1) Five Easy Pieces
3) The Beaver
4) Seven Samuari & Ikiru — Kurosawa
5) Winter’s Bone
6) Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears
8) If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
9) L’Eclisse & L’Avventura — Antonioni
10) Street Days
In addition to seeing some films that rocked my world, like Melancholia and Five Easy Pieces, I have discovered famous directors Antonioni and Kurosawa. I have the DVDs of extras in my Netflix queue for the films I reference in my list — and loads more of their films for 2012.
My infatuation with the Romanian New Wave continues with, If I want to Whistle, I Whistle. These films seem so stripped down to the basics that it adds a directness to these films of the soul.
The two comedies on the list are Woody Allen’s Zelig and The Beaver, what they have in common is courage: courage to take a stupid idea all the way to genius.