Favorite Movies watched on video in 2012

1. The Flowers of St. Francis (1950, Roberto Rossellini)
Currently my favorite Italian movie.

2. Three Crowns of the Sailor (1983, Raoul Ruiz)
3. Two by Manoel de Oliveira: Inquietude (1998) and Non, or the Vainglory of Command (1990)
Ruiz and Oliveira continually outdo each other, depending whose films I’ve watched more recently.

4. Alain Resnais double-feature: Smoking/No Smoking (1993)
Or maybe it’s a single feature – either way.

5. World on a Wire (1973, Rainer Fassbinder)

6. Apocalpyse double-feature: Take Shelter (2011, Jeff Nichols) and Last Night (1998, Don McKellar)
Both are haunting end-of-the-world movies, but Last Night is so much less depressing.

7. Dogtooth (2009, Giorgos Lanthimos)
8. Lisztomania (1975, Ken Russell)

9. Nights of Cabiria (1957, Federico Fellini)
10. Saga of Anatahan (1954, Josef von Sternberg)

11. World’s Greatest Dad (2009, Bobcat Goldthwait)
12. Nouvelle Vague (1990, Jean-Luc Godard)
Currently my favorite Godard movie ever – will see how that opinion holds up.

13. Japanese Summer: Double Suicide (1967, Nagisa Oshima)
14. Daisies (1966, Vera Chytilov√°)
15. The Lady Vanishes (1938, Alfred Hitchcock)
I cringe to see this at the bottom of my own list since it’s so good, but it was a great year.

Also great: The Scarlet Empress, Symbol, Black Sun, Earth, Tiny Furniture, Super, Walkabout and Metropolitan.

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