The Letterboxd Season Challenge 2018-19

FINAL EDIT: (5/5/19) Congratulations to those who have finished this season's Challenge, and to those who intend to finish! Feel free to drop a comment when you do and let me know which films were your favorite discoveries. You can finish this Challenge at any point, so don't stress if you're a bit behind. I hope everyone had fun and joins us again for next season's Challenge!

EDIT 3: (1/3/19) Hey there, everyone! With the Challenge about to resume and us being just under halfway through, I thought it would be nice for everyone to share their favorite films that they've seen as apart of the challenge so far. Or least favorite, if that's what you prefer. Or both! So…

  • Boy

    1.Boy

    ★★★★

    Week 1: September 9th-16th
    Coming of Age in the 2010s Week

    There are plenty of classic coming of age films, but how about ones that the people who are currently coming of age can relate to? There have been quite a few critically and audience acclaimed coming of age films released in the current decade, and with September meaning a return to school for a lot of folks, this seemed like a good place to start.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen coming of age film released in 2010 or later.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week1"

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  • Wake in Fright

    2.Wake in Fright

    Week 2: September 17th-23rd
    Australian New Wave Week

    "The Australian New Wave (also known as the Australian Film Revival, Australian Film Renaissance, or New Australian Cinema) was an era of resurgence in worldwide popularity of Australian cinema, particularly in the United States. It began in the early 1970s and lasted until the mid-late 1980s. The era also marked the emergence of Ozploitation, a film genre characterised by the exploitation of colloquial Australian culture....The federal and several state governments [of Australia] established bodies to assist with the funding of film production and the training of film makers through the Australian Film Television and Radio School, which fostered a new generation of Australian filmmakers who were able to bring their visions to the screen. The 1970s saw a huge renaissance of the Australian film industry. Australia produced nearly 400 films between 1970 and 1985, more than had been made in the history of the Australian film industry."

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film from the Australian New Wave film movement. Disgustipated's list has some examples to pick from.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week2"

  • Lady Snowblood

    3.Lady Snowblood

    ★★★½

    Week 3: September 23rd-29th
    Non-Kurosawa Samurai Week

    Akira Kurosawa is one of the most, if not THE most, important director in film history. He's made many a movie of masterpiece quality, a lot of those being samurai films. And I'm going to guess that for the majority of people who have seen a samurai flick, it was a Kurosawa film. But I think its important to remember that film isn't just about one director perfecting a genre, its about what different artists are able to create within a genre.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen samurai film that is not directed by Akira Kurosawa.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week3"

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  • Pink Flamingos

    4.Pink Flamingos

    Week 4: September 30th-October 6th
    Masters of Trash Week

    Its always well and good to watch critically acclaimed and important films, but with the high art, must come the low art. I'm talking about schlock, people. And these three directors are known for their trashy, grotesque, and ultimately exhilarating outings into the bizarre. The title "Masters of Trash" is not meant to insult, but to praise. Plus, they're the one's who made the shit, they know what's up.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film directed by one of the following "Masters of Trash": Roger Corman, Russ Meyer, or John Waters.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week4"

  • Good Time

    5.Good Time

    ★★★★½

    Week 5: October 7th-13th
    Director Recommendations: Guillermo del Toro Week

    Guillermo del Toro. You might have heard of him, he just won that award thing for that fish movie. But in all seriousness, del Toro is a very inspirational and creative film maker who makes fantastic films. So I figured, why not check out the films that inspired the man who makes films that inspire others? Everybody got that?

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film recommended by director Guillermo del Toro.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week5"

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  • The Way of the Dragon

    6.The Way of the Dragon

    Week 6: October 14th-20th
    Lee, Lee, Lee, or Li Week

    Did it for the title. Worth it. Still, some good films to select from.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film directed by either Ang Lee or Spike Lee, or starring either Bruce Lee or Jet Li.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week6"

  • The 400 Blows

    7.The 400 Blows

    Week 7: October 21st-27th
    Janus Films Week

    "Janus Films opened American viewers' eyes to the pleasures of Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, and François Truffaut at the height of their artistic powers. Founded in 1956, the Janus collection continues to offer the greatest in international cinema to the American public, from the art-house canon to the undiscovered gems, from Akira Kurosawa to Louis Malle to Gus Van Sant. On its 50th anniversary of formation, the celebrated film distribution company Janus films (the closest collaborator of Criterion Collection), released a box set called "Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films." The box set consists of an interesting mixture of the most famous of art house films, along with more obscure titles."

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film from
    Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week7"

  • Day of the Dead

    8.Day of the Dead

    Week 8: October 28th-November 3rd
    Horror Kings Week

    A solid mix of genre creators and genre definers for the week of All Hallow's Eve. Definitely needed a good range of horror sub-generas and I think that with these film makers, there's definitely enough to choose from. Plus, Hoop-tober is taking place at this time, so you're free to kill two birds with one stone.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film directed by one of the following "Horror Kings": Dario Argento, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, Tobe Hooper, or George Romero.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week8"

  • Brute Force

    9.Brute Force

    ★★★½

    Week 9: November 4th-10th
    Pre-50's Noir Week

    "Film noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. Hollywood's classical film noir period is generally regarded as extending from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. Film noir of this era is associated with a low-key, black-and-white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography. Many of the prototypical stories and much of the attitude of classic noir derive from the hardboiled school of crime fiction that emerged in the United States during the Great Depression...Although film noir was originally associated with American productions, the term has been used to describe films from around the world."

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen noir film released before the year 1950.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week9"

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  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    10.What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    Week 10: November 11th-17th
    Roger Ebert Week

    Perhaps the most renowned and respected film reviewer of all time, Roger Ebert inspired generations to think outside the box. And his list of "Great Movies" has become somewhat of a tradition within the Letterboxd Season Challenge's, opening more cinephiles eyes to what a master of the film critique considers worth watching.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week10"

  • City Lights

    11.City Lights

    ★★★★½

    Week 11: November 18th-24th
    Silent Comedy Week

    Silent comedies have captivated audiences from perhaps the beginning of cinema itself, and still continue to inspire film makers today with films like 2011's The Artist. There are so many major names to choose from and all of them offer something unique to the genre.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen silent film of the comedy genre.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week11"

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  • Paris, Texas

    12.Paris, Texas

    ★★★½

    Week 12: November 25th-December 1st
    Master of the West: Wim Wenders Week

    Another set of weekly tasks that have been in each of the past Season Challenges are the Masters of the East and West challenges. This year's spotlighted Western director is Wim Wenders, the Palme d'Or winning filmmaker from the Fatherland. Though known for his dramas, Wenders also has some features in the documentary category for those interested.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film directed by Wim Wenders.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week12"

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  • Bringing Up Baby

    13.Bringing Up Baby

    Week 13: December 2nd-8th
    Katharine Hepburn Week

    In hindsight, maybe I should've done this as "Hepburn Week", so you'd have the choice between Katherine and Audrey. In fact, both are worth watching and important to cinema, so if you decide to watch an Audrey Hepburn film instead, its all good. Unfortunately I'm writing this description after most of you have already made your lists, but it still stands that you can choose between the two ladies.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film starring Katharine Hepburn.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week13"

  • Brigsby Bear

    14.Brigsby Bear

    ★★★

    Week 14: December 9th-15th
    "I've been meaning to get to it..." Week

    Let's be honest: time has a way of making fools of us all. As films continue to be released and you continue to add to your watch list, there are bound to be quite a few that slip through the cracks. There were a bunch of fantastic movies released last year that you said you'd get around to. But now its almost 2019 and you still haven't watched them. So now's the time to take a look back at last year before moving on to next year.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film released in 2017 that you've been meaning to watch.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week14"

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  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

    15.The Muppet Christmas Carol

    Week 15: December 16th-22nd
    Holiday Week

    Its that time of the year, and you're probably already watching a Christmas flick anyway, so why not? Now this is open to any holiday-centric film, even ones that don't necessarily take place at this time of the year. So if you have an Arbor Day film you want to see, you go for it. So, enjoy the holiday movies, and have a good break!

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film centered around a holiday.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week15"

  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    16.Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    ★★★★½

    Week 16: January 6-12th
    Best Films You've Never Seen Week

    Welcome back! There are so many films out there that don't get the proper attention they deserve. Maybe they're divisive, maybe they're hard to recommend, or maybe they're just plain underrated. So, in what has become a staple of the Letterboxd Season Challenge, this "Best Films You've Never Seen" challenge will shine some light on these diamonds in the rough.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen "Best Film You've Never Seen" from either Richard Crouse's list, Leonard Maltin's list, or Monsieur Flynn's list.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week16"

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  • Perfect Blue

    17.Perfect Blue

    ★★★★½

    Week 17: January 13th-19th
    No Disney, No Ghibli Week

    If you live on the planet Earth, you've most likely seen a Disney movie at some point in your life. And if you like animated movies, you've most likely seen a Pixar or Ghibli film or two or all of them. And though these studios produce quality and important films, its essential to check out the lesser known movies. Especially in a medium that often gets marked as just for kids, where the opposite is the truth.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen animated film that was not created by Disney/Pixar or Studio Ghibli. Ymir_from_Venus's list is available to guide you.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week17"

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  • Dark City

    18.Dark City

    Week 18: January 20th-26th
    Post-80's Neo-Noir Week

    Earlier in the Challenge, we examined the origins of film noir. Now, we take a look at where time has taken the genre. The idea of neo-noir is basically just noir that's contemporary as opposed to classic noir. There are plenty to choose from and many within the past few years, so get to watching.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen neo-noir film released in the year 1990 or later.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week18"

  • Irreversible

    19.Irreversible

    ★★★½

    Week 19: January 27th-February 2nd
    New French Extremity Week

    Strap in, because this is gonna be a tough week. Films from the New French Extremity are renowned for their mix of hardcore violence and sexuality, and they certainly aren't for everyone. So for this week, even if you don't get through a whole film, as long as you attempt to watch the movie for as long as you can, I'd call that a success.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film from the
    New French Extremity.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week19"

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  • BASEketball

    20.BASEketball

    ★★★

    Week 20: February 3rd-9th
    Sports Week

    Its Super Bowl Sunday here in the U.S., and if you're an indoor person like me, or not from the U.S., you probably really don't care too much. Or maybe you do. But I figured just football movies would be too limiting, so the challenge has been extended to include all sports related movies.

    This week's challenge is to watch a film centered around any sport of your choosing, including any and all fictional sports.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week20"

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  • The Battle of Algiers

    21.The Battle of Algiers

    Week 21: February 10th-16th
    Third Cinema Week

    "Third Cinema films sought to inspire revolution against class, racial and gender inequalities. Spectators were called upon to reflect on social injustices and the process by which their realities occurred, and to take action to transform their conditions. Even though Third Cinema films arose during revolutionary eras in Latin America and other countries, this filmmaking is still influential today. This style of filmmaking includes a radical form of production, distribution and exhibition that seeks to expose the living conditions of people at the grassroots level."

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen Third Cinema film. Here is a more focused list by user JohnPublic, and here is a broader list by user East Wind.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week21"

  • The Favourite

    22.The Favourite

    ★★★★★

    Week 22: February 17th-23rd
    Oscars Week

    As cynical as I am and as shallow as they are, I really can't help myself from getting excited for the Oscars, both the awards show and the nominees. I like watching all the Best Picture nominees, I like watching the show with my friends. I even like those stupid montages of random movie clips they do (in fact I like those better than whatever Jimmy Kimmel does). So, in honor of the Oscars, I present you with this.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film nominated for the Best Picture award at the 2019 Oscars. Naturally, these films won't be known until early 2019.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week22"

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  • Chopping Mall

    23.Chopping Mall

    ★½

    Week 23: February 24th-March 2nd
    Best of the Worst Week

    RedLetterMedia is almost like Internet royalty in some circles. The Plinkett reviews basically created how movies were reviewed online and their consistently still discussing modern and classic films in their series' such as Half in the Bag and Re:View, respectively. But this week isn't for those shows, but for their show focused on low budget and semi-lost-to-time schlock, Best of the Worst. Much like the "Masters of Trash" week, this is a reminder of what film can achieve and how lowbrow it can really get.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film featured on RedLetterMedia's Best of The Worst series.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week23"

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  • The Secret in Their Eyes

    24.The Secret in Their Eyes

    ★★★★

    Week 24: March 3rd-9th
    Strange New Land Week

    There is so much cinema out there to digest that often times we forget to look to other countries for their fantastic films. Plus, the March Around the World Challenge usually occurs this month, allowing you to do a bit of crossover. For those of you who are Pro or Patron members, you can check the map at the bottom of your stats list to see which countries you have and have not seen films from.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen foreign film from a country that you have not yet seen a film from.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week24"

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  • Welcome to the Dollhouse

    25.Welcome to the Dollhouse

    ★★★½

    Week 25: March 10th-16th
    Director Recommendations: Edgar Wright Week

    One of yours truly's favorite directors, Edgar Wright, compiled a list of his 1.000 favorite films. And he seems to know what he's talking about, at least to me, and since I don't have a functional favorites list for a self indulgent category, this is the next best thing. Probably better, to be honest.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film from director Edgar Wright's list of his 1,000 favorite films.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week25"

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  • Fallen Angels

    26.Fallen Angels

    ★★★½

    Week 26: March 17th-23rd
    Hong Kong New Wave Week

    "The Hong Kong New Wave started in 1979. During the 1980s, the [Chinese] film industry began to flourish; many Chinese households did not have a TV at the time. Film served as the primary source of entertainment. Many of the New Wave directors had a Western-style education and thus, were influenced by western filmmaking and culture. The films of the New Wave, stylistically, lacked coherence; rather the term was used to make the distinction between new filmmakers and studio filmmaking. These films utilized new technology, like synchronous sound, new editing techniques, and filming movies on location. In 1984, the New Wave began to gain attention from international audiences, thus prompting what became known as the Second Wave."

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film from either the First Wave or the Second Wave of the Hong Kong New Wave movement.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week26"

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  • Ratcatcher

    27.Ratcatcher

    Week 27: March 24th-30th
    Contemporary Women Directors Week

    Last Season Challenge, there was a weekly challenge that focused on women directors pre-1960's. But this year, I thought we should focus on the women creating films today. Its no real secret that the film industry has not offered a lot of opportunity to women, though that seems to be slowly changing. So, in order to support these women currently creating films, we're gonna spend this week watching films directed by them. And hopefully someday there won't be such a divide in the industry that we won't need to push for more women helmed films, it'll just be happening already.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film directed by a woman released in the past 20 years.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week27"

  • Son of Saul

    28.Son of Saul

    Week 28: March 31st-April 6th
    Foreign War Films

    War films, both documentary and narrative features, have had a long storied history in yours truly's country of origin, the U.S.. But I'm tired of this country's perspective on war. I've seen how its affected my county, now to see how it affects others. And if you're not from the U.S. like me, I can tell you that you have a bunch to choose from if you choose a war film from this country.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen war film from any foreign country, or a country you do not reside from.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week28"

  • Smithereens

    29.Smithereens

    ★★★

    Week 29: April 7th-April 13th
    No Wave Cinema Week

    "No wave cinema was an underground filmmaking movement that flourished on the Lower East Side of New York City from about 1976 to 1985. Sponsored by and associated with the artists group Collaborative Projects or "Collab", no wave cinema was a stripped-down style of guerrilla filmmaking that emphasized mood and texture above other concerns."

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film from the
    No Wave Cinema/Cinema of Transgression film movement.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week29"

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  • Locke

    30.Locke

    ★★★

    Week 30: April 14th-April 20th
    One Setting Week

    I'll be honest: I really enjoyed this theme from last year and decided to transfer it over to this year as well. Its a particular style of film making that within itself has different film making styles and genres. Also, this chosen constraint often offers some entertaining technical aspects for those of you into that.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film which takes place primarily within a single setting.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week30"

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  • Ichi the Killer

    31.Ichi the Killer

    ★★★

    Week 31: April 21st-April 27th
    Master of the East: Takashi Miike Week

    With a huge directorial filmography that ranges from weird to batshit insane, Takashi Miike has spent the past couple decades entertaining and disturbing film audiences around the world. And now its your turn. If you've never seen a Takashi Miike film before, you're in for a treat. Or a nightmare. Good luck.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film directed by Takasi Miike.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week31"

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  • Weekend

    32.Weekend

    Week 32: April 28th-May 4th
    Past Host Week: kurt k

    It's important to pay tribute to those who came before you. Wanted to give a shout out to past host kurt k for hosting the Letterboxd Season Challenge the past two years. Definitely directed my attention to a lot of fantastic cinema, so let's all check out some stuff that kurt k considers worth watching in this penultimate weekly challenge.

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film kurt k's
    Personal Cannon list.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week32"

  • Z

    33.Z

    Week 33: May 5th-11th
    Past Host Week: Monsieur Flynn

    Well, here we are folks. Nine months later, and we've reached the end of our journey. And what better way to close out this year's Season Challenge than to celebrate the one who started it all. Three years ago, Monsieur Flynn created the original Letterboxd Season Challenge, and the tradition has now concluded its fourth consecutive year. I hope everyone has seen some good cinema, and maybe you've even found a new favorite or two. Thank you all for participating! See you next Season!

    This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film from Monsieur Flynn's Movies To See Before Your End Credits list.

    Weekly tag: "lsc2018-19 week33"