My pal Jason Bailey and his pal Mike Hull host a fascinating podcast called A Very Good Year, which they describe as: “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.”
It’s SUCH a fun format, because you get good movie talk – old faves and probably some you’ve never heard of, but are happy to learn – and you also get the year’s headlines, an attempt to put the film into the larger context of the world. I love it! So I was happy to come on board as a guest.
I chose 1953 as “my year”. It’s not in any way “my favorite year” but it’s an important and interesting year and I thought it would be fun to dig into why.
Thanks Jason and Mike for having me on!