Con Air

16th April 2012, and democracy took over again.  The theme was Guilty Pleasures, and went like this:


Last night’s last minute outburst of democracy was exceeding pleasant. But don’t start getting any ideas…

Anyway, the fascists clearly have a lot of pleasures and not much guilt, and everyone brought 2 films to the party! To try and narrow down the choices it was decided that Emily, our FAFTAs arbiter, had the pick of everyone’s second film. Adam offered up Sister Act, Jess put forward The Hangover, and Matt and I went for Step Brothers and Bring It On respectively. Jon decided to keep his secret in case he decides to show it an another MNFC. Emily went for Sister Act, and then we all revealed our number one guilty pleasure:

The vote was won by Con Air, with a storming 3 votes! (Sister Act 2 got 2 and Tremors got 1) It’s good to see that MNFC-ers can still recognise where the authority lies even when given the opportunity to exercise their democratic rights. I think the hysteria-inducing Chinglish featured on the back cover of my not-very-legal DVD also had something to do with it.

With a metre and a half of pizza in our bellies, delivered by a very grumpy man, we settled down for a cinematic roller coaster of thrills. I should just mention that we all now know what Matt looked like as a 5 year old caught doing something naughty, when he was asked a question having stuffed about 30cm of pizza into his mouth in one go!


For those deprived people among you who have never seen Con Air, it’s about former serviceman Cameron Poe who was sent to prison for involuntary manslaughter but has finally been granted his parole. He is put on a plane full of some of America’s most dangerous criminals, and wouldn’t you know it? The criminals take over the plane, paving the way for Poe to save the day. Poe is played with vest- and denim-wearing deadpan genius by Nicolas Cage; images of that sweaty mullet blowing in the slow motion breeze haunt me nightly. Heroic support comes in the form of John Cusack, and the evil villain Cyrus ‘The Virus’ Grissom is a suitable deranged John Malkovich, backed up by Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo and Ving Rhames. The rolling credits at the end of the film also threw up some new additions to the random name list: Harley Zumbrum, Synderella Peng and Dominic Fidelibus, no less! While Malkovich, Cusack and Buscemi have maintained some semblance of a respectable acting career; Nicolas Cage is of course now better known for the ‘Skeleton on a Motorbike‘ films.

Attempts at post-film chinstroking were futile, as the film has no intellectual merit. We were forced to compare stories of childhood flights and the variety of vehicles used in the action sequences in the film. I spotted cars, motorbikes, 3 types of plane, helicopters, a fire engine, a crane, a tractor and an oil tanker, but sadly not one of these. We also reflected on the countless awesome quotes and one-liners in the film. They are too numerous to list here, so I have selected a few choice examples for your pleasure:

Vince Larkin:  What are you gonna do for me?
Cameron Poe: What do you think I’m gonna do? I’m gonna save the fuckin’ day!

Cameron Poe: Why couldn’t you put the bunny back in the box?

Cameron Poe: [upon seeing Malloy’s Corvette Stingray attached to the flying plane] On any other day, that might seem strange.

Children, I leave you with these products for him and her that were thrown up by an extensive Google search, and the news that a sequel is not unthinkable. I believe that the next session is in the diary for the 14th May, so we need a volunteer to host. I know Helen R expressed availability, but other offers are welcome. I suggest the session after that should be on the 28th May, but this up for discussion.



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