Saturday, 22 November 2014

2015 Blindspot Challenge Final List

Last summer I decided to take part in Ryan McNeil's Blindspot Challenge. Basically the way it works is simple, you compile a list of those films you haven't seen but really should and narrow it down to twelve. Different people may have different methods of precisely how to narrow down their selection, most of the films I picked for last year's list were one I already owned that had put off watching, other people may have other ways of choosing their films. Once you have your list, the idea is that you watch one movie each month and then simply write your thoughts about it.

However, while it was a great oppurtunity to finally see some movies I'd been putting off, my choices were a bit limited. Since I started late in June I only had seven movies instead of the usual twelve. All of them were American (though Blue is the Warmest Color was considered as an option, but ultimately dropped due to issues of availability) and only stretched as far back as 1960 with Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. This time round, I am able to do the full twelve movies which allows for more variety.

I hoped to increase the range of choices to cover a longer period of time, since I go from the past decade to as far back as 1925. I also hoped to add a bit more national diversity as well. I started with a list of 29 that went up to somewhere closer to forty (and a few of them are still included as backup choices in case something goes wrong) but I've successfully cut it down to twelve. This certainly was not easy and there were several that were a bit painful to cut but I did it.

I want to thank everyone who commented on my preliminary list with their recommendations. Your feedback was very helpful and I apologize if one of your suggestions didn't make it onto the final list. However, even if your favorite didn't make the cut, keep in mind that does not in any way mean you'll never see me writing about it. It just means that if I do it will probably be a separate article.

Now, after the excitement I build up with my preliminary list, you are all probably very excited to find out which films made the final cut. Well, here is my final list, or at least what I hope to be my final list (because of what happened with The Birds this year, I've selected a handful of "backup films" in case something goes wrong with one of these movies). I have a separate page in which I'll put the links so that they will be easier to find, but I wanted to make this post to ensure that everybody sees it. Let me know of what you think of my choices in the comments below.

Strike (1925)

Modern Times (1936)

Ninotchka (1939)

Back to Bataan (1945)

The Killing (1956)

One, Two, Three (1961)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Life is Beautiful (1997)

Fight Club (1999)

Gangs of New York (2002)

Kill Bill (2003)

Atonement (2007)


  1. Cool list. Kill Bill is my favorite of the bunch. Can I assume you'll be watching both volumes? Hope so. I'm most interested in your response to Fight Club, Gangs of New York, and Night of the Living Dead, in that order. Hope you enjoy them all.

    1. Thanks. I'm not entirely sure if I'll be able to do both volumes just yet. It will depend on my schedule (I'm looking at doing it in March since I share a birthday with Tarantino). If I have time I'll do both volumes, but if I end up being bogged down by schoolwork and exam preparations I may have to watch Volume 1 and perhaps do a later follow-up describing my thoughts on Volume 2.

      Gangs of New York will probably be somewhere in the summer just because it's a longer film and I'll have more free time then. I can't be sure of when I'll watch Fight Club and talk about it (even though the first rule of fight club is supposed to be that you don't talk about Fight Club) and Night of the Living Dead would certainly be a logical choice for October.

  2. The first silent film, Strike, looks great and would love to see this. I loved Modern Times and Ninotchka. The Killing is also great and under-rated. I have not seen Back to Bataan or Kill Bill yet. One, Two Three is OK. I did enjoy Life is Beautiful and Fight Club and Gangs of New York is brutal but excellent. I have no desire to Night of the Living Dead and Atonement-ughhhh. I don't get it and found it utterly boring. Now, all that being said I can't wait to hear what you say about these films

    1. Well, Strike was one I felt I should see considering it was a personal recommendation from one of my professors. I decided to put it on my list to make sure I didn't put it off. As for the others they are all ones that should be interesting to write about.

      I have a feeling with Atonement it will probably be one of those films where you either really love it or hate it. I can't say for sure which side I'll be taking until I watch it.

  3. I've only seen Atonement from the list (three, if you count bits of Life is Beautiful and Fight Club, movies I need to see entirely). It was all right, though when I saw it it kind of got spoiled for me. Hope you do end up enjoying it!

    1. I hope so too. It's a movie I'll be going in knowing very little about.

  4. Some of these are my favourite films ever. Fight Club literally is. Also Kill Bill and Atonement are in my top 50. I hope you like/love them :D

    1. Fight Club seems to be a lot of people's favorite movie. That's part of why I decided to put it on the list so I can see if it really lives up to its reputation.