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Once more into the breach, dear friends…

Five whole years after my friend James McNally thought of making a point to see and write about a long-missed title once a month, and here we are. It has led me to some amazing movies, prompted some interesting lines of thought in this half-empty head of mine, and even introduced me to some fantastic people.

Speaking of which, snaps to Beatrice for once again designing this year’s splendid banner – and likewise for providing banners for every other year in the series so far. One year, I really must pay her…or at least give her a high five.

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.

This year, I have once again turned over selection to my readers, with the top ten vote-getters listed above. The Commissioner got a special selection of his own (WAGES OF FEAR), and I allowed myself a pick as well (L’ATALANTE)

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 2017! 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.

 

Here’s what I’ll be watching…

 

HOWARD’S END
A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE
SECONDS
THE ELEPHANT MAN
THE LADY VANISHES
LADYKILLERS
THE PLAYER
WATERSHIP DOWN
DEKALOG
CARLITO’S WAY
L’ATALANTE
WAGES OF FEAR

 

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