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A Year of Movies

365 Films to Watch on the Date They Happened

Ivan Walters

While watching a movie, how many viewers notice some of the finer details of the film, such as the time of day during a scene—or even the date itself? For instance, does anyone remember what day detention is served by the high schoolers in The Breakfast Club or can guess when aliens first make their presence known in Independence Day? And perhaps only history buffs or fanatics of Leonardo DiCaprio can cite the exact date the Titanic sunk.

A Year of Movies: 365 Films to Watch on the Date They Happened Ivan Walters provides a selection for every day on the calendar in which at least some of the events in the film take place. For some films, the entire drama occurs on a very specific day. For other films, such as The Right Stuff, the date in question is represented in a key scene or two or even for just a few pivotal seconds. Certain films, to be sure, are obvious candidates for inclusion in this book. What other movie would make sense to watch on February 2nd than Groundhog Day? Is there a more appropriate film to consider for June 6th than The Longest Day? Representing a variety of genres—from comedies and dramas to westerns and film noir—these films offer fans a unique viewing opportunity.

While helping viewers decide what to watch on a given day, this book will also introduce readers to films they may not have otherwise considered. Aimed at film buffs and casuals viewers alike,
A Year of Movies is also an ideal resource for librarians who want to offer creative programming for their patrons.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 454Size: 6 3/8 x 9 1/4
978-1-4422-4559-4 • Hardback • November 2015 • $45.00 • (£29.95)
978-1-4422-4560-0 • eBook • November 2015 • $44.99 • (£29.95)
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With A Year in Movies, author Ivan Walters has taken the idea several steps further, painstakingly compiling a list of 366 films, both recent and classic, for every single day of the year. All or a significant part of every movie included takes place on a specific calendar date, so you can look up your birthday (as my family did when the book arrived) and read about a film where that date is significant to the story. And if a particular date isn't mentioned in the film itself, Walters often includes the novel or historical source which does. Other times we just have to take his word for it. . . .[T]his volume makes a nifty historical reference guide. . . .[T]he basic concept of A Year of Movies makes it unique among film reference books, one that'll be fun to grab off the shelf every now and then when pondering a particular calendar date. And I suppose the book also poses the ultimate challenge to any film buff...to view each of these titles on the dates in which they take place. I wish I had the time and resources to accept such a challenge. What a journey that would be.
Free Kittens Movie Guide

Imagine an undertaking on everyday of a calendar year in which some part of a movie took place. Author Ivan Walters did just that. His new book A Year of Movies author Ivan Walters does just that. Pick any day and flip to the date and he will tell you all the information about the book. Year released, genre, run time, availability, the date in the film, cast/crew and synopsis of the movie. It’s quite the undertaking to find a film for each day. It’s a comprehensive list of movies.
Red Carpet Crash

On February 2nd, Groundhog Day, if it’s cloudy when the groundhog emerges from its burrow, spring will come early. If it’s sunny, then the groundhog will see its shadow and there will be six more weeks of winter. So goes the folktale. What better way to celebrate this holiday than by viewing 1993’s 'Groundhog Day,' starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell? It’s an idea that totally makes sense to author Ivan Walters. He takes that even further by offering you a movie for every single day of the year. He provides vital info on his featured choice, a synopsis, plus an alternate pick. The book is entitled, A Year of Movies: 365 Films to Watch on the Date They Happened. It’s quite a brilliant concept. The trick is to find an explicit mention of a date in a movie. Inevitably, the date is either crucial to the plot or is part of a pivotal moment in the movie. . . .This book has a high fun factor to it. Many of the movies are within the last 20 to 30 years with a generous helping of older classics like 1941’s 'Citizen Kane.' It is a refreshing and entertaining way to look at movies. It becomes an offbeat game anyone can enjoy while also providing insight.
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