Swanner: There are so many movies coming out this week that Brian and I had to see different films so we could cover most of them. I went to see the romantic movie Nights in Rodanthe while Brian went to see the indie Choke. Rodanthe tells the story of two miserable people who meet in a beach hotel during a hurricane…no I’m not making this up. Richard Gere plays a doctor who is miserable after one of his patients dies during a simple surgery and Diane Lane (who still looks amazing) is miserable because her cheating ex-husband wants to come back. Chris Meloni plays the cheating husband who wears way to many cloths if you asked me.
Judd A romance film starring Lane and Gere—I’m about to get sick. Choke is a dark comedy starring Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston—I LOVE her. It’s about a man with a sex addiction who’s mentally ill mother tells him that his absent father wasn’t really a Tourette’s inflicted traveling salesman. Why is the movie titled Choke? Because Rockwell supplements his income to pay for his mother’s healthcare by going to fancy restaurants and choking on his food.
Swanner: That’s really the story? I’m so sorry I missed that one (not really). I have to admit that my movie was just okay. I mean it’s well made and acted but I don’t think this movie was made for me. This has to be the biggest chick flick I’ve ever seen. I’m serious here. This movie makes Mamma Mia feel like an action film. I don’t want to give anything away but just when you think these people lives couldn’t be any more miserable…they find a way. As I was leaving the theatre all these women were crying and all the men were racing to the car. At one point my nipples started to hurt from the estrogen overload I was experiencing.
Judd: I thought Rodanthe would be right up your alley and you’re telling me it was too girly? I’m amazed. Choke, on the other hand, was better than I hoped. It is based on the book written by Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club. The performances were excellent, especially Huston. The movie switches back and forth between now and 1980-something to show brief flashbacks of the main character’s childhood. So Huston gets to play a senile old lady and a crazy mother who continually kidnaps her child from his foster parents.
Swanner: Mine was written by Nicholas Sparks, who has been jerking tears for years with books like The Notebook and Message in a Bottle. You know the more I talk about this movie the more I don’t like it. The ending was way to miserable for me…at one point I wanted to scream “enough already”. For what it’s worth, I never want to see this movie again.
Judd Wow, I thought for sure that you’d be gushing and swooning over Rodanthe. Maybe there’s hope for you yet. Maybe those trace amounts of testosterone left in your system is enough to keep you from completely switching over. I’m proud of you. Choke has an excellent script and is very well acted. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes weird, comical, indie flicks where story and high caliber acting are the draw. I can’t want to own this on blu ray.
Rodanthe: 2 Stars
Choke: 4 Stars