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What was the best year in film history? HitFix readers continue the debate

1 May 2015 6:36 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' spoiler review: The superhero sequel as epic TV story arc

1 May 2015 6:22 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

HitFix certainly doesn't lack for coverage of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," including Drew McWeeny's review and the whole staff picking the best and worst parts of the film. But as someone who's been writing about Joss Whedon's work for a long time, and as someone who's been covering "Agents of Shield" this season (more on that in a bit), I wanted to offer some thoughts on the movie, its place in both the Marvel filmography and Whedon's, with lots and lots of spoilers for the film (so beware), coming up just as soon as I remodel the dining room... I have to admit to feeling a certain level of dread as "Age of Ultron" approached. The first "Avengers" was a fun movie, and a culmination of all the things Whedon had been doing on both the small and big screens. This is a weird thing to suggest about »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Best and Worst of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

1 May 2015 2:29 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The much, much, much-anticipated mega-sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is finally in theaters worldwide. Now comes the time to assess whether the Marvel blockbuster lived up to the hype, whether this movie’s any good. HitFix’s Drew McWeeny gave “Age of Ultron” a mostly favorable B+ review. Here, we break down the movie into its best and worst moments. Among the best: Some time for Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton to shine, as we learn more about the secret lives and inner turmoil of the Avengers played by Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner. Among the worst: the third act battle scene that feels too much like the New York City finale of 2012's "The Avengers." How did the return of Captain America, Hulk and Iron Man stack up? What about new players Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch? Is the villain, Ultron, a decidedly uninteresting baddie like most Marvel villains or does he raise the bar? »

- HitFix Staff

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Why 1973 Was the Best Year in Movie History

30 April 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. It’s perhaps a little quaint to choose a year that I wasn’t even alive during to represent the best year of cinema. I was not there to observe how any of these films conversed with the culture around them when they were first screened. So, although I am choosing the glorious year of 1973, I am choosing not just due to a perusal of top ten lists that year—but because the films that were released that year greatly influenced how I engage with movies now, in 2015. Films speak to more than just the audiences that watch them—they speak to each other. Filmmakers inspire each other. Allusions are made. A patchwork begins. These are the movies of our lives. Having grown up with cinema in the 90s, »

- Brian Formo

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Why 1995 Was the Best Year in Movie History

30 April 2015 12:34 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. When I picked this year, it was under the mistaken assumption that we were writing on the best film of a year, and not the best film year in general. But having realized the mistake, I stand by my choice.  1995 is still the best! Straight up: 1995 wins, because Todd Haynes’s “[Safe]" is still my favorite film to have come out since, Idk, I’ve been alive. It’s deeply self-conscious about genre, while still managing to not really resemble anything I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect film about L.A.; about how space is mobilized in cinema; about the environment; about Gothic horror; about white femininity; about film bodies; about falling in love in the movies. It’s Todd Motherf*#@$^ Haynes’s best film. »

- Jane Hu

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Why 1999 was the best year in movie history

30 April 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century? Check here for a complete list of our essays. The end of the 1990s was the end of an era on the big screen. The independent filmmaking movement that started the decade had taken full bloom and infiltrated the business. Major studios had begun to jump headlong into the "dependent" game, amping up prestige product and utilizing the awards season as a marketing tool. The blockbuster landscape at the summer multiplex had been interesting, full of original concepts (good and bad), but something else was on the way — a new overlord in the business of film, and one that would more or less make the age of the movie star (at least as we had come to know it) a thing of the past. For those reasons and a slew of others, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Why 2012 Was the Best Year in Film History

29 April 2015 2:13 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. I’m here today to argue that 2012 was the greatest year in cinema. I know  you’re thinking: is she insane?  How will she even begin to argue such a ridiculous theory? Sure, 2012 didn't  bring us Vertigo or Citizen Kane or Chinatown or whatever, but it Was the year Spring Breakers came out, so I think it’s time you showed some respect.   Just kidding, just kidding, calm down. The truth is, it really was the best year in cinema and here is why: Jennifer Lawrence. 2012 was the year J-Law rose to superstardom and showed the world how insanely talented she is in two very different but equally special films: Silver Linings Playbook and Hunger Games, the coolest dystopian film of our generation, and a creative, »

- Zara Lisbon

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Why 1974 was the best year in film history

29 April 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays. I was one of the first to select years for this particular exercise, which probably allowed me to select the correct year. The answer is, of course, 1974 and all other answers are wrong. No matter what your criteria happens to be, 1974 is going to come out on top. Again, this is not ambiguous or open to debate. We have to start, of course, with the best of the best. "Chinatown" is one of the greatest movies ever made. You can't structure a thriller better than Robert Towne and Roman Polanski do, nor shoot a Los Angeles movie better than John Alonzo has done. Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway give the best performances of their careers, which is no small achievement. If you ask »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Why 1988 was the best year in movie history

29 April 2015 8:12 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. While I tend to think of the '80s as a crassly commercial lull between the artistic adventurousness of the '70s and the independent experimentation of the '90s, there were things about the '80s that i hold dear in terms of what I love about movies. And if you're talking about the best of the '80s, the year that crystallized all the things the decade did well was 1988, a year that looks upon closer inspection like an embarrassment of riches. One of my twenty favorite films of all time, as outlined in this article, was released in 1988, which automatically makes it a year worth closer consideration. The '80s may have begun with one of his strongest films, but »

- Drew McWeeny

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Why 1977 was the best year in movie history

28 April 2015 3:28 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. 1977 is the greatest year in film history. I'm positive. Why? It's the year that made you believe giant blockbusters could bring you state-of-the-art science fiction, modern (and enduring) takes on romance, compelling heroes, and a shrewd understanding of real people. It's the year that put us in touch with our most superheroic and most sentimental qualities, and that range alone is worth honoring. '77 is the year that gave us "Star Wars." I could go on about why that's a great movie, or we could just understand that every sci-fi blockbuster since "Star Wars" has had to deal with belittling comparisons to the greatness of "Star Wars." Sure, there've been other blockbusters with grandeur and special effects galore, but did they have C3PO's charisma? »

- Louis Virtel

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Why 2001 was the best year in film history

28 April 2015 12:03 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays. "Mulholland Drive." "Donnie Darko." "Spirited Away." "Ghost World." "The Royal Tenenbaums." "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." "Wet Hot American Summer." "Pulse." "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." If you're not stunned by the sheer variety of greatness in the above list of films, you probably won't be on board with my argument for 2001 as the greatest year in movie history. And if you're puzzled by the exclusion of "A Beautiful Mind," then you might as well stop reading now. "A Beautiful Mind," of course, won Best Picture at the Oscars the following year, an honor that felt undeserved at the time and positively baffles in hindsight. The Ron Howard-directed drama was an ephemeral triumph, the kind of middle-of-the-road Hollywood »

- Chris Eggertsen

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The Great Debate: What Was the Best Film Year of the Past Half-Century?

27 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Come December, it is customary for film critics introducing their Top Ten lists to declare that the 12 months just past have been “a very very good year” for film, and bemoan the hard choices they had to make to pick just 10. Among the hundreds of films released every year, there are few years that can’t supply a few happy moments, thankfully.  However, looking back over the years past, it is clear that not all years are born equal. While there may have been things to celebrate in the weakest of years, there were times when the culture, the industry and the fates aligned to let genius flourish, and then there were moments when genius seemed to have other things on its mind. Here at Hitfix, we’ve decided to weigh it all up and answer the question: what was the greatest year in film history? Actually, we’re asking »

- Richard Rushfield and Adam Leff

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10 Fascinating Avengers: Age Of Ultron Takes From Top Critics

23 April 2015 1:23 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Avengers: Age Of Ultron hasn.t actually hit theaters anywhere in the world yet, but the first smattering of reviews from the industry.s top critics began hitting the Internet over the past few days.  On the whole, the reviews are very positive for what could be Joss Whedon.s final film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they aren.t quite as unrelentingly positive as fans may hope. For most, there seems to be a whole lot to praise and a few clear issues to quibble with.  We.ve gone ahead and pulled out little excerpts from some of the more interesting and well-written reviews on the Internet. You can check out the portions we.ve highlighted here and then click on the link to read the critic.s entire review over at his or her actual outlet. On Its Comic Origins/ Geekiness #1) From Drew McWeeny.s B+ Review »

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5 Rules for Designing a 'Star Wars' Character

13 April 2015 11:35 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of the people most directly responsible for the design of the "Star Wars" prequel is Doug Chiang, so it seemed only fitting that I would hop on the phone with him to discuss "Star Wars: The Digital Collection" the morning after the announcement was made. Before we spoke, Fox sent over a clip from the extras on the "Digital Collection," and in it, Doug talks about lessons he learned from George Lucas about design, lessons that Disney summed up for me in the following bullet points: Rule I: Silhouette As a designer, you can get bogged down in the minutiae of perfect form and proportions. Doug had to learn to think and draw like a kid again. Don’t worry about the details; they don’t define a design. Rule II: The 3-second Rule When the audience sees something new on screen, they have to immediately connect with this new item. »

- Drew McWeeny

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The director of Pixar's short film 'Lava' on his emotional gem's Hawaiian origin

6 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When you see “Inside Out” in the theater this summer, the short film in front of it will be called “Lava,” and it is a labor of love for writer/director James Ford Murphy. If you want to know about the film itself, you should check out my reaction piece from the event, which I'll post on Wednesday, but before I left the Pixar campus, I sat down with Murphy to talk about his film, the inspiration behind it, and the odd effect it had on the animators who worked on it. When I walked into the room, he looked at my shirt, which read “Cassius Clay,” and immediately remarked on it. We talked about boxing and Ali specifically for a few before the publicist asked us to start. It put us in a great mood as the conversation opened. Drew McWeeny:  I enjoyed the short last night, and »

- Drew McWeeny

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Producer Jonas Rivera on 'Inside Out' director Pete Docter's specific genius

6 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Last week, I joined a group of journalists at Pixar in Emeryville, where we were shown the first hour of "Inside Out," this summer's new Pixar film. You can get a look at some of what we did in this gallery, and you can see some concept art for the film embedded below. The last interview of my day was with Jonas Rivera, who produced “Inside Out.” Rivera started at Pixar as an intern, making him pretty much the walking incarnation of a success story at the studio. We’d spoken earlier in the day as part of a round-table along with director Pete Docter, but this was my chance to speak to Rivera one-on-one. Drew McWeeny:  I said this when you were in the room earlier: I feel like each Pixar director at this point has a signature and has something that they bring to the table that makes their films different. »

- Drew McWeeny

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James Wan calls his 'Furious 7' experience 'big and exhausting'

3 April 2015 4:15 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I misjudged James Wan. When "Saw" was being prepped for release, I was approached by the creative execs at Twisted Pictures, along with my writing partner, about spitballing ideas for sequels, since they already saw it as a franchise. It was one in a flurry of meetings, and we didn't have an immediate reaction, and so we let it go. Didn't really chase it. Smart, right? For a little while, I wasn't really sure what to make of Wan as a director. I didn't like "Dead Silence" much at all, and I wasn't sure what to make of the wild swings in tone in "Death Sentence." It wasn't until the midnight premiere of "Insidious" at the Toronto Film Festival that I was 100% onboard, and it felt like Wan had become a different, more confident filmmaker at that point, like he was serious about his craft in a different way. I »

- Drew McWeeny

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'Furious 7,' more movies that pulled off insane practical stunts and effects

3 April 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

So much of movie magic these days is green screen and CGI — the work of animators and special effects artists. Given the fakery we’ve come to expect, when a movie comes along that pulls off some spectacular visuals on-set without a lot of post-production tweaking, that kind of movie magic makes us take notice. The latest wowing practical stunt: “Furious 7.” The “Fast and Furious” franchise has always made its mark with impressive action sequences done practically. If the seventh installment was trying to top the previous six in that department, it succeeded. This time featuring Dominic Toretto and his team drive skydiving cars out of a plane. To shoot the critical scene, the “Furious 7” stunt team actually dropped real live cars out of an airplane. Aerial cameramen followed the jump, doving with their own parachutes. The cars dropped first from an altitude of 12,000 feet in Colorado mountains, »

- Emily Rome

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Jason Statham on 'Furious 7' fight with The Rock: 'He could take your head off'

2 April 2015 4:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jason Statham is intimidating. I mean, that's sort of obvious. He's built a career on it. But part of what I find so interesting about him onscreen has been his resolute refusal to vanish into roles. Jason Statham is one of those movie stars who is a movie star for being a heightened version of himself, and he knows that's his brand, and he absolutely steers into it with the choices he makes. This year, audiences are going to see two radically different versions of Statham onscreen. In Paul Feig's clever and rowdy "Spy," Statham is a perpetually livid CIA agent who cannot believe the agency would send Melissa McCarthy's character into the field when he's available for the job. It's a great fit for him, and his mounting incredulity combined with his near-manic need to tell McCarthy how awesome he is and his surprisingly nimble way with »

- Drew McWeeny

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Is 'Spy' Melissa McCarthy's best movie to date?

31 March 2015 12:43 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

To answer the question I posted above: It sure seems like it. Our own Drew McWeeny loved "Spy," the new Melissa McCarthy espionage comedy directed by "Bridesmaids"/"The Heat"/"Freaks and Geeks" guru Paul Feig, and told us it giddily plays on "Mission: Impossible"-type tropes while giving McCarthy and costars Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, and Jude Law plenty to chew on. Apparently Jason Statham is funny. Are you clutching your face in awe yet? Check out the trailer below. "Spy" premiered at SXSW but opens nationwide June 15. »

- Louis Virtel

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