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Unofficial Checks Challenge (Official); April 2013
Topic Started: Apr 2 2013, 03:36:37 AM (2,528 Views)
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Unofficial Checks Challenge. Official Challenge
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Big fat zero!

Rules:
- No rewatches.
- Must be on 0 Official Lists on iCheckMovies.
- 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 Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies.
- Any film that is listed as 0 Official Lists but later becomes Official (which will happen to a few films this month) are okay as long as you have watched them before they become official.

Late start so the Challenge runs from April 1st, 2013 - May 1st, 2013

Some lists (to be continued)
100 Great Unofficial Checks
100 Great Films with No Entry in Any ICM Official List
Movies I Have, Not on Lists
Movies I Like Which are NOT on a List (under construction)

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cinephage 33
allisoncm 22
VincentPrice 17
ArthurYanthar 13
Samlion 16
Sir Plebeian 10
burneyfan 7
kingink 18
funkybusiness 8
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Daviddoes 3
kingink 3
sushantv10 3
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I'm in.

1. Darezhan Omirbayev - Cardiogram - 8/10

Another really well done coming of age story with its same simplicity. Didn't captivate me as much as Kairat but I feel like this was more accessible, so it's probably a better one to strat with depending on your taste.

2. Darezhan Omirbayev - Killer - 5/10

Much different than his other 2 films, at least with the plot. I felt like his simple style does not work well with a crime story like this, but it was still quite engaging.

3. Darezhan Omirbayev - The Road - 7/10

Great landscapes and a great atmosphere.

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In as always
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Lol at my list of 'movies I have, not on lists' being there :P
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Lol at my list of 'movies I have, not on lists' being there :P
It's pretty easy to find lists for films that are on lists. But lists of films with no lists? Not so much. ;)
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1. Mountaintop Motel Massacre (1986)
Not all that bad of a slasher film, had some nice gore.
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I didn't want to participate in any new challenges this month but I can't resist. Challenges are fun.
It's also a chance to see how many unofficial checks I'll watch this month. My plan was to watch films I already have on my laptop trying to make room for new downloads. I'll start with the biggest piece of crap I've watched in 2013.

1. The Broken Tower - James Franco 2011 3/10

That was boring as hell, amateurish, with very long sequences of poem readings and a bit self-centered. Yes I'm talking about you James Franco. Oh and next time you want to be provocative,
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What stupidity! I like James Franco so I'll try to forget about this crapfest.

P.S. Well... that's a negative review! But I'm not gonna edit it. This is what came naturally.
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1. Vidocq (2001) 7/10
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Ok I will join this challenge too.

1. Ruby Sparks (2012) 8/10
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1. Maman est chez le coiffeur (2008)
2. The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
3. Püha Tõnu kiusamine/The Temptation of St. Tony (2009)
4. Trance (2013) Interesting film, but I think it tried to be too smart/sexy for its own good. I like other Danny Boyle films better. Perhaps Lasse Hallstrom's film, The Hypnotist, was strong.
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1. Solomon Kane-2009: B
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5. La soupe aux choux (1981) 7/10
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4. Darezhan Omirbayev - Shuga - 6/10

Apparently this was based on Anna Karenina, but I can't compare them since I haven't read that book. Still this had 3 interesting characters and a fairly well done plot.

5. Darezhan Omirbayev - Student - 6/10

Pretty much the same as Shuga, except that this one was based on Crime and Punishment. Perhaps I should read these 2 books?

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1. Viva Maria! (1965) 2/10
2. Deux de la Vague (2010) 5/10

Thoughts in French Challenge thread.
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01. Homicide The Movie(2000)

02. Stander(2003) : Really impressive crime flick starring Thomas Jane.
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6. Meditation, Creativity, Peace 2012 TM propaganda
7. Flickan som lekte med elden (2009) really uninteresting sequel that didn't move past the first one in the series (kind of dwelled on old issues and didn't make it more interesting, only less interesting)
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2. North Korea - flower girl aka Kotpanum chonio 1972 - Ik-gyu Choi & Hak Pak 4/10

What else will I watch for challenges? :lol:
it was for the conquer the world challenge but it's eligible for this one too. Stupid drama and of course propaganda but it wasn't that bad. Just stupid and funny at times (unintentionally of course)


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8. Luftslottet som sprängdes 2009 — a.k.a. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, in 0 top lists
Better than the second one, worst than the first.
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2. Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011) 7/10

3. Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) (2010) 8/10

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2. The House on Sorority Row (1983)
Really fun sleazy slasher film!

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6. Manoel de Oliveira - Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura - 5/10

The plot can be pretty meh at times but overall I was able to get into it. Oliveira has this great talent of making even the most simple shots look so beautiful. Also he usually hires very beautiful women which doesn't hurt.

7. Hou Hsiao-Hsien - Millennium Mambo - 8/10

Seriously, are all of his films going to be this awesome? If so then I'll most likely have a huge update on my favorite films list at the end of the month.

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I'm of the opinion that Millennium Mambo is his best film but it is maybe slightly different than his 80s films, so don't go into those thinking they'll be the same. His 90s films on the other hand are somewhere, funny enough, in between. And Cafe Lumiere is simultaneously a throwback to his 80s stuff and to Ozu but kind of like the last portion of Three Times. His filmography is fairly recursive, in a Almodovar or rather Kiarostami kind of way.
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1. H-8... (1958)
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3. Boy Meets Girl (1984)
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3. Zahrada - Martin Sulik 1995 5/10

This challenge is a total failure so far... :P

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2. Greystone Park-2012: D+

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4. Shorts I
4a. Van Gogh (1948)
4b. O saisons, ô châteaux (1958)
4c. Rentrée des classes (1956)
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10. Film ou Visa de censure numéro X 1967
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8. Mike Leigh - Bleak Moments - 6/10

It really is a very bleak film. It may also be the most awkward film to watch. A great job for a debut.

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Since I will see many unofficial checks this month, I might as well join this challenge.

01 - 25th Reich, by Stephen Amis (2012) 4/10

02 - Hellgate / Shadows, by John Penney (2011) 6/10

03 - The Complex/Kuroyuri danchi, by Hideo Nakata (2013) 3/10

04 -Crawlspace, by Justin Dix (2012) 5/10

05 - Maniac, by Franck Khalfoun (2012) 8/10
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I'll log relevant films here just for kicks, no goal, no special effort -- just what I see in the month that pertains.

01. The Ides of March -- Clooney, 2011.

Not torturous, but not great.

02. One Day -- Scherfig, 2011.

Yawn. I did (finally) discover that Lone Scherfig is a female director, though, so hey. (I liked An Education.)

03. Phantoms -- Chappelle, 1998.

Blaaaaah. Husband's pick.

04. Orders to Kill -- Asquith, 1958.

Weird little film. The first half is a bit of a drag, but then it takes off. Paul Massie plays an American bomber pilot selected to go undercover as a Frenchman in Nazi-occupied Paris. His mission is to kill a French Resistance member who is believed to be a Nazi double agent. Massie's enthusiastic about the job, proud that he's been tasked with it, and he figures he's killed people before as a bomber, so how different can it be? He finds out. The film won three BAFTAs in its year, including best British screenplay, actress (Irene Worth), and promising newcomer (Massie). Lillian Gish has a role as Massie's mother. Far from perfect, even annoying in spots, but certain scenes are great.
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2. Le magnifique (1973)

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06 - Mars et Avril, by Martin Villeneuve (2012) 6/10

07 - Kagi-dorobô no mesoddo / Key of life, by Kenji Uchida (2012) 7,5/10

08 - Kiss of the Damned, by Xan Cassavettes (2012) 8,5/10

09 - Horror Stories, by Hong Ji-young (홍지영), Im Dae-woong (임대웅), Jeong Beom-sik (정범식), Kim Gok (김곡), Kim Sun (김선), and Min Gyoo-dong (민규동) 5,5/10

10 - Spiders, by Tibor Takaks (2013) 4,5/10

11 - Found, by Scott Schirmer (2012) 8/10

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9. Mike Leigh - Career Girls - 4/10

I simply did not find the characters that interesting, and with his films that's pretty much a requirement.

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Nice, cinephage. Not only did you watch Unofficial checks you watched non-checks. :lol:
Also, how was Kiss of the Damned? I've heard decent things so far. Also, Mars et Avril, Caroline Dhavernas. :wub:
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Nice, cinephage. Not only did you watch Unofficial checks you watched non-checks. :lol:
Also, how was Kiss of the Damned? I've heard decent things so far. Also, Mars et Avril, Caroline Dhavernas. :wub:
I'll be watching pictures from this Fantastic Film festival for one full week before it's over. So I hope to discover many more non-checks and unofficials... :D

Mars et Avril is really interesting, visually it's quite ambitious. But it develops a poetic storyline which did not really get to me. The film has many assets anyway (Caroline Dhavernas :wub: ), so it's quite worth a look.

I loved Kiss of the dead. It's a very classic vampire tale, with a great photography and a strong story. I also liked the erotic undertone... The cast is quite strong here (Roxane Mesquida :wub: ). I think the movie will be appreciated by vampire buffs, but could be too much of a genre film for mainstream audiences.
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3. Daibosatsu tôge AKA Satan's Sword: Great Buddha Pass (1960)
A decent samurai film.

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Thanks for the notes, cinephage. Both look interesting.
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