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Indian Subcontinent Challenge (Official, October 2022)

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Indian Subcontinent Challenge

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Welcome to the Indian Subcontinent Challenge!

Goal
Watch movies/episodes from the Indian Subcontinent. Discuss them.

Rules
- Challenge runs from October 1, 2022 to October 31, 2022.
- Movies and episodes from the following countries are eligible: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Whether any particular movie or episode is from these countries is something I leave up to the discretion of participants.
- A feature film (at least 40 minutes) counts as one point.
- 80 minutes of short films or miniseries/TV episodes counts as one point.
- Films/episodes must be watched one at a time, at single speed (not sped up), and in their entirety.
- Not a rule but a request: When you post what you have watched, please include your reaction or at least a rating so that other people can learn about movies they might not know about. Also, the challenge is more fun and interesting when discussion is ample.

Stats & Formatting
- Title (Year) is the preferred format.
- Don't edit posts to include new movies you've watched. Always make new posts.

Previous Editions
2013 - Led by sushantv10 with 35 points.
2017 - Led by 72allinncallme with 51 points.
2020 - Led by flavo5000 with 63 points.

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RankParticipantNumber of Points
1DudeLanez32
2jdidaco26
3maxwelldeux7
4Lonewolf20035
4blocho5
6sol2
6pitchorneirda2
6gunnar2
9Torgo1
9Arkantos1
9Mario Gaborovic1
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I have this in the OP of the Horror challenge, but here's a link to Horror films from the Indian Subcontinent. And the triangle under the film poster will tell you where you can stream it:

https://trakt.tv/search/movies/?genres= ... v,np,pk,lk
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01. Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (2019) - Bhutan
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Huh, where's everyone? :$

btw, I felt Bhutan would belong more to the more Eastern parts of Asia, culturally speaking. But who are we to decide that, right. -_-


0. Gunga Din (1939) :ph43r:
1. Mother India (1957) (I'm not even sure what to think, but, um. It was the longer of both films)
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Torgo wrote: October 2nd, 2022, 7:07 pm Huh, where's everyone? :$
Do you think blocho will take a $20 bet on which of us hosts the busier challenge? :lol:

I'm actually planning on playing here some, but I have a bunch of Horror films borrowed that return in a day or two, so I'm trying to work through those first.
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1. A Folk Tale (1980, Ketan Mehta) 6,5/10
2. In Search of Famine (1981, Mrinal Sen) 7/10
3. Threshold (1982, Jabbar Patel) 7/10

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What films are available to watch from the Maldives?
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maxwelldeux wrote: October 2nd, 2022, 7:27 pm
Torgo wrote: October 2nd, 2022, 7:07 pm Huh, where's everyone? :$
Do you think blocho will take a $20 bet on which of us hosts the busier challenge? :lol:

I'm actually planning on playing here some, but I have a bunch of Horror films borrowed that return in a day or two, so I'm trying to work through those first.
I'm interested in seeing which challenge gets less traffic:
1. Indian subcontinent going head-to-head with horror
2. USSR/Russia (last month) during a time when a lot of people aren't happy with Russia
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yllow wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 8:50 am What films are available to watch from the Maldives?
https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?countries=mv
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blocho wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 5:00 pm
maxwelldeux wrote: October 2nd, 2022, 7:27 pm
Torgo wrote: October 2nd, 2022, 7:07 pm Huh, where's everyone? :$
Do you think blocho will take a $20 bet on which of us hosts the busier challenge? :lol:

I'm actually planning on playing here some, but I have a bunch of Horror films borrowed that return in a day or two, so I'm trying to work through those first.
I'm interested in seeing which challenge gets less traffic:
1. Indian subcontinent going head-to-head with horror
2. USSR/Russia (last month) during a time when a lot of people aren't happy with Russia
Well, In 2017, the India challenge only racked up 98 points across all competitors, and 72aicm had more than half of that. Then again, I apparently finished in 5th place in the Russia challenge with 3 points. So yeah - will definitely be interesting.
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4. Anuradha (1960, Hrishikesh Mukherjee) 6/10
5. Anupama (1966, Hrishikesh Mukherjee) 7/10

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1. A Folk Tale (1980, Ketan Mehta) 6,5/10
2. In Search of Famine (1981, Mrinal Sen) 7/10
3. Threshold (1982, Jabbar Patel) 7/10
4. Anuradha (1960, Hrishikesh Mukherjee) 6/10
5. Anupama (1966, Hrishikesh Mukherjee) 7/10
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1. Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (2019)
When I was teacher, I had the benefit of teaching in a place (New York) that spends more per pupil on public education than nearly any other polity in the world. On the other hand, I also had students who mostly hated education and dedicated themselves to foiling my teaching efforts. This movie makes me ponder a simple question: Would I trade that scenario for one in which I had no school supplies, no electricity, a yak in the classroom that regularly dropped massive turds, and eager, obedient students. That’s the situation in this movie, and after reflection, I’ll take the scenario with the eager students.

As for the movie itself, this is a very familiar story: an urban professional is sent to provide his services in a remote locale. He is unhappy to be there and wants to leave as soon as possible. But slowly the welcome and charm of the local inhabitants warm his heart. His abilities help the community, and eventually he experiences some measure of fulfillment. Even if there’s nothing surprising here narratively, it’s a pleasant enough movie with some gorgeous scenery.
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yllow wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 8:50 am What films are available to watch from the Maldives?
In addition to the films in max's link, these are the ones listed on Letterboxd, though some might be ineligible co-productions:

https://letterboxd.com/films/country/maldives/
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1. Andhadhun (2018, Sriram Raghavan): 7.0 - Enjoyable twisty thriller-comedy that constantly very well balance both its dark comedic and thriller tones.
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6. Sant Tukaram (1936, Damle/Fattelal) 5/10
7. Rat-Trap (1982, Adoor Gopalakrishnan) 6,5/10

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1. A Folk Tale (1980, Ketan Mehta) 6,5/10
2. In Search of Famine (1981, Mrinal Sen) 7/10
3. Threshold (1982, Jabbar Patel) 7/10
4. Anuradha (1960, Hrishikesh Mukherjee) 6/10
5. Anupama (1966, Hrishikesh Mukherjee) 7/10
6. Sant Tukaram (1936, Damle/Fattelal) 5/10
7. Rat-Trap (1982, Adoor Gopalakrishnan) 6,5/10
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2. Visaaranai [Interrogation] (2015, Vetri Maaran): 6.8
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1. Andhadhun (2018, Sriram Raghavan): 7.0
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1. The Cloud-Capped Star (1960, Ritwik Ghatak)
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Thank you for hosting, blocho!

(Screenshots from 'Badnam Basti' & 'Pehla Adhyay'),

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1. Badnam Basti (Alley of Ill Repute, Prem Kapoor, 1971) 9/10
2. Pehla Adhyay (The First Chapter, Vishnu Mathur, 1981) 10/10
3. Pattiyude Divasam (A Dog's Day, Murali Nair, 2001) 8.5/10
4. Naan Kadavul (I Am God, Bala, 2009) 9/10
5. Pisasu (Devil, Mysskin, 2014) 7.5/10
6. A Night of Knowing Nothing (Payal Kapadia, 2021) 9/10

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8. Company Limited (1971, Satyajit Ray) 6,5/10
9. Chidambaram (1985, Govindan Aravindan) 6/10

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1. A Folk Tale (1980, Ketan Mehta) 6,5/10
2. In Search of Famine (1981, Mrinal Sen) 7/10
3. Threshold (1982, Jabbar Patel) 7/10
4. Anuradha (1960, Hrishikesh Mukherjee) 6/10
5. Anupama (1966, Hrishikesh Mukherjee) 7/10
6. Sant Tukaram (1936, Damle/Fattelal) 5/10
7. Rat-Trap (1982, Adoor Gopalakrishnan) 6,5/10
8. Company Limited (1971, Satyajit Ray) 6,5/10
9. Chidambaram (1985, Govindan Aravindan) 6/10
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1. The Music Room (1958, India)

I can recognize why this film is on so many lists, but it was really not my thing. And there were way too many shots of weird old men looking at people dancing/singing.
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Sorry to break in but I'm going to hijack this thread for a sec, because maybe not everyone checks all other threads: ;)

ANNOUNCEMENT

We are setting up the Challenge Schedule for 2023. After some discussion we came to a nice consensus with this tentative schedule.. Come over to that topic to voice your feedback please.

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10. Ajantrik (1958, Ritwik Ghatak) 6/10
11. Susman (1987, Shyam Benegal) 7/10
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01. A Folk Tale (1980, Ketan Mehta) 6,5/10
02. In Search of Famine (1981, Mrinal Sen) 7/10
03. Threshold (1982, Jabbar Patel) 7/10
04. Anuradha (1960, Hrishikesh Mukherjee) 6/10
05. Anupama (1966, Hrishikesh Mukherjee) 7/10
06. Sant Tukaram (1936, Damle/Fattelal) 5/10
07. Rat-Trap (1982, Adoor Gopalakrishnan) 6,5/10
08. Company Limited (1971, Satyajit Ray) 6,5/10
09. Chidambaram (1985, Govindan Aravindan) 6/10
10. Ajantrik (1958, Ritwik Ghatak) 6/10
11. Susman (1987, Shyam Benegal) 7/10
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Nine days into the month and I have finally watched something non-horror related that counts here. :sweat: I did want to want to check Bhutan off my 2022 Letterboxd World Map, and I am still yet to turn Bangladesh green this year, so maybe this won't be my only post here either. :unsure:

1. Travellers & Magicians (2003) Bhutan

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While it is wonderful seeing all the breathtaking mountains that surround Bhutan (this was the first film to ever be shot entirely there), the main guy's trajectory is easy to predict as he befriends other hitchhikers who share stories that make him reconsider his desire to leave. The film also has less in the way of magic than one might expect from the title. Bits and pieces of the film certainly work, particularly the twists and turns a rice paper maker story.
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12. Mother India (1957, Mehboob Khan) 5/10
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01. A Folk Tale (1980, Ketan Mehta) 6,5/10
02. In Search of Famine (1981, Mrinal Sen) 7/10
03. Threshold (1982, Jabbar Patel) 7/10
04. Anuradha (1960, Hrishikesh Mukherjee) 6/10
05. Anupama (1966, Hrishikesh Mukherjee) 7/10
06. Sant Tukaram (1936, Damle/Fattelal) 5/10
07. Rat-Trap (1982, Adoor Gopalakrishnan) 6,5/10
08. Company Limited (1971, Satyajit Ray) 6,5/10
09. Chidambaram (1985, Govindan Aravindan) 6/10
10. Ajantrik (1958, Ritwik Ghatak) 6/10
11. Susman (1987, Shyam Benegal) 7/10
12. Mother India (1957, Mehboob Khan) 5/10
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Underground Indian Continent
1. The Music Room (1958, India)
2. Baahubali: The Beginning (2015, India) 8/10

I honestly did not go into this movie thinking I was going to say this, but I fucking loved this movie - SUPER awesome. It was absolutely balls out insane epic action pulling in tons of cool over-the-top action tropes. Super human insanely large men doing impossible things? Check. Giant overlong battle scenes? Check. Stylized death and battle? Check. It's like if you combined Troy and Lord of the Rings: Two Towers into a single Indian epic, you'd end up with this film. Tons of fun - the cliffhanger ending annoys the everloving piss out of me, but I can't wait to see the next one.
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Underground Indian Continent
1. The Music Room (1958, India)
2. Baahubali: The Beginning (2015, India)
3. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017, India)

Obviously, after watching the first one, I had to watch The Conclusion. Yet again, sheer unbridled awesome. Over the top action. Fantastic pacing. I would say I enjoyed the first more, as I was able to anticipate less of the plot line in the first. But this made up for it by upping the ridiculous and awesomeness. These are so much fun and recommended for any stylized action fan.
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You really should watch RRR also than, Max
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13. The Cloud-Capped Star (1960, Ritwik Ghatak) 6,5/10
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01. A Folk Tale (1980, Ketan Mehta) 6,5/10
02. In Search of Famine (1981, Mrinal Sen) 7/10
03. Threshold (1982, Jabbar Patel) 7/10
04. Anuradha (1960, Hrishikesh Mukherjee) 6/10
05. Anupama (1966, Hrishikesh Mukherjee) 7/10
06. Sant Tukaram (1936, Damle/Fattelal) 5/10
07. Rat-Trap (1982, Adoor Gopalakrishnan) 6,5/10
08. Company Limited (1971, Satyajit Ray) 6,5/10
09. Chidambaram (1985, Govindan Aravindan) 6/10
10. Ajantrik (1958, Ritwik Ghatak) 6/10
11. Susman (1987, Shyam Benegal) 7/10
12. Mother India (1957, Mehboob Khan) 5/10
13. The Cloud-Capped Star (1960, Ritwik Ghatak) 6,5/10
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Lonewolf2003 wrote: October 11th, 2022, 9:43 pm You really should watch RRR also than, Max
Well that's a hell of a sales pitch... :circle:
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(Screenshots from 'Pokkuveyil'),

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7. Pokkuveyil (Twilight, Govindan Aravindan, 1982) 10/10
8. Genesis (Mrinal Sen, 1986) 9/10
9. Marattam (Masquerade, Govindan Aravindan, 1988) 9/10
10. And the Show Goes On: Indian Chapter (Mrinal Sen, 1996) 7.5/10
11. Sivapuranam (The Strange Case of Shiva, Arun Karthick, 2015) 7.5/10
12. RRR (S.S. Rajamouli, 2022) 8.5/10

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1. Badnam Basti (Alley of Ill Repute, Prem Kapoor, 1971) 9/10
2. Pehla Adhyay (The First Chapter, Vishnu Mathur, 1981) 10/10
3. Pattiyude Divasam (A Dog's Day, Murali Nair, 2001) 8.5/10
4. Naan Kadavul (I Am God, Bala, 2009) 9/10
5. Pisasu (Devil, Mysskin, 2014) 7.5/10
6. A Night of Knowing Nothing (Payal Kapadia, 2021) 9/10
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3. Shatranj Ke Khilari [The Chess Players] (1977, Satyajit Ray): 8.8

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1. Andhadhun (2018, Sriram Raghavan): 7.0
2. Visaaranai [Interrogation] (2015, Vetri Maaran): 6.8
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4. Ghare-Baire [The Home and the World] (1984, Satyajit Ray): 8.0 - Especially topical now again in this day and age when nationalism has such a stronghold again in many countries, inc. Ray's own India. Leave it to a humanist like Ray to make the political conflict and tragic love triangle nuanced and subtle instead of simplistic.

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1. Andhadhun (2018, Sriram Raghavan): 7.0
2. Visaaranai [Interrogation] (2015, Vetri Maaran): 6.8
3. Shatranj Ke Khilari [The Chess Players] (1977, Satyajit Ray): 8.8
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5. Ganashatru [An Enemy of the People] (1989, Satyajit Ray): 7.5 - Well written,
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tho I didn't like the sudden happy ending
, but the direction is subpar for Ray, it feels tv-movie-ish. This movie again confirms to me that people and problems are the same anytime anywhere.

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1. Andhadhun (2018, Sriram Raghavan): 7.0
2. Visaaranai [Interrogation] (2015, Vetri Maaran): 6.8
3. Shatranj Ke Khilari [The Chess Players] (1977, Satyajit Ray): 8.8
4. Ghare-Baire [The Home and the World] (1984, Satyajit Ray): 8.0
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14. Subarnarekha (1965, Ritwik Ghatak) 7,5/10
15. Sholay (1975, Ramesh Sippy) 5,5/10
16. Bãhubali: The Beginning (2015, S.S. Rajamouli) 6/10
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01. A Folk Tale (1980, Ketan Mehta) 6,5/10
02. In Search of Famine (1981, Mrinal Sen) 7/10
03. Threshold (1982, Jabbar Patel) 7/10
04. Anuradha (1960, Hrishikesh Mukherjee) 6/10
05. Anupama (1966, Hrishikesh Mukherjee) 7/10
06. Sant Tukaram (1936, Damle/Fattelal) 5/10
07. Rat-Trap (1982, Adoor Gopalakrishnan) 6,5/10
08. Company Limited (1971, Satyajit Ray) 6,5/10
09. Chidambaram (1985, Govindan Aravindan) 6/10
10. Ajantrik (1958, Ritwik Ghatak) 6/10
11. Susman (1987, Shyam Benegal) 7/10
12. Mother India (1957, Mehboob Khan) 5/10
13. The Cloud-Capped Star (1960, Ritwik Ghatak) 6,5/10
14. Subarnarekha (1965, Ritwik Ghatak) 7,5/10
15. Sholay (1975, Ramesh Sippy) 5,5/10
16. Bãhubali: The Beginning (2015, S.S. Rajamouli) 6/10
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Underground Indian Continent
1. The Music Room (1958, India)
2. Baahubali: The Beginning (2015, India)
3. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017, India)
4. RRR (2022, India)
Well, that settles it. I think I might love this director, S.S. Rajamouli. Third film in a row that is a very solid 8+/10. In fact, I have only 21 directors (with at least 3 films seeen) with a raw average of at least 8.0, and Rajamouli is the latest of them. I loved this one even more than the Baahubali duo. Over the top stylized action and pure unbridled awesomeness? Hell yeah! So well paced that a runtime over 3 hours almost felt too short. But the exquisite joy of watching the British Empire get their violent comeuppance was the icing on the cake. LOVED this film.
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maxwelldeux wrote: October 15th, 2022, 3:21 am
Underground Indian Continent
1. The Music Room (1958, India)
2. Baahubali: The Beginning (2015, India)
3. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017, India)
4. RRR (2022, India)
Well, that settles it. I think I might love this director, S.S. Rajamouli. Third film in a row that is a very solid 8+/10. In fact, I have only 21 directors (with at least 3 films seeen) with a raw average of at least 8.0, and Rajamouli is the latest of them. I loved this one even more than the Baahubali duo. Over the top stylized action and pure unbridled awesomeness? Hell yeah! So well paced that a runtime over 3 hours almost felt too short. But the exquisite joy of watching the British Empire get their violent comeuppance was the icing on the cake. LOVED this film.
Yeah, it’s pure unbridled awesomeness.
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17. A River Called Titas (1973, Ritwik Ghatak) 7/10
18. Ship of Theseus (2012, Anand Gandhi) 6,5/10

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01. A Folk Tale (1980, Ketan Mehta) 6,5/10
02. In Search of Famine (1981, Mrinal Sen) 7/10
03. Threshold (1982, Jabbar Patel) 7/10
04. Anuradha (1960, Hrishikesh Mukherjee) 6/10
05. Anupama (1966, Hrishikesh Mukherjee) 7/10
06. Sant Tukaram (1936, Damle/Fattelal) 5/10
07. Rat-Trap (1982, Adoor Gopalakrishnan) 6,5/10
08. Company Limited (1971, Satyajit Ray) 6,5/10
09. Chidambaram (1985, Govindan Aravindan) 6/10
10. Ajantrik (1958, Ritwik Ghatak) 6/10
11. Susman (1987, Shyam Benegal) 7/10
12. Mother India (1957, Mehboob Khan) 5/10
13. The Cloud-Capped Star (1960, Ritwik Ghatak) 6,5/10
14. Subarnarekha (1965, Ritwik Ghatak) 7,5/10
15. Sholay (1975, Ramesh Sippy) 5,5/10
16. Bãhubali: The Beginning (2015, S.S. Rajamouli) 6/10
17. A River Called Titas (1973, Ritwik Ghatak) 7/10
18. Ship of Theseus (2012, Anand Gandhi) 6,5/10
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Both of these movies are set in 1920s India, and that’s just about all they have in common.

2. RRR (2022)
At first, I was sure this movie wasn’t for me. The dubbing didn’t help (Netflix offers audio in many languages but not in the original Telugu), but it was mostly how over-the-top everything was that initially repelled me. I almost turned it off several times over the first half hour. But it eventually won me over as a font of unintentional comedy. This is a movie that’s very, very dedicated to being as epic and cool as possible, without much regard for logic or reality. And there’s something quite funny about that, like when the hero is being tortured and responds by breaking into song or when he picks up a motorcycle with one hand and swings it around like a bat or when he launches an attack on an armed compound with a couple of torches and an animal menagerie.

3. Aparajito (1956)
One of the peculiarities of my upbringing was that my parents never felt they needed to modify their recreational activities for the tastes of my brother and me. That doesn’t mean they didn’t cater to our interests; they certainly did. But they also felt that there was no reason not to include us in what they did just because we were children. So we had healthy doses of museums and the arts even when we were quite young. At one point in the early 1990s, my mother took me to see Pather Panchali at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. I was probably between 7 and 9 years old. I feel it’s safe to assume I was the youngest in the audience that day. I still remember the basic contours of the plot, and I remember being impressed by the movie and feeling emotionally affected.

Fast forward a few decades, and I’ve now seen the sequel, a neorealism-tinged coming-of-age story that was pretty good. My only misgiving is that the first half was a bit of a bore. There was barely any dramatic tension until the second half when Apu begins going to school. The overarching narrative and themes are simple, timeless, and effective. But I was also intrigued by the minor themes, some of which are examined so briefly that I don't know how intentional they were. For example, in a couple of early scenes, Apu watches young men exercising. Much later in the movie, he sees a young boy doing a series of yoga/contortionist poses. Does this reveal something internal about the bookish Apu, perhaps something concerning the classic mind-body divide? The movie doesn’t really make it clear. Another example is the several times we see a sun dial. Apu also consults a book at one point to find when the sun will rise. A richer classmate wears a watch, but we get the sense that the industrial mandate of timekeeping has not yet reached Apu’s rural home. And then there’s the subplot during the first third of the movie about the upstairs neighbor, the meaning of which I haven’t been able to suss out. There seems to be a lot of small themes like these being explored in a very subtle way.

Aparajito is my 5,000th check. Oddly enough, my 2,500th occurred almost exactly ten years ago (ten years and two days, to be exact). I always try to see a notable and highly-praised movie for every "milestone" check. This approach has typically yielded poor results because if there's a highly-praised movie I haven't seen at this point, it's probably because I suspect I won't like it, and that suspicion is usually correct. I'm happy that this check was an exception to the trend. I've put the milestone movies in a list below.
Spoiler
5000 - Aparajito
4500 - L’avventura
4000 - Tokyo Story
3500 - Grave of the Fireflies
3000 - Broken Blossoms
2500 - Reds
2000 - Killer of Sheep
1500 - A Bout de Souffle
1000 - The Deer Hunter
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Summary: Halfway

Headline Stats
We have 9 participants thus far, with a cumulative total of 46 points. That works out to a mean score of 5.1 points and a median of 3 points. DudeLanez leads the way with 18 points, followed by jdidaco (12) and Lonewolf2003 (5).

Years
(The following data does not include shorts or episodes.)
The most popular year so far is 2015. The median year is 1985. Here's a breakdown by decade:
1930s - 1 movie
1940s - 0 movies
1950s - 5 movies
1960s - 5 movies
1970s - 5 movies
1980s - 12 movies
1990s - 1 movie
2000s - 3 movies
2010s - 10 movies
2020s - 4 movies
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blocho wrote: October 16th, 2022, 6:04 am Aparajito is my 5,000th check. Oddly enough, my 2,500th occurred almost exactly ten years ago (ten years and two days, to be exact). I always try to see a notable and highly-praised movie for every "milestone" check. This approach has typically yielded poor results because if there's a highly-praised movie I haven't seen at this point, it's probably because I suspect I won't like it, and that suspicion is usually correct. I'm happy that this check was an exception to the trend. I've put the milestone movies in a list below.
Spoiler
5000 - Aparajito
4500 - L’avventura
4000 - Tokyo Story
3500 - Grave of the Fireflies
3000 - Broken Blossoms
2500 - Reds
2000 - Killer of Sheep
1500 - A Bout de Souffle
1000 - The Deer Hunter
Congrats on the milestone. I similarly track and try to find important/notable films for my milestone movies, though I count by feature films voted for on IMDb rather than iCM checks (since I don't like factoring miniseries and shorts into the count). And like you, I don't have a great success rate with choosing milestone movies that I end up loving, though I did quite well with my 3000th, 5000th and 9000th film.
My milestone movies
3000 - Ace in the Hole
4000 - F for Fake
5000 - Singin' in the Rain
6000 - Pin
7000 - Rififi
8000 - Spellbound (1945)
9000 - Man with a Movie Camera
10000 - A Separation
11000 - A Touch of Zen
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