Bestselling author Chuck Palahniuk burst onto Hollywood’s radar when his psychological novel, Fight Club, was adapted into a major motion picture directed by David Fincher; the resulting film became every American male’s aggro-fantasy (“The first rule of fight club is, you don’t talk about fight club.”) This month, the Palahniuk touch returns to cinemas via Choke, a raunchy and delightfully vulgar adaptation of his novel about a sex addict (Sam Rockwell) who cons people using the Heimlich maneuver.
Chuck Palahniuk took time to share his Five Favorite Films with RT. The results were morbid, to say the least. In no particular order, here are Chuck’s five favorites!
Ruth Gordon was so much more than Garson Kanin‘s beard. With music by Cat Stevens… as a motorcycle cop… this movie satisfies on so many levels. Death and sex have never been so beautifully linked together. This film is Love Story for the rest of us.
Once again, we see sex and death wed like chocolate and peanut butter. Jane Fonda looks like the angel of bitter, angry suicide girls before such girls were ever born. Bruce Dern plays the psycho hillbilly we loved him playing in ‘The Big Valley’ on television. Gig Young claws his way to the bottom of the bottom-feeders, winning the Oscar just before his own real-life suicide. Here’s my favorite “date movie” of all time.
Do I really need to explain this? Except for the weird disco typeface spelling out “nostromo” on everyone’s uniform, this film seems timeless.
Again, everybody dies. That is such the best, most-great formula for a true masterpiece film. A classic film should leave you thinking, “How in the hell did this idea ever get financing?” The director, Brad Anderson, does more with his small budget than most movies do with huge, fat mountains of cash. The moment the credits start to roll, I want to watch the whole story over again.
Everybody ends up dead or insane-slash-arrested. Nancy Olson is dismissed to wed Jack Webb — the real off-screen horror ending. Every performance is outlandish, as big as anything on any Mexican soap opera. The dead monkey. Buster Keaton. The fun never ends. The best noir comedy, ever.
But wait, there’s more! We’ve got an exclusive clip from Choke for our RT readers, featuring Sam Rockwell as Victor and Anjelica Huston as his deranged mother, Ida.
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The dust has settled in Park City, and now that the votes have been counted and the hardware’s been handed out, we can give you 2008’s Sundance rundown!
Among the dramatic features, Courtney Hunt’s Frozen River, a drama about women helping illegal aliens enter the United States, and Jonathan Levine‘s The Wackness, a comedy about a teenage dope dealer in mid ’90s New York, were the big winners, taking the grand jury and audience prizes, respectively.
The documentary slate, meanwhile, was led by Trouble the Water, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal‘s grand jury-winning look at post-Katrina New Orleans, and Fields of Fuel, Josh Tickell‘s audience award-winning look at one man’s efforts to alter America’s energy policy.
Earning directing awards were Lance Hammer, for Ballast, his dramatic feature about a 12-year-old boy struggling to survive in the Mississippi Delta, and Nanette Burstein, for her documentary about Indiana high school students, American Teen.
For a complete list of winners, see the list below!
Grand Jury Prize: Documentary – Trouble the Water
Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic – Frozen River
Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Dramatic – Man on Wire
Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Documentary – King of Ping Pong (Ping Pongkingen)
Audience Award: Documentary – Fields of Fuel
Audience Award: Dramatic – The Wackness
World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary – Man on Wire
World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic – Captain Abu Raed
Directing Award: Documentary – American Teen
Directing Award: Dramatic – Ballast
World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary – Durakovo: The Village of Fools (Durakovo: Le Village Des Fous)
World Cinema Directing Award: Dramatic – Mermaid (Rusalka)
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award – Sleep Dealer
World Cinema Screenwriting Award – I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster (J’ai Toujours RÃƒÂªvÃƒÂ© d’Ãƒï¿½tre un Gangster)
Documentary Editing Award – Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
World Cinema Documentary Editing Award – The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins
Excellence in Cinematography Award: Documentary – Patti Smith: Dream of Life
Excellence in Cinematography Award: Dramatic – Ballast
World Cinema Cinematography Award: Documentary – Recycle
World Cinema Cinematography Award: Dramatic – King of Ping Pong (Ping Pongkingen)
World Cinema Special Jury Prize: Dramatic – Blue Eyelids (PÃƒÂ¡rpados Azules)
Special Jury Prize: Documentary – The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo
Special Jury Prize: Dramatic, The Spirit of Independence – Anywhere, USA
Special Jury Prize: Dramatic, Work by an Ensemble Cast – Choke
Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking – My Olympic Summer
Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking – Sikumi (On the Ice)
International Jury Prize in International Short Filmmaking – Soft
Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking – Aquarium
Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking – August 15th
Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking – La Corona (The Crown)
Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking – Oiran Lyrics
Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking – Spider
Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking – Suspension
Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking – W.
2008 Alfred P. Sloan Prize – Sleep Dealer