John Scalzi continues his weekly homework:
Bad Movie Marathon! Share your favorite bad film of all time. Tell us why you love it so.
Extra Credit: Your favorite quote from the aforementioned film.
Tom Wolfe's book The
Right Stuff became a wonderful film when it was adapted for the screen. But one of his novels, Bonfire of
the Vanities, was probably the most egregious adaptation ever.
When I heard that comic actor Tom
Hanks had been tapped to play the intensely amoral lead role, I
shuddered. This moment of inspired miscasting was the first clue that
the movie was doomed.
The final kiss of death came when I
heard that the director would be Brian de Palma, who is, for my money,
one of the most flamboyantly terrible filmmakers on the planet, except
for the excesses of Stanley Kubrick.
That's when I knew this baby was toast. And I was not disappointed.
But this celluloid trainwreck is
worth watching for the very reasons it sucks. The thrill of seeing Tom Hanks
go in the tank has a certain appeal. Tracking Brian de Palma's
ham-handed direction is another.
And of course, there's the Shakespearean dialog:
"If you're going to live in a whorehouse, there's only one thing you can do: be the best damn whore around."
What's not to love to hate?