That was a studio head talking to Joel Schumacher after turning down the script for St. Elmo's Fire. And to be fair, that exec was basically on the money--the characters in that movie ARE all totally loathsome!!! Schumacher wrote the script because he observed after Reagan took office that there was a new attitude of "I'm rich, f*** you," as he put it.
>I've never seen it or read the book.
It vies with Mission To Mars for the title of the worst Schumacher movie, and I'm not sure what the worse crime is--being a non-sci-fi director who suddenly and inexplicably churns out a boring lame update of a 1950s sci-fi special, or turning a legitimately deep and well-researched (if obnoxiously written and morally somewhat questionable) novel that chronicled 1980s New York City at its worst into a dopey, non-funny, utterly toothless Tom Hanks yuppie comedy (and remember, it wasn't until his Oscar victories for 1993-94 that people started to regard Hanks as a national treasure.)
>Does that mean this is a solid list?
Freddy Got Fingered - Yes, I still like this. It's one of the few examples of a creator just being a dumb a**hole where I laughed at him doing that.
Bonfire Of The Vanities - See above, it sucks.
Avatar - Nice visuals and a good battle sequence at the end, but otherwise this was the weakest of Cameron's features...until I saw the sequel last night, which is 192 minutes long and doesn't do very much that the original doesn't do.
Salo: The reason I'm not into the film is because it's about ennui. The notion of rich people turning to murder to alleviate boredom is a theme I've had plenty of time to get sick of.