Looking at those Golden Globe nominees this morning made me forget that 2010 was really a great year at the movies. Maybe it’s because I’ve only seen a few of the ten Best Picture contenders and only truly loved one of them (“The King’s Speech” — clearly I’m becoming old and soft). Maybe it’s because I especially don’t like the front runner in the Comedy/Musical group and I am pretty certain there were at least a couple comedies better than “Red” of all things. Maybe it’s because the HFPA’s lack of an award for documentary is this year more disappointing and out of touch than ever.
Of course, I am as usual way behind most writers in terms of what I’ve had a chance to see (whoever’s idea it was to put finals, holidays and the year’s best movies all at the same time is a total jerk). I feel like I won’t truly appreciate the overall worth of 2010 in cinema until at least late 2011. For now, though, thanks to the genius editing skills of someone called “Gen I” (aka genrocks on YouTube), I can look at the seemingly complete year in movies in this six-minute montage compiling 270 titles released (at least somewhere, I guess) in 2010 and both remember and believe that it was indeed a wonderful time for the medium (including documentary).
Aware of many of the narrative trends of the year (“power, and control”) and filled with match-cut links between disparate movies so they appear to be in a dialogue, this video surpassed my expectations for what I’d expect from a collection of film clips of this sort. Sorry, Mike Eisenberg of ScreenRant, but this blows your still-awesome Ultimate 2010 Summer Movie Trailer out of the water. In fact, I’m pretty sure if there was an award for Best Movie-Related Viral Video, this would win by a long shot.
Watch the video after the jump and try to name all the films (and then compare against Gen I’s list of titles, in order of appearance).