Grrr! to New Line Cinema, which decided it would not allow advanced critic screenings for this week's much-anticipated release of "Snakes on a Plane," starring Samuel L. Jackson.
There's been a lot of buzz about this flick.
Jackson boldly predicted at this year's MTV Movie Awards that next year he would be taking home the popcorn statue for best actor in the best picture for "SoaP" — as the film has become known — and bloggers and comic book geeks (and I use that term as a compliment) have made this movie a monster event on the Internet.
So much so that after a parody of Jackson's tough-guy persona hit the Web that had his "Snakes" character saying, "That's it! I have had it with these mother&^%$%@ snakes on this mother**%#*^ plane!" — the line was added to the movie and the scene was shot.
Long live the power of the little man! And it's about time, isn't it?
After all, it's the little man who makes anything the next best thing since sliced bread, isn't it? It's the little man who votes for the most powerful position in the free world, isn't it? And it's the little man who lays down hard-earned cash at the box office week after week, isn't it?
Remember Jackson's last huge hit? It was "Pulp Fiction," which is exactly the kind of movie that the Internet Nation would have loved.
There was Quentin Tarantino, an ex-video store clerk, taking a chance on John Travolta, an aging has-been, and taking conventional storytelling (like sequence, for instance) and turning it upside down.
The beauty of "Pulp Fiction" is that Tarantino took the Hollywood moviemaking rule book and tossed it out the window. Burned it actually. And the audience loved it. Imagine how much bigger (if that's even possible) that movie would have been if the Internet Nation was as powerful then as it is now!
But "SoaP" has to deliver. Making a lot of money at the box office shouldn't be enough to make all of the buzz-makers happy about what they've accomplished. That will only make the elitists in the mainstream media right about thinking they know more than you do about what's good for you.
If this movie is a piece of garbage and still manages to make a lot of money, and still manages to win best movie on MTV, than something's wrong.
As one Grrr! reader e-mailed me the other day, referencing "Spider-Man," "with power comes responsibility."
That even applies to our entertainment. Let's hope "Snakes on a Plane" lives up to the hype, and doesn't make us little people go Grrr!