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    MC's Criterion Challenge 2021 (by way of Letterboxd)

    The Letterboxd Criterion Challenge 2021 sounds like a lot of fun.

    Jen and I are in, as are a few others so far.

    Post in here if you'd like to take part in the weekly challenge. I'll keep this first post as a master list that I will update each week.

    The rules are pretty simple and offer a lot of flexibility for those with less time, or less access to the collection...

    There are 52 categories - one for each week. Watch any Criterion related film released on Laserdisc, VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, or on The Criterion Channel between 1/1/21-12/31/21. The films can be watched daily, weekly, or monthly, and in any order! I would like for all picks to be first time watches but will leave that up to you.

    Week 1 1984. Watch a film released the year of Criterion's inception

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    Week 2 Directed by Akira Kurosawa.

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    Week 3 Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.

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    Week 4 Horror

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    Week 5 Released on Laserdisc

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    Week 6 Made in Spain

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    Week 7 Wes Anderson's Top 10

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    Week 8 Romance

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    Week 9 A silent film

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    Week 10 1920s

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    Week 11 1930s

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    Week 12 1940s

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    Week 13 1950s

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    Week 14 1960s

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    Week 15 1970s

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    Week 16 1980s

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    Week 51 Watch a film featured in "Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits"

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    Pumped for this. I went with Repo Man for week 1. It stuck out as a strange movie for Criterion to release, and after watching it... well, it's just a strange movie no matter how you slice it. Totally gonzo plot and dialogue, which was amusing for the most part. It moves so quickly, however, there's hardly enough time to enjoy the frequently awesome visuals. I'm not a car person or anything, but I'm having a hard time thinking of a movie with better looking driving scenes. One shot in particular (inside a car wash) took my breath away. There was one super-quick gag (Estevez uncovering his friend at a hospital but not caring in the least) that I had to rewind it was so perfect. Estevez is charming enough that it doesn't matter that he's not a great actor (I feel the same about The Breakfast Club). Stanton is underutilized. B-movies aren't really my thing, no matter how high quality, but I enjoyed myself. Three stars.
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    I have never seen Repo Man and always wanted to.

    Just signed up for Criterion Channel. Figure it's worth giving a shot. If it doesn't work with my internet, I can just cancel it within the first 14 days.

    Actually went looking for Repo Man after seeing your post , and it's not on there. Which is frustrating because you made me really want to see it!

    Right now I'm caught between Frears' The Hit, and Huston's Under the Volcano.
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    Huh. I would've assumed the Criterion Channel had every Criterion movie. I was going to rent Repo Man via Amazon, but it was only a dollar more to buy it. While I didn't love the movie, I do not regret the purchase. Could be a fun movie to put on for a certain type of houseguest.

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    What other Criterion movies are 1984?

    No Time to Die - ** 1/2
    Black Widow - *
    Nobody - ***


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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    What other Criterion movies are 1984?
    Paris, Texas. Stranger than Paradise. Blood Simple. Possibly an old laserdisc of Stop Making Sense. That probably counts.
    Ratings on a 1-10 scale for your pleasure:

    So I Married an Axe Murderer - 6
    That Thing You Do! - 8
    Cocktail - 2
    Child's Play 2 - 7
    Vanilla Sky - 7
    Minority Report - 8
    My Cousin Vinny - 7
    The Limey - 8
    kid 90 - 7
    Another Round - 7




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    What other Criterion movies are 1984?
    Love Streams.
    Just because...
    Devi (Satyajit Ray, 1960) mild
    The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun (Wes Anderson, 2021) warm
    High Sierra (Raoul Walsh, 1941) mild

    The last book I read was...
    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne BrontŽ


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    Making my list now. So I'll partake.
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    1. Under the Volcano - Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset - 5/10

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    1. Blood Simple-10/10
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    1984 is one of my all time favorite years for cinema btw.
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    Quote Quoting DFA1979 (view post)
    1. Blood Simple-10/10
    I picked this too. And was shocked to see it was HBO Max!
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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    I picked this too. And was shocked to see it was HBO Max!
    OMG so is The Hidden Fortress. 2 for 2.
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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    OMG so is The Hidden Fortress. 2 for 2.
    and Breathless! wait, is all of Criteron on HBO MAx? This thing is paying for itself.
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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    I picked this too. And was shocked to see it was HBO Max!
    Nice. I own it on Criterion although I watched it years ago. I think it was either via my local public library or Netflix in the mail.
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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    and Breathless! wait, is all of Criteron on HBO MAx? This thing is paying for itself.
    That's interesting considering Criterion already has a streaming service.
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    I'm excited to start this tonight with the wife. I have a feeling she isn't going to like 90% of the films I picked.
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    I'm thinking the first post of the thread where I keep the master list of everything is going to get pretty messy and long with 52 weeks and multiple lines per week.

    How does everyone feel about me leaving the header for each week then putting the week's list in a spoiler tag?
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    Finished Blood Simple. Been wanting to watch that for a long time.
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    Finished Blood Simple. Been wanting to watch that for a long time.
    What did you think of it?

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    What did you think of it?
    It's a remarkable debut. I dont think it's as good as peak Coens (Fargo), but I love seeing their early work and how they build on their black humor. The 'dead end' bit should have been on screen more.

    I also think the script is a little weak and unbelievable, mainly around the PI. But hey, my wife and I both liked it. So that's a win. 1/1.
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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    It's a remarkable debut. I dont think it's as good as peak Coens (Fargo), but I love seeing their early work and how they build on their black humor. The 'dead end' bit should have been on screen more.

    I also think the script is a little weak and unbelievable, mainly around the PI. But hey, my wife and I both liked it. So that's a win. 1/1.
    I'm thinking about watching this one for this week, too, 3ven though I have seen it before. But it has been at least 15 years so aside from a couple of images and actors, I don't remember a thing about it.

    Do you prefer funny Coen's or serious Coen's?
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    I prefer Dark Humor Coens. So Less Burn After Reading and More Fargo. But I enjoyed both.

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