Crack’s esteemed Film Editor, Tim Oxley Smith, gives us a rundown of his five favourite cinematic creations of the year.
5. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Dir. Christopher Nolan
Starring. Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway
The final part of Christopher Nolan’s ridiculously successful Batman trilogy was aptly brought to a close. Tom Hardy was able to follow the late, great Batman villain performance of Heather Ledger’s Joker in the form of Bane, despite sounding like a robot whose balls had just dropped. Nolan stayed true to the morality of Batman whilst applying awesome action sequences with a glaze of class. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was there too. Of course.
Dir. Michael Haneke
Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert
Only the masterful Haneke can eke a sense of elation from a film about the slow, gruelling death of a wife and her husband’s decaying affection for her. Amour‘s sincerity combined with Haneke’s refined knack for realism results in an overwhelming splendour which hits hard, but kisses it better straight away.
3. THE RAID
Dir. Gareth Evans
Starring. Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim
Like being on the receiving end of a flying kick in the dark, The Raid came out of nowhere in 2012, leaving us feeling like we were playing Mortal Kombat for the first time all over again. For pure, brilliant action, we needed to look no further than this. Think Bruce Lee in Die Hard … YIPPEE-HIYAH! Yeah, exactly.
2. SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS
Dir. Will Lovelace & Dylan Sutton
Still not quite over the fact that LCD Soundsytem has ended? Nah, nor are we, but we think this may have helped. Seeing their final farewell in Madison Square Gardens in high definition was a treat. So was watching people dance in the cinema aisles when they came back from the toilet. A music doc that matched our admiration for the band, which basically means we fuckin’ loved it.
1. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Dir. Benh Zeitlin
Starring. Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly
As the polar ice caps melted, so too did our hearts. Crack adored this tale of childhood woes in a time of global catastrophe. From the whimsical music to the gritty cinematography, Benh Zeitlin’s brilliantly realised debut justified its Sundance Film festival accolade. And apparently, the performance from six-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis could earn her a nomination at next year’s Oscars. She was that damn good.