Awesome Movie Year
Awesome Movie Year
Awesome Movie Year
Awesome Movie Year is a podcast co-hosted by film critic Josh Bell and filmmaker and comedian Jason Harris. Each season looks at why a certain year was an awesome movie year. Each episode focuses on a different film from the year being investigated. Produced by David Rosen of the Piecing It Together Podcast for the All Points West Podcast Network
The Avengers (2012 Box Office Champ)
The first episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 2012 features the highest-grossing film at the box office, Marvel Cinematic Universe entry The Avengers. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner, The Avengers was the sixth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.The contemporary reviews quoted in this episode come from Roger Ebert (https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-avengers-2012), Ann Hornaday in The Washington Post, and A.O. Scott in The New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/04/movies/robert-downey-jr-in-the-avengers-directed-by-joss-whedon.html).Visit https://www.awesomemovieyear.com for more info about the show.Make sure to like Awesome Movie Year on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/awesomemovieyear and follow us on Twitter @AwesomemoviepodYou can find Jason online at http://goforjason.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JHarrisComedy/, on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jasonharriscomedy/ and on Twitter @JHarrisComedyYou can find Josh online at http://joshbellhateseverything.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joshbellhateseverything/ and on Twitter @signalbleedYou can find our producer David Rosen’s Piecing It Together Podcast at https://www.piecingpod.com, on Twitter at @piecingpod and the Popcorn & Puzzle Pieces Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/piecingpod.You can also follow us all on Letterboxd to keep up with what we've been watching at goforjason, signalbleed and bydavidrosen.Subscribe on Patreon to support the show and get access to exclusive content from Awesome Movie Year, plus fellow podcasts Piecing It Together and All Rice No Beans, and music by David Rosen: https://www.patreon.com/bydavidrosenAll of the music in the episode is by David Rosen. Find more of his music at https://www.bydavidrosen.comPlease like, share, rate and comment on the show and this episode, and tune in for the next 2012 installment, featuring our pick for a notable filmmaking debut, Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral.
Feb 7, 2023
1 hr 10 min
1953 Epilogue
In this epilogue to our season on the awesome movie year of 1953, 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.Visit https://www.awesomemovieyear.com for more info about the show.Make sure to like Awesome Movie Year on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/awesomemovieyear and follow us on Twitter @AwesomemoviepodYou can find Jason online at http://goforjason.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JHarrisComedy/, on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jasonharriscomedy/ and on Twitter @JHarrisComedyYou can find Josh online at http://joshbellhateseverything.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joshbellhateseverything/ and on Twitter @signalbleedYou can find our producer David Rosen’s Piecing It Together Podcast at https://www.piecingpod.com, on Twitter at @piecingpod and the Popcorn & Puzzle Pieces Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/piecingpod.You can also follow us all on Letterboxd to keep up with what we've been watching at goforjason, signalbleed and bydavidrosen.Subscribe on Patreon to support the show and get access to exclusive content from Awesome Movie Year, plus fellow podcasts Piecing It Together and All Rice No Beans, and music by David Rosen: https://www.patreon.com/bydavidrosenAll of the music in the episode is by David Rosen. Find more of his music at https://www.bydavidrosen.comPlease like, share, rate and comment on the show and this episode, and tune in next time for the premiere of our season on the awesome movie year of 2012, featuring the box-office champion, Marvel Cinematic Universe entry The Avengers.
Feb 2, 2023
25 min
The War of the Worlds (1953 Audience Choice)
The finale of our season on the awesome movie year of 1953 features our audience choice pick, H.G. Wells adaptation The War of the Worlds. Directed by Byron Haskin from a script by Barré Lyndon (based on Wells’ novel) and starring Gene Barry, Ann Robinson and Les Tremayne, The War of the Worlds prevailed over two other alien/monster attack movies in our 1953 audience choice poll.The contemporary reviews quoted in this episode come from A.H. Weiler in The New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/1953/08/14/archives/the-screen-in-review-new-martian-invasion-is-seen-in-war-of-the.html), Richard L. Coe in The Washington Post, and Edwin Schallert in the Los Angeles Times.Visit https://www.awesomemovieyear.com for more info about the show.Make sure to like Awesome Movie Year on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/awesomemovieyear and follow us on Twitter @AwesomemoviepodYou can find Jason online at http://goforjason.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JHarrisComedy/, on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jasonharriscomedy/ and on Twitter @JHarrisComedyYou can find Josh online at http://joshbellhateseverything.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joshbellhateseverything/ and on Twitter @signalbleedYou can find our producer David Rosen’s Piecing It Together Podcast at https://www.piecingpod.com, on Twitter at @piecingpod and the Popcorn & Puzzle Pieces Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/piecingpod.You can also follow us all on Letterboxd to keep up with what we've been watching at goforjason, signalbleed and bydavidrosen.Subscribe on Patreon to support the show and get access to exclusive content from Awesome Movie Year, plus fellow podcasts Piecing It Together and All Rice No Beans, and music by David Rosen: https://www.patreon.com/bydavidrosenAll of the music in the episode is by David Rosen. Find more of his music at https://www.bydavidrosen.comPlease like, share, rate and comment on the show and this episode, and tune in for the next installment, the epilogue to our 1953 season.
Jan 31, 2023
52 min
Glen or Glenda (1953 Future Cult Classic)
The twelfth episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1953 features our future cult classic pick, Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda. Written and directed by Ed Wood and starring Wood, Timothy Farrell, Dolores Fuller and Bela Lugosi, Glen or Glenda was long considered one of the worst movies ever made but has built a cult following as a pioneering depiction of transgender identity.The contemporary reviews quoted in this episode come from Variety (https://variety.com/1952/film/reviews/glen-or-glenda-1200417508/) and Janet Maslin in The New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/1981/05/22/movies/bevare-bevare-it-s-lugosi.html).Visit https://www.awesomemovieyear.com for more info about the show.Make sure to like Awesome Movie Year on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/awesomemovieyear and follow us on Twitter @AwesomemoviepodYou can find Jason online at http://goforjason.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JHarrisComedy/, on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jasonharriscomedy/ and on Twitter @JHarrisComedyYou can find Josh online at http://joshbellhateseverything.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joshbellhateseverything/ and on Twitter @signalbleedYou can find our producer David Rosen’s Piecing It Together Podcast at https://www.piecingpod.com, on Twitter at @piecingpod and the Popcorn & Puzzle Pieces Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/piecingpod.You can also follow us all on Letterboxd to keep up with what we've been watching at goforjason, signalbleed and bydavidrosen.Subscribe on Patreon to support the show and get access to exclusive content from Awesome Movie Year, plus fellow podcasts Piecing It Together and All Rice No Beans, and music by David Rosen: https://www.patreon.com/bydavidrosenAll of the music in the episode is by David Rosen. Find more of his music at https://www.bydavidrosen.comPlease like, share, rate and comment on the show and this episode, and tune in for the next 1953 installment, featuring our audience choice poll winner, H.G. Wells adaptation The War of the Worlds.
Jan 24, 2023
47 min
House of Wax (1953 Dave’s Pick)
The eleventh episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1953 features our producer David Rosen’s pick, 3D horror movie House of Wax. Directed by Andre de Toth from a screenplay by Crane Wilbur and starring Vincent Price, Phyllis Kirk, Paul Picerni, Frank Lovejoy and Carolyn Jones, House of Wax is a remake of 1933 horror movie Mystery of the Wax Museum.The contemporary reviews quoted in this episode come from Bosley Crowther in The New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/1953/04/11/archives/the-screen-in-review-house-of-wax-warners-3d-film-with-vincent.html), Jay Carmody in the Washington Evening Star, and Edwin Schallert in the Los Angeles Times.Visit https://www.awesomemovieyear.com for more info about the show.Make sure to like Awesome Movie Year on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/awesomemovieyear and follow us on Twitter @AwesomemoviepodYou can find Jason online at http://goforjason.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JHarrisComedy/, on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jasonharriscomedy/ and on Twitter @JHarrisComedyYou can find Josh online at http://joshbellhateseverything.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joshbellhateseverything/ and on Twitter @signalbleedYou can find our producer David Rosen’s Piecing It Together Podcast at https://www.piecingpod.com, on Twitter at @piecingpod and the Popcorn & Puzzle Pieces Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/piecingpod.You can also follow us all on Letterboxd to keep up with what we've been watching at goforjason, signalbleed and bydavidrosen.Subscribe on Patreon to support the show and get access to exclusive content from Awesome Movie Year, plus fellow podcasts Piecing It Together and All Rice No Beans, and music by David Rosen: https://www.patreon.com/bydavidrosenAll of the music in the episode is by David Rosen. Find more of his music at https://www.bydavidrosen.comPlease like, share, rate and comment on the show and this episode, and tune in for the next 1953 installment, featuring our future cult classic pick, Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda.
Jan 17, 2023
47 min
From Here To Eternity (1953 Best Picture Winner)
The tenth episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1953 features the Academy Awards Best Picture winner, military drama From Here to Eternity. Directed by Fred Zinnemann from a script by Daniel Taradash (based on James Jones’ novel) and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed and Frank Sinatra, From Here to Eternity was nominated for 13 Oscars and won eight, including Best Picture.The contemporary reviews quoted in this episode come from A.H. Weiler in The New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/1953/08/06/archives/the-screen-in-review-from-here-to-eternity-bows-at-capitol-with.html), Edwin Schallert in the Los Angeles Times, and Mildred Martin in The Philadelphia Inquirer.Visit https://www.awesomemovieyear.com for more info about the show.Make sure to like Awesome Movie Year on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/awesomemovieyear and follow us on Twitter @AwesomemoviepodYou can find Jason online at http://goforjason.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JHarrisComedy/, on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jasonharriscomedy/ and on Twitter @JHarrisComedyYou can find Josh online at http://joshbellhateseverything.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joshbellhateseverything/ and on Twitter @signalbleedYou can find our producer David Rosen’s Piecing It Together Podcast at https://www.piecingpod.com, on Twitter at @piecingpod and the Popcorn & Puzzle Pieces Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/piecingpod.You can also follow us all on Letterboxd to keep up with what we've been watching at goforjason, signalbleed and bydavidrosen.Subscribe on Patreon to support the show and get access to exclusive content from Awesome Movie Year, plus fellow podcasts Piecing It Together and All Rice No Beans, and music by David Rosen: https://www.patreon.com/bydavidrosenAll of the music in the episode is by David Rosen. Find more of his music at https://www.bydavidrosen.comPlease like, share, rate and comment on the show and this episode, and tune in for the next 1953 installment, featuring our producer David Rosen’s pick, 3D horror movie House of Wax.
Jan 10, 2023
54 min
I Vitelloni (1953 Venice Film Festival Award Winner)
The ninth episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1953 features the Venice International Film Festival co-winner, Federico Fellini’s I Vitelloni. Directed and co-written by Federico Fellini and starring Franco Fabrizi, Franco Interlenghi, Alberto Sordi, Leopoldo Trieste, and Riccardo Fellini, I Vitelloni shared the top prize at Venice in 1953 with five other movies.The contemporary reviews quoted in this episode come from Campbell Dixon in the Daily Telegraph, Bosley Crowther in The New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/1956/10/24/archives/the-screen-vitelloni-italian-drama-delves-into-social-problem.html), and K.W. in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.Visit https://www.awesomemovieyear.com for more info about the show.Make sure to like Awesome Movie Year on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/awesomemovieyear and follow us on Twitter @AwesomemoviepodYou can find Jason online at http://goforjason.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JHarrisComedy/, on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jasonharriscomedy/ and on Twitter @JHarrisComedyYou can find Josh online at http://joshbellhateseverything.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joshbellhateseverything/ and on Twitter @signalbleedYou can find our producer David Rosen’s Piecing It Together Podcast at https://www.piecingpod.com, on Twitter at @piecingpod and the Popcorn & Puzzle Pieces Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/piecingpod.You can also follow us all on Letterboxd to keep up with what we've been watching at goforjason, signalbleed and bydavidrosen.Subscribe on Patreon to support the show and get access to exclusive content from Awesome Movie Year, plus fellow podcasts Piecing It Together and All Rice No Beans, and music by David Rosen: https://www.patreon.com/bydavidrosenAll of the music in the episode is by David Rosen. Find more of his music at https://www.bydavidrosen.comPlease like, share, rate and comment on the show and this episode, and tune in for the next 1953 installment, featuring the Academy Awards Best Picture winner, Fred Zinnemann’s From Here to Eternity.
Jan 3, 2023
51 min
The Wild One (1953 Jason’s Pick)
The eighth episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1953 features Jason’s personal pick, outlaw biker drama The Wild One. Directed by László Benedek and starring Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith and Lee Marvin, The Wild One was inspired by media coverage of a so-called riot at a 1947 motorcycle rally in Hollister, California.The contemporary reviews quoted in this episode come from Milton Luban in The Hollywood Reporter (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/general-news/wild-one-1953-review-959962/), Jay Carmody in The Washington Evening Star, and Marjory Adams in The Boston Globe.Visit https://www.awesomemovieyear.com for more info about the show.Make sure to like Awesome Movie Year on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/awesomemovieyear and follow us on Twitter @AwesomemoviepodYou can find Jason online at http://goforjason.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JHarrisComedy/, on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jasonharriscomedy/ and on Twitter @JHarrisComedyYou can find Josh online at http://joshbellhateseverything.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joshbellhateseverything/ and on Twitter @signalbleedYou can find our producer David Rosen’s Piecing It Together Podcast at https://www.piecingpod.com, on Twitter at @piecingpod and the Popcorn & Puzzle Pieces Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/piecingpod.You can also follow us all on Letterboxd to keep up with what we've been watching at goforjason, signalbleed and bydavidrosen.Subscribe on Patreon to support the show and get access to exclusive content from Awesome Movie Year, plus fellow podcasts Piecing It Together and All Rice No Beans, and music by David Rosen: https://www.patreon.com/bydavidrosenAll of the music in the episode is by David Rosen. Find more of his music at https://www.bydavidrosen.comPlease like, share, rate and comment on the show and this episode, and tune in for the next 1953 installment, featuring a Venice Film Festival award winner, Federico Fellini’s I Vitelloni.
Dec 27, 2022
54 min
Muppets Christmas Double Feature (1977 / 1992 Holiday Bonus)
In this special holiday episode, we’re looking back to our seasons on the films of 1977 and 1992, to talk about two Christmas movies featuring Jim Henson’s Muppets, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas and The Muppet Christmas Carol. Both written by Jerry Juhl and featuring the Muppets, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas was directed by Jim Henson and The Muppet Christmas Carol was directed by Henson’s son Brian.The contemporary reviews for Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas quoted in this episode come from Bill Musselwhite in the Calgary Herald and Tom Shales in the Washington Post. The contemporary reviews for The Muppet Christmas Carol quoted in this episode come from Roger Ebert (https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-muppet-christmas-carol-1992) and Janet Maslin in The New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/1992/12/11/movies/review-film-kermit-etc-do-dickens-up-green.html). Visit https://www.awesomemovieyear.com for more info about the show.Make sure to like Awesome Movie Year on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/awesomemovieyear and follow us on Twitter @AwesomemoviepodYou can find Jason online at http://goforjason.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JHarrisComedy/, on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jasonharriscomedy/ and on Twitter @JHarrisComedyYou can find Josh online at http://joshbellhateseverything.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joshbellhateseverything/ and on Twitter @signalbleedYou can find our producer David Rosen’s Piecing It Together Podcast at https://www.piecingpod.com, on Twitter at @piecingpod and the Popcorn & Puzzle Pieces Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/piecingpod.You can also follow us all on Letterboxd to keep up with what we've been watching at goforjason, signalbleed and bydavidrosen.Subscribe on Patreon to support the show and get access to exclusive content from Awesome Movie Year, plus fellow podcasts Piecing It Together and All Rice No Beans, and music by David Rosen: https://www.patreon.com/bydavidrosenAll of the music in the episode is by David Rosen. Find more of his music at https://www.bydavidrosen.comPlease like, share, rate and comment on the show and this episode, and tune in as we continue our season on the films of 1953.
Dec 22, 2022
1 hr 11 min
Tokyo Story (1953 Foreign Film)
The seventh episode of our season on the awesome movie year of 1953 features our foreign film pick, Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story. Co-written and directed by Yasujiro Ozu and starring Chishū Ryū, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimura and So Yamamura, Tokyo Story was released in Japan in 1953 but didn’t open in the U.S. until 1972.The contemporary reviews quoted in this episode come from Roger Ebert (https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/tokyo-story-1953), Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times, and Stanley Eichelbaum in the San Francisco Examiner.Visit https://www.awesomemovieyear.com for more info about the show.Make sure to like Awesome Movie Year on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/awesomemovieyear and follow us on Twitter @AwesomemoviepodYou can find Jason online at http://goforjason.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JHarrisComedy/, on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jasonharriscomedy/ and on Twitter @JHarrisComedyYou can find Josh online at http://joshbellhateseverything.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joshbellhateseverything/ and on Twitter @signalbleedYou can find our producer David Rosen’s Piecing It Together Podcast at https://www.piecingpod.com, on Twitter at @piecingpod and the Popcorn & Puzzle Pieces Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/piecingpod.You can also follow us all on Letterboxd to keep up with what we've been watching at goforjason, signalbleed and bydavidrosen.Subscribe on Patreon to support the show and get access to exclusive content from Awesome Movie Year, plus fellow podcasts Piecing It Together and All Rice No Beans, and music by David Rosen: https://www.patreon.com/bydavidrosenAll of the music in the episode is by David Rosen. Find more of his music at https://www.bydavidrosen.comPlease like, share, rate and comment on the show and this episode, and tune in for the next 1953 installment, featuring Jason’s personal pick, Marlon Brando biker drama The Wild One.
Dec 20, 2022
54 min
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