Based on the book of the same name by Ira Levin, the movie has plenty of gratuitous sex scenes but offers little in terms of traditional scary thrills. Following an awkward "gym date," where an oiled-up Baldwin teaches Stone how to do leg lifts ...
She had no idea how they were done!
... their relationship heats up to the point where Baldwin feels comfortable letting Stone in on his big secret. He actually owns the building and has installed cameras in every single apartment so he can surreptitiously spy on the tenants as they go about their private lives.
There's a whodunit element where it's not quite clear if Baldwin or Berenger is the bad guy, but as film noir it's a yawn-fest. Sliver has a 12 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was nominated for several Razzies, including worst picture, worst director, worst actor (Baldwin), worst actress (Stone), and worst supporting actor (Berenger).
Levin has a pretty impressive track record when it comes to his books being made into movies. The Boys From Brazil, Rosemary's Baby,The Stepford Wives, and A Kiss Before Dying are all based on his works. In fact, every novel he's ever written except for Son of Rosemary's Baby and This Perfect Day, one of my favorite books of all time, has been made into a feature film. Thanks to the recent NSA revelations, schools spying on students via laptop webcams, The Fappening, and other advances in intrusive surveillance, a story like Sliver is even more pertinent today.
Jennifer Lawrence in the Sharon Stone role and Dave Franco as the creepy landlord voyeur.
The Bonfire of the Vanities
I can't think of a single book-turned-movie that got it more wrong than The Bonfire of the Vanities. It fails on so many levels, there's a nonfiction book that details all the behind-the-scenes shenanigans that helped make the movie a colossal flop. The Devil's Candy: The Anatomy of a Hollywood Fiasco is a fascinating inside perspective, and I'd recommend it to anyone who's interested in figuring out why bad movies are the way they are.
Bonfire was Tom Wolfe's first novel, and it was a huge success. The book follows the intertwining lives of a cast of morally bankrupt characters as they navigate the social, political, racial, and legal intricacies of 1980s Manhattan after a wealthy bond trader and his young mistress are involved in a hit-and-run accident that leaves a black Bronx teenager in a coma.
While the book is considered genius, the movie ... not so much. One of the biggest issues was the attempt to make the characters more likable in the film version. The affable Tom Hanks is the arrogant, felon-in-hiding bond trader, Sherman McCoy, while the cynical, has-been British journalist covering the hit-and-run story is played by Bruce Willis. Bonfire of the Vanities was universally panned by critics, and The New York Times went so far as to describe it as "Brian De Palma's gross, unfunny movie adaptation."
The Wolf of Wall Street has proven there's a market for '80s greed nostalgia, and Bonfire would work just as well as a period piece. Especially when you consider that, thanks to Mad Men and Arrested Development and nearly every other contemporary popular series, audiences today have no problem rooting for antiheroes and rich assholes. Trying to make these characters likable is what killed it the first time. No one does that anymore, so it shouldn't be a concern with the remake.
Paul Rudd as WASPy Sherman McCoy, Russell Brand or Simon Pegg as drunken British journalist Peter Fallow, and Emma Stone as Sherman's calculating mistress, Maria Ruskin.
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