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Some really great films here, and after checking out Colt Is My Passport, I do believe, like with a few previous films from your list, I'll be adding that one to mine.
The beauty of it was that I had been waiting for a good "gangster" film that I HAVEN'T seen, and this so wonderfully fits the bill.
THANK YOU!
The Criterion's Japanese Noir collection has quite a few that might fit the bill.



If youíre looking for a good Yakuza (donít call us gangsters) film, might I suggest Battles Without Honor and Humanity? Specifically the first one, although the second one is decent as well.
These are all worthwhile, but I would strongly recommend spacing them out as they felt very repetitive when I watched them all in a week. Lots of scenes of guys yelling in Hawaiian shirts and gunning each other down to make the same points repeatedly for seven plus hours.



The trick is not minding
These are all worthwhile, but I would strongly recommend spacing them out as they felt very repetitive when I watched them all in a week. Lots of scenes of guys yelling in Hawaiian shirts and gunning each other down to make the same points repeatedly for seven plus hours.
Yeah, Thatís exactly what Iím doing. I watched the first two last week, will probably watch another this coming week. So far, after watching the first two, it doesnít seem repetitive, but of course......itís only the first two.



I have a vision...
watch 10 films from the same director


-WILLIAM ASHER-


1. The 27th Day (1957)
2. The Shadow on the Window (1957)
3. Johnny Cool (1963)
4. Beach Party (1963)
5. Muscle Beach Party (1964)
6. Bikini Beach (1964)
7. Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
8. How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965)
9. Fireball 500 (1966)
10. Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker (1982)





@Captain Terror How come you chose Asher?
Because I'm a massive Frankie Avalon fan, obvi.

Actually it's because of the "one category per film" rule.
Full disclosure: I'm not really watching things specifically for this challenge. I'm pretty much just watching what I want and then plugging it in wherever I can.
So far this year, I've watched 10 or more films by five directors. I've seen 18 from Kurosawa, for example. But I'm spreading his films out among the various awards categories and "films from Japan" and "foreign language" and so on. So when I realized that I'd seen 10 by Asher, none of which fit any other categories, I went with it. Also, bikini babes.
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Think you used enough dynamite there, Butch?
If youíre looking for a good Yakuza (donít call us gangsters) film, might I suggest Battles Without Honor and Humanity? Specifically the first one, although the second one is decent as well.
Wow, that does look good. Gonna hafta find a hole to slip that puppy into. THANKS wylde!
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- This is one of those films where I liked it on first viewing but I feel like watching it again might actually make me dislike it, but that's pretentious existentialism for you.



Chuggin' right along....


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times!
watch 10 films released in the same decade

-1930s-

1. Zoo in Budapest (1933)
2. Cardinal Richelieu (1935)
3. One Rainy Afternoon (1936)
4. The Toast of New York (1937)
5. Service de Luxe (1938)
6. Tower of London (1939)
7. Mystery Plane (1939)
8. Stunt Pilot (1939)
9. Wolf Call (1939)
10. Son of Frankenstein (1939)



My precious...awards
pick any one list from section C of the main challenge and watch 10 films in it (2020 Oscar Winners)

  1. Tenet (2020)
  2. Soul (2020)
  3. Nomadland (2020)
  4. Minari(2020)
  5. Ma Rainy's Black Bottom (2020)
  6. Promising Young Woman (2020)
  7. Judas and the Black Mesiah (2020)
  8. Mank(2020)
  9. Sound of Metal(2020)
  10. Another Road (2020)
Now obviouslythe Oscars won't happen until April 25th with the nominations Monday, and I'll have to watch more nominated films but it looks like these are the Oscar winners

Well I got 7 out of 10 right....but I have to replace 3 of them.



H. We've met before, haven't we?
[Watch a film that migrated to cinematic form from another medium]
1. a franchise with 5 or more sequels/remakes/reboots - Brides of Dracula (1960)
2. a novel adaptation - Warning Shot (1967)
3. a film adapted to or from a TV series - Dragnet (1954)
4. a theatrical play adaptation - The Cat and the Canary (1927)



The year is 1/3 over and here's where I'm at. Some of these might get shuffled around to fit other slots as the year progresses.

B. Times are a-changing
[Watch one film from each of these iconic decade-genre combinations]
1. 1930s Musical - Follow Thru (1930)
2. 1940s War film - The Most Beautiful (1944)

C. I coulda been a contender:
[Watch a film that has won the following awards in any category]
2. Academy Award - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Editing
6. Venice International Film Festival - Rashomon (1950), Golden Lion

D. Lets break this down, shall we?
[Pick one of the following genres and watch one film from each of its subgenres list below]
1. [Horror: Slasher] - The Initiation (1984)
2. [Horror: Monster] - The Golem (1920)
3. [Horror: Paranormal] - Muse (2018)
4. [Horror: Gore] - Yummy (2019)

E. It's a big world out there:
[Watch a film from the following regions]
1. North America - Blood & Donuts (1995), Canada
2. South America - Terrified (2017), Argentina
3. Europe - Waxworks (1924), Germany
4. Asia - The Bad Sleep Well (1960), Japan
5. Africa - My Octopus Teacher (2020), South Africa

F. I see dead people:
[Watch one film from each group of deceased directors, actors & cinematographers]
2. Akira Kurosawa - Sanshiro Sugata (1943)
3. Yul Brynner - Villa Rides (1968)
4. Janet Leigh - Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)


G. I have always depended on the lists of strangers:
[Watch one film featured in each of the following prominent lists]
1. Roger Ebert's Great Films - The Man Who Laughs (1928)
2. Sight & Sound's top 100 (any category) - Seven Samurai (1954)
4. IMDb's top 250 (2020 finalized edition) - Gone Girl (2014)
5. Steven Jay Schneider's 1001 movies - Throne of Blood (1957)
6. Criterion Collection - The Hidden Fortress (1958)

H. We've met before, haven't we?
[Watch a film that migrated to cinematic form from another medium]
1. a franchise with 5 or more sequels/remakes/reboots - Brides of Dracula (1960)
2. a novel adaptation - Warning Shot (1967)
3. a film adapted to or from a TV series - Dragnet (1954)
4. a theatrical play adaptation - The Cat and the Canary (1927)


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 - Women of Valor (1986)
3. Cold War - Her Secret Life (1987)


J. Are we there yet?
[Watch one film for each of the miscellaneous challenges listed below]
1. a film more than 160 minutes long - The Idiot (1951)
3. a silent film - The Student of Prague (1913)
4. a film directed by a woman - Darlin' (2019)

NIGHTMARE:
You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in Paris?
watch 10 foreign language films
1. Mortal (2020), Norwegian
2. The Lure (2015), Polish
3. The Lower Depths (1957), Japanese
4. Yojimbo (1961), Japanese
5. Sanjuro (1962), Japanese
6. High and Low (1963), Japanese
7. Red Beard (1965), Japanese
8. Keep An Eye Out (2018), French
9. Exit Plan (2019), Danish/Swedish/English



It was the best of times, it was the worst of times!
watch 10 films released in the same decade

-1930s-
1. Zoo in Budapest (1933)
2. Cardinal Richelieu (1935)
3. One Rainy Afternoon (1936)
4. The Toast of New York (1937)
5. Service de Luxe (1938)
6. Tower of London (1939)
7. Mystery Plane (1939)
8. Stunt Pilot (1939)
9. Wolf Call (1939)
10. Son of Frankenstein (1939)


Documentary, my dear Watson
watch 10 documentaries
1. Revival: The Sam Bush Story (2015)
2. Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2018)
3. American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020)
4. The Dawn Wall (2017)
5. Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With the Future (2018)
6. Conny Plank: The Potential of Noise (2017)


Chekhov, Method or Meisner?
watch 10 films featuring the same actor

-CHRISTOPHER LEE-
1. Horror of Dracula (1958)
2. Dracula Prince of Darkness (1966)
3. Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968)
4. Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
5. Scars of Dracula (1970)
6. Dracula AD 1972 (1972)
7. The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)


I have a vision...
watch 10 films from the same director

-WILLIAM ASHER-
1. The 27th Day (1957)
2. The Shadow on the Window (1957)
3. Johnny Cool (1963)
4. Beach Party (1963)
5. Muscle Beach Party (1964)
6. Bikini Beach (1964)
7. Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
8. How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965)
9. Fireball 500 (1966)
10. Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker (1982)


I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore
watch 10 films from the same country

-JAPAN-
1. Sanshiro Sugata Part 2 (1945)
2. The Men Who Tread on the Tigerís Tail (1945)
3. No Regrets For Our Youth (1946)
4. One Wonderful Sunday (1947)
5. Drunken Angel (1948)
6. The Quiet Duel (1949)
7. Stray Dog (1949)
8. Scandal (1950)
9. Ikiru (1952)
10. I Live in Fear (1955)



Round up the usual suspects
watch 10 films from the same genre

-WESTERN-
1. Pioneer Woman (1973)
2. Outlaw Express (1938)
3. Gunfighters (1947)
4. The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
5. Pawnee (1957)



I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way
watch 10 animated films
1. La Casa Lobo (2018)
2. Gauche the Cellist (1982)
3. Wrinkles (2011)
4. Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017)
5. Modest Heroes (2018)



You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in Paris?
watch 10 foreign language films
1. Mortal (2020), Norwegian
2. The Lure (2015), Polish
3. The Lower Depths (1957), Japanese
4. Yojimbo (1961), Japanese
5. Sanjuro (1962), Japanese
6. High and Low (1963), Japanese
7. Red Beard (1965), Japanese
8. Keep An Eye Out (2018), French
9. Exit Plan (2019), Danish/Swedish/English
10. Lingering (2020), Korean


Completed the foreign language bracket. That's 7 different languages, if I watch any more throughout the year I'll replace some of those Kurosawas. I'd like to make it 10 different languages.



2. a film with a budget lower than 1 million
I mentioned this a few weeks ago but my situation hasn't improved. I've had NO luck finding budget info for anything. Every time I think I'm getting close I hit a paywall. If anybody can hook me up, pass it along please.
@Takoma11, which one did you watch for this entry? I'm willing to just copy another participant at this point.
I could just re-watch Blair Witch I guess, if I get desperate.



I mentioned this a few weeks ago but my situation hasn't improved. I've had NO luck finding budget info for anything. Every time I think I'm getting close I hit a paywall. If anybody can hook me up, pass it along please.
@Takoma11, which one did you watch for this entry? I'm willing to just copy another participant at this point.
I could just re-watch Blair Witch I guess, if I get desperate.
Go to a films Wikipedia page and look at the right side

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_9_from_Outer_Space

Directed byEd Wood
Produced by Ed Wood
Written by Ed Wood
Starring
Narrated by Criswell
Music by see Music
Cinematography William C. Thompson
Edited by Ed Wood
Production companies
Reynolds Pictures, Inc.
Distributed by Valiant Pictures
Release date July 22, 1959
Running time
80 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60,000



I mentioned this a few weeks ago but my situation hasn't improved. I've had NO luck finding budget info for anything. Every time I think I'm getting close I hit a paywall. If anybody can hook me up, pass it along please.
@Takoma11, which one did you watch for this entry? I'm willing to just copy another participant at this point.
I could just re-watch Blair Witch I guess, if I get desperate.
I watched Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

At the bottom, IMDb has budget information for many films.



Go to a films Wikipedia page and look at the right side

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_9_from_Outer_Space

Directed byEd Wood
Produced by Ed Wood
Written by Ed Wood
Starring
Narrated by Criswell
Music by see Music
Cinematography William C. Thompson
Edited by Ed Wood
Production companies
Reynolds Pictures, Inc.
Distributed by Valiant Pictures
Release date July 22, 1959
Running time
80 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60,000
Thanks, I've seen that before so I've been checking Wiki whenever I watch something that I suspect is less than 1 mil, but the budget is never listed (for the particular movie I'm watching). Just bad luck on my part.

I was hoping there was a (free) source that was more reliable.



Thanks, I've seen that before so I've been checking Wiki whenever I watch something that I suspect is less than 1 mil, but the budget is never listed (for the particular movie I'm watching). Just bad luck on my part.

I was hoping there was a (free) source that was more reliable.
Check out these two lists, and use the Refine feature to see which ones are streaming on Prime.

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls075955849/

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls055140840/




At the bottom, IMDb has budget information for many films.
I have not found this to be the case, but I'm using the app. I'll check the desktop version from now on. I find the "production" area but clicking it asks me to join a pro account in order to see budget-related info.