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Criterion Challenge; Official, July 2016
Topic Started: Jun 30 2016, 11:50:38 AM (2,682 Views)
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Goal
Watch as many films released by Criterion as possible.

Rules
- A feature film (anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films counts as one entry.
- For TV series (40 minutes episodes or longer), each episode counts as an entry.
- For TV series with shorter episodes, the 60 minutes rule applies.
- Rewatches are allowed.

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The Criterion Collection
Criterion's Eclipse Collection

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klaus78 - 73
allisoncm - 48
treadwaynathan - 32
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Knaldskalle - 24
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I'm in. Won't do as many as the animation challenge, but I'd still like to do 20 or so.
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In. Got some Eclipse Line to watch on Hulu before I ditch it.


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Ive been looking forward to this one. Its going to be a pretty busy month for me, but Im still going to set a goal of watching 24which will put me 50 away from a silver.
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I'll be part of it. I didn't participate as much as I wished to the previous challenges, but this time I'll try and do better. :)
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Holy moly! I'd completely forgotten that there was an official CC challenge in July. I started my own personal challenge to get silver on the CC list a short time ago. So I'm in. If all goes well I'll hit silver sometime in July, but it all depends on the announcements mid-month (if I already have most of them checked, I can do it. If not...) and on the benevolence of Netflix.
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In, probably watch stuff I've got on the DVR and whatever is on Hulu.
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I'm in. For what, I don't know, I'm not going to be seeking anything out per se, just watch what I want. Most of it seems to be Criterion these days, anyhow.
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I'm in.
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1. The Night Porter (Cavani, 1974). A tragic Sadomasochistic love affair between a former SS officer and his former concentration camp prisoner? Okay... It's difficult to say that I liked this, but it's well made and carries some emotional weight. It reminds me a little of Visconti's The Damned (Bogarde in both) and Ludwig in its style, but that's possibly because they're all Italian made and from the early seventies. I liked this better than the Visconti's, by the way.
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I think there should be a rule that only the criterion edition of a movie is are allowed, preferable a hard copy or stream.
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Jul 2 2016, 09:22:38 AM
I think there should be a rule that only the criterion edition of a movie is are allowed, preferable a hard copy or stream.
Why do you hate OOP titles? Are the non-Criterion versions different for a lot of the movies?

1. To Be or Not To Be (1942) - Great way to start out.
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So, how does this auto-update thing work? I don't see anything having updated at all...
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Jul 2 2016, 09:22:38 AM
I think there should be a rule that only the criterion edition of a movie is are allowed, preferable a hard copy or stream.
So you're saying that my DVD copy of Don't Look Now, which predates the Criterion release, shouldn't count? :huh:
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1. Muri shinj: Nihon no natsu aka Japanese Summer: Double Suicide (1967) Weird list/Criterion - Totally weird movie, but worth it because it's stylized.

I should pose with the DVD later so you know it's a Criterion edition.
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Knaldskalle
Jul 2 2016, 04:11:14 PM
So, how does this auto-update thing work? I don't see anything having updated at all...
https://github.com/labyrinthofdreams/challenger/wiki

It's not updated yet because I'm not at home, I usually run the file once or twice a day.
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klaus78
Jul 2 2016, 04:53:35 PM
Knaldskalle
Jul 2 2016, 04:11:14 PM
So, how does this auto-update thing work? I don't see anything having updated at all...
https://github.com/labyrinthofdreams/challenger/wiki

It's not updated yet because I'm not at home, I usually run the file once or twice a day.
Oh, I get it. I thought it was updating within minutes of posting, I hadn't processed that it was a userscript. No worries, then. :thumbsup:
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2. Sono gossha wo nerae: 'Jsang taihisen' yori/Take Aim at the Police Van - I see similarities to Godard's Breathless (the female character is somewhat like Jean Seberg's character, but different). There's also a bit that reminds me of Band of Outsiders (the cafe/dancing scene). So not sure if this film was inspired by Godard, or if Godard was inspired by it or ever saw this movie.

3.Burroughs: The Movie (1983) Pretty interesting documentary on William S. Burroughs. Wild character.
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2. Carl Theodor Dreyer: My Metier (Jensen, 1995). I guess this is about as good as it gets when it comes to making a doc about Dreyer, notoriously unwilling to reveal anything about himself. It manages to suck you into his world fairly well, even if it does end up mainly being talking heads reminiscing about their experiences with Dreyer (or in the case of Falconetti's daughter, relaying what her mother told her). It did make me want to go back and revisit a bunch of his movies, though, so I suppose it did what it set out to do.

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2. The Bank Dick (1940) - Really preferred It's A Gift to this one, none of the jokes ever really hit.
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4. Shurayukihime/Lady Snowblood - Criterion/ Deuce/ Patrick Galloway's guide to samurai films
Done in chapters like Tarantino, also heard that Tarantino was very inspired by this film. It seems so. Nicely stylized, decent story.
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Ugh, I've watched like 175 Criterion movies already this year!
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5. Shura-yuki-hime: Urami Renga/Lady Snowblood II Love Song of Vengeance (1974) Some good cinematography. I read some comments that the second one wasn't as good as the first. All in all, it's a good sister piece to the first one and I'm glad to see them back to back. They go together better than Kill Bill I & II at least (where Kill Bill II was significantly lesser than the first).

Lots more to come this month. I'll be subscribing to HULU+ most likely, if they're still showing Criterion/Eclipse films.
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Jul 3 2016, 11:11:52 PM
Lots more to come this month. I'll be subscribing to HULU+ most likely, if they're still showing Criterion/Eclipse films.
thru October I think.
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Jul 3 2016, 11:11:52 PM
Lots more to come this month. I'll be subscribing to HULU+ most likely, if they're still showing Criterion/Eclipse films.
thru October I think.
Thanks. :thumbsup:

My Internet connection is really slow at home, though, so I hope I'll be able to get through enough of them.
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62 minutes of short films:

3a. Mammals of Victoria (Brakhage, 1994)(34 minutes).
3b. ... Reel Five (Brakhage 1999)(14 minutes).
3c. The Cat of the Worm's Green Realm (Brakhage, 1997) (14 minutes).


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01.Et Dieu... Cra la femme, by Roger Vadim (1957) 7/10

This is all about Bardot, and it works quite well...
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3. My Dinner with Andre
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3. Shorts

God Respects Us When We Work, But Loves Us When We Dance (1968)
The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins (1970)
Gloria! (1979)
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4. Monterey Pop (1968) - it's just too bad Janis Joplin blew every other performance out of the water. Still an excellent doc.
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4. Monterey Pop (1968) - it's just too bad Janis Joplin blew every other performance out of the water. Still an excellent doc.
I think it was in the new Janis Joplin documentary by Amy J. Berg (Janis: Little Girl Blue) that said they couldn't agree to film her segment in Monterey Pop so they scheduled an extra performance just to get it in the documentary. Not sure where I heard this. This might not have been in the documentary. :lol:
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Eclipse Series 12: Aki Kaurismkis Proletariat Trilogy
1. Varjoja paratiisissa [Shadows in Paradise] (1986) 8.5/10
2. Ariel (1988) 8/10

Eclipse Series 18: Duan Makavejev - Free Radical
3. Covek nije tica [Man is Not a Bird] (1965) 6.5/10
4. Ljubavni slucaj ili tragedija sluzbenice P.T.T. [Love Affair; or The Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator] (1967) 7/10


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1. High and Low (Akira Kurosawa, 1963)

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78 minutes of shorts:

4a. Yggdrasill: Whose roots are Stars in the Human Mind (Brakhage, 1997)(17 minutes)
4b. Boulder Blues and Pearls and... (Brakhage, 1992) (22 minutes)
4c. I Take These Truths (Brakhage, 1994)(17 minutes)
4d. Unconscious London Strata (Brakhage, 1981)(22 minutes)

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02. L'eclisse, by Michelangelo Antonioni (1962) 7/10

Stunning cinematography, and brilliant composition but it's really hard to like such a cold, boring, movie.

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2. Pandora's Box (G.W. Pabst, 1929)

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