Thursday, March 3, 2022

Fight Club (USA: David Fincher, 1999)

“Our great war is a spiritual war; our great depression is our lives!”

Fight Club (USA: David Fincher, 1999: 139 mins)

Adkins, Ashleigh. "Fight Club: The Case of Psychological Misdirection and Bloodied Knuckles." Letterboxd (October 17, 2019)

Baker, Peter. "The Men Who Still Like Fight Club." The New Yorker (November 4, 2019)

Church, David. "“Propane is for pussies”: Bellflower’s bromance of retro technology and hip masculinity." Jump Cut #55 (Fall 2013)

---. "Remaining Men Together: Fight Club and the (Un)pleasures of Unreliable Narration." Offscreen 10.5 (Mat 2006)

Eig, Jonathan. "A beautiful mind(fuck): Hollywood structures of identity." Jump Cut #46 (2003)

“Entertainment Media Analysis Report: Fight Club.” ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture (2000)

Erickson, Steve. "Fight Club." [Personal Website: 1999]

"Fight Club (1999)." Hammer & Camera (September 19, 2019)

Kuersten, Erich. "CinemArchetype #7: The Shadow." Acidemic (March 8, 2012)

Frazer, Bryant. "Fight Club." Deep Focus (October 1999)

Graeber, David. Debt: The First 5,000 Years. Brooklyn, NY: Melville House Publishing, 2011. [Was reading the 1st chapter of this book at the same time as I was preparing for the Fall 2012 Ethics/Film screening of Fight Club -- it changed the way I conceived of the meaning of the dramatic ending of the film: "By the same token, for the last five thousand years, with remarkable regularity, popular insurrections have begun the same way: with the ritual destruction of the debt records--tablets, papyri, ledgers, whatever form they might have taken in any particular time and place. (8)"]

---. "On the phenomenon of bullshit jobs." libcom (August 20, 2013) [In regards to Tyler Durden's complaint of these types of jobs]

Chow, Galvin P. "I Am Jack's Younger Self: The Secret Connections between "Fight Club" and "Calvin and Hobbes" REVEALED! Blogsizer (no date)

Koski, Genvieve, et al. "Man Up, Pt. 1 - Fight Club." The Next Picture Show #186 (July 31, 2019) ["We’re looking at two films featuring underground fight clubs, secret identities, and male protagonists trying to reclaim their self-worth through violence, beginning with David Fincher’s Fight Club, which traffics in many of the same themes as Riley Stearns’ new The Art of Self Defense, albeit with decidedly more stylistic flourish. In this half of our toxic masculinity double feature, we dig into what made Fight Club so divisive in 1999, and what makes it seem so prescient today."]

---. "Man Up, Pt. 2 - The Art of Self-Defense." The Next Picture Show #187 (August 6, 2019) ["Riley Stearns’ new dark comedy The Art of Self Defense centers on an underground scene of fighters who engage in their own version of the transgressive tactics Tyler Durden plays with in 1999’s Fight Club, but both films are ultimately about the catharsis of violence. After digging into how The Art of Self-Defense spins the “fight club” premise to its own ends, we pit these two films against each other to see which reigns supreme!…Or, to determine what each movie has to say about their shared interests in misogyny, toxic masculinity, and the dehumanization of life in corporate America."]

Like Stories of Old. "Fight Club - How (Not) to Become a Space Monkey." (Posted on Youtube: November 16, 2019) ["Video essay on Fight Club; examining how charismatic leaders like Tyler Durden turn men into Space Monkeys."]

---. "The Myth of Heroic Masculine Purpose." (Posted on Youtube: February 28, 2022) ["A critical analysis of the myth of heroic masculine purpose, and its effect on men’s perception of manhood, and on their connection to others and to the world."]

Lizardo, Omar. "Fight Club, or the Cultural Contradictions of Late Capitalism." Journal for Cultural Research 11.3 (July 2007)

Mann, Doug. "Hunting Elk in the Ruins: Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club as Neo-Situationist Satire of Consumer Capitalism." (ND: Posted on his academic page for Western University - Canada)

O'Connell, Max. "Men's Rights Activists, GamerGate, and Why Fight Club is Still Worth Debating 15 Years Later." IndieWire (October 15, 2014)

Palahniuk, Chuck (Interviewed by Joe Rogan). "Why Men Like Fight Club." Jer Films (Posted on Youtube: April 27, 2020)

Probst, Christopher. "Anarchy in the USA." American Cinematographer (November 1999)

Rothe-Kushel, Jethro. "Fight Club: A Ritual Cure For The Spiritual Ailment Of American Masculinity." The Film Journal #8 (2002) [The journal is offline, now hosted on a North Dakota State University page] 

Rushkoff, Douglas. "They Say." Coercion: Why We Listen to What 'They' Say'. (NY: Metropolitan Books, 1999: 1-26) [A question that is raised, for me, is why we so easily accept what "they say?" Here is media theorist Douglas Rushkoff's brilliant critical and self-reflective exploration of this question.]

Sevilla, Susanna. "Things Are Not What They Seem." (Posted on Vimeo: February 2015) ["A video essay on title sequences from Hitchcock and Fincher films. An exploration of motion graphic design from analog to digital."]

Szhou, Tony. "David Fincher - And the Other Way is Wrong." Every Frame a Painting (October 1, 2014)

Vacker, Barry. "Slugging Nothing: Fighting the Future in Fight Club." To the Best of Our Knowledge (November 10, 2013)

Zavodny, John. “I Am Jack’s Wasted Life: Fight Club and Personal Identity.” Movies and the Meaning of Life: Philosophers Take on Hollywood. eds. Kimberly A. Blessing and Paul J. Tudico. Chicago: Open Court, 2005: 47-60. [Professor has copy]

The Directors Series- David Fincher [2.5] from Raccord on Vimeo.

"The most strongly enforced of all known taboos is the taboo against knowing who or what you really are behind the mask of your apparently separate, independent, and isolated egos." -- Alan WattsThe Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (1966)

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