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Friday, April 21, 2006

A movie about snakes on a plane called "Snakes on a Plane"

An upcoming movie starring Samuel L. Jackson, snakes and a plane called "Snakes on a Plane" is generating strong Internet buzz because, well, it has an awful title and a ridiculous premise. But unlike most bad ideas, this bad idea appears to be paying off, with people getting psyched for "Snakes on a Plane" because, not in spite of, its apparent crappiness. There's even a comprehensive blog about the movie (due in theaters Aug. 18) and several online parodies.

Hipsters have long sneered at cheesy garbage. But in recent years there has been a new genre of entertainment that caters specifically to people who enjoy things ironically. This is different than watching, say, "Family Matters" ironically, because "Family Matters" was primarily enjoyed by an audience that found it legitimately funny. The core audience for "Snakes on a Plane" (or William Hung or, to a lesser extent, "Napoleon Dynamite") will appreciate its stinkiness as an aesthetic value.

By the way, I'm so there when this comes out.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Gavin (Not on a Plane) said...

You're finally getting around to pimping out SOAP now?

Although, for those who are not already aware of it, spreading the word is important. We must make people go see what could possibly be the worst film of the year.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Steve Hyden said...

Gavin, I should have known that you were the "You're finally getting around to pimping out SOAP now?" guy.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Gavin (Still Not on a Plane) said...

Mr. Steve, I can't help it. Internet memes are my cup of tea (having formerly worked for Fark).

And who can resist the soon-to-be-classic line. "Damn b*tch, I didn't ask for snakes in my coffee. Get these motherf**king snakes off the motherf**king plane. Somebody open a window!"

It's Samuel L. Jackson gold, and I'm digging it.

1:51 PM  

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