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Post by JediMoonShyne » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:08 pm

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An uneven Parisian backstreet; last night's puddles glinting in the early morning sun. A speckled cat leaps gracefully from shingled roof to cobbled floor, only to be gone in the blink of an eye, melting into the nearest shadow at the sound of approaching footsteps. The resounding post-dawn quiet is unceremoniously punctured by a young man and woman who emerge, almost explosively, from an unseen side alley. The hurried pair, unmistakably of the touristic variety, are deep in a heated conversation from which words occasionally escape as voices are raised, only to bounce around the heavy stone walls, perhaps causing the locals to stir. "Tu m'as dit de tourner à gauche!", exclaims the foremost of the figures, her red skirt flicking violently about bare knees as she strides purposefully ahead. "Speak American, woman!", is the hasty retort from her blue-eyed and stubble-faced companion. Despite a level of animosity that would be obvious to all but the most fleeting of passers-by, one can't help but notice that each of them also shares and is now hefting the exact same newish, brown leather briefcase, bulging with the bulk of their respective recommendations. The woman, who is walking briskly but glancing left and right to note house numbers, stops suddenly, causing the man to walk into her with a vaguely erotic bump. Ignoring this sudden physical contact, she turns towards the nearest archway and small courtyard beyond before uttering: "This must be the place".

The clattering of shoes on weathered flagstone steps precedes our duo as they come out upon a cramped but beautiful terrace, squinting through pale sunlight at the scene that now greets them. A row of tables, sagging under a veritable mountain of buffet food - canapés, vol-au-vents, and plates of cured ham - has been erected between a small, seated crowd of fashionably rumpled people, a few of whose heads snap towards the newcomers at the sound of their tardy arrival. The main source of interest appears to be a tiny stage upon which an unconventionally handsome figure now enthusiastically alights: "Welcome, one and all...", he cries, without even the need for a microphone, "... to the second annual World Championship of Film!" The pair, still squabbling, pause to drop their recommendations on a nearby pile, before taking their seats. "I am your host, JediMoonShyne, and you have been invited here today to participate in something special. A grand total of 32 posters have been hand-picked from all over the world, each of which has chosen a single country to champion. The countries, each represented by a squad of 5 different films, will now be pitted against one another in a bid to find out which reigns supreme. Please, a warm welcome for our brave contestants..." The woman, who leads a smatter of applause from the crowd, ceases her clapping in order to smack away the outstretched hand of her companion, who had been reaching out in earnest for a tempting plate of hors d'oeuvres.
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Post by The Great One » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:10 pm

I knew I should have participated again. No New Zealand representation! :D
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Post by Captain Oats » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:13 pm

Don't go chasin' waterfalls.
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Post by dreiser » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:15 pm

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Post by Andrew Ryan » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:15 pm

How does this work?
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Post by Fist » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:16 pm

We could have done multiple films from one director? I'm so dumb.
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Post by Circus Freak » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:16 pm

There's so much red on our side of the board. What is the meaning of this?
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Post by Wolfy » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:17 pm

Damn you Germany
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:17 pm

Magic Fister wrote:We could have done multiple films from one director? I'm so dumb.
There's still time to change your squad, if you so desire.
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Post by B-Side » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:20 pm

LEAVES is participating? Nice.

And I'm totally gonna lose first round being up against France.
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Post by Captain Oats » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:22 pm

Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to.
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Post by Rdog » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:30 pm

LEAVES!!!

also Turkey is going down.
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Post by Colonel Kurz » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:31 pm

Wolfy wrote:Damn you Germany
If Germany progresses and I do too, this is just gonna be like football... (soccer for some of you)
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Post by Quite-Gone Genie » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:38 pm

Edvard Munch, Swedish? Really?
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Post by soitgoes... » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:42 pm

Brightside wrote: And I'm totally gonna lose first round being up against France.
You have Japan. It's not like you have the dregs of world cinema.

Ledfloyd's going to be tough to beat. That's a nice lineup.
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Post by Captain Oats » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:44 pm

I know that you're gonna have it your way or nothing at all, but I think you're moving too fast.
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Post by Wolfy » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:45 pm

Brazil is my favorite line-up.
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Post by Captain Oats » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:46 pm

Wait...

Goddammit led. I'm going out in the first round.
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Post by The Last Baron » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:48 pm

Let's see blood!
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:49 pm

Spengler wrote:Wait...

Goddammit led. I'm going out in the first round.
But, at least you've seen the films you're recommending this time.

You've seen them, right?
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Post by Colonel Kurz » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:49 pm

What's with the TLC lyrics, Spengo?
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Post by Captain Oats » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:50 pm

JediMoonShyne wrote: But, at least you've seen the films you're recommending this time.

You've seen them, right?
Let's hope so.
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Post by Rdog » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:50 pm

So are Rouge and I the only ones that picked the same country as we did last year?
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Post by B-Side » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:51 pm

soitgoes... wrote:You have Japan. It's not like you have the dregs of world cinema.

Ledfloyd's going to be tough to beat. That's a nice lineup.
Oh, I know. But this is Jedi we're talking about.
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Post by Captain Oats » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:52 pm

Colonel_Kurz wrote:What's with the TLC lyrics, Spengo?
Who?
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Post by soitgoes... » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:54 pm

Brightside wrote:
Oh, I know. But this is Jedi we're talking about.
I have no idea what that means. I imagine he likes good films.

Ah, I get it. It's your aversion to good films you're worried about. Just go against your instincts! :P
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Post by Epistemophobia » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:55 pm

Best ever. I'll submit my list tonight.
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Post by Pathétique » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:56 pm

Rdog wrote:So are Rouge and I the only ones that picked the same country as we did last year?
Nah, I did too.

I'm glad to see Brazil and Turkey get taken. I considered those, but really haven't seen enough.
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Post by ledfloyd » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:57 pm

soitgoes... wrote: You have Japan. It's not like you have the dregs of world cinema.

Ledfloyd's going to be tough to beat. That's a nice lineup.
if only jedi hadn't seen yi yi and vive l'amour i would've been a shoe in.
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Post by B-Side » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:59 pm

soitgoes... wrote:I have no idea what that means. I imagine he likes good films.

Ah, I get it. It's your aversion to good films you're worried about. Just go against your instincts! :P
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Post by soitgoes... » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:01 am

ledfloyd wrote: if only jedi hadn't seen yi yi and vive l'amour i would've been a shoe in.
If you had A Touch of Zen or City of Sadness on there, I'd dump my girlfriend, ask you to marry me and call it a day.
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:04 am

Pathétique wrote: Nah, I did too.

I'm glad to see Brazil and Turkey get taken. I considered those, but really haven't seen enough.
Same here! Turkey was last year's glaring omission, whereas this year it's probably Thailand.

8 of the 32 countries chosen this year are new to the WCoF, as are 12 of the 32 contestants.
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Post by Circus Freak » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:07 am

Stop pressuring me!

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Post by Quite-Gone Genie » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:08 am

ledfloyd wrote: if only jedi hadn't seen yi yi and vive l'amour i would've been a shoe in.
Buy a capital.
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Post by ledfloyd » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:14 am

soitgoes... wrote:If you had A Touch of Zen or City of Sadness on there, I'd dump my girlfriend, ask you to marry me and call it a day.
i really don't like a touch of zen. i guess we're destined to be apart.
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Post by ledfloyd » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:14 am

Quite-Gone Genie wrote: Buy a capital.
i don't think that's how it works.
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Post by strykes » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:30 am

Fun to watch, as always. Wish I saw enough films to participate. Good thread for recs though
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Post by strykes » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:36 am

Nvm
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Post by Oaktown » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:39 am

Glad to be participating this time. I did not realize I was going against my neighbor country though, that should be an interesting first match.
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Post by MrCarmady » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:42 am

Why did I get a deadline notification? :P
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Post by Blevo » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:58 am

If LEAVES reads this, he is greatly missed and I hope I did the Czech New Wave right by him.
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Post by Sinister » Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:07 am

Submitted.
If LEAVES reads this I think I'm gonna start every post I make in this thread with "if LEAVES reads this...".
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Post by dreiser » Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:14 am

I haven't seen Rouge's films, so I don't know how much trouble I'm in.
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Post by Ekinflog » Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:31 am

This will be a great thread, will be watching.
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Post by Fist » Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:52 am

Yeah, I don't stand a chance against a Hou, two Yangs and two Tsai's (even though those suuuuck) if I even make it that far (I won't.)
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Post by Colonel Kurz » Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:56 am

The semi's is not a bad place to end, though. You could do much worse. I would like to make it to the semi's. Mostly I hope to beat Germany, because anytime The Netherlands beats Germany at anything is a good thing. :P
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Post by Fist » Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:03 am

Hah. I predict I lose in Round 2 to Portugal.
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