The 2015 Blind Spot Series

Though the phrase doesn’t initially look like it would have anything to do with film, it’s aaall about film. The idea for “The Blind Spot Series” came from Ryan at Toronto based film blog The Matineeand it focuses on the idea that you will see one classic film per month that you haven’t yet seen but, as a so called film buff, really should have seen. Granted, there are more than a few classics lurking about on my List of Shame.

The Blind Spot Series 2015

So I thought this was a great idea! Although I genuinely do think I will watch many more new and classic films over the year, it’s a good idea to set out to see at least one per month.

And then I started thinking… Where in goodness name do I start?! Dr Strangelove? (1964) The Apartment? (1960) Ben-Hur (1959)??

And then I thunk some more… You know, I never see enough World Cinema. I really don’t. City of God (2002) is one of my all time favourites. Though recently, I’ve found myself picking up the DVD, shrugging, and putting it back on the shelf in a “I can’t be bothered watching that” kind of way. I know, I know. SACRILEGE. As someone who pushes foreign films on others like they’re going out of fashion (or, more to the point, that they should finally be IN fashion), I should bloody well practice what I preach.

So for my Blind Spot series, I plan to watch 12 fantastic films from World Cinema from 12 fantastic countries. To find my list I simply googled ‘top foreign films’ and picked the top ones I had not seen. Luckily, I have seen most of the highly regarded foreign films but there were definitely some I am missing.

I admit some of them aren’t ‘classics’ but I’m still kind of expecting them all to be good…

January –  Japan – Spirited Away (2001)
February – France – La Regle du Jeu (1939)
March – Italy – Bicycle Thieves (1948) or La Dolce Vita (1960) or Cinema Paridiso (1988) (someone, please help me choose!)
April – India – Lagaan (2001)
May – Mexico – Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002)
June – Sweden – The Seventh Seal (1957)
July – Poland – Trois Couleurs (1993-4)
August – China – Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
September – Brazil – Central Do Brasil (1998)
October – Germany – Downfall (2004) (I had to swap October and December for DVD breakage reasons)
November – Senegal – Touki Bouki (1973)
December – Spain – The Skin I Live In (2011)
As well as this list, I am going to try and make good use of my local independent cinema and watch out for old and new non-English language films and attempt to shake off this stigma I’ve given myself. Foreign films can be awesome, just like, you know, English ones…
If you’ve got a few classic films lurking about on your List of Shame, why not take part in the Blind Spot Series 2015 yourself?

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I'm the human and hair behind Almost Ginger. I'm a cinephile travel obsessive vegetarian currently residing in Manchester.