MY YEAR OF FLOPS—“Add this book to the list.”

July 23, 2010

MY YEAR OF FLOPS by Nathan Rabin

What not to do tonight.

You have a blog that gets a lot of hits (maybe because tag words connect readers to the actors in cult films you are showcasing), wouldn’t that make a cool book? Not necessarily. We like discussions of movies we are thinking of seeing and maybe of things we missed in classics, but why care about flops other than be glad we had nothing to do with them?

About half way through the book, Onion AV Club writer, Nathan Rabin, makes some interesting comparisons—Elaine May’s films, the original Psycho vs. Van Sant’s post modern remake  and an insightful analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of two film versions of Nobokov’s Lolita. Besides wanting to re-read the novel, the only two movies I wanted to see after this clever but questionable exploration of movies are Ben Stiller’s The Cable Guy  and Steve Martin in Pennies from Heaven (“Pennies is fundamentally about the conflict between illusion and reality and the dual nature of escapism. Watching Astaire and Rogers glide around a ballroom for 90 minutes might help you forget your own troubles, but it also highlights the dispiriting chasm between the dreams Hollywood sells and the mundane lives of the moviegoers who buy them.”).

Rabin thinks we can learn from our failures. If that’s true, don’t count on a sequel to trade paperback . FAILURE, FIASCO, or SECRET SUCCESS? Cream-pie-in-the-face FLOP!

–  John Lehman, Rosebud Book Reviews

Buy this directly from amazon for $10.20  Click here: My Year of Flops: The A.V. Club Presents One Man’s Journey Deep into the Heart of Cinematic Failure

Scribner, New York, 258 pages




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