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My Year of Flops: The A.V. Club Presents One Man's Journey Deep Into the Heart of Cinematic Failureby Nathan Rabin
Synopses & Reviews
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. andlt;Iandgt;My Year Of Flopsandlt;/Iandgt; collects dozens of the best-loved entries from the andlt;Iandgt;A.V. Clubandlt;/Iandgt; column along with bonus interviews and fifteen brand-new entries covering everything from notorious flops like andlt;Iandgt;The Cable Guyandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Last Action Heroandlt;/Iandgt; to bizarre obscurities like andlt;Iandgt;Glory Roadandlt;/Iandgt;, Johnny Cashand#8217;s poignantly homemade tribute to Jesus. Driven by a unique combination of sympathy and Schadenfreude, andlt;Iandgt;My Year Of Flopsandlt;/Iandgt; is an unforgettable tribute to cinematic losers, beautiful and otherwise.
"Rabin (The Big Rewind) made his mark by eagerly analyzing many of cinema's greatest failures for his Onion-based blog, The A.V. Club. Culling from that source for this collection, he thoughtfully and humorously examines films that failed commercially and critically upon release, have a cult following, and 'facilitate an endless procession of facile observations and labored one-liners.' Even for films he labels 'fiascos,' his worst designation, Rabin's sympathy is apparent: Johnny Cash's performance in Gospel Road 'reeks of high-school speech class,' yet the film's home movie quality is 'much of its scruffy charm.' Rabin defends the makers of duds like Freddy Got Fingered by contemplating their work in greater contexts, arguing that the odd comedy can be seen 'as a borderline Dadaist provocation, a $15 million prank at the studio's expense.' But his compassion disappears when it comes to lousy adaptations of celebrated novels, and he accuses Adrian Lyne, for instance, of 'transforming a great literary monster into a lovelorn sap' in his version of Lolita. This collection will appeal to readers who've seen many of the same flops; for the unfamiliar, Rabin's wit alone may not be enough to sustain interest.
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Based on the A.V. Club column, My Year of Flops is Head Writer Nathan Rabin's romp through the most notorious movies in cinematic history.
About the Author
Nathan Rabin was born a bicentennial baby in Kansas City, Missouri. During a childhood that could easily be described as “Dickensian,” he spent his formative years in Chicago and came of age in the Jewish Children’s Bureau group home system. While still a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin, Rabin began writing regularly for a plucky local satirical publication called The Onion. Rabin quickly rose up the ranks of The Onion’s entertainment section, The A.V. Club, to become its first, and to date, only, Head Writer. In 2004 and 2005 Rabin was a regular critic on AMC’s Movie Club With John Ridley. With the A.V. Club, he co-wrote the interview collection Tenacity Of The Cockroach and is currently in the process of co-writing the A.V. Club’s upcoming book, which will be published by Scribner. In 2007 he began the cultishly revered twice-weekly online column, “My Year Of Flops,” a feature so popular he decided to continue it indefinitely, despite the project’s title. He lives in Chicago with his two cats, Sweetie Pie and Maggie May. 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.
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