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Critics Challenge (Apr 2012)

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Post by WalterNeff » March 27th, 2012, 4:17 pm

Every one's a critic, right? Here's your chance to watch as many movies on lists by movie critics as possible.

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The rules are as usual:

-- A feature film (Anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
-- A total of 90 minutes of short films count as one entry.
For TV shows:
For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
For Mini-Series with shorter episodes (25 minutes or so), the 90 minute rule applies.

No rewatches

Challenge runs from April 1, 2012 - April 30, 2012.

Official ICM Critics Lists :

Leonard Maltin's 100 Must-See Films Of The 20th Century
Steven Jay Schneider's 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art
David Thomson's Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
Roger Ebert's The Great Movies
The New York Times' The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
And if you want to kill several birds with one stone, here is BaalMan's Top 1000/1001 Lists Consensus

Other Critics' lists (suggestions welcome):

Participants: (Goal)
allisoncm (15)
Cippenham
Gregmnewman (20)
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jonas2k (12)
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redcard29 (30)
rohit
sushantv10 (60)
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WalterNeff (20)
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#2

Post by VincentPrice » March 27th, 2012, 4:35 pm

In as always

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#3

Post by sushantv10 » March 27th, 2012, 8:01 pm

I AM IN

The only challenge in April i'll be totally active on....

Target : 60
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Post by Cippenham » March 27th, 2012, 10:32 pm

Ok count me in for this, I will probably concentrate on Ebert's list where I am 25 short of Platinum but will see some others as well, no actual target though.
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Post by Gregmnewman » March 28th, 2012, 12:43 am

i'm in, would like to do a minimum of 20

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Post by ormazd » March 28th, 2012, 12:52 am

I'll play. No specific goal this time, though.

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Post by redcard29 » March 28th, 2012, 2:26 am

I'm in, I'll try for 30

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Post by jgwr » March 28th, 2012, 7:31 am

OK, why not.

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Post by jeroeno » March 28th, 2012, 12:40 pm

I'm sure I will be watching some movies on these lists anyway so why not?

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Post by jgwr » March 28th, 2012, 2:59 pm

moviefreak on Mar 28 2012, 06:40:55 AM wrote:I'm sure I will be watching some movies on these lists anyway so why not?
Exactly. I've got a stack of films in my copious backlog that are on one or more of these lists; it'll be nice to have a bit of a program to go through at least some of them...

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Post by allisoncm » March 28th, 2012, 6:58 pm

I suppose around 15. The leftovers I have from the Thomson/Rosenbaum challenges. Plus I don't have that many left from Ebert's list.

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#12

Post by jonas2k » March 29th, 2012, 9:57 am

I'm in and aiming for 12.
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Post by tourdesb » March 31st, 2012, 12:11 pm

I'm in. No goal.
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Post by Kasparius » March 31st, 2012, 2:42 pm

I'm in. No goal either.

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Post by themagician » March 31st, 2012, 2:53 pm

I'm in as well. Will go for bronze on Ebert's list (need 20 checks). And watch random stuff from Vogel's list.

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Post by jgwr » April 1st, 2012, 6:43 am

I'll start, then...

1. Erotikon, 1920 (on the Have You Seen list)

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Post by jeroeno » April 1st, 2012, 8:38 am

New month, new chances....

01. Mother India (1957) 8/10
This is on Schneider's list. Could've been great if it weren't for those totally misplaced musical numbers. The drama portion of the movie is very good indeed. Overall a pretty solid start to the challenge.
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01. Mother India (1957) 8/10

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Post by jeroeno » April 1st, 2012, 10:19 am

02. Sadie Thompson (1928) 7/10

This one is on Thompson's list. It's hard to rate this movie because I haven't seen the ending which is considered lost. Thanks to some stills and added narrative I know what happens but I really hope they'll find the footage so I can check out the last part. Great acting by the lovely Gloria Swanson !
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01. Mother India (1957) 8/10
02. Sadie Thompson (1928) 7/10
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Post by themagician » April 1st, 2012, 11:32 am

Watched these two yesterday (or today...) before bed:

1. Living Russia, or The Man with a Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov)
2. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, Robert Wiene)

Shorts:

1. Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958, Roman Polanski)
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1. Living Russia, or The Man with a Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov)
2. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, Robert Wiene)

Shorts:

Total: 15 min

1. Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958, Roman Polanski) - 15 min
edit: They're all at least on Amos Vogel's list.
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Post by jeroeno » April 1st, 2012, 12:39 pm

03. Some Came Running (1958) 7/10
From Thompson's list.
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01. Mother India (1957) 8/10
02. Sadie Thompson (1928) 7/10
03. Some Came Running (1958) 7/10

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Post by Kowry » April 1st, 2012, 12:41 pm

moviefreak on Apr 1 2012, 06:39:35 AM wrote:03. Some Came Running (1958) 7/10
From Thompson's list.
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01. Mother India (1957) 8/10
02. Sadie Thompson (1928) 7/10
03. Some Came Running (1958) 7/10
I read that first as "some cat running".

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Post by rohit » April 1st, 2012, 12:53 pm

I am so glad someone started this. I have been working on the Roger Ebert list from quite some time now. This might help my pace.

No Goal. Will post whatever I watch on and after April 1.

Starting with:

1. Five Easy Pieces (1970)
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Post by jeroeno » April 1st, 2012, 2:05 pm

04. Juve contre Fantômas (1913) 7/10
On Rosenbaum's list. Second Fantômas film by Louis Feuillade, I'll be watching some more before this month is over.
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01. Mother India (1957) 8/10
02. Sadie Thompson (1928) 7/10
03. Some Came Running (1958) 7/10
04. Juve contre Fantômas (1913) 7/10

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Post by ormazd » April 1st, 2012, 2:56 pm

1. Caravaggio (1986, Derek Jarman) 7/10

on 5 lists, including 1001.

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Post by Cippenham » April 1st, 2012, 2:57 pm

1. The Saphead 1920 (ROGER EBERT THE GREAT MOVIES)


Working on Ebert's list but will do some others also, this apparently is Keaton's first feature film, quite good silent actually.
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1. The Saphead 1920 (ROGER EBERT THE GREAT MOVIES)
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Post by jeroeno » April 1st, 2012, 6:45 pm

05. The Scarlet Empress (1934) 7/10

Recommended by Rosenbaum and Thompson. Von Sternberg and Dietrich are a winning combination.
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01. Mother India (1957) 8/10
02. Sadie Thompson (1928) 7/10
03. Some Came Running (1958) 7/10
04. Juve contre Fantômas (1913) 7/10
05. The Scarlet Empress (1934) 7/10

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Post by jeroeno » April 1st, 2012, 8:56 pm

06. Senso (1954) 9/10

Rosenbaum, Thompson, Ebert and Schneider all agree with me that this is a great movie. As to be expected the art-direction and cinematography are great. Visconti really knows how to dress his films.
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01. Mother India (1957) 8/10
02. Sadie Thompson (1928) 7/10
03. Some Came Running (1958) 7/10
04. Juve contre Fantômas (1913) 7/10
05. The Scarlet Empress (1934) 7/10
06. Senso (1954) 9/10
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Post by ormazd » April 1st, 2012, 9:48 pm

2. Hanyo (1960, Ki-young Kim) 5/10

on 5 lists, including 1001

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Post by jeroeno » April 1st, 2012, 10:15 pm

07. Underworld (1927) 8/10

Impressive early gangsterflick by Von Sternberg. Thompson included this in his list.
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01. Mother India (1957) 8/10
02. Sadie Thompson (1928) 7/10
03. Some Came Running (1958) 7/10
04. Juve contre Fantômas (1913) 7/10
05. The Scarlet Empress (1934) 7/10
06. Senso (1954) 9/10
07. Underworld (1927) 8/10

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Post by wuzzawuzz » April 2nd, 2012, 12:45 am

Can I get in on this challenge too? Bit late to sign up, but I did watch a couple of eligible films on April 1st. This is my first ICM challenge, so I won't set a goal for myself.

1. Rancho Notorious (1952) - 7/10
On Thomson's list. Saw Marlene Dietrich on the artwork and thought I'd give it a watch. Then in the opening credits I found out it was a Fritz Lang film, which was a pleasant surprise. I'm acquiring a taste for Westerns currently, and quite enjoyed this one.

2. Paisan (1946) - 7/10
On Thomson and Rosenbaum's lists. A bunch of short stories set during WWII. Some better than others, but all pretty good.
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1. Rancho Notorious (1952) - 7/10
2. Paisan (1946) - 7/10

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Post by themagician » April 2nd, 2012, 1:52 am

3. Pickpocket (1959, Robert Bresson)
4. L'Age d'Or (1930, Luis Buñuel)
5. Blow-Up (1966, Michelangelo Antonioni)
6. The Match Factory Girl (1990, Aki Kaurismäki)
7. Winter Light (1963, Ingmar Bergman)
8. Shorts #1 - 90 min

All films are at least on Ebert's and/or Vogel's list.

See shorts under spoiler tag below...
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1. Living Russia, or The Man with a Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov)
2. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, Robert Wiene)
3. Pickpocket (1959, Robert Bresson)
4. L'Age d'Or (1930, Luis Buñuel)
5. Blow-Up (1966, Michelangelo Antonioni)
6. The Match Factory Girl (1990, Aki Kaurismäki)
7. Winter Light (1963, Ingmar Bergman)
8. Shorts #1 - 90 min

Shorts:

All shorts are from Vogel's list, unless otherwise noted.

Total: 116 min

1. Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958) - 15 min
2. What, Who, How (1957) - 8 min
3. Wszystko jest liczba (1967) - 7 min
4. Voyage en Boscavie (1958) - 9 min
5. Jan 69 (1969) - 7 min
6. Aos (1964) - 9 min
7. Byt (1968) - 13 min
8. The Big Shave (1968) - 6 min
9. Mothlight (1963) - 4 min
10. The Fat and the Lean (1961) - 15 min
11. Mammals (1962) - 10 min
12. Symphonie diaganale (1924) - 5 min
13. Rhythmus 21 (1923) - 3 min
14. Free Radicals (1958) - 5 min

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Post by WalterNeff » April 2nd, 2012, 2:55 am

wuzzawuzz on Apr 1 2012, 06:45:33 PM wrote:Can I get in on this challenge too? Bit late to sign up, but I did watch a couple of eligible films on April 1st. This is my first ICM challenge, so I won't set a goal for myself.

1. Rancho Notorious (1952) - 7/10
On Thomson's list. Saw Marlene Dietrich on the artwork and thought I'd give it a watch. Then in the opening credits I found out it was a Fritz Lang film, which was a pleasant surprise. I'm acquiring a taste for Westerns currently, and quite enjoyed this one.

2. Paisan (1946) - 7/10
On Thomson and Rosenbaum's lists. A bunch of short stories set during WWII. Some better than others, but all pretty good.
Spoiler: click to toggleShow
1. Rancho Notorious (1952) - 7/10
2. Paisan (1946) - 7/10
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Post by WalterNeff » April 2nd, 2012, 2:56 am

1. Stachka (1925) Jonathan Rosenbaum, Amos Vogel, Stephen Schneider
2. Pi (1998) Stephen Schneider
3. Trois couleurs: Bleu (1993) Stephen Schneider, Roger Ebert

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Post by jeroeno » April 2nd, 2012, 4:56 am

08. The Barefoot Contessa (1954) 8/10
09. Casque d'Or (1952) 8/10
10. The Last of the Mohicans (1920) 7/10
11. It (1927) 8/10
12. Moonfleet (1955) 4/10
13. La Fórmula Secreta (1965) 3/10
14. Aparajito (1956) 10/10
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01. Mother India (1957) 8/10
02. Sadie Thompson (1928) 7/10
03. Some Came Running (1958) 7/10
04. Juve contre Fantômas (1913) 7/10
05. The Scarlet Empress (1934) 7/10
06. Senso (1954) 9/10
07. Underworld (1927) 8/10
08. The Barefoot Contessa (1954) 8/10
09. Casque d'Or (1952) 8/10
10. The Last of the Mohicans (1920) 7/10
11. It (1927) 8/10
12. Moonfleet (1955) 4/10
13. La Fórmula Secreta (1965) 3/10
14. Aparajito (1956) 10/10
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Post by VincentPrice » April 2nd, 2012, 6:13 am

Not official but maybe add Danny Peary's stuff to the challenge?

http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/guide ... banjohype/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/guide ... um/elmozg/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/danny ... s/baalman/

The man's books are really great reads, too, one of my favorite critics.
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Post by ormazd » April 2nd, 2012, 9:13 am

3. Neco z Alenky (1988, Jan Svankmajer) 6/10

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Post by ormazd » April 2nd, 2012, 12:28 pm

4. Paranormal Activity (2007. Oren Peli) 6/10

On the 1001 Films list

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Post by jgwr » April 2nd, 2012, 1:04 pm

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1. Erotikon, 1920 (on the Have You Seen list)
2. Orphans of the Storm, 1921 (1001, Have You Seen, Rosenbaum)

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Post by ormazd » April 2nd, 2012, 2:24 pm

5. The Rapture (1991, Michael Tolkin) 5/10

* 1001 and Best 1000 lists.

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Post by Kasparius » April 2nd, 2012, 3:53 pm

ormazd on Apr 2 2012, 08:24:56 AM wrote:5. The Rapture (1991, Michael Tolkin) 5/10

* 1001 and Best 1000 lists.
I gave this one a solid 1/10.
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I nearly cheered when she shot her daughter, I don't condone infanticide, but that child actress was beyond dreadful.

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