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Snakes!

Just when you think you’ve reached your limit, you can’t take it anymore, and the inept hypocritical politicians who nevertheless keep getting re-elected, the corporations happily screwing over everyone and our environment just to make another buck, and the world-wide never-ending cynical violence have convinced you that all is lost – there comes to you a shining beacon of hope and absurdity that somehow makes it all better instantly.

I’m talking about a movie with the most brilliant title ever, a movie I have been eagerly anticipating for months based solely on this very title – a title, by the way, that is so powerful it was once used by Ganesha to derail a disastrous conversation about religion that a clueless and rude guest kept pushing on everyone at a party hosted by the son of a pastor. Nothing else could have effected such a rapid change of topics.

I’m talking, of course, about: Snakes on a Plane!

Just saying it makes me smile. It cannot get any better than this. To quote a screenwriter, who should know: “It’s the Everlasting Gobstopper of movie titles.” He made it his Zen koan and I understand completely where he’s coming from. It’s fantastic.

And the fact that Samuel L. Jackson stars in it only makes it better.

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this movie, and the fact that it’s opening this week. It will be glorious. If you think my anticipation of its glory is misplaced, just watch Mr. Jackson on The Daily Show and tell me that is not fantastic. I love how excited they both are. I’m right there with them.

It’s snakes. On a plane. What more could you want?

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