We know that 2012 saw Hollywood generate the most money that it ever has in its history, but the jury is still out on how the year stacks up to previous ones when it comes to the actual art of filmmaking. The brilliance of movies is that sometimes it's not until years later when we begin to put things into historical perspective.

However, there are still plenty of moments to look back at from the last 365 days that make us realize that this was a solid year for cinema. And to help put things into focus, Matt Shapiro has edited together a brilliant montage of the biggest films of the year into one striking video. We can't even begin to think of the painstaking effort that went into this, but the results are well worth it.

The montage follows themes and visuals from every genre, and puts them all together with the deft touch of a veteran editor. From Oscar-worthy flicks like Amour and Life of Pi, to blockbusters like The Avengers and John Carter, pretty much every high-profile motion picture is represented here. So be sure to check out the video above to see 2012 summed up in less than six minutes.

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[Matt Shapiro Youtube via Cinema Blend]