Every time I go to the theater, or select a movie from my ever-growing “to watch” list, I am aware that there are 10 other equally, if not more, important films that I could be watching instead. Eventually, I suppose, I’ll get around to most of them. But there are some movies — usually highly-regarded seminal classics — that I’ve never taken the time to watch, even though I really, really ought to as someone who professes an even slightly serious interest in film.
And thus my rare participation in a blog meme/thread/challenge. Initiated by James McNally of Toronto Screen Shots & Ryan McNeil of The Matinee, (and brought to my attention by the lovely Anna of Film Grimoire), the Blind Spot challenge is an attempt by nascent cinephiles to correct glaring absences in their viewing histories. Or at least, that’s my interpretation of it.
The concept is basic: Compile a list of 12 films, one for each month of the year. I tried to pick from a range of decades, directors, and settings, though I did include a wild card or two. Before the end of each month, I’ll watch one film from the list and review it here on Literary Vittles. I’ve fallen into a bad habit of watching films without reviewing them (see: Erin Brockovich, Love is Strange, Interstellar, The Babadook, etc.), which I end up regretting. Hopefully this challenge will make me more accountable as a viewer and re-viewer!
The Battle of Algiers (1966, dir. Gillo Pontecorvo)
The Piano (1993, dir. Jane Campion)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011, dir. Lynne Ramsay)
North by Northwest (1959, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
M (1931, dir. Fritz Lang)
Melancholia (2011, dir. Lars von Trier)
Run Lola Run (1998, dir. Tom Tykwer)
Come and See (1985, dir. Elem Klimov)
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2005, dir. Michael Gondry)
The Seventh Seal (1957, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
At Berkeley (2013, dir. Frederick Wiseman)
Man with a Movie Camera (1929, dir. Dziga Vertov)
Which classic films have you been meaning to watch for a long, long time?