Thursday, 28 November 2013

2014 Blind Spot Series

Ryan McNeil has been hosting a series called the Blind Spot series for the last two years where he attempts to strike off a number of cinephile must-sees from his watchlist. He just announced his titles for 2014 and I think I would like to take part in it as well.

The only reason I had not started this earlier is because I don't do many reviews in this blog and the ones I do are mostly for the films I feel very strongly about. Lately, I have been feeling less and less inclined towards blogging, which isn't something I want. If anything, I hope to take this series as a challenge* for myself to start writing more. And if this also includes me finally watching some of these apparently great movies that have been gestating in my watchlist for far too long, hurrah for me.

The List:

Done:
January- Rebecca
February- The Apu Trilogy
March- Blue Velvet
April- Judgement at Nuremberg
May- Do the Right Thing
June- M
July- Easy Rider
August- Grand Hotel
September- Aguirre, the Wrath of God
October- Solaris (1972)
November-The Thin Blue Line
December- A Star is Born (1954)

*Fingers crossed my laziness does not get the better of me

18 comments:

  1. Nice picks, I need to watch some of these myself.

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  2. Hoping you will really dig Blue Velvet and Easy Rider - two of my favourite films and so damn awesome in completely different ways. (Though I'd say both are incredibly trippy.)

    Solaris is a slow-burning masterpiece in a way. While I didn't like it as much as I could have on a first watch, it is one that stays with you for quite a while after and is definitely one of the best films I've seen (even though it isn't a favourite of mine).

    Looking forward to seeing your write-ups on these films and good luck on your quest!

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    1. Trippy films are 50-50 for me- sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. I hope I like these too.

      Thanks!

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  3. Welcome to the Club! So you're finally watching The Apu Trilogy. That's good. Great to see Nuremberg as well. It was one of my favourite discoveries of last year.

    And Thin Blue Line! More than that documentary itself, I admire the hell out of what it was able to achieve. Saving someone's life is an incredible thing to add to film's resume.

    Looking forward to your entries!

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    1. Thanks! I have been postponing the trilogy for far too long. Really excited about the other two too.

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  4. I need to see Blue Velvet and M. too! Oh I know, I'm supposed to do reviews for every film on my list of shame but most of them just don't inspire me to say anything relevant. I'll have to find a way to just publish something about the 30+ films I've already seen but haven't written about!

    Out of those I've only seen Rebecca, which was good. Though, like I told you, that Joan Fontaine...

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    1. Totes understand and agree with everything you just said.

      Haha, must see if I feel the same way.

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  5. The Apu Trilogy has been on my watchlist for ages now, I feel like it's a big gap in my knowledge of film (especially Indian film). I found Rebecca to be sort of meh, but there were some aspects I enjoyed. Aguirre is absolutely crazy but at the end of the day, I loved it. I'm curious to see what you'll think of it.

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    1. Ditto.
      I'm curious (and a little scared) about Aguirre too.

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  6. Wow, that is a damn good list. I've seen 7 of these films in Blue Velvet, Solaris, The Thin Blue Line, Easy Rider, M, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, and Do the Right Thing. The Apu Trilogy is something I really want to see as I have Pather Pachali in my DVR queue as I'm going to watch it for next year's Cannes Film Festival marathon though the quality isn't very good as I know Criterion is going to have the Apu trilogy very soon on Blu-Ray.

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    1. Thank you!
      I'm so jealous of everyone who gets to buy the Criterion stuff. We don't have it here, and the films just seem so great.

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  7. Which A Star is Born are you going for? I imagine it is the Judy Garland one, which I haven't seen yet. I am, however, quite the hipster and I've seen the 1937 version with Janet Gaynor. It was the first movie to ever make me cry. Ha. The only films I've seen are Blue Velvet and Grand Hotel, both of which I quite liked. Good luck!

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    1. It *is* the Judy Garland one, but I am curious to see the Janet Gaynor one too.
      The first film I cried in was Stuart Little :P

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  8. Great list. I really need to watch The Apu Trilogy as well. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on M, Do the Right Thing and Aguirre, the Wrath of God.

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    1. Thank you!
      I;m looking forward to them :)

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