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:
- Review the list of 50 films on Letterboxd.
- Choose 12 movies that you believe I must watch next year.
- Vote in the comments section on Letterboxd or in this blog post.
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.