Via LittleWhiteLies. Tell me again about 2014 being a weak year in film. All you Oscar voters who can only think of 5 movies to mark on your ballot, please watch this jubilant montage.

THE 25 BEST FILMS OF 2014: A VIDEO COUNTDOWN from david Ehrlich on Vimeo.

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I just have one edit on this compilation by Nelson Carvahal, which I love, is that it not open with Sharon Stone, and that during the Jessica Lange clip he linger a bit longer on her monologue to hear her say “not with her.” That’s the key to that scene – she’s trying so hard to be brave but when she refers to her daughter, protecting her daughter from the potential rape, that is what that scene is all about – this cuts too soon. Nonetheless, a small complaint. There are so many great female characters in Marty’s films.  I think the women in King of Comedy might be my favorite, though – Sandra Bernhard, Shelly Hack and Diahnne Abbot.

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This one from Mike Mechanik:

A short compilation by Jorge Gonzalez Diaz.

WHAT IS CINEMA?: Alfonso Cuarón and the Cinematic Precipice from Jorge Gonzalez Diaz on Vimeo.

Gravity: A Falling Montage from Plot Point Productions on Vimeo.

Video by Ben Zuk!

2012 Film Montage from Ben Zuk on Vimeo.

Hat tip, ROS

The list, after the cut.  Most are “pretty good” but what you notice about them is that they are, surprise surprise, actor driven. They are about people audiences care about and can relate to.  How visionary they are, how memorable, how pivotal, how brilliant is the least important thing about them.  Remember that if you ever want to win Best Picture.  The history of the Oscars is the history of the internal worlds of the voters as they age over time.

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ABCinema – Take 2 from Evan Seitz on Vimeo.

Film by Evan Seitz

By Nick C.

(by Matt Shapiro via @zachheltzel)

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This week we’ll be running a few of the best of the year-end movie mashups. I have couple more lined up that readers have recommended. If you’ve seen one (or made one) that’s especially affecting, email me with the link and we’ll see about featuring it. After the cut, Nick Kinder gets to kick off the series because I’m glad to see Middle of Nowhere included.

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Cool video montage edited by Zach Pruitt:

Being a great filmmaker doesn’t land you in the Oscar race necessarily.  But it’s important nonetheless to always remember the great ones, regardless if lots of people in the industry “like” him or her.  David Lynch, we will never forget.  We bow down, eternally. Here is a video tribute:

David Lynch in Four Movements – A Tribute from Richard Vezina on Vimeo.

Posted on Open Culture:

Last year, Richard Vezina created a popular video tribute to Stanley Kubrick (A Stanley Kubrick Odyssey). Now he returns with David Lynch in Four Movements. Accompanied by musical pieces from Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch, each movement revolves around a distinctive theme or visual trend in Lynch’s works. Here’s how the 20 minute video unfolds:

First Movement: Melancholy and Sadness – Questions In A World Of Blue
Second Movement: Action, Violence, and Sex – The Pink Room
Third Movement: Dreams and Nightmares – Into The Night
Fourth Movement: Love and Hope – Mysteries of Love

(From Buzzfeed via Jessica Chan)

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By Ben Zuk…note: it might not work on mobile browsers because of Youtube copyright.

thanks to Twitter pal, Zack Holtz (@zacomer)

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(Thanks, Ryman!)

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