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Best Films I’ve seen in 2011 (not exclusively films released in 2011)

1) Five Easy Pieces

Jack Nicholson abandons his car to play piano in the back of a moving truck in Five Easy Pieces

2) Melancholia

3) The Beaver

4) Seven Samuari & Ikiru — Kurosawa

5) Winter’s Bone

6) Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

7) Zelig

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.

Michelangelo Antonioni, director of Italian classics L'Avventura & L'Eclisse

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Melancholia Film Review

Melancholia, a film by director Lars van Trier, is the antidote to reality TV.  If reality TV is a modern melodrama, Melancholia turns those shop worn roles against the viewer.  Reality TV reinforces your expectations; Melancholia on the other hand, is a lens that makes you see the world in a completely unexpected way.

Looking at Melancholia

The story takes place at a country manor and

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Top 10 TV Shows of 2011

1)  How Not to Live Your Life

2)  BBCAmerica Six Nations Rugby & Pre-Game Show

3)  Fox NFL Today

4) LinkTV Al Jazeera English live feed of Tahrir Square

5) Global Public Square with Fareed Zakaria, CNN

6) Masterpiece Theater PBS

7)  Gavin & Stacey, BBC America

8)  Pan-Am

9) Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations, Travel Channel & DirectTV Audience Network

10)  NFC & AFC Playbook, NFL Network 

Honorable Mention: Peppa Pig  Continue reading

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