November 4, 2014

Make Your Choices for the 2015 Blind Spots Series!

Memories of Murder, directed by Bong Joon-ho

One of my main reasons for starting this blog was to fill in the gaps in my film knowledge. The marathon structure allowed me to dig into zones that I’d hesitated to touch in the past. While the site’s format has evolved during the past few years, that goal is still part of the overall mindset. I’ve found the monthly Blind Spots Series helpful in ensuring that I’m catching up on movies that deserve my attention. I’ve participated in this project for the past three years and taken a different route each time. Last year, I stole Ryan McNeil’s idea to have the readers select their choices from a predetermined list. It worked out really well last time, so I'm doing the same thing again for 2015. While his options this year were extensive, I’ve restricted mine to 50 films. Without choosing the exact selections myself, this approach allows me to shape the general theme of the list.

I’ve spent considerable time recently pondering the goals of this site and what I’d like it to be in the future. This process has impacted the options developed for this series. For the most part, I’ve chosen movies that excite me and aren’t included to check a box. Some are genre films that would make few people’s lists of their favorite movies of all time. I don’t think the Action Jackson and Commando will be making the Sight & Sound list in 2022. It’s a diverse group from around the world that should lead to an entertaining ride each month. There are classics in the mix like Man with a Movie Camera, Patton, and The Great Dictator. None of these sound like work, which is the key. I’ve also incorporated genres where I’m still behind like musicals, horror, and animated films.

Your task is very simple, dear readers:


The voting will remain open for several weeks to allow you enough time to make your choices. I’ll announce the 2015 list in late November and start preparing for another strong year of movie watching. It won’t be easy for the new crop of films to live up to the 2014 selections. You should also be sure to check out Ryan’s monthly compilations of bloggers’ posts in the ongoing series at The Matinee. The participation continues to increase, and it’s interesting to note how differently each writer approaches their blind spots. Thanks in advance for your assistance in this venture!

Check out all the posts from the 2014 Blind Spots Series by clicking here

32 comments:

  1. First Blood, Midnight Run, Wait until dark, Dirty Dancing, Towering Inferno, The Haunting, Dune, Die Hard 2, Action Jackson, 48 hours, Poltergist, The Keep

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    1. Joel, I'm sorry to report that you're still the only person who's picked Action Jackson.

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  2. Perfect Blue
    The Great Dictator
    Kiki's Delivery Service
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    Castle in the Sky
    Suspiria
    The Host
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    Kiki's Delivery Service
    Carrie
    Poltergeist
    Wait Until Dark
    The Crying Game

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  3. Patton

    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    The Towering Inferno

    The Dirty Dozen

    Midnight Run

    The Green Mile

    The Ring

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    Rambo

    48 Hours

    Carrie

    Poltergeist

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  4. You only had 10 movies on your list that I've both seen and can recommend:
    First Blood
    The Towering Inferno
    The Nightmare Before Cristmas
    The Dirty Dozen
    The Host
    Midnight Run
    The Green Mile
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Die Hard 2
    Commando

    So I added these 2 as well, because I haven't seen them, but they're on my Blind Spot list for next year too:
    Suspiria
    Poltergeist

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  5. Try this one...

    I always hate it when people are like, "What? I can't believe you've never seen _____!" But how did you escape childhood without seeing the original TMNT?! So that's my first choice.

    Rambo (surprisingly... wistful?)

    Saturday Night Fever (surprisingly bleak)

    The Wall (especially if you're not a Pink Floyd fan like I am, because then we can compare)

    Dirty Dancing (meh, but you probably should)

    The Great Dictator

    Carrie

    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    I haven't seen many of the others, or else I wouldn't recommend them, so perhaps I should start a Blind Spot series of my own!

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  6. Based on the 40 I've seen, I'd recommend (in order from my most favorite):

    Playtime
    Man With a Movie Camera
    Pink Floyd: The Wall
    Kiki's Delivery Service
    Midnight Run
    Carrie
    The Outlaw Josey Wales
    Memories of Murder
    Z
    Dirty Dancing
    Pulse
    Once Upon a Time in China

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  7. I love me a diverse list to choose from! Here is what I would recommend you choose of the 29 I have seen:

    Pulse
    Suspiria
    The Crying Game
    Castle in the Sky
    Patton
    Dirty Dancing
    Above the Law
    Following
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    Saturday Night Fever
    The Host
    48Hrs

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  8. I just finished finalizing my list which I will reveal later this month.

    For me, I would put...

    Saturday Night Fever
    The Host
    Man with a Movie Camera (one of the Blind Spots I had chosen)
    Playtime
    Suspiria (another 2015 Blind Spot pick)
    Z
    Pink Floyd: The Wall
    Commando
    Carrie
    Patton
    Police Story
    & Kiki's Delivery Service

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  9. Still debating whether I'll do this myself, this year. As for what I recommend for you...

    Saturday Night Fever
    Patton
    First Blood
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    Rollerball
    Commando
    48 Hrs.
    Carrie
    Poltergeist
    Ip Man
    The Host
    Die Hard 2

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  10. Hmm, lets see

    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    Police Story
    Ip man
    Die Hard 2
    48 Hours
    Following
    Carrie
    The Great Dictator
    Dirty Dancing
    Man with a Movie Camera

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  11. Patton
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Tutles
    Dirty Dancing
    Following
    Commando
    Carrie
    Poltergeist
    Police Story
    Rambo: First Blood
    Perfect Blue

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  12. Hi Dan! There are so many I haven't seen either from your list, but hey you should watch Following if you've seen a lot of Nolan's films. It shows his intriguing storytelling style even w/ a shoestring budget.

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    1. Hi Ruth! Following isn't getting a lot of votes, but I'm sure that I'll catch up with it soon.

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  13. Just made the answer on your letterboxd!

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  14. Here are my picks - I've only seen just over half of your list, but that still gave me some good stuff to choose from!

    The Man with a Movie Camera
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    Suspiria
    Once Upon a Time in China
    Memories of Murder (this is loads better than The Host, though less well-known over here)
    The Great Dictator
    The Haunting (if you haven't seen The Innocents, I'd recommend that instead, for atmospheric horror)
    Kiss Me Deadly (essential late noir!)
    Playtime
    The Killers
    Wait Until Dark
    Z (criminally underseen political thriller that still thrills)

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  15. Dirty Dozen, Dirty Dancing, Green Mile, Wait Until Dark, Midnight Run, Nightmare before Christmas, and I love TMNT but it's SUPER dated.

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  16. Josey Wales
    The Haunting
    Kiss Me Deadly
    Nightmare Before Christmas
    The Host
    Dirty Dancing
    Castle in the Sky
    Playtime
    Poltergeist
    Patton
    Suspiria
    Rambo

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  17. In order of preference:

    Z
    Saturday Night Fever
    The Man with the Movie Camera
    Carrie
    The Killers
    Wait Until Dark
    Woodstock
    Memories of a Murder
    The Great Dictator
    Suspiria
    THX 1138
    The Ring

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  18. I'll give you my 5 picks:

    The Dirty Dozen
    Midnight Run
    The Green Mile
    The Ring
    Z

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  19. The Nightmare Before Christmas
    The Haunting
    The Killers
    Following
    Wait Until Dark
    Z

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  20. It breaks my heart that you haven't seen Pink Floyd's The Wall OR The Outlaw Josey Wales. BREAKS it. So, along with those films, I've listed below (in order of preference) my 12 votes for your Blind Spot series.

    1. Pink Floyd's The Wall
    2. The Outlaw Josey Wales
    3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Fun Fact: The first BluRay I bought was the Criterion Collection release of this film)
    4. Dune
    5. THX 1138
    6. The Killers (after watching this version, you gotta watch the 1964 version with Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Cassavettes, and Ronald Reagan. It's a favorite of mine. This version is sold too.)
    7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    8. Suspiria (I'm sure Lindsay will also recommend this one)
    9. The Green Mile
    10. Ip Man
    11. Infernal Affairs 2 (I haven't seen this yet, but I really really enjoyed the first one. So any continuation of that story, I'm all for it.)
    12. The Dirty Dozen

    I'm sure you'll do the right thing and at least watch The Wall & The Outlaw Josey Wales ;)

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  21. Man with a Movie Camera, Patton, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Suspiria, The Great Dictator, THX 1138, Dune (not a fan, but I'd be interested in your thoughts), Kiss Me Deadly, Playtime, The Killers, Carrie, Z.

    Do you know anything about the plot of The Crying Game?

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    1. Joel, I do know the big twist from The Crying Game. I've heard that it's a good film beyond the twist, and I've liked some of Neil Jordan's other films. I don't think it's going to make the cut, though.

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  22. Here's my picks!

    First Blood
    The Dirty Dozen
    Castle in the Sky
    Suspiria
    Police Story
    Once Upon a Time in China
    Ip Man
    Commando
    The Host
    Kiki's Delivery Service
    The Great Dictator
    Carrie

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  23. Here are my picks. Look forward to reading these

    Perfect Blue
    The Host
    Wait until Dark
    Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    American Pop
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
    Kiss Me Deadly
    Suspiria
    Nightmare Before Christmas
    Kiki's Delivery Service
    The Ring
    48 Hours

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  24. OK, here are my top 10 picks from your list (lots of great stuff to choose from):

    The Man With The Movie Camera - simply one of the most creative approaches to documenting a city, humanity and fimmaking in general. One of the greats.

    The Towering Inferno - 70s disaster fun. When they blew up a room and soaked the characters with tons of flowing water, they actually blew up a room and soaked their actors with tons of water.

    The Dirty Dozen - Manly men doing manly things in manly ways. Lee Marvin and crew chewing the scenery and spitting it right back out on the ground. Fun stuff.

    Woodstock - A document of the times like no other. And damn if that Santana performance isn't one for the ages.

    Suspiria - I just wrote a few rods about it here and I think that captures why I think it is so brilliant.

    Pulse - A film that will ever so slowly curl you up into a ball of quivering flesh. No jump scares, but soaked with dread as humanity slowly wipes itself out.

    The Haunting - One of the best haunted house movies ever.

    Kiss Me Deadly - An almost perfect summation of everything Noir.

    Playtime - I just simply adore everything about this film. The look, the design, the gentle humour and its overall message.

    Z - Top notch thriller.

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  25. My strongest recommendations are for Pink Floyd The Wall and The Nightmare before Christmas. Also I'd vouch for Suspiria.The story is silly, but so what; it looks gorgeous and the soundtrack is haunting.

    Saturday Night Fever, The Green Mile, Rambo First Blood and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are other movies I'd check out if I were you.

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  26. This list is purely selfish, since I will be watching most of these with you.

    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    The Crying Game
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Kiki's Delivery Service
    Carrie
    Poltergeist
    The Wall
    Castle in the Sky
    Jailhouse Rock
    Man with a Movie Camera

    (Notice the lack of action movies in this list... yawn.)

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  27. Thanks to everyone for submitting their picks so far! I'm going to leave the voting open until Monday, then I'll announce the films that made the cut.

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  28. Oooh, fun. I dig the diversity in the options.

    Z, Poltergeist, The Great Dictator, Rolling Thunder, Patton, Man with a Movie Camera, Play Time, The Killers, Die Hard 2, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Ring

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