THE REASONS MOVIES RULE: FIGHT CLUB

It’s time for a new entry into our REASONS MOVIES RULE series. Wherein we give you 10 reasons a cult film, be it awesomely good or so bad it’s awesomely good, deserves to be given some respect. This week’s entry: FIGHT CLUB.

The REASONS MOVIES RULE series varies from our FILMS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU NEEDED TO SEE series a bit in that you’ve probably seen these films but don’t realize just how much they rule!

I’m very excited to induct Fight Club into this series for 2 reasons. For one, it happens to be my favorite film of all time. Second, I’m doing this as part of Blog Cabins’ 30 Days of Crazy Blog-o-thon. Here’s 10 of 1,000 reasons this movie rules. Enjoy:

10. QUOTES.

NARRATOR: Bob had bitch tits.

MARLA: I haven’t been fucked like that since grade school.

NARRATOR: Everyone was always asking me if I knew Tyler Durden.

TYLER: How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight?

NARRATOR: I felt like destroying something beautiful.

TYLER: You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.

NARRATOR: This is your life and it’s ending one second at a time.

I could go on for days but I’ll stop there. Though, I do need to mention…

9. ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOVIE MONOLOGUES EVER.

“Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.” — Tyler Durden

8. BRAD PITT AS TYLER DURDEN.

Brad Pitt has proven he’s a good actor. However, when he’s given free reign to play ape shit insane (as in films likes this and 12 Monkeys), Pitt proves he’s one of the best at his game.

Also, I’m of the opinion that Pitt’s abs should be credited seperately in the final credits because… DAMN!!!

FUN FACT: If you watch closely, you’ll notice that as the film progresses, Edward Norton loses more and more weight while Brad Pitt packs on more and more muscle! Compare the opening and final scenes!

7. THE MAN WITH NO NAME.

Many people don’t realize this but Edward Norton’s character, in the book this film was based on, was never given a name. This is kept faithful in the film. In the film’s screenplay, his character is called Jack in reference to a series of articles Norton’s character reads in old magazines he finds that attempt to explain the human body to children (I am Jack’s Obdula Oblingata). This, however, is not his name. On IMDB, he is simply reffered to as Narrator. They play off this nicely in the film when “Jack” gives Marla his number. She attempts to ask his name but the scene is cut short by a passing bus.

FUN FACT: If you look at Norton’s name tags as he attends all the 12 step groups at the beginning of the film, each one features a different name (Cornelius, Rupert, etc.)

6. A HUMMINGBIRD COULDN’T CATCH TYLER AT WORK.

Fincher puts all kinds of small touches on this film that help cement it as the classic it is. One I will save for number 1 (below), but be on the look out for things like the opening card that flashes before the FBI warning (shown above), the billboards popping up all over town (Did you know that you can use motor oil to fertilize your lawn?) and the nice big cock!

5. THE BOOK IS BETTER???

Nope… while the book is fantastic, this is one of the few instances where I’d call a tie. The great thing is that the film deviates enough from the book to find it’s own voice while retaining everything that makes the book great. I will say though that I read the book in one day… it’s that good! If you have the opportunity, definitely give it a look!

4. THE RULES.

You may want to beat the living hell out of someone but you must follow the proper edicate:

3. IT’S ALL MAN, BABY!

This film has everything a guy wants in a film. In fact, this film has so much balls, it borders on homo-erotic!

2. THE TWIST.

Tyler and Jack are the same person! I’m instituting the 10 year rule. Plus, I kind of hope I spoiled it for you cuz if you haven’t seen it you don’t deserve consideration. Easily one of the best twists in movie histroy!

As mentioned above, Fincher adds several small things in the film to set this up without screaming it to the audience. For instance, in the scene where Tyler tells Jack to “Just let go!” and the car crashes off the side of the highway… while Tyler is driving the car, after the crash, Jack actually gets out on the driver’s side. Insinuating he was driving the whole time… FUN FACT!!!

1. THE MESSAGE.

There are a lot of films out there about coming of age that take place in various generations. However, I have never seen a film other than Fight Club that details the transition of young adult (20’s) to full fledged adult (30’s+)… and it does it well. It also sums up all the internal struggles of my generation in a way I’ve never seen.

FIGHT CLUB TRAILER:

18 Responses to “THE REASONS MOVIES RULE: FIGHT CLUB”

  1. I’d never noticed the warning message before. I think I just wasted a minute of my life reading it! 🙂

  2. My balls always hang lower after watching Fight Club.

  3. I don’t ten reasons Fight Club rules, it just innately is!!! 🙂 Sweet post Kai. Awesome FBI warning, I didn’t even know about it since I don’t own the DVD (yea yea). I agree with you that Brad Pitt is at his best when he plays extreme characters like here, or 12 Monkeys or Snatch.

  4. […] Kai list ten reasons why Fight Club rules (The List) […]

  5. Fight Club is the kind of movie that makes you step back, take a good look at your life and think, ‘Oh shit’.

    I love all the little details you’ve highlighted. Great post, Kai.

  6. You’ll certainly get no argument from me. I love Fight Club! In a film jammed packed with nothing but great scenes and dialog, picking just five highlights must have been tough. The monologue you chose really is an outstanding one and I think it sums up the films vibe quite nicely too. The film has a ton to say but the visuals certainly deserve their share of accolades! The Ikea scene is fucking great! As is the airplane scene and a million others. And deep messages aside it has a lot of really fucking hot guys beating the shit out of each other. High marks in my book! One of my favourite lines…”Marla… the little scratch on the roof of your mouth that would heal if only you could stop tonguing it, but you can’t.”

    Well done Kai! A formidable choice for the reasons movies rule!

  7. I love the little touches Fincher puts in. The Warning alluded me until now, though.

  8. The great thing about Marla’s “grade school” line is that it was a fresh one – I think the line from the book was something like “I wanna have your abortion,” but the MPAA or the studio or whoever didn’t take too kindly to that one.

    This movie marked a first for me. I saw it on my birthday in 1999. The first part comes after, wherein I went back the next day to see it again it was so fucking good. I love everything about Fight Club. Great post, Kaiderman, though I’m shocked you didn’t include a pic of the giant dong.

    • Couldn’t find one… don’t think I didn’t try!
      If you look you can find the Marla lines they cut. It wasn’t the abortion one I don’t think. I think it was a molestation one but they’re all equally bad and awesome at the same time.

  9. Movie is definitely better than the book in this instance. Read this and Haunted by Palahniuk, keep trying to like him but it just ain’t gelling. Too much shock value I think, but who knows, I’ve still got Choke sitting on my shelf.

    • Skip Choke and read Survivor – that one might be my favorite outside of Fight Club. If you like that one, then read Choke. Choke is a good book, but Survivor is pretty badass.

      Avoid Snuff altogether. Very Chuck-ish, but almost feels like a caricature of Chuck, too.

      • I’ve heard his other books aren’t on par but I think FC is fantastic. I’ve read snippets of his other stuff and like the style just not the content or story per se. Also, where’s Fight Club 2? The book sets it up perfectly… ending not in the movie.

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