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My Favorite Scene: Fight Club (1999) “Welcome to Fight Club”

“How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never really been in a fight?” Brad Pitt asks it of Edward Norton shortly after they meet, and people (particularly men) have been asking each other the question ever since David Fincher’s 1999 anarchic masterpiece was released.  Based on the equally (and oddly quite wise) novel by Chuck Palahniuk.  Fincher’s film is a unique and insightful look at the societal neutering of the American male.  I’m going to write this from the standpoint of one…since that’s what I happen to be.  Men are hard-wired for aggression.  We want to punch stuff.  We like to see things blow up, destroyed, and laid low.  We’re hunter-gatherers at our core.  Now we spend 40 hours a week in a sea of grey cubicles, and our weekends at Bed, Bath & Beyond.  There’s something missing.  We’re missing a key part of ourselves and it manifests in bottles of whiskey and Prozac.  We don’t know ourselves, because most of us haven’t been in a fight.  That’s why Fight Club (which didn’t do well in theaters) became a cult sensation.  It touched a nerve with men.  It was a revelation.
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Top 5: Scenes from Fight Club (IMDB Top 250 #10)

Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Fight Club
Every month (or so) we take a look at a movie on the Internet Movie Database’s List of the TOP 250 FILMS OF ALL-TIME.  These are movies that transcend a simple “My Favorite Scene” column.  These are movies that are hard to just pry five gems from, but we do and examine the film overall.  We’re on our ninth installment in this series.  Click on the links for The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Dark Knight, Pulp Fiction Schindler’s List, 12 Angry Men, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, and The Return of the King to check out previous installments.

Brad Pitt, Tyler Durden, Fight Club

“How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never really been in a fight?” Brad Pitt asks it of Edward Norton shortly after they meet, and people (particularly men) have been asking each other the question ever since David Fincher’s 1999 anarchic masterpiece was released.  Based on the equally (and oddly quite wise) novel by Chuck Palahniuk.  Fincher’s film is a unique and insightful look at the societal neutering of the American male.  I’m going to write this from the standpoint of one…since that’s what I happen to be.  Men are hard-wired for aggression.  We want to punch stuff.  We like to see things blow up, destroyed, and laid low.  We’re hunter-gatherers at our core.  Now we spend 40 hours a week in a sea of grey cubicles, and our weekends at Bed, Bath & Beyond.  There’s something missing.  We’re missing a key part of ourselves and it manifests in bottles of whiskey and Prozac.  We don’t know ourselves, because most of us haven’t been in a fight.  That’s why Fight Club (which didn’t do well in theaters) became a cult sensation.  It touched a nerve with men.  It was a revelation.
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Trailer Time: Gone Girl Trailer #2 (2014) David Fincher, Ben Affleck

In a much better trailer, I think, than the first teaser that had everyone saying they knew what happened now (you do not unless you read the book), Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star in David Fincher’s Gone Girl.  I strongly recommend the novel by Gillian Flynn.  Full description below and Gone Girl is out in October. Continue reading Trailer Time: Gone Girl Trailer #2 (2014) David Fincher, Ben Affleck

Top 5: Directors

Film, as it is often said, is a director’s medium and it’s true.  Directors have more influence over the quality of a film than any other person involved in the process.  I picked my top five directors based on a few criteria.  They have to be still working.  They have to have directed at least three feature films.  They have to be still capable of directing a great film (in my opinion of course).  For example, Frances Ford Coppola is still alive, still occasionally working, but I don’t think he has a great film left in him.  So with those rules in mind, here are my top 5 and those just off the list.

1. Chris Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception)
Christopher Nolan

2. David Fincher (Fight Club, Zodiac, The Social Network)
David Fincher

3. Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper)
Rian Johnson

4. Brad Bird (Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Mission Impossible IV)
Brad Bird

5. Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings Trilogy & The Hobbit Trilogy)
Peter Jackson

Honorable Mention: JJ Abrams, James Cameron, Alfonso Cuaron,  Guillermo del Toro, and Joss Whedon

Trailer Time: Gone Girl Trailer #1 (2014) Plus Poster! New Fincher!

Gillian Flynn is one of my favorite writers and this was the best book I read two years ago.  Read it IMMEDIATELY if you haven’t (here’s my review).  Flynn adapted the screenplay so with that and the talent onboard (David Fincher also being one of my favorites) this is one of my top 5 of the fall if not the whole year.

Based on the bestselling crime thriller by Gillian Flynn (who also adapted the screenplay), Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Carrie Coon.

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
Gone Girl