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Old 02-17-24, 10:25 PM
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The 13th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - Discussion Thread 2024

The 13th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge Discussion Thread March 2024

Dates:
Sunset on February 28th (bonus day this year. Whoo!) to sunrise on April 1st.

We have multiple overlapping challenges this year. The Oscar challenge runs until March 10th, so any action/adventure/crime/mystery flicks that were nominated or won Oscars will count as double credit for both challenges during those 10 days of March. Same with Romance/Musical overlaping on the 28th & 29th and Leap Day Challenge media overlaping over 02/28 - 03/02. I think this may count as the most overlaps evah.

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/AllMovie with a genre of action, adventure, crime, or mystery counts for this challenge. You can use any counting method you choose.

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

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Re: The 13th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - Discussion Thread 2024

We still have time to make changes to the checklist if anyone has any suggestions.

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 13th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - Discussion Thread 2024

Got bored/antsy so I went ahead and posted the List thread.
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I've emailed the Mods to move the List thread to the Sticky area.
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Re: The 13th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - Discussion Thread 2024

Starting at dusk tonight (the 28th) until dawn on March the 1st, there will be a ~36 hour crossover period where at least two different films, The Sword in the Stone (1963) and The Time Machine (1960), will count for quadruple Challenge credit.

These two films would count for February’s Romance/Musical Challenge, March’s Action/Adventure Challenge, the Quadrennial Leap Day Challenge, and the floating Academy Award Challenge. Don’t miss this chance to be part of DVDTalk history!
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Re: The 13th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - Discussion Thread 2024

Some further grist for the mill...

What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
Deadmen Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
MST3K (1988) - pick ya poison
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002)

King Solomon's Mines 1937, 1985
King Solomon's Mines (2004) - mini-series
The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines (2006)

Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Around the World in 80 Days (1989) - mini-series
Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

Watership Down (1978)
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022)

Fellowship of the Frog (1959)
The White Spider (1963)
Mark of the Tortoise (1964)

Good for Multiple Challenges
The Iceman Cometh (1989)
Kung Fu Vs Acrobatic (1990)
God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai (1991)
A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box (1995)
A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (1995)
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The Challenge begins at sunset.Lot'sa crossover opportunities the next few days.

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Re: The 13th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - Discussion Thread 2024

Originally Posted by coyoteblue
The Challenge begins at dusk.Lot'sa crossover opportunities the next few days.
The original post says sunset. Which for me is in ten minutes.
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Originally Posted by MysterioMan007
The original post says sunset. Which for me is in ten minutes.
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Re: The 13th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - Discussion Thread 2024

I completely forgot. I was still thinking last day of the month, sunset on the 29th
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This is probably my favorite challenge after the horror one. Watching the Beverly Hills Cop trilogy today as I "work from home".
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Re: The 13th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - Discussion Thread 2024

Would a documentary about an investigation count as a "crime" film? I'm thinking particularly about something like the Chilean film, The Mole Agent (2020), which I just watched for the Oscar challenge.
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I would think that you could argue it as true crime pacaway.



I finished off my first season yesterday with Season One of Dogfights. The old History Channel show was filled with action showing famous dogfights in history move by move through the use of CGI.
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Kind of a slow start for me this year especially since I was out of town most of this week. I celebrated getting back to the challenge today with a film-noir and near-noir triple feature. The standout today was Pitfall (1948) with Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott, and Raymond Burr. A typical guy makes a couple of bad choices and ends up way over his head. Nice and tense with an interesting finish. Earlier in the challenge I watched the classic caper film Rififi (1955) which I also liked a lot. It's a French film. If you can deal with subtitles it's worth seeing. I watched an old Criterion DVD and I'm not sure if it's streaming anywhere or not.
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Re: The 13th Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - Discussion Thread 2024

I watched one episode each of Tokyo Vice and Shogun. Both are probably interesting enough for me to watch some more.
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I'm trying to finish off Hawaii Five-0, a project I started over 7 years ago and stalled after a death in the family. Two more season left, basically. Will definitely finish it up after the challenge is over, though.
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I'm trying to finish off Hawaii Five-0, a project I started over 7 years ago and stalled after a death in the family. Two more season left, basically. Will definitely finish it up after the challenge is over, though.
The new one or the old one?

I often continue a series after a challenge ends and keep recording my watches in the list thread, especially when itís a long series that will need multiple challenges.
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Originally Posted by davidh777
The new one or the old one?

I often continue a series after a challenge ends and keep recording my watches in the list thread, especially when itís a long series that will need multiple challenges.
Because of my OCD and personal monthly Challenge checklist having things like steelbook and digibook, I have a few TV series that Iím basically watching one episode or so per year.
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A few days ago I found a playlist of the old Superman shorts from the 40s that used to air as bumpers during Toonami. Iíve been indulging in those at at least a few at a time every time I want to start my challenge for the day.

Also, a few days ago I was watching an old episode of Law & Order: SVU that I had on my DVR, and was shocked to see who the villain was. It was none other than Robin Williams, RIP. Just more proof that his dramatic acting ability really did know no bounds imo.
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Originally Posted by davidh777
The new one or the old one?

I often continue a series after a challenge ends and keep recording my watches in the list thread, especially when itís a long series that will need multiple challenges.
The remake. I couldn't get into the old one.
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Watched A Close Shave (1995) tonight and as well as introducing us all to Shaun the sheep, you also see a lot of elements, like the Thunderbird-esque motorcycle launching sequence, that we would see again in Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005). Also covered both Trinity movies this weekend, and find it fascinating that the sequel, Trinity is Still My Name (1971) was the highest grossing Spaghetti Western made.
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Interesting that you bring up spaghetti westerns. I was too tired to watch, but last night I was looking up Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name Trilogy. I discovered that it is available on Max. Roku TV's search option makes it very easy to find things.
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It's a long weekend for some of us, so find your second wind, and make the most of it. Also, Sunday the 31st, is the last day of the Challenge, but the first night of the Drive-in/Exploitation Challenge (starts at dusk) so get those double credits while you can.

Sorry the list thread never got moved up to Sticky (won't PM next year), but it wasn't particularly onerous in any case. I'll try the Report link (from inside the List thread) next year and see if that get better results.
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Found an interesting show for my Peacock checklist item, Poker Face. Enjoyed the first two episodes quite a bit.
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I got off to a slow start (being out of town) and a slow finish (Wonder Con) but I still managed to beat my scores for the last three years with 52 views, most of them movies. I haven't got really high numbers for a while now but I enjoy this challenge so I want to thank coyoteblue for keeping it going.

For folks moving on to the Exploitation challenge I found a great example of a B-movie streaming on Amazon Prime. It's called Pier 5, Havana and stars Cameron Mitchell and Allison Hayes with several other familiar faces. It's obviously low budget and has a predictable plot but I really enjoyed watching it. As a lobby card shouted "THE SCREEN'S FIRST BOMBSHELL OUT OF NEWLY-FREED CUBA!!!". It was released in 1959.

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