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"Fishing with John" stars John Lurie with guests such as Jim Jarmusch, Willem Dafoe, Dennis Hopper, Matt Dillon and Tom Waits. Originally the show aired on IFC and Bravo in 1991 with a six episode run. I've never watched fishing shows on ESPN or other sports channels and although Lurie and his guests go fishing in beautiful locales that are tropical, arctic, etc., this show through its six episodes seems more about enjoying life then actually fishing. It's sometimes funny, sometimes poignant and sometimes introspective.
Fishing with John is a six episode document ray program, of the fishing adventures of John Lurie. He brought his friends along, which included, Jarmusch, Waits, Dillon, Dafoe, and Hopper. My favorite episode was the first, with Jim Jarmusch, as it set a tone, and had hilarious dialogue. In fact I like the conversation in all the episodes, John Lurie is an obvious BS artist, and everyone else has wit in them. The only episode that I found boring is with Matt Dillon, since things just moved a bit slow.
The man who had the most humorous moments in this film is narrator Robb Webb. I like how Lurie put it in an interview with Criterion:
"He says something and it sounds as though it has to be true. And that is what really made it work, with him saying that ludicrous narration that I wrote." In fact a few times when Webb said something ridiculous, I believed him. What I did while watching this was I would view an episode or two a night, and process it the next day. This was a great leisure viewing, and a relaxing experience.
A strange but relaxing and entertaining set of episodes starring John Lurie and his famous friends going fishing.
All six episodes of John Lurie's would-be fishing show aptly-titled Fishing With John seem to have something for everyone. If you're a fan of beautiful scenery and exotic locales you're in luck but mostly Fishing With John serves as absurdist entertainment in the form of the random and nonsensical narration ("This is a real Husker Du town") and an abundance of random moments between Lurie and his guests. The way that nonsensical stories were created in the editing room (namely Lurie and Dennis Hopper hunting a giant squid and the deaths of Lurie and Willem Dafoe) makes the show. I'm positive the people that Lurie harangued into making this show (Lurie knows very little if nothing about fishing) don't agree, but its a damn good time...
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