Every year around this time, some enterprising YouTube users with unusually good editing skills put together montages of the year in movies. Combining nostalgia for what one has seen with excitement about what one hasn’t yet, together with the reliable pleasure of nicely composed scenes scored to pulsing (or, as the scenes warrant, moving) music, these four-to-seven-minute cinematic homages are among my favorite of the little cultural-round-up gems that appear in December.
For several years now, Matt Shapiro has been elevating this pleasant diversion into something approaching an artform, with an annual round-up he calls “The Cinescape.” And this year he has topped even himself, stringing together clips so they not only highlight great moments from the movies of 2011, but also tell a story about movies in general—fittingly, for this year of movies about movies.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola
The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore
And schools are getting worried.
Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War
Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough
So they added a little self-immolation.