Saturday, August 19, 2006

Snakes on a Plane man...snakes on a plane

Well, in case you haven't noticed....the movie that I've been waiting for all summer (well.... other than that pirate movie with that oh-so-attractive Depp guy) is out this weekend!
That's right...good, bad, or other....Snakes on a Plane is here.

Of course, being me, I'm going to embrace a campy cult followed film..."The Adveturs of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension", "The Lair of the White Worm", "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" know the ones that I mean. I love films that have a sense of culture associated with them. It just adds another dimension to the thrill that is moviedom.... The fact that Snakes on a Plane was a cult classic before it was even released is extraordinary. Wow. What an example of the change that can be brought on by technology. Gotta love it!
Yes, this pre-release internet following can be attributed to the preexisting cult like status of Sam Jackson...but there is just so much more to it. America's been waiting for 2 things.....

1.) A new campy film.....When was the last time that we had one? I mean one that was campy, but actually was pretty good, funny, bearable to that was made to resemble something a bit more serious. I'm not talking There's Something About Mary....which is made to be stupid. A movie that is so bad or predictable that it's good. That's what all of these fans imagined when they heard the title....."Snakes on a Plane" ....perfect!

2.) A really kick a** sort of character. Yeah, there's been lots of good heroes and villains recently, but we are in desperate need of a take no prisoners, no chance in hell that they're gonna lose, arrogant character, that does it with some sort of style. People are mourning for a character like Samuel L. in Pulp Fiction .

And, the directors, writers, producers all knew this when they came up with and cast this film. I just don't think that they had any idea how right they were!
But hey, any film where they went in and shot additional footage so that the film would meet up to fans expectations is a film that I want to see. That's what campy, non-art0house movie making is all about.

Check out these links...
my favorite NPR interview about this film...

A dance remix made from the NPR interview and clips from the film, etc.

Oh...and check out this interesting fact from the IMDB:

"Samuel L. Jackson only signed on for this film because of the title. It was later changed to "Pacific Air Flight 121", but Jackson demanded that they reverse the change. "We're totally changing that back. That's the only reason that I took the job: I read the title." "

So, who thinks that at the end of the film Sam Jackson's character takes out a "snake skin wallet" that says "Bad Mother F*****" on it??

Gotta love the movies.

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