What to Watch: My Introduction to the Blindspot Challenge

I was finding myself scrolling through Film Grimoire a bit tonight and stumbled upon a post of Anna’s from early January but it talked about something I thought was rather interesting.

Watchlists.

A lot of movie lovers and cinephiles have them, including myself…well, kinda. Which after reading the post I came to realize were only floating around in my head (hence the ‘kinda’ part). That in turn got me thinking about a good ol’ thing I mentioned previously on this blog: our good friend Letterboxd. As it turns out, there’s a pretty nifty thing I neglected to mention during my review of the service. There’s a watchlist feature! You can easily search for movies and click a little convenient button that adds that movie to your watchlist. So I am now in the works of getting all the movies I want to, or plan on seeing, down somewhere so I can easily see how many hours of my life I need to throw away starring at a television screen.

So why mention watchlists in the first place? Well I’ll tell you. In Anna’s post I vaguely mentioned she talks about something that immediately caught my eye: The Blindspot Challenge.

Her piece focuses a lot on what she saw during January of 2018, a lot of which are some favorites of mine. But then she mentions The Blindspot Challenge near the end of her post.

The Blindspot Challenge (or Blindspot Series) was originally thought up by Ryan McNeil from The Matinee, back in November 2013. The object is simple; pick twelve movies off your watchlist, one for each month of the year, and watch them! It’s a neat little way to start marking off movies from your list and start talking about them!

I’ve personally never heard of this until now, and honestly I might hop on board (even though I’m nearly three months late). The idea is definitely interesting though, and as Anna mentions in her post, in which she links to other peoples Blindspot lists, seeing the movies others intend to watch might put some movies you’ve never heard of on your radar! It’s a win-win!

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  1. Hi Evan! Thanks for the link! 🙂 I do truly love the Blindspot challenge. I’ve been doing it for a couple of years now and it has really pushed me to finally watch the films that have been on my watchlist for ages. I hope you do hop on board and join in!

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