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Sundance: Quint gives the Heimlich to the Chuck Palahniuk adaptation CHOKE, starring Sam Rockwell!!!

Published at: Jan. 23, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Up front I have to confess that I’ve never read any of Chuck Palahnuik’s books. I actually have bought a few and have them at home (CHOKE and SURVIVOR… and I will put in order in for HAUNTED soon). So I can’t review this movie from the perspective of someone familiar with Palahnuik’s written work; this story in particular (Rav is a little more in the know and will have his own review shortly, I’m sure), but I can say that I really flipped for this movie. Why isn’t Sam Rockwell the biggest name in Hollywood? Last year he blew me away with his fantastic performance in SNOW ANGELS (soon to be released). He’s always consistent and goddamn he’s funny. In Choke he plays a sex-addict whose 9-5 is being a historical reenacter. His other job is to purposefully choke in restaurants and latch onto his rescuer, often receiving cards and money every month as they soon feel responsible for him. Oh, and he may or may not be Jesus Christ’s half-clone and/or son. While visiting his demented mother (played wonderfully by Anjelica Huston) in a specialized Catholic hospital he meets a beautiful doctor by the name of Paige Marshall, played by the Scottish hottie Kelly Macdonald. This woman throws Rockwell’s life into a spiral. He fucks practically anything that moves, but suddenly he can’t perform with her. He’s numbed himself to the point where unattached emotionless sex is all he can do. When he starts having real feelings for this girl his world is turned upsidedown. This movie is crazy and about as hard R as you can get. One of the critics afterwards described it as a light dark comedy, meaning it doesn’t go into any real dark dramatic places, but it has some really cynical humor. Macdonald is good in the film, but I think her American accent handicaps her a bit, some of her dialogue sounding stilted and performed. If she had been able to keep her Scottish accent (her heart-stopping Scottish accent, I might add) I think that would have benefited the character a little. But everybody is good in the film and most of them go beyond just good. Brad William Henke plays Rockwell’s best friend, a chronic masturbator determined to keep his hands off his junk and break his habit. Henke is a giant of a dude, but a big teddy bear. He basically acts as Rockwell’s moral center, his own Jiminy Cricket. This is actor Clark Gregg’s directorial debut and he does a fine job of it. I’ve seen a lot of first or second-time features at the fest so far and his is the most accomplished of the batch I’ve seen. His style is loose, but smart. He plays with narration and freeze-frames, but doesn’t get decadent with them. Gregg’s also really funny in the small role he has as the dickish boss at the Historical reenactment, always docking Rockwell’s pay whenever any modern item is on his person. The dude refuses to speak in anything but Old English and is the butt of many jokes. Anyway, I can’t speak to how well it is adapted, but without knowing anything about the story before seeing the film, I can say that it stood out from the pack for me. I had a blast with it and I can’t wait to see it again. I scored a four on one interview with Huston, Gregg, Rockwell and Palahniuk. I’m a little behind on posting my interviews, but hopefully I’ll get that one out by this weekend. Keep an eye peeled for it! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com



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  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Can't wait

    by SebastianHaff

    Choke is still my favorite of Chuck's novels. Can't say my favorite of his work though. That title goes to GUTS. Mmmmm, peanuts.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Palahniuk is great...

    by BadMrWonka

    I met him when he visited my college a while back. I got to have dinner with him since my roommate was the one that organized his event. we watched Fight Club and then did Q&A. he was a class act the whole way, and nowhere near as weird as you'd think from his writing.<p>and I would verbally assault anyone that claims Rockwell isn't great. and if you think, "oh, he's grea,t but his range is limited," then you never saw Box of Moonlight, and you haven't seen Snow Angles yet. the man is a chameleon.<p>plus, Rockwell in Galaxy Quest should have been nominated for a best supporting actor oscar. and you know this.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    can't wait

    by tra1138

    Wish they would do more Chuck P Flicks...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Rockwell

    by Horace Cox

    Having read the book I never pictured Sam Rockwell in the lead role, but damn it makes perfect sense!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:42 a.m. CST

    also, Clark Gregg was on The West Wing!

    by BadMrWonka

    big ups, Special Agent Casper!<p>congrats on the film, if somehow you read this. see if you can slide into directing Sorkin's next script!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Survivior is Palahniuk's best

    by Punch Man

    After that things got repetitive.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Hope it lives up to the book

    by JacksParasites

    Here's to hoping we see a Survivor and Invisible Monster films in the near future.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Nice review

    by 5 by 5

    But the movie doesn't sound interesting. I'll pass.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:46 a.m. CST

    PLEASE SAM ROCKWELL...

    by SouthSide_2010

    I plead with you...don't fuckin' die!!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Niiice

    by Kingdaddy

    Huge fan of Chuck's work. But always scared shitless they'll fuck it up on screen. Sounds like they got ballpark...which is 100% better than most dreck that hits screens...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Screenplay -- Jim Uhls

    by mithrandir16

    I would have liked to see Jim Uhls adapt another Chuck P. book after his work on Fight Club--which I literally just got back from seeing again at the theater here in Orlando. This one has a lot to live up to.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:53 a.m. CST

    This years JUNO?

    by DerLanghaarige

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 2:18 a.m. CST

    everyone loves Survivor

    by Jarek

    I think I'm the only person on earth that finds Haunted brilliant. And Rant was really good as well.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 2:24 a.m. CST

    I Want to Give Kelly MacDonald...

    by topaz4206

    a baby. But looks like somebody already did :(

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Sounds very faithful.

    by Kubla_Khan

    It'll get my cash. Rockwell is excellent, I absolutely love Welcome To Collinwood, and Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind is an underrated gem. Btw, at any point in this movie does anyone get to say, "This Bellini is starting to look like a real Kapuchnik"?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Agreed, Punch Man

    by holden_oz

    Survivor is the cream of the crop. Loved it. I found Choke to be a little guilty of Fight Club envy, so didn't enjoy it as much. That being said, Haunted is pretty damn amazing. Reading Non-Fiction next. <br> Oh, and Diary! I wrote that as a screenplay a year before Diary came out. The bastard stole my idea! I haven't read it yet, but I'm willing to bet he did it better. <p> Even so, can't wait to see this flick.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Sounds great

    by DonnieDorko

    Sam Rockwell sounds perfect for the role! I really enjoyed the book and think it's a great choice for book-to-movie. Can't see Survivor or Invisible Monster or Lullaby as good movies though they are great books. Maybe Survivor but it's probably very difficult to adapt without making it too .. over the top. And I think Chuck is very repetitive but when it gets old, just read something else for awhile, it's a good place to back to after a while. And I'm sure there will be a great many memorable quotes from this movie just like Fight Club.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Haunted is damn good

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    the nightmare machine shows Venus, btw.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Rant is my new favorite book of his...

    by dr_john_zoidberg

    ...but Choke ranks right up there with the best of his work. Can't wait for the movie, I just hope they don't fuck it up too much. It was a quick read, so I doubt there will be any room for plot omissions in the translation to film. Fingers Crossed.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Love to see "Survivor" too as a movie...

    by moviemaniac-7

    Big fan of Palahniuk and I hope that all his books will be made into movies. This review makes me happy.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 5:55 a.m. CST

    The only book

    by red_weed

    I've ever read of his is Haunted. It's also the first book I ever bought. I only have 4. what can I say, I'm not much of a reader. But the idea of some short stories seemed manageable for me. I can't wait to see some new stuff form him though. Maybe i should get his other stuff.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Did you steal the other three books?

    by DonnieDorko

    red_weed, or did you write them yourself?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:14 a.m. CST

    HAVE YOU READ HIS ESSAYS?

    by Err

    Marvelous writing and very funny and insightful.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:28 a.m. CST

    paula-nick [phonetics] 's second best book after survivor

    by ironic_name

    survivor would be hard to make into a movie.. because, well, there is a SECRET ending to the movie, that would be hard to film.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:28 a.m. CST

    In a perfect world . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . Fincher would have directed every Palahniak film adaptation.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:43 a.m. CST

    loved Choke

    by Kloipy

    I wish, but I know we never will see Haunted. Survivor would be great. Lullabye too. Only one of his books I didn't like was the Stranger than Fiction book. Started off good, but then just kind of boring

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Sorry...

    by rutgersjaffo

    But this guy is the over-blown hipster favorite of the new millenium. I guess if you have had a partial labotomy, you can ignore the huge plot holes and obviously contrived devices strewn throughout them. Otherwise, try something lilke House of Leaves (by Mark Danielewski) to read something actually groundbreaking and not requiring you to shut down half of your brain to enjoy it...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Choke is my fav Chuck book.

    by Sailor Rip

    Should have got Vincent Gallo to play Victor.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Ever read that thing where a guys colon is ripped

    by norrinrad

    A guy gets his intestine or colon or some crap yanked out from his but by a pump in a swimming pool. Chuck is nuts.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Yeah, that's "Guts" from Haunted.

    by Sailor Rip

    I like the one about the cpr dummy that gets constantly soiled.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Re: a "Survivor" movie

    by Rickey Henderson

    Yeah, that's my favorite of his too... But I'm not sure if Hollywood has the stomach to make a movie in which the protagonist hijacks a plane.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST

    And how awesome would that Superbowl scene be?

    by Rickey Henderson

    Argh, I'd love to see that pandemonium on the big screen...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST

    haunted *spoilers*

    by Kloipy

    i highly doubt they would ever make that movie, because of stuff like "guts" and the slow cannibalism and the flying penis. I would love to see the short story "The Box" though

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Invisible Monsters is his best

    by blanket5

    It's about a supermodel who has half of her face blown away by a shotgun, and she meets up with a transvestite and together they show real estate, but only so they can steal prescription medicine from the bathrooms. You can't make that stuff up ... well, I guess he did.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Node32774

    by Sailor Rip

    You sure? I'm at work or I'd check the book.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Rickey Henderson, it'd also be difficult because..

    by ironic_name

    supposedly, chuck left out the "jump out of the plane and leave a recorded message providing a fake alibi, with the black box recording tender's explaining till the end" end, who would you film that.. I guess you could have two cops interpreting the recording, and then have them work it out after the credits, and show the plane flying into the bush with a small recorder next to the pilot's black box microphone.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    HOW, not who..

    by ironic_name

    and they could interpret him dying in the plane, a usual suspects, "none of this happened" thing

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:34 a.m. CST

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this book.

    by Burgundy82

    Sounds pretty faithful Quint. Also, why does the headline sound negative? Had me worried for a second there...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST

    I'll be amazed if they keep the dramatic climax

    by jimmay

    from the book. If you haven't read it, let's just say the shit really breaks loose.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Lullaby is the best

    by waggy

    Then either Survivor or Invisible Monsters. Have to admit the clip i watched of Choke did not instill me with confidence at all. Gotta wait for a review from someone who's read the book (no offense Quint). Admittedly it's impossible for me to read any of his books without David Fincher directing in my head.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Sailor Rip you shut your goddamn mouth

    by Burgundy82

    Gallo is a crazy right-wing turbotwat (and also, might I add, a fucking hack of epic proportions) and Sam Rockwell is talent incarnate. He's perfect for the role — though I admit, when reading, I couldn't help but think of Ed Norton (Palahniuk uses pretty much the same voice as in "Fight Club.")

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST

    jimmay

    by Burgundy82

    I really hope they do. I can't even imagine this film without the "rape" scene, which I hope is in there word-for-word. I've rarely laughed so hard at written word.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Haunted = HBO miniseries

    by Burgundy82

    Make it so.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    HBO series for haunted

    by BigTexas42

    EXACTLY what I was thinking. It would play a bit like Lost, intermingling the events in the theater and the short stories (flashbacks). they could do "guts" without showing all the gory details. But that wouldn't be very fun. OF course , the insinuation of what was happening might be more disturbing than seeing it, which would just be gross. <P><P>How would you like to be the propmaster for that? "you want a WHAT turned inside out?" <P><P>man, I can't remember some of the stories - looks like I'll have to get that one out again...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST

    choke was mediocre

    by cpt. tim

    Here's how you make survivor work: Kevin spacey + lots of Voiceover

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Hey Quint

    by tbransonlives

    Was there a "rape" scene in the movie? One of the funniest things in the book just curious if they kept it in.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Quo Vadimus...

    by DanielKurland

    Great book, and I really, really hope the "rape" scene, with the safe word is kept in the movie. It's definitely one of the funniest scenes Palahniuk has done. Haunted would be incredible as an HBO mini-series, and I'd love to see Rant adapted in some form. Lullaby and Diary, while containing the same elegant prose, and skewed perspective and narration, were not my favorites, and I could live without seeing them adapted. Lullaby just got too damn ridiculous. Floating sex?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Fucking forgot about Invisible Monsters!...

    by DanielKurland

    NEED to see a movie of that.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Tbransonlives...

    by DanielKurland

    Glad I'm not the only one who feels that way about the rape scene, and that you and I both referred to it as the "rape" scene.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST

    i said it too, danielkurland

    by Burgundy82

    Notice me!! I need a gold star. Something.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Burgundy82

    by Sailor Rip

    I don't know, when I hear a name like Victor Mancini I picture someone, you know, Italian looking. Gallo is great, Buffalo 66 proves this. Rockwell's great too. In fact, I could see him in Survivor. He looks like he grew up in a cult a received years and years of shitty kitchen haircuts.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:38 a.m. CST

    thats funny

    by tbransonlives

    I didn't even see either of your posts, just proves how important it is lol.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Rip

    by Burgundy82

    I still just can't picture Gallo speaking/thinking in Palahniuk-prose. But you're right about Rockwell, he would have worked well in 'Survivor,' which will unfortunately probably never be made.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST

    tbranson

    by Burgundy82

    Just shows how much Quint needs to answer us.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST

    the brown bunny

    by Kloipy

    enough said

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Survivor will be made one day.

    by Sailor Rip

    So the guy hijacks a plane. He lets the passengers go and the only one who dies(maybe) is him. I really think it's more of Hollywood's disinterest in the picture then any post 9/11 sentamentalities. Remember, Fight Club had Brad Pitt and made what, 26 mil at the BO. Sure it's a classic now but not many bothered to see it in theatres. This is most likely whats holding back adaptions of Chuck's work. Hollywood see's a fringe audience. If Choke does well that will end.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:11 p.m. CST

    (may be TOO SOON but) ROCKWELL for Joker in B3

    by George Newman

    if the joker continues into Batman 3, which I'm pretty sure was their intention . Ledger will be great, but Rockwell was my choice all along

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Newman

    by Burgundy82

    I think he'd be good in the role, but I really despise recastings of any kind within the same series. If I didn't hate Katie Holmes so much I'd have been be really opposed to the Gyllenhaal switch, too.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Newman, con't.

    by Burgundy82

    I say, whether the character dies or not, let the Joker be Ledger's (at least in Nolan's world) and let Nolan finish the trilogy with a Dent-centric (as was planned) but also Joker-less third entry.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    burgundy

    by George Newman

    i hate recasting, too. It's just that I recall an old spoiler outline of batman 2 and 3 that told of joker carrying over into 3. something like in 2, being involved in Harvey's turn to Two-face, and then being on trial or something to that effect in 3.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Oh and by the way...

    by Burgundy82

    Did anyone see that fucked up video of Jack Nicholson being told about Heath and responding, "I warned him.." Weird.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    um, guys...

    by BigTexas42

    the batman/ledger talkbacks are that way...(points to the Top Talkbacks bar on the right)...<P><P> Would Burton ever do a film based on a Palahniuk novel? Would it be good?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:59 p.m. CST

    I wish...

    by cinemaniac1979

    Chuck would get back to writing books like this. His last 3 have been woefully below the standard of his previous works. Quint: I'd avoid Haunted in favor of Lullaby-- a much better read. But start with Survivor, which is by far his best book to date.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:18 p.m. CST

    No way

    by Sailor Rip

    Not his best but Rant was definitely his most ambitious book to date.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Haunted was a disappointment....

    by The Dum Guy

    I liked some of the side storys, but the main narrative was lacking.<br><br>I would like to see someone's visual interpretation of 'Guts' though.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    haven't read Rant yet, but...

    by Burgundy82

    I got it for Christmas and it's waiting on me to get a moment of free time (he says as he checks AICN again at work) but I'm really looking forward to it.. Meanwhile, BigTexas, it was just one Ledger post — and I've already said plenty about my hopes for "Choke."

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Well, technically THREE Ledger posts...

    by Burgundy82

    but who's counting?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Sure

    by Redundant23

    A sex-addict slash historical reenacter whose other job is to purposefully choke in restaurants and who may or may not be Jesus Christ’s half-clone and/or son. Sure. That sounds plausible. Has Palahniuk ever written a book that won't buttfuck my suspension of disbelief? His books are more fantasy than Tolkien's.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Well, its SORTA his first directing

    by Dmann

    First feature. Gregg directed the first few episodes of both the Wire and the Shield, being instrumental in the look of both shows, as , and acting in the final season of the wire. Both of those shows are better than at least half the features playing at Sundance.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Dmann

    by Laserhead

    You're thinking of Clark Johnson.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 2:09 p.m. CST

    I hope it's better on the screen.

    by hst666

    Out of the four Chuck P. books I have read, Fight Club, Survivor, Lullabye, and Choke, I liked Choke least. I did not hate it, but it was just so-so. I like Sam Rockwell a lot and hope this does well, so I can see eventually see Survivor Goddamit.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    YEs I am!

    by Dmann

    I am retarded!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST

    I think Chuck may be a bit crap

    by Sepulchrave

    I'm not saying he's not enjoyable and 'edgy', whatever THAT is in the horrible, horrible world of marketing. But I have a feeling that he was hand-picked by just such a besuited reptile who licked his eyeballs and thought; HERE'S an alienated man with an interest in body-horror and alienation whose terse prose style (short simple sentence structure) will go down with the average chunkety-ass US twenty-something. Not that I'm not unhappy that a gay guy can be so patently nasty and unfabulous. Kudos to him. But no book goes anywhere without marketing and the recognition of a fruitful niche. mmm...fruitful niche...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Get Over It

    by m_prevette

    The guy is a hack.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Quint: DON'T READ HAUNTED!!

    by GiggityGoo

    Quint, Save yourself the disappointment and don't both with "Haunted". Unfortunately, it's Chuck's "jump the shark" book. Read "Lullaby" and "Invisible Monsters" instead.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    I wonder if Rockwell still thinks...

    by ChrisTuckersOnlyFan

    Somebody's watchin me......

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Whatever Happened To LULLABY?

    by LaserPants

    Wasn't Fincher tapped to direct that too? Or did I dream that? Also, DIARY would make a great flick.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Rape

    by Quint

    Indeed the scene you're referring to is in the movie, in all its glory it sounds like.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Thank God...

    by rutgersjaffo

    ...i'm not the only one who thinks this guy is WAY overblown. Again, House of Leaves is better by far.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Not a big Palahniuk fan

    by mraig

    I enjoyed Fight Club, the movie & book, when they came out, but the more time passes, the less weight they have with me--I feel like there's a lot more suggestion or pretension of substance and depth than there is actual substance or depth. I have read a couple of his later books, and they read to me like the same thing over and over--the same jaded, ironic, pseudo-post-meta-intellectual voice, the same obnoxious artificial ticks in the writing repeated over and over, no differentiation of characters or voices, just the same calculated envelope pushing again and again. I think he has talent as a craftsman, but I wish he would use it for something other than just trying to shock or disgust people. It's not so much that he's a bad writer as it is that so many people act like he's the BEST writer who's ever walked the earth. He's not. <P>But I think it could be a decent movie depending on how it's filmed. I think Fight Club the movie holds up better than the book because it has so much of Fincher's visual style and great performances by Norton and Pitt. Choke's got stuff that could be pretty funny on screen if it's handled with the right touch (especially if it didn't take itself too seriously).

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Thank God!!!

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    I was really freaking when I heard this was going to a first time director. Then cating 40 year old Sam Rockwell as 25 year old Victor was another worry. STOP!! Befpre you all start screaming about how brilliant Sam Rockwell's work has been. I agree. I just thought a Ryan Gosling, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Nick Stahl, or I'll say it, DiCaprio was better suited for the role. Based solely on this short review by someone who never read the book, it looks like it comes close to hitting the mark, though. This is a movie that will fall on it's ass if not done perfect. But considering the director shopped his screenplay for four years before taking an offer that left him in control of the finished product, I'd say he's passionate about the book and I hope he nails it. Chuck's books are either love it/ hate it material. It takes a different kind of mind to "get them" not smarter, not more ironic, not deeper, just different. To all those who get him, I'll see ya there!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Chuck Is So Awesome

    by skoobyx

    My gf had a creative writing class with him one time. His book about Portland is the coolest thing written on the city. <p> 'Haunted' or 'Rant' might make a better movie but after 'Survivor' got axed post 9/11 its just nice they're adapting another one.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    And Listen To His Commentary on the 'Fight Club' DVD...

    by skoobyx

    Its hilarious. He tells how he got beat up over the weekend and when he went back to the office on Monday everyone went to extensive lengths not to mention how he looked in order to avoid getting involved in his life...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Quint

    by Burgundy82

    Thanks for answering us, man. Glad to hear it's in there.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:28 a.m. CST

    House of Leaves may be better...

    by DanielKurland

    But there's absolutely NO way you could adapt that into a movie.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Sepulchrave

    by DonnieDorko

    I'm no expert in gayness, but Clive Barker sure can write some nasty and unfabulous books too, but his creatures are a bit overdramatic when I think about it.. Nevertheless, I don't think writing styles are too dependant on wether you like more dicks than your own or not.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:43 a.m. CST

    My friend was telling me about Survivor a year or so ago

    by IndustryKiller!

    And what an excellent book it was and how casting it would be tough but the first name that came to his mind was Heath Ledger. Seems odd now. Sorry, just can't get the guys death off my mind.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Did I say that there weren't other nasty gay writers?

    by Sepulchrave

    Fuck, try Genet for a start. Just that gayness has gotten so lavender and suburban lately. Have you SEEN Barker lately? Man's almost certainly on HIV meds. He has that strained and bloated steroid-y look; carved cheeks, very flushed.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST

    No you didn't

    by DonnieDorko

    And I haven't seen Barker lately, sounds bad.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Choke's a great book

    by Whitemouse

    and from that review it sounds like a pretty spot on adaptation. someone should make Guts into a TV short...someone should really really try that!

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 7:16 a.m. CST

    It's deja vu...

    by Sailor Rip

    ...all over again.

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