Monday, July 7, 2008

Choke On This


First off, let me state that this headline blows. I couldn't think of anything else. But this headline does have a redeeming quality. It reminds us of the great line from Stand By Me "Choke on my fat one, you cheap dimestore hood." So for that reason, it's brilliant.

Second off let me state that I'm not a Chuck Palahniuk fanatic. There are lots of them, but I am not one of them. I read the book Choke on a beach in Mexico while sipping several margaritas. I'm not sure one should read this book whilst out on a romantic getaway in Mexico with ones wife. Unless ones wife enjoys talk about "white soldiers", "sexual addition" and "butt beads." And hey, if that's your bag, great for you.

The book had an interesting premise but was a bit too interested in pushing envelopes and breaking taboos. But from the trailer it looks as if Clark Gregg's writing and Sam Rockwell's acting give this book a soul. A conscious. And if that's the case, we could be in for a real treat.

6 comments:

Fox said...

Be easy on yourself... the title is far better then that dreadful poster!! YIKES!

Piper said...

I don't know, that poster is pretty sweet.

Fletch said...

I like the poster, too. Likewise, I liked the book, but didn't love it. I also like saying the word "like." Like, you know what I mean?

Anyhoo - I'm worried about the Choke movie. I think it looks pretty dumbed down, and plays as a broad comedy. I know the book ain't the deepest thing in the world, but it's also not some lame "shock" book, despite the many pushed envelopes that you mention.

Piper said...

Fletch,

To me, Sam Rockwell tells me it's not dumbed down. He's able to deliver the dry wit of the main character pretty well.

I do remember thinking that there was a pretty good message to this book that got lost in all the "white soldier" and "butt bead" action.

Kurt Halfyard said...

DP on Choke is Tim Orr who shot all of David Gordon Green's pictures (Including George Washington), so at the very least, Choke should look pretty good.

I'm not expecting greatness, but I'm expecting to be entertained by three good actors (Rockwell, Huston, MacDonald) if nothing else

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