My 2016 Blog Resolutions: Blind Spot Choices, IMDB Reviews & Taking It Easy 

Happy New Year, everyone! 🙂 I’ve already posted all my 2015 Top Ten Lists so here they are if you’re interested:

My Top Ten Movies Of 2015
My Top Ten Movies Watched At Home In 2015
My Top Ten Books Read In 2015 (and mini-reviews)

(I have to say that this was by far the best year for movies since I started this blog. I hope 2016 is as good of a year for film!)

I was actually very eager to get 2015 over & done with and to move onto 2016. It’s ridiculous as January 1st is just another day like any other but, for whatever reason, we all think we’re going to actually change for the better each year. 😉 I like to think this actually works for some people and, this year, I have some pretty big resolutions that have nothing to do with the blog. So my biggest blog resolution is to, well, not spend so much time on it. To take it easy & not let a hobby that I really enjoy stress me out in any way. I’ll do what I can and skip what I can’t.

But I of course still want to keep up on my biggest hobby besides blogging, which is actually watching the movies that I blog about. So I’m adding just one new blogging project this year that I think should be fairly easily achievable (and, if I don’t manage to finish it by December 31st 2016, that’s life).

I’ve seen the Blind Spot Series being done on loads of blogs & keep saying every year that I should join in. Screw it – I’ve decided to do it. Basically, it appears that you choose 12 movies that you’ve always been meaning & wanting to watch but, for whatever reason, just never got around to them. Is that correct?

I have such a huge list of movies like that and, of course, a lot will eventually be done by me as part of my IMDB Top 250 Challenge anyway (more about that later). A lot of people seem to pick very “worthy” stuff but my list isn’t going to contain any Citizen Kane-type films since that’s all in the IMDB Top 250 so I’ll torture myself with those at some point. No – my 12 are movies that I actively want to watch, not ones I know I’ll have to force myself to watch. That’s been the case with most of the Top 250 films I’ve watched – I do love them once I’ve seen them but getting around to watching them is a damn chore.

So here are My 12 Blind Spot Choices For 2016, most of which are pretty highly regarded but not necessarily “worthy classics”:

True Romance

THX 1138

El Topo

Natural Born Killers

Battle Royale

Akira

Summer Wars

An Education

The City Of Lost Children

Magic

Phenomena

Eyes Without A Face

My main reasoning for choosing most of these? I went through the big “Watchlist” I have and tried to choose things that I already own (I’m broke!). The only two that I don’t have are the last two so, if I find that I really can’t afford to buy them, these are some alternates (and a good start to Blind Spot 2017, I guess!):

Play Misty For Me
Zodiac
The Raid
Running On Empty
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
House (Hausu) (1977)
Tetsuo
Solaris (1972)

Now, moving onto my IMDB thing…

It’s been three years now since I started my IMDB Top 250 Project on 01/01/13. As there have been many changes to the list since then, I’ve decided to finally work off of an updated 01/01/16 version (see “additions” at the bottom of THIS PAGE – there are 34 new movies that have been added to the Top 250).

As always, this is mainly a project for me to complete (I’m reviewing the movies I’ve never seen plus some favorites). If you really want to do a guest review, the available films that I don’t plan to do myself are below. If you sign up, you have one month to get your review to me before it goes back on the Available list below. I won’t be keeping close track of who signs up for what – I’ll just add the movies to the “Selected” section.

I hope no one takes this the wrong way but I need to start fresh. A lot of these films were signed up for a long time ago but I can no longer keep track of who said which ones they’d do, especially as several have changed hands more than once. If you are one of the people who signed up for one of these, let me know if you DO still want to join in. Thanks everybody! 🙂

AVAILABLE TO BE REVIEWED:

Cool Hand Luke 1967
The Wrestler 2008
The Lives of Others 2006
The Sting 1973
Die Hard 1988
Léon 1994
The Hobbit 2012
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991
Rain Man 1988
Taxi Driver 1976
Gone with the Wind 1939
NEW ADDITIONS AS OF 2016:
The Best Years of Our Lives 1946
Before Sunrise 1995
Before Sunset 2004
Life Is Beautiful 1997

**Selected for now**
Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels 1998 (Tom)
To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 (Tom)
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 (Drew)

Depending on the response, I may give up some of my favorites I’d kept for myself to do (Jaws, Blade Runner, Indiana Jones, etc etc).

I hope you all have a wonderful 2016! It’s great to still see everyone who has stuck around in the three years I’ve been doing this blogging thing but I hope that you’re all happy outside of this online thing as well. If you need to take a break from this, take a break. It’s something you can always come back to now & then.

Besides the IMDB thing, I have three other ongoing projects that I’m not going to rush in any way as I know I can do them if and when I feel like it. These personal projects are to watch all of John Carpenter’s films, all the Studio Ghibli films, and most of Akira Kurosawa’s films. I’ve done well on Studio Ghibli so far (you can see all my existing reviews HERE) and I’m happy to say that, so far, I’ve watched two films in 2016: Ghibli’s Whisper Of The Heart and Kurosawa’s Ikiru (also a new entry into the Top 250). So I’m not giving up on movie blogging just yet! But, damn – now I guess I have to do the hard part of actually reviewing those two… Ha!

For now, though, I’m taking a break from posting anything for the next week. Or two. 🙂

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108 thoughts on “My 2016 Blog Resolutions: Blind Spot Choices, IMDB Reviews & Taking It Easy 

  1. some great choices for your blind spot.

    True Romance is one of my favorite movies 🙂

    I’d help with ur IMDB top 250 but I’ve been banned. 😦

    Glad to hear that life is treating u well.

    Keep smiling 🙂

  2. Happy New Year! Great resolutions too 🙂 One of my resolutions is definitely to have more fun blogging, it’s easy to turn it into a chore and when we all do this as a hobby, it should never be that way! 🙂
    – Allie

    • Thank you! Happy New Year to you too! 🙂 Yeah, I stress out about things on here too much sometimes. It’s meant to be fun! So I’m gonna chill a bit & remember that I’m here just because I love watching & chatting about movies. 🙂

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  4. Great post and I love you Blind Spot selections. Several on there I need to see. As for your IMDB thing, I would be happy to help. Not 100% sure how it works but I immediately thought about contributing for Life is Beautiful or Network. Let me know.

    • I found out about Hausu from you! Now I really want to see it. Looks utterly bizarre. 🙂 Eyes Without A Face has been on my To Watch list sooooo many years now. It’s really time I watch it! I’m looking forward to these. Glad I decided to join in finally.

  5. Enjoy your break, blogging is always best when don’t at your own pace. Looking forward to seeing your thoughts on Akira. It doesn’t work for everyone, but it can be a mind blowing experience.

    • Thanks! I’m taking it easy. Just catching up on comments. 🙂 I’ve been meaning to watch Akira for years. Would be my first bit of experience with that sort of thing (I love Studio Ghibli stuff but that’s not quite the same, I’m sure!). I did attempt Ghost In The Shell once but fell asleep & never finished it. I really should finish it!

  6. I know it’s not on your main Blind Spot list, but I’m going to say “hurrah!” for Zodiac anyway. Fantastic movie, one of my absolute favourites.

    As for the actual list, I really enjoyed NBK and Battle Royale, but haven’t watched either in over a decade so barely remember them properly. I need to rectify that, but I’m always dedicating so much time to watching things I’ve never seen before… I think I need to take a leaf out of your book and do more of what I feel, less of what I think I ‘have’ to for my blog.

    • Yeah?? I guess I never watched Zodiac as I’ve never been big on “serial killer” type movies. It was on my main list but… I may have made it an alternate after seeing the running time. 😉 I know what you mean about just “doing stuff for the blog”! I rarely re-watch old favorites now as I feel like it’s a “waste of time” as I should just be watching new movies so I can review them. Plus I’ll sometimes choose what I watch based on “which movie would make for a better blog post?”. I should just be having fun with the blog thing and watch what I want! 🙂

      • Ah… I wouldn’t say I like serial killer movies of any kind, but it is a type of movie I do enjoy when done well — Se7en is my most favourite movie, for instance. One of Zodiac‘s best points is that it’s not just about the killer, it’s about the obsession of the people hunting for him, so it’s got some thematic depth. But yeah, it is long!

      • Zodiac is really interesting film. I love my serial killers and Fincher is one of my favourite directors of all time and Jake Gyllenhaal one of my big screen loves BUT I don’t like Zodiac that much. I’ve watched it for three times now and still it’s too long and a bit boring. It’s weird. I should probably watch it again, I still feel like I’m missing something… But it is not for sure your basic “serial killer film”.

      • Hmm. Now I’m even more curious! 😉 I know I should watch it. It’s just so long… But I like knowing it’s a bit different from the usual serial killer film? 🙂

  7. THX1138 has always been a favorite. It’s good early Robert Duvall. I read somewhere that it started out as a student film by George Lucas.

    Of course I have to recommend Eyes Without A Face.

    If you’re looking for a great lost movie from 1955 put Dementia aka/Daughter Of Horror on your list. Way advanced for its time.

    • I’ve been meaning to watch THX for years (and have had it on DVD forever) so I think it’s about time I do it. 🙂 I’ve always been fascinated with Eyes Without A Face since reading about it years ago – I really need to pick it up. Hmm… Your recommendation sounds interesting. I’m going to look it up right now! 🙂

    • I’m hoping I like Akira more than Ghost in the Shell, which I fell asleep in the middle of & never finished. Hmm – I’ve mainly never watched NBK because I’m such a huge wuss about violence. But I’ve always thought it sounded worth a watch! Guess I’ll find out. But may close my eyes a bit…. 🙂

    • Thanks, Natasha! 🙂 I’m looking forward to finally watching some of those. I’ve already watched the easiest watch on the list! (An Education). That’s the fun bit. Now I guess I have to actually review these things at some point… Lol

  8. Sound resolution Mutester. I think your goals are quite appealing because they’re very reasonable. Relaxing and enjoying movies/blogging about them is the best approach. I find I do my best work when I’m really enjoying what I’m doing.

    As for the IMDb Challenge, I’d like to send along a review of Lock, Stock — I have a brief review of it already sitting on my site, so I can do that. Also, To Kill a Mockingbird — I have that in my Netflix queue to re-watch sometime soon so I can do that as well. Don’t worry — I won’t take as long a time to get back to you as I did with Elephant Man. 😉

    (I’ll take even longer.)

    • TOM! Ha! I’d LOVE to have you do both of those. They’re yours! I expect those by February 1st, 2022. 🙂 Yeah… I’ve watched six movies in January so far since taking this blogging break. Six! That’s a lot for me. But now I’m like “Shit. I suppose I should review those at some point….” 😉 I’ll take those two movies off the Available Top 250 list. Woohoo!!

      • Awesome! Mucho thank-you! 😉

        I actually told myself I was going to take a hiatus at the beginning of this year as well. I have completely failed. I think my compulsion to keep going is kind of unhealthy. Lol

  9. I stopped posting on here for a while because life was stressing me out and now that I am back I told myself the same thing. I am not going to stress about this hobby, just post what I can and what I want. This is something we do for fun and it should remain fun! Glad to hear you are doing the same and you are right, when we need a break we have to give ourselves that break and be okay with it. I picked movies for last year’s blindspot challenge and never finished it, I beat myself up about it, so I decided to pass this year on that. I did see Cinema Paradiso last year though because of it, never wrote about it, but I freaking loved it. Just thought you should know that. Also True Romance is one of my fave movies, can’t wait for you to see that. 🙂 Here’s to making 2016 a good year!

    • Yeah – I still beat myself up mainly for not getting time to read blogs as much as I’d like. Which is ridiculous, because I know people understand that life is busy and we can’t all be online all the time. I’m a little like “Shit – did I really just say I’d do the Blind Spot thing?! Damn”. Lol. I won’t beat myself up if I don’t finish it. But, YAY! You saw Cinema Paradiso!!!! 🙂 Several people have watched that now since I named my blog after it. That makes me happy! Was that a great ending or what?? 🙂 I can’t believe I’ve never seen True Romance considering I love my Christian Slater. Here’s to 2016 & not stressing out over things we totally have control over! I look forward to posts from you IF and when you feel like doing them. 🙂

      • Same here I would beat myself up over that too, like shoot I haven’t gone on this person’s blog in days, I haven’t caught up. But that is life, we just can’t do it all. If this was our full time job and we got paid for it, I would so be on it 24-7 lol. But unfortunately it is not. 😦 BOO! Yup I like that attitude if you can’t get to something then oh well, there is nothing you can do about it and no one is going to punish you for not seeing your blindspot movies. hahaha. Same here omg I loved and still love Christian Slater. It looks like hes had work done on his face, but who cares he is still that guy from Heathers, Pump up the Volume, etc. hahaha Have a fabulous Tuesday!

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  11. Looks like plenty of plans and great ideas in the works. I haven’t seen most of your Blind Spots, but Natural Born Killers is excellent, and if you can’t get the last two, Zodiac is bloody brilliant, so no skin off your neck. Totally with you on rather picking Blind Spot films you WANT to see.

    I get what you are saying when you say you love to blog but don’t want to get stressed by it. That is a realisation I made end of last year. I can’t always keep up, and I don’t want it to feel like a chore, either.

    • Hmm. So many have mentioned Zodiac. Guess it shouldn’t have been an alternate! I just looked at the running time & decided to take it off the main list. 😉 Yeah – I think I’m kind of getting the right blog/real life balance now. I disappear for a week or two here & there but no longer feel like I’m “neglecting the blog” when I do that.

      • Yeah – that movie is amazing! I actually got my other half to watch it the other day (he loves Fincher films and I thought he’d seen it, but no). He was engrossed from the get go. Hahahaha, I know what you mean, it needs to be done. I used to feel guilty about it, but now I know that’s just how life goes. Good for you!

  12. Good for you for taking it easy. I know I sometimes have to remind myself that blogging is just a hobby and one I should enjoy. Odd that, of your blind picks, I’ve only seen Akira and Summer Wars. Hope you enjoy both, but I prefer Summer Wars and would recommend all of Mamoru Hosoda’s films.
    Great to hear you finally saw Whisper of the Heart too. I hope you liked it/loved it/didn’t hate it, and yes, please review it. Have a great 2016!

    • Thanks! Happy (belated) 2016! 🙂 I did enjoy Whisper of the Heart but it’s not my favorite Ghibli. But I do love my Ghibli films. 🙂 I MIGHT watch Summer Wars tonight. I really like the look of it! Yeah – blogging is fun & I want to keep it that way. 🙂

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  17. Akira is one I need to watch too. Summer Wars was recommended to me a while ago and I really liked it. It has a unique animation style.

    I’ll take 2001 if it hasn’t been taken yet.

    • I really liked Summer Wars too! I’ll post that as my February Blind Spot. 🙂 I liked how it had two different stories going on. It felt like two films (in a good way). YES! You can definitely have 2001. I was annoyed that no one had done that one yet! Lol

      • Exactly! That was one of the thing I brought up in my review, too.

        Haha Every time I’ve tried to take 2001 someone had claimed it already. I’ve been trying to get it for a while. 😛

      • Hehe! Well, they snoozed so they lost! Shit, that saying doesn’t work that way… Anyway, I decided to take the movies away from people who signed up two years ago. I’m thinking they’re not too bothered at this point. 😉

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