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Friday, January 6, 2012

2012 Blind Spot Series

[Hey, folks, sorry again about the lack of a second podcast this week. It's been tough scheduling recordings. Hopefully (keeping my fingers crossed) I'll be able to record a shitload within the next seven days, and will soon be able to return to my two-a-week schedule. In the meantime I've got something else for y'all...]

Seeing as motivation and I are not the greatest friends I decided to get me one of them thar New Year's resolutions the people seem to enjoy so well. So this year, I decided to become more active in the blogging community. Sometimes I forget that the world doesn't revolve around me, and that there's a whole world of wonderful movie writing out there just waiting for me to explore.

In the process of browsing numerous great blogs, I came across the site Toronto Screen Shots and James McNally's post on cinematic blind spots. For this series, James will watch and review, throughout 2012, 12 blind spot movies—movies that it would seem every film geek should have seen but he had somehow missed. And every film geek has these blind spot movies, no matter how much we'd like to deny it.

Well, I thought, that's a durn good idea. I'm gonna steal that. Yep, I'm gonna watch and review a different blind spot movie each month of 2012. So, without further adieu, here is a list of 12 of my blind spot movies:

Dances with Wolves
An American In Paris
Cleo from 5 to 7
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
A Streetcar Named Desire
The Red Shoes
Last Tango in Paris
Grey Gardens
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Husbands and Wives
Top Gun
Withnail and I

By the way, the order that these films appear here does not necessarily reflect the order in which I'll watch them. That will all depend on how I goddamn feel each month. Also, I reserve the right to change this list depending on movie availability.


CS said...

A nice diverse list of films. I have only seen five from your list (Dances with Wolves, A Streetcar Named Desire, Last Tango in Paris, Husbands and Wives and Top Gun), though I noticed that The Red Shoes is on Netflix Canada so I may try and get to that in the next few weeks.

Dave Enkosky said...

I've been meaning to check out The Red Shoes for quite some time now (in addition to most of these movies). This is gonna be a fun project.

Mette said...

Looking forward to your project, and I love your list because I've only seen of these (Dancing with Wolves).
My plan for 2012 is to watch a lot of blind spot movies, currently I'm working at the IMDB Top list... which is going to take me some years, probably ;).

Dave Enkosky said...

That sounds like a cool project. And yeah, time consuming.

Bob Turnbull said...

That's a great list of films Dave - be curious to see what you think. I love Cleo, Red Shoes, Ali and Withnail. Ali is a bit divisive, but I thought it was wonderful and it's still my favourite Fassbinder.

I really should get to Streetcar and Tango - maybe in the second round of Blind Spots. I've got my first round picks here

Dave Enkosky said...

I've only seen one other Fassbinder movie (The Marriage of Maria Braun), so I'm looking forward to Ali.

Kristin said...

Interesting concept. I like the idea of watching great films that have become blind spots for even the biggest movie geek. Top Gun would have to be on my list as well. I've heard great things about it but never taken the time to see it.

Castor said...

Your blind spots are my blind spots too ah! I've seen only two of those, Dance with the Wolves and Top Gun. Both are definitely worth checking out although the latter really hasn't aged well in my view.

Dave Enkosky said...

I kind of figured as much about Top Gun. I kind of feel like that one's almost a cheat to include here, because I've seen so many clips and am so familiar with the references at this point that I may as well have seen the movie