Film Discussion 02: Fight Club

Wow! What a discussion! There is a lot going on in Fight Club, and we barely scratched the surface, even in the hour we had. But we were able to cover Marla's importance in the story, how we should respond to consumerism, as well as if Tyler Durden would be any different if they made the movie today.

Thanks to Melissa, Irene, Ray, and Dustin for joining me tonight (and Dustin, don't worry, I understand 30 Rock trumps and you had to leave early!).

Check out the show notes below with all the links we shared during the discussion. I'd love to hear any thoughts you have on the movie or the discussion in the comments!

If you missed it, make sure to check out our discussion on Pulp Fiction. And if you want to join in on the fun next time, check out the information for Francis Ford February: A Coppola Retrospective.

Show Notes

1. 11 Hidden Secrets in Fight Club by Sam Greenspan

Check out this list to discover the secret behind the Tyler flashes, many clues why Tyler isn't real, and more! Definitely a great resource even after you've seen the film a few times.

2. Fight Club: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk

Melissa was the only one of us who had read the book they based the movie on and was kind enough to share a preview on Google books! I've been meaning to read it, and I'd love to hear what Melissa thought about the different endings in the book and movie (or any of you who have read it).

3. Fight Club : A Ritual Cure For The Spiritual Ailment Of American Masculinity by Jethro Rothe-Kushel

The quote I read was from this article, and reads as follows:

Fight Club frames America lacking a public venue to integrate the emotional component of white male identity. When there is a communal or cultural void, history suggests that violence can complete that lack. Fight Club exposes the void and offers three solutions: crying, violence, and movies. Fight Club asks the question, what do you want to do with the Jacks of our country—those unwanted children of America who were raised on cultural action hero myths and yearn to live those stories? We can send them to support groups to mourn the impossibility of living this dream, send them to war to partake in the battle, or send them to experience the "Fight Club" of American cinema.

And that's all we have for now! If you have any other links or resources to share, please do!

Ben Brandt

Ben is a front-end developer with a love for all things web. When he isn't coding for his 8-to-5, he's usually running, watching movies, or playing with new web frameworks and languages.

Portland, OR

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