I always thought I'd like Fight Club (1999), but for some reason never got around to seeing it until last night.
I did like it and found it incredibly funny and smart and bluntly honest about how attractive fascism can be, especially to people who feel adrift, bereft of meaning. (Tricky to show the attractive side without also celebrating it, but I thought the director, David Fincher, did a good job. People who think the movie's a celebration are scary.)
I'd heard about the movie over the years, so there weren't many surprises except one huge one:
How come nobody ever told me it has The Best Shatner Reference ever?
Narrator (Ed Norton): If you could fight any celebrity, who would you fight?
Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt): Alive or dead?
Narrator: Doesn't matter. Who'd be tough?
Tyler: Hemingway. You?
Narrator: Shatner. I'd fight William Shatner.
I'm surprised I've found little online linking Star Trek and Fight Club.
Do you think it's because they have different fan bases? Still, it's not such a stretch. Fight Club is a variation on the episodes "The Enemy Within" and "Naked Time," which ask, What's your inner secret self?
And Kirk loves getting beat up.
So, I set Fight Club's rules to Star Trek screencaps (from Trekcore). I put a little Spock in for fun too.
Can you name the episodes?
Curious connection: David Fincher directed both Fight Club and The Social Network (2010).
If they two movies met, would one say to the other, "we're the same person?"
Fincher said of The Social Network in an interview:
"I wanted to make the 'Citizen Kane' of John Hughes movies. That’s not to say we’re making 'Citizen Kane.' But specifically, the 'Citizen Kane' of John Hughes movies. So, yes, it is a coming of age movie. They are kind of dorky teens figuring this shit out between them. And there’s no real intervention on behalf of adult society, you know? It’s kind of like they’re forced to figure it out for themselves."
from Fight Club screencaps