Screen Junkies » fight club http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:54:36 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 Honest Trailer: Fight Club http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailer-fight-club/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailer-fight-club/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:17:58 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=266123 It's been 15 years since Tyler Durden laid out the rules of Fight Club. Now relive the classic movie about violence, mayhem, and... littering?

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Soundtrack Studies: ‘Fight Club’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/fight-club/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/fight-club/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:11:24 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264065 I want you to listen as hard as you can.

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Last week I spoke of my two reservations in choosing soundtracks for Soundtrack Studies: I didn’t want to do instrumentals (because they’re just harder to write about and far better experienced than read) and I didn’t want to pick soundtracks that were done by just one artist, because the curation of different artists is one of the most compelling aspects of soundtracks.

Nonetheless, I tossed those criteria out the window and did ‘The Social Network, which featured no words, and was done entirely by the team of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Oh well.

I also wrote about how Trent Reznor and David Fincher seemed to be a natural fit for each other, which is presumably why Fincher had recruited Reznor to write his now defunct Fight Club musical. But before there were musicals, spinoffs, or variety hours, there was Fight Club the film which had its own soundtrack, which sounded a LOT like Trent Reznor, even though it was done in its entirety by the the Dust Brothers. And it’s all instrumental as well, save for the last scene, which I will talk about later and is why I’m writing about this soundtrack in the first place.

For those unfamiliar, Fight Club, more than it is about fighting, is about the insidiousness of white male rage. The protagonist (an unnamed narrator played by Edward Norton), gets convinced by a mischievous stranger to thwart the conventions he’s mired himself in, and live life on a more savage, animalistic level. As the film progresses, we see Brad Pitt’s Tyler Durden evolve from “charming imp” to “nihilistic criminal,” which is likely the character’s M.O. all along.

And as we’re faced with and rejecting the Narrator’s very existence, we’re given a droning score that serves as a heart monitor for Edward Norton’s character. For the entire film, the score intentionally avoids crescendo, climax, or excitement, instead serving to ratchet up the tension of a man hitting rock bottom of his own free will (but not really of his own free will.) The exception to this being the opening credits, which, in hindsight, teaches you the only exciting thing in the Narrator’s life is how messed-up his mind is.

Through that lens, the Dust Brothers were a very inspired choice. But they were also a very subversive one. Having been auteurs of beat-driven music fro over ten years at that point, they had largely cut their teeth as producers prior to the film, having overseen the excellent Beck album Odelay, the Korn (naturally) song “Kick the P.A.” and Hanson’s “MMMBop.”

Yes. The Dust Brothers did Hanson’s “MMMBop.” They’re nothing if not diverse.

Unfortunately, the soundtrack listings on Spotify seem to be more what people THINK should have been on the Fight Club soundtrack more than what’s actually on the Fight Club soundtrack. What people think should be on it is fascinating, but not really germane to this discussion. However, if you’d like to get a glimpse of someone making their own, you can see it here. If you want the actual soundtrack, made by the people we’re talking about here, it’s in this lengthy, lengthy YouTube video:

It really does sound a lot (alotalotalot) like The Social Network soundtrack. So much so that many Internet denizens refer to Nine Inch Nails as the composer. Close, but wrong.

The score, like that of The Social Network, sets an eerily ambient tone that pairs as well with senseless vandalism and savagery as it does with a dinner party or filling out a spreadsheet. Instrumental music often affords itself that versatility in a manner that singers can’t. And the film sticks to that formula right until the very end, when the Narrator puts a bullet through his head, demonstrating his free will apart from Tyler Durden, killing him, then watching the world burn and getting the girl.

It’s a lot to take in on a narrative level, but the use of The Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind” serves as one of the more iconic songs in film, serving as both heavy-handed wordplay (where IS Edward Norton’s mind), but mostly just cutting through the tension carried in the film with  a cathartic release. You know. Like a bullet to the head.

It’s what the film’s soundtrack is most known for, and it rewards the viewer for two hours and fifteen minutes of watching this man trudge through life, then take misguided pains to make it a little more interesting. There’s probably a moral there, but David Fincher’s not the type of person to tell you what it is.

 

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‘Fight Club Minus Tyler Durden’ Really Spells Things Out For You http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/fight-club-minus-tyler-durden-really-spells-things-out-for-you/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/fight-club-minus-tyler-durden-really-spells-things-out-for-you/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:17:17 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=258856 Turns the twist into a really "well, duh" moment.

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As a service to the less-imaginative, Richard Trammel went ahead and showed us the world through Jared Leto‘s eyes by digitally removing Brad Pitt’s Tyler Durden from this Fight Club scene. The result is like a scene out of Ghost Dad. All that’s missing is a shot of a wino doing a double-take before throwing away his hooch but for good. Perhaps that can be added digitally.

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The 8 Most Awesomely Savage Beatings In Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-8-most-awesomely-savage-beatings-in-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-8-most-awesomely-savage-beatings-in-film/#comments Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:00:59 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=243530 Think this list is dumb? Try sayin' that to ITS FACE!

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I think we can all agree that the best thing about movies is their presentation of consequence-free violence. Since that’s the best aspect of cinema, it stands to reason that the best movies are the ones that contain the most graphic displays of violence. You can try to argue with that logic, but you’ll fail.

I have created a shortlist of the most savage beatings in cinema (not the most violent scenes, per se), thus finally shedding some light on the eight greatest movies of all time.

Here they are.

(Note: I didn’t include clips of these films, because many of them weren’t available, and you should probably see all these movies. They’re pretty interesting, if not good.)

Irreversible

There’s a whole lot of context to the wildly disturbing scene in this wildly disturbing movie that features a rape and beating scene that lasts for minutes with no cutaway, but even in context, this gets my vote for the most disturbing beating in film. The lack of editing here forces you to watch what’s going on, independent of the reactions of characters onscreen. You don’t get to hide from the brutality of it all.

FYI: The film is in French, which might actually be more painful than the violence depicted.

Fight Club

There are two scenes in this film that could easily make this list and one that would be on the fringe. The two that would be shoo-ins would be Tyler’s beating at the hands of Lou, the owner of the bar where Fight Club occurs, and the narrator’s pummeling of Angel, played by Jared Leto. The narrator’s fight with himself was also surprisingly graphic, though it was a little too funny to be savage.

I’m picking the beating of Jared Leto as the most gruesome, due to the length, the static camera, and, most importantly, the sounds. That wet meat sound that is prevalent in the scene adds a very real element that those kung-fu sound effects don’t lend to other scenes.

The Untouchables

If you want your beating to be viewed as “savage” or “violent,” use a baseball bat. Not a tire iron, or a golf club, but a baseball bat. While only two scenes on this list employ baseball bats, many of the also-rans that just missed the cut ratchet up the pain factor with bats. Namely: Casino, Inglorious Basterds, and A Bronx Tale.

The brutality of the scene in The Untouchables is partially a result of the context. Al Capone, played by Robert De Niro, is pacing around a banquet table, lecturing his criminal compatriots. He then proceeds, while all parties are dressed in tuxedos, to beat one of them to death.

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8 Famous Dildo Scenes For Those Without A Date On Valentine’s Day http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/8-famous-dildo-scenes-for-those-without-a-date-on-valentines-day/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/8-famous-dildo-scenes-for-those-without-a-date-on-valentines-day/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2012 21:00:35 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245360 This is as romantic as this website gets, unfortunately.

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Valentines Day is the most romantic day of the year – if you’re in a relationship. If not, you may be relegated to other, baser pursuits. Not that we’re judging. In fact, we’re here to help. While it’s quite easy to find solace for lovers amid the myriad romantic comedies that abound, it’s a little harder to find films geared towards the lonely, and perhaps horny. So, to celebrate the unsung victims of Valentines Day, we’ve put together a collection of our favorite dildo scenes from Hollywood films.

I’m sure I’m leaving out some truly glorious dildos, so please call to my attention any omissions in the comments, you perverts.

Fight Club

This dildo definitely is a supporting player, as it’s just sort of there in Marla’s apartment, unacknowledged save for Brad Pitt half-heartedly tweaking it while standing idly in the apartment.

VALENTINES DAY BONUS DILDO REFERENCE!: We’ve also got this scene, in which the most awesome baggage rep for an airline ever explains why Edward Norton’s bag has been quarantined by the airlines. (Hint: It’s because of a dildo!)

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels

Dildos rarely embody love and romance, as this scene from Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels demonstrates. Here, a pornographer-cum-gangster named Hatchet Harry doesn’t get a satisfactory answer to his question, so he bludgeons to death the respondent with a 15-inch black dildo, as we are all inclined to do when we don’t get the answers we feel we are entitled to.

It’s the least romantic entry on this list, and this list isn’t exactly rife with romance.

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Can ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Live Up To These 6 Book-To-Film Adaptations? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/can-the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-live-up-to-these-6-book-to-film-adaptations/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/can-the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-live-up-to-these-6-book-to-film-adaptations/#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2011 15:00:25 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=239923 The lesson here? Only read when you absolutely have to.

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While in many instances, comparing films adaptations to their books is often a fools errand (as comparing media is like comparing apples and elephants) it’s interesting to see how a film can own the premise that a book presents and seemingly keep it as its own. These films are no longer considered “adaptations,” and probably haven’t been since before their release. Though they are of course, adapted works, they have so resolutely defined themselves outside of the context of the source material that they might as well be independent works.

This may come across as an implicit slam of the novels’ authors, seeing as how theei work has been eclipsed. Make no mistake, their work HAS been eclipsed, but I happen to view them as partial authors of a bigger story, one that couldn’t be told as well without the stirring visuals that a film production can provide. Though, the fact that I had read all of these books after seeing the movies surely taints that perception.

This list stems from consideration of the upcoming The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptation by David Fincher, who I find to be a director capable of owning his movies, whatever the source. While no one will ever argue that the book is an all-time great, Fincher always preserves the possibility that it could be the foundation for an all-time great film.

Fight Club

I’ve always felt if you’ve read one Chuck Palahniuk book, you’ve read them all. Perhaps I felt this way because I read about four over a two week span, getting all the details confused and conflated. Fight Club is hardly a distinct work in Palahniuk’s catalog, but it’s a testament to David Fincher and the cast to see just how insulated they make the nihilistic tale feel. Fincher has a way of making the unremarkable remarkable, as he recently did with The Social Network. Stories of internet startups aren’t supposed to be that captivating.

To see someone build on a writer’s irreverence and creativity, see Fight Club. To see them do nothing with it, watch Choke, a limp adaptation of a later Palahniuk work.

The Shining

Sure, Stephen King did a great job with this haunting tale, killing an entire forest of trees to craft the chilling story of a family in isolation, trying to save themselves. However, it’s Stanley Kubrick’s touch, his ability to use dialog as sparingly as it’s used in real life, to terrify us as much as the family in the Overlook hotel. I feel it no slight against Stephen King to say that it is much easier to describe the ominous hotel than it is to show us. Considering how many iconic images there are from the movie (from the reveal of Jack Torrance’s “novel” to his breaking through the door, to the elevator doors unleashing a sea of blood down the hallway), this great book was clearly turned into a legendary movie.

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12 Proto-Hipsters Who Were In Movies Before It Was Cool http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/12-proto-hipsters-who-were-in-movies-before-it-was-cool/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/12-proto-hipsters-who-were-in-movies-before-it-was-cool/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2011 19:46:06 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=233065 What did one hipster say to the other? Nothing, he was just mumbling because I kicked all his teeth out with my steel-toed boot.

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Sure, the hipster phenomenon and backlash has gotten to the point that the detractors of hipsters are almost as insufferable as the subjects themselves, but that doesn’t mean hating them is wrong.

Hipsters have been around, both in film and in my life, for a long long time. Sure, they listened to different types of music, and wore different types of ugly clothes, but they were smug and underachieving well before Pitchfork came about and Pabst made a resurgence, popping up in newly gentrified neighborhoods the nation over.

Now hurry up and read this, otherwise you’ll be late for your The War on Drugs show at the public pool.

Troy Dyer – Reality Bites

This guy is just the worst. I would call him a hipster cliché, but he led the way by about 15 years or so. Troy Dyer. Yuck. He is a musician by night in a band called “Hey, That’s My Bike!” that plays Violent Femmes covers.

I have just proven that he’s a horrible hipster, but I’ll keep going. He’s resentful of damn near everything that doesn’t have to do with himself. He treats Ben Stiller’s character like total crap in that movie, even though Ben Stiller and Steve Zahn’s characters are the only ones I don’t want to whiz on by the end credits.

His greasy, slacker brand of nihilism is unconvincing and lame. The only character I dislike more in this film is Winona Ryder’s because she buys into it.

Steve Dunne – Singles

While this guy is probably the only “good guy” on this list, he’s got all the symptoms of a hipster. And I guess hipsters can be good people. I guess. From the Sub-Pop shirts to the concerts on school nights to his job trying to propagate mass transit in Seattle, (which, by the way, if you can’t sell Seattle on a green city-wide train, you should get out of the selling-people-stuff business), this guy bleeds hip. I’m willing to bet all my money that, though the movie doesn’t address it, he wasn’t born anywhere near Seattle, but rather moved there after he heard a Mudhoney album or something.

At least this guy has a fucking job. He’s not just some asshole writ—

Aw, man. I hurt my own feelings.

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‘Fight Club’ Looking To Kick Broadway’s Ass? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fight-club-looking-to-kick-broadways-ass/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fight-club-looking-to-kick-broadways-ass/#comments Thu, 13 Jan 2011 06:42:05 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15915 What Would Tyler Durden Do? He'd probably siiiiiiing!

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On the stage of Broadway’s Spider-Man musical, actors are getting injured left and right. Everyone thought this was a sure sign that the multi-million dollar Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark was gonna be one of the greatest musical flops of all-time. So what happened? It became the highest-grossing show on Broadway. The theater audience has voted, and they want blood.

That’s why I think director David Fincher and NIN frontman Trent Reznor are onto something with their idea for turning Fight Club into a musical. After many years of joking about it to the press, then half-joking about it to the press, we understand that they’re now actively working on adapting the film for the stage. The timing is perfect. Yes, imagining Tyler Durden and crew prance-fighting like the Jets and the Sharks is ridiculous, but that’s obviously not what it would be like. If they allow the actors to really beat each other up on stage, every single night, they can easily beat Spider-Man. In Spider-Man, the injuries are accidents – if crazy injuries were real and guaranteed, you could sell tickets for $200 a pop. A few actors might die, but they’ll die doing what they love: getting punched in the teeth.

Broadway, watch your back. (/Film)

Also: Calvin, watch your back, too.

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The First Rule of ‘Ferris Club’: You Do Not Talk About ‘Ferris Club’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-first-rule-of-ferris-club-you-do-not-talk-about-ferris-club/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-first-rule-of-ferris-club-you-do-not-talk-about-ferris-club/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 What if Cameron from Ferris Bueller's Day Off was insane, and Ferris was nothing more than a figment of his sick imagination? According to /Film, this question, known as the Ferris Bueller Fight Club Theory, has been plaguing the the Internet for over a year (I wouldn't know, since I just got online for the first time in March). But thanks to the fine people at Classy Hands, the question now has an answer. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Ferris Club, a re-edit of FBDO in the style of Fight Club. It's pretty spot on, except I didn't catch any shots of Principal Rooney, as played by Jeffery Jones. He's a sex offender, don't ya know. See Ferris Bueller channel Tyler Durden after the jump.

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What if Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was insane, and Ferris was nothing more than a figment of his sick imagination? According to /Film, this question, known as the Ferris Bueller Fight Club Theory, has been plaguing the the Internet for over a year (I wouldn’t know, since I just got online for the first time in March).

But thanks to the fine people at Classy Hands, the question now has an answer. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Ferris Club, a re-edit of FBDO in the style of Fight Club. It’s pretty spot on, except I didn’t catch any shots of Principal Rooney, as played by Jeffery Jones. He’s a sex offender, don’t ya know.

See Ferris Bueller channel Tyler Durden after the jump.

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