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4th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Discussion Thread

4th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge Discussion Thread




Dates: Sunset on February 28th to sunrise on April 1st.

We have one at least slightly overlapping Challenge this year, so plan those days accordingly if you wish "double credit". What you watch from dusk on March 30th to dawn on April 1st could also count for the annual April B-Movie/Exploitation Challenge.

Rules: Sorta like all the other Challenges but as lenient as you can imagine. Everything counts as one: film, TV episode, short, trailer, DVD featurette, etc. Unofficial goal of hitting 100, but don't ignore real life to hit it. Everyone who shows up in either thread is an equal "winner". Anything listed on IMDB with a genre of action, adventure, crime, or mystery (or anything that even vaguely could be argued as should be listed as such) counts.

----->LIST THREAD LINK<-----

Checklist is still briefly open for discussion, and will be in post #3 for easier editing and cut and pasting.

Prizes: None this year!

This is the discussion thread. Discuss.

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Reserved for checklist

pending Official Checklist (thanks to everyone for your tweaks)

Watch items from at least 7 of the 13 decades of film history.
--- 1880 - (insert item title here)
--- 1890 -
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
--- 1970 -
--- 1980 -
--- 1990 -
--- 2000 -
--- 2010 -

Watch items on at least 3 different formats (DVD, BD, HD-DVD, VHS, TV, streaming, theatrical, LD, live, etc.)
--- Format 1 - (insert item title here)
--- Format 2 -
--- Format 3 -

Watch items originating from at least 3 different countries outside of your own.
--- Country 1 - (insert item title here)
--- Country 2 -
--- Country 3 -
n/a my country -

Watch items with at least 6 different ratings.
--- Pre Codes - (insert item title here)
--- Hays approved -
--- Hays unapproved -
--- G -
--- GP -
--- PG -
--- PG-13 -
--- M -
--- R -
--- X -
--- NC-17 -
--- Unrated Post-codes -
--- TV Y -
--- TV Y7 -
--- TV G -
--- TV PG -
--- TV 14 -
--- TV MA -

Watch an item from at least 7 of the following subgenres.
--- Film Noir - (insert item title here)
--- Mystery
--- Urban cop thriller
--- Modern Caper/heist
--- Depression-era crime (Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde, etc.)
--- Globe-trotting adventure (Americans overseas)
--- Treasure hunt adventure
--- Swordplay
--- Jungle movie (including Tarzan)
--- Hong Kong crime
--- Japanese Yakuza
--- Italian Crime
--- Conspiracy thriller
--- Spy/Espionage
--- Serial Killer
--- Space
--- War
--- Robots
--- Vigilante

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

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

Complete at least seven of these categories.
--- a Bond film or spoof - (insert item title here)
--- MST3K or similar riff -
--- won an Academy Award -- any category -
--- won a Razzie -- any category -
--- silent film -
--- a crime or mystery item -
--- a film and it's sequel -
--- a film and it's remake (examples)
--- an item with a commentary or riff
--- a special feature -
--- something animated -
--- a trailer -
--- watch a sentai or tokusatsu item -
--- something with a major holiday theme -
--- a Criterion release -
--- (insert own category, be humorous) -
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Nicely done, Trevor.

This challenge has been a good "catch-all" for things in my unwatched pile that don't qualify for anything else.
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I've got a lot of action I can watch. And good job about no prizes. Makes things simpler.
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Yeah, I so screwed the pooch on prizes the last two years that I'm done with prizes for now. I still hope to eventually re-do the results threads for those two years and deliver some prizes, if only for my OCD.
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This is always a good time to rewatch Game of Thrones and catch up on summer blockbusters from the previous year. Plus noir, mysteries, etc.

So the other thread is the list thread? Not titled as such so I was a bit confused.
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Yeah, asking a mod to fix my titles for me now.
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Originally Posted by Cardsfan111
Nicely done, Trevor.

This challenge has been a good "catch-all" for things in my unwatched pile that don't qualify for anything else.
So we don't need the May Challenge anymore?
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So we don't need the May Challenge anymore?
I take it back!

I love the May challenge. I should have been more selective in my wording--this one includes the genres that don't necessarily fit anywhere else.

I try to use the "Make-Your-Own" challenge each year to creatively link things together that may include all kinds of genres and formats.
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Originally Posted by Dimension X
So we don't need the May Challenge anymore?
I still love the May Challenge.
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What about documentaries? Last night, I bought a couple DC Comics documentaries on Amazon Video.
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What about documentaries? Last night, I bought a couple DC Comics documentaries on Amazon Video.
Documentaries on action adventure things? Of course!

But only if you link those docs so I can see/buy them too.
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Like many of these I have *lots* of content in the unwatched piles. Just added several the past few weeks - Vikings S2, The Three Musketeers S1, Murder She Wrote the entire series, Game of Thrones S4, the last few seasons of Monk, and more... And that's just the TVonDVD stuff... yeah... I'm ready to go!
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You mean I can watch everything I didn't finish during the TV on DVD Challenge?!
Power Rangers, Wanted Dead or Alive, Naked City, Untouchables, Ironside, Hawaii 5-0, Lone Wolf and Cub, Zatoichi, Mazinger Z, Patlabor, Cutie Honey, Rurouni Kenshin, etc., etc., etc.

Hey, I can even continue "Rose of Versailles," a Japanese historical anime about Marie Antoinette. It's got crime (the Affair of the Necklace), mystery (who is trying to discredit Marie Antoinette?) and adventure (the various sword fights Lady Oscar has trying to protect the queen).
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Originally Posted by Cardsfan111
I take it back!

I love the May challenge. I should have been more selective in my wording--this one includes the genres that don't necessarily fit anywhere else.

I try to use the "Make-Your-Own" challenge each year to creatively link things together that may include all kinds of genres and formats.
A year or so back, I really was wondering if we still needed it since we pretty much have everything covered with all the other challenges. I figured I'd keep hosting it as long as people keep participating.
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Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
You mean I can watch everything I didn't finish during the TV on DVD Challenge?!
Power Rangers, Wanted Dead or Alive, Naked City, Untouchables, Ironside, Hawaii 5-0, Lone Wolf and Cub, Zatoichi, Mazinger Z, Patlabor, Cutie Honey, Rurouni Kenshin, etc., etc., etc.

Hey, I can even continue "Rose of Versailles," a Japanese historical anime about Marie Antoinette. It's got crime (the Affair of the Necklace), mystery (who is trying to discredit Marie Antoinette?) and adventure (the various sword fights Lady Oscar has trying to protect the queen).
As long as it fits the theme. While I have tons of movies that qualify I'll probably watch more TVonDVD as it's just easier to get in lots of viewings although it's harder to count.
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A year or so back, I really was wondering if we still needed it since we pretty much have everything covered with all the other challenges. I figured I'd keep hosting it as long as people keep participating.
I like it for the ability to even more narrowly focus or combine genres. The first year I did Serials which cross several different genres, although I'm pretty sure almost all of them would qualify for this one. But then most of what I watch fits one challenge or another.
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A year or so back, I really was wondering if we still needed it since we pretty much have everything covered with all the other challenges. I figured I'd keep hosting it as long as people keep participating.
May is the best Challenge outside of October by far. I photoshopped have your signature on a lifetime hosting contract.
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A year or so back, I really was wondering if we still needed it since we pretty much have everything covered with all the other challenges. I figured I'd keep hosting it as long as people keep participating.
I'm not joking when I say I have my themes picked out for the next 3 years.
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I like it for the ability to even more narrowly focus or combine genres. The first year I did Serials which cross several different genres, although I'm pretty sure almost all of them would qualify for this one. But then most of what I watch fits one challenge or another.
I have lots of serials I'd like to watch, but I get burnt out on them quickly. Maybe I should try and squeeze one complete serial into each challenge...
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May is the best Challenge outside of October by far. I photoshopped have your signature on a lifetime hosting contract.
It's my third favorite, after October and April.
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I'm not joking when I say I have my themes picked out for the next 3 years.
I've had this year's theme ready since last year, but that's about as far out as I'm likely to plan anything.

So, how 'bout that Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge? I'm gonna try to watch the Godfather Trilogy since it looks like I won't get to any of it this month, and I have a bunch of 3D movies I've picked up during the last few months that'll fit the themes (if I don't decide to save most of them for the Sci-Fi Challenge).

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I have lots of serials I'd like to watch, but I get burnt out on them quickly. Maybe I should try and squeeze one complete serial into each challenge...
That would actually be a very good solution. Watch a chapter and then a movie/TV episode. That keeps the nature of the product more intact. I may do that this time as I have quite a few in the unwatched pile.
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Since it falls under this genre I thought I'd share a couple bites of info I found out last night while watching my Superman doc. First, I never knew that Noel Neill really was the first Lois, as she was in the serials. I also never knew George Reeves died under such mysterious circumstances.
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Since it falls under this genre I thought I'd share a couple bites of info I found out last night while watching my Superman doc. First, I never knew that Noel Neill really was the first Lois, as she was in the serials. I also never knew George Reeves died under such mysterious circumstances.
She's my favorite Lois. Since you mention that fact I'm guessing you don't own the Superman serials. You should remedy that, especially if you're a fan of the character. They are very well done. Both were produced for Columbia by Sam Katzman (yes, *that* Sam Katzman), and directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet (who directed over 100 serials during his career including Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere, Batman and Robin, Zorro's Black Whip, and The Green Archer to name a few - they all count here too).
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I've got a bunch of HK/Taiwan martial arts movies, mostly from the 70's, I'd like to make a dent in. I have enough that I can continue watching into the exploitation challenge (assuming that's no all I watch).

Also I've been holding off on cracking my Margaret Rutherford Miss Marple box, but that wait is nearly over. I've got some Charlie Chan and Mister Moto movies I haven't seen yet on the roster as well.

Beyond those I've received my Danger 5 series 2 dvd ('...This time it's personal), so I'm gonna rip through that. It's only six or seven episodes, so it'll be easy. I've already seen the first four eps, but the stream from SBS while watchable, is sadly lacking in picture quality, so revisiting the first four episodes will allow me to pick up anything I missed on the first go-round.

I'll probably squeeze in some more anime too; push forward with 'The Irregular at Magic High School', watch the Apple Seed Alpha movie I just picked up and anything else that shows up on my radar.

Oh yea, definitely have to watch at least a couple Edgar Wallace Krimis, as well.

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