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Critics Challenge; April 1 - 30 2012
Topic Started: Mar 27 2012, 03:17:11 PM (4,645 Views)
WalterNeff
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Every one's a critic, right? Here's your chance to watch as many movies on lists by movie critics as possible.

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The rules are as usual:

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

No rewatches

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

Official ICM Critics Lists :

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

Other Critics' lists (suggestions welcome):

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allisoncm (15)
Cippenham
Gregmnewman (20)
jgwr
jonas2k (12)
Kasparius
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ormazd
redcard29 (30)
rohit
sushantv10 (60)
themagician
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VincentPrice
WalterNeff (20)
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Edited by WalterNeff, Apr 2 2012, 01:57:33 AM.
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VincentPrice
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In as always
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sushantv10
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I AM IN

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

Target : 60
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Ok count me in for this, I will probably concentrate on Ebert's list where I am 25 short of Platinum but will see some others as well, no actual target though.
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Gregmnewman
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i'm in, would like to do a minimum of 20
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ormazd
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I'll play. No specific goal this time, though.
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I'm in, I'll try for 30
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jgwr
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OK, why not.
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jeroeno
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I'm sure I will be watching some movies on these lists anyway so why not?
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jgwr
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Mar 28 2012, 11:40:55 AM
I'm sure I will be watching some movies on these lists anyway so why not?
Exactly. I've got a stack of films in my copious backlog that are on one or more of these lists; it'll be nice to have a bit of a program to go through at least some of them...
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I suppose around 15. The leftovers I have from the Thomson/Rosenbaum challenges. Plus I don't have that many left from Ebert's list.
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I'm in and aiming for 12.
Edited by jonas2k, Mar 29 2012, 08:57:54 AM.
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I'm in. No goal.
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I'm in. No goal either.
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themagician
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I'm in as well. Will go for bronze on Ebert's list (need 20 checks). And watch random stuff from Vogel's list.
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I'll start, then...

1. Erotikon, 1920 (on the Have You Seen list)
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New month, new chances....

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

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02. Sadie Thompson (1928) 7/10

This one is on Thompson's list. It's hard to rate this movie because I haven't seen the ending which is considered lost. Thanks to some stills and added narrative I know what happens but I really hope they'll find the footage so I can check out the last part. Great acting by the lovely Gloria Swanson !

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Edited by jeroeno, Apr 1 2012, 09:20:09 AM.
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themagician
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Watched these two yesterday (or today...) before bed:

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

Shorts:

1. Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958, Roman Polanski)

Watched


edit: They're all at least on Amos Vogel's list.
Edited by themagician, Apr 1 2012, 11:42:57 AM.
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03. Some Came Running (1958) 7/10
From Thompson's list.

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Apr 1 2012, 11:39:35 AM
03. Some Came Running (1958) 7/10
From Thompson's list.

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I read that first as "some cat running".
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I am so glad someone started this. I have been working on the Roger Ebert list from quite some time now. This might help my pace.

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

Starting with:

1. Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Edited by rohit, Apr 1 2012, 12:21:06 PM.
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04. Juve contre Fantômas (1913) 7/10
On Rosenbaum's list. Second Fantômas film by Louis Feuillade, I'll be watching some more before this month is over.

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

on 5 lists, including 1001.
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1. The Saphead 1920 (ROGER EBERT THE GREAT MOVIES)


Working on Ebert's list but will do some others also, this apparently is Keaton's first feature film, quite good silent actually.

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Edited by Cippenham, Apr 1 2012, 01:57:22 PM.
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05. The Scarlet Empress (1934) 7/10

Recommended by Rosenbaum and Thompson. Von Sternberg and Dietrich are a winning combination.

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06. Senso (1954) 9/10

Rosenbaum, Thompson, Ebert and Schneider all agree with me that this is a great movie. As to be expected the art-direction and cinematography are great. Visconti really knows how to dress his films.

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

on 5 lists, including 1001
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07. Underworld (1927) 8/10

Impressive early gangsterflick by Von Sternberg. Thompson included this in his list.

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

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

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

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

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

See shorts under spoiler tag below...

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wuzzawuzz
Apr 1 2012, 11:45:33 PM
Can I get in on this challenge too? Bit late to sign up, but I did watch a couple of eligible films on April 1st. This is my first ICM challenge, so I won't set a goal for myself.

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

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

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1. Stachka (1925) Jonathan Rosenbaum, Amos Vogel, Stephen Schneider
2. Pi (1998) Stephen Schneider
3. Trois couleurs: Bleu (1993) Stephen Schneider, Roger Ebert
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08. The Barefoot Contessa (1954) 8/10
09. Casque d'Or (1952) 8/10
10. The Last of the Mohicans (1920) 7/10
11. It (1927) 8/10
12. Moonfleet (1955) 4/10
13. La Fórmula Secreta (1965) 3/10
14. Aparajito (1956) 10/10

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

http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/guide+for+the+film+fanatic/thebanjohype/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/guide+for+the+film+fanatic+addendum/elmozg/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/danny+pearys+cult+movies/baalman/

The man's books are really great reads, too, one of my favorite critics.
Edited by VincentPrice, Apr 2 2012, 05:18:28 AM.
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3. Neco z Alenky (1988, Jan Svankmajer) 6/10

4 lists, including 1001 Films
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4. Paranormal Activity (2007. Oren Peli) 6/10

On the 1001 Films list
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2. Orphans of the Storm, 1921 (1001, Have You Seen, Rosenbaum)
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5. The Rapture (1991, Michael Tolkin) 5/10

* 1001 and Best 1000 lists.
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Apr 2 2012, 01:24:56 PM
5. The Rapture (1991, Michael Tolkin) 5/10

* 1001 and Best 1000 lists.
I gave this one a solid 1/10.

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