We can’t say that we’re necessarily the biggest fans of the “supercut,” those viral videos that take a bunch of examples of a particular thing — people cussing, or saying a particular line, or whatever — pull them together with some natty editing, and then just hang around collecting views. Generally speaking, they feel like kind of a waste of time, and are sort of indicative of a depressing pick & mix engagement with culture. But having said that, Christian Marclay‘s “The Clock,” which cuts together moments of instances of time in film over a 24-hour period, is one of the most amazing things we’ve ever seen, and that’s essentially an extension of the supercut principle, so we’re certainly open to it.
A new video essay by Jason Bailey that just popped up at Flavorwire is no “The Clock,” but it’s certainly worth a watch; collecting 135 shots from 86 movies that the site and their commenters labeled some of cinema’s most beautiful. And watching them unfold (even if some are in less-than-optimal quality), it’s hard to disagree. You can look over at Flavorwire for the full list of films, but no cheating, see how many you can name in the comments section below. For a little antidote to “The Dark Knight Rises” madness, the clip can be viewed below.