Monday, June 26, 2017
Ask JKM a Question: My Favorite Year in Film?
A reader named Gene writes:
“Hello. Long-long time reader here. I know that you stated before what your favorite decade for films are. The 70's I recall?? But can you narrow it down to your favorite year for releases?
For instance, I realized that the year 1995 was a banner year for my personal best list....'Heat', 'Se7en', 'Usual Suspects', all in 1 year! ....what is yours?”
That is a great question, Gene. I love thinking about years in cinema history that I experienced, and remember fondly.
As usual, however, I am going to be evasive, and not name just one “great” or favorite year, but three favorite years. (Yes, I find it difficult to choose)
My favorite year for film is….1982.
Take a look at this incredible release roster for that year:
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
John Carpenter’s The Thing
The Road Warrior
Conan: The Barbarian
The Secret of NIMH
The Dark Crystal
And (lest we forget….) Megaforce!
It’s amazing to me that the impact of these films is still being felt thirty-five years later.
Star Trek is still going strong, Blade Runner 2 is due out in just months, 2015 gave us another Mad Max sequel, Fury Road, and a Dark Crystal TV series is on the way.
Accordingly, I would nominate 1982 as the greatest year for genre movies in the 20th century, and one that carried the most impact and influence, as well.
My second choice is 1979. This is a personal (and affectionate) choice. I was nine/ten that year, and the first wave of great post-Star Wars genre movies came to movie theaters…and thrilled me.
Here’s the roster for 1979:
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
The Black Hole
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Time After Time
Last but not least, I am very fond of the year 1999.
Perhaps I look back at 1999 so warmly because of what was happening in my life at the time. This was the year my wife and I bought and moved into our first house together, a historic home in Monroe, N.C. I was writing full-time, two or three books a year, and everything seemed to be going swimmingly. The same year, we adopted our two kittens, Lila, who died in 2014, and Ezri, who is still going strong.
There was some amazing films released that year, including the following landmarks:
The Blair Witch Project
The Sixth Sense
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut.
Stir of Echoes
Eyes Wide Shut
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
I would love to hear from readers on this subject. What is your favorite year in movies, and why?
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