Inaccessible Director Challenge

The book blogging world just loves their challenges. They do a lot of them. My sister, a book blogger, just completed a summation of all the challenges she attempted in the year 2009. Check out her post here.  There are challenges about the number of books read, the type of book, the type of author, the number of pages.  It’s a handy idea to make sure you’re keeping a variety choices.

The film blogging world doesn’t really seem to be in to challenges (unless I’m just not aware of it).  Besides a few bloggers I know who created lists of movies they’ve never seen, the idea came from Movie Moxie (here’s mine, here’s Heather’s of Movie Mobsters, and here’s Shannon’s from Movie Moxie).  I’m not sure if this will catch on, but that doesn’t really matter, as this challenge really is about me, and my film watching habits.

I’ve created the Inaccessible Director Challenge.  The terms are subject to change, but for now, they are as follows:

  • Three months to complete the challenge (ending March 31, 2010).
  • Six movies must be watched.
  • Each movie will be by a director I find more inaccessible than most.
  • The movies must be split up among at least two directors.

While I retain the right to change this list at any time, these are the films I’ve chosen:

  • Stalker – Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Mirror – Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Ivan’s Childhood – Andrei Tarkovksy
  • Red – Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • Blue – Krzysztof Kieslwoski
  • The Decalogue – Krzysztof Kieslowski

Feel free to play along if you’d like.

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8 Responses to “Inaccessible Director Challenge”
  1. Darwin says:

    Interesting. I have started a couple of movie challenges (which I have yet to complete). I have not seen anything from Tarkovsky. Kieslowski is one of my my favorites. Why don’t you watch all three films from his Three Colors trilogy? Why leave out “White”? And I recommend watching them in order.
    .-= Darwin´s last blog ..Marnie (1964) =-.

  2. Blake says:

    @ Darwin – White is the only one of the three I have seen, so I’m just trying to get through the other two.

  3. Ben says:

    Inaccessible, huh? Not only is this the most perfect challenge coming from you, but…nope. That’s all I had to say.
    .-= Ben´s last blog ..Play it again, Sam. =-.

  4. Blake says:

    @ Ben. You should take part.

  5. Heather says:

    Since last year was the most committed I’ve been to writing and movie watching I feel like I can finally start setting challenges for myself up like this. It’s a fantastic idea, and as you pointed out may inspire a wider variety or you to watch movies you may otherwise have passed on.

    Good luck!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..January Review Star: Denzel Washington =-.

  6. Mitch says:

    I don’t believe you will find Kieslowski “inacessible” at all. You may be rebooting your own challenge! The late seventies Tarkovsky’s on the other hand . . .

  7. Mitch says:

    Also: after you watch “Stalker” and “Mirror”, you will understand precisely how much of an insuffarably provactive smartass Lars von Trier is for dedicating “Antichrist” in Tarkovsky’s memory.

  8. Blake says:

    @ Mitch – Yeah, Tarkovsky is really difficult for me. I have strong doubts that I’ll make it through all three movies in three months.

    I couldn’t believe it when the final credits started rolling after Antichrist, and I saw it was dedicated to Tarkovsky. It was so maddening. von Trier really knows how to push buttons.

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