Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Lights. Camera. Snakes. Plane. Action!

I'm way behind on the cutting edge of campy movies, so though I'd heard vaguely about this summer's Snakes on a Plane, starring Samuel L. Jackson, an airplane, and... a bunch of snakes, an article in this week's Time magazine clued me in to just how great this movie might be. Some choice excerpts:
"I knew I was going to do the movie when I saw the title," says Samuel L. Jackson, who plays an FBI agent escorting a mob witness on a doomed flight to Los Angeles. "I think I have an audience member's sensibility, and the title just puts it all right out there. You either get it, or you don't." At various points, executives at New Line Cinema admit they did not get it. "They wanted to call it Pacific Air 121," says Jackson. "I told them that was the stupidest damn thing I ever heard."

Because the Internet allows moviegoers to learn about movies before they're in production, a vocal group of connoisseurs -- nerds, if you will -- were able to keep tabs on Snakes on a Plane. ... Not only did they demand that the title stay, they wanted violence, profane monologues from Jackson -- the Olivier of the F bomb -- and graphic snakebites. ... The triumph of that populist approach is the insertion of a line of dialogue from one of the fake trailers (created by fans)--"I'm tired of these motherf------ snakes on this motherf------ plane!"--directly into Jackson's mouth. "It's kind of difficult to watch me in a movie and not hear me say motherf----- once," he says.
In Dallas, some friends and I used to get together on a semi-regular basis to watch and ridicule a bad movie, basically ripping off the idea of Mystery Science Theater 3000 for our own amusement. We called ourselves, plainly, the Bad Movie Club. Needless to say, the first day Snakes is available on DVD, I may have to fly down there for an emergency meeting.


Blogger Dezmond said...

I am excited about this film too (along with the 'Poseidon Adventure' remake coming out...talk about great cheese).

But is making fun of intentionally campy films great for a MST3K deal? (By the way, if you are into the "campy on purpose and really, really funny and over the top" genre, nothing tops the king of them all, "Evil Dead II". Bruce Campbell is the Prince of Camp, and this is his undisputed masterpiece. I am also a big fan of Bruce in "Army of Darkness", but opinion is more split on that one).



10:45 AM  
Blogger JMW said...

You're right, we tend to pick just bad movies, not intentionally bad ones. But I really think the number of successful intentionally-bad movies is miniscule. Most of them are just bad.

Anything works, though, if you've got your A game. One night, one of us brought Saturday Night Fever, which is actually a good movie, but there's obviously plenty to make fun of, too. Good times.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Dezmond said...

Try "Evil Dead II".

4:11 PM  
Blogger Dezmond said...

In its own way, it stands up as a great film (for what it is). There is a an epic battle scene where Bruce Campbell fights his hand (which is possessed), and it is a scene of such physical genius that it stands up to the best of Chaplin. Seriously.

4:28 PM  
Blogger MAW said...

B horror movies are kind of my dirty little secret. Killer Klowns from Outer Space and Basketcase aren't to be missed.

Oh, and "There are motherfucking snakes on the motherfucking plane!" (Just in case you hadn't heard.)

6:09 PM  

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