Movie Review
Snakes on a Plane

By: Sandro Matosevic

Posted 12/27/2004 - 03:24:36 AM by bj_randolph:
 You must be a young pup, dahlen; someday you, too, will grow old, and it sucks. Loved reading your piece, Weiner, if only because it's nice to know I'm not alone. This was the year I suddenly noticed that the releases I anticipated the most were reissues of favorites from my younger days. Pavement, Nirvana, Guided by Voices all got significantly more airtime on Radio Randolph than the Fiery Furnaces, Xiu Xiu, Franz Ferdinand. Albums I quite admire, by the way, just don't listen to as much. The other day I went to wait in line for Slint tickets, and was asked "Who's Slint?" by a guy waiting for Arcade Fire tickets. My advice: seek solace in singles, brother. My craving for pop's sweet sugar has grown inestimably over the past 12 months, and whittling down my list of favorite singles of the year was, for the first time, torture; whereas I didn't even bother handing in a top albums list. And keep listening, as will I. Wilco's not a fluke, they're the tip of the Titanic. Much thanks to Nellie McKay, Jens Lekman, Secret Machines, Hope of the States, Joan of Arc for my own glimmers of hope.
Posted 08/21/2006 - 12:02:26 PM by syurix:
 I guess I agree with the criticisms presented here on some level, but not with the disappointment implied by the "B" rating. In my eyes, the idea of deliberate camp elements is almost irrelevant. SoaP is ultimately, in both an artistic and phenomenological sense, about the triumph of concept over execution. David R. Ellis isn't self-concious enough to make the campiness over the top, he's aware enough to make every over the top conception hit exactly like it should though. SoaP is about reveling in the absurd, not necessarily expecting the absurd to separate from itself, take stock of every existing cliche, and incorporate them all with a wink. That's what distinguishes it from, what five years ago, would have been camp. It doesn't incorporate filmic canon so much as the wikipediac model of meme-level high-concept interejction. Every attempt at pathos-level drama is one degree beyond post-modern: It could skeletally be from anything but specifically is from nothing. Having 3+ writers + the internet working on a script erases that sort of glaring authorship remarkably. Details that would make you actually care are an irrelevant point once you give yourself over to something this macro.
Posted 08/21/2006 - 12:22:30 PM by roadrunner:
 the ghost of a 3 in the morning bj_randolph from Christmas 2004 is haunting the site!!!! Run!!!
Posted 08/22/2006 - 12:43:53 PM by moobear:
 Syurix, if I had to guess, you analyze everything in your life as painfully and extensively as you do this. If there's anything that you shouldn't try to intellectualize (and not to bring your whole world crashing down, but there is), it's Snakes on a Plane. Just shut up and enjoy it. "It doesn't incorporate filmic canon so much as the wikipediac model of meme-level high-concept interejction." Oh, brother.
Posted 08/24/2006 - 05:41:12 AM by proffokker:
 No, I think syurix actually enjoyed it because s/he knew s/he couldn't really intellectualize it, and sat back and enjoyed the ride. I think syurix might be better able to clarify though. Still, I share Sandro's disenchantment. I was really expecting to be a little campier. But hey, it was a matinee.
Posted 08/28/2006 - 02:11:33 PM by motelmoka:
 stupid americans...
Posted 10/23/2006 - 06:32:24 PM by diddywah:
 "It doesn't incorporate filmic canon so much as the wikipediac model of meme-level high-concept interejction. Oh Brother." Genius. Though Stylus is basically a big converging point for people who analyse everything too much, this quote is golden.