CHOKE – 4 Movie Clips
Posted by Frosty
Although Fox Searchlight just bought “Choke” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for $5 million dollars, you’re many months away from seeing it. That’s because the studio has to figure out when to put it out, how to advertise it, and what’s the best day for release to maximize profit.
Thankfully, if you’re a fan of Chuck Palahniuk’s book and have been waiting to see the movie adaptation, I’ve got a great gift for you… 4 movie clips!
Yup, posted below are the first glimpses of the film, and if you’re the least bit worried that the movie wasn’t going to work…you can put those thoughts to bed right now. I managed to see the film here at Sundance and can tell you it’s not only very funny, but a great movie. Even though the budget was a tiny fraction of what “Fight Club” cost to make, the scope of the film is much smaller and the movie didn’t need as much cash to tell the story.
And for those that don’t know what “Choke” is about….
Victor Mancini, a sex-addicted med-school dropout, keeps his increasingly deranged mother, Ida, in an expensive private mental hospital by working days as a historical reenactor. At night he runs a scam where he deliberately chokes in upscale restaurants to form parasitic relationships with the wealthy patrons who “save” him. When, in a rare lucid moment, Ida reveals that she has withheld the shocking truth of his father’s identity, Victor must enlist the aid of his best friend, Denny, a recovering chronic masturbator, and his mother’s beautiful attending physician, Dr. Paige Marshall, to solve this mystery before the truth of his possibly divine parentage is lost forever.
Adapted from the acclaimed novel by Chuck Palahniuk, CHOKE tickles the funny bone as it dives into darker areas of human behavior. At the heart of the film is yet another staggering performance by Sam Rockwell as Victor. He fully inhabits the character and nails both the comedic and dramatic aspects with indelible timing and delivery. A delicious blend of fresh writing, juicy performances, and sharp directing, CHOKE is actually quite easy to swallow.
I also got to interview Chuck and some of the cast, so look for those interviews very soon. Until then, enjoy the clips.
Choke Movie Clip 1 - Lord High Charlie looks for a forbidden gazette
Choke Movie Clip 2 - Denny masturbates to Victor’s mom’s picture
Choke Movie Clip 3 – Introduction to support group
Choke Movie Clip 4 – Prim professional with Victor in restaurant