A few weeks ago, my friend James McNally came up with a pretty good idea that I am going to both partake in, and recruit for.

His idea was to cull together a list of “Blind Spot” films…movies that we as movie enthusiasts likely should have seen by now, but haven’t for one reason or another. After narrowing the list down to a truly manageable twelve titles, the goal would be to watch all twelve over the course of the next year, and to write one’s thoughts afterwards. I realize that others out there already partake in such curriculums, but I like that James has kept the tally down to a dirty dozen.

For starters, it’s a far more manageable number…hell, nowadays I seem to be able to crank out twelve in a week! And by populating these lists ourselves, we’re still leaning on our own interests. Thus, while there are likely boatloads of Ingmar Bergman titles I’m yet to see, I am content to leave them in the blind spot until I’m good and ready to get to them.

Before I reveal the twelve titles I intend to scratch off before the year is out, I want to invite anyone who is interested to join the series. Pick your own twelve films, by whatever criteria you wish. The only rule for the series is it must be a film you’ve never seen before. What you write about it afterwards is up to you – if you want to review it, go nuts. If you want to point-form where your brain wandered to, that’s great too. If you want to discuss the film’s legacy and impact you now understand on other films, Bob’s your uncle.

I intend to post my entries on the final Tuesday of every month, and at the bottom of each post, will likewise link to anyone else who is participating in the series. So if you want to partake, drop me an email (ryanatthematineedotca) when it’s up and I’ll make sure you get linkage at month’s end.

Finally, if you are the sort who gets annoyed when I act aghast at the sorts of films people have never seen, Christmas is coming early. Below are the twelve films I haven’t seen, and in many instances really should have by now.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
THE THING (1982)
FRANKENSTEIN
LOCK, STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS
BAMBI
WILD AT HEART
PATTON
A STAR IS BORN (1954)
TOUCH OF EVIL
THE LIFE OF BRIAN
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
LA DOLCE VITA