Monday, August 21, 2006

Snakes on the net

I spend a lot of time online, just reading up on anything. I spend entirely too much time in fact, mostly perusing various geek-filled message boards and one thing strikes me most. It is the fact that most people who post their useless opinions online have no concept of what the outside world is, and how to function in it. The following quote from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back comes to mind:

Jay: What the f*** is the Internet?
Holden: The Internet is a communication tool used the world over where people can come together to bitch about movies and share pornography with one another.

The net is full of lamers who think their opinions are law. How many countless idiots have I read who give their opinion (usually on a scifi or fantasy movie/tv show/book and tell everyone else, in very bad writing, that they are stupid because they do not share the same opinion... This bring me to the internet phenomenon (apparently called a "meme"...don't ask me... :S), Snakes on a Plane.

Sometime last year, the internet was rumbling with the idea that a movie about snakes on a plane called Snakes on a Plane was being made. Of course, it starred Sam Jackson. I, too, was intrigued about this. Sight unseen, plot untold, people were going mad about this movie. The interner buzz was so huge, you could be deafened by it, just by switching on your pc. It is to be an intentionally cheesy movie that actually incorporated some fan ideas into the final product. A movie partially by the people. So finally, it opens. It actually garners some positive critical response, too, by virtue of its fun nature. Box office for the weekend: $15.2M, just squeaking by Talladega Nights for the #1 position. In fact, if it weren't for the 10pm Thursday night shows, SoaP would have actually placed #2. This goes to show two things:

- Critics are irrelevant
- Internet buzz is useless

All these people on the net think they're so important, prompting peopleat the SoaP message board over at imdb.com to predict things in complete seriousness like it will make more money than Titanic. Some level-headed people do have some sense about them, like the guy who finally said "proof that internet nerds really dont make up much of movie-going populace". And that is true. I will speculate that the majority of these people who were heavily into the net buzz don't often leave the house and simply downloaded a bootleg of the movie.

Now, I will see this movie. I will most likely enjoy it. This movie will indeed make a nice profit, seeing as how it was cheap to make and will kill on DVD. But to all you internet guys out there who post online with your superior attitude, I just must say, please understand reality.

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