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morjana
May 22nd, 2004, 12:15 PM
TV Guide Online has a review of the made for tv movie, "Boa vs Python" which stars "Stargate Atlantis'" David Hewlett. The movie airs on the SciFi Channel (US) tonight at 9pm. The movie is repeated at 1am, and again on May 27th at 8pm and June 27th at 7pm.

http://www.tvguide.com/tv/review/

Snake Charmer
Boa vs. Python
(9 pm/ET, SCIFI)

Any movie that pits the surviving members of Monty Python against a boa constrictor is certainly worth checking out. Unfortunately, Boa vs. Python isn't that movie, although it holds its own with John Cleese's Fierce Creatures.

Actually, this 2004 made-for-cable epic is another of Sci-Fi Channel's Saturday-night cheese chillers. These are grade-C movies that positively bristle with phony monsters, gratuitous gore, goofy plotting and ironing-board-stiff performances. This genre has been a staple of drive-ins — and later, direct-to-video retailers — since that Citizen Kane of lizard movies, Godzilla, King of the Monsters, first stomped across movie screens in 1954. Watching the Big Green Guy in action last night, I marveled at the gusto of that unsung actor in the scaly rubber suit who obliterated an entire HO-scale reproduction of Tokyo as Raymond Burr perspired. Whoever that thespian was, he was a real artist. It was like watching the Phillie Phanatic wade through a village of Fisher-Price people in a bipolar rage.

Now, anyone can dismiss this style of moviemaking as cheap, inane and obnoxious, but it takes a certain mindset to appreciate these films as the guerilla art they truly are. Compared to a bozo production like Boa vs. Python, the self-consciously avant-garde opuses that pack 'em in annually at Sundance just seem, well, garde.

There are few places more outlandish than Atlantic City. There are even fewer places more outlandish than a reproduction of Atlantic City in Bulgaria, where this was filmed. Organizing a private hunt for his friends, Broddick (Adam Kendrick) — a stogie-chomping tycoon with a chiseled Chippendale's physique — acquires an 80-foot python as the prey. The prey quickly kills the thankless Joes sent to release it into the wild by flattening them with its enormous tail. From "Atlantic City," the beast slithers its way to a water plant near "Philadelphia" for more munchies as FBI agent Alan Sharpe (Kirk B.R. Woller) gives chase.

When the python proves too elusive and powerful for conventional law enforcement, the Feds team a buxom herpetologist (Jamie Bergman) with a genetics genius (David Hewlett) to breed a massive boa constrictor capable of slugging it out with the slippery menace. Meanwhile, the tycoon and his moll (Angel Boris) stalk the python with a pack of NRA poster boys. There is something cool about the sight of a pistol-packing Boris slinking through a sweaty forest in a camouflage tank top, beneath which a foot-long serpent tattoo is stenciled along her curvaceous spine. You won't see that sort of thing at Sundance — Angelina Jolie shows up.

The sight of Bergman and Boris interacting with Kendrick's Boddick and colossal snakes adds an odd phallic symbolism that becomes more pronounced as the film plods on (especially when a woman is gobbled up in her boyfriend's backseat). Even weirder, the snakes' faces communicate an innocence more appropriate to the Muppets than to rampaging reptiles — at least until they strike. Cynics would just call that bad filmmaking. I call it making room for Dada. So nerts to you, Robert Redford.

Perhaps one day, when I am rich, famous and tacky, I will organize my own direct-to-video schlock-shocker film festival. I will call it the "Monster Mash and Clash Bash." Screenings will be held in Phoenixville, Pa., at the Colonial Theater, an old movie house that played a pivotal role in the career of Steve McQueen.

Hey, if it's good enough for The Blob, it's good enough for me. — G.J. Donnelly



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Personally, I like the tag line for this movie:

How do you stop a 100 foot snake?

Get a BIGGER snake!

(Okay, then what do you do with the BIGGER snake?)

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Morjana

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Teal'c
May 23rd, 2004, 07:44 AM
(Okay, then what do you do with the BIGGER snake?)

Get an EVEN BIGGER snake! :P

Mr Prophet
May 23rd, 2004, 07:52 AM
Ladies and Gentlemen: Biological control in action. It's the killer snails all over again.

Orb
May 23rd, 2004, 08:03 AM
Anyone have any comments on David Hewlett's "performance" in last nights SciFi stinker Boa vs Python? Did this different view of him change your feelings, in any way, about his being in Stargate:Atlantis?

Just curious......I know the writing was lame, but I was thinking more along the lines of screen presence and personality.

ShadowMaat
May 23rd, 2004, 08:07 AM
Anyone have any comments on David Hewlett's "performance" in last nights SciFi stinker Boa vs Python? Did this different view of him change your feelings, in any way, about his being in Stargate:Atlantis?.
I've been commenting a-plenty in the Boa vs. Python (http://forum.gateworld.net/showthread.php?t=804) thread. ;)

Short version is: I loved him before, I really love him now! :D Much buffness to be had, and McKay may be moving out of the general Geeky Cute category and full-on into Buff Geeks, which is much more presitigious in my book. ;)

Elwe Singollo
May 23rd, 2004, 10:26 AM
... wow ... someones really ... in the 'buff geek' ish mood :)

ShadowMaat
May 23rd, 2004, 10:42 AM
... wow ... someones really ... in the 'buff geek' ish mood :)
You got a problem with that? :P Buff Geeks are my "thing". Other people go for the Action Hero or the Evil Villain or the Plucky Sidekick, I like the Buff Geeks. :) Daniel, Jonas, Harper on Andromeda (who's a little pipsqueaky but still looks good in tight outfits), Wesley on Angel (and until I saw his leather-clad self on Angel, I hated the character), Xander on Buffy, Greg on CSI, etc. And now, McKay.

Some are more geeky than buff, but I really do believe in that whole "smart is sexy" thing. ;)

Shipperahoy
May 23rd, 2004, 10:55 AM
Xander in a speedo in the swim team episode. Uh excuse me while I wipe the drool from my keyboard. He's a very nice guy. Him and his twin brother. They frequent the restaurant that my mother-in-law works at so I've met them both. They are eerlily alike. His brother Kelly's fiancee (or mabye they're married by now I'm not sure) her parents live there and they visit them quite a bit.

ShadowMaat
May 23rd, 2004, 11:11 AM
So what you're saying is I have good taste. ;) Ha!

Now, if they could just get Hewlett to show up at Gatecon... :D Of course, that begs the question of why are all the good ones married? Grossly unfair, if you ask me.

Teal'c
May 24th, 2004, 02:48 PM
So what you're saying is I have good taste. ;) Ha!

Now, if they could just get Hewlett to show up at Gatecon... :D Of course, that begs the question of why are all the good ones married? Grossly unfair, if you ask me.
But then you won't be able to go back next year :P