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Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2020

Post by Thief » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:48 pm

In the words of the great Stu...

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Despite all recent shenanigans around me, I don't wanna let this die, so here's my new thread for my monthly challenge. Just like the year before, I will continue to use the 2019 thread for any leftover review from last year, but this is where it's at now.

I thought of doing something different, but my mind's not in the right place now so I decided to stick with the familiar plan. So as usual, every month I'll post a list of semi-random criteria and I'll try to watch as many films as I can to fill each. Like last year, I will work with 15 categories per month.

Once again, everyone is welcome to join in, post recommendations, share thoughts, reviews, discussions, arguments, and whatnot.

This is the list of the categories for January...

A film with the number 1 (One, First, etc.) in its title:
The first film from any director you like: Bad Taste
The first Best Picture winner you haven't seen: (once again, start with Wings; if you've seen it, then see Broadway Melody, so and so)
A film with a title that starts with the letters A or B: Anna and the Apocalypse
A film from the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list whose ranking includes the #1 (i.e. 10, 215, 901)
A film from the 1900s: Rescued by Rover
An action or adventure film:
An animated film: I Lost My Body
An anthology film: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
A film nominated for a Best Picture Golden Globe (Drama or Comedy) this year: Marriage Story
A film from the Czech Republic (Independence Day, January 1):
A film about cops or law enforcement (Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, January 16): The French Connection
A film featuring a dragon (Appreciate a Dragon Day, January 16):
A film about marriage (Spouse's Day, January 26): Marriage Story
A film from or with Paul Newman (born on January 26):


It took a while to complete the list but I just wanted to get the ball rolling. Thanks to all for joining!
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2020

Post by Popcorn Reviews » Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:27 pm

A film with the number 1 (One, First, etc.) in its title: Prisoners Probably cheating, but that's all I could think of
The first film from any director you like: Pi
The first Best Picture winner you haven't seen: (once again, start with Wings; if you've seen it, then see Broadway Melody, so and so) It's Wings for me
A film with a title that starts with the letters A or B: Alice Sweet Alice
A film from the 1900s: A Corner in Wheat
An action or adventure film: RoboCop
An animated film: Hedgehog in the Fog, Waltz With Bashir
An anthology film: Dead of Night
A film nominated for a Best Picture Golden Globe (Drama or Comedy) this year: Marriage Story, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
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Post by Apex Predator » Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:41 pm

A film with the number 1 (One, First, etc.) in its title: Already did it with The Chaperone (2019)
The first film from any director you like: Going with Baz Luhrman and Strictly Ballroom (1992)
The first Best Picture winner you haven't seen: Again, it would be Wings. Good luck finding it outside of cheating, though.
A film with a title that starts with the letters A or B: Anatomy of a Murder (1959) says I'm probably ahead of Takoma, ha!
A film from the 1900s: I'm sure I can find something from YouTube that would fit.
An action or adventure film: I do have options. The Commuter (2018), 6 Underground (2019), The Tourist (2010), Man on Fire (2004), From Paris with Love (2010) all off the top of my head.
An animated film: Fireworks (2017), A Silent Voice (2016), Wonder Park (2019), Secret Life of Pets (2019)
An anthology film: Tales of Halloween (2015)? Do I dare tackle Movie 43 (2013)?
A film nominated for a Best Picture Golden Globe (Drama or Comedy) this year: Marriage Story (2019) or Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
A film from or with Paul Newman (born on January 26): I'm leaning towards Twilight (1998) but I could be persuaded on any of his other ones (a number of his 1980s and 1990s films are on Prime/Netflix).

As for recommendations, The Castle of Caligostro is streaming on Netflix and is the first film of Miyazaki. Will second A Corner of Wheat as not being a bad option (and it's easily enough seen).
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Post by Takoma1 » Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:08 pm

Available on Amazon Prime unless otherwise noted:

A film with the number 1 (One, First, etc.) in its title: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (70s version)
The first film from any director you like: Booksmart (Hulu); Solo Con Tu Pareja; Bad Taste
The first Best Picture winner you haven't seen: Welp, I'll be watching The Broadway Melody. Yay.
A film with a title that starts with the letters A or B: A Boy and His Dog; Alice Sweet Alice; Annihilation; Bad Moon; Becket; Behind the Mask; Bernie; Blood Brother; Blind Woman's Curse; Braid; Breakdown; Bride of Re-Animator; Brittany Runs a Marathon
A film from the 1900s: Hmm. YouTube might be a better source for these.
An action or adventure film: Blind Woman's Curse; Captain America; Erik the Conqueror; 8 Diagram Pole Fighter; The Man from Nowhere; Universal Soldier
An animated film: Town Called Panic; Jin Roh The Wolf Brigade; Wrinkles
An anthology film: Tales of Halloween; Southland (both are pretty meh, but I think Southland is a bit better)
A film nominated for a Best Picture Golden Globe (Drama or Comedy) this year: Well, I really want to see Knives Out
A film from or with Paul Newman (born on January 26): Hmm. Twilight. Nobody's Fool

The ones above I would most strongly recommend are Booksmart, Blind Woman's Curse, The Man from Nowhere, Universal Soldier (dumb fun), and Jin Roh.
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Post by Thief » Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:53 pm

Popcorn Reviews wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:27 pm

The first film from any director you like: Pi
Just saw that they have it on Hulu, FWIW. It's pretty good.
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2020

Post by Popcorn Reviews » Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:13 am

Thief wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:53 pm
Just saw that they have it on Hulu, FWIW. It's pretty good.
Right, I forgot you've already seen it. I'll offer a few alternate suggestions then: Being John Malkovich, Following, and THX 1138.
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Post by Takoma1 » Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:17 am

So as I am looking for something to watch, I see that

The One I Love is on Netflix.
One Day in September is on Prime
Mike Birbiglia's The New One is on Netflix

I'd certainly recommend the first two. Haven't watched enough of the third to say for sure, but am liking it so far.
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Post by Thief » Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:24 pm

Instead of the IMDb Top 250, this year I will use the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list through the year. Obviously, it's a bigger list, which will give everyone more options.

I don't know how often the list is updated, but like with the IMDb Top 250 last year, I will stick to a static instance of the list, as of today January 10, 2020. There are a couple of variations that might or might not include films from the last few years, but this is the one I'll go with (posted under spoilers because of the size).
1. Le voyage dans la lune (1902)
2. The Great Train Robbery (1903)
3. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
4. Les vampires (1915)
5. Intolerance (1916)
6. Broken Blossoms (1919)
7. Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920)
8. Within Our Gates (1920)
9. Orphans of the Storm (1921)
10. Körkarlen (1921)
11. Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler (1922)
12. Nanook of the North (1922)
13. Nosferatu (1922)
14. Häxan (1922)
15. Foolish Wives (1922)
16. La souriante Madame Beudet (1923)
17. Our Hospitality (1923)
18. La roue (1923)
19. Der letzte Mann (1924)
20. Sherlock Jr. (1924)
21. The Great White Silence (1924)
22. Greed (1924)
23. The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
24. Stachka (1925)
25. The Eagle (1925)
26. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
27. Bronenosets Potyomkin (1925)
28. The Gold Rush (1925)
29. The Big Parade (1925)
30. Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (1926)
31. The General (1926)
32. Metropolis (1927)
33. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
34. The Unknown (1927)
35. The Jazz Singer (1927)
36. Napoléon (1927)
37. The Kid Brother (1927)
38. Oktyabr (1928)
39. The Crowd (1928)
40. The Docks of New York (1928)
41. La passion de Jeanne d'Arc (1928)
42. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
43. Potomok Chingis-Khana (1928)
44. Un chien andalou (1929)
45. Prapancha Pash (1929)
46. Chelovek s kino-apparatom (1929)
47. Die Büchse der Pandora (1929)
48. Blackmail (1929)
49. L'âge d'or (1930)
50. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
51. Der blaue Engel (1930)
52. Zemlya (1930)
53. Little Caesar (1931)
54. À nous la liberté (1931)
55. Limite (1931)
56. Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)
57. City Lights (1931)
58. Dracula (1931)
59. Frankenstein (1931)
60. The Public Enemy (1931)
61. M (1931)
62. Vampyr (1932)
63. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
64. Boudu sauvé des eaux (1932)
65. Love Me Tonight (1932)
66. Shanghai Express (1932)
67. Trouble in Paradise (1932)
68. Scarface (1932)
69. Freaks (1932)
70. 42nd Street (1933)
71. Footlight Parade (1933)
72. The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
73. She Done Him Wrong (1933)
74. Duck Soup (1933)
75. Zéro de conduite: Jeunes diables au collège (1933)
76. Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
77. King Kong (1933)
78. Las Hurdes (1933)
79. Sons of the Desert (1933)
80. Queen Christina (1933)
81. It's a Gift (1934)
82. Shen nu (1934)
83. It Happened One Night (1934)
84. L'Atalante (1934)
85. The Black Cat (1934)
86. The Thin Man (1934)
87. The 39 Steps (1935)
88. Triumph des Willens (1935)
89. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
90. A Night at the Opera (1935)
91. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
92. Captain Blood (1935)
93. Top Hat (1935)
94. Peter Ibbetson (1935)
95. Modern Times (1936)
96. Swing Time (1936)
97. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
98. My Man Godfrey (1936)
99. Le roman d'un tricheur (1936)
100. Camille (1936)
101. Things to Come (1936)
102. Dodsworth (1936)
103. Partie de campagne (1936)
104. The Awful Truth (1937)
105. Pépé le Moko (1937)
106. Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
107. La grande illusion (1937)
108. Stella Dallas (1937)
109. Ye ban ge sheng (1937)
110. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
111. Captains Courageous (1937)
112. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
113. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
114. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
115. Jezebel (1938)
116. La femme du boulanger (1938)
117. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
118. Olympia (1938)
119. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
120. Wuthering Heights (1939)
121. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
122. Stagecoach (1939)
123. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
124. Destry Rides Again (1939)
125. Gone with the Wind (1939)
126. Le jour se lève (1939)
127. Gunga Din (1939)
128. Ninotchka (1939)
129. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
130. La règle du jeu (1939)
131. Zangiku monogatari (1939)
132. His Girl Friday (1940)
133. Fantasia (1940)
134. Rebecca (1940)
135. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
136. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
137. The Mortal Storm (1940)
138. The Bank Dick (1940)
139. Pinocchio (1940)
140. Citizen Kane (1941)
141. Sergeant York (1941)
142. The Lady Eve (1941)
143. The Wolf Man (1941)
144. High Sierra (1941)
145. How Green Was My Valley (1941)
146. Sullivan's Travels (1941)
147. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
148. Dumbo (1941)
149. The Palm Beach Story (1942)
150. Now, Voyager (1942)
151. To Be or Not to Be (1942)
152. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
153. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
154. Mrs. Miniver (1942)
155. Casablanca (1942)
156. Cat People (1942)
157. Fires Were Started (1943)
158. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
159. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
160. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
161. The Seventh Victim (1943)
162. The Man in Grey (1943)
163. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
164. Ossessione (1943)
165. Laura (1944)
166. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
167. To Have and Have Not (1944)
168. Gaslight (1944)
169. Henry V (1944)
170. Double Indemnity (1944)
171. Murder, My Sweet (1944)
172. Ivan Groznyy (1945)
173. Mildred Pierce (1945)
174. Detour (1945)
175. I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)
176. The Lost Weekend (1945)
177. Les enfants du paradis (1945)
178. San Pietro (1945)
179. Brief Encounter (1945)
180. Roma città aperta (1945)
181. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
182. Paisà (1946)
183. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
184. La belle et la bête (1946)
185. The Killers (1946)
186. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
187. The Big Sleep (1946)
188. Gilda (1946)
189. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
190. Great Expectations (1946)
191. My Darling Clementine (1946)
192. Notorious (1946)
193. Black Narcissus (1947)
194. Out of the Past (1947)
195. Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
196. Odd Man Out (1947)
197. Secret Beyond the Door... (1947)
198. The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
199. Ladri di biciclette (1948)
200. Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
201. Force of Evil (1948)
202. Xiao cheng zhi chun (1948)
203. Red River (1948)
204. The Paleface (1948)
205. The Snake Pit (1948)
206. Rope (1948)
207. The Red Shoes (1948)
208. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
209. Louisiana Story (1948)
210. Adam's Rib (1949)
211. The Reckless Moment (1949)
212. White Heat (1949)
213. The Heiress (1949)
214. The Third Man (1949)
215. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
216. Whisky Galore! (1949)
217. On the Town (1949)
218. All About Eve (1950)
219. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
220. Gun Crazy (1950)
221. Orphée (1950)
222. Rashômon (1950)
223. Winchester '73 (1950)
224. Rio Grande (1950)
225. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
226. Los olvidados (1950)
227. In a Lonely Place (1950)
228. Ace in the Hole (1951)
229. The African Queen (1951)
230. An American in Paris (1951)
231. Strangers on a Train (1951)
232. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
233. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
234. A Place in the Sun (1951)
235. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
236. Journal d'un curé de campagne (1951)
237. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
238. The Quiet Man (1952)
239. Jeux interdits (1952)
240. Europa '51 (1952)
241. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
242. The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
243. Ikiru (1952)
244. Umberto D. (1952)
245. High Noon (1952)
246. Le carrosse d'or (1952)
247. Sommaren med Monika (1953)
248. Pickup on South Street (1953)
249. The Band Wagon (1953)
250. Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953)
251. Madame de... (1953)
252. Le salaire de la peur (1953)
253. The Bigamist (1953)
254. The Naked Spur (1953)
255. Tôkyô monogatari (1953)
256. From Here to Eternity (1953)
257. Ugetsu monogatari (1953)
258. Shane (1953)
259. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
260. Roman Holiday (1953)
261. The Big Heat (1953)
262. Viaggio in Italia (1954)
263. On the Waterfront (1954)
264. La strada (1954)
265. A Star Is Born (1954)
266. Rear Window (1954)
267. Senso (1954)
268. Silver Lode (1954)
269. The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
270. Shichinin no samurai (1954)
271. Sanshô dayû (1954)
272. Carmen Jones (1954)
273. Johnny Guitar (1954)
274. Salt of the Earth (1954)
275. All That Heaven Allows (1955)
276. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
277. Les diaboliques (1955)
278. Lola Montès (1955)
279. Pather Panchali (1955)
280. Ordet (1955)
281. Marty (1955)
282. Artists and Models (1955)
283. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
284. Les maîtres fous (1955)
285. Giv'a 24 Eina Ona (1955)
286. The Phenix City Story (1955)
287. The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
288. Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
289. Guys and Dolls (1955)
290. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
291. The Ladykillers (1955)
292. Oklahoma! (1955)
293. Sommarnattens leende (1955)
294. Nuit et brouillard (1956)
295. Bob le flambeur (1956)
296. The Ten Commandments (1956)
297. The Searchers (1956)
298. Biruma no tategoto (1956)
299. Forbidden Planet (1956)
300. Written on the Wind (1956)
301. Un condamné à mort s'est échappé (1956)
302. Bigger Than Life (1956)
303. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
304. Giant (1956)
305. The Wrong Man (1956)
306. High Society (1956)
307. Aparajito (1956)
308. 12 Angry Men (1957)
309. Kumonosu-jô (1957)
310. Paths of Glory (1957)
311. An Affair to Remember (1957)
312. Det sjunde inseglet (1957)
313. Smultronstället (1957)
314. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
315. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
316. Le notti di Cabiria (1957)
317. Letyat zhuravli (1957)
318. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
319. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
320. Mother India (1957)
321. Popiół i diament (1958)
322. Bab el hadid (1958)
323. Touch of Evil (1958)
324. Gigi (1958)
325. The Defiant Ones (1958)
326. Man of the West (1958)
327. Vertigo (1958)
328. Jalsaghar (1958)
329. Mon oncle (1958)
330. Some Came Running (1958)
331. Dracula (1958)
332. Les quatre cents coups (1959)
333. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
334. Apur Sansar (1959)
335. Some Like It Hot (1959)
336. North by Northwest (1959)
337. Pickpocket (1959)
338. Hiroshima mon amour (1959)
339. Ride Lonesome (1959)
340. Orfeu Negro (1959)
341. Ben-Hur (1959)
342. Shadows (1959)
343. Rio Bravo (1959)
344. Ukikusa (1959)
345. À bout de souffle (1960)
346. L'avventura (1960)
347. The Apartment (1960)
348. Les yeux sans visage (1960)
349. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)
350. La dolce vita (1960)
351. Le trou (1960)
352. Rocco e i suoi fratelli (1960)
353. Spartacus (1960)
354. Hanyo (1960)
355. Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960)
356. Psycho (1960)
357. Tirez sur le pianiste (1960)
358. Peeping Tom (1960)
359. La maschera del demonio (1960)
360. Splendor in the Grass (1961)
361. Viridiana (1961)
362. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
363. Lola (1961)
364. The Exiles (1961)
365. La notte (1961)
366. West Side Story (1961)
367. The Hustler (1961)
368. The Ladies Man (1961)
369. Såsom i en spegel (1961)
370. Chronique d'un été (1961)
371. L'année dernière à Marienbad (1961)
372. Sanma no aji (1962)
373. Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux (1962)
374. Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962)
375. Lolita (1962)
376. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
377. Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)
378. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
379. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
380. O Pagador de Promessas (1962)
381. L'eclisse (1962)
382. Mondo cane (1962)
383. El Ángel Exterminador (1962)
384. Jules et Jim (1962)
385. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
386. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
387. (1963)
388. The Birds (1963)
389. Pasazerka (1963)
390. The Servant (1963)
391. Flaming Creatures (1963)
392. Khaneh siah ast (1963)
393. Hud (1963)
394. Il gattopardo (1963)
395. Vidas Secas (1963)
396. Shock Corridor (1963)
397. Le mépris (1963)
398. Blonde Cobra (1963)
399. The Cool World (1963)
400. The Nutty Professor (1963)
401. The Great Escape (1963)
402. Méditerranée (1963)
403. Yukinojô henge (1963)
404. The Haunting (1963)
405. Dog Star Man (1964)
406. Goldfinger (1964)
407. My Fair Lady (1964)
408. Il deserto rosso (1964)
409. Suna no onna (1964)
410. Marnie (1964)
411. The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
412. Prima della rivoluzione (1964)
413. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
414. Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol (1964)
415. A Hard Day's Night (1964)
416. Les parapluies de Cherbourg (1964)
417. Gertrud (1964)
418. Mary Poppins (1964)
419. Onibaba (1964)
420. Il vangelo secondo Matteo (1964)
421. Tini zabutykh predkiv (1965)
422. Scorpio Rising (1965)
423. Alphaville (1965)
424. Obchod na korze (1965)
425. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
426. The War Game (1965)
427. Tôkyô orinpikku (1965)
428. Giulietta degli spiriti (1965)
429. The Sound of Music (1965)
430. Falstaff (Chimes at Midnight) (1965)
431. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
432. Vinyl (1965)
433. Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie (1965)
434. Repulsion (1965)
435. Pierrot le fou (1965)
436. Subarnarekha (1965)
437. Andrey Rublev (1966)
438. Au hasard Balthazar (1966)
439. La battaglia di Algeri (1966)
440. De man die zijn haar kort liet knippen (1966)
441. Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966)
442. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
443. Blowup (1966)
444. Sedmikrásky (1966)
445. Da zui xia (1966)
446. Seconds (1966)
447. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966)
448. Persona (1966)
449. Masculin féminin (1966)
450. Ostre sledované vlaky (1966)
451. Report (1967)
452. 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (1967)
453. Belle de jour (1967)
454. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
455. Playtime (1967)
456. Csillagosok, katonák (1967)
457. The Graduate (1967)
458. Point Blank (1967)
459. Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967)
460. Week End (1967)
461. Le samouraï (1967)
462. Wavelength (1967)
463. Terra em Transe (1967)
464. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
465. Marketa Lazarová (1967)
466. Horí, má panenko (1967)
467. The Jungle Book (1967)
468. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
469. Viy (1967)
470. David Holzman's Diary (1967)
471. The Producers (1967)
472. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
473. C'era una volta il West (1968)
474. Faces (1968)
475. Planet of the Apes (1968)
476. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
477. If.... (1968)
478. Memorias del subdesarrollo (1968)
479. High School (1968)
480. Vargtimmen (1968)
481. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
482. Targets (1968)
483. Skammen (1968)
484. Sayat Nova (1968)
485. Lucía (1968)
486. In the Year of the Pig (1968)
487. Gaav (1969)
488. Z (1969)
489. Fellini - Satyricon (1969)
490. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
491. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
492. Easy Rider (1969)
493. Kes (1969)
494. The Wild Bunch (1969)
495. Ma nuit chez Maud (1969)
496. Le chagrin et la pitié (1969)
497. Tristana (1970)
498. Il conformista (1970)
499. Le boucher (1970)
500. El topo (1970)
501. Five Easy Pieces (1970)
502. Deep End (1970)
503. Strategia del ragno (1970)
504. Ucho (1970)
505. Little Big Man (1970)
506. Patton (1970)
507. L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (1970)
508. MASH (1970)
509. Zabriskie Point (1970)
510. Performance (1970)
511. Woodstock (1970)
512. Gimme Shelter (1970)
513. Il giardino dei Finzi Contini (1970)
514. Wanda (1970)
515. Xia nü (1971)
516. Dirty Harry (1971)
517. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
518. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
519. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
520. The Devils (1971)
521. The Hired Hand (1971)
522. W.R. - Misterije organizma (1971)
523. Walkabout (1971)
524. Klute (1971)
525. Harold and Maude (1971)
526. The French Connection (1971)
527. Get Carter (1971)
528. Shaft (1971)
529. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)
530. The Last Picture Show (1971)
531. Le souffle au coeur (1971)
532. Straw Dogs (1971)
533. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
534. Wake in Fright (1971)
535. Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (1972)
536. Még kér a nép (1972)
537. Deliverance (1972)
538. Cabaret (1972)
539. Solyaris (1972)
540. Viskningar och rop (1972)
541. Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (1972)
542. The Godfather (1972)
543. Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972)
544. Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (1972)
545. Fat City (1972)
546. The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
547. Frenzy (1972)
548. Pink Flamingos (1972)
549. Sleuth (1972)
550. Super Fly (1972)
551. The Harder They Come (1972)
552. American Graffiti (1973)
553. The Sting (1973)
554. La maman et la putain (1973)
555. High Plains Drifter (1973)
556. Badlands (1973)
557. Papillon (1973)
558. The Long Goodbye (1973)
559. The Wicker Man (1973)
560. Enter the Dragon (1973)
561. Serpico (1973)
562. Don't Look Now (1973)
563. La nuit américaine (1973)
564. Mean Streets (1973)
565. Sleeper (1973)
566. The Exorcist (1973)
567. F for Fake (1973)
568. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
569. Turks fruit (1973)
570. El espíritu de la colmena (1973)
571. La planète sauvage (1973)
572. Amarcord (1973)
573. Angst essen Seele auf (1974)
574. The Towering Inferno (1974)
575. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
576. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
577. The Conversation (1974)
578. Chinatown (1974)
579. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
580. Young Frankenstein (1974)
581. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
582. Blazing Saddles (1974)
583. Céline et Julie vont en bateau (1974)
584. Dersu Uzala (1975)
585. Zerkalo (1975)
586. Barry Lyndon (1975)
587. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
588. Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
589. O thiasos (1975)
590. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
591. Deewaar (1975)
592. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
593. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
594. Maynila: Sa mga kuko ng liwanag (1975)
595. Faustrecht der Freiheit (1975)
596. Nashville (1975)
597. Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (1975)
598. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
599. India Song (1975)
600. Jaws (1975)
601. Ai no korîda (1976)
602. All the President's Men (1976)
603. Cría cuervos (1976)
604. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
605. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
606. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
607. Network (1976)
608. Carrie (1976)
609. Taxi Driver (1976)
610. Rocky (1976)
611. Der amerikanische Freund (1977)
612. Annie Hall (1977)
613. Voskhozhdenie (1977)
614. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
615. The Last Wave (1977)
616. Star Wars (1977)
617. Stroszek (1977)
618. Ceddo (1977)
619. Suspiria (1977)
620. Sleeping Dogs (1977)
621. Last Chants for a Slow Dance (1977)
622. Czlowiek z marmuru (1977)
623. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
624. Eraserhead (1977)
625. Soldaat van Oranje (1977)
626. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
627. Days of Heaven (1978)
628. Halloween (1978)
629. L'albero degli zoccoli (1978)
630. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)
631. The Deer Hunter (1978)
632. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
633. Up in Smoke (1978)
634. Grease (1978)
635. Shao Lin san shi liu fang (1978)
636. Killer of Sheep (1978)
637. Alien (1979)
638. All That Jazz (1979)
639. Apocalypse Now (1979)
640. Die Ehe der Maria Braun (1979)
641. Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)
642. Stalker (1979)
643. Life of Brian (1979)
644. Real Life (1979)
645. Breaking Away (1979)
646. Being There (1979)
647. Manhattan (1979)
648. The Muppet Movie (1979)
649. Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (1979)
650. Mad Max (1979)
651. Die Blechtrommel (1979)
652. The Jerk (1979)
653. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
654. Airplane! (1980)
655. Atlantic City, USA (1980)
656. Ordinary People (1980)
657. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
658. Le dernier métro (1980)
659. The Shining (1980)
660. The Elephant Man (1980)
661. The Big Red One (1980)
662. Loulou (1980)
663. Raging Bull (1980)
664. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
665. Diva (1981)
666. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
667. Das Boot (1981)
668. Gallipoli (1981)
669. Chariots of Fire (1981)
670. Body Heat (1981)
671. Czlowiek z zelaza (1981)
672. Reds (1981)
673. The Evil Dead (1981)
674. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
675. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
676. Trop tôt/Trop tard (1982)
677. Poltergeist (1982)
678. Yol (1982)
679. Blade Runner (1982)
680. Diner (1982)
681. Tootsie (1982)
682. Fitzcarraldo (1982)
683. Gandhi (1982)
684. The Thing (1982)
685. Fanny och Alexander (1982)
686. La notte di San Lorenzo (1982)
687. De stilte rond Christine M. (1982)
688. The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)
689. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
690. The King of Comedy (1982)
691. A Christmas Story (1983)
692. L'argent (1983)
693. The Right Stuff (1983)
694. The Big Chill (1983)
695. Sans soleil (1983)
696. Return of the Jedi (1983)
697. Narayama bushikô (1983)
698. Terms of Endearment (1983)
699. El Norte (1983)
700. De vierde man (1983)
701. Videodrome (1983)
702. Scarface (1983)
703. Local Hero (1983)
704. Amadeus (1984)
705. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
706. The Terminator (1984)
707. The Natural (1984)
708. Ghostbusters (1984)
709. Paris, Texas (1984)
710. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
711. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
712. A Passage to India (1984)
713. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
714. The Killing Fields (1984)
715. Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
716. Back to the Future (1985)
717. Prizzi's Honor (1985)
718. Tóngnián wangshì (1985)
719. The Breakfast Club (1985)
720. Idi i smotri (1985)
721. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
722. Out of Africa (1985)
723. Ran (1985)
724. Brazil (1985)
725. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
726. The Quiet Earth (1985)
727. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
728. Sans toit ni loi (1985)
729. Shoah (1985)
730. The Color Purple (1985)
731. A Room with a View (1985)
732. Sherman's March (1985)
733. Tampopo (1985)
734. Aliens (1986)
735. Manhunter (1986)
736. Blue Velvet (1986)
737. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
738. She's Gotta Have It (1986)
739. Children of a Lesser God (1986)
740. Caravaggio (1986)
741. Salvador (1986)
742. Platoon (1986)
743. Down by Law (1986)
744. Le déclin de l'empire américain (1986)
745. Do ma daan (1986)
746. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
747. The Fly (1986)
748. Top Gun (1986)
749. Stand by Me (1986)
750. Dao ma zei (1986)
751. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
752. Au revoir les enfants (1987)
753. Babettes gæstebud (1987)
754. Raising Arizona (1987)
755. Yeelen (1987)
756. Der Himmel über Berlin (1987)
757. Withnail & I (1987)
758. The Princess Bride (1987)
759. Sien nui yau wan (1987)
760. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
761. Broadcast News (1987)
762. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
763. Moonstruck (1987)
764. Wall Street (1987)
765. The Untouchables (1987)
766. Hong gao liang (1987)
767. Fatal Attraction (1987)
768. The Dead (1987)
769. RoboCop (1987)
770. Akira (1987)
771. Neco z Alenky (1987)
772. Ariel (1988)
773. Bull Durham (1988)
774. Hôtel Terminus (1988)
775. Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (1988)
776. Spoorloos (1988)
777. The Thin Blue Line (1988)
778. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
779. Une histoire de vent (1988)
780. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
781. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)
782. Hotaru no haka (1988)
783. Big (1988)
784. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
785. Rain Man (1988)
786. Die Hard (1988)
787. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
788. Dead Ringers (1988)
789. Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)
790. Dekalog (1989)
791. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
792. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
793. Batman (1989)
794. Field of Dreams (1989)
795. Glory (1989)
796. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
797. My Left Foot (1989)
798. Dip huet seung hung (1989)
799. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
800. Do the Right Thing (1989)
801. The Unbelievable Truth (1989)
802. Roger & Me (1989)
803. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
804. Beiqíng chéngshì (1989)
805. Tongues Untied (1989)
806. Astenicheskiy sindrom (1990)
807. Archangel (1990)
808. Trust (1990)
809. S'en fout la mort (1990)
810. Goodfellas (1990)
811. Nema-ye Nazdik (1990)
812. King of New York (1990)
813. Pretty Woman (1990)
814. Dances with Wolves (1990)
815. Total Recall (1990)
816. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
817. Europa Europa (1990)
818. Ruan Lingyu (1991)
819. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
820. La belle noiseuse (1991)
821. The Rapture (1991)
822. Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian (1991)
823. JFK (1991)
824. Slacker (1991)
825. Wong Fei Hung (1991)
826. Thelma & Louise (1991)
827. My Own Private Idaho (1991)
828. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
829. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
830. Delicatessen (1991)
831. La double vie de Veronique (1991)
832. Da hong deng long gao gao gua (1991)
833. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)
834. Romper Stomper (1992)
835. Strictly Ballroom (1992)
836. The Player (1992)
837. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
838. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
839. Conte d'hiver (1992)
840. Unforgiven (1992)
841. C'est arrivé près de chez vous (1992)
842. The Crying Game (1992)
843. Ba wang bie ji (1993)
844. Lan feng zheng (1993)
845. Philadelphia (1993)
846. Xi meng ren sheng (1993)
847. Short Cuts (1993)
848. Schindler's List (1993)
849. Trois couleurs: Bleu (1993)
850. Groundhog Day (1993)
851. The Piano (1993)
852. Xi yan (1993)
853. Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
854. Jurassic Park (1993)
855. Caro diario (1993)
856. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
857. The Lion King (1994)
858. The Last Seduction (1994)
859. Les roseaux sauvages (1994)
860. Crumb (1994)
861. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
862. Pulp Fiction (1994)
863. Trois couleurs: Rouge (1994)
864. Natural Born Killers (1994)
865. Muriel's Wedding (1994)
866. Hoop Dreams (1994)
867. Sátántangó (1994)
868. Clerks (1994)
869. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
870. Forrest Gump (1994)
871. Zire darakhatan zeyton (1994)
872. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
873. Chung Hing sam lam (1994)
874. Riget (1994)
875. Babe (1995)
876. Braveheart (1995)
877. Deseret (1995)
878. Se7en (1995)
879. Smoke (1995)
880. Badkonake sefid (1995)
881. Underground (1995)
882. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
883. Xích lô (1995)
884. Clueless (1995)
885. Safe (1995)
886. Heat (1995)
887. Toy Story (1995)
888. Dead Man (1995)
889. The Usual Suspects (1995)
890. Kjærlighetens kjøtere (1995)
891. Trainspotting (1996)
892. Fargo (1996)
893. Gabbeh (1996)
894. Trois vies et une seule mort (1996)
895. Shine (1996)
896. Scream (1996)
897. Secrets & Lies (1996)
898. The English Patient (1996)
899. Lone Star (1996)
900. Breaking the Waves (1996)
901. Independence Day (1996)
902. Abre los ojos (1997)
903. The Ice Storm (1997)
904. Hana-bi (1997)
905. Boogie Nights (1997)
906. L.A. Confidential (1997)
907. Funny Games (1997)
908. The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
909. Titanic (1997)
910. Ta'm e guilass (1997)
911. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
912. Lola rennt (1998)
913. Rushmore (1998)
914. Festen (1998)
915. Buffalo '66 (1998)
916. Ringu (1998)
917. Happiness (1998)
918. The Thin Red Line (1998)
919. Todo sobre mi madre (1999)
920. American Beauty (1999)
921. Ôdishon (1999)
922. Toy Story 2 (1999)
923. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
924. Being John Malkovich (1999)
925. The Sixth Sense (1999)
926. Three Kings (1999)
927. Magnolia (1999)
928. Fight Club (1999)
929. Beau travail (1999)
930. The Matrix (1999)
931. Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000)
932. Faa yeung nin wa (2000)
933. Gladiator (2000)
934. Kippur (2000)
935. Yi yi (2000)
936. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
937. Amores perros (2000)
938. Memento (2000)
939. Wo hu cang long (2000)
940. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
941. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)
942. No Man's Land (2001)
943. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
944. Gangs of New York (2002)
945. Russkiy kovcheg (2002)
946. Bowling for Columbine (2002)
947. Cidade de Deus (2002)
948. Hable con ella (2002)
949. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)
950. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
951. Elephant (2003)
952. Oldeuboi (2003)
953. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
954. Osama (2003)
955. Gegen die Wand (2004)
956. Le conseguenze dell'amore (2004)
957. Moolaadé (2004)
958. Der Untergang (2004)
959. Tsotsi (2005)
960. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
961. El laberinto del fauno (2006)
962. Das Leben der Anderen (2006)
963. Paranormal Activity (2007)
964. There Will Be Blood (2007)
965. The Hurt Locker (2008)
966. The Dark Knight (2008)
967. Låt den rätte komma in (2008)
968. District 9 (2009)
969. Avatar (2009)
970. Toy Story 3 (2010)
971. Inception (2010)
972. Nostalgia de la luz (2010)
973. The Social Network (2010)
974. The Artist (2011)
975. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
976. Lincoln (2012)
977. Wadjda (2012)
978. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
979. La grande bellezza (2013)
980. Gravity (2013)
981. La vie d'Adèle (2013)
982. Boyhood (2014)
983. Birdman (2014)
984. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
985. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
986. The Revenant (2015)
987. Saul fia (2015)
988. Spotlight (2015)
989. Tangerine (2015)
990. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
991. Victoria (2015)
992. La La Land (2016)
993. Hell or High Water (2016)
994. The Jungle Book (2016)
995. Jackie (2016)
996. Toni Erdmann (2016)
997. Under the Shadow (2016)
998. Manchester by the Sea (2016)
999. 13th (2016)
1000. I, Daniel Blake (2016)
1001. Arrival (2016)
1002. Moonlight (2016)
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2020

Post by Oxnard Montalvo » Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:31 pm

I'm gonna tell you right now, you do not need to see The Force Awakens before you die.

I often go back to the list on They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? although some of the movies can be hard to find (Empire, The Art of Vision, Still, etc) so I'm not putting pressure on myself to finish that particular list.
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Post by Thief » Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:31 pm

For those interested, I posted the complete categories on the OP.
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Post by Thief » Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:34 pm

Oxnard Montalvo wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:31 pm
I'm gonna tell you right now, you do not need to see The Force Awakens before you die.

I often go back to the list on They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? although some of the movies can be hard to find (Empire, The Art of Vision, Still, etc) so I'm not putting pressure on myself to finish that particular list.
I agree. There are a lot of films there that I also don't think we should see before dying :D but I suppose they want to tackle films that are considered influential or relevant in some way, and there's no denying that the return of the Star Wars franchise fits that criteria. Anyway, my reasoning for using the list is that it's a big list with lots of options for anyone every month, so people shouldn't feel as limited as they might by the IMDb Top 250.
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2020

Post by Thief » Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:38 pm

Popcorn Reviews wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:27 pm
The first Best Picture winner you haven't seen: (once again, start with Wings; if you've seen it, then see Broadway Melody, so and so) It's Wings for me
Apex Predator wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:41 pm
The first Best Picture winner you haven't seen: Again, it would be Wings. Good luck finding it outside of cheating, though.
I recommend it. It was way better than I expected, both in terms of story and production/technical values. I believe I said it back when I saw it last year, but I'm surprised the film is not mentioned more often beyond its status as "the first Best Picture winner". It's a pretty solid film.
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Post by Thief » Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:40 pm

Takoma1 wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:08 pm
The first Best Picture winner you haven't seen: Welp, I'll be watching The Broadway Melody. Yay.
On the other hand, this one was, ehhh.... not so good, so good luck with that :shifty:
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Post by Popcorn Reviews » Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:46 pm

Thief wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:38 pm
I recommend it. It was way better than I expected, both in terms of story and production/technical values. I believe I said it back when I saw it last year, but I'm surprised the film is not mentioned more often beyond its status as "the first Best Picture winner". It's a pretty solid film.
Queued.

As for the other discussion, I enjoy using Sight & Sounds' Top 250 list from 2012 in terms of deciding on what movies I should watch next. I usually use a random number generator when deciding between them unless I get recommendations for certain titles. I posted the full list here in case you're curious.
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Post by Thief » Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:47 pm

Popcorn Reviews wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:13 am
Right, I forgot you've already seen it. I'll offer a few alternate suggestions then: Being John Malkovich, Following, and THX 1138.
I've seen all three (Following was my choice for this category last year), although I wouldn't mind rewatching Being John Malkovich. It's been waaaaay too long since I saw that one.

On the other hand, these are some I might want to tackle for this category...

Dementia 13 (Coppola)
Play Misty for Me (Eastwood)
The Duellists (Scott)
Piranha 2 (Cameron)
Bad Taste (Jackson)
Cronos (Del Toro)
She's Gotta Have It (Lee)
August 32nd on Earth (Villeneuve)

I know Tak has recommended Bad Taste a couple of times and I still haven't dared :D Also, I know some of those are not necessarily "good", but I would like to see them for curiosity and completion sake.
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2020

Post by Popcorn Reviews » Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:49 pm

Cronos is really good. That one has my vote.
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Post by Apex Predator » Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:45 pm

She's Gotta Have It is worth seeing. You can feel that Spike Lee is making his DEBUT. Film is full of energy...Brooklyn is its own character...even though there was one part that almost caused me to shut it off.

Dementia 13 is there. The best way I can put it.

Updated Plans:

A film with the number 1 (One, First, etc.) in its title: The ChaperONE (2019) :rotten:
The first film from any director you like: Strictly Ballroom (1992)
The first Best Picture winner you haven't seen: (once again, start with Wings; if you've seen it, then see Broadway Melody, so and so): May have to break down and rent Wings (I give up, but how many times did Michael Bay see this before starting Pearl Harbor?)
A film with a title that starts with the letters A or B: Anatomy of a Murder (1959) :fresh:
A film from the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list whose ranking includes the #1 (i.e. 10, 215, 901): I hit the random-meter and it chose Buffalo '66 (1998) (Keeping those 10s aka Arrival ready for October).
A film from the 1900s: I'll YouTube it.
An action or adventure film: Bullitt County (2018) is calling me, and I blame it on its setting.
An animated film: Fireworks (2017)
An anthology film: Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
A film nominated for a Best Picture Golden Globe (Drama or Comedy) this year: Marriage Story (2019)
A film from the Czech Republic (Independence Day, January 1): Cervena (2017)
A film about cops or law enforcement (Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, January 16): Code of Silence (1985)
A film featuring a dragon (Appreciate a Dragon Day, January 16): Dragonheart (1996)...nice timing!
A film about marriage (Spouse's Day, January 26): Marriage Story (2019)
A film from or with Paul Newman (born on January 26): Twilight (1998)

I might change my mind on the animated/action categories...but as it stands now, those are what I'm going with.
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2020

Post by Takoma1 » Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:35 pm

Thief wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:47 pm
I've seen all three (Following was my choice for this category last year), although I wouldn't mind rewatching Being John Malkovich. It's been waaaaay too long since I saw that one.

On the other hand, these are some I might want to tackle for this category...

Dementia 13 (Coppola)
Play Misty for Me (Eastwood)
The Duellists (Scott)
Piranha 2 (Cameron)
Bad Taste (Jackson)
Cronos (Del Toro)
She's Gotta Have It (Lee)
August 32nd on Earth (Villeneuve)

I know Tak has recommended Bad Taste a couple of times and I still haven't dared :D Also, I know some of those are not necessarily "good", but I would like to see them for curiosity and completion sake.
Cronos is really good. I like Dementia 13 quite a bit.

Play Misty for Me . . . meh. (Bitches be crazy, right guys? Right? Though maybe my opinion is skewed a bit because I watched quite a bit of 70s/80s Eastwood garbage in a short period of time.)

I often recommend Bad Taste for this thread because it is so often free to stream on Amazon (which I believe most of you have). It looks like Cronos is streaming on Criterion Channel and Kanopy, if you have access to either of those (some libraries often free access to Kanopy, FYI).
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Takoma1 wrote:
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I like Dementia 13 quite a bit.
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Post by Takoma1 » Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:51 am

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An animated film: I Lost My Body
Just watched this over the holiday and it didn't pop into my head to recommend. What a film!
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Dementia 13 love
The part where the one brother is describing his dream (about the man who climbs into his window) is so scary to me. I can't totally explain why. Much like the interview scene in Solaris, it's so impactful considering it's just a person sitting and talking.
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The part where the one brother is describing his dream (about the man who climbs into his window) is so scary to me. I can't totally explain why. Much like the interview scene in Solaris, it's so impactful considering it's just a person sitting and talking.
It is a movie that does a surprising amount with so little.
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Post by Apex Predator » Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:17 am

Film from the 1900s: The Great Train Robbery (1903)

Looked up a list of the top films of this period and this one showed up.

Four robbers decide to rob a train, first by stealing from a clerk (tying him up). Then by robbing the passengers. But a young girl is able to free the clerk, leading things to its conclusion.

For 1903, this features multiple techniques and innovations which is groundbreaking. It stretched how films were made to its limits.

But seen in 2019, I did find that maybe there were too many characters on the screen which made it hard to keep track of who was who. Few people stood out in the film (the little girl being an exception).

This was tough to rate, honestly. B-
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I enjoyed that one a lot. It was clearly ahead of its time.
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Post by Takoma1 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:22 am

An anthology film: Tales of Terror

This is an anthology of three stories based on Poe short stories. All three star Vincent Price in one capacity or another. As a whole, I thought that it was okay, but could have been better. The first story feels rushed, while the second feels like it goes on too long. I thought that the third segment was really well done.

The first segment follows a young woman who returns home where her father lives. The young woman's mother died shortly after childbirth (several synopses say "in childbirth", but the dad clearly explains that it was after the child was born that the mom wanted to go to a party). Anyway, the daughter is terminally ill and she and her father begin to tentatively forgive each other, as he considers her to be her mother's "murderer". The father has kept the wife's desiccated body in an upstairs bedroom, and as the night goes on, things get weird. I thought that the premise of this one was really interesting--the parents blaming the child for the mother's death is a neat angle. But the main section of the segment feels rushed and I wish they'd done more with the premise.

The second segment stars Peter Lorre as a drunkard who one day accidentally introduces his wife to a fancy wine taster. The wife and wine taster begin an affair and soon the husband is out for revenge. This one just felt overly long. I really enjoyed the sequence where the drunk and the wine taster have a wine-identifying contest, with the wine taster taking dainty little sips and Lorre's character chugging the glasses. This one is clearly meant to be humorous, and parts are funny. It just somehow feels like it goes on too long.

The third segment is the one that I thought was the best. An older man is dying of a painful disease. He has a hypnotist in his employ who hypnotizes him to help with pain relief. Against the advice of his wife and doctor, the older man agrees to let the hypnotist hypnotize him at the very moment of death. When the time comes, the hypnosis is successful, but with horrible results. The man is left trapped in his dead body, communicating somehow (telepathically?) with those in the room as they stare, horrified, at his corpse. Seeing an opportunity to both build his own reputation and blackmail the man's young wife into marriage, the hypnotist refuses to release the old man to his death. The premise is just so horrible and spooky. The hypnotist makes for a great villain, with his eyes on the old man's money and wife. And the simple effect of Price's horrified voiceover "Where am I? It's dark, and there are people! So many people!" playing over the image of his lifeless body is really effective.
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An anthology film: Tales of Terror
Are you on an omnibus kick?

Edit: Never mind, I may have had a small stroke.
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Post by Takoma1 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:21 am

A film with a title that starts with the letters A or B: Brain on Fire

This is a based-on-a-true-story drama/medical thriller.

Chloe Moretz stars as Susannah Calahan, a young woman working to climb the ladder at the New York Post. Over the course of just a few days, Susannah begins to hear a high-pitched ringing sound, her behavior becomes erratic, she suffers seizures, and she finds herself restrained in a hospital bed and succumbing to an unknown disorder that is slowly shutting down her brain.

The horror of Susannah's situation is two-fold. In the second half of the film, Susannah's illness becomes worse and worse. Her body seizes; she believes she can hear the thoughts of others; her body begins to contract and contort. As Susannah goes downhill, the doctors have no answers. All of her tests and scans say that she should be healthy and normal, and yet she is becoming a shell of a person. As her desperate parents pressure the doctors to continue to investigate, it seems more and more likely that Susannah is headed for a psychiatric ward.

But to me, the first half was sort of equally horrifying. As her symptoms start to worsen, Susannah is repeatedly told that she's probably just drinking too much and not getting enough sleep. The things that happen to her are repeatedly diagnosed as being from alcohol withdrawl. Several times she is given the advice to "stop partying", despite her repeated (true) statements that she is not over-indulging in alcohol. The idea of knowing that something is wrong with you and that you would be blamed. I developed really bad vertigo a few years ago. When I went to the doctor, he told me that I was just stressing myself out and not sleeping enough. I was told to basically just chill out and go to bed earlier. Well, actually, I had a misalignment in my neck which was putting pressure on my artery--something I had to figure out and fix on my own. And I can still remember how disappointed I felt when I left the doctor's office, knowing that this was more than just stress (literally the room would turn sideways if I stood up too fast), but having been told it was pretty much just in my head.

The performances are pretty good across the board. I especially enjoyed Jenny Slate as Susannah's co-worker, who at first thinks that Susannah is just cracking under pressure and being unprofessional, to then realizing something is very wrong with her friend. Moretz gives a very physical and convincing performance as Susannah.

I guess my only complaint is that the movie feels very . . . workman-like. It gets in, tells the story, gets out. Once a new doctor figures out what's really going on (a diagnosis that will be eerily familiar to anyone who watched the show Hannibal!), things wrap up in about 5 minutes. It's a compelling, intense story, but it isn't told in a very creative way. The lasting impact is in the sobering statistics at the end, that most people with what Susannah have may be incorrectly diagnosed with psychiatric disorders and improperly treated/committed.

It's not the most artful film, but I would still recommend it. I watched it on Netflix.
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Post by Takoma1 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:50 am

An action or adventure film: Book of Eli

Meh.
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Post by Thief » Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:40 pm

Oh boy, I started Bad Taste last night and it was... rough :D I was dozing off a bit in the last 30 minutes, not necessarily the film's fault, but I'll finish it tonight.
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Post by Takoma1 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:24 pm

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Oh boy, I started Bad Taste last night and it was... rough :D I was dozing off a bit in the last 30 minutes, not necessarily the film's fault, but I'll finish it tonight.
It's much more of a "enjoy the sight of future talent" than it is actually all that fun to watch. I enjoyed it in parts, but not as a whole.
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Post by Takoma1 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:14 am

An animated film: Mr. Bug Goes to Town

This was an odd little animated film.

The premise is that there is a community of bugs living in a weeded area in New York. Evil Mr. Beetle wants to marry the innocent Honey Bee, but she only has eyes for well-intentioned but bumbling Mr. Hoppity (the Mr. Bug of the title). There's a whole plot about a sweet, insect loving couple who own a home with a garden and Hoppity's attempts to help them save their home while Mr. Beetle attempts to sabotage him at every turn.

The film was made in 1941, and it has that enjoyable old-fashioned animated look. I read an interesting piece of trivia that the film's financial failure was partly attributed to the fact that it was released in theaters two days before Pearl Harbor.

The songs are sweet but mostly forgettable. The characters are fun, but also a bit forgettable. Honey Bee, the love interest, is really well fleshed out as a character. Ha ha! Just kidding! She's like a bee Barbie whose dialogue is like 80% her going "Oh, Hoppity!" when something bad happens. Much more interesting is the friendship between Hoppity and Honey Bee's father, who is a leader in their small community.

My favorite thing about this film was simply the seriousness with which it approached the habitat loss. The "good" humans are those who recognize the importance of being kind to bees and other insects and providing them with green spaces even in a city environment. While the whole "Mr Beetle trying to make Honey Bee marry him" gets its fair amount of screen time, most of the film's focus is on the insects finding their new home.

Unsurprisingly the gender politics are kind of trash, but that aside this didn't feel as dated as I expected. I also read in the trivia section that this was the first feature-length animated film that was set in the "present day" and not based on a book/story.

I'd never heard of this film before and was drawn in by its relatively high IMDb rating. It's not a must-see, but I enjoyed it.
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Takoma1 wrote:
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It's much more of a "enjoy the sight of future talent" than it is actually all that fun to watch. I enjoyed it in parts, but not as a whole.
Oh, it's definitely an interesting watch and I laughed/chuckled often. My comment was more in regards to the overall quality of the production, special effects, etc. Anyway, I had seen Braindead and Heavenly Creatures years before Lord of the Rings so I was already familiar with Jackson's sensibilities and his shift towards more serious stuff. But like I said, I had fun with it.
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Post by Takoma1 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:26 am

A film about cops or law enforcement (Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, January 16): Maniac Cop 2

This isn't really my brand of trashy fun (because, sorry, all the closeups of topless women--one of them very dead--strikes me as gross and unfunny), but that's not to say that I didn't enjoy a fair portion of the film.

So I have watched this series in the completely wrong order. I watched the third film last year, and now I've seen the second one.

The basic plot is that the Maniac Cop (an undead, disgraced cop who was framed and put in jail where he was killed) comes back from the dead and he's angry at . . . everyone. As he is hunted by the police, he teams up with a serial killer who is murdering strippers.

There is a certain manic delight at the way that the Maniac cop simply steamrolls over everyone, offing them in the most over-the-top ways: impaling someone with a police baton, hooking someone to a tow truck's large hook, blowing away both a burglar and the man he was robbing.

It's, well, I'm not sure if "ironic" is the right word, but there's something kind of egalitarian about the way that the Maniac Cop is willing to off men or women. Unlike about 95% of the killers/monsters in horror films, he isn't motivated by sex or dominance. He is specifically angry about his name being besmirched. So then it's kind of eye-rolling that the film decides to include the character of the serial killer who only targets women, thus requiring many sequences of women stripping, or strippers being terrorized, or the dead body of a stripped laid out nude in a morgue, etc. The sequences with the Maniac Cop and the killer hanging out together have some fun energy just because of how radically different they are. But generally I wasn't a big fan of the serial killer element.

I definitely like this one a lot more than the third one. It's a film that actually works really well with that "early 90s grungy New York" look.

EDIT: I cannot believe I failed to mention one of the highlights of the film for me: the custom rap written for its closing credits. While the rap has many wonderful and amazing lyrics, my favorite was probably "You can shoot him with a gun or with an uzi/ But he'll still show up in your jacuzzi." Sych specific imagery!
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Post by Takoma1 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:17 am

A film with the number 1 (One, First, etc.) in its title: One Armed Swordsman

This was a really enjoyable martial arts/drama.

A martial arts school is attacked by another school. A student sacrifices himself to save the head of the school, and his dying request is that his son, Fang Kang get to be a student there. So Fang Kang is raised at the school, but the other students resent him. The head teacher's daughter has a sort of hate crush on him, ends up challenging him to a fight, and when he refuses she cuts his arm off. Stumbling away, he is saved by a young woman whose own father was also killed. She gives him her father's fighting manual, which conveniently is a study on left-handed techniques. Meanwhile, the evil school has developed a weird sword-grabber thing that they use to defeat students from the other school. As the evil school begins to make a move, Fang Kang must decide how far he is willing to go to protect his old teacher and classmates.

This is a film that's about 60% action and 40% drama. It raises some interesting questions about when following a code of honor and loyalty ceases to make sense. Fang Kang is repeatedly told by his new love that he should give up his life of violence. Having seen her own father killed over a matter of "honor", she has good reason to fear being married to a man with similar inclinations. It's a neat thing to have both main characters come from the same background of having lost a parent who died out of "honor". Both of their points of view are presented as valid (though she sometimes comes across a bit naggy).

I loved the look of the film, with lush pastel costumes, and technicolor sets that look somewhere between real life and a stage play. The action sequences are mostly pretty good. The sword-catcher device is kind of silly looking, but the one-armed sequences are really well staged. The villains are delightfully over the top, and there's a lot of "HA HA HA!" evil laughter from the evil school.

I kind of wish that the head teacher's daughter (the one who cuts off the main character's arm) had been just a little less annoying. I feel like it would have made Fang Kang's decision a bit more compelling. She's so awful. I did laugh a bit in one scene where Fang Kang saves her from being raped by two of the evil school's students. When Kang's girlfriend asks "Why did you save her?" he's like "Well, I still respect her dad, so . . . " as if otherwise he'd have just looked the other way.

My only real complaint about the version I watched was the dubbing (or possibly the writing). There were a lot of scenes that had redundancies bordering on the ridiculous. A character will literally say something like "Come in, I have a surprise to show you. And once I show it to you, you will have seen it. You will be a person who has seen the surprise. In a moment, yes, the surprise is what you will see."

Anyway, this one is available on Amazon Prime and I'd really recommend it.
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Post by Takoma1 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:49 am

The first film from any director you like: Hard Eight (Paul Thomas Anderson)

A down-on-his luck man named John is offered a cup of coffee by a man named Sydney. Over coffee Sydney learns that John is $6000 in debt, and tells him that he has a way to help John begin to turn his luck around. Sydney begins to teach John how to work small grifts in a casino (such as convincing the casino he is spending thousands of dollars so that they offer him a free room and amenities). John is a quick study, but when waitress (and part-time prostitute) Clementine enters the picture, things get complicated.

This was another good film for this month. The movie has a great cast (Phillip Baker Hall, John C Reilly, Samuel Jackson, and even a surprisingly good Gwyneth Paltrow), and it works in three very distinct and very different acts. I thought that some of the plot stuff at the very end felt a little forced, but for the most part the film kept me guessing as to where it was going to lead.

Now, I did read some trivia about Anderson having some issues with the studio making cuts. The version I watched was a 100 minute version, and I'm not sure if there's some director's cut out there that I should have been looking for. Honestly, I thought that the pace of the film was pretty good, and it didn't feel at all chopped up or like anything critical was missing.

This is another one that is available on Prime.
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Post by undinum » Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:53 am

An action or adventure film: MERCURY RISING (Harold Becker, 1998)

Thought I'd revisit this for the first time in twentyish years as I've enjoyed most of the Beckers I've caught up with in the last few. He had a nice run from '88 to '93 with The Boost, Sea of Love, and Malice, all effective genre pieces that are interestingly different not only from other Hollywood films of their type but from each other, greatly helped by good, unusual performances from their leads. Mercury Rising, however, is ineffective, samey, and features the not-nearly-as-amusing-as-it-sounds sight of Bruce Willis getting thoroughly out-acted by a screaming child.* I will refrain from commenting on the film's portrayal of autism except to note that it takes the time to explain that this isn't how all autistic kids act (and, well, it's not substantially different from how my autistic cousin acts).

Much more offensive is how feebly the film explores the possibilities of such a character being pursued for his preternaturally advanced codebreaking skills. It gets to the first plot point you'd think of, he cracks a government code and the government finds out, and then just stays there, hucking set pieces at you. Alec Baldwin keeps shouting that they can't let this boy's amazing abilities fall into the wrong hands since the code's protecting A LOTTA AGENTS IN THE FIELD which just makes you wonder about how exactly enemy states would go about utilizing the codebreaking skills of a non-communicative child, and then hey between that and the fact that they have no idea this kid exists let alone what he can do maybe it's a little hasty and resource-heavy and completely idiotic to try and address the problem by murdering scores of people in broad daylight with hundreds of witnesses across several states. Switch it up, my dudes! Or just kill the nerds who found him.

* This is a bad joke that I'm sure was made many times in 1998. Probably by Rex Reed.It's also not really fair since Miko Hughes was one of the better child actors of the era and is actually very good in the film. It's also nice to see Kim Dickens and Carrie Preston in early support, but they are truly thankless roles. Peter Stormare shows up as an assassin with fewer lines than he had in Fargo. None, I think.
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Post by Rock » Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:55 am

I remember being kind of disappointed by The One-Armed Swordman but I'd need to rewatch it to nail down the exact reasons. I see in an earlier post I found the main character's origin story annoying and thought he had a shitty beard, which sounds about right from memory. Not a total write-off as it's a Chang Cheh movie and he can do great action in his sleep (think's that's actually one of the Crippled Avengers' special moves har har), but it's one of my least favourite of his work that I've seen.
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Post by Thief » Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:56 pm

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The first film from any director you like: Hard Eight (Paul Thomas Anderson)

A down-on-his luck man named John is offered a cup of coffee by a man named Sydney. Over coffee Sydney learns that John is $6000 in debt, and tells him that he has a way to help John begin to turn his luck around. Sydney begins to teach John how to work small grifts in a casino (such as convincing the casino he is spending thousands of dollars so that they offer him a free room and amenities). John is a quick study, but when waitress (and part-time prostitute) Clementine enters the picture, things get complicated.

This was another good film for this month. The movie has a great cast (Phillip Baker Hall, John C Reilly, Samuel Jackson, and even a surprisingly good Gwyneth Paltrow), and it works in three very distinct and very different acts. I thought that some of the plot stuff at the very end felt a little forced, but for the most part the film kept me guessing as to where it was going to lead.

Now, I did read some trivia about Anderson having some issues with the studio making cuts. The version I watched was a 100 minute version, and I'm not sure if there's some director's cut out there that I should have been looking for. Honestly, I thought that the pace of the film was pretty good, and it didn't feel at all chopped up or like anything critical was missing.

This is another one that is available on Prime.
This is one I remember catching up years ago, just as it started, while channel-surfing and being instantly hooked. I loved it.
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Post by Thief » Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:58 pm

undinum wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:53 am
An action or adventure film: MERCURY RISING (Harold Becker, 1998)

Thought I'd revisit this for the first time in twentyish years as I've enjoyed most of the Beckers I've caught up with in the last few. He had a nice run from '88 to '93 with The Boost, Sea of Love, and Malice, all effective genre pieces that are interestingly different not only from other Hollywood films of their type but from each other, greatly helped by good, unusual performances from their leads. Mercury Rising, however, is ineffective, samey, and features the not-nearly-as-amusing-as-it-sounds sight of Bruce Willis getting thoroughly out-acted by a screaming child.* I will refrain from commenting on the film's portrayal of autism except to note that it takes the time to explain that this isn't how all autistic kids act (and, well, it's not substantially different from how my autistic cousin acts).

Much more offensive is how feebly the film explores the possibilities of such a character being pursued for his preternaturally advanced codebreaking skills. It gets to the first plot point you'd think of, he cracks a government code and the government finds out, and then just stays there, hucking set pieces at you. Alec Baldwin keeps shouting that they can't let this boy's amazing abilities fall into the wrong hands since the code's protecting A LOTTA AGENTS IN THE FIELD which just makes you wonder about how exactly enemy states would go about utilizing the codebreaking skills of a non-communicative child, and then hey between that and the fact that they have no idea this kid exists let alone what he can do maybe it's a little hasty and resource-heavy and completely idiotic to try and address the problem by murdering scores of people in broad daylight with hundreds of witnesses across several states. Switch it up, my dudes! Or just kill the nerds who found him.

* This is a bad joke that I'm sure was made many times in 1998. Probably by Rex Reed.It's also not really fair since Miko Hughes was one of the better child actors of the era and is actually very good in the film. It's also nice to see Kim Dickens and Carrie Preston in early support, but they are truly thankless roles. Peter Stormare shows up as an assassin with fewer lines than he had in Fargo. None, I think.
Wow, this is one film I hadn't thought about in a while. I remember seeing it back in 1998 and, probably enjoying it as much as a 20-year-old can enjoy a dumb, Bruce Willis film. I don't remember anything about it, though, and it seems it's better that way.
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Post by Thief » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:02 pm

Took me a while, but I finally got the first five films under my belt. Here are some quickies...

An anthology film: THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS
As is usual with most Coen films, I really enjoyed this one. Despite the varying tone of each segment, they all work particularly well with each other. That said, I think I enjoyed the eponymous first one the most. Tim Blake Nelson was hilarious as the title character and the way the whole story unfolded was a perfect setup for the rest of the film ("You can't be top dog forever"). Grade: B+

An animated film: I LOST MY BODY
A surprisingly creative and poignant film that follows a severed hand as it tries to get back to its/his body. In the meantime, we get flashbacks and glimpses of the life of Naoufel, the "owner" of the hand. I really liked this one. The story is touching, the way it's told is, like I said, creative, and the animation is very clean and smooth. I feel like I still need to let it wallow a bit on my mind, but as for now... Grade: B+

A film about cops or law enforcement: THE FRENCH CONNECTION
I had been meaning to watch this for a while, so I was glad that I could finally sneak it in. It reminded me a bit of Bullitt because of how grounded and down-to-Earth it stays as it portrays the lives of these cops as not necessarily glamorous, and the protagonists as not clean-cut "heroes". Both Hackman and Scheider deliver good/great performances and the action/direction is very tight. Perhaps I would've liked a bit more of insight into who Popeye was, but I still liked it a lot. Grade: B+

The first film from any director you like: BAD TASTE (Peter Jackson)
Like I said in a previous post, this one was... an interesting watch :D Being familiar with Braindead, I wasn't as surprised by it as others might be, but it was still a very rough and unpolished film in terms of performances, production values, and special effects. However, that doesn't take all the fun out of it. I did laugh and chuckle often, and I really enjoyed the guy that played the main alien/bad guy ("Aren't I lucky, I got a chunky bit!"). And, like Tak said above, it is interesting to see where the guy that brought us Lord of the Rings started. Grade: B-

A film from the 1900s: RESCUED BY ROVER
A Twitter friend brought this one to my attention. Directed by Cecil Hepworth and Lewin Fitzhamon, this film could very well be the precursor of Lassie or Rin Tin Tin. The film follows the titular dog that *spoiler* manages to rescue the family baby after he is kidnapped by a beggar woman. Like The Great Train Robbery, it was one of cinema's first attempts to introduce a story rather than just show mundane tasks being filmed, and direction/editing were particularly good for the time. Easily found on YouTube, so I recommend it. Grade: Unrated
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Post by Torgo » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:13 pm

If there were any justice in the world, Rescued by Rover would end with the line "We didn't rescue Rover. He rescued us."
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2020

Post by Thief » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:27 pm

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If there were any justice in the world, Rescued by Rover would end with the line "We didn't rescue Rover. He rescued us."
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2020

Post by Takoma1 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:19 pm

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I remember being kind of disappointed by The One-Armed Swordman but I'd need to rewatch it to nail down the exact reasons. I see in an earlier post I found the main character's origin story annoying and thought he had a shitty beard, which sounds about right from memory. Not a total write-off as it's a Chang Cheh movie and he can do great action in his sleep (think's that's actually one of the Crippled Avengers' special moves har har), but it's one of my least favourite of his work that I've seen.
I think that the film was helped by the fact that I watched it in like 4 different sittings. I'm not sure how I'd feel about the film as one fell swoop. Certain annoyances that were fine over the course of 25 minutes might have been a lot to take for 100 straight minutes.
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2020

Post by Takoma1 » Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:05 am

A film featuring a dragon (Appreciate a Dragon Day, January 16): How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World

I will fully own up to only giving this one about 2/3 of my attention. Movies about dragons or other mythical creatures kind of make me sad. I always know some of them are going to get killed or mistreated. It just bums me out.

That said, I did mostly enjoy the film. It's the third (or fourth?) in the series. I have seen the first movie. In this one, Hiccup must try to keep the dragons safe from an evil dragon hunter by finding a mythical island said to be hidden over the edge of the world. This is complicated when Night Fury, Hiccup's dragon, has his head turned by Light Fury, a female of his species.

This one just looked really good, and I enjoyed most of the humor. It feels like it brings the story of the series to a really nice conclusion.
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2020

Post by Apex Predator » Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:11 pm

Takoma1 wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:05 am
A film featuring a dragon (Appreciate a Dragon Day, January 16): How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World

I will fully own up to only giving this one about 2/3 of my attention. Movies about dragons or other mythical creatures kind of make me sad. I always know some of them are going to get killed or mistreated. It just bums me out.

That said, I did mostly enjoy the film. It's the third (or fourth?) in the series. I have seen the first movie. In this one, Hiccup must try to keep the dragons safe from an evil dragon hunter by finding a mythical island said to be hidden over the edge of the world. This is complicated when Night Fury, Hiccup's dragon, has his head turned by Light Fury, a female of his species.

This one just looked really good, and I enjoyed most of the humor. It feels like it brings the story of the series to a really nice conclusion.
When you get a chance, see the second one. I feel like it handles its plot with maturity and grace, treating the kids watching with intelligence.

Yeah, I've been meaning to see the other ones. At least I think this is one franchise that needs more love than it gets.
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Post by Thief » Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:10 pm

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When you get a chance, see the second one. I feel like it handles its plot with maturity and grace, treating the kids watching with intelligence.

Yeah, I've been meaning to see the other ones. At least I think this is one franchise that needs more love than it gets.
I've never seen any of them, but I had thought of checking out the first one with the kids for the "dragon" category. Unfortunately, it isn't available on any streaming service. Maybe I'll rent it.
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2020

Post by Thief » Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:17 pm

Since I'm pretty much illiterate about this, is there any other suggestion of good Czech films? Preferrably one that is available streaming on Netflix, Prime, or Hulu?
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Post by crumbsroom » Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:25 pm

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Since I'm pretty much illiterate about this, is there any other suggestion of good Czech films? Preferrably one that is available streaming on Netflix, Prime, or Hulu?
The Joke, The Party and the Guests, Morgiana, Fireman's Ball, Fifth Horseman is Fear and of course The Cremator

Have no idea how available these are though
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Post by Thief » Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:31 pm

Casually I had checked if Marketa Lazarova, The Cremator, and Fireman's Ball were available streaming, since they came up in most searches I did for "best Czech films", but none of them were. I'll check the others. Thanks.
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2020

Post by Takoma1 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:54 pm

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Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:10 pm
I've never seen any of them, but I had thought of checking out the first one with the kids for the "dragon" category. Unfortunately, it isn't available on any streaming service. Maybe I'll rent it.
Definitely worth seeing. It's also something I'd imagine the library would have on hand.
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Since I'm pretty much illiterate about this, is there any other suggestion of good Czech films? Preferrably one that is available streaming on Netflix, Prime, or Hulu?
Try Protector (2009) on Amazon?
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2020

Post by Takoma1 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:21 am

Hey, Thief. According to JustWatch, How to Train Your Dragon is on Prime right now. Is that incorrect?
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