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Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema

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A "Best Books of 2020" selection by NPR's Book Concierge.
A bestselling author and New York Times opinion writer, Lindy West once worked as the in-house film critic for Seattle's alternative newsweekly The Stranger. Lindy examines beloved and iconic films from the past 40 years in Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema, with an eye towards today's big questions: Is Twilight the hottest movie ever? In The Lion King, the zebras trust Mufasa to take care of them. What motivates their trust? The Fugitive achieved perfection, so why make any more movies? I mean, my god, why don't any of the women in Love, Actually ever talk?!?!

Forrest Gump, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Bad Boys II, Face/Off, Top Gun, and The Notebook are among Lindy's many films, which combine razor-sharp wit and trademark humor with a genuine love of nostalgic trash to shed new light on some of our most defining cultural touchstones. In Shit, Actually, we are reminded to pause and ask ourselves, "How does this movie hold up?", while learning how to laugh at things we love without ever letting them or ourselves off the hook.

This is both a love letter and a break-up note: to the films that have shaped us and the ones that have torn us apart. Lindy finds that they're often one and the same.

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humour, and body image. She’s currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and and a weekly columnist at The Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hachette Books (Oct. 20 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316449822
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316449823
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 363 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16 x 2.67 x 21.72 cm

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Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema


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