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Old 08-25-21, 01:31 AM
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Re: Discussion Thread: Revamping September Challenge!

Originally Posted by rbrown498 View Post
Just as a point of clarification, one film CAN fill multiple slots in the checklist--is this correct assumption?

For instance, Amarcord could be used for the 1970s in decades, Italy in countries, Italian in languages, Fellini in directors, comedy (or drama) in genres, and spine #s 1-100 in Criterion spine numbers...right?

I just want to make sure before I even really contemplate attempting the checklist.
Correct. It's only a restriction of one check per section. If you wanna be absolutely hardcore about it and watch a unique movie for each check, knock yourself out but I'd question how much you could really absorb in that much screen time other than blue light and caffeine.
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Do any of these films Stand Out as not working for this challenge?

Spoiler:

Alright Now (2018)
American Dresser (2018)
Are You Here? (2013)
Atomic Blonde (2017)
The Beguiled (2017)
The Big Sick (2017)
Blow (2001)
Blue Iguana (2018)
Bombshell (2019)
Burning Kiss (2018)
A Certain Sacrifice (1985)
Chloe & Theo (2015)
Dom Hemingway (2013)
The Edge Of Seventeen (2016)
Factotum (2005)
Fay Grim (2007)
Girl With A Suitcase (1961)
Gloria Bell (2018)
Grind (1997)
Grown Up Movie Star (2009)
I Smile Back (2015)
In The Loop (2009)
Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2014)
My Life As A Zucchini (2016)
Palo Alto (2013)
Robin Wright At The Congress (2013)
Satellite Girl And Milk Cow (2014)
A Simple Favor (2018)
3 On A Match (1999)
Violet & Daisy (2011)
Voodoun Blues (2004)
Wide Open (1974)

Plus these films on Shutter on Demand:

Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1982)
The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Daniel Isn't Real (2019)
A Good Woman Is Hard To Find (2019)
One Cut Of The Dead (2017)
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Re: Discussion Thread: Revamping September Challenge!

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Do any of these films Stand Out as not working for this challenge?

Spoiler:

Alright Now (2018)
American Dresser (2018)
Are You Here? (2013)
Atomic Blonde (2017)
The Beguiled (2017)
The Big Sick (2017)
Blow (2001)
Blue Iguana (2018)
Bombshell (2019)
Burning Kiss (2018)
A Certain Sacrifice (1985)
Chloe & Theo (2015)
Dom Hemingway (2013)
The Edge Of Seventeen (2016)
Factotum (2005)
Fay Grim (2007)
Girl With A Suitcase (1961)
Gloria Bell (2018)
Grind (1997)
Grown Up Movie Star (2009)
I Smile Back (2015)
In The Loop (2009)
Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2014)
My Life As A Zucchini (2016)
Palo Alto (2013)
Robin Wright At The Congress (2013)
Satellite Girl And Milk Cow (2014)
A Simple Favor (2018)
3 On A Match (1999)
Violet & Daisy (2011)
Voodoun Blues (2004)
Wide Open (1974)

Plus these films on Shutter on Demand:

Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1982)
The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Daniel Isn't Real (2019)
A Good Woman Is Hard To Find (2019)
One Cut Of The Dead (2017)

I don't like micromanagement, whether being managed or managing. I can be pedantic in the checklist brainstorming stage, but once we start, you're on your own so far as I'm concerned. Your list will have no bearing on your eligibility for a prize so no one else has any vested interest in your participation. What all challenge hosts want is for you to get something out of it, and what you get out of it is what you put into it. I know that sounds corny but I can't think of a better way to put it. My own personal policy for a borderline case where I don't get any helpful feedback from the forum is to go ahead and watch it. If I feel like it didn't really fit the challenge, I'll still put it on my list but I won't number it. That way, the time I spent on something for the challenge is acknowledged, without skewing my legitimate tally.

I know that The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari has been issued on disc by Kino Lorber and has streamed on the Criterion Channel so it's covered by either of those alone. Aside from that, though, I'm not familiar with most of the titles. I looked up Dom Hemingway since I recognized it and saw it was distributed by Fox Searchlight. Their films can sometimes end up being full-on mainstream, which is why they aren't on the safe list. I pulled up the full Fox Searchlight list on IMDb and scrolled through, cross-referencing your list with that. That took me fifteen minutes. Dom Hemingway ended up being the only one I saw. I can't be spending fifteen minutes to cross-reference every movie on a list that long.

Just from skimming, it looks like a lot of your list looks more "indie" than "art-house." The problem is that "Indie" has become a far more nebulous term than it once was, and most of your list are movies that have been made recently as it's become murkier. Take New Line Cinema. When they started, they were picking up distribution rights for foreign films and independently produced things like John Waters' films. They distributed Female Trouble, and later co-produced Polyester--both of which are in the Criterion Collection. Then they hit big with A Nightmare on Elm Street in '84 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in '90. But John Waters passes the sniff test for an indie/art-house challenge and I don't think many would agree that Freddy or the Turtles do, despite both being produced by New Line while they were still independent.
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Re: Discussion Thread: Revamping September Challenge!

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>Any movie made available by the following distributors is classified as "safe" for this challenge, even if it should be a mainstream production. You are not required to watch their edition.<

I went through the Kino Lorber list and found these films that I have:

Spoiler:

Absolution
Adios, Sabata
The Adventure Of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
After The Fox
The Allnighter
Amazon Women On The Moon
The Amy Fisher Story
A*P*E
The Ape
The Apple
At War With The Army
The Awful Dr. Orlof
The Bloody Brood
Buck Rogers In The 25th Century
Cabin Boy
Candy
The Chalk Garden
Change Of Habit
Cherry 2000
Child Bride
Clambake
Clay Pigeons
The Comedy Of Terrors
Coming Home
Cut And Run
The Day After
The Day The Earth Caught Fire
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Death Rides A Horse
Desperately Seeking Susan
The Devil Bat
Devil Times Five
Die Screaming, Marianne
D.O.A.
Don't Drink The Water
Doomwatch
Duets
8 Million Ways To Die
Endless Night
Fascination
Female Vampire
The Flamingo Kid
Frankie And Johnny
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Girl Gang
The Girl Most Likely To...
Girl On A Motorcycle
Goin' To Town
The Good The Bad And The Ugly
Good Times
Go West Young Man
Grace Of My Heart
The Grissom Gang
High Plains Drifter
The Hotel New Hampshire
The Hound Of The Baskervilles
I'm No Angel
The Incredible 2 Headed Transplant
Inspector Clouseau
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
The Ipcress File
Irma La Douce
Jamaica Inn
Jet Pilot
Joe Kidd
Just Visiting
The Knack And How To Get It
The Land That Time Forgot
The Last Man On Earth
Life Stinks
The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane
The Long Riders
Lord Love A Duck
Lovers And Other Strangers
Mad Dog And Glory
Mad Max
The Man Who Could Cheat Death
Marihuana: Weed With Roots In Hell
The Mephisto Waltz
Metropolis
Modesty Blaise
Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment
My Little Chickadee
Nashville Girl
National Lampoon's Movie Madness
New York Stories
Night After Night
The Night Stalker
The Night Strangler
Night Tide
The Nude Bomb
One Million Years B.C.
Panic In The Year Zero
Parasite
Percy
Pin-Down Girl
Prime Cut
The Producers
The Raven
Reefer Madness
Requiem For A Vampire
Return Of Sabata
Revenge Of The Cheerleaders
Sabata
Santa Claus Conquers The Martians
Scenes From A Mall
Seven Sinners
Sex Madness
Shakespeare Wallah
Shalako
The Shepherd Of The Hills
The Skull
Smashing Time
Son Of Paleface
Spaceballs
Spacecamp
The Strange Door
Sweet Charity
Take The Money And Run
Terror Train
Theater Of Blood
They Came From Beyond Space
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Thunderbirds Are Go!
Thunderbird 6
Thunderbolt And Lightfoot
Trilogy Of Terror
Two Mules For Sister Sara
Vampyres
Wake Island
The Wanderers
The War Between Men And Women
What's New Pussycat?
White Zombie
The World Of Henry Orient
X The Man With X-Ray Eyes
Young Doctors In Love
Zachariah

Plus these actual Kino Lorber releases:

The Long Goodbye (DVD)
Phobia! (DVD)
Woman In The Moon (Blu-ray)


So there's plenty I can watch. But do any of those really fit the challenge? Maybe two or three.
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Re: Discussion Thread: Revamping September Challenge!

Just the fact that Kino Lorber releases are included open this a huge amount. That, alone, was enough for me to participate this year.
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Re: Discussion Thread: Revamping September Challenge!

Originally Posted by KaBluie View Post
Safe List
>Any movie made available by the following distributors is classified as "safe" for this challenge, even if it should be a mainstream production. You are not required to watch their edition.<

I went through the Kino Lorber list and found these films that I have:
I checked these against my master list of movies that have streamed on the channel since launch. Mind you, my list does not include the titles that were part of the permanent collection at launch because I could not find, nor could Criterion provide, a definitive list of those titles. I also haven't updated with September's lineup. And sometimes films are released with alternate titles. For instance, I would have missed Theater of Blood except I knew I had seen that on the Channel; they have it as Theatre of Blood. But with those caveats aside, here are the ones I was able to identify as films that have played on the Criterion Channel and would have been safe under the previous rules. I've cited which collections in which they've appeared:
Spoiler:

Death Rides A Horse - April 1, 2021 The Maestro: Scores by Ennio Morricone
Desperately Seeking Susan - January 1, 2020 Directed by Susan Seidelman
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum - July 21, 2019 Directed by Richard Lester
Girl On A Motorcycle - July 28, 2019 Cinematography by Jack Cardiff; August 9, 2020 Starring Alain Delon
Goin' To Town - December 6, 2020 The Best of Mae West
Go West Young Man - December 6, 2020 The Best of Mae West
I'm No Angel - December 6, 2020 The Best of Mae West; December 27, 2020 Cary Grant Comedies
Jamaica Inn - August 25, 2019 British Hitchcock
The Knack And How To Get It - July 21, 2019 Directed by Richard Lester
Mad Max - January 5, 2020 Seventies Sci-Fi; August 2, 2020 Australian New Wave
Metropolis - March 22, 2020 German Expressionism
My Little Chickadee - December 6, 2020 The Best of Mae West
Theater Of Blood - October 4, 2020 70's Horror

Plus these actual Kino Lorber releases:

The Long Goodbye (DVD)
Phobia! (DVD)
Woman In The Moon (Blu-ray)



So there's plenty I can watch. But do any of those really fit the challenge? Maybe two or three.
I can appreciate your concern over fitting the nature of the challenge. Remember, that nature is exploration. Sometimes even the mainstream or not-artsy films can be reconsidered in a different context. For instance, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is on your list. Clearly a conspicuous choice. But if you were to also get hold of The Anderson Tapes

Scroll through your discs and see what else you have that might fit any of the above themes. For instance, from the Directed by Richard Lester collection, I see A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forumand The Knack... And How to Get It. If you happen to have any of his other eligible films, great. Even if not, you've got a built-in double feature right there.

You can see from the collections I cited that their themes have been kinda niche. Who'd have expected one built around scores by Ennio Morricone? (They've also done one by Quincy Jones scores.) Or produced by Val Lewton? Western Noir? And if you think that's niche, there was "Saul Bass Turns 100": films whose main title sequences were assembled by Bass. Here are just some off-the-cuff/by no means comprehensive themes to consider:
  • Adapted from works by the same original writer(s) (Dickens and Poe are obvious; maybe someone like Crichton or Haley)
  • Same setting (Victorian London, the Old West, feudal Japan, etc.)
  • Same actor (if you wanna really go down a rabbit hole, pick a character actor instead of a star; John Fiedler comes to mind for some inexplicable reason)
  • Same premise (wartime propagand from countries other than the U.S. or U.K.; heist flicks; dysfunctional family funerals; coming of age but set in a time before the film)
  • Works by people from specific communities (directors who are people of color; LGBTQ+; female/non-binary; etc.)
  • If all else fails, try a daisy chain, where each movie shares someone with the one before it (same director, same actor, same composer, etc.). I did that as my Make Your Own theme this year and it was surprisingly helpful in getting me to go through some stuff I'd ignored for quite awhile.
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Re: Discussion Thread: Revamping September Challenge!

I have a slight issue with this checklist item from the Criterion Spine # list:

--- Spine #'s 1101-1200 -

Since none of these films are slated to be released until after the challenge is over, could it be removed for this year and added back next year, once there are at least a few discs in this range to view?

I know that the five films announced in this range of spine numbers are available from other sources, but until there are actual Criterion discs out with those spine numbers, I feel that they should be left off.

It's just a suggestion.

EDITED TO ADD: Travis, you wouldn't happen to have a list of films that take place in September lying around, would you? I can't seem to find a reliable one on the Web anywhere.
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Re: Discussion Thread: Revamping September Challenge!

Originally Posted by rbrown498 View Post
I have a slight issue with this checklist item from the Criterion Spine # list:

--- Spine #'s 1101-1200 -

Since none of these films are slated to be released until after the challenge is over, could it be removed for this year and added back next year, once there are at least a few discs in this range to view?

I know that the five films announced in this range of spine numbers are available from other sources, but until there are actual Criterion discs out with those spine numbers, I feel that they should be left off.

It's just a suggestion.
IF YOU WERE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE, YOU WOULD TRAVEL THROUGH TIME.
No, seriously, I just didn't pay attention and kept going while typing. I removed it. Thanks for catching it!

EDITED TO ADD: Travis, you wouldn't happen to have a list of films that take place in September lying around, would you? I can't seem to find a reliable one on the Web anywhere.
No, I'm afraid I don't. Google, IMDb, and Letterboxd weren't much help, either. Everything was either about 9/11, what someone watched during September, or movies coming out in September. Maybe throughout the month we can compile such a list as we go! That could be a fun little side project.
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Safe List
>Any movie made available by the following distributors is classified as "safe" for this challenge, even if it should be a mainstream production. You are not required to watch their edition.<

I went through the Arrow link and found these films that I have:
Spoiler:


The Abominable Dr. Phibes
The Alpha Incident
The Baby
Black Mama, White Mama
Black Rainbow
Blood Feast
The Burning
Carrie
The Child
Coffy
Color Me Blood Red
The Comedy Of Terrors
Contamonation
Count Yorga, Vampire
Crash
The Crazies
Crimes Of Passion
Crimes Of The Future
Daimajin
Deadly Blessing
Death Curse Of Tartu
The Demons Of Ludlow
Dr. Phibes Rises Again
The Driller Killer
52 Pick-Up
Foxy Brown
Frankenhooker
The Giant Claw
The Gore Gore Girls
The Gruesome Twosome
Heathers
The Hired Hand
Hitchhike To Hell
The Hooked Generation
The Hound Of The Baskervilles
Howling II: Your Sister Is A Werewolf
How To Make A Doll
Images
The Incredible Shrinking Man
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
Jamaica Inn
Just For The Hell Of It
The Last House On The Left
The Long Goodbye
Madman
Matinee
Miracle Mile
Monster A Go-Go
Over The Edge
Phantasm
Phantasm II
Phantom Of The Paeadise
Pit Stop
The Prey
The Raven
Reform School Girls
The Return Of Count Yorga
Return Of Daimajin
Return Of The Sister Street Fighter
Robocop
Rollerball
Scum Of The Earth
Schlock
Season Of The Witch
Shock Treatment
She-Devils On Wheels
Sister Street Fighter
Sister Street Fighter: Fifth Level Fist
Sister Street Fighter: Hanging By A Thread
Sixteen Candles
Something Weird
Southland Tales
Stereo
Sting Of Death
The Swinging Cheerleaders
Switchblade Sisters
Tales Of Terror
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Theatre Of Blood
There's Always Vanilla
Toys Are Not For Children
Tremors
Twisterís Revenge
Two Thousand Maniacs!
Videodrome
The Villainess
The Wizard Of Gore

Plus these Actual Arrow Releases:

Eaten Alive (Blu-ray + DVD)
Mark Of The Devil (Blu-ray + DVD)
Society (Blu-ray + DVD)
Spider Baby (Blu-ray + DVD)



So I have alot of choices!
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Originally Posted by KaBluie View Post
Safe List
>Any movie made available by the following distributors is classified as "safe" for this challenge, even if it should be a mainstream production. You are not required to watch their edition.<

I went through the Arrow link and found these films that I have:
Spoiler:


The Abominable Dr. Phibes
The Alpha Incident
The Baby
Black Mama, White Mama
Black Rainbow
Blood Feast
The Burning
Carrie
The Child
Coffy
Color Me Blood Red
The Comedy Of Terrors
Contamonation
Count Yorga, Vampire
Crash
The Crazies
Crimes Of Passion
Crimes Of The Future
Daimajin
Deadly Blessing
Death Curse Of Tartu
The Demons Of Ludlow
Dr. Phibes Rises Again
The Driller Killer
52 Pick-Up
Foxy Brown
Frankenhooker
The Giant Claw
The Gore Gore Girls
The Gruesome Twosome
Heathers
The Hired Hand
Hitchhike To Hell
The Hooked Generation
The Hound Of The Baskervilles
Howling II: Your Sister Is A Werewolf
How To Make A Doll
Images
The Incredible Shrinking Man
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
Jamaica Inn
Just For The Hell Of It
The Last House On The Left
The Long Goodbye
Madman
Matinee
Miracle Mile
Monster A Go-Go
Over The Edge
Phantasm
Phantasm II
Phantom Of The Paeadise
Pit Stop
The Prey
The Raven
Reform School Girls
The Return Of Count Yorga
Return Of Daimajin
Return Of The Sister Street Fighter
Robocop
Rollerball
Scum Of The Earth
Schlock
Season Of The Witch
Shock Treatment
She-Devils On Wheels
Sister Street Fighter
Sister Street Fighter: Fifth Level Fist
Sister Street Fighter: Hanging By A Thread
Sixteen Candles
Something Weird
Southland Tales
Stereo
Sting Of Death
The Swinging Cheerleaders
Switchblade Sisters
Tales Of Terror
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Theatre Of Blood
There's Always Vanilla
Toys Are Not For Children
Tremors
Twisterís Revenge
Two Thousand Maniacs!
Videodrome
The Villainess
The Wizard Of Gore

Plus these Actual Arrow Releases:

Eaten Alive (Blu-ray + DVD)
Mark Of The Devil (Blu-ray + DVD)
Society (Blu-ray + DVD)
Spider Baby (Blu-ray + DVD)





So I have alot of choices!
Shazam! I should say so!

Anyone get started already? Picked out what you're gonna watch first if you haven't?
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Anyone get started already? Picked out what you're gonna watch first if you haven't?
Earlier in the day I saw that it was Lily Tomlinís birthday. This evening, when perusing my art house bookcase (90% Criterion BDs) for an unwatched disc, I noticed Nashville, so watched her first film. Took a while to hook me, but ultimately I enjoyed it, even if Iím not fully sure what the whole thing was about.
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I went through the Criterion link and found these films that I have:
Spoiler:


All Monsters Attack
All That Jazz
The Big Chill
Blood For Dracula
Blow Out
Broadcast News
Carnival Of Souls
Chungking Express
Crash
Destroy All Monsters
Don't Look Now
Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
Easy Rider
Ebirah, Horror Of The Deep
Frances Ha
Flesh For Frankenstein
Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster
Godzilla
Godzilla, King Of The Monsters
Godzilla Raids Again
Godzilla Vs. Gigan
Godzilla Vs. Hedorah
Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla
Godzilla Vs. Megalon
The Graduate
Head
The Incredible Shrinking Man
The In-Laws
Insignificance
In The Heat Of The Night
Invasion Of Astro-Monster
I Wanna Hold Your Hand
Jabberwocky
King Kong Vs. Godzilla
Klute
The Lady Vanishes
Local Hero
Lost In America
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Monty Python's Life Of Brian
Moonrise Kingdom
Mothra Vs. Godzilla
Murder A La Mod
Nashville
Night Of The Living Dead
The Princess Bride
Quadrophenia
Ride With The Devil
Robocop
Scanners
Shakespeare Wallah
Shampoo
The Squid And The Whale
Some Like It Hot
Son Of Godzilla
Stereo
Straw Dogs
A Taste Of Honey
Terror Of Mechagodzilla
Things To Come
The 39 Steps
This Is Spinal Tap
Tootsie
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Videodrome
Working Girls

Plus these Actual Criterion Releases:

Chasing Amy (DVD)
A Hard Day's Night (DVD)
Walkabout (DVD)



So I have alot more choices!
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Anyone get started already? Picked out what you're gonna watch first if you haven't?
My Life As A Zucchini (2017)
The Satellite Girl And Milk Cow (2014)

Crossovers with the Animation Challenge!
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My Life As A Zucchini (2017)
The Satellite Girl And Milk Cow (2014)

Crossovers with the Animation Challenge!
I should have saved Satellite Girl and Milk Cow! Had no idea it'd qualify for this challenge too. It's a very bizarre film, if I do say so myself. If you have the disc, I hope you watch the short film (it's about 25/30 mins if I remember correctly), A Coffee Vending Machine and its Sword. I thought it was better than the actual film.
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I would think any foreign language films and documentaries would automatically qualify for this challenge.
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I would think any foreign language films and documentaries would automatically qualify for this challenge.
I would think so, too. And, because the only place that you'd see most of them these days would be in an art house theater, I think that all silent films would align with the parameters of the challenge as well.
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Anyone get started already? Picked out what you're gonna watch first if you haven't?
I decided to start with the Eclipse Series 1: Early Bergman box set. I haven't updated my list yet, but I watched Torment last night. Interesting film.
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Anyone get started already? Picked out what you're gonna watch first if you haven't?
I started with some unwatched Criterion DVDs:
  • Riot in Cell Block 11
  • The Night Porter
  • The Vanishing
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I would think so, too. And, because the only place that you'd see most of them these days would be in an art house theater, I think that all silent films would align with the parameters of the challenge as well.
Yeah, I'd say so. The niche-ier the better, really. This is the chance to go down rabbit holes! The only exception that I can think would be something that's more "reality" than documentary. I can't think of any examples offhand. So far, that genre seems to have remained confined to TV. Though if you came across a documentary about a reality show, that would count. I'm unaware of such a documentary existing but it's been long enough that I'll be surprised if someone doesn't start making them. I, for one, look forward to Ken Burns' The Kardashians.
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I've encountered a dilemma: My 12 year old Blu-ray player can't read any of the discs in the Ingmar Bergman's Cinema box set! I could stream the content from the Channel until I get a replacement player, but it would bug me not to watch my actual discs.
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Sar far I've watched:
1. Sebastiane (1976). Derek Jarman directing softcore gay porn disguised as a film about faith, but really it's an excuse to show naked men cavorting with one another, so 4 stars from me, obvs. The film also features an early Brian Eno ambient music score.
2. Orlando (1992). Sally Potter's adaption of Virginia Woolf's satire of English lit still resonates today now that transgender people are getting recognition.
3. Il Traditore (2019). A standard Italian crime film, this time a true story about a Mafia informer who helps wreck the Sicilian mob in the 80s.
4. Marat/ Sade (1967). Starring a young Glenda Jackson in her first film, Marat/ Sade is an utterly brilliant adaptation of the RSC stage production and retaining most of the original cast. This really needs to be released on Blu or 4K by Criterion or Kino.
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I've encountered a dilemma: My 12 year old Blu-ray player can't read any of the discs in the Ingmar Bergman's Cinema box set! I could stream the content from the Channel until I get a replacement player, but it would bug me not to watch my actual discs.
Man, Travis, that's a downer. Have you tried a firmware update for your player?
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Is this the official discussion thread? Sorry if I missed an announcement.
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In case you haven't heard the news, the first annual National Silent Movie Day will be held on September 29th. You can read all about it at the official website:

https://www.nationalsilentmovieday.org/

TCM will celebrate by screening 24 hours of silent films and documentaries about silent films that day. Here's the lineup (all times are Eastern):

Wednesday, September 29

6:15 AM Flesh and the Devil (1926)
8:15 AM The Wind (1928)
9:45 AM Battleship Potemkin (1925)
11:00 AM City Lights (1931)
12:30 PM Within Our Gates (1920)
2:00 PM The Passion of Joan of Arc (1927)
4:00 PM The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
6:30 PM The Freshman (1925)
8:00 PM The Melies Mystery (2021) (Documentary about restoring some of Melies's films)
9:15 PM A Trip to the Moon (1902)
9:30 PM Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache (2018) (Documentary)
11:15 PM The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) (Documentary about Buster Keaton)

Thursday, September 30

1:00 AM Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
2:00 AM Sparrows (1926)
4:00 AM Piccadilly (1929)

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Every Tuesday evening, I meet with friends for a Movie Night. Last Tuesday was not my turn to pick the movie so I figured it wouldn't be one that would qualify. However, my friend selected Men & Chicken, a bonkers Danish comedy that I'm glad we watched despite it not really working for me. There were lots of elements that I enjoyed, but I found some story beats super off-putting.

On Wednesday, I finally revisited Alain Resnais' Last Year in Marienbad, a film I watched over a decade ago and remember thinking it was baffling and oh-so-very French. This time around, I really loved it and was compelled to watch another Resnais film so I watched Hiroshima mon amour on the Criterion Channel. It's also wonderful, and I've been thinking about it's themes all day.

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