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

By Nathan Rabin

In 2007, Nathan Rabin got down to supply a revisionist examine the heritage of cinematic failure on a weekly foundation. What started as a solitary ramble during the nooks and crannies of popular culture developed right into a lifestyle. My yr Of Flops collects dozens of the best-loved entries from the A.V. Club column besides bonus interviews and fifteen brand-new entries overlaying every little thing from infamous flops like The Cable Guy and Last motion Hero to strange obscurities like Glory Road, Johnny Cash’s poignantly do-it-yourself tribute to Jesus. pushed through a distinct blend of sympathy and Schadenfreude, My 12 months Of Flops is an unforgettable tribute to cinematic losers, attractive and another way.

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