2020 Movie Challenge

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Here we go again! As per your request, here is the 3rd annual edition of the Movie Challenge!

As always, some new challenges have been added to help us explore different types of films or aspects of the film-making process. The overall number of films has been reduced by around 10 films in order to diversify the Nightmare Mode even more. Instead of having certain categories require 20 films to be completed, everything has been cut down to 10 and some new, thematically connected categories have been added.

Main Challenge  


Nightmare Mode  


Important Notes:
  • The challenge officially starts on January 1st 2020, so start updating your lists with films you watch after that date.
  • How you count films is up to you. This is not a contest and it is up to each and every one to decide how they want to do this. I would suggest going for one film per category either in the main challenge or in nightmare mode, preferably films you watched for the first time this year, but that's just me.
  • In order for everyone to be able to effortlessly scroll down the page, I would suggest wrapping your updates in collapsible text, like in this post.
Have fun watching films this year!



Challenge  


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Saved for Later...also Roger Ebert again...how about


Complex top 100
http://www.flickchart.com/Charts.aspx?franchise=921


Empire's Top 100 World Cinema
http://www.flickchart.com/Charts.aspx?franchise=956


Leonard Maltin's 150 Best films you've never seen
http://www.flickchart.com/Charts.aspx?franchise=686


Slant's 100 films of the 90's
http://www.flickchart.com/Charts.aspx?franchise=958


WGA's 100 funniest Screenplays

http://www.flickchart.com/Charts.aspx?franchise=988



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Thanks @Siddon. I will check these out and maybe swap Ebert out next year. Fact is he has more than 350 films on that list, so there is a much bigger chance there are at least 10 in there that even cinephiles like the ones in MoFo won't have seen.



Welcome to the human race...
Yeah, if there's a problem with most (if not all) those lists it's that they're relatively short and already have a lot of films on there that cinephiles are likely to have seen already. Since watching films from the Criterion Collection or 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die are part of the main challenge, maybe watching ten from either of those can be part of the extended challenge.
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I really just want you all angry and confused the whole time.



I will try to actually do this. It's a good way to participate in the community, and I haven't been active much lately. The categories I have the most trouble with are the Oscar categories. Pretty much all of the Best Picture nominations will win in other categories and I outside of foreign films I don't think I could find five Oscar films that I want to see. I'll probably look at other film festivals and their award winners. (Edit: Nevermind, I misunderstood.) Regardless, I'll come back and edit this post as I complete them. I don't know if I'll be able to finish the Nightmare challenge, but I'm going to try.

Main Challenge 2/52  


Nightmare Mode 0/100?  



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The categories I have the most trouble with are the Oscar categories. Pretty much all of the Best Picture nominations will win in other categories and I outside of foreign films I don't think I could find five Oscar films that I want to see.
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Are you talking about this challenge?
...And the Oscar goes to...
Watch 10 films that have won an Academy Award in any category
Because there are hundreds of films that could fit in here. I find it hard to believe you won't find 10 of them that you might enjoy.


If you are referring to this one:
Live from the Dolby Theater!
Watch every film nominated in 2019 for the Academy Award for Best Picture
It is indeed highly restrictive but it does help keep your pulse on Hollywood trends, even if you disagree with their selections (as I do).



In any case, that is the point of this challenge. To make us step outside our respective comfort zones and watch some things we might ordinarily avoid.

Originally Posted by Iroquois
Yeah, if there's a problem with most (if not all) those lists it's that they're relatively short and already have a lot of films on there that cinephiles are likely to have seen already. Since watching films from the Criterion Collection or 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die are part of the main challenge, maybe watching ten from either of those can be part of the extended challenge.

Indeed, either of those could work due to volume and diversity of films. Feel free to substitute, or even amend Nightmare mode to your individual challenges.



Because there are hundreds of films that could fit in here. I find it hard to believe you won't find 10 of them that you might enjoy.
Oh, my mistake, for some reason I thought it was 10 Oscar winners from 2019. Okay then, no problem.



10 Filmmakers is going to be tricky for me....


If I do re-watches...Terence Fisher I could do in a weekend. On the other hand Sam Peckinpah is someone whose oeuvre I've barely touched on so lots of blind watches there. Then you've got Guy Hamilton who has six films I'd love to rewatch (4 Bond movies, 2 Agatha Christies)



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My progress...

(might just swap out "Ghibli" for anime in general on account of having seen every Ghibli feature already)

Main Challenge  


Nightmare Mode  



I am going to do this, but it is obvious I cannot rely strictly on what I own ( i own over 600 dvd's) or what I can get on netflix. Can someone help me with alternate sources for some of the more obscure movies on my list:
Raw Nerves: A lacanian Thriller (Cinema of Transgression)
Any suggestions for studio Ghibli and a source where I can rent

Any suggestions for renting Where the Wind Blows an animated feature
Any Suggestios for renting the Apu tilogy?
Any suggestions for Ali Baba and the forty Thieves 1942?



Hopefully I can finish this year. Started with the easiest one
Main Challenge 29/52  



Welcome to the human race...
Thinking about how a real challenge for nightmare mode would be to watch 10 films directed by women. I know it's become a challenge elsewhere to watch 52 films by women in the space of a year, so I think ten should be easy enough.



The trick is not minding
2. Cinema of Transgression

You do know this is porn correct?
I’m not familiar with it, but having read about it, I can’t say for sure that it is. They seem very distinct from each other.



The trick is not minding
Hey, Jabs, if you’re looking to add any categories for next year, there’s a couple that really looking interesting to consider.
Watch one winner or you can choose 20 nominees from the following awards:
Blue Dragon awards (Best South Korean films)
Grand Bell awards (South Korean equivalent of the Oscars)
Japan Academy Film prize
Golden Horse awards (Taiwan)
Chinese Film Media awards
David Di Donatello Awards (Italian equivalent to the Oscars)
Cesar Awards (French equivalent to the Oscars)
The Lola Awards (German equivalent to the Oscars)
I think these would represent a broad spectrum of foreign films that normally don’t get recognized often enough.
What do you think?



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Hey, Jabs, if you’re looking to add any categories for next year, there’s a couple that really looking interesting to consider.
Watch one winner or you can choose 20 nominees from the following awards:
Blue Dragon awards (Best South Korean films)
Grand Bell awards (South Korean equivalent of the Oscars)
Japan Academy Film prize
Golden Horse awards (Taiwan)
Chinese Film Media awards
David Di Donatello Awards (Italian equivalent to the Oscars)
Cesar Awards (French equivalent to the Oscars)
The Lola Awards (German equivalent to the Oscars)
I think these would represent a broad spectrum of foreign films that normally don’t get recognized often enough.
What do you think?

It is definitely an interesting avenue to explore. I can see this working for a few of the categories at a time in the main challenge. For the nightmare mode though (where you would need 10-20 films) this would probably not work because the matter of availability comes into play. For instance, how easy would it be for everyone to find at least 10 Taiwanese films for the Golden Horse awards challenge?



The trick is not minding
Hey, Jabs, if you’re looking to add any categories for next year, there’s a couple that really looking interesting to consider.
Watch one winner or you can choose 20 nominees from the following awards:
Blue Dragon awards (Best South Korean films)
Grand Bell awards (South Korean equivalent of the Oscars)
Japan Academy Film prize
Golden Horse awards (Taiwan)
Chinese Film Media awards
David Di Donatello Awards (Italian equivalent to the Oscars)
Cesar Awards (French equivalent to the Oscars)
The Lola Awards (German equivalent to the Oscars)
I think these would represent a broad spectrum of foreign films that normally don’t get recognized often enough.
What do you think?

It is definitely an interesting avenue to explore. I can see this working for a few of the categories at a time in the main challenge. For the nightmare mode though (where you would need 10-20 films) this would probably not work because the matter of availability comes into play. For instance, how easy would it be for everyone to find at least 10 Taiwanese films for the Golden Horse awards challenge?
I see what you mean. The 20 films suggested by me was typo, I meant 10. But your point still remains.