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Conquer the United States of America!!

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Conquer the United States of America!!

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Post by Kasparius » December 18th, 2012, 2:45 am

The goal of the challenge is to watch 50 films. One for every state. The film's main action needs to take place in that state for the majority of the film (at least 60%). It doesn't necessarily need to have been filmed there (although you get bragging rights if it does).

RULES:

- A feature film (Anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- No rewatches

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Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

As a bonus, you can also try to complete the U.S. territories, but it's not a requirement to complete the challenge. Because of the difficulty of some of those, even one scene in a film set there, or a short film works.

Puerto Rico
Guam
U.S. Virgin Islands
American Samoa
Northern Mariana Islands
Midway Islands
Wake Island
Johnston Atoll
Baker, Howland, and Jarvis Islands
Kingman Reef
Navassa Island
Palmyra Atoll


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Post by brokenface » December 18th, 2012, 3:10 am

Sounds good. Might have to make me a watch list and sign up.

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Post by frbrown » December 18th, 2012, 3:14 am

I'm in. I like American films more than "international" ones.

Any recommendations for Hawaii?
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Post by mjf314 » December 18th, 2012, 3:19 am

frbrown on Dec 17 2012, 08:14:40 PM wrote:I'm in. I like American films more than "international" ones.

Any recommendations for Hawaii?
Does it have to be the real Hawaii? If not then I recommend Hula Girls.

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Post by Kasparius » December 18th, 2012, 3:19 am

This guy does:

http://www.amazon.com/Time-Hawaii-South ... 42N0X7YHL8

Although it's not all Hawaii. I would say Punch-Drunk Love, but it's only like 25 minutes of Hawaii.

I guess The Descendants, though I don't like it much.

I'm about to start with Maine: The Whales of August with Lillian Gish, Bette Davis and Vincent Price. Shot in Maine too :)


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Post by Kasparius » December 18th, 2012, 3:22 am

I'm going to try to watch as many films that use real locations versus a studio in L.A.

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Post by burneyfan » December 18th, 2012, 3:25 am

frbrown on Dec 17 2012, 08:14:40 PM wrote:I'm in. I like American films more than "international" ones.

Any recommendations for Hawaii?
If you like film noir, Hell's Half Acre (Auer, 1954) is not fantastic by any means, but it's set -- and filmed -- in Hawaii. I wrote about it in 2011 during the noir challenge (pasting what I wrote below). It's not on an official list.
Ever heard Hawaiian-style suspense music? If not, this is the film where you'll find it, and yeah, it's kind of weird to hear mellow slide-guitar during a serious car chase. Since I saw an Alaskan film noir early in this challenge, I thought it only fair to watch a Hawaiian film noir, as well. This one has all sorts of problems, unfortunately. Wendell Corey is a guy with a bad past, but he's finally been trying to make good in Honolulu -- he's written a "Polynesian Rhapsody" that's apparently good enough to get recorded and sold on the mainland. Unfortunately, his bad past isn't over, when his girlfriend bites the dust. Meanwhile, a mainland woman (Evelyn Keyes) has bought the Polynesian Rhapsody record, and recognizes a line in the lyrics as one used by a man with a different name, who married her for three days 11+ years ago, just before he shipped out for Pearl Harbor and went MIA. We see very clearly from her photograph of him that he's Wendell Corey, and yet for most of the film, Corey persists in pretending that he's not the guy (because he'd be bad for her), and she just keeps testing him to try to get him to admit that he really is her husband -- it's ridiculous. The always-delightful Elsa Lanchester is inexplicably in this movie as a cab driver -- one supposedly from Wisconsin, before she came to live in Hawaii. Apparently people from Wisconsin had stiff-upper-lip British accents in this period, nothing like the ones I used to hear when I lived halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Lanchester shares front-title screen credit with Corey and Keyes, and yet she's scarcely in the film compared to them. For a film that was supposedly shot in Honolulu, I didn't feel like the location was used to such great effect -- most scenes take place in cars, offices, apartments, and tiki bars. (Don the Beachcomber, one of the main guys responsible for the tiki bar craze in the mid-century, is actually credited as a consultant!) Nice to see lots of Asian-American actors in this film, though I believe all of the women are played by Caucasians -- maybe one of those nasty miscegenation conventions was still in effect, since at least one of the "Asian" women is supposed to be involved with Corey (so maybe she wasn't allowed to be played by someone of Asian descent?). Chinese-American actor Keye Luke plays a smart, capable police chief with NO stereotypical Charlie Chan accent (he's the one who kindly delivers "all Orientals look alike to you" quote that I chose, when Evelyn Keyes attempts to describe a suspect). The main villain (played by Korean-American Philip Ahn) is also refreshingly free of stereotypes (well, except for the "suave, suit-wearing film noir gangster" stereotype, but at least there was no fortune cookie epigram, overdone accent, or other, similar stupidity). Who knew so much action went down in tiki bars?
Choices that I can recall right off that might give you an official check (though I'm not sure if they're all FILMED there -- only SET there, for sure) are From Here to Eternity (or any other title set in/around Pearl Harbor) and The Descendants. Parts of Punch-Drunk Love and Forgetting Sarah Marshall happen in Hawaii. Or there's Blue Hawaii, if you like Elvis...also not an official check...
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Post by frbrown » December 18th, 2012, 3:25 am

Kasparius on Dec 17 2012, 08:20:22 PM wrote:http://voices.yahoo.com/10-best-movies- ... 44857.html
Thanks, that was fast - did you just find that link!?

I forgot about Pearl Harbor; I could always watch Bay's film.
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Post by frbrown » December 18th, 2012, 3:27 am

burneyfan on Dec 17 2012, 08:25:07 PM wrote:
frbrown on Dec 17 2012, 08:14:40 PM wrote:I'm in. I like American films more than "international" ones.

Any recommendations for Hawaii?
If you like film noir
"If I like it"!? I love it!!
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Post by burneyfan » December 18th, 2012, 3:34 am

frbrown on Dec 17 2012, 08:27:29 PM wrote:
burneyfan on Dec 17 2012, 08:25:07 PM wrote:
frbrown on Dec 17 2012, 08:14:40 PM wrote:I'm in. I like American films more than "international" ones.

Any recommendations for Hawaii?
If you like film noir
"If I like it"!? I love it!!
Well, if you want to stick with noir, I was having fun trying to find unusual noir locations during that 2011 film noir challenge, and wound up with Alaska AND Puerto Rico, as well (maybe more -- I just don't remember). Here's the Alaskan one:
05. Cry Vengeance-- M. Stevens, 1954.
How it fits: one of TSPDT's 962 noir-associated films (which includes the 250 Quintessential Noir Films)
"I'm sorry, Tino, but you just aren't first-cabin any more."

Mark Stevens directs and stars as Vic, a physically-scarred ex-cop newly freed from prison, seeking revenge on Tino Morelli. Vic believes that Tino was responsible for the car bomb that killed Vic's wife and child and the frame-up that got Vic sent to prison. Matters are complicated when Vic discovers that Tino's been living the clean life in Ketchikan, Alaska with his little daughter for years. This film has a very sluggish, sappy script, and Stevens' stillness falls flat (I think only certain actors can pull that off, like Henry Fonda), but there are still some notable saving graces: the film was filmed largely in Ketchikan, and I don't know of another Alaskan noir that was actually filmed there. (I had no idea that this movie had ties to Alaska prior to viewing, but I'm excited by the coincidence, since I've been planning to watch a noir set in Hawaii, too.) I also enjoyed Skip Homeier as bleached-blond, bowtie-sporting evil gangster Roxey -- too bad he wasn't in a film with a better script! (Homeier is the same "Skippy" Homeier, the child actor who played ultra-obnoxious Nazi spawn in the propaganda film Tomorrow, the World! -- another film I've seen but never checked, I just noticed! He is also known among original Star Trek watchers as an actor who played two different guest roles -- one in the Nazi episode -- surprise, surprise -- and also as the doctor-leader of space hippies looking for Eden).
The Man with My Face was the Puerto Rican one (not sure if folks are doing Puerto Rico or just the 50 states)...oh, and Appointment with Danger is kind of a hoot (and possibly semi-veiled jab at former Indiana postal inspector Will Hays -- as in, the guy the HAYS Code was named for) set almost entirely in Gary, Indiana (and filmed there, at least partially).
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Post by Kasparius » December 18th, 2012, 3:34 am

Yeah that noir sounds fun! I might watch that one or Elvis' movie. I haven't seen enough of his movies. Might use Viva Las Vegas for Nevada as well. Now I'm getting excited about this challenge!!

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Post by Kasparius » December 18th, 2012, 3:36 am

burneyfan on Dec 17 2012, 08:34:37 PM wrote: The Man with My Face was the Puerto Rican one (not sure if folks are doing Puerto Rico or just the 50 states)...oh, and Appointment with Danger is kind of a hoot (and possibly semi-veiled jab at former Indiana postal inspector Will Hays -- as in, the guy the HAYS Code was named for) set almost entirely in Gary, Indiana (and filmed there, at least partially).
We could do territories too, what do you guys think?


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Post by brokenface » December 18th, 2012, 3:46 am

Kasparius on Dec 17 2012, 08:36:33 PM wrote:
burneyfan on Dec 17 2012, 08:34:37 PM wrote: The Man with My Face was the Puerto Rican one (not sure if folks are doing Puerto Rico or just the 50 states)...oh, and Appointment with Danger is kind of a hoot (and possibly semi-veiled jab at former Indiana postal inspector Will Hays -- as in, the guy the HAYS Code was named for) set almost entirely in Gary, Indiana (and filmed there, at least partially).
We could do territories too, what do you guys think?
They could be optional bonuses.

The Rum Diary is one I want to watch for Puerto Rico. Think it'll be a struggle for others.

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Post by Kasparius » December 18th, 2012, 3:54 am

Ok, I like the idea of optional bonuses. I'll put a note in the OP.

Puerto Rico
Guam
U.S. Virgin Islands
American Samoa
Northern Mariana Islands
Midway Islands
Wake Island
Johnston Atoll
Baker, Howland, and Jarvis Islands
Kingman Reef
Navassa Island
Palmyra Atoll

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Post by burneyfan » December 18th, 2012, 3:58 am

Kasparius on Dec 17 2012, 08:54:28 PM wrote:Ok, I like the idea of optional bonuses. I'll put a note in the OP.

Puerto Rico
Guam
U.S. Virgin Islands
American Samoa
Northern Mariana Islands
Midway Islands
Wake Island
Johnston Atoll
Baker, Howland, and Jarvis Islands
Kingman Reef
Navassa Island
Palmyra Atoll
I bet you could get quite a few of these easily, just watching WWII movies set in the Pacific (and often filmed at least partly on location).

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Post by brokenface » December 18th, 2012, 3:59 am

I think I know what to watch for Wake Island ;)

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Post by Kasparius » December 18th, 2012, 4:01 am

It's an official check too :)


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Post by Kasparius » December 18th, 2012, 5:18 am

Great!

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Post by jvv » December 18th, 2012, 8:20 am

I'm not going to participate in this challenge (I really need to work on the Conquer the World challenge again), but as a Keanu Reeves fan I just have to mention he made no less than three movies with a US state in the title :

The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988) - mostly set/filmed in Pennsylvania
My Own Private Idaho (1991) - mostly set/filmed in Oregon (also some Idaho and Italy)
Feeling Minnesota (1996) - mostly set/filmed in Minnesota

Also for California you could throw in Point Break (1991) where he plays the character Johnny Utah. :lol:

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Post by Cippenham » December 18th, 2012, 9:32 am

And the Sea Will Tell (1991) recounts a double murder on Palmyra Atoll but is a TV mini series I think.

Good luck with this, but I am not taking part due to other commitments.
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Post by Cippenham » December 18th, 2012, 9:32 am

-- :P double post
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Post by Kasparius » December 18th, 2012, 2:00 pm

You guys know this is ongoing, right?

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Post by Kowry » December 18th, 2012, 2:02 pm

Might join later - would be a fun way to familiarize myself better with U.S. geography - but currently too many other film goals going on.

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Post by VincentPrice » December 18th, 2012, 6:33 pm

Definitely in.

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Post by Kasparius » December 18th, 2012, 6:42 pm

Speaking of Vincent Price, I started Whales of August last night. I had to stop cause I had a really early call time. I love him old, he was so loveable.

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Post by WalterNeff » December 18th, 2012, 7:00 pm

1. Remember the Night (1940) - Indiana. District Attorney Fred MacMurray falls in love with Barbara Stanwyck, the shoplifter he has to prosecute, as they spend Christmas back home in Indiana.

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Post by frbrown » December 18th, 2012, 9:26 pm

1. Minnesota - Young Adult (2011)
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Post by jvv » December 18th, 2012, 9:29 pm

Kasparius on Dec 18 2012, 07:00:12 AM wrote:You guys know this is ongoing, right?
OK, maybe I'll join later, but I'm not actively going to seek out movies until I've finished at least one of my other challenges.

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Post by Kasparius » December 18th, 2012, 9:47 pm

WalterNeff on Dec 18 2012, 12:00:45 PM wrote:1. Remember the Night (1940) - Indiana. District Attorney Fred MacMurray falls in love with Barbara Stanwyck, the shoplifter he has to prosecute, as they spend Christmas back home in Indiana.
Great movie!!

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Post by Kasparius » December 18th, 2012, 9:48 pm

jvv on Dec 18 2012, 02:29:18 PM wrote:
Kasparius on Dec 18 2012, 07:00:12 AM wrote:You guys know this is ongoing, right?
OK, maybe I'll join later, but I'm not actively going to seek out movies until I've finished at least one of my other challenges.
I'm sure you'll see an eligible one soon enough.

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Post by jvv » December 18th, 2012, 9:58 pm

Kasparius on Dec 18 2012, 02:48:25 PM wrote:
jvv on Dec 18 2012, 02:29:18 PM wrote:
Kasparius on Dec 18 2012, 07:00:12 AM wrote:You guys know this is ongoing, right?
OK, maybe I'll join later, but I'm not actively going to seek out movies until I've finished at least one of my other challenges.
I'm sure you'll see an eligible one soon enough.
You're probably right. :D

Does Stagecoach count for Arizona ?

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Post by Kasparius » December 18th, 2012, 10:21 pm

jvv on Dec 18 2012, 02:58:53 PM wrote:
Kasparius on Dec 18 2012, 02:48:25 PM wrote:
jvv on Dec 18 2012, 02:29:18 PM wrote:OK, maybe I'll join later, but I'm not actively going to seek out movies until I've finished at least one of my other challenges.
I'm sure you'll see an eligible one soon enough.
You're probably right. :D

Does Stagecoach count for Arizona ?
Absolutely!!

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Post by VincentPrice » December 18th, 2012, 11:05 pm

Kasparius on Dec 18 2012, 11:42:23 AM wrote:Speaking of Vincent Price, I started Whales of August last night. I had to stop cause I had a really early call time. I love him old, he was so loveable.
And to add to that, I live in Maine.

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Post by jvv » December 19th, 2012, 1:24 am

1. Arizona - Stagecoach (1939) - 8/10

Loved the humor and the interesting characters in this western.
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Post by Kasparius » December 19th, 2012, 1:26 am

VincentPrice on Dec 18 2012, 04:05:23 PM wrote:
Kasparius on Dec 18 2012, 11:42:23 AM wrote:Speaking of Vincent Price, I started Whales of August last night. I had to stop cause I had a really early call time. I love him old, he was so loveable.
And to add to that, I live in Maine.
Cool, I ended up loving Whales of August. I only was in Maine once, but it was beautiful and stereotypically I had the best lobster I ever ate, to balance that though I also had the worst blueberry pancakes I've ever eaten.

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Post by Kasparius » December 19th, 2012, 1:41 am

1. Maine - The Whales of August (1987) Lindsay Anderson (8.5/10)
2. New Jersey - Running on Empty (1988) Sidney Lumet (8.5/10)

Coincidentally I ended watching 2 films that happen to be in Akira Kurosawa's top 100.

I can completely see why he fell for The Whales of August, it has the same loving and respectful look at old people that you can find in his own work, specifically in Ikiru or Rhapsody in August. (Actually I'm now wondering if the title has anything to do with the Anderson film, there's actually a few similarities between the two film.) As for Maine, I've only been once but I was struck by how beautiful and unique it was. The film does a good job at capturing some of that beauty, as well as the grace and amazing soul of these wonderful actors. A couple of lovingly observed moments of Bette Davis and Lillian Gish, had me in tears. Vincent Price is also wonderful and utterly loveable here. Beautiful.

Running on Empty also had me in tears a few times, a really interesting story, very well told by Lumet and superbly acted all around. As far as Jersey goes, he stayed away from any of the bad clichées associated with that State.
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Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine - The Whales of August (1987) Lindsay Anderson (8.5/10)
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey - Running on Empty (1988) Sidney Lumet (8.5/10)
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

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Post by brokenface » December 19th, 2012, 5:14 am

1. Georgia - Wise Blood (Huston, 1979) 9/10

Really liked this one. Been meaning to watch it for ages. Filmed in Macon, Georgia.

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