'Make My Day: American Movies in the Age of Reagan' by Professor J. Hoberman Published by The New Press

BY Felix van Kann, September 13, 2019

Make My Day by J. HobermanAdjunct Professor J. Hoberman published his new book, 'Make My Day: American Movies in the Age of Reagan', through The New Press in July. 


As the concluding work of his trilogy, “Found Illusions”, 'Make My Day' chronicles the Reagan years alongside their most successful and influential films in reference to American politics and popular culture. 


A.O. Scott from The New York Times calls the book “a suave, scholarly tour de force.” David Fear’s review in Rolling Stone reinforces this view, labeling Make My Day: American Movies in the Age of Reagan “singular, stylish and slightly intoxicating in its scope.”


The book’s positive reviews are in line with those of the first two parts of the trilogy. The Dream Life, the first of the three, was described by Slate’s David Edelstein as “one of the most vital cultural histories I’ve ever read.” The second book, An Army of Phantoms, was called an “utterly compulsive reading” by Film Comment.


Professor Hoberman also programmed a screening series by the same name for Film at Lincoln Center, which runs through September 23, 2019. He also contributed to America: Films from Elsewhere, an anthology examining film and America from the perspective of auteurs from around the world, also published this summer.


Professor J. Hoberman is a New York City based film critic. His books include The Dream Life: Movies, Media, and the Mythology of the Sixties; An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War; and Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan (all from The New Press). He has written for Artforum, the London Review of Books, The Nation, and the New York Review of Books. For over thirty years, he was a film critic for the Village Voice.