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<400 Checks Challenge (Official, August 2022)

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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 August 1, 2022 - August 31, 2022 in your local time zone.

Rules:
- 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. The 80 minute rule for short films applies here as well.
- No TV series this challenge.
- Rewatches are allowed and are known to be good for the soul.

Stats & Formatting:
- Title (year) #Checks is the preferred format (Include your check in the total)
- 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 - 38 films are currently ineligible and many others are close to the 400 check mark)

Unofficial Lists:
1000<400 (2020 Update)
1000<400 (2021 Update)
TSZDT 5000<400 nominees for you horror fans
(But check eligibility for films that have reached 400 checks)


Bonus Challenge

I am only going to have one bonus challenge this time around and it is one that has been included twice before for this challenge:

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.


Rank Participant Count Bonus (low score wins)
1 PUNQ 265 13.44
2 flavo5000 181 87.70
3 gunnar 106 89.05
4 jdidaco 90 38.22
4 airdoll 90 140.24
6 ororama 52 150.16
7 RogerTheMovieManiac88 46 74.55
8 kongs_speech 41 148.35
9 lineuphere 40 182.46
10 ckfilm88 34 175.18
10 cinephage 34 192.13
12 magnusbernhardsen 33 115.09
12 zzzorf 33 125.55
14 klaus78 27 285.50
15 RolandKirkSunglasses 26 122.62
16 vortexsurfer 25 71.03
16 DudeLanez 25 235.73
18 VincentPrice 23 137.61
19 Cinepolis 22 157.59
19 blocho 22 247.52
21 AB537 20 226.48
22 Lonewolf2003 18 259.00
23 frbrown 17 264.39
24 OldAle1 15 175.80
25 maxwelldeux 13 162.94
25 sacmersault 13 199.22
27 45MinuteZoom 11 188.44
28 jeroeno 7 181.42
28 Minkin 7 275.65
30 Lammetje 6 250.45
30 shugs 6 273.82
32 Hunziker 2 310.43
Total 1350 85.84


and here are the final results for the Bonus Challenge by itself:

Rank Count Bonus (low score wins)
1 PUNQ 13.44
2 jdidaco 38.22
3 vortexsurfer 71.03
4 RogerTheMovieManiac88 74.55
5 flavo5000 87.70
6 gunnar 89.05
7 magnusbernhardsen 115.09
8 RolandKirkSunglasses 122.62
9 zzzorf 125.55
10 VincentPrice 137.61
11 airdoll 140.24
12 kongs_speech 148.35
13 ororama 150.16
14 Cinepolis 157.59
15 maxwelldeux 162.94
16 ckfilm88 175.18
17 OldAle1 175.80
18 jeroeno 181.42
19 lineuphere 182.46
20 45MinuteZoom 188.44
21 cinephage 192.13
22 sacmersault 199.22
23 AB537 226.48
24 DudeLanez 235.73
25 blocho 247.52
26 Lammetje 250.45
27 Lonewolf2003 259.00
28 frbrown 264.39
29 shugs 273.82
30 Minkin 275.65
31 klaus78 285.50
32 Hunziker 310.43
Group 85.84
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Not gonna be participating as much as in the years prior probably but this still is one of my favorite challenges.

1. Strings (2012) - 2 Checks
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1. Solitary (2020) 8 checks
2. Max Cloud (2020) 29 checks
3. Ren zao kong jian (2012) 9 checks
4. Onna no sono (1954) 50 checks
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1, Misha and the Wolves (2021) 86 checks
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01) August Underground (2001, Fred Vogel) - 4/5 (202 checks)
02) Not Okay (2022, Quinn Shephard) - 3.5/5 (35 checks)
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I'll continue in the same path as I did in last months Unofficial Challenge working my way through fresh finds from years previously visited and hopefully get 1950 at least close to done. After that I'll probable take a break from films, as I've decided not to start on 1951 for the time being. So in a way, this feels like a retirement challenge, taking care of loose ends, without it actually being it.


1. Joymati (1935, Jyotiprasad Agarwala) - 2/10 - 1st check
--- The first talkie spoken in Assamese, which is a language spoken primarily in northeast India. The 57 minutes that exists of it is rough and difficult to digest. The dubbing aspect didn't help the already poor looking production. Let's just say the historic value far exceeds the quality of the film.


2. Street Singer (I) (1938, Phani Majumdar) - 4/10 - 9th check
--- Started-out promising as we meet them as kids and it's a sweet adventure. Then they turn adult, and as it is with adulthood, it sucks the joy out of everything. And that's what eventually happened to these two street singers. some fun along their journey, but it was by far the best the first 4th of this 2-hour+ film.


3. Port-Arthur (1936, Nicolas Farkas) - 4/10 - 1st check
--- They shot a German and French version of this film, and this is the French one and Anton Walbrook does the same role as in the German one, but they swapped the leading lady, with Danielle Darrieux doing the yellowface as his Japanese wife. It's a fairly good war drama with a pinch of espionage thrown in. Perhaps since this was a multi-language production it lacks the finesse to be truly great, but it's okay.


4a. Delhi Durbar and Coronation (II) (1912, Gaumont British Picture Corporation) - 10min - 1st check
4b. Tukaram (1921, Ganpat G. Shinde) - 5min - 1st check
4c. Sukanya Savitri (1922, Kanjibhai Rathod) - 25min - 1st check
4d. Khod Modli (1925, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke) - 1min - 1st check
4e. Sati Savitri (I) (1927, Baburao Painter) - 31min - 2nd check
4f. Gateway to India: Bombay (1932, James A. FitzPatrick) - 8min - 1st check


5a. Konung Haakons mottagning i Kristiania [The Reception of King Haakon in Kristiania] (1905, Svensk Kinematograf) - 5min - 5th check
5b. Lanka Dahan (1917, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke) - 5min - 3rd check
5c. La señorita de Chicago (1931, James Parrott) - 31min - 2nd check
5d. In Walked Charley (1932, Warren Doane) - 21min - 3rd check
5e. His Silent Racket (1933, Charley Chase) - 18min - 8th check


6. The Entitled (2022, Theodore Boborol) - 3/10 - 1st check
--- I'm obligated by marriage to watch comedies like this. If you've got some experience hanging around filipino squatters, some of this is relatable.


7. They Wanted to Marry (1937, Lew Landers) - 3/10 - 5th check
--- Super light newsman romance. The characters were fine and there was some fun to be had. There just wasn't enough going on with the plot to give it purpose. Totally under-cooked script.


8. The Girl from Scotland Yard (1937, Robert G. Vignola) - 4/10 - 1st check
--- Secret agent cheapie with Karen Morley. Hardly great, but within the small budget they had, they got enough plot moving to at least entertain for the hour,


9. She Asked for It (1937, Erle C. Kenton) - 4/10 - 1st check
--- Not a convincing start, much due to the leading lady Orien Heyward not being very good. Her only credited role, and her last. She only appeared in a bit part in one other picture, both box office failures. She decided marriage and family life was a better option than Hollywood, and I'm grateful. Her chemistry was not working with William Gargan. That's why the quality increased greatly when the film instead focused on Gargan and his mystery. So the film got good toward the end.


10. 52nd Street (1937, Harold Young) - 4/10 - 2nd check
--- Even with a better than average B-musical cast, 52nd Street (1937) struggle to find its footing. Has its moments with the more comic personas like Zasu Pitts and Leo Carrillo, along with a decent dose of sweet songs, but the story doesn't get very deep and mainly there to fill time between the music.
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2. Nudo e crudele (1984) 7 checks
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1. Mare Nostrum (1926) * 134 min. 123 checks
Epic romance/espionage/nautical tale, a little overlong but with outstanding model work and locations.

*First time viewing
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1. Family Enforcer-1976: 8/10 20 checks
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2. Trancers 5: Sudden Deth (1994) * 72 min. 40 checks
I thought it couldn't get worse after Trancers 4, but I was wrong. A continuation of the same weak story and poor acting from the same cast, but with less action and Jack Deth paired with the worst character from this pair of movies.
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2. Not Okay-2022: 8/10 41 checks
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1. Family Enforcer-1976: 8/10 20 checks
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1. Aru eiga-kantoku no shogai a.k.a. Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (Kaneto Shindô, 1975) 70 checks

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2. Home Invasion (David Tennant, 2016) 43 checks

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3. Naked Angels (Bruce D. Clark, 1969) 11 checks

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4. The Wild Ride (Harvey Berman, 1960) 45 checks

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5. Angels Hard as They Come (Joe Viola, 1971) 22 checks

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6. Debbie Does Dallas (David Buckley, 1978) 291 checks

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7. Kaze ni tatsu raion a.k.a. The Lion Standing in the Wind (Takashi Miike, 2015) 18 checks
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1. Aru eiga-kantoku no shogai a.k.a. Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (Kaneto Shindô, 1975) 70 checks
2. Home Invasion (David Tennant, 2016) 43 checks
3. Naked Angels (Bruce D. Clark, 1969) 11 checks
4. The Wild Ride (Harvey Berman, 1960) 45 checks
5. Angels Hard as They Come (Joe Viola, 1971) 22 checks
6. Debbie Does Dallas (David Buckley, 1978) 291 checks
7. Kaze ni tatsu raion a.k.a. The Lion Standing in the Wind (Takashi Miike, 2015) 18 checks
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1. Os deuses E Os Mortos / Of Gods and the Undead (Ruy Guerra, 1970) 54 checks
2. Eu Te Amo / I Love You (Arnaldo Jabor, 1981) 39 checks

I spent much of last month watching Brazilian cinema to catch up a bit for the poll - it was a country I was very weak on - and I had a great month, and very few of the films that I picked disappointed. So why not continue on this month? Well, if these first two August viewings are a sign of things to come, I may head in another direction :lol:

Os desuses E Os Mortos I looked forward to as I'd seen Guerra's earlier Os Fuzis and Os Cafajestes and really loved both of them. I love his long-take, always-moving camera style, made possible certainly in part by shooting silent and post-dubbing, but impressive any way you slice it, and there's a certain narrative play - not quite surrealism, but a certain oddness to both films that belies their generally realist stories, that I quite love. Had I remembered before watching that this was on the Vogel list, I might have put it off for a bit - and had I read a bit about it, I'm sure I would have. Just not in the mood for, for...whatever this was. I really don't know. Guerra's virtues are definitely present here - the camerawork is simply amazing, with many takes lasting 2-4 minutes (the last is I think around 8) and choreographed with great complexity around various moving characters - well, I should say, actors, as there aren't really any characters in a conventional sense. The music by Milton Nascimento is inventive and sometimes awesome, and I suspect (from reviews, and from a feeling watching the copy I had) that the color was pretty great originally - alas in a washed-out rip, it wasn't. But the chaotic mess of a narrative that really gave me nothing to hold onto besides a bare-bones depiction of a bandit who's been shot many times, and now is taking his revenge on the coffee plantation owners, mixed in with some weird religious and mythical shit - there simply wasn't any there there, for me. Perhaps a greater knowledge of Brazilian history and politics of this period would help, but I watched some other rather difficult political films from roughly the same era like Terra em Transe and got much more out of them, so I dunno. I'm sure much of this is meant to be taken allegorically or symbolically, but I just don't have the tools to interpret that, so I wasn't left with much. There's enough interest in the filmmaking qualities for me that I can call this marginally interesting at least but at the moment, I don't know what I watched and don't much care.

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But it's a masterpiece compared to Eu Te Amo, which I thought I might have seen back when it was new (on VHS). A few bits did seem vaguely familiar but if I did see it in the 80s I was drunk, or cared just as little about it then as I do now and promptly forgot all of it. I mean, the poster for the American release - reproduced on the large-size VHS box which I do remember distinctly from my days in the video store - it rented all the time and so was regularly reshelved by me and others - says it all, at least as far as I was concerned. I watched this primarily for Sônia Braga and on that score it doesn't necessarily disappoint. I love her early scene where she's just going wild riffing on her life, on prostitution, sex, etc, almost right up at the camera, and she certainly looks great throughout, but...that's about all there is. Loser Paulo (Paulo César Peréio), having just been dumped by Barbara (Vera Fischer), impulsively picks up Maria (Braga) and the two talk and argue and emote and fuck in his spectacular high-rise apartment, and that's about it. I have a fairly high tolerance for talky films about nothing, and I have an even higher tolerance for watching women with bodies like Braga's in sexy clothing or no clothing, but this just bored the shit out of me. It really seems like much ado about nothing, and if I want to see naked Sônia Braga there are better movies and probably lots of pics all over the internet.


3. Public Hero #1 (J. Walter Ruben, 1935) 44 checks

TCM. Watched this because it looked vaguely noir-ish, and because of a cast toplined by a couple of favorites, Lionel Barrymore and Jean Arthur. Well, it's not really noir at all: I would describe this as a gangster movie (think Public Enemy from the title, obviously, but also think John Dillinger, who had met his fate the previous year and whose life is echoed in a couple of points in the screenplay - meets screwball romantic comedy a la It Happened One Night. Gang leader Jospeph Calleia breaks out of prison with the help of new buddy Chester Morris - who unbeknownst to him is an undercover G-Man - but gets shot up. He needs the help of drunk doctor Barrymore, and when Morris goes to get the doc he gets involved with good girl Arthur, who's in the area to meet her brother, who happens to be...well, I'll let you guess that yourself. The uneven mix of fairly heavy violence (for a film made after the Code began) and meet-cute comedy is a bit problematic but the great cast does end up making up for it and it's a reasonably fun ride overall. Takes place theoretically in Chicago (the ending at a theater is the part most reminiscent of Dillinger) and Wisconsin, but this is one of those studio pictures that doesn't even make the faintest effort at realism - I saw a palm tree in the distance in one shot.
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03) Creative Nonfiction (2009, Lena Dunham) - 4/5 (54 checks)
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01) August Underground (2001, Fred Vogel) - 4/5 (202 checks)
02) Not Okay (2022, Quinn Shephard) - 3.5/5 (35 checks)
03) Creative Nonfiction (2009, Lena Dunham) - 4/5 (54 checks)
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1. Nirvana: The Untold Stories (Simon Bisset, 2003) - 6/10 2 checks
2. Coffee and Language (J.P. Allen, 2001) - 8/10 1 check
3. A Little Stiff (Greg Watkins & Caveh Zahedi, 1991) - 8/10 (rewatch) 17 checks
4. Sins of the Realm (Lloyd A. Simandl, 2003) - 4/10 5 checks
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1. Chanson d'Armor (1934) 112 checks
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5. Los ojos dejan huellas (1952) 14 checks
6. Pica Pica (1987) 26 checks
7. The Little Richard Story (1980) 41 checks
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01. Vivre pour Survivre, by Jean-Marie Pallardy (1984) 2/10 48 checks

One of the best "so bad it's great" films ever shot. I had a great time, and if I'd seen it earlier, it would probably have become a classic (of bad movies) in my book.

02. Babodeuli haengjin / The March of Fools, by Kil-jong Ha (1975) 7/10 89 checks

Looks like a student comedy, except it was shot under the korean dictatorship, and one notices subtle innuendos at how heavy this life really is, in such circumstances, especially for young, naive, people (the title's fools). The film was actually deeper than I initially thought, and comes out as strong material.
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1.) Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2022) - 65th check
2.) Bokeh (2017) - 172nd check
3.) Skate Kitchen (2018) - 219th check
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8. Two Days (Sean McGinly, 2003) 42 checks

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9. Cosplay Fetish Battle Drones (Gregg Golding, 2013) 2 checks

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10. Sinead O'Connor: Goodnight, Thank You, You've Been a Lovely Audience (Robert Corkey, 2002) 2 checks

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11a. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (2007) 5 checks
11b. Twin Towers (Bill Guttentag, 2003) 67 checks
11c. Over the Fence (J. Farrell MacDonald, Harold Lloyd, 1917) 40 checks
11d. That's Him (Gilbert Pratt, 1918) 20 checks

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12. Helloween: High Live (Jeremy Azis, 1996) 3 checks

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13. A Month in the Country (Pat O'Connor, 1987) 97 checks

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14. Home James (Patrick Boyle, 1972) 11 checks

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15. Insiang (Lino Brocka, 1976) 391 checks

Less is More
1. Aru eiga-kantoku no shogai a.k.a. Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (Kaneto Shindô, 1975) 70 checks
2. Home Invasion (David Tennant, 2016) 43 checks
3. Naked Angels (Bruce D. Clark, 1969) 11 checks
4. The Wild Ride (Harvey Berman, 1960) 45 checks
5. Angels Hard as They Come (Joe Viola, 1971) 22 checks
6. Debbie Does Dallas (David Buckley, 1978) 291 checks
7. Kaze ni tatsu raion a.k.a. The Lion Standing in the Wind (Takashi Miike, 2015) 18 checks
8. Two Days (Sean McGinly, 2003) 42 checks
9. Cosplay Fetish Battle Drones (Gregg Golding, 2013) 2 checks
10. Sinead O'Connor: Goodnight, Thank You, You've Been a Lovely Audience (Robert Corkey, 2002) 2 checks
11a. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (2007) 5 checks
11b. Twin Towers (Bill Guttentag, 2003) 67 checks
11c. Over the Fence (J. Farrell MacDonald, Harold Lloyd, 1917) 40 checks
11d. That's Him (Gilbert Pratt, 1918) 20 checks
12. Helloween: High Live (Jeremy Azis, 1996) 3 checks
13. A Month in the Country (Pat O'Connor, 1987) 97 checks
14. Home James (Patrick Boyle, 1972) 11 checks
15. Insiang (Lino Brocka, 1976) 391 checks
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04) Vengeance (2022, B.J. Novak) - 4.5/5 (14 checks)
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01) August Underground (2001, Fred Vogel) - 4/5 (202 checks)
02) Not Okay (2022, Quinn Shephard) - 3.5/5 (35 checks)
03) Creative Nonfiction (2009, Lena Dunham) - 4/5 (54 checks)
04) Vengeance (2022, B.J. Novak) - 4.5/5 (14 checks)
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11. Fridericus (1937, Johannes Meyer) - 5/10 - 6th check
--- Polished profile on King Friedrich II of Prussia and his 7-year war. Stays mostly out of the action, but it's well acted with a solid production crew behind it. Respectable effort, even if it is for the Nazi propaganda machine.


12. Deputat Baltiki [Baltic Deputy] (1937, Iosif Kheifits & Aleksandr Zarkhi) - 4/10 - 8th check
--- Well-produced Soviet propaganda based on the Russian scientist Klement Timiriazev and his role in the Union. Not super exciting when you're not too into the world of Communism, but it's a piece in the history puzzle.


13. Vacation from Love (1938, George Fitzmaurice) - 4/10 - 6th check
--- There's no real plot besides a man and woman marrying, and then try to get divorced, only to fall in love again while trying to destroy their fresh marriage. But regardless of the thin idea, the chemistry is what makes it fun. Not super fun, but delivering well over the potential of that stupid script.


14. The Night Hawk (1938, Sidney Salkow) - 3/10 - 1st check
--- Just a flimsy non-western they threw cowboy star Robert Livingston in to see if is would sink or float. Let's just say Livingston focused mainly on westerns after this.


15. Novaya Moskva [The New Moscow] (1938, Aleksandr Medvedkin & Aleksandr Olenin) - 5/10 - 20th check
--- An odd one in the Soviet collection. It's when buildings start moving it gets crazy!


16. Nakimushi kozo [Crybaby Apprentice] (1938, Shirô Toyoda) - 5/10 - 2nd check
--- Slow build to finding the right emotional notes. Became a mildly affectionate film to get lost in.


17. Hold That Co-ed (1938, George Marshall) - 6/10 - 8th check
--- John Barrymore in full drunken ham mode for this political college football spoof. Very humorous with Joan Davis with great kicks and George Murphy as one of the most positive football coaches I've seen. Silly and sometimes clever comedy.


18. Defenders of the Faith (1938, Russell Palmer) - 3/10 - 1st check
--- Pro-Franco documentary in color as the Spanish Civil War ends and we enter the Franco era. Not going to dive into the political aspect, as it is pure propaganda, but the value lays strictly in the historical fascination of this troubled era.


19. His Lordship Regrets (1938, Maclean Rogers) - 4/10 - 1st check
--- His Lordship Regrets (1938) is a little comic filler with Claude Hulbert, a guy best used as a sidekick. However, he almost becomes the sidekick anyhow as his butler Aubrey Mallalieu seems to run things taking up most of the room of this silly lordish plot. I ended-up enjoying this probable more than I should've.


20. Federal Man-Hunt (1938, Nick Grinde) - 3/10 - 1st check
--- ...would be half a decade before they attempted putting Robert Livingston in anything other than westerns again. Random private dick stuff which didn't rise to the occasion.


21. Pearls and Savages (1921, Frank Hurley) - 3/10 - 13th check
--- Australian filmmaker visiting Papua New Guinea and shoots a documentary. The type of film that feels antiquated today, which is fitting since it actually is an antique, but it captures a place and people at specific time in history, so it becomes a portrait of a lost era.


22-24. Flying G-Men (1939, James W. Horne & Ray Taylor) - 4/10 - 257min - 1st check
--- Okay and unoriginal G-Men serial. Most interesting for giving James Craig a chance to work on his craft before he was ready for the big time in the 1940s. As far as actors goes, he was the key personality even if only third billed. The real highlight was the action. The usual messy serial stuff.

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1. Joymati (1935, Jyotiprasad Agarwala) - 2/10 - 1st check
2. Street Singer (I) (1938, Phani Majumdar) - 4/10 - 9th check
3. Port-Arthur (1936, Nicolas Farkas) - 4/10 - 1st check
4. Delhi Durbar and Coronation (II) (1912, Gaumont British Picture Corporation) - 10min - 1st check, Tukaram (1921, Ganpat G. Shinde) - 5min - 1st check, Sukanya Savitri (1922, Kanjibhai Rathod) - 25min - 1st check, Khod Modli (1925, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke) - 1min - 1st check, Sati Savitri (I) (1927, Baburao Painter) - 31min - 2nd check, Gateway to India: Bombay (1932, James A. FitzPatrick) - 8min - 1st check
5. Konung Haakons mottagning i Kristiania [The Reception of King Haakon in Kristiania] (1905, Svensk Kinematograf) - 5min - 5th check, Lanka Dahan (1917, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke) - 5min - 3rd check, La señorita de Chicago (1931, James Parrott) - 31min - 2nd checkm In Walked Charley (1932, Warren Doane) - 21min - 3rd check, His Silent Racket (1933, Charley Chase) - 18min - 8th check
6. The Entitled (2022, Theodore Boborol) - 3/10 - 1st check
7. They Wanted to Marry (1937, Lew Landers) - 3/10 - 5th check
8. The Girl from Scotland Yard (1937, Robert G. Vignola) - 4/10 - 1st check
9. She Asked for It (1937, Erle C. Kenton) - 4/10 - 1st check
10. 52nd Street (1937, Harold Young) - 4/10 - 2nd check
11. Fridericus (1937, Johannes Meyer) - 5/10 - 6th check
12. Deputat Baltiki [Baltic Deputy] (1937, Iosif Kheifits & Aleksandr Zarkhi) - 4/10 - 8th check
13. Vacation from Love (1938, George Fitzmaurice) - 4/10 - 6th check
14. The Night Hawk (1938, Sidney Salkow) - 3/10 - 1st check
15. Novaya Moskva [The New Moscow] (1938, Aleksandr Medvedkin & Aleksandr Olenin) - 5/10 - 20th check
16. Nakimushi kozo [Crybaby Apprentice] (1938, Shirô Toyoda) - 5/10 - 2nd check
17. Hold That Co-ed (1938, George Marshall) - 6/10 - 8th check
18. Defenders of the Faith (1938, Russell Palmer) - 3/10 - 1st check
19. His Lordship Regrets (1938, Maclean Rogers) - 4/10 - 1st check
20. Federal Man-Hunt (1938, Nick Grinde) - 3/10 - 1t check
21. Pearls and Savages (1921, Frank Hurley) - 3/10 - 13th check
22-24. Flying G-Men (1939, James W. Horne & Ray Taylor) - 4/10 - 257min - 1st check
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1. Go Fish (1994) #257

Comments in the Each List challenge.

But really glad to see my influence in this challenge is still noticeable... including my top notch picture editing skills and bonus challenge. :lol:
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maxwelldeux wrote: August 4th, 2022, 1:45 am
But really glad to see my influence in this challenge is still noticeable... including my top notch picture editing skills and bonus challenge. :lol:

Why mess with a good thing? I figured I'd keep the tradition going. :P
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We're off to a pretty good start with 15 participants already. It's no surprise that PUNQ has jumped off to a big lead with 24 points already, while also leading in the bonus challenge. flavo has also started strong in second place with 15 points.

1-3 - Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022) (280 minutes) - 195 checks - Jedi hunters come up with a way to lure Obi-Wan out of the desert. There was certainly plenty of action here and there. The girl that played young Leia was good. Overall, I enjoyed the series quite a bit.

4-7 - Ms. Marvel (2022) (289 minutes, 9 minutes to carry forward) - 88 checks - I enjoyed this series a lot. Iman Vellani nailed it as Kamala Khan. I also liked her family and the rest of the supporting cast. I'm a fan of the comic book and this was good, even with some of the changes that they made. I think that the series would have benefited a lot if it had been a longer season, perhaps 13 episodes or longer, but they did pretty well with what they had.

The OP is updated. I'm sorting ties alphabetically for now, but will probably change that to sorting by Bonus Challenge at the end. Let me know if you see anything amiss.
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1-2. Olive Kitteridge (2014) - 391 checks
Well, this was just stunning. I can’t even explain it well. My words would look paltry in comparison. I’ll just say this miniseries offers extraordinary psychological insight and some of the finest acting I’ve ever seen. Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins are added to my favorite performers list. And the miniseries enters my 500<400 list.
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Btw, the 2021 update of 1000<400 would be https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/icm+ ... 2021/sol-/

(could also additionally keep the link to the previous version in the OP)
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03. El Cochetico, by Marco Ferreri (1960) 7,5/10 214 checks

A cruel comedy about an old man trying to buy a "little car", i.e. a motorized wheelchair, even though he suffers no handicap at all...
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01. Vivre pour Survivre, by Jean-Marie Pallardy (1984) 2/10 48 checks
02. Babodeuli haengjin / The March of Fools, by Kil-jong Ha (1975) 7/10 89 checks
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3. Promenons-nous dans les bois (2000) 97 checks
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1. Misha and the Wolves (2021) 86 checks
2. Nudo e crudele (1984) 7 checks
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Melvelet wrote: August 4th, 2022, 8:01 am Btw, the 2021 update of 1000<400 would be https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/icm+ ... 2021/sol-/

(could also additionally keep the link to the previous version in the OP)
Added, thanks!
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16. North on Evers (James Benning, 1992) 50 checks

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17. The Seasoning House (Paul Hyett, 2012) 206 checks

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18. Valley of the Dolls: A World Premiere Voyage (1967) 3 checks

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19. Band of Angels (Raoul Walsh, 1957) 146 checks

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20. My Mummy (J. Todd Anderson, 2008) 3 checks

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21. Contagion a.k.a. Bio Slime (John Lechago, 2010) 9 checks

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22. Giuseppe De Santis (Carlo Lizzani, 2008) 8 checks

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23. Blood Dancers (J.R. McGarrity, 2004) 8 checks
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1. Aru eiga-kantoku no shogai a.k.a. Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (Kaneto Shindô, 1975) 70 checks
2. Home Invasion (David Tennant, 2016) 43 checks
3. Naked Angels (Bruce D. Clark, 1969) 11 checks
4. The Wild Ride (Harvey Berman, 1960) 45 checks
5. Angels Hard as They Come (Joe Viola, 1971) 22 checks
6. Debbie Does Dallas (David Buckley, 1978) 291 checks
7. Kaze ni tatsu raion a.k.a. The Lion Standing in the Wind (Takashi Miike, 2015) 18 checks
8. Two Days (Sean McGinly, 2003) 42 checks
9. Cosplay Fetish Battle Drones (Gregg Golding, 2013) 2 checks
10. Sinead O'Connor: Goodnight, Thank You, You've Been a Lovely Audience (Robert Corkey, 2002) 2 checks
11a. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (2007) 5 checks
11b. Twin Towers (Bill Guttentag, 2003) 67 checks
11c. Over the Fence (J. Farrell MacDonald, Harold Lloyd, 1917) 40 checks
11d. That's Him (Gilbert Pratt, 1918) 20 checks
12. Helloween: High Live (Jeremy Azis, 1996) 3 checks
13. A Month in the Country (Pat O'Connor, 1987) 97 checks
14. Home James (Patrick Boyle, 1972) 11 checks
15. Insiang (Lino Brocka, 1976) 391 checks
16. North on Evers (James Benning, 1992) 50 checks
17. The Seasoning House (Paul Hyett, 2012) 206 checks
18. Valley of the Dolls: A World Premiere Voyage (1967) 3 checks
19. Band of Angels (Raoul Walsh, 1957) 146 checks
20. My Mummy (J. Todd Anderson, 2008) 3 checks
21. Contagion a.k.a. Bio Slime (John Lechago, 2010) 9 checks
22. Giuseppe De Santis (Carlo Lizzani, 2008) 8 checks
23. Blood Dancers (J.R. McGarrity, 2004) 8 checks
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4. I am Dina (2000) 325 checks
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1. Misha and the Wolves (2021) 86 checks
2. Nudo e crudele (1984) 7 checks
3. Promenons-nous dans les bois (2000) 97 checks
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5. Demon's Claw (Lloyd A. Simandl, 2006) - 4/10 1 check
6. Grand manège: Qu'est-ce qui fait tourner Claude Chabrol?/The Life and Work of Claude Chabrol (2006) - 6/10 1 check
7. Micky Love (Nick Hamm, 1993) - 7/10 5 checks

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1. Nirvana: The Untold Stories (Simon Bisset, 2003) - 6/10 2 checks
2. Coffee and Language (J.P. Allen, 2001) - 8/10 1 check
3. A Little Stiff (Greg Watkins & Caveh Zahedi, 1991) - 8/10 (rewatch) 17 checks
4. Sins of the Realm (Lloyd A. Simandl, 2003) - 4/10 5 checks
5. Demon's Claw (Lloyd A. Simandl, 2006) - 4/10 1 check
6. Grand manège: Qu'est-ce qui fait tourner Claude Chabrol?/The Life and Work of Claude Chabrol (2006) - 6/10 1 check
7. Micky Love (Nick Hamm, 1993) - 7/10 5 checks
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400 Checks is actually a lot

1. Os deuses E Os Mortos / Of Gods and the Undead (Ruy Guerra, 1970) 54 checks
2. Eu Te Amo / I Love You (Arnaldo Jabor, 1981) 39 checks
3. Public Hero #1 (J. Walter Ruben, 1935) 44 checks
4. A Vida Invisível de Eurídice Gusmão / Invisible Life (Karim Aïnouz, 2019) 265 checks

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This was high on my to-see list for last month, as I was watching a lot of stuff for the Brazil poll, but I didn't get to it. Looking at the lists of others, this looks like it might be the highest-scoring film I hadn't seen, so I figured what they hey - and I also focused mostly on older films last month, so it was nice to see something newer.

It's a fine film. Maybe it's a great film. It's a film that *should* resonate really strongly with me - it's theme of two sisters who are separated yet living in close proximity, who miss each other for years and eventually decades, is one I can sort of identify with and certainly one that moves me; and it's portrayal of a paternalistic, conservative society and the ruination that redounds up women as a result is one that alas seems even more potent here in America than it did when the film came out, maybe almost as potent as when the bulk of the film takes place (the 1950s). It's a film of indescribably beautiful color, and after seeing this I'm going to be looking out for the name of Hélène Louvart, the French-born DP who shot this and who has a pretty remarkable CV so far - she also photographed the quite beautiful and colorful Lazzaro felice, and the much grittier and somber Never Rarely Sometimes Always, as well as one of the big awards contenders last year, The Lost Daughter. But for whatever reason, I didn't connect quite as strongly with this as many others seem to have.

The story is pretty simple, really - 20ish sisters Eurídice and Giulia live in Rio in 1951, daughters of a fairly prosperous baker, and each has a dream - Giulia, to run off with the Greek man she's fallen for, to Europe, and Eurídice, to study piano in Vienna. Giulia impulsive runs off one night with her amor, and the sisters' lives are changed forever when their father strives to keep Giulia from returning to the family - and her sister ends up married to a dullard who manages to delay her goals until...well, I don't want to spoil it. This is a film of desperation and longing and unfulfilled desires and dreams, and moments of happiness that never seem to linger, and lifetimes of resentments, usually unspoken in a society that won't tolerate them. It's fairly familiar stuff, but the filmmaking is excellent and the two lead actresses, Julia Stockler and Carol Duarte, are both terrific. And it did move me, and it did resonate but for whatever reason the last third just felt a bit too obvious and schematic to me. I'm very rarely a stickler for realism but it seems to me that the device of letters never reaching their intended person over such a long period, of neither being able to find the other for decades, simply wasn't that convincing, and in this case it's a bit of a problem - because despite the vibrant color and expressive camerawork, this is in the end a fairly straightforward narrative. Again - this doesn't kill the film - but it just made the emotional ending a little less powerful for me.
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1. Krug vtoroy (1990, 209 checks) 6/10
2. 13 Lakes (2004, 174 checks) 7/10
3. Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996, 206 checks) 7/10
4. Palombella rossa (1989, 332 checks) 8/10
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1. 365 Days: This Day (2022) - 1/10 - 61st check
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I was one of the select few who actually enjoyed the first movie, though barely remember much about it two years later. What I can say is that it wasn't just the poor sex scenes done to crappy music this one was (yeah I do remember the first having bits like that too but they were better). This was utter garbage.


2. Joshû sasori: Dai-41 zakkyo-bô (1972) - 7/10 - 337th check
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The story was improved upon in this movie from the first and the nudity was more minimal and therefore had more impact. I did find the main character just stared a lot but whenever she was called into action she delivered.


3. T-Bird at ako (1982) - 5/10 - 7th check
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This movie had potential and was pretty well done over all though I did have a slight problem with how the lesbianism was handled and the ending saw me drop a point in my score.
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1. The Incident (1978) 15 checks
2. Giwaku (1982) 9 checks
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1. The Incident (1978) 15 checks
2. Giwaku (1982) 9 checks
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2. Under the Gun (1951) 44 checks
3. Emil und die Detektive (1931) 226 checks

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1. Chanson d'Armor (1934) 112 checks
2. Under the Gun (1951) 44 checks
3. Emil und die Detektive (1931) 226 checks
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3. Mango Yellow (2002) * 101 min.  190 checks
A too loosely structured look at the lives of the wild and strange people who hang out at a small bar and a run down hotel in a run down neighborhood in Recife in northeast Brazil.

4. Illusions (1982) * 36 min.  284 checks
Online Dating (2015) * 3 min.  1 check
Are You Ready for Marriage? (1950) * 16 min.  330 checks
How Do You Know It's Love? (1950) * 14 min. 298 checks
Marriage Is a Partnership (1951) 16 min. 257 checks

Illusions is a very good drama about a black woman, who is passing, working for a Hollywood studio in the early 1940s as an assistant to a producer. The love and marriage educational shorts are kind of corny, well made although rather stiffly acted, and with mostly sound advice.

5. Ladies of the Jury (1932) * 64 min. 23 checks
A comic Twelve Angry Men, with jury holdout Edna May Oliver using logic, psychology and some improper and a few illegal methods to swing her fellow jurors to her point of view. She is funny, and the movie is generally more realistic about trial procedure than most movies of its era, with the exception of the judge's failure to control the trial, which is a necessary departure from reality for the comedy to work.
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1. Mare Nostrum (1926) * 134 min. 123 checks
2. Trancers 5: Sudden Deth (1994) * 72 min.  40 checks
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I saw it before it was cool
1. Go Fish (1994) #257
2. Gary Owen: #DoinWhatIDo (2019) #1

It's hard to do racial humor as a generic White dude, but he nailed it - he's got a unique perspective, being married to a Black woman with kids and step-kids of color. He ended up being surprisingly funny to me...
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