Sunday, July 10, 2005

Might As Well Do The Weekend Assignment

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?


salemslot9 said...

Notice how some people just didn't get it?
picked worst movie
not so called "bad" movie
that you would watch again
if it suddenly showed up on tv

shaz19743 said...

My bad movie i love to hate is ST ELMOS FIRE .....full of 80's big hair and manufactured agnst it makes me cringe with happiness lol
The twentysomethings in it freaking out over problems of thier own making kills me but my favourite scene is when Demi Moore decides she cant take any more of her" actually quite bloody nice thanks life " and trys to commt suicide by wait for it ......SITTING IN A ROOM WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN !!!!!
Jeeeeeesus death by slight draft ? Give me a break but hysterical none the less and always have to watch it when it comes on x

onemoretina said...

    Finally ... somebody else who doesn't  think that anything Kubrick put his hand to was genious.  Contrary to it's glowing reviews, I thought 'Eyes Wide Shut' was one of the silliest films I ever had the misfortune of seeing.  I laughed through that whole stupid 'Invitation Only' party scene..... just the sound effects on that scene alone were enough to put me over the edge.  And Nicole Kidman's closing line?  She should have won an award for "most awkward use of the F word."  Go figure ......    Tina

gaboatman said...

I'm glad to hear there is at least one person on earth who agrees with my opinion of Stanley Kubrick and his films.

sunnyside46 said...

i didnt see the movie,but I really love the quote!