A few years back I, like many other young men, started really getting into writer Chuck Palahniuk. I got interested in him a few years after his book Fight Club was made into a movie in 99' and eventually became a huge pop culture hit. Other than reading Fight Club, then watching the movie countless times and then trying to emulate the Tyler Durden character in my everyday life; I started checking out Palahniuk's other works. He has really put out some solid writing, including Invisible Monsters, Lullaby, and Survivor. But my absolute favorite Palahniuk, even over Fight Club, has to be the novel Choke. Here's a short description of the book/movie:
In Choke, Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell) is a sex addict who works as a reenactor of Colonial Times at a theme park. To support his hospitalized mother (Anjelica Huston), Victor cons others by intentionally choking at restaurants to get money from his rescuers. - Wiki
The book gets a lot more in depth than that, but the basic premise is that this sex addict lives at his mom's house, goes to SA (sex addicts anonymous) meetings to score women, works as a colonial reenactor, goes around choking at restaurants, then is able to worm his way into his rescuers hearts and take their free handouts. Palahniuk as always, is very graphic and very frank in his discussions on sex and life. He doesn't gloss anything over.
Wow, a poor sex addict does anything for money. It's not hard to see why I would like this book so much.
So the movie comes out this Friday and I'm pretty psyched. I doubt it will ever hit a 10th of the popularity that Fight Club did, probably due to a shoestring budget and a less than star-studded cast, but who cares? From what I can tell from the trailer, Sam Rockwell is a great pick for the lead and Anjelika Huston will be very good as Rockwell's mother. Go pick up the book (it's like 8 bucks at Barnes and Noble) and give it a chance. If you do, I promise you will be in the theatres by next week to check out Choke.