There are lots of ways to make an end-of-year movies list. For Film.com senior editor David Ehrlich, the way to do it is in a video montage, with highlights from all the year’s best films.
Ehrlich started doing these cinematic countdowns in 2011—here are his montages for 2012 and 2011—and I’ve come to look forward to them each year (along with Matt Shapiro’s Cinemascape). You may not agree with all the choices, of course. But as the table-setting opening montage suggests, it’s just as much about highlighting the look and sound of the movies in 2013. (All the music is drawn from this year’s films and listed at the end.) Any cinephile is liable to watch it and be reminded of just how much they love the movies.
As Film.com suggests, it’s worth watching full-screen, with good speakers or a good pair of headphones.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.