"The brain sees what it wants to see." It's time for another wonderful look back at all the movies of 2018. Our longtime friend the "Sleepy Skunk" has revealed his annual end-of-the-year recap video - the 2018 Movie Trailer Mashup - featuring footage from all the different movie trailers released throughout 2018 edited together to good music. Louis, who makes this specific video every year, always puts a lot of time and effort into making this and it shows, as the editing and music make it an entertaining, deeply moving, and inspiring experience. It's always invigorating to get one last look at all the remarkable films made each year.
"What's done is done when we say it's done." Another retrospective look back at the year in film to enjoy. The Filmography 2018 is the latest "trailer mashup" look back at the year in movies. This one is made by Alexandre Matias, a Brazilian editor and trailer mashup maker who has been doing these videos for a few years and also creates other mash-ups (including one for the X-Men Universe coming out soon). This might just be some of Matias' best work yet. The footage isn't exactly the highest quality in this, but the editing is top notch. And that's the most important with all these videos looking back at every last film from this year.
It's here! Time to start figuring out which films are the best of the year, so get watching. One of the annual must-see best of the year lists is actually a video countdown made by my colleague David Ehrlich (follow him @davidehrlich). He counts down his 25 best films of the year in a video edited together with footage and music from each of the films. This is such an entertaining way to count down the best cinema of 2018, and it always makes me want to watch each one of these (even the ones I've seen already). His choices this year are all over the place - from Mission: Impossible to Madeline's Madeline - which makes it all the more interesting to discuss. There are a ton of outstanding films this year, many of the best featured below.
"You used to be one thing, now you're something else…" Now that we're into the final month of 2018, it's time to start looking back at the year in movies. The next year end recap movie trailer mashup has debuted - this one made by Clark Zhu. It's titled "Moving Pictures 2018" and includes clips from over 200 movie trailers that were released in 2018. Clark's focus is on the trailers, featuring footage from some movies that are not out until 2019, but since a trailer was released this year it's included anyway. And I love the way he divides this up by theme/genre, starting with some heavy punches and tons of action. The dramatic middle section in this is one of the most beautiful I've seen in a while. Jump right in for another mesmerizing recap.
"This is a waltz thinking about our bodies…" There's only one more month left until 2018 is over, and that means it's time to start looking back at and celebrating the Year in Film. This retrospective is the very first video montage released, made by Caleb Hamilton (aka "Darth Groudon" - follow him @DarthGroudon), a short look back at many of the best films from throughout 2018. This video really got me right away because he uses Thom Yorke's track "Suspirium" from the Suspiria soundtrack and it's one of my favorite songs of the year, so moody and emotional and beautiful. And it works so well when played over all of this footage from all of these extraordinary films from this year. This 3-minute retrospective is definitely worth a watch.
"If you only knew how little I really know about the things that matter…" It was a year of masterpieces, another outstanding year of films big and small, funny and serious, that I fell madly in love with. It's time to present my personal list of my Top 10 Favorite Films of 2017. Admittedly, it's always a challenge for me to put together a Top 10 list, just because there's never enough time to watch (and rewatch) everything. So I just have to go with what I feel in my gut. This year, my #1 film is one that could not be topped for the entire year - I first saw it at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and it remained my #1 for the next 11 months. As for the rest of my picks, I've included two documentaries because they both made me unabashedly happy.
Another year, another stellar slate of motion pictures seeing release. Despite what others might say about it (once again) being an off year at the movies, there were definitely some true winners worth seeking out. All you had to do was find them. Films that moved us, resonated with us, and out-and-out blew us away all saw release in 2017, so much of them, in fact, that, as with previous years at the cinema, it was difficult coming up with the 10 best. Here you will find my Top 10 Films of 2017, those motion pictures that spoke to me more than others, but someone else's Top 10 could just as easily be a completely different set of movies. It's a testament to just how strong a year is for movies that the Best Of lists are so diverse (view Adam's here).
It looks like they've saved the best for last. Just a few days before the end of the year, trailer maestro Nick Bosworth has launched his retrospective look back at the year in movies with Final Cut 2017 - A Movie Trailer Mashup. Nick has been making these mashups for years, though he didn't post one last year, but he's finally back with one just in time to look back at 2017. We've featured a number of these retrospective videos already, but one more to honor all the great films from this year is fine by us. Between Logan, Atomic Blonde, Mother!, Split, Get Out, and The Post, all the finest movies are featured in this "Final Cut" mashup.
Over the last 12 months, I've seen more than 100 new releases — that's over eight days of time in total spent watching new movies — and I'm happy to report that it's been another incredible year at the cinema, despite claims that "film is dead." This year, I was lucky enough to see vital new work by visionary filmmakers like Denis Villeneuve, Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg, and Darren Aronofsky. I witnessed soul-stirring performances by Frances McDormand, Timothee Chalamet, Mary J. Blige, Willem Dafoe, Sally Hawkins, and Michael Stuhlbarg. And I was thoroughly entertained by emotionally engaging, visually impressive blockbusters like War for the Planet of the Apes, Wonder Woman, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Blade Runner 2049. So which films did I enjoy the most? Which are my favorites? Let's find out.
With the year coming to an end, it's time to look back at the movies that defined the year in cinema. One of our favorite websites, No Film School, has put together a superb video to highlight & discuss their picks for the Best Cinematography of 2017. Not only is the video mesmerizing to watch with all of this lovely cinematography, but they completely nailed the selection - picking out, really, all the best cinematography, including from excellent documentaries like Chasing Coral (one of my favorites), Casting JonBenét, and Kedi. (The only big film missing, to me, is Call Me By Your Name…) Of course they feature Blade Runner 2049 (go, Roger Deakins, go!) and Dunkirk, along with Mudbound, Wonder Wheel, Good Time, The Florida Project, and Columbus. Yep, all the best films right there. This year end movie recap video is a must watch.
The year is almost over, there's only a few more movies to open in these final few weeks, but that means it's time to start looking back and appreciating the year in movies. 2017 gave us some incredible movies, big and small, weird and crazy, entertaining and emotional. This final video recap is made by the "Movie Nerds" YouTube channel, and is called (by them) the "2017 Movie Mashup Supercut". It packs in footage from pretty much all of the big movies this year, including Blade Runner 2049, Detroit, Wonder Woman, Blade of the Immortal, Wind River, Raw, Dunkirk, Get Out, Coco, Wonder, Logan, Free Fire, and many others. These end of the year videos are great to watch now, not only to remind you of all the good times in the cinema, but give you a few hints at some movies you might've missed and still need to catch up with. Enjoy.
"We build our legacy piece by piece, and maybe the whole world will remember you…" Another year end countdown video looking back at the best movies of 2017. "The Moviejerk" has released a video called Best of Cinema: 2017 Edition that features clips from his favorite films edited together to songs from the films this year, similar to David Ehrlich's year end recap. Janz Anton-Iago is "The Moviejerk" and runs the site of the same name. He includes footage from Pablo Larraín's Jackie in this, because it was released in the UK in 2017 (even though it was released in 2016 in the US). He explains in the intro that this is more of a "video mood-piece" capturing his feelings of the best films he saw throughout the year. It's totally worth a watch.