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Romance Challenge (Official, August 2019)

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Romance Challenge (Official, August 2019)

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Post by 72aicm » July 26th, 2019, 10:09 pm

Romance Challenge


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Goal:
Watch as many romantic movies as possible (from August 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019).


Rules:
- All movies tagged as romance on IMDb are eligble.
- A feature film (anything 40 minutes or over) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies.
- Rewatches allowed.
- NO TV.


Stuck for ideas of what to watch? Look no further:

Official iCM list:
IMDb's Romance Top 50
TimeOut's 100 Best Romantic Movies
AFI's 100 years...100 passions


Unofficial iCM lists
All Women Stalk's 60 Most Romantic Movies

AFI’s Top 10 Romantic Comedy: The Nominations

Time Out New York 50 Most Romantic Movies

BuzzFeed: 58 Romantic Comedies You Need To See Before You Die
The Hollywood Romantic Comedy
Screwball: Hollywood's Madcap Romantic Comedies


Movies tagged as romance you haven't seen yet (in order of official toplists):
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BETA


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Participants:
01. albajos 100
02. flavo5000 55
03. jeroeno 53
04. hurluberlu 43
05. sebby 41
06. sol 36
07. Simba63 32
08. 72allinncallme 27
09. jdidaco 26
10. RogerTheMovieManiac88 24
11. wowwee123 22
12. AB537 20
13. vortexsurfer 19
14. mathiasa 18
15. blocho 17
16. 3eyes 15
17. shugs 14
18. max-scl 13
19. maxwelldeux 12
20. VincentPrice 11
21. sheikofhyrule 10
22. cinephage 9
22. zzzorf 9
24. Coryn 8
24. frbrown 8
24. ororama 8
27. allisoncm 7
27. Obgeoff 7
29. Tarris1 5
30. connordenney 2
30. weirdboy 2
32. Eva_L 1
32. nimimerkillinen 1
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#2

Post by albajos » July 26th, 2019, 10:59 pm

50/105 of the BFI Flare list also fit, and probably a couple more where we can safely add the genre. So about half.

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#3

Post by jeroeno » July 27th, 2019, 5:11 pm

In as always.
For those who don't know, this is the link that shows you the romantic films you haven't seen yet (in order of official toplists): https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/unc ... re:romance

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#4

Post by albajos » July 27th, 2019, 5:27 pm

Yes, but I recommend using beta for that, as it manage to add more genres to the titles.
https://beta.icheckmovies.com/movies/un ... iciallists

For me Flesh and the Devil are 25th on the beta, but 22nd on other. So beta adds 3 more titles.

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Post by 3eyes » July 27th, 2019, 6:34 pm

Flesh and the devil (1926) is hilarious. Do watch it.

I'm in as much as I ever am these days, but it isn't my favorite genre. Plenty of doubles & triples, though.
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#6

Post by 72aicm » July 27th, 2019, 7:43 pm

@ jeroeno and albajos: Thanks. Added both links to the OP.

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Post by Tarris1 » July 27th, 2019, 8:18 pm

In. I'll try to finish all of the three official lists: 1 in TimeOut, 15 in AFI and 8 IMDB, but I also want to get a lot of <400 checks romances done so might not be able to. Aiming for an overall of more than 30 films

Might want to add these rom-com lists to the OP:
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/the+ ... /panunzio/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/scre ... yormovies/

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Post by Coryn » July 30th, 2019, 8:43 am

There are still 18 movies with a romance tag on +20 official toplists that I haven't seen.

Of course most of these came out prior to 1965.

I don't know how far I'll get but I will try to focus on these, only watching old romance movies will be too monotone for me though.
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Post by albajos » July 30th, 2019, 9:14 am

Coryn wrote:
July 30th, 2019, 8:43 am
only watching old romance movies will be too monochrome for me though.
fixed it

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Post by Coryn » July 30th, 2019, 9:47 am

albajos wrote:
July 30th, 2019, 9:14 am
Coryn wrote:
July 30th, 2019, 8:43 am
only watching old romance movies will be too monochrome for me though.
fixed it
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Post by max-scl » July 31st, 2019, 11:47 pm

I'm in, it's been a while since I last participated in a challenge. I hope to watch at least 30 romance films of different kinds.

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Post by sol » August 1st, 2019, 11:04 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 Simba63 » August 1st, 2019, 3:30 pm

I may try and knock out the official list. About 1 a day would do it for me. 😊

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Post by max-scl » August 1st, 2019, 5:34 pm

1. Design for Living (1933, Ernst Lubitsch - USA) in 3 official lists
I had only seen Trouble in Paradise from Lubitsch before, which I liked a lot, so this was a mild dissapointment, but I still liked it. It's a pre-code film, and I am no expert in these period at all but one can tell this movie is kind of different from what came after in it's themes and jokes. It was fun and the characters were interesting. 6/10

2. Cute Girl (1980, Hou Hsiao Hsien - Taiwan) in 2 official lists
This debut film by Hou (which he seems to dislike) was a very by the numbers comedy romance. What surprised me was that it was starred by signer Feng Fei Fei, which I knew but wasn't aware that she made films, it featured some of her songs and hats (she was known for wearing many different hats). Very conventional but watchable, and beautifully filmed in Taipei (which isn't a city known for being pretty) and in the countryside. I like seeing the economic boom of parts of Asia in older movies, and this deals with those themes to some extent. 6/10

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Post by Simba63 » August 1st, 2019, 8:26 pm

1. Weekend (2011) - 5/10

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Post by 72aicm » August 1st, 2019, 8:52 pm

1. La casa del sorriso (1991)

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Post by 72aicm » August 1st, 2019, 9:18 pm

Tarris1 wrote:
July 27th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Might want to add these rom-com lists to the OP:
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/the+ ... /panunzio/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/scre ... yormovies/
Thanks, added.

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Post by albajos » August 1st, 2019, 9:20 pm

01. A House in the Hills (1993) USA | Luxembourg 7 checks [double]
02. Carry on Cruising (1962) UK 170 checks [triple]
03. Carry on Cabby (1963) UK 153 checks [triple]
04. Carry On Jack (1964) UK 138 checks [triple]


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Post by max-scl » August 1st, 2019, 11:55 pm

3. Ugly Me (2006, Claudio Dabed - Chile) in 0 offical lists
A terrible Chilean romantic comedy about a beautiful girl that turns ugly on purpose in order to not have problems with men anymore. But weirdly the attention shifts to the male protagonist (who is the stereotypical Argentinian bullshitter) who is a womanizer but ends up falling in love with the girl. Bad 3/10.
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2. Cute Girl (1980, Hou Hsiao Hsien - Taiwan) in 2 official lists
3. Ugly Me (2006, Claudio Dabed - Chile) in 0 offical lists

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Post by wowwee123 » August 2nd, 2019, 5:10 am

1. Mad Love aka Fou d'amour (2015)
2. Illuminata (1998)
3. The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (1996)
4. The Rules of Attraction (2002)

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Post by hurluberlu » August 2nd, 2019, 8:14 am

1. Far from the Madding Crowd (Thomas Vinterberg, 2015) 6+
2. Devdas (Sanjay Leela Bhansali, 2002) 6
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Post by ororama » August 2nd, 2019, 11:29 am

1. Paterson (2016) 118 min.

Loved this at least as much the second time as the first.

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Post by AB537 » August 2nd, 2019, 1:04 pm

Looks like I'll be in for this one more than I originally thought - a surprising amount of stuff on my PVR qualifies, and lots of doubles with UK/Ireland.

1. Dark Victory (Edmund Goulding, 1939) 6/10 ... As usual, a great performance from Bette Davis, but it feels a bit wasted with a dry and predictable story.

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Post by max-scl » August 2nd, 2019, 4:07 pm

4. My life without me (2003, Isabel Coixet - Spain/Canada) in 1 official list
Terminal illness drama with some romance thrown in. I wasn't very interested in this at all. 4/10

5. His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks - USA) in 19 official lists
Good but too much dialogue (and too fast and loud) for my taste. 6/10
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2. Cute Girl (1980, Hou Hsiao Hsien - Taiwan) in 2 official lists
3. Ugly Me (2006, Claudio Dabed - Chile) in 0 offical lists
4. My life without me (2003, Isabel Coixet - Spain/Canada) in 1 official list
5. His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks - USA) in 19 official lists

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Post by jeroeno » August 2nd, 2019, 4:42 pm

01. Les nuits de la pleine lune (1984)
02. The Elusive Pimpernel (1950)
03. Klaani: Tarina Sammakoitten suvusta (1984)
04. Forget Paris (1995) (l)
05. Kit Kat (1991)

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Post by vortexsurfer » August 2nd, 2019, 5:04 pm

1. Lovewrecked (Randal Kleiser, 2005)

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Post by maxwelldeux » August 2nd, 2019, 5:20 pm

jeroeno wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 4:42 pm
04. Forget Paris (1995) (l)
Agreed - love that one. :thumbsup:

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Post by Tarris1 » August 2nd, 2019, 5:32 pm

1. Lazybones (1925) 8/10
2. Tonight or Never (1931) 7/10

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Post by albajos » August 2nd, 2019, 9:33 pm

05. Follow That Camel (1967) UK 136 checks [triple]
06. Carry on Loving (1970) UK 131 checks [triple]
07. Carry on Henry (1971) UK 171 checks [triple]
08. Carry on Girls (1973) UK 147 checks [triple]
09. 9 Songs (2004) UK 2 official lists 1 502 checks [double]
10. Det kunne vært deg (1952) Norway 4 checks [double]

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01. A House in the Hills (1993) USA | Luxembourg 7 checks [double]
02. Carry on Cruising (1962) UK 170 checks [triple]
03. Carry on Cabby (1963) UK 153 checks [triple]
04. Carry On Jack (1964) UK 138 checks [triple]

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Post by 72aicm » August 2nd, 2019, 10:35 pm

2. Sininen viikko (1954)
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2. Sininen viikko (1954)

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

1. Rebecca (1940)
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Post by wowwee123 » August 2nd, 2019, 11:59 pm

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1. Mad Love aka Fou d'amour (2015)
2. Illuminata (1998)
3. The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (1996)
4. The Rules of Attraction (2002)
5. Blue Juice (1995)
6. Marty (1955)

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Post by Simba63 » August 3rd, 2019, 12:23 am

2. The Sheik (1921) - 6/10

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Post by AB537 » August 3rd, 2019, 2:16 am

2. Divorzio all'italiana - Divorce Italian Style (Pietro Germi, 1961) 9/10

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Post by 3eyes » August 3rd, 2019, 2:56 am

1-4. The way we live now (UK 01, mini, 4 eps)- triple
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Post by sebby » August 3rd, 2019, 5:54 am

01 faithful heart 1923 7/10

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Post by sol » August 3rd, 2019, 6:54 am

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1. Yesterday (2019)

2. The Ugly Truth (2009)

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This romantic comedy only features the most obvious of character trajectories and many gags are predictable, and yet the film sort of works. Heigel's comedic gifts are a big help with a memorable restaurant scene. Butler also has some bright moments as he plays Cyrano to Heigel as she tries to court one of her neighbours. Butler has a difficult character to warm to at first with all his misogynistic diatribes, but I liked him okay at the end of the day.
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Post by hurluberlu » August 3rd, 2019, 9:24 am

3. The Bubble / Ha-Buah (Eytan Fox, 2006) [<400 checks] 7-
4. Road to Eldorado (Bibo Bergeron, Don Paul, 2000) 5-
5. Cleopatra (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian, 1963) 7-

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1. Far from the Madding Crowd (Thomas Vinterberg, 2015) [UK/Ireland] 6+
2. Devdas (Sanjay Leela Bhansali, 2002) 6
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Post by max-scl » August 3rd, 2019, 3:22 pm

6. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018, Barry Jenkins - USA) in 1 official list
I like beautifully shot movies, who doesn't, but here every single shot is so hyper-stylized and designed that it becomes too artificial.
And also every scene is so solemnly acted and every word spoken is so "poetic" that it becomes exhausting.
I still give this my approval rting of 6/10

7. Early Rain [Choyeon] (1966, Jin-Woo Jeong - South Korea) in 1 official list
This is surprisingly good, I mean, I have seen some korean movies from the 60's but non looked so gorgeous like this one which was recently restored and made available in HD version in youtube. It also portrays the frustrations and desires of the younger lower classes in a booming economy (Seoul looks nice too), which I always find interesting.
It has some twists in tone that worked very well too. 7/10

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1. Design for Living (1933, Ernst Lubitsch - USA) in 3 official lists
2. Cute Girl (1980, Hou Hsiao Hsien - Taiwan) in 2 official lists
3. Ugly Me (2006, Claudio Dabed - Chile) in 0 offical lists
4. My life without me (2003, Isabel Coixet - Spain/Canada) in 1 official list
5. His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks - USA) in 19 official lists
6. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018, Barry Jenkins - USA) in 1 official list
7. Early Rain [Choyeon] (1966, Jin-Woo Jeong - South Korea) in 1 official list

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