Tuesday, February 17, 2009

DVD pick of the week: "Choke"

You know it's a slow week on DVD when the second best movie out this week just might be about Dakota Fanning getting raped, but I just can't see any way in which I would advocate that anyone watch that.

Instead, and in a very short post because I owe my employers a piece handicapping the Oscars that I have made very little progress on, my one pick for this week is one I have yet to see, first-time director Clark Gregg's "Choke."

Given its premise, this one might just prove to be nearly as occupationally therapeutic as "Office Space" continues to be a after a particularly noxious working day. In the flick, based on the novel by "Fight Club" creator Chuck Palahniuk, Sam Rockwell (who I like every time I see him) plays a sex-addicted medical school dropout who now makes his living as a historical reenactor at a Colonial Williamsburg theme park when he's not deliberately choking in fancy restaurants to latch on to the wealthy patrons who save him.

That's all funny enough for me, but throw in Kelly Macdonald (star of "No Country for Old Men," "The Girl in the Cafe," "A Cock and Bull Story" and "Trainspotting," and just one of my favorite actresses), and I'm definitely hooked. And with that quick recommendation I'm off to get ready for work, but I'll leave you with this "Choke" clip to get in the mood. Peace out.


Bob said...

I liked "Choke" a lot. It's no "Fight Club" but what is? Sam Rockwell is spot on casting too.

Reel Fanatic said...

Excellent ... with your recommendation, I'm even more psyched for its very near arrival in the mail

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