It’s natural to feel protective of our favorite movies—they can inform the way we see the world, introduce us to complex themes, or remind us of a simpler time (like before we knew what racism and sexism were). Writer Lindy West argues, however, that liking a movie doesn’t always mean that it’s actually good.

In her new book Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema, West uses her trademark wit to test the durability of 23 iconic movies and ask herself the important question: “How’d they hold up?” Join West as she returns to INFORUM to discuss the joys and challenges of re-watching your favorite pieces of cinema and to teach us how to be critical of the trash we love.


West photo by Jenny Jimenez

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Lindy West

Contributing Opinion Writer, The New York Times; Author, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, The Witches Are Coming, and Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema

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Tracy Clark-Flory

Senior Staff Writer, Jezebel; Author, Want Me: A Sex Writer's Journey into the Heart of Desire (forthcoming)—Moderator