Movies (And Other Things)

Movies (And Other Things)

#1 New York Times bestselling author Shea Serrano is back, and his new book, Movies (And Other Things), combines the fury of a John Wick shootout, the sly brilliance of Regina George holding court at a cafeteria table, and the sheer power of a Denzel monologue, all into one.

Movies (And Other Things) is a book about, quite frankly, movies (and other things).

One of the chapters, for example, answers which race Kevin Costner was able to white savior the best, because did you know that he white saviors Mexicans in McFarland, USA, and white saviors Native Americans in Dances with Wolves, and white saviors Black people in Black or White, and white saviors the Cleveland Browns in Draft Day?

Another of the chapters, for a second example, answers what other high school movie characters would be in Regina George's circle of friends if we opened up the Mean Girls universe to include other movies (Johnny Lawrence is temporarily in, Claire from The Breakfast Club is in, Ferris Bueller is out, Isis from Bring It On is out...). Another of the chapters, for a third example, creates a special version of the Academy Awards specifically for rom-coms, the most underrated movie genre of all. And another of the chapters, for a final example, is actually a triple chapter that serves as an NBA-style draft of the very best and most memorable moments in gangster movies.

Many, many things happen in Movies (And Other Things), some of which funny, others of which are sad, a few of which are insightful, and all of which are handled with the type of care and dedication to the smallest details and pockets of pop culture that only a book by Shea Serrano can provide.

Title:Movies (And Other Things)
ISBN:9781538730195
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    Movies (And Other Things) Reviews

  • Cait

    This sort of feels like a fake rating, because I was almost certainly going to always give this 5 stars: I like Shea's writing, I like movies, I like the illustrations....

  • Randell Green

    Shea leads discussions that feel as if you’re in a film studies class. Or at least, hanging out with your buddies at the local Diner at 2am. Fun and unique takes on movies....

  • El_kiablo

    I used to read the musician Mike Doughty's blog. I don't remember much of what he wrote, but there is one post that sticks out in my mind: his review of Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers.Now, I had rea...

  • Zoe

    This book is a series of kitchen-table debates about movies. Serrano isn't particularly concerned with re-hashing the common critical debates about cinema, instead the book focuses tightly on films an...

  • Evan Dragic

    The rating is bumped up a bit because of how much I enjoy Shea’s work generally. But, as with all his work, this book mixes some very silly bits and exuberance with heartfelt emotion and meaningful ...

  • Sonja

    This was really, really, really fun, and also wildly accessible for someone like me who knows very little about movies. I liked the Mean Girls and Booksmart chapters the most, but I actually enjoyed e...

  • Mardia

    So this book is perfect, and also it pulls off something that seems really easy and fun but is actually super hard to do, which is that it talks about movies without being a pain in the ass to read. I...

  • Skyler

    Much like Basketball (and Other Things) and his twitter feed, Shea brings the full force of his personality to bear on this book about the movies, movie moments, and performances he loves. The book is...

  • Linda Stack-Nelson

    I don't know shit about movies, but then I didn't know shit about basketball or rap either before I read the last two books. I will read whatever Shea Serrano writes forever, even when I have absolute...

  • Teagan

    Shea is so fun and I like this book very much, and I recommend it to everyone (whether or not you think you're a Movie Person.) I haven't seen half (or more than half) of the movies mentioned in this ...