There are many great years in the history of American Films. 1939 is usually cited as the greatest year for American Cinema, and with Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and a dozen others, it would be hard to disagree. 1975 and 1982 are also know as vintage years. For some reason though, 1984 stands out as special to me. Maybe it was the diversity of films, maybe the consistent quality or maybe it was just where I was in my life at the time. Whatever it is, I have chosen to celebrate the 30th anniversary of those films with this year long salute. I will put up a brief post on each film on the date that it was released in the U.S. The post will include a mini-review as well as my recollection of the personal experience. This project is modeled closely on the format I used for the Movie a Day Project on my main blog.
Posts will begin to appear in January of 2014, watch this spot for the rundown and comments.
What Year is your Favorite for Movies?
Yeah, when Tanski and I were originally going to do our Decade Drafts by year instead of decade, 1984 stood out as a year that was just STOCKED with classics. Really, really deep year for great pop culture flicks. 😀 Good choice.
I saw a lot of films that year and several of them multiple times. It was before I had kids and a full time job. I’m looking forward to revisiting.
Nice poll; I’d guess each year is an inflection point in process, technology, or vision. The ’39 carries old Hollywood glamour while ’69 yielded classics and obscure films like Downhill Racer. Redford’s pet project Downhill Racer wouldn’t get much distribution, so the wave of independents got new life when Robert Redford had an idea for Sundance Film festival that helps films get distribution and teaches promising filmmakers the craft. The 1980’s era is largely when I started paying attention to film and ’82 was a big year to me (and not just b/c of Tootsie- wtf?). The 90’s were strong with I believe ’99 yielding Matrix and new blood in scifi. All these years are fun to review; my interest is piqued to see what you highlight.
– Cheers 🙂
Those are all interesting points. I wonder if 82 and 84 were the start of the maturity period for the cinema school classes. Lucas was finally free after he took control on Empire, and Spielberg could write his own ticket after Raiders and E.T.
I pick ’82 that was for me “My Favorite Year” (and that year a solid movie title with Peter O’Toole).
Many blockbusters, classics, or new era comedies were born including:
ET, Conan, Blade Runner, First Blood, Ghandi, best of franchises in Rocky3 and Star Trek II:Wrath of Khan, Tootsie, Officer and a Gentleman, 48HRS, Porkys, The Thing, Sophies Choice, Tron, Fast Time at Ridgemont High, Airplane II, & The Man From Snowy River.
I look forward to what you’ll highlight here in 2014. 🙂
82 might be my favorite also, but I missed that anniversary. 84 was my most prolific year at the cinema. Thanks for coming by, I’m getting excited about the project as it gets closer. I’ll look for you when the posts start hitting.