The end of 2010 is nigh and with it comes the expected avalanche of features, articles, and videos chronicling the best/worst movies to hit theaters over the past 365 days or so. Whether you think 2010 was a weak or strong year for cinema overall, there’s no denying that it had its share of poignant drama, side-splitting humor, nightmarish horror, gritty action, and lots of eye-popping visuals in both 2D and 3D.
Most 2010 film retrospective videos released so far have attempted to cram in as many visually dazzling or intensely memorable moments from this year’s most popular releases as possible – so chances are we’re all gong to be mildly sick of seeing the same exact clips (awesome though they may be) from films like Inception or The Social Network by the time 2011 finally arrives.
A 17-year old gentleman from Holland by the name of Kees van Dijkhuizen spent over 300 hours editing together “Cinema 2010”, a five-and-a-half-minute long video that features moments from far too many films released over the past 12 months to recount here. “Cinema 2010” premiered at the Houston Film Critics Society’s 2010 Award Show and has already received well-deserved heaps of praise from both professional film types and casual moviegoers alike.
“Cinema 2010” has its share of flashy moments from action-driven or F/X-heavy fare like TRON: Legacy, Knight and Day, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, etc. – what distinguishes the video from most other 2010 film retrospectives out there is the overall personal tone, as it edits and juxtaposes snippets from this year’s most emotionally-jarring onscreen moments to create a unique work that is at times quite moving.
Here are a few choice words by Mr. Dijkhuizen, followed by the “Cinema 2010” video:
We’ve reached the end of yet another unforgettable year of movies. Not only did this year’s movies push boundaries even further, they did so with impeccable risks. In a time of recession and playing-it-safe, films like ‘Inception’ and ‘The Social Network’ still found a great audience. But smaller films also, like ‘Blue Valentine’, ‘Splice’, ‘Buried’ and ‘Breaking Upwards’ found a loving audience. It’s crazy to think that all these films came out in one year, and so I tried my best do give them each a moment of glory.
The year 2010 certainly had its highs and lows in terms of cinematic quality, but overall it featured quite a range of material and offered something of quality for moviegoers of all types. Here’s hoping that 2011 turns out to be even better.
For a list of the movies featured in the video, go HERE.
Source: Kees van Dijkhuizen
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