The one-year-at-a-time-for-28-years structure will accommodate various flavors of programming, from the original idea of picking "the best" film not yet screened, to selecting interesting pairings that don't share release years, to selecting films by a director or featuring an actor yet to be showcased.
Bob's lists show that the recent trend for foreign noir can still be accommodated in a "back to the roots" approach because the years at either end of the spectrum have more non-US films to choose from.
Take a crack at making a list with one film per year using any selection basis as outlined above, or use any other criterion that comes to mind. Post 'em and let's kick it around. It can't hurt!