Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Week 8: Delaware (Fight Club)

Category: Drama/Action

Quote of Interest:

Reject the basic assumptions of civilization—especially the importance of material possessions.”

–Tyler Durden

Three words to describe this film/state: Stop being sheep.

Best ‘Extras’:

  • The Mechanic, played by Holt McCallany
  • Group Leader, played by George Maguire and Christina Cabot
  • Food Court Maitre D’, played by Joel Bissonnette
  • Next Month’s Opponent, played by Robby Robinson
  • Angel Face, played by Jared Leto
  • Bus Driver with Broken Nose, played by Bennie E. Moore Jr.
  • Salvator, Winking Bartender, played by Paul Carafotes
  • Fight Spectator, played by Greg Bronson
  • BMW Salesman, played by Michael Arturo
  • Space Monkey, played by Philip Centanni and Marc Cinquanta
  • Champion Fighter, played by Tommy Dallace
  • Vomiting Fight Spectator, played by Tom Falzone
  • Passenger Clutching Armrest, played by Kevin Scott Mack
  • Fight Bully, played by Brian Tochi
  • Fight Patron saying, “I don’t know. What’s going on?”, played by Jawara

State food/recipe to try: Fried chicken, watermelon

Earring Inspo Character: Marla Singer

Other Notes: Fight Club turns 20 this year. I’m not one for violent movies, but if you can get past that element to see what this one is trying to say, there’s a lot going on here. Based on Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, Fight Club reflects one of the spiritual dilemmas of Generation X–this group’s identity in consumerist society. The things you own end up owning you. Producer Ross Grason Bell asks, “What controls your life? You, or your fears?” This question is played out by Tyler Durden and The Narrator (aka Tyler Durden’s fears). The Narrator has built his life on what the world tells him he should have and be, but he can’t sleep at night. He goes to support groups for problems he doesn’t have, just to feel something. He doesn’t even know who HE is, really, until he starts fighting. Until he loses everything in a seemingly accidental apartment explosion. “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” The Doorman says if you don’t know what you want, you end up with a lot that you don’t…”we buy things we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t like.” Most of us don’t even know who we are until middle-age, and some people unfortunately never figure it out because they’re so enmeshed in the system’s web that they forget they have their very own hands and minds to use. The effects of an overbearing Nurture. Our true Natures are smashed and squashed down by the powers that be because nothing different can upset the status quo. A lesson in self-semiotics, if you will. The benefits of humility vs. arrogance. Anyway…you get the point. In 1999, my 20-year-old, highly-sensitive self likely gleaned very little from this movie except the pure shock of raw violence, but I recall my buddy Keith (who’s always known what’s up) explaining the gist to me. Enter 2019’s timely Marie Kondo-ssance for my 40-year-old self; Marie, that angel of organizational joy who jolts us out of our materialistic stupors in the sweetest way, awakening us to who we’re supposed to be. Quite the opposite of Tyler Durden, and more my speed. For eye-opening, some people need the fire and brimstone, and some need the still, small voice.

Grade: B

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