First things first – many thanks to Jake Cole for reminding me that tomorrow is Blind Spot Tuesday and that I have some watching to do tonight.

Last year, my friend James McNally came up with the idea to make a concerted effort to finally scratch particular titles off his “movies to see” list, and he inspired many of us to do the same. Now even though James couldn’t complete the mission that he himself set out to do, he still came up with a great idea.

By keeping the tally to a mere dozen films, he made it a watchlist that was both enjoyable and attainable…as opposed to drawing up a to-see list of, say, fifty.

Of the ten films I’ve watched so far on my own list, I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every last one, and that three or four of them endeared themselves to me immediately. You have to love it when that happens – when you watch a classic film and end up asking yourself “How have I never seen this before?”

Likewise, I’m really impressed that several of my brothers and sisters in arms joined in on the project. I’m hoping that some of them will keep the project going and choose a new dozen films. I’m even more hopeful that some of the other movie-lovin’ bloggers who frequent this space will set out a dozen of their own to dig through in 2013! In case you’re new to the whole idea, here’s the skinny:

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.

In trying to cull a list for next year, I turned much of the choosing over to my readership. I chose two of my own, and after that ran with the next ten highest vote-getters. Here’s what I’ll be watching…

BROADCAST NEWS
BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN
THE BIRDS
THE KID
LES DIABOLIQUES
IKIRU
THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA
PERSONA
GRANDE ILLUSION
TOKYO STORY
THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS