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Old 02-24-23, 12:35 PM
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The 12th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - Discussion Thread 2023

The 12th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge Discussion Thread March 2023

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

We have two overlapping challenges this year. The Oscar challenge runs until March 12th, so any action/adventure/crime/mystery flicks that were nominated or won Oscars will count as double credit for both challenges during those 12 days of March. Romance/Musical overlaps will count just on the 28th.

Also, the B-Movie/Exploitation Challenge begins at dusk on March 30th so any action/adventure movies that also qualify for the April challenge will count as double credit.

Rules: Any film or TV show listed on IMDB with a genre of action, adventure, crime, or mystery counts for this challenge. You can use any counting method you choose.

Checklist is still open for discussion, and will be in post #2 for easier editing and cut and pasting.

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Re: The 12th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - Discussion Thread 2023

We still have time to make changes to the checklist if anyone has any suggestions (I already made a few changes).

Checklist
Spoiler:
Watch items from at least 7 decades of film history.
--- 1880 - (insert item title here)
--- 1890 -
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
--- 1970 -
--- 1980 -
--- 1990 -
--- 2000 -
--- 2010 -
--- 2020 -

Watch items on at least 3 different formats (DVD, BD, HD-DVD, VHS, TV, streaming, theatrical, LD, 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.
--- G -
--- GP -
--- PG -
--- PG-13 -
--- M -
--- R -
--- X -
--- NC-17 -
--- Unrated / Not Rated -
--- TV Y -
--- TV Y7 -
--- TV G -
--- TV PG -
--- TV 14 -
--- TV MA -

Watch an item from at least 7 of the following subgenres.
--- Assassin / Hitman -
--- Based on a true story -
--- Comic book -
--- Comedy -
--- Conspiracy thriller -
--- Exploitation / B-Movie -
--- Fantasy / Science-Fiction -
--- Film Noir / Neo-noir -
--- Hong Kong crime -
--- Horror -
--- Kung fu / Martial arts -
--- Modern Caper / Heist -
--- Mystery / Thriller -
--- Samurai -
--- Serial Killer -
--- Spy / Espionage -
--- Swordplay -
--- Urban cop thriller -
--- War -

Complete at least seven of these categories.
--- a Criterion release -
--- a film and it's commentary -
--- a film and it's sequel -
--- a riffed version of a film / TV show (MST3K, Rifftrax, Cinematic Titanic, etc) -
--- a trailer -
--- an item selected for preservation by the National Film Registry -
--- Based on a novel -
--- Based on a graphic novel -
--- Based on a short story -
--- Listen to the soundtrack of an action / adventure / crime / mystery film -
--- Read an action / adventure / crime / mystery comic book or graphic novel -
--- Read an action / adventure / crime / mystery novel -
--- special feature -
--- watch a film you’ve never seen before -
--- watch a film and its remake
--- won an Academy Award, any category -

Watch a film by at least seven of these directors:
--- Chang Cheh
--- Daniel Alfredson
--- David Mackenzie
--- Hayao Miyazaki
--- Henry Hathaway
--- Herman Yau
--- Howard Hawks
--- Jean Yarbrough
--- John Sturges
--- Petery Hyams
--- Philippe de Broca
--- Robert Rodriguez
--- Samuel Fuller
--- Takashi Miike
--- Terence Young
--- Tony Scott
--- Tsui Hark
--- William Beaudine
--- Zack Snyder
--- Zhang Yimou

Watch a film featuring at least seven of these actors:
--- Andy Lau
--- Antonio Banderas
--- Bruce Willis
--- Chris Pine
--- Gina Carano
--- Jackie Chan
--- Michelle Yeoh
--- Jean-Paul Belmondo
--- Jet Li
--- Kirk Douglas
--- Michael Caine
--- Noomi Rapace
--- Sam Rockwell
--- Samuel L. Jackson
--- Sean Connery
--- Shintarȏ Katsu
--- Sonny Chiba
--- Sylvester Stallone
--- Takeshi Kaneshiro
--- Toshirȏ Mifune
--- William Powell





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Re: The 12th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - Discussion Thread 2023

Thanks for stepping up coyoteblue ! Besides my normal slavish devotion to my personal checklist, I hope to finish a TV show or two next month.

I’ve developed a bad habit of starting shows and moving at a snail’s pace on finishing them. Some have been ‘in progress’ for years. Jen is on a Psych kick lately, so hopefully we’ll finish binging all the seasons then the three movies.
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Re: The 12th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - Discussion Thread 2023

Found a good one to start with, Top Knot Detective (2017) (tubi). It looks to be in the same company as Italian Spiderman (2007)(youtube), Danger Five (2011-2015) (
Freevee Freevee
) and the soon to be released Smoking Causes Coughing (2022).
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Thanks for getting this going coyoteblue! I've always liked this challenge and hope to get at least 30 - 40 movies viewed.
I'll probably start with Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves a 1944 Technicolor adventure starring Maria Montez and Jon Hall. After that some Sonny Chiba and James Bond should really get me going.


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Re: The 12th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - Discussion Thread 2023

Been saving Poker Face just for this.
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I think I’ll get back to my Star Trek rewatch. I was marching through DS9 when I got a trial of Paramount+ and started scrambling to watch all the newer shows so now I think I’m somewhere in the middle of Discovery as well.
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Re: The 12th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - Discussion Thread 2023

Here's a couple of IMDB lists:

Crime, Sci-Fi

Crime, Fantasy
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Re: The 12th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - Discussion Thread 2023

Another interesting one, Snowflake (2017)
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Re: The 12th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - Discussion Thread 2023

The Challenge starts tomorrow at sunset (6:29 pm CT) and whenever sunset is where you are. Here's a couple more lists:

Crime, Horror
Crime, Comedy

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Re: The 12th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - Discussion Thread 2023

The Challenge is LIVE (here at least)!

A couple more lists:
Mystery, Fantasy
Mystery, Sci-Fi
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I was going to start with Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves but a gloomy, rainy morning made me more interested in old B&W mystery movies than desert adventures. Hoping to find a good old dark house mystery I turned to one of the the Mill Creek 50 movie sets that I have and found a treasure trove which included The House of Mystery (1934), House of Secrets (1936), and House of Danger (1934). All were on one side of one disk and ran just around an hour so it was easy to just go from one to another. All three films were above average for the time and budget with House of Secrets being particularly fun and my favorite of the three. Picture quality is always a crap-shoot with these Mill Creek sets but all three were more than watchable.

Not sure if I'll get to any more movies today but I'll probably check out what Ali Baba is up to tomorrow.
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My favorite subgenre is 80s/90s action b-movies and plan to watch as many a possible this month....or until I get sick of them.
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A while back I discovered a very good YouTube channel for old mystery and crime movies. The channel is Hastings Cable Access run by a local cable TV Station out of Hastings, Michigan. One of the shows they put on YouTube is "The Hastings Mystery Theater" (just search for that if interested) which shows mystery movies from the 1930's and 1940's with a few from the early 1950's. These are usually from the lower budget, poverty row studios but can be pretty entertaining. They run somewhere between 60 and 75 minutes. There is a host who gives an informative short introduction to the movies but the films run uninterrupted.
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Originally Posted by omike
A while back I discovered a very good YouTube channel for old mystery and crime movies. The channel is Hastings Cable Access run by a local cable TV Station out of Hastings, Michigan. One of the shows they put on YouTube is "The Hastings Mystery Theater" (just search for that if interested) which shows mystery movies from the 1930's and 1940's with a few from the early 1950's. These are usually from the lower budget, poverty row studios but can be pretty entertaining. They run somewhere between 60 and 75 minutes. There is a host who gives an informative short introduction to the movies but the films run uninterrupted.
Nice find. I watched a S. S. Van Dine triple feature of mystery shorts.
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The list thread's sticky, for any that haven't noticed. Thanks Admins!
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I figured it was a good month to watch some C-grade action flicks, though I guess they might’ve also worked for the exploitation challenge. Hulu had Code Name Banshee with Jaime King as an assassin under siege. Also on Hulu was One Shot, with Scott Adkins as a SEAL under siege, plus Ashley Greene (Twilight etc) as a CIA operative. It felt like Call of Duty with endless waves of enemies and was pretty entertaining. Eraser Reborn on HBO Max was a pretty unnecessary remake of the Schwarzenegger film (which I don’t think is bad), but had a few good action stunts.
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I heard on the radio this morning that today is Chuck Norris's 83rd birthday. I think this is a good day to dig out the unopened DVD of The Octagon that I have and take a look at it.
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This is a friendly reminder to check your lists for spelling, duplication, numbering errors...the bigger the lists get the more work it is to correct them.
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Finally...FINALLY watched Streets of Fire (1984). Liked it, but it's an odd duck. Roughly the first 3/4 of the movie comes across as The Warriors - The Musical. It would have been interesting to have seen what genre mashups the other movies in the series might have been if it had been successful enough to spawn sequels.
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So I have been doing theme days for this challenge. One day was the apocalypse (and trying to figure out the plural of that word) with The Last of Us, The Day After Tomorrow, and Pacific Rim. Yesterday was funny criminals with Clue, Johnny Dangerously, and Disorganized Crime. Today I’m going with stop screwing with Mother Nature with Deep Blue Sea, Jurassic Park and The Lost World (I don’t admit the other films in that franchise exist).
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We're past the halfway point of the Challenge now. Never too early to scan your list for boo-boos. Also keep in mind that many of the movies applicable for this Challenge also qualify for next month's Drive-in Challenge (double credits starting dusk Mar 30).

I'm debating starting the 2nd season of Shadow and Bone (2023) now or holding off for the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge...

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Watched Extraction hoping for nonstop action. It had some of that, but also more talking and character development than I really wanted.
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It took me almost three years, but I was able to watch all of Diagnosis Murder, a 90s mystery series starring Dick van Dyke. It was a staple of my family's television consumption, and I can confirm that it really doesn't hold up. I mean I love it for its 90 cheese and van Dyke's charisma, but the mysteries are often not terrible well-constructed and it often drifts into that frustrating confusion of 90s political centrism. (The police are a net good despite being riddled with bad apples. Capitalism is king but also brings out the worst in people. Religion is there but also, kinda not.)

There are so stand out episodes, including one that bringing a lot of Star Trek actors together and another that does the same with actors from M*A*S*H*. There's also a fascinating episode in which the victim is a transwoman; it's very dated, but there are some interesting decisions such as who misgenders the woman. Unfortunately, it ends with a horrendous episode called "The Blair Nurse Project" after a lackluster season. Anyway, now I need to find something with a ton of episodes to be my go-to television viewing.
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Anyway, now I need to find something with a ton of episodes to be my go-to television viewing.
One Piece is up to 1,054 episodes. About 975 Kilos (it's a Japanese Tv show, after all) is equal to a ton, so there you go. Over a ton of episodes.

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