2021 Film Challenge

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The trick is not minding
Update! 9/2
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The trick is not minding
By the way, all 2021 films seen this year have been in the theatre. Annette, which Iíll be watching soon, will be the only one, sadly. Although it is playing in other countries at the local cinema.



Iím watching films for the 26th HoF, is ďThe passion of Joan of arcĒ considered French Impressionism?
I've been using Wikipedia and this site as my guides: https://www.movementsinfilm.com/blog...ilms-1918-1929

I don't think either mentions Passion of Joan of Arc, but considering this definition of the movement---allowing filmmakers the opportunity to produce ambitious films focused on beautiful aesthetics and psychological exploration--I feel like it could be counted.

It could also be your silent film.



So I am doing this challenge again. Working from a "to do" list is really calming for me, and I've been suffering from a lot of "spend WAY too much time scrolling streaming channels" and this is helping me actually just sit down, find a film, and watch it.

I'm probably about 2/3 of the way done with my second take. This time I've let myself watch a few more short films (like Night and Fog or The House is Black) since I really stuck to feature-length films the first time around. I've also been pulling a little more from the MoFo top lists.

I've completed several of the categories, but I'd like to report on them alphabetically, so once I finish section A, I'll post it with short commentary, then so on.



I determined I've got about 19-20 more to watch to complete both regular and nightmare modes. My all-horror October will put the brakes on my progress I'm sure, but that still leaves me 2-1/2 months for 20 movies. Feeling pretty confident.
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I. War, what is it good for?
[Watch one film centered around each of the war themes below]
1. World War I - Barbed Wire (1927)
2. World War II - Operation Pacific (1951)
3. Cold War - Code Name: Dancer (1987)
4. Vietnam War - Apocalypse Now (1979)

Finished this category today



I. War, what is it good for?
[Watch one film centered around each of the war themes below]
1. World War I - Barbed Wire (1927)
2. World War II - Operation Pacific (1951)
3. Cold War - Code Name: Dancer (1987)
4. Vietnam War - Apocalypse Now (1979)

Finished this category today
Wow, you hadn't seen Apocalypse Now?! What did you think?



Hereís looking at you, kid.
Updated: 10/6
Total: 128/162 (34 to go)
40/52
ďNormal ModeĒ  


88/110
Nightmare Mode  



Hereís looking at you, kid.
One more thing Jackie!

For foreign language films, do American films that are in a foreign language count, like Minari?

And for ten films from one country, do they have to be the primary country in a film or just filmed in that country for part of the production?



The hardest part about this is sorting around all your films so you get the most spaces out of what you watched
Agreed, but this also appeals to the Sudoko-loving part of my brain at the same time.

I watched 29 Kurosawa films this year but couldn't use him for my "10 from one director" category because I needed his movies for the Criterion and Awards categories. (I don't watch a lot of award-winners )



Hereís looking at you, kid.
Agreed, but this also appeals to the Sudoko-loving part of my brain at the same time.

I watched 29 Kurosawa films this year but couldn't use him for my "10 from one director" category because I needed his movies for the Criterion and Awards categories. (I don't watch a lot of award-winners )
I know what yeh mean, I love sudoku!

Damn brother! Kudos on the 29 Kurosawa, thatís quite the accomplishment.



One more thing Jackie!

For foreign language films, do American films that are in a foreign language count, like Minari?

And for ten films from one country, do they have to be the primary country in a film or just filmed in that country for part of the production?
I can't speak for everyone else, but my assumptions have been:

1) A "foreign language film" actually means one not made in the USA or other English-speaking country.

2) I've assumed that the film should have been made in that country (or almost entirely made in that country).



Hereís looking at you, kid.
I can't speak for everyone else, but my assumptions have been:

1) A "foreign language film" actually means one not made in the USA or other English-speaking country.

2) I've assumed that the film should have been made in that country (or almost entirely made in that country).
Thatís what Iíve done so far, just wanted to make sure, well, besides Minari, but thank the Globes for that one!



Thatís what Iíve done so far, just wanted to make sure, well, besides Minari, but thank the Globes for that one!
Honestly, I think that if you feel you're playing by the spirit of the challenge, you should do whatever you want.

I would think it was iffy to pick Spain as your country and then watch a French film for it just because one sequence was filmed in Spain, if you get what I mean.

If Minari was almost entirely in Korean (like 90% or more) I would think it could count as foreign language. If it's more like half and half . . . maybe not.



C. I coulda been a contender:
[Watch a film that has won the following awards in any category]
1. Cannes Film Festival - Kagemusha (1980), Palme d'Or
2. Academy Award - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Editing
3. BAFTA - Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Cinematography
4. Independent Spirit Awards - Heathers (1989), Best First Feature
5. Sundance Film Festival - Afternoon Delight (2013), Directing Award: US Dramatic
6. Venice International Film Festival - Rashomon (1950), Golden Lion
7. Locarno Film Festival - Prince Bayaya (1950), Golden Leopard

Finished Section C. I'm now 13 films from completion.