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Nathan Rabin's "Secret Successes" From the My Year of Flops Project

by Christopher Bentley Owen
Nathan Rabin's "Secret Successes" From the My Year of Flops Project by Christopher Bentley Owen
In 2007, AV Club head writer Nathan Rabin began a twice-weekly blog series called My Year of Flops. He criteria was that the film be defined in the public view by its initial commercial failure, rather than a subsequent critical re-evaluation or cult following. From his introduction to the series: “I am not here to bury flops but to praise them. The commercial and creative evil that failed movies do lives after them while the good is oft interred with their paltry box-office receipts. I am here to celebrate the epic overreaching, messy humanity and Herculean ambition of cinematic failure at its most spectacular. But before I immerse myself… Read more

In 2007, AV Club head writer Nathan Rabin began a twice-weekly blog series called My Year of Flops. He criteria was that the film be defined in the public view by its initial commercial failure, rather than a subsequent critical re-evaluation or cult following.

From his introduction to the series:

“I am not here to bury flops but to praise them. The commercial and creative evil that failed movies do lives after them while the good is oft interred with their paltry box-office receipts. I am here to celebrate the epic overreaching, messy humanity and Herculean ambition of cinematic failure at its most spectacular.
But before I immerse myself in a riveting world of failure, hubris and colossal miscalculation I’d like to map out the parameters of this project by articulating what it is I won’t be doing.
I won’t be playing the knee-jerk contrarian provocateur. I’m not going to argue that Gigli is better than Citizen Kane. That would be unfair to both Citizen Kane and Gigli. It would demean what Gigli sets out to accomplish and what Citizen Kane actually achieves. Also, it would be retarded.”

The series proved so popular that he continued it after his requisite year as a bi-weekly features, and published a book featuring his favorite entries and new essays. Rabin divides the flops into three categories: fiasco, failure, and secret success. This list compiles the secret successes.

You can read the complete online entries here:
http://www.avclub.com/features/my-year-of-flops/

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