This December, Hollywood Suite will premiere its first-ever original series, A Year in Film. Each episode of the four-part miniseries highlights a notable year in cinema and examines how movies reflected the era’s zeitgeist. Best of all, Hollywood Suite is offering “free unlimited access to its expertly curated film-centric selections,” (including it’s A Year in Film series) with a nationwide free preview, which runs from December 1st to January 5th. This includes free unlimited access to all four of Hollywood Suite’s HDTV channels and Hollywood Suite On Demand.
The first episode, which spotlights the year 1978, covers classic movies like The Deer Hunter and Grease. And throughout the month, Hollywood Suite is running many of the films discussed in each episode (Days of Heaven, Dawn of the Dead).
A Year in Film trailer:
David Kines, President of Hollywood Suite had this to say:
Each episode of A Year in Film transports viewers back to a particular year and examines the politics, pivotal cultural events and films that made their mark during that timeframe, as well as the impact Canadian filmmakers have had on movie culture. In addition, we have carefully chosen a supporting lineup of films analyzed in the series, so viewers can really be immersed in each of the featured years in the episodes. Plus, we have a host of holiday programming handpicked for families to enjoy together.
A Year in Film: 1978 – December 8, 2019 at 9:00pm ET
Flashback to a year where movies reflect on troubles of the past and anxiety for the future. 1978 brings musicals such as Grease, Thank God It’s Friday and Jubilee to movie screens. The Deer Hunter and Coming Home explored the impact of The Vietnam War. And in Canada, a new tax incentive creates art with films like The Silent Partner.
Supporting 1978 films airing in December: Days of Heaven, Dawn of the Dead, The Deer Hunter, Saturday Night Fever and Thank God It’s Friday.
A Year in Film: 1983 – December 15, 2019 at 9:00 pm ET
Consumerism and conservative politics take centre stage, while sci-fi runs the galaxy with the release of Return of the Jedi and Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone. Baby boomers embrace The Big Chill while teens delight in Valley Girl. And in Canada, David Cronenberg scores twice in one year with Videodrome and The Dead Zone.
Supporting 1983 Films airing in December: The Big Chill, Staying Alive, Risky Business, Psycho II, Videodrome, The Dead Zone and Scarface.
A Year in Film: 1992 – December 22, 2019 at 9:00 pm ET
Unexpected creative rebels start trending with low-budget success stories including El Mariachi and Reservoir Dogs. African American filmmakers and actors have a significant impact with Malcolm X, Boomerang and Candyman. And in Canada, Canuck-born Mike Myers goes from SNL star to Box Office powerhouse with the success of Wayne’s World.
Supporting 1992 Films airing in December: Single White Female, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Boomerang, Malcolm X, Wayne’s World, Batman Returns, El Mariachi and Reservoir Dogs.
A Year in Film: 2007 – December 29, 2019 at 9:00 pm ET
Troubling flashbacks mix with new comic voices. Filmmakers look at America’s dark history in There Will Be Blood, Zodiac and No Country For Old Men. Judd Apatow directs Knocked Up and produces Superbad, and Diablo Cody’s voice rings out in Juno. And in Canada, Sarah Polley examines aging and Alzheimer’s with Away From Her, while Andrew Currie produces cult zombie-hit Fido.
Supporting 2007 Films airing in December: Away From Her, Eastern Promises, Zodiac, The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford, Fido, There Will Be Blood, Superbad and Juno.
A Year in Film synopsis:
A Year in Film explores the art of film and filmmaking, with expert insight into how films reflect the events, mood, politics, and culture of their eras. The series immerses you in film history and pop culture with rare archival footage, interviews with stars and long-forgotten commercials. With thought-provoking analysis and fun memories from filmmakers, industry insiders and critics, each episode examines: the lasting impact of iconic films; the technical achievements that brought us today’s blockbusters; the hidden gems and cult hits that have gained a following; and what movies can teach us about ourselves and the world we live in.
For more details on Hollywood Suite’s A Year in Film series, click here.