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Blind Spot Series 2016

The Blind Spot Series is a yearly film event hosted by Ryan of The Matinee. For my previous blind spot choices, see 2014, 2015.

I'd like to think that my choices for the series varied for the past two years. However, as I'm coming to a conclusion to this year's blind spot list, I made an unfortunate discovery: I didn't have fun with my choices compared to the first year. Some of the films were daunting to watch, or I was underwhelmed with my expectations. I may have also possibly set my goals a bit too high this year, and have suffered complete burn outs for weeks at a time, and that might have played a role in viewing the film of the month. I was planning to go with foreign cinema for 2016, but seeing the results of this year, I might take a route similar to 2014 but instead of picking randomly, all my choices are films in the 70's. Here is my list for the upcoming blind spot series. 

Harold and Maude (1971)
The French Connection (1971)
Solaris (1972)
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Jaws (1975)
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
All the Presidents Men (1976)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Alien (1979)

Have you watched any of these films? What are your thoughts about it? 

Comments

  1. Wow, I've seen all of these films. You got a great list of films to see. Many of them are essential.

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  2. So many classics in this blind spot! Alien is in my top tier of favorite movies ever...it just defines the science fiction genre! And Saturday Night Fever...I LOVE that soundtrack. Absolutely great list here :)

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  3. Great list! Lots of 70s classics, I've watched 11 of 12. I'm super jealous of someone who gets to watch Alien, Jaws, Monty Python & the Holy Grail and Taxi Driver for the first time. A Woman Under the Influence is some of the finest acting you can watch. I'm going with only 80s blind spots this time around.

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  4. Rocky Horror and Taxi Driver are great. We've actually got a bit of overlap with picks this year, that's pretty cool.

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    1. Looking forward to reading about your picks this year!

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  5. I've read quite a few of everyone else's Blind Spots for next year and they've made me quite anxious (i.e. Not only had I not seen many, I'd not heard of most of them!) But thankfully yours has put me at ease as I've actually seen 8 of your choices, including the entire of your latter half and they're such good choices. You're in for such a treat, and I don't think you'll have to convince yourself to muster up the energy to watch any of these, that's definitely what it should be all about.

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    1. I found my last list to be daunting, I"m quite excited for this!

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  6. Congrats on making it through your 2015 blindspot. I sorta stopped with mine after my choices became a bit daunting. Good luck for 2016! :)

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    1. Thanks! I still have 2 films to go (skipped a month) and I'm hoping to watch both before the year ends.

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  7. There are many on your list I haven't seen yet but I LOVE All the Presidents Men (1976), I guess I just love journalism movies and it's one of the best. Jaws and The French Connection are classics, but hey glad I'm not the only one who hasn't seen Taxi Driver!

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    1. I'm quite excited to watch all of them, I don't know where to start!

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  8. This is a great list of movies to check out.
    Out of these, I must say Jaws is a classic you absolutely must see. Alien and The French Connection are two more great films, but definitely see Jaws first

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  9. Wow! Some really great movies ahead of you. An argument can be made that Jaws is Spielberg's best film. I've also heard many say Taxi Driver is Scorsese's best. And then there is Alien which many call Ridley Scott's best. Again, some really great ones ahead of you.

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    1. I'm excited for all three but I'm most curious about Taxi Driver. I really don't know what to expect from it.

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  10. I seen all but two of these, Solaris and Jeanne Dielman, and there are some great titles there.

    All the President's Men is one of my all time favorites, easily in my top 20 of all time. Gena Rowlands's performance in Woman Under the Influence is a monumental piece of acting. Just one bit of advice when you watch Rocky Horror try and see it with a group of people preferably someone who is familiar with it, it plays better as a communal experience.

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    1. Thanks for the advice! I'll be seeing A Woman Under the Influence for January (this month), I don't really know what to expect from it.

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  11. Amazing picks. Taxi Driver is my favorite film of all time. Can't wait to hear what you think about it!

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