Monday, December 24, 2012

2013 Blind Spot Series

Notorious

The Blind Spot series originated earlier this year from an idea James McNally of Toronto Screen Shots had for catching up on iconic films that he had missed. The 2012 series ended up being quite a treat as I got to experience some truly wonderful films. While circumstances beyond my control made me abruptly remove two films, Badlands and Nashville, from the list, I was fortunate enough to replace them with equally memorable films like Ran and Days of Heaven. Keeping with the philosophy that Ryan McNeil of The Matinee had for posting Blind Spot series reviews on the last Tuesday of every month, here are the films that will make up my 2013 Blind Spot list:

Les Diaboliques (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955)
Le Samourai (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967)
Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders, 1987)
Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977)
Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972)
The Omega Man (Boris Sagal, 1971)
Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, 1959)
Judgment at Nuremberg (Stanley Kramer, 1961)
Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925)
Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)
The Hidden Fortress (Akira Kurosawa, 1958)
Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis, 1950)

What twelve films are currently in your Blind Spot?

14 comments:

  1. I have seen all of these and you've got a lot of goodness coming your way. My favorites are Wings of Desire, Pickpocket and Notorious

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    1. I am a little hesitant about Wings of Desire after sitting through City of Angels, which I hated. Fortunately enough time has passed, so I should be able to walk into Wings with a more opened mind.

      Looking forward to diving into Bresson's films, I hear that Pickpocket is a good entry point.

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  2. I saw half of these in your list. Le Samourai, Les Diaboliques, Wings of Desire, The Hidden Fortress, Solaris, and Pickpocket.

    Battleship Potemkin is in my upcoming Blind Spot list for 2013. I'm really looking forward to participating.

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    1. My old university roommates had to watch Battleship Potemkin for their film class. I can still recall them have several discussions about the importance of the film.

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  3. I've also seen none of those. Interesting.

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    1. From what I hear, Wings of Desire sounds like a film you would like.

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  4. You've got some good stuff to look forward to next year!

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    1. If I remember correctly you were very high on Gun Crazy. I am really looking forward to getting to that film.

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  5. Le Samourai and Battleship were interesting movies. Not my favourites but definitely worth a look both for different reasons. However, my favourites from the list definitely have to be Notorious and Nuremberg. Love them both.

    Looking forward to being a part of it this year.

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    1. Le Samourai is one of the films I am really excited to see, the concept intrigues me.

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  6. This is a great list with a lot of excellent films. I've seen eight of these, and would list Notorious and Le Samourai among my favorites. Pickpocket is also a nice lesser-known gem, and Solaris (which I saw in last year's Blind Spots) is intriguing. I'm looking forward to checking out your posts!

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    1. I am a big fan of the Clooney version of Solaris, so it only seems fitting that I get around to watching the original.

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  7. Sweet, Gun Crazy, Notorious, and Le Samourai are three of my favorites.

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    1. Still trying to figure out the order in which I tackle them films, but Notorious will be one of the first few films for sure.

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