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« on: May 23, 2003, 09:11:21 AM »
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"Life is so beautiful - every breath, every day of our lives... ahhhh: fishing."

I only discovered this programme fairly recently - considering it was made in 92 - on a visit to Canada, and I think it is one of the greatest television shows I've ever seen...! So so funny, so surreal, so beautiful. Any show that features John Lurie interviewing a nautious Tom Waits, hunting shark with Jim Jarmusch, doing a "fish dance" with Matt Dillon, dying of exposure with Willhelm Dafoe and searching for the legendary giant squid with Dennis Hopper is okay in my book. And that voice-over man: "John and Jim awake early the next morning, each covered in sores and boners..."

This is such a rare gem of a programme - it makes me happy just to be alive. Nothing can be wrong when watching this show - watching such cool people being so silly and having so much fun in such wonderful places. I love it...

Any fans out there...?
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2003, 09:19:16 AM »
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Yeah... loved that show... if you can call it that... it was what?  six episodes long?  The good ones never last.

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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2003, 09:25:58 AM »
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Yeah, just six episodes - but six episodes of PURE JOY...! Actually, on the DVD commentary John Lurie speaks about the possibility of another series (you can tell how much he misses it when he's watching the show). He mentions two people who would just be so goddamn wonderful to see on the show, who he claims he's spoken with about the possiblity... Vincent Gallo (joy!), and - and, wait for it.......... J.D Salinger...! I'm sure he must be lying though, he must be: there is no way Salinger would agree to do a TV show - he doesn't even leave his cabin these days. It's gotta be an elaborate joke... But just imagine...!
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2003, 09:43:48 AM »
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The theme song was so damn catchy and would get stuck in your head.
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2003, 10:03:46 AM »
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You guys seem to have a lot of love for that show, I've not seen it but I have to buy it on DVD now. Thanks.


...and I'll have to finally sit down and watch the DVD I've owned for months now (purchased on a Criterion binge... I'm slowly but surely making my way through all of them. Trying to work chronologically, like a good film geek, which puts Fishing later rather than sooner).
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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2003, 10:07:53 AM »
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Everyone with a love for Jarmusch movies, surreal humour, the beauty of nature, Tom Waits / John Lurie music would love - and should buy - the DVD in my opinion...
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2003, 10:13:18 AM »
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I can't remember the dialogue exactly, but I liked when Lurie and Dafoe died at the end of one episode, then the next episode the narrator says something like "oh, he actually didn't die after all...". Fucking classic. The narration was my favorite part.
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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2003, 11:32:27 PM »
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fishing.....with John....out on the wa-ter.  absolutely hilarious stuff.  i loved when lurie and dafoe were supposedly going crazy from cabin fever.

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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2003, 12:04:28 AM »
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the episode with dennis hopper is hilarious
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2003, 07:04:32 AM »
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"The Andaman Sea, the Andaman Sea. Oogely-boogley, the Andaman Sea..."

The narration definitely kicks it over the top into brilliance. And can anybody ever watch this, then not stick your first catch of the day down your pants, ala Tom Waits? God bless Criterion for putting this on the market.
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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2003, 08:06:42 AM »
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"I'd LOVE a bite of your sandwich."
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