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    49. Josh and Benny Safdie's Closet Picks. Fox and His Friends, Cameraperson, or an overdue Mulholland Drive rewatch.
    50. Watch a film with spine #1000 or higher. The Cremator, Streetwise, or Black Is ... Black Ain't.

    Leaning Cameraperson and Streetwise.

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    47. The Magnificent Ambersons - While it does feel like there are bits missing, its an engrossing tale of family bullshit where everyone shoots their shot but falls apart in the end... characters you love to hate. 8/10

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    I think I'm going to make it, but only by sliding Mon Oncle from where I have it to count as the Foreign Film Oscar Winner. I've been looking at Dersu Uzala for like 4 weeks and can't find the time to watch it.

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    Quote Quoting Mr. McGibblets (view post)
    I think I'm going to make it, but only by sliding Mon Oncle from where I have it to count as the Foreign Film Oscar Winner.
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    Toby Dammit - This is now in the Fellini set, so it counts.
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    My friend and I are probably not gonna get around to The Killing of a Chinese Bookie before the new year, so:
    Crunch time babyyyyyy

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    30. A Hard Day's Night - The lads from Liverpool goofing around and running late. I had seen Help! before but somehow never this. Its a lite picture made to market the guys further, though it doesn't shy away from the minds of 20-somethings when given a chance to explore/romp about like the youths they are. Its declared a classic by most... a good time. 7.5/10

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    49. Josh and Benny Safdie's Closet Picks -- Cameraperson. It's a shame how much good footage ends up on the cutting room floor. Kirsten Johnson decided to do something about it -- and given her pedigree, she's more qualified than most. Still, I'll need more connective tissue than to simply know these images "marked" her. After all, shouldn't we assume that about every documentary? I'm 100% in support of more docs like this, but only from great filmmakers please. I'll be happy to live a life without "Tom Hooper's Cameraperson." Three stars.

    50. Watch a film with spine #1000 or higher -- Streetwise. This was fantastic. I can't say it any better than the LB synopsis: "Granted remarkable access to their world, the filmmakers craft a devastatingly frank, empathetic portrait of lost youth growing up far too soon in a world that has failed them." Miraculously avoids poverty porn. Excellently photographed as well. (Shoutout to Tom Krell/How to Dress Well for sampling the opening interview on his song "Say My Name or Say Whatever.") Four Stars.

    Final stretch:
    51. Watch a film featured in "Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits" -- Gotta be Enter the Dragon.
    52. Any Criterion film on your watchlist -- Thinking 3 Women.
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    Should have watched Fox and his Friends! Streetwise is indeed fantastic!

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    31. The Circus (1928) - Charlie Chaplin up to his usual antics. There is a tiger and a lion. Poor lil tramp has a love triangle. 6/10

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    46. Ô saisons ô chateaux (1958) - A short from Varda. A vivid historical journey of Loire Valley in France. Its a quick one but quite beautiful and engaging.

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    51. Watch a film featured in "Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits" -- Enter the Dragon. This was totally what I expected, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. A brisk enough first hour of so-so setup, followed by Bruce Lee doing a bunch of awesome shit. He clearly outmatches everyone in terms of skill, so the movie cleverly stacks the deck against him for an awesome final showdown in a hall of mirrors. I thought about Pitt and Tarantino a lot. Three stars.

    52. Any Criterion film on your watchlist -- 3 Women. Every great director should make at least one totally nonsensical movie like this, if for no other reason than to explore their strangest cinematic impulses. Loved the slo-mo water effect superimposed over (in front of?) key moments, and the dream sequence is truly one for the ages. Three stars.

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    I finished with 9 hours to spare. I will write up superlatives later.

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    Stalker's Criterion Challenge Awards!
    I saw Husbands years ago, but I also really did not like it.

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    Top 5 Movies
    1. The Cranes are Flying
    2. The Earrings of Madame de...
    3. Le Corbeau
    4. Il Posto
    5. Blow-up


    Worst Movie
    The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

    Best Surprise
    The Phantom Carriage

    Biggest Disappointment
    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Some Top Performances
    Hideko Takamine, When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
    Song Kang-ho, Parasite
    Victor Sjöström, Wild Strawberries

    Worst Performance
    Cork Hubbert, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

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    Time for a rewatch of The Cranes are Flying and fortunately it's streamable. Love your 3,4,5 but I can't recall anything of 2.

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    Barbarian - ***
    Bones and All - ***
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    Quote Quoting Mr. McGibblets (view post)
    Some Top Performances
    Hideko Takamine, When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
    Song Kang-ho, Parasite
    Victor Sjöström, Wild Strawberries
    Nice picks. I thought about Takamine as well but tilted toward spreading the love. And The Cranes are Flying is on my watchlist, so there's a very good chance I get to it with the upcoming year's challenge.

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