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This Year In ‘Skillset’

Every guest is an expert, and every week they teach you and me a new way to look at the movies

We didn’t see this year coming, but we heard it from all sides. In Signal & Noise 2016, you’ll find the way we made sense out of all of that sound.

On “Skillset,” every guest is an expert, and every week they teach you and me a new way to look at the movies. MTV chief film critic Amy Nicholson talks to behind-the-scenes specialists who make movie magic and actors about the obsessions that shaped them. In the first season, Amy spoke with Ethan Hawke about marathon running, Michael Shannon about Talking Heads, and the kitten trainer on Keanu about ... kittens. Season 2 is about high school movies, which means it’s actually about dozens of things, including the lost Breakfast Club footage you’ve never seen, what a principal thinks about Ferris Bueller, and how Laney Boggs got her makeover in She’s All That.

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And here are a few of our favorite episodes from 2016:

In “Don’t You Forget About John Hughes,” Amy salutes the prom king of the high school movie. She asks a real-life high school principal if Ferris is really the hero of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, talks with a member of the cover band Molly and the Ringwalds about the enduring power of Hughes’s soundtracks, and gets inside info from the assistant editor of The Breakfast Club:

In the Season 1 finale, Amy talks with an actual fish scientist from Australia, magician David Copperfield, and actor Michael Shannon. Also, there are Batman facts — but they’re not about the Batman you’re thinking of:

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Check out more from the year in music, culture, politics, and style in Signal & Noise 2016.