This year, I've enjoyed catching up with an excellent group of classic films that had eluded me until this point. I called the monthly series the List of Shame and covered modern gems like In the Mood for Love alongside big-time Oscar winners like The Best Years of Our Lives and West Side Story. In 2013, I'm going to watch a blind spot each month once again but will take a different route. Instead of looking at classics from film history, I'm going to check out 12 cult films that cross a wide spectrum. The picks come from Scott Tobias' The New Cult Canon at the A.V. Club and should give me plenty to discuss. I tried not to focus too much on any particular genre or time period and am thrilled to check out each one.
Here are the 12 movies (in alphabetical order) that made the final cut:
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
King of New York
Series 7: The Contenders
Another fun part of this year's series was getting the chance to participate with other film bloggers in filling in their blind spots. Ryan McNeil at The Matinee does a great job compiling everyone's post on the last Tuesday of each month. It's exciting to read others' choices for the upcoming year, particularly younger writers delving into some of the all-time great films. While my direction is a bit different, I'm intrigued to check out movies with a lot of originality. There are some sillier picks like Road House and Gremlins 2, but I feel it's my duty to check out those campy gems. I've offset them with more serious choices like The Fall and Morvern Callar. The most anticipated selection is probably Battle Royale, which rose to prominence again this year with comparisons to the big-budget Hunger Games adaptation.