July 14, 2006
Why do I suddely get the feeling...

...we're going to see "Snakes on a Plane" popping up on a few top ten lists at the end of the year?

Every once in a while, a few critics embrace something so woven into "genre" that it becomes a phenomenon unto itself. It happened with "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," which secured the #1 spot from the New York Times's Elvis Mitchell in 2003. "X2" and the "Spider-Man" films, though not specifically the sort of "romp" material I'm talking about here, had their champions in the critical community as well. Ditto "Batman Begins" and "Sin City," the latter just missing the top ten most critically acclaimed films of 2005, if you go by Engin's comprehensive collective. Let's also not forget "Kung Fu Hustle." But I think "Pirates" is the more apt comparison.

I don't know, I just get the feeling we're going to see this thing turn up on a list or two from critics who appreciate a balls-out good time. Am I off my rocker?


It could appear near the end of some lists, but I doubt it'll be anything big. Maybe some naming the midnight screening-esque experience of it as Top 10-worthy. But if any genre films get mentioned, they'll be Superman Returns or Casino Royale (Assuming it lives up to the hype).

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