary award, and there he finds a rival in Shirley Temple. There ends-up being a "shocking" revelation and Mr. Belvedere tries to meddle in her affairs. Quite amusing in a sit-com'y way.
Congrats on your 10 year anniversary.

I liked Mr. Belvedere Goes to College and Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell. They were about equal in quality. Sitting Pretty was a step above each of them.
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PUNQ wrote: December 2nd, 2021, 5:40 am This is my realm, as less than 10% of the films I watch are Official ones. I'm focused on finishing 1949 this month to complete the first 6 decades of the movie industry in the month I'm having my 10-year anniversary as a film buff. It's milestone month for me :party:
Congrats on the achievements. I'll celebrate by taking a look back at my watched stuff to see if I have anything that you may have missed. I remember giving you a few Australian silents you missed in a challenge last year and I may have others still, but I highly doubt it, you are quite regularly the only other rater on Criticker for a lot of my old oddities.
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PUNQ wrote: December 2nd, 2021, 5:40 am This is my realm, as less than 10% of the films I watch are Official ones.
Thanks for letting us know the competition is actually for 2nd place... :P

Congrats on the milestones! :cheers:
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1. The Big Fat Lie (2018, NZ)
2. Love the Beast (2009, AU)

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Day 1


01. Pups Alone (2021) 3/10
What if we made Home Alone but we replace the screaming kid with talking dogs? Let's have Rob Schneider, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Danny Trejo do their voices. :facepalm:

02. New York Ninja (2021) 6/10
Shot in 1984 but never released up until now. It has been re-edited and redubbed by the likes of Don "The Dragon" Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock and it's awesome as shit. If you like your 80's ninja trash, you may want to check this out.

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03. Saving Grace (2000) 7/10
04. Le sommet des dieux (The Summit of the Gods) (2021) 7/10
Gorgeous animation once they go into the mountains
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05. Raising a School Shooter (2021) 6/10
This documentary is about the parents of some notorious high school shooters. Should've been interesting but it felt like they barely got enough interesting stories to fill a 70 minute movie.

06. Zeros and Ones (2021) 4/10
The new Abel Ferrara is lazy and quite ugly to be honest

07. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) 6/10
Lasse Hallström knows how to direct a feel-good movie. Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt are cute together.

08. Clerk. (2021) 8/10
I love Kevin Smith and I love this documentary about Kevin Smith
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01. Pups Alone (2021)
02. New York NInja (2021)
03. Saving Grace (2000)
04. Le Sommet des Dieux (2021)
05. Raising a School Shooter (2021)
06. Zeros and Ones (2021)
07. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)
08. Clerk. (2021)
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1. Budapest Noir (2017) - 5/10

2. In the Aisles (2018) - 6/10 ##iCMF-FF5
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3. Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) - 7/10
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1. The Breaker Upperers (2018)
2. The Power of the Dog (2021)

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The best asset here is Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role; this is the genteel British actor as we have never seen him before, playing a gruff American cowboy noticeably haunted by things that he is unprepared to let surface. The film also boasts a really great and unusual music score from Jonny Greenwood. That said, the final quarter of the movie is much more powerful than everything that comes before it and the film seems meandering at times.
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1. Ley Lines (1999) * 105 min.
Starts out as aimless as its characters, but comes together nicely in the end. Rainy Dog was the best of the three movies, though.

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03. 3.5* - Drowning Love [Oboreru Naifu] by Yûki Yamato (2016)
One of Yuki Yamato's earlier films. Drowning Love is essentially a standard (rural) teen romance, even so, Yamato already shows promise in her direction. It's not quite at the level of her later work yet, but there are several scenes that jump out and help to elevate the film above its peers. Natsume is a young fashion model on the rise, but the health of her grandfather forces her family to move to the countryside. Natsume has to put her career on hold and feels bummed, but when she meets the enigmatic Koh, son of the local Shinto priest, she lights up again. A traumatizing experience at the local festival drives the two apart. Solid performances and an appealing setting are genre staples, it's Yamato's feel for pacing and editing that make this film stand out. It's not quite as elaborate or as distinct compared to her later work, but there are definitely a few scenes where Yamato's hand is clearly visible. A lovely film that lacks a little refinement to become a true personal favorite.

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02. 3.5* - In the Earth by Ben Wheatley (2021)
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blocho wrote: December 2nd, 2021, 4:30 am
AB537 wrote: December 2nd, 2021, 4:23 am 1. Nightmare Alley (Guillermo del Toro, 2021) 8/10 ... first to check this one on ICM! ... I should revisit the original sometime soon, it's been a while and would be interesting to see how the two compare
Wait, so it is a remake of the great Tyrone Power movie? I heard that it wasn't.
My understanding is that it is - at least they're based on the same novel. Having seen the del Toro version last night though with essentially no memory of the 1947 version, I suspect they diverge very significantly (not least due to del Toro's 2.5 hour run time). Del Toro's known love of Tod Browning's 1932 Freaks also certainly came through, and is likely an influence that wouldn't have had the same resonance with Edmund Goulding 74 years ago.
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2. The Power of the Dog (2021)
3. Non-Stop to Comic-Con (2016)

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This has many unexpected twists and turns as things get out of control aboard a flight to Comic-Con. Particularly amusing is a subplot in which one of the main trio is repeatedly mistaken for a terrorist, but there is a lot else going on. Without revealing too much, some of the ground control scenes evoke Dr. Strangelove with gung-ho types trying to decipher 'codes'. Not everything about the film works, but the trio of lead actors share amazing chemistry.
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Starting off by continuing with noir where I left off, in the early 60s, but after these two I think I might be ready to move on to something else...

1. Five Minutes to Live (Bill Karn, 1961)

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I don't know much about Johnny Cash's career, period, and much less about his attempts at having acting be a part of it, but my guess is that he, along with many of his contemporaries, was spurred on by the success of Elvis, and before him Frank Sinatra. Why not give it a go? Cash did a couple of supporting roles in western episodes in the late 50s, and then broke into the big screen market with this home invasion/bank robbery noir that's reminiscent of quite a few other films I've seen in recent years - most notably the British Cash on Demand with Peter Cushing, from the same year. That film however focuses entirely on the bank man who is being told that his wife is going to be killed unless he gives up a bunch of dough; also, it's really good. This...not so much, though the split focus between the psycho gunman (Cash) holding the woman, and the smooth operator planner of the operation (Vic Tayback) who has the bank manager at bay could make for some interesting psychological play - it just doesn't, alas. As at least a few reviewers have noted, Cash's character is just so repellant and irredeemable that it eventually becomes wearing seeing him on screen so much, and the bank scenes just aren't interesting. It didn't help to have a very poor public domain copy as the only available viewing source, and while I liked Cash's singing of the title song, I didn't need to hear it multiple times. Ron Howard as the bratty kid should also be mentioned.

2. Satan in High Heels (Jerald Intrator, 1962)

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This is definitely better in most respects, and somewhat interesting from the POV of looking at sex in cinema and how it evolved, but it doesn't really end up as much beyond the curio factor. Burlesque singer/dancer Meg Myles plays a singer who skips out on her druggie boyfriend (husband? not clear) out west and heads to New York to get a job doing more or less what she had been doing, and ends up in a sort of love triangle with a father (who owns the joint) and son (who's no good according to the father). Both Myles and the other main entertainer (English glamour queen Sabrina) are VERY busty, clearly a part of the selling point for the movie, maybe the major one - there's a scene of Myles bathing in a pond nude where we can just about see the naughty bits, and both women consistently wear clothing that very much emphasizes their assets; at the same time, there is some attempt at telling a real story, and much of the acting - by Myles in particular, who's also a pretty good singer - is pretty decent by the standards of the burgeoning sexploitation category. It doesn't feel really "noir" until the last 10-20 minutes, and it's really only then that the title starts to make sense - the screenplay doesn't really paint Myles out to be the bad girl so much and it seems to me unfair that she's meant to be seen as such a bitch at the end - the main guys are all greasy assholes, just as "bad" as she is. There was I think some possibility of making a feminist, or at least a broader statement about how men and women use each other, but as it is this ends up seeming very conventional in it's mores. The butch female club manager and rather fey male pianist should also be mentioned, though again nothing is really done to show this "other side" apart from the obvious stereotyping, and I'd imagine that more mainstream audiences in 1962 (if they saw this) wouldn't catch any hint of homoerotica there. Some promise in this one but no delivery.
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Thunderheart (Michael Apted, 1992) 6
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1. Truth and Justice / Tõde ja õigus (Tanel Toom, 2019) 6+
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04. 4.0* - Why Don't You Just Die! [Papa, Sdokhni] by Kirill Sokolov (2018)
You take a little Tarantino, add a bit of early Jeunet and you top it off with some light Wong Kar-Wai. Give it a good shake and that should give you an idea of what to expect from Sokolov's Why Don't You Just Die! It's a delightfully stylized dark comedy with plenty of giggles, liters of blood and just the right amount of class. It's a magnificent debut feature that shows Sokolov has ample love for genre cinema, but isn't afraid to add a signature of his own.

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01. 3.5* - Murderer [Sha Ren Fan] by Roy Hin Yeung Chow (2009)
02. 3.5* - In the Earth by Ben Wheatley (2021)
03. 3.5* - Drowning Love [Oboreru Naifu] by Yûki Yamato (2016)
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1. Papa, sdokhni a.k.a. Why Don't You Just Die? (Kirill Sokolov, 2018) #iCMF-FF5
2. Filmworker (Tony Zierra, 2017)
3. Just for Kicks (Lisa Leone, 2005)
4. S He (Shengwei Zhou, 2018) #iCMF-FF5
5. AC/DC: Let There Be Rock (Eric Dionysius, Eric Mistler, 1980)
6. Lady Stay Dead (Terry Bourke, 1981)
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1. Papa, sdokhni a.k.a. Why Don't You Just Die? (Kirill Sokolov, 2018) #iCMF-FF5
2. Filmworker (Tony Zierra, 2017)
3. Just for Kicks (Lisa Leone, 2005)
4. S He (Shengwei Zhou, 2018) #iCMF-FF5
5. AC/DC: Let There Be Rock (Eric Dionysius, Eric Mistler, 1980)
6. Lady Stay Dead (Terry Bourke, 1981)
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1. American Murder: The Family Next Door (Jenny Popplewell, 2020) - 7/10
2. 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible (Torquil Jones, 2021) - 7/10
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I'm in...just recording what I watch in the course of normal viewing that qualifies.

01. Zabytaya melodiya dlya fleyty a.k.a. A Forgotten Tune for the Flute -- Ryazanov, 1987 -- 1.5/5
02. Jazz Heaven -- M.W. Brown, 1929 -- 2.5/5
03. High Flyers -- Cline, 1937 -- 2.5/5
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7 - Serengeti Shall Not Die (1959) - 8/10

8 - Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience (2007) - 7/10

9 - Walls of Fire (1971) - 6/10

10 - Street Fight (2005) - 8/10

11 - Cutie and the Boxer (2013) - 7/10

12 - Which Way Home (2009) - 8.5/10

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1 - The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir (1975) - 7.5/10
2 - Sound and Fury (2000) - 8/10
3 - Murnau’s 4 Devils: Traces of a Lost Film (2003) - 7/10
4 - A Queen is Crowned (1953) - 5/10
5 - Daughter from Danang (2002) - 8/10
6 - Crèvecoeur (1955) - 6/10
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