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Watch items from at least 7 of the 13 decades of film history.
--- 1880 - (insert item title here)
--- 1890 -
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--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
--- 1970 -
--- 1980 -
--- 1990 -
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Watch items on at least 3 different formats (DVD, BD, HD-DVD, VHS, TV, streaming, theatrical, LD, live, etc.)
--- Format 1 - (insert item title here)
--- Format 2 -
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Watch items originating from at least 3 different countries outside of your own.
--- Country 1 - (insert item title here)
--- Country 2 -
--- Country 3 -
n/a my country -

Watch items with at least 6 different ratings.
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--- Hays approved -
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--- R -
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--- Unrated Post-codes -
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--- TV Y7 -
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--- TV PG -
--- TV 14 -
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Watch an item from at least 7 of the following subgenres.
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--- Mystery
--- Urban cop thriller
--- Modern Caper/heist
--- Depression-era crime (Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde, etc.)
--- Globe-trotting adventure (Americans overseas)
--- Treasure hunt adventure
--- Swordplay
--- Jungle movie (including Tarzan)
--- Hong Kong crime
--- Japanese Yakuza
--- Italian Crime
--- Conspiracy thriller
--- Spy/Espionage
--- Serial Killer
--- Space
--- War
--- Robots
--- Vigilante

Watch an item by at least five of these directors.
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--- Howard Hawks
--- John Ford
--- Anthony Mann
--- Don Siegel
--- Robert Aldrich
--- Sam Fuller
--- John Sturges
--- Jean-Pierre Melville
--- Akira Kurosawa
--- Kinji Fukasaku
--- Chang Cheh
--- Sammo Hung
--- Takeshi Kitano
--- John Woo
--- Walter Hill
--- Quentin Tarantino
--- John McTiernan
--- James Cameron
--- John Frankenheimer
--- Siergo Leone
--- Wong Jing
--- Yuen Chor
--- Sam Peckinpah
--- Robert Rodriguez
--- Alfred Hitchcock

Watch an item from at least five of these stars.
--- Errol Flynn - (insert item title here)
--- John Wayne
--- Cynthia Rothrock
--- Claudia Cardinale
--- Humphrey Bogart
--- Burt Lancaster
--- Kirk Douglas
--- Steve McQueen
--- Charles Bronson
--- James Coburn
--- Toshiro Mifune
--- Clint Eastwood
--- Chuck Norris
--- Bruce Lee
--- Jackie Chan
--- Sammo Hung
--- Steven Seagal
--- Henry Silva
--- Jean-Claude Van Damme 
--- Jason Statham
--- Bruce Willis
--- Sonny Chiba
--- Arnold Schwarzenegger
--- Sylvester Stallone
--- Samuel Jackson
--- Milla Jovovich
--- Harrison Ford
--- Denzel Washington
--- Jet Li
--- Michelle Rodriguez
--- Pam Grier
--- Jimmy Wang Yu
--- Tom Cruise

Complete at least seven of these categories.
--- a Bond film or spoof - (insert item title here)
--- MST3K or similar riff -
--- won an Academy Award -- any category -
--- won a Razzie -- any category -
--- silent film -
--- a crime or mystery item -
--- a film and it's sequel -
--- a film and it's remake (examples)
--- an item with a commentary or riff
--- a special feature -
--- something animated -
--- a trailer -
--- watch a sentai or tokusatsu item -
--- something with a major holiday theme -
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Old 03-11-17, 03:52 PM   #101
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I'll have the house to myself tomorrow, allowing me to sleep as much as I want. So I'm taking advantage of that fact, by attempting an all nighter tonight. This is one of my favorite Challenges, so it is easy for me to marathon viewing types.
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Old 03-11-17, 10:45 PM   #102
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I'll have the house to myself tomorrow...
I got a few hours today, so I finished Deathtrap (funny, clever and interesting), and watched The Last of Sheila (twisty, clever) and Ocean's Eleven (good, but not as good as I remembered - lots of setup and aftermath, but scant on crime).
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Old 03-12-17, 04:58 AM   #103
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Considering the fact that I'm still wide awake, I plan to continue my Challenge marathon as long as I can hold out. Right now I'm watching Women's Tennis, on Pac-12 Bay Area. One of the highlights of last night's marathon was discovering Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD. I watched the pilot on Netflix, and really enjoyed it. I had heard of the show before, but had never actually sat down to watch any of the episodes.
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Old 03-12-17, 09:26 AM   #104
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I'm enjoying working my way through the bonus features on the Battlestar Galactica (2004) Complete Series Set. I just now finished all of the deleted scenes on Disc 3, of Season 1. Next up is the Audio Commentaries on the disc.
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Old 03-12-17, 01:33 PM   #105
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I switched gears to Prohibition "gangster" movies. Last night and today I've watched The Public Enemy, Little Caesar, and Smart Money. They've been fun and interesting, although a bit predictable. Those 3 are pretty much morality type tales with the "bad guy" getting his comeuppance at the end. I was pleasantly surprised to see Boris Karloff playing a bit role as a heavy in Smart Money. It was a small, uncredited, role but he did a good job.

I have two more sets of 4 gangster films, one featuring Bogart and the other Edward G. Robinson. I may crack one of them open later today.
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I wasn't planning on participating this month since I didn't want to restrict what I watched, but then I realized that 23 of the 29 films/TV shows I've watched so far this month fit this challenge, so I did a list post and just submitted it. (Last one on P. 2, #30)

I've been watching a lot of samurai films and TV westerns and so far one that's combined the two: the Wagon Train episode, "The Sakae Ito Story," starring Sessue Hayakawa as a samurai stranded out west who gets picked up by Ward Bond and the wagon train. It looks forward to the Charles Bronson/Toshiro Mifune film, RED SUN (1972).

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Old 03-13-17, 03:37 AM   #107
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I'm glad to see that The Amazing Race is on Amazon Prime. I've been watching it off and on this month, and currently am working my way through Season One. I don't know how far I'll get into the season before the month is over, but I'm enjoying watching it anyways.
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Old 03-13-17, 02:35 PM   #108
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I didn't have a whole lot of time for challenge viewing this past weekend but I did watch some very good stuff. My favorite of the weekend was a movie length episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot called The Mysterious Affair at Styles. This clever murder mystery concerning an inheritance takes place in 1917, which is earlier than the shows in the first two seasons. The attention to detail in the sets and the chemistry between the leads makes this a show I always enjoy. I also watched my second krimi of the challenge, The Door with 7 Locks (Die Tür mit dem 7 Schlössern). I liked this more than the first one I saw possibly because I knew more about what to expect and the story, dealing with a series of murders related to an inheritance, seemed more serious and had a few elements of horror stories thrown in. I also saw Tarzan Escapes a very good Tarzan movie with Johnny Weismuller and Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum which was only average although the settings was good.
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Old 03-14-17, 07:05 AM   #109
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I kicked off today's Challenge viewing with a hunting show about elk hunt in the mountains. The hunt was on an episode of Ultimate Outdoors, on the Pursuit Channel.
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If anyone is itching to catch something in the theater for the challenge, I can highly recommend Get Out. It's an excellent mystery/thriller.
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Halfway through the Potters now. The first three, all the danger and mayhem notwithstanding, can be considered lighthearted. Goblet of Fire is definitely grimmer and I know this darkening of the tone continues for the next four movies. I'm pretty sure, now, that I've only seen through movie four and starting with Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix (2007), it's all new to me.

I think I may take a day or two break, though, because while the movies are good, they are also big time-sinks.
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Doctor Faustus starring RICHARD BURTON with a whole bunch of other people, and ELIZABETH TAYLOR (per opening credits) is interesting. One wonders whether he could have been redeemed if he'd spent less time complaining and more time trying...

Not that his friends/students were much help:

Faustus "If I'm alive tomorrow, I'll come see you; if not, I'll be in hell!"
Friends "...good night, then."
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I was in the mood for an outdoor show, so I looked on the Dish Guide, and decided on Dirty Missions, on the World Fishing Network. It was a very good episode, filled with trophy fish. The hosts were on the Colorado River, fishing for largemouth bass, and boy did they catch some giant ones.
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Old 03-16-17, 04:56 PM   #114
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Too Late for Tears (surprisingly, TCM has it under the re-release title Killer Bait) has some curious elements - that may be inconsequential, or may have had some influence on Stan Lee... there's a lot of "tiger"-talk (Spider-man), a character called Donald Blake (Thor) flirting with Jane, and the main cast have alliterative double-D names. I guess its coincidence since it seems so thin on writing it down, but... curious anyway.
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I must say I'm really not participating in this challenge - as I don't have much time or attention to do so, BUT ... I did watch the 4K 'UHD' digital streaming version of Spectre via Amazon Prime last night - and while it's not a great presentation (a lot of streaming artifacts pop up here and there) - the brightly lit scenes reveal so much detail and clarity, it's outright stunning

saw Kong Skull Island this afternoon - guess I pumped myself with too much excitement - that halfway through it I got utterly bored with it - seemed like way too much random action/expository dialogue, rinse repeat ... blah blah blah...
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Old 03-17-17, 07:05 AM   #116
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I just finished a great episode of On The Water With Hank Parker, on the Pursuit Channel. It really got me excited for the start of fishing season next month. He was going after largemouth bass, in Louisiana.
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This year the change to "Daylight sucky time" is kicking my tail. I've been so wiped out in the evenings that I'm lucky to get in a couple of hour-length TV episodes before nodding off.

I introduced my oldest grandson (age 13) to Monty Python's Flying Circus a couple of days ago and we've been watching several episodes each afternoon before he goes home. They don't count but sure are fun and it's a real treat to see, and hear, his reactions to the skits. We'll get to the "Lumberjack" skit this afternoon. I can hardly wait!
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I slowed down a bit this week (maybe because of "Daylight sucky time" ^^^^^) but still got some good stuff in. I checked out the new BD of One Million Years B.C. which I hadn't seen before. Ray Harryhausen dinosaurs and Raquel Welch kept my interest and all in all I thought it was a fun but not great movie. It could have used more dinosaurs. I didn't like 2 Fast 2 Furious as much as the first movie. There were some nice cars and all the stunts were well done but the plot was stale and even some of the action sequences were things you had seen before. Also I didn't end up as interested in the characters as I was in the original. The best thing I watched over the last few days turned out to be something I'd seen before, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. I wanted more Harryhausen and this fit the bill. I've seen this several times but never appreciated it as much as I did this time. It was a good story, well paced and the beast looked great. I think this was the first of the giant, atom bomb spawned monsters of the 1950's and was the model for the films of this kind which followed. It even appears to have had some influence on the most famous one of all, Godzilla, whose first movie was released the following year.
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Daylight Sucky Time has also been kicking my tail lately. I always nod off in the evenings, most often when I am in the middle of watching something. I didn't even get to finish Affliction M1 Global: Day Of Reckoning, which I was watching on UFC Fight Pass, as I fell asleep before it was over. I was in an MMA mood, after watching an episode of UFC Unleashed, on Hulu.

This afternoon, I felt like a movie, so I was browsing Roku, and turned on Starz. I decided on The Ghost And The Darkness. I had only seen it once before, that I can recall, but I remembered enjoying it very much. I enjoyed it just as much on a second viewing, and Val Kilmer was great in it.
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I slowed down a bit this week (maybe because of "Daylight sucky time" ^^^^^) but still got some good stuff in. I checked out the new BD of One Million Years B.C. which I hadn't seen before. Ray Harryhausen dinosaurs and Raquel Welch kept my interest and all in all I thought it was a fun but not great movie. It could have used more dinosaurs. I didn't like 2 Fast 2 Furious as much as the first movie. There were some nice cars and all the stunts were well done but the plot was stale and even some of the action sequences were things you had seen before. Also I didn't end up as interested in the characters as I was in the original. The best thing I watched over the last few days turned out to be something I'd seen before, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. I wanted more Harryhausen and this fit the bill. I've seen this several times but never appreciated it as much as I did this time. It was a good story, well paced and the beast looked great. I think this was the first of the giant, atom bomb spawned monsters of the 1950's and was the model for the films of this kind which followed. It even appears to have had some influence on the most famous one of all, Godzilla, whose first movie was released the following year.
KING KONG was re-released worldwide in 1952. BEAST came out the following year. Both films influenced GOJIRA. They originally wanted to do stop-motion animation on GOJIRA, but the costs were too prohibitive and they went with the man in the suit. (Or maybe they simply didn't have anyone as obsessive as Willis O'Brien or Ray Harryhausen to do it.) "Gojira" is a combo of Gorilla and Kujira, the Japanese word for whale. I'm not sure how Joseph E. Levine came up with "Godzilla" two years later. I've read so much about both films I ought to know that story.
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I've been working on the Challenge, since I woke up in the middle of the night. Watching various shows, including a very interesting episode of Forensic Files, on HLN, that I just finished. It was about a Russian immigrant, who made it as a successful stockbroker who was murdered. What made this particular case so interesting, was that it took the authorities a long time to find a suspect, as it turned out that the guy who was murdered had a lot of enemies, many of whom expressed pleasure that he was dead when questioned by the police.
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Old 03-18-17, 09:10 PM   #122
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Investigation Discovery is a great channel for this Challenge, with some very interesting true crime television shows. One of those is Evil Lives Here. I just finished an episode of that show and loved it. The episode I watched was about a boy who started out liking anything military and gun related, and had planned to join the Marines when he was 18. As he grew older however, his behavior became more destructive, and he became increasingly combative toward his parents. It all came to a head one night when he murdered his parents and brothers in their beds, and attempted to murder his sister, but only wounded her, leaving her the only survivor. To this day, she works to make sure his parole is denied every time it comes up.
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I had never seen any of The Substitute movies until tonight, but now I'd like to see them all some time, however many there are. I just finished The Substitute 2: School's Out, on Epix Drive In, and I loved the movie. It wasn't a great acting movie, but had loads of action, and that's a high point of a movie for me.
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Daylight Sucky Time has also been kicking my tail lately. I always nod off in the evenings, most often when I am in the middle of watching something. I didn't even get to finish Affliction M1 Global: Day Of Reckoning, which I was watching on UFC Fight Pass, as I fell asleep before it was over...
That sounds like me... can't blame DST here, though. Just work and life, worse luck!
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I had my first equipment failure of the Challenge this morning. My primary Blu Ray player quit reading discs. I went to watch an episode of Superman: The Animated Series, and the menu loaded, but when I selected the episode, all I heard was a noise as the disc spun, but nothing started. Thinking it was just the disc I put in a disc from Battlestar Galactica (2004), and that time the disc didn't even load. Luckily, I have other Blu Ray players.
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