Six years ago, I began hosting a fall film challenge in which participants dared to watch, ultimately, as many as fifty movies in a three-month period. Some succeeded. Each year’s challenge included a regular round of twenty-five flicks and a bonus round of another twenty-five flicks. Categories were different for each round. The rules…
Begins one minute past twelve a.m. September first / concludes midnight November thirtieth. You may NOT use a film you have already seen, even in part (excluding trailers), for this challenge. All films MUST be new to you. Each film chosen for the challenge may be used ONLY ONCE, i.e. a film used for the best cinematography category may not be used for the best picture one as well. All films selected for the challenge MUST have a page on the Internet Movie Database. Films can be viewed in the theater or at home, but all films must have (had) a theatrical release; made for television movies are not eligible for the challenge.
The first five people to complete the challenge prior to November thirtieth will each receive a Redbox gift card valued at ten dollars. The one person to accumulate the most points will receive an Amazon gift card valued at fifty dollars. Each film is valued at ten points, yielding a total points of two hundred fifty. Details of a bonus round will be revealed October fifteenth.
To participate, you must be a member of The Fall Film Challenge Facebook group. Once you have joined and chosen your films to fit the below categories, post your list to the group’s page or email it to quirkypickings at icloud dot com so that I may add your selections to a master list. Only those who have submitted lists to me are eligible for the prizes.
The original categories…
- One. Any action/ adventure flick.
- Two. Any shot in Budapest, Hungary.
- Three. Any awarded an Oscar for Best Cinematography.
- Four. Any drama/ biography/ documentary.
- Five. Any awarded an Oscar for Best Film Editing.
- Six. Any science-fiction/
- fantasy flick.
- Seven. Any starring an actress whose last name begins with the letter G.
- Eight. Any set during any holiday.
- Nine. Any from Internet Movie Database’s top flicks.
- Ten. Any starring an actor whose last name begins with the letter J.
- Eleven. Any starring an actress whose last name begins with the letter K.
- Twelve. Any shot in London, England.
- Thirteen. Any awarded an Oscar for Best Original Score.
- Fourteen. Any adapted from any novel.
- Fifteen. Any awarded an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
- Sixteen. Any awarded an Oscar for Best Picture.
- Seventeen. Any featured on American Movie Classic’s Fifty Great Movie Quotes.
- Eighteen. Any romance or comedy.
- Nineteen. Any sports flick.
- Twenty. Any thriller or mystery.
- Twenty-One. Any starring an actor whose last name begins with the letter U.
- Twenty-Two. Any shot in a country you’ve never visited.
- Twenty-Three. Any shot in Wilmington, North Carolina.
- Twenty-Four. Any western or war film.
- Twenty-Five. Any from American Film Institute’s Greatest American Movies of All Time.
Originally published August eleventh, ‘fourteen.
Bonus round categories…
- One. Any film featuring music by Louis Armstrong.
- Two. Any starring Anne Bancroft.
- Three. Any featuring music by Frederic Chopin.
- Four. Any awarded an Oscar for best Costume Design.
- Five. Any starring Elaine Stritch.
- Six. Any awarded an Oscar for best Foreign Language Film.
- Seven. Any shot in Georgia.
- Eight. Any starring Richard Harris.
- Nine. Any film currently (or soon-to-be) shown in theaters.
- Ten. Any featuring music by John Williams.
- Eleven. Any with a color in the title.
- Twelve. Any starring Lauren Bacall.
- Thirteen. Any shot in Massachusetts.
- Fourteen. Any with a number in the title (sequels do NOT count; i.e. no Men in Black Three).
- Fifteen. Any awarded an Oscar for Best Actor.
- Sixteen. Any awarded an Oscar for best Art Direction/ Production Design.
- Seventeen. any awarded an Oscar for best Sound/ Sound Mixing.
- Eighteen. Any shot in the Czech Republic.
- Nineteen. Any shot in Scotland.
- Twenty. Any featuring music by Thomas Newman.
- Twenty-One. Any with a one-word title.
- Twenty-Two. Any shot in Vancouver.
- Twenty-Three. Any starring Robin Williams.
- Twenty-Four. Any film of your choice.
- Twenty-Five. Any featuring music by Hans Zimmer.
Originally published October fifteenth, ‘fourteen.
The Second Annual Fall Film Challenge…
- One. Any set in New York City.
- Two. Any incorporating hot air balloons in the story.
- Three. Any featuring a child as the main character.
- Four. Any Disney film.
- Five. Any set in Egypt OR that has an Egyptian character OR that stars an Egyptian actor/actress.
- Six. A close friend or family member’s favorite film.
- Seven. Any with the word great in the title.
- Eight. Any starring Harrison Ford.
- Nine. Any featuring an idiot as the main character.
- Ten. Any mentioned in Levis Strauss’ list: Denim in the Oscars: A Look at Jeans in Cinema.
- Eleven. A film about a knight.
- Twelve. A love story.
- Thirteen. A movie about something miraculous.
- Fourteen. Any starring an actor/actress with the same first name as yours.
- Fifteen. A film about the Olympics.
- Sixteen. A film on Time magazine’s list: The Top Ten Newspaper Movies.
- Seventeen. Any with a question in the title.
- Eighteen. Any with a score of ninety percent or greater on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Nineteen. A film about a superhero.
- Twenty. Any with subtitles.
- Twenty-One. Any incorporating unicorns in the story.
- Twenty-Two. a film about a personal victory.
- Twenty-Three. a film with black or white in the title.
- Twenty-Four. Any set in a country you would most like to visit.
- Twenty-Five. A film set in a zoo.
Originally published July thirty-first, ‘fifteen.
The second bonus round…
- One. Anne Hathaway.
- Two. Ben Stiller.
- Three. Miley Cyrus.
- Four. Vin Diesel.
- Five. Eddie Murphy.
- Six. Will Ferrell.
- Seven. Gwyneth Paltrow.
- Eight. Katie Holmes.
- Nine. Ione Skye.
- Ten. Jonah Hill.
- Eleven. Ashton Kutcher.
- Twelve. Justin Long.
- Thirteen. Maggie Gyllenhaal.
- Fourteen. Nicolas Cage.
- Fifteen. Owen Wilson.
- Sixteen. Pauly Shore.
- Seventeen. John C. Reilly.
- Eighteen. Sylvester Stallone.
- Nineteen. Tyler Perry.
- Twenty. Channing Tatum.
- Twenty-One. Vince Vaughn.
- Twenty-Two. Patrick Wilson.
- Twenty-Three. Megan Fox.
- Twenty-Four. Gary Busey.
- Twenty-Five. Renee Zellwegger.
Originally published October fourteenth, ‘fifteen.
The Third Annual Fall Film Challenge…
- One. About adolescence.
- Two. About a character’s rebirth or rite of passage.
- Three. About a comic book character.
- Four. Shot or set in Washington, D.C.
- Five. Set in an academic environment.
- Six. About failure.
- Seven. About a man vs. God or gods.
- Eight. About a man vs. himself.
- Nine. About an invention or an ingenuous individual.
- Ten. Set in a jail or prison.
- Eleven. About a dog.
- Twelve. About loss.
- Thirteen. About man vs. man.
- Fourteen. About man vs. nature.
- Fifteen. One that has a monster or monstrous individual.
- Sixteen. Shot or set in Pennsylvania.
- Seventeen. About a character’s quest of some kind.
- Eighteen. About a character who goes from rags to riches.
- Nineteen. About a man. vs. society.
- Twenty. Originally released in the thirties.
- Twenty-One. About undesirable individuals or elements.
- Twenty-Two. About a voyage and return.
- Twenty-Three. About wizards or witchcraft.
- Twenty-Four. Originally released in the sixties.
- Twenty-Five. About a yearning or obsession.
The third bonus round… pick twenty-five films based on books or actual events.
Originally published October fifteenth, ‘sixteen.
The Fourth Annual Fall Film Challenge…
- One. Starring Anthony Hopkins.
- Two. Listed on Nathan Bransford’s Best Hundred Movies Challenge.
- Three. About charity: an organization, an individual, a cause, an act… interpret this as you will.
- Four. Starring Robert Downey, Jr.
- Five. about envy: a character, a plot device… use your imagination.
- Six. About faith.
- Seven. About greed.
- Eight. About hope.
- Nine. Starring Jeremy Irons.
- Ten. About justice.
- Eleven. Starring Kevin Bacon.
- Twelve. About lust.
- Thirteen. Starring Ian McKellen.
- Fourteen. Set in a castle.
- Fifteen. About fortitude.
- Sixteen. about pride.
- Seventeen. Starring Alan Rickman.
- Eighteen. Released last year and reviewed on slothsandmovies.com.
- Nineteen. About temperance.
- Twenty. About prudence.
- Twenty-One. Starring Val Kilmer.
- Twenty-Two. About wrath.
- Twenty-Three. Set in an exotic locale.
- Twenty-Four. About gluttony.
- Twenty-Five. Set in space.
Originally published July twenty-seventh, ‘seventeen.
The fourth bonus round…
I’ve chosen twenty-five television series, past and present. For each program, choose a film which stars an actor or actress who has appeared on that show at least once. That individual does not have to be a member of the main cast. See the sample bonus round list (centered). The catch (and this is what makes it a wee bit tricky): two selected actors can’t be in the same movie. If you choose a Robert Downey Jr. movie for one series, he can’t also star in another film selected for a different show, i.e. both he and Rachel McAdams are in Sherlock Holmes, so you couldn’t pick that film for True Detective.
You would have to pick another McAdams flick, one in which he does not star, such as Doctor Strange. Be sure to check the other actors listed alphabetically section on IMDB’s site… sometimes filmmakers will sneak in an uncredited cameo. What if instead of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, the director had opted to include a scene starring Iron Man? I wouldn’t let you count that film, that’s what, and you’d stand to lose some points. But Rachel wasn’t cast in Spidey, and Robert’s not got a role in Strange, so you’re good. Got it? God, I hope so.
Originally published October fifteenth, ‘seventeen.
The Fifth Annual Fall Film Challenge…
This time, I opted a game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Choose twenty-five films that you can connect to others in which he has starred in SIX FILMS OR LESS, counting his work and your choice. For example, the cast of Black Panther includes Lupita Nyong’o… who starred with Michael Fassbender in Twelve Years a slave… who starred with bacon in X-Men: Days of Future Past. DO NOT show the connections in your list. Some of the fun this year is in seeing how others connect the films you’ve selected with Kevin Bacon. Sample shown to the right.
- One. Black Panther.
- Two. Avengers: Infinity War.
- Three. Incredibles Two.
- Four. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
- Five. Deadpool Two.
Originally published July thirty-first, ‘eighteen.
The fifth bonus round…
Choose one film for each of the following actors:
- Kevin Bacon
- Sean Bean
- Jim Beaver
- Halle Berry
- Emily Blunt
- Alison Brie
- John Candy
- Peter Coyote
- Russell Crowe
- Peter Finch
- Megan Fox
- Michael J. Fox
- Vivica A. Fox
- Jamie Foxx
- Ryan Gosling
- Heather Graham
- Gloria Grahame
- Alec Guiness
- Jon Hamm
- Ethan Hawke
- John Hawkes
- Jack Lemmon
- Walter Pidgeon
- Anthony Quayle
- Brett Rice
If you notice, the last names of these actors sort of have something in common: Bacon, Bean, Berry, Brie, Crowe, Graham, Guiness, Hamm, Lemon — kind of like something edible. You can make substitutions to the list, so long as the actor’s last name is in that vein — Lucy Pickles, for example — but they must be approved by me. If you have seen one film by each actor listed above, you can watch other films by those actors for extra credit. Each movie is valued at ten points.
Originally published October fourteenth, ‘eighteen.
This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking party.Peregrin Took, portrayed by Billy Boyd — by J.R.R Tolkien in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
The Sixth Annual Fall Film Challenge…
This year, we celebrate the cast of Tolkien’s tales. Choose one film for each actor.
- Richard Armitage
- Sean Astin
- Sean Bean
- Cate Blanchett
- Orlando Bloom
- Billy Boyd
- Marton Csokas
- Benedict Cumberbatch
- John Rhys-Davies
- Luke Evans
- Martin Freeman
- Ian Holm
- Christopher Lee
- Evangeline Lilly
- Ian McKellan
- Dominic Monaghan
- Viggo Mortensen
- Mirando Otto
- Lee Pace
- Andy Serkis
- Liv Tyler
- Karl Urban
- Hugo Weaving
- David Wenham
- Elijah Wood
The sixth bonus round…
Choose twenty-five films that have been based on science-fiction/fantasy novels.
Originally published July thirty-first, ‘nineteen.