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Dimension X
04-25-12, 11:13 AM

The Third Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge
May 1-31, 2012

This thread is for lists only.
For discussion, go to the May 2012 Make-Your-Own Challenge Discussion Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/600731-third-annual-may-make-your-own-challenge-discussion-thread-may-1-31-2012-a.html).

It's your Challenge, so you make your own rules, but there are a few guidelines which everyone should follow.

Challenge Guidelines:

The Challenge runs from May 1 through May 31.

Sure, you can run your May MYOC in September if you want, but the list thread will only be stickied during May, so if you want anyone else to see what you're up to, please try to keep it within those dates.

Please state your challenge theme and your challenge goal and rules (if any) at the top of your list(s) in the list thread so others can tell what you're up to.

Please don't duplicate an existing "Official" DVD Talk Challenge.

This guideline is mainly here so we don't subtract from participation in any of the other Challenges, and to encourage participants to focus on genres not already covered by a Challenge, but since everyone's "need to watch" list is different, and you're able to watch stuff that qualifies for one or more of the other Challenges during every other Challenge, you're free to narrow the focus of one of the broader "Official" Challenges.

For example; Say you only collect horror, then you could make your Challenge to watch just horror films, or just horror TV shows, or just zombie films, etc. Or if you have lots of unwatched Sci-Fi, then your MYOC could be just watch Sci-Fi movies, or watch Star Trek shows, or watch TOS, etc.

Check out the previous threads for ideas:
2010 discussion thread. (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/571664-may-2010-make-your-own-challenge-challenge-discussion-thread.html)
2010 list thread. (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/572798-may-2010-make-your-own-challenge-challenge-lists-go-here.html)
2011 discussion thread. (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/589796-may-2011-make-your-own-challenge-discussion-thread.html)
2011 list thread. (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/590151-may-2011-make-your-own-challenge-lists-go-here.html)

Free stuff!

provided by
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Thanks, GoldenWheels!

On June 1st, three winners will be randomly chosen from the Challenge participants (using Random.org). In keeping with the spirit of the Make-Your-Own Challenge, those three winners will get to pick their own prizes from HamiltonBook.com.

Prize selection will be limited to items priced $20 or less.

For the purpose of this drawing, a participant is anyone not called Dimension X who has claimed a spot in the list thread, has chosen a Challenge theme, and has listed at least one item in his/her list.

If for some reason you do not wish to participate in the random drawing (e.g. Your mother told you to never accept free stuff from strangers; the warden doesn't allow you to receive packages; your spouse, or your roommate, or the voices in your head told you that you already have enough DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, and/or books and will not allow you to acquire any more), please opt out by letting me know, either by PM, or in the discussion thread, or in your list post in this thread.

Winners will be given one week to choose their prizes. Any unclaimed prize opportunities will be re-gifted on June 8.

I will announce the prizes chosen so we can all be envious and/or amused by the selections made.

Dimension X
04-25-12, 11:13 AM
List of Participants and their Challenges:

<table BORDER=2 CELLPADDING=3><TR><TH>Name</TH><TH>Challenge Theme</TH></TR><TR><TD>Dimension X (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205034-post3.html)</TD> <TD>"Commentary Track Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>cardsfan111 (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205040-post4.html)</TD> <TD>"The Alphabet Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>BuddhaWake (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205046-post5.html)</TD> <TD>"Iberian and Latin American (including Caribbean) ... Now with Asia too!" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>MrTerrific (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205050-post6.html)</TD> <TD>Movies by Ratings Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>davidh777 (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205093-post7.html)</TD> <TD>"Bring On Buffy" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>Screwadu (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205125-post8.html)</TD> <TD>"1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>KaBluie (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205160-post9.html)</TD> <TD>"Mill Creek's 50 Classic Musicals Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>Gobear (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205167-post10.html)</TD> <TD>Musicals Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>shadokitty (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205195-post11.html)</TD> <TD>"Documentaries and Other Educational Programs/Sci Fi/Horror Films" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>Indy24LA (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205235-post12.html)</TD> <TD>"The All Challenges Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>mrcellophane (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205246-post13.html)</TD> <TD>"Film Adaptations & Film Writers Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>Mister Peepers (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205252-post14.html)</TD> <TD>"Loose Threads with a Side of Noir" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>pagefrance (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205282-post15.html)</TD> <TD>"Comic Book Movie Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>Jeffy Pop (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205408-post16.html)</TD> <TD>"Foreign Language Film Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>NoirFan (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205453-post17.html)</TD> <TD>"Unwatched Blu-rays Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>walletboyniac (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205486-post18.html)</TD> <TD>"Sabrina, The Teenage Witch Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>gp1086 (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205534-post19.html)</TD> <TD>"May Mix-Up Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>Giles (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205559-post20.html)</TD> <TD>"The Art of the Short Film" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>Trevor (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205573-post21.html)</TD> <TD>"Stuff I'll Probably Sell After the Challenge Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>jmsmath (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205593-post22.html)</TD> <TD>"2012 'Non-Challenge' Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>Mondo Kane (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205599-post23.html)</TD> <TD>"Commentary Track Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>terrycloth (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205665-post24.html)</TD> <TD>"Clearing My Unwatched/NWI Queue Piles!" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>lisadoris (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205860-post25.html)</TD> <TD>"All Challenges Challenge" & "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>Bladz (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205883-post26.html)</TD> <TD>"Superhero Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>Chad (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205889-post27.html)</TD> <TD>"The Unwatched Pile / Netflix Queue / Supplemental Material Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>BobO'Link (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205894-post28.html)</TD> <TD>"The 50s/60s TV Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>zaphod2467 (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205983-post29.html)</TD> <TD>"Last Annual 2012 End of the World Movie Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>brianluvdvd (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11205988-post30.html)</TD> <TD>???</TD></TR><TR><TD>hbsvb (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11206092-post31.html)</TD> <TD>"Clean Off My DVR Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>acubfaninmd (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11207830-post33.html)</TD> <TD>"Unwatched Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>SterlingBen (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11207909-post34.html)</TD> <TD>"The Mad Men & Wife's 'To Watch' Pile Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>critterdvd (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11208338-post35.html)</TD> <TD>"Unwatched MOVIES Pile" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>SnapDawg (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11208792-post36.html)</TD> <TD>"The Expendables Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>CardiffGiant (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11209709-post37.html)</TD> <TD>"Unwatched Material" Mini-Challenges</TD></TR><TR><TD>Darkgod (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11209793-post38.html)</TD> <TD>"Clean off My Hard Drive of 100gb" Challenge + Chuck & Supernatural Mini-Challenges</TD></TR><TR><TD>omike (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11212417-post39.html)</TD> <TD>"American Movies of the 30's, 40's, and 50's" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>coyoteblue (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11212970-post40.html)</TD> <TD>Chinese Zodiac Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>indy2003 (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11213024-post41.html)</TD> <TD>Movies by Ratings Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>popcorn (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11214975-post42.html)</TD> <TD>"The Unwatched/Unopened Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>InnocentBlood (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11216506-post43.html)</TD> <TD>"World Cinema Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>Darth Maher (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11218559-post44.html)</TD> <TD>"That Damn DVR!" & "Star Trek Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>Undeadcow (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11234678-post45.html)</TD> <TD>"Catching Up on The Last 3 Years Challenge"</TD></TR></TABLE>

If you notice any errors in this list, please let me know.

Dimension X
04-25-12, 11:13 AM
MYOC III: Commentary Track Challenge

Goals: Listen to at least 50 new-to-me commentaries while re-watching the films.

My 2010 MYOC (forum.dvdtalk.com/10122087-post2.html)
My 2011 MYOC (forum.dvdtalk.com/10745373-post3.html)


1) Blood Shack (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066846/) (1971) w/commentary by Ray Dennis Steckler - Not too bad, but I wish he'd had more stories, even if they were about other films, to fill the (many) gaps where he just described the onscreen action.


2) The Chooper (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066846/) (1971) w/commentary by Joe Bob Briggs
3) Tucker & Dale vs Evil (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1465522/) (2010) w/commentary by Eli Craig, Tyler Labine, and Alan Tudyk


4) The Family Jewels (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059166/) (1965) w/commentary by Jerry Lewis and Steve Lawrence - This was bad. There was about 10-15 mins of actual commentary. The rest was Steve Lawrence (Steve Lawrence??), and occasionally Jerry, laughing here and there. It's a shame this one didn't have a moderator/interviewer (maybe that's what Steve Lawrence was supposed to do).
-) The Patsy (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058456/) (1964) w/select scene commentary by Jerry Lewis and Steve Lawrence - This was better. On this disc they let you play just the parts with actual commentary. It was only about 10 mins total, so I'm not going to number this one.


5) Machete Maidens Unleashed! (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1623757/) (2010) w/commentary by Mark Hartley, Jock Healy, Angelo Sartore, and Melissa Hines
6) Satan's Sadists (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064939/) (1969) w/commentary by Sam Sherman


7) The Losers (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066126/) (1970) w/commentary by William Smith and Paul Koslo moderated by Todd Wieneke


8) Dr. No (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055928/) (1962) w/commentary by Terence Young, Ursula Andress, et al. - narration by John Cork


9) Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286944/) (2000) w/commentary by Ray Greene, Wade Major, et al.


10) Coffy (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069897/) (1973) w/commentary by Jack Hill


11) A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1231586/) (2011) w/commentary by Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck, and Jason Sudeikis

12) Goldfinger (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058150/) (1964) w/commentary by Guy Hamilton, Sean Connery, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn, et al. - narrated by John Cork


13) Goldfinger (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058150/) (1964) w/commentary by John Barry, George Leech, Cliff Culley, et al. - narrated by John Cork - Too many gaps in this one.


14) The Burning (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082118/) (1980) w/commentary by Tony Maylam and Alan Jones
15) The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057181/) (1963) w/commentary by Ray Dennis Steckler - Once again. Steckler spent a lot of time just describing the onscreen action, but with this film that actually helped.
16) The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057181/) (1963) w/commentary by Joe Bob Briggs


17) I Spit on Your Grave (Day of the Woman) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077713/) (1978) w/commentary by Meir Zarchi


18) I Spit on Your Grave (Day of the Woman) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077713/) (1978) w/commentary by Joe Bob Briggs


19) From Russia with Love (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057076/) (1963) w/commentary by Terence Young, John Barry, et al. - narrated by John Cork


20) Thunderball (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059800/) (1965) w/commentary by Terence Young, John Barry, et al. - narrated by John Cork
21) Thunderball (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059800/) (1965) w/commentary by Peter Hunt, John Hopkins, et al. - narrated by John Cork (The Peter Hunt parts were actually scene specific commentary.)


22) You Only Live Twice (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062512/) (1967) w/commentary by Lewis Gilbert, John Barry, Nancy Sinatra, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn, et al. - narrated by John Cork
23) On Her Majesty's Secret Service (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064757/) (1969) w/commentary by Peter Hunt, Lois Maxwell, John Barry, et al. - narrated by John Cork


24) Diamonds Are Forever (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066995/) (1971) w/commentary by Guy Hamilton, John Barry, Jill St. John, Jimmy Dean, et al. - narrated by David Naylor
25) The Hollywood Strangler Meets the Skid Row Slasher (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079300/) (1980) w/commentary by Ray Dennis Steckler
26) The Hollywood Strangler Meets the Skid Row Slasher (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079300/) (1980) w/commentary by Joe Bob Briggs

04-25-12, 11:15 AM

"The Alphabet Challenge"

The Goal: Watch a film and a television show starting with each letter of the alphabet.

Films (26/26):

A - Albino Alligator (1996) [DVD]

B - Beautiful Boy (2010) [DVR]

C - City by the Sea (2002) [DVD]

D - The Dilemma (2011) [DVR]

E - Ella Enchanted (2004) [DVD]

F - Flash of Genius (2008) [DVD]

G - The Grifters (1990) [DVD]

H - Horrible Bosses (2011) [DVR]

I - In & Out (1997) [DVR]

J - The January Man (1989) [DVD]

K - Kicking & Screaming (2005) [DVD]

L - Larry Crowne (2011) [DVR]

M - Moneyball (2011) [DVD]

N - Nurse Betty (2000) [DVR]

O - O (2001) [DVR]

P - A Perfect Getaway (2009) [DVR]

Q - Quick Change (1990) [DVD]

R - Roads to Riches (2001) [DVR]

S - Shorts (2009) [DVD]

T - Trust the Man (2005) [DVR]

U - The Ugly Truth (2009) [DVR]

V - Valentine's Day (2010) [DVR]

W - We Bought A Zoo (2011) [DVD-Redbox]

X - X2: X-Men United (2003) [DVD]

Y - The Yards (1999) [DVD]

Z - Zookeeper (2011) [DVR]

Television Shows (26/26):

A - The Amazing Race (1 episode) [TV]

B - The Ben Stiller Show (1 episode) [DVD]

C - Cheers (4 episodes) [Streaming]

D - The Drew Carey Show (1 episode) [DVD]

E - Everybody Loves Raymond (7 episodes) [DVD]

F - Flipper (4 episodes) [DVD]

G - Grey's Anatomy (1 episode) [DVD]

H - Happy Days (4 episodes) [DVD]

I - I Dream of Jeannie (7 episodes) [DVD]

J - Joey (6 episodes) [DVD]

K - Kate & Allie (6 episodes) [DVD]

L - Little House on the Prairie (3 episodes) [DVD]

M - Mork & Mindy (4 episodes) [DVD]

N - Ned and Stacey (2 episodes) [DVD]

O - The Office (2 episodes) [TV]

P - Pardon the Interruption (3 episodes) [TV]

Q - Quantum Leap (2 episodes) [Online]

R - Rules of Engagement (1 episode) [DVD]

S - The Shield (4 episodes) [DVD] / Survivor (4 episodes) [TV]

T - Tilt (4 episodes) [DVD]

U - The Unit (1 episode) [DVD]

V - Veronica Mars (1 episode) [DVD]

W - Who's the Boss? (9 episodes) [DVD]

X - The X-Files (1 episode) [DVD]

Y - You Can't Do That on Television (30+ minutes of clips) [Online]

Z - Zorro (1 episode) [Online]

04-25-12, 11:17 AM
I'm going to do an Iberian and Latin American (including Caribbean) challenge. Now with Asia too!
My rules will be:

1. A film that is from any of these countries and in its native language
2. films that are from out of the country but that take place entirely in one of these countries i.e. Turistas, Man On Fire, Girl from Rio, Westerns based on the Mexican Revolution or before the Mexican-American War (so old Mexican territory)
3. Film from one of these countries but not on the countries native languages due to dubbing or intentionally done in another language but with at least 70% crew from native contry. i.e. Kovak Box
4. TV shows are allowed if completely from one of these countries and in native language i.e. Epitafios
5. Concerts are allowed if longer that 60 minutes and by musician from one of these countries or foreign musicians in concert in one of these countries.
6. Territories are considered autonomous so a movie from France or the UK would not count unless one of the rules above applies
7. documentaries about a one of these countries or person/s from these countries allowed with no location restrictions.
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2012 edition to include Asian films. Rules above apply.
1A. Political map of Asia (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/22/LocationAsia.png/1280px-LocationAsia.png) to be used to determine elegiblilty
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May 1st
1. A Cada Lado (Argentina)
2. La Soga (Dominican Republic)

May 2nd
3. Carmen (Spain)
4. Mujeres En El Parque (Spain)

May 3rd
5. Salvajes (Spain)

May 4th
6. The Rum Diary (US)

May 6th
7. Sukiyaki Western Django (Japan)
8. God of Gamblers (Hong Kong)
9. The Matador (US/Spain)
10. All for the Winner (Hong Kong)
11. Filhos do Carnaval Season 2 episode 1 - 3 (Brazil)

May 7th
12. Filhos do Carnaval Season 2 episode 4 - 5 (Brazil)
13. Filhos do Carnaval Season 2 episode 6 - 7 (Brazil)

May 8th
14. Las Edades de Lulu (Spain)

May 9th
15. Solo Mia (Spain)

May 10th
16. Chinese Torture Chamber Story (Hong Kong)

May 11th
17. God of Gamblers 2 (Hong Kong)

May 12th
18. Sin Nombre (Mexico)
19. Satanico Pandemonium (Mexico)
20. Merantau (Indonesia)

May 13th
21. El Hombre de al Lado (Argentina)
22. Caribe (Costa Rica)
23. God of Gambler's III: Back to Shanghai (Hong Kong)

May 15th
24. God of Gabler's 2: Return (Hong Kong)

May 18th
25. Buenos Aires 100 KM (Argentina)
26. La Mujer Sin Cabeza (Argentina)
27. Era Uma Vez... (Brazil)

May 20th
28. La Ultima Mirada (Mexico)
29. Biutiful (Spain)
30. Musica Nocturna (Argentina)

May 21st
31. The Detective (Hong Kong/Thailand)
32. Con El Amor No Se Juega (Mexico)
33. Legend of Drunken Master (Hong Kong)
34. Extraña invasión (Argentina)

May 22nd
35. Oedipo alcalde (Colombia)
36. I'm a cyborg, but that's Ok (South Korea)

May 25th
37. Amor end defensa propia (Spain)

May 26th
38. Shaolin (Hong Kong)

May 28th
39. Twin Dragons (Hong Kong)
40. The Maid (Chile)

May 29th
41. Veias e Vinhos (Brazil)

04-25-12, 11:18 AM

*First Time Viewing

Week 1 / May 1 - 6 / Rated G or Not Rated
1. The Cocoanuts* (May 1)
2. Animal Crackers* (May 1)
3. Monkey Business* (May 2)
4. Horse Feathers (May 3)
5. Duck Soup (May 3)
6. Go West* (May 3)
7. The Big Store (May 3)

Week 2 / May 7 - 13 / Rated PG
8. Star Wars IV: A New Hope (May 7)
9. Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (May 7)
10. Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi (May 7)
11. Hugo (May 10)

Week 3 / May 14 - 20 / Rated PG-13
12. Wayne's World (May 14)
13. Source Code (May 14)
14. The Conspirator* (May 15)

Week 4 / May 21 - 27 / Rated R
15. Blood Simple (May 21)
16. Miller's Crossing (May 21)
17. Fargo (May 21)
18. Buffalo '66* (May 21)
19. Punch Drunk Love (May 22)

04-25-12, 11:41 AM

Bring On Buffy

*First-time viewing

May 4
1. When She Was Bad* (season 2, episode 1)
2. Some Assembly Required*

May 10
3. School Hard*

May 15
4. Inca Mummy Girl*

May 30
5. Reptile Boy*

May 31
6. Halloween*
7. Lie to Die*

Bonus Avengers mini-challenge

May 3
8. Captain America The First Avenger

May 4
9. The Avengers*

May 6
10. Iron Man 2

May 8
The Avengers

May 9
11. Thor

May 13
12. Incredible Hulk*

Whiskey Warfield
04-25-12, 11:58 AM

The Master List: 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (http://www.filmsquish.com/guts/?q=taxonomy/term/53/9)
All 1,103 films that have made the list at any point are viable.
Titles in blue = first time viewing

1. The Great Train Robbery (1903)
2. Le voyage dans la lune [A Trip to the Moon] (1902)
3. Un chien andalou [An Andalusian Dog] (1929)
4. L'âge d'or [The Golden Age] (1930)
5. Las Hurdes [Land Without Bread] (1933)
6. The Kid Brother (1927)
7. Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966)
8. Report (1967)
9. Partie de campagne [A Day in the Country] (1936)
10. San Pietro (1945)
11. Flaming Creatures (1963)
12. The Thin Man (1934)
13. Nuit et brouillard [Night and Fog] (1955)
14. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
15. La jetée [The Jetty] (1962)
16. Bronenosets Potyomkin [Battleship Potemkin] (1926)
17. Dracula (1931)
18. Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
19. Les maîtres fous [The Mad Masters] (1955)
20. Khaneh siah ast‎ [The House is Black] (1963)
21. Blonde Cobra (1963)
22. Sons of the Desert (1933)
23. Mondo cane [A Dog's World] (1962)
24. Frankenstein (1931)
25. Méditerranée [Mediterranean] (1963)
26. A Hard Day's Night (1964)
27. Pink Flamingos (1972)
28. Crumb (1994)
29. Wo hu cang long [Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon] (2000)
30. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
31. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
32. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
33. Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
34. The General (1927)
35. Seven Chances (1925)
36. Wavelength (1967)
37. Our Hospitality (1923)
38. The Unknown (1927)
39. The Jazz Singer (1927)
40. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo [The Good, the Bad and the Ugly] (1966)
41. High Plains Drifter (1972)
42. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
43. Vampyr (1932)
44. Duck Soup (1933)
45. It's a Gift (1934)
46. The Bank Dick (1940)
47. Dumbo (1941)
48. Dracula (1958)
49. A Night at the Opera (1935)
50. Da zui xia [Come Drink with Me] (1966)
51. Forbidden Planet (1956)
52. Freaks (1932)
53. Top Hat (1935)
54. The Naked Spur (1953)
55. The Man from Laramie (1955)
56. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
57. King Kong (1933)
58. Rio Grande (1950)
59. Murder, My Sweet (1944)
60. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
61. She Done Him Wrong (1933)
62. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
63. The Black Cat (1934)
64. The Big Sleep (1946)
65. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
66. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
67. The Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King (2003)
68. To Have and Have Not (1944)
69. Rope (1948)
70. Clerks (1994)
71. American Graffiti (1973)
72. Beat the Devil (1953)
73. 42nd Street (1933)
74. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
75. Modern Times (1936)
76. The Palm Beach Story (1942)
77. The Jungle Book (1967)
78. Louisiana Story (1948)
79. Tetsuo (1989)
80. Sien nui yau wan [A Chinese Ghost Story] (1987)
81. The Gold Rush (1925)
82. Wu du [Five Deadly Venoms] (1978)
83. Det sjunde inseglet [The Seventh Seal] (1957)
84. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
85. C'era una volta il West [Once Upon A Time In The West] (1968)
86. Xia nu [A Touch of Zen] (1971)
87. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
88. Shao Lin san shi liu fang [The 36th Chamber of Shaolin] (1978)
89. David Holzman's Diary (1967)
90. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
91. Captain Blood (1935)
92. Neco z Alenky [Alice] (1988)
93. Toy Story (1995)
94. Footlight Parade (1933)
95. The Lady Eve (1941)
96. The Evil Dead (1981)
97. Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)

04-25-12, 12:20 PM
Mill Creek's 50 Classic Musicals Challenge

2012-05-01 (Disc 1 Side A)
01. The Fabulous Dorseys (1947) ****
Comments: FTV Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlights: The Waltz where the boys first let loose. "To Me" sung by Janet Blair.
02. Calendar Girl (1947) ***
Comments: FTV Lots of print damage, crackling sound but still watchable.
Musical Highlights: "Calendar Girl/Have I Told You Lately?" sung by Kenny Baker/William Marshall
2012-05-02 (Disc 1 Side B)
03. Sunny (1941) ***
Comments: FTV Lots of jump cuts, kind of dark, with a curtain of vertical lines but still watchable.
Musical Highlights: The dance scene at the wedding party.
04. Swing Hostess (1944) ***
Comments: FTV OK picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlights:"Say It With Love" sung by Martha Tilton.
2012-05-03 (Disc 2 Side A)
05. Dixiana (1930) **
Comments: FTV OK picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlights: None.
06. Palooka (1934) ****
Comments: FTV OK picture & sound quality. NOT a musical!
Musical Highlights: Jimmy Durante's drunken rendition of "Inka Dinka Doo"
2012-05-04 (Disc 2 Side B)
07. Glorifying The American Girl (1929) ****
Comments: Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlights: The songs sung by the sheet music sellers.
08. Check And Double Check (1930) *
Comments: FTV OK picture & sound quality. NOT a musical!
Musical Highlights: None.
2012-05-07 (Disc 3 Side A)
09. Paradise In Harlem (1939) *
Comments: FTV Some print damage but OK picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlights: "Harlem Serenade" sung by Edna Mae Harris and Lucky Millinder
10. The Duke Is Tops (1938) ***
Comments: FTV Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlights: "I Know You Remember" sung by Lena Horne.
2012-05-08 (Disc 3 Side B)
11. Reet, Petite And Gone (1947) ****
Comments: FTV Some print damage but Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "All For The Love Of Lil" sung by Louis Jordan.
12. Killer Diller (1948) ****
Comments: FTV Lots of print damage, with a curtain of vertical lines but still watchable.
Musical Highlights: "Now He Tells Me" by The King Cole Trio. "It Ain't Nobody's Business What I Do" sung by Beverly White.
2012-05-09 (Disc 4 Side A)
13. Delightfully Dangerous (1945) ****
Comments: FTV Lots of print damage but still watchable.
Musical Highlight:"I'm Only Teasin'" sung by Constance Moore.
14. Private Buckaroo (1942) ***
Comments: FTV OK picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)" sung by The Andrews Sisters.
2012-05-10 (Disc 4 Side B)
15. Stage Door Canteen (1943) *****
Comments: FTV Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "Why Don't You Do Right" sung by Peggy Lee.
16. Career Girl (1943) ****
Comments: FTV Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "That's How The Rhumba Began" sung by Frances Langford.
2012-05-11 (Disc 5 Side A)
17. Second Chorus (1940) *****
Comments: FTV Dark picture, good sound.
Musical Highlights: "Dig It" sung by Fred Astaire. "Poor Mr. Chisholm" sung by Fred Astaire.
18. Trocadero (1944) ***
Comments: FTV OK picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "Bullfrog Jump" sung by Rosemary Lane.
2012-05-12 (Disc 5 Side B)
19. People Are Funny (1946) ****
Comments: FTV Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "The Old Squaredance Is Back Again" sung by The Vagabonds.
20. Doll Face (1945) ****
Comments: FTV Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "Dig You Later (A Hubba-Hubba-Hubba)" sung by Perry Como and Martha Stewart.
Mother's Day (Disc 6 Side A & B)
21. The Great Gabbo (1929) ****
Comments: FTV Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "I'm Laughing" sung by Otto the dummy, with Erich von Stroheim.
22. Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1937) **
Comments: FTV Lots of print damage but still watchable.
Musical Highlight: "Get A Horse And Saddle" sung by Tex Ritter.
23. Road Show (1941) ****
Comments: FTV Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "Calliope Jane" sung by The Charioteers.
24. Hi Diddle Diddle (1943) ****
Comments: FTV Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "The Man With The Big Sombrero" sung by June Havoc.
2012-05-14 (Disc 7 Side A & B)
25. Rock, Rock, Rock (1956) ****
Comments: Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "You Can't Catch Me" sung by Chuck Berry.
26. King Kelly Of The USA (1934) ****
Comments: FTV Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "There's A Love Song In The Air" sung by Guy Robertson and the marching mop ladies.
27. Rock 'N' Roll Revue (1955) ***
Comments: FTV Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "The Trouble With Me Is You" sung by Nat 'King' Cole.
28. Rhythm And Blues Revue (1955) ***
Comments: FTV Some print damage but Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "Minnie The Moocher" sung by Cab Calloway.
2012-05-16 (Disc 8 Side A)
29. Till The Clouds Roll By (1946) *****
Comments: FTV Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "How'd You Like To Spoon With Me?" sung by Angela Lansbury.
30. All-American Co-Ed (1941) ****
Comments: FTV Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "Up At The Crack Of Dawn" sung by The Tanner Sisters, Majorie Woodworth, and The Mar Brynn Girls.
2012-05-17 (Disc 8 Side B)
31. Hi-De-Ho (1947) **
Comments: FTV Some print damage but OK picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "Hey, Now!" sung by Cab Calloway.
32. Breakfast In Hollywood (1946) ***
Comments: FTV Some print damage but OK picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "It's Better To Be By Yourself" performed by The King Cole Trio.
2012-05-18 (Disc 9 Side A & B)
33. Soundies Festival (1945) *
Comments: FTV Lots of print damage.
Musical Highlight: None.
34. Soundies Cavalcade (1945) *
Comments: FTV Lots of print damage.
Musical Highlight: None.
35. Reaching For The Moon (1930) ***
Comments: FTV It's a musical with only one musical number in it. OK picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "When The Folks High Up Do The Mean Low-Down" sung by Bing Crosby, Bebe Daniels, June MacCloy and chorus.
36. Mr. Imperium (1951) **
Comments: FTV OK picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "Solamente una vez (You Belong To My Heart)" sung by Ezio Pinza and Lana Turner (dubbed by Trudy Erwin).
2012-05-19 (Disc 10 Side A)
37. Royal Wedding (1951) *****
Comments: FTV Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You..." sung by Fred Astaire and Jane Powell.
38. The Pied Piper Of Hamelin (1957) ****
Comments: FTV Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "Flim Flam Floo" sung by Van Johnson.
2012-05-20 (Disc 10 Side B)
39. Wild Guitar (1962) *****
Comments: Some print damage but OK picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "Vickie" sung by Arch Hall, Jr.
40. Murder With Music (1941) **
Comments: FTV Lots of print damage.
Musical Highlight: "I'm A Cute Little Bangi From Ubangi" sung by unknown.
2012-05-21 (Disc 11 Side A)
41. Jack And The Beanstalk (1952) ***
Comments: FTV OK picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "Jack And The Beanstalk" sung by the villagers.
42. The Road To Hollywood (1947) *
Comments: FTV Lots of print damage, OK picture but Bad sound quality.
Musical Highlight: None.
2012-05-22 (Disc 11 Side B)
43. The Big Show (1936) ****
Comments: FTV OK picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "Nobody's Darlin' But Mine" sung by Gene Autry.
44. Black Tights (1960) **
Comments: FTV OK picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: None.
2012-05-25 (Disc 12 Side A)
45. Fiesta (1941) **
Comments: FTV Some print damage but Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "Never Trust A Jumping Bean" sung by Armida with The Guadalajara Trio.
46. Let's Go Collegiate (1941) **
Comments: FTV Some print damage but Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "Let's Do A Little Dreamin'" sung by Jackie Moran, Marcia Mae Jones, Mantan Moreland and Marguerite Whitten.
47. Up In The Air (1940) ***
Comments: FTV Good picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "By The Looks Of Things" sung by Marjorie Reynolds.
2012-05-26 (Disc 12 Side B)
48. Minstrel Man (1944) ***
Comments: FTV Some print damage but OK picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "I Don't Care If The World Knows About It" sung by Judy Clark.
49. Rhythm In The Clouds (1937) **
Comments: FTV Some print damage but OK picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "Two Hearts Are Dancing" sung by Warren Hull and Patricia Ellis.
50. Sitting On The Moon (1936) **
Comments: FTV Some print damage but OK picture & sound quality.
Musical Highlight: "Lost In My Dreams" sung by Grace Bradley.

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04-25-12, 12:23 PM
I'm doing musicals, including recordings of live productions.

May 1.
1. Chicago (2002). Blu-Ray Joyously cynical
Best song: "Cell Block Tango" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4_H65XoykY)
2. Hair (1979). Blu-Ray For my money, the best movie musical of the 1970s
Best Song: "Easy To Be Hard" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCs1rkAXZ9o)

May 2.
3. Shock Treatment (1981). DVD Trying to manufacture a cult film does not guarantee that you can make a cult film. Still, I love Shock Treatment, and the score is a lovely snapshot of early 80s pop.
Best Song: "Lullaby" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuaaO35sP0A)
4. Dreamgirls (2006). DVD Berry Gordy should sue for defamation
Best Song: "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZO_QFM5j_I&feature=related)
5. Hairspray (2007). DVD I absolutely love this film. Although Harvey Fierstein owns the role of Edna and ought to have reprised his stage role in the film, Travolta's performance works for me.
Best Song: "Miss Baltimore Crabs" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCW-iFgUbKY)

May 3.
6. True Stories (1986). DVD Radical
Best Song: Pops Staples singing "Papa Legba" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsbtAxGTAE4)

May 4.
7. A Chorus Line (1985). DVD I like the performances (mostly), but the film is a misfire.
Best Song: "What I Did For Love" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja527_lQdCo)
8. Pink Floyd's The Wall (1982). DVD Roger Waters HATES this movie and Alan Parker, but maybe that's because he revealed more of Waters's unpleasant personality than Waters wanted. It's a masterful film of one of rock's greatest concept albums
Best Song: "Comfortably Numb" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?src_vid=YQWszrZHBPI&feature=iv&annotation_id=annotation_914453&v=9DqK2PkFgtw)

May 5.
9. Phantom of the Paradise (1974). DVD A blend of glam rock, The Phantom of the Opera, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Faust. One of my favorites that I watch at least once a year
Best Song: "Old Souls" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2y6AAEwcNM)

May 6.
10. Company (2007). Netflix A recording of the John Doyle production of Stephen Sondheim's musical about growing up, marriage, and despair, centering on protagonist Bobby as he turns 35 among his happily and unhappily married friends. I don't like Doyle's device of having the cast double as the orchestra because it breaks the illusion of reality on the stage, but Raul Esparza shines as Bobby.
Best Song: "Being Alive" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBBPKedba5o)

May 7.
11. The Gospel at Colonus (1985). DVD. Recorded for a PBS broadcast, the Gospel at Colonus is an absolutely inspired (in every sense) retelling of the second play in Aeschylus's Oedipus trilogy, mixing Greek tragedy with African-American gospel. The cast includes the incandescent Jevetta Steele and renowned gospel groups The Mighty Clouds of Joy and The Blind Boys of Alabama, featuring the amazing Clarence Fountain as Oedipus. Just makes me want to shout!
Best Song: Tie between "How Shall I see You Through My Tears" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkwCUi2nroA&feature=related) and "Stop, Do Not Go On" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOU38qRJPok&feature=related)
12. Fados (2007). DVD. I only recently discovered the Portuguese folk music called "fado," a mournful ballad form that is intensely soulful and beautiful, which led me to buy this DVD. Carlos Saura knows how to film musical performances unlike any other director save Jonathan Demme.
Best Song: "Transparente Moçamibique" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0_rHpY3wf8)
13. Tango (1998). DVD Another brilliant Carlos Saura film, this time highlighting the art of the tango.
Best Scene: Tango and percussion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUhYnD3yOGI&feature=related)

May 8
14. Godspell (1973). DVD It's easy to take shots at this incredibly dated hippie musical based on the Gospel of Matthew, but Stephen Schwartz's score hasn't aged a day.
Best Song: "By My Side" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJ-BD_zgvf4)
15. Pippin (1981). DVD This road company production was recorded in Canada directly to video for some long-dead cable channel, so the picture quality, frankly, blows. Still, the show includes many of the original background dancers and Benjamin Rayson as Charlemagne and Ben Vereen as the First Player from the original 1972 cast, and improves on the Broadway production by adding Chita Rivera as Fastrada, Pippin's evil stepmother, and Martha Raye as Bertha, Pippin's horny grandmother.
Best Song: "Morning Glow" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERpF8iXqVLY)

May 9
16. Zero Patience (1993). DVD.An angry film made in the era when ACT-UP was protesting the inactivity of government towards handling the AIDS crisis. Low budget but terrific.
Best Song: "When You Pop a Boner in the Shower (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RQI5B3AK4o)" (NSFW)

May 10
17. Sunday in the Park With George (1986). DVD. Another recording of a Broadway production made for PBS broadcast. I've always thought the first act could stand on its own as pure Broadway bliss, because for me the second acts drags, but still it's Sondheim.
Best Song: Finishing the Hat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ducG55pfCMQ)[/size]
18. Into The Woods (1990). DVD. More than a retelling of fairy tales, Into The Woods reveals the disappointments in marriage and parent-child relationships and the necessity for forgiveness and acceptance to make love work.
Best Song: "Moments in the Woods" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oyXkOGrNJY) [/size]

May 11
19. The T.A.M.I. Show (1990). DVD.. Teen Age Music International? WTF does that mean? Who cares, because this concert film aimed at the mid-60s drive-in teen market is terrific, featuring some obscure acts that disappeared (Billy Kramer and the Dakotas) and some acts just beginning their ascents into immortality (James Brown, The Rolling Stones). James Brown steals this film.
Best Song: Please, Please, Please (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2nybY647F0)
20. The Blues Brothers (1979). DVD. It's amazing how good this movie is and how the performances still stand up despite the chaotic production history.
Best Song: "Think" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE41YPdPuis)

May 12
21. The Book of Mormon (2011). Digital. I "acquired" this recording of the musical online since tickets are so freaking scarce. We WILL see this sometime in 2012 or maybe 2013.
Best Song: "Joseph Smith American Moses" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaD9iAUdwj8)
22. Carrie (1988). Digital. I DL'd this video of the last performance of the original 1988 production years ago from a Broadway fan site. The score is incredibly uneven, like when the showstopper "And Eve Was Weak" segues into an insipid ballad "Don't Waste the Moon." The climax of the musical, "The Destruction" is a confusing mess; I can see why the original production failed. But there is so much that works that I can see it being a Broadway success, given some revisions to the score and the blocking.
Best Song: "And Eve Was Weak" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-65bgz4kN8&feature=related)

May 18
23. Rock Around the Clock (1956). TV. AIP made several films in the early days of rock and roll to exploit the nascent musical form. Not an interesting film, but some good music. Oddly, the group this film was meant to spotlight, Bill Haley and the comets, is the least entertaining.
Best Song: "The Great Pretender" (http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/478074/Rock-Around-The-Clock-Movie-Clip-The-Great-Pretender.html)
24. Jamboree (1957). TV. Another drive-in movie with a thin story meant to frame the musical acts the kids of the 50s wanted to see.
Best Song: Carl Perkins, "Glad All Over" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWSkGw6lIqk)

May 21
25. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Once More With Feeling" (2001). DVD. With this and Dr. Horrible, Joss Whedon needs to follow the South Park boys and break into Broadway.
Best Song: "What You Feel"
26. Xena: Warrior Princess, "The Bitter Suite" (1998). DVD. Lucy Lawless can do no wrong.
Best Song: "The Way Out"

May 22
27. 200 Motels (1971). Netflix It's a pity Frank Zappa recorded this on video because there is no way to improve the picture quality. It's stuck forever in 1970s low-res. I love Zappa's music, although it's not for everyone.
Best Song:Theme from 200 Motels

May 23.
28. Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog (2008). DVD. Geek paradise.
Best Song: My Eyes
29. Help (1965). DVD. A superior follow-up to "A Hard Day's Night" that showcases the Beatles at their height, with nice support from Eleanor Bron and Leo McKern.
Best Song: I Need You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8xzAy1jqMQ)

May 24
30. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994). DVD. Drag queen fabulosity from the Land Down Under.
Best Song: Finally (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_F2mFtRCXQ)

May 25
31. Lou Reed's Berlin (2008). DVD. Lou Reed. like Bob Dylan, is one of those tonedeaf singer/songwriters who are more capable as the latter than the former. Still, this film of his 2008 concert at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, directed by Julian Schnabel, is a thing of rare beauty.
Best Song: Sad Song

May 27
32. Janis (1974). Netflix A compilation of Janis performing her hits with the three bands she worked with in her 4-year career.
Best Song: Ball and Chain

May 29
33. This time For Keeps (1947) DVD. I cracked open my Esther Willliams box and picked this at random. Very mediocre.
Best Song: None

04-25-12, 12:41 PM
Documentaries and other educational programs/Sci Fi/Horror Films

May 1

1. Wild America: Fascinating Fishes - Local tv
2. The Crocodile Hunter: America's Deadliest Snakes - Animal Planet
3. Yellowstone: Realm of the Coyote - Nat Geo Wild
4. Robotech: Space Fold - DVD

May 3

5. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark - NWI
6. Night Wolf -Online On Demand

May 4

7. Modern Marvels: James Bond Gadgets - History
8. Star Blazers: The Battle At Pluto - Youtube

May 5

9. Godzilla X MechaGodzilla - VCD
10. Gaiking: I'm the Chosen Warrior?! - Crackle

May 6

11. Godzilla Tokyo SOS - DVD

May 7

12. The Crocodile Hunter: Australia's Wild Frontier - Animal Planet

May 11

13. Last Days on Earth - History

May 13

14. The Time Tunnel: Reign of Terror - DVD

May 15

15. Star Wars IV: A New Hope - DVD

May 16

16. MASK: The Deathstone - DVD

May 17

17. Wild Kingdom: Raising Sancho - Animal Planet

May 18

18. MASK: The Star Chariot - DVD

May 31

19. Gammera the Invincible - DVD

04-25-12, 01:06 PM
Indy24LA's 3rd Annual Make-Your-Own Challenge

The All Challenges Challenge

Goal: Watch 2 entries per challenge
* denotes 1st time viewing

January: TV
How I Met Your Mother: S 4, E 9 & 10: The Naked Man, The Fight*
How I Met Your Mother: S 4, E 12 & 13: Benefits, 3 Days of Snow*

February: Academy Award & Leap Day Challenge
West Side Story*
Funny Face*
The Muppets*
Vicky Cristina Barcelona*
The Help*

The Brady Bunch Movie

March: Action/Adventure/Crime
Donnie Brasco*
Ghost Writer*

April: Drive-In/Exploitation/B-Movie
Tucker and Dale vs Evil*
Piranha (2010)

June: Historical Appreciation
The Searchers*
History of the World Part 1

July: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
The Avengers*

August: Animation
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
Batman - Mask of the Phantasm*

September: Criterion
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas*

October: Horror
Underworld: Awakenings*
The Devil Inside*

November: Comedy
My Best Friend's Wedding
We Bought a Zoo*

December: Holiday
How I Met Your Mother: S 4, E 10: Little Minnesota*
How I Met Your Mother: S 5, E 9: Slapsgiving 2- Revenge of the Slap*

2011 Comedy A to Z Challenge (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/10745563-post12.html)
2010 Comic Book Challenge (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/10123515-post23.html)

04-25-12, 01:14 PM
Mr. Cellophane's Film Adaptations & Film Writers Challenge


Fiction, imaginative work that is, is not dropped like a pebble upon the ground, as science may be; fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. ~Virginia Woolf


Films and television shows adapted from a literary source (novel, play, graphic novel) qualify
Films and television shows explicitly about writers or the writing process qualify
Typical tallying rules apply (1 film = 1 entry; 2 hours of television programing = 1 entry)

*= first time viewing
blue= personal BluRay
black= personal DVD
green= other

May 1st
1. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (William Joyce & Brandon Oldenburg, 2011) - short featuring a writer and reader protagonist
2. The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935)* - adapted from The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
3. Rumpole of the Bailey - 1.3, "... the Honourable Member" / 1.4, "... the Married Lady" (1978)* - based on the Rumpole of the Bailey novels by John Mortimer
4. Paper Man (Kieran & Michele Mulroney, 2009)* - features a "quirky" writer struggling with writer's block

May 2nd
5. The Vampire Diaries - 1.1, "Pilot" / 1.2, "The Night of the Comet" (2009)* - based on The Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith
6. The Vampire Diaries - 1.3, "Friday Night Bites" / 1.4, "Family Ties" (2009)*
7. The Vampire Diaries - 1.5, "You're Undead to Me" / 1.6, "Lost Girls" (2009)*

May 3rd
8. Cats (David Mallet, 1998) - filmed stage production adapted from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

May 4th
9. Antigone (Yorgos Javellas, 1961)* - adapted from Antigone by Sophocles
10. Rumpole of the Bailey - 1.5, "... the Learned Friends" / 1.6, "... the Heavy Brigade" (1978)*

May 5th
11. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (Peter Sollett, 2008) - adapted from Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
12. The Mirror Crack'd (Guy Hamilton, 1980)* - adapted from The Mirror Crack'd Side to Side by Agatha Christie

May 6th
13. The Vampire Diaries - 1.7, "Haunted" / 1.8, "162 Candles" (2009)*
14. Rumpole of the Bailey - 2.1, "... the Man of God" / 2.2, "... the Case of Identity" (1979)*
15. Rumpole of the Bailey - 2.3, "... the Show Folk" / 2.4, "... the Fascist Beast" (1979)*
16. Billy Liar (John Schlesinger, 1963)* - adapted from Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse

May 7th
17. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005) - adapted from "Brokeback Mountain" by Annie Proulx
18. Rumpole of the Bailey - 2.5, "... the Course of Love" / 2.6, "... the Age of Retirement" (1979)*

May 8th
19. Broken Blossoms (D.W. Griffith, 1919)* - adapted from "The Chink and the Child" by Thomas Burke

May 9th
20. The Hotel New Hampshire (Tony Richardson, 1984)* - adapted from The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving
21. Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) - adapted from Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

May 10th
22. Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards, 1961) - adapted from Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

May 13th
23. Wives and Daughters, Episode One (1999)* - adapted from Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
24. Wives and Daughters, Episode Two (1999)*
25. Wives and Daughters, Episode Three (1999)*
26. Wives and Daughters, Episode Four (1999)*
27. The Secret Life of Bees (Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2008)* - adapted from The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

May 14th
28. The River (Jean Renoir, 1951)* - adapted from The River by Rumor Godden
29. The Vampire Diaries - 1.9, "History Repeating" / 1.10, "The Turning Point" (2009)*

May 15th
30. The Vampire Diaries - 1.11, "Bloodlines" / 1.12, "Unpleasantville" (2010)*
31. The Vampire Diaries - 1.13, "Children of the Damned" / 1.14, "Fool Me Once" (2010)*

May 16th
32. The Vampire Diaries - 1.15, "A Few Good Men" / 1.16, "There Goes the Neighborhood" (2010)*
33. The Singing Detective (Keith Gordon, 2003)* - features a writer of detective fiction who suffers from a skin disease

May 17th
34. Stone Reader (Mark Moskowitz, 2002)* - documentary about book lovers questing after a lost author

May 18th
35. Humoresque (Jean Negulesco, 1946)* - adapted from "Humoresque" by Fannie Hurst
36. Adaptation (Spike Jonze, 2002) - "adapted" from The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

May 19th
37. The Fountainhead (King Vidor, 1949)* - adapted from The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
38. Carnage (Roman Polanski, 2011) - adapted from The God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza
39. Pride and Prejudice, Part One (Simon Langton, 1995) - adapted from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

May 20th
40. Pride and Prejudice, Part Two (Simon Langton, 1995)
41. The Vampire Diaries - 1.17, "Let the Right One In" / 1.18, "Under Control" (2010)*
42. The Vampire Diaries - 1.19, "Miss Mystic Falls" / 1.20, "Blood Brothers" (2010)*
43. The Vampire Diaries - 1.21, "Isobel" / 1.22, "Founder's Day" (2010)*

May 22nd
44. Rumpole's Return (John Glenister, 1980)*
45. Julius Caesar (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1953) - adapted from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

May 23rd
46. Lolita (Stanley Kubrick, 1962)* - adapted from Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
47. Drive, He Said (Jack Nicholson, 1971) - adapted from Drive, He Said by Jeremy Larner

May 24th
48. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Dai Sijie, 2002)* - adapted from Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

May 25th
49. The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski, 2010)* - adapted from The Ghost by Robert Harris

May 26th
50. The Rules of Attraction (Roger Avary, 2002)* - adapted from The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis
51. Rumpole of the Bailey - 3.1, "... the Genuine Article" / 3.2, "... the Golden Thread" (1983)*

May 28th
52. Harper (Jack Smight, 1966) - adapted from The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald
53. The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman, 1973)* - adapted from The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

May 29th
54. Rumpole of the Bailey - 3.3, "... and the Old Boy Net" / 3.4, "... and the Female of the Species" (1983)*

May 30th
55. Sin City (Robert Rodriguez, 2005)* - based on the Sin City series by Frank Miller

May 31st
56. Rumpole of the Bailey - 3.5, "... the Sporting Life" / 3.6, "... the Last Resort" (1983)*
57. Rumpole of the Bailey - 4.1, "... the Old, Old Story" / 4.2, "... the Blind Tasting" (1987)*

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
04-25-12, 01:20 PM
Loose Threads with a Side of Noir
Finishing up the scraps of previous challenges and continuing to complete the 250 Quintessential Noir Films List (http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/250+quintessential+noir+films/)

May 1
1. Junkfood Horrorfest - (2007 Horror Movie Challenge/2012 Exploitation challenge) 3.5 imdb 75 min
May 2
2. Zombie Rampage - (2007 Horror Movie Challenge/2012 Exploitation challenge) 1.8 imdb 75 min
May 3
May 4
3. The Hitch-Hiker - (Noir) 7.0 imdb 71 min
4. Human Desire - (Noir) 7.2 imdb 91 min
May 5
5. The Woman on Pier 13 - (Noir) 5.9 imdb 73 min
6. I Was A Communist For The FBI - (Noir) 6.3 imdb 83 min
7. I, The Jury - (Noir) 6.3 imdb 87 min
8. Ewok Adventures: Caravan of Courage - (2012 Action/Adventure/Crime) 5.2 imdb 96 min
9. Jeopardy - (Noir) 6.7 imdb 69 min
May 6
10. Johnny O'Clock - (Noir) 6.9 imdb 96 min
11. Journey Into Fear - (Noir) 6.7 imdb 68 min
12. The Killer That Stalked New York - (Noir) 6.5 imdb 79 min
May 7
13. Kiss the Blood Off My Hands - (Noir) 6.8 imdb 79 min
May 8
14. Lady In The Lake - (Noir) 6.6 imdb 105 min
May 9
15. A Lady Without Passport - (Noir) 6.0 imdb 74 min
May 10
16. The Lineup - (Noir) 7.3 imdb 86 min
May 11
17. The Woman on the Beach - (Nior) 6.7 imdb 71 min
May 12
18. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye - (Noir) 7.1 imdb 102 min
19. The Locket - (Noir) 7.0 imdb 85 min
20. The Long Night - (Noir) 6.9 imdb 101 min
21. M - (Noir) 6.8 imdb 88 min
May 13
22. Macao - (Noir) 6.6 imdb 81 min
23. The Man Who Cheated Himself - (Noir) 6.9 imdb 81 min
May 14
24. The Window - (Noir) 7.5 imdb 73 min
May 15
25. Whirlpool - (Noir) 6.9 imdb 98 min
26. Loan Shark - (Noir) 6.6 imdb 79 min
May 16
27. While the City Sleeps - (Noir) 7.0 imdb 100 min
May 17
28. Where Danger Lives - (Noir) 6.6 imdb 82 min
May 18
May 19
May 20
May 21
29. The Stranger - (Noir) 7.5 imdb 95 min
May 22
30. When Strangers Marry - (Noir) 6.8 imdb 67 min
May 23
31. The Web - (Noir) 7.0 imdb 87 min
May 24
32. Vicki - (Noir) 6.4 imdb 85 min
May 25
33. The Mask of Dimitrios - (Noir) 7.2 imdb 95 min
34. The Unsuspected - (Noir) 7.0 imdb 103 min
35. The Mob - (Noir) 6.9 imdb 87 min
May 26
36. Mr. Arkadin - (Noir) 7.3 imdb 98 min
36.25 The Addams Family: Morticia the Breadwinner - (2012 TV Challenge)
May 27
36.50 The Addams Family: The Addams Family and the Spacemen - (2012 TV Challenge)
36.75 The Addams Family: My Son the Chimp - (2012 TV Challenge)
May 28
37 The Addams Family: Morticia's Charity - (2012 TV Challenge)
37.25 The Addams Family: Progress and the Addams Family - (2012 TV Challenge)
May 29
May 30
37.50 The Addams Family: Uncle Fester's Toupee - (2012 TV Challenge)
37.75 The Addams Family: Cousin Itt and the Vocational Counselor - (2012 TV Challenge)
38.75 The Unknown Man - (Noir) 6.5 imdb 86 min
39.75 Murder By Contract - (Noir) 7.3 imdb 81 min
40.75 My Name Is Julia Ross - (Noir) 7.1 imdb 65 min
May 31
41.75 Underworld U.S.A - (Noir) 7.5 imdb 99 min

By Decade
2000s: 1
1980s: 2
1960s: 1
1950s: 21
1940s: 15

By Rating
Unrated: 15
Approved: 25

By Challenge/List
2007 Horror Movie: 1
2012 Exploitation: 1
250 Quintessential Noir: 37
2012 Action/Adventure/Crime: 1
2012 TV: 1.75

Average Movies Per Day: 1.3
Average Running Time: 85 min
Total Running Time: 3396 min - 2 day 8 hours 36 minutes
Average IMDB rating: 6.6
Total IMDB Rating: 263.8

04-25-12, 01:36 PM
My Second Annual Comic Book Movie Challenge
Rules: Movie or TV show must be based on a published comic book.
One movie counts for: 1 entry
2 hour long (broadcast time) TV shows count for 1 entry
4 half hour (broadcast time) TV shows count for 1 entry
* = First time viewing
Unless otherwise noted, all entries are from my personal DVD/Blu Ray collection

May 1 - The Justice League - animated!
1. Justice League: Doom* (2012) The Justice League takes on the reunited Legion of Doom.
2. Wonder Woman (2009) Tells the origin of Wonder Woman. Seen with commentary by the director, writer and producer.
3. The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985) The seeds of doom / The ghost ship - The Bizaro Super Powers team / The Darkseid deception / The fear
4. Justice League: The New Frontier (2008) Seen with commentary by creator Darwin Cooke. Still the best of all the DC Animated movies.

May 2
5. Superman / Batman: Apocalypse (2010) A good chunk of the beginning is essentialy Supergirl's origin filled with cliché-ridden scenes of how "she doesn't fit in" and how she "just wants to be normal" which seem to be the norm among whiny superheroes of this generation. The second half picks up as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman with the aid of Big Barda travel to Apokalips to free Supergirl from Darkseid who wants her as her new captain of the guard. Decent, but mot amongst the best of the DC Animated movies.

May 3
6. Superman / Batman: Public Enemies (2009) Lex Luthor becomes president and outlaws all superheroes, except those that become his stooges like Captain Atom, Major Force, Black Lightning and Power Girl. Superman and Batman are having none of it and chose to remain independent. Meanwhile a stray Kryptonite meteorite threatens the Earth. One of the better DC Animated movies.
7. The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985) The wild cards / Brainchild - The case of the stolen powers / Escape from Space City / The death of Superman

May 4
8. Thor (2011) Pretty damn good adaptation of the comic book which thankfully didn't have to suffer through an origin story to get the ball rolling. My one complaint is that the movie spends too much time with a powerless Thor during the middle of the movie. More than any other of the Marvel films this one ties into The Avengers' movie the most directly. By the way, I saw The Avengers on April 27 - one week ahead of American audiences, so it will not go on this list until I see it again.

May 5
9. Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011) Seen with commentary by writer Geoff Johns and DC publisher Dan DiDio. A series of tales regarding various Green Lantern Corps members all tied together with a wraparound story. The animation on this one is very good and really captures the epic space feel of the Green Lantern stories.

May 6
10. Batman Year One* (2011) Tells the beginnings of Batman as a crime fighter and his first encounters with then lieutenant James Gordon.

May 7
11. X-Men* Animated series (1992) Night of the Sentinels parts 1 and 2 / Enter Magneto / Deadly reunions

May 8
12. X-Men* Animated series (1992) Captive hearts / Cold vengance / Slave Island / The unstoppable Juggernaut

May 9
13. Peanuts 1960's Collection A Charlie Brown Christmas / Charlie Brown's All-Stars / It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown / You're in love Charlie Brown

May 10
14. Captain America (2011) One of the best super hero movies in recent years.

May 11 Nothing
May 12
15. The Avengers (2012) Seen in movie theater. Lives up to the hype. Really loved how they handled Banner / The Hulk in this one.

May 13
16. Iron Man: Extremis (2010) Motion comic of the graphic novel. A very good story and the animation here is really astounding.

May 14
17. Peanuts 1960's/1970's Collection He's your dog Charlie Brown / It was a short summer Charlie Brown / Play it again Charlie Brown / You're not elected Charlie Brown

May 15
18. Peanuts 1970's Collection There's no time for love Charlie Brown / A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving / It's a mystery Charlie Brown / It's the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown

May 16
19. Iron Man 2 (2010) Seen with commentary by director John Favreau.

May 17-18 Nothing
May 19
20. Green Lantern (2011) I liked this one better after seeing the second time around but I still think it needed a better villain. The CGI Parallax and the total loser Hector Hammond just didn't do it for me.
21. Captain America (1979) Made for TV movie which sets the action in the present (of 1979) times. Reb Brown stars as the son of a scientist who was the original Captain America and because he shares his father's genes he's able to take the super soldier serum without it killing him. During the movie he dons a star-spangled outfit but not the one of the comics, but a variation. The comic book version, albeit with a helmet instead of a mask, appears until the end of the movie. The gorgeous Heather Menzies (of the TV series Logan's Run) provides a love interest for Cap.

May 20
22. Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979) Second made for TV movie but with a lot more Captain America action and this time in a more comic book faithful costume. There's also a lot of stunt riding in Cap's custom rocket-powered motorcycle. Reb Brown returns as the Captain and he certainly looks the part. Sadly Heather Menzies is replaced by Connie Selleca who is beautiful but still I prefer Heather. Christopher Lee plays the villain, but he's given very little to do.
23. The Incredible Hulk, S2 (1978) Alice in disco land / Killer instinct
24. The Incredible Hulk, S2 (1978) Stop the presses / Escape from Los Santos

May 21
25. The Incredible Hulk, S2 (1979) Wildfire / A solitary place

May 22
26. The Incredible Hulk, S2 (1979) Like a brother / Haunted
27. The Incredible Hulk, S2 (1979) Mystery man parts 1 & 2

May 23
28. The Incredible Hulk, S2 (1979) The disciple / No escape

May 24-25 Nothing

May 26
29. The Incredible Hulk, S2 (1979) Kindred spirits / The confession
30. Thor: Tales of Asgard* (2011) Animated feature telling a story from when Thor and Loki were young upstarts.

May 27
31. The Incredible Hulk, S2 (1979) The quiet room / Vendetta road
32. V For Vendetta: Special features (2005)
33. Wonder Woman, S2 (1977) The return of Wonder Woman Double length episode that starts off Season 2.

May 28
34. Wonder Woman, S2 (1977) Anschluss '77 / The man who could move the world

May 29
35. Wonder Woman, S2 (1977) The Bermuda Triangle crisis / Knockout

May 30
36. Wonder Woman, S2 (1977) The Pied Piper / The queen and the thief

May 31
37. Swamp Thing (1981) Still holds up after all this time, rubber suit and all.
38. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) Seen with commentary by director Tim Story where he explains why he didn't show Galactus. The explanation: They were saving it for Silver Surfer's own movie, which of course never happened.

Greg MacGuffin
04-25-12, 02:37 PM
Jeffy Pop's Third Annual Foreign Language Film Challenge

May 5
1. Castle in the Sky

May 6
2. [Rec] ²

May 9
3. Army of Shadows

May 12
4. Persepolis

May 20
5. Boccaccio '70

May 21
6. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society

May 27
7. Tekkonkinkreet

May 29
8. Marriage Italian Style

Titles in Blue = Blu-Ray
Total - 8
Total Number of First Time Views - 2

04-25-12, 03:02 PM
Watch Unwatched Blu-rays Challenge

58 total: 52 owned, 6 pre-orders (42nd St Forever, Demons 1 and 2, Lifeboat, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Big Heat)

Unwatched second features as extras: Bucking Bronco, The Traveller, Crooks Tour, Godzilla

62 total films
Incomplete viewings: Twilight Zone S1 - S5, Star Trek S1 - S3, Space:1999 S1, The Prisoner S1

1. Lady for a Day
2. Lifeboat
3. True Grit (1969)
4. City Girl
5. High and Low
Twilight Zone, S1 E1-8
Twilight Zone, S1 E9-15
6. Demons
7. Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Star Trek: S1, E1-7
8. Journey to the Center of the Earth
9. The Big Heat
10. A Star is Born (1937)
Star Trek: S1, E8-13
11. Who's Minding the Store?
Twilight Zone: S1, E16 and 17
12. Baraka
13. Horse Soldiers
14. Pale Flower
15. Metropolis
16. The Innkeepers

04-25-12, 03:22 PM
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Challenge


My goal is to survive the month with my sanity intact :fc:

Rules: Complete two full seasons of the show (47 episodes; Seasons 3 & 4), plus watch random movies and TV shows that include the stars, guest stars, and anyone associated with the program. Every Melissa Joan Hart movie is required. Well, whatever I can get from Netflix, anyway.

Sabrina television episodes are in red
Movie titles are in bold

May 1
1. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Season Opener (S03/Ep01)
"That's it - No more buying sushi at the gas station."
2. Boy Was My Face Red (S03/Ep02)
"But if I don't worry about what other people think, what will they say?"
3. Suspicious Minds (S03/Ep03)
"This ain't no charity ward, baby. The fog machine? The voice-over guy? They all cost money!"
4. The Pom-Pom Incident (S03/Ep04)
"Does he look old enough to have dental records?"
5. Pancake Madness (S03/Ep05)
"Mannix, you've broken every rule in the book. You can't eat pancakes during a high-speed chase!"

May 2
6. Good Will Haunting (S03/Ep06)
"I don't believe this. Clap on!"
7. You Bet Your Family (S03/Ep07)
"People fawning all over you is very overrated. I don't need that kind of attention... as I pointed out on my website."
8. And the Sabrina Goes To... (S03/Ep08)
"In honor of Sabrina Spellman? And I didn't even have to die!"
9. Nobody Nose Libby Like Sabrina Knows Libby (S03/Ep09)
"Miss Chessler, are you mocking the noble institution of Homecoming?"
10. Sabrina and the Beast (S03/Ep10)
"You've been really supportive of me during my transformation to hideous man-beast."

May 3
11. Rent Control (2003) :3star:
An f'ed up variation on Weekend at Bernies, starring Melissa Joan Hart. Holly, straight from Iowa, and her boyfriend have big dreams of NYC. They are staying with Holly's Aunt Agatha, who has a rent controlled apartment there. Which is all well and good until Agatha kicks the bucket. Wacky mayhem ensues as they try to get rid of the body, and hide the fact that she's no longer with us. The superintendent (Don Novello) falls in love with Agatha. Uh, the dead one.
Of note: Wholesome MJH shows more skin in this film than her co-star, Carmen Electra. That is, if you're into pasty side-boob action.
12. The Specials (2000) :4star:
The Specials are a second-rate, no-account bunch of layabouts, ranking 6th or 7th in terms of great superhero troupes. Ted (The Strobe) decides to disband The Specials after a disastrous toy launch party, and discovering his wife Emily (Ms. Indestructible) screwing Tony (The Weevil) in the parking lot. If you're expecting superhero action here, you won't find it. The film is more about the band of misfits' everyday lives, which is actually quite interesting. By the time the special effects kick in, the movie ends.
Melissa Joan Hart plays Sunlight Grrrll, who offers The Specials' Deadly Girl a spot in the Femme Five. She's onscreen for about a minute.

May 4
13. Christmas Amnesia (S03/Ep11) Happy Bobunk!
"She's talking crazy. Merry this. Happy that. If I were you, I'd check her urine."
14. Whose So-Called Life Is It Anyway? (S03/Ep12)
"I'm well-off! Well-off I tell you!"
15. What Price Harvey? (S03/Ep13)
"Curse my sarcastic nature!"
16. Mrs. Kraft (S03/Ep14)
"I will live through this. I will live through this. It's not working!"
17. Sabrina and the Pirates (S03/Ep15)
"A tassel? Don't toy with me you saucy minx!"

May 5
18. Sabrina, the Matchmaker (S03/Ep16)
"No, there is no way that Smokey and the Bandit is on the 100 Best Movies List!"
19. Salem, the Boy (S03/Ep17)
"I think it's Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?"
20. Sabrina, the Teenage Writer (S03/Ep18)
"C? But that's impossible! I typed it on a manual typewriter. The same kind William Faulkner used when he wasn't passed out on the verandah."
21. The Big Sleep (S03/Ep19)
"Well, I have two words for Mr. Tobias: Water balloons, aimed at his house, on the hour, every hour. I realize that's more than two words."
22. Sabrina's Pen Pal (S03/Ep20)
"We'll get to you later, Poindexter!"

May 6
23. Sabrina's Real World (S03/Ep21)
"Yeah, yeah, yeah. I was brave and it was exciting. This whole day stinks!"
24. The Long and Winding Short Cut (S03/Ep22)
"Look, I didn't take it from little old ladies in chicken suits, so I'm not going to take it from you."
25. Sabrina the Sandman (S03/Ep23)
"It's such a gasser to be named a member of the Rat Pack, baby. Now that it's official, how do we ditch Lawford?"
26. Silent Movie (S03/Ep24)
"Harvey loves me? Harvey Kinkle loves me? It sounds better without the Kinkle, doesn't it?"
27. The Good, The Bad, and the Luau (S03/Ep25)
"Gummo was my father's name."


May 7
28. No Place Like Home (S04/Ep01)
"You self-absorbed cat! I know that's redundant."
29. Dream a Little Dreama Me (S04/Ep02)
"I don't care what you do at your old school. We do not celebrate Firecracker Tuesday!"
30. Jealousy (S04/Ep03)
"If I sometimes seem irritable, it's because I have inoperable hemorrhoids."
31. Little Orphan Hilda (S04/Ep04)
"The humiliation is only eclipsed by the chafing."
32. Spoiled Rotten (S04/Ep05)
"I always thought the end of the world would involve more locusts."

May 8
33. My Fake Fiancé (2009) :2star:
Jennifer (Melissa Joan Hart) meets Vince (Joey Lawrence) at a wedding. They have an immediate disliking for each other. Jennifer has all of her belongings stolen, and Vince has a gambling debt due to The Monkey (Steve Schirripa). They decide to arrange a fake wedding, as "business partners", to cash in on all of the gifts. They then part ways and never see each other again. Actually, I think you can see where this one is going. My Fake Fiancé was a made-for-tv movie on ABC Family, so I guess I should have known what I was getting into.

May 9
34. The Phantom Menace (S04/Ep06)
"You wouldn't believe how many kids came dressed as Mr. Whipple this year."
35. Prelude to a Kiss (S04/Ep07)
"I think Dickens would have us laugh in the face of death. Anyone with me?!"

May 10
36. Aging Not So Gracefully (S04/Ep08)
"Fine. I'll try it your way. But Van Gogh got the babes, right?"
37. Love Means Having to Say You're Sorry (S04/Ep09)
"Are you responsible for the Rebel Without a Clue?" (stolen from both Paul Westerberg and Tom Petty)
38. Ice Station Sabrina (S04/Ep10)
"Oh why didn't I eat more Nutrageous bars when I had the chance?"
39. Salem and Juliette (S04/Ep11)
"You should know that I plan to play the rah-dio very loud."
40. Sabrina Nipping at Your Nose (S04/Ep12)
"I didn't have it good like those orphans. How I envied them."

May 11
41. Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996) :3star:
I don't know what to think of this one, to be honest. I'm not exactly in their demographic. This movie preceded the TV series, and comes off as more of a light teen drama. An altogether different tone. There are major character differences, as well; Salem has a funny (not ha-ha) accent, and Hilda, Zelda, and Harvey are all played by different actors than their television counterparts. Sabrina is, of course, Melissa Joan Hart. One actress, Michelle Beaudoin, who plays Marnie, returned for the first season of the show as Sabrina's friend, Jenny.

May 12
42. Now You See Her, Now You Don't (S04/Ep13)
"I thought I heard buzzing earlier, but I attributed it to my tinnitus."
43. Super Hero (S04/Ep14)
"Are you on the rainbow bridge being greeted by old family members and pets?"

May 13
44. Love In Bloom (S04/Ep15)
"Boy I'm gonna miss him. OK, now I'm done."
45. Welcome Back, Duke (S04/Ep16)
"I've got big boy pants on!"

May 15
46. Salem's Daughter (S04/Ep17)
"It's caused him many sleepless nights, which is why he sleeps all day."
47. Dreama, the Mouse (S04/Ep18)
"I said pomegranate, not Pomeranian!"
48. The Wild, Wild Witch (S04/Ep19)
"Typical story. Race horses. Showgirls. Mahjong."
49. She's Baaack! (S04/Ep20)
"A genie must have lived here. Or Luther Vandross."

May 16
50. The Four Faces of Sabrina (S04/Ep21)
"I swear, sometimes I think I'm the only one who thought Carrie was a comedy."
51. The End of an Era (S04/Ep22)
"You know what would make a great graduation gift? A Mr. Microphone!"

May 18
52. Jesus, Mary and Joey (2006) :2star:
Joey runs into fellow former student Mary at church one morning. Of course, the Bible says that nothing in our lives is a coincidence. Aaaaaggghhh!! I am in Melissa Joan Hart Hell! This Act of God is presented in a scrunched-up full screen format. MJH sticks to her less-than-one-minute onscreen time clause, as stated in her contract.

May 21
53. Everybody Loves Raymond - Odd Man Out (S06/Ep03) Fred Stoller-guest star
"Sure, now. But he's going to find it's a quick trip to Nagville."
54. Seinfeld - The Face Painter (S06/Ep23) Fred Stoller-guest star
Elaine: "I will never understand people."
Jerry: "They're the worst!"
55. Seinfeld - The Secret Code (S07/Ep07) Fred Stoller-guest star
"Bosco... Bosco... Bosco!"

May 22
56. Laverne & Shirley - Drive! She Said (S02/Ep01) David L. Lander-guest star
"Shouldn't we use the beans for gas?"
57. Laverne & Shirley - Angels of Mercy (S02/Ep02) David L. Lander-guest star
"Cut. Snip. Tie. Goodbye."
58. Laverne & Shirley - Bachelor Mothers (S02/Ep03) David L. Lander-guest star
"Who cares how it ends?! That's the whole point of the beginning and middle!"

May 23
59. The Big Bang Theory - The Robotic Manipulation (S04/Ep01) Carol Ann Susi-guest star
"If you're looking for an example of a waste of time, I would refer you to the conversation we're having right now."
60. The Big Bang Theory - The Hot Troll Deviation (S04/Ep04) Carol Ann Susi-guest star
"Well titted. Stand by for my upcoming tat."
61. The Big Bang Theory - The Desperation Emanation (S04/Ep05) Carol Ann Susi-guest star
"It's time for me to make love to your daughter's vagina."

May 24
62. Drive Me Crazy (1999) :2star:
Popular prep Nicole (Melissa Joan Hart) and rebellious teen Chase (some guy) need to get their respective beaus back, so they arrange a fake relationship to make them jealous. Oh dear. Haven't I been down this road already? MJH, WTF??

May 27
63. MST3K - Mitchell (S05/Ep12) Frank Conniff-producer, writer, actor
"Hot merging action!"

May 28
64. Nine Dead (2009) :4star:
Nine strangers (or are they?) are locked in a room, and theatened to be killed one-by-one if they can't come up with a reason why they are all there. This is R-Rated, brunette-haired, swearing, vengeful, blood-covered Melissa Joan Hart. I'm a sucker for people-trapped-in-confined-spaces movies, and this is a gripping example... albiet a bit Saw-esque.

May 29
65. Happy Days - All the Way (S01/Ep01) Anson Williams-director, actor/Henry Winkler-director
"He said he did something because everybody else said they did and he didn't want to be the only one. So he said he did but he didn't because she wouldn't and he was embarrassed he didn't."
66. Happy Days - The Lemon (S01/Ep02) Anson Williams-director, actor/Henry Winkler-director
"Beaver doesn't have a car."
67. Happy Days - Richie's Cup Runneth Over (S01/Ep03) Anson Williams-director, actor/Henry Winkler-director
"I wonder what a girl like that was doing on the ten of diamonds?"

May 30
68. Happy Days - Guess Who's Coming to Visit (S01/Ep04) Anson Williams-director, actor/Henry Winkler-director
69. Happy Days - Hardware Jungle (S01/Ep05) Anson Williams-director, actor/Henry Winkler-director
70. Happy Days - The Deadly Dares (S01/Ep06) Anson Williams-director, actor/Henry Winkler-director
(I was hoping to get a whooooooooooooaaaa! or an exactamundo!)

May 31
71. Wildcard Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006) :5star:
"You know our movie's better than uh-Citizen Kane-uh"

DONE (2) seasons of Sabrina, (7) MJH movies, (16) other episodes, (1) other movie

04-25-12, 03:46 PM
gp1086's "May Mix-Up Challenge"

Challenge Guidelines:

- Watch 17 movie titles
- Each title must start with one of the letters from "May Mix-Up Challenge"
- Each title must be a first-time viewing
- Focus on unwatched home physical media and unwatched DVR

To see how I rated each of these first-time watches, please see my 2012 New Movies Watched (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11069226-post47.html) post.

Meet the Deedles (1998) - DVR (Showtime)

Avengers, The (2012) - Theatre

You Got Served (2004) - Netflix DVD

March of the Penguins (2005) - Netflix Streaming

Inglourious Basterds (2009) - DVR (Showtime)

X-Men (2000) - Netflix Blu Ray


Police Academy (1984) - DVD Home

Child's Play 2 (1990) - DVD Home

How to Train Your Dragon (2010) - DVR (HBO)

Army of Darkness (1992) - Netflix Blu Ray

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) - DVD Home


Edge, The (1997) - Netflix Streaming

Night Falls on Manhattan (1997) - DVR (HBO)

Ghostbusters (1984) - Netflix Streaming

Expendables, The (2010) - Netflix Streaming


Final Note: Finished 15 of 17. Will need to fill in the "U" and "L" early in June with what I had planned to watch: Under Siege 2: Dark Territory and Let the Right One In.

04-25-12, 04:05 PM

A Treasure of Early Cinema: 1894-1913 Volume I: DVD
- The Great Train Robbery (1903)
- The Golden Beetle (1907)
- The Whole Dam Family and the Dam Dog (1905)
- McKinley at Home
- Pack Train on the Chilkoot Pass (1898)
- Skyscrapers of New York (1903)
- Georgetown Loop, Colorado (1903)
- San Francisco Earthquake Aftermath (1906)
- The Dog and his Various Merits (1908)
- Moscow Clad in Snow (1908)
- Aeroplane Flight and Wreck (1910)
- A Fire in the Burlesque Theatre
- Airy Fairy Lillian Tries on Her Corsets (1905)
- From Show Girl to Burlesque Queen (1903)
- Trouble of a Manager of a Burlesque Show (1904)

- Swimming in the Sea / Children Digging for Clams / Loading a Boiler / Dragoons Crossing the Sâone / Promenade of Ostriches / Children Quarrel / Lion, London Zoo / Photograph / Transformed by Hats / Carmaux: Drawing Out Coke / Poultry Yard / Arab Cortage: Geneva / New York Brooklyn Bridge / New York Broadway / Policeman's Parade: Chicago

31 - My Olympic Summer / 2007 / Daniel Robin / 13min DVD
32 - Corner Delancey / 2008 / Neil Ira Needleman / 8min DVD
33 - The Son of Samsonite / 2002 / Mike Olenick / 9min DVD
34 - By Modern Measure / 2006 / Matthew Lessner / 6min DVD
35 - The Greeting from My Mother / 2007 / Katja Straub / 12min DVD
36 - The Astrum Argentum / 2006 / Jon Behrens / 6min DVD


37 - Miyuki / 2010 / Will McCord / 11min DVD
38 - The Young and Evil / 2008 / Julian Breece / 15min streaming
39 - Spokane: My Brother's Wedding / 2004 / Larry Kennar / 29min streaming
40 - First Date / 2009 / Gary Huggins / 20min streaming
41 - Amor Crudo / Juan Choppa & Martin Deus / 15min streaming


42 - God Provides / 2006 / Brian M. Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky / 9min DVD
43 - How She Slept At Night / 2006 / Lilli Carre / 4min DVD
44 - Lollygagger / 2006 / Matt Meindl / 2005 / 5min DVD
45 - Cranium Theater / 2006 / Jason Sandri / 7min DVD
46 - Disconnected / 2005 / Karl Lind / 3min DVD
47 - La villa Santo-Sospir / 1951 / Jean Cocteau / 37min Blu-ray
48 - Beavers / 1998 / Stephen Low / 31min streaming
49 - Bugcrush / 2006 / Carter Smith / 36min streaming
50 - Doorman / 2006 / Etienne Kallos / 17min streaming
51 - Davy and Stu / 2006 / Soman Chainani / 13min streaming
52 - Heartland / 2007 / Mark Christopher / 10min streaming
53 - A Case of Spring Fever (1940) (Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff) YouTube


A Treasure of Early Cinema: 1894-1913 Volume II 'The Europeans': DVD
(39 shorts)

R. W. Paul:
- Come Along Do! (1898) The Derby (1896) The Country and the Cinematographer (1901) A Chess Dispute (1903) Extraordinary Cab Accident (1903) Buy Your Own Cherries (1904) The Motorists (1906)

George Albert Smith:
- The Miller and the Sweep (1898) The Kiss in the Tunnel (1899) Let Me Dream Again (1900) Grandma's Reading Glass (1900) As Seen Through a Telegraph (1900) Sick Kitten (1903) Mary Jane's Mishap (1905)

James Willamson:
- Attack of a China Mission (1900) The Big Swallow (1901) Stop Thief! (1901) Fire! (1901) An Interesting Story (1905)

- Leaving the Factory / The Baby's Meal / Demolition of a Wall / The Sprinkler Sprinkled / Arrival of Congress / Arrival of a Train / Card Party / Boat Leaving the Port / Leaving Jerusalem / Snowball Fight / A Fire Run (Lyons) / Niagara Falls / Spanish Bullfight

- Rough Sea At Dover / 1895 / Birt Acres
- The Kiss in the Tunnel (1899)
- Ladies Skirts Nailed to a Fence (c1900)
- The Biter Bit (1900)
- Rough Sea (c1900)
- Daring Daylight Burglary / 1903 / William Haggar / 4min
- Desperate Poaching Affray / 1903 / William Hagga / 3min

92 - Appreciating Our Parents (1950) (Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff) YouTube


93 - Races to Remember / 1956 / 10min Broadcast
94 - Visiting Italy / 1951 / 8min
95 - Glimpses of Western Germany / 1954 / James A. FitzPatrick / 9min
96 - Picturesque Massachusetts / 1942 / 9min Broadcast
97 - Pressure / 2006 / Lena Dunham Blu-ray
98 - Open the Door / 2007 / Lena Dunham Blu-ray
99 - Hooker on Campus / 2007 / Lena Dunham Blu-ray
100- The Fountain / 2007 / Lena Dunham Blu-ray
101 - Close / 1993 / Peter Mullan / 16min YouTube
102 - Fridge / 1995 / Peter Mullan / 20min YouTube


103 - Tower of Babel / Emily Young DVD
104 - Second Hand / Emily Young DVD


105 - Location Far from the Madding Crowd / 1967 / Ronald Saland / 11min
106 - Headpin Hints / 1955 / William Deeke / 8min
107 - Looking at Lisbon / 1953 / 9min
108 - Hollywood His-to-rama: Rita Heyworth / Joseph R. Juliano / 5min
109 - How to Hold Your Husband - BACK / 1941 / Johnny Hines / 9min
110 - Jan Savitt and his Band / 1946 / Jack Scholl / 10min
111 - The Man Around the House / 1955 / David Barclay / 9min
112 - Just What I Needed / 1955 / David Barclay / 9min
113 - Soaring Stars / 1942 / Basil Wrangell / 10min
114 - Facing Your Danger / 1946 / Edwin E. Olsen / 10min
115 - The Woman in the House / 1942 / Sammy Lee / 11min


116 - Bumping Into Broadway / 1919 / 25min
117 - High and Dizzy / 1920 / Hal Roach / 26min
118 - Basketball Headliners / 1956 / 15min
119 - Roaming Through Michigan / 1950 / 9min
120 - Mighty Manhattan, New York's Wonder City / 1949 / James H. Smith / 20min


Chuck Jones:

121 - The Dover Boys of Pimento University / 1942 / 9min Blu-ray
122 - ----------Ibid---------- [with commentary track]
123 - Hell-Bent for Election Blu-ray
124 - The Bear That Wasn't Blu-ray
125 - Drafty, Isn't It? Blu-ray
126 - 90 Day Wondering Blu-ray
127 - A Hitch in Time Blu-ray
128 - Point Rationing of Foods Blu-ray
129 - Orange Blossoms for Violet Blu-ray

130 - Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West ☼ Blu-ray
- ----------Ibid---------- 'Making of' / 2002 / 26min


131 - Spheres / 2006 / Jeremy Bird / 1min DVD
132 - To Watch in Preparation of the Deep Fall / 2006 / Mack McFarland / 2min DVD
133 - The Forest / 2008 / John Bacone / 3min DVD
134 - Cosmos / Randy Wakerlin / 5min DVD
135 - Cheating / 1952 (Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff) / 10min


136 - Epilog / 1991 / Tom Tykwer / 12min
137 - World of Glory / 1991 / Roy Andersson / 15min
138 - Le Batteur du Bolero / 1992 / Patrice Leconte / 8min
139 - Nocturne / 1980 / Lars Von Trier / 8min
140 - Wind (Szél) / 1996 / Marcell Iványi / 6min
141 - The Plan / 2008 / Matthew Kalish / 5min
142 - The Selling Wizard / 1954 (Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff) / 10min


143 - Blobsquatch / 2007 / Carl Diehl / 4min DVD
144 - Silence in 60 Seconds / 2003 / Andy Mingo / 1min DVD
145 - Strategery / Jim Lowry / 2min DVD
146 - Little Atomic Bomb / Adam Long / 2min DVD
147 - To Watch While Smelling Summer / 2007 / Mack McFarland / 2min DVD
148 - The Boy in the Air / 2005 / Lyn Elliot / 2min DVD
149 - Art/Work / 2006 / Avram Dodson / 5min DVD
150 - Flip-Film / 1999 / Ellen Ugelstad & Alfonso Alvarez / 1min DVD
151 - Nothingness / 2005 / Arzu Ozkal Telhan / 3min DVD
152 - Martin / 2004 / Bill Basquin / 5min DVD
153 - A Young Man's Fancy / 1952 (Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff) / 22min


154 - Darkcloud / 2007 / Gretchen Hogue / 1min DVD
155 - Le Puzzle / Uli Beutter / 5min DVD
156 - Forest of the Flowers / 2007 / Gretchen Hogue / 2min DVD
157 - 3 out of 4 / 2005 / Stephen Slappe / 1min DVD
158 - Steve Winwood is Hungry for Breakfast / 2006 / Jesse England / 2min DVD
159 - Test Anthem / 2008 / Michael Paulus / 3min DVD
160 - Pancakes for Dad / 2009 / Stacie Sells / 4min DVD
161 - The Sinking Ship / 2002 / Shawn Downey & Brian Hearn / 7min DVD
162 - photo-synthesis / 2005 / Lisa Danker / 4min DVD
163 - Fledgling / 2009 / Tony Gault & Elizabeth Henry / 7min DVD
164 - Color + Modulation 1 / 2008 / Rob Tyler / 5min DVD
165 - Sebastian / 2007 / Ann Steuernagel / 6min DVD
166 - Cataract / 2005 / Sainath Choudhury / 9min DVD
167 - Tidal Wave / 2005 / Salise Hughes / 2min DVD
168 - Somewhere Never Travelled / 2009 / Ben Garchar / 5min DVD
169 - I Cannot Understand You / 2004 / David Baeumler / 6min DVD
170 - A Date With Your Family / 1950 (Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff) / 10min


Polanski: DVD
171 - Teethful Smile (Usmiech zebiczny) / 1957 / 2min
172 - Two Men and a Wardrobe (Dwaj ludzie z szafa) / 1958 / 15min
173 - The Lamp (Lampa) / 1959 / 8min
174 - The Fat and the Lean / 1961 / 15min
175 - Mammals (Ssaki) / 1962 / 10min
176 - Break Up the Dance (Rozbijemy zabawe) / 1957 / 8min
177 - When the Angels Fall (Gdy spadaja anioly) / 1959 / 21min
178 - Murder (Morderstwo) / 1957 / 2min


Witness.org (www.witness.org): DVD
179 - Shoot on Sight / 2007 / 13min
180 - Garifunas Holding Ground / 2004 / 11min
181 - Crying Sun / 2007 (excerpts: 4min)
182 - Equal Access
183 - Bound By Promises
184 - Darfur Destroyed
185 - Dual Injustice
186 - Awaiting Tomorrow


187 - Planet Earth: Our Response / Arman Bohn / 10min DVD
188 - 50 Years Later / 2006 / Matt McCormick / 3min DVD
189 - Roppongi Crossing / 2007 / Brian Libby / 3min DVD
190 - Ben: A True Story / Melanie Brown / 4min DVD
191 - Two / 2007 / Hart Ryan Noecker / 5min DVD
192 - Stormchasers ☼ / 1995 / Greg MacGillivray / 38min DVD
193 - Why Study Industrial Arts? (Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff) (1956 - 10min)


194 - Drake / 2006 / Christoph Rainer / 5min DVD
195 - Sunbeam Hunter / 2006 / Jonathan Schwatz / 3min DVD
196 - The Second Line / 2007 / John Magary / 20min DVD
197 - Garbage Dreams / 2007 / Mai Iskander / 8min DVD
198 - Man / 2007 / Myna Joseph / 15min DVD
199 - Homeslice / 2007 / Dan Olsen / 11min DVD
200 - Posture Pals (Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff) (1952 - 10min)


201 - Review / 2004 / Jenny Perlin / 2min DVD
202 - On the Assassination of the President / 2008 / Adam Keker / 6min DVD
203 - A Very Small Trilogy of Loneliness / 2006 / Bogdan George Apetri / 7min DVD
204 - A Girl Like Me / 2006 / Kiri Davis / 7min DVD
205 - Something Other Than Other / 2005 / Jerry A. Henry + Andrea J. Chia / 7min DVD
206 - Annie Lloyd / 2008 / Cecelia Condit / 18min DVD
207 - Keeping Clean and Neat (Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff) (1956 - 10min)


208 - 12 Years / 2010 / Daniel Nocke / 4min DVD
209 - Princes Margaret Blvd / 2008 / Kazik Radwanski / 14min DVD
210 - Tell Your Children... / Andrra Salamon / 5min DVD
211 - Infiltration / 2009 / Charles Chadwick / 5min DVD
212 - Abstract? / 2009 / Alexei Dmitriev / 4min DVD
213 - Widow / 2010 / Michael Fisher / 6min DVD
214 - How To Draw Clouds / 2006 / Salise Hughes / 2min DVD
215 - Color Film / 2008 / Meghan O'Hara / 7min DVD
216 - Johnny at the Fair (Mystery Science Theater 3000) (1947 - 8min)


217 - Coup De Foudre / 2008 / Stacie Sells + Cassandra Troyan / 15min DVD
218 - Archive: The Changing World of Film / 2004 / Charlie Cline / 6min DVD
219 - Peeks / 2009 / Jo Dery / 2min DVD
220 - Pledge / 2006 / Ann Stevernagel / 6min DVD
221 - Patron Saint of Collapsing Art Markets / 2009 / David Kagan / 3min DVD
222 - Circus on Ice (Mystery Science Theater 3000) (1954 - 9min)
223 - Snow Thrills (Mystery Science Theater 3000) (1938 - 10min)


224 - The Absolution of Anthony / 1997 / Dean Slotar / 13min DVD
225 - Smear / 1998 / Sam Zalutsky / 9min DVD
226 - Front Room / 1996 / P.Y. Clouin / 2min DVD
227 - Piglets / 1998 / Luc Feit / 4min DVD
228 - Stanley Beloved / 1997 / Simon Chung / 20min DVD
229 - Fairy Tale / 1998 / David Kittredge / 30min DVD
230 - Junior Rodeo Daredevils (Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff) (1949 - 9min)


231 - Watch Me Break it Down / 2006 / Julie Perini / 1min DVD
232 - Bulb in the Head / 2006 / Melika Bass / 5min DVD
233 - A Pastry Shop and a Rainy Street / 2006 / Bruce McKaig / 3min DVD
234 - Digital Underpants / 2008 / Matt Meindi / 2min DVD
235 - Recycle / 2006 / Vasco Lucas Nunes + Ondi Timoner / 6min DVD
236 - Thoka / 2008 / Thorbjorg Jonslottin / 5min DVD
237 - Walk / 2006 / Meg Knowles / 3min DVD
238 - Loom / 2006 / Scott Kravitz / 5min DVD
239 - Whispering Pines #5 / 2005 / Shana Moulton / 7min DVD
240 - Mixed Signals / 2005 / Richard Martin / 8min DVD
241 - Speech: Using Your Voice (Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff) (1950 - 9min)


242 - The Tube with a Hat / 2006 / Radu Jude / 23min DVD
243 - Night and Fog / 1955 / Alain Resnais / 32min DVD
244 - Now or Never / 1921 / Fred C. Newmeyer + Hal Roach / 35mm DVD
245 - Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun ☼ / 1997 / Ben Stassen / 39min DVD
246 - Saw / 2003 / James Wan / 9min DVD
247 - Design for Dreaming (Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff) (1956 - 9min)
248 - Body Care and Grooming (Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff) (1947 - 10min)


249 - Kiss (Kus) / 2009 / Joost van Ginkel / 10min DVD
250 - Lesson from the Night / 2008 / Adrian Francis / 9min DVD
251 - Lost Paradise / 2008 / Mihas Brezis + Oded Binnum / 10min DVD
252 - It's My Turn (Bende Sira) / 2007 / Ismet Ergun / 10min DVD
253 - Awaiting Examination (I väntan på examinering) / 2010 / Elisabel Gustafsson / 12min DVD
254 - Luis and Marta work Together / 2011 / Alois di Leo / 11min DVD
255 - Grandmothers (Avós) / 2009 / Michael Wahrmann / 12min DVD
256 - Ali & the Ball / 2008 / Alex Holmes / 15min DVD
257 - Money Talks! (Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff) (1951 - 12min)




258 - Keith / 2007 / Evan Stroum / 6 min DVD
259 - Vertigo Core Sample / Ron Mason Gassaway / 3min DVD
260 - Furness / 2006 / Cat Tyc / 6min DVD
261 - To Remember That Our Skies Are the Same Skies / 2008 / Chris Lael Larson / 3min DVD
262 - Magic Hostess, The Electric Can Opener / Rob Tyler / 4min DVD
263 - Circle of Purity / 2006 / Liz Haley / 2min DVD


264 - Knuckleface Jones / 1999 / Todd Rohal / 16min DVD
265 - Monkey vs Robot / Nathan Pommer / 3min DVD
266 - Dance Habibi Dance / 1999 / Usama Alshaibi / 4min DVD
267 - Warplay / 2000 / Bryan Lefler / 8min DVD
268 - State of the Union / 2001 / Bryan Boyce / 3min DVD
269 - 0502 / 2002 / Mark Hejnar / 3min DVD
270 - And Knowing was Half the Battle / Eric Fensler / 4min DVD
271 - Harry Knuckles / 1998 / Lee Demarbre / 5min DVD
272 - Printer Jam / 2002 / Doug Lussenhop / 3min DVD
273 - A Primer for Dental Extraction / 1999 / Carl Weidemann / 5min DVD


274 - Cabrini Green / 2002 / Brett Foxwell / 5min DVD
275 - 30 FPS / Micah Scarpelli / 6min DVD
276 - Grain / Eric Medine / 3min DVD
277 - Communista / 2001 / Jim Finn / 3min DVD
278 - Damn You Mr. Bush! / 2002 / Skizz Cyzyk / 3min DVD
279 - A Moment / 2002 / Bob Hurst / 4min DVD
280 - Track One: Incomplete / 2003 / Ricky Cozzolino / 1min DVD
281 - Construction: One / 2001 / Christine Hart / 4min DVD
282 - Monkey Walken: An Intimate Portrait / Jason Woliner + James Dean Conklin / 3min DVD
283 - Forced Entry TV State / 2001 / Christian Matts / 6min DVD


284 - Waiting for Woody / 1998 / Grant Heslov / 30min DVD
285 - Pact / 1996 / Scott Patterson / 11min DVD
286 - Blind Date / 1998 / Matt Wheeldon / 7min DVD
287 - Big Canyon / 1999 / David Agosto / 15min DVD
288 - Bill vs. The City / 1999 / Alexander Rose / 2min DVD
289 - Stalker Guilt Syndrome / 1999 / Jonah Kaplan / 11min DVD
290 - Aquatic Wizards (Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff) (1955 - 9min)
291 - Flying Monsters 3D / 2011 / Matthew Dyas / 21min edit IMAX
292 - Air Racers / 2012 / Christian Fry + Jean-Jacques Mantello / 21min edit IMAX-3D


293 - Doors Cut Down (En malas compañías) / 2000 / Antonio Hens / 17min DVD
294 - Chicken / 2001 / Barry Dignam / 3min DVD
295 - Back Room / 2000 / Guillem Morales / 14min DVD
296 - Breakfast? (Frühstück?) / 2002 / Alexandr Pfeuffer / 15min DVD
297 - Touch / 2001 / Jeremy Podeswa / 29min DVD
298 - Take Out / 2000 / Jean-Francois Monette / 37min DVD
299 - Dare / 2004 / Adam Salky / 16min
300 - Fishbelly White / 1998 / Michael Burke / 22min
301 - Late Summer / 2000 / David Ottenhouse / 28min
302 - The Best Men / 2006 / Tony Wei / 15min
303 - Katydid / 2004 / Scott Boswell / 13min
304 - Float / 2007 / Kareem J. Mortimer / 34min
305 - Cowboy Forever / 2006 / Jean Baptiste Erreca / 27min
306 - Is This Love? (Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff) (1957 - 14min)


307 - No Shoulder / 2005 / Suzi Yoonessi / 10min DVD
308 - Dear Lemon Lima / 2006 / Suzi Yoonessi / 10min DVD
309 - Still Living / 2006 / Chaitan Kit Shah + Kiran Shah / 13min DVD
310 - The Clearing / 2006 / Helen Watkins / 10min DVD
311 - Foster / 2005 / Jonathan Newman / 9min DVD
312 - 7:23 / 2007 / Brian Lien / 6min DVD
313 - Birth / 2006 / Paul Leeming / 4min DVD
314 - La Meme Nuit / 2006 / Gracie Otto / 18min DVD
315 - Conversion / 2006 / Nanobah Becker / 9min DVD
316 - Gum and Tea / 2005 / EE Miller + Samuaei Topairy / 5min DVD
317 - Milky Way / 2006 / Ivana Mladenovic / 10min DVD
318 - Paper / 2006 / Elliot Kealoha Blanchard / 2min DVD
319 - Sister Cities [anaglyph 3D] / 2006 / Joe Merrell / 10min DVD
320 - Painter of the land / 2004 / Joel Fendelman / 8min DVD
321 - War Next Door / 2005 / Peter Politzer / 10min DVD
322 - First Day of Peace / 2009 / Mirko Rucnov / 16min DVD
323 - Bale / 2009 / Al Mackay / 15min DVD
324 - A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation / 2010 / Marin Wallner + Stefan Leuchtenberg / 15min DVD
325 - The Berlin Wall (Die Berliner Maue) / 2009 / Paul Cotter / 15min DVD
326 - Out of this World (Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff) (1954 – 20min)

[All first time views, unless indicated (as bold italicised and ☼ denoted ). Running time rounded to the nearest minute.]

04-25-12, 04:11 PM
Stuff I'll Probably Sell After the Challenge Challenge

# - title - comments - % chance of selling

1 - Far Cry - Pretty bad film, as I expected, but I may keep it. I'm sort of a video game nerd, this DVD was only $1, and not worth trying to sell or give away. - 10%

2 - Blood & Chocolate - Not as bad as the box led me to believe, and I'm a sucker for werewolf stories. I'm sucking at this Challenge. - 5%

3 - Captain America - Cheating here, as this was a Redbox rental. But technically I am getting rid of it. Liked the film, and will someday add the 3D BD to my collection. - 100% *

4 - Sabrina (1954) - Sort of cheating again, as I accidentally bought two copies of this DVD and this extra has been in my "to sell" pile for years. Lovely film, but I may actually prefer the remake iirc. - 100%

5 - Iron Man - Have at least two extra copies of this film due to exclusive OCD. Watched this DVD out of my "to sell" pile the morning before I saw The Avengers. Love both films. - 100%

6 - Scrubs pilot episode - Like the series, but not enough to buy all the season sets anytime soon, so I'm selling my S1 and S2 sets. I may buy the complete series set someday. - 100%

7 - Scrubs S1E2 - Didn't discover this series for several seasons, looking forward to someday seeing them all. - 100%

8 - 21 Jump Street (2012) - Once again, I'm skirting my own rules. I should have just called this my "Stuff I'm Not Keeping Forever Challenge". Found this laying around work on DVD. Will discard this horribly illegal thing after watching it to find evidence of the violating party. - 100%

9 - You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown - Another of the many DVDs I've bought twice accidentally. - 100%

10 - Supernatural S2E1 - Recently bought the BDs so selling off these DVD sets. - 100%

Final thoughts - While I watched about as much content as I planned, I didn't fare too well on my goals. Both items I watched that we're in my "questionable to sell" pile ended up being probable keepers for me, so I switched gears and only watched items in my "almost definitely sell" pile.

04-25-12, 04:23 PM
2012 "Non-Challenge" Challenge

- Only watch films that don't obviously count in any of the other challenges
- Genres that do not count include action, adventure, crime, war, western, biography, history, period, sci-fi, fantasy, animation, horror and comedy
- TV on DVD, Oscar nominated files, b-movie, exploitation and obvious holiday themed films do not count
- Genres allowed include drama, mystery, thriller, romance, suspense and sports
- IMDB is the source

DVD | Blu-ray | HD DVD | Theater

Goal = 20 titles

☼ = First Time Viewing

May 1
01. Heights (2005)☼
- Genre(s): Drama

May 3
02. Hearts in Atlantis (2001)☼
- Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller

May 5
03. The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)☼
- Genre(s): Drama, Romance

May 6
04. Pacific Heights (1990)☼
- Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
05. Abandon (2002)☼
- Genre(s): Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

May 8
06. The Body (2001)☼
- Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

May 9
07. The Woodsman (2004)☼
- Genre(s): Drama

May 10
08. 13 Conversations About One Thing (2001)☼
- Genre(s): Drama

May 12
09. August (2008)☼
- Genre(s): Drama

May 13
10. Five Fingers (2006)☼
- Genre(s): Drama, Thriller

May 14
11. Black and White (1999)☼
- Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller

May 15
12. Eros (2004)☼
- Genre(s): Drama

May 16
13. The Escapist (2002)☼
- Genre(s): Thriller

May 17
14. ZigZag (2002)☼
- Genre(s): Drama

May 20
15. The Guys (2002)☼
- Genre(s): Drama
16. Secret Window (2004)☼
- Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller

May 21
17. Mad City (1997)☼
- Genre(s): Drama, Thriller

May 22
18. City Hall (1996)☼
- Genre(s): Drama, Thriller

May 23
19. The Chocolate War (1988)☼
- Genre(s): Drama

May 24
20. Cruel and Unusual (2002)☼
- Genre(s): Drama, Thriller

May 27
21. Stone (2010)☼
- Genre(s): Drama, Thriller

May 28
22. Lifeguard (1976)☼
- Genre(s): Drama
23. The Number 23 (2007)☼
- Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller

May 29
24. The Glass House (2001)☼
- Genre(s): Thriller

May 30
25. Slow Burn (2005)☼
- Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mondo Kane
04-25-12, 04:29 PM

Movie Title + Commentator(s) : My remarks

1. Zodiac (2007) + David Fincher: Is Blue Screen & Green Screen the same thing? (He only referred to it as blue) Whatever the color, there really was more of it put in the movie than one could notice. Also, since Fincher's quite infamous for lots of takes and reshoots, he points out the scenes that would require between 20 and 50 takes. Never knew about his upbringing in the Bay Area either.
2. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) + Danny Elfman: Since it's an isolated Music track, Elfman's comments only appear occasionally. Interesting to hear about him being self-taught and a non-composer. It shouldn't have been a surprise to hear him say that Nino Rota was a big influence on scoring this film. It all makes sense now!
3. Automaton Transfusion (2006) + Steven C. Miller, William Clevinger and Mark Thalman: Shocking to hear that this was only made on a $30,000 budget (Even for an Indie-Horror, this still looks epic at times) Ended up liking the movie a little bit more on a 2nd viewing as well!
4. On Dangerous Ground (1952) + Glenn Erickson: Erickson has already set the stage on how authors/scholars should give a perfect commentary. He gives us heavy information about the film's source material and it's troubled storyline-structure in the editing stages. If that weren't enough, he deeply analyzes nearly every single scene and also provides career timelines for almost the entire cast & crew. Wow!
5. The Patriot (2000) + Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin: Devlin seems to do the most talking. Most of the track's subject is dominated by historical detail---Which I didn't mind at all.
6. Wild Things (1998) + John McNaughton,Steven A. Jones,Rodney Liber,Elena Maganini,George S. Clinton (And late arrival) Jeffrey L. Kimball: It's mostly a techincal track and, as I last heard in the track for Automaton Transfusion, Florida can be a uneasy place to film thanks to weather,gators,and un-cooperative house owners who don't like their property to be used.
7. Fantastic Four (2005) + Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba and Michael Chiklis: Chiklis chats the most. Gruffudd speaks the least. And Alba says, "Remember this scene?" a lot.
8. Near Dark (1987) + Kathryn Bigelow: A dry commentary with lots of dead space. But at least there's a soothing voice here provided by Kathryn.
9. L'Eclisse (1962) + Richard Peña: I admit that I did some dozing off during the middle of this (I only liked the first and last halves of the movie anyway) but Peña certainly runs on all 4 cylinders on this track. I was especially intrigued by his world-annihilation theory that Antonioni seemed to be going for.
10. Piranha (2010) + Alexandre Aja,Gregory Levasseur and Alix Taylor: Man, while I was re-watching this, I had to keep reminding myself that Elizabeth Shue was NOT Chelsea Handler. Anyway, decent track with some cool factoids (Tarantino recommending a certain scene to be filmed) and some stories involving re-cast actors (This movie wouldn't be quite the same without Gianna Michaels :thumbsup:)
11. Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984) + Ronald D. Moore & Michael Taylor: I'm one of the few who doesn't mind "Fan" commentaries because it's refreshing to hear a different perspective of the movie instead of the usual self-congratulatory ones. This one was alright. I just could've done without all the mentions of "Battlestar Galactica". It was also amusing to hear how deteriorated the Klingon costumes eventually became (Since they were re-used for TNG episodes)
12. Delinquent Girl Boss: Worthless to Confess (1971) + Chris D.: It tends to be a tough task to make it all the way through a Chris D commentary. Even though he's got MAJOR knowledge about Japanese cinema, it always sounds like he just isn't that thrilled to be in the commentary booth for these tracks (Richard B. Jewell tends to sound the same way) Despite that, this track seemed to move by faster than his usual ones.
13. Crossfire (1947) + Alain Silver, James Ursini and (Audio Interview Excerpts from) Edward Dmytryk: Silver and Ursini mostly do a regular describing-onscreen job (With lots of emphasism about the studio system's reluctance to film the touchy subject) but I actually liked that snippets used from Dmytryk the most. It was especially intriguing to hear him talk about black-listed life.
14. The Wizard Of Gore (2007) + Jeremy Kasten, Zach Chassler, Dan Griffiths, Christopher Duddy and Maxx Gillman: Not as chaotic as I expected since there's so many guys here. It's no surprise that my favorite moments to hear was the insanity that Crispen Glover brings to a movie production.
15. Late Spring (1949) + Richard Peña: This movie's obviously less ambiguous than L'Eclisse, but Peña still finds a way to peel off all the layers and reveal more of what's hidden underneath. His tracks may not be the all-around package (In comparison to Glenn Erickson), but he still makes highly interesting commentaries.
16. The Bad Bunch (1973) + Greydon Clark: The 2nd commentary I've heard by Clark (Although I've yet to finish Black Shampoo) and while he might not be the most energetic guy behind the commentary mic, his memory appears to be super sharp when it comes to remembering who everyone in the movie is. This was a nice history lesson provided by him when it comes to low-budget filmmaking (Non-permit style)
17. Crumb (1994) + Terry Zwigoff and Roger Ebert: A much casual conversation between the two than what I was expecting. Nothing quite new to discover here, but still worth a listen.
18. Sudden Impact (1983) + Richard Schickel: If you're familiar with Schickel's commentaries, you know you're not getting any "Making-of-the-movie" stories from him. Instead, you just get analyzation of what occurs on the screen. This actually ended up being my favorite of Schickel's commentaries because it's amusing to hear him defending the film and also going through it's flaws.
19. 42nd Street Forever (Blu-Ray) + Edwin Samuelson, Michael Gingold and Chris Poggiali: All..3 hours..And 46 minutes..My love for exploitation film truly amazes me.
20. The Life & Death of Peter Sellers (2004) + Stephen Hopkins and Geoffrey Rush: It took me a while to tell Hopkins and Rush's voices apart.....Come to think of it, I don't think I ever did. This made for an interesting listen because the duo seemed to speak less about the filmmaking and more about Sellers, the man. Almost as coming off as biographers themselves.
21. The Arena (1973) + Steve Carver (There was also a moderator on board, but I couldn't catch what her name was) Pretty good track for a movie that always seems to get a little better and better everytime I watch it. One thing that I never get tired of hearing is the language barrier that english-speaking filmmakers always had to deal with when it came to working with Italian crews.
22. 30 Days Of Night (2007) + Josh Hartnett, Melissa George and Rob Tapert: Never really been a big Hartnett fan, but his film knowledge and nice/cool-guy attitude is bound to win non-fans over (Heck, even a sympathy vote could be thrown in for the sickness and eye-injury he got during filming) and I'm so used to hearing female commentators (On horror movies) always gagging and groaning during the gory stuff. Even though I don't mind hearing that, it was a pleasure, for once, to hear Melissa (Aside from the head-crushing scene) displaying a tough stomach. Another reason why she's one of my most favorite actresses working today.
23. Toy Story (1995) *Ok, Deep Breath* John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Ralph Eggleston, Bill Reeves, Ralph Guggenheim, Bonnie Arnold, Joss Whedon and Joel Cohen (Alright, so I lied about those last two): Hard to believe that it's taken me this long to listen to the audio commentary for one of my most all-time favorite movies. I was actually expecting to hear a mixed story/technical track, but was pleased to hear that a large majority was spent talking about the storyline and the alterations that existed at one time. How great is this movie to me? I couldn't even pay attention to the commentators during the climactic truck chase. Still one of the most perfectly made sequences I've ever seen.
24. Hot Fuzz (2007) + Andy Leafe and Nick Eckland: Quite what you would expect to hear from the "Real Fuzz". Trivia about police-training and procedure along with laughs and chuckles to go with the comedy.
25. Bohachi Bushido-Clan of the Forgotten Eight (1973) + Taro Sugisaku, Takao Nakano and Yoshiki Hayashi: This is the 2nd group-commentary I've listened to in Japanese (The other was with Kitamura's Versus) where things turn out surprisingly chaotic and crazy. Pretty good information would often pop up concerning director Ishii. My favorite line in the track was "I don't know what this scene means, but I like it" Pretty much sums up what I say about certain Japanese films :lol:
26. Wagon Master (1950) + Peter Bogdanovich, Harry Carey Jr and (Audio Interview Excerpts from) John Ford-Regarding the excerpts (Taken from a 1966 Bogdanovich interview), they capture Ford in a relaxed mood and provide good insight on the makings of some of his other early works. But they seem to always show up at the wrong time since Bogdanovich & Carey created a very joyful listen as they watch and comment on the movie along with us. One of those times when I wished that the interview snippets were included for a featurette.
27. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) + Danielle Harris and Ellie Cornell: Never was a big fan of this movie, but even these two came close to making me realize my errors....Well, still can't say I'm a fan, but at least I now see the attempts on making it resemble Part 1's style. Nice to hear on this track that Danielle's wish would soon come true on eventually appearing in another Halloween film (Even if it was the Rob Zombie variety)
28. Wonderland (2003) + James Cox and Captain Mauzner: Man, and I thought I had a hard time telling Stephen Hopkins and Geoffrey Rush apart. That wasn't nothing compared to these two. Although (As the track goes on) it gets pretty clear that Cox does the most talking. Interesting (And kinda sick) to hear what sound effects were used to replicate the murder scenes.
29. Tron (1982) + Steve Lisberger, Donald Kushner, Harrison Ellenshaw and Richard Taylor: It's not much of a surprise that a lot of the "How-they-did-that" talk went completely over my head (The documentary certainly made things much more simple) but it was cool to hear about possible casting decisions (Peter O'Toole and Debbie Harry!) and a Hidden Mickey sighting.
30. The House of the Devil (2009) + Ti West and Jocelin Donahue: I was actually expecting to hear what exact films and influences there was on the making of this, but all I seemed to get out of West was "TV movie of the week". Good to hear that I'm not the only one who couldn't understand what was being said on The Fixx's "One thing leads to another". :lol:
31. Coming Home (1978) + Jon Voight, Bruce Dern and Haskell Wexler: Since Haskell seems to dominate the commentary in the early going, I was beginning to think this was mostly gonna be a tech track. But it was nice to have Dern and Voight (Who I've always wanted to hear on commentary) converge towards the end when they have their memorable actors' duel. And if the commentators didn't already get the point across enough, Hal Ashby was a visionary.
32. Watchmen - The Ultimate Cut: The Complete Story (2009) + Zack Snyder: Phew! Damn that was long (Didn't expect to hear Snyder talking through all the Tales/Freighter segments) And since there really wasn't much to talk about as far as the storyline was concerned, most of the track is focused on the geography/locales of the sets. Probably my most favorite moments were the mentions of all the easter eggs scattered around certain scenes.
33. The Erotic Adventures of Zorro (1972) + Dave Friedman and Mike Vraney: Felt like giving this one a listen again. With Dave's fairly recent passing, I wonder what else Vraney got to inherit from Dave's collection.
34. Don't Come Knocking (2005) + Wim Wenders: The first, and certainly not last, commentary I've heard from Wenders. He provided a very smooth ride with his filmmaking factoids and his love letters to American landscapes. I especially loved how he spends the entire end-credits talking about the genesis of the title song.
35. It's Alive! (1974) + Larry Cohen: Not really as scene-specific as I was expecting, but Cohen's long stories concerning Bernard Hermann and the film's problematic distribution were certainly worth hearing.
36. Frida (2002) + Julie Taymor: I actually loved hearing Taymor describe the ideas that went into the surreal moments. Makes me wish she could make an all-out surreal fest (Aside from The Tempest)
37. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983) + Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam: It seemed like all the air went out of Gilliam's balloon once his opening short ended. Interesting to hear about the proposed ideas that lead into this final Python film.
38. The Lady in Red (1979) + Julie Corman and John Sayles: At first, I gladly welcomed the track because both commentators were working off each other (I got tired of hearing tracks where multiple commentators weren't in the same room together) but then Julie quietly backs off and John begins to dominate the track. Which didn't turn out to be a bad thing at all thanks to Sayles' jaw-dropping knowledge of mob/crime history. Seriously, Sayles might as well be the Ken Burns of the 1930's Underworld! To top it off, he throws in plenty of tidbits about low-budget filmmaking. *Marking this commentary down as one of my new favorites*
39. Island of Lost Souls (1932) + Greg Mank: As expected, another solid classic-movie-monster commentary by one of the genre's master commentators. Probably my most favorite trivia to listen to was the handling of the "Panther Woman" contest and it's four finalists.
40. The Proposition (2005) + John Hillcoat and Nick Cave: Apparenly, Hillcoat's a bit anti-DVD. Saying that films should only be seen on the big screen and how the colors looked inferior on DVD (Wonder what he thinks of Blu-ray?) My favorite Nick Cave moment was how Shane McGowan "Contributed" to one of the songs heard in the film.
41. Excalibur (1981) + John Boorman: Well, I had almost reached the end when the disc suddenly went nutty on me. Tried 3 different players and got the same results (It won't play past the grail search) I swear I can't find ONE scratch or crack on the disc that's causing this monumental fuck up. Weird. Anyway, (From what I was able to hear) a pretty good commentary from Boorman. Interesting to hear why he chose to shoot this in non-scope and non-surround sound.
42. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010) + Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine and Eli Craig: Where's my T-shirt at? (That's what they said I could get for making it so far into the commentary)
43. The Jazz Singer (1927) + Ron Hutchinson and Vince Giordano: The track mostly focuses on the Vitaphone technology, but there's also a good amount of various subjects that also get covered in between (Original casting, the Warner Bros, the impact of the film,etc). There was even a "Positive effect" that was brought up involving the infamous blackface routine (How the makeup was mostly used to make the performer's facial performance more visible for viewers who sat further back in the far seats) All in all, a good listen.
44. Bizarre (1969) + Richard Gordon and Tom Weaver: An awful movie, but I had hoped that Tom Weaver (One of my most favorite commentators) could help make this tolerable. Sadly, the commentary just turns out to be an interview. I couldn't even make it past the 25th minute.
45. Mean Girls (2004) + Mark Waters, Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels: Nothing much to really go into here. Very little is said about the story and filmmaking. The one thing I did get a kick out of was that Lorne points out that bathroom scenes appear to be a fixture in Mark's movies.
46. Tenement: Game of Survival (1985) + Roberta Findlay: Roberta's got a lot of stories to share and it's quite a treat to hear her go through it all (Despite her complaints about the MPAA getting redundant) But it tends to be a disorientating commentary at times because there's a muted interviewer at hand and (Judging by Findlay's answers) we always have to guess what the questions are.
Nice to run into a commentary that has the director saying she got urinated on by a drunk crewman -eek-
47. Dumbo (1941) + Pete Docter, Paula Sigman and Andreas Deja: I listened to this commentary on standard DVD but later read that a more "Enhanced" visual track appeared on the Blu. Oh well. This is kind of a chaotic track because not only is there audio excerpts from animators thrown in (As is often heard in other Golden Age Disney films) but the commentators have seperate comments apart from the group viewing. To top it off, occasional Disney character voices strangely pop up from time to time....And did someone fart at 37:29? Maybe I need to pop in the Blu-ray to see what that was all about!
48. The Big Bird Cage (1972) + Jack Hill: Of the six (Of the possible eight) commentaries that I've heard from Jack Hill, I feel that this is, by far, the most personal of his collection. You get the stories of how Coppola later used the same sets that Jack "Discovered" for Apocalypse Now. You get the stories of how his father (A pioneer in his own right) contributed to the title-structure of the film. And in later years, Quentin Tarantino even asked of Jack's approval for a certain actress to appear in one of QT's films. It actually wasn't much of a surprise for me to hear Jack end the commentary so suddenly (Since there was well over a minute left) due to his apparent love/hate relationship involving this film.
But at least one thing got fulfilled (ala Danielle Harris in Halloween 4) It's clear that this commentary was recorded well before the release of House of 1000 Corpses/Devil's Rejects. And Jack noted how Sid Haig's career seemed to go nowhere soon after. Well, here I am to say "Thank You, Rob Zombie" for introducing Sid to new, young fans!
49. House of D (2004) + David Duchovny: You know you've got a good commentary when the commentator (Especially if it's the director) is always able to keep in time with the comments. What I mean by that is how the comments would never seem to overlow into an incoming scene. Duchovny was certainly sharp at that. Maybe a little too much repeating of the phrases, "Fairytale" and "1973" all throughout, but this was a very solid track.
50. Cecil B. DeMented (2000) + John Waters: Since this was a movie about movies, I should've (Fittingly) saved this for last---But this is certainly close enough. Desperate Living is the only other commentary I've heard from Waters and after hearing this one, I'm dying to listen to more. Interestingly, the credits for the commentary indicate that he was interviewed. And while there were moments that sounded like he was responding to questions, it's also clear that he's watching and commenting on scenes at the same time. Regardless, this was a blast.

04-25-12, 05:18 PM
clearing my unwatched/nwi que piles!

1. The pack
2. Insidous
3. Outcast
4. The Ghoulies
5. Battle: Los Angeles

04-25-12, 08:31 PM
May 1
January TV-on-DVD* Challenge:
1. My So-Called Life "Strangers in the House"
2. My So-Called Life "Other People's Mothers"
3. My So-Called Life "Life of Brian"
February Oscar Challenge:
4. The Birds nominee: SPECIAL EFFECTS

May 2
March Action/Adventure/Crime Challenge:
6. Eureka "Force Quit"* (there were chases, fights, and a huge explosion, I think it counts)
7. Patriot Games
April Drive-In/Exploitation/B-Movie Challenge:
8. Mad Max*
9. Enter the Dragon*

May 3
May Make-Your-Own Challenge:
10. Pariah
June Historical Challenge:
11. Ride with the Devil*

May 4
July Sci-Fi Challenge:
12. Men in Black 2
August Animation Challenge:
13. The Iron Giant

May 5
September Criterion Challenge:
14. Jimi Plays Monterey & Shake! Otis at Monterey
15. Anatomy of a Murder*
October Horror Challenge:
16. The Relic
17. Dahmer*

May 6
November Comedy Challenge:
18. Clueless
19. Dogma
20. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
December Holiday Challenge:
21. My So-Called Life "Halloween"
22. My So-Called Life "So-Called Angels"

May 20
23. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "The Emissary Pts 1 & 2"
24. "Past Prologue" / "A Man Alone"

May 21
25. "Babel" / "Captive Pursuit"
26. "Q-Less" / "Dax"
27. "The Passenger" / "Move Along Home"

May 22
28. "The Nagus" / "Vortex"
29. "Battlelines" / "The Storyteller"

May 23
30. "Progress" / "If Wishes Were Horses"
31. "The Forsaken" / "Dramatis Personae"
32. "Duet" / "In the Hands of the Prophets"
33a. "The Homecoming"

May 24
33b. "The Circle"
34. "The Siege" / "Invasive Procedures"
35. "Cardassians" / "Melora"
36. "Rules of Acquisition" / "Necessary Evil"

May 25
37. "Second Sight" / "Sanctuary"
38. "Rivals" / "The Alternate"
39. "Armageddon Game" / "Whispers"

May 26
40. "Paradise" / "Shadowplay"
41. "Playing God" / "Profit and Loss"
42a. "Blood Oath"

May 27
42b. "The Wire"
43. "The Maquis Pts 1 & 2"
44. "Crossover" / "The Collaborator"
45. "The Tribunal" / "The Jem'Hadar
46. "The Search Pts 1 & 2"

May 28
47. "House of Quark" / "Equilibrium"
48. "Second Skin" / "The Abandoned"
49. "Civil Defense" / "Meridian"
50. "Defiant" / "Fascination"
51. "Past Tense Pts 1 & 2"

May 29
52. "Life Support" / "Heart of Stone"
53. "Destiny" / "Prophet Motive"
54. "Visionary" / "Distant Voices"

May 30
55. "Improbable Cause" / "The Die is Cast"
56. "Through the Looking Glass" / "Family Business"

May 31
57. "Shakaar" / "Facets"
58. "Adversary"

*=new viewing

04-25-12, 08:54 PM
2012 Superhero Challenge

May 1
1. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) *

May 2
2. Thor (2011) *

May 3
3. The Incredible Hulk (2008) *

May 8
4. Iron Man (2008)

May 10
5. Iron Man 2 (2010) *

May 11
6. Batman Begins (2005)

May 14
7. The Dark Knight (2008)

May 15
8. Hulk (2003) *

May 16
9. Batman (1989)

May 20
10. Batman Returns (1992)

May 21
11. Batman Forever (1995)

May 22
12. The Avengers (2012) *
13. Batman & Robin (1997) *

May 25
14. Batman (1966) *

May 29
15. Superman (1978)

May 30
16. Superman II (1980)

May 31
17. Superman Returns (2006) *

* First Time Viewing

04-25-12, 09:00 PM
The Unwatched Pile / Netflix Queue / Supplemental Material Challenge

1. Compañeros (1970)
2. Dangerous Seductress (1995)
3. Beginners (2010)
4. Everything Must Go (2010)
5. The Good Thief (2002)
6. Cul-De-Sac (1966)
7. The Candy Snatchers (1973)
8. Copland (1997)
9. Charlie Chan in the Secret Service (1944)
10. Night Beat (1931)
11. Rogue's Tavern (1936)
12. The People vs George Lucas (2010)
13. Zig Zag (1970)
14. What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
15. The Killer Inside Me (2010)
16. 42nd Street Forever, Volume 5: The Alamo Drafthouse Edition (2009)
17. Submarine (2010)
18. The Muppets (2011)
19. Hey Babu Riba (1986)
20. Kill the Irishman (2011)
21. 1990: Bronx Warriors (1982)
22. The Jade Mask (1945)
23. Quicksand (1950)
24. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait (1988)
25. The Shanghai Cobra (1945)
26. The Scarlet Clue (1945)
27. Mysterious Mr. Wong (1935)
28. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
29. Lilith (1964)
30. O.C. and Stiggs (1985)
31. Generic Ghost Film (200?)



04-25-12, 09:01 PM
The 50s/60s TV Challenge
All episodes *must* have originally aired during the years from 1950 to 1969.
Example: Hogan's Heroes episodes prior to S5/E14 aired before 1970 and can be watched. Hogan's Heroes S5/E15 and up aired in 1970 and after and are disqualified as they did not originally air during the accepted time period. IMDB is the final authority on original episode air dates.

Standard TV time/episode counting rules apply.
Length as originally aired with commercials:
60 minutes = 1 entry
30 minutes = 1/2 entry
15 minutes = 1/4 entry

☼ - First time viewing

April 30th
1. Rawhide: Incident with an Executioner (1959)
2. Rawhide: Incident of the Widowed Dove (1959)

May 1st
3. Rawhide: Incident on the Edge of Madness (1959)
4. Rawhide: Incident of the Power and the Plow (1959)
5. My Living Doll: Boy Meets Girl; Rhoda's First Date (1964)
6. My Living Doll: Uninvited Guest; The Love Machine (1964)

May 2nd
7. My Living Doll: The Beauty Contest; My Robot, the Warden (1964)
8. My Living Doll: I'll Leave it to You (1964); The Pool Shark (1965)
9. The Avengers: Concerto (1964)

May 3rd
10. My Living Doll: The Kleptomaniac; The Witness (1965)
11. My Living Doll: Something Borrowed, Something Blew (1964); Love that Bob: Eleven Angry Women (1957)
12. Dennis the Menace: Out of Retirement; Dennis and the Wedding (1960)
13. Dennis the Menace: Dennis and the Radio Set; Dennis and the Ham-Pher (1960)

May 4th
14. Dennis the Menace: The Stock Certificate; Man of the House (1960)
15. Dennis the Menace: The Rock Collection; Henry and Togetherness (1960)
16. The Avengers: Esprit de Corps (1964)
17. The Avengers: Lobster Quadrille (1964)

May 5th
18. Rawhide: Incident at Barker Springs (1959)
19. Rawhide: Incident West of Lano (1959)
20. Rawhide: Incident of the Town in Terror (1959)
21. Rawhide: Incident of the Golden Calf (1959)
22. Dennis the Menace: Paint-Up, Clean-Up Week; Dennis Learns to Whistle (1960)
23. Dennis the Menace: The Raffle Ticket; The Christmas Horse (1960)
24. Dennis the Menace: Dennis' Allowance; Dennis' Penny Collection (1960)
25. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Jonah and the Whale (1965)
26. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Time Bomb (1965)
27. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: ...And Five of Us Are Left (1965)

May 6th
28. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Cyborg (1965)
29. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Escape from Venice (1965)
30. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Left-Handed Man (1965)
31. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Deadliest Game (1965)
32. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Leviathan (1965)
33. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Peacemaker (1965)
34. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Silent Saboteurs (1965)
35. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The X Factor (1965)
36. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Machines Strike Back (1965)
37. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Monster from Outer Space (1965)
38. Dennis the Menace: Dennis, The Campaign Manager; Miss Cathcart's Friend (1961)
39. Dennis the Menace: Pythias Was a Piker; Dennis and the Saxaphone (1961)

May 7th
40. Dennis the Menace: Wilson Sleeps Over; Dennis' Birthday (1961)
41. Dennis the Menace: Dennis Goes to Camp; Dennis' Tool Chest (1961)
42. The Twilight Zone: In His Image (1963)
43. The Twilight Zone: The Thiry-Fathom Grave (1963)

May 8th
44. The Twilight Zone: Valley of the Shadow (1963)
45. The Twilight Zone: He's Alive (1963)
46. The Twilight Zone: Mute (1963)
47. The Twilight Zone: Death Ship (1963)
48. Dennis the Menace: The Going Away Gift; Dennis and the Fishing Rod (1961)

May 9th
49. Dennis the Menace: Dennis and the Good Example; Dennis' Obligation (1961)
50. Dennis the Menace: The Dog Trainer; Woodman, Spare That Tree (1961)
51. Dennis the Menace: The Boy Wonder; The Soapbox Derby (1961)
52. Dennis the Menace: Dennis and the Camera; Dennis and the Miracle Plant Food (1961)

May 10th

May 11th

May 12th

May 13th

May 14th
53. Dennis the Menace: Dennis' Newspaper; Mr. Wilson's Paradise (1961)
54. Dennis the Menace: The Fortune Cookie; The Pioneers (1961)
55. Dennis the Menace: Father's Day for Mr. Wilson; Dennis and the Picnic (1961)

May 15th
56. Rawhide: Incident of the Coyote Weed (1959)
57. Rawhide: Incident of the Chubasco (1959)
58. Rawhide: Incident of the Curious Street (1959)
59. I'm Dickens... He's Finster: A Small Matter of Being Fired; Nurse Dickens (1962)
60. The Twilight Zone: Jess-Belle (1963)
61. The Twilight Zone: Miniature (1963)
62. The Twilight Zone: Printer's Devil (1963)

May 16th
63. Rawhide: Incident of the Dog Days (1959)
64. Rawhide: Incident of the Calico Gun (1959)
65. Rawhide: Incident of the Misplaced Indians (1959)
66. I'm Dickens... He's Finster: The Double Life of Mel Warshaw; Harry, the Father Image (1962)
67. I'm Dickens... He's Finster: Part-Time Friend; The Acting Game (1962)
68. I'm Dickens... He's Finster: The Toupee Story; A Wolf in Friend's Clothing (1962)

May 17th
69. I'm Dickens... He's Finster: Party, Party, Who's Got the Party?; The Yellow Badge of Courage (1962)
70. I'm Dickens... He's Finster: The Joke; Love Me, Love My Dog (1962)
71. I'm Dickens... He's Finster: Here's to the Three of Us; Get Off My Back (1962)
72. The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Meershatz Pipe (1961); The Andy Griffith Show: The County Nurse (1962)
73. I'm Dickens... He's Finster: How Not to Succeed in Business; The Godfathers (1963)
74. Rawhide: Incident of Fear in the Streets (1959)
75. Rawhide: Incident Below the Brazos (1959)
76. Rawhide: Incident of the Dry Drive (1959)
77. The Monkees: Royal Flush; Monkee See, Monkee Die (1966)

May 18th
78. The Monkees: Monkee vs. Machine; Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers (1966)
79. The Dick Van Dyke Show: Forty-Four Tickets; Empress Carlotta's Necklace (1961)
80. The Andy Griffith Show: Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee; Three's a Crowd (1962)
81. The Monkees: The Spy Who Came in from the Cool; Success Story (1966)
82. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Terror on Dinosaur Islane (1965)
83. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Killers of the Deep (1966)
84. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Deadly Creature Below! (1966)
85. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Phantom Strikes (1966)

May 19th
86. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Sky's on Fire (1966)
87. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Graveyard of Fear (1966)
88. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Shape of Doom (1966)
89. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Dead Men's Doubloons (1966)
90. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Death Ship (1966)
91. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Monster's Web (1966)
92. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Menfish (1966)

May 20th
93. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Mechanical Man (1966)
94. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Return of the Phantom (1966)
95. The Monkees: Monkees in a Ghost Town; Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth (1966)
96. The Monkees: The Chaperone; Here Come The Monkees - The Pilot (1966)
97. The Monkees: Monkees A La Carte; I've Got a Little Song Here (1966)
98. The Monkees: One Man Shy (Peter and the Debutante); Dance, Monkee, Dance (1966)
99. The Monkees: Too Many Girls (Davy and Fern); Son of a Gypsy (1966)
100. The Monkees: The Case of the Missing Monkee; I was a Teenager Monster (1967)

May 21st
101. The Monkees: Find the Monkees; Monkees in the Ring (1967)
102. The Monkees: The Prince and the Paupers; Monkees at the Circus (1967)
103. The Monkees: Captain Crocodile; Monkees à la Mode (1967)

May 22nd
104. The Twilight Zone: No Time Like the Past (1963)
105. The Twilight Zone: The Parallel (1963)

May 23rd
106. The Twilight Zone: I Dream of Genie (1963)
107. The Monkees: Alias Micky Dolenz; Monkees Chow Mein (1967)

May 24th
108. The Monkees: Monkee Mother; Monkees on the Line (1967)
109. The Monkees: Monkees Get Out More Dirt; Monkees Manhattan Style (1967)
110. The Twilight Zone: The New Exhibit (1963)

May 25th
111. The Twilight Zone: Of Late I Think of Cliffordville (1963)
112. The Twilight Zone: The Incredible World of Horace Ford (1963)
113. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Monster from the Inferno (1966)
114. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Werewolf (1966)
115. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Day the World Ended (1966)
116. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Night of Terror (1966)

May 26th
117. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Terrible Toys (1966)
118. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Day of Evil (1966)
119. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Deadly Waters (1966)
120. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Thing from Inner Space (1966)
121. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Death Watch (1966)
122. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Deadly Invasion (1966)
123. The Monkees: Monkees at the Movies; The Monkees on Tour (1967)
124. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Haunted Submarine (1966)
125. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Plant Man (1966)
126. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Lost Bomb (1966)
127. Twilight Zone: On Thursday We Leave for Home (1963)
128. Twilight Zone: Passage on the Lady Anne (1963)
129. Twilight Zone: The Bard (1963)
130. Secret Agent (aka Danger Man): The Man on the Beach (1965)

May 27th
131. Secret Agent (aka Danger Man): The Man who Wouldn't Talk (1965)
132. Secret Agent (aka Danger Man): Someone is Liable to get Hurt (1966)
133. Secret Agent (aka Danger Man): Dangerous Secret (1966)
134. Secret Agent (aka Danger Man): I Can Only Offer You Sherry (1966)
135. Secret Agent (aka Danger Man): The Hunting Party (1966)
136. Secret Agent (aka Danger Man): Two Birds with One Bullet (1966)
137. Secret Agent (aka Danger Man): I Am Afraid You Have the Wrong Number (1966)
138. Secret Agent (aka Danger Man): The Man with the Foot (1966)

May 28th
139. Secret Agent (aka Danger Man): The Paper Chase (1966)
140. Secret Agent (aka Danger Man): Not So Jolly Roger (1966)
141. Secret Agent (aka Danger Man): Koroshi (1967)
142. Secret Agent (aka Danger Man): Shinda Shima (1967)
143. The Lone Ranger: Man Without a Gun; Pardon for Curley (1950)

May 29th
144. The Lone Ranger: Eye for an Eye; Outlaw of the Plains (1950)
145. The Lone Ranger: White Man's Magic; Trouble for Tonto (1950)

May 30th
146. Wanted: Dead or Alive: Jason; The Partners (1960)

May 31st
147. Wanted: Dead or Alive: Tolliver Bender; A House Divided (1960)
148. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Brand of the Beast (1966)
149. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Creature (1967)
150. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Death from the Past (1967)
151. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Heat Monster (1967)
152. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Fossil Men (1967)
153. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Mermaid (1967)
154. The Lone Ranger: Sheriff of Gunstock (1950); The Monkees: Pilot (16mm version) (1966)

04-25-12, 09:50 PM
Last Annual 2012 End of the World Movie Challenge

Warning: The world may not actually end. Results may vary by movie. Side effects may include nuclear destruction, invaders from space, mutants, monsters, plagues, or other apocalypses.
(*)=first time viewing

1) Miracle Mile (1988, Steve De Jarnatt)--Underrated, if a bit far-fetched, as Anthony Edwards answers the wrong phone, and discovers that nuclear attack may be an hour away. Exciting Tangerine Dream score. (4/5)
2) End of Days (1999, Peter Hyams)--Schwarzenegger vs. Satan. (4/5)
3) Where Have All the People Gone? (1974, John Llewellyn Moxey)--This 70s tv-movie has a solar flare wiping out most of humanity. (3/5)
4) WarGames (1983, John Badham)--Matthew Broderick tries to prevent WWIII. Dated, but still fun. (4/5)
5) When Worlds Collide (1951, Rudolph Mate)--Early something's-gonna-hit-the-earth film, with Oscar-winning special effects. (4/5)
6) Dawn of the Dead (1978, George A. Romero)--This classic never gets old, no matter how many times I see it. (5/5)
7) Night of the Comet (1984, Thom Eberhardt)--I think I've seen this so many times I have it almost memorized. (5/5)
8) Take Shelter (*) (2011, Jeff Nichols)--Michael Shannon dreams of apocalypse in this haunting drama. (4/5)
9) The Divide (*) (2011, Javier Gens)--Nuclear attack survivors are trapped in a basement. An interesting beginning, but lots of ugliness later on. (3/5)
10) Mars Attacks! (1996, Tim Burton)--An all-star cast has fun in this silly invasion flick. (3/5)
11) Before the Fall (2008, F. Javier Gutierrez)--A man tries to protect his family from a comet on the way and a killer on the loose in this Spanish drama. (4/5)
12) The Noah (*) (1975, Daniel Bourla)--The crazy adventures of the last soldier on earth. (3/5)
13) The Core (2003, Jon Amiel)--I wonder, how many times has the Golden Gate bridge been destroyed in the movies? (4/5)
14) Quintet (*) (1978, Robert Altman)--After the next ice age, people spend their time playing a game in this talky, slow-moving drama, apparently filmed in haze-o-vision. (3/5)
15) Last Night (1998, Don McKellar)--Canadians party like it's the end of the world (which it is). (3/5)
16) Testament (1983, Lynne Littman)--Heartbreaking. (5/5)
17) World Sinks Except Japan (*) (2006, Minoru Kawasaki)--Unfunny satire as disaster refuges overwhelm Japan. (2/5)
18) The Lost Future (*) (2010, Mikael Solomon)--Disease survivors live as cavemen in this SyFy flick. (3/5)
19) Rats: Night of Terror (1983, Vincent Dawn aka Bruno Mattei)--Italian after-the-bomb hilarity. (4/5)
20) The New Barbarians (1983, Enzo G. Castellari)--More post-apocalypse laughs from Italy. Fred Williamson rocks a skinny '80s headband, Claudio Simonetti rocks the synth, and Castellari rocks all the slo-mo stunts he can squeeze into 90 minutes. (4/5)
21) 2019: After the Fall of New York (1983, Martin Dolman aka Sergio Martino)--Snake Plissken wanna-be must rescue the last fertile woman on earth from post-nuke NYC. Not as bad (or as much fun) as the two previous films. (3/5)
22) The Quiet Earth (1995, Geoff Murphy)--A slightly different take on the last-man-on-earth story, with a beautiful, if ambiguous, final scene. (4/5)
23) Dawn of the Dead (2004, Zach Snyder)--Entertaining remake. (4/5)

04-25-12, 09:54 PM

04-25-12, 10:55 PM
Clean Off My DVR Challenge

I would like to do something more imaginative, but with summer coming (when I don't watch much TV), I feel the need to clean off my DVR. To make things easy, I will count one movie or show as one item, regardless of length. I currently have 84 items saved on my DVR with 76 hr 23 min of available space. My goal is to reduce the number of items by at least half.


TV Shows

Tuesday, May 1
Items: Starting - 84; Recorded - 1; Watched - 4; Ending - 81;
Available Space: 79 hr 3 min

1. Smash - Tech
2. Once Upon a Time - The Stranger
3. Bones - The Family in the Feud
4. Glee - Choke

Wednesday, May 2
Items: Starting - 81; Recorded - 3; Watched - 2; Ending - 82;
Available Space: 78 hr 1 min

5. The Killing - Openings
6. The Finder - The Inheritance

Thursday, May 3
Items: Starting - 82; Recorded - 6; Watched - 3; Ending - 85;
Available Space: 76 hr 5 min

7. Criminal Minds - Divining Rod
8. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Father Dearest
9. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Dune and Gloom

Friday, May 4
Items: Starting - 85; Recorded - 3; Watched - 3; Ending - 85;
Available Space: 75 hr 54 min

10. Awake - Slack Water
11. Mad Men - At the Codfish Ball
12. The Finder - Voodoo Undo

Saturday, May 5
Items: Starting - 85; Recorded - 0; Watched - 12; Ending - 73;
Available Space: 85 hr 5 min

13. In Plain Sight - All's Well That Ends
14. Grimm - Happily Ever Aftermath
15. 30 Rock - Queen of Jordan 2: Mystery of the Phantom Pooper
16. The Big Bang Theory - The Skank Reflex Analysis
17. Person of Interest - Many Happy Returns
18. The Big Bang Theory - The Infestation Hypothesis
19. The Big Bang Theory - The Pulled Groin Extrapolation
20. The Big Bang Theory - The Wiggly Finger Catalyst
21. Thor
22. Castle - Undead Again
23. The Big Bang Theory - The Russian Rocket Reaction
24. The Big Bang Theory - The Rhinitis Revelation

Sunday, May 6
Items: Starting - 73; Recorded - 5; Watched - 10; Ending - 68;
Available Space: 87 hr 18 min

25. Being Human - Addicted to Love
26. Being Human - Mama Said There'd Be Decades Like These
27. The Big Bang Theory - The Good Guy Fluctuation
28. The Big Bang Theory - The Shiny Trinket Maneuver
29. The Mentalist - So Long, and Thanks for All the Red Snapper
30. Being Human - The Ties That Blind
31. Being Human - I've Got You Under Your Skin
32. Being Human - When I Think About You I Shred Myself
33. The Big Bang Theory - The Beta Test Initiation
34. The Big Bang Theory - The Friendship Contraction

Monday, May 7
Items: Starting - 68; Recorded - 5; Watched - 2; Ending - 71;
Available Space: 84 hr 56 min

35. Desperate Housewives - The People Will Hear
36. Bones - The Suit on the Set

Tuesday, May 8
Items: Starting - 71; Recorded - 2; Watched - 3; Ending - 70;
Available Space: 84 hr 30 min

37. The Big Bang Theory - The Vacation Solution
38. Glee - Prom-asaurus
39. The Big Bang Theory - The Rothman Disintegration

Wednesday, May 9
Items: Starting - 70; Recorded - 3; Watched - 3; Ending - 70;
Available Space: 84 hr 12 min

40. House - Post Mortem
41. The Simpsons - The Spy Who Learned Me
42. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Homecoming

Thursday, May 10
Items: Starting - 70; Recorded - 5; Watched - 3; Ending - 72;
Available Space: 82 hr 55 min

43. Being Human - Dream Reaper
44. Being Human - Don't Fear the Scott
45. Mad Men - Lady Lazarus

Friday, May 11
Items: Starting - 72; Recorded - 3; Watched - 3; Ending - 72;
Available Space: 82 hr 8 min

46. Being Human - Partial Eclipse of the Heart
47. Being Human - It's My Party and I'll Die If I Want To
48. Criminal Minds - Profiling 101

Saturday, May 12
Items: Starting - 72; Recorded - 0; Watched - 3; Ending - 69;
Available Space: 85 hr 49 min

49. Castle - Always
50. The Lincoln Lawyer
51. The Killing - Keylela

Sunday, May 13
Items: Starting - 69; Recorded - 5; Watched - 9; Ending - 65;
Available Space: 88 hr 51 min

52. Hell on Wheels - Pilot
53. Hell on Wheels - Immoral Mathematics
54. Hell on Wheels - A New Birth of Freedom
55. The Big Bang Theory - The Werewolf Transformation
56. The Mentalist - Red Rover, Red Rover
57. The Simpsons - Ned 'n' Edna's Blend
58. Once Upon a Time - An Apple Red as Blood
59. Once Upon a Time - A Land Without Magic
60. Grimm - Big Feet

Monday, May 14
Items: Starting - 65; Recorded - 6; Watched - 3; Ending - 68;
Available Space: 85 hr 27 min

61. Mad Men - Dark Shadows
62. Desperate Housewives - Give Me the Blame
63. Desperate Housewives - Finishing the Hat

Tuesday, May 15
Items: Starting - 68; Recorded - 6; Watched - 2; Ending - 72;
Available Space: 80 hr 58 min

64. The Killing - Off the Reservation
65. Inside the Actors Studio - The Cast and Creator of Mad Men

Wednesday, May 16
Items: Starting - 72; Recorded - 3; Watched - 8; Ending - 67;
Available Space: 86 hr 24 min

66. Smash - Previews
67. Smash - Bombshell
68. Law & Order: SVU - Learnning Curve
69. Glee - Props
70. Glee - Nationals
71. The Finder - The Boy with the Bucket
72. Captain America: The First Avenger
73. Common Law - Pilot

Thursday, May 17
Items: Starting - 67; Recorded - 5; Watched - 11; Ending - 61;
Available Space: 92 hr 6 min

72. The Big Bang Theory - The Weekend Vortex
73. 30 Rock - The Return of Avery Jessup
74. Law & Order: SVU - Strange Beauty
75. The Big Bang Theory - The Transporter Malfunction
76. House - Holding On
77. The Big Bang Theory - The Hawking Excitation
78. The Big Bang Theory - The Stag Convergence
79. Person of Interest - No Good Deed
80. Awake - Say Hello to My Little Friend
81. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
82. The Big Bang Theory - The Isolation Permutation

Friday, May 18
Items: Starting - 61; Recorded - 1; Watched - 7; Ending - 55;
Available Space: 99 hr 15 min

83. Person of Interest - Firewall
84. Awake - Two Birds
85. Jane Eyre
86. Horrible Bosses
87. Criminal Minds - Hit
88. Criminal Minds - Run
89. The Mentalist - The Crimson Hat

Saturday, May 19
Items: Starting - 55; Recorded - 1; Watched - 3; Ending - 53;
Available Space: 101 hr 28 min

90. Grimm - Woman in Black
91. Bones - The Past in the Present
92. Criminal Minds - The Bittersweet Science

Sunday, May 20
Items: Starting - 53; Recorded - 3; Watched - 8; Ending - 48;
Available Space: 104 hr 46 min

93. 30 Rock - What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?
94. Being Human - Eve of the War
95. The Big Bang Theory - The Launch Acceleration
96. The Simpsons - Lisa Goes Gaga
97. The Big Bang Theory - The Countdown Reflection
98. Being Human - Being Human 1955
99. The Killing - Sayonara, Hiawatha
100. Mad Men - Christmas Waltz

Monday, May 21
Items: Starting - 48; Recorded - 2; Watched - 2; Ending - 48;
Available Space: 105 hr 9 min

101. Being Human - The Graveyard Shift
102. Being Human - A Spectre Calls

Tuesday, May 22
Items: Starting - 48; Recorded - 3; Watched - 3; Ending - 48;
Available Space: 104 hr 40 min

103. House - Swan Song
104. House - Everybody Dies
105. Glee - Goodbye

Wednesday, May 23
Items: Starting - 48; Recorded - 3; Watched - 3; Ending - 48;
Available Space: 105 hr 5 min

106. Being Human - Hold the Front Page
107. Being Human - Puppy Love
108. Being Human - Making History

Thursday, May 24
Items: Starting - 48; Recorded - 2; Watched - 2; Ending - 48;
Available Space: 105 hr 29 min

109. Criminal Minds - Unknown Subject
110. Being Human - The War Child

Friday, May 25
Items: Starting - 48; Recorded - 0; Watched - 6; Ending - 35;
Available Space: 116 hr 22 min

Erased - 7: Hell on Wheels (since I purchased the blu-ray)

111. Law & Order: SVU - Rhodium Nights
112. Awake - Turtles All the Way Down
113. Mildred Pierce - Part One
114. Mildred Pierce - Part Two
115. The Big Bang Theory - The Ornithophobia Diffusion
116. The Big Bang Theory - The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition

Saturday, May 26
Items: Starting - 35; Recorded - 0; Watched - 5; Ending - 30;
Available Space: 120 hr 51 min

117. Mildred Pierce - Part Three
118. Lost Girl - Something Wicked This Fae Comes
119. Lost Girl - I Fought the Fae (and the Fae Won)
120. Mildred Pierce - Part Four
121. Mildred Pierce - Part Five

Sunday, May 27
Items: Starting - 30; Recorded - 2; Watched - 9; Ending - 23;
Available Space: 127 hr 26 min

122. Lost Girl - Scream a Little Dream
123. Lost Girl - Mirror, Mirror
124. Lost Girl - BrotherFae of the Wolves
125. Lost Girl - It's Better to Burn Out Than Fae Away
126. Sherlock - A Scandal in Belgravia
127. The Walking Dead - What Lies Ahead
128. The Walking Dead - Bloodletting
129. The Walking Dead - Save the Last One
130. The Walking Dead - Cherokee Rose
131. The Killing - 72 Hours
132. Mad Men - The Other Woman

Monday, May 28
Items: Starting - 23; Recorded - 0; Watched - 12; Ending - 11;
Available Space: 139 hr 20 min

131. The Walking Dead - Chupacabra
132. The Walking Dead - Secrets
133. The Walking Dead - Pretty Much Dead Already
134. The Walking Dead - Nebraska
135. The Walking Dead - Triggerfinger
136. The Walking Dead - 18 Miles Out
137. The Walking Dead - Judge, Jury, Executioner
138. The Walking Dead - Better Angels
139. The Walking Dead - Beside the Dying Fire
140. The Killing - 72 Hours
141. Mad Men - The Other Woman
142. Paul

Tuesday, May 29
Items: Starting - 11; Recorded - 1; Watched - 1; Ending - 11;
Available Space: 139 hr 28 min

143. Whitechapel - Series 2: Episode 1

Wednesday, May 30
Items: Starting - 11; Recorded - 0; Watched - 4; Ending - 7;
Available Space: 143 hr 38 min

144. Grimm - Three Coins in a Fuchsbau
145. Whitechapel - Series 2: Episode 2
146. Whitechapel - Series 2: Episode 3
147. Sherlock - The Hounds of Baskerville

Thursday, May 31
Items: Starting - 7; Recorded - 1; Watched - 1; Ending - 7;
Available Space: 134 hr 46 min

148. The Big Bang Theory - The Speckerman Recurrence

04-26-12, 11:11 PM
Unwatched or Unopened Challenge
Goal: 31 Unwatched from Netflix Instant Queue or Unopened/Unwatched Blu-rays


May 3

May 4
3.)The Innkeepers

May 5
4.)Darkest Hour

May 9

04-27-12, 12:08 AM
The Mad Men & Wife's 'To Watch' Pile Challenge

3 Wildcards, no fancy formatting, no reviews & the only rules are those implied by the title.

Black = DVD
Blue = Blu-Ray
Purple = Internet
Green = Theater
* = FTV
* = Watched with wife

May 1st
1-4). Mad Men S01E01-08 (2007)*

May 2nd
4.5-6.5). Mad Men S01E09-13 (2007)*
7.5). The Incredible Hulk (2008) (Wild Card #1)*
8.5). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S01E01 (2007)*
9.5). Lost S06E01-02 (2010)*
10.5). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S01E02 (2007)*

May 3rd
11.5). Commentary For Mad Men S01E03-04 (2007)*
12-13.5). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S01E05-06 (2007)*
14.5). 9 (2009)**
15.5). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S01E07 (2007)*

May 4th
16-18.5). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S01E08-10 (2007)*
19). Commentary For Mad Men S01E11 (2007)*

May 5th
20). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S01E12 (2007)*
21). The Avengers (2012) (Wild Card #2)**
22). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S01E13 (2007)*

May 6th
23). Lost S06E03-04 (2010)*
23.5-24.5). Mad Men S02E01-03 (2008)*
25.5). Lost S06E05 (2010)*

May 7th
26-28). Mad Men S02E04-08 (2008)*
28.5). Lost S06E06 (2010)*
29-30). Mad Men S02E09-11 (2008)*

May 8th
31). Mad Men S02E12-13 (2008)*
31.5-34). 1st and 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S02E01-03 (2008)*

May 9th
36). 1st and 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S02E04-05 (2008)*
36.5). Lost S06E07 (2010)*

May 10th
37-38.5). 1st and 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S02E06-07 (2008)*
39). Commentary For Mad Men S02E08 (2008)*
39.5). Lost S06E08 (2010)*

May 11th
40). 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S02E08 (2008)*
40.5-43). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S02E09-11 (2008)*
43.5). Lost S06E09 (2010)*
44.5). The Blind Side (2009)**

May 12th
45-46.5). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S02E12-13 (2008)*
47). Mad Men S03E01 (2009)*
48). Katherine (1975) **

May 13th
50). Mad Men S03E02-05 (2009)*
50.5). Lost S06E10 (2010)*

May 14th
51-54.5). Mad Men S03E06-13 (2009)*
55.5). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S03E01 (2009)*
56). Commentary For Mad Men S03E02 (2009)*
57). Zack And Miri Make A Porno (2008)*

May 15th
58). Popcorn And Porn: The Making Of Zack And Miri (2008)*
59). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S03E03 (2009)*
60). Commentary For Mad Men S03E04-05 (2009)*
61). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S03E06 (2009)*

May 16th
62). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S03E07 (2009)*
62.5). Commentary For Mad Men S03E08 (2009)*
63.5). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S03E09 (2009)*
64). Lost S06E11 (2010)*

May 17th
64.5-67). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S03E10-12 (2009)*

May 18th
68). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S03E13 (2009)*
68.5-69.5). Mad Men S04E01-03 (2010)*
70.5). Lost S06E12-13 (2010)*
71.5). Pleasantville (1998)*

May 19th
72.5). Mad Men S04E04-05 (2010)*
73.5). Commentary For Pleasantville (1998)*
74.5). The Da Vinci Code (2006)**

May 20th
75-77). Mad Men S04E06-10 (2010)*
77.5). Lost S06E14 (2010)*
78-78.5). Mad Men S04E11-12 (2010)*
79.5). The Town (2010)*

May 21st
80.5-82.5). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S04E01-03 (2010)*
83). Lost S06E15 (2010)*

May 22nd
84). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S04E04 (2010)*
84.5). Commentary For Mad Men S04E05 (2010)*

May 23rd
85-86.5). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S04E06-07 (2010)*
87). Commentary For Mad Men S04E08 (2010)*

May 24th
87.5). 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S04E08 (2010)*
88-90.5). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S04E09-11 (2010)*

May 25th
91.5). Lost S06E16 (2010)*
92.5). 1st & 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S04E012 (2010)*
93.5). Revolutionary Road (2008)**
94). Commentary For Mad Men S04E013 (2010)*

May 26th
94.5). 2nd Commentary For Mad Men S04E013 (2010)*
95.5). Mad Men S0501-02 (2012)*
96.5). RoboCop (1987)*

May 27th
97.5). Blazing Saddles (1974) (Wild Card #3)
98.5). Mad Men S0503-04 (2012)*

May 28th
99.5). RoboCop 2 (1990)*
100). Mad Men S0505 (2012)*
101). The Treasure Chase (1979)**
102). Fright Night 3D (2011)**
102.5). Mad Men S0506 (2012)*

May 29th
103-105). Mad Men S0507-11 (2012)*

04-27-12, 11:26 AM
Theme: "Unwatched MOVIES Pile"
Goal: 50 Titles

List (Spoilered for Size)

May 1st
1. Contraband

May 2nd
2. Beastly
3. Toy Story 3

May 3rd
4. Grand Canyon
5. Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol

May 4th
6. Van Neuys Blvd

May 5th
7. New Years Eve

May 6th
8. Night of the Living Dead

May 7th
9. Water for Elephants
10. Freaks

May 8th
11. The Incredible Hulk
12. Iron Man 2

May 9th
13. The Green Lantern

May 10th
14. Underworld - Rise of the Lycans
15. Underworld - Awakening

May 11
16. Dear Job
17. 17 Again
18. The Vow

May 12
19. Day of the Dead (original)
20. Day of the Dead (remake)

May 13
21. Bride of Chucky
22. Seed of Chucky

May 14
23. Father of the Bride
24. Chronicle

May 15
25. A Man Called Flintstone
26. Dinosuar
27. Gremlins 2

May 16

May 17th
28. The Princess diaries
29. Father of the Bride, Part 2

I totaled out at 29 - but I stopped in mid May, so not to bad. I had a family crisis and had to go out of town and when I got back I went "chuck" crazy (watched the entire series for the first time in the span of a couple weeks).

04-27-12, 04:15 PM

The Expendables Challenge

Challenge: Watch films that feature actors that appear in the Expendables

May 1
1) The Transporter
Expendables Actor: Jason Statham
Format: Blu-ray
Comments: "Rule 1, Don't change the plan"

May 2
2) Transporter 2
Expendables Actor:Jason Statham
Comments: Good follow up. Plays like a cross between Crank and the first Transporter

May 4
3) Transporter 3
Expendables Actor:Jason Statham

May 5
4) The Expendables (Unrated Director's Cut)
Format: Blu-Ray

May 8
5) The Mechanic
Expendables Actor:Jason Statham
Format:Starz HD

May 10
Expendables Actor:Steve Austin

May 15
7)The Specialist
Expendables Actors:Sly Stallone, Eric Roberts

May 23
8) The Last Boyscout
Expendables Actor:Bruce Willis

May 24
9) Last Man Standing
Expendables Actor:Bruce Willis

May 26
10) Demolition Man
Expendables Actor:Sly Stallone

May 29
11)The Condemned
Expendables Actor:Steve Austin

May 30
12) WAR
Expendables Actors:Jason Statham, Jet Li

May 31
13) Over The Top
Expendables Actor:Sly Stallone

14) Rambo
Expendables Actor:Sly Stallone

-popcorn- In the Que -popcorn-


04-28-12, 12:15 PM
Last year I did: Mini-Challenges of Unwatched Material, so I'll stick with that.

Mini-Challenges of Unwatched Material:


- Finish the month above 50% empty on the DVR
- Watch at least 5 Film Movement titles (11 unwatched)
- Watch at least 3 Unwatched Ingmar Bergman films
- Watch at least 20 episodes of "How I Met Your Mother"
- Work through the unwatched BD and DVD pile

In addition to films that I haven't seen, I reserve the right to view films that are still sealed (but that I've seen in some format before). There is an embarrassingly high number of these films.

I will count 30 minute episodes as 1/4 of a viewing in the count and 60 minute episodes as 1/2 of a viewing (denoted 1a., 1b., 1c., 1d., etc.).

1a. S2E14 - How I Met Your Mother (Monday Night Football)
1b. S2E15 - How I Met Your Mother (Lucky Penny)
1c. S2E16 - How I Met Your Mother (Stuff)
1d. S2E17 - How I Met Your Mother (Arrivederci, Fiero)
2a. S2E18 - How I Met Your Mother (Moving Day)
2b. S2E19 - How I Met Your Mother (Bachelor Party)
2c. The Daily Show (DVR)
2d. The Daily Show (DVR)
3ab. S5E4 - Mad Men (Mystery Date) (DVR)
3cd. S5E5 - Mad Men (Signal 30)

EDIT: The focus became TV Episodes...I got through Season 2, 3, and 4 of HIMYM. The DVR got pretty ugly over this period. I can't believe I had never seen HIMYM until the past two months. Great show.

04-28-12, 01:29 PM
Completed, Failed Miserably, but completed

Challenge: Clean off My Hard drive of 100gb-Fail
Mini Challenge: Finish Chuck-Fail
Mini Challeneg: Catch up on Supernatural-Fail

Starting Memory: 343 GB
May 1st
1. Shameless S2E11 " Just Like the Pilgrims Intended"
2. Bucky Larson: Born to be a star
Deleted: 1.9 GB
Not Counted Deleted: .23 GB
Total Added: 0
May 2nd
3. Misfits S3E5 "Episode 5"
4. Misfits S3E6 "Episode 6"
5. Eagleheart S1E6 "Double Your Pleasure"
Deleted: 1.52 GB
NC Deleted:
May 3rd
6. The Orphan Killer
7. Eagleheart S1E7 "Chris, Suzie, Brett and Malice"
8. Eagleheart S1E8 "Suzie's Song"
9. Eagleheart S1E9 "The Human Bat"
10.Eagleheart S1E10 "Once in a Wattle"
11.Eagleheart S1E11 "Danger: Mountain Lions"
12.Misfits S3E7 "Episode 7"
13.Misfits S3E8 "Episode 8"
14. Woman in Black
Deleted: 3.86 GB
May 4th
15. The Color of Money
16. 21 Jump street
Deleted:2.07 GB
Added: 1.37 GB
May 5th
17. River Monsters S4E5 "Killer Sharks and Rays"
Deleted: .36 GB
Added: .36 GB
May 8th
18. King Kong
Deleted: 1.36 GB
May 12th
19. The Innkeepers
Added: .71 GB
Deleted: .71 GB
May 15th
20. Mob Wives S2E5
21. Mob Wives S2E6
22. Mob Wives S2E7
Added: 1.05 GB
Deleted: 1.05 GB
May 16th
23. Mob Wives S2E8
24. Mob Wives S2E9
25. Mov Wives S2E10
Added: 1.05 GB
Deleted: 1.05 GB

Running Totals:
Deleted: 13.17GB
Not Counted Deleted: .23 gb
Added: 3.83 GB

04-30-12, 03:12 PM
American Movies of the 30's, 40's, and 50's Challenge

Source: DVD, VHS, steaming, recorded off TV all OK
First time viewings only:
DVD: OK if movie seen before of DVD hasn't yet been viewed
Other Sources: Must be first viewing of film
Standard 40+ min. films count 1, 90 min. of shorts count 1

Goal: 50
* = first time viewing of film, all DVDs will be first views
Note: SCPRSC = Sinister Cinema Poverty Row Studio Collections

May 03
01. Bush Pilot (1947)* (SCPRSC Screen Guild/Lippert Vol. 1)
Two bush pilots, who are brothers, compete for business and a woman in the wilds of Canada. Impressive scenery and cool looking planes in this good if somewhat predictable story. Lots of neat missions like getting an injured child to a hospital, delivering serum, and hauling nitro! Sources indicate this was a Canadian/American co-production distributed by Screen Guild. According to the credits, the flying was done by Alaskan bush pilots. So the first film in my American challenge is part Canadian but I checked with myself and decided it was OK to include!

May 10
02. Omoo Omoo the Shark God (1949)* (SCPRSC Screen Guild/Lippert Vol. 1)
An ailing sea captain returns to the South Seas island where he stole and then hid two large black pearls which were being used as the eyes of a shark god idol. Great stuff. Pure pulp adventure supposedly based on a novel by Herman Melville, but it seems as if the two only have the word "Omoo" in common. Acting is only fair but occasional serial villain Trevor Bardette does a good job as the captain and Devera Burton who plays his daughter starts out very bland but goes all bug eyed when she starts to feel the greed. Tigers (the island has at least two!), a curse, a cave shrine, sympathetic natives, and a heroic sailor complete the picture.

May 12
03. Green Eyes (1934)* (SCPRSC Chesterfield/Invincible Vol. 3)
A rich man is murdered during a costume party being held in his home. His granddaughter is a suspect and a hard-nosed police detective investigates with the "help" of a brash young writer of detective stories. Decent mystery starts out slow with lots of questioning by the rather bland police detective. It takes someone with more personality, like a Chan, to make this sort of thing interesting. At least the police are competent although lacking any imagination. Things pick up when stuff starts to happen and in the end its very interesting and rather clever.
04. The Quitter (1934)* (SCPRSC Chesterfield/Invincible Vol. 3)
Drama about a family that owns and runs a small town newspaper and the troubles they face when the eldest son tries to expand the business. A little sentimental but very enjoyable. Not really a newspaper story -- that's just the business the family happens to be in. Well acted with a surprisingly downbeat finale.
05. Call of the Forest (1949)* (Mill Creek Western Collection 250 Movies D:2 S:A)
Robert (Batman) Lowery and frequent serial baddie Jack Ingram (uncredited) plot against a widowed rancher who is searching for a lost gold mine so he can provide for his young son. Features Black Diamond the Stallion, Jimmy the Crow, Ripple the Deer, Beady the Raccoon, and Fuzzy the Bear. Unusual western featuring lots of wildlife. The acting is sometimes a bit wooden (especially the rancher and his son) but Lowery does a good job as a bad guy. The animals are fine. All in all a pretty good movie but not what one might have looked forward to in the Saturday matinee days. A Lippert production.

May 13
06. Colonel Effingham's Raid (1945)* (Mill Creek Comedy Classics 100 Movie Set D:1 S:A)
A retired Army colonel returns to his hometown in Georgia and uses a newspaper column he begins writing to stir things up against the mayor and his cronies when they try to replace a historic courthouse with a new building. Good for a couple of chuckles, pleasant and amusing rather than outright funny. Its gets a bit preachy at times and the end is weak, not really ringing true even for a comedy. Good cast helps although the romantic male lead lacked charisma. 20th Century Fox.
07. Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937) (The Mr. Moto Collection Volume One)
Mr. Moto is in Peiping, China searching for ancient scrolls which form a map to the lost tomb of Genghis Khan and a fabulous treasure. Several deaths occur along the way, several caused by Moto! Very entertaining, more pulp adventure and intrigue than murder mystery, Moto can be very ruthless at times. Nice evocation of a city in the Far East, although probably far from what Peiping/Peking/Beijing really looked like then. 20th Century Fox.

May 15
08. Midnight Lady (1932)* (SCPRSC Chesterfield/Invincible Vol. 3)
A middle aged woman who runs a speakeasy gets involved with a young couple which leads to a prison term for a crime she didn't commit. Interesting drama with a good cast although I wasn't familiar with any of them. A little sentimental but not overly so.
09. Country Gentlemen (1936)* (Mill Creek Comedy Classics 100 Movie Set D:1 S:A)
Comedy team Olsen and Johnson play a pair of con men who flee one town because of a gold mine scam and end up getting involved in an oil well con in another town. The pair is not terribly funny but they aren't painful to watch either. Johnson has a peculiar wheezy kind of laugh which he uses a bit too often. Pleasant and bland, Prince the Great Dane and the stereotypical dumb blond secretary provide a few chuckles. Serial stalwarts Pierre Watkins and Ray Corrigan do their best. A Republic Picture.

May 17
10. Underworld (1937)*
A college boy is persuaded to go to Chicago for the summer where he meets and falls in love with a loose, well worn woman. When he rejects her because she refuses to marry him, she turns on him and eventually he's convicted of murder. All black cast. OK story but the acting is very wooden for the most part. A poor print (Alpha Video) and wooly sound make some of the dialog hard to make out. There are a couple of good musical numbers (at a nightclub) but the resolution is pretty insane. A Chinese guy we've never seen before pops up and clears up the whole mess! Cut? A Micheaux Film/Sack Amusement Enterprises production.
11. Dark Manhattan (1937)*
A rise and fall gangster story tells how Curly works his way to the top of the numbers racket in Harlem. An all black cast on the same DVD as Underworld, the picture and sound are better. The acting is also better although it still leaves much to be desired. The police lieutenant played by Jess Lee Brooks is memorable. Entertaining in a predictable way. Randol-Cooper Productions.

May 18
12. Passage to Marseille (1944)* (Humphrey Bogart The Signature Collection Volume II)
At the beginning of World War 2 five prisoners on Devil's Island escape so they can fight Nazi's in France. Star studded cast but the movie never really gels to become something special. The story is kind of diffuse, covering several individuals and told by flashbacks within flashbacks. The action scenes are well done but again never really catch fire. A nice tribute to the Free French. A Warner Bros. picture.

May 19
13. Cavalcade of the West (1936)* (Mill Creek Western Collection 250 Movies D:2 S:A)
Two brothers are separated as children; one becomes a highwayman and the other becomes a rider for the newly formed Pony Express. Conflict follows. I've only seen one or two other Hoot Gibson pictures. He's kind of stocky and homely -- more likeable and sincere than heroic but maybe that was part of his appeal. He does a good job in this standard B western which has a fair amount of action. Diversion Pictures Inc.
14. The Dark Hour (1936)* (SCPRSC Chesterfield/Invincible Vol. 3)
One of a pair of elderly brothers is found dead in their library. Two police detectives, one retired and one an up and comer, investigate but each has a romantic interest in a possible suspect. Very complicated but interesting murder mystery. Most of the movie is taken up with question and answer sessions and finding physical evidence with very little action but the two cops are appealing enough to keep things interesting. Well written but the solution is a little unsatisfying. Hedda Hopper has a role as does character actor E. E. Clive.
15. Bluebeard (1944)* (Roan Group The Black and Blue Collection)
John Carradine is very good as a pinter/puppeteer who tries to control his urge to kill the women he paints. One of his paintings is sold to the wrong person and the police are soon on his trail. Good movie. Near the end, director Edgar G. Ulmer using some nice techniques with angles and light and shadow to emphasize the drama. A PRC release.

May 20
16. Black Dragons (1942) (Roan Group The Black and Blue Collection)
Bela Lugosi plays a mysterious visitor whose arrival marks the beginning of the end of a group of fifth column industrialists. Clayton Moore plays the brash young agent out to solve the murders. Lots of familiar faces in this fun film. The story is a bit convoluted but everything is explained in the end. Banner Production/Monogram Pictures.
17. The Black Raven (1943)* (Roan Group The Black and Blue Collection)
During a dark and stormy night and isolated inn receives a bundle of suspicious visitors. Its not long before a murder occurs and $50,000 goes missing. George Zucco is very likeable as the former criminal/inn owner. Basically an old dark house story with lots of skulking around. Not terribly exciting but a fun watch, especially with Charles (Ming the Merciless) Middleton as the not too bright sheriff. A PRC release.

May 21
18. Captain Calamity (1936)* (SCPRSC Grand National Vol. 1)
A devil may care sea captain uses a single gold doubloon to convince a port town that he has a great treasure on board his schooner. This leads to trouble and romance. In color! The acting is often stilted or hammy (or both) and there's lots of singing aboard The Marigold when its at sea but its in port for most of the movie so we get more brawling than songs. An old fashioned kind of story (some might say corny) has a hero who does most of his thinking with his fists but is cunning although kind of empty headed at times. Nice role for serial heavy George J. Lewis as Pierre who he plays with a French accent!
19. The Gold Racket (1937)* (SCPRSC Grand National Vol. 1)
Federal agents trying to break up a gold smuggling racket attempt to locate its source in Mexico. Starts out strong and the end is OK but most of the middle is taken up by novelty songs performed by sometimes western side-kick Fuzzy Knight, an almost dizzy female agent, and an old quirky cab driver. They all just slow things down and add up to a lot of padding.

May 22
20. Yellow Cargo (1936)* (SCPRSC Grand National Vol. 1)
The Immigration department borrows a narcotics agent to help them crack a ring which is smuggling Asians into southern California. He is helped by a feisty female reporter. Same leads, Conrad Nagel and Eleanor Hunt, as in The Gold Racket, playing similar roles but this film has much less stupid humor. There is some, provided by a clumsy and stupid newspaper photographer. OK picture with a bit of action here and there but feels a little padded at times. The final confrontation scene is a bit of a joke.

May 24
21. Devil on Horseback (1936)* (SCPRSC Grand National Vol. 1)
In a Latin American country a wealthy rancher, in exile in the hills,becomes involved in a publicity stunt for a movie star he has a crush on. He fakes a kidnapping of the actress but this eventually opens him to attacks from his political enemies. Lighthearted romance with lots of singing and dancing and a sprinkling of humor. Surprisingly, most of the citizens of the country were played by Latino actors and actresses! A very pleasant diversion.

May 25
22. The Divorcee (1930)* (Forbidden Hollywood Collection Volume Two)
A happily married woman is shocked to discover that her husband has had an affair. Miserable, she sleeps with her husband's best friend but when he finds out, hubby leaves her with a serious case of wounded pride and a healthy dose of double standard. Neither does well after they part. Very absorbing drama with an honest approach to infidelity which allows real emotions to show through even if the acting is a tad formal. Norma Shearer plays quite the liberated woman and refreshingly this is not the cause of any of her problems. Worth seeing. An MGM All Talking Picture.

May 26
23. Pilot X (1937)* (SCPRSC Fanchon Royer Pictures Vol. 1)
A series of commercial airplane crashes are believed to have been caused by the mysterious Pilot X. An airplane manufacturer gathers together six pilots and a psychologist in order to track down the criminal. A veritable mini-serial full of great bi-plane actions and a lot of strange events. The pilots are eliminated one by one as we get closer to the identity of Pilot X. John Carroll also started in a real serial, Zorro Rides Again around this time and among other familiar faces, frequent serial participant Wheeler Oakman plays another of the pilots. Serial/B-movie director Elmer Clifton keeps the picture moving.

May 27
24. Mr. Moto Takes A Chance (1938)* (The Mr. Moto Collection Volume One)
More pulpy action as Mr. Moto investigates reports of rebellion in the jungles of Cambodia. Very convincing sets but not quite as much fun as the previous film possibly due to the addition of two American newsreel men which ups the silly factor and a little too much time with an obvious Moto in disguise. Still, a good watch. 20th Century Fox.
25. Ten Laps to Go (1936)* (SCPRSC Fanchon Royer Pictures Vol. 1)
A race car driver is forced into a crack-up during a race and looses the use of his legs. He recovers but has lost the will to race. Entertaining but predictable story with lots of race footage. Its cool to see what race cars looked like in the 1930's. Duncan Renaldo plays a shady driver (Oh Cisco!). Hard working B-actor Rex Lease does a good job as the hero and Elmer Clifton directs.

May 28
26. Combat America (1943)* (Mill Creek War Classics 50 Movie Pack D:10 S:A)
Captain Clark Gable produced and narrates the story of the B-17 equiped 351st Bomb Group from the time they leave the states to a major mission over Germany. Gable's narration leans to the corny too often but considering the time and intent that's understandable. There are some interesting perspectives on the life of a bomber crew in the air and on the ground.
27. Back to Bataan (1945)* (4 Film Favorites John Wayne Collection)
John Wayne plays a US Army officer left in the Philippines to help organize a resistance to the Japanese occupation until the day of America's return. OK war movie shows to some extent the dirty, dangerous life of guerrilla warfare and the price civilians had to pay for the resistance. Wayne is somewhat subdued and Anthony Quinn does an OK job as a native Filipino. A tribute to the Filipino spirit. An RKO Radio Picture.

May 29
28. The Mystic Circle Murder (1938)* (SCPRSC Fanchon Royer Pictures Vol. 1)
A fake mystic goes after one million dollars which a sheltered young woman has inherited. The newspaper reported who loves the girl tries to stop him. A huge amount of fun although the end is a letdown. The story goes from New York to Egypt and then to the banks of the Ganges River in India. Nice sets, costumes, and good use of stock footage establish the foreign locations very well. Robert Fiske, who was in a lot of B-movies and serials although often in small parts, does a great job as the mystic. Harry Houdini's widow appears briefly as herself stating that communication with the dead is impossible.
29. Murder in Harlem (1935)*
In a chemical plant, a black watchman finds the body of a murdered white women and is accused of her murder. A mostly black cast. This is simply an awful movie. The acting is often stilted and the pacing is poor with scenes taking far too long to make their points. The story often seems to pull plot points out of nowhere although some of this might have been the result of the very poor and choppy print from Alpha Video. Also, the story structure is a bit odd. The movie starts out OK but quickly bogs down and becomes a boring chore to get through. A Micheaux Film.

May 30
30. Mile A Minute Love (1937)* (SCPRSC Fanchon Royer Pictures Vol. 1)
An inventor develops a super charger for speedboat engines but his invention is sabotaged by a shady count who wants to get money out of the inventor's rich but foolish backer. Duncan Renaldo, who is also credited with the story, plays the con man and William Bakewell is fine as the hot headed inventor. Fun with lots of action but the two fist fights are rather poorly done, the first is seriously undercranked and the second is just poorly staged, and boat racing just doesn't seem as exciting as car racing.

04-30-12, 09:17 PM
I'm going to watch at least one movie for each animal on the Chinese zodiac:


The name has either got to be in the title or animal has to be a star/co-star of the movie. Bonus points if I can watch a Chinese movie that qualifies. I'll go ahead and count any TV/short films that I can find that qualify, too.

1. Watership Down (1978) - dir Martin Rosin - Britain - RABBIT
2. Of Unknown Origin (1983) - dir George P. Cosmatos - USA - RAT
3. Paul Bunyan (1958) - dir Les Clark - USA - OX (short)
4. Tyger (2006) - dir Guilherme Marcondes - Brazil - TIGER (short)
5. Dragon Age: Redemption (2011) - dir Peter Winther - USA - DRAGON
6. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (1975) - dir Chuck Jones - USA - SNAKE (TV)
7. Winnie Pooh - (1969-72) - dir Fyodor Khitruk - Russia - PIG (shorts)
8. The Horse's Mouth - (1958) - dir Ronald Neame - United Kingdom - HORSE
9. The Farmer and his Goat - (2010) - dir Govind Rajewar, Sachin Punde and Parag Warade - India - GOAT (short)
10. Monkey Business - (1931) - dir Norman Z. McLeod - USA - MONKEY
11. Crowing Pains - (1947), Raw! Raw! Rooster! - (1956) - dir Robert McKimson - ROOSTER (shorts)
12. Awful Orphan (1949), Often an Orphan (1949) - dir Chuck Jones - DOG (shorts)

04-30-12, 10:05 PM
Stealing Mr. Terrific's idea and watching films with specific ratings each week.

WEEK ONE (May 1-7): Rated G or Not Rated (movies released before ratings system)
May 1st
1. Desiree

May 2nd
2. The Organizer

May 3rd
Nothing. :(

May 4th
Nothing. :(

May 5th
Nothing. :(

May 6th
Nothing. :(

May 7th
3. The Lion King
4. Dumbo

WEEK TWO (May 8-14): Rated PG

May 8th
5. Cinema Paradiso
6. Return of the Jedi

May 9th
7. Ice Age
8. Ice Age: The Meltdown
9. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
10. American Graffiti
11. The Verdict

May 10th
12. The Adventures of Tintin

May 11th
13. Howl's Moving Castle
14. The NeverEnding Story

May 12th
15. Shrek

May 13th
Nothing. :(

May 14th
16. Shrek 2
17. Shrek the Third
18. Shrek Forever After

WEEK THREE (May 15-21): Rated PG-13

May 15th
19. Bringing Down the House

May 16th
Nothing. :(

May 17th
20. Metropolitan

May 18th
Nothing. :(

May 19th
Nothing. :(

May 20th
Nothing. :(

May 21st
Nothing. :(

WEEK FOUR (May 22-28): Rated R

May 22nd
21. Erin Brockovich
22. Being John Malkovich

May 23rd
23. Lethal Weapon
24. Lethal Weapon 2

May 24th
25. River's Edge
26. Lethal Weapon 3

May 25th
27. Bad Teacher

May 26th
28. In Darkness
29. Lethal Weapon 4

May 27th
Nothing. :(

May 28th
30. Goon
31. 95 Miles to Go
32. The Lincoln Lawyer

WEEK FIVE (May 29-31): Rated NC-17 or Unrated

May 29th
33. Requiem for a Dream
34. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

May 30th
35. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
36. The War Zone

May 31st

05-01-12, 11:57 PM
* = First time viewing

May 1, 2012
Louder Than a Bomb (2011)*

May 3, 2012
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)*
Cedar Rapids (2011)*

May 4, 2012
Fast Five (2011)*

May 5, 2012
The Expendables (2010)*
ESPN's 30 for 30: Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks (2010) Plus bonus materials

May 7, 2012
Classic Albums: Bob Marley & The Wailers - Catch a Fire (1999)*
Classic Albums: Steely Dan - Aja (1999)*

May 10, 2012
Contraband (2012)*

May 13, 2012
Super (2010)*

May 19, 2012
Limitless (2011)* Unrated

May 24, 2012
16 Blocks (2006)*

May 25, 2012
The Joneses (2006)*

May 26, 2012
Louie (2010)* Season One, "Pilot"
The Rebound (2009)*

May 27, 2012
The Vow (2012)*
Louie, Season One, Episodes 2-7

May 28, 2012
Louie, Season One, Episodes 8-12

May 29, 2012
Louie, Season One, Episode 13 Plus bonus materials

05-02-12, 09:51 PM
World Cinema Challenge

* denotes first time viewing

May 01

1. The Chaser/ Chugyeogja* (South Korea, 2008)

May 02

2. Confessions/ Kokuhaku* (Japan, 2010)

May 03

3. That Girl in Yellow Boots* (India, 2010)
4. Anima and Persona/ Aaranya Kaandam* (India, 2010)
5. Revanche* (Austria, 2008)

May 04
6. A Separation/ Jodaeiye Nader az Simin* (Iran, 2011)

May 05
7. Katyn* (Poland, 2007)

May 06
8. Biutiful* (Mexico, 2010)

May 07
9. 13 Tzameti* (France, 2005)

May 08
10. Incendies* (Canada, 2010)

May 09
11. Dogtooth/ Kynodontas* (Greece, 2009)

May 10
12. Vettai* (India, 2012)
13. The Sea Inside/ Mar adentro* (Spain, 2004)

May 11
14. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days/ Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage* (Germany, 2005)

May 12
15. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles* (USA, 1990)

May 13
16. Get Smart* (USA, 2008)

May 14
17. Teeth* (USA, 2007)
18. Animal Kingdom* (Australia, 2010)
19. In a Better World/ Hævnen* (Denmark/ 2010)

May 15
20. The Hit* (UK, 1984)

May 16
21. 12* (Russia, 2007)

May 17
22. Ice Age (USA, 2002)

May 18
23. The Avengers* (USA, 2012)

May 19
24. Live and Let Die (UK, 1973)

May 20
25. Malluvety Minor (India, 1990)

May 21
26. Men in Black (USA, 1997)

May 22
27. Men in Black II (USA, 2002)

May 23
28. Men in Black III* (USA, 2012)

May 24
29. Suicide Room/ Sala samobójców* (Poland, 2011)

May 25
30. Alien (USA, 1979)

May 26 - May 31 - Nothing

there were too many movies from USA i think and I don't know why I couldn't watch something from Thailand, China & Hong Kong like i was planning to do. anyway it's been fun! :)

Darth Maher
05-04-12, 11:26 AM

1. The Man Trap
2. Charlie X
3. Where No Man Has Gone Before
4. The Naked Time



1. Tales From The Darkside: The Movie
2. Suburgatory: "The Motherload"
3. Suburgatory: "Hear No Evil"
4. Suburgatory: "Charity Case"

05-16-12, 12:16 PM
Undeadcow's Catching Up on The Last 3 Years Challenge
-=2010-2012 Only=-

May 1
1. 13 Assassins - once the set-up gets into place the action is spirited but propelled but dramatic tension of honor and duty; although the bad guy being obnoxiously bad weakened it.
2. Super - very dark and at times funny but doesn't live up to the potential of the premise. The side kick antics deepen the movie.
3. Attack the Block - fun action comedy with nice social references but the drug references hold down the film (and seem contrary to some of the social commentary).

May 3
4. Crazy Stupid Love - for a romantic comedy Crazy Stupid Love rocked me, I was expecting to have to endure a chick flick with the wife but really enjoyed it.

May 5
5. Carnage - although it seems like there is more depth that escaped me I was underwelmed by Carnage. Even at 80ish minutes it felt stretched.

May 7
6. X-men: First Class - fun team movie with too much set-up and too little mutant action, good but could have been better.

May 12
7. Kick-Ass - not as good on second viewing and take a while to get going; but I bet a sequel would be fun.
8. Predators - much better than I feared it would be but some of the characters feel awkward. A fun tribute to the first movie with a few good script ideas.
9. Shark Night - better than I expected from reviews; the CGI sharks were amazingly silly.
10. Colombiana - stupid movie with obvious plot holes and unconvencing action that makes me lose some of the respect I earned for Luc Besson with Leon The Professional.

May 14
11.25 Ugly Americans [TV Show] S1E4 - for a show this new it the Chris Angel references shouldn't feel so dated.

May 19
12.25 A Dangerous Method - although I appreciate the effort most of the thoughtfulness that stood out in A Dangerous Method was not new to the movie rehasing old psychological ideas and streching them out dramatically. The actor playing Jung seemed too wooden and lacked range to diferentiate the character development.
13.25 Iron Man 2 - much better than I expected (CGI Iron Man still looks cheap) and I was surprised by 4 year old was really into the robot fight part(s). Maybe there's still hope for The Avengers after all (still need to check out Thor and Captain America plus newer Hulk).

May 21
14.25 Haywire - although I appreciated some of the stylistic choices at times it felt disjointed and dry, not to my taste. Also parts of the script seemed off (did the bad guys really just go tell her dad on her?).

May 23
15.25 Captain America - better than I thought it would be but ultimately popcorn fluff. Good art direction and atmosphere but the movie totally missed the point of Captain America as a "man out of time" sacrificing that to be set-up for an Avengers team movie. The Red Skull was well portrayed by Hugo Weaving but could have used more screen time or been more sadistic (but still in a PG-13 way) so the Red Skull character felt underdeveloped and distance (when in the comics RS always felt like a tenacious archnemesis, here he is just plot vechicle). Shallow but artful. I hope there's a meatier sequel.

May 24
16.25 The Innkeepers - this movie rocked me, I have been a long time fan of Ti West but Innkeepers exceeded my expecations. The slow tension and creepiness was amazing. Everyone needs to see this movie immediately. I love horror movies but at times Innkeepers was almost overwelming.
16.50 Ugly Americans [TV Show] S1E5 - The premise of Ugly Americans is solid but here the implementation is faltering in an episode about the mating rituals of urban trees.
16.75 Ugly Americans [TV Show] S1E6 - A fun spin on King Kong who has a compulsive need to clean.

May 25
17.75 Thor - much better than I thought it would be with faithful characters, although the love story felt forced weaking the plot development.

May 25
18.75 Limitless - fluffy fun but ultimately too fantastic for my tastes never living up to it's potential. Some good stylistic direction but the ending is a let down.

May 28
19.75 The Avengers - amazing adaptation of the comic book with good character drama and surprising fidelity. The Avengers has a good sense of gravity and urgency pulling in classical canon set-up without high camp. Still some cheap looking CGI although much advanced. I am psyched for the eventual sequel. For kicks it seems there is an X rated parody staring Chyna as she-hulk.

May 29
20.75 The Expendables - retarded film that is difficult to sit through because it propels itself by playing up silly gender stereotypes with little to no set-up other than to imply the team is macho. My favorite horrible scene is when Sly rides into a tatto parlor on a motorbike, gets a few seconds of incomplete tattoo while smoking a cigar and staring down a random girl. I admire the spirit of getting action superstars into one film; I just wish the glue was stronger.
20.75 Contagion - pending

Planning: Black Swan, Dream House, Melancholia, Monsters

Favorites: Innkeepers, Crazy Stupid Love, Iron Man 2, Predators

Ash Ketchum
05-31-12, 06:20 AM
A little late to the game, but here's my May round-up:

Ash Ketchum's May 2012 Make-Your-Own Challenge:


1. FINGER OF DOOM (1971/Hong Kong, 92 min., color, martial arts horror thriller, Shaw Bros.) R3 DVD (in Mandarin with English subs.) Dir.: Pao Hsueh Li. Cast: Ivy Ling Po, Chin Han, Po Chih Hsien.

2. A MAN CALLED TIGER (1973/Hong Kong, 102 min., color/kung fu crime drama/Golden Harvest) VCD (in Mandarin with English subs) Dir.: Lo Wei. Cast: Jimmy Wang Yu, Maria Yi, Okada Kawai, James Tien, Tien Feng.

3. BACK ALLEY PRINCESS (1973/Hong Kong, 122 min., color, drama with kung fu/ Golden Harvest) DVD (in Mandarin with English subs.) Dir.: Lo Wei. Cast: Polly Shang-Kwan, Samuel Hui, Angela Mao, Tien Feng.

4. THE CRANE FIGHTER (1979/Hong Kong, 90 min., color, kung fu) DVD (dubbed in English)
Dir.: Raymond Lui. Cast: Chia Ling, Raymond Lui, Kam Kong.

5. SHAOLIN DEADLY KICKS (1977/Hong Kong/89 min., color, kung fu) DVD (dubbed in English) Part of the Martial Arts Mill Creek box set.
Dir.: Wu Ma. Cast: Tan Tao Liang, Doris Lung Chun Erh, Lo Lieh, Lung Fei, Wang Hsieh.

6.STORMY SUN (1973, aka SUPER MAN CHU KUNG FU/Hong Kong, 88 min., color, kung fu/Golden Harvest) VCD (in Mandarin with English subs.)
Dir.: Wu Min-hsiung. Cast: Chang Yi, Pai Ying, Tien Mi, Chang Peng.

7. BORN INVINCIBLE (1978/Hong Kong-Taiwan, 83 min., color, kung fu) DVD (English-dubbed) Dir.: Joseph Kuo. Cast: Carter Wong, Lo Lieh, Jack Long, Mark Long.

8. THE UNBEATEN 28 (1980/Hong Kong-Taiwan, 85 min., color, kung fu) DVD (English-dubbed) Dir.: Joseph Kuo. Cast: Meng Fei, Jack Long, Mark Long, Jeannie Chang.

9. THE BLOODY ESCAPE (1975/Hong Kong, 84 min., color, kung fu historical adventure) VCD (in Mandarin with English subs.) Dir.: Sun Chung. Cast: Chen Kuan Tai, Shih Szu, Frankie Wei Hung.

10. WU TANG SWORDSMAN (aka MYSTERIOUS HEROES) (1977/Hong Kong, 85 min., color, kung fu) VHS (English-dubbed) Dir.: Chin Siu-Pang. Cast: Carter Wong, Polly Shang Kwan, Shih Kien, Cliff Lok.

11. NINJA IN THE U.S.A. (1985/Hong Kong, 85 min., color, kung fu adventure) DVD (Tai Seng, English-dubbed) Dir.: Dennis Wu (Kuo-Wen Ru). Cast: Alexander Lou, Chen Shan, Rosaline Li, George Nicholas, Eugene Thomas.

12. MA SU CHEN (1972/Hong Kong, 75 min., color, kung fu) DVD (Crash Cinema, English-dubbed) Directors: Shan-hsi Ting/Hung Min Chen. Cast: Jimmy Wang Yu, Nancy Yen, Shan Mao.

13. BOXER FROM SHANTUNG (1972/Hong Kong, 124 min., color, kung fu crime drama/Shaw Bros.) R3 DVD (in Mandarin with English subtitles) Directors: Chang Cheh, Pao Hsueh Li. Cast: Chen Kuan Tai, Ching Li, Ku Feng.

14. QUEEN BOXER (1972, aka THE AVENGER/Hong Kong, 85 min., color, kung fu, Aquarius) VHS (English-dubbed). Dir.: Yu Fung Chi. Cast Judy Lee (Chia Ling), Yeung Kwan, Li Ying, Sit Hon.

15. LADY CONSTABLES (1978/Hong Kong, 87 min., color, kung fu) VHS (English-dubbed) Dir.: Chang Hsin-yi. Cast: Angela Mao, Chia Ling, Wang Kuan-Hsiung, Chang Yi.

16. IRON SWALLOW (1979/Taiwan, 87 min., color, kung fu) DVD (English-dubbed) Dir.: Chang Pei-Shing. Cast: Chia Ling, Wong Tao, Ting Wa Chung.

17. THE CHALLENGE OF THE LADY NINJA (1983/Taiwan, 90 min., color, kung fu/ninja adventure) VHS (Goodtimes Video/English dubbed)
Dir.: Lee Tso Nam. Cast: Elsa Yeung Wai-San, Chen Kuan Tai, Peng Kang.

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