Review | Shit, Actually

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


Lindy West has done us all a favor and re-watched some iconic movies of the past 40 years so she could let us know how well they hold up in pop culture history during the dumpster fire year of 2020.
West immediately informs us that The Fugitive is the most perfect movie ever made and it is by this standard that she rates all other movies.

Forrest Gump, The Notebook, Twilight, Terminator 2, and Face/Offare just a few snarky reviews you’ll find in Shit, Actually. There were some literal lol moments here, my favorite being when she compares the energy of young Edward Furlong (in T2) to a current Kristen Stewart. That is such a random but also incredibly accurate statement.

It’s snarky/entertaining, nostalgic, reads like a friend summarizing a movie after a couple drinks, and will eventually feel like a time capsule with the many mentions of current events.

If you like snark, brutally honest movie reviews, lots of all-caps writing and generous punctuation; this is a book worth picking up. I enjoyed reading one or two reviews in a sitting when I had a few free minutes over the course of a week.

Thanks to Hachette Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema is scheduled for release on October 20, 2020.

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