Nathan Rabin

Nathan Rabin was the first and only head writer of The A.V Club, a site that employed him in various capacities for eighteen years. It was in this capacity that he coined the phrase “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” in the very first entry in My World of Flops, a column about cinematic failure that he has been writing for fifteen years.

He is the author of eight books, including 2013’s You Don’t Know Me But You Don’t Like Me, which got four stars from Rolling Stone and made its list of the top 20 music books of the year, and 2012’s Weird Al: The Book, a coffee table book he wrote with, and about “Weird Al” Yankovic. Rabin went on to write multiple subsequent books about Yankovic, including 2020’s The Weird Accordion to Al, an exhaustive guide to his life’s work and the 2021 coloring book The Weird A-Coloring to Al, which he created with illustrator Felipe Sobreiro.

Since 2017, Rabin has written for Nathan Rabin’s Happy Place, his personal website, and for the last few years has cohosted Travolta/Cage, a podcast that explores the complete filmographies of John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. He lives in Alpharetta with his wife, dog and two sons.

Old Friends

80 Years Ago, One Classic Movie Fought Toxic Masculinity And Nazis At The Same Time

‘Casablanca’ is classic for a reason. But, this 1942 film is also very relevant right now.

Old Friends

The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Special Is Weirder, And Way Darker Than You Remember

For Charlie Brown, the holidays are all about sadness, rejection, and disappointment.

Old Friends

29 Years Ago, Henry Selick Brought Us The Darkest (And Best) Christmas Movie Ever

Let's give credit where credit is due.

Watch Together

The 100 Greatest Kids Movies Of All Time According to Movie Critic Dads

From golden oldies to 21st-century instant classics, here’s our deeply curated, and surely controversial, ultimate ranking of 100 movies kids must see before they hit their 10th birthday.

Normal Stuff

31 Weirdest Easter Eggs In 'Weird: The Al Yankovic Story'

The world’s foremost expert on Weird Al explains all the weird — and hilarious — deep cuts you might have missed in the new movie.

Shoot Your Eye Out

Shut Up, Ralphie! No One Asked For 'A Christmas Story Christmas'

Here’s how we got from the surprising charm of A Christmas Story, to whatever this is.

Old Friends

'The Great Pumpkin' Is The Most Brilliantly Melancholy Holiday Special Of All Time

And, it’s only gotten better with age.

Old Friends

45 Years Ago, Dr. Seuss Dropped a Grinch Prequel That Is Basically A Horror Movie

You can’t believe this deeply strange 1977 Grinch prequel even exists.

Great Scott

We Saw 'Spirit Halloween: The Movie' So You Didn't Have To

Good news: Christopher Lloyd is here. Bad news: Everything else.

As You Wish

6 Reasons We Still Love 'The Princess Bride,' 35 Years Later

Don’t let the memes ruin the magic.

Old Frenemies

Yikes. 29 Years Later, 'Hocus Pocus' Has Really Not Aged Well

Here's why this beloved piece of Americana is still quite bad and why the 2022 sequel will certainly be better by default.

Parents Beware

The Queen's Corgi Is The Most Batsh*t Kids Movie You Should Avoid At All Costs

If you want to honor the memory of Elizabeth II, this is not the way to do it.

Watch This

How A Raunchy Horror Sitcom Turned Into The Best TV Show About Parenting

What's another word for "energy vampire?" Yep, it's a child.


RIP James Caan and His Dorky Dad Twitter Feed

End of life, end of Tweet.


The True Brilliance of ‘Turning Red’ Is Finneas and Billie Eilish’s Fake Boy Band 4*Town

4*Town 4 ever.


Christina Ricci’s ‘Wednesday’ Comeback Is a Gen X Dream Come True

She's back. And so is the '90s. Forever.

Quality Screen Time

Great Grown-Up Shows You Can Watch With Your 7+ Kids

Not all family shows have to be actual "family shows."


Here’s the Weirdest Thing About That New Weird Al Yankovic Movie

The good, the bad and the weird of Daniel Radcliffe playing Weird Al.


Stop Sexualizing My Baby With Sassy Onesies

From "Mommy's Little Stud" to "Total Heartbreaker” and “Daddy’s Little Princess” this epidemic has to stop.


The Baby Shark Family Has Lost Its Mind

There's too many of them!