Trying to get through a list of movies to watch is like battling the hydra. For every head you cut off, another two (or three or four) spring up in its place. Each new film you watch leads to countless others, whether it’s through a common director, a shared genre, or that double-edged-sword of a feature present on many film sites that recommends movies similar to the one whose page you are currently on – the idea of an ever-expanding horizon of films-to-watch is at once thrilling and conducive to despair. Throw in the fact that there are hundreds of film blogs and websites name-dropping fabulous titles 24/7, and you’ll begin to wonder how you could possibly get through your movie queue in ten lifetimes, let alone one.
The key to staying optimistic in the film-watching race (against time) is to set smaller goals, lists-within-The List that you could more reasonably hope to complete within a relatively short span of time. All this is why I’ve decided to create my own Blindspot series, which was started by Ryan McNeil at The Matinee and brought to my attention by Anna of Film Grimoire (whose list is fantastic, by the way. Koyaanisqatsi and Boogie Nights are must-sees for me as well, and I am intrigued by Survive Style 5+ as well – see what I mean?! One step at a time…) The way Blindspot works is, I’ll select 12 titles, one for each month. These are films that have been gathering dust on my mental movie shelf for some time, works of cinema that I constantly feel guilty about not having seen. I will watch one per month, and to prove that I have indeed seen them, I will write up something on each film before the end of its corresponding month.
Below is my Blindspot list. I won’t necessarily watch them in this order, but I will watch them.
What movie-watching goals are you setting for 2015?
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