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Documentary Challenge (Official); October 2013
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Documentary Challenge
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Goal:
Watch documentary films. "Is [this] a documentary film?" Sure. Why not.

Rules:
- A feature film (Anything over 45 minutes) counts as one entry
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry
- For Mini-Series (45 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes (25 minutes or so), the 60 minute rule applies.
- Rewatches allowed? Yep.

Challenge runs from 1 October 2013 - 31 October 2013.

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Official Lists:
100 Documentary Films (BFI Screen Guide)
IMDb Documentary Top 50
Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Non-Fiction Films (2012)

Other Lists:
Academy Award Documentary
Academy Award Documentary Shorts
Academy Award Best Documentary Feature Nominees
iCM Board's Top 200 Highest Rated Documentaries
iCheckMovies' Most Favorite Documentaries
Sundance Film Festival - Documentary Grand Jury Prize
Total Film 50 Weirdest Documentaries
Documentary films about Agriculture
Kasparius' Favorite Documentaries
Cinematic Essay Filmography by Peter Thompson
Viennale's The Way of the Termite: The Essay in Film 1909-2004
All Essay-Films

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Participants:
allisoncm 29
andreischz 12
brokenface 35
cinephage 1
esiersdale 13
EssexMutant 51
funkybusiness 2
HVM 34
Jerome St-Jacques 1
jonas2k 10
jvv 9
lampadatriste 32
Lilarcor 27
metaller 11
Pain 6
sebby 6
sushantv10 11
Edited by funkybusiness, Oct 31 2013, 10:06:49 PM.
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Kasparius' Favorite Docs
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Agnes!

I'm in. Goal of 15.

Who's got horror doc recs?
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Room 237 maybe?
Best Worst Movie for sure.

and a couple I've seen listed on Netflix, not sure about, Cropsey (2009) and My Amityville Horror (2012). Those are probably more "horror documentary" rather than documentaries about horror films. :P
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Sep 27 2013, 10:16:47 PM
Room 237 maybe?
Best Worst Movie for sure.
Seen both :thumbsup:

Would the Corman doc count as horror? I'll probably watch it either way.
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Sep 27 2013, 10:16:47 PM
and a couple I've seen listed on Netflix, not sure about, Cropsey (2009) and My Amityville Horror (2012). Those are probably more "horror documentary" rather than documentaries about horror films. :P
Oh and Blackfish (2013). Killer whales eating people. :satstunned: Airs on CNN in the US on the 24th of October (if you can stomach watching CNN for a couple hours).
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I'm in too., as a straight horror diet wouldn't be too much for me for a month. Goal: 10.
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Sep 27 2013, 10:22:00 PM
funkybusiness
Sep 27 2013, 10:16:47 PM
Room 237 maybe?
Best Worst Movie for sure.
Seen both :thumbsup:

Would the Corman doc count as horror? I'll probably watch it either way.
There's also a really good William Castle documentary.

Edit: The title is Spine Tingler!
Edited by allisoncm, Sep 28 2013, 12:05:20 AM.
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Sep 27 2013, 11:58:57 PM
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Sep 27 2013, 10:22:00 PM
funkybusiness
Sep 27 2013, 10:16:47 PM
Room 237 maybe?
Best Worst Movie for sure.
Seen both :thumbsup:

Would the Corman doc count as horror? I'll probably watch it either way.
There's also a really good William Castle documentary. Forgot the title, but saw it on TCM. Maybe they're showing it again this year.
This one? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0795473/
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Yes! I checked in my viewing log and that's the one.
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I'm in. I have thirty-one remaining episodes of History of rock music in Czechoslovakia lined up... ^_^
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Sign me up. I haven't watched enough docs and this could be the best time to rectify that.
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I'll participate as well, although unless Macedonian television broadcasts documentaries in English, Dutch or German I won't see any the first week. :D
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I'm so in. I'll try to focus on docs in these lists and on Rosenbaum, but I'll probably be all over the place. Minimum is 25. Target is 40.

http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/cinematic+essay+filmography+by+peter+thompson/lampadatriste/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/viennales+the+way+of+the+termite+the+essay+in+film+1909-2004/lampadatriste/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/all+essay-films/lampadatriste/

Edit: Extended the targets. I'll personally extend my challenge until Nov 3rd, since from Oct 24th I'll have this just across the square: http://www.doclisboa.org/2013/en/home/ The end of October is always a great time in the year for me since I started attending.
Edited by lampadatriste, Sep 28 2013, 10:07:28 AM.
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In. Which docs are the screenshots in the OP from? They look mighty interesting.

Bergen International Film Festival is at the end of this month and it's usually documentary-heavy so I'll perhaps watch some there.

Have to say I'm sceptical to most of those that have been announced so far, especially the "environmental concern" ones.
http://www.biff.no/filmer/?language=english
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I'll participate. want to watch more Adam Curtis docs for sure & I've been crawling through The World at War so can continue that.
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BTW, I'll participate too. I have a few to watch.
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Sep 28 2013, 01:43:43 PM
In. Which docs are the screenshots in the OP from? They look mighty interesting.
The first is Koyaanisqatsi (1982) by Godfrey Reggio. The second is Who Cares? (1971) by Nick Broomfield. The third is Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000) by Agnes Varda. Entirely a coincidence that they are all screenshots of roads.
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Sep 28 2013, 06:41:51 PM
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Sep 28 2013, 01:43:43 PM
In. Which docs are the screenshots in the OP from? They look mighty interesting.
The first is Koyaanisqatsi (1982) by Godfrey Reggio. The second is Who Cares? (1971) by Nick Broomfield. The third is Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000) by Agnes Varda. Entirely a coincidence that they are all screenshots of roads.
Thanks. Les glaneurs et la glaneuse is on my watchlist.
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Sep 28 2013, 07:17:38 PM
funkybusiness
Sep 28 2013, 06:41:51 PM
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Sep 28 2013, 01:43:43 PM
In. Which docs are the screenshots in the OP from? They look mighty interesting.
The first is Koyaanisqatsi (1982) by Godfrey Reggio. The second is Who Cares? (1971) by Nick Broomfield. The third is Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000) by Agnes Varda. Entirely a coincidence that they are all screenshots of roads.
Thanks. Les glaneurs et la glaneuse is on my watchlist.
A great one.

I have about 75 documentaries in my watchlist that are priority. We'll see how many I get to.
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I am in . Looking forward to some good ones.
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Competition's a bit stiff. Going for not last place, but definitely in
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1. Sherman's March (1985)
2. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)
3. Hearts of Darkness (1991)
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I will participate as well. I have this strange relationship to documentaries : I really enjoy them whenever I watch them, but I usually don't feel like watching one.
They are obviously my weakness in ICM lists... But documentary is my best graded category, according to imdb...
I will try to watch as many as possible, but the horror temptation will be tough.
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1. Avodah (Lerski, 1936)

A near-silent documentary featuring segments of farming, road and colony building and other labour work in Palestine. It is mostly focused on the manual labour that goes into the work and you get an understanding how things were done and how demanding it is in such an arid environment. Since most of the shots are very up close and rapid I found it a bit hard to follow at times, however this could be partly down to the image quality which is poor. My favorite part was that of the water drilling which features some striking imagery reminiscent of soviet films of the 20s. Here, the music also plays a larger role. On the UNESCO list. 6/10

2. Toute la mémoire du monde (Resnais, 1956) 21 min
A celebration of the written words and the process of keeping them. Lovely! 8/10

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (Shepard, 2009) 39 min
A bit unimaginative documentary, lots of talking and clips from his movies but nothing memorable. 6/10
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I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (Shepard, 2009) 39 min
A bit unimaginative documentary, lots of talking and clips from his movies but nothing memorable. 6/10
I liked it. 7/10 :lol:

I should have saved it until today though, for the challenge. But whatever. It had lots of great interviews.
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I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (Shepard, 2009) 39 min
A bit unimaginative documentary, lots of talking and clips from his movies but nothing memorable. 6/10
I liked it. 7/10 :lol:

I should have saved it until today though, for the challenge. But whatever. It had lots of great interviews.
Well I did like it enough, it's on the upper part of my scale, but I doubt it's something that will be on my mind very long. I reserve my 5s for films that I find half good and half bad or "I don't know what to rate this" and 7s for "this was great, I'll watch this again".

3. A Tale of the Wind (Ivens, 1988)

I felt this documentary/fantasy more than I understood it. It seems at times to speak about Ivens' inner child which got emotional towards the end and a few scenes I found to be mocking the Chinese government which was amusing. But overall I found it to be a jumble and Rosenbaum's article on it which is featured in Essential Cinema doesn't make things clearer for me. 6/10
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01. The Celluloid Closet
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4. Bus 174 (2002)

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4. Leviathan (Castaing-Taylor & Paravel, 2012)

It's a good sign when a film leaves you wanting to check out everything that has been written about it immediately after watching. This is one of those for me. Refreshing to see a documentary that deals with nature in a way that doesn't try to force-feed an opinion down your throat. It just shows you the way things are so you can decide for yourself, although from a very different perspective. Beauty and ugliness are combined and it gradually changes from alienating us with the "horrors" of fishing to warming us to the people doing the work in the final half hour. At times it reminded me of Fake Fruit Factory in its perverse interest in close-ups of human motions but this has more going for it, such as the drama of one bird struggling, a sarcastic scene with a man watching TV and the light sense of humor in the credits. It is deeply grounded in the reality of fishing, but the perspective through creative camera placement also creates an other-worldliness that fascinates, scares and sparks curiosity. It reminded me of why I love film. 8/10

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I'll be in then since this is probably my favourite genre. I'll aim for 20.

1. Rewind This! (2013) - documentary on the past and present of the VHS industry
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I'll be in then since this is probably my favourite genre. I'll aim for 20.

1. Rewind This! (2013) - documentary on the past and present of the VHS industry
Present?
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I'll be in then since this is probably my favourite genre. I'll aim for 20.

1. Rewind This! (2013) - documentary on the past and present of the VHS industry
Present?
Perhaps industry isn't the right word, but the doc makes a case for the format still having a following, plus rental and sell-thru stores still existing, and for the importance of preserving those films that are only available on VHS... even if it's crap like this (which I could maybe count towards the challenge but won't.)
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Ok, yeah. Hey I love those old VHS rips on KG and CG when they're the only available thing.
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I am about to buy a VCR some time soon, because my library has a wealth of films that are only available on VHS.
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2. The Big Bang Machine (2008) - Professor Brian Cox on the then-theoretical Higgs-Boson particle, string theory and additional dimensions. Nice and light. :)

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1. Into Eternity (Madsen, 2010) 8/10 - interesting piece of futurology, the ideas of how to deal with nuclear waste not just for now but for the next 100,000 years as that's how long it will remain dangerous to human beings. sparks the imagination & shows you something you'd never otherwise see (huge underground facility being built in Finland to store nuclear waste), which is what you hope for in a documentary.

2. Spellbound (Blitz, 2002) 7/10 - nice as a slice of life piece about a whole range of different kids & families across USA. bit of a bizarre event all in all.

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1. Sud/South (1999, Akerman) 7/10 A stunning film regarding racism that is still present in the south.
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3. Wonders of Life: What is Life? (miniseries) - origins of life on Earth, transferral and disorder of potential energy, plus DNA coding and genetic similarity.

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5. In the Year of the Pig (1968)

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