Looking ahead at the movies set to release in 2016, the year promises a new crop of blockbuster tentpoles, Oscar-worthy dramatic performances, feel-good animated features, and, of course, highly anticipated comic book films like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, and X-Men: Apocalypse.
But first, as 2015 is wrapping up, many movie fans take this time to look back on the biggest and best releases of the year. Specifically, some favorites include Mad Max: Fury Road, which has garnered a number of award nominations; Jurassic World, which previously held the biggest box office of the year; and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, which recently shattered all previously set box office records. To further honor this year's releases, one movie fan created a mashup of film trailers from 2015.
Louis Plamondon a.k.a. Sleepy Skunk released the six-minute mashup (above) on YouTube earlier in December featuring shots from all the biggest releases of 2015 including: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, Mad Max: Fury Road, Terminator: Genisys, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Star Wars, and Furious 7. Dialogue from Straight Outta Compton, The Martian, Cinderella, It Follows, Taken 3, The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, and Ex Machina is used as well.
In addition to releasing the mashup, Plamondon wrote a detailed list on his Tumblr chronicling what movie each shot is from throughout the entire video. Additionally, in a separate Tumblr post, Plamondon breaks down the entire mashup and offers insight into his thought process behind the editing: "I have to say that trying to build a narrative with all that footage has now become more enticing to me than to highlight the moments that made the year in cinema within their proper context."
Certainly, the mashup is a good way to take a look back at the best (and worst) Hollywood had to offer in 2015, even if Plamondon re-imagined many of the scenes and shots to conform to his video's own narrative. Additionally, the tones and themes of each of the mashup's three sections works to highlight the differences and similarities seen in cinema this year.
Still, though the video takes a positive look back on this year's releases - even managing to give films like Fifty Shades of Grey and Fantastic Four standout moments where their cinematography or action beats offer dramatic tension - movie fans are sure to be reminded of what's to come in 2016. Although 2015 may have given us new installments in beloved franchises as well as original films, there's plenty more to look forward to next year.
Source: Louis Plamondon