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UK/Ireland Challenge (Official); September 2013
Topic Started: Aug 31 2013, 10:43:08 AM (3,370 Views)
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Goal:

Watch as many films from the British Isles as possible.

Rules:

- No rewatches
- 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

Challenge runs from September 1st, 2013 to September 30th, 2013


Official iCM Lists:

100 Best British films
BFI 100
UNESCO's Memory of the World: National Cinematic Heritage (356-373 are Irish)

Participants:

brokenface - 34
ChrisReynolds - 32
allisoncm - 17
Cippenham - 16
HVM - 15
ororama - 12
Cocoa - 10
3eyes - 10
metaller - 8
esiersdale - 7
sushantv10 - 7
cinephage - 6
Kasparius - 5
tommy_leazaq - 3
Gershwin - 1
Edited by HVM, Oct 1 2013, 08:03:33 AM.
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I'm not working on any of these lists but will probably watch a few (half a dozen or so).
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I'm in. Lots I want to watch.
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Count me in for this one.
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I could probably watch a bunch.
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#374 on the Unesco list is listed on the iCM list as being from Ireland, but it's from Palestine (alphabetically under Isreal, though).
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1. The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 1973)

This is on 11 official lists? Really? :blink:
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I'd like to participate. Just 5 and 6 away from Bronze on 100 Best British films and BFI 100 respectively. My first film:

1. The 39 Steps (1935) Classic film. It feels slightly disjointed by modern standards, but the tension and the shocking twists still hold their power. 9/10
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1. The four feathers (UK 39)
I've been wanting to see this for decades, so glad I finally did.

2. Alice in Wonderland (UK 49)
I can see why us Americans never heard of this version.
The lobsters quadrilling is worth the price of admission. I never appreciated "Beautiful soup" before. The King of Hearts with a German accent....
Edited by 3eyes, Sep 1 2013, 02:20:57 PM.
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This won't be my main viewing focus for the month, but I guess that I'll get in a few qualifying movies watched.
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I think I'll adjust my viewing habits to include some British films. Perhaps what also fits into the Criterion challenge, as that seems more attractive to me. :)
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1. The Inbetweeners Movie (2011) 7/10
2. Tom Jones (1963) 5/10
3. Billy Liar (1963) 6,5/10
4. Hot Fuzz (2007) 8,5/10
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1. The Small Back Room (1949) 7.5/10 Intelligent, well written/directed/thought out.

I have more Criterion movies available to me than UK films, but I'll try to participate in this challenge as much as possible.
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1. Nil By Mouth (Oldman, 1997)
unflinching, but also near unbearable to watch, so I don't really know how to rate it. not something I'll ever watch again, but it does a good job in its own terms. slightly hard to take Ray Winstone seriously because I'm so used to him caricaturing his own cockney geezer schtick in the years since this was made.
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Sep 1 2013, 09:10:06 PM
1. Nil By Mouth (Oldman, 1997)
unflinching, but also near unbearable to watch, so I don't really know how to rate it. not something I'll ever watch again, but it does a good job in its own terms. slightly hard to take Ray Winstone seriously because I'm so used to him caricaturing his own cockney geezer schtick in the years since this was made.
A great double bill with Tim Roth's The War Zone...
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Sep 1 2013, 09:10:06 PM
1. Nil By Mouth (Oldman, 1997)
unflinching, but also near unbearable to watch, so I don't really know how to rate it. not something I'll ever watch again, but it does a good job in its own terms. slightly hard to take Ray Winstone seriously because I'm so used to him caricaturing his own cockney geezer schtick in the years since this was made.
A great double bill with Tim Roth's The War Zone...
or Tyrannosaur.

think I'll opt for something a little lighter.
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I think The War Zone is more fitting as Roth and Oldman are kind of a famous movie pair who both directed a first film around the same time that indicated what a horrendous childhood they both had.

I once saw Tim Roth in Paris, introducing two Alan Clarke movies (great program) and someone brought up the scathing things Roth had said about Polanski. Roth suddenly got really real and very crude about being molested, you could cut the tension with a knife and it was a pretty damn big theater...
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I think The War Zone is more fitting as Roth and Oldman are kind of a famous movie pair who both directed a first film around the same time that indicated what a horrendous childhood they both had.

I once saw Tim Roth in Paris, introducing two Alan Clarke movies (great program) and someone brought up the scathing things Roth had said about Polanski. Roth suddenly got really real and very crude about being molested, you could cut the tension with a knife and it was a pretty damn big theater...
I'll bear it in mind, get onto it sometime.

Tyrannosaur is definitely in similar line, Paddy Considine another actor-turned-director doing tough semi-autobiographical film with an intense lead actor (in this case Peter Mullan)
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1. Summertime 1955

This romantic film is set in Venice and stars Katherine Hepburn, Italian and American film actors and so what is British about this you ask ? Well it is directed by David Lean, and Hepburn's character arrives and leaves by train which kind of reminded me of Brief Encounter its not like that but in full colour so its a much more modern feeling film -from the 1950s, it is a nice portrayal of Venice and cultural differences, of a middle aged single woman and a kind of holiday romance, it was good but felt a bit too long so maybe I was getting tired of it towards the end..

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1. Grabbers (2012) 6/10 - An Irish monster movie in which drinking might possibly save the people from being eaten by an alien species.
2. Tormented (2009) 2/10 - I haven't watched a film this bad in a long time. The script and the music used in the film were beyond terrible in this horror film.

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1. The City of the Dead (1960) 78 min.

A college student studying witchcraft visits a small Massachusetts town for research, and gets a more personal experience than she expects. An atmospheric horror movie that turns its low budget to its advantage.
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2. La Mort en Direct/Death Watch (Tavernier, 1980) 8/10

Not entirely sure this should count, it's one of those international co-productions, where the money came from France & Germany, it was all shot in Scotland in English, the director is French and the stars are a mixture of American (Harvey Keitel & Harry Dean Stanton), Austrian (Romy Schneider), Swedish (Max von Sydow), British, etc. I included it here as it was made in Britain, but happy to exclude if not.

Fascinating film that seems to have slipped through the cracks, sub-100 checks despite that cast & despite the rather dystopic science-fiction feel. Doesn't quite all work, but still an impressive attempt. The premise is rather topical - a TV company want to make a reality show about a dying woman (because natural death at a young age has become so rare) and use a man with a camera implanted in his eye to get close to her and film her last days without her knowledge. So we have the exploitation of reality tv, the omnipresence of cameras (we're getting close to just this with Google glass), people's need for the 'natural' in a world where technology has changed the rules.

It plays it very straight & earnest - sometimes a little too much - the tone is bleak and the science-fiction aspects don't use much in the way of special effects, a subtly different and fairly believable near-future from perspective of 1980 - for these reasons it probably slipped under the radar & became forgotten.

Definitely worth checking out though. Nice location shooting of Glasgow, and as mentioned a fine cast (sadly one of Romy's last films) and it fits nicely into the tradition of moody 70s/early 80s science fiction films.

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5. Gregory's Girl (1981) 6/10
6. Village of the Damned (1960) 9/10

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01. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

02. Shame (2011)
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2. The Proud Valley (1940) 6/10
3. Deep End (1970) 6/10
4. Grip of the Strangler (1958) 7/10
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3. The Edge of the World (Powell, 1937) 6/10
4. Drowning by Numbers (Greenaway, 1988) 6/10

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2. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 1936

Great stuff, such an evil cackle. do not go eating those meat pies after watching this, with the great Tod Slaughter, a more appropriate name for an actor in a role I do not know..

Sweeney Todd: May I polish you off sir?
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3. Modesty Blaise (1966) 7/10

A secret agent film full of camp. Film is based off of a character from a comic strip similar to other '60s films like Diabolik and Barbarella, but those two films surpass this adaptation.


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2. You've Been Trumped (2011) Unsurprising in its revelation that Donald Trump is pompous, greedy and destructive, but it's quite shocking to see how the Scottish government and policeforce bend over backwards to help him destroy a pristine patch of Scottish coast. Ends a bit abruptly because the saga is still going on. 6/10
3. The Sexplorer / Girl from Starship Venus (1975) Run-of-the-mill British sex comedy that doesn't plumb the depths of most, and has a reasonably likeable bizarre plot. Looks terrible and has very few laughs. 3/10
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5. Nil by Mouth (1997) 6/10 a couple of powerful scenes
6. Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) 6/10
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5. Sunday Bloody Sunday (Schlesinger, 1971) 5/10 - might be groundbreaking in some ways, but I didn't find it too interesting.
6. The World at War Episode 6: Banzai - Japan 1931-1942 - been working through this series gradually, challenge gives extra incentive.

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Witchy double bill:

4. Witchcraft (1964) Atmospheric and with some good acting, but the story of a witch coming back from the dead for revenge is uninteresting and tired, and the film is far too uneventful. It does have a few standout moments, generally whenever the sinister undead witch appears. 4/10
5. Virgin Witch (1972) Mostly uninteresting, very little of substance happens, and the plot about a witches coven is a thin excuse for lots of nudity from the two leads. Technically competent, it remains watchable throughout. 3/10
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3. The hireling (UK 73)

Period piece (set post-WWI) about (wait for it) class differences.
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7. Shakespeare in Love (1998) 8/10
8. The Man in the White Suit (1951) 6/10

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7. Corridors of Blood (1958) 6/10
8. The Cruel Sea (1953) 6-6.5/10
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7. Elephant Boy (Flaherty & Korda, 1937) 6/10 enjoyable enough, elephants are cool :)
8. The Clouded Yellow (Thomas, 1950) 6/10 not bad, kinda poor man's 39 Steps
9. Ratcatcher (Ramsay, 1999) 7/10 good but oh so grim!

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1. Performance (1970)
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