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Unofficial Doubling the Canon Challenge (2019-2020)

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » May 7th, 2019, 5:42 pm

Copied and pasted (with some slight editing) from the iCM Favourite Movies Challenge by connordenney as the rules are very similar. Surely there's gotta be more users going through this list.

Goal:
Watch as many movies as you can from the Doubling the Canon list (2019 Edition).

Rules:
- Any single item on the list counts as an entry, no matter the length.
- Rewatches not allowed, though they are good for the soul.

Challenge runs until the next update in April/May 2020. Technically, you can include anything you have seen since May 6th, the day the list was updated on iCM.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » May 7th, 2019, 5:45 pm

I started going through the list on April 28th. I'll list them but not count them until the May 6th watches are included.

X. Tepenin Ardı [Beyond the Hill] (2012) 6/10
X. Macskajáték [Cat's Play] (1974) 7/10
X. The Passing (1991) 6/10
X. Oro, plata, mata [Gold, Silver, Death] (1982) 5/10
X. Ten Skies (2004) 7/10
X. Geschichtsunterricht [History Lessons] (1972) 6/10
X. Les voleurs [Thieves] (1996) 5/10
X. 上海之夜 [Shanghai Blues] (1984) 3/10
X. Dealer (2004) 4/10
X. Orgullo [Pride] (1955) 7/10
X. Kutya éji dala [The Dog's Night Song] (1983) 6/10
X. Morgen beginnt das Leben [Life Begins Tomorrow] (1933) 7/10

1. Captain From Castile (1947) 8/10
2. La traversée de Paris [Four Bags Full] (1956) 3/10
3. Gostanza da Libbiano (2000) 6/10
4. Inca Light (1972) 7/10
5. LA 92 (2017) 6/10
6. Only Yesterday (1933) 6/10
7. Hajnal [Dawn] (1980) 7/10

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » May 9th, 2019, 1:56 am

8. 下妻物語 [Kamikaze Girls] (2004) 1/10 WTF WAS THIS
9. Jenseits der Straße [Harbour Drift] (1929) 8/10
10. '71 (2014) 2/10
11. 城南舊事 [My Memories of Old Beijing] (1983) 7/10

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Post by RBG » May 9th, 2019, 2:27 am

huh i just happened to watch two since may 6

1. una pelea cubana contra los demonios (1972) tomás gutiérrez alea
2. meandre (1966) mircea săucan

both of these are excellent. the romanian film has some really startling cinematography
上海之夜 [Shanghai Blues] (1984) 3/10
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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » May 9th, 2019, 11:24 pm

12. LA Plays Itself (1972) 8/10

Almost done with The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst and it's frankly boring. The twist probably isn't as effective in the last episode thanks to all the news articles spoiling it, but I guess I'll see.

Also a few episodes into The Prisoner. I hope it doesn't go downhill later on because so far this is as good as Twin Peaks.

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Post by funkybusiness » May 9th, 2019, 11:41 pm

unfortunately, it does kind of go downhill just a little bit, there's a couple episodes that seem like filler in the 2nd half but it's still one of the greatest shows ever.

and I was going to respond to your "Just because something is only one season long doesn't mean that it's a miniseries" comment in the other thread, but I'll do a twofer here, there's a ton of conflicting information out there, quite reflective of the themes of the show itself, and everyone interviewed about the show gives a different answer every time over the last 50 years, but it seems that McGoohan did actually want it to be a one-off series as a sort of political, counter-culture response to his previous series Danger Man (which ran forever, and was a generic dime-a-dozen '60s cold war spy show), and actually it was supposed to be...maybe 7 episodes? or 12, something like that, and the production company made him expand it so that it was more enticing to sell to other territories, like, in 1967 no one was going to buy a 7 episode series to air in another country (read: America), and spoilers they had to leave the door open for more episodes/seasons because shows back in the day ran forever. In fact some of that conflicting information says that the series was supposed to be even longer, in the 25-40 episode range, but was cancelled in the middle of its run, which doesn't really make sense as it finished filming months before it ever began airing in the US (and yeah despite it being a British production, it was the US distribution money that would've been the deciding factor).

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » May 9th, 2019, 11:44 pm

It's on PTP and they don't allow tv shows there. However, it's not on letterboxd, so I think that means they don't consider it as a miniseries. It is quite confusing.

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Post by funkybusiness » May 9th, 2019, 11:55 pm

yeah. and ultimately the assignation "miniseries" as we've come to use it wasn't really a thing until Holocaust and Roots started the trend in the late '70s, so trying to define anything before that using only that specific terminology isn't really effective.

oh and regarding The Prisoner, did you know that there isn't a definitive viewing order for the episodes? have fun with that!

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » May 10th, 2019, 12:08 am

Either way I unfortunately won't add it to my list if I end up favouriting it. I have my list on letterboxd too and wanna keep them the same. However, if I will be convinced that it's a miniseries I won't give it a 0 when it gets revoted on DtC.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » May 11th, 2019, 2:49 am

13. मन्थन [Manthan] (1976) 6/10
14. Mémoire des apparences [Life Is a Dream] (1986) 5/10
15. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015) 4/10

3rd place for this list now yay. If everything goes well I should be done this list in October, or maybe even sooner. Then maybe 2 more months for the holdovers. After that, I can complete the 500<400 list.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » May 14th, 2019, 12:24 am

16. The Prisoner (1967) 10/10

It finally happened. The perfect TV show. It's so offbeat, surreal, fun, and very 60s. I can see some episodes being filler, but they were still so entertaining that I had a blast watching them. The last 2 episodes were the show's high point though. Apparently the lead actor went into hiding because of the reaction of the ending. There were some continuity issues like a car changing colour, actors changing in the far away shots, and some editing mistakes. However, the bigger picture of the show more than made up for it.

I would EASILY add this to my favourite films list if letterboxd had it on their database. Thank you for adding this to DtC. I wouldn't have even heard of this show without it.

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Post by funkybusiness » May 14th, 2019, 12:29 am

yeahh!! glad you enjoyed it.
damn now I'm going to have to rewatch it. brb

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » May 14th, 2019, 12:31 am

Had to change my avatar to someone from the show. Total babe lol but admittedly she looked a lot better on video than through photos. That always happens.

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Post by funkybusiness » May 14th, 2019, 12:33 am

it's your first 10/10 in awhile, isn't it? and a television show, oh god.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » May 14th, 2019, 12:37 am

funkybusiness wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 12:33 am
it's your first 10/10 in awhile, isn't it? and a television show, oh god.
Surprisingly no. I found a few experimental shorts lists on letterboxd, and 2 of them ended up being 10/10s:

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/2012-2013-1/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/bro ... ge+hash14/

If you're gonna see the latter, play the last track from Gas' Pop. They gel together so well.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » May 14th, 2019, 12:39 am

Also did Death Grips watch The Prisoner?

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » May 15th, 2019, 1:28 am

17. Passion (1990) 7/10
18. O último mergulho [The Last Dive] (1992) 8/10
19. Wild River (1960) 5/10 I know I'm gonna get a lot of shit for this. I dunno exactly how to explain it, but it seems quite formal in how odd it is. Both the acting and the dialogue was odd, and it just turned me off.

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Post by rnilsson19 » May 15th, 2019, 10:21 am

1. Passion (Jürgen Reble, 1990)
2. The Yakuza (Sydney Pollack, 1974)
3. Meshi (Mikio Naruse, 1951)

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Post by Ebbywebby » May 15th, 2019, 8:02 pm

A couple of months ago, I added "The White Meadows" to my Amazon Prime queue. I didn't know a thing about it, and I only added it because the premise sounded interesting and, well, it's foreign-language. Then it was added to the DTC list and actually became an official check. Saw it a few nights ago and really enjoyed it. An intriguing depiction of mystic rituals, mostly relating to grief and mourning. Minus: I suspect the washed-out Amazon version didn't look nearly as good as the DVD would.

I'm not really in this challenge, but I've seen this film, Love Must Love, Hajnal, Khlib, Sepio, LA Plays Itself and Passion since the DTC ballot came out. 372/1201. I think I had 367 or 369 before the list was updated.

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Post by ororama » May 16th, 2019, 11:11 am

1. The Priest and the Girl (1966) 90 min.
2. Graduate First (1978) 85 min.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » May 16th, 2019, 11:16 pm

20. Замри, умри, воскресни [Freeze. Die. Come to Life.] (1990) 6/10
21. Panique [Panic] (1946) 7/10
22. California Split (1974) 4/10
23. Back Street (1932) 6/10

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » May 18th, 2019, 6:26 pm

24. La guerre d'un seul homme [One Man's War] (1982) 7/10
25. Sellaisena kuin sinä minut halusit [The Way You Wanted Me] (1944) 4/10
26. So Is This (1982) 6/10
27. Le notti bianche [White Nights] (1957) 6/10
28. The Collector (1965) 7/10

Also a bit into Brideshead Revisited but I find it to be underwhelming for now. I've been told it picks up eventually though.

I'm also worried about one thing about The Prisoner after someone told me something. If The Prisoner is nominated, then there's probably gonna be tons of one season shows, and especially... animes that may be nominated in the future. I hope this isn't a bad sign of what's to come.

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Post by funkybusiness » May 18th, 2019, 9:13 pm

there have been anime and miniseries in the past and most don't make it in. Cosmos and The Singing Detective are the only ones I can think of that have made it, both non-anime. Serial Experiments Lain missed the cut this year and that's probably the most acclaimed and cult anime to be nominated.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » May 18th, 2019, 9:30 pm

funkybusiness wrote:
May 18th, 2019, 9:13 pm
Serial Experiments Lain missed the cut this year and that's probably the most acclaimed and cult anime to be nominated.
The thing with Serial Experiments Lain is that it reached the point where people outside of anime fans have seen it. Those few people (myself included) ended up not liking it at all.

The series I'm thinking about are the 20 or perhaps more episode shows that only anime fans have seen. I have a feeling plenty of those will make it next year.

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Post by funkybusiness » May 18th, 2019, 11:05 pm

I wouldn't worry about it. the anime crowd around here is way too divided in taste.

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Post by rnilsson19 » May 19th, 2019, 7:30 pm

4. Ôsaka no yado (Heinosuke Gosho, 1954) :thumbsup:
5. Bulanti (Zeki Demirkubuz, 2015)
6. Goshogaoka (Sharon Lockhart, 1998)
7. Gishiki (Nagisa Ôshima, 1971)

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Post by 72allinncallme » May 19th, 2019, 8:03 pm

I’m in. Not actively working on the DtC list. But while working on other lists I will prioritize movies that’s also on DtC. Had 627/1201 after the update.

1. Mogholha / The Mongols (1973)
2. Rang-e khoda / The Color of Paradise (1999)
3. Marg Yazdgerd / Death of Yazdgerd (1982)
4. Gheisar (1969)

631/1201

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » May 20th, 2019, 12:43 am

Saw the first episode of The Lost Room and WTF it's so dumb. Apparently it even gets worse from there, especially the third episode. Really not looking forward to finishing it.

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Post by RBG » May 21st, 2019, 3:01 am

SpoilerShow
1. una pelea cubana contra los demonios (1972) tomás gutiérrez alea
2. meandre (1966) mircea săucan
3. the collector (1965) william wyler :unsure:
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