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UK/Ireland Challenge (Official); October 2016
Topic Started: Sep 30 2016, 02:27:14 PM (1,434 Views)
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Goal:

Watch as many films from the British Isles as possible.

Rules:

- Rewatches are allowed and good for the soul
- A feature film (anything 40 minutes or over) counts as one entry
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry
- For TV/Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry
- For TV/Mini-Series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies


Challenge runs from October 1st, 2016 to October 31th, 2016


Official iCM Lists:

100 Best British films
BFI 100
UNESCO's Memory of the World: National Cinematic Heritage (358-375 are Irish)

Other Lists:

Classic British Comedy
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/the+100+best+british+films+ever+by+empire/filmantrop/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/bafta+best+british+film+awards/moviedearest/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/100+british+documentaries+bfi+screen+guide+work+in+progress/timec/



Participants:

3eyes - 41
albajos - 35
allisoncm - 8
brokenface - 10
ChrisReynolds - 6
cinephage - 2
Cippenham - 42
connordenney - 2
Fergenaprido - 3
HVM - 10
Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi - 5
ororama - 10
treadwaynathan - 2
Edited by HVM, Nov 1 2016, 08:25:29 PM.
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I didn't know about this, but I will watch British films obviously anyway so I am in.
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Thanks, HVM. UK films are my comfort zone and I aim to watch some miniseries among other things. I'm currently watching a Teaching Company Great Course on "The Irish identity" (which I don't lay claim to but have a couple of close friends who have been educating me), so I'll seek out some Irish stuff as well.
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I'll participate. Target is 5 films.
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1 Brandy for the Parson 1951

A drama comedy about smuggling, typically low key and very British, has Charles Hawtrey and Alfie Bass in it. This is on my classic British Comedy list

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/classic+british+comedy/cippenham/
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1. Quills (2000)
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2 The House Across the Lake 1954

Film noir, two American leads but in Britain with also starring Sidney James, later mainly in comedy as in the Carry On films, not bad but standard plot

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1. The Sorcerers (Reeves, 1967) - one of the few films directed by Witchfinder General director Michael Reeves (who died aged 25). Slightly odd mashup of swingin'-60s and low budget Hammer-type horror with an elderly Boris Karloff as part of a pair of hypnotists. Doesn't quite balance as it can't decide if it's more interested in making something unsettling or just some light exploitation fare. [currently on BBC iplayer for those with access]

2. various B.S. Johnson shorts (You're Human Like the Rest of Them, Up Yours Too Guillaume Apollinaire, Paradigm, Unfair!, March!, Poem, B.S. Johnson on Dr Samuel Johnson) ~1hr20 total
-watching through the BFI Flipside collection of B.S. Johnson's films which I picked up v.cheap knowing nothing about him. Johnson was a writer foremost but made a range of shorts, these vary from experimental to political docs (Unfair!, March!) to fairly standard TV docs. You're Human... and Paradigm are the most interesting here, experimental films about mortality, not a million miles from Godard in style.
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1. The man who knew infinity (UK 15)

Srinivasa Ramanujan, a brilliant Indian mathematician (Dev Patel), is brought to Cambridge & mentored by prof. G. H Hardy (Jeremy Irons) just before WW I. Ramanujan knows things by intuition (which he experiences as divine revelation) but has trouble grasping the concept of mathematical proof. Someone jokes that R. "knows every prime number personally."

My autistic daughter, age 6 (we'd been told she would never grasp abstractions): "Only God can count to infinity."
Edited by 3eyes, Oct 1 2016, 01:05:01 PM.
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1. The Wicker Man (1973) - 12 official lists
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Will probably watch a few.
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3. The Weapon (1956)

This is good but the plot has to shoehorn in an American Steve Cochran as the lead, the main female lead is also, and there are some silly things going on with the plot but is done well and is enjoyable

George Cole a great comedy actor actually plays the villain in this!

4. Time Without Pity (1957)

This directed by Joseph Losey in Britain stars Leo McKern, Peter Cushing and above all Michael Redgrave, among other things it is clearly anti the death penalty which we had at that time

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I expect to watch nearly 100% horror this month, and this challenge wasn't on my radar. Coincidentally, I have more British films than usual in my plans, so I'm in.
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2. The revolution will not be televised / Chavez: Inside the coup (Ire 03)
Documentary about a failed attempt to depose Hugo Chavez in 2002. I had been wanting to see it for awhile but had no idea that it was Irish-made.
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1. Kill List (2011) * 95 min.

Wasn't sure where this was going to go, interesting and thought provoking horror.


*First time viewing.
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2. Dracula (1958) - 8 official lists

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1. The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) 6/10
2. Obsession (1949) 6/10
3. The Inbetweeners 2 (2014) 6.5/10 so this is what guilty pleasures are about I see...
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3. The Dresser (Yates, 1983)
4. Fat Man on a Beach (B.S. Johnson, 1974) - he reminds me a little of Jonathan Meades, wonder if Meades was influenced by this.

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3-7. The voyage of Charles Darwin (UK 78), eps 3-7 (Eps 1&2 seen earlier)
I enjoyed this hugely. The presence of Captain Fitzroy of the Beagle as a foil throughout added depth, I felt.

8. Brothers in law (UK 57)
Some venerable British character actors strut their stuff in this legal comedy.

9. The Rising of the Moon (Ire/US 57)
John Ford's first Irish movie, a lively trilogy of stories. Great fun.
Edited by 3eyes, Oct 3 2016, 03:45:16 AM.
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3. The Brides of Dracula (1960) - They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?

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01. Passport to Pimlico, by Henry Cornelius (1949) 8/10

Anybody wants to understand the Brexit thing should start by watching this film... :P
A lot of fun in any case.
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01. Passport to Pimlico, by Henry Cornelius (1949) 8/10

Anybody wants to understand the Brexit thing should start by watching this film... :P
A lot of fun in any case.
:lol:

Saw it when it first came out, and a couple times since.
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4. Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) - They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?
5. 28 Weeks Later (2007) - 50 Greatest Sequels, They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?
6. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) - They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?

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5 The Epic of Everest (1924)

amazing film of this attempt to conquer the great mountain

6 Murder! (1930)

A Hitchcock early film, good but lacking quality by comparison with others

7 Louis Theroux: Savile (2016)

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4. Layer Cake (2004) 7/10

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10. The eclipse (Ire 09)

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7. The Gorgon (1964)

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11. The field (Ire 90)
Both of my (youngish) Irish friends told me to watch this. I could have used some subtitles but followed it well enough. Still mulling it over.

(The American reviews on MRQE were unanimously scornful - Ebert gave it one star.)


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8. The Phantom of the Opera (1962)
9. An American Werewolf in London (1981) - 10 official lists

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12. Hatterís Castle (UK 42)
Always enjoy Robert Newton, that great ham - a little goes a long way, tho. Fun seeing very young Deborah Kerr and James Mason.

13. Einstein and Eddington (UK 08)
Story of the fruitful correspondence between the two physicists (both pacifists) during WW I, despite polical interference from those who saw it as treasonous collaboration.

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2. Sightseers (2012) * 88 min.



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5. Chicken Run (2000) 6.5/10
6. Hamlet (1948) 6/10

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14. Love & friendship (Ire etc 16)

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1. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer, 1949)

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10. The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002)

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8 The Love Lottery 1954

David Niven satire on a film star of the later 40s called Rex,,,not really that successful but a lesser know Ealing comedy

9 The Dock Brief 1962

Written by John Mortimer, stars Richard Attenborough and Peter Sellers, a supposed comedy, not that funny but a gem dramatic performance from these two, Sellers is an inept barrister trying the defend a wife murderer

10 Hard Drivers 1957

Great with Stanley Baker and Patrick McGoohan, Williaam Hartnell and a young Sean Connery

11 Davy 1958

final Ealing comedy this is with Harry Secombe
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3. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) 100 min.


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15. Things to come (UK 36) - REWATCH
I took my 6-year-old and a friend of his to see this at our local repertory theater in pre-video days. 25 years later the friend told me what an impression it made on him. It seems to have made none on me - I didn't remember it at all, confused it with Metropolis, which we also saw there. Anyway, this time I knew enough to tune in to the Soviet-style montage and like that.

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11. Virgin Witch (1972)
12. The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) - They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?

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1. The Draughtsman's Contract (Greenaway, 1982) -- Greenaway's been an odd viewing lacuna for me, but I finally got around to seeing this one, expecting to be indifferent at best. Instead, it rather dazzled me and I'm still trying to absorb all that I have just seen.
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