Three years later, I can’t seem to thank my friend James McNally enough for planting this seed in my brain. It has led me to some truly fantastic films, prompted some interesting lines of thought in this half-empty head of mine, and even introduced me to some fantastic people.
In case you’re new here (Hey, how’s it goin’?), the concept is simple. Once a month, I make a concerted effort to see a particularly egregious title of my watchlist. When that’s done, I come back here to discuss whatever thoughts came to mind while the film unspooled…not so much a review (though there’s nothing wrong with that), more the general meanderings inspired by finally catching up with “an essential”.
By keeping the tally to a mere dozen films, it becomes a watchlist that was both enjoyable and attainable…as opposed to drawing up a to-see list of, say, fifty. Likewise, by choosing a specific set of films, it gives the project a sense of purpose, since really any catalogue film you haven’t seen before could be considered a blindspot.
While it’s not the case for everybody, I can also honestly say I have enjoyed every single title I’ve seen so far…with some of them leaving impressions on me that won’t soon go away.
I also continue to be impressed that several of my brothers and sisters in arms have stayed on-board. I’m hoping a few will keep the project going and choose a new dozen films. I’m also 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 2015! 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.
This year, I went back to the idea of putting things to a vote, save one or two commissioner’s picks that I wanted to make sure were on the team. Things are nicely varied this year, with titles from several different countries, one piece of silent cinema, and one piece of animation. That said, thing have taken a bit of a slant towards the modern this year…not that there’s anything wrong with that. Here’s what I’ll be watching…
ALL THAT JAZZ
BELLE ET LA BÊTE
THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE…
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
SECRETS AND LIES
THE SEVENTH SEAL
WITHNAIL & I