Blind Spots 2016

This year I’m going to take part in the ‘Blind Spot’ craze that’s sweeping all of our nations popular with several bloggers that I follow. That means I’m committing to watching the following twelve films at some point during 2016 as I’ve never actually seen them, and would like to, and probably ought to if I’m going to continue pretending to be a movie critic. The twelve I’ve chosen are:

January: When Harry Met Sally
February: Klute
March: Gone With The Wind
April: Shane
May: The Princess Bride
June: Γ€ Bout De Souffle (Breathless)
July: Dead Man
August: Saturday Night Fever
September: La Battaglia Di Algeri (The Battle Of Algiers)
October: City Lights
November: The Piano
December: Kes

(I dare say I’ll be watching other films this year on top of these that could be described as ‘blind spots’, too.)

Comments 23

    • Stu January 3, 2016

      I look forward to that, I’ve heard so much about it over the years I’m not sure why I’ve waited until now to see it. Same goes for quite a few of the list!

  1. Wendell January 3, 2016

    I love Saturday Night Fever and Battle of Algiers, but for totally different reasons. Both are fantastic. I’m not the biggest fan of Gone with the Wind, but I understand why it’s so iconic. Still need to see the rest of these myself, especially City Lights. Maybe I’ll still get to it this year. Glad to see you participating.

    • Stu January 3, 2016

      Thanks Wendell. Yeah I’ve read a lot of criticism about Gone With The Wind, obviously primarily regarding its depiction of black people, slavery and marital rape, so that’s going to be interesting to say the least. I’ll have to wait and see before I can comment further. I had a Chaplin binge a few years back (the year before starting this blog) but missed City Lights so that’s one I’m really looking forward to.

  2. Tom January 3, 2016

    The Princess Bride is on here?! For shame sir! πŸ˜‰ I do hope you enjoy that one though in all seriousness. I think it’s every bit as good as its hype suggests.

    Apart from that, a lot of titles I don’t even recognize. I like that. Means I have some work to do, and I may just have to commit to doing this challenge as well.

    • Stu January 3, 2016

      I know, I know! I could have filled the 12 months many times over with stuff I’ve overlooked or have somehow never seen. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind…Maltese Falcon…Zero Dark Thirty…Schindler’s List…Some Like It Hot…the list is long and hopefully I’ll get round to more than just 12 of them this year. I hope you join in dude, I’ve seen others do it in the past and enjoy it…I guess some films are seen as being classics for good reason.

    • Stu January 3, 2016

      Thanks Keith; I like it too, and Breathless is probably one of the ‘big four’ from the period that I haven’t caught yet (I’ve seen The 400 Blows, Bande A Part and Jules Et Jim). Beyond those there’s a lot of French New Wave films I’d love to see…Last Year At Marienbad, Hiroshima Mon Amour etc. Any recommendations?

      • Keith January 3, 2016

        Oh absolutely! You mentioned many of the big ones. In fact I absolutely adore The 400 Blows, Bande, and Jules. I would recommend looking up My Life to Live, Les Cousins, Shoot the Piano Player, and of course Hiroshima to name a few.

  3. Rebecca January 3, 2016

    Ooh When Harry Met Sally is one of my all time favourite movies, I’ve also seen Gone With The Wind, Saturday Night Fever, The Battle of Algiers and The Piano and I’m sure you’re in for a good year πŸ™‚

    • Stu January 3, 2016

      Thanks, good to know! Sadly I missed When Harry Met Sally at the cinema last month, in London, but looking forward to catching it as I just read a great article about Nora Ephron.

  4. Nostra January 3, 2016

    Nice to see you joining in…will be putting up my own list later today. As for the movies you are planning to see, there are a couple of amazing ones. Nice to be experiencing them for the first time!

  5. Veronika January 3, 2016

    I’ve been thinking of taking part in this “challenge” too, it’s been everywhere I turned to this year. πŸ™‚

    And as someone who’s seen all of your blind spots, I have to say I’m kind of jealous of you seeing Breathless and City Lights for the first time. You’re going to have a fantastic year, judging from this list. πŸ˜‰ all the best in 2016!

    • Stu January 3, 2016

      It does seem to be everywhere! This is the first year for me but I have a lot of ‘blind spots’ so I doubt it will be the last. Thanks very much and all the best to you for the year ahead.

  6. Todd Benefiel January 3, 2016

    I’ve seen all of your January to May ‘blind spots’, but beyond that, no dice. I guess I’ll have to add ‘Saturday Night Fever’ to my 2016 viewing list as well…or maybe I’ll do my own blind spot list, and give it a theme: ‘Even More Crappy Horror Movies from the 50s and 60s I Own, But Haven’t Yet Watched’.

    • Stu January 3, 2016

      I added Saturday Night Fever after seeing you mention it on your post the other day. Thought it was about time I gave it a shot. I nearly added Eegah too, but that would be ridiculous. That monolith must be creaking under the weight of Crappy Horror Movies.

      • Todd Benefiel January 3, 2016

        Well, one big section of it is creaking under the weight, that’s for sure! And I was going to make a wiseacre comment earlier about how you noticed that I hadn’t seen ‘Saturday Night Fever’, and you’d decided to embarrass me and beat me to the punch…a comment which, as it turns out, would’ve been true :-). And I already had my say about ‘Eegah’ in another post, so I’ll let it go at that.

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