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Awesome Movie Year

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On Awesome Movie Year, film-critic Josh Bell and comedian/film-maker Jason Harris do a deep dive into a different year each season to look at the movies that made it such an awesome movie year.

On Awesome Movie Year, film-critic Josh Bell and comedian/film-maker Jason Harris do a deep dive into a different year each season to look at the movies that made it such an awesome movie year.

Location:

United States

Description:

On Awesome Movie Year, film-critic Josh Bell and comedian/film-maker Jason Harris do a deep dive into a different year each season to look at the movies that made it such an awesome movie year.

Language:

English


Episodes

Finding Nemo (2003 Box Office Champ)

2/24/2021
The first episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 2003 features the second highest-grossing film at the box office, Pixar’s Finding Nemo. Directed and co-written by Andrew Stanton and starring the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett and Allison Janney, Finding Nemo grossed $940.3 million worldwide, making it the all-time highest-grossing animated film at the time. The post Finding Nemo (2003 Box Office Champ) appeared first on...

Duration:00:55:43

Saturday Night Fever (1977 Bonus Episode)

2/17/2021
In this special bonus episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1977, we’re talking about the runner-up in our audience choice poll, disco classic Saturday Night Fever. Directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller and Donna Pescow, Saturday Night Fever was nominated for an Oscar for Travolta’s performance and launched one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time. The post Saturday Night Fever (1977 Bonus Episode) appeared first on Awesome...

Duration:00:57:40

1984 Epilogue

2/12/2021
In this epilogue to our season on the awesome movie year of 1984, we talk about alternate movies we considered including in all of our different categories this season, and read suggestions from some listeners about which movies they hoped we would cover. The post 1984 Epilogue appeared first on Awesome Movie Year.

Duration:00:30:57

Footloose (1984 Audience Choice)

2/10/2021
In the finale of our season on the awesome movie year of 1984, we’re talking about this season’s audience choice pick, Herbert Ross’ Footloose. Directed by Herbert Ross from a screenplay by songwriter Dean Pitchford and starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Chris Penn, Dianne Wiest and Sarah Jessica Parker, Footloose defeated Beat Street and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo in our audience choice poll of teen dance movies. The post Footloose (1984 Audience Choice) appeared first on...

Duration:00:55:43

Repo Man (1984 Future Cult Classic)

2/3/2021
The twelfth episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1984 features our future cult classic pick, Alex Cox’s Repo Man. Written and directed by Alex Cox and starring Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton, Olivia Barash and Tracey Walter, Repo Man received minimal studio support but went on to critical acclaim and a cult following. The post Repo Man (1984 Future Cult Classic) appeared first on Awesome Movie Year.

Duration:00:50:00

Ghostbusters (1984 Dave’s Pick)

1/27/2021
The eleventh episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1984 features our producer David Rosen’s personal pick, Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters. Directed by Ivan Reitman from a script by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis and starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts, Ghostbusters was one of the biggest box-office hits of 1984 and became an enduring pop-culture phenomenon. The post Ghostbusters (1984 Dave’s Pick) appeared...

Duration:01:07:24

Amadeus (1984 Best Picture)

1/20/2021
The tenth episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1984 features the Best Picture Oscar winner, Milos Forman’s Amadeus. Directed by Milos Forman, written by Peter Shaffer (based on his stage play) and starring F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge and Jeffrey Jones, Amadeus was nominated for eleven Oscars and won eight, including Best Picture. The post Amadeus (1984 Best Picture) appeared first on Awesome Movie Year.

Duration:01:01:56

Old Enough (1984 Sundance Award Winner)

1/13/2021
The ninth episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1984 features the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner, Marisa Silver’s Old Enough. Written and directed by Marisa Silver and starring Sarah Boyd, Rainbow Harvest and Neill Barry, Old Enough was the first Grand Jury Prize winner at the newly rebranded Sundance Film Festival. The post Old Enough (1984 Sundance Award Winner) appeared first on Awesome Movie Year.

Duration:00:47:27

The Karate Kid (1984 Jason’s Pick)

1/6/2021
The eighth episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1984 features Jason’s personal pick, John G. Avildsen’s The Karate Kid. Directed by John G. Avildsen from a script by Robert Mark Kamen and starring Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki “Pat” Morita, Elisabeth Shue, William Zabka, Martin Kove and Randee Heller, The Karate Kid was a box-office hit that launched a long-running franchise. The post The Karate Kid (1984 Jason’s Pick) appeared first on Awesome Movie Year.

Duration:01:13:01

Wheels on Meals (1984 Foreign Film)

12/30/2020
The seventh episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1984 features one of the year’s most notable foreign films, Sammo Hung’s Wheels on Meals. Directed by Sammo Hung and starring Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung and Lola Forner, Wheels on Meals is considered a classic of Hong Kong martial arts cinema. The post Wheels on Meals (1984 Foreign Film) appeared first on Awesome Movie Year.

Duration:00:51:28

Gremlins (1984 Holiday Bonus)

12/23/2020
We're taking a break from our regular season on the awesome movie year of 1984 to feature a special Christmas bonus, Joe Dante’s holiday horror-comedy Gremlins. Directed by Joe Dante from a screenplay by Chris Columbus and starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton and Frances Lee McClain, Gremlins was a commercial success and has since become a holiday favorite. The post Gremlins (1984 Holiday Bonus) appeared first on Awesome Movie Year.

Duration:01:02:11

Night Of The Comet (1984 Josh’s Pick)

12/16/2020
The sixth episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1984 features Josh’s personal pick, Thom Eberhardt’s Night of the Comet. Written and directed by Thom Eberhardt and starring Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Robert Beltran and Mary Woronov, Night of the Comet was a moderate box-office success and has since become a cult classic. The post Night Of The Comet (1984 Josh’s Pick) appeared first on Awesome Movie Year.

Duration:00:50:13

Stop Making Sense (1984 Documentary)

12/9/2020
The fifth episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1984 features our pick for the year’s most notable documentary, Jonathan Demme’s Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense. Directed by Jonathan Demme, Stop Making Sense captured Talking Heads performances over four nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater and is often considered the greatest concert movie ever made. The post Stop Making Sense (1984 Documentary) appeared first on Awesome Movie Year.

Duration:01:16:43

Paris, Texas (1984 Cannes Palme d’Or Winner)

12/2/2020
The fourth episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1984 features the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Paris, Texas. Directed by Wim Wenders from a screenplay by L.M. Kit Carson and Sam Shepard and starring Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, Hunter Carson, Nastassja Kinski and Aurore Clément, Paris, Texas won three awards, including the Palme d’Or, at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. The post Paris, Texas (1984 Cannes Palme d’Or Winner) appeared first on Awesome Movie Year.

Duration:00:50:47

Streets Of Fire (1984 Box Office Flop)

11/25/2020
The third episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1984 features the year’s biggest flop, Walter Hill’s Streets of Fire. Directed and co-written by Walter Hill and starring Michael Paré, Amy Madigan, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Deborah Van Valkenburgh and Willem Dafoe, Streets of Fire was a box-office failure following Hill’s success with 48 Hrs. The post Streets Of Fire (1984 Box Office Flop) appeared first on Awesome Movie Year.

Duration:01:13:37

Sixteen Candles (1984 First Feature)

11/18/2020
The second episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1984 features our pick for a notable filmmaking debut, John Hughes’ Sixteen Candles. Written and directed by John Hughes and starring Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling, Gedde Watanabe, Haviland Morris and Paul Dooley, Sixteen Candles launched Hughes’ career as a director after his earlier success as a screenwriter. The post Sixteen Candles (1984 First Feature) appeared first on Awesome Movie Year.

Duration:00:58:14

Beverly Hills Cop (1984 Box Office Champ)

11/11/2020
The first episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1984 features the top-grossing film at the box office, Martin Brest’s Beverly Hills Cop. Directed by Martin Brest from a screenplay by Daniel Petrie Jr. and starring Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher, Ronny Cox and Steven Berkoff, Beverly Hills Cop grossed $316.4 million worldwide and launched an ongoing franchise. The post Beverly Hills Cop (1984 Box Office Champ) appeared first on Awesome Movie Year.

Duration:00:59:35

Waiting For Guffman (1996 Bonus Episode)

11/6/2020
In this special bonus episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1996, we’re talking about Christopher Guest’s influential comedy Waiting for Guffman. Directed and co-written (with Eugene Levy) by Christopher Guest and starring Guest, Levy, Fred Willard, Catherine O’Hara, Parker Posey and Bob Balaban, Waiting for Guffman premiered at the 1996 Boston Film Festival and was released in theaters in early 1997. The post Waiting For Guffman (1996 Bonus Episode) appeared first on Awesome...

Duration:00:51:39

Space Jam (1996 Bonus Episode)

11/4/2020
In this special bonus episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1996, we’re talking about the animated/live-action hybrid comedy Space Jam. Directed by Joe Pytka and starring Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Bill Murray and the voices of Billy West, Danny DeVito and Dee Bradley Baker, Space Jam was a box-office hit and a merchandising bonanza. The post Space Jam (1996 Bonus Episode) appeared first on Awesome Movie Year.

Duration:01:03:25

Murder Party (2007 Halloween Bonus)

10/30/2020
In the second of two special Halloween episodes, we’re looking back to 2007, the year we covered in our second season, to talk about Jeremy Saulnier’s debut feature Murder Party. Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier and starring Chris Sharp, Sandy Barnett, Macon Blair, Paul Goldblatt, William Lacey and Stacy Rock, Murder Party debuted at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival. The post Murder Party (2007 Halloween Bonus) appeared first on Awesome Movie Year.

Duration:00:48:01