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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Snakes on a Plane

OMG, this move is soooo snakes on a plane. We were watching it when the damn tree attacked our house, so it might have saved us from injury.

Seriously, this is the best bad movie I think I've ever seen. From the terrible CGI which looked so fake I almost couldn't watch it to the flimsy premise (a literal snake bomb full of monsters hopped up on pheremones)it was terrible.

But funny. A snake latched onto someone's nipple? Or their business? That's cinematic brilliance right there.

My two favorite lines are of course Samuel L. Jackson's (who apparently signed up basd solely on the title):

"Turn this big motherfucker to the left, Troy" and, the insta-classic

"I have had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!"

I almost wish I saw this in the theater. With just three of us at R's house we made the baby made enough to glare at us. I can't imagine how much crowd participation this must have generated.

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Blacksnake Moan

OK. I really was surprised by how much I liked this movie. Not that I don't love me some Samuel L. Jackson, who participated in what may be the world's funniest SNL skit ever and who will always, "keep on being his badass self". I just wasn't sure I could get into the movie they way I thought it was billed - hardline guy takes it upon himself to reform loose woman and teach her morals, utilizing a heavy logging chain to accomplish said mission.

Turns out, not so much.

It's really more about 2 (or 3) broken people and their struggle to connect and fix themselves. He doesn't make her stay there after the initial period. He isn't trying to force morality and upstanding citizenry on her. Rather, he was reaching out to help someone (perhaps a daughter substitute, considering how hard they hit us over the head with that image) who needed him.

And, Justin Timb.erlake? Surprisingly not sucky.

I can't decide which of three scenese was most compelling - Ricci confronting her mom (starting with whacking her upside the head with a broom), the actual Blacksnake Moan scene with the flashbacks, or the closing scene with her guiding Timb.erlake through a panic attack.

One interesting thing - if you get this on DVD, definitely check out the deleted scenes. Both PB and I thought that 4 / 5 should definitely be put back in, even at the expense of other scenes. They seemed so crucial, that I'm curious about the editing strategy for the film.

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