Lindy West returns returns to her film-critic roots, re-examining beloved and iconic movies from the past 40 years with an eye toward the big questions of our time: Is Twilight the horniest movie in history? Why do the zebras in The Lion King trust Mufasa—WHO IS A LION—to look out for their best interests? And, my god, why don't any of the women in Love, Actually ever fucking talk?!?!
Queen of keenly observed, hilariously rendered cultural criticism, West (The Witches Are Coming, 2019) offers this delicious distraction from reality ... Infused with West’s commentary, which is colored by her rewatching during the COVID-19 lockdown, what emerges is a cathartic, joyful exploration of entertainment ... In true West form, she reads like your smartest, funniest, and warmest friend. A perfect blend of substance, escapism, and laughter—a gift from West to the rest of us.
In Lindy West’s new book, S—, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema, many important cinematic questions are asked ... Yes, this is a very silly book — in the best of ways — and West, the author of the best-selling nonfiction books Shrill and The Witches Are Coming, knows it. In the introduction, she describes the book as an 'inconsequential, ornery, joyful, obsessive, rude, and extremely stupid book.' But it’s exactly what we need these days, particularly when we can’t gather our friends to giggle and throw popcorn at a TV screen ... Reading the essays — which are long, sprinkled with ALL CAPS and filled with delicious asides — feels like being on West’s couch with her.