Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 217: The Handmaiden (2017) and Man Down (2016) and Captain Fantastic (2016) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) and the First MPW Summit: Determining a Film’s Year of Release

Episode 217

You’ve heard about it. Here it is. The first MPW Summit. At the end of this show, Movie Podcast Weekly, Episode 217, Jason and special guest MPW listener, Dino Ticinelli, have a sit-down to figure out how to determine a film’s year of release, particularly when trying to compile one’s Top 10 Best Movies of the Year list! (Note: This discussion, which occurs near the end of this episode, is only for those who are truly interested in that debate.) Also in this show, we bring you Feature Reviews of The Handmaiden and Man Down and Captain Fantastic and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. This episode also features a very brief visit from a guy named “Kandi.” So, we bring you a typical, two-hour episode with lots of reviews, and then we bring you 75 more minutes of additional movie discussion! Join us!

And don’t forget to e-mail your picks for The Top 10 Best Movies of 2016 to, and you could possibly win a $50 Amazon gift card or a $25 Amazon gift card or Ryan’s BMOTY (Best Movie of the Year)! Continue reading

Determining a Film’s Year of Release (While Respecting Historical Context)

Movie Release Year

Author’s Note: This blog post is the result of a conversation between Jason Pyles and MPW listener Dino Ticinelli on Movie Podcast Weekly, Episode 217. The “verdict” below does not necessarily reflect any of Dino’s feelings; instead, these sentiments solely belong to Jason. Nevertheless, Dino’s suggestions significantly influenced and inspired the creation of “Uncle Oscar’s Tailgate Party” and its underpinnings. Thank you, Dino. -Jason Pyles

1. All *movie submissions will be accepted. (*Non-movie submissions that are television shows or other segmented series will not be considered for MPW’s Top 10 movies lists.)

2. The year of release will be determined by the first date that a film becomes widely available to a U.S. audience (theatrical release, online streaming, physical purchase or rental).

3. The following are examples that do not constitute a “wide release” and will be disregarded: premier dates, film festival screening dates, limited theater releases, foreign (non-U.S.) releases, and any other system for determining year of release.

4. The Internet Movie Database’s “Release Info” page will be the primary source for determining dates of widespread U.S. release.
(Ex. If proves to be an inconclusive source, the three backup resources are, Movie and

*** 5. The most crucial, linchpin point to this system is the “historical context” of the reality of the viewer actually first seeing the new release film during the year in question. (Thus, the Top 10 list truly becomes personal and subjective because it consists of films the viewer literally saw during that year.) Continue reading