Paul Perkins’ Top 5 of 2012

Genesis’ projectionist, Paul Perkins, tells us about his top 5 films of 2012:

1. The Master ( USA, Paul Thomas Anderson)

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In a year that we’ve had a Dark Knight rising, superheroes Avenging, Hobbits going on unexpected journeys and Bond turning 50, THIS is the film most serious film fans have been waiting for. Paul Thomas Anderson’s return to film after a 5 year absence is simply shuddering! A towering film, with 3 Oscar worthy performances, a fourth Oscar worthy piece of direction, cinematography to die for shot in 70mm and a haunting score. All this add up to the best film of this year. A fantastic companion piece to 2007’s THERE WILL BE BLOOD. The only downside is the 5 year wait for Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film. Do all you can to see this magnificent film. It will haunt you for days.

2. Shame (UK, Steve McQueen)

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A staggering achievement, even more so on a personal level for me, as I did not like Steve McQueen’s previous film HUNGER at all. Michael Fassbender’s portrayal of a New York sex addict struggling to cope with the arrival of his sister and inner demons, is a thing of beauty. Very well shot, and impeccably directed by the aforementioned McQueen, the subway sequence towards the beginning of the film is one of the most astonishing scenes I have seen in a long long time. For me the jury is still out on McQueen, but I’ll look forward to seeing what he does next greatly.

3. Compliance (USA, Craig Zobel)

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Craig Zobel’s COMPLIANCE is a true story. The kind of true story that will leave you dumbfounded, genuinely outraged, scared and very disturbed at the events that unfold over the film’s very well paced 89mins. I hope that it will find an audience. World class performances from Ann Dowd and Dreama Walker. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It’s important, it’s very relevant and will stay with you for a very very long time afterwards. One final thing, try to see it cold. The less you know about the film, the better.

4. The Turin Horse (Hungary, Bela Tarr)

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The staggering final film from Hungarian master Bela Tarr tells the story of how a struggling land owner and his daughter have to come to terms with the mortality of their faithful horse. Though that doesn’t sound the most exciting film on earth, I admit, Tarr weaves a mesmeric tale of love, loss, morality and compassion. The film’s use of sound is extraordinary, and the film also has one of the most beautifully haunting scores I’ve heard in a long time. Comes with my highest recommendation, a great way to end a truly great career.

5 PVC-1 (Greece, Spiros Stathoulopoulos)

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The first film from Greek director Spiros Stathoulopoulos is the type of film I adore. It’s a riveting thriller told in real time over 85mins, shot in one continuous shot. A gang burst into a house and tie a home-made bomb around the neck of the lady of the house. It then becomes an unbearably tense race against time to remove the bomb before it goes off. Made in 2008 and inexplicably never released in the UK, this is one of the best films I’ve seen this year. Hunt it down.

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