Howdy hunters! It's my turn to make the tasks for the Scavenger Hunt and I couldn't be happier, as I started creating hunt lists exactly one year ago in April 2019 with Ryan's creative tasks and have been hooked ever since. If you want to get a chance at hosting, join the Discord!
You can read the extended version of the rules on Wood's master list. But here's a summary:
1. Make a list of 30 movies using the prompts you see below. Try to put at least 25 movies you haven't seen before on your list.
2. Post a link to your list in the comments.
3. Watch as many of the movies as you can during the month of April, in any order.
4. Try to review the movies you watch and mention that you watched them for the hunt.
Remember to tag your list and your reviews with "Scavenger Hunt" and "Scavenger Hunt 61" to make it easier for other users to find them and interact with you.
For this month's tasks, I have tried to meet two goals. One was to watch some movies appropriate for the difficult times we are in, and another was to keep an almost homogenous theme of noticing the less noticed: The world of non-English-speaking (I try to avoid "foreign" since it's such a Hollywood-centric term), low-budget, or generally weird cinema. I understand that some of the tasks may be a bit difficult, so feel free to watch any movie from the Criterion Collection if it's impossible for you to follow a prompt. Enjoy and happy hunting!
Here are the tasks:
1. The Spanish Civil War ended on this day 81 years ago. Watch a war movie that is told from the viewpoint of those who lost the war.
2. Today is World Autism Awareness day. Watch a movie depicting a developmental or mental disorder. Here’s a good list you can use.
3. We celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday throughout 2020. For this reason, and also because Johannes Brahms died on this day, watch a movie about classical music and musicians. This Wikipedia category may help you.
4. Many of us are staying at home because of the concerns regarding Coronavirus this month. It’s the best of times for one of those long movies we’ve always planned to watch but never had the time for! Watch one of the five longest movies on your watchlist.
5. We need to cheer up! Watch a movie musical that is not an adaptation of a Broadway musical, or watch a Broadway musical filmed live on stage. Bonus points if you choose All That Jazz.
6. We need to calm down! Watch one of the calm and quiet movies written or directed by the late Abbas Kiarostami.
7. I live in Italy and the Italians have been marvelous and inspiring in still finding ways of enjoying themselves in the face of all the troubles related to COVID-19. Watch an Italian movie. Bonus points if it’s a happy-go-lucky one.
8. The tension's been high all around the world these days. Let's take the opportunity to analyze a case study of public opinion: Watch one of the 1000 most controversial movies on Letterboxd. (Reminder: You can sort the list by popularity or filter it to only show movies in your watchlist.)
9. Attending an online meeting, talking to your mom on the phone, and having lunch at the same time? Many can relate! Let's pay a tribute to the multitaskers of cinema: Watch a movie that credits one person for at least three roles in the cast and crew. (eg. where the writer-director also acts in the movie)
10. The great Max Von Sydow, who was born on this day, passed away this March. Watch a movie he stars in.
11. In the movies of last year, we saw a number of very good depictions of the troubles of getting old. Watch a movie in which an important character (or their actor) is 75 years old or older.
12. It’s Saoirse Ronan’s birthday! She is one of the many actors who started promising careers at a very young age and grew up to fulfill those promises. Watch a movie starring any actor who started out as a child actor.
13. Thirteen is my favorite number. So for this number, watch a movie by my favorite director, Wes Anderson. If you have seen everything he has directed, or don’t like what’s left, watch a movie starring one of his most frequent stars: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, or Jason Schwartzman.
14. While we're on the subject of me, I must add that I come from Iran and am quite proud of many of the movies from my home country. Watch a movie by an Iranian director or about an Iranian character. Here's a list to help you. (But please do not, on any grounds, watch Argo, 300, or Rosewater.)
15. Watch a movie in which a language is spoken that you do not know a word of.
16. We know many good movies only because we have seen their remakes. Let's give credit where credit is due: Watch the original version of a remake. Bonus points if you’ve already watched the remake and/or the original version is not in English.
17. It’s Rooney Mara’s birthday! She has been a big advocate for animal rights for many years. Watch a movie that’s either about animal rights or features an animal in a meaningful role.
18. Watch a movie starring an iconic non-American on-screen couple/team. (eg. Marcello Mastroianni and Sofia Loren, Alain Delon and Romy Schneider, Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna)
19. Many composers from non-English-speaking countries have been successful in the history of cinema. Watch a movie for which the music was composed by Alexandre Desplat (France), Jóhan Jóhannsson (Iceland), Gustavo Santaolalla (Argentina), Ennio Morricone (Italy), or Hans Zimmer (Germany).
20. Watch a non-American animated film.
21. We have come to know many great actors only since they started acting in Hollywood, even though they already had prolific careers in their home countries. Watch a non-American movie starring a non-American actor who now also stars in Hollywood. (eg. a Danish movie starring Mads Mikkelsen, a Spanish movie starring Antonio Banderas)
22. It’s Jack Nicholson’s birthday! Nicholson and his castmate, Helen Hunt, famously won both of the lead acting Academy Awards for their roles in As Good as It Gets. Watch a movie that won at a major film festival/award ceremony but only for the acting.
23. Watch a black and white movie that was made in the 21st century. Bonus points if you don’t choose The Artist. Here's a list to help you (thanks DonJohn80 for suggesting it).
24. Watch a comedy featuring a dictator. Bonus points if you choose The Death of Stalin.
25. Many low-budget movies have pleasantly surprised us with their originality. Watch a movie that was made with a budget below $3M.
26. It's all about you from now on! Watch a movie starring someone your age, but preferably from a different country than you.
27. Watch a movie that was edited by the editor of one of your four favorite movies on Letterboxd.
28. Watch a movie you wanted to watch as a child but were not allowed to or were too scared to watch. If no such movie exists, watch a non-English-speaking horror movie.
29. Watch a movie that includes a character with the same job as you. If you can’t find any, watch a movie that includes a student or an unemployed person.
30. Watch a movie for which the cinematography was done by the same person who filmed a movie you remember distinctly for its beautiful frames. Alternatively, watch a movie for which Darius Khondji did the cinematography.
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