Red

Two years ago, 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 twenty-two films I’ve watched these last two years, I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every last one, and that several of them deeply 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 2014! 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.

Last year, I put the power in the hands of my readers by allowing them to pick what I watched. Next year, I’m going back to choosing my own twelve (including an entire trilogy to cap things off). I’ll revisit the voting idea in the future, but for now I want to move a few to the front burner. Here’s what I’ll be watching…

THE AFRICAN QUEEN
BELLE DE JOUR
CHARADE
CLOSE-UP
DANCER IN THE DARK
GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS
JESUS OF MONTREAL
MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA
LE SAMOURAI
SHAFT
STAGECOACH
THE THREE COLOURS TRILOGY (RED, WHITE, BLUE)