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Film From Each Year Challenge (Official, June 2021)

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Welcome one and all to the...

The Official Film From Each Year Challenge!!

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Goal
-Pick a 100-year range and watch a film from each year. Rinse. Repeat. :thumbsup:

Rules
- Each feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- 80 minutes of short films or miniseries/TV episodes counts as one entry.
- Films must be watched one at a time and at single speed (not sped up).
- Rewatches are allowed and are good for the soul.
- Please include year of release when listing your viewings.

Special Challenge Rules
-With your first post, declare a 100-year block that you will be working on. For ex. Year Range: 1922-2021 or 1896-1995.
-Proceed to watch a film from each year within the range chosen.
-You may not repeat a year until you have watched a film from all 100 years in the range selected at which you can declare a new range and start again.
-For short films to count as a single entry, all shorts must have been released in the same year.
-For mini-series/TV-series episodes, as per the stated rules above, you may watch 80 minutes of a mini-series or TV-series to count for a year, but you will be required to watch another 99 entries to fill out the 100-year range before being allowed to count an additional 80 minutes of said series.

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I declare the range of 1913-2012.
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I'm hoping to get a couple viewings in. Also doing the range of 1913-2012.
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Hey flavo !
Is it ok not to pick a range if we don’t plan to cover 100 years any way ?
I would like to watch both pre 1920 and recent stuff.
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I'm in. I will be working on the years 1921-2020.
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hurluberlu wrote: May 31st, 2021, 7:50 am Hey flavo !
Is it ok not to pick a range if we don’t plan to cover 100 years any way ?
I would like to watch both pre 1920 and recent stuff.
That's fine. The range is primarily as a boundary to allow multiple watches in the same year.
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I've been waiting for this challenge since I played the ongoing version in 2016-2017, so definitely count me in. My focus now will be on the "new" last hundred years (1922-2021); don't expect me to complete it this time.
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Hi Flavo,on watching do the viewings have to be chronological (1954,1955 etc) or is any viewing order acceptable to cover the years (eg: 1962,then a 1984 viewing)?

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One of my favorite personal projects was watching a film in order from every year, 1920-2020 last year. Hoping to recapture the magic, so I'm in for this challenge even though I probably won't concentrate on it too hard.

My range will be 1922-2021.
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morrison-dylan-fan wrote: May 31st, 2021, 11:00 pm Hi Flavo,on watching do the viewings have to be chronological (1954,1955 etc) or is any viewing order acceptable to cover the years (eg: 1962,then a 1984 viewing)?

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I'm trying to go chronologically for this challenge starting with 1913 and I'm technically hoping to watch from 2013-2020, but I doubt I'll get through a third of that soo..

1. Quo Vadis? (1913) 4/10

Kind of impressive for its time with elaborate sets and costumes and a ton of actors and characters. But I'm not a fan of epics and this isn't really that impressive by today's standards. I tend to prefer silents that use intertitles sparingly and when absolutely necessary but this has a lot of 'so and so does this or says this' and just a flat descriptions of the scenes. There is very little 'show don't tell' so all those elaborate sets and costumes go to waste. The story is hardly interesting with half the film focusing on this guy repeatedly failing to kidnap this woman which gets boring after the first three hundred times.
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1922-2021 for me.
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It starts! Second in. <_<

1. Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (1971)

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Tensions flare here as bank robbers try to work out whether a mysterious stranger has an ulterior motive for agreeing to guide them across the border, and as an eccentric Klaus Kinski gets on everyone's nerves. Kinski dominates the screen as ever, but too much though; he is such a giant presence that the other characters end up as interchangeable by comparison. The film gets somewhat more dynamic in its second half though as they set out on a dangerous trek.

Year Range: 1922 to 2021. Years covered already:

1971
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1. Life is Sweet-1990: 8/10
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Years and Years
1. Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (1971)
2. The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

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This film benefits from a great protagonist with a flair for filmmaking and tons of imagination; the movie also does a great job blending different animation styles as inner thoughts and feelings pop up. The story here is far less enticing than its protagonist though. The strained father/daughter relationship feels very by-the-books and the robot apocalypse is also silly with the evil technology painted in an over-the-top/unrealistic manner. It's entertaining though.

Year Range: 1922 to 2021. Years covered already:

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2. In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914) 6/10
Though there is a conventional story about love and 'war' in here, the story is the least interesting part of this. The narrative pretty much just functions as a way to show off the Kwakwaka'wakw culture which is the real focus of the film. There's a lot of nice imagery of the island, of seals leaping off the cliffs, of costumed dancing in boats: in general, a unique view of a people and a world that we otherwise wouldn't get a glimpse of. It's not the most exciting or memorable film but as a part-documentary it has some nice stuff.

3. Assunta Spina (1915) 5/10
Francesa Bertini has a really strong screen presence but gives a fairly standard and overly theatrical performance as Assunta Spina, a laundress with an abusive fiance who begins a flirtation with another man while her fiance is in prison for assaulting her. It's nice looking but nothing special. Thankfully it's light on intertitles but the character development/motivations are unclear where intertitles could've cleared things up: the ending was just completely random to me.
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Years and Years
1. Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (1971)
2. The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)
3. Perfume of the Lady In Black (1974)

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This is slow to warm up with twenty minutes passing before anything horror-like occurs, but the initial appearance of the titular lady is very well done and the protagonist's subsequent interactions with characters who may not exist are great too. Mimsy Farmer excels in the lead role as she gradually grows more unhinged and prone to jumping at the slightest of noises; the film has a real atmospheric music score too. Alas, the ending does not really work.

Year Range: 1922 to 2021. Years covered already:

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2. Dogfight-1991: 8/10
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1. Paul (Greg Mottola, 2011) - 6/10
2. Safe House (Daniel Espinosa, 2012) - 5/10
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Years and Years
1. Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (1971)
2. The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)
3. Perfume of the Lady In Black (1974)
4. What Keeps You Alive (2018)

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While never boring, there are too many illogical character decisions and incredulous survivals for this thriller to click. The parallels to the vastly superior Revenge also only hurt the film. That said, the whole thing is reasonably stylish and even suspenseful at times. The way the film normalises gay marriage and makes a non-issue out of it is pretty neat too. In fact, it is hard to imagine the premise working as well with a male/female couple as first intended.

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1. La corruzione (Mauro Bolognini, 1963) 8
2. Utu (Geoff Murphy, 1983) 6+
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1. La corruzione (Mauro Bolognini, 1963) 8
2. Utu (Geoff Murphy, 1983) 6+
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La corruzione (Mauro Bolognini, 1963) 8

Utu (Geoff Murphy, 1983) 6+
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Utu (Geoff Murphy, 1983) 6+

La corruzione (Mauro Bolognini, 1963) 8
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1921-2020 will be my range, but I will simply be watching films all month as I normally do, without actually trying to hit specific years -- I want to see how many years I can hit by chance.

1977 -- Tie hou zi a.k.a. Bloody Monkey Master -- Chen, 1977.

Monkey-style kung fu vs. eagle-style kung fu showdown. Not really my thing, and I'm a little concerned by preliminary/prologue footage of an actual monkey and eagle duking it out in some studio, but heaven knows I've had worse in the last few weeks.
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flavo5000 wrote: May 31st, 2021, 12:49 pm
hurluberlu wrote: May 31st, 2021, 7:50 am Hey flavo !
Is it ok not to pick a range if we don’t plan to cover 100 years any way ?
I would like to watch both pre 1920 and recent stuff.
That's fine. The range is primarily as a boundary to allow multiple watches in the same year.
Oh cool, so I can a range of 1913 to 2022, just as long as I don't repeat any years?
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Kublai Khan wrote: June 1st, 2021, 7:25 pm
flavo5000 wrote: May 31st, 2021, 12:49 pm
hurluberlu wrote: May 31st, 2021, 7:50 am Hey flavo !
Is it ok not to pick a range if we don’t plan to cover 100 years any way ?
I would like to watch both pre 1920 and recent stuff.
That's fine. The range is primarily as a boundary to allow multiple watches in the same year.
Oh cool, so I can a range of 1913 to 2022, just as long as I don't repeat any years?
2022? That's impressive that'd you'd be willing to travel to the future just to see a movie for this challenge :D

But yea, you can watch whatever range you want, correct.
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1. Sons of the Desert (1933)
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flavo5000 wrote: June 1st, 2021, 7:34 pm
Kublai Khan wrote: June 1st, 2021, 7:25 pm
flavo5000 wrote: May 31st, 2021, 12:49 pm

That's fine. The range is primarily as a boundary to allow multiple watches in the same year.
Oh cool, so I can a range of 1913 to 2022, just as long as I don't repeat any years?
2022? That's impressive that'd you'd be willing to travel to the future just to see a movie for this challenge :D

But yea, you can watch whatever range you want, correct.
er.. something something Australian daylight savings time dilation doppler effect something..

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2. Freaks (1932)

Oh, and I'm doing 1922-2021.
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1. Becoming Julia (2003)

Comments in LGBT thread. Probably just going to declare 1922-2021.
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3. The Salzburg Connection-1972: 4/10
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1991-Dogfight: 8/10
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3. The Woman in the Window (1944)
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1. Man on the Moon (Milos Forman-1999) UK/Germany/Japan/USA 1 official list 10,280 checks

I had certainly seen it before I started officially checking movies, and it was a great rewatch. In the interval I had watched "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond" documentary but it didn't really add anything to the viewing. Jim Carrey does an amazing job inhabiting the character of Andy Kaufman, down to the spastic mannerisms and everything.

2. Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine (Louis Feuillade-1913) France 8 official lists 1,359 checks

From what I understand most audiences at the time knew the story and characters well at the time of this first serial's release. I didn't, so it seemed pretty generic. The acting was overly done, which seemed common for the time. A few character were clearly looking at and acting to the camera. But I guess that's just early cinema.
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1. La signora di tutti (Everybody's Woman, 1934, Ophüls) 6/10
2. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985, Schrader) 5/10
Year Range: 1921-2020
1934 - La signora di tutti (Everybody's Woman, Ophüls) 6/10
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1. Domenica d'agosto - Sunday in August (Luciano Emmer, 1950) 6/10
2. Days of Thunder (Tony Scott, 1990) 6.5/10

Like many others, I'll be doing 1922-2021.

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1922-2021

I'm going to try to focus on two decades at a time until one is done before moving to another decade. Anyway, first up is the 1920s and 1970s. Also this first round is going to be focused on genre fare.

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1. The Headless Horseman (Edward D. Venturini, 1922)

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2. The Shock (Lambert Hillyer, 1923)

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3. Dante's Inferno (Henry Otto, 1924)

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4. The Unholy Three (Tod Browning, 1925)

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5. The Lickerish Quartet (Radley Metzger, 1970)

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6. La plus longue nuit du diable a.k.a. The Devil's Nightmare (Jean Brismée, 1971)

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7. Il coltello di ghiaccio a.k.a. Knife of Ice (Umberto Lenzi, 1972)

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8. Il consigliori a.k.a. The Counselor (Alberto De Martino, 1973)

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9. La mano che nutre la morte a.k.a. The Hand That Feeds (Sergio Garrone, 1974)
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1. The Headless Horseman (Edward D. Venturini, 1922)
2. The Shock (Lambert Hillyer, 1923)
3. Dante's Inferno (Henry Otto, 1924)
4. The Unholy Three (Tod Browning, 1925)
5. The Lickerish Quartet (Radley Metzger, 1970)
6. La plus longue nuit du diable a.k.a. The Devil's Nightmare (Jean Brismée, 1971)
7. Il coltello di ghiaccio a.k.a. Knife of Ice (Umberto Lenzi, 1972)
8. Il consigliori a.k.a. The Counselor (Alberto De Martino, 1973)
9. La mano che nutre la morte a.k.a. The Hand That Feeds (Sergio Garrone, 1974)
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1. Pride (2014)
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I will be going backwards in time for this challenge. Starting with the year we are living in now, so my range is 2021-1921, but I probably won't reach 1921 anyhow and if do I will keep going further back than that.

1. Army of the Dead (2021, Zack Snyder): 5.0 - The opening credits are promising, but the rest of the movie doesn't live up to that promise. Snyder has a flair for visuals which is the best aspect of the movie. There are a few okay actions moment, but nothing that's really memorable. Mostly this is way overlong, stuffed with boring backstory, with poor attempts at acting, that still fails to make any of the characters worth to get invested in.
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4. Shoes (1916) 6/10
A young woman is the sole breadwinner making a meager salary for her poverty-ridden family and is driven to desperation when she needs a new pair of shoes. For such a simple plot this film is surprisingly effective. It's a nice looking film with interesting sets and shots. There is not as much overacting here as in most silents which is refreshing, but lead Mary MacLaren is quite wooden and emotionless and often it's just the editing that makes it clear what she's supposed to be emoting. The intertitles are basic and functional and don't disrupt the flow of the film.

5. Rapsodia satanica (1917) 6/10
An aging woman is met by the demon Mephisto and offered a deal to revive her youth as long as she stays away from love. Pretty basic plot done a million times and it's fine but it wasn't an interesting enough character for this to happen to for it to be anything other than alright. The acting was ridiculously over the top though it was sometimes amusing (mostly just from the actor playing Mephisto and his creepy grin). It was visually pleasant with the colour tinting giving some shots a bit of extra life. The music was nice but it often overwhelmed the scene and would get super dramatic when not much seemed to be happening on-screen.
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1913 - Quo Vadis? (1913) 4/10
1914 - In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914) 6/10
1915 - Assunta Spina (1915) 5/10
1916 - Shoes (1916) 6/10
1917 - Rapsodia satanica (1917) 6/10
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Years and Years
1. Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (1971)
2. The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)
3. Perfume of the Lady In Black (1974)
4. What Keeps You Alive (2018)
5. Out at the Wedding (2007)

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While the basic scenario here is overly complex and built on convenient coincidences, it ultimately leads to a great tale of characters reassessing their sexual preferences and prejudices and becoming more accepting all-round. The film quite often feels like a stretched-out sitcom episode with large stretches accompanied by non-stop music and some very theatrical performances, but it is an appealing concoction overall with great character chemistry.

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And we're off to the races, folks! After the first day of the challenge, the OP has been updated. Once we get a little further in, I'll probably throw out a scatterplot graph to get an idea of movie-watching trends. It's still a little premature to break it out yet. Anyway, I hope everybody has fun here!
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