2021 Film Challenge

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Actually, and maybe this is the sort of thing I shouldn't admit here, I've never seen a single Fulci film. But I should! And if they qualify for this category, so much the better. But the critical question is, are any of them conveniently streaming?
https://www.justwatch.com/us/search?...erson_id=62064



neck deep in Fulci right now.
I think the correct phrase for Fulci is "up to your eyeballs".



Here’s looking at you, kid.
I know I’ve been bouncing all around trying to find a director and landed on Billy Wilder, but after finishing animation and diving into the worl of Hayao Mayazaki, I think ima pick him for my director.



I know I’ve been bouncing all around trying to find a director and landed on Billy Wilder, but after finishing animation and diving into the worl of Hayao Mayazaki, I think ima pick him for my director.
Plenty of great stuff to choose from with him!



That's assuming the speaker still has eyeballs, though.
The wink emoji was indicating a missing eyeball.


I will correct to this one to show no eyeballs.



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

Academy Awards:
1. Ran (1985), Costume Design
2. The Godfather (1972), Best Picture
3. The Year of Living Dangerously (1984), Best Supporting Actress
4. Witness (1986), Best Screenplay
5. Dersu Uzala (1975), Best Foreign Language Film
6. Tenet (2020), Visual Effects
7. Dead Poets Society (1989), Best Screenplay
8. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Best Cinematography
9. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), Costume Design
10. The Godfather Part II (1974), Best Picture



10 movies remaining!



I'm getting back to this now that I'm finished with the Halloween challenge. My three major categories I'm finishing up are:

10 from the same director: Gonna watch 10 more Fassbinders as a part 2 to what I did the first time around.

10 from the same country: Gonna watch the first 10 Demy films in chronological order, a la what I did with Varda

Foreign films: Just need to keep chipping away at this.

The actor I picked for my 10 from the same actor is Joel McCrea, but I've been just a touch disappointed at the films I've watched so far, but that may be largely due to having already seen his two biggest films before this challenge and the nature of what is available on my streaming services.



A few more categories completed:

F. I see dead people:
[Watch one film from each group of deceased directors, actors & cinematographers]
1. Anthony Mann T-Men
2. Fritz Lang Destiny
3. Bruce Lee Game of Death
4. Katina Paxinou Rocco and His Brothers
5. Néstor Almendros La collectionneuse

Rocco and His Brothers is the clear standout from this group. I suppose I would recommend the others, though I had not realized how exploitative Game of Death was until after watching it.



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 Body Heat
2. Sight & Sound's top 100 (any category) Modern Times
3. AFI's top 100 (any category) The Odd Couple
4. IMDb's top 250 (2020 finalized edition) The Great Dictator
5. Steven Jay Schneider's 1001 movies Guys and Dolls
6. Criterion Collection Scanners

All of these are classics I've been meaning to get to for a while. I would say that only Modern Times and The Great Dictator lived up to the hype. I suppose Body Heat was pretty good.



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 Hound of the Baskervilles
2. a novel adaptation How Green Was My Valley
3. a film adapted to or from a TV series Tales from the Crypt
4. a theatrical play adaptation Barefoot in the Park

How Green Was My Valley was pretty good. I was kind of tepid on the rest of them.



I. War, what is it good for?
[Watch one film centered around each of the war themes below]
1. World War I The African Queen
2. World War II The Best Years of Our Lives
3. Cold War Spy Who Came In From the Cold
4. Vietnam War Good Morning Vietnam

Now THIS was a really strong crop of films. I'd highly recommend all of them.



J. Are we there yet?
[Watch one film for each of the miscellaneous challenges listed below]
1. a film more than 160 minutes long Blade Runner 2049
2. a film with a budget lower than 1 million The Invisible Man
3. a silent film Within Our Gates
4. a film directed by a woman Shiva Baby
5. a 2021 release No Sudden Move
6. a film suggested by another participant of this challenge Lords of Salem

Another really strong group. If you have the Criterion Channel, Within Our Gates is a must see.



You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in Paris?
watch 10 foreign language films
Big Bad Wolves
My Father My Lord
The Thief
Khrustalyov, My Car!
Another Round
Three Colors: Blue
Day of Wrath
Man Bites Dog
Irma Vep
Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell


Big Bad Wolves was a dud. Khrustalyov, My Car! was not quite my brand of weird.

Everything else, thumbs up!



It was the best of times, it was the worst of times!
watch 10 films released in the same decade (90s)
Life is Sweet
Total Recall
Wild at Heart
Farinelli
Soldier
Waterworld
Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion
Split Second
Predator 2
Straight Story


Yes, I also see the list that I just posted. Don't judge.



Documentary, my dear Watson
watch 10 documentaries
Going Clear
The Wolfpack
Dina
Malice at the Palace
Family Next Door
The Show Must Go On
Somm
Night and Fog
House is Black
Dark Days


All of these are solid and I'd recommend them. Somm was maybe a bit meh.



My precious...awards
pick any one list from section C of the main challenge and watch 10 films in it (Oscars)
Born Yesterday
Roman Holiday
Million Dollar Baby
Cabaret
Pygmalion
The Revenant
Dracula
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Soul
Picture of Dorian Gray


A mixed bag. Born Yesterday, Roman Holiday, The Revenant and Picture of Dorian Gray were great.



The stuff that lists are made of
pick any one list from section G of the main challenge and watch 10 films in it (Ebert’s Great Films)
Floating Weeds
Mystery Train
McCabe and Mrs. Miller
Heart of Glass
Duck Soup
Night Moves
La Ceremonie
Sunrise: Song of Two Humans
West Side Story
Ripley’s Game


Another great batch. All of these are highly recommended.