End-of-the-year compilations are part of our communal pop-cultural experience: top 10 this, most noteworthy that, the Year In Whatever It Is You Care About. Luckily, one enterprising editor cut together all of 2011's theatrical releases into one chunk of awesome, and seeing them all together, genre definitely shifts into the foreground.
It's sort of an exercise in pattern recognition: Looking at the barrage of clips, taken from some 230-odd films, and feeling that pluck of familiarity. And even those snippets from films you haven't seen—or films that are just bad (yes, Battle: Los Angeles, we're talking about you)—are edited together with such deft skill they get caught in the emotional swell.
Here are the sci-fi/fantasy/horror flicks that made it into genrocks' annual Year in Film retrospective. For the full list, head over here.
Apollo 18, Melancholia, Hugo, I Am Number Four, Priest, Another Earth, Hanna, Green Lantern, Super 8, Immortals, Source Code, Limitless, In Time, Thor, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Super, X-Men: First Class, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, Captain America: The First Avenger, Real Steel, Your Highness, Sucker Punch, The Muppets, The Green Hornet, Cars 2, Bunraku, Conan the Barbarian, Season of the Witch, Cowboys and Aliens, Attack the Block, The Darkest Hour, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Midnight in Paris, Paul, The Smurfs, Beastly, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, Fright Night, Scream 4, Final Destination 5, Drive Angry 3D, The Adventures of Tintin, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Battle: Los Angeles, Red Riding Hood, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, The Thing, Mars Needs Moms, Paranormal Activity 3, Shark Night 3D
(via The Daily What)