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“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 ... more

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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 ... more

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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 ... more

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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,... more

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13 days ago

“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... more

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20 days ago

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4.7 out of 5 stars from 84 ratings
  • 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.

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    5
    Abbe@CaraMar
    United States2 months ago
  • Excellent Podcast

    Love the presenters, love the guests, love the years.

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    Sir Pick 'N' Mix-A-Lot
    United Kingdom2 months ago
  • 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.

    Apple Podcasts
    2
    TedPillow
    United States9 months ago
  • Good for movie history, not so much world

    I like the concept and structure for discussing a range of movies! Some of the political context for those movies...let’s just say Soviet Cinema might be a blind spot here. Skip fifteen minutes in and you’re gold.

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    3
    Bike Ride Listener
    United States9 months ago
  • Good for movie history, not so much world

    I like the concept and structure for discussing a range of movies! Some of the political context for those movies is a little rough, though (too often a perhaps unintentional repeating of the kind of Red Scare propaganda you might hear at a HUAC hearing). But lots of great guests with different ideas on how to sum up a year of film.

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    3
    Bike Ride Listener
    United States9 months ago

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