This year, I choose to give myself the gift that keeps on giving: Participating in The Matinee's Blindspot Series!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!
The idea is, every month you watch a cinematic staple that you really should have seen by now, and write it up. Realizing that my "Watchlist" on Letterboxd is well over 700 titles(!), I figured that giving myself the gift of knocking off one a month was the least I could give myself this year - it's like joining the Fruit of the Month Club or something!
So, with some help from my bookshelf full of Criterion DVDs and Blu-Rays that I bought during 50% off sales - most of which I haven't watched yet - I have finally whittled it down to this year's 12.
Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937)
Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio di Sica, 1948)
The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954)
On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954)
Smiles of a Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman, 1955)
Diary of a Chambermaid (Luis Bunuel, 1964)
In The Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, 1967)
The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (Woody Allen, 1985)
The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991)
And to start, very soon there will be a post on the first one I watched: Woody Allen's delightful The Purple Rose of Cairo.