Swimming To Cambodia Reviews

  • Oct 10, 2017

    A perfect combination of a documentary style, motion picture cinematography, and a radio play like script. It's wildly funny, continually insightful, and educational subjectively and stylistically.

    A perfect combination of a documentary style, motion picture cinematography, and a radio play like script. It's wildly funny, continually insightful, and educational subjectively and stylistically.

  • Mar 14, 2014

    A fantastic monologue that was unfortunately shortened for this film. Demme can't pick if he wants this to be a performance piece with Gray acting BIG and subtle sets or more realistic depiction with no backgrounds and audience reactions. Still, since it's Spalding Gray, it's HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    A fantastic monologue that was unfortunately shortened for this film. Demme can't pick if he wants this to be a performance piece with Gray acting BIG and subtle sets or more realistic depiction with no backgrounds and audience reactions. Still, since it's Spalding Gray, it's HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  • Mar 31, 2013

    This put me to sleep - couldn't get all the way through it.

    This put me to sleep - couldn't get all the way through it.

  • Sep 11, 2012

    Spalding Gray was a astonishingly brilliant individual. I had the privilege of seeing him live. He was electric, provocative and honest. Demme's film captures Gray's intelligence and humor perfectly. It's creepy and uncanny that he'd eventually die from a possible suicide while swimming. I suppose he did say he felt most alive in the ocean.

    Spalding Gray was a astonishingly brilliant individual. I had the privilege of seeing him live. He was electric, provocative and honest. Demme's film captures Gray's intelligence and humor perfectly. It's creepy and uncanny that he'd eventually die from a possible suicide while swimming. I suppose he did say he felt most alive in the ocean.

  • Apr 06, 2012

    I forgot just how incredible this movie is--the best 87 minutes you'll ever spend in front of your television.

    I forgot just how incredible this movie is--the best 87 minutes you'll ever spend in front of your television.

  • Sep 03, 2011

    Spalding Gray rambles away about many subjects. Reminded me of "Stephen Tobolwski's Birthday."

    Spalding Gray rambles away about many subjects. Reminded me of "Stephen Tobolwski's Birthday."

  • Aug 08, 2011

    Spalding Gray was and is, perfection. A tragic loss that he is no longer around to engage and mesmerize us.

    Spalding Gray was and is, perfection. A tragic loss that he is no longer around to engage and mesmerize us.

  • Mar 27, 2011

    In his typically excited, cynical, paranoid, yet endearing and humane storytelling style, Spalding Gray captivates with this stranger-than-fiction monologue about the Khmer Rouge genocide in the wake of the Vietnam War, and about his acting participation ten years later in â??The Killing Fieldsâ??; filled with hilarious insights into his movie business aspirations and Western/Southeast Asian culture clash, as well as memorable descriptions of the Bangkok sex scene and drug-induced epiphanies on the beaches of Thailand

    In his typically excited, cynical, paranoid, yet endearing and humane storytelling style, Spalding Gray captivates with this stranger-than-fiction monologue about the Khmer Rouge genocide in the wake of the Vietnam War, and about his acting participation ten years later in â??The Killing Fieldsâ??; filled with hilarious insights into his movie business aspirations and Western/Southeast Asian culture clash, as well as memorable descriptions of the Bangkok sex scene and drug-induced epiphanies on the beaches of Thailand

  • Mar 24, 2011

    <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h25m12s60.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h24m44s30.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> An Audience awaits for their one man to show up. He arrives with a small notebook with Ronald McDonald on the cover of it. It literally screams Man-Child, but his story doesn't. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h25m53s220.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> The setting for this one man show is usually quaint. Very small, little lighting, a table and chair with a microphone. If you've seen Spalding Gray in one of his one man shows you'll know that when he begins talking HE NEVER STOPS....unless for a small drink of water. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h26m09s117.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> His monologue consists of a experience he had while shooting the film 'The Killing Fields' in Southeast Asia. He played a U.S. Ambassador's aide. Before shooting one of his big scenes, the night before he thought to get into character by smoking some marijuana with a man named Ivan. This would freak Spalding out. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h26m55s41.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> Describing how he felt after smoking some ganja is hysterical stuff. He describes how he had no control over anything and that weird images would flood his mind, mostly pertaining to death. It was funny, but it gets even better when he talks about taking his second hit of ganja later on in his monologue. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h28m11s59.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> He would also explain how the bombing of Cambodia took place and would show a very disturbing map that was used during the Vietnam war when deciding to bomb certain areas of a country. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h28m39s82.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> It's called an Operation Menu and it's both disturbing and incredible. Here's a link to another map: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/5a/Basa.jpg <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h28m56s252.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> His description of Cambodia and Year Zero were very spot on in how during the 70s Pol Pot would "cleanse" the country of any kind of Westernized areas in the country by "restarting civilization". This would include anyone with an education meaning teachers, doctors or even anyone who wore eye glasses were to be a threat and were either imprison or immediately executed. Hundreds and thousands were killed dubbing that particular era as 'The Killing Fields'. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h29m39s170.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> Spalding would approach another subject considering Russia with his back and forth conversation with a man named Jack Daniels. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h29m49s16.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> Jack is a pretty scary man who gets an erection when he thinks of pushing the button when launching a missile to blast the Russians off of the Earth. It's another snippet of dialogue as he discusses about the Cold War. You have to remember that this was released in the late 80s and the Russians were I think on everybody's mind during that time. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h30m46s72.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> He talks more about his time working on the film 'The Killing Fields', also about Crumbville his little nickname he refers to when talking about New York. He moves into talking about Thailand prostitutes and also about how one of them can use a banana as a source of entertainment. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h31m41s115.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> But in all of this, Spalding is searching for a moment. A moment where he can feel that the whole experience was worth it. He finds it in Ivan the Guru Scuba diver. Or it could have been the 2nd toke on the ganja. Who knows? It makes him to not want to leave paradise. Especially once describing a beach in Shangri La. It sounded beautiful. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h26m27s48.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> What makes this experience tolerable is Spalding. The way he speaks isn't entirely hypnotic, but it does make you sit up in your seat to hear what he has to say. A force to be reckoned with indeed and it's amusing to sit and listen to someone whose knowledge about an experience they had in their life be so satirical and yet thought-provoking. Not too many people can do that in a one man show. You have to have that magnetic charisma as well as a thing for speaking fluently. If you liked My Dinner with Andre where it was just two people talking than you might like this one with a man who looks like he's talking to himself. <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11140398"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/ZV93Khdyxpo/0.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Flixster</a> - Share Movies</div>

    <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h25m12s60.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h24m44s30.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> An Audience awaits for their one man to show up. He arrives with a small notebook with Ronald McDonald on the cover of it. It literally screams Man-Child, but his story doesn't. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h25m53s220.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> The setting for this one man show is usually quaint. Very small, little lighting, a table and chair with a microphone. If you've seen Spalding Gray in one of his one man shows you'll know that when he begins talking HE NEVER STOPS....unless for a small drink of water. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h26m09s117.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> His monologue consists of a experience he had while shooting the film 'The Killing Fields' in Southeast Asia. He played a U.S. Ambassador's aide. Before shooting one of his big scenes, the night before he thought to get into character by smoking some marijuana with a man named Ivan. This would freak Spalding out. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h26m55s41.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> Describing how he felt after smoking some ganja is hysterical stuff. He describes how he had no control over anything and that weird images would flood his mind, mostly pertaining to death. It was funny, but it gets even better when he talks about taking his second hit of ganja later on in his monologue. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h28m11s59.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> He would also explain how the bombing of Cambodia took place and would show a very disturbing map that was used during the Vietnam war when deciding to bomb certain areas of a country. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h28m39s82.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> It's called an Operation Menu and it's both disturbing and incredible. Here's a link to another map: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/5a/Basa.jpg <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h28m56s252.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> His description of Cambodia and Year Zero were very spot on in how during the 70s Pol Pot would "cleanse" the country of any kind of Westernized areas in the country by "restarting civilization". This would include anyone with an education meaning teachers, doctors or even anyone who wore eye glasses were to be a threat and were either imprison or immediately executed. Hundreds and thousands were killed dubbing that particular era as 'The Killing Fields'. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h29m39s170.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> Spalding would approach another subject considering Russia with his back and forth conversation with a man named Jack Daniels. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h29m49s16.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> Jack is a pretty scary man who gets an erection when he thinks of pushing the button when launching a missile to blast the Russians off of the Earth. It's another snippet of dialogue as he discusses about the Cold War. You have to remember that this was released in the late 80s and the Russians were I think on everybody's mind during that time. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h30m46s72.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> He talks more about his time working on the film 'The Killing Fields', also about Crumbville his little nickname he refers to when talking about New York. He moves into talking about Thailand prostitutes and also about how one of them can use a banana as a source of entertainment. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h31m41s115.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> But in all of this, Spalding is searching for a moment. A moment where he can feel that the whole experience was worth it. He finds it in Ivan the Guru Scuba diver. Or it could have been the 2nd toke on the ganja. Who knows? It makes him to not want to leave paradise. Especially once describing a beach in Shangri La. It sounded beautiful. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h367/SlasherMonster/stc/vlcsnap-2011-03-25-15h26m27s48.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> What makes this experience tolerable is Spalding. The way he speaks isn't entirely hypnotic, but it does make you sit up in your seat to hear what he has to say. A force to be reckoned with indeed and it's amusing to sit and listen to someone whose knowledge about an experience they had in their life be so satirical and yet thought-provoking. Not too many people can do that in a one man show. You have to have that magnetic charisma as well as a thing for speaking fluently. If you liked My Dinner with Andre where it was just two people talking than you might like this one with a man who looks like he's talking to himself. <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11140398"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/ZV93Khdyxpo/0.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Flixster</a> - Share Movies</div>

  • Jan 07, 2011

    relentless coherence

    relentless coherence