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UK/Ireland Challenge (Official August 2019)

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UK/Ireland Challenge (Official August 2019)

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Post by clemmetarey » July 29th, 2019, 5:15 pm

Goal
Watch as many movies from UK/Ireland as you can from August 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019.


Rules
- Each feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- 60 minutes of short films counts as one entry.
- 120 minutes of TV episodes counts as one entry.
- 1 episode of any miniseries counts as one entry.
- Rewatches are allowed and are good for the soul.
- Please include year of release and director when listing your viewings.


Fair play (adapted from albajos/sol)
- Remember this is a community event, so participating is not only about listing titles. If you post early, this gives the other participants suggestions for their own viewings and it brings the community closer together.
- If you're in the top 5 please post at least once every three days.
- I will not allow anyone to enter the top 5 on the final day with their first post.

I reserve the right to exclude participants who intentionally number their viewings incorrectly. If you play the game, you're expected to play properly.


Official Lists
100 Best British films
BFI 100
UNESCO's Memory of the World: National Cinematic Heritage (358-375 are Irish)

Non-Official Lists
Total Film's 50 Best British Movies
Fifty Key British Films (Routledge Key Guides)
Barry Norman: 50 greatest British films of all time
The 100 Best British Films Ever (by Empire)
Top 250 British Films -Empire
A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears
Top fifty Irish films you must see

Films Watched for this challenge (add me as a friend)

This Challenge has been run three times before :

2016 Challenge - hosted by HVM and won by Cippenham with 42 points
2013 Challenge - hosted by HVM and won by brokenface with 34 points
2012 Challenge - hosted by mightysparks and won by Kasparius with 74 points

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Rank iCMer Total Watches
1 albajos 116
2 jdidaco 94
3 Traveller 55
3 RogerTheMovieManiac88 55
5 jeroeno 37
6 sol 33
7 Coryn 28
8 ABC537 24
9 peeptoad 23
9 blocho 23
11 3eyes 22
12 frbrown 19
13 vortexsurfer 17
14 sebby 16
15 flavo5000 15
15 ororama 15
17 Lonewolf2003 12
18 maxwelldeux 9
19 ChrisReynolds 7
20 cinephage 6
20 hurluberlu 6
22 zzzorf 4
23 VincentPrice 2
24 Cinepolis 1
24 morrison-dylan-fan 1
24 nimimerkillinen 1


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Post by albajos » July 29th, 2019, 5:20 pm

I'll be gone for most of the month so I think will only have time for the Poirot episodes I have left after the Mystery challenge nefore I return them to the library

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Post by Traveller » July 29th, 2019, 5:21 pm

I guess - not focusing on anything special, just going through the backlog.
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by clemmetarey » July 29th, 2019, 5:26 pm

So what kind of fun stats would you guys want ? A decade/year breakdown? A list of all the films watched? A director count?

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Post by albajos » July 29th, 2019, 5:49 pm

All british dialects covered :p

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Post by jeroeno » July 29th, 2019, 6:29 pm

This won't be my main focus this month but I still have a couple of seasons of Monty Python's Flying Circus as well as some other backlog and for some reason I've been thinking about rewatching the Harry Potter movies this last month so I might do that.

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Post by peeptoad » July 29th, 2019, 6:36 pm

In. I'm going to try to knock off a few more Hammer films... :thumbsup:

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Post by peeptoad » July 29th, 2019, 6:38 pm

clemmetarey wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 5:26 pm
So what kind of fun stats would you guys want ? A decade/year breakdown? A list of all the films watched? A director count?
decade/year, director, genre, ... country? maybe

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Post by 3eyes » July 29th, 2019, 6:50 pm

peeptoad wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 6:38 pm
clemmetarey wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 5:26 pm
So what kind of fun stats would you guys want ? A decade/year breakdown? A list of all the films watched? A director count?
decade/year, director, genre, ... country? maybe
region (England, Scotland, Wales, N Ireland, Eire)? I guess that would lay it on us to distinguish, though, as IMDb sure doesn't.

In, goody goody.

Oh, and clemmetary, you seem to have duplicated the results of the 2013 challenge for 2012.
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Post by clemmetarey » July 29th, 2019, 6:54 pm

Thanks 3eyes.

If participants includes the country or region I can keep track of that.

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Post by hurluberlu » July 29th, 2019, 6:57 pm

I have Brexit on my watchlist :whistling:
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Post by peeptoad » July 29th, 2019, 6:57 pm

3eyes wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 6:50 pm
peeptoad wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 6:38 pm
clemmetarey wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 5:26 pm
So what kind of fun stats would you guys want ? A decade/year breakdown? A list of all the films watched? A director count?
decade/year, director, genre, ... country? maybe
region (England, Scotland, Wales, N Ireland, Eire)? I guess that would lay it on us to distinguish, though, as IMDb sure doesn't.

In, goody goody.

Oh, and clemmetary, you seem to have duplicated the results of the 2013 challenge for 2012.
Ah, good point. I didn't realize there wasn't a distinction on IMDB. Ok, scrap that one. ;)

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » July 29th, 2019, 8:32 pm

I've been eagerly anticipating this challenge for months! I'll certainly try to watch a number of British films but I'm going to attempt to focus primarily on Irish cinema. Happily I've got quite a few intriguing efforts recorded from TV and some others stashed away on DVD, so I'll have plenty to dip into and savour throughout the month.

Thanks for hosting, clemmetarey. Really looking forward to my August!
That's all, folks!

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Post by 3eyes » July 29th, 2019, 10:34 pm

RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 8:32 pm
I've been eagerly anticipating this challenge for months! I'll certainly try to watch a number of British films but I'm going to attempt to focus primarily on Irish cinema. Happily I've got quite a few intriguing efforts recorded from TV and some others stashed away on DVD, so I'll have plenty to dip into and savour throughout the month.

Thanks for hosting, clemmetarey. Really looking forward to my August!
Not Irish cinema and doesn't count for challenge, but worth checking out:
(Mein Leben für Irland)

Nazi film about the evil British.
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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » July 29th, 2019, 11:01 pm

Thanks for that suggestion, 3eyes. Yes, that propagandising film has been on my horizon for a number of years. I first learnt of it by watching rather an interesting RTÉ documentary series hosted by the wonderful Cathal O'Shannon about those with Nazi links who ended up in Ireland after the war. I really should get to it some time soon! I am intrigued by Nazi-era cinema.
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Post by maxwelldeux » July 29th, 2019, 11:19 pm

RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 11:01 pm
Thanks for that suggestion, 3eyes. Yes, that propagandising film has been on my horizon for a number of years. I first learnt of it by watching rather an interesting RTÉ documentary series hosted by the wonderful Cathal O'Shannon about those with Nazi links who ended up in Ireland after the war. I really should get to it some time soon! I am intrigued by Nazi-era cinema.
Rumor has it there's another challenge next month that this film would qualify for... :whistling:

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » July 29th, 2019, 11:35 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 11:19 pm
RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 11:01 pm
Thanks for that suggestion, 3eyes. Yes, that propagandising film has been on my horizon for a number of years. I first learnt of it by watching rather an interesting RTÉ documentary series hosted by the wonderful Cathal O'Shannon about those with Nazi links who ended up in Ireland after the war. I really should get to it some time soon! I am intrigued by Nazi-era cinema.
Rumor has it there's another challenge next month that this film would qualify for... :whistling:
Clicking onto the film's page, I see that it sports a current IMDb rating of 5.0. Don't even need to wait until next month, haahaa...
That's all, folks!

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Post by flavo5000 » July 30th, 2019, 1:09 pm

I may try to finish those two British official lists (I'm 21 away from 100 Best and 10 away from BFI so shouldn't be too hard).

Also, here's a decent Best Irish Films list you could add to the OP since the only Irish-specific list represented up there is the obscure UNESCO stuff: https://www.independent.ie/entertainmen ... 64107.html


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Post by clemmetarey » August 1st, 2019, 8:41 am

I'll be keeping track on all the films watched for this challenge.

Happy august everyone!

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Post by sol » August 1st, 2019, 11:03 am

It starts! First in. :D

1. Yesterday (2019)

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A whimsical comedy from Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle with a cute idea with lots of fun to be had in his song covers and some of the baffled reactions to lyrics that he cannot explain. Himesh Patel makes for an appealing lead too and there are some fun supporting turns from Kate McKinnon and an unrecognisable Robert Carlyle. The film only has the most obvious of messages though and a pretty dry romance. The story's internal logic did not really work for me either, with a lot of other iconic things other than The Beatles disappearing simply for the sake of a few cheap laughs here and there.
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Post by vortexsurfer » August 1st, 2019, 2:57 pm

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1. Distant Voices, Still Lives (Terence Davies, 1988)

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Post by Traveller » August 1st, 2019, 5:32 pm

01. Oliver! (1968) - 4/10

Do you want/need the director(s) included somehow in the listing?
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Post by Coryn » August 1st, 2019, 7:24 pm

1. The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean, 1957)
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Post by clemmetarey » August 1st, 2019, 8:24 pm

Traveller wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 5:32 pm
Do you want/need the director(s) included somehow in the listing?
That would be appreciated yes, thank you for suggesting it. I added a line in the op.

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Post by albajos » August 1st, 2019, 9:22 pm

01. Carry on Cruising (1962) Gerald Thomas, UK 170 checks [triple]
02. Carry on Cabby (1963) Gerald Thomas, UK 153 checks [triple]
03. Carry On Jack (1964) Gerald Thomas, UK 138 checks [triple]


!seen 3
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Post by frbrown » August 2nd, 2019, 1:22 am

1. The Intimate Stranger (1956, Joseph Losey)

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Post by 3eyes » August 2nd, 2019, 3:10 am

1. Operation Oman (UK 14, Tristan Ofield) - [double]

2014 British documentary on the Dhofar war in the 70s. Only had it in my queue because of my son's Oman connection - I could have done with less of old geezers doing a play by play account of every battle.
My son's comment: Was very telling, how self absorbed their view of the whole thing was. I’m sure they all knew plenty of Baloch soldiers.




btw Clem, that link on post #20 about keeping track of movies tells me Access denied (403).
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Post by maxwelldeux » August 2nd, 2019, 8:30 am

1. Get Carter (1971, Mike Hodges)
The overall plot didn't do a lot for me, but the editing and tension-build did. This was great - I felt the build in the film up to a pretty damning climax. I found myself glued to the screen and interested in the camera work in a way I rarely am. All in all, this was a pretty enjoyable experience.

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Post by clemmetarey » August 2nd, 2019, 8:49 am

3eyes wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 3:10 am
btw Clem, that link on post #20 about keeping track of movies tells me Access denied (403).
That's because it is set to be seen by friends only, I sent you a friend request.

Also next time could you please include the name of the director to your viewings? :)

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Post by peeptoad » August 2nd, 2019, 9:34 am

1. Sid & Nancy (1986, Alex Cox) 8*

*rewatch

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Post by 3eyes » August 2nd, 2019, 10:46 am

clemmetarey wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 8:49 am
3eyes wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 3:10 am
btw Clem, that link on post #20 about keeping track of movies tells me Access denied (403).
That's because it is set to be seen by friends only, I sent you a friend request.

Also next time could you please include the name of the director to your viewings? :)
I misunderstood about the link, thought it meant all films seen by us, not you.

As for including director: :o (D:) :yucky: :satstunned: well, I'll try but it's an extra step for me.
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Post by AB537 » August 2nd, 2019, 1:05 pm

This will be my primary focus for August. Lots of great British content to watch or re watch.

1. A Bridge Too Far (Richard Attenborough, 1977) 7/10

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Post by Traveller » August 2nd, 2019, 6:21 pm

02. Howards End (1992, James Ivory) - 6/10
03. My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown (1989, Jim Sheridan) - 7/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by jeroeno » August 2nd, 2019, 6:41 pm

01. The Elusive Pimpernel (Powell & Pressburger, 1950)

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Post by albajos » August 2nd, 2019, 9:27 pm

04. Supervized (2019) Steve Barron, Ireland | UK 2 checks [double]
05. Follow That Camel (1967) Gerald Thomas, UK 136 checks [triple]
06. Carry on Loving (1970) Gerald Thomas, UK 131 checks [triple]
07. Carry on Henry (1971) Gerald Thomas, UK 171 checks [triple]
08. Carry on Girls (1973) Gerald Thomas, UK 147 checks [triple]
09. Sing As We Go! (1934) Basil Dean, UK 3 official lists 50 checks [double]
10. 9 Songs (2004) Michael Winterbottom, UK 2 official lists 1 502 checks [double]

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01. Carry on Cruising (1962) Gerald Thomas, UK 170 checks [triple]
02. Carry on Cabby (1963) Gerald Thomas, UK 153 checks [triple]
03. Carry On Jack (1964) Gerald Thomas, UK 138 checks [triple]

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Post by Coryn » August 2nd, 2019, 10:49 pm

2. Rebecca (1940)
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Post by peeptoad » August 3rd, 2019, 1:59 am

2. In Bruges (2008, Martin McDonagh) 8
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1. Sid & Nancy (1986, Alex Cox) 8*

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Post by sol » August 3rd, 2019, 2:41 am

For England, James?Show
1. Yesterday (2019, Danny Boyle)

2. Exam (2009, Stuart Hazeldine)

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A mystery thriller that has been aptly compared to Cube. While it is highly questionable whether a company would really go to such extremes to hire a candidate, Exam is fascinating to watch throughout as the characters switch between cooperating and trying to undermine one another, with the overall film presenting a fascinating look at human beings struggling under pressure. The performances vary, but every character is interesting here.
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Post by 3eyes » August 3rd, 2019, 3:04 am

2-5. The way we live now (UK 01, mini, 4 eps, David Yates) - triple

David Suchet, whom I'd only seen as Poirot, is a revelation as Trollope's swindler (anticipating current POTUS).
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