Thursday, November 16, 2006

Spiderman filming is ruining New York!

One of the obvious facts about NY is that there is always some sorta movie filming going on...if you haven't noticed it then you clearly haven't been to the Lower East Side on a weekend. While some movies claim to be set in NY, a lot fewer of them actually are shot here (Vancouver being a popular cheap substitute). That being said some movies stay true to city. One of the funnier things that has happened over the past couple of months is that everyone seems to be spotting the filming of the third Spiderman movie. It's staggering the number of times that people have texted or emailed to say "[salutation] they're filming Spiderman on [insert street name] Street! For those of you who aren't good with working from generic sentence templates, here's an example: "Dude they're filming Spiderman on Spring Street." And of course each passing message contains the yearning for wanting to see the filming. I wanna Tobey Maguire!...or so quoteth many a screaming teenage girls.

I quote Turtle when I say, "F@# you Peter Parker"

Well Spiderman seems to pop up so often that people have linked it to random annoyances in the city. When a giant crane fell in Union Square splicing a taxi cab in half, several eyewitnesses said "I thought they were filming Spiderman." When my cab driver got stuck in weekend traffic on account of a closed street, the cabbie explained "I think it's the Spiderman there." Turns out it was just the weekly food fairs that rotate throughout the city. Other happenings:

Question: Why did Yankees lose in the playoffs this year?
Answer: Spiderman

Question: Holy smoke where did my dry cleaning go?
Answer: Spiderman

Question: Why does the N and R train lines never run on time?
Answer: They're filming Spiderman on them!

It's gotten to the point that I would claim that more New Yorkers are terrorized by Spiderman than terrorists. Spiderman comes to our city, jacks shit up, and then leaves on his web of lies. Not to mention that he also consistently lets down his main love interest, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). Not even terrorists do that.

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