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Letterboxd Season Challenge 2015-16

Letterboxd have changed the way we communicate about movies. Roger Ebert might have passed away, but it's never been easier to find great resources amongst the average Joe. Sure enough, few of us will ever aspire to the heights of Ebert or that of Letterboxd's own legend, Adam Cook, but there are still plenty of people out there worth getting to know, and Letterboxd allows us all to do so.

Should you ever wonder about which horror-movies to check out, Hollie Horror have covered just about everything ever made. Wondering about what's worth to check out from before 1940? PUNQ's your guy. I doubt any living person have bothered to watch as much crappy early era movies as him, and…

  • Monsieur Hire

    1.Monsieur Hire

    ★★★★

    Week 1: September 6th-12th
    Roger Ebert Week

    I might not always have agreed with the man, but truth be told; whenever I reach 363 movies for my take on the equivalent of his 'Great Movies', I'm confident at least 150 of those will be the very same as his (probably at least 200). A man that finds room for My Neighbor Totoro, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Groundhog Day, Say Anything..., My Man Godfrey, and Raiders of the Lost Ark along the likes of Raise the Red Lantern, Monsieur Hire, The Double Life of Veronique, Rashomon, Alien, Rear Window, The Last Picture Show, Pandora's Box, and Persona (to mention a lot).... he just can't be a man of bad taste from where I'm standing.

    Your challenge of the week, should you choose to accept it, is to watch at least one previously unseen movie of his Great Movies.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week1'

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  • Gold Diggers of 1933

    2.Gold Diggers of 1933

    ★★★★

    Week 2: September 13th-19th
    30's Musicals Week

    They had barely began talkies before they started singing and dancing, and in the 30s they had more than Fred and Ginger to offer. Whether you'd like to check out them or maybe Lubitch, von Sternberg or legendary dance choreographer Busby Berkeley, as they take on the likes of Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Marlene Dietrich, Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Claudette Colbert, Judy Garland or Ruby Keeler, there should be plenty of options out there.

    Your weekly challenge; watch at least one previously unseen musical from the 30s.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week2'

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  • Rashomon

    3.Rashomon

    ★★★★★

    Week 3: September 20th-26th
    Master of the East Week; Akira Kurosawa

    Kurosawa is a name that need no further introduction, but there are still plenty of people out there that haven't dipped their toes in his pond--and a whole lot more that still have a lot unseen from his filmograpy. You won't however be limited to Japanese movies, as the grand old man also had knowledge of the cinematic world up his sleeve...

    Your challenge of the week is to either watch at least one previously unseen Kurosawa-movie, or to watch at least one of the unseen movies from his 101 mentioned ones in A Dream is a Genius.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week3'

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  • Goldfinger

    4.Goldfinger

    Week 4: September 27th-October 3rd
    60's Blockbuster Week

    James Bond made quite an impact on the 60's box office, taking 6 of the 28 top grossing spots. It was still Sound of Music that made the largest splash, and other options include Romeo and Juliet, Dr. Zhivago, True Grit, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Psycho and Planet of the Apes.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen 60s-movie amongst the top 50 grossing ones at the US box office.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week4'

  • Safety Last!

    5.Safety Last!

    ★★★½

    Week 5: October 4th-10th
    PUNQ Week

    For the sheer insanity inherit in the quantity of early age movies he's watching each year, PUNQ deserves his own week of recognition in the community. It doesn't hurt that his achievements also is reason enough no-one thinks of me first whenever someone mentions something along the lines of "that crazy Norwegian"....

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen feature film that made it into one of PUNQ's top ten spots at any of his yearly lists taking on the years prior to 1940.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week5'

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  • The Double Life of Véronique

    6.The Double Life of Véronique

    ★★★★★

    Week 6: October 11th-17th
    Eastern European Week

    Countries that doesn't produce that many acclaimed directors, but every so often one comes along that makes a difference. Just because they were born in "smaller" movie-countries, doesn't mean you should deny yourself the pleasure to check out what they got to say.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen movie from one of the following directors; Czech Jan Švankmajer, Polish Krzysztof Kieślowski, Turkish Nuri Bilge Ceylan or Hungarian Béla Tarr.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week6'

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  • Linda Linda Linda

    7.Linda Linda Linda

    ★★★★½

    Week 7: October 18th-24th
    Midnight Eye Week

    Japan rightfully get a lot of praise and recognition for their early masters; the likes of Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi, and Kobayashi. Although South-Koreans get a lot of well deserved praise in the new millennium, Japan shouldn't be forgotten. They still know how to make great movies.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one movie from one of the seven Midnight Eye crew's top ten lists, or from the top list from their reader's poll.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week7'

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  • The Phantom Carriage

    8.The Phantom Carriage

    ★★★★★

    Week 8: October 25th-31st
    Halloween Special: Old School Horror Week

    The first wave of Vampire movies, early moral tales, and freaks as Frankenstein or monsters as King Kong. The late days of silent movies and the early days of talkies were brimming with early attempts at scaring the bejeezus out of us. Wiene, Murnau, Whale, Sjöström, Browning, and of course Fritz Lang.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen horror-movie made between 1920 and 1935.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week8'

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  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    9.The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    ★★★★

    Week 9: November 1st-6th
    Hardboiled Wonderland Week

    The 70s had their crime renaissance. Grittier, murky, violent, and not always so politically correct. Just what the genre ordered.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen Hardboiled Wonderland-movie
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week9'

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  • Stagecoach

    10.Stagecoach

    ★★★½

    Week 10: November 8th-14th
    Western Week

    Between John Wayne and Clint Eastwood you've pretty much summed up the two main shades of Westerns, and if you add the directors John Ford, Sergio Leone and Budd Boetticher you've pretty much covered the spread.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen western-movie made by Ford, Leone or Boetticher.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week10'

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  • Spirited Away

    11.Spirited Away

    ★★★★

    Week 11: November 15th-21st
    Studio Ghibli Week

    The two legendary Studio Ghibli partners, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, changed the way many of us looked at animated movies. They inevitably set the bar so high everyone else seems destined to fail.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen Studio Ghibli movie from Miyazaki or Takahata. Should you have seen all of them (bless you), your challenge is to watch an unseen Studio Ghibli movie from one of their lesser known directors. Have you seen all of them as well, your challenge is to revisit a Takahata or Miyazaki movie that didn't win you over first time around.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week11'

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    12.Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Week 12: November 22nd-28th
    50s Sci-Fi Week

    The 50s was a mecca for aliens, creatures and scientists gone wrong, both in mainstream and b-movies. Whether you prefer Godzilla, aliens taking over the planet, or the fallout of nuclear material/bombs, there's plenty to choose from for everyone.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen Sci-Fi movie made during the 50s.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week12'

  • Show Me Love

    13.Show Me Love

    ★★★★½

    Week 13: November 29th-December 5th
    Coming of Age Week

    Coming of Age can be both a journey into cinematic art, and great entertainment--when done right. To such an extent, it shouldn't be looked down at. Everyone is either coming of age, or have been at one time. Unlike other genres, that gives everyone something personal to connect with in these movies.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen Coming of Age movie that made it into one of these three lists; BFI's 50 Movies to See Before the age of 14, Adam's Top 50 Coming of Age movies, or mine Zapproved Coming of Age movies.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week13'

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  • City Lights

    14.City Lights

    ★★★★★

    Week 14: December 6th-12th
    Silent Comedy Week

    They might not have figured out how to make talkies, but they could still move us and wear their hearts on their sleeves. And they certainly could make us laugh.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen silent comedy feature starring either Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week14'

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  • Alien

    15.Alien

    ★★★★★

    Week 15: December 13th-19th
    Hollie's Horror Week

    Although I myself have very little experience with horror, this challenge is also meant to challenge myself. As such I have no other option than turn to Hollie for her expertise on the genre.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen horror movie from Hollie Horror's list over ranked genre-horrors. If you happen to have seen them all, your challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen one from her large Top 211 Horror films 1980 – 1989-list.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week15'

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  • Make Way for Tomorrow

    16.Make Way for Tomorrow

    ★★★★★

    Week 16: January 3rd-9th
    Spiritually Significant Week

    After a few weeks Christmas break, we pick it up again with spiritual experiences. Movies have the power to touch people--even change their lives if the pieces falls perfectly together. In many cases we'll at least for a few days become better people, until the realities of the era we live in again destroy our illusions.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen spiritually significant movie from Arts & Faiths' 2011-list. If you happen to have seen all, your challenge is to watch at least one unseen from this extended Arts & Faiths-list that includes movies from former editions.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week16'

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  • Dazed and Confused

    17.Dazed and Confused

    ★★★★

    Week 17: January 10th-16th
    New Cult Canon Week

    According to Ryan Wilkins; "As a group of movies, The New Cult Canon not only reflects a distinct niche of cinema that fails to fit into traditional "high" or "low" boxes, but also defines Tobias's critical sensibility: Open, curious, diverse, deeply knowledgeable about history, and partial to filmmakers whose reach exceeds their grasp." Looking over the list, I'm at least sure there are plenty of great movies in Scott Tobias' list, and you probably won't go too wrong no matter what you choose.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen new cult movie from film critic Scott Tobias' compiled The New Cult Canon in his regular column for The A.V. Club.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week17'

  • M

    18.M

    ★★★★★

    Week 18: January 17th-23rd
    Cahiers du cinéma Week

    The top 100 most essential films of 78 French film directors, critics and industry executives. The list was compiled for and published in the French Cahiers du cinéma film magazine. Not surprising that I do tend to agree with them at most of these, especially given my somewhat French taste in cinema.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen Cahiers du cinéma movie
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week18'

  • The Killer

    19.The Killer

    ★★★★½

    Week 19: January 24th-30th
    Sex and Zen & A Bullet in the Head Week

    According to Rik Tod Johnson; "The films listed in Stefan Hammond and Mike WIlkins' "Sex and Zen & A Bullet in the Head: The Essential Guide to Hong Kong's Mind-Bending Films." There are a lot of films mentioned in the book, but I am only including those films with either reviews within the main text or in the numerous capsule side reviews." Not Every movie in this list are great, but there are plenty of excellent movies here, as well as quite a few very interesting ones that deserves a shot.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen Sex and Zen & A Bullet in the Head: The Essential Guide to Hong Kong’s Mind-Bending Films-movie
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week19'

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  • Starship Troopers

    20.Starship Troopers

    ★★★★½

    Week 20: January 31st-February 6th
    Sci-Fi Week

    No genre has such a foundation for excellence as Sci-Fi, and few can touch their potential if the creator has steady storytelling skills. There are no other genre where you so easily can make such gigantic movies from simple premises, and as such Sci-Fi is a genre you shouldn't sell short.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen movie from Total Sci-Fi's 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week20'

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  • Pierrot le Fou

    21.Pierrot le Fou

    Week 21: February 7th-13th
    Master of the West Week; Jean-Luc Godard

    Godard shouldn't need any introduction, and as probably the best known of the French New Wave directors, he was part of one of the most important changes of cinema.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen movie made by Godard, or at least one of the unseen movies included in one of his top ten lists from his days as critic for Cahiers du cinéma
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week21'

  • My Man Godfrey

    22.My Man Godfrey

    ★★★★½

    Week 22: February 14th-20th
    Screwball Week

    Romance, wit, laughter and silliness. Screwball was in some ways the crowning achievement of cinema during the 30s and early 40s, although they definitely didn't have many of the greatest movies. But much like these days, popularity and quality are two very different ways to consider success.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen screwball movie. Pileofcrowns' Byrge & Miller’s “The Screwball Comedy Films”-list might be a good place to start considering, and Melissa have offered up quite a few more in her list.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week22'

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  • Enter the Dragon

    23.Enter the Dragon

    Week 23: February 21st-27th
    Martial Art Week

    Wire-Fu, Wuxia, Kung-Fu, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, countless stories about Wong Fei-hung, and everything else that goes with the genre.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen martial art movie movie from Paste’s 100 Best Martial Arts Movies of All Time.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week23'

  • Army of Shadows

    24.Army of Shadows

    ★★★★★

    Week 24: February 28th - March 5th
    French New Wave Era Week

    Because March is 30 Countries challenge-month, I've picked five country-dependent weekly challenges for the upcoming month, looking to make it possible to kill two birds with each single stone as far as those projects goes.

    I've never made a secret of loving French cinema. Whatever you feel about their New Wave, there's no denying the French changed the cinematic landscape in that era. Whether or not you can stand Godard, there are plenty of great directors to dig into. Melville, Bresson, Becker, Clouzot, Rohmer, Truffaut, Rivette, Malle, Chabrol, Tati, Lautner, Resnais, Demy, Sautet, Robbe-Grillet, Duvivier and Franju--to mention those from the top of my knowledge. I'd be hard pressed to come up with any bunch comparable within such a time-frame from a single country.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen French movie made between 1955 and 1970.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week24'

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  • Spring in a Small Town

    25.Spring in a Small Town

    ★★★★★

    Week 25: March 6th-12th
    Chinese Week

    Chinese or Chinese speaking movies have had a strange curve as far as quality goes, but whenever they peaked they really had things going for them. Hong Kong, Taiwan or the mainland; from Spring in a Small Town through martial art to Wong-Kar Wai's acclaimed and beloved movies; China has a lot to offer.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen Chinese movie that made either Golden Horse’s 100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films or/and Hong Kong Film Award's The Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week25'

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  • Seduced and Abandoned

    26.Seduced and Abandoned

    ★★★★½

    Week 26: March 13th-19th
    Italian Genres Week

    In the late 50s the Italian kick-started what I consider one of the most overlooked quality genres with their Commedia all'italiana, and to add to the mix they went ahead and also got Giallo sweeping the world. Both genres are well worth getting to know.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen Italian movie made between 1958 and 1975, that belong to either the Giallo-genre or the Commedia all'italiana-genre.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week26'

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  • Mädchen in Uniform

    27.Mädchen in Uniform

    ★★★★

    Week 27: March 20th-26th
    Pre-Hitler German Week

    Before Hitler changed the terrain, Germany had a bunch of highly skilled directors way ahead of their time. First in line was obviously Fritz Lang, but also Pabst, Froelich, Murnau, von Sternberg, Wiene and Lubitsch created acclaimed movies that still are praised.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen German movie made before Hitler arrived as Chancellor in 1933.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week27'

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  • The Cranes Are Flying

    28.The Cranes Are Flying

    ★★★★★

    Week 28: March 27th-April 2nd
    Post-Stalin Soviet Union Week

    After the death of Stalin, the local artists finally got room to grieve their lost ones from WWII publicly, and the freedom to create more openly. Amongst the first ones to make a lasting mark was Mikhail Kalatozov and Gregoriy Chukhray. Other potential directors to check out are Parajanov, Bondarchuk and Chkheidze, and of course it was the early days of Andrei Tarkovsky.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen Soviet movie made between 1953 and 1965.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week28'

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  • Sunset Boulevard

    29.Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★★

    Week 29: April 3rd-9th
    Quintessential Noir Week

    Enough subtitles for a while? Let's start by heading back to Noir. Black, white, femme fatales, corrupt cops, sleazy P.I.'s, shadows, fog and all those other great things. Probably the most notable sub-genre ever.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen Noir movie from They Shoot Pictures, Don't They's 250 Quintessential Noir Films-list.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week29'

  • Trouble in Paradise

    30.Trouble in Paradise

    ★★★★½

    Week 30: April 10th-16th
    Pre-Code Hollywood Week

    Sexual innuendos, references to homosexuality, miscegenation, illegal drug use, infidelity, abortion, and profane language, as well as women in their undergarments. What's not to like? I've often wondered what could have been had those silly Americans managed to steer clear of Hays...

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen Pre-Code movie from Hollywood, taking on talkies from the late 20s until the Code arrived in '34. Angela's list might be a good place to start.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week30'

  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

    31.I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

    ★★★★½

    Week 31: April 17th-23rd
    Best Movies You’ve Never Seen Week

    Only a couple of weeks left of the challenge, so this time we'll ditch the more common ground, and head for lists with focus on giving alternative recommendations. Movies too few have seen, but that the authors feel deserves a better faith than they have gotten. To some extent a few of these have found a new audience, much thanks to the fantastic Letterbox-community that always tries to steer their fellow Boxders towards undiscovered gold.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen 'Best Movies You’ve Never Seen'-movie from either Richard Crouse, Leonard Maltin or myself.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week31'

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  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    32.Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★★

    Week 32: April 24th-30th
    Lord Cookie Week

    Our world got a little colder at the beginning of the year. When the personification of Letterboxd, Lord Cookie himself, stopped reviewing movies he watched. At the end of April he announced his departure from the site, and the cold suddenly got all frosty.

    Those of us that have been around here for a while have gained a healthy dose of respect for the man, his knowledge, and the way he cared for the community. I intended to launch a Lord Cookie Day on the anniversary of his decision to leave us behind (for now, hopefully...), but it seems just as fitting to give him his own week in this challenge.

    Your weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen of Adam's favorites. Should you have happened to watch them all, your challenge is to revisit at least one of those that didn't quite impress you the first time around.
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week32'

  • Lost in Translation

    33.Lost in Translation

    ★★★★★

    Week 33: May 1st-7th
    Host Week

    I figure if you've somehow managed to stick around this long, it was probably worth the ride. In such case you might as well end the challenge by checking out some host-favorites...

    Your final weekly challenge is to watch at least one previously unseen movie from my latest favorite-list (edit: now launched) Should you need to plan ahead of then, it's a safe bet almost all in the top half of the 2015 edition will find a spot also next time around (with the exception of Serenity).
    Weekly tag: 'lsc2015-16 week33'

    EDIT Christmas 2015: The eligible 2016-edition of my favorites list now released.

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