Filling the Holes in 2013 [Blindspotting]

Thanks so much to everyone who voted on the titles which will help me out in covering some serious cinephile blind spots in my viewing repertoire. Seriously, thank you!

As promised, I’m choosing the top ten vote-getters (plus two of my own choosing) and starting in January I’ll be watching and writing about them (in no particular order).

So here are the top ten films you guys voted on from the primary ballot in order of most votes to fewest. I’ll choose the two runner-ups at a later date:

# of votes     Title
22      The 400 Blows
21      Sunset Boulevard
20      Manhattan
17      His Girl Friday
16      Some Like it Hot
16      Bicycle Thieves
15      On the Waterfront
14      Mean Streets
13      The Last Picture Show
13      Rope


If you’re curious, out of the original 60 titles on the ballot, only four got no votes:
All the Right Moves
Pink Flamingos
The Towering Inferno

Filling the Holes (for John)

For a while now I’ve been contemplating building a list of movies that I feel that I should watch. I’m a firm believer in the thought that the more I learn on the topic, the more I discover that there is more to learn. As I watch more and more movies I constantly discover that there are more and more films which I need to see. Yesterday Andrew posted up a list of films that he wants to work through and is having everyone vote on them to determine how he will start. I had no idea he was doing this and while I like his way of choosing what to watch, I decided to take a different approach. I would gather some of the “Top Film Lists” and combine them into an overall list and then pick and chose from the top 100 films.

Would you like to know more…?

Filling the Holes

This week I finally got around to watching Singin’ in the Rain. A classic movie that is one of those, “you’ve never seen THAT!?” titles. After finishing it, as delighted as I was with the film, I was more just pissed off at myself for not having watching much sooner! Well this sort of thing will not stand, man.

So I’m taking a page from The Matinee and have decided that I am going to fill a lot of longstanding (and deep) holes in my filmography; most (not all) of which are inexcusable as a film fan if I want to consider myself a cinephile. So throughout 2013, I will be filling said holes with celluloid (or the digital equivalent) one by one on a monthly basis. But I need your help.

Each month I’ll scratch off one of the movies on my list and mention it here in the third row with its own brief (or possibly lengthy) post. This will give everyone the opportunity to discuss my enjoyment or lack thereof of each title. I think it will definitely be more fun for me and you the readers if you’re involved with this. Or you can just lurk and laugh from the shadows.

So to prepare for this thing a month in advance and potentially make it even more interesting for visitors, I’ve put together a list of 80 titles that I’ve never seen and that I think (for the most part) are essential viewings in a person’s movie going repertoire. Take a second to look these titles over and then vote for the TEN you think I should watch.

I’ll cull the ten highest voted titles down and then pick an additional two of my own choosing. Then in no particular order, starting in January, I’ll view and write about each one on a monthly basis.

The full poll is under the seats, thanks for your help!

Would you like to know more…?