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My Year of Flops: The A.V. Club Presents One Man's Journey Deep into the Heart of Cinematic Failure Paperback – October 19, 2010
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"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.”
"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
About the Author
From the faceless corporation behind The Onion and Inventory comes My Year of Flops, A.V Club Head Writer Nathan Rabin's hilarious and insightful exploration of the strange world of cinematic fiascos.
The A.V Club was founded in 1995 as the arts-and-entertainment arm of satirical institution The Onion. In recent years, A.V Club's web presence has become huge, attracting over a million and a half unique users per month. Nathan Rabin has long been A.V Club's Head Writer. In 2009 Scribner published his memoir, The Big Rewind, to great acclaim.
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NOTE TO KINDLE USERS: The illustrations are present in the Kindle edition, and there is a clickable table of contents.
Brand New Reviews:
- The Conqueror
- The Great Moment
- Gospel Road: A Story of Jesus
- The Cable Guy
- Dice Rules/The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
- I'll Do Anything (the original musical cut)
- The Last Action Hero
- The Scarlet Letter (1995)
- Lolita (1997)
- Richard Dreyfuss (W.)
- Austin Pendleton (Skidoo)
- Michael Jai White (Breakfast of Champions)
- Dave Foley (Postal)
- Wallace Shawn (Southland Tales)
- Roberto Benigni (Pinocchio)
- Tom Noonan (Heaven's Gate)
- John Patrick Shanley (Joe Versus the Volcano)
- About a dozen illustrations of various flops, done up in the style of carnival posters
- A new introduction and afterword
- The minute-by-minute review of Waterworld
- A reconsideration of the original MYOF case file, Elizabethtown
Otherwise, the rest of the book is taken straight from the AV Club's website. The new material is a blast: the new reviews are often twice as long as the older entries and the interviews help shed some light on how a movie can go spectacularly wrong. For the exclusive writing, I felt the book was $10 well spent (and perhaps help spawn a Volume 2), but be aware that the majority of this book is made up of material you can read for free on the AV Club's website. If you're unfamiliar with MYOF, your best bet is to go the site [ ... ] and read up on the (as of this writing) 173 entries and see if it's for you.
MY YEAR OF FLOPS is engaging, well-written, and interesting. Most of the entries here are engaging enough that, if you are not at all familiar with the movie, the commentary will still be worth reading. This book leaves me hoping that other editors from the A.V. Club will bring their similar columns to trade paperback form.
I'd recommend this book to pop culture nerds, film geeks, and trivia buffs. If you enjoyed Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists, this book serves well as a spiritual successor.
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