Sunday, December 21, 2014

Blind Spot Series 2015: Selections!


So, it's time to select my next crop of Blind Spot entries for 2015!  It's so weird to think that 2014 is over...MY GOD THAT YEAR WENT BY FAST...but it is and so now it's time to move on.  Now, last year I decided to stick to a particular decade.  I was very underversed in the 1940's and so I kept all of my selections in that decade, but this year I'm going to spread the love all over the place.  I was reminded that the idea for this was to familiarize ourselves with films that are often cited as the best of the best, films that we know we should have seen by now, not simply films we want to see.  So, I tried to do just that, find those films I hear so often discussed that I, shamefully, have not gotten around to.

So, in alpha-order (who knows in what order I'll actually watch them), here is my list:















26 comments:

  1. Very interesting choices. I've been curious about 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They' myself.

    Btw, nice screenshot for Cries and Whispers. :)

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    1. I'm really excited about Cries and Whispers. Of all the films listed, it's probably the one I hear about the most and the one I'm most embarrassed not to have seen.

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  2. Intriguing choices. I haven't seen a couple of these, I've never even heard of Three Crowns of a Sailor I'll have to check it out.

    Unsurprisingly Gena Rowlands is terrific in Opening Night but what I like best about the film was that it gave the great Joan Blondell a strong part late in her career. I'm really curious to hear your take on Horses. It's grim but brilliantly done.

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    1. Three Crowns of a Sailor is probably the one film here that doesn't meet the criteria, but I've been wanting to see it ever since I saw Mysteries of Lisbon, and so I threw it in here to force my hand.

      And YAY, I'm so excited to see Rowlands tear it up again, and knowing that Blondell has a strong role makes me all the more excited!!!

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  3. It looks like you have a few good choices here. The only one I've seen is Barry Lyndon, and that is an amazing movie, possibly one of Kubrick's best. Well, okay, his best film is unquestionably 2001: A Space Odyssey but Barry Lyndon is a pretty close second or third.

    I have not seen The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, but I am somewhat familiar with its directors. If The Red Shoes is anything to go by, you'll be in for something wonderful with that one as well. The Man with the Movie Camera also seems to be a popular choice. I think there's at least two other people I've seen put that one on their list. I don't have that one on hand but I do have another Soviet Montage film, Strike by Sergei Eisenstein.

    For mine I actually did things a bit differently. I realized that this years list only went as far back as 1960, so I tried to include more older films this time round. My preliminary list stretched as far back as 1925 and as recently as last year. My final selection cut out the most recent options but I still go back to the silent era this time around, with two from the thirties, one from the 40's and one from the 50's, along with two from the 60's and a few more recent options. One of them I included because everybody always seems to talk about it even though the first rule of fight club is supposed to be that you don't talk about Fight Club:

    http://hitchcocksworld.blogspot.ca/p/2015-blindspot-challenge.html

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    1. The Red Shoes is one of my favorites films of all time, like Top Ten for me, for real, so I'm really excited about Colonel Blimp and Canterbury.

      I will check yours out soon. I think I saw your long list (and I gave my input, if I remember correctly). Fight Club is a great addition and one you really should see.

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  4. I've only seen two of these. The Public Enemy is one of my favorite movies of all time. Cagney is absolutely amazing in this movie. All About My Mother is also very good, but not my favorite by director Pedro Almodovar. If you're not familiar with him then prepare to be thrown for a loop. Some of the others I've been meaning to see myself. In particular, Barry Lyndon, Colonel Blimp, and Peeping Tom.

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    1. If I made a list of my ten favorite actors, ever, Cagney would be on there, so I'm really excited about seeing Public Enemy.

      I like Almodovar, but I can't say I love him. Like, when I like him, I love him, but I'm not always won over. Still, everyone talks about this, and I'm here for the actressing, so bring it! I also added it since I'm trying to wrap up my 1999 Fisti Awards, and I can't until I see this.

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  5. Interesting choices! Several of these I have been wanting to see for a long time(Public Enemy, Shoot Horses, Man With A Movie Camera,Canterbuty Tales, & Colonel Blimp. Somehow, like you, I missed them over the years.

    My favorites of these are probably Barry Lyndon and Peeping Tom, the former is beautifully shot, and the latter is a groundbreaking horror for its time. They're not in my top 200 but I admire both.
    I'm intrigued by Three Crowns of a Sailor, I vaguely remember Raoul Ruiz, who directed Mysteries of Lisbon

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    1. Mysteries of Lisbon is one of my favorite films of the current decade...so more Ruiz for me!

      And I almost watched Peeping Tom last night and had to force myself to wait :-P

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  6. Wow, one of those films is my Blind Spot for the year in Man with a Movie Camera. The films in the list I haven't seen are They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, The Public Enemy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Opening Night, and Three Crowns of the Sailor.

    This is a great list as I recommend the other half of the films that I had seen.

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    1. I'll be looking for your thoughts on Man with a Movie Camera!

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  7. Wow! Excellent picks, with interesting posters! So many classic cults I haven't seen. Peeping Tom and Barry Lyndon, great!

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    1. Yeah, I'm excited for the bounty of awesome in store for me this year!

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  8. Oh, man. The only one I've seen here is Barry Lyndon. Beautifully shot but not for me. Very brutally slow. Best of luck. Several of these titles will probably show up on my 2016 list.

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    1. I love Kubrick, so I felt the need to see Barry Lyndon and close out his filmography, since I've seen everything else he's done.

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  9. Wow, what an eclectic picks here Drew. I almost included Barry Lyndon too, but that was before I settled on a silent movie instead. Interesting that you focus on a certain decade, not sure I'd have that same discipline, ahah.

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    1. Yeah, I considered doing the decade thing again this year, but there are just so many films I want to see that I couldn't do that again.

      I can't wait to see what everyone thinks of their choices!

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  10. I wish I could tell you that you are in for a good year, but damn I haven't seen any of these either. lol

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    1. I'm not alone!!!! Just goes to show you that there are SO MANY wonderful films out there to see.

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  11. Great picks! I just need to see Three Crowns of the Sailor and A Canterbury Tale. I'm shocked that you haven't seen Cries & Whispers, but you get to see it for the first time, so that's awesome!

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    1. I know. Cries and Whispers has been on my Netflix queue for, like, ever, but since I tend to watch things in groupings by year, I just never got around to 1973.

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  12. This is an interesting and diverse list. I've only seen five of them, though Man with the Movie Camera is also in my 2015 blind spots. I'm really curious to read what you think of Peeping Tom.

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    1. We should plan to do Man with a Movie Camera on the same month!

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  13. Great list and I have seen Public Enemy which shocked the hell out of me especially since it was made in 1931. The grapefruit scene-poor Madge didn't know what Jimmy was going to do so it is a real shock. They Shoot Horses Don't They is also excellent but Jane Fonda's character is one really negative bitch. I was blessed to see All About My Mother and it is wonderful. The others I have not seen either.

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    1. I'm really excited about this lineup. Cagney is one of my all time favorites, so I'm really looking forward to Public Enemy...and I'm not shocked that it's shocking...he's had a couple of those ;-)

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