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Peng Does a Movie Competition Thread 
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Yeah, but I thought it would make the list more of a mixed bag.


Understandable, but FOLLY!
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Mulholland Drive (Thief12). Runner-up: Army of Shadows (JamesKunz)


Interesting that you originally rated The Hill a smidge higher than Army of Shadows. The latter stick with you more?

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Yeah. Also my score is an arbitrary mix of technical/formal values (that I perceive the films to have) and my own emotional resonance with it. So sometimes you can find 9.5 ranking above 10, even in my top 100 list. I may think one film is better in many departments than the other, but I may like the latter more.

Incidentally, Mulholland Drive and Army of Shadows are now in my top 100. :)


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What, I got shut out of the Peng awards? I enjoyed the reviews a lot. By the way, I like Elsa Lanchester in Witness of the Prosecution even more than Dietrich. She and Laughton had a great rapport on screen. The Private Life of Henry VIII is an even better example, and she had a long career of wonderful supporting parts, although Bride of Frankenstein is the one everybody remembers.

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could you list all the movies that got an 8 or above? see if there's anything to add to the queue.


Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:47 am
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Here you go:

Flirting (1991) - 9/10
One, Two, Three (1961) - 8.5/10
Witness for the Prosecution (1957) - 8/10
Love in the Afternoon (1957) - 8.5/10
Belle de Jour (1967) - 8/10
Heavenly Creatures (1994) - 10/10
Little Murders (1971) - 8/10

Destiny (1921) - 8/10
Bend of the River (1952) - 8.5/10
The Lady Eve (1941) - 8.5/10
Bullitt (1968) - 8/10
Wild at Heart (1990) - 8/10
Bound (1996) - 9/10

In a Lonely Place (1950) - 9.5/10
Touching the Void (2003) - 8/10
The Killer (1989) - 9/10
The Quiet Earth (1985) - 8/10
The Hill (1965) - 10/10
Mulholland Drive (2001) - 10/10
Mystery Train (1989) - 8/10

Libeled Lady (1936) - 8/10
Conspiracy (2001) - 8.5/10
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) - 9/10
The Exterminating Angel (1962) - 8/10
Radio Days (1987) - 9/10
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) - 9.5/10
The Collector (1965) - 8.5/10

Love Jones (1997) - 8/10
The Caine Mutiny (1954) - 8.5/10
Darling (1965) - 8.5/10
The Getaway (1972) - 9/10
Army of Shadows (1969) - 9.5/10
Fitzcarraldo (1982) - 8.5/10

Room at the Top (1959) - 8.5/10
Experiment in Terror (1962) - 8/10
Amarcord (1973) - 8.5/10
Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) - 8.5/10
Forbidden Games (1952) - 9.5/10
Z (1969) - 9/10
Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987) - 9/10


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Well, I'll take 2nd place (albeit a tie) What a great competition. I too went for diversity with Touching the Void and it proved to be folly as well, with a mere 8 (my lowest score). Ah, well, if only I had known Mr. Peng's predilictions prior to making my selections. Still, I took home a couple of pengs, and will keep them well-polished and displayed in a prominent place in my home.

Good job Mr. Kunz and congrats. Although we all know the real winner of this competition is peng (despite having to watch Charlie's Angels and The Green Berets).


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What, I got shut out of the Peng awards?


If I expanded to a full five nominations, Room at the Top would appear in more than a few categories. Laurence Harvey and Simone Signoret especially are very, very close to Runner-up status. They're basically third places.

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Well, I'll take 2nd place (albeit a tie) What a great competition. I too went for diversity with Touching the Void and it proved to be folly as well, with a mere 8 (my lowest score). Ah, well, if only I had known Mr. Peng's predilictions prior to making my selections. Still, I took home a couple of pengs, and will keep them well-polished and displayed in a prominent place in my home.


Haha, the pengs. For what it's worth, even without my slight aversion to that particular brand of documentary I doubt it would have reached beyond an 8.5. It is really good but feels its length.

And thanks for the words. You really recommend a lot of movies with great screenplays.


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I just wonder what would have happened if I had gone with Amour instead of Touching the Void... Then I thought I already had a French film on my list, so I went with a documentary.

But you've probably seen Amour (I hope).


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If you liked "Kind Hearts and Coronets" that much, check out some of Guinness's other comedies with Ealing. "The Lavender Hill Mob" and "The Man in the White Suit" are especially good.

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I would love to do one of these competitions, but because of my work schedule it would take a ridiculously long time to finish. I work 10-hour shifts four days a week, so pretty much EVERYTHING I wanna do outisde of work has to be crammed into those three off days. Maybe with a more standard schedule I could make it work.....

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I would love to do one of these competitions, but because of my work schedule it would take a ridiculously long time to finish. I work 10-hour shifts four days a week, so pretty much EVERYTHING I wanna do outisde of work has to be crammed into those three off days. Maybe with a more standard schedule I could make it work.....


Just out of curiosity where do you work and what kind of job?

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A call center for a bank. Small Business department. I rarely post about it on social media because you never know who might be watching. I got promoted about a year ago, but with that position came a new schedule: Tue-Fri 11am-10pm. The three days off are awesome, but I basically have no life 4 out of every 7 days.

Maybe I can work something out. These are cool threads. The way I'd do it is have at least one movie be 95 min or less (so I can squeeze it in on weeknights), and none can be on the IMDB Top 250.

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KWRoss wrote:
A call center for a bank. Small Business department. I rarely post about it on social media because you never know who might be watching. I got promoted about a year ago, but with that position came a new schedule: Tue-Fri 11am-10pm. The three days off are awesome, but I basically have no life 4 out of every 7 days.

Maybe I can work something out. These are cool threads. The way I'd do it is have at least one movie be 95 min or less (so I can squeeze it in on weeknights), and none can be on the IMDB Top 250.


The reason why I asked is because I used to work in a Computer Tech Support Center with 12 hour 3 and a half day shifts. Paid good. But you had to take a ton of abuse.

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I could be tempted to do one. It would likely be focused on older titles (say 1940-1990) since that is where my film experience is most lacking. I can already tell you now, that Peng's imo high ratings won't likely be forthcoming since I gauge all films I watch on its merits as viewed TODAY, not generally taking into account how "groundbreaking" it might have been at the time. It does require a certain commitment I'm not sure I would want to undertake and does anyone here want to "risk" recommending me films anyway ;-)?


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Basically the original inspiration teacher films, a la Dead Poets Society. This film feels like meeting one of your nice grandpas. At first you're a bit put off by how old-fashioned he is, how he just tells it straightforward and true without the engaging nuance of someone more contemporary. However, as he keeps on telling about each set of people he met and each era of events passing by him, the passage of time begins to accumulate within his speech, and before you know it you're engaged and cling on to every word. And for something pretty straightforward, that speech can make you emotional in some places, especially at the end where it just gets the better of your feelings completely. A sincere and sentimental drama that is old-fashioned in the best sense of that word.


what did you think of Robert Donat? It was rather controversial at the time, him winning Best Actor over Gable in GWTW. And Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith.


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Most varied film selections: H.I. McDonough, who not only recommends a lot of very lesser known films, but of consistently high quality.

Works for me as a consolation prize. I suppose that was sort of my intention in the first place.


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MunichMan - I've seen Amour. *curl into fetal position when thinking of the film*

calvero - I should have mentioned this, but I think he's really, really good (I haven't seen the other nominees you mentioned though). It completely eluded me at first that the old man and the young man in flashback are the same person.

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I gauge all films I watch on its merits as viewed TODAY, not generally taking into account how "groundbreaking" it might have been at the time.


Omg me too! We're so alike!
(seriously though, I don't remember doing the latter in the reviews)


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You haven't seen Gone With the Wind or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington? wish I knew that before the competition.


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It does require a certain commitment I'm not sure I would want to undertake and does anyone here want to "risk" recommending me films anyway


well you can't go wrong with many titles in this thread. I recommend giving The Collector & The Hill a shot.


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Little Murders
Alan Arkin
1971

H.I. McDonough

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man, this has had 'very long wait' next to it on my netflix queue for months.


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