Choke (2001) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
you may know, two guys who used to be on the A list are now serious
contenders to the Eric Roberts crown, which is awarded each year to
the guy who makes the most straight-to-video movies. I am speaking of
Dennis Hopper and Michael Madsen. I guess these guys either love to
work or really have some bills to pay, but whatever the reason, they
are churning out grade-z movies by the score.
Given that fact, I guess it is inevitable that their paths will cross now and then, and this is one such memorable syzygy when the planets of the B universe have aligned. Of course, it's hard to avoid Madsen when watching a John Sjogren film festival, because I think Madsen is the leading luminary in the Sjogren repertory camp, having appeared in three of his last four masterpieces, including a Movie House favorite, Red Line
One guy at IMDb commented:
And that was a gentle criticism! I think the story on the movie is this: Madsen and Hopper cleared one day out of their schedules to shoot the film, and whoever was supposed to bring the script that day overslept, or possibly died, or possibly was killed by Madsen and/or Hopper after they read it. They only had the two "names" for a day, and they didn't want to waste it, so they made some stuff up.
|Here's the plot
| Up to that point it
was a typical cheapazoid movie, but it then started to get surreal.
For example, Madsen and Hopper then drive around for a while. A long while. They stop for gas and talk in the car while it is parked in the fueling position. Somehow they found full-service gas, even though they aren't in Oregon or New Jersey. They don't discuss the Lakers or the weather, but chat about things they have in common, like crimes against humanity. Then they drive some more, pull into an alley, stop the car, and talk about some more of the same stuff. Why do they keep stopping? You see, it's tricky to film two guys in a moving car. You have the problem of a moving background, even if you can afford the equipment and personnel necessary to film the scene. So they keep stopping to talk.
|This brings us to a scene that I have
create some kind of award for. You know how those actresses always say
they'd do nudity if it were integral and necessary to the plot? Well,
here's an example of just such a scene. At one point, Hopper and
Madsen park in a random place, an alley between two buildings. It just
so happens that there is a crazy guy watching them through a crack in
the wall of one of the buildings. This guy is unrelated to the plot.
Now the crazy guy is in some kind of hidden passageway behind the
exterior wall and the interior wall of the building. Can you guess the
rest? The peephole to the exterior wall leads to Madsen and Hopper,
the peephole on the other side leads to the changing room of a woman's
clothing retailer, where he watches a woman undress. He switches back
Now that is nudity integral to the plot!
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