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“The First Rule of fight club: you do not talk about fight club.
The second rule of fight club: you DO NOT talk about fight club.”
Name: Fight Club
Writer & Director: directed by David Fincher Screenplay by Jim Uhls
Starring: Edward Norton, Helena Boham carter, Brad Pitt
DT’s Rating 9.5/10
“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. ”
Fight Club has to be one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. It’s widely regarded as a classic (or at least a cult classic), but I never got around to actually watching it before.
For me, the writing is what primarily draws me to a good film – the style and the writing skill and the characters. You get it with films like ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘The Green Mile’, where you lap it up and bathe in it as it navigates complex issues, dark humor and human nature.
Fight club is definitely one of those films. It’s pessimistic but eloquent, funny, has a brilliant way with words, visually lush (though somewhat dystopian) and is full of twists and surprises and alleyways of unusual interest that you’re never bored. What’s more, the characters are unusual and brilliantly realised, and the cinematography is clever and impressive.
‘The Narrator’ is an insomniac office worker, somewhat obsessed with catalogues and getting his life built up ‘just so’ as if it’s a collection. he’s detached and depressed, drifting through life. After advice form his Doctor to go to a testicular cancer group meeting (instead of being given pills to cure his insomnia), to see what ‘real suffering’ is like, he soon becomes obsessed with living a lie – drifting between support groups, addicted to the suffering, because in realising there’s nothing in life he can sleep.
there he meets an odd disjointed woman named Marla who appears to be similarly addicted to these suffering sessions, and his insomnia creeps up again as he can no longer get release.
Later, while travelling in a plane for work, he meets Tyler, an odd and charismatic soap salesmen. After his apartment is blown up out of the blue, he calls in Tyler to have somewhere to sleep and the two start a friendship. Tyler’s anarchic, optimistically-bleak outlook in life changes the Narrator;s life, and as the two live together they start up a ‘fight club’ – as in fighting they only feel alive.
When Tyler starts a sexual relationship with Marla, and as the fight club expands, things very very quickly get complicated. When the club becomes a vandalism-based semi-terrorist attack on corporate life, the Narrator feels pushed out by Tyler’s plans. When he demands more involvement and a member of the fight club dies as a result, Tyler disappears and he is forced to chase after him all over the country and he quickly descends the proverbial rabbit-hole to a revelation that will shake the very foundations of his life….
You’re probably not very up on pop culture if you don’t know what the twist to this classic film is, but if you don’t then you’ll love it – it’ll be excellent as a surprise. If you do, you should still enjoy it all the way through, because it’s brilliantly expressed and realised, plus you have the added fun of spotting the easter eggs and hints throughout the whole film.
In short a truly excellent film everyone should watch at least twice.
And finally one last quote:
“Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken.”
Name: South Park – the imaginationland trilogy
Certificate: 15 – definitely not for kids. has some sick and graphic (but hilarious) jokes in it…but thsi is south park after all
Genre: Adult cartoon/ comedy
Notes: The dvd has 2 bonus episodes on them that make the episode make sense more. the ‘christmas critters’ one is especially good
DT’s Rating 9/10
Summary from here
In the latest season (Season 11), one of their triumphs was the three parter “Imaginationland.” It starts with Cartman getting Kyle to sign a contract suggesting if he sees a leprechaun and can prove it exists, Kyle will have to suck his balls. When the boys of South Park actually do catch one, it starts both threads of the three parter, 1) there’s a place called Imaginationland and it’s under attack, and Cartman is desperate to get Kyle to suck his balls.
In imaginationland is everything humans have ever dreamed up, from Santa to Jesus to Totoro to the Smurfs, to every pop culture reference you can catch. A bunch of the boys are taken there, but terrorists have attacked it, and start ruining our imagination. The government finds out about this and tries to get there as well, which involves kidnapping Kyle and Stan right before Cartman gets Kyle to suck his balls due to a judge telling Kyle to man up to his contract.
The terrorists unleash the evil side of imagination, which prepares for a battle against the good side, and the baddies include Alien, Predator, Freddy, Manbearpig, and the Woodland Critters.
I’m gradually getting back into South Park after a long absence, but I have to say I love it. This episode is especially good – it’s crisply animated while still retaining the Southpark feel, and the story is great. the jokes are fast and almost always hit the nail on the head funny wise, and the pop cultures come thick and fast. It’s a crude as ever, and some of the darker jokes are pretty sick, but in cartoon form it’s hilarious.
I thoroughly recommend it
[ Sorry for not updating as frequently as hoped. I’m having a bit of a turbulent time with my uni-work. All will be well soon 😉 ]
Name: The Boat That Rocked
American Release name: Pirate Radio
Date: 1st April 2009 (UK) 13th Nov 2009 (US)
Writer & Director: Richard Curtis (4 weddings and a funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jone’s diary, Love Actually, Blackadder, the Vicar of Dibley)
Wikipedia: here (contains spoilers)
DT’s Rating 8/10
Richard Curtis is, quite simply, a legend – having written some of the best British films and sitcoms of our age.
[seriously, if you haven’t seen any of the credits listed to his name above, promptly slap yourself and go watch them. NOW. They’re hilarious and heartwarming. DO IT! ]
Therefore, when I learned that this was written and directed by him, I really looked forwards to seeing it – and I was not disappointed at all
In my ‘research; (ho-hum) I was surprised to find that it absolutely flopped at the cinema and the box office (which somewhat explains why it’s on DVD so quick), and lemme tell you now – it’s completely unjustified. The Script is hilarious in places, the characters are vibrant, colourful and heartwarming, and the setting is great even though it does take somewhat a loose and very characterised stance on the history behind it’s plot….but it’s all in good fun.
In 1966 it’s the golden era of pop music and rock n’ roll….but the only accepted radio station is the BBC, which plays less than half an hour of that kind of music a day. Consequently many pirate radio stations have popped up to try and fill the gap – broadcasting form boats in the sea so as to get through the legal loopholes and broadcast. Over 25 million people tune into the most successful ‘Radio Rock’ and the stiff and boring government is not happy.
The story’s not particularly realistic even if the historical basis is very real – and it all comes down to sex, rock n’ roll and having a great time vs the over-the-top old-man-style disapproval of the government suits….but if you view the film as just a bit of fun (as it was intended) then you’re sure to love it. All the good stuff of what makes Richard Curtis great are there in spades, and it’s supported by an excellent cast of British actors – there’s countless familiar faces
In short – great stuff and lots of fun. Well worth a watch for anyone, especially fans of the 60s.