A to Z Challenge 2015 - Day 6 - Fight Club


F Is For Fight Club


Preamble: Remember how I warned you about the fact that a lot my favorite movies are based on books? Well, here comes another one. #Sorrynotsorry. I loved this movie when I was in middle school. I actually still have the worn out VHS as a testament to my affinity for this film. This movie is one of the most quotable movies on the 90's if you ask me. I know this movie line for line and shot for shot. I loved the book it's based on as well as the author Chuck Palahniuk and almost all of his other books as well. I think this was one of the first movies I tracked online from start to finish.

The thing that stands out most about this film in my mind is the score which was provided by The Dust Brothers. At the time I think it was one of the most modern scoring choices that I'd listened to.

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Year: 1999

Rated: R

Summary - An insomniac office worker looking for a way to change his life crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker and they form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more...

Directed by: David Fincher

Screenplay by: Jim Uhls

Based on: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Starring:
  • Edward Norton as The Narrator
  • Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden
  • Helena Bonham Carter as Marla Singer

The Review
Fight Club makes many bold statements against a modern consumer-driven society. I could fill an entire novel comparing it to A Clockwork Orange but I won't (maybe another time, though). However, I find a lot of people who try to water the content down and compare it to American Beauty (which is a movie I feel is SUPER overrated and kind of gross).

This film was a milestone but it did, like a lot my favorite movies bomb at the box office only to go and find success once it was released for a home audience and eventually garnered a cult classic status. I feel that the cult status has a lot to do with Fincher's cinematic language he used during the film which has noticeably left a mark that can still be felt even today.

Fight Club shoots to be an aggressive, in your face, brutal satire that is a brilliant masterpiece or at least it was at the time of it's release.

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Grade:
Then - A+++
Now - B+

Aces for Acting
  • Edward Norton

MVP
  • Meatloaf

Favorite Character
  • Angel Face

Best Character Interactions
  • The Narrator and Marla

Best Scene
  • The narrator meets Tyler Durden

Notable Quotable
  • Marla: I haven't been f***ed like that since grade school.

Most Memorable Moment
  • The ending

Fun Facts
  • Fight Club won the 2000 Online Film Critics Society Awards for Best DVD, Best DVD Commentary, and Best DVD Special Features.
  • Fight Club was recognized as an innovator in cinematic form and style since it exploited new developments in filmmaking technology.
  • Fincher said Fight Club was a coming of age film, like the 1967 film The Graduate but for people in their 30.
  • Marla Singer’s phone number is the same as Teddy’s number in the movie Memento.
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Did I whet your appetite to watch Fight Club for the first time or maybe just the first time in a long time?

Be sure to come back tomorrow when I discuss Get Shorty.

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