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2020 Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge

I wanted to let someone else take the reins, but given that the Challenge is only a little over week away, I decided to start the thread. It runs from sunset on February 29, and runs until sunrise on April 1.

What counts is easy. Anything that could even vaguely be considered to count is eligible, including dvd bonus features and movie and tv show trailers.
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Don’t forgot double and triple Challenge credit possibilities with the February Romance/Music Challenge, and the 2/27 thru 3/2 Leap Day Challenge.

Fwiw, in the past, during leap day years, we’ve had it where you can start this A/A/C/M Challenge when the Leap Day Challenge starts, if the items qualify for both.
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Yay. I haven't done this one in a while. Not sure how much I can get done, but looking forward to finding out.
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Some things I plan to watch are some of my 80s cartoons. Iím still working my way through Voltron, having Season 2 of Lion Force, and Vehicle Voltron yet to watch. I also have GI Joe, Transformers Headmasters, MASK and others. I also have Star Trek, Xena, Knight Rider, Battlestar Galactica as well as other TV series and movies.
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Just letting everyone know that Iím keeping the tradition of starting at the Time Travel challenge if time travel is involved.
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Counting down the hours till tonight. This is one of my favorite challenges.
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Since Iíve already been watching Voltron this month, working my way through the series, I figured why not start the Challenge with an episode. Iím still working my way through Season 2 of Lion Force, but am only a few episodes away from the second half of the season when Merla enters the scene.
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I'm a sucker for Victorian / Edwardian adventure stories: a ragtag group of British (and Americans depending on were the stories are produced) adventures go to the jungle in search of riches / science and run from dangers. If there happen to be dinosaurs, that's even better! In 1992 there was an adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World starring John Rhys-Davies, David Warner, and Eric McCormack as well as a followup called Return to the Lost World. I cannot claim that they are good movie - the pacing is off, the acting is campy, and the dinosaur puppets are among the worst to ever grace a movie screen - but I love them so much. Rhys-Davies and Warner bicker like an old married couple, and the entire cast is game to gawk at the bad puppets as if they are taking in something majestic and scary.

I also found out the early 2000s television adaptation of the novel is currently on AmazonPrime. I watched it on A&E when I was in college but never decided to spring of the expensive DVD sets. The pilot is... not good. In fact it's pretty terrible, yet I still found it enjoyable as adventure silliness. I cannot recommend the series unless you have a high tolerance for bad acting and okay-for-the-time CGI.
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I'm a sucker for Victorian / Edwardian adventure stories: a ragtag group of British (and Americans depending on were the stories are produced) adventures go to the jungle in search of riches / science and run from dangers. If there happen to be dinosaurs, that's even better! In 1992 there was an adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World starring John Rhys-Davies, David Warner, and Eric McCormack as well as a followup called Return to the Lost World. I cannot claim that they are good movie - the pacing is off, the acting is campy, and the dinosaur puppets are among the worst to ever grace a movie screen - but I love them so much. Rhys-Davies and Warner bicker like an old married couple, and the entire cast is game to gawk at the bad puppets as if they are taking in something majestic and scary.

I also found out the early 2000s television adaptation of the novel is currently on AmazonPrime. I watched it on A&E when I was in college but never decided to spring of the expensive DVD sets. The pilot is... not good. In fact it's pretty terrible, yet I still found it enjoyable as adventure silliness. I cannot recommend the series unless you have a high tolerance for bad acting and okay-for-the-time CGI.
I, too, love those movies... Even the laughably bad Irwin Allen one, although I'd like to have a properly restored BR of that one. Outside the 1925 silent version I don't think there's ever been a truly "good" adaptation of the story and it has its own very cheesy moments. I *did* enjoy the Rhys-Davies movies.

I lament fairly regularly that I failed to purchase a copy of that 2000s TV series when it was cheap (at one point you could get it for ~$10/season). I've watched some episodes on Amazon and, like you, found it to be mostly terrible but still enjoyable for what it is. I may watch more of it this month since I'll have an excuse.
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Started off with some John Wick.

Not enough killing.
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Technically, I’ve completed my minimum goals for the Challenge. One thirty hour binge and I completed my checklist (all time travel Challenge qualifying). But I’ll likely get another 30 hours of viewing time in before the month is over, the fifth season of The Wire being a priority.
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I, too, love those movies... Even the laughably bad Irwin Allen one, although I'd like to have a properly restored BR of that one. Outside the 1925 silent version I don't think there's ever been a truly "good" adaptation of the story and it has its own very cheesy moments. I *did* enjoy the Rhys-Davies movies.

I lament fairly regularly that I failed to purchase a copy of that 2000s TV series when it was cheap (at one point you could get it for ~$10/season). I've watched some episodes on Amazon and, like you, found it to be mostly terrible but still enjoyable for what it is. I may watch more of it this month since I'll have an excuse.
The 1925 adaptation is one of my absolute favorite movies, and it's a shame that no other adaptation has been as excellent. I have mention how much I love the early 2000s miniseries starring Bob Hoskins. It may be the second best adaptation. There's a poorly-reviewed one from 1998 that I've never seen but would love to.

This evening my movie friends and I ended up watching a comedy, so I got in a bit of action with an episode of The Master with Lee Van Cleef. I blind bought the Kino-Lorber BD from Hamilton Books, and I've enjoyed the first three episodes. It's bizarre to me that they would remaster this odd show, but it looks great. I watched the third episode which concerns motorbike racing (and unions!), and the sports action was pretty solidly filmed.
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The 1925 adaptation is one of my absolute favorite movies, and it's a shame that no other adaptation has been as excellent. I have mention how much I love the early 2000s miniseries starring Bob Hoskins. It may be the second best adaptation. There's a poorly-reviewed one from 1998 that I've never seen but would love to.
I know about the Hoskins version but have never seen it. As luck would have it, it's currently available for Amazon Prime free streaming so I dropped it in my queue.

I have 3 or 4 different releases of the 1925 film with the latest being the
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A couple weeks ago I was sent an email by VRV. They said they would give me a free month to come back to them. I took advantage of it, and I know that Crunchyroll has some good action anime as well as Japanese subbed versions of various Ultraman series. Since I recently finished Season 1 of Lion Force Voltron, I might watch some episodes of Golion, since I donít have all of the episodes on DVD.
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Iíve been a super hero fan ever since I was young, so an action challenge seems like the perfect opportunity to watch some. Iíve only seen a few episodes of Batman: The Brave And The Bold ​​​​​​, but from what Iíve seen, I enjoy the show. Just finished the episode where he teams up with Aquaman against Black Manta one of my favorite villains, since the days of Challenge Of The Superfriends.
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I started off by watching S5 of Hart to Hart. I almost went with a season of The Rockford Files but realized I had that last season of H-H and I'd be done with it. I used to watch it fairly regularly during the original airings and am finding it to be OK but often quite cheesy - more than S4 (and it had lots of cheese). Especially some of the stunt, fight, and chase scenes. Plots this season also feel far more contrived than before. The season opened with an episode showing how they met. It was OK but has plot holes the size of Texas (Jennifer says she "never lies" when she'd lied about her name to get into Jonathan's hotel suite - and he never called her out on it) and the "start to finish" romance on that was over the course of a couple of days. He doesn't seem that compulsive.
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It might be in poor taste, but the family voted to watch Contagion tonight.
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It might be in poor taste, but the family voted to watch Contagion tonight.
You're not the only one; it's supposed to be in the top 10 buys/rentals (whatever the metric is...) on Itunes right now.

Also, for anyone interested, season 3 of Castlevania pops up on Netflix tomorrow.
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I was surprised to find a DVD of Scarface at my local Goodwill, and even more surprised to realize I'd never owned it. So now I have three things in this world: my word, my balls and a young Michelle Pfeiffer on DVD.

For such an over-the-top movie, the scene where
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I was surprised to find a DVD of Scarface at my local Goodwill, and even more surprised to realize I'd never owned it. So now I have three things in this world: my word, my balls and a young Michelle Pfeiffer on DVD.

For such an over-the-top movie, the scene where
Spoiler:
Tony kills his friend

is actually moving.

Thrift store finds are always a nice surprise. I once found Volumes 1 and 2 of Beast King Golion at Salvation Army for $1 a piece.
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Between yesterday and today, I have finished Disc 1 of Dogfights ​​​​​​, Season 1. Itís always been a show that Iíve enjoyed, and being eligible for a challenge is always a perk. The two episodes were about the Korean War and Vietnam. The episode about Vietnam was about one of the Air Forceís greatest aces, Brigadier General Robin Olds. Besides the two episodes, a bonus feature of the Pilot of the series was also included on that disc.
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I'm just about done with S5 of Hart to Hart and trying to decide what to watch next. Rockford Files is calling as is The Fugitive, Perry Mason, The Saint, It Takes a Thief, Mod Squad, The Ellery Queen Mysteries, Father Dowling Mysteries, .Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Untouchables. Plus a few westerns and SF series (but they have their own genre challenge so...).
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I am NOT a horror film watcher at all, but when I saw previews for Ready or Not, it caught my attention. Watched it tonight and while it's no Oscar winner, I enjoyed most of it. There was only one part where I really cringed. Not a lot (or any) jump scares. Pretty bloody, but the pacing was good. It wasn't until the very end where it really went too bloody and over-the-top for me.

Would I watch this again? Probably not, but I'm not disappointed in it. If you like this type of movie at all, you'll probably enjoy it. I will say that the dress should be credited in this. It really deserves some credit for surviving!
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YouTube can be a treasure trove, even when you end up watching something besides what you were looking for. I went on to YouTube initially to watch some Airventure Oshkosh videos. After not seeing anything in the Recommended section, I saw a turkey hunting video. That led me to an entire playlist of hunting videos.
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The Rockford Files won the next TV season to watch. After watching half the season I switched to Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Battle for the Planet of the Apes to finish watching that original film franchise. I watched the first 3 and Burton's version during the Leap Year Challenge as they all have time travel aspects. I may watch the 3 films in the recent remake franchise today or tomorrow. They're all in a new "Complete Movie Collection" set I picked up a few months back and those would be the last ones I need to watch to finish the set.

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