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Day 55: Reckoner by Radiohead

14 Jul

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So to continue this week’s accidental movie theme, I have a great movie to feature today… but first, some notes!

In the past week, I have seen 2 other movies (other than I Am Love): Despicable Me and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. The first of the two is adorable and happy… a great family comedy and a fun time for all (plus some of the most random tid bits that made me laugh so hard I was crying)! The second of the two, albeit incredibly cheesy, was super fun to watch. Maybe it’s my love for Jay Baruchel, and my secret love for watching Nic Cage being Nic Cage, but it’s incredibly silly and totally a joy to watch. Go see both! They’re wonderful!

ANYWAYS, on to the actual movie!

The movie I want to feature on my blog today is called Choke (2008). Now, before I go into the actual blogpost, I’d like to warn you guys that this movie is rated R for a very good reason. So let me stress that this movie is 100% NSFW, and the preview is a little bit risque, so be forwarned.

The story is based on the book “Choke” by Chuck Palahniuk, and sticks pretty close to the plot: Victor Mancini (played by Sam Rockwell) is a sex addict who works at a memorial ground as “the backbone of colonial America.” But, he is not only supporting himself but his mother with dementia (played by Anjelica Huston). So, to grab some extra cash, he forces himself to choke on food in restaurants to get rich men and women to care for him forever. But when he meets a new nurse (played by Kelly MacDonald) at his mother’s hospital and he comes to terms with his past life, he begins a journey of self realization and acceptance in an otherwise messed up society.

Sure, it’s a bit crazy and a lot sexual, but it stresses a very interesting point: being hung up on the past can only mess you up in the end. Looking forward to tomorrow is more important than looking back at your issues.

Here’s the preview (remember, pieces are slightly NSFW):

The moment in this movie that just sticks with me, however, is the last 3 minutes of the movie. As the movie comes to a close, things are resolved. Not everything is perfect, but there is understanding between the audience and the main character. However, there is one piece of the puzzle missing… as Victor narrates what his new found knowledge of life in general, he sits on a plane and waits for the opportune moment to step up to the plate. Without giving anything away, the last few seconds of the movie leaves a slightly open ending, while tying together the last missing piece everyone was hoping for. But the best part of this whole thing is the song they use for this ending.

“Reckoner” by Radiohead is quite possibly my all time favorite song. It is gorgeous, calming, slightly sad, and all out amazing. Every time I hear it, I have to drop everything I’m doing and just listen. So when the movie ends, and the song comes on in the background, I fell absolutely in love. It was the perfect way to end an imperfect tale. Honestly, I’m still lost in words.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the ending clip, but mostly because it’s something that you need to experience for yourself. You’re welcome to spoil the movie for yourself, but for now I leave you with “Reckoner” by Radiohead. Enjoy!

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