My Year of Flops

My Year of Flops

The A.V Club Presents One Man's Journey Deep Into the Heart of Cinematic Failure

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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.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scribner, c2010
Edition: 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781439153123
Branch Call Number: ANF 791.4375 RAB
Characteristics: xviii, 264 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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debwalker Dec 10, 2010

"Rabin writes for the A.V. Club, the arts and entertainment section of The Onion, and this column revisited some of the most notorious critical and financial failures in the film world. Rabin revisited each film, offering some background into why it got made and what likely went wrong. He then rates the movie — failure, fiasco or secret success. Films are divided into calamitous comedies (like Scenes from a Mall), musical misfires (such as Glitter), unsexy sexy films (including Exit to Eden) and so forth.

Though the website focused on relatively recent films, the book ventures into such older fare as Otto Preminger's hippie comedy Skidoo, with noted counterculture icons Groucho Marx, Jackie Gleason and Carol Channing, and Preston Sturges' The Great Moment, the world's first "dental-ether tragicomedy." The thing that's great about My Year of Flops is that it's both funny and fascinating, even if you haven't seen the films, and I hadn't seen most of them. And how in the world did some of them get financing? The world is a strange place."
Recommendations from Daniel Goldin at Boswell Book Co. in Milwaukee

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