One of the biggest challenges faced by any movie lover is finding a way to fill in the gaps in our film-viewing history while continuing to catch new releases. Even the most diligent soul is going to have blind spots that manage to elude us each year. To rectify this issue, I put together the List of Shame marathon for the last month, but it only scratched the surface. I've decided to convert it into an ongoing project with a new post at the end of each month. This follows the path of other fine bloggers like Ryan McNeil of The Matinee and his 2012 Blind Spot Series. I'm hoping to coordinate my posts with those series, which should help me stay motivated to catch films I've neglected for too long.
I've compiled a diverse collection of films that I need to see but have avoided up to this point. During the last week of each month, I'll post my thoughts about this movie following the same question-and-answer format of the List of Shame marathon. These picks come from around the world and spread across a variety of time periods. They include pictures that are recommended frequently by friends and other bloggers as must-sees. Here are the 2012 choices for a series that I'll hopefully continue for years to come:
The Red Shoes (1948)
In the Mood for Love (2000)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Wild Strawberries (1957)
Easy Rider (1969)
West Side Story (1961)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
What do you think of these choices? I'm really looking forward to checking out each one, and I'm curious to hear if I've made the right picks to make this a valuable series.
Next week, I'll hang on for the ride with Steven Soderbergh as Gina Carano goes Haywire.