Updated with my selections thanks to commenters for upvoting certain picks.

My fellow blogger extraordinaire, Ryan McNeil of The Matinee, has been participating in a series of articles refered to as the Blindspot Series. This is where every year you pick twelve films, that are considered essential in one way or another, to watch that to this date remain unseen. These films are spread over the year, one a month, to make it all so much more manageable — because God forbid we get any lazier on the internet.

Anyways, at his behest I’ve decided to join up. However, I’m also going to take a queue from his style and post a list of twenty plus titles that I should’ve watched by now and let the comment thread upvote any films in the list you feel are more important than others, and I also leave the floor up for suggestions.

Here are some classics I’ve yet to get around to:

 The Final Cut

January – Schindler’s List (1993)

February –  M (1931)

March –  Close-Up (1990)

April –  The Night of the Hunter (1955)

May – All About Eve (1950)

June – Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972)

July – In The Mood For Love (2000)

August – Metropolis (1927)

September – Sherlock Jr. (1924)

October – Breathless (1959)

November – Double Indemnity (1944)

December – Touch of Evil (1958)

The films that Didn’t Make It

Gone With the Wind (1939)
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
King Kong (1933)
La Jetée (1962)
The Big Sleep (1946)
The Crying Game (1992)
La Dolce Vita (1960)
Duck Soup (1933)
Pink Flamingos (1972)
Repulsion (1965)

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  • Of those you listed, I would start with Schindler's List(!).

    After that, I highly recommend: The Night of the Hunter, In The Mood For Love.

    You can't go very wrong with that list though. Great films.

  • Ryan McNeil

    Oh hell yes!
    DOUBLE INDEMNITY, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER? You are in for one amazing year!!

  • Touch of Evil, Double Indemnity, Duck Soup, Aguirre the Wrath of God, Sherlock Jr., M, and All about Eve are probably all in my top 30, if not top 20, movies.

  • SDG

    In the Mood For Love, Metropolis, Schindler's List are must. Double Indemnity, La Dolce Vita, Breathless, All About Eve be make good choices too.

  • Anna

    Three words: all of them.

  • SJHoneywell

    I have no complaints about any of the films on your "made it" list, although I'm a little sad that Kong missed the cut. Sherlock Jr. is not only my favorite Keaton and my favorite silent comedy, but my favorite silent film in general. And In the Mood for Love is breathtaking!

    Speaking of breathtaking, you have Breathless on both lists…

    • My apologies… error in my part. Breathless, obviously, made the cut.