30/30 Fight Club (1999)

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Look, I went all predictable. But why lie when I genuinely believe Fight Club is a little piece of heaven (a twisted one at that). Here are some of the reasons to prove you’re an idiot if you try to argue with the immense awesomness of the film :

1. Chuck Palahniuk
Even though he’s admitted himself that the film is better than the book, there’s only one mind some of these great lines could’ve come out of.

I am Jack’s raging bile duct.

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.

It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.

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.

Palahniuk’s is considered quite an eccentric (as many great minds are) and a loner (as many great writers are) who’s dedicated his career to breaking through norms of acceptability, boredom and ‘fighting the machine’, often portraying the endless struggle of meaninglesness earning himself the label of a nihilist (BHA!). I love that he’s come back with saying that he’s a romantic, dwelling in his own ideology and values.

2. Ed Norton
Even though it’s clear that he’s lost some of his shine since the turn of the new millenium (let’s face it, he did his best work in the 90’s as a young thang) I still proclaim him as my favourite actor (as you can see here). Even though his latest films haven’t really been hits, he works with passion and does great things with his characters (Stone and Leaves of Grass are great examples of this).

3. Brad Pitt
Am I the only one who constantly underrates and gets surprised by Pitt? He’s created this image of moviestardom but actually underneath it all he truly is an actor, and quite a versatile one at that (I mean Se7en vs. Burn After Reading ?). I guess it’s the face that tricks you int believing he’s all looks, no substance. He doesn’t produce such a steady stream of remarkable characters as let’s say DiCaprio, but a Tyler Durden he’s the embodiment of that character all the way down to a t. He’s coming up with some very interesting stuff in upcoming months/years with World War Z, Moneyball and Cogan’s Trade, getting closer and closer to that inevitable Oscar.

4. The Narrator / Tyler Durden dynamic
What a great couple these two make; two sides of the same coin. As they explore the underground spirituality that their little circle of friends lives on, breathes on, they work as a unisent entity, loving every second of their previously empty lives, that now has become meaningful through acts of violence, anarchy and disobedience. Rarely have I seen two such different characters fit so well together on screen, every action complementing eachother’s. The white-collar, materialistic, empty insomniac and the outrageous, cocky “organic” soap-manufacturer

5. David Fincher
I dare not get into this again. You can read it here. And here.


9 responses to “30/30 Fight Club (1999)

    • Wow your late to the game! Well done though, you don’t want to be classified as a ‘person who hasn’t seen Fight Club’. What a stigma!

  1. OMG I love this film, haven’t seen it for ages. Will be re-visiting very soon after reading this!!! I just love Norton in this.

    • I know! He was kind of born to play this role. And AMHX. I wish he’d get one of these type of iconic roles in the next few years to revitalize his career!

    • Not the biggest fan of hers, but i do agree that this is her greatest role to date (not that I’m particularly knowlegable on the topic).

  2. His name is Rupert :P

    I know that ‘We’re the middle children of history, man.’ is totally inaccurate because of the racial tensions all over the world. But as a middle class child of the 90’s it did feel as if history ended and we had nothing more to complain about. It’s admittedly a stupid sentiment, as if ‘Nothing bad is happening around us and we should recreate chaos and violence.’ But it’s a genuine feeling that even I felt at the time.

    I also don’t fault the movie since no movie can predict the future. Instead of us fighting for anarchy, 9-11 actually brought middle class, North American society went retrograde and wanted to protect their jobs, money, cars, credit card debt and their khakis. It’s as if the movie shows how terrorist groups are built or whether there’s an anarchist in all of us. This movie will forever represent this young idealism that can never be outgrown unlike other angsty movies released in the era.

    Also, the best Fincher is Zodiac.

  3. Really nothing to add after reading this is there? I used to have a hard time deciding whether this or Pulp Fiction was the best film from the 90’s but I can safely say it’s Fight Club.

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