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1. See for Me (2021)
2. Maelström (2000)
3. Wheat Soup (1987) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
4. House of Luk (2001) FIRST CHECK!
5. Homewrecker (2019)
6. Speaking Parts (1989)
7. Sensitive Parts (2017) FIRST CHECK!
8. The Oak Room (2020)
9. Sunflower Hour (2011) FIRST CHECK!
10. Guido Superstar (2010) FIRST CHECK!
11. Stegman is Dead (2017) FIRST CHECK!
12. The Famine Within (1990)
13. Incredible Violence (2018)
14. The Hanging Garden (1997)
15. Trans-Canada Summer (1958) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
16. A Scream from Silence (1979)
17. Incident at Restigouche (1984) Bonus Game Rec
18. Just Another Missing Kid (1981)

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Through slowly revealed information, we discover what happened to a missing teenager here as well as the legal avenues that failed his family, eerily chalked up to "dollars and cents" and departments not having the funding or resourcing to ensure proper justice. A generally gripping look at (in)justice and the difficulty of finding the truth, or as the family's private detective states, "it's not like television where they do it with four commercial".
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1. See for Me (2021)
2. Maelström (2000)
3. Wheat Soup (1987) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
4. House of Luk (2001) FIRST CHECK!
5. Homewrecker (2019)
6. Speaking Parts (1989)
7. Sensitive Parts (2017) FIRST CHECK!
8. The Oak Room (2020)
9. Sunflower Hour (2011) FIRST CHECK!
10. Guido Superstar (2010) FIRST CHECK!
11. Stegman is Dead (2017) FIRST CHECK!
12. The Famine Within (1990)
13. Incredible Violence (2018)
14. The Hanging Garden (1997)
15. Trans-Canada Summer (1958) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
16. A Scream from Silence (1979)
17. Incident at Restigouche (1984) Bonus Game Rec
18. Just Another Missing Kid (1981)
19. My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010)

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The next film Bruce McDonald made after Pontypool, this is a very different sort of horror movie: a teen-aimed comedy about two high schoolers who discover that their new babysitter and her friends are vampires. There is a lot of silliness in the mix, and most of it boils down to holy water in water guns, but there is also an amusing Twilight series parody, while Ella Jonas Farlinger is spunky as the main guy's kid sister and should have featured more.

20. Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)

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Pressured to produce a new drug or have his department shut down, a scientist prematurely releases an experimental happiness-inducing drug, but side effects soon emerge in this lively Canadian comedy. Bits and pieces of the film certainly feel very over-the-top and silly, but the movie works for the most part since the pseudoscience behind the drug is genuinely intriguing and its side effects are downright wacky. Nice pharmaceutical company satire too.
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2. Hyena Road (2015, Paul Gross), rewatch

This challenge is a good excuse to break out and rewatch all my Canadian film blu-rays...
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2010s - A Dangerous Method (2011, David Cronenberg)
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1. A Dangerous Method (2011, David Cronenberg)
2. Hyena Road (2015, Paul Gross), rewatch
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1. From Russia, for Love (2000) 1st check/<5 IMDB
2. Jesus of Montreal (1989)
3. The Superfood Chain (2018) 1st Check
4. Ice Guardians (2016)
5. Facebook Follies (2011)
6. Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (2009) 6/10
Does it get more Canadian that the Trailer Park Boys? You get a little bit of everything you love about the series - Bubbles and his kitties, man-whoring for cheeseburgers, Julian with a drink in his hand, etc. Been a while since I've seen any TPB, and it was fun to get back to this one.
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1. Crimes of the Future (2022) 8/10
2. Atanarjuat (2001) 6/10
3. Café de flore (2011) 6/10
a. Very Nice, Very Nice (1961) 7/10
b. 21-87 (1964) 7/10
4. Calendar (1993) 6/10
5. Crime Wave (1985) 5/10

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3. The Saddest Music in the World (2003, Guy Maddin)
Challenge 1 Qualifying
2000s - The Saddest Music in the World (2003, Guy Maddin)
2010s - A Dangerous Method (2011, David Cronenberg)
Terre de nos aieux
1. A Dangerous Method (2011, David Cronenberg)
2. Hyena Road (2015, Paul Gross), rewatch
3. The Saddest Music in the World (2003, Guy Maddin)
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1. See for Me (2021)
2. Maelström (2000)
3. Wheat Soup (1987) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
4. House of Luk (2001) FIRST CHECK!
5. Homewrecker (2019)
6. Speaking Parts (1989)
7. Sensitive Parts (2017) FIRST CHECK!
8. The Oak Room (2020)
9. Sunflower Hour (2011) FIRST CHECK!
10. Guido Superstar (2010) FIRST CHECK!
11. Stegman is Dead (2017) FIRST CHECK!
12. The Famine Within (1990)
13. Incredible Violence (2018)
14. The Hanging Garden (1997)
15. Trans-Canada Summer (1958) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
16. A Scream from Silence (1979)
17. Incident at Restigouche (1984) Bonus Game Rec
18. Just Another Missing Kid (1981)
19. My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010)
20. Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
21. Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985)

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Once-legendary musician Artie Shaw waxes poetic about his life and career here. As he describes his interactions with bigger celebrities such as Lana Turner (who he briefly married), Judy Garland and Billie Holiday, it is curious how less well-known he is today than those who were equally as famous as him. The film's other big point of interest is Shaw's inadvertent tackling of racism, refusing to perform without his black band members in racially divided states.
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Thank you for hosting, Fergenaprido!

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1. Saint-Narcisse (Bruce La Bruce, 2020) 7.5/10
2. Crimes of the Future (David Cronenberg, 2022) 8.5/10

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sol wrote: July 4th, 2022, 6:39 am
Fergenaprido wrote: July 4th, 2022, 6:32 am 6. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)
This newly official film has been on my radar for a while, since it was the first (/only?) Canadian documentary to win the best feature documentary award at the Oscars.
First of three to win. I'll be watching this one later this month, as well as the two (Just Another Missing Kid and Artie Shaw: Time is All You've Got).
I thought Just Another Missing Kid was pretty good and the best of the three, though the other two were decent.
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gunnar wrote: July 5th, 2022, 4:16 am
sol wrote: July 4th, 2022, 6:39 am
Fergenaprido wrote: July 4th, 2022, 6:32 am 6. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)
This newly official film has been on my radar for a while, since it was the first (/only?) Canadian documentary to win the best feature documentary award at the Oscars.
First of three to win. I'll be watching this one later this month, as well as the two (Just Another Missing Kid and Artie Shaw: Time is All You've Got).
I thought Just Another Missing Kid was pretty good and the best of the three, though the other two were decent.
I would agree with that. Just Another Missing Kid would easily rank among my top 20 winners in the category, maybe even top 10. Very interesting case and compellingly put together, originally intended as a television episode or not. The other two are fairly average as far as winners in the category go.
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jdidaco wrote: July 5th, 2022, 3:59 am 2. Crimes of the Future (David Cronenberg, 2022) 8.5/10
I'm getting very intrigued by the high ratings this one has been receiving since the initial backlash. It is a shame that it has been denied a cinema release in Australia (no companies are willing to distribute it) but it is scheduled to go straight to Blu-ray/DVD in October -- in time for the Horror Challenge.
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1. See for Me (2021)
2. Maelström (2000)
3. Wheat Soup (1987) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
4. House of Luk (2001) FIRST CHECK!
5. Homewrecker (2019)
6. Speaking Parts (1989)
7. Sensitive Parts (2017) FIRST CHECK!
8. The Oak Room (2020)
9. Sunflower Hour (2011) FIRST CHECK!
10. Guido Superstar (2010) FIRST CHECK!
11. Stegman is Dead (2017) FIRST CHECK!
12. The Famine Within (1990)
13. Incredible Violence (2018)
14. The Hanging Garden (1997)
15. Trans-Canada Summer (1958) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
16. A Scream from Silence (1979)
17. Incident at Restigouche (1984) Bonus Game Rec
18. Just Another Missing Kid (1981)
19. My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010)
20. Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
21. Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985)
22. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)

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Assembled from the titular Japanese skier's diaries being translated and read out over footage of his ascent, the emotions do not always translate here (even if Douglas Rain narrates well) but the footage captured is spectacular. Everest has seldom looked more beautiful, covered with cloud and snow, and some of the shots make you wonder how they were achieved. The ski footage here is mostly saved for the end but we certainly see the dangers involved.

23. Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012)

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The plot here is bit too complex given that this is pretty much a one-joke comedy: Eddie kills, a painter is inspired by the carnage and paints, then gets rid of the corpse, and the cycle starts again. There are some amusing moments for sure, especially as the painter goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure that his housemate continues to sleepwalk and kill, but even at less than eighty minutes, this feels drawn out, beefed up with a romance that goes nowhere.
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1. See for Me (2021)
2. Maelström (2000)
3. Wheat Soup (1987) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
4. House of Luk (2001) FIRST CHECK!
5. Homewrecker (2019)
6. Speaking Parts (1989)
7. Sensitive Parts (2017) FIRST CHECK!
8. The Oak Room (2020)
9. Sunflower Hour (2011) FIRST CHECK!
10. Guido Superstar (2010) FIRST CHECK!
11. Stegman is Dead (2017) FIRST CHECK!
12. The Famine Within (1990)
13. Incredible Violence (2018)
14. The Hanging Garden (1997)
15. Trans-Canada Summer (1958) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
16. A Scream from Silence (1979)
17. Incident at Restigouche (1984) Bonus Game Rec
18. Just Another Missing Kid (1981)
19. My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010)
20. Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
21. Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985)
22. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)
23. Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012)
24. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010) REVISION

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Less spontaneous but still very funny upon second glance, this is a great look at misunderstandings and the possible dire consequences of rash assumptions. The reveal towards the end still feels a bit off upon revision, but the film remains interesting to watch as the college brats essentially create their own downfalls, with their paranoia and instinctive distrust leading to their demise. The film benefits from great acting/chemistry between the lead actors too.

25. A History of Violence (2005) REVISION

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Meticulously filmed with excellent attention to sound and a constantly brooding Howard Shore score, this meditation on how the past always comes back to haunt you from David Cronenberg stands up well to revision. The opening scene is downright chilling too, knowing how it will end (with one of the greatest graphic matches in cinema history) and how very deliberately Cronenberg is drawing things out. Exceptional performances all round too.

26. My American Cousin (1985)

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An adolescent girl becomes fascinated by her older male cousin and dreams of dating him in this coming-of-age tale that was apparently inspired by actual events from the director's childhood. When one gets over the ick factor of her romantically lusting after her own cousin, the film kind of works, largely supported by an excellent turn by Margaret Langrick as the female protagonist. John Wildman is rather bland though beyond driving around in a fancy car.
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4. Between Friends (1973, Donald Shebib)

We're in luck here Ferg, a potato-quality upload of this film has found its way onto a streaming site, which is linked in a comment on the film's page on the main site. Don't need to visit the federal archives after all :D
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1970s - Between Friends (1973, Donald Shebib)
2000s - The Saddest Music in the World (2003, Guy Maddin)
2010s - A Dangerous Method (2011, David Cronenberg)
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1. A Dangerous Method (2011, David Cronenberg)
2. Hyena Road (2015, Paul Gross), rewatch
3. The Saddest Music in the World (2003, Guy Maddin)
4. Between Friends (1973, Donald Shebib)
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Arkantos wrote: July 5th, 2022, 9:53 pm 4. Between Friends (1973, Donald Shebib)

We're in luck here Ferg, a potato-quality upload of this film has found its way onto a streaming site, which is linked in a comment on the film's page on the main site. Don't need to visit the federal archives after all :D
Right! I didn't notice the link on the icm page, but a VHS copy of the film showed up online elsewhere at the beginning of the year, and I've been saving the film for this challenge. Looks a little bit better than the streaming copy you mention, but not by much. Was considering keeping it for my last film to finish the TIFF list, but I think I'll let that be the 8-hour film instead, so I can see the shorter ones during this challenge. I've only got 10 left, and I want to platinum the list before the new edition comes in out in 2024/2025.
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Oof, I forgot that monstrosity of a runtime is hiding in that list. :blink:
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1. From Russia, for Love (2000) 1st check/<5 IMDB
2. Jesus of Montreal (1989)
3. The Superfood Chain (2018) 1st Check
4. Ice Guardians (2016)
5. Facebook Follies (2011)
6. Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (2009)
7. The Dirties (2013) - 9/10
Wow - instant favorite. You have two friends who are filming a revenge fantasy against the people who them for a film class. Then one of them starts blurring the lines of reality... Everything worked in this film for me - it starts over the top, but gradually becomes more unhinged. It's unclear if the camera is part of the story or not. You see the radicalization happen. And there's no resolution. Absolutely bonkers ride. And finishes with one of the coolest credits animations I've seen.
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maxwelldeux wrote: July 6th, 2022, 2:56 am 7. The Dirties (2013) - 9/10
Wow - instant favorite. You have two friends who are filming a revenge fantasy against the people who them for a film class. Then one of them starts blurring the lines of reality... Everything worked in this film for me - it starts over the top, but gradually becomes more unhinged. It's unclear if the camera is part of the story or not. You see the radicalization happen. And there's no resolution. Absolutely bonkers ride. And finishes with one of the coolest credits animations I've seen.
Excellent. Sounds like you are up for seeing Operation Avalanche then (my bonus challenge recommendation). It is their follow-up film, it is even better and more fun, and it is streaming for free on the Roku Channel in the US at the moment. ;)
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1. See for Me (2021)
2. Maelström (2000)
3. Wheat Soup (1987) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
4. House of Luk (2001) FIRST CHECK!
5. Homewrecker (2019)
6. Speaking Parts (1989)
7. Sensitive Parts (2017) FIRST CHECK!
8. The Oak Room (2020)
9. Sunflower Hour (2011) FIRST CHECK!
10. Guido Superstar (2010) FIRST CHECK!
11. Stegman is Dead (2017) FIRST CHECK!
12. The Famine Within (1990)
13. Incredible Violence (2018)
14. The Hanging Garden (1997)
15. Trans-Canada Summer (1958) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
16. A Scream from Silence (1979)
17. Incident at Restigouche (1984) Bonus Game Rec
18. Just Another Missing Kid (1981)
19. My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010)
20. Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
21. Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985)
22. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)
23. Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012)
24. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010) REVISION
25. A History of Violence (2005) REVISION
26. My American Cousin (1985)
27. My Life Without Me (2003)

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This is well acted all round with Sarah Polley particularly notable, but her health never really appears to worsen over the course of the movie, while some of the stuff on her 'bucket list' is questionable. Everything is also filmed in a rather dry and sullen manner, when the highlight of the film is as Polley states "nobody ever thinks about death in the supermarket" before the entire scene turns into the Galantis 'Peanut Butter Jelly' music video. I kid you not.
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7. De père en flic [Father and Guns] (2009)
Fun action comedy that's more comedy than action. Nothing groundbreaking, but it was successful enough to get a sequel 8 years later. And with this I've hit 50% of the Canada 150 list.

8. A Race for Ties (1929) - first check - under 5 votes
An early Canadian silent that had bee hiding in plain sight for at least a decade online. I found it through a list on Letterboxd that I follow, after someone found it and commented on it. For an amateur production form the 1920s, it's actually quite good. Clocks in at just about an hour, with a decent soundtrack, and available online. If I get a second recommendation, this will probably be it. There are a few other films from this site I aim to check out.

Anyway, it's a frontier-type film taking place in northwestern Ontario near Thunder Bay. Simple plot, but I found it engaging and effective.

9. 1981 (2009)
The first of Trogi's autobiographical trilogy (soon to be a quadrilogy, perhaps), I thought this was a great comedy. It's a coming of age film that really resonated with me, and I'm looking forward to catching the other two this month.

10. Reason Over Passion (1969)
The first of my final 10 films to conquer the TIFF Canada list. This was so dull. So so dull. Even at only 80 minutes, this was still a slog to get through. Can't say much more than that.

A bunch of Québécois films are expiring on Netflix this month here in Canada (some tomorrow, some at the end of the month), including 7 & 9 above, in case others want to watch them there before they're gone.
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2. The Pemberton Valley (1957) - under 5 votes
3. Come on Children (1973)
4. Letterkenny (season 5)
5. Letterkenny (season 5) - 168 minutes total
6. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)
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1. See for Me (2021)
2. Maelström (2000)
3. Wheat Soup (1987) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
4. House of Luk (2001) FIRST CHECK!
5. Homewrecker (2019)
6. Speaking Parts (1989)
7. Sensitive Parts (2017) FIRST CHECK!
8. The Oak Room (2020)
9. Sunflower Hour (2011) FIRST CHECK!
10. Guido Superstar (2010) FIRST CHECK!
11. Stegman is Dead (2017) FIRST CHECK!
12. The Famine Within (1990)
13. Incredible Violence (2018)
14. The Hanging Garden (1997)
15. Trans-Canada Summer (1958) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
16. A Scream from Silence (1979)
17. Incident at Restigouche (1984) Bonus Game Rec
18. Just Another Missing Kid (1981)
19. My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010)
20. Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
21. Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985)
22. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)
23. Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012)
24. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010) REVISION
25. A History of Violence (2005) REVISION
26. My American Cousin (1985)
27. My Life Without Me (2003)
28. My Dead Girlfriend (2006)

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A young man uses black magic to bring his dead girlfriend back to life, but she is not quite her old self in this low budget horror comedy. There are several laugh-out-loud moments, from the deadpan line delivery, to the way everyone else assumes she is just unwell. That said, the film does not kick into gear until her death eighteen minutes in and between poor sound mixing, generic song montages and overexposed shots, the first eighteen minutes are meh.

29. Assholes: A Theory (2019)

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Beginning with the supposition that being an "asshole" may be fundamental to getting ahead in life, this documentary has a fascinating premise that it never manages to resolve. It is a fairly fun ride at first as we are presented with archive footage of assholes in cinema and distinguishing between assholes and pricks. The film though rather suddenly turns serious as workplace bullying comes into focus, and from there it branches out in far too many directions.
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1. See for Me (2021)
2. Maelström (2000)
3. Wheat Soup (1987) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
4. House of Luk (2001) FIRST CHECK!
5. Homewrecker (2019)
6. Speaking Parts (1989)
7. Sensitive Parts (2017) FIRST CHECK!
8. The Oak Room (2020)
9. Sunflower Hour (2011) FIRST CHECK!
10. Guido Superstar (2010) FIRST CHECK!
11. Stegman is Dead (2017) FIRST CHECK!
12. The Famine Within (1990)
13. Incredible Violence (2018)
14. The Hanging Garden (1997)
15. Trans-Canada Summer (1958) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
16. A Scream from Silence (1979)
17. Incident at Restigouche (1984) Bonus Game Rec
18. Just Another Missing Kid (1981)
19. My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010)
20. Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
21. Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985)
22. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)
23. Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012)
24. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010) REVISION
25. A History of Violence (2005) REVISION
26. My American Cousin (1985)
27. My Life Without Me (2003)
28. My Dead Girlfriend (2006)
29. Assholes: A Theory (2019)
30. Faking a Murderer (2020)

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A mockumentary about two documentarians convinced that a YouTuber is a mass murderer while the authorities believe that his videos are staged. The film trips up though by placing too much energy into trying to be funny and far less on unravelling the mystery at hand. And from the pair bantering about bacon in restaurants, to their constant disbelief whenever confronted with hefty fees and costs, it is even not an especially funny film when trying to be funny.

31. Maps to the Stars (2014) REVISION

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This is anything but straightforward - and the mysteriousness is what makes the whole thing so rewatchable. Upon third viewing, the movie certainly feels a bit scattered as it bounces characters, but everything is well linked by visions and hallucinations with the child actor and has-been actress both communicating with taunting ghosts. There is also a running theme of buried secrets with a bit of 'past comes back to haunt you' a la A History of Violence.
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sol wrote: July 5th, 2022, 5:14 am
jdidaco wrote: July 5th, 2022, 3:59 am 2. Crimes of the Future (David Cronenberg, 2022) 8.5/10
I'm getting very intrigued by the high ratings this one has been receiving since the initial backlash. It is a shame that it has been denied a cinema release in Australia (no companies are willing to distribute it) but it is scheduled to go straight to Blu-ray/DVD in October -- in time for the Horror Challenge.
It's practically a lexicon of Cronenberg motifs, and for those who especially love 'eXistenZ', 'Crash' and 'Videodrome' it will be familiar territory mixed with some new, provocative ideas (and, as some noticed, a slightly different visual palette). I acknowledge its problems, all concentrated in the final reel, plus he tries to mimic the ending of one of his very best films (I won't say which) without nearly the same emotional impact or resonance. But yes, it's a great Cronenberg, and I will be looking out for your reactions coming October.
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jdidaco wrote: July 6th, 2022, 1:14 pm
sol wrote: July 5th, 2022, 5:14 am
jdidaco wrote: July 5th, 2022, 3:59 am 2. Crimes of the Future (David Cronenberg, 2022) 8.5/10
I'm getting very intrigued by the high ratings this one has been receiving since the initial backlash. It is a shame that it has been denied a cinema release in Australia (no companies are willing to distribute it) but it is scheduled to go straight to Blu-ray/DVD in October -- in time for the Horror Challenge.
It's practically a lexicon of Cronenberg motifs, and for those who especially love 'eXistenZ', 'Crash' and 'Videodrome' it will be familiar territory mixed with some new, provocative ideas (and, as some noticed, a slightly different visual palette). I acknowledge its problems, all concentrated in the final reel, plus he tries to mimic the ending of one of his very best films (I won't say which) without nearly the same emotional impact or resonance. But yes, it's a great Cronenberg, and I will be looking out for your reactions coming October.
Interesting to hear. Well, as long as it isn't the ending of Eastern Promises - just finished rewatching that - I think I should be okay with that, but you now have me more intrigued than ever! He has some many great films with so many dynamite endings. It's such a shame that nobody wants to take the risk on releasing it theatrically over here, but from memory Maps to the Stars went straight to Blu-ray too.
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1. See for Me (2021)
2. Maelström (2000)
3. Wheat Soup (1987) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
4. House of Luk (2001) FIRST CHECK!
5. Homewrecker (2019)
6. Speaking Parts (1989)
7. Sensitive Parts (2017) FIRST CHECK!
8. The Oak Room (2020)
9. Sunflower Hour (2011) FIRST CHECK!
10. Guido Superstar (2010) FIRST CHECK!
11. Stegman is Dead (2017) FIRST CHECK!
12. The Famine Within (1990)
13. Incredible Violence (2018)
14. The Hanging Garden (1997)
15. Trans-Canada Summer (1958) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
16. A Scream from Silence (1979)
17. Incident at Restigouche (1984) Bonus Game Rec
18. Just Another Missing Kid (1981)
19. My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010)
20. Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
21. Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985)
22. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)
23. Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012)
24. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010) REVISION
25. A History of Violence (2005) REVISION
26. My American Cousin (1985)
27. My Life Without Me (2003)
28. My Dead Girlfriend (2006)
29. Assholes: A Theory (2019)
30. Faking a Murderer (2020)
31. Maps to the Stars (2014) REVISION
32. Eastern Promises (2007) REVISION

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Howard Shore's music score here is one of his best, the opening barber shop kill is memorably brutal and the later sauna fight is of course amazing. Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts also both have their share of strong moments. The film's constant hopping between them though gets in the way of it building up any sense of paranoia or dread, however, and the film ends on a bit of a sentimental note (which is the last thing you want in a Cronenberg movie).
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I've updated the OP and also the bonus challenge scoreboard. Let me know if there are any errors.

I also unspoilered the Bonus challenge section, because I think people missed it, given the low participation in the recommendations part of it. Here it is again:

The second subchallenge is based on community. It's cold and dark up here much of the year, and while the land is huge the people are few, with a population density of about 4 people/km². So we need to cluster together to stay warm and sane, and as a result we're a highly urbanized country. To encourage this sense of community, every participant can recommend one eligible film for other participants to watch after they log in their first film.
  • For every recommendation you watch, you get one point.
  • For every 5 recommendations you watch, you get to recommend another film.
  • For every film that gets 5+ watches, every watcher gets a point (regardless of if it was recommended or not);
  • ↳ if that film was a recommendation, the nominator gets a point.
  • You don't get any points for watching your own recommendation.
  • Points are retroactive if you watch a film that later becomes a recommendation by someone else.
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Fergenaprido 1: Incident at Restigouche (1984)
sol 1: Operation Avalanche (2016)
Arkantos 1: Night Raiders (2021)

So max, klaus, blocho, jdidaco, magnus, and Mario, you can all recommend a Canadian film you want others to watch.
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5. Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993, François Girard)
Challenge 1 Qualifying
1970s - Between Friends (1973, Donald Shebib)
1990s - Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993, François Girard)
2000s - The Saddest Music in the World (2003, Guy Maddin)
2010s - A Dangerous Method (2011, David Cronenberg)
Terre de nos aieux
1. A Dangerous Method (2011, David Cronenberg)
2. Hyena Road (2015, Paul Gross), rewatch
3. The Saddest Music in the World (2003, Guy Maddin)
4. Between Friends (1973, Donald Shebib)
5. Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993, François Girard)
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01. Crimes of the Future (2022, Cronenberg) 5,5/10

I recommend Matthias et Maxime (2019, Dolan).
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This was excellent - and replaces Homewrecker as my best first time viewing this month. :o Highly recommended if you like single location thrillers. ;)
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1. See for Me (2021)
2. Maelström (2000)
3. Wheat Soup (1987) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
4. House of Luk (2001) FIRST CHECK!
5. Homewrecker (2019)
6. Speaking Parts (1989)
7. Sensitive Parts (2017) FIRST CHECK!
8. The Oak Room (2020)
9. Sunflower Hour (2011) FIRST CHECK!
10. Guido Superstar (2010) FIRST CHECK!
11. Stegman is Dead (2017) FIRST CHECK!
12. The Famine Within (1990)
13. Incredible Violence (2018)
14. The Hanging Garden (1997)
15. Trans-Canada Summer (1958) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
16. A Scream from Silence (1979)
17. Incident at Restigouche (1984) Bonus Game Rec
18. Just Another Missing Kid (1981)
19. My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010)
20. Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
21. Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985)
22. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)
23. Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012)
24. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010) REVISION
25. A History of Violence (2005) REVISION
26. My American Cousin (1985)
27. My Life Without Me (2003)
28. My Dead Girlfriend (2006)
29. Assholes: A Theory (2019)
30. Faking a Murderer (2020)
31. Maps to the Stars (2014) REVISION
32. Eastern Promises (2007) REVISION
33. Treed Murray (2001)

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Climbing up a tree to flee a gang of muggers, an advertising exec uses psychological warfare to turn them against each other here. Particularly effective is his ability to 'read' his muggers and use bits of what they tell him against them, and the film gets particularly eerie as it turns dark and they get scared of a rival gang arriving, which of course the treed man welcomes. A very gripping look at a tricky scenario with no easy way out, mostly shot in one location.
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1. See for Me (2021)
2. Maelström (2000)
3. Wheat Soup (1987) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
4. House of Luk (2001) FIRST CHECK!
5. Homewrecker (2019)
6. Speaking Parts (1989)
7. Sensitive Parts (2017) FIRST CHECK!
8. The Oak Room (2020)
9. Sunflower Hour (2011) FIRST CHECK!
10. Guido Superstar (2010) FIRST CHECK!
11. Stegman is Dead (2017) FIRST CHECK!
12. The Famine Within (1990)
13. Incredible Violence (2018)
14. The Hanging Garden (1997)
15. Trans-Canada Summer (1958) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
16. A Scream from Silence (1979)
17. Incident at Restigouche (1984) Bonus Game Rec
18. Just Another Missing Kid (1981)
19. My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010)
20. Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
21. Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985)
22. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)
23. Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012)
24. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010) REVISION
25. A History of Violence (2005) REVISION
26. My American Cousin (1985)
27. My Life Without Me (2003)
28. My Dead Girlfriend (2006)
29. Assholes: A Theory (2019)
30. Faking a Murderer (2020)
31. Maps to the Stars (2014) REVISION
32. Eastern Promises (2007) REVISION
33. Treed Murray (2001)
34. Confidential (1986) FIRST CHECK!

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Hired to find a reporter who disappeared while investigating an axe murderess, a private detective finds brick wall after brick wall in this neo-noir. Fascinating as all this might sound, the film is actually very cut and dry; it is lethargically paced for the most part without any sense of paranoia or danger no matter how deep both men dig. The transition in terms of who we are following around feels clunky too, though it is clearly modelled after Psycho.

35. Next of Kin (1984)

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A film about a young man who becomes intrigued by an immigrant couple who gave up their infant son for adoption and decides to poses as the son and visits them. They are amazingly welcoming in contrast to his actual parents, and the film ends up being a great personal identity study as he keeps forgetting he is pretending. There is not exactly a lot to the film beyond this basic scenario and even at under 70 minutes it feels long, but interesting too.

36. Dead Dicks (2019)

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For a film with such a provocative title, this is a surprisingly serious-minded affair, sitting somewhere between a psychological drama and a WTF sci-fi thriller as it blends depression and time loop themes. Ultimately, the film offers no clear-cut answers, but as a metaphor for suicide and depression it clicks. Particularly potent is something he mentions about constantly hoping for a better version of himself each time, only to constantly be disappointed.
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1. See for Me (2021)
2. Maelström (2000)
3. Wheat Soup (1987) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
4. House of Luk (2001) FIRST CHECK!
5. Homewrecker (2019)
6. Speaking Parts (1989)
7. Sensitive Parts (2017) FIRST CHECK!
8. The Oak Room (2020)
9. Sunflower Hour (2011) FIRST CHECK!
10. Guido Superstar (2010) FIRST CHECK!
11. Stegman is Dead (2017) FIRST CHECK!
12. The Famine Within (1990)
13. Incredible Violence (2018)
14. The Hanging Garden (1997)
15. Trans-Canada Summer (1958) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
16. A Scream from Silence (1979)
17. Incident at Restigouche (1984) Bonus Game Rec
18. Just Another Missing Kid (1981)
19. My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010)
20. Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
21. Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985)
22. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)
23. Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012)
24. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010) REVISION
25. A History of Violence (2005) REVISION
26. My American Cousin (1985)
27. My Life Without Me (2003)
28. My Dead Girlfriend (2006)
29. Assholes: A Theory (2019)
30. Faking a Murderer (2020)
31. Maps to the Stars (2014) REVISION
32. Eastern Promises (2007) REVISION
33. Treed Murray (2001)
34. Confidential (1986) FIRST CHECK!
35. Next of Kin (1984)
36. Dead Dicks (2019)
37. Ditched (2021)

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Waking up to discover her ambulance crashed in a ditch with no memory of how it happened, a paramedic has to work out who are her friends and foes while slowly coming to the realisation that the accident may have been orchestrated in this nifty horror movie. Without revealing too much, the film ends up going in the same direction as one of Agatha Christie's greatest stories. Great moody synth music too and striking colours that illuminate the ditch.
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11. 1987 (2014)
Trogi's second autobiographical film, keeping largely the same tone as the first. Some brilliant and hilarious moments, such as Trogi's imagined conversations with the ministers of Québec. The always enjoyable Pier-Luc Funk plays a supporting role.

12. Le mirage [The Mirage] (2015)
Based on a script from the lead actor Louis Morrissette, this is a dramedy in similar tone to Trogi's other films, but leans more into the drama side, especially in the last act. It's about a wealthy man in his mid-40s going through a mid-life crisis of sorts.
minor spoilers about the plot
I don't know if we're supposed to be sympathetic to the leads, or if the film kind of parodies the characters. By the end of it, I had no sympathy for either the husband or the wife, though maybe that says more about me than the film. I though the final act was particularly strong, in contrast to the almost farcical earlier scenes, and I consider the film to have a happy ending even if it's not what one would typically expect.
So far I've been good at keeping up the pace of 2 points/day, but I don't know how long I can keep that up.
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1. The Grizzlies (2018)
2. The Pemberton Valley (1957) - under 5 votes
3. Come on Children (1973)
4. Letterkenny (season 5)
5. Letterkenny (season 5) - 168 minutes total
6. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)
7. De père en flic [Father and Guns] (2009)
8. A Race for Ties (1929) - first check - under 5 votes
9. 1981 (2009)
10. Reason Over Passion (1969)
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6. The Trotsky (2009, Jacob Tierney)
Challenge 1 Qualifying
1970s - Between Friends (1973, Donald Shebib)
1990s - Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993, François Girard)
2000s - The Saddest Music in the World (2003, Guy Maddin)
2010s - A Dangerous Method (2011, David Cronenberg)
Terre de nos aieux
1. A Dangerous Method (2011, David Cronenberg)
2. Hyena Road (2015, Paul Gross), rewatch
3. The Saddest Music in the World (2003, Guy Maddin)
4. Between Friends (1973, Donald Shebib)
5. Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993, François Girard)
6. The Trotsky (2009, Jacob Tierney)
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1. See for Me (2021)
2. Maelström (2000)
3. Wheat Soup (1987) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
4. House of Luk (2001) FIRST CHECK!
5. Homewrecker (2019)
6. Speaking Parts (1989)
7. Sensitive Parts (2017) FIRST CHECK!
8. The Oak Room (2020)
9. Sunflower Hour (2011) FIRST CHECK!
10. Guido Superstar (2010) FIRST CHECK!
11. Stegman is Dead (2017) FIRST CHECK!
12. The Famine Within (1990)
13. Incredible Violence (2018)
14. The Hanging Garden (1997)
15. Trans-Canada Summer (1958) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
16. A Scream from Silence (1979)
17. Incident at Restigouche (1984) Bonus Game Rec
18. Just Another Missing Kid (1981)
19. My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010)
20. Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
21. Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985)
22. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)
23. Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012)
24. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010) REVISION
25. A History of Violence (2005) REVISION
26. My American Cousin (1985)
27. My Life Without Me (2003)
28. My Dead Girlfriend (2006)
29. Assholes: A Theory (2019)
30. Faking a Murderer (2020)
31. Maps to the Stars (2014) REVISION
32. Eastern Promises (2007) REVISION
33. Treed Murray (2001)
34. Confidential (1986) FIRST CHECK!
35. Next of Kin (1984)
36. Dead Dicks (2019)
37. Ditched (2021)
38. Things (1989)

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This low budget horror film begins well with an insane nightmare sequence that perfectly sums up all of the husband's anxieties about having children. The rest of the film though is sluggishly paced while suffering from poor dubbing/ADR, weird editing that calls attention to itself, and long stretches of silence without music or audio at all. The one thing that does work about the film though is its special effects on a budget with great, icky and imaginative things.
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1. See for Me (2021)
2. Maelström (2000)
3. Wheat Soup (1987) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
4. House of Luk (2001) FIRST CHECK!
5. Homewrecker (2019)
6. Speaking Parts (1989)
7. Sensitive Parts (2017) FIRST CHECK!
8. The Oak Room (2020)
9. Sunflower Hour (2011) FIRST CHECK!
10. Guido Superstar (2010) FIRST CHECK!
11. Stegman is Dead (2017) FIRST CHECK!
12. The Famine Within (1990)
13. Incredible Violence (2018)
14. The Hanging Garden (1997)
15. Trans-Canada Summer (1958) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
16. A Scream from Silence (1979)
17. Incident at Restigouche (1984) Bonus Game Rec
18. Just Another Missing Kid (1981)
19. My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010)
20. Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
21. Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985)
22. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)
23. Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012)
24. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010) REVISION
25. A History of Violence (2005) REVISION
26. My American Cousin (1985)
27. My Life Without Me (2003)
28. My Dead Girlfriend (2006)
29. Assholes: A Theory (2019)
30. Faking a Murderer (2020)
31. Maps to the Stars (2014) REVISION
32. Eastern Promises (2007) REVISION
33. Treed Murray (2001)
34. Confidential (1986) FIRST CHECK!
35. Next of Kin (1984)
36. Dead Dicks (2019)
37. Ditched (2021)
38. Things (1989)
39. Lilies (1996)

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Called to hear a jailed childhood friend's last confession, a priest is instead forcibly detained and made to watch a play about their teen experiences as in this odd little drama. The Hamlet play-within dynamics are great, but the film's universe is confusing. It also seems to oscillate between play performance and flashbacks, with some scenes occurring in prison and others in 'reality'. With potent LGBT themes, there is certainly a lot of interest to it though.

40. Stuck (2007)

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Accidentally hitting a homeless man, a panicked young woman drives home and locks her car in her garage -- despite the fact that the bleeding man is still stuck in her windscreen. The film oddly bounces between dark comedy and gritty drama as the man tries to pry himself loose and call for help. Where the film really succeeds is in showing the extent to which ordinary persons can go when in panic mode and a society that would rather turn a blind eye to it.
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1. See for Me (2021)
2. Maelström (2000)
3. Wheat Soup (1987) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
4. House of Luk (2001) FIRST CHECK!
5. Homewrecker (2019)
6. Speaking Parts (1989)
7. Sensitive Parts (2017) FIRST CHECK!
8. The Oak Room (2020)
9. Sunflower Hour (2011) FIRST CHECK!
10. Guido Superstar (2010) FIRST CHECK!
11. Stegman is Dead (2017) FIRST CHECK!
12. The Famine Within (1990)
13. Incredible Violence (2018)
14. The Hanging Garden (1997)
15. Trans-Canada Summer (1958) FIRST CHECK! (Less than 5 votes on IMDb)
16. A Scream from Silence (1979)
17. Incident at Restigouche (1984) Bonus Game Rec
18. Just Another Missing Kid (1981)
19. My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010)
20. Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
21. Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985)
22. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)
23. Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012)
24. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010) REVISION
25. A History of Violence (2005) REVISION
26. My American Cousin (1985)
27. My Life Without Me (2003)
28. My Dead Girlfriend (2006)
29. Assholes: A Theory (2019)
30. Faking a Murderer (2020)
31. Maps to the Stars (2014) REVISION
32. Eastern Promises (2007) REVISION
33. Treed Murray (2001)
34. Confidential (1986) FIRST CHECK!
35. Next of Kin (1984)
36. Dead Dicks (2019)
37. Ditched (2021)
38. Things (1989)
39. Lilies (1996)
40. Stuck (2007)
41. Rabid (1977) REVISION

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After four viewings, this still feels significantly weaker than Shivers and The Brood (which it is a cross between). The plot feels random and nonsensical with an extra orifice forming very far away from where the protagonist is operated on. The film is also less moody and atmospheric than its counterpoints (no Howard Shore score) and less well acted - with the exception of a sympathetic "it's not my fault" Marilyn Chambers who actually shines in the lead role.

42. Rabid (2019)

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Regarded by the Soska Sisters as a "reimagining", this is pretty interesting at first as it tries to do its own thing while referencing the original. The opening shot is especially fun, seemingly identical to Cronenberg's, before the camera pulls back. On the plus side, the Soskas flesh out their protagonist more and add more pointed dialogue ("we are the creators of our own reality"). On the minus side, the film becomes lethargically paced with so much exposition.
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13. The Fly (1986)
While the special effects are very impressive, I didn't like this film as much as the original. Very little in common with it plotwise aside from the main experiment, an unconvincing romance (no matter how much of a dreamboat Goldblum is), and a lack of any real emotional core to centre the film beyond the transformation. Still, it works as a body horror film, but that's not a genre I particularly care for. 2 TIFF down, 8 to go.

14. The Terry Fox Story (1983)
The first of the remaining 14 Genie/CSA winners I have yet to see, this one was on my watchlist for ages before I finally acquired a copy of it, and then another year before I found a good quality one. Almost maudlin at times, this definitely feels like a second-rate made-for-tv production. The acting starts out terribly, but gradually improves as the film goes on. Terry is a national hero and it was strange to see him portrayed as unlikeable a lot of the time (whether true or not), since he's practically canonized in our culture. I did the Terry Fox run every year in school, we read about him (those Values books for kids where historical figures have imaginary friends - Terry's are his shoes), and he came in second place in a public poll of The Greatest Canadian in 2004 (behind Donald Sutherland's father-in-law Tommy Douglas, the father of our universal healthcare system). Despite all of this, the film hits all of the emotional marks, and had me misty-eyed within 20 minutes. My hometown warranted a mention; I didn't know that he ran through it on his journey, and while slightly saccharine it was still a pleasant and inspirational watch, though I don't know how much non-Canadians would get out of it. The closing narration, though, was a cop out and feels like they ran out of time for filming or had to shorten the film to fit a broadcast length.
J'adore les castors
1. The Grizzlies (2018)
2. The Pemberton Valley (1957) - under 5 votes
3. Come on Children (1973)
4. Letterkenny (season 5)
5. Letterkenny (season 5) - 168 minutes total
6. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)
7. De père en flic [Father and Guns] (2009)
8. A Race for Ties (1929) - first check - under 5 votes
9. 1981 (2009)
10. Reason Over Passion (1969)
11. 1987 (2014)
12. Le mirage [The Mirage] (2015)
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All right. First week summary post!

The the surprise of no one, sol has taken a tremendous lead already, watching more films in one week than I'll likely get to in the whole month. He's also dominating the bonus challenges, though things are closer there with blocho tying him for Community Watches.

Welcome to first-time participants klaus78, Arkantos, magnusbernhardsen, and DudeLanez!

Our most-watched film is Crimes of the Future (2022) with 3, followed by Maelström (2000) and The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975) with 2 each.
Cronenberg is our most-watched director (7 films), followed by Egoyan and Trogi with 3 each.

Participants

RankParticipant20222020201820172014
1sol421268182
2Fergenaprido143726194
3maxwelldeux730321
4klaus785
4Arkantos5
6blocho294
6jdidaco230860
8Mario Gaborović148
8magnusbernhardsen1
8DudeLanez1


Bonus Challenges Scoreboard

ParticipantDecadesPtsCommunity WatchesPtsUnderseenPtsTOTAL
sol50s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s, 20s71 rec18 icm, 2 imdb1018
Fergenaprido50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 00s, 10s61 icm, 2 imdb39
maxwelldeux80s, 00s, 10s32 icm, 1 imdb36
klaus7880s, 90s, 00s, 10s, 20s55
Arkantos70s, 90s, 00s, 10s44
blocho10s11 rec12
DudeLanez20s11
jdidaco20s11
magnusbernhardsen90s11
Mario Gaborović00s11


Bonus Challenge Recommended Films
Fergenaprido 1: Incident at Restigouche (1984)
sol 1: Operation Avalanche (2016)
Arkantos 1: Night Raiders (2021)
DudeLanez 1: Matthias & Maxime (2019)

And a special shoutout to sol for making the first page of top users on the official TIFF Canada list (Given how much you watch, I thought you would have been here long before now), and to Arkantos for approaching 1000 checks (998 and counting).
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sol wrote: July 6th, 2022, 3:00 am
maxwelldeux wrote: July 6th, 2022, 2:56 am 7. The Dirties (2013) - 9/10
Wow - instant favorite. You have two friends who are filming a revenge fantasy against the people who them for a film class. Then one of them starts blurring the lines of reality... Everything worked in this film for me - it starts over the top, but gradually becomes more unhinged. It's unclear if the camera is part of the story or not. You see the radicalization happen. And there's no resolution. Absolutely bonkers ride. And finishes with one of the coolest credits animations I've seen.
Excellent. Sounds like you are up for seeing Operation Avalanche then (my bonus challenge recommendation). It is their follow-up film, it is even better and more fun, and it is streaming for free on the Roku Channel in the US at the moment. ;)
Oh interesting - I actually watched The Dirties because you were talking about it tangentially, and it was available, so I gave it a shot. I'll definitely watch Operation Avalanche then.
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