We're now well into December, which means 'tis the season for movie awards and Best of the Year lists, many of which include films you probably haven't been able to see yourself due to the fact that journalists and other industry elite get to see these things before they actually hit theaters.
It also means it's time to really indulge in the art of the Movie Mashup, that phenomenon that allows anyone with access to film clips and even the simplest digital editing software to conjure their own viral video of seemingly unrelated components, often resulting in something ... well, magical.
The first one out the gate this year is going to be a tough one to top, as "Cinefile 2013," created by Miguel Branco, manages to incorporate what appears to be every single movie released this year, from big tentpole releases to indie favorites -- and, yes, a handful of movies that haven't hit theaters yet.
An image of Oscar hopeful Bruce Dern from "Nebraska" starts things off on a whimsical note and from there it's almost seven minutes of near-subliminal flashes of 2013's seemingly complete cinematic lineup, with special attention being given to "American Hustle," "The Way Way Back," "Before Midnight," "The Kings of Summer," and even a shot of Ryan Gosling asking one of the year's most pressing on-screen questions: "Wanna fight?"
What's most impressive is how Branco is able to keep this from being a complete mess of random images and noises. He's turned this collection of clips into something of an emotional journey (if not a coherent one), effortlessly segueing from a feeling of celebration and comfort to heart-pounding intensity to what could only be best described as "heroic melancholy," a section that you're darn right contains shots of Katniss Everdeen doing her thing for the good of the people in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
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The mashup ends on an especially classy note as Jay Gatsby's romantic yet doomed outlook on one's ability to "repeat the past" is followed by a simple white-on-black title card that dedicates the work to the film artists who passed away this year: "In loving memory of Paul Walker, James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith, Richard Griffiths, Lisa Robin Kelly and Lee Thompson Young."
Ultimately, Branco jumps the gun a bit by including some footage from George Clooney's delayed "The Monuments Men," but that is the most minor of quibbles. "Cinefile 2013" is good stuff, and has now officially set the bar way high for all other year-end movie mashups to come.