2021 Film Challenge

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Hereís looking at you, kid.
There are quite a few recs on pages 3 and 4 from users in this challenge.

Congratulations on getting through the first part so quickly! Hopefully you saw some stuff you really liked. This time around I'm being more thoughtful in my selections and really trying to pick films that genuinely interest me.
Most of the films I picked were already in my watchlist, I think there were only two I never heard of that I had to do some research on. There were also a few films (2 I think) that I had already previously seen this month. Still being 2021, I didnít see the harm in it.



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Congratulations on getting through the first part so quickly! Hopefully you saw some stuff you really liked.

I think he only watched 1 film from the main challenge (The one in green font), while the red ones are his picks that he has yet to watch. Right @BooBooKittyFock? Finishing the main challenge within a month would be crazy.



Hereís looking at you, kid.
@tacoma11

Saw quite a few of the recs already, but Iíve been wanting to see Short Term 12!

Thanks for the help.

Do I also post recs or is it too late?



Also answers to Jabba
Quick question that I didn't see an answer to previously in the thread (so apologies if I missed it somewhere): Is there a place where one can find the "2020 finalized edition" of the IMDB Top 250?

Must have missed that. Here you are.


Do I also post recs or is it too late?
Feel free to offer recommendations. There is no deadline on it.



Hereís looking at you, kid.
I think he only watched 1 film from the main challenge (The one in green font), while the red ones are his picks that he has yet to watch. Right @BooBooKittyFock? Finishing the main challenge within a month would be crazy.
Yeah, only seen the ones in green.

The big country was a phenomenal film, one of my favorite western films Iíve seen to date!



Yeah, finishing the main challenge in a month would be crazy.


@tacoma11

Saw quite a few of the recs already, but Iíve been wanting to see Short Term 12!

Thanks for the help.

Do I also post recs or is it too late?
Some people around here can tell you how I feel about Short Term 12. I just love it to bits. And I know that some of that is because of my own professional and personal experiences, but I think it's really solid and while it has some flaws, none of them really put a dent in the film for me.

And please post recs! I haven't officially picked my "recommended" film yet.



The trick is not minding
Yeah, only seen the ones in green.

The big country was a phenomenal film, one of my favorite western films Iíve seen to date!
I watched The Big Country for last years challenge (1950ís western category). Really enjoyed it as well.



Hereís looking at you, kid.
I watched The Big Country for last years challenge (1950ís western category). Really enjoyed it as well.
Such a great film. I love films that use morality as one of its main topics.



Hereís looking at you, kid.
Iím not sure how many of you have already picked your recs, but here are mine.

Iíve seen all of these films and they are among, some of my all time favorites, if you have not seen them yet, I hope you will hold them close to your heart as I have:

Handmaiden
Eyes Wide Shut
Singin In the Rain
Come and See
The Big Country
@Takoma11



Iím not sure how many of you have already picked your recs, but here are mine.

Iíve seen all of these films and they are among, some of my all time favorites, if you have not seen them yet, I hope you will hold them close to your heart as I have:

Handmaiden
Eyes Wide Shut
Singin In the Rain
Come and See
The Big Country
@Takoma11
I have seen all of these, so feel free to keep more coming!

For anyone else, I would especially second Handmaiden, Singin' in the Rain, and Come and See.



@Takoma11

Arsenic and Old Lace

I Married a Witch

Kung Fu Hustle

The Host

Pixote
I've seen all but Pixote, which coincidentally I started a few weeks ago but stopped because I could tell I wasn't in the right mood. Thanks!

And I LOVE Kung Fu Hustle. Sometimes when I'm down, I watch the clip with the knives and the snakes and I die laughing.



Hereís looking at you, kid.
Well @Takoma11 , youíve probably seen a lot more films than I have (how many you up to?) Iím not sure Iíll be able to rec you one unless it was out of dumb luck or a film on my watchlist 🤣

You got a letterboxd?



The trick is not minding
I've seen all but Pixote, which coincidentally I started a few weeks ago but stopped because I could tell I wasn't in the right mood. Thanks!

And I LOVE Kung Fu Hustle. Sometimes when I'm down, I watch the clip with the knives and the snakes and I die laughing.
King Fu Hustle is hilarious! Love it!



Well @Takoma11 , youíve probably seen a lot more films than I have (how many you up to?) Iím not sure Iíll be able to rec you one unless it was out of dumb luck or a film on my watchlist 🤣

You got a letterboxd?
The gaps in what I've seen lean more toward the mainstream. But I never mind when I've seen other peoples' recommendations. It gives you a sense of their taste (you know, to judge them with!) and sometimes you find that other people really like a film you do. Like, I am loving the Kung Fu Hustle Appreciation Society we've formed here.



Hereís looking at you, kid.
The gaps in what I've seen lean more toward the mainstream. But I never mind when I've seen other peoples' recommendations. It gives you a sense of their taste (you know, to judge them with!) and sometimes you find that other people really like a film you do. Like, I am loving the Kung Fu Hustle Appreciation Society we've formed here.

Yeah, itís a great film. I think Iíve seen it at least 3 times this year. Very rewatchable film. Has a little bit of everything I look for in a film. Just a good all around comedy!



Hereís looking at you, kid.
30/52 so far

A. Get lost in the movement:
[Watch one film belonging to each of the following cinematic movements]
1. French Impressionism The Fall of the House of Usher
2. Polish Film School Ashes and Diamonds
3. Dogme 95 Kamera
4. New Hollywood (1968-1980) Network
5. Mumblecore Daddy Longlegs

B. Times are a-changing
[Watch one film from each of these iconic decade-genre combinations]
1. 1930s Musical Top Hat
2. 1940s War film The Great Dictator
3. 1970s Apocalyptic film Stalker
4. 1980s Coming-of-age film Cinema Paradiso
5. 1990s Courtroom Drama JFK

C. I coulda been a contender:
[Watch a film that has won the following awards in any category]
1. Cannes Film Festival Punch Drunk Love
2. Academy Award It Happened One Night
3. BAFTA The Elephant Man
4. Independent Spirit Awards Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
5. Sundance Film Festival Once
6. Venice International Film Festival Nomadland
7. Locarno Film Festival Right Now, Wrong Then

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. [Science Fiction: Cyberpunk]**Tetsuo: The Iron Man
2. [Science Fiction: Alien Invasion] The Thing
3. [Science Fiction: Dystopian] Brazil
4. [Science Fiction: Time Travel] About Time

E. It's a big world out there:
[Watch a film from the following regions]
1. North America Arsenic and Old Lace
2. South America Burden of Dreams
3. Europe Come and See
4. Asia Seven Samurai
5. Africa The Battle of Algiers
6. Oceania What We Do In the Shadows

F. I see dead people:
[Watch one film from each group of deceased directors, actors & cinematographers]
1. Anthony Mann/Dennis Hopper/Elia Kazan/Stanley Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. Robert Bresson/Akira Kurosawa/Fritz Lang/Pier Paolo Pasolini Ran
3. Yul Brynner/Sean Connery/Bruce Lee/Ricardo Montalban West World
4. Hannelore Elsner/Janet Leigh/Katina Paxinou/Romy Schneider Touch of Evil
5. Nťstor Almendros/Jack Cardiff/Sven Nykvist/Gordon Willis Days of Heaven

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 Badlands
2. Sight & Sound's top 100 (any category) Modern Times
3. AFI's top 100 (any category) The Graduate
4. IMDb's top 250 (2020 finalized edition) It Happened One Night
5. Steven Jay Schneider's 1001 movies The Color Purple
6. Criterion Collection The Big Country

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 The Tale of Zatoichi
2. a novel adaptation I Married a Witch
3. a film adapted to or from a TV series Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Here Rabbit
4. a theatrical play adaptation Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

I. War, what is it good for?
[Watch one film centered around each of the war themes below]
1. World War I Paths of Glory
2. World War II The Thin Red Line
3. Cold War North by Northwest
4. Vietnam War Platoon

J. Are we there yet?
[Watch one film for each of the miscellaneous challenges listed below]
1. a film more than 160 minutes long Gone With The Wind
2. a film with a budget lower than 1 million The Gold Rush
3. a silent film The Kid
4. a film directed by a woman Nomadland
5. a 2021 release Judas and the Black Messiah
6. a film suggested by another participant of this challengeWatership Down



Boop! Can you tell it's been a rough month, LOL!

A. Get lost in the movement:
[Watch one film belonging to each of the following cinematic movements]
1. French Impressionism La DixiŤme Symphonie
2. Polish Film School Ashes and Diamonds
3. Dogme 95 Kiraís Reason
4. New Hollywood (1968-1980) Wanda
5. Mumblecore Blue Jay (2016)

B. Times are a-changing
[Watch one film from each of these iconic decade-genre combinations]
1. 1930s Musical The Mikado
2. 1940s War film Germany Year Zero
3. 1970s Apocalyptic film Chosen Survivors
4. 1980s Coming-of-age film Dirty Dancing
5. 1990s Courtroom Drama Reversal of Fortune

C. I coulda been a contender:
[Watch a film that has won the following awards in any category]
1. Cannes Film Festival Killing of a Sacred Deer
2. Academy Award Capote
3. BAFTA Ghost
4. Independent Spirit Awards Judy
5. Sundance Film Festival Godís Own Country
6. Venice International Film Festival The Last Circus
7. Locarno Film Festival Cosmos

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. [Science Fiction: Cyberpunk] Johnny Mnemonic
2. [Science Fiction: Alien Invasion] Invasion of the Saucer Men
3. [Science Fiction: Dystopian] Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
4. [Science Fiction: Time Travel] 41

E. It's a big world out there:
[Watch a film from the following regions]
1. North America Slut in a Good Way (Canada)
2. South America Bacurau (Brazil)
3. Europe Ordet
4. Asia Sword of the Beast
5. Africa Of Good Report
6. Oceania The Plumber

F. I see dead people:
[Watch one film from each group of deceased directors, actors & cinematographers]
1. Anthony Mann The Furies
2. Pier Paolo Pasolini Mamma Roma
3. Ricardo Montalban Love is a Ball
4. Katina Paxinou Mr. Arkadin
5. Jack Cardiff Web of Evidence

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 French Cancan
2. Sight & Sound's top 100 (any category) Spirit of the Beehive
3. AFI's top 100 (any category) The Nutty Professor
4. IMDb's top 250 (2020 finalized edition) Tangerines
5. Steven Jay Schneider's 1001 movies The Black Cat
6. Criterion Collection The Picture of Dorian Gray

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 Nightmare on Elm Street 4
2. a novel adaptation The Rhythm Section
3. a film adapted to or from a TV series Steven Universe
4. a theatrical play adaptation Sister My Sister

I. War, what is it good for?
[Watch one film centered around each of the war themes below]
1. World War I Paths of Glory
2. World War II Overlord
3. Cold War Pawn Sacrifice
4. Vietnam War Little Dieter Needs to Fly

J. Are we there yet?
[Watch one film for each of the miscellaneous challenges listed below]
1. a film more than 160 minutes long Gangs of New York
2. a film with a budget lower than 1 million Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
3. a silent film The Circus
4. a film directed by a woman Always Shine
5. a 2021 release Below Zero
6. a film suggested by another participant of this challenge Color of Pomegranates