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Through the steady snores of a bearded sleeper, the enthusiastic cry of an underworked alarm clock pierces the air. Louder and louder, its shrill call eventually rupturing the man's rhythmic snoring, the poor clock soon receives an ineffective clout for its dutiful exploits. But an instant later and with the sudden terror of full realisation, the sleeper is asleep no more; he is up, over the buxom figure that lays motionless at his side and away, out of the door in a whirl of carelessly sprayed cologne and dark sunglasses, hastily placed over darker eyes. Blearily, though still managing a well-practiced strut, he breaks through the barrier between night before and morning after: a crisp day in Athens, and a street deserted but for the occasional hurried pedestrian and odd shell of an upturned automobile, still smouldering from the previous evening. With a slight nod, the man turns the collar of his leather jacket up against the wind and trudges off, firm-footed on streets he has traveled many times. Presently, he comes to a small market square, empty but for an unkempt figure who sits, leaning against the wooden frame of an unoccupied stall. The man's stray auburn locks hang down, partly obscuring his original, vintage Freaky Friday t-shirt, as he carefully picks the stray strands of cat hair from his frayed bell-bottoms. The pair, despite their differing appearances, quickly exchange a warm grin and clumsy embrace, before giddily comparing the contents of each other's backpacks - stuffed to the stitches with their respective recommendations.

A while later, the pair arrive at a shaded street, most of whose touristic shop windows are yet to be opened in greeting to the young morning. This year's chosen location, a narrow knick-knack store that the two men find with minimal trouble, is one of the few exceptions: its owner is already outside, bent over his wares. Miniature busts of popularised Greek gods; faded, replica ceramic pots painted in gaudy colours. Seeing our duo approach he straightens up, pulling a black clipboard from the front of his crusty trousers before wordlessly waving both men through the store and down into its cavernous cellar. There, perched atop a crate of breakable plates, and surrounded by a groggy yet mildly attentive group of self-proclaimed cinephiles, a handsome young individual beams: "Welcome, my dear friends...", he begins, causing the crowd to fall silent, "... to the third annual World Championship of Film." Much scuffling ensues as the bearded man shoves through to the front of the crowd, his rumpled companion following apologetically. "I am your host, JediMoonShyne, and you have been invited here today, to this particularly ordinary location, to participate in something that isn't so ordinary. A grand total of 32 posters have been plucked from around the world, each of whom has chosen a single country to champion. These countries, each represented by a squad of 5 films, will now compete in a filmic duel for the ages!" The latecomers share another grin, before dumping their recommendations on the nearby table and proceeding to attack the provided refreshments.

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:53 am
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Quick question because I forgot: Will the films you choose for each round be chosen at random from our lists, or will they be picked in the order they're presented on the table?

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:58 am
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1. Are those empty ones not submitted lists yet?
2. LEAVES shouldn't be allowed to play. He refuses to post here.


Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:02 am
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It has begun.


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2. LEAVES shouldn't be allowed to play. He refuses to post here.

And you refuse to stop.


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Quick question because I forgot: Will the films you choose for each round be chosen at random from our lists, or will they be picked in the order they're presented on the table?

How many years have we been doing this? :D

It's random, all random. Apart from when it's not.

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Brightside? More like bitchside!

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I knew this was coming! Because I got one of those scary PMs. :shifty:

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How many years have we been doing this? :D

It's random, all random. Apart from when it's not.


Heh. I forgot! Clearly you should be doing this more often.

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I hope living amongst Italians has made you prejudiced against their cinema.

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Brightside? More like bitchside!


Kayden hates forlorn children, Jedi. Hates 'em. He should be immediately disqualified.

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:15 am
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my favourite thread ever! Disheartened that I am up against South Korea though, such a powerhouse and I know how fond of it Jedi is. I am working on making an unstoppable line-up though.

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Immaculate's Czechoslovakia vs Joss' Mexico? Now that's gonna be interesting.

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my favourite thread ever! Disheartened that I am up against South Korea though, such a powerhouse and I know how fond of it Jedi is. I am working on making an unstoppable line-up though.

On the other hand, Jedi's extensive knowledge of Korean cinema might work to pwiedenheft's disadvantage.

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I always love reading this thread. :heart:

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I'm either gonna crush Dernian or ban him.

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:22 am
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You've never seen The Hole?


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Iran vs. Thailand
Australia vs Brazil
Italy vs Netherlands
France vs Mongolia
United States vs Argentina
Russia vs Japan
Poland fuck yeah vs loser country
Taiwan vs Soviet Union

India vs Portugal
Canada vs Korea
Hong Kong vs Turkey
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On the other hand, Jedi's extensive knowledge of Korean cinema might work to pwiedenheft's disadvantage.

true... but Canadian cinema is a tricky beast.

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You've never seen The Hole?

There you go again, you and your aggressive confronting of virgins.

But no, not that one. Only Tsai I haven't seen now, I think, apart form Visage.

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:36 am
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Psst, Jedi, I think it's Unfaithfully Yours.

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1. Are those empty ones not submitted lists yet?
2. LEAVES shouldn't be allowed to play. He refuses to post here.

1. Yes, those little men represent contestants yet to submit a full squad.
2. He doesn't refuse to post here, he chooses not to. Something you're all free to do!

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Japan looks so good. But then, it looked even better last year and went out in the first round.

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I really hope Armin loses to Sweden. That would be kind of awesome.

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My heart just skipped a beat.

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Psst, Jedi, I think it's Unfaithfully Yours.

See, this is why I need you guys. My eyes, at 01:45 AM, are less than reliable.

Thanks. And any other errors you notice, don't hesitate to psst louder.

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Up against Beau/Argentina, though. I'm done.

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Two Weeks In Another... sounds suggestive.

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Bear's list is the only place where the USSR still exists. Thrives, even. Fuck.

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See, this is why I need you guys. My eyes, at 01:45 AM, are less than reliable.

Thanks. And any other errors you notice, don't hesitate to psst louder.

Oh also, totally my bad for not including directors & dates. I meant to recommend the Sturges one from '48. Sorry!

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haha, i was about to say

anyhow, excited for this! :)


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Bear's list is the only place where the USSR still exists. Thrives, even. Fuck.

Does that mean he can only have films from 1922 to 1991?

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Oh also, totally my bad for not including directors & dates. I meant to recommend the Sturges one from '48. Sorry!

My God, sorry. I forgot the Sturges one even existed.

Haven't seen it. Will edit it in now!

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Does that mean he can only have films from 1922 to 1991?

Correct.


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My God, sorry. I forgot the Sturges one even existed.

Haven't seen it. Will edit it in now!

haha, noo, my fault! Glad DJ mentioned the typo though, otherwise I probably wouldn't have noticed. It has Albert Brooks though, hey!

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So excited this has started! As usual, I've barely seen anything listed so far. Not even the Fassbinders.

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Iran vs. Thailand
Australia vs Brazil
Italy vs Netherlands
France vs Mongolia
United States vs Argentina
Russia vs Japan
Poland vs Hungary
Taiwan vs Soviet Union

India vs Portugal
Canada vs Korea
Hong Kong vs Turkey
Sweden vs Spain
United Kingdom vs Israel
Romania vs Greece
China vs Germany
Czechoslovakia vs Mexico

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This is awesome. I actually feel somewhat OK about my squad this year as well. And at least if I'm getting knocked out in the first round again it will happen immediately!

Also, interesting squad for Taiwan. Am actually planning on watching In Out Time in the next couple days for mah thread. USA and France have exceptional picks this year as well.

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I like my odds against Russia.


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On the other hand, Jedi's extensive knowledge of Korean cinema might work to pwiedenheft's disadvantage.


I found out after the fact about his knowledge on the country. I think finding titles he hasn't seen will be harder than finding good titles.


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I found out after the fact about his knowledge on the country. I think finding titles he hasn't seen will be harder than finding good titles.

Why not try going North? :D

Seriously though, there's a load of stuff I haven't seen. Anything pre-90s is a good bet.

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Why not try going North? :D

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;), Kovich


Get your Jew propaganda out of here, MehCarmady.

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:29 am
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Updated to include the Swedish squad.

Squad submission deadlines sent out.

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your threats make me uncomfortable Jedi

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I will own Australia's ass and dine on kangaroo.


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Dang, had to be pitted against Portugal. Just when I finished watching my first two Canijos too.

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Dang, had to be pitted against Portugal. Just when I finished watching my first two Canijos too.

ribs squad :heart:.

it :heart: s you back!

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My U.S. list would eat Ribbon's U.S. list alive. TRUE STORY. She's a thief.

But I'll be following. Should be interesting.

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I'm rooting for India because it's the closest country to me.


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