Blind Spot ’16: The Movies I’ve Seen So Far

As you’ve noticed I’ve been absent from the blogging community for a few months now, and because this absence was due to a complete lack of time and mental exhaustion it was not just my writing that was affected, but also my viewings. However, seeing June arrive so quickly had me racing to at least watch six Blind Spot films – what I needed to stay up to date – and I did!

In the past few weeks I’ve seen five classics (amongst other non-blindspot gems because really, once you start, you can’t stop) which, together with the January film that I didn’t miss, makes this a mission: success. But of course, I couldn’t just write six individual full posts in a few days, so here’s a general update instead on five of the movies I saw – because one of them was so damn perfect, I owe it a full post.

JANUARY
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

A quirky war movie with infallible wit, Dr. Strangelove is widely regarded as a masterpiece and with good reason. It features belly-aching performances from George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden, and a triple performance from Peter Sellers which took me way to long to spot – something that only speaks to how good it was. It’s clever, provocative, and unafraid. Kubrick and I did meet again with Full Metal Jacket, another war gem you can’t afford to miss.

FEBRUARY
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

Ahhh, the classic am I about to be murdered??  premisse. There’s nothing quite like the fear of knowing your killer is coming. Even better, make him a murderer hired by your own husband. He who knows your routine and weaknesses, he who can have you be all alone for one night. Also, you’re an invalid who can hardly leave the bed. Sorry, darling, but you ain’t got a chance.

MARCH
Citizen Kane (1941)

I was afraid it was going to be big and boring, but I actually found it quite entertaining. It’s got that big movie feel that you can spot a mile away when you’ve seen so many of them, with Orson Welles exuding a fascinating confidence, both on camera and behind it. It’s daring, grand, and incredibly well written. Its humour surprised me, as did some sweeter moments which I did not expect at all.

APRIL
Persona (1966)

This was the first of Bergman’s films that I’ve seen till the end – I started and liked Through a Glass Darkly, but still have the last 30min to watch. I can’t say it wasn’t what I expected, but it is clear that I wasn’t in the mood for an intelectual exercise at the time. And being Persona a film that has been incessantly dissected and interpreted, its viewing begged for a sharp mind. Still, though I merely absorbed its strangeness and beauty, the sublime acting of its leading ladies, and the poetry of its aching and foggy message, I throughly enjoyed this Blind Spot and hope to revisit it sometime.

MAY
Top Hat (1935)
I’ve been putting off watching Fred Astaire’s films because deep down I knew I wasn’t going to like them. And sadly, I was right. It shouldn’t make sense: I like musicals, enjoy a good tap dance now and then, and love some of his biggest co-stars – Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth – but Astaire himself…? Doesn’t do it for me. There were some good moments, some fine jokes, a couple of entertaining numbers… but I don’t really plan on watching it again in the near future, nor any other from him.

                                                 
And that’s it! June’s Blind Spot will hopefully be shared until the end of the month. As I said, I’ve already seen it and loved it beyond words – can you guess which of the below it is? 😉 
still to come

Metropolis 1927
M. 1931
Det Sjunde Inseglet (The Seventh Seal) 1957
À Bout De Souffle (Breathless) 1960
Lawrence of Arabia 1962
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 1966
Se, Jie (Lust, Caution) 2007
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7 Comments

  1. June 19, 2016 / 6:14 PM

    Glad to see you back Sofia! Congrats on completing your blindspot mission! Dr. Strangelove is one of my mom and sister’s favorite movies but I have yet to see it. I’ll have to check it out sometime. I love Fred Astaire but unusually I just watch his tap dance performances on youtube instead of his entire movies. Sometimes a whole musical can play on TCM and I miss 90% of it because I’m just doing other things. lol There’s no shame that some of them just don’t grab the attention like they could.

    • June 24, 2016 / 7:41 PM

      Thanks, Katy! I need to catch up on your blog this weekend, your posts always brighten my day 🙂 I’m sure you’ll love Dr. Strangelove, good taste clearly runs in the family!

      I was disappointed with Top Hat but, like I said, I already suspected I wouldn’t like it. I do love the tap dance in The Artist, so I’m sure someday I’ll find a film of the type that I’ll like. 😀

    • June 30, 2016 / 10:29 PM

      Thanks Sofia! I hope you like what I’ve been posting lately. The tap dancing at the end of The Artist is such a treat! I’d recommend a tap dancing centric movie but there aren’t many coming to the top of my head at the moment, unless it’s just a clip I’ve seen on YouTube. 😛

  2. Brittani
    June 28, 2016 / 12:45 PM

    Yay you’re back! You really powered through these lol. I had Persona and Citizen Kane on my 2014 Blindspot list. I loved Persona, but was underwhelmed by Citizen Kane.

    • July 6, 2016 / 9:55 AM

      Yes, yes I did. I’m having trouble with the next six movies though, most of them are SO long… not summery at all.

      I’m sorry you didn’t love Citizen Kane, it’s always a bit disappointing for me when I don’t love the “great” classics :/

  3. June 28, 2016 / 4:45 PM

    Thats a shame you didn’t enjoy Top Hat (my favourite Fred & Ginger is the Gay Divorcee). I really enjoyed Sorry, Wrong Number, you tell how it started out as a radio play, I imagine it would have been so creepy but brilliant. Well done too for getting it all watched and written in a short space 🙂

    • July 6, 2016 / 10:00 AM

      I know, I was a bit sad that I didn’t like it, too 🙁

      O. Welles did call it “he greatest single radio script ever written, so I imagine it must’ve been really great !

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