December 24

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2016 Blind Spot Series

Rope

As the year quickly comes to a close, it is time to start thinking about next year’s Blind Spot Series. Created four years ago by James McNally, and championed by Ryan McNeil, the series is designed to encourage film lovers to catch up on films that they have been procrastinating on seeing for some reason or another. Though I came up three films shy of reaching my 12 film goal for 2015, I have not given up on my commitment to see Incendies, Withnail & I and The Spirit of the Beehive. I simply moved them to next year’s list and surrounded them with another crop of diverse films. Here are the films I plan to watch as part of the 2016 Blind Spot Series:

La Jetée (Chris Marker, 1962)
Incendies (Denis Villeneuve, 2010)
Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash, 1991)
The Spirit of the Beehive (Víctor Erice, 1973)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean, 1957)
Rope (Alfred Hitchcock, 1948)
Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson, 1987)
Martyrs (Pascal Laugier, 2008)
La Strada (Fedrico Fellini, 1954)
The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)
49th Parallel (Michael Powell, 1941)
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (Ashutosh Gowariker, 2001)

What films are currently in your cinematic blind spot?