Toad in the Hole

August 21, 2006

I'll Go See Snakes on a Plane

when someone convinces me that the snakes win.

Posted at August 21, 2006 01:29 AM

Comments

Every movie that I think sounds really stupid usually ends up making lots of money.

Posted by: Rurality at August 21, 2006 02:03 PM


I myself have no interest in watching CGI snakes hopped up on pheromones attacking people in a flying tube, which is as much of the plot as I have gleaned from the odd advertisement here and there. However, I did think that the snakes must be a metaphor for the crazy-ass, utterly shameless, out-of-control fear-mongering over terrorism by the current administration. Did I not get the point after all?

Posted by: Sara at August 23, 2006 04:25 PM


Apparently there are a few actual snakes in the movie, but even those are artificially souped up, like the python who has fangs. Pythons don't have fangs. Hell, they barely have teeth. I've had my fingers in poor Shep's mouth... Well.

And that don't hiss before striking a food item, for pete's sake. (That's a movie cliche' I've always hated: animals chasing down someone as prey and roaring/snarling/hissing as they do so. Hello, if you want to catch something, why warn it? Do you snarl at your dinner? If so, you need to change diners. Me, I think it's an offshoot of humancentrism -- if we think of a lion as The ENEMY, that lion must think of us as, as, well, somethinig more dignified than a snack.)

There was something in yesterday's SF Chron about the stunt snakes, an interview with one of the Vivarium's owners. He's fairly good-humored about that phenomenon.

Here's the URL; the software isn't letting me put code into the reply strings here. Even when I'm using Safari on Joe's computer.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/08/22/DDG3EKLGG61.DTL&hw=Snakes+on+plane&sn=001&sc=1000

Posted by: Ron at August 23, 2006 05:23 PM