“McCain’s situation really does mirror Snakes On A Plane,” posits David Poland at the Hot Blog, who goes on to present a bizarre and elaborate box office metaphor that I don’t buy, but enjoyed anyway: “But then… it turns out that the only movie opening against it is a Denzel Washington movie. Yeah, he’s a movie star and everyone seems to love him, but there also seems to be a glass ceiling when it comes to his grosses.”
Over at pullquote, the cinetrix sees some Palin movie parallels: “The patriotic, pro-life, pro-gun, pageant vet Alaskan governor shares DNA with the Leeman ladies from 1999 mockumentary Drop Dead Gorgeous.” U.S.A. is a-okay, y’all.
On the flipside, Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Jenny Lumet, at Venice, tried to add some post-premiere political significance to their seemingly apolitical family drama “Rachel Getting Married” (which I only just noticed also stars TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe as the title character’s fiancÃ©). From the Hollywood Reporter:
Asked for her opinion about whether the struggles of the family in the film could be seen as a metaphor for something larger, Lumet said she agreed with that interpretation.
“This aspect didn’t occur to me until just now, but, yes, I think it’s a story about a family trying to pull itself together and heal,” Lumet said. “I think that’s what our country may be going through with this presidential election.”
And Alan Ball‘s over at Salon discussing the nifty fluidity of the vampire metaphor of his new series “True Blood,” which, for him, could also have a political read: “[Y]ou can see them as a metaphor for gays and lesbians. Or you can see them as a metaphor for the Bush administration. I think that’s kind of fun.”
[Photo: “Snakes on a Plane,” New Line, 2006]