This month has had a fair few contenders, with titles such as Goodfellas (1990), Titanic 3D (1997/2012), Troll Hunter (2010), Thank You For Smoking (2005) and even Flash Gordon (1980). But three stood out to me. But since one, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was a repost and has already been Film Of The Month for December 2012, that one doesn’t count. The two which did though, were purely be coincidence, both Cold War styled thrillers. I am in to this subject, I have to admit, but the top two contenders were Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove: Or How I stopped Worrying And Learned To Love The Bomb (1964) (9/10) and Crimson Tide (1995) (10/10), from the late Tony Scott.
Bot were British directors, both has sadly passed away, Kubrick in 1999 and Scott just last August, it’s just another coincidence that these two Cold War, or in the case of Crimson Tide, Cold War styled, thrillers have been tackled so expertly by the British talent. Both deal with similar situations but from two very different perspectives, with Dr. Strangelove taking a satirical view and Crimson Tide combining the maritime detail of Wolfgang Peterson’s Das Boot (1981) with the logistics and ethics of modern-day nuclear warfare.
In the end, I felt that Crimson Tide had the edge, maybe because it’s a film from my lifetime, one which I seen many times, but that’s not say that Strangelove, which I have watched on several occasions, was far behind. It would have won if I hadn’t had stumbled across Crimson Tide again just last week and was driven to write a glowing 10/10 review this month.