Choke

I saw Choke last night and I had low expectations because as you know, movies based on books never do it for me. And, for me, whatever Chuck Palahnuik writes is descended from heaven, so how can anything ever live up? Plus, there’s something about his writing style that just can’t be translated to movie form. Except if you’re David Fincher and you can put in stylistic weirdness that sets the mood.

However, I feel the best work that could have been done was done. Firstly, the casting was perfect. Sam Rockwell continues to be my new creepy husband, and I thought Denny was great, although he was a poor man’s Seth Rogan.

The adaptation was good as well, and it literally followed the same story and sequence, with dialogue taken directly from the book. Like I mentioned, despite following the story pretty closely, there is just something that is lost from the author’s style. Like in the books, he doesn’t reveal too much about characters, and they are characters that you never think would exist in real life, so seeing them in the flesh almost ruins the affect.

I thought the scenes filmed in the colonial theme park were some of the best of the adaptation, and the film did capture the total absurdness of the whole ordeal.

But, here is my major gripe: The ENDING WAS CHANGED TO MAKE IT MORE HOLLYWOOD. Something about Chuck’s books (yes, we are on a first-name basis) is that when they end, the story is often not wrapped up and the turn of events often goes to bleak. However, since their was a “romantic storyline” in this movie, I guess someone told the director they needed to use that. Also, Page Marshall’s delusion was totally changed; in the book, she believes she is sent from the future with a mission to be impregnated so that she can bring the embryo back to her future so she can cure a plague. She later escapes and she and Victor form a weird, bizarre relationship. In the movie she’s just a stressed out medical student who lives a happily ever romance with Victor, or so we are told. Fucking Hollywood.

It would be interesting to see the movie through the eyes of someone who has never read of or heard of the novel.

Speaking of movie adaptations, Blindness opens next week. I’m excited because you know how much I love apocolypse scenarios. It will also be interesting because in the book, none of the characters are actually given names.

Bright Shiny Morning

Well, after Oprah handed his ass to him, James Frey proved that he is a good writer, despite maybe not good at telling the truth.

He gets a little sappy, but he does have a knack for being descriptive about characters. Present is the guy who is mean on the outside but with a heart of gold who selflessly takes someone under their wing that does nothing to deserve it (like My Friend Leonard). It’s also like an ethnography of Los Angeles, and more of an ode to the city and its characters.

You Suck….sucked

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Def. not as good as its predecessor. So, books sequels are like movie sequels, never as good. This one tried to hard to be cute and witty. Although the first-person narrative of the goth teenager was pretty funny and spot-on.

I’ll try other Christopher Moore, novels, but after I get through my humongous reading list.

The Luxe

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Well, I got what I wished for…The Luxe is dramatic, trashy historical fiction. Although this was officially a young adult book, I expected it to be better. It’s like Gossip Girl/Sweet Valley High set in the turn of the century New York City. One gal is posed to be society’s sweetheart, but fkaes her own death so she could run off with the stable boy. Woops, I gave away the ending.

Choke

I have really been putting it off, but I watched the trailer for Choke*. I didn’t want to watch it because I had built it up a lot. And you know what?

I SHOULDN’T HAVE! IT LOOKS LIKE A FUCKING ROMANTIC COMEDY!

*Choke is a novel by Chuck Palahnuik that is being adapted into a film. If you don’t know who Palahnuik is, please don’t talk to me.

Birth of Venus

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You know how much I love historical fiction, and this had a good premise, but I wish it kind of went somewhere more. It’s Florence in the 1400s, and the main character is an artists but bound by the roles of women, etc. So she jumps at the chance to marry, because it will get her out of her parent’s home. Turns out her brother kind of tricks her into marrying his lover, so that he won’t be pinpointed as a sodomist. Finally, she has a weird relationship with a painter that her father hired to paint frescoes in her house, who thinks he is possessed by the devil. She has his kid and they reunite when she becomes a nun. He tatoos a snake on her absomen before he leaves then she kills herself. Sounds kind of cool, but not really.