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Well, it’s a bit later than planned, but I’ve finally finished my Blindspot series from last year, so with great satisfaction, it’s time to rank them before starting anew. While my 2017 Blindspots resulted in at least three films added to my Top 365 List, this year had some truly great films that didn’t quite make the cut to be List-Worthy, though that’s largely because I don’t include documentaries like #1. I did actually count #2 as List-Worthy at first, but on further thought decided it lacked the rewatchability factor. Even so, I thoroughly enjoyed watching these former Blindspots, especially #9 and up and can’t wait to begin this year’s picks.

 

  1. All is Lost (2013)

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Good work from Robert Redford, but boring and not helped by the lack of dialogue

 

  1. Some Like It Hot (1959)

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Very classic, but overlong and not quite as funny as I would have hoped

 

  1. Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light (2011)

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Solid anime tearjerker; its simplicity is both a strength and a weakness

 

  1. Hush (2016)

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Effective slasher, with the uniqueness of a deaf woman fending off a sadistic killer

 

  1. Clue (1985)

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Uneven but fun mystery with a great cast; would have loved this even more when I was younger

 

  1. The Sandlot (1993)

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Great family film; again, my younger self would have made this a favorite

 

  1. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

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Weird, violent, and imaginative, a bit too much of all three, but beautifully told

 

  1. Sunshine (2007)

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Strong sci-fi thriller with some amazing music; a worthy Alien successor without any aliens

 

  1. Yi Yi (2000)

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Chinese drama that (for once) I can agree with the critics on; slow pace but a truly great film

 

  1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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Crazily imaginative sci-fi mixed with bittersweet romance

 

  1. Boyhood (2014)

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A modern classic and a highly relatable one for me who grew up alongside the main character

 

  1. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

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Deeply personal documentary that hits the heartstrings hard

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