The 2015 Blind Spot Series

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hese past couple of years I have watched many fellow film bloggers participate in the Blind Spot Series, a web event promoted by The Matinee that encourages movie viewers to tackle some classics they’re still missing. With just a few (but hugely) legendary films left on my ancient List of Shame, I figured 2015 would be a good year to cross twelve classics off of it and get that much closer to the finish line.

And what better way to do it than actually taking part in one of the most useful and clever events of the film blogosphere? The challenge spreads throughout the year, one movie per month, one post per movie. Each Blind Spot will be announced in the first week of each month, and reviewed in the last. To take part simply pick twelve classics you haven’t seen, link back to Ryan’s blog, and start watching!

Metropolis, 1927
M., 1931
The Seventh Seal, 1957
Citizen Kane, 1941
Breathless, 1960
La Haine, 1995
A Clockwork Orange, 1971
Oldboy, 2003
Dr. Strangelove […], 1964
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, 1966
Persona, 1966
Lawrence of Arabia, 1962
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28 Comments

  1. December 21, 2014 / 12:38 AM

    With the exception of La Haine, I’ve seen all of these films and love them all. You got yourself a damn good slate of films to watch.

  2. December 21, 2014 / 10:27 AM

    Like I’ve said to so many, I’ve picked out mine but keeping in it hush hush because I’ve failed 2 years now and I’m too shamed to try again publicly. 😀

    I do love your list though, I even have 2 of them in my list too. 😀

    • December 21, 2014 / 7:29 PM

      Hmm I do understand that, as I’ve been pretty bad at sticking to these things, too. But since one of my New Year’s resolutions is to stay on top of things, this seemed like the perfect challenge!

  3. December 22, 2014 / 6:08 AM

    I have only watched Oldboy and A Clockwork Orange so far, they’re great films. The others are on my watch-list the whole time, but haven’t had time to watch them. Great picks!

  4. December 22, 2014 / 5:22 PM

    Great list! I’ve seen most of these (only parts of several), and there are some real classics on there. Kane, M, Persona, Dr. Strangelove, Metropolis, and more are all amazing. You’re in for a brilliant year of movie watching.

  5. Brittani
    December 22, 2014 / 8:12 PM

    Nice list! I love Old Boy and Persona (the latter was on my 2014 list) A Clockwork Orange is soooo disturbing.

    • January 4, 2015 / 1:07 PM

      Old Boy will be my first blindspot, I’m excited. Yeah I get that feeling about A Clockwork Orange… I had the novel in my hands the other day at the bookstore, have you read it? I wonder if it’s worth it.

      • Brittani
        January 4, 2015 / 2:30 PM

        I didn’t read it. The thing about Clockwork Orange, my sister loves that movie and I used to watch it with her when I was a kid (she’s 10 years older than me) and she would make me cover my eyes during the nudity so I never really understood the movie in the first place. Then I watched it when I was old enough to understand and was like “….what. the. fuck?”

  6. Josh
    December 24, 2014 / 4:30 AM

    Ooh, AWESOME list! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on those films. I love every single one of them. 🙂

    • January 4, 2015 / 1:07 PM

      Ahh that’s great, it will be a good year, then 😀

  7. December 24, 2014 / 9:40 PM

    I haven’t seen your picks yet but it looks like a great list. Hope your 2015 movie-watching is an interesting one! 🙂

  8. TheVern
    December 27, 2014 / 11:58 PM

    I’m excited to read your reviews on Clockwork Orange,Oldboy, and Breathless, You have a fun month ahead of you. Please tweet me your reviews and I will share it

  9. December 28, 2014 / 12:28 PM

    Those are so pretty posters (and amazing films, of course!) I wish you all the best, this Blind Spot thing is harder than it seems… 😀

    • January 3, 2015 / 4:49 PM

      Most of them are alternatives, people are so talented! Thank you Elina, I know that it is going to be challenge so here’s hoping I can do it 😀

  10. December 30, 2014 / 11:51 PM

    This is brilliant!! I did a world film challenge (watched as many films from different countries as I could in 3 months) but this is great! I’m totally going to do this, there are quite a few classics missing from my list I’m sorry to say. Btw, Metropolis is amazing, in sci-fi terms, it blows you away when you think about when it was made.

    • January 3, 2015 / 4:52 PM

      A couple of years of ago I had nearly 100 absolute classics that I had never seen so, I get it, *really*. Let me know if you post your list, Katie!

        • January 4, 2015 / 1:16 PM

          Late is pretty much a permanent state for me, it’s fine! I left a comment, but that’s a great list. I haven’t seen most of them either, but am especially interested in seeing Double Indemnity.

          • January 5, 2015 / 7:24 PM

            Blogger comment system is letting me down, but I have read your comment 🙂 I’ve had Double Indemnity on my shelf for a few years but never got round to watching it, now, there’s no excuse. I found that most of the ‘classics’ I hadn’t seen where gangsters and westerns. Saying that, I love The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

  11. ruth
    January 7, 2015 / 8:28 PM

    Hi Sofia, LOVE the posters you featured here. Hey I have Breathless too on this year’s Blindspot. I also just saw Lawrence of Arabia recently and it definitely lived up to the hype.

    • January 9, 2015 / 3:59 PM

      Thanks Ruth, there are so many beautiful alternative posters our there! Ohh, I hope we both enjoy Breathless.

  12. inspiredground
    January 8, 2015 / 9:49 AM

    I have some movies on your list I have seen last year! I personally loved Persona. Just recently saw Oldboy, you can’t forget that movie once you’ve seen it. I also have Citizen Kane for this year. Hope you’ll have a great year with these movies

    • January 9, 2015 / 4:01 PM

      Thank you, Andina – I hope so, too! All of those sound great. In fact I’m fairly excited for all the movies in my list; it’s more than that “I’ll add this one because it’s a classic” feeling, you know?

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