Thursday, 21 January 2016

Blind Spot Series 2016: The List

By way of Jenna and Allie's Flick Chicks blog (which I heartily recommend), I came across the film site The Matinee and their Blind Spots series. Running for five years now, the idea is to pick twelve well known or highly rated films you should have seen but for whatever reason never have. Your blind spots, in other words. The reason for selecting twelve is that you watch and review one each month, and is an achievable movie-watching goal for the year. You can read more about it (and join in if you want) here.

I have probably already seen the majority of what I'd say were regarded as the classics, especially now I've finished the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die book, but there's an endless supply of great films out there. So the most logical method of coming up with a list seemed to be: head to IMDb, tick off everything I'd seen in the top 250 rated films, and pick out 12 from those remaining. At the time of writing I've seen 211 of those, though the unseen includes some new releases like Star Wars. And now I have my twelve that I aim to have seen and reviewed by the end of 2016, some are titles I've not heard of before and others I've simply overlooked.

American History X (1998)
Reviewed March.

Before Sunrise trilogy (1995-2013)
Reviewed February.

Good Will Hunting (1997)
Reviewed January.

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Incendies (2010)
Reviewed February.

In the Name of the Father (1993)
Reviewed May.

The Intouchables (Untouchable) (2011)
Reviewed February.

Judgement at Nuremberg (1961)
Reviewed April.

La Haine (1995)

Mary and Max (2009)

Wild Tales (2014)

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)


  1. Ohh I've only seen Incendies from your list but that movie was amazing!! I really can't wait to read your thoughts on that one.
    - Allie

    1. Sounds promising, that's one of the ones I'd not heard of before. That'll be next month's entry then. Thought I'd also have a go at Mary and Max after seeing it on your list, sounds intriguing.