In 2000 a tradition was born among my friends. Each Memorial Day as many of us as could make it would gather for the long weekend (up til this year it had always been in the Bay Area, but this year we are going to Portland) and watch the worst movie we could find in theatres. This tradition is thanks to one movie, and one movie only – Battlefield Earth. It's not the worst movie I have ever seen (that honor still goes to Eye of the Beholder), but it's darn close. It was also just voted as the worst film of the decade by the Razzies.
We sat in that theatre openly mocking the film. Towards the end we were joined by several other members of the audience. I mean the movie was a perfect confluence of things to mock – John Travolta, Forest Whittaker, horrible dialogue, Scientology – it's all there.
Thanks to that movie, one of the best traditions in my life was created. And now, thanks to that movie one of the funnier pieces of Hollywood writing has been created. J.D. Shapiro, the original screenwriter of the movie has written an apology to anyone who saw the film. It's a recommended read, even if you haven't seen the film.
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