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The end of the year always puts us in a retrospective mood. We look back on all of the movies that have debuted over the course of the previous 365 days, and we think about the ones that made serious impressions on us. Even in the face of a few major disappointments, 2016 proved to be an impeccable year in the realm of cinema. A video has surfaced online celebrating the filmmaking marvels of the last year, and it's something any self-respecting film buff needs to watch. Check it out below to see for yourself.
That Screen Junkies video takes no prisoners on a deeply emotional level. It starts out on an intense, visceral note by showcasing all of the best action and battle sequences of the year. From Batman v Superman, to Deadpool, and even Hardcore Henry, the video gets our adrenaline pumping early. Then it noticeably shifts. About halfway through the supercut, the music softens to M83's "Outro", and we really get an understanding of just how many amazing films hit theaters over the course of the last year. In less than six minutes, this video runs through some of 2016's most affecting movies, and by the time it comes to a close you will have an undeniable sense of pride in the type of content that Hollywood produced over the course of the last year.
It's in moments like this that we have to reflect on the amazing cinematic era that we are living in. Although it has almost become fashionable to bash movies in favor of other art forms (TV, specifically), the simple fact of the matter is that Hollywood has started to produce some seriously innovative and captivating films. From visually stunning works of animated art like Kubo and the Two Strings, to somber dramedies like The Edge of Seventeen and Manchester by the Sea, 2016 provided us with a number of movies that we will return to for years to come. Television's legitimacy may have increased over the course of the last few years, but movies are still a cultural phenomenon that bind us together.
On that note, this video also has us thinking about the next few months. With the Golden Globe nominations already released (and the Academy Awards on the way), 2017 is beginning to look like a hotly contested year for films in all genres. It has become increasingly difficult to discern clear winners, and that's a great thing for cinephiles like us; it means there is an abundance of quality out there.
CinemaBlend will bring you any and all relevant information related to all of this year's best movies as more details become available to us. Now, if you will excuse me, I am going to watch the video at the top of this article several more times before the end of the day.