I can’t believe a fifth lap is about to begin!
Four whole years on, 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.
Speaking of which, I need to give much overdue props to Beatrice for designing this year’s splendid banner – and likewise for providing banners for every other year in the series so far. She’s a star, and I am not worthy!
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.
Some of the films I have chosen for this project throughout the years have burrowed deep into my marrow, and become selections not soon to be forgotten. Others…well…haven’t.
I also continue to be impressed that several of my brothers and sisters in arms have stayed on-board…but of course as the year goes own, many wane. But that’s the way with resolutions right? We’re there at the gym bright and early on January 1st, by April it’s a different story
Never the less, 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 2016! 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 got to choose my own selections again after looking to my readers for curation last year. As usual, I aimed for variety with titles from several different countries, one piece of silent cinema, a doc, a homegrown entry, and at least two films directed by women.
Here’s what I’ll be watching…
AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF COLONEL BLIMP
MON ONCLE ANTOINE
SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE
THE THIN BLUE LINE
VIVRE SA VIE