My 2016 Blind Spot Series

The time has come my little friends… to announce the contenders of my 2016 Blind Spot! For those of you that don’t know, the Blind Spot is a feature run by Ryan of The Matinee where each blogger taking part picks 12 films. Usually classic or renowned films, that they haven’t seen yet (their metaphorical or physical ‘list of shame’).

You can read my 2015 Blind Spot series here where I’ve linked all the posts. My favourites were definitely Y Tu Mamá También (2001) and The Three Colours Trilogy (1993-4)

Last year I decided I wanted to focus on a different language for every month as I felt like I hadn’t seen many foreign films yet and I wanted to rectify this.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching all of these new and wildly different films so I decided to do it again! It made me want to watch even more non-English language films throughout the year and I feel like I’m making real headway getting through all the really great ones. Whilst last year I picked a different movie from each country, I’m less bothered about the details which is why Hebrew and more co-productions have got through. So without further ado, here are my picks for this year…

The Blind Spot Series 2016 featuring all foreign language films! |

The Movies

1. Seven Samurai (1954)

2. In the Mood for Love (2000)

3. The Wages of Fear (1953)

4. Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972)

5. Bicycle Thieves (1948)

6. Ten (2002)

7. Closely watched Trains (1966)

8. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

9. Ashes and Diamonds (1958)

10. The Apu Trilogy (1955-1959)

11. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

12. Princess Mononoke (1997)

I look forward to reading everyone else’s Blind Spot entries over the coming year, that’s mainly how I found new film blogs in the first place. Have you seen any that I’ve got on my list?


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8 thoughts on “My 2016 Blind Spot Series

  • 11/12/2015 at 3:04 am

    Solid list, though I’ve only seen two myself. Aguirre, The Wrath of God is spectacular. Waltz with Bashir is something as well.

    • 11/12/2015 at 8:35 am

      I think two is still great because it’s not like that many of them would be known as ‘classics’, I’ve heard a lot about Aguirre The Wrath of God though so I can’t wait for that one!

  • 11/12/2015 at 9:14 am

    Very eclectic list from many different countries, I’ve seen 9 of 12. The Motorcycle Diaries is a great road movie from this century. Come and See (1985) is powerful. At this rate, in few years you’ll end up becoming a specialist on foreign film 🙂

    • 11/12/2015 at 9:57 am

      Well that’s the plan! 😉 9 is a fantastic amount, I hadn’t heard of half of these before a couple of months ago!

  • 11/12/2015 at 2:20 pm

    I’ve seen 8 of those and can safely say it’s a great list, you’re in for a good year!

    Of those that I’ve seen I wouldn’t say I was a massive fan of the Motorcycle Diaries, but it was decent enough. Seven Samurai and In the Mood For Love are two of my favourites though and I recently watched (and reviewed) Closely Observed Trains which was a pleasant surprise. Have fun!

    • 11/12/2015 at 3:41 pm

      For me I think the Motorcycle Diaries is just one of them I need to see, plus I quite like Gael Garcia Bernal in other films I’ve seen him in. I think they’re the two I’m looking forward to the most and will be the ones I’ll watch first! 🙂

  • 11/12/2015 at 2:58 pm

    I’ve seen Seven Samurai and Waltz with Bashir, both of which I really enjoyed. Looking forward to your thoughts on them.

    • 11/12/2015 at 3:42 pm

      It seems like there are a few people on the quiet that have seen Waltz with Bashir, I hadn’t heard of it until last month.

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