December 31, 2016
YEAR-IN-REVIEW

Dear 2016, Thanks for the Great Films

2016 has been an interesting year, especially for movies.

It's finally here, the last day of 2016! While some of us may celebrate with shots and chanting "Ding dong, the witch is dead," some may find it appropriate to look back on a truly spectacular year in films, especially those coming from the indie sector. Inevitably, video essayists and casual videomakers, like Max Shishkin, Fernando Andrés, and Ben Zuk, have created end-of-year supercuts and mashups of all of 2016's films, so, we chose a few of our favorites as a fitting tribute to a year that we hate to see go, but love to watch leave.

https://vimeo.com/197156038

It's heartening to see filmmakers in 2016 continuing to push boundaries and take chances with their projects. Barry Jenkins told a story most feared to tell in Moonlight, the Daniels managed to sell a film about a farting corpse, and Nicolas Winding Refn and DP Natasha Braier showed us some of the most spectacular cinematography in Neon Demon. Hopefully 2017 will show us the same spirit.

What were your favorite films of 2016? Let us know in the comments below.


See all of our 2016 Year-in-Review coverage.

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Question. What source does one pull clips such as these to use in videos similar to this or other video essays? Is there a legal, ethical and practical method for acquiring movie/TV show clips? I appreciate anyone who takes the time to answer!

January 1, 2017 at 12:46AM

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Christian Bark
Cinema Window-shopper (for now)
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As far as I know/can tell, for films that have already received BluRay releases, that is used as the source; for films that are still in theaters, essayists rely mostly on available trailers, or sometimes use press screeners. In terms of legality, all of this falls under fair use for educational purposes, so there are no issues there!

January 1, 2017 at 12:29PM

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Oren Soffer
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I appreciate the tip! If I could bother you further, do you have a recommendation for programs for pulling the scenes? Cheers!

January 1, 2017 at 9:03PM, Edited January 1, 9:20PM

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Christian Bark
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I watched Neon Demon 3 times in the theater. I guess that makes it my favorite.

January 1, 2017 at 6:41AM, Edited January 1, 6:41AM

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Jan Becker
DP, Director, Producer
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Lion is fantastic. Beautifully shot. Extremely real.

January 1, 2017 at 3:54PM

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This is one of my favourite years for films!

January 1, 2017 at 6:44PM

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