My 2015 Blindspot Films

One of my resolutions for this new year is to be less lazy and to finally get around to attacking my gargantuan list of films to watch. Since starting writing about film here at Film Grimoire, my watchlist has become incredibly huge because I read about amazing films every day, and the resulting list almost seems like an unapproachable task.

Here’s where challenges like the Blindspot Series are so valuable. This series was initially started by Ryan of The Matinee, but I heard about it from the wonderful Elina of Films And Coke. The Blindspot Series is where you choose twelve films from your watchlist to definitively watch and review throughout the year. I’ve chosen twelve films that have languished on my watch list for far too long, some of which were referenced in my Shame List post, and I’ll be reviewing one of them per month.

With that said, here are the films on my Blindspot list for this year.

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So that’s my 2015 planned in terms of making a dent in my list of films to finally watch! What’s on your watchlist for 2015?

56 comments

  1. Excellent choices here Anna, hope you get around to watching them all.

    1. Thanks heaps Vinnie, I’m determined to do so! πŸ˜€

  2. Night of the Hunter is one of my favourites. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it.

    1. Such an excellent film, fully in agreement with you.

      1. The fact Laughton only made one film makes me so mad! Who on earth were these critics?!

        1. With this as his debut, he could have been a fantastic director of many films. I guess critics at the time couldn’t appreciate his work.

    2. I have to say, that’s one that I’m most excited to see. It sounds so amazing!

      1. I am sellotaping my fingers together so as to not say anything more before you see it haha.

  3. Although I have not seen all of your choices, the ones I have seen are mostly excellent. Also decided to do the Blindspot series myself and already watched my first one. It is a good way to finally see those movies you wanted to watch for a while but didn’t come around to seeing

    1. Totally, I think the Blindspot series is so great because you have the opportunity to identify things that it’s just about time to see! I’ve been meaning to see all my Blindspot films for such a long time, it feels good to finally be able to get around to seeing them rather than leaving them on a list.

  4. Nice cross section of films, I have seen 7 of the ones on your list. I may need to add Survive Style 5+ and The Quiet Earth to my list of films to check out. Both sound rather interesting.

    1. Thanks Courtney! πŸ™‚ Survive Style 5+ is an experience and a half. Would love to hear your thoughts on it!

  5. I love the list. Night of the Hunter and Spellbound are so, so good. Boogie Nights gets a lot of love from people, but for me it never ends. Not a fan. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts.

    Again, I love the list.

    1. I’m with Keith. Love your list. Spellbound is a great classic with Ingrid and a young Peck. I love the production design segments created by Salvador Dali. My favorite of your choices.

      1. Thanks Cindy! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see Spellbound, might have to escalate it so it’s next in line for February!

    2. Thanks heaps Keith! I’m so looking forward to Spellbound, I’ve been meaning to see it for years. And as a huge Dali fan that’s pretty shameful!

  6. Very cool list. Looking forward to what you thought of Chinatown, Night of The Hunter and Wild at Heart.

    1. Thanks heaps! πŸ˜€ I’m really looking forward to watching them!

  7. Great list. Hard to find anything negative to say about any of those titles. Looks like a fantastic long weekend movie marathon.

    1. I’d love to watch these over a long weekend, sounds like a great time! πŸ˜€

  8. Brittani · · Reply

    I love Shame and Boogie Nights! I can’t wait for those, and I’m interested to see what you say about the rest because I haven’t seen them either.

    1. I seriously can’t believe I haven’t seen Boogie Nights yet, it’s pretty shameful. Really looking forward to seeing that one!

  9. Fury Road!!!

    1. I don’t mind some Tom Hardy to be honest!

  10. I’ve only seen three of these: Shame, Boogie Nights, and Chinatown. They are all excellent in my humble opinion. My list…

    http://dellonmovies.blogspot.com/2014/12/2015-blind-spot-series-my-selections.html

    1. Your list contains so many good ones! Not a lot of people liked From Hell but I enjoyed it, it was so creepy and the original graphic novel is great. Pi is also amazing. Can’t wait to read your posts on them!

  11. I’ve been needing to watch The Night of the Hunter and Shame, for sure! I’m a big Michael Fassbender fan πŸ™‚ But on my list, I have American Beauty, Particle Fever, The Trial, and Frances Ha. By the way, you have a beautiful layout! It makes me wanna do something magnificent with mine, but sadly I’m not familiar with web design and cool graphics/fonts.. perhaps you could give me some pointers?! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much! I’m way behind in catching up on comments from this post but I would love to help out with web design! Finding cool fonts is actually one of my secret passions. I really love your current layout though, the dark blue and grey gives your blog a vintagey feel that’s nice on the eyes.

      1. Thanks!!! I recently changed the header and am getting used to it, I love it! But yea your cool fonts are awesome !

  12. Survive Style 5+ is a blast!

    1. I absolutely loved it! πŸ˜€

  13. Awesome list. I am definitely going to make one of these too.

    1. Thanks Abbi, looking forward to seeing what’s on your list!

  14. Great choices so many good ones that I think you will be pleased with when you are done. One of my favorite movies ever is Boogie Nights! I also love Chinatown. Look forward to reading your posts.

    1. Thanks Melissa! πŸ˜€ Really looking forward to actually watching all of them!

  15. Excellent list here! I hope that you enjoy them!

    1. Thanks heaps Zoe! πŸ˜€

  16. THX1138 is an interesting choice and it’s funny that George Lucas couldn’t think of a title for his film so he finally decided to use his car registration number.

    1. Haha! Is that really true? Such an inventive fellow.

  17. So much good stuff here. Shame, Chinatown, Boogie Nights…you’re gonna love these!

    1. Can’t wait! πŸ˜€

  18. Night of the Hunter is one I’ve been meaning to see for ages too. Really interesting list Anna, looking forward to reading your thoughts on the films!

    Adam.

    1. Thanks Adam, it seems that everyone loves that film, apparently the direction and cinematography are flawless!

  19. Excellent idea! And really loved how you put this post together. So elegant!

    1. Thanks heaps Alina! πŸ˜€

  20. Boogie Nights is definitely at the top of my list! I need to watch more PT Anderson.

    1. Everyone says it’s amazing! I do love a bit of PT Anderson, he’s great.

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  22. I have this weird thing that happens. I keep watching the quiet earth which I think I have seen now about four times. Every time I watch it I don’t realize I have already seen it then I remember it whilst I am watching it and it’s so good that I just keep watching it anyway. I have to say it’s a film that I like however not really in love with it. It kind of reminds me of Pontypool because it seems to me at least to have the same aesthetic

    1. Haha, that is amazing and weird! Really looking forward to it, I wonder if I will have a similar reaction!

  23. I don’t know how to edit a comment, however I wrote that comment because I saw the quiet earth and I was like wow I am going to have to watch that and I looked on imdb and I was oh I have seen it about four or five times, a strange phenomenon quite fitting for the film really.

  24. […] recently reading a post over at Film Grimoire about “blindspot films” I have decided to get on the bandwagon because I am nothing if someone who copies borrows […]

  25. Hmm. Interesting. I love the Dali artwork, from Spellbound, you’ve posted here.
    Nice List.

    1. Thanks heaps! I love the Dali artwork too, definitely looking forward to seeing it in motion.

  26. […] for some reason. This is the exact purpose of the Blindspot series, which I’ve been doing for two years so far – it’s an opportunity to identify twelve films you haven’t yet seen […]

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