Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I want my motherbleeping 'Snakes' screening

I don't know if you've noticed, but we've been featuring more local movie reviews in GO!

I still like the Rogers -- Roger Moore, the critic from the Orlando Sentinel, and Roger Ebert, the Chicago Sun Times critic who's recovering from surgery -- and you'll still find their reviews in GO!

But I believe that local critics create important links with readers. Local movie fans know they can pick up the phone (or log onto a blog) and chew us out and actually get a real person and a real response.

That's why I was hoping to do a local review of "Snakes on a Plane." After all that internet buzz, I figured this would be the movie everybody would check out last weekend and everybody would be talking about for weeks.

I thought for sure New Line would give us a press screening.

Nope. The studio folks figured critics would hate it and that it would make $25 million or more just from Samuel L. Jackson's talk-show tours and the internet hype.

They were wrong on both counts. Most critics who saw it after it opened last weekend actually liked it, but their reviews came too late to save the movie from a lackluster opening of $15.2 million.
This trend of studios releasing movies without pre-screenings really ticks me off, and it should upset you, too. Without reviews, all you get is the studio spin.

I still hope to see the movie at some point, but until then, you people can be my critic. Is it any good?


At 5:47 AM, Blogger Brandon Fibbs said...

Could be worse. According to IMBd:

The new Samuel L Jackson film "Snakes On A Plane" became terrifyingly real for Arizona cinema-goers when pranksters released two live rattlesnakes into the theatre, causing widespread panic. The two young venomous diamondback rattlers were released during a screening in Phoenix on Friday. Local news reports say the snakes caused chaos among the audience and snake wranglers were called in to collect them. No one was injured during the incident and the culprits have not been caught. Officials believe the snakes were smuggled into the theatre in backpacks. According to Phoenix Herpetological Society spokesman Daniel Marchand, "All they've got to do is startle this thing. It's dark. They can't see you that well. If it's scared - boom - it strikes!" The snakes were eventually captured and released into the Arizona desert.

At 9:02 AM, Blogger filmschooldropout said...

It's only the coolest movie EVER! It is completely hilarious and a welcome diversion from the real-life war woes of late.

It's certainly worth seeing even if it isn't work-related.

(P.S. even though there wasn't an advanced critic screening, there were several showings on Thursday evening that some critics covered for their weekend editions.)


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