In no particular order, these were my five favorite discoveries of 2012. You can experience most of them for free via youtube.
1. Naqoyqatsi (2002)- Godfrey Reggio
A collage of sound, shapes, and color, director Godfrey Reggio and musician Philip Glass teamed up to create a work of art that exposes the beauty and terror of humanity. I can’t wait to see the rest of the trilogy.
2. The Music of Friedrich Nietzsche– Friedrich Nietzsche
How can someone who has read nearly everything written by Nietzsche not have listened to his music? I don’t know. I’d be kicking myself continuously, if his music didn’t keep my feet busy.
3. Log of the S.S. the Mrs. Unguentine (2008)- Stanley Crawford
There were several great books that I read in 2012, but not that captured me as fully as Stanley Crawford’s tiny masterpiece. Follow Mrs. Unguentine as she recalls her life and dysfunctional marriage aboard a giant ocean barge. It’s now one of my favorite novels, and I doubt you’ve ever read anything else like it.
4. The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)- Pier Paolo Pasolini
Maybe the best Jesus movie ever made. Created and directed by a homosexual-marxist-atheist, Pasolini created a movie with more spirituality and life than any ten fundamentalist christian filmmakers combined.
5. Journey (2012)- That Game Company
The most exhilarating and gorgeous interactive experience of the year—maybe the last several years. Journey must be played.