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Old 04-20-17, 01:20 PM   #1
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The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017


The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge
May 1-31, 2017


The list thread 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., etc., and decide what you think 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.

Since you choose your own Challenge theme, 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 do 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 thread:

DVDTalk Challenge Schedule

Month
Month-long Challenge
Partial Month Challenge
JanuaryTVHoliday ends on the 1st; varying Academy Award
Februarynonevarying Academy Award
MarchAction/Adventure/Crimevarying Academy Award
AprilDrive-In/Exploitation/B-Movienone
MayMake-Your-Ownnone
JuneHistorical Appreciationnone
JulySci-Fi/Fantasynone
AugustAnimationnone
SeptemberCriterionnone
OctoberHorrornone
NovemberComedyHoliday starts week of Thanksgiving
DecemberHolidaynone

Since we already have Monthly "Unwatched Media Pile" Threads, please do not use that 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.
2010 list thread.
2011 discussion thread.
2011 list thread.
2012 discussion thread.
2012 list thread.
2013 discussion thread.
2013 list thread.
2014 discussion thread.
2014 list thread.
2015 discussion thread.
2015 list thread.
2016 discussion thread.
2016 list thread.


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In keeping with the spirit of the Make-Your-Own Challenge, three winners will pick their own prizes from HamiltonBook.com.

Thanks again, GoldenWheels!

HOW TO WIN

On June 1st, three winners will be randomly chosen from the Challenge participants (using Random.org).

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.
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Old 04-20-17, 01:21 PM   #2
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

I'm planning on trying a 31 3D Movies in 31 Days Challenge.
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Old 04-20-17, 02:07 PM   #3
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

I've actually already been working on my Challenge, since I'm only participating in the Drive In Challenge a little bit at a time, when I get in the mood. I'm doing Action Adventure/Documentary/Sports.
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Old 04-20-17, 02:35 PM   #4
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

I think for this year's challenge it's gonna be 'Sports' themed
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Old 04-20-17, 02:43 PM   #5
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

I've not given much thought to this year yet... I need to come up with something that helps me burn through as much of the unopened pile as possible.
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Old 04-20-17, 02:56 PM   #6
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

Love the pic DX!
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Old 04-20-17, 04:26 PM   #7
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

I want to watch everything I can get my hands on of Bill Paxton's, but I'm not sure there's enough material there, so I may do a 2016 to date "in memoriam". then I could watch Bowie movies and the like as well. Just need a catchy title.
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Old 04-20-17, 04:29 PM   #8
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

I might do musicals again since they fit into very few of the official challenges. Either that or a specific TV show.
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

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Love the pic DX!
Thanks. I know it's nothing great, but I wanted to put something there. I wanted to do something more impressive, but it's hard to find time to do something like that when I'm spending so much time watching drive-in movies. I'll have to skip a film or two next week so I can make a banner for my 3D challenge.
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Old 04-20-17, 07:49 PM   #10
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

I was going to start by partial Buffy and complete Angel re-watch soon so I can wait until the 1st.
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Old 04-21-17, 02:29 AM   #11
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

I'm going to do a "First Time Viewing" Challenge.
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Old 04-21-17, 01:01 PM   #12
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

I have 4 (or is it 5?) seasons of Newhart yet to watch and I'm really wanting to just dive in. So... I'm leaning towards a "What about Bob?" challenge and watching movies & TV shows in which Bob Newhart has appeared. That would also allow a rewatching of Catch 22.
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

I'm still undecided. For a few years, I've thought about an "extras/special features" challenge--devoting my time to all those commentaries, deleted scenes, documentaries and the like which I have interest in, but typically skip as I go through my unwatched pile. I still may go that route, but may save it and go a different direction.
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Old 04-21-17, 03:40 PM   #14
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

After thinking about it, since I did Action Adventure last year, this year, I am debating between either cartoons, which is narrowed from the animation challenge by being cel animation, or sci-fi and leaving in documentaries/sports, to include all outdoor sports.
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Old 04-21-17, 04:04 PM   #15
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I've decided, I'm going to do a Documentary/Sci-Fi/Sports Challenge. Trying to think of a catchy name for it.
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Old 04-21-17, 04:14 PM   #16
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

Count me in. I'm thinking about doing a British film and TV challenge. It will be mostly TV since I have way too many seasons of mystery, sf, and comedy shows sitting around unopened than I really want to think about. Of course I reserve the right to change my mind at the last minute!
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

I started the year determined to whittle down the "unwatched" pile, which is what I've been doing the past 3 months (quite successfully I might add). I think I'll take a break from that and make my challenge back to back personal favorites: my all-time-absolutely-love-and-never-get-tired-of-watching films.
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

I'm gonna do an 80's challenge again. But this time I'm going to stay away from popular titles that are on 80's Top 100 lists. I'll focus more on "the forgotten movies" that I haven't seen in 20+ years.
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Thanks! Maybe I will make my next MYOC a "Swords and Sandals" theme.
I will honor my DVD prize from last year's challenge and do a swords, sandals, and swashbucklers theme.
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I started the year determined to whittle down the "unwatched" pile, which is what I've been doing the past 3 months (quite successfully I might add). I think I'll take a break from that and make my challenge back to back personal favorites: my all-time-absolutely-love-and-never-get-tired-of-watching films.
I like that idea. I'm going to do something similar. My favorite TV series and Movies. I will call it 'My Favorite Things'.
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

I'm leaning toward anime or maybe Asian movies/tv.
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Old 04-23-17, 08:36 AM   #22
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

Still thinking about it.
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Old 04-23-17, 08:17 PM   #23
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

I'm still undecided about my theme for this year since nothing sticks out to me yet as being something I feel compelled to watch a bunch of. I may do a theme of watching a particular non-Criterion label's releases to focus on that sort of thing if I can't think of a better idea. Otherwise, I may do a multi-tier challenge with a few different goals of 15 of this, 20 of that, or such.
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Re: The Eighth Annual May Make-Your-Own Challenge *Discussion Thread* May 1-31, 2017

My past challenges:

Get Your Moneys Worth Rewatch Challenge
The FIFO Challenge
31 Days Of Black Friday Challenge
The Lexx Challenge
The Mad Men & Wife's 'To Watch' Pile Challenge
The Big Lots Challenge

We'll have to check out the 'to watch' piles and see if any themes emerge....
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Oh! Your Black Friday and Big Lots themes gave me an idea! HMV just went out of business here and I bought WAY more movies than I ever should have. I could do a challenge to watch those purchases. I could combine it with my Bill Paxton idea as well.
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