Steven Jay Schneider edited a book entitled “The 1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die).” If reading isn’t your thing, then Jonathan Keogh is at your service.
The movie editor spent a year on the YouTube video of the same title as the book. Not only did he include all 1,001 in his 10-minute super-cut, but Keogh also added at least 215 more titles. He tells us that there are probably more than 1,216 in the final tally.
Keogh is a supercut specialist. His IMDB Top 250 in 2 and a half minutes edit was viewed over 3.1 million times. Other popular uploads include an edit of 163 horror movies in 2 and a half minutes and “Top 50 Tarantino Characters (or THE WHOLE BLOODY AFFAIR).”
For his latest project, Keogh estimates that he worked 40-plus hour weeks for the span of a year. At one point, headaches and other health complications forced him to slow down. Admittedly, the former film school student wasn’t spending much time in his day doing anything more than eating cereal and staring at a monitor. At the urging of both his doctor and girlfriend, he slowed his pace a bit.
Some other notes from our interview with Keogh, which can be viewed above: He wishes he could have included “Gravity” in the final cut, his two favorites are “Brazil” and “Dumb and Dumber,” and he estimates that he has seen over 500 of the movies featured.
Since Friday, the super-cut has been viewed over 36,000 times. YouTube commenter Will Powers might have summed up people’s reaction best by posting, “#blownaway.”