My Year of Flops: The A.V. Club Presents One Man's Journey Deep into the Heart of Cinematic Failure (Paperback)

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By Nathan Rabin, A.V. Club (Editor)
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Anybody can write a book
about the best movies ever made, but it takes a real special critic to
write about some of the biggest flops of all time. Thankfully, the AV
Club's Nathan Rabin is just such a critic, and he spent a year watching
and re-evaluating some of the most reviled films ever to escape from
Hollywood. While I don't always agree with his conclusions, I
nevertheless enjoy reading each and every review in this book, as
Rabin's writing is sharp, witty, and insightful. Best of all, it made me
want to seek out movies I might have otherwise avoided, and revisit
some that I had initially written off as not worth my time, in the hopes
that I might discover something I had missed the first time around.
Overall, the ninety or so reviews contained in this book are some of the
best examples of criticism I have ever read, and every true film buff
should give it a look.

— Chris

Anybody can write a book about the best movies ever made, but it takes a real special critic to write about some of the biggest flops of all time. Thankfully, the AV Club's Nathan Rabin is just such a critic, and he spent a year watching and re-evaluating some of the most reviled films ever to escape from Hollywood. While I don't always agree with his conclusions, I nevertheless enjoy reading each and every review in this book, as Rabin's writing is sharp, witty, and insightful. Best of all, it made me want to seek out movies I might have otherwise avoided, and revisit some that I had initially written off as not worth my time, in the hopes that I might discover something I had missed the first time around. Overall, the ninety or so reviews contained in this book are some of the best examples of criticism I have ever read, and every true film buff should give it a look.

— From Chris' Picks

Description


In 2007, Nathan Rabin set out to provide a revisionist look at the history of cinematic failure on a weekly basis. What began as a solitary ramble through the nooks and crannies of pop culture evolved into a way of life. My Year Of Flops collects dozens of the best-loved entries from the A.V. Club column along with bonus interviews and fifteen brand-new entries covering everything from notorious flops like The Cable Guy and Last Action Hero to bizarre obscurities like Glory Road, Johnny Cash’s poignantly homemade tribute to Jesus. Driven by a unique combination of sympathy and Schadenfreude, My Year Of Flops is an unforgettable tribute to cinematic losers, beautiful and otherwise.

About the Author


Nathan Rabin is a staff writer for The Dissolve, a new film website from the popular music website Pitchfork. Previously, he was the head writer for The A.V. Club, the entertainment guide of The Onion, a position he held until recently since he was a college student at University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1997. Rabin is also the author of a memoir, The Big Rewind, and an essay collection based on one of his columns, My Year of Flops. He most recently collaborated with pop parodist "weird Al" Yankovic on a coffee table book titled Weird Al: The Book. Rabin’s writing has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Spin, The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, Nerve, and Modern Humorist. He lives in Chicago with his wife.

A.V. Club was founded in 1995 as the arts-and-entertainment arm of the satirical newspaper and website The Onion. The two brands quickly became distinct from each other, with The Onion providing humor and America’s finest news, and the A.V. Club becoming a significant, well-received source for pop culture news and commentary. In recent years, the A.V. Club’s web presence has become huge, attracting over a million unique users per month who visit for reviews, interviews, listings, and features on film, television, music, books, and more. Inventory will enjoy contributions from the entire A.V. Club staff, but the primary staff members assigned to the book project are Editor Keith Phipps, Managing Editor Josh Modell, and Associate Editors Tasha Robinson and Kyle Ryan.

Praise For…


"Nathan Rabin's My Year of Flops is like watching a genius nurse a score of frightened, wounded baby birds back to life--a superhuman level of care and compassion lavished on That Which Never Had A Right To Exist. Truly brilliant."
—Patton Oswalt, author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

"Nathan Rabin is all-knowing (without being smarmy), open-and kind-hearted (without being sappy), and he'll make you laugh on every page. You can't have a better friend sitting next to you as you watch these glorious atrocities."
—Mike Sacks, author of And Here’s the Kicker and SEX: Our Bodies, Our Junk

“Jon Krakauer's writing is beyond vivid. You FEEL the cold of Everest as your read his words. Into Thin Air is a harrowing journey, well worth your time. I’ve also heard great things about Nathan Rabin's My Year of Flops.”
—Aziz Ansari

"Nathan Rabin's book is funnier than John Travolta's facial hair in Battlefield Earth. He's a brave man for undertaking this dangerous mission and returning alive with a highly entertaining tale."
--A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically


Product Details
ISBN: 9781439153123
ISBN-10: 1439153124
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: October 19th, 2010
Pages: 288
Language: English