Last week I shared a great video montage called “Filmography 2010,” which spliced together 270 of this year’s films and in doing so found some trends and parallels among them. It was a nice glance and analysis in retrospect from someone who obviously appreciates cinema in all its forms. Since then I’ve seen a number of other videos that tried to do the same and missed the point. These are mostly random compilations of quickly cut shots set to cool music, and they represent a certain kind of movie watcher, the gorging consumer. And the videos are like a visual diarrhea that’s been passed through those consumers.
I swore that no year-end montage could top that first one I posted. But I received a confident response from film critic Matt Zoller Seitz implying that he might be the one. Now that I’ve seen his video essay on the year in film (hosted by The L Magazine), I don’t think he’s bettered “Filmography 2010.” He’s made something too different to compare. He’s definitely a different breed of movie watcher than the gorgers. He’s loving the feast of film and sharing his favorite parts of the meal with the rest of us, in a form that’s still able to be enjoyed.
The essay, “Never Let Them Go: 2010 & the Movies,” features a slimmer 50 titles and allows many of them to be seen and/or heard for more than mere seconds. Many are films I still haven’t seen, and I’m given new reason to look forward to them (particularly “Dogtooth” and “Film Socialisme”). Also, I’m now convinced that 2010 was a half-sad, half-exciting year in film, content-wise. Just as I nearly cried from the first half of the video, it thankfully kicked into an awesome splash of “Enter the Void” credits and action scenes.
Watch and appreciate the scenes and clips along with Seitz after the jump.