Just before the chariot race sequence in William Wyler‘s Ben-Hur, Messala (Stephen Boyd) says to Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston), his childhood friend-turned-mortal enemy: “So, Judah…this is the day.” And verily I say unto ye that today — Thursday, 8.17 — is the Day of Reckoning for Snakes on a Plane.
Snakes shows tonight around the country — call it All-Snakes Day — and tens of thousands of film fans will attend, of course, and I’m asking here and now for quickie reviews to be sent in quickly so I can get some kind of consensus up by late tonight.
I’m seeing Snakes at a screening at the Mann Chinese tonight at 9 pm through the good graces of New Line Cinema, although I may not file until very late or first thing tomorrow morning. I’ll see how it goes. But anyone who can bang out something tight and intelligible — four or five graphs — and send it along fast will see it run on HE within hours, I promise.
And now I have to visit a doctor and get a tetanus shot because my left hand is swollen from an infection that came from accidentally stabbing myself with an exacto knife three or four days ago and faiing to disinfect and clean it out thoroughly enough…great. So no more postings for two or three hours.