A Year at the Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey is a book written by Kevin Murphy about his experiences of seeing a movie each day for the entire year of 2001. It was published by HarperCollins in 2002 and is 362 pages long. There was an official website for the book around the time of its release, but it is no longer active.
The book's content derives from Murphy's "filmgoing odyssey" as well as his thoughts and observations on the changing nature of the filmgoing experience. Murphy comments extensively on the overwhelming prevalence of multiplex movie theaters which generally screen Hollywood blockbuster films at the expense of a wider range of classic, independent and foreign language films.
While many of the daily film viewings chronicled in the book fall into the mainstream Hollywood category, several sections deal with Murphy enjoying uncommon films, or enjoying films screened in uncommon circumstances.
Some notable experiences mentioned in the book include:
- Dressing as a nun during a showing of The Sound of Music in London.
- His extreme dissatisfaction with the movie Town and Country.
- Bringing an entire Thanksgiving dinner into a movie.
- Enduring the Chris Kattan film Corky Romano with fellow MST3K alum Michael J. Nelson.
- Attending a "Date Movie" with several different women, including MST3K alumnus Bridget Jones.
- His thoughts during the September 11th terrorist attacks.
- Seeing a movie in a theater made of ice and snow.