21 episodes

“Fun City Cinema” hosts Jason Bailey and Mike Hull proudly present “A Very Good Year,” a new podcast with a simple premise: each week we invite a guest (filmmakers and actors, critics and historians, comedians and musicians) who loves movies, and ask them to select their favorite year of movies. Some pick a year from their movie-going past; some go deep into film history. Whichever the case, we spend (about) an hour talking about that year: we ask them to share their top five films of the year, and tell us why they love them; we look at the year’s news headlines, award winners, and box office champions; and we finish with a lightning round, where we talk about as many films as possible in as few minutes as possible. 
 
“A Very Good Year” debuts this fall; our guests include Bilge Ebiri, Roxana Hadadi, Keith Phipps, Drew McWeeny, Dana Stevens, and Alex Winter.

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A Very Good Year Jason Bailey & Michael Hull

    • TV & Film
    • 4.6 • 37 Ratings

“Fun City Cinema” hosts Jason Bailey and Mike Hull proudly present “A Very Good Year,” a new podcast with a simple premise: each week we invite a guest (filmmakers and actors, critics and historians, comedians and musicians) who loves movies, and ask them to select their favorite year of movies. Some pick a year from their movie-going past; some go deep into film history. Whichever the case, we spend (about) an hour talking about that year: we ask them to share their top five films of the year, and tell us why they love them; we look at the year’s news headlines, award winners, and box office champions; and we finish with a lightning round, where we talk about as many films as possible in as few minutes as possible. 
 
“A Very Good Year” debuts this fall; our guests include Bilge Ebiri, Roxana Hadadi, Keith Phipps, Drew McWeeny, Dana Stevens, and Alex Winter.

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    1980 with April Wright

    1980 with April Wright

    April Wright is our favorite kind of documentary filmmaker, because she makes movies about movies. Her latest, “Back to the Drive-In” (out now!) looks at drive-in exhibition in the COVID era - and she picked 1980, a year of great drive-in movies (and movies in general).
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    1971 with Charles Bramesco

    1971 with Charles Bramesco

    Film critic and author Charles Bramesco had to look at movies in a new and different way while researching and writing his new book, "Colors of Film: The Story of Cinema in 50 Palettes" (out this week) which examines filmmaking through the prism of color. And one of his favorite eras, for that book and as a film lover in general, is the 1970s - so he selected 1971, a year in which the movies were smart, daring, experimental, and (at least in his top five) extremely horny. Plus, hear about the best single release week of the year (maybe the decade), when two all-timers hit theaters one day apart!
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    1985 with W Axel Foley

    1985 with W Axel Foley

    There are allllllll sorts of ‘80s classics that hit theaters in the year 1985, but our guest (and friend) W. Axel Foley of the DVR Podcast Network went in some WILD directions for his top five of the year, plucking out some less-discussed documentaries, sci-fi, and more. Plus, Axel is roughly the same age as Jason and Mike, so hear all about how this year’s headlines deeply traumatized us all!
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    1974 with Isabel Sandoval

    1974 with Isabel Sandoval

    Filmmaker and actress Isabel Sandoval (“Señorita,” “Aparisyon,” "Lingua Franca”) went to a rather non-traditional film school: the pirated DVD stores of Philippines flea markets. It was there that she discovered the auteurs of the 1970s, the giants of American and world cinema who made that era what it was, and she chose the year 1974 - perhaps the MOST 1970s year of the 1970s. Listen in for our thoughts on Akerman, Passolini, Coppola, Polanski, and Richard Nixon, who was shown the door during this very eventful year. 
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    1964 with Frank Conniff

    1964 with Frank Conniff

    Frank Conniff is best known for commenting on bad movies - via his five seasons as "TV's Frank" on "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and his subsequent riffing on "Cinematic Titanic" and "The Mads are Back" - so he was delighted to talk about good movies for once. He joined us specifically to talk about the good movies of 1964, many of which he saw as a kid; he also insightfully explains why, for him, this was the year when "The Sixties" really began. Plus, find out what marquee name filmmakers of the '60s Frank sees as geniuses, and which are merely homework!
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    1979 with Bradford Young

    1979 with Bradford Young

    Oscar-nominated cinematographer Bradford Young ("Arrival, "Selma," "Solo: A Star Wars Story") was only two years old in 1979, so he discovered that year's movies while in film school - and was amazed by how the films of this era spoke to not only his artistic but political self. In this week's exhilarating episode, Bradford breaks down the technical aspects of '70s cinema, sells us on his favorite film of all time, and has some choice words for mainstream movie-making circa 2023. It's a must-listen. 
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    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

YouKnowHowWeDo ,

Intro to and reminder of great movies

As a huge cinephile but someone without the time or bandwidth to see every movie I love to learn about some movies I haven’t seen and hear discussion about great movies I have seen. Also…..”In the year 2000…..in the year 2000!!”

amy_becker ,

A very good podcast

What a great concept for a podcast and as an added bonus the hosts and guests are a freaking delight! Always look forward to listening to a new episode!

scottstev ,

Very Entertaining and Informative

While the guests discuss movies from the chosen year that have stood the test of time, the other segments help place the context with the award winners and top box office hits. Good way to understand trends.

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