88 episodes

“Fun City Cinema” hosts Jason Bailey and Mike Hull proudly present “A Very Good Year,” a 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.
Become a member for Bonus Episodes, personal stories of working in the industry, and yes - EVEN MORE MOVIES. https://plus.acast.com/s/a-very-good-year.



Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

A Very Good Year A Very Good Bonus Episode

    • TV & Film
    • 4.6 • 53 Ratings

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

“Fun City Cinema” hosts Jason Bailey and Mike Hull proudly present “A Very Good Year,” a 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.
Become a member for Bonus Episodes, personal stories of working in the industry, and yes - EVEN MORE MOVIES. https://plus.acast.com/s/a-very-good-year.



Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    2002 with John Early

    2002 with John Early

    In advance of Friday’s theatrical debut of his Sundance hit “Stress Positions,” comedian, actor, writer, and cinephile John Early joins us to discuss all things 2002, from the earnestness of “Crossroads” to the sexiness of “Unfaithful” to the status of his Toni Collette website.  Become a member for Bonus Episodes, personal stories of working in the industry, and yes - EVEN MORE MOVIES. https://plus.acast.com/s/a-very-good-year.



    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    2013 with Siddhant Adlakha

    2013 with Siddhant Adlakha

    Filmmaker, actor, TV writer, and film critic Siddhant Adlakha was in a moment of transition in 2013, and vowed to see as many new movies as possible for the sake of career clarity. He walks us through some of those discoveries, from the spectacle of “Ram-Leela” to the melancholy of “Inside Llewyn Davis” to the intimacy of “Short Term 12.” Become a member for Bonus Episodes, personal stories of working in the industry, and yes - EVEN MORE MOVIES. https://plus.acast.com/s/a-very-good-year.



    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    1979 with Scott Drebit

    1979 with Scott Drebit

    Daily Dead columnist Scott Drebit’s new book is “A Cut Below: A Celebration of B Horror Movies, 1950s-1980s,” so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he picked 1979, a banner year for horror. He joins us to discuss the working-class scares of “Alien,” the insanity of “Zombie,” the inexplicable PG rating of “Tourist Trap,” and more.  Become a member for Bonus Episodes, personal stories of working in the industry, and yes - EVEN MORE MOVIES. https://plus.acast.com/s/a-very-good-year.



    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    2017 with Alison Herman

    2017 with Alison Herman

    “Variety” TV critic Alison Herman had just moved to Los Angeles in the year of our lord 2017, and she joins us to recall, with fondness, the cockeyed comedy of “Phantom Thread,” the deft commentary of “Get Out,” and the totally not-divisive pleasures of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Become a member for Bonus Episodes, personal stories of working in the industry, and yes - EVEN MORE MOVIES. https://plus.acast.com/s/a-very-good-year.



    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    1994 with Bob Byington

    1994 with Bob Byington

    It’s a special MID-WEEK EPISODE, in honor of Friday’s release of acclaimed director Bob Byington’s latest, “Lousy Carter.” Join us as we talk with Bob about the current indie landscape and the films of 1994, from the art of “Red” to the commerce of “Speed” to the pleasures of “The Hudsucker Proxy.” Become a member for Bonus Episodes, personal stories of working in the industry, and yes - EVEN MORE MOVIES. https://plus.acast.com/s/a-very-good-year.



    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 57 min
    1965 with Robert Daniels

    1965 with Robert Daniels

    For show number two from SXSW, we’re joined by the prolific film critic and RogerEbert.com Associate Editor Robert Daniels. He sings the praises of 1965, from the devastation of “The Pawnbroker” to the thrills of “Flight of the Phoenix” to the sweep of “Doctor Zhivago.” Become a member for Bonus Episodes, personal stories of working in the industry, and yes - EVEN MORE MOVIES. https://plus.acast.com/s/a-very-good-year.



    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Abbe@CaraMar ,

Great concept, always compelling

After Jason Bailey’s fantastic Fun City Cinema podcast wrapped, I wondered how he and Mike would pivot. What I love about this pod is the exposure to a variety of cinephiles who lead me to the missed gems in my film education.

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!!”

TedPillow ,

Good Hosts, Disappointing Guests

Most of the guests I’ve heard seem to barely know their cinematic year outside of the 5 movies they picked. I get frustrated listening to people be like “haven’t seen it” ten times an episode. When I know the year better than the guest it makes for a bad listen. The hosts are great though.

Top Podcasts In TV & Film

Just B Divorced with Bethenny Frankel
iHeartPodcasts
Who Killed the Video Star: The Story of MTV
Audacy Studios
FX’s Shōgun: The Official Podcast
FX
Give Them Lala
Lala Kent | Cumulus Podcast Network
Not Skinny But Not Fat
Dear Media, Amanda Hirsch
Watch What Crappens
Ben Mandelker & Ronnie Karam | Wondery

You Might Also Like

Pure Cinema Podcast
Elric Kane & Brian Saur
Screen Drafts
Clay Keller and Ryan Marker
The Next Picture Show
Filmspotting Network
The Movies That Made Me
Trailers From Hell, Josh Olson, Joe Dante
The Projection Booth Podcast
Weirding Way Media
Fighting In The War Room: A Movies And Pop Culture Podcast
Katey, Matt, Da7e and David