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Criterion Challenge (Official); September 2013
Topic Started: Aug 31 2013, 03:41:39 PM (4,366 Views)
clemmetarey
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Goal:
Watch as many movies from the Criterion collection as possible.


Rules:
- A feature film (Anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- A total of 90 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 (25 minutes or so), the 90 minute rule applies.
- No rewatches

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

Official Lists:
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/criterions+eclipse+collection/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/the+criterion+collection/

Participants:

Jerome St-Jacques : 91
zuma : 51
allisoncm : 34
Timec : 22
b_n : 21
cinephage : 19
ororama : 17
afirm : 14
clemmetarey : 14
Daviddoes : 14
bunnycorns : 13
Lilarcor : 12
sushantv10 : 12
ArthurYanthar : 10
metaller : 10
Cocoa : 9
tommy_leazaq : 8
Kasparius : 7
Knaldskalle : 6
Sir Plebeian : 6
redcard29 : 5
edward5 : 4
funkybusiness : 2






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I'm absolutely joining this challenge! Sign me up.
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I am in! :thumbsup:
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I've been looking forward to this. I'm in.
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I'm in since I only need to see 4 films for bronze anyways.
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I'm in.
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What is all this Zatoichi nonsense they added to their catalog? I understand box sets, but there are 25 titles - and I'm not interested in watching any of them. Did Monty get hired at Criterion or something? Sorry for the rant, but I can't imagine watching 25 blind swordsman movies when I'm not really interested in that at all.
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Aug 31 2013, 06:17:38 PM
What is all this Zatoichi nonsense they added to their catalog? I understand box sets, but there are 25 titles - and I'm not interested in watching any of them. Did Monty get hired at Criterion or something? Sorry for the rant, but I can't imagine watching 25 blind swordsman movies when I'm not really interested in that at all.
:shoot: Next up, A western box set.


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If it's not 25 films all at once and not about a blind cowboy, I might be able to deal.
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I'm in.
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I would imagine monty is indeed working for Criterion, in which case watch out for a lot more Samurai and really obscure stuff as well.
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I am in!
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I'm in. I hope to watch mostly samurai and other Japanese movies, including Zatoichi 7-13, but am really not sure how it will work out.
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1. The Small Back Room (1949) 7.5/10 Intelligent, well written/directed/thought out.
2. Mala Noche (1986) 6/10 ok and sometimes fun effort from Gus van Sant
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1. Viskningar och rop (1972) 8/10
Beautiful, another great film from Bergman.

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I'm in as well !

01 - Le plaisir, by Max Ophuls (1952) 8,5/10

Quite brilliant !
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1. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) 9/10

An amazing prisoner of war film. Tom Conti reminds me of Hugh Grant in this film. Must have been the British charm of his character.

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Tom Conti just sent me an email. He's very offended by the comparison. He says he's a great actor not an underwear model.
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1. Milyang (2007) Lee Chang-dong (8/10)

What is most impressive about this film is how it keeps surprising you and you never know what's going to happen next. It punches you in the guts a few times too.
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1. To Be or Not to Be (1942) Ernst Lubitsch (9/10)
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1. Hoop Dreams (Steve James, 1994) A-
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3. The Proud Valley (1940) 6/10
4. Grip of the Strangler (1958) 7/10
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1. A Story of Floating Weeds (1934) - (6.5/10)
2. The Long Good Friday (1980) - I'm not big on gangster films in general, but this was actually quite good. (7.5/10)
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2. Trouble in Paradise (1932) Ernst Lubitsch (7/10)

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3. The Furies (1950) Anthony Mann (6/10)

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1. The Makioka Sisters (Kon Ichikawa, 1983)
2. Veronika Voss (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982)
3. The Ascent (Larisa Shepitko, 1977)
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5. Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) (Eclipse) 6/10
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1. La règle du jeu (1939)
Far better then I was expecting. But I hate to admit, I did not like it as much as most reviews I read about it.
2. Francesco, giullare di Dio (1950)
Now this was a fantastic film throughout, this was my 2nd experience with a Roberto Rossellini film (the first being Viaggio in Italia (1954) which I absolutely loved!) I am really exited to see some more of his films. Do you guys have any suggestions which one I should watch next of his? It does not need to be in criterion.
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Sep 2 2013, 08:31:26 PM
1. La règle du jeu (1939)
Far better then I was expecting. But I hate to admit, I did not like it as much as most reviews I read about it.
2. Francesco, giullare di Dio (1950)
Now this was a fantastic film throughout, this was my 2nd experience with a Roberto Rossellini film (the first being Viaggio in Italia (1954) which I absolutely loved!) I am really exited to see some more of his films. Do you guys have any suggestions which one I should watch next of his? It does not need to be in criterion.
The two you saw are favorites of mine too.

Roma, città aperta is a huge favorite of mine and it's a criterion.

Germany Year Zero, Europa 51 & Stromboli are the other ones I love.

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2. La strada (1954)


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Sep 2 2013, 08:31:26 PM
2. Francesco, giullare di Dio (1950)
Now this was a fantastic film throughout, this was my 2nd experience with a Roberto Rossellini film (the first being Viaggio in Italia (1954) which I absolutely loved!) I am really exited to see some more of his films. Do you guys have any suggestions which one I should watch next of his? It does not need to be in criterion.
You might like to read Tag Gallagher's book on Rossellini. http://rapidshare.com/files/73250368/___Advs_Roberto_Rossellini.pdf.zip and I plan to watch India: Matri Bhumi here in the next week or so. That one looks great.
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I'm in as well, love the Criterion Collection. I've not watched anything at all lately, so I probably won't win the challenge, but it's too good an opportunity to pass up.
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Looks like this is going to be a highly satisfying challenge... :wub:

02 - Hoop Dreams, by Steve James (1994) 10/10

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Sep 3 2013, 12:08:13 AM
Looks like this is going to be a highly satisfying challenge... :wub:

02 - Hoop Dreams, by Steve James (1994) 10/10
:thumbsup: The best film ever made.
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1. Young Mr. Lincoln (Ford, 1939) - Spine #320

Decently entertaining, especially the courtroom scenes. Enjoyed Fonda's portrayal, but some of the other characters seemed to be one-dimensional 1800s stereotypes. Maybe that's what people were really like back then.

2. Fishing with John (Lurie, 1991-92) - Spine #42

Watched all 6 episodes. My favourite was ice fishing with Willem Dafoe, and my least favourite was either Matt Dillon or Jim Jarmusch. All in all, fairly strange yet amusing.
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4. The War Room (1993) Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker (6/10)

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Sep 2 2013, 08:31:26 PM
2. Francesco, giullare di Dio (1950)
Now this was a fantastic film throughout, this was my 2nd experience with a Roberto Rossellini film (the first being Viaggio in Italia (1954) which I absolutely loved!) I am really exited to see some more of his films. Do you guys have any suggestions which one I should watch next of his? It does not need to be in criterion.
This is one of my favorite movies.

Why not go watch all of The War Trilogy: Roma, Città Aperta (powerful), Paisan (my favorite of the three) and Germany Year Zero (I find it a bit cold, but it is interesting to see him moving beyond Italy to Germany). All are Criterion, of course.

That's actually all I've seen by Rossellini. I need to see more, since I would describe 3 of the 4 as favorites, and think Germany Year Zero is very good.
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