Blindspot 2017

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Peer pressure strikes again, people. I’m doing a Blindspot list this year. That’s right. Twelve films, one reviewed per month. I’ve seen so many fascinating lists over the past several years and finally I think I’m ready to tackle one of my own. It’s an inspired idea, and someone should get a sticker or something for conceptualizing this popular blog trend. What a great way to discipline yourself into tackling that ever-growing list of Movies I Should Have Watched, Like, Yesterday. It’s also a good way of diversifying your tastes. I’m not sure if any title on this list is a real stretch for me, many of them fall under genres I’m predisposed to enjoying anyway, but the vast majority of this list is comprised of things I know I absolutely should have seen by now — barring one or two curios I’ve been interested in ticking off even knowing they are going to be, in all likelihood, somewhat forgettable. The goal wasn’t to create a list of potentially life-changing films. No matter their relevance or durability, I’m motivated to get started here! I hope you all will follow along with me.

I present to you my Blindspot list for 2017*:


January 

defiance-movie-poster

Release: Friday, January 16, 2009

Plot Synopsis: Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.  

Review now available here 


February

alive-movie-poster

Release: Friday, January 15, 1993

Plot Synopsis: A Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash.

Review now available here


March**

trainspotting-movie-poster

Release: Friday, August 9, 1996

Plot Synopsis: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

Review now available here


April

metropolis-movie-poster

Release: Sunday, March 13, 1927

Plot Synopsis: In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Review now available here


May

what-about-bob-movie-poster

Release: Friday, May 17, 1991

Plot Synopsis: A successful psychotherapist loses his mind after one of his most dependent patients, an obsessive-compulsive neurotic, tracks him down during his family vacation.

Review now available here


June

once-upon-a-time-in-the-west-movie-poster

Release: Friday, July 4, 1969

Plot Synopsis: A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.


July

swingers-movie-poster

Release: Friday, October 18, 1996

Plot Synopsis: Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene.

Review now available here


August

Imprimer

Release: Friday, January 7, 2011

Plot Synopsis: A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he’ll stop at nothing to be with.


September

reservoir-dogs-movie-poster

Release: Friday, October 23, 1992

Plot Synopsis: After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.


October

cujo-movie-poster

Release: Friday, August 12, 1983

Plot Synopsis: Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.


November

the-usual-suspects-movie-poster

Release: Wednesday, August 16, 1995

Plot Synopsis: A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup.


December

downfall-movie-poster

Release: Friday, December 31, 2004

Plot Synopsis: Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator’s final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

* subject to change based on availability 

** not original line-up; I have switched out March and May, in anticipation of the Trainspotting sequel  


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37 thoughts on “Blindspot 2017

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  5. Wow man, you have some really good ones ahead of you. I love the day/night between your February and March films. LOL! I have always loved “Alive”. At times it feels a bit forgotten but it’s really, really good. Same with “What About Bob”. Really funny Murray. And then “Once Upon A Time in the West”, my favorite western ever made. Wait until you sick your teeth in that opening. Sergio Leone at his finest!

    • Gah, another left-behind comment. Apologies man.

      I’m really psyched on this list. I’ve knocked out Defiance (and not a moment too soon, either — only a couple days left in the month,ha!) and thought it was good but not brilliant but there’s some on here that I am really getting amped for. Should be a really fun project. Once Upon a Time in the West, Metropolis and Downfall are probably the three big stand-outs for me right now. Oh, and Trainspotting. Duh!

    • Hm, that’s an idea Mark. I could do that. I’m not sure how I feel about T2, even not having seen Trainspotting. To me that doesn’t seem like a movie that screams ‘Sequel.’ But who knows — Boyle could be on to something!

      Really looking forward to tackling this project. Should be a lot of fun.

  6. Tom! YAY!!! This list looks fantastic. I’ve seen zero films on here, but I’ve been thinking about a couple of them for a while now, especially Reservoir Dogs and Trainspotting. I hope you enjoy all of them. Love the new theme on here 🙂

    • Thanks on both counts! I’m looking forward to digging into this list. Quite a few I feel embarrassed about not having seen yet but it’s OK. Soon enough! 😀

  7. Thomas! Thomas the Bomb… Uh…. What rhymes with Thomas?? 😦 Tom! I’m so glad you’re doing this. I really enjoyed doing the Blind Spot thing for the first time last year. Really forced me to finally watch some great films! You’re in for a treat with Once Upon A Time In The West & Reservoir Dogs. The Usual Suspects is also good (have you avoided spoilers this long?!). And… Cujo! Lol. Interesting addition. Not gonna complain at King being included. Love all things King! Can’t wait to read your reviews & am super curious to see what you think of Trainspotting. : )

    • Yeah Cujo was pretty random but I had to get some horror on here. Figured why not get that one taken care of?

      This list is pretty intereesting for sure, mostly because I can’t believe I haven’t seen them. I have this deep-seated paranoia that people were going to rip me a new one for not having seen certain ones (Reservoir Dogs; Trainspotting; Usual Suspects) . . . . but then in reality it didn’t end up so bad. No one hates me! 😉

      • Have you read Cujo? I’m obsessed with all things King-related. Amazing that some of the movies based on his books are my all-time favorite films while some are almost unwatchable. But I watch them all anyway. : ) Well, you’re still young so you can’t have seen EVERYTHING yet. 😉 I love this Blind Spot thing! We all have classics we’ve never seen but have always meant to.

        • Cujo I have not read. I also find it odd how King can be the master of suspense novels and about half of them fail to translate into good movies. Maybe that’s even more proof how great Steven King is. There’s this huge statistical probability that for ever good King adaptation there’s about 2 or 3 crap ones. The man just has SO much material! I look forward to seeing what Cujo is like.

          • It’s not one of the masterpieces but, I’m glad to say, not one of the horrible ones. Hope you have fun with it. I’ll be stopping by to discuss it more once you’ve reviewed it! : )

    • Cheers my friend. Yeah there’s going to be A LOT to talk about in the coming months. I’m looking forward to this project. Shame I haven’t participated sooner, really.

  8. Ypu are kidding me, you actually have managed not to see The usual suspects.. dang 😆 but you will enjoy or at least I hope so. As for Metropolis, such an aweinspiring movie. Love it to bits.

    • Thank you! Yeah we are still a work in progress over here. Awkwardly I don’t have the means right now to change my blog’s URL so it still says digital shortbread. I hope not everyone is confused. Eventually i will have this sorted out. In the meantime, enjoy the new blog!

  9. One film I NEED to see this year is Downfall. Metropolis is exquisite, and Trainspotting is great. I had to put the subtitles on at times with Trainspotting and I have an Irish-like accent (albeit they are in Scotland but still) lol.

    • Thanks so much for stopping in! I’m excited about Downfall. ‘That one clip’ everyone has seen and the ensuing parodies have brought that title to my attention. As for Trainspotting, yes I’m prepared for quite an experience haha. This should be a fun project to get into.

  10. Wow! Fine list. I’ve seen several of them on your list. I can’t wait to read your reviews, Tom. The Usual Suspects is a great one. So is Metropolis. I show the Holocaust films you have listed and they are hits with my students. Solid choices.

    • Yeah it’s funny how I ended up book-ending this list with two Jewish history-related pieces. That was unintentional but I can’t wait to see both of them, as I am with all of these. Some seem a tad random (I Love You, Phillip Morris; What About Bob?) but those are things I’ve been meaning to see since starting the blog and reading several interesting things about them, especially the former. The latter is another good excuse to enjoy Bill Murray. 🙂

      Cheers Cindy.

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