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I’m glad I took part in the ‘Blind Spots’ thing* during 2016, although in a year where I sat down and watched maybe 20-30 other films that could easily have made the list I’m not sure how useful it really is! Among the highlights were Dead Man, Breathless, The Battle Of Algiers, Kes and Klute, but to be honest I enjoyed all 12 to some degree or other. All being well I know I’ll end up watching more than 12 movies that are on the old list of shame during 2017, but committing to this dirty dozen in particular will at least ensure that I get to them after – in some cases – many years of intending to do so. For shame my DVD copy of Seven Samurai has been sitting on the shelf for about two-and-a-half years, now, and I’m sick of people treating me like a social leper because I’ve never bothered to watch Close Encounters. Anyway, without any ado whatsoever, the twelve I’ve chosen for the year ahead are:

January: Seven Samurai
February: L’Avventura
March: Suspiria
April: In A Lonely Place
May: The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg
June: Sunrise
July: The Sting
August: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
September: Meek’s Cutoff
October: Barry Lyndon
November: 8 1/2
December: Man With A Movie Camera

* In case it’s not obvious this just means that I’m going to watch the films listed above for the first time in the designated month.

21 Responses to “Blind Spots 2017”

  1. Todd B

    Oooo, you’ll have fun with The Sting…although I did say the same thing about The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai and Eegah, and we all know where THAT got me. And what the hell, you’ve never seen Close Encounters of the Third Kind? What a social leopard you are!

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    • Stu

      The worst kind of social leopard! I still haven’t finished Eegah, so I’m reserving judgement on that one. Until 2067.

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      • Todd B

        Oh, sure…I’d host a Richard Kiel blogathon, and you’d no doubt watch ‘Cannonball Run II’ instead.

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        • Stu

          An underrated classic that’s definitely in the top two Cannonball Run movies, for me.

  2. Ewan M

    May, June and September are in my top 10 films ever, and September is close I’m sure. Still, there are a few of those I’ve got to see too…

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    • Stu

      Yeah I’m looking forward to those. I got a Kubrick box set for Christmas and there are a few films of his that I haven’t seen (everything he made before Spartacus, plus Lolita and Barry Lyndon).

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  3. Cindy Bruchman

    You should have put Close Encounters up in January to end your pain sooner. A fine list, Stu. There’s a few on it I’ve never seen or heard of before. I’ll look forward to your reviews.

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  4. ckckred

    I’ve seen about half of the films you’ve listed and all are great. Sunrise and Man with a Movie Camera epitomize the silent era and I would definitely recommend catching them a bit earlier. I often refer to Barry Lyndon as being my favorite film and I think it’s Kubrick at the top of his form (which is saying something).

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    • Stu

      Excellent – I look forward to them! BL has been on my list for a long time, and I’ve been meaning to check out Murnau for a while too.

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  5. Three Rows Back

    Ah, those are all fine fine films. I’ve not seen Seven Samurai in years but it’s still left its mark; a true classic that you’ll love.

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  6. Keith

    Oooooh some real goodies Stu. Seven Samurai goes without saying. L’Avventura is my very favorite from Antonioni. It’s absolutely beautiful filmmaking but it’ll surprise you at several corners. Umbrellas is a delight and some call Close Encounters Spielberg’s best. Bogart is my favorite and In a Lonely Place is very good Bogart. And 8 1/2…an absolute gem from Fellini. My second favorite picture from that great auteur. I wrote a piece on it if you want to check it out. https://keithandthemovies.com/2015/02/09/reviewing-fellinis-8-12/

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    • Stu

      Excellent news – thanks Keith. Think I’m in for a good year. I will bookmark your piece and take a read at some point this week!

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