Last summer I decided to take part in Ryan McNeil's Blindspot Challenge. Because I started late I was working with a much smaller list of movies (seven instead of the usual twelve) and I managed to see all but one (The Birds, which I had to replace at the last minute with Re-Animator). However, while it was a great oppurtunity to finally see some movies I'd been putting off, my choices were a bit limited. 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.
This time round, I've decided to try and look at a wider range of films. I've incorporated some foreign movies as well as some much older ones going back as far as I can. To assemble this list I have used a variety of criteria including personal recommendations, subject matter that interests me, availability, and sometimes the reputation certain movies hold and an interest in seeing what all the fuss is about. Unfortunately I had a few too many candidates. My solution is to create a preliminary list and gradually reduce it to twelve films for next year. Somewhere around the end of December or start of January I should have my final list.
There is no specific criteria by which I plan to eliminate some of my possible choices. The biggest thing will probably be availability. Films that prove harder to find (at least the hard to find ones I don't already own) will be less likely to make the final cut. Other factors may include costs, timing (whether it fits into any specific month) or even just my own personal confidence about the movie in question.
I'm posting this early so that I can receive feedback from readers. Right now I can't guarantee any one of these movies making it onto the final list. For all I know, perhaps the list I ultimately publish somewhere around New Years will have none of these options and an entirely unrelated list of twelve movies instead (though even then, it doesn't mean I won't ever write about any of these films separately). Still, feel free to let me know what you think of my potential candidates and if there are any you would like to see me review. It might just help me make some decisions when the time comes.