Monday, December 2, 2013

Announcing: Blind Spot Series 2014


Last year I intended on participating in the Blind Spot Series hosted by Ryan over at The Matinee, but I was late to the party and wound up getting preoccupied.  Not so this year!  I've decided to stay in a certain decade, the 1940s, since I've seen so few from the decade itself.  With the help of some fellow bloggers, I compiled a list of 12 films to be seen over the course of 2014 in order to broaden my horizons.  I haven't decided the order in which these will be seen, but here they are chronologically.














So, this is one from each year plus an extra for 41 and 45, and twelve different directors ranging from Lubitsch to Hitchcock to Chaplin.  I'm excited about this!  I'm making 2014 the year of the 40s and plan to catch up on a slew of other films that didn't make the cut, but these were the ones that I wanted to take precedence.  Can't wait to see what everyone else dives into.

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  1. You have some great times ahead of you in the year to come!

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    1. I'm really excited about this! I almost wish that I could watch them all in January. Spreading these out over the year is going to be torture!

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  2. I've only seen five of these, but all are great! Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Beauty and the Beast are amazing films. Looking forward to reading your thoughts!

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    1. So glad to hear about Beauty and the Beast. It's easily my most anticipated on this list. My daughter is also excited to watch it with me, even though reading subtitles isn't her strong-suit.

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  3. Damn, that is a good list. I hope to do more films from the 20s to the 40s in the years to come. Especially the films of John Ford.

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    1. The 20's are also a major blind spot for me, but I'm less concerned with them because there are fewer films in circulation from that decade.

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    2. This year, the furthest back my list has gone is 1960 with Psycho, which might be my choice for next month (along with The Birds, I was saving it for the Halloween season of September/October; I just got to figure out a few scheduling details).

      However, I have found myself considering potential choices for next year and made a made a list of them in a notepad file to get them down. Some potential candidates at present (though I'm not making any promises) include Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times (1936), Ninotchka (1939) and Touch of Evil (1958) which I originally wanted to put on my blindspot list this year but had to drop due to issues of cost and availability. Hopefully next year there'll be more from the 20's to the 50's on my list.

      Maybe I could do something neat like pick one film from each decade/era or something, and watch them in order of release so I go from the silent era to the present. That would be pretty cool.

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    3. I think Josh did that last year (one film from each decade) so I'd say go for it! All three that you mention are great films to include.

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    4. I've just published a preliminary list of some ideas for my blindspot challenge. This time round I tried to add more variety by including a lot of older ones. The three I mentioned are on there along with some others, and I even managed to go a bit further back with some Soviet Montage (though I'll have to see if I can find the film before it gets onto the final list).

      http://hitchcocksworld.blogspot.ca/2014/11/2015-blindspot-

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    5. Awesome, I'll pop by and take a look!

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  4. AMAZING list! So many terrific films on here. Hope you dig 'em.

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    1. I can't wait for January! I have three of these on my DVR already and I was so tempted to watch one of them last night...but I restrained myself.

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  5. I'm looking forward to watch this! Belle et la Bette been on my list forever. Maybe i should watch it soon next year! Oh god too many classics so little time!

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    1. I know, I really want to see Belle et la Bette right now, but I'm going to show some restraint and start with the films I have on my DVR and then get the Netflix films later in the year. Penny Serenade, Sergeant York and Shadow of a Doubt will be first (not sure about the order) and then I'll go from there.

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  6. That's quite the selection. Treasure of the Sierra Madre is really good. Humphrey Bogart actually manages to get legitimately creepy towards the end of that one.

    For mine I had to keep things simple since it was my first attempt at a challenge, and so the furthest back I go is the 1950's. (I was going to put Touch of Evil on, but that turned out to be a bit harder to obtain than I anticipated and it along with Blue is the Warmest Colour ended up being swapped out for White Hunter, Black Heart and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers).

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    1. I need to jump over to your site and see your Blind Spot entries! I haven't seen any of those three (although I have seen Blue and Touch of Evil).

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    2. I'm only working with seven since I started late in the year, and since it's my first attempt I've had to factor in a few things, particularly the availability of the film in question (most of these I already own but put off, with the exception of one):

      http://hitchcocksworld.blogspot.ca/p/2014-blindspot-challenge.html

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    3. Totally understand! I personally chose a few because I had them on my DVR and needed an excuse to watch them.

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