It’s the most wonderful time of year — rain is turning to snow, holiday lights are going up in windows, and, most importantly, critics are picking their year-end lists.
These days, anyone with an Internet connection can provide their take on the year in film, but critic David Ehrlich is a little different. Every year, Ehrlich releases a video celebrating his top-25 movies, but with a twist: clips of the movies are tied together through music. And not just any music; motifs are taken from one movie and applied to another. So the use of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” in Anomalisa underscores clips from Mad Max: Fury Road and The Clouds of Sils Maria, while “Speak Low,” the night-club song from Phoenix, gets juxtaposed with the central relationship from Carol. All of it (naturally?), is bookended by a digitized Marlon Brando head reciting the “out, out, brief candle” speech from Macbeth.
EW’s own Chris Nashawaty released his list of best (and worst) 2015 movies on Monday, including Carol, Creed, Spotlight, and more.