Successful people inspire us. They improve our lives and change the world. They give us something to shoot for.
This blog is not about these people.
We’ve all put our heart and soul into something, only to have it go wrong. In my day job as a family lawyer, I see it all the time. And I’ve always found something fascinating and even kind of moving about stories of people who’ve taken on a big project – a movie, a TV show, a new product – only to have it soundly rejected.
Except for a few notorious cautionary tales like New Coke, the Edsel or Howard the Duck, people tend to forget flops and failures. Too bad, because they can often tell you quite a bit about the era in which they were created and introduced.
Think about the most popular and acclaimed movies from the late seventies, like Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jaws, Raging Bull, Apocalypse Now. If you showed any of these films to someone who knew nothing about them, they might figure out that they’re products of their time, but it would take a while.
But a $20 million disco musical starring the Village People and Bruce Jenner? That could be used in a doctorate-level history class about the malaise years.
Podcasts like We Hate Movies, and Nathan Rabin’s excellent My World of Flops series for the AV Club, shows that I’m not alone in my affection for works of pop culture that failed spectacularly. That’s what this blog will be about.
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