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Dimension X
04-20-15, 07:25 PM
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The Sixth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge
May 1-31, 2015

The list thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/626538-sixth-annual-may-make-your-own-challenge-may-1-31-2015-list-thread.html) is now active.

May is just over a week and a half away, so it's time, once again, to take a look at your dusty, unopened box sets, your unwatched stacks of Blu-rays, DVDs, HD-DVDs, LDs, VHS or Beta tapes, your DVR, your Netflix queue, etc., and decide what you should spend 31 days watching. Now's your chance to finally watch all the stuff that didn't fit, or that you just didn't get around to, during the other Challenges.

You choose your own Challenge theme and you make the rules.

There are however 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 do it near 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 doing.

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.

Here's Trevor's handy-dandy list of Challenges from his "Official" DVDTalk Challenges Compendium (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/557368-official-dvdtalk-challenges-compendium.html) thread:

DVDTalk Challenge Schedule
<table border="4"> <tr><td>Month</td><td>Month-long Challenge</td><td>Partial Month Challenge</td></tr><tr bgcolor=#CCCCCC><td>January</td><td>TV</td><td>Holiday ends on the 1st; varying Academy Award</td></tr><tr bgcolor=#FFCC66><td>February</td><td>none</td><td>varying Academy Award</td></tr><tr bgcolor=#CCCCCC><td>March</td><td>Action/Adventure/Crime</td><td>varying Academy Award</td></tr><tr bgcolor=#FFCC66><td>April</td><td>Drive-In/Exploitation/B-Movie</td><td>none</td></tr> <tr bgcolor=#CCCCCC><td>May</td><td>Make-Your-Own</td><td>none</td></tr> <tr bgcolor=#FFCC66><td>June</td><td>Historical Appreciation</td><td>none</td></tr><tr bgcolor=#CCCCCC><td>July</td><td>Sci-Fi/Fantasy</td><td>none</td></tr><tr bgcolor=#FFCC66><td>August</td><td>Animation</td><td>none</td></tr><tr bgcolor=#CCCCCC><td>September</td><td>Criterion</td><td>none</td></tr><tr bgcolor=#FFCC66><td>October</td><td>Horror</td><td>none</td></tr><tr bgcolor=#CCCCCC><td>November</td><td>Comedy</td><td>Holiday starts week of Thanksgiving</td></tr><tr bgcolor=#FFCC66><td>December</td><td>Holiday</td><td>none</td></tr></table>

Since we already have Monthly "Unwatched Movie Pile" Threads (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/609728-unwatched-movie-pile-thread-april-2013-a.html), please do not use "Unwatched Movie Pile" as a theme.

During past MYOCs, people weren't happy with this being used as a theme, and I tend to agree that it is a little lazy. So how about giving a little thought to the theme and coming up with something a little more creative, please?

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)
2012 discussion thread. (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/600731-third-annual-may-make-your-own-challenge-discussion-thread-may-1-31-2012-a.html)
2012 list thread. (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/601003-third-annual-may-make-your-own-challenge-may-1-31-2012-list-thread.html)
2013 discussion thread. (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/610084-fourth-annual-may-make-your-own-challenge-discussion-thread-may-1-31-2013-a.html)
2013 list thread. (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/610269-fourth-annual-may-make-your-own-challenge-may-1-31-2013-list-thread.html)
2014 discussion thread. (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/619601-fifth-annual-may-make-your-own-challenge-discussion-thread-may-1-31-2014-a.html)
2014 list thread. (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/619703-fifth-annual-may-make-your-own-challenge-may-1-31-2014-list-thread.html)

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HOW TO WIN
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 pick their own prizes from HamiltonBook.com.

Prize selection will be limited to items priced $25 or less.

You must have a US mailing address to receive a prize.

Any unclaimed prize opportunities will be re-gifted on June 4.

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

Dimension X
04-20-15, 07:25 PM
Previously, in another thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/557368-official-dvdtalk-challenges-compendium-15.html):

I'm lucky if I get the discussion threads for my two challenges started a week before the challenges start. I can see starting the October one a month (or more) early since it's an "event," but I don't think it's really necessary with the others. Most people who are going to participate already know the rules, etc. by now. :shrug:

I think the main appeal of seeing the discussion thread get started is just knowing that the host is still willing to run the challenge. :)

I've already decided my 'Make Your Own' challenge theme - "any and everything related to nature and animals"

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-X_ovgYcQRGM/TqjMSY3CfGI/AAAAAAAADcc/L6HRccmPhNY/s1600/cats-musical-420x0.jpeg

well I do have that (the bluray) in my 'To Watch' pile.

Don't make me have to start the discussion thread before the last week in April. :grunt:

I've already started working on my own version of make your own challenge, as I already need a break from the Drive In challenge.

The nice thing about it, is you don't need to make a thread for someone to start in on it. Just watch what you want to watch.

Crap, you beat me to it. :)


But seriously, don't make me have to start the discussion thread before the last week in April.

I'm thinking of not limiting myself to next month's challenge, as my tastes vary from day to day. I might just take a month off to watch what I feel like watching, as there is already a tv challenge.

Again, don't make me have to start the discussion thread before the last week in April. :)

Actually, I might start the thread sometime next week, if I get the time.

Remember, for the MYOC you can narrow the focus of an existing challenge, so if you want to watch TV only, you could just list what you watch on Roku, or your DVR, etc.

I wasn't trying to make you start the thread early, was just making a comment. I also never thought of that.

Thinking of MYOC got me thinking of a MAJOR year-long "challenge". I know we have a TV challenge in January but if anyone is like me they watch a lot of tv. I know personally I have a lot of unwatched BD/DVD shows not to mention what I watch weekly and then to put the cherry on top I now have hte premium stations (HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax) so I have tons of new stuff to watch. I know there are a lot who are die-hard tv watchers so may I propose a year-long (starting May/June) TV blowout challenge? It won't negate any of the other challenges but would kind of be on top of them. Would anyone be interested in a year-long tv cleanup "challenge"?

I gather thinking ahead is frowned down upon ;) I just happen to have all these nature 3D blurays just sitting and screaming 'watch me!'

:lol: I'll start the thread in a few days, when I get a chance. I just don't want to start it too early because it never gets a whole lot of posts. Of course, it's not like it's gonna fall off the front page or anything.

I love this challenge, but the individual nature of it tends to keep the discussion down.

Yeah, I know.

Which is why I hate discussing it in this thread - fewer posts in an already desert wasteland. Okay, you've all convinced me; I'll start the thread now. It's not like it's that hard to do, or that time-consuming.

Give me a few minutes.

Dimension X
04-20-15, 07:25 PM
Now that we have a place to discuss the May MYOC. I'll start.

I think I'm going to do a John Ford marathon this year. Concentrating on, but not limited to, the big "Ford at Fox" DVD boxset.

shadokitty
04-20-15, 07:39 PM
I've decided to do a Roku and Dish Network challenge.

davidh777
04-20-15, 08:05 PM
I'm still thinking of doing the musicals challenge I discussed in a previous challenge with LJG765 or someone. I'll probably make it two-pronged, maybe pairing it with a TV show.

Trevor
04-20-15, 08:45 PM
I always have too many ideas and not enough May.

BobO'Link
04-20-15, 09:19 PM
^Exactly...

That said, I'm considering "I Spy" to focus on Spy films and TV series.

LJG765
04-21-15, 01:11 AM
I'm still thinking of doing the musicals challenge I discussed in a previous challenge with LJG765 or someone. I'll probably make it two-pronged, maybe pairing it with a TV show.

It was probably me. :) I am going to make that my challenge this year. I have several ones I haven't watched that I'd like to get to and several that I have watched I've been wanting to watch again. Mainly, I plan on trying to knock some checks off on icheckmovies.com in the music/musical lists, but I am not going to be that firm about sticking to them. My definition will also include movies I feel the music is a very integral part of the whole, like "Dirty Dancing" or "Stand By Me."

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
04-21-15, 11:54 AM
I don't know what to do. Probably do weekly mini-challenges like each year but break up the movies with an episode of Dark Shadows, like I've been doing lately with other challenges. Also thought about starting off with a random movie and then doing a cast connection to the next one.

shadokitty
04-21-15, 11:56 AM
For some shows that last all day, like if for some reason I was in the mood for C-SPAN, as I do watch it on occasion, I'm counting every half hour as an entry.
Also, in preparation for the Roku portion of my challenge, just bought the original trilogy of Star Wars on Amazon Instant Video. I didn't have the money for the complete collection, so just bought the good movies.

davidh777
04-21-15, 12:15 PM
It was probably me. :) I am going to make that my challenge this year. I have several ones I haven't watched that I'd like to get to and several that I have watched I've been wanting to watch again. Mainly, I plan on trying to knock some checks off on icheckmovies.com in the music/musical lists, but I am not going to be that firm about sticking to them. My definition will also include movies I feel the music is a very integral part of the whole, like "Dirty Dancing" or "Stand By Me."

Nice. :up: I have a number on my unwatched list as well, but I realized during the Oscars challenge how easy it is to turn on a familiar one in the background as I work and get a lot of enjoyment out of it. I happened to watch the barn dance from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers on youtube this morning, and now I'm getting autofed all these other clips from the movie and I'm letting it. :)

I tend to go with traditional musicals and movies about making music like Begin Again (which I've watched like four times since January so that will no doubt make my list again :lol:).

SterlingBen
04-21-15, 12:15 PM
FIFO challenge too broad? (First In First Out, find all of those movies that have been lingering in my 'to watch' pile too long)

Dimension X
04-21-15, 02:19 PM
FIFO challenge too broad? (First In First Out, find all of those movies that have been lingering in my 'to watch' pile too long)
Sounds fine to me. I have a few DVDs I bought years (and years) ago that I need to watch.

Are you going to include purchase dates in your list?

SterlingBen
04-21-15, 02:21 PM
Sounds fine to me. I have a few DVDs I bought years (and years) ago that I need to watch.

Are you going to include purchase dates in your list?

thats the plan

Ash Ketchum
04-21-15, 03:16 PM
I'm still thinking of doing the musicals challenge I discussed in a previous challenge with LJG765 or someone. I'll probably make it two-pronged, maybe pairing it with a TV show.

There's a good teen musical show on Nickelodeon this month, "Make It Pop," about an Asian/Asian-American female trio in a private high school in California. It's on every weeknight at 7PM and there are two original song numbers in every episode. The three stars are quite talented and very cute and charming. It's like a streamlined version of "Glee," "High School Musical," and "Cheetah Girls." I tend to like it better than its predecessors because it's more relaxed, funnier and the girls don't have to try so hard.

davidh777
04-21-15, 03:23 PM
There's a good teen musical show on Nickelodeon this month, "Make It Pop," about an Asian/Asian-American female trio in a private high school in California. It's on every weeknight at 7PM and there are two original song numbers in every episode. The three stars are quite talented and very cute and charming. It's like a streamlined version of "Glee," "High School Musical," and "Cheetah Girls." I tend to like it better than its predecessors because it's more relaxed, funnier and the girls don't have to try so hard.

Sounds interesting. Will it still be playing in May? :)

Ash Ketchum
04-21-15, 03:35 PM
Sounds interesting. Will it still be playing in May? :)

The series ends on May 1, but they'll probably replay episodes at odd times in May.

Trevor
04-21-15, 06:59 PM
I've probably mentioned my stupid save-the-best-for-last quirk multiple times over my years on this forum.

It applies to most areas of my life, and I'll do things like not re-watch my favorite films or shows because I have so much unwatched stuff to get through and I'd rather save the real gems for days I need a pick-me-up. Or I'll put off even first time viewings of things I know I'll love for the same reasons. I end up watching a lot of mediocre to slightly above average stuff, and not enough great.

But I'm silly happy all the time, and never make much progress on my unwatched/unread piles, so my favorite things sit there un-enjoyed.

Screw that! This May I'm watching my favorite things.

I know they'll be a lot of MST3K, and a bunch of recent comic book movies that I put off seeing like Guardians of the Galaxy. Beyond that I'll just watch stuff as I find it on my shelves and in boxes; I'm in the middle of some massive re-organizing.

davidh777
04-21-15, 07:03 PM
I've probably mentioned my stupid save-the-best-for-last quirk multiple times over my years on this forum.

It applies to most areas of my life, and I'll do things like not re-watch my favorite films or shows because I have so much unwatched stuff to get through and I'd rather save the real gems for days I need a pick-me-up. Or I'll put off even first time viewings of things I know I'll love for the same reasons. I end up watching a lot of mediocre to slightly above average stuff, and not enough great.

But I'm silly happy all the time, and never make much progress on my unwatched/unread piles, so my favorite things sit there un-enjoyed.

Screw that! This May I'm watching my favorite things.

I know they'll be a lot of MST3K, and a bunch of recent comic book movies that I put off seeing like Guardians of the Galaxy. Beyond that I'll just watch stuff as I find it on my shelves and in boxes; I'm in the middle of some massive re-organizing.

:banana:

Honestly, dude, sometimes I worry that you're going to be on your deathbed 40 years from now and STILL holding off on the best stuff for last.

Trevor
04-21-15, 07:33 PM
:banana:

Honestly, dude, sometimes I worry that you're going to be on your deathbed 40 years from now and STILL holding off on the best stuff for last.
This May starts the new me! I'm convincing myself that I don't need to watch everything I bought. Find a good home for the riffraff and move on to the good stuff!

Dimension X
04-21-15, 08:17 PM
This May starts the new me! I'm convincing myself that I don't need to watch everything I bought. Find a good home for the riffraff and move on to the good stuff!
How do you know what's "riffraff" without watching it? You might find more "favorite things." You need to find some balance.

BobO'Link
04-21-15, 08:23 PM
I've probably mentioned my stupid save-the-best-for-last quirk multiple times over my years on this forum.

It applies to most areas of my life, and I'll do things like not re-watch my favorite films or shows because I have so much unwatched stuff to get through and I'd rather save the real gems for days I need a pick-me-up. Or I'll put off even first time viewings of things I know I'll love for the same reasons. I end up watching a lot of mediocre to slightly above average stuff, and not enough great.

But I'm silly happy all the time, and never make much progress on my unwatched/unread piles, so my favorite things sit there un-enjoyed.
It's times like these when I think you're the long lost brother I never had. That is exactly the way I do things and the way I feel. However I *do* make *some* progress on my unwatched/unread piles - at least in that I do occasionally pull something I've really looked forward to and just watch/read it or pull a favorite off the shelf for a viewing. But it's not often enough I do such a thing.
Screw that! This May I'm watching my favorite things.

I know they'll be a lot of MST3K, and a bunch of recent comic book movies that I put off seeing like Guardians of the Galaxy. Beyond that I'll just watch stuff as I find it on my shelves and in boxes; I'm in the middle of some massive re-organizing.
Guardians of the Galaxy is great fun! I don't know what I expected but it certainly wasn't what I got!

My "I Spy" theme is geared toward finally watching some stuff I've put off far too long. The main suspects: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. S2-S4, I Spy S2/S3, It Takes a Thief (whole thing), and S4 of The Wild Wild West. I've held all those back because I *know* I'll enjoy them immensely!

Cardsfan111
04-21-15, 11:37 PM
I'm another that has often saved the best for last. I've overcome that during the last year, with a determination to make significant progress on my unwatched pile. The Oscar Challenge enabled to me to watch the Godfather films for the first time, along with a few other classics.

As for my MYOC this month, I'm pretty certain I'll do a Sports Challenge. Not as creative as some of my past attempts, but I have half of an ESPN 30 for 30 set still unwatched. Lots of baseball content on DVD and a healthy number of films which feature an emphasis on sports. I'm looking forward to it!

PCBreakdown
04-22-15, 09:15 AM
Last year I watched whatever was in my watchlist that has the lowest number of votes on IMDB. I figure I'll do the opposite this year and watch the ones with the most votes. Finally watch the stuff everyone has already seen - Game of Thrones, Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Hobbit, etc. Maybe I'll finally know what everyone else is talking about.

Giles
04-22-15, 10:57 AM
well I've already thrown my idea out into the ring

"animals - plus maybe one or two nature-y themed things"

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
04-22-15, 02:42 PM
Going with a western challenge that's going on at the icheckmovies forum.

JennandTheCats
04-22-15, 04:04 PM
I think I'm going with a British theme. I have quite a bit of English movies and TV shows to watch so that will work out well.

shadokitty
04-23-15, 11:05 AM
I think I'm gonna start my challenge early. There is just so many choices, I can't wait till the first. I even signed up for Sling TV, to supplement Dish. Among other things, I get HBO now, with every episode of Game of Thrones available on demand. Watching the first episode now. This also gives me cable on a second TV.

mrcellophane
04-23-15, 02:23 PM
I haven't quite settled on a theme for the challenge. I'm leaning toward something fairly simple, and my two main thoughts are to watch foreign (non-US) films or 90s films. The first year I participated, I focused on films adapted from other source materials and films about writers and the writing process. That might be a fun, simple topic to revisit. I also thought it might be fun to spend the week finishing movie box sets that I've started. Hopefully, I'll have something sorted out by the 1st!

omike
04-23-15, 04:02 PM
I have a some ideas I've been thinking about but haven't decided yet. The one currently in the lead is to focus on Hollywood poverty row films. I also have been thinking about picking one of the Mill Creek collections I have and working my way through that, probably Suspense, Musicals or Comedy. Of course I do have lots of unwatched Asian TV and British TV. This is always a last minute decision for me.

Ash Ketchum
04-23-15, 04:41 PM
I always wait till I start watching stuff in May to see where the zeitgeist leads me before seeing what patterns emerge clearly enough to craft a challenge out of.

bacigalup
04-23-15, 06:01 PM
Also going with a music theme for the challenge. Have a lot of unwatched BDs/DVDs (musicals, rock concerts,etc.) that are begging to be opened, plus have others I may revisit.

Trevor
04-23-15, 07:13 PM
It's times like these when I think you're the long lost brother I never had.
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Indy24LA
04-23-15, 07:37 PM
I think I'm gonna settle for a Spy month. It's either that or sports movies.

shadokitty
04-23-15, 08:10 PM
For people doing a music challenge, if you have a Roku, there is a channel dedicated to concerts and music documentaries called Qello Concerts. There is a free 7 day trial, and after that it is $4.99 a month.

BobO'Link
04-24-15, 08:12 AM
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OK... that's... just... wrong! :lol: I'd *never* find you in a Little Caesar's! :D

Gobear
04-24-15, 09:03 PM
Film Noir, maybe.

Darkgod
04-25-15, 06:15 PM
I stunk at the B-Movie challenge, so I hope to do good this one. Splitting it into 2 challenges: 1st half of the month, clean my hard drive(Hoping for 50gs cleaned). Second half will be wrestling... 100 Matches. If I cross over, I can acrue time for the other challenge... i.e If I watch a wrestling show on my dvr in the first half of the month, I can use that time to watch somehting off my DVR in the second half. My challenge, my rules. :)

KaBluie
04-27-15, 05:36 PM
I just collected all but one of Rachel McAdams movies, so I'm going to do:

The Films Of Rachel McAdams (Minus One)

The one I didn't get is My Name Is Tanino. The only copies I could find were on eBay from Italian sellers. They cost too much to buy and they cost too much to ship and I don't think I could play it anyway so I didn't get it.



My Past "May Make-Your-Own" Challenges:
Universal Horror (2010) Total 41 (Didn't track FTVs)
The Many Mini-Marathon Challenge (2011) Total 118 (Didn't track FTVs)
Mill Creek's 50 Classic Musicals Challenge (2012) Total 50 (47 FTVs)
The Films Of Woody Allen (2013) Total 58 (10 FTVs)
The Original And It's Remake(s) (2014) Total 68 (16 FTVs)

Dimension X
04-27-15, 08:31 PM
The list thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/626538-sixth-annual-may-make-your-own-challenge-may-1-31-2015-list-thread.html) is open for business.

shadokitty
04-28-15, 09:59 AM
I couldn't wait till the first, so I started a pre challenge list. I'm extremely depressed today, so want to watch what I enjoy.

Dimension X
04-28-15, 10:16 AM
I couldn't wait till the first, so I started a pre challenge list. I'm extremely depressed today, so want to watch what I enjoy.
It doesn't have to be "pre-challenge." You make the rules for your challenge, including the start and end times.

The guidelines just ask that you "please try to do [your challenge] near those dates" (May 1 through May 31), and there's no reason you can't overlap your MYOC with the current Drive-In Challenge if you want.

shadokitty
04-28-15, 10:48 AM
It doesn't have to be "pre-challenge." You make the rules for your challenge, including the start and end times.

The guidelines just ask that you "please try to do [your challenge] near those dates" (May 1 through May 31), and there's no reason you can't overlap your MYOC with the current Drive-In Challenge if you want.

Cool beans. Then my challenge has officially started then.

Dimension X
04-28-15, 11:01 AM
Cool beans. Then my challenge has officially started then.
I was thinking I couldn't start my John Ford Challenge early and overlap with the Drive-In Challenge, but then I remembered he's credited with co-directing Sex Hygiene (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034171/) (1942) during WW2. Looks like I won't even have to dig my copy out, I can watch it on Archive.org, so I'll join you in starting "early" (although I'm not looking forward to seeing the graphic medical scenes in that film again).

pacaway
04-28-15, 11:18 AM
I've been excitedly awaiting this challenge since the beginning of the year! I'm doing "ONE DEGREE OF GYLLENHAAL", where anything associated with one of the Gyllenhaal family qualifies... That includes episodes of The Electric Company, if I can find any (produced by Jake and Maggie's mom, Naomi Foner). I've also been holding out watching my Blu-ray of The Nightcrawler (one of my favorites from last year). I can stream Maggie's new TV series, The Honorable Woman, available for streaming from Shomi (I think).

Now, it IS possible that what I am describing is really ZERO DEGREES OF GYLLENHAAL. If that is the case, it will allow me to branch out if I run out of stuff to watch to be truly ONE DEGREE by watching stuff by people who have been directly involved in projects with the Gyllenhaals in the past.

It's going to be a fun month!

mrcellophane
04-28-15, 01:01 PM
I've been excitedly awaiting this challenge since the beginning of the year! I'm doing "ONE DEGREE OF GYLLENHAAL", where anything associated with one of the Gyllenhaal family qualifies... That includes episodes of The Electric Company, if I can find any (produced by Jake and Maggie's mom, Naomi Foner). I've also been holding out watching my Blu-ray of The Nightcrawler (one of my favorites from last year). I can stream Maggie's new TV series, The Honorable Woman, available for streaming from Shomi (I think).

Now, it IS possible that what I am describing is really ZERO DEGREES OF GYLLENHAAL. If that is the case, it will allow me to branch out if I run out of stuff to watch to be truly ONE DEGREE by watching stuff by people who have been directly involved in projects with the Gyllenhaals in the past.

It's going to be a fun month!

That's an awesome idea! I loved Nightcrawler so much and want to watch The Honorable Woman at some point.

I've decided to go with the foreign film challenge. I'm still fiddling with the rules regarding United States funding of films. There are a lot of joint UK-US productions that would be fun to watch. However, keeping US production out of the process still leaves me a huge pile of unwatched films to see.

davidh777
04-28-15, 01:21 PM
I've been excitedly awaiting this challenge since the beginning of the year! I'm doing "ONE DEGREE OF GYLLENHAAL", where anything associated with one of the Gyllenhaal family qualifies... That includes episodes of The Electric Company, if I can find any (produced by Jake and Maggie's mom, Naomi Foner). I've also been holding out watching my Blu-ray of The Nightcrawler (one of my favorites from last year). I can stream Maggie's new TV series, The Honorable Woman, available for streaming from Shomi (I think).

Now, it IS possible that what I am describing is really ZERO DEGREES OF GYLLENHAAL. If that is the case, it will allow me to branch out if I run out of stuff to watch to be truly ONE DEGREE by watching stuff by people who have been directly involved in projects with the Gyllenhaals in the past.

It's going to be a fun month!

Fun idea! Zero degrees of Baldwin might not work as well.

And it definitely sounds like zero to me. :)

MrTerrific
04-29-15, 07:43 PM
Gonna keep it simple and do a Gangsters challenge. Mainly because I want to re-watch The Sopranos.

I also need to watch Season 7 of Sons of Anarchy. I'm gonna include the Sons. I know they are a motorcycle club, but let's be honest...

shadokitty
04-29-15, 08:05 PM
While I won't be able to watch the PPV fight on Saturday, I just caught a classic Pacquiao fight on Dish Studio. It was Pacquiao vs Bradley II. Even though I knew who would win, it was still an exciting fight.

SterlingBen
04-29-15, 09:21 PM
The first movie of my FIFO challenge will be Battle Warrior (Purchased at Best Buy on Apr 17, 2011 for $4.50).

Dimension X
04-29-15, 10:10 PM
The first movie of my FIFO challenge will be Battle Warrior (Purchased at Best Buy on Apr 17, 2011 for $4.50).
Just four years. That's not so bad. I'd have to check, but I'd bet I have a few unwatched DVDs that are over twice that old.

popcorn
04-29-15, 10:45 PM
270. That's the number of unwatched digital downloads I have on my computer from trades, friends, etc. In between watching the PPV fight, NBA & NHL playoffs, I plan to recover some space on my hard drives instead of buying a new one. I added the unwatched list (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12467580-post24.html) in my spoiler.

Trevor
04-30-15, 07:19 AM
Just four years. That's not so bad. I'd have to check, but I'd bet I have a few unwatched DVDs that are over twice that old.
Hmmm. What year did the first DVDs come out?

konekonoir
04-30-15, 09:25 AM
I wasn't sure if you had to announce your challenge to play... I'm going to try a Movies I've Always Wanted to Watch, but Never Got Around To challenge. Mostly movies i wanted to watch when i was a kid, but didn't have access to.

Cardsfan111
04-30-15, 09:33 AM
Some great ideas this year. I always enjoy going through this thread and the list one to see the creative approach taken by many folks. At times, it nearly has me switching what I plan to do. At the very least, it gives me thoughts for future MYOC challenges. :)

SterlingBen
04-30-15, 02:37 PM
Just four years. That's not so bad. I'd have to check, but I'd bet I have a few unwatched DVDs that are over twice that old.

Sounds like you need to do the FIFO challenge. I want to get to the point where I am caught up and ever other movie I watch is a revisit of something I want to see or a commentary.

Trevor
04-30-15, 02:50 PM
Sounds like you need to do the FIFO challenge. I want to get to the point where I am caught up and ever other movie I watch is a revisit of something I want to see or a commentary.
I figure I'll die when I watch everything, so I purposely hide sealed DVDs in every room/wall of my house.

davidh777
04-30-15, 03:15 PM
Hmmm. What year did the first DVDs come out?

I got my player in 1999 and was a fairly early adopter. I know they were being sold in '98, before I pulled the trigger.

Dimension X
04-30-15, 04:57 PM
Hmmm. What year did the first DVDs come out?
I got my player in 1999 and was a fairly early adopter. I know they were being sold in '98, before I pulled the trigger.
I thought it was in 1997. I'm pretty sure I've watched the first DVDs I bought at least once.
Sounds like you need to do the FIFO challenge. I want to get to the point where I am caught up and ever other movie I watch is a revisit of something I want to see or a commentary.
I like the idea, but the John Ford Challenge I'm doing is something I've wanted to do since the first MYOC, and getting that big "Ford at Fox" set made it both a better and a more pressing challenge.
I wasn't sure if you had to announce your challenge to play... I'm going to try a Movies I've Always Wanted to Watch, but Never Got Around To challenge. Mostly movies i wanted to watch when i was a kid, but didn't have access to.
Great idea. You don't need to announce your challenge in this thread if you don't want to, but at least, please, state it at the top of your list in the list thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/626538-sixth-annual-may-make-your-own-challenge-may-1-31-2015-list-thread.html).

ross_r
04-30-15, 06:18 PM
alright, I am going for my 2nd annual Rockin Marathon (concerts and music video).

shadokitty
04-30-15, 07:04 PM
While browsing Sling TV, I came across The First 48, on A&E. I'd never seen the show before, but it's actually a pretty good show. I don't normally watch A&E, but I think I might give the channel a chance.

lisadoris
05-01-15, 06:46 AM
I think I'm going to tackle my Amazon Watch List for the beginning of the challenge. There isn't that much there so I'll probably queue up the movies in my collection that I haven't watched since 2013.

shadokitty
05-01-15, 07:33 AM
One thing I enjoy about MeTV is the fact you get a lot of old, black and white shows on there. Case in point is that I just finished a good episode of The Donna Reed Show, in which Donna was subbing for a nurse at her husband's practice.

mrcellophane
05-01-15, 09:07 AM
alright, I am going for my 2nd annual Rockin Marathon (concerts and music video).

Sounds like a lot of fun! I have a recommendation that is connected to your theme. Last night, I watched Air Guitar Nation with my movie group, and we had a blast. It's a documentary about the people participating in air guitar contests and ultimately the national championship. There is so much joy and fervor on display that I was immediately taken!

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
05-01-15, 10:46 AM
One thing I enjoy about MeTV is the fact you get a lot of old, black and white shows on there. Case in point is that I just finished a good episode of The Donna Reed Show, in which Donna was subbing for a nurse at her husband's practice.

AntennaTV is slightly better imo, if you get that too.

shadokitty
05-01-15, 11:26 AM
AntennaTV is slightly better imo, if you get that too.

Don't think we get that channel.

davidh777
05-01-15, 11:52 AM
Sounds like a lot of fun! I have a recommendation that is connected to your theme. Last night, I watched Air Guitar Nation with my movie group, and we had a blast. It's a documentary about the people participating in air guitar contests and ultimately the national championship. There is so much joy and fervor on display that I was immediately taken!

I remember a lot of buzz about that a few years ago, and I'm pretty sure I own a copy. I'll have to dig it up someday.

Gobear
05-01-15, 01:02 PM
I was thinking about watching crime and film noir, but since I'm having a bit of a rough patch at the moment, I'm going to go with escapism through musicals. It also gives me a pretext to crack open my Astaire and Rogers and Busby Berkeley box sets.

Gobear
05-01-15, 01:06 PM
AntennaTV is slightly better imo, if you get that too.

i love MeTV and Antenna, and Cozi also has some terrific old shows that were really MOTWs, like The Bold Ones and The Name of the Game.

davidh777
05-01-15, 01:14 PM
I was thinking about watching crime and film noir, but since I'm having a bit of a rough patch at the moment, I'm going to go with escapism through musicals. It also gives me a pretext to crack open my Astaire and Rogers and Busby Berkeley box sets.

Nothing says escapism like a Depression-era musical! Hope they help you feel better.

I watched a couple Busby Berkeleys for the Oscar challenge, and always enjoy revisiting Fred and Ginger so I'll probably plug some in for my musicals theme.

omike
05-01-15, 01:29 PM
i love MeTV and Antenna, and Cozi also has some terrific old shows that were really MOTWs, like The Bold Ones and The Name of the Game.
I also like all three but right now I favor Cozi TV because of the cop/detective/adventure type shows they run not to mention the kid friendly westerns they show Saturday and Sunday mornings. A while back they aired the available pre-Mrs. Peel Avengers shows which I hadn't seen (I recorded them so I still haven't seen most of them!). Of course MeTV has a cool Saturday night. I'm a big Svengoolie fan.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
05-01-15, 01:34 PM
i love MeTV and Antenna, and Cozi also has some terrific old shows that were really MOTWs, like The Bold Ones and The Name of the Game.

I don't get Cozi here but we get Grit http://www.grittv.com/tv-schedule/ which is an action channel. Mostly movies and mostly westerns.

shadokitty
05-01-15, 04:37 PM
Family Entertainment TV, and Angel 2 also have old, good shows like Lassie, Lone Ranger, and Roy Rogers.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
05-01-15, 05:08 PM
Family Entertainment TV, and Angel 2 also have old, good shows like Lassie, Lone Ranger, and Roy Rogers.

Back when I was a kid, I nicknamed that channel "The Jesus Channel". They showed a lot of televangelists and shows like Big Brother Jake. Maniac Mansion was on it too but all the religious stuff the channel showed pretty much kept me away from watching anything on it. They had some western shows too, which made me not want to watch westerns until decades later.

Plus there was this weird family across the street that always watched it and their house smelled like old people.

shadokitty
05-01-15, 05:40 PM
Back when I was a kid, I nicknamed that channel "The Jesus Channel". They showed a lot of televangelists and shows like Big Brother Jake. Maniac Mansion was on it too but all the religious stuff the channel showed pretty much kept me away from watching anything on it. They had some western shows too, which made me not want to watch westerns until decades later.

Plus there was this weird family across the street that always watched it and their house smelled like old people.

I avoid it during the religious programming blocks myself. As a third type, it is also an outdoor sports channel. I don't think it knows what kind of channel it is. ;)

ororama
05-02-15, 06:33 AM
I'm going with the same focus as last year, Cops, Detectives, Criminals and Crime, but dropping the "on TV" part. I have plenty of TV to watch, but also want to watch some film noir, Italian crime, etc. to keep my icheckmovies ranking from dropping like it did last year during this month (and give attention to those large areas of my DVD collection).

shadokitty
05-02-15, 07:35 AM
I just found out that The Blaze is more than just news. I just finished an episode of an educational show called Liberty Treehouse.

shadokitty
05-03-15, 10:01 AM
I have a question. We're there two different versions of the Walking with series? I got to thinking about that while watching the BBC version of Walking with Dinosaurs. I ask because I saw an episode on Discovery Family once, and it was about an hour episode, while the version I bought on Amazon Instant Video is half hour episodes.

shadokitty
05-03-15, 01:05 PM
I'm stuck in bed today with a terrible stomach flu. My stomach is killing me. I don't even want to move, not even to answer when my gram calls. Typing this on my phone.

Trevor
05-03-15, 03:18 PM
I'm stuck in bed today with a terrible stomach flu. My stomach is killing me. I don't even want to move, not even to answer when my gram calls. Typing this on my phone.
I'm feeling you shado. In the tmi department I'm posting this from my iPad on the porcelain throne. I had mcdonalds about an hour ago, guess it was the culprit.

SterlingBen
05-03-15, 03:42 PM
I figure I'll die when I watch everything, so I purposely hide sealed DVDs in every room/wall of my house.

I just don't want it to feel like a burden any more. I have 300ish movies in the 'to watch' pile and the task of watching all of them does take a bit of the fun out of it.

LJG765
05-03-15, 05:18 PM
I just don't want it to feel like a burden any more. I have 300ish movies in the 'to watch' pile and the task of watching all of them does take a bit of the fun out of it.

I'm not quite at the burden stage of unwatched movies, but every once in awhile I do get frustrated. I'll want to watch something, know I have a huge unwatched pile and end up not being able to choose because I've already watched what I'm leaning towards. Then I end up not watching anything. The other half of the time, I go with what I'm interested in and watch 3 movies a day. It's an odd cycle. I've actually not watched anything for about a month now that wasn't off the DVR. I think today I'm going to start my challenge, though!

First movie up for me is "Shrek: The Musical." Bought this one fairly recently, so it hasn't even been shelved yet. Fan of the movies, so hoping the musical is just as good.

malazar
05-03-15, 06:44 PM
I finally decided on a theme. I thought about doing a split challenge with a few goals again, but decided I would keep it simple and just go with a Eurocrime theme. I am not going to set any specific goals, but will try to get in as much as I can. I also am including TV stuff as a possibility since I have stuff like Frank Riva sitting on my shelf waiting to be watched.

I started out with a rewatch of Street Law on the big screen at ExFest yesterday. It was a lot of fun to see one of these sort of films with a crowd.

Dimension X
05-03-15, 07:55 PM
I finally decided on a theme. I thought about doing a split challenge with a few goals again, but decided I would keep it simple and just go with a Eurocrime theme. I am not going to set any specific goals, but will try to get in as much as I can. I also am including TV stuff as a possibility since I have stuff like Frank Riva sitting on my shelf waiting to be watched.
:clap: And with that, everyone who has claimed a spot in the list thread has a challenge picked out.

Here's the list of participants and challenges (so far):

<table BORDER=2 CELLPADDING=3><TR><TH>Name</TH><TH>Challenge</TH></TR><TR><TD>Dimension X (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12089613-post3.html)</TD><TD>"Directed by John Ford Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>davidh777 (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12464957-post4.html)</TD><TD>"Musicals and TBD TV" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>LJG765 (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12464978-post5.html)</TD> <TD>"Music/Musicals" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>Trevor (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12464989-post6.html)</TD> <TD>"Favorite Things Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>The Man with the Golden Doujinshi (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12465018-post7.html)</TD><TD>"Western Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>MrTerrific (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12465043-post8.html)</TD><TD>"2015 Gangster Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>Greg MacGuffin (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12465093-post9.html)</TD><TD>"Comic to Screen Movie Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>Giles (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12465101-post10.html)</TD><TD>"'All Creatures Great and Small' (and mythical)" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>Cardsfan111 (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12465110-post11.html)</TD><TD>"The Sports Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>shadokitty (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12465145-post12.html)</TD> <TD>"Dish and Roku Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>Bladz (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12465151-post13.html)</TD><TD>"2015 Comic Book Movie Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>KaBluie (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12465241-post14.html)</TD><TD>"The Films of Rachel McAdams (Minus One)" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>SterlingBen (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12465249-post15.html)</TD><TD>"The FIFO Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>mrcellophane (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12465251-post16.html)</TD><TD>"Foreign Film Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>omike (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12465352-post17.html)</TD><TD>"Exploring Poverty Row Studios Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>pacaway (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12465393-post18.html)</TD><TD>"One Degree of Gyllenhaal" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>Gobear (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12465556-post19.html)</TD><TD>"Musical Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>walletboyniac (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12465748-post20.html)</TD><TD>"Sitcom-o-rama" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>BobO'Link (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12465755-post21.html)</TD><TD>"I Spy: Spy movies and TV programs" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>malazar (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12465900-post22.html)</TD><TD>"Eurocrime Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>PCBreakdown (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12466271-post23.html)</TD><TD>"You've Never Seen ..... Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>popcorn (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12467580-post24.html)</TD><TD>"Digital Downloads Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>lisadoris (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12467833-post25.html)</TD><TD>"Amazon Watch List," "Titles I Haven't Watched Since 2013," & "Titles Sitting on my Hard Drive that I Haven't Watched Yet" Mini-Challenges</TD></TR><TR><TD>hbsvb (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12468100-post26.html)</TD><TD>"Documentaries" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>acubfaninmd (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12468649-post27.html)</TD><TD>"Netflix My List/Digital Download Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>ross_r (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12468651-post28.html)</TD><TD>"Rock Marathon (Concerts and Music Video)" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>bacigalup (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12468702-post29.html)</TD><TD>"Anything With Music Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>Darkgod (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12469144-post30.html)</TD><TD>"Wrestling" & "Clean off the Hardrive" Challenges</TD></TR><TR><TD>Undeadcow (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12469573-post31.html)</TD><TD>"Superhero Moving Picture Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>jmsmath (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12469865-post32.html)</TD><TD>"The 'The' Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>Indy24LA (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12469871-post33.html)</TD><TD>"The Spies Like Them Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>terrycloth (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12469905-post34.html)</TD><TD>"COMIC to SCREEN challenge" & "mini wrestling challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>konekonoir (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12469906-post35.html)</TD><TD>"The Movies I've Always Wanted to Watch, but Never Got Around To Challenge"</TD></TR><TR><TD>rbrown498 (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12470032-post36.html)</TD><TD>"Laserdiscs That I Need to Purge" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>ororama (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12470380-post37.html)</TD><TD>"Cops, Detectives, Criminals and Crime" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>HyperWeather (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12470545-post38.html)</TD><TD>"Sports & Blockbusters" Challenge</TD></TR><TR><TD>JennandTheCats (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12470609-post39.html)</TD><TD>"The Other Side of the Pond" Challenge</TD></TR></TABLE>

As always, let me know if I made any mistakes.

shadokitty
05-04-15, 02:51 PM
Just showing bad timing I guess. Within a week after I bought Planet Earth on Amazon Instant Video, a large group of BBC Earth documentaries show up on Netflix.

shadokitty
05-05-15, 10:36 AM
Does anyone have any suggestions to keep track of watches, other than updating my list? Lately, I've loved watching tv, but dreaded coming to the forums to update my list. To the point that some things I've watched, but not listed.

Trevor
05-05-15, 11:26 AM
Does anyone have any suggestions to keep track of watches, other than updating my list? Lately, I've loved watching tv, but dreaded coming to the forums to update my list. To the point that some things I've watched, but not listed.
You don't have to visit the forums proper to update your list. Just bookmark your individual list post and keep it as bookmark on your toolbar or even as an always open tab.

Or, just keep everything in a pile (dvds and hand written notes of streamed things) and update a couple times a month when you feel like it.

Dimension X
05-05-15, 11:37 AM
I usually type what I watch in a text file, and update my official list whenever I get around to it.

shadokitty
05-05-15, 11:59 AM
I noticed my phone has notes, so I have started keeping a list on my phone.

shadokitty
05-05-15, 12:54 PM
Seeing my gram the way she was today, really hurt my depression. Now I'm starting to feel better though. I took some vitamins, and now they seem to be working. I'm lounging in bed now, but at least I seem more motivated to watch TV again. I'm not in the room with the Dish hookup, but I do have my Roku with me. I thought a little change in scenery might help.

I just watched my first short of the challenge, with the series trailer for Camp Cheetah on Nowhere TV.

shadokitty
05-06-15, 09:04 AM
While I don't remember watching Walker Cay Chronicles, I had heard of it. I mention this because I just watched an episode of Legends of Rod and Reel, profiling the life of its host, Flip Pallot. It was a very interesting show, on the Outdoor Channel.

Ash Ketchum
05-06-15, 12:48 PM
Orson Welles Centennial today, so if you have anything with Orson that fits your challenge, today's the day to watch it.

shadokitty
05-06-15, 08:40 PM
I love the Travel Channel, since I always wanted to see the world. Just finished a good ep of Man v. Food, at Boulder, where he had to eat 50 wings in 30 minutes.

LJG765
05-07-15, 12:35 AM
I love the Travel Channel, since I always wanted to see the world. Just finished a good ep of Man v. Food, at Boulder, where he had to eat 50 wings in 30 minutes.

I love this show. One of my favorite food ones. Sad when it was canceled (Unless they've brought it back?) I got a chance to eat at one of the restaurants he went to-Yoder's in Florida. So good! For once, I agreed with the host!

I've totally not been watching anything that I can count. I just spent 20 minutes staring at my DVDs going, what should I watch? and I rejected them all. *sigh* Where has my motivation gone? I do have a couple I'd like to watch, but they're too long to watch tonight...Of course when I finally want to watch something, I have to get up early. Maybe tomorrow...

shadokitty
05-07-15, 05:58 AM
I love this show. One of my favorite food ones. Sad when it was canceled (Unless they've brought it back?) I got a chance to eat at one of the restaurants he went to-Yoder's in Florida. So good! For once, I agreed with the host!

I've totally not been watching anything that I can count. I just spent 20 minutes staring at my DVDs going, what should I watch? and I rejected them all. *sigh* Where has my motivation gone? I do have a couple I'd like to watch, but they're too long to watch tonight...Of course when I finally want to watch something, I have to get up early. Maybe tomorrow...

I don't know if they are old episodes, or if they brought it back.

shadokitty
05-07-15, 08:04 AM
While I doubt much of it is true, I just watched a story of an alien abductee, on the Aliens and UFOs channel on Roku. It told the story of a man from childhood to adulthood, who was being tracked by aliens, because he said he was a hybrid, or star child. It was entertaining at the least.

Giles
05-07-15, 12:16 PM
While I doubt much of it is true, I just watched a story of an alien abductee, on the Aliens and UFOs channel on Roku. It told the story of a man from childhood to adulthood, who was being tracked by aliens, because he said he was a hybrid, or star child. It was entertaining at the least.

a friend of mine convinced me she was a star child.

rbrown498
05-07-15, 01:09 PM
I don't know if they are old episodes, or if they brought it back.

Time Magazine reported last month that Adam Richman has gone vegan. I don't believe there have been any new episodes for several years.

BobO'Link
05-07-15, 02:10 PM
I love this show. One of my favorite food ones. Sad when it was canceled (Unless they've brought it back?) I got a chance to eat at one of the restaurants he went to-Yoder's in Florida. So good! For once, I agreed with the host!
Man v. Food is one of my favorite Travel Channel programs. It's one of 5 channels I check when I sit down at the computer and if Man vs. Food (or anything with Andrew Zimmern or Anthonly Bourdain) is on I'll leave it there.

My son lives in Amarillo so when I saw the Man vs. Food Amarillo episode I asked him about them, mainly about Coyote Bluff Cafe, home of the "Burger from Hell," as it sounded very good. It turns out the place is only a few blocks from his house so on a trip to see the grand kids we paid it a visit. He warned us that it was "good" but not "great." I still had rather high expectations as Adam spoke highly of the Burger from Hell and the Chili Cheese Fries. I was somewhat disappointed as the meat was a bit dry, not nearly as hot as it should have been (I really couldn't taste the jalapenos or "hot" sauces much), still a decent burger but somewhat overdressed (too much lettuce and tomato). The "chili cheese fries" were just OK. Their "Texas Red Chili" tasted like it came out of a can. It was poured over frozen fries (supposedly fresh made but didn't taste it) and rather tasteless cheese. I make much better at home. The waitress was good and it's worth at least one visit as long as you don't get your expectations too high, but it's *small* - the video shot makes it look much larger than it actually is. Here's a outside shot - but it's not much larger inside.

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/37302225.jpg

We've been back to Amarillo several times since then and haven't bothered to pay a return visit as it really wasn't worth the effort. If you *do* go take cash as they don't take checks or credit cards - something I discovered *after* we ordered! On trips I normally don't carry cash but just happened to have enough to pay for the meal.

He talked us out of visiting the Stockyards cafe (I wanted to try their Chicken Fried Steak) indicating the smell from the stockyards keeps you from enjoying the meal, and said The Big Texan (home of the 72 oz. steak challenge) is essentially a tourist trap (and I'd agree) and not where locals would go for a steak (I don't care for most steaks anyway so it wasn't a loss).

*On Topic*
I've been watching S2 of I Spy. It's still better than most programs on the air these days and I *love* the theme song.

shadokitty
05-07-15, 03:04 PM
Some times I enjoy watching the international news channels. I just finished an interesting edition of Dialogue on CCTV. The topic of the show was about how China is becoming more environmentally conscious in their behavior.

mrcellophane
05-07-15, 03:09 PM
Man v. Food is one of my favorite Travel Channel programs. It's one of 5 channels I check when I sit down at the computer and if Man vs. Food (or anything with Andrew Zimmern or Anthonly Bourdain) is on I'll leave it there.

Man vs. Food did a segment on Cattleman's Steakhouse in Oklahoma City, and I would recommend it. I've had their steaks before and the last time I had the catfish. Both were excellent and lived up to the hype. So if anyone's ever in the area, check it out!

I've been plugging along with my challenge. So far, I've watched films from five different countries and episodes of television shows from two different countries. (However, I'm fudging a bit and watching the English dub of Speed Racer.) Last night, I watched Kurosawa's Ran for the first time and greatly enjoyed it.

shadokitty
05-07-15, 04:20 PM
Sounds like Man v. Food is a popular show.

On another note, just finished a news program on Newsmax TV. One of the stories that caught my eye, was how turkeys will be in short supply on Thanksgiving, due to the bird flu outbreak.

BobO'Link
05-07-15, 04:55 PM
Sounds like Man v. Food is a popular show.

On another note, just finished a news program on Newsmax TV. One of the stories that caught my eye, was how turkeys will be in short supply on Thanksgiving, due to the bird flu outbreak.
None of my family likes "traditional" turkey (only smoked from the deli) so it'll not impact us. Now if pork suddenly becomes scarce... there could be a riot if there's no ham on the table. :D

davidh777
05-07-15, 04:56 PM
Not really a fan of gorging-as-entertainment. Diners Drive-ins and Dives is more my speed--not something I'll turn on, but I'll watch if I walk in the room.

shadokitty
05-07-15, 05:32 PM
Most of what I've watched this afternoon has been various news programs. Just finished Headline News on RT.

asianxcore
05-07-15, 07:59 PM
Time Magazine reported last month that Adam Richman has gone vegan. I don't believe there have been any new episodes for several years.

Yup! I think it's been at least 2-3 years since the show aired new episodes.

Since then, Richman got in himself into quite a predicament via Social Media last year.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/02/adam-richmans-new-show-thinspiration_n_5550116.html

Gobear
05-07-15, 10:50 PM
I've been toddling along with my challenge. Today I watched Li'l Abner and Jerry Springer: The Opera, both on DVD. Li'L Abner is a forgotten musical today, but back in the day the comic strip was part of the popular culture. The song aren't particularly catchy melodically, with the exception of "Jubilation T. Cornpone," but they are very funny and more than a little risque. There are some clever bits poking fun at the space race and the rise of the military industrial complex (this was made in the 50s, after all), and a lot of hilarious naughty jokes. What can you expect when you have characters named Stupefyin' Jones and Appassionata von Climax?

Jerry Springer: The Opera is a brilliant, joyfully obscene parody of the eponymous talk show. The music's great, and the songs are hilariously filthy. The documentary on the DVD goes into detail about the ugly campaign waged against the production by religious fundamentalists upset by the language and by the depiction of Biblical figures in the second act. However, in the intervening decade since JSTO premiered in Britain, shows like The Book of Mormon have paved the way for more adult themes and language on stage.

I have my imported Blu-Ray of a French show up next, Cleopatre, La Derniere Reine D'Egypte. Like most of the French shows I own on disc, the music is fantastic while the story is weak. The standout performer here is Dominique Magloire as Charmion, who has a phenomenal voice.

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LJG765
05-07-15, 11:38 PM
Time Magazine reported last month that Adam Richman has gone vegan. I don't believe there have been any new episodes for several years.
I was going to say something about this being sad as I really enjoyed the show, but then I read this:

Since then, Richman got in himself into quite a predicament via Social Media last year.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/02/adam-richmans-new-show-thinspiration_n_5550116.html

Lost all my respect for him at this point. He apologized, but only after something bad happened to him (losing his new show).

Anyway, I finally watched another movie for my challenge-"The Lone Ranger." Probably not on people's top ten lists for music based movies, however, whenever I think of this movie, I think of the last 30 minutes with the whole train scene with the Lone Ranger score over top of it (I know that's not the name of it, really, but I can never remember the actual one). One of the best action scenes for me. I love the music build up and how they paired it with the action on the screen. It was well done in my opinion, though there are definitely parts of this movie that drag and could have used a little more fine tuning.

shadokitty
05-08-15, 04:02 AM
A new channel on Dish Network is quickly becoming one of my favorite channels, Outside Television. I enjoy all the travel shows on it. Just finished an episode of Rolex Spirit of Yachting, about the Rolex Sydney Hobart.

shadokitty
05-08-15, 07:36 AM
I don't know why, but my legs are killing me today. Started late last night, and the pain hasn't let up yet. All I want to do is try to stay still. Perfect opportunity for challenge viewing.

Just finished a good music show on RFD TV, featuring a group I had never heard of, but they were good, The Joey and Rory Show. She had a beautiful voice.

shadokitty
05-08-15, 10:53 PM
I discovered Constantine on Hulu, and have to say, after the first two episodes, I already love the show. I loved the nod to Dr. Fate in the premiere. I just wished I discovered it earlier, as some early episodes are expiring tonight.

terrycloth
05-08-15, 11:32 PM
Havent felt like watching anything comic related and was looking for a new idea. decided tonight I have 800+ titles on my vudu account a good portion of them are classics I have never seen so im gonna watch the titles in order they were released and justify the money spent on them.

SterlingBen
05-09-15, 01:17 AM
Are we still talking about Man Vs Food?

I have been planning trying the local Ghost Pepper Pizza he tried when he was in TTown, just got to find the right opportunity where I can have someone watch the baby, lest this happen:

http://i.imgur.com/oiifnQh.gif

Dimension X
05-09-15, 03:55 AM
I discovered Constantine on Hulu, and have to say, after the first two episodes, I already love the show. I loved the nod to Dr. Fate in the premiere. I just wished I discovered it earlier, as some early episodes are expiring tonight.
I really like that show. Last I checked I'd seen all the episodes but one (it looked like there hadn't been any new shows added to Hulu for a couple of months, so I don't know if it was canceled or what).
Havent felt like watching anything comic related and was looking for a new idea. decided tonight I have 800+ titles on my vudu account a good portion of them are classics I have never seen so im gonna watch the titles in order they were released and justify the money spent on them.
How in the world did you end up with that many movies in a Vudu account?

shadokitty
05-09-15, 09:03 AM
I woke up early today, so decided to work on the challenge. Just finished an Indians game on Sports Team Ohio.

pacaway
05-09-15, 10:23 AM
Watched Donnie Darko for the first time. It's a two-fer for my challenge. I had never seen this movie before... Bazar, but I strangely enjoyed it. Apparently I need to watched the director's cut to be able to understand it, but it is so well made, I held my attention from beginning to end. Jake Gyllenhaal is SO young in it, but, Wow, he's so good!

terrycloth
05-09-15, 11:49 AM
I really like that show. Last I checked I'd seen all the episodes but one (it looked like there hadn't been any new shows added to Hulu for a couple of months, so I don't know if it was canceled or what).

How in the world did you end up with that many movies in a Vudu account?

Constantine was cancelled officially this week sadly. I hope Syfy picks it up personally

and at a buck a piece for older titles to d2d..being able to buy codes for new releases for a couple bucks..and 5$ vudu credits from walmart it added up fast.

it also helps that i share my library with my sister and husband and instead of giving her money to use her washer and dryer she asked me to upload movies they wanted instead. I use to atleast spend 50$ a month on movies and as far as options go you get a lot more for ur money with less clutter!

shadokitty
05-09-15, 03:14 PM
I discovered a way to work on the challenge, and battle my depression at the same time. I'm a pagan, but lately have not been practicing my beliefs. Along with reading a book, I've decided to work on a combination of nature documentaries, and spiritual shows on Roku. I just finished the Hunters and Hunted episode of Life on Netflix, and my mood has been the best it has in a long time. I'm considering adding nature documentaries on DVD to my challenge due to that.

Dimension X
05-09-15, 05:20 PM
Constantine was cancelled officially this week sadly. I hope Syfy picks it up personally
Well that stinks.
and at a buck a piece for older titles to d2d..being able to buy codes for new releases for a couple bucks..and 5$ vudu credits from walmart it added up fast.

it also helps that i share my library with my sister and husband and instead of giving her money to use her washer and dryer she asked me to upload movies they wanted instead. I use to atleast spend 50$ a month on movies and as far as options go you get a lot more for ur money with less clutter!
I forgot about converting discs. It just doesn't seem "necessary" to me. But I'm okay with my old DVD copies of movies - I only upgrade to Blu-ray if I really like the movie and can get it for a buck or two - and space isn't an issue.

I have a few free movies, but most of my Vudu account is movies I have on Blu (so it's redundant to me, and I don't really use it). I mostly buy used discs, and I'd say nine out of ten of them still have the UV codes (and 9 out of 10 of those haven't been used). I could try to sell the codes, but that small percentage of used codes would eventually bite me in the ass.

Are those $5 credits the pizza credits? I was about to grab a pizza the last time I was in WalMart, but I wasn't sure how the credit worked (I assume there's a code inside the box?), and ultimately decided against it.

I think I have $6-$7 credit that I haven't used - the movie I wanted to rent wasn't available for rental anymore when I finally got around to wanting to watch it.

terrycloth
05-09-15, 09:38 PM
Well that stinks.

I forgot about converting discs. It just doesn't seem "necessary" to me. But I'm okay with my old DVD copies of movies - I only upgrade to Blu-ray if I really like the movie and can get it for a buck or two - and space isn't an issue.

I have a few free movies, but most of my Vudu account is movies I have on Blu (so it's redundant to me, and I don't really use it). I mostly buy used discs, and I'd say nine out of ten of them still have the UV codes (and 9 out of 10 of those haven't been used). I could try to sell the codes, but that small percentage of used codes would eventually bite me in the ass.

Are those $5 credits the pizza credits? I was about to grab a pizza the last time I was in WalMart, but I wasn't sure how the credit worked (I assume there's a code inside the box?), and ultimately decided against it.

I think I have $6-$7 credit that I haven't used - the movie I wanted to rent wasn't available for rental anymore when I finally got around to wanting to watch it.


pizza credits, 5$ vudu credit on game pre orders, and other promos. plus walmart insta watch u can build a good collection for pennies.
I have close to 1500 dvds and close to 500 blurays so I converted them for a buck and sold them off and focus my physical copies for titles I wanna have like disney and horror titles.

Im the type to always bring a couple dvds with me to work, vacation, laundromat, etc its nice having everything with me to watch when i want

Dimension X
05-10-15, 06:12 AM
pizza credits, 5$ vudu credit on game pre orders, and other promos. plus walmart insta watch u can build a good collection for pennies.
I have close to 1500 dvds and close to 500 blurays so I converted them for a buck and sold them off and focus my physical copies for titles I wanna have like disney and horror titles.

Im the type to always bring a couple dvds with me to work, vacation, laundromat, etc its nice having everything with me to watch when i want
Sounds like Vudu was made for you. I do all my movie watching at home.

As I said before, I have an account, but I don't really use it. I suppose I could sell off the Blus I have that I also have on Vudu, but I like having the physical copies, and since I have about a 75% success rate watching Netflix streaming in my HT (with a wireless connection, it works more consistently on the wired connection in my living room), I don't want streaming to be my only option.

shadokitty
05-10-15, 10:35 AM
I wasn't even looking for something to help with my mood, but I stumbled across something on Roku that did anyways. I decided to look on Wild TV, and came across a crappie, and white bass fishing show on their live feed. I was just looking for live TV on Roku at the time, and found an episode of G3 Sportsman.

shadokitty
05-10-15, 12:50 PM
I'm changing my challenge somewhat to add in nature documentaries on DVD and BD.

BobO'Link
05-11-15, 01:49 PM
My son and his family were at my house all last week. Didn't put too much of a cramp on viewing as he was gone a couple of days on business and the grand kids go to bed at 7pm. Saturday he asked if I had Despicable Me so I answered "Yes, both." His oldest *loves* the first film but hasn't seen the 2nd (my youngest grand daughter's current favorite film) so we put that one in. As it starts I realize it fits my theme! :) In spite of watching it frequently with my grand daughter I still enjoyed it, and laughed frequently. I was sorry she wasn't there so my son could see her dance and do the moves during many of the song sequences.

I'm also participating in "The Neverending Watch The Movies You Should Have Already Seen Challenge (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/626613-neverending-watch-movies-you-should-have-already-seen-challenge.html)" and someone finally selected a Spy film for me to watch so yesterday brought a first viewing of Skyfall (2012). For the most part I enjoyed the film - it's one of the better of the "newer" (i.e. post Roger Moore) Bond outings I've seen. I *did* get rather annoyed with the frequency the villain escaped/got away but it never seemed to drag so that's a plus.

As I finished S2 of I Spy I switched gears to watch S2 of Chuck. It's still pretty good and I'm really enjoying the interplay amongst all the varied characters in Chuck's life. The spy stuff hits all the right notes and the comedy parts mostly work well. I'm glad I did that blind buy on this one (whole series at once - a rare gamble for me).

davidh777
05-11-15, 08:16 PM
First movie up for me is "Shrek: The Musical." Bought this one fairly recently, so it hasn't even been shelved yet. Fan of the movies, so hoping the musical is just as good.

Hope you enjoyed it! I haven't seen this filmed version, but I did see it on stage and was entertained. (I like the first movie but feel the franchise got stale quickly.)

shadokitty
05-11-15, 09:06 PM
Using my data plan to access the forums now. Storm knocked out my internet, so I guess no Roku tonight. Thank goodness for Dish. I can deal with the occasional signal losses.

LJG765
05-12-15, 01:21 AM
Saturday he asked if I had Despicable Me so I answered "Yes, both." His oldest *loves* the first film but hasn't seen the 2nd (my youngest grand daughter's current favorite film) so we put that one in. As it starts I realize it fits my theme! :) In spite of watching it frequently with my grand daughter I still enjoyed it, and laughed frequently. I was sorry she wasn't there so my son could see her dance and do the moves during many of the song sequences.

Hmm, is there enough music/songs in "Depsicable Me 2" to count for a musical challenge do you think? I haven't watched it yet, but do have it...Tempting to watch!

Hope you enjoyed it! I haven't seen this filmed version, but I did see it on stage and was entertained. (I like the first movie but feel the franchise got stale quickly.)

I did enjoy "Shrek the Musical." I'll have to keep an eye out and see if I can catch it live. I agree that the movies got a little old but still there was enough that I have them all. I actually watch the Halloween and Christmas specials almost every year. :)

Tonight, I'm finally watching "Coal Miner's Daughter." I taped it off TCM back during Oscar month but didn't get to it. Figured it'd count for my music/musical challenge. I'm pretty surprised that I'm enjoying it as much as I am as I am not a huge country fan, but the acting/story is really good and engaging. Not quite finished with it (about 40 minutes left) but I'm glad I taped it.

LJG765
05-12-15, 02:01 AM
Just finished "Coal Miner's Daughter." The only thing I didn't like was the ending-it felt very abrupt and like there was still more to come. Left hanging almost. I know that she's still singing (or at least I think Loretta Lynn is), but a more concrete ending would have been nice. But yeah, even though I'm not a country fan, I really enjoyed this. Definitely recommend if you haven't watched this!

shadokitty
05-12-15, 06:06 AM
After a call to tech support, I'm back online. The storm last night messed up my modem's settings.

shadokitty
05-12-15, 04:03 PM
After watching Outside Television most of the day, I felt like switching things up. So I found a bass tournament fishing show on WFN. Still outdoors, but not as exotic.

shadokitty
05-13-15, 07:38 PM
For my first nature DVD, I chose Blue Planet. I just finished the Frozen Seas episode.

shadokitty
05-14-15, 12:03 AM
I've started a Sports Mini Challenge, to run the next few days at least. Started it with Endurocross on CBS Sports Network.

shadokitty
05-14-15, 12:16 PM
I'm putting my challenge on hold till I decide what I want to focus on. I keep going back and forth on different ideas.

Dimension X
05-14-15, 12:25 PM
I haven't watched anything for my challenge (or much else) in a week. I've been busy with other stuff, and just haven't felt like watching anything when I do have the time.

davidh777
05-14-15, 12:48 PM
Thoughts on some of the musicals I've watched:

Love Never Dies: Andrew Lloyd Webber's follow-up to Phantom of the Opera. Interesting to see what's happened to the characters, but a lackluster score other than the callouts to the previous show. The title song was very familiar, though, but Wikipedia told me it's because ALW used it in two other shows after Phantom and before LND. :lol: Worth seeing, but just a rental.

Annie Get Your Gun (1948): I remember watching this in the VHS/DVD era when it hadn't been seen in years. Unfortunately that's because it wasn't that great, and really, really dated. The Berlin score is great, of course, and I can't blame Betty Hutton for what she did in the role. Question is whether Judy Garland would've been able to "save" it. The Garland outtakes on the DVD are just as embarrassing, but they're more watchable just because she's Judy Garland.

Pitch Perfect: To psych myself up for the sequel, but I didn't really need to because I think this is the third time I've watched it this calendar year (one was to introduce it to friends so that doesn't count). It's partly because I've sung in groups myself, but something about the music, the emotions, and heck, even the crude humor really works for me.

Sunday in the Park with George (1984): The fantastic original cast and original production as recorded for American Playhouse, introducing it to my daughter who likes musicals and is really getting into fine art. Obviously it's not as good as seeing it live on stage (which I've done twice), but it's such an interesting show with more emotion than people give it credit for.

shadokitty
05-14-15, 12:49 PM
I haven't watched anything for my challenge (or much else) in a week. I've been busy with other stuff, and just haven't felt like watching anything when I do have the time.

I'll pick keep watching regular TV, but I'm trying to think of something to narrow my focus to. Every time I think of something I think of something else within a day.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
05-14-15, 01:10 PM
I'll pick keep watching regular TV, but I'm trying to think of something to narrow my focus to. Every time I think of something I think of something else within a day.

Do a daily or weekly mini-challenge. I used to do weekly ones based on genres and it helped me not get burned out on anything.

For daily you could do something simple like an actor, genre, release decade, or make it a little harder by watching things related to an event that took place that day in the past.

I watched two Bob Steele films yesterday, Paroled to Die and Oklahoma Cyclone. Didn't care for either of them. I had to rewind the second one since it was so boring, I had a hard time following it and I didn't follow it all that well the second time.

I'm going through this set of 250 films http://www.amazon.com/Trail-West-Classic-Vengeance-McLintock/dp/B00EQ2KWEM/ which is decent for not getting me burned out on westerns. It mixes up different types of westerns from disc to disc, so I can go from a couple spaghetti westerns, to John Wayne, to Red Ryder, and so on.

shadokitty
05-14-15, 01:39 PM
Do a daily or weekly mini-challenge. I used to do weekly ones based on genres and it helped me not get burned out on anything.

For daily you could do something simple like an actor, genre, release decade, or make it a little harder by watching things related to an event that took place that day in the past.

I watched two Bob Steele films yesterday, Paroled to Die and Oklahoma Cyclone. Didn't care for either of them. I had to rewind the second one since it was so boring, I had a hard time following it and I didn't follow it all that well the second time.

I'm going through this set of 250 films http://www.amazon.com/Trail-West-Classic-Vengeance-McLintock/dp/B00EQ2KWEM/ which is decent for not getting me burned out on westerns. It mixes up different types of westerns from disc to disc, so I can go from a couple spaghetti westerns, to John Wayne, to Red Ryder, and so on.

That's a good idea. I think I'll keep my sports mini challenge, but add in cartoon TV shows.

shadokitty
05-14-15, 02:29 PM
I'm replacing cartoons with documentaries, as there is a good schedule on H2 today.

shadokitty
05-14-15, 04:10 PM
I just finished the BBC version of Life on Netflix and really enjoyed it. I may still watch the Oprah version, but must say I prefer the BBC version.

shadokitty
05-14-15, 04:34 PM
I think I'm coming down with the flu. My when body was hurting since last night, and now I have a stomachache and headache.

LJG765
05-14-15, 05:51 PM
Pitch Perfect: To psych myself up for the sequel, but I didn't really need to because I think this is the third time I've watched it this calendar year (one was to introduce it to friends so that doesn't count). It's partly because I've sung in groups myself, but something about the music, the emotions, and heck, even the crude humor really works for me.

I watched this last month and was pleasantly surprised at how much I didn't dislike it. I enjoyed the music, the humor, while gross in parts, wasn't horrible and it semi-sort of had a plot. I'm not sure if I'll watch the sequel in the theater, but I'll definitely rent it if I don't.

shadokitty
05-15-15, 06:29 AM
I decided to switch up my mini challenge, by adding sci fi movies to the challenge. I still want to watch sports and documentaries.

shadokitty
05-15-15, 09:03 AM
I think I'm gonna resume my Dish and Roku Challenge.

davidh777
05-15-15, 11:49 AM
Just watched Chess in Concert, which I've owned for a few years but never watched, but it's titles like this that helped fuel my musicals-driven challenge. Some friends started talking about it yesterday, which finally pushed me to take the plunge. I really enjoyed it. It's a staging where people wear costumes and sing at mikes, though there is some choreographed movement as well. It's pretty much a cult show, one I saw the original London production of (Elaine Paige--awesome! Hydraulic chessboard rising out of the stage--awesome!), but is rarely produced these days other than concert productions because the music is very appealing (by the ABBA guys and Tim Rice). They had a local concert probably 10 or 15 years ago :eek: that I saw, then I missed one earlier this year. Cast is great--Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal--and if I get the audio recording, it might become my default listen for this show.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/files/2009/06/gp-chess-in-concert_t614-1.jpg

Hmm, is there enough music/songs in "Depsicable Me 2" to count for a musical challenge do you think? I haven't watched it yet, but do have it...Tempting to watch!

I would think not, but I saw it years ago so I'm not sure.

I did enjoy "Shrek the Musical." I'll have to keep an eye out and see if I can catch it live. I agree that the movies got a little old but still there was enough that I have them all. I actually watch the Halloween and Christmas specials almost every year. :)

We saw it in its pre-Broadway run. I wonder if a show like that would tour. It has a lot of family appeal, of course, but they might not release it on video if they expected a lot of money from touring. The property might be too expensive for a regional company to put on--not sure how that works, though.

I watched this last month and was pleasantly surprised at how much I didn't dislike it. I enjoyed the music, the humor, while gross in parts, wasn't horrible and it semi-sort of had a plot. I'm not sure if I'll watch the sequel in the theater, but I'll definitely rent it if I don't.

I love your rousing review of non-hate. :lol:

shadokitty
05-15-15, 12:33 PM
Bored with games. I think when I wake up from my nap, I'll do a TV marathon, or TV and Roku.

Giles
05-16-15, 02:39 PM
I think I'm coming down with the flu. My when body was hurting since last night, and now I have a stomachache and headache.

do you have the chills - that's the worse.

shadokitty
05-16-15, 02:41 PM
My next mini challenge is aviation documentaries.

shadokitty
05-16-15, 02:42 PM
do you have the chills - that's the worse.

I did yeah, but I feel better today.

Giles
05-16-15, 02:42 PM
Just watched Chess in Concert, which I've owned for a few years but never watched, but it's titles like this that helped fuel my musicals-driven challenge. Some friends started talking about it yesterday, which finally pushed me to take the plunge. I really enjoyed it. It's a staging where people wear costumes and sing at mikes, though there is some choreographed movement as well. It's pretty much a cult show, one I saw the original London production of (Elaine Paige--awesome! Hydraulic chessboard rising out of the stage--awesome!), but is rarely produced these days other than concert productions because the music is very appealing (by the ABBA guys and Tim Rice). They had a local concert probably 10 or 15 years ago :eek: that I saw, then I missed one earlier this year. Cast is great--Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal--and if I get the audio recording, it might become my default listen for this show.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/files/2009/06/gp-chess-in-concert_t614-1.jpg


the singing really is great, although I wasn't really impressed with the casting/voice of the Arbiter.

shadokitty
05-16-15, 07:23 PM
I'm going back to my original challenge, but keeping aviation documentaries on DVD.

shadokitty
05-17-15, 08:05 AM
I just saw something I'd never thought I'd see on ESPN, Bass Fishing tournament.

Dimension X
05-18-15, 01:35 AM
I was a little surprised when I started to watch The World Moves On (1934) and this popped up on screen.

http://i1258.photobucket.com/albums/ii523/DimensionX-1/1_zpsvrmbt6cd.jpg

shadokitty
05-18-15, 03:05 AM
I woke up in the middle of the night, so thought, why not watch TV. So I started my marathon with the first hour of News Desk on CCTV.

shadokitty
05-18-15, 11:13 AM
While I didn't count it as part of my childhood, as it didn't fit the criteria, I just finished a first time view of a movie Giles watched, Where the Red Fern Grows. I really enjoyed it.

mrcellophane
05-18-15, 03:54 PM
Yesterday, I was able to finish up Criterion's The Essential Jacques Demy box set. All of the films were entertaining. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg was definitely the most revolutionary. However, my favorite was the breezy, romantic The Young Girls of Rochefort . If you like French films and/or musicals, I would highly recommend the set.

Ash Ketchum
05-18-15, 04:29 PM
I was a little surprised when I started to watch The World Moves On (1934) and this popped up on screen.

http://i1258.photobucket.com/albums/ii523/DimensionX-1/1_zpsvrmbt6cd.jpg

From Wikipedia:
On June 13, 1934, an amendment to the Code was adopted which established the Production Code Administration (PCA) and required all films released on or after July 1, 1934, to obtain a certificate of approval before being released. The PCA had two offices—one in Hollywood and the other in New York City. The first film to receive an MPPDA seal of approval was The World Moves On (1934).

mrcellophane
05-18-15, 04:33 PM
^ That is amazingly cool! It makes me want to find a copy and watch it!

Ash Ketchum
05-18-15, 05:00 PM
^ That is amazingly cool! It makes me want to find a copy and watch it!

THE WORLD MOVES ON is a very interesting and uncharacteristic John Ford film. Stepin Fetchit has some good scenes, including one where he interacts with black African soldiers at the front.

In related news, I found myself watching a lot of kung fu films this month, in prep for a blog entry, so I made that my challenge and just added a post to the challenge list thread. I'll fill in dates and numbers as I add more films. I spent Saturday evening digging out boxes of kung fu VHS tapes from a closet to find desired titles.

Dimension X
05-18-15, 05:27 PM
From Wikipedia:
Yep. "Certificate No. 1" was exactly what surprised me. A nice little bit of trivia to file away, and I thought others might find it interesting.
^ That is amazingly cool! It makes me want to find a copy and watch it!
It's not a well-liked film on IMDb, and from what I've read, John Ford wasn't too happy having to make it, but it's easy to see why Fox assigned the story to him (it has several story elements that Ford had covered in earlier films for the studio). I didn't hate it.
THE WORLD MOVES ON is a very interesting and uncharacteristic John Ford film. Stepin Fetchit has some good scenes, including one where he interacts with black African soldiers at the front.
I didn't really care for Stepin Fetchit's part in the film. He was almost solely comic relief (I think he only interacted with any of the main characters in two short scenes), and he popped up out of nowhere, halfway through the flick, in France, where he accidentally joins the French Foreign Legion because he liked the uniforms two black guys were wearing and he thought they were in a lodge.

In related news, I found myself watching a lot of kung fu films this month, in prep for a blog entry, so I made that my challenge and just added a post to the challenge list thread. I'll fill in dates and numbers as I add more films. I spent Saturday evening digging out boxes of kung fu VHS tapes from a closet to find desired titles.
Welcome aboard.

shadokitty
05-19-15, 09:05 PM
I just saw how sometimes kids can be the best chefs. An episode of Chopped I just watched on the Food Network on Sling TV had kids as the contestants.

LJG765
05-20-15, 02:11 AM
I just saw how sometimes kids can be the best chefs. An episode of Chopped I just watched on the Food Network on Sling TV had kids as the contestants.

Have you watched the Kid's Baking Championship, I think it's called, with Duff Goldman as one of the judges? They were the best cooks-and contestants. They helped each other out and were competitive at the same time. Fun to watch.

I just watched "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and was pleasantly surprised. I thought it was a fun watch. I did expect a bit more musical numbers, but it more revolved around the stage life rather than what happened on the stage. I own it in a 5 film collection, otherwise I would never really have watched it, so I'm glad that they included it. I gather than the historical aspect of it has to be taken with a grain of salt, but still, it's interesting to find out where some of those old songs we all know and sing came from. (Grand Old Flag, Yankee Doodle Dandy).

shadokitty
05-20-15, 12:08 PM
I'll look for it, but haven't seen it yet.

davidh777
05-20-15, 07:03 PM
I just watched "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and was pleasantly surprised. I thought it was a fun watch. I did expect a bit more musical numbers, but it more revolved around the stage life rather than what happened on the stage. I own it in a 5 film collection, otherwise I would never really have watched it, so I'm glad that they included it. I gather than the historical aspect of it has to be taken with a grain of salt, but still, it's interesting to find out where some of those old songs we all know and sing came from. (Grand Old Flag, Yankee Doodle Dandy).

The funny thing is that people who consider Cagney the quintessential gangster can see him as a song-and-dance man, even though he does Rex Harrison it a little bit. Now I want to watch that for my own challenge.

shadokitty
05-20-15, 10:27 PM
I'm doing Japanese content, to include dubed anime, and power rangers for my next mini challenge.

LJG765
05-21-15, 01:20 AM
The funny thing is that people who consider Cagney the quintessential gangster can see him as a song-and-dance man, even though he does Rex Harrison it a little bit. Now I want to watch that for my own challenge.

You should watch it! I was glad to finally watch it and that it was watchable. :)

Not sure what my next film will be. I have a couple repeats I've been wanting to watch (Mamma Mia and Hairspray, maybe Grease and Dirty Dancing), but I just haven't been watching a lot of films this month.

shadokitty
05-21-15, 10:01 AM
I likely won't list anything I watch today, as I'm terribly sick today. TV will be on all day, but I don't even feel up to do anything to keep track of what I watch today.

shadokitty
05-21-15, 02:06 PM
While I don't feel perfect, I am starting to feel better now. I guess the meds I took are starting to work.

Ash Ketchum
05-21-15, 02:44 PM
I just watched "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and was pleasantly surprised. I thought it was a fun watch. I did expect a bit more musical numbers, but it more revolved around the stage life rather than what happened on the stage. I own it in a 5 film collection, otherwise I would never really have watched it, so I'm glad that they included it. I gather than the historical aspect of it has to be taken with a grain of salt, but still, it's interesting to find out where some of those old songs we all know and sing came from. (Grand Old Flag, Yankee Doodle Dandy).

The funny thing is that people who consider Cagney the quintessential gangster can see him as a song-and-dance man, even though he does Rex Harrison it a little bit. Now I want to watch that for my own challenge.

Cagney as song-and-dance man? You both must see FOOTLIGHT PARADE (1933), my favorite of the Busby Berkeley musicals. He plays a producer of live mini-musicals that are staged at theaters around town in between movie screenings and at the end when his leading man gets drunk and punks out on him...up comes the amazing "Shanghai Lil" number. Unforgettable!

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shadokitty
05-21-15, 08:04 PM
I was in the mood for some of the Monsters Week programming on Animal Planet, so just finished Serial Killer Tiger at Large. It was a good documentary about a man eating tigress in India, near Corbett National Park.

SterlingBen
05-21-15, 11:15 PM
One almost slipped by but I am now watching the last movie from 2011!

Gobear
05-21-15, 11:49 PM
Cagney as song-and-dance man? You both must see FOOTLIGHT PARADE (1933), my favorite of the Busby Berkeley musicals. He plays a producer of live mini-musicals that are staged at theaters around town in between movie screenings and at the end when his leading man gets drunk and punks out on him...up comes the amazing "Shanghai Lil" number. Unforgettable!

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I am going to get to this one at some time this week. I so agree about the Shanghai Lil number.

I just watched The Point (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjfKteUBa_s) on YouTube, a treasured memory from my childhood. It features a soundtrack composed by the late, great Harry Nilsson. It's such a shame that Nilsson's work has been forgotten because he was one of my favorite pop singer-songwriters from the 60s-70s.

LJG765
05-22-15, 01:40 AM
Ok, I was persuaded. I put in an order for "Footlight Parade" at my local library. It's available, just have to wait for it to come in. It might be close, but I think it should get here before the end of the challenge.

Gobear
05-22-15, 02:17 AM
Criterion seriously needs to release Marat/Sade. It's a brilliant play that combines Brecht's "you are watching a work of fiction, people" techniques of alienation with Artaud's slapping the bourgeoisie in the face with ugliness to wake them from passivity. The moral here is "Every revolution sows the seeds of its own destruction," seeing that a troupe of madmen are performing the events of the French Revolution in the Napoleonic era .

I would disagree with the author's portrayal of the Marquis de Sade. Apart from his monstrous crimes, de Sade was a sincere advocate of revolutionary social change, not the jaded cynic shown here.

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shadokitty
05-22-15, 07:37 PM
I just saw my first ever show on trapping. Most outdoor shows are on hunting or fishing, but Wild TV on Roku had an episode of a show called Trapping Inc., where he was after beaver and otters, and even accidentally trapped a mink. Though mink season was closed, so he didn't know if he'd be allowed to keep it.

shadokitty
05-23-15, 08:06 AM
I'm adding comic book movies and showsto my challenge, to make use of my find of Great Lantern at Wal-Mart for $5, but also had a question, so I'm asking for opinions. I know G.I. Joe was originally a comic book, so would the series and Rise of Cobra fall under that? I also found Rise of Cobra for $5, the same day.

Dimension X
05-23-15, 09:26 AM
I'm adding comic book movies and showsto my challenge, to make use of my find of Great Lantern at Wal-Mart for $5, but also had a question, so I'm asking for opinions. I know G.I. Joe was originally a comic book, so would the series and Rise of Cobra fall under that? I also found Rise of Cobra for $5, the same day.
I gave up trying to keep up with what your challenge(s) is/are long ago. :lol: You can watch whatever you want to watch, but maybe you could hold those (well, Great Lantern, at least) for July's challenge; I plan to watch a few more comic book movies then.

You know, you don't have to add something to your list every day - I've missed several days this month. Since it looks like I'll probably not hit my goal of 31 John Ford films watched, I'm thinking of continuing my challenge into next month, and listing the movies I watch (that count) in my History Challenge list.

shadokitty
05-23-15, 10:25 AM
I gave up trying to keep up with what your challenge(s) is/are long ago. :lol: You can watch whatever you want to watch, but maybe you could hold those (well, Great Lantern, at least) for July's challenge; I plan to watch a few more comic book movies then.

You know, you don't have to add something to your list every day - I've missed several days this month. Since it looks like I'll probably not hit my goal of 31 John Ford films watched, I'm thinking of continuing my challenge into next month, and listing the movies I watch (that count) in my History Challenge list.

Fine. I quit. I'm deleting my list.

shadokitty
05-23-15, 10:26 AM
I didn't want to do your challenge in the first place.

BobO'Link
05-23-15, 10:35 AM
I finished S4 of Mission: Impossible this morning. I had a bit of trepidation going in as it's the first season without Barbara Bain and Martin Landau with Leonard Nimoy filling the gap left by Landau and a smorgasbord of women guest stars in for Bain. I recall when this one originally aired that I didn't care for Nimoy - *he* is Spock! - but didn't really notice the rotating women.

While I have to say the overall quality is a bit down from S3 it's really with the *stories* and *not* the cast as I'd feared. Nimoy does a very good job filling in for Landau and I greatly enjoyed several of the female guest appearances. A favorite actress, Lee Meriwether, made several appearances which was a nice surprise! This season also had a few episodes that did *not* begin with Mr. Phelps listening to a recording to get the mission. Those tended to be based on a "regular" team member getting into trouble (falsely accused of something) at the first of the episode and the rest coming in to get him out of danger.

Overall it was a good season in spite of the over reliance on scripts based on a despot taking over a small country. I still have the rest of the series to watch, although I never intended to collect all the seaons of this one based on recollections of it slowly going downhill as it progressed. One of those "Well... for *that* price I'll get it anyway" for those last 3 seasons. I'm not sure if I'll throw in S5 or switch to something else. After all, I *still* have S2-4 of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. set I've yet to watch. I've not seen those last 3 seasons since the original airings.

Dimension X
05-23-15, 11:14 AM
Fine. I quit. I'm deleting my list.

I didn't want to do your challenge in the first place.
Dude, I hope you're joking. I didn't say that to make you mad or anything.

Well, I just clicked on the list thread and your list is gone. :( I'm sorry man, I seriously didn't want to offend you, or anger you, or whatever. It was meant as a lighthearted comment, nothing more.

It was probably a mistake for me to try to get you to participate in this anyway, but there weren't many people claiming list spots at that time, and I was looking for everyone I could get. I see a few people in the list thread who have not listed anything in a couple of weeks, and at least one who hasn't list anything at all, so this'll probably be the last one of these (the last one I'll do anyway).

Indy24LA
05-23-15, 11:15 AM
With about a week to go, I have crossed off most of my spy movies to watch list: Mission Impossibles, Bournes, and Austin Powers. Just need to finish up the Connery and Craig Bonds and I will have reached my goal.

Trevor
05-23-15, 01:06 PM
Fine. I quit. I'm deleting my list.
I didn't want to do your challenge in the first place.
Shado, I think you might want to turn off the TV for a couple weeks and get outside.

Enjoy life. You're thinking too much about these Challenges.

shadokitty
05-23-15, 01:51 PM
Shado, I think you might want to turn off the TV for a couple weeks and get outside.

Enjoy life. You're thinking too much about these Challenges.

I'll watch ZTVZ, but I am never doing another challengwe. Ever again. I quot altogeyjer

shadokitty
05-23-15, 02:55 PM
I spoke with Bast and She is going to help me through my tough time. I may even start a spiritualist challenge, with animal shows and shows to help me get in touch with my spiritual side. For those who don't know, Bast is the Egyptian Goddess and Cats, a Goddess of the night, and my deity.

Dimension X
05-23-15, 08:24 PM
Shado, I think you might want to turn off the TV for a couple weeks and get outside.

Enjoy life. You're thinking too much about these Challenges.
Once again, I'll take the blame for this. Near the end of the Drive-in Challenge, shadokitty made clear that he was taking a month off, and I talked him into joining us here (partly because I was looking for participants for this one).

I'll watch ZTVZ, but I am never doing another challengwe. Ever again. I quot altogeyjer

And again, I'm sorry for being an asshole. Since you've already committed to running the History Challenge, let me be the one to drop out. Seriously, I've been a little fed up with other parts of this site anyway, and that gives me an excuse not to subject myself to that other shit. Plus I barely participate in the challenges anyway, whereas you participate in the discussions almost daily. I won't be missed as much.

I'll finish this one through the prize giveaway, then I'll leave.

LJG765
05-23-15, 10:22 PM
Just finished watching "Jersey Boys" and really liked it. Knew I'd like the music but wasn't sure how I'd like the film, but I felt it was fairly well done. I saw that they used actors from the stage that had already been doing the musical of this and I feel that familiarity of the roles really shone through. If you like this era of music or Frankie Valli, watch it! Also a plus: Christopher Walken.

Gobear
05-23-15, 11:10 PM
I watched my DVD of a 1985 PBS performance of The Gospel at Colonus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gospel_at_Colonus), an African-American gospel interpretation of the middle play of the Oedipus trilogy by Sophocles.

It stars Morgan Freeman Morgan, Jevetta Steele, The Might Clouds of Joy and The 5 Blind Boys of Alabama. If you aren't moved by this, you have no soul.

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shadokitty
05-24-15, 07:00 AM
It's not your fault Dimension, I was just going through a rough day yesterday, and took your comment the wrong way. I didn't even now the laugh till last night. I returned to the church with a different challenge and different way of approaching it. I'll watch what I am in the mood to watch, and if it happens to count, I'll list it.

Trevor
05-24-15, 08:55 AM
It's not your fault Dimension, I was just going through a rough day yesterday, and took your comment the wrong way. I didn't even now the laugh till last night. I returned to the church with a different challenge and different way of approaching it. I'll watch what I am in the mood to watch, and if it happens to count, I'll list it.
DVDTalk is sort of a church, isn't it? ;)

But great to see things resolving there, and great summation of how these Challenges should work with that final line shadokitty. Watch what you want to watch and list it if it happens to count. No one should feel pressured to watch only stuff that counts for each Challenge.

And I'm getting worried about some of you that watch more than a couple hours of TV a day. Life is too short for that! Get outside and enjoy God's creation. That and other people are much more important and fun than anything on TV/film.

shadokitty
05-24-15, 09:03 AM
DVDTalk is sort of a church, isn't it? ;)

But great to see things resolving there, and great summation of how these Challenges should work with that final line shadokitty. Watch what you want to watch and list it if it happens to count. No one should feel pressured to watch only stuff that counts for each Challenge.

And I'm getting worried about some of you that watch more than a couple hours of TV a day. Life is too short for that! Get outside and enjoy God's creation. That and other people are much more important and fun than anything on TV/film.

Lol, didn't see the church. I meant challenge. Blame auto spell on my phone.

Dimension X
05-24-15, 10:10 AM
It's not your fault Dimension, I was just going through a rough day yesterday, and took your comment the wrong way. I didn't even now the laugh till last night. I returned to the church with a different challenge and different way of approaching it. I'll watch what I am in the mood to watch, and if it happens to count, I'll list it.

Well, I know how that is, since I've done the same thing. I'm glad you're back. Now I'll grab a spot in the Historical Challenge list for my John Ford Challenge continuation.


And I'm getting worried about some of you that watch more than a couple hours of TV a day. Life is too short for that! Get outside and enjoy God's creation. That and other people are much more important and fun than anything on TV/film.
Says the guy who has watched 300 or more things in two or three challenges in the past.

Trevor
05-24-15, 10:32 AM
Says the guy who has watched 300 or more things in two or three challenges in the past.
Yeah, but those were for scientific experiments! ;)

shadokitty
05-24-15, 10:45 AM
Well, I know how that is, since I've done the same thing. I'm glad you're back. Now I'll grab a spot in the Historical Challenge list for my John Ford Challenge continuation.




Cool beans. I may partially continue my Spiritually Fulfilling Challenge next month as well, as a lot of that kind of content, to me, falls under documentaries.

shadokitty
05-24-15, 02:18 PM
I spent most of the day laying outside under a tree, but I don't know if it was the heat of the day, but I came in when I started to get an upset stomach. Couldn't even enjoy myself then. I was listening to Pandora.

shadokitty
05-25-15, 08:01 AM
I'm thinking of changing my challenge. Only because I haven't been in the mood to watch anything for my current challenge. Every time I try to watch something that counts, I turn it off.

shadokitty
05-25-15, 10:00 AM
I have access to a lot of Irwin Allen, and comic book programming, so decided on an Irwin Allen Comic Book Combo Challenge.

shadokitty
05-25-15, 10:10 AM
I plan to watch a lot of anime too, so adding Asian movies and shows to my challenge, to include Power Rangers.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
05-25-15, 12:02 PM
You could try the neverending challenge and let the gods select your fate.

shadokitty
05-26-15, 11:02 AM
I was in the mood for my annual documentary and animal shows challenge, so the rest of the week, I'm making a mini challenge out of it. I'm slowly working my way through Life on Location on Netflix right now.

LJG765
05-26-15, 02:28 PM
Last night I popped in "Mamma Mia!" It's one of my favorite musicals. Love the music, love everyone in it, even Pierce Brosnan with no singing voice. :) Even my cat came over and enjoyed it. I also may or may not have employed the sing-a-long option.

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shadokitty
05-26-15, 02:29 PM
Last night I popped in "Mamma Mia!" It's one of my favorite musicals. Love the music, love everyone in it, even Pierce Brosnan with no singing voice. :) Even my cat came over and enjoyed it. I also may or may not have employed the sing-a-long option.

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That's an adorable picture. We only have one cat and her babies left.

LJG765
05-26-15, 07:17 PM
That's an adorable picture. We only have one cat and her babies left.

Thanks! He's my one and only. I've had him for several years-I rescued him from the local shelter. Growing up, I lived in the country on a non working farm and had tons of kitties around until I was about 10. We moved into town and just had a dog for awhile. I've been tempted to get another one, but I'm afraid he's just a bit too spoiled to share. :)

davidh777
05-26-15, 08:13 PM
I see a few people in the list thread who have not listed anything in a couple of weeks, and at least one who hasn't list anything at all, so this'll probably be the last one of these (the last one I'll do anyway).

You shouldn't take that personally as that happens in pretty much every challenge. People intend to participate but for whatever reason end up dropping out, or watching and just not listing.

Just finished watching "Jersey Boys" and really liked it. Knew I'd like the music but wasn't sure how I'd like the film, but I felt it was fairly well done. I saw that they used actors from the stage that had already been doing the musical of this and I feel that familiarity of the roles really shone through. If you like this era of music or Frankie Valli, watch it! Also a plus: Christopher Walken.

I'm thinking about watching Jersey Boys this month but might wait till the Historical. I've seen the show on stage three times. The movie doesn't have the same energy, but it's still a good watch, and of course the music is awesome.

BobO'Link
05-26-15, 08:15 PM
I'm thinking about watching Jersey Boys this month but might wait till the Historical. I've seen the show on stage three times. The movie doesn't have the same energy, but it's still a good watch, and of course the music is awesome.
The Historical Challenge started yesterday! Shadokitty snuck it in on us last minute! No need to wait. :)

davidh777
05-26-15, 08:25 PM
The Historical Challenge started yesterday! Shadokitty snuck it in on us last minute! No need to wait. :)

It's more a matter of my wanting to watch titles now that won't be eligible next month. :)

shadokitty
05-27-15, 06:16 AM
I woke up early, and decided to work on my challenge. I started off with another of the Life on Location episodes. This episode was how they filmed the Plants episode.

pacaway
05-27-15, 07:15 AM
I see a few people in the list thread who have not listed anything in a couple of weeks, and at least one who hasn't list anything at all, so this'll probably be the last one of these (the last one I'll do anyway).

Well, I, for one, am having a great time this month! I've even started watching some "1 degree" stuff and counting them as wild cards. I've seriously considered extending my challenge all year! It's fun trying to research to see if something I want to watch would qualify by finding something one of the cast members did in the past with a Gyllenhaal family member. Then I try and find THAT to watch too.

I'm at 57 now, which is one of my highest counts in recent times. Some of the best challenges I've had were in MYOC month. I would be VERY disappointed to see it go away. (And to think, I remember being talked into it myself the very first time, not that I remember who it was who convinced me.)

shadokitty
05-27-15, 08:00 AM
I just finished a great documentary on Netflix about Ray Harryhausen, called Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan.

omike
05-27-15, 04:44 PM
Well, I, for one, am having a great time this month! I've even started watching some "1 degree" stuff and counting them as wild cards. I've seriously considered extending my challenge all year! It's fun trying to research to see if something I want to watch would qualify by finding something one of the cast members did in the past with a Gyllenhaal family member. Then I try and find THAT to watch too.

I'm at 57 now, which is one of my highest counts in recent times. Some of the best challenges I've had were in MYOC month. I would be VERY disappointed to see it go away. (And to think, I remember being talked into it myself the very first time, not that I remember who it was who convinced me.)

I agree with pacaway. I'm also having a great time this month. I was a little worried when I picked my topic that I'd get bored with old movies all the time but this is something I have wanted to try for a while now and this challenge gave the chance to do it. I doubt that I'd have stuck with this for a whole month otherwise. There's been enough variety in what I have to keep me interested and the films have been entertaining even if they're a tad old fashioned. And there have been some real surprises. In the movie I watched last night, Corruption (1933), I swear that a newspaperman gives the finger to an out of power political boss! I wonder if the gesture had the same meaning back then?

It's also been fun doing a bit of research on the studios and seeing the connections between some of them in terms of who started them and how these independent films got distributed. It's also been a blast seeing actors that I became familiar with from serials pop up in all different kinds of movies. This is the most interesting challenge to keep an eye on other people's lists too since everyone is doing something different and there aren't pages and pages to wade through (an advantage in a more intimate challenge like this one).

mrcellophane
05-27-15, 05:59 PM
I've been so busy this month with graduations, moving friends, Memorial Day celebrations, and family birthdays to watch many foreign films. Most of my list is populated with British mystery shows I can watch while putting together book orders for work and dubbed episodes of Speed Racer I watch while doing housework. However, I've able to finish up my Jacques Demy box set and am one film away from completing Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project box set (both Criterion releases).

Dimension X
05-27-15, 06:30 PM
You shouldn't take that personally as that happens in pretty much every challenge. People intend to participate but for whatever reason end up dropping out, or watching and just not listing.
I wasn't taking it personally. I've hosted enough of these to know people drop out now and then. I was thinking that with all the other Challenges we have, which cover most any genre anyone would care to watch, this Challenge has become unnecessary, and that it could be replaced with something else.

I was a little concerned with the number of participants early on, but the final number climbed up to about where I hoped it would be. Still, I feel a little guilty asking GoldenWheels to sponsor the prize giveaway when I can't deliver more Challenge participants.
Well, I, for one, am having a great time this month! I've even started watching some "1 degree" stuff and counting them as wild cards. I've seriously considered extending my challenge all year! It's fun trying to research to see if something I want to watch would qualify by finding something one of the cast members did in the past with a Gyllenhaal family member. Then I try and find THAT to watch too.

I'm at 57 now, which is one of my highest counts in recent times. Some of the best challenges I've had were in MYOC month. I would be VERY disappointed to see it go away. (And to think, I remember being talked into it myself the very first time, not that I remember who it was who convinced me.)

I agree with pacaway. I'm also having a great time this month. I was a little worried when I picked my topic that I'd get bored with old movies all the time but this is something I have wanted to try for a while now and this challenge gave the chance to do it. I doubt that I'd have stuck with this for a whole month otherwise. There's been enough variety in what I have to keep me interested and the films have been entertaining even if they're a tad old fashioned. And there have been some real surprises. In the movie I watched last night, Corruption (1933), I swear that a newspaperman gives the finger to an out of power political boss! I wonder if the gesture had the same meaning back then?

It's also been fun doing a bit of research on the studios and seeing the connections between some of them in terms of who started them and how these independent films got distributed. It's also been a blast seeing actors that I became familiar with from serials pop up in all different kinds of movies. This is the most interesting challenge to keep an eye on other people's lists too since everyone is doing something different and there aren't pages and pages to wade through (an advantage in a more intimate challenge like this one).
I've enjoyed mine as well. However, most of the films I've watched this month would've fit in the History Challenge just as well. :shrug:

Dimension X
05-27-15, 06:51 PM
And there have been some real surprises. In the movie I watched last night, Corruption (1933), I swear that a newspaperman gives the finger to an out of power political boss! I wonder if the gesture had the same meaning back then?
Yes, it had the same meaning, and I'm sure it disappeared from movies for awhile (at least its use as an intentional insult) when the Production Code started.

Here's two convicts at a prison baseball game flipping off some other convicts in a scene from Up The River (1930) (which I watched earlier this month).

http://i1258.photobucket.com/albums/ii523/DimensionX-1/MYOC_zpsp6nygw7k.jpg

shadokitty
05-27-15, 07:30 PM
I wasn't taking it personally. I've hosted enough of these to know people drop out now and then. I was thinking that with all the other Challenges we have, which cover most any genre anyone would care to watch, this Challenge has become unnecessary, and that it could be replaced with something else.

I was a little concerned with the number of participants early on, but the final number climbed up to about where I hoped it would be. Still, I feel a little guilty asking GoldenWheels to sponsor the prize giveaway when I can't deliver more Challenge participants.



I've enjoyed mine as well. However, most of the films I've watched this month would've fit in the History Challenge just as well. :shrug:



I've enjoyed my challenge as well, and want to thank you for convincing me to take part. I think I'm going to go back to my original first challenge for the remainder of the time.

BobO'Link
05-27-15, 10:43 PM
...I feel a little guilty asking GoldenWheels to sponsor the prize giveaway when I can't deliver more Challenge participants...
I don't think anyone would get bent out of shape if there were no prizes. While it's always nice to win something I don't think any of us participate with a eye towards winning a prize.

I always take the prize opportunity to shill a bit for Hamilton Books. I've placed a few orders from them and have always received a good value and great customer service. If you've never ordered from them you should check out their site/catalog and give them a chance. It's clearance stuff so you can't sit around waiting too long, but I've learned to check them before placing a order somewhere else because you never know what they'll have. Add in that Goldenwheels offers prizes (and good stuff at that!) anytime he's asked and you have that reverse support factor in which your purchase is a part of making those prizes possible, plus I'm sure he can write off the prizes as promotional/advertising.

Cardsfan111
05-27-15, 11:01 PM
I've enjoyed my "Sports Challenge" this month and have nearly reached all my goals. I've just about cleared my eligible unwatched BDs, the content I had saved on my DVR, a few DVDs and I've streamed some things I was interested in as well. I love the MYOC challenge. It's hard to have lots of discussion with all of us watching different things, but I like focusing on something specific for the month. And I still have an idea or 2 saved up for '16 and beyond. :)

Dimension X
05-27-15, 11:44 PM
I don't think anyone would get bent out of shape if there were no prizes. While it's always nice to win something I don't think any of us participate with a eye towards winning a prize.
I think we all know that. In fact, I think there are only a few Challenges with prizes left, so that sort of proves that point. I kinda enjoy "playing elf" (usually), so that's why I like to keep having the prizes in the two Challenges I host.

I always take the prize opportunity to shill a bit for Hamilton Books. I've placed a few orders from them and have always received a good value and great customer service. If you've never ordered from them you should check out their site/catalog and give them a chance. It's clearance stuff so you can't sit around waiting too long, but I've learned to check them before placing a order somewhere else because you never know what they'll have. Add in that Goldenwheels offers prizes (and good stuff at that!) anytime he's asked and you have that reverse support factor in which your purchase is a part of making those prizes possible, plus I'm sure he can write off the prizes as promotional/advertising.
I don't buy much stuff online anymore (I'm broke and I'm cheap), but I usually order something from Hamilton Books two or three times a year. In fact, I have one of their mail-order catalogs sitting here next to my computer, opened to a page with a book I want on it, as a reminder to put together an order soon.

LJG765
05-28-15, 01:48 AM
I just got in "Footlight Parade" and see I just have a couple days left of the challenge-I'll need to get that watched soon! I have to admit, I'm pretty impressed with how fast my library gets movies in when I order them-as long as they aren't brand new, there generally isn't much wait time. And I'm not going to argue with free!

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
05-28-15, 10:59 AM
I don't buy much stuff online anymore (I'm broke and I'm cheap), but I usually order something from Hamilton Books two or three times a year. In fact, I have one of their mail-order catalogs sitting here next to my computer, opened to a page with a book I want on it, as a reminder to put together an order soon.

They often have prices much better than amazon. For example, Curtains is $7.95 there compared to $19.95 at amazon.

The Synapse release of Prom Night is $5.95 compared to amazon's $14.95.

Their price cuts are actually price cuts and not the $1 or $2 off you see at some places.

davidh777
05-28-15, 11:29 AM
I wasn't taking it personally. I've hosted enough of these to know people drop out now and then. I was thinking that with all the other Challenges we have, which cover most any genre anyone would care to watch, this Challenge has become unnecessary, and that it could be replaced with something else.

...

However, most of the films I've watched this month would've fit in the History Challenge just as well. :shrug:

The thing is, what would we replace it with? As you say, we have nearly everything covered already. Drama has been tossed around, but that seems too general to be a good category. The good thing about MYOC is that if you do have a favorite category or something you just want to dig into at the moment like History, you're not limited to one month. Or LJG and I are doing musicals, which DOESN'T fit into a current category. Sure, some can be shoehorned into comedy or Oscars or whatever, but not a simple "watch all the musicals you want," regardless of which other category they fit into. :dance:

Dimension X
05-28-15, 11:59 AM
They often have prices much better than amazon. For example, Curtains is $7.95 there compared to $19.95 at amazon.

The Synapse release of Prom Night is $5.95 compared to amazon's $14.95.

Their price cuts are actually price cuts and not the $1 or $2 off you see at some places.
A couple of the books I'm thinking about getting have similar pricing differences with Amazon. Plus I have to pay tax at Amazon now. Needless to say, I don't order stuff from Amazon very often.
The thing is, what would we replace it with? As you say, we have nearly everything covered already. Drama has been tossed around, but that seems too general to be a good category. The good thing about MYOC is that if you do have a favorite category or something you just want to dig into at the moment like History, you're not limited to one month. Or LJG and I are doing musicals, which DOESN'T fit into a current category. Sure, some can be shoehorned into comedy or Oscars or whatever, but not a simple "watch all the musicals you want," regardless of which other category they fit into. :dance:
You said it yourself: Musicals.

Trevor
05-28-15, 12:03 PM
I wasn't taking it personally. I've hosted enough of these to know people drop out now and then. I was thinking that with all the other Challenges we have, which cover most any genre anyone would care to watch, this Challenge has become unnecessary, and that it could be replaced with something else.
Ha! If anything, we'll cancel all the other Challenges and replace them with 12 Make-Your-Own.

davidh777
05-28-15, 12:10 PM
You said it yourself: Musicals.

So it'd be me, LJG, and five other people participating that month? :lol:

Dimension X
05-28-15, 12:32 PM
So it'd be me, LJG, and five other people participating that month? :lol:
I think you underestimate the popularity of the genre. If you build it...

mrcellophane
05-28-15, 12:57 PM
... they will sing and dance?

mrcellophane
05-28-15, 01:06 PM
Actually, I'd be all for a musicals challenge. This month I've watched The Last Five Years twice as well as Into the Woods and parts of Les Miserable. I'm not sure I go a month without popping in a musical - at least as background noise.

Ash Ketchum
05-28-15, 01:31 PM
Yes, it had the same meaning, and I'm sure it disappeared from movies for awhile (at least its use as an intentional insult) when the Production Code started.

Here's two convicts at a prison baseball game flipping off some other convicts in a scene from Up The River (1930) (which I watched earlier this month).

http://i1258.photobucket.com/albums/ii523/DimensionX-1/MYOC_zpsp6nygw7k.jpg

I saw Robert Armstrong (Carl Denham, KING KONG) flip the bird from an airplane cockpit to another pilot in THE LOST SQUADRON (1932). I expected the audience to react, but no one did. This was at the Museum of Modern Art. I'm convinced they would have reacted at Film Forum.

Ash Ketchum
05-28-15, 01:32 PM
Actually, I'd be all for a musicals challenge. This month I've watched The Last Five Years twice as well as Into the Woods and parts of Les Miserable. I'm not sure I go a month without popping in a musical - at least as background noise.

I'd take a Musicals challenge instead of a Comedy challenge (or maybe combine it as a Musical-Comedy challenge), provided I could include my Japanese pop music concert discs. I would also have an excuse to finally plow through my Bollywood collection.

omike
05-28-15, 02:42 PM
Concerning flipping the bird (I forgot it was called that) in early movies, which I noticed in Corruption (1933).
Yes, it had the same meaning, and I'm sure it disappeared from movies for awhile (at least its use as an intentional insult) when the Production Code started.
Here's two convicts at a prison baseball game flipping off some other convicts in a scene from Up The River (1930) (which I watched earlier this month).
I saw Robert Armstrong (Carl Denham, KING KONG) flip the bird from an airplane cockpit to another pilot in THE LOST SQUADRON (1932). I expected the audience to react, but no one did. This was at the Museum of Modern Art. I'm convinced they would have reacted at Film Forum.

While probably not common, it clearly happened more than once. I hadn't seen it before in older films and it surprised the heck out of me. One thing that threw me was that I thought the Hayes code took effect in 1930. It was adopted that year but according to the Wikipedia article it wasn't seriously enforced until 1934 which is when (as Ash pointed out in a earlier post, quoting from the Wiki ariticle)
"On June 13, 1934, an amendment to the Code was adopted which established the Production Code Administration (PCA) and required all films released on or after July 1, 1934, to obtain a certificate of approval before being released. The PCA had two offices—one in Hollywood and the other in New York City. The first film to receive an MPPDA seal of approval was The World Moves On (1934)."

And the code would certainly have barred any more of this nonsense:
"Obscenity is concerned with immorality, but has the additional connotation of being common, vulgar and coarse.
(1) Obscenity in fact, that is, in spoken word, gesture, episode, plot, is against divine and human law, and hence altogether outside the range of subject matter or treatment.
(2) Obscenity should not be suggested by gesture, manner, etc."

So keep it clean people! :D

Ash Ketchum
05-28-15, 03:29 PM
Concerning flipping the bird (I forgot it was called that) in early movies, which I noticed in Corruption (1933).



While probably not common, it clearly happened more than once. I hadn't seen it before in older films and it surprised the heck out of me. One thing that threw me was that I thought the Hayes code took effect in 1930. It was adopted that year but according to the Wikipedia article it wasn't seriously enforced until 1934 which is when (as Ash pointed out in a earlier post, quoting from the Wiki ariticle)
"On June 13, 1934, an amendment to the Code was adopted which established the Production Code Administration (PCA) and required all films released on or after July 1, 1934, to obtain a certificate of approval before being released. The PCA had two offices—one in Hollywood and the other in New York City. The first film to receive an MPPDA seal of approval was The World Moves On (1934)."

And the code would certainly have barred any more of this nonsense:
"Obscenity is concerned with immorality, but has the additional connotation of being common, vulgar and coarse.
(1) Obscenity in fact, that is, in spoken word, gesture, episode, plot, is against divine and human law, and hence altogether outside the range of subject matter or treatment.
(2) Obscenity should not be suggested by gesture, manner, etc."

So keep it clean people! :D


I never heard of CORRUPTION (1933), so I went on IMDB and found this comment:

The film's real claim to fame, I feel, occurs in the last 20 seconds as the corrupt Gorman stalks out of Preston Foster's office. He is flipped off by the wiseacre reporter (Charles Delaney) in a full middle-finger salute. I replayed this to make sure I wasn't hallucinating. Apparently this gesture was contemporaneous to '33 -- but perhaps its translation into words wasn't universally agreed upon. Unless I misapprehended the finger he used, this moment deserves mention in a social history of 20th Century America, or at least a history of rude gestures.

Of the six comments, that's the only one that mentions the "full middle-finger salute."

Dimension X
05-28-15, 04:10 PM
It's on YouTube. I was thinking about watching it yesterday.

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omike
05-28-15, 04:36 PM
It's on YouTube. I was thinking about watching it yesterday.

Ah so that's how you do that. I never knew how to embed a video before. Thanks.

Anyway if you're only interested in seeing the obscenity it's at the end so just go to around 59 minutes and about 30 seconds later as the old guy and his daughter exit the room the reporter swings into action. I'm pretty sure this avoids any but the most obvious of spoilers as well.

shadokitty
05-28-15, 07:14 PM
I was in the mood for something spiritual, so I looked on Gaiam TV, and found a good documentary. It's called Crazy Wisdom, and deals with how a Tibetan Monk brought Buddhism to America.

LJG765
05-29-15, 01:21 AM
A bit late to the game, but I'd be all for a month of musicals challenge! You could include concert videos, musical theater, movies based around music like "Dirty Dancing" or "Beaches." It'd be great!

I'm watching "Footlight Parade" right now. So far so good. It's fairly fast paced which is nice.

shadokitty
05-29-15, 09:02 AM
I was in the mood for non mainstream news, so I just finished an hour of news programming on RT. Some time today, plan to watch some of the UFO shows on History, as well as watch some of the programming on Nat Geo Wild. I haven't had a chance to see any of The Deadliest Week Ever. Except for some small jobs I need to do around the house, plan to stay in bed watching TV all day today. I think I ate since that didn't agree with me yesterday, as I've got a full blown stomach flu today.

LJG765
05-29-15, 10:26 PM
Being inspired by Trevor's list photo, I watched "The Sound of Music." I ended up watching it in two batches, but got through it. It's definitely a movie I don't need to watch often but I do enjoy it when I do. I got a great deal for the big 45th Anniversary edition a bit ago, so got that. I didn't realize until today that it came with a soundtrack CD. I'll have to add that to my ipod before I forget again! :) I also watched the first half with the trivia track (and perhaps the singalong version) on. Found a few interesting bits, though I was thinking they really could have upped the info in several spots. They really didn't focus on the background much at all and it would have been nice if they had.

BobO'Link
05-29-15, 11:09 PM
Being inspired by Trevor's list photo, I watched "The Sound of Music." I ended up watching it in two batches, but got through it. It's definitely a movie I don't need to watch often but I do enjoy it when I do. I got a great deal for the big 45th Anniversary edition a bit ago, so got that. I didn't realize until today that it came with a soundtrack CD. I'll have to add that to my ipod before I forget again! :) I also watched the first half with the trivia track (and perhaps the singalong version) on. Found a few interesting bits, though I was thinking they really could have upped the info in several spots. They really didn't focus on the background much at all and it would have been nice if they had.
That's one of my favorite musicals. It's one of only about a half dozen musicals I'll watch without someone else asking first. My parents took my sister and I to see it during its original theatrical run and mom played the soundtrack almost every day for months. It has some very good music.

LJG765
05-30-15, 12:57 AM
That's one of my favorite musicals. It's one of only about a half dozen musicals I'll watch without someone else asking first. My parents took my sister and I to see it during its original theatrical run and mom played the soundtrack almost every day for months. It has some very good music.

I do like the music! Julie Andrews is one of my favorite actresses. I haven't seen every movie she's made, but I've never seen a movie with her in it that I didn't like. I've been thinking about popping in the "Princess Diaries" soon just because I love her in them. She makes a great queen. If I was thinking, I should have picked up "Victor/Victoria" which I've never watched for this challenge, too. Maybe I'll do it anyway. :)

Just finished watching "State Fair" the 1945 version. Loved the costumes. The music was alright. Got a bit hokey in parts, but I was pretty much expecting that. I'd watch it again. Though, I think that I'll watch the version with Pat Boone first, just so I've watched them both. Maybe next year!

Ash Ketchum
05-30-15, 05:41 AM
I do like the music! Julie Andrews is one of my favorite actresses. I haven't seen every movie she's made, but I've never seen a movie with her in it that I didn't like. I've been thinking about popping in the "Princess Diaries" soon just because I love her in them. She makes a great queen. If I was thinking, I should have picked up "Victor/Victoria" which I've never watched for this challenge, too. Maybe I'll do it anyway. :)

Just finished watching "State Fair" the 1945 version. Loved the costumes. The music was alright. Got a bit hokey in parts, but I was pretty much expecting that. I'd watch it again. Though, I think that I'll watch the version with Pat Boone first, just so I've watched them both. Maybe next year!

So c'mon already, what's the final verdict on FOOTLIGHT PARADE?

LJG765
05-30-15, 05:57 AM
So c'mon already, what's the final verdict on FOOTLIGHT PARADE?

Sorry! Didn't realize I hadn't followed up! I'll be honest, I liked it up until the last 20-30 minutes or so, which I felt were non stop random dance/swimming scenes that kind of were inserted just to be there rather than to further the movie. I almost lost track of what was going on. I did enjoy the Shanghai Lil scene and loved the water one, which was amazing how it was done. But I just don't think the movie needed all that at once right at the end. I was just wanting the whole thing to wind up and end after about the 3rd one. I almost forgot what was going on at that point, you know?

I was impressed with Cagney's dancing and was he singing too? I wouldn't turn it off if I saw it again but I don't know that I'd go out of my way to see it. I'm glad I did watch it though.

Ash Ketchum
05-30-15, 12:54 PM
Sorry! Didn't realize I hadn't followed up! I'll be honest, I liked it up until the last 20-30 minutes or so, which I felt were non stop random dance/swimming scenes that kind of were inserted just to be there rather than to further the movie. I almost lost track of what was going on. I did enjoy the Shanghai Lil scene and loved the water one, which was amazing how it was done. But I just don't think the movie needed all that at once right at the end. I was just wanting the whole thing to wind up and end after about the 3rd one. I almost forgot what was going on at that point, you know?

I was impressed with Cagney's dancing and was he singing too? I wouldn't turn it off if I saw it again but I don't know that I'd go out of my way to see it. I'm glad I did watch it though.

Yeah, that was Cagney singing. I always got a kick out of the swimming sequence because it was the kind of spectacle that would be completely impossible to set up on a small stage at an average movie theater in between movies. It's definitely a window into an alternate universe. And didn't you like Joan Blondell's final line to Claire Dodd ("Miss Bi-- I mean Rich") as she's kicking her out? Dodd: "But what will I do?" Blondell: "As long as there are sidewalks, you've got a job!"

LJG765
05-30-15, 04:01 PM
Yeah, that was Cagney singing. I always got a kick out of the swimming sequence because it was the kind of spectacle that would be completely impossible to set up on a small stage at an average movie theater in between movies. It's definitely a window into an alternate universe. And didn't you like Joan Blondell's final line to Claire Dodd ("Miss Bi-- I mean Rich") as she's kicking her out? Dodd: "But what will I do?" Blondell: "As long as there are sidewalks, you've got a job!"

I did like that line! Blondell was my favorite character of the whole movie! It's part of why the ending bothers me so much, that it's totally unrealistic to what they're doing-which is probably why it's in there in the first place!-but it totally takes away from the best part of the movie, which for me was the interaction between all the characters. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of spectacle! I've been to my fair share of Cirque du Soleil's, including "O" which is the big water themed one, but it just felt weird having so many big numbers stacked at the end of the film. Perhaps if they had spaced them out a bit more? But the water one was amazing, seeing how they managed to make all those patterns with very little mess ups...I guess what I was missing was a real ending. The bit between the two at the very end as the curtain fell just didn't feel satisfying to me. :/

Ash Ketchum
05-30-15, 04:08 PM
Yeah, at 104 minutes (pretty long for a Warner Bros. movie of that period), I think they just wanted to wrap it up quickly and get out of there and they damn sure weren't gonna cut any of those numbers that took up most of the movie's budget!

This is from the "Goofs" section of IMDB's page for FOOTLIGHT PARADE:
There is no way that the sets for the last three production numbers could have been built, tested and installed in the few hours they had between the idea and the show. None of the productions could have fit on the stage of a movie theater or on any known stage. The "By a Waterfall" number alone was bigger than the entire theater.

BobO'Link
05-30-15, 04:18 PM
But isn't it fairly typical of a Busby Berkeley film that there are several "big" production numbers stacked in the last half hour or so? It sure seems that way to me.

shadokitty
05-30-15, 05:15 PM
I just finished a good documentary on sharks on Amazon Prime, Search for the Great Sharks. It was an IMAX movie, so was short, but still enjoyable. I was actually browsing National Geographic movies, and it came up.

LJG765
05-30-15, 09:07 PM
Yeah, at 104 minutes (pretty long for a Warner Bros. movie of that period), I think they just wanted to wrap it up quickly and get out of there and they damn sure weren't gonna cut any of those numbers that took up most of the movie's budget!

This is from the "Goofs" section of IMDB's page for FOOTLIGHT PARADE:

This is very true-it would be impossible for them to set them up, especially the water!

But isn't it fairly typical of a Busby Berkeley film that there are several "big" production numbers stacked in the last half hour or so? It sure seems that way to me.

This may be the first Busby Berkeley film I've watched! --Nope, just checked, this is my second, "Million Dollar Mermaid" was the first and they both do have big production numbers.

shadokitty
05-30-15, 10:05 PM
I'm in the mood for horror, so for the last day and a half will be marathoning horror movies. Starting with Creature From the Black Lagoon.

shadokitty
05-31-15, 06:32 AM
Since this is the last day of the Make Your Own Challenge, I definitely to finish with the Dish and Roku Challenge again. Just discovered a good show on HRTV called, The Saddle Club, about 3 girls who love horses.

Ash Ketchum
05-31-15, 08:04 AM
This is very true-it would be impossible for them to set them up, especially the water!



This may be the first Busby Berkeley film I've watched! --Nope, just checked, this is my second, "Million Dollar Mermaid" was the first and they both do have big production numbers.

42ND STREET (1933) and GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 are the other really good ones, although I have a soft spot for DAMES (1935) because of its upbeat take on "I Only Have Eyes for You," which was redone as a much slower doo-wop hit in the 1950s.

BobO'Link
05-31-15, 02:40 PM
I finished S3 of Chuck a few minutes ago and am moving on to the Historical Challenge. While I didn't watch *any* episodes of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. I did manage to get in seasons of I Spy and Mission Impossible with a couple of seasons of Chuck. I also got in all the spy related movies I had lined up so overall it was a productive and successful challenge.


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