What Many People Missed in Fight Club

Fight Club was an unexpected spectacle from 1999. The direction by David Fincher is top notch and Edward Norton and Brad Pitt form an extremely memorable screen duo. Norton as the typical working stiff addicted to buying stuff he doesn’t need and Pitt as his uber cool and revolutionary counterpart.

SPOILERS: If you haven’t seen Fight Club, and you definitely should see it, stop reading NOW and enjoy the fucking MOVIE.

Towards the end of Fight Club, we discover that Norton’s character and Pitt (Tyler Durden) are actually the same person. Norton – called the narrator – ‘invented’ Durden in his mind to help him change and become the man he really desired to be. In the movie, at times he is seeing Tyler as a separate person and actually fights him (and thus himself) which leads to the start of the revolutionary Fight Club movement. At other times he is still his self-doubting self and again at other times he is fully Tyler Durden (which as an audience we don’t see) and he is spreading his movement through America.

The reason that he is sometimes still himself is that the journey to fully become his hero Tyler is quite a mental challenge. He finds it hard to be Tyler because it goes against his nature. Yet, because he is also repulsed by his own ‘slave’ behavior, he needs to become Tyler to set himself free from his consumerist lifestyle.

Now here comes a description the narrator gives of Tyler shortly after he meets him: “Tyler was a night person. When the rest of us were sleeping, he worked. He had one part time job as a projectionist. A movie doesn’t come all on one big reel. It comes on a few. Someone has to switch the projectors at the exact moment that one reel ends and the next one begins. You look for it and you can see those little dots come into the upper right corner of the screen. (Tyler: “In the industry, we call them cigarette burns”.) That’s the cue for a changeover. He flips the projector, movie keeps right one going and nobody in the audience has any idea. (Tyler: “Now why would anyone want this shit job?”) Because it affords him interesting opportunities. (Tyler: “Like splicing a single frame of pornography into family films.”) So when the snooty cat and the courageous dog with the celebrity voices meet for the first time in reel three, that’s when you’ll catch a flash of Tyler’s contribution to the film. Nobody knows that they saw it but they did. (Tyler: “Nice big cock.”) Even a hummingbird couldn’t catch Tyler at work.”

Now what many people missed is that these types of flashes occurred earlier in the movie. When the narrator is suffering from insomnia, Tyler appears in four flashes. Blink and you’ll miss them.

This is the process of Tyler manifesting himself in the narrator’s mind. Then the narrator meets (hallucinates) the complete Tyler for the first time on the airplane and the plot is set in motion. Tyler Durden starts setting Fight Clubs in major American cities and later renames it Project Mayhem. His ultimate goal is to blow up all financial buildings, so that all credit card data is destroyed and society can start again at zero.

At the end, the narrator discovers Tyler’s plans and wants to stop him. He shoots himself through the mouth and Tyler drops dead. The narrator is severely wounded, but he survived. Then his love interest Marla is delivered by his (Tyler’s) soldiers. They have a final conversation while the city block around them is reduced to cylinders. “You met me at a very strange time in my life”, is the final line.

But then! As the two lovers watch the inferno, we get an original Tyler Durden dick flash!

So that means the narrator did not really kill him. The mischievous Tyler is still in there and will definitely come back to once again become the narrator. So in the end it is Tyler that wins.

Het dierencarrousel

Vandaag hebben we Mentos laten inslapen, de laatste kip van onze originele groep van zes die we als kuikens hebben grootgebracht.

Dat was in 2010, dus Mentos is twaalf jaar geworden. Dat hoorde de dierenarts niet vaak. En dat niet alleen: ze heeft twaalf zomers doorgebracht op Het Konijneneiland: een paradijs voor dieren met de service (door Loesje) van een vijfsterrenhotel.

De missie van het Konijneneiland is inmiddels uitgebreid van een gelukkig leven creëren voor konijnen naar een gelukkig leven creëren voor alle levensvormen. We hebben de afgelopen jaren zo’n 100 bomen geplant (verschillende wilgensoorten) wat goed is voor de biodiversiteit: insecten en vogels profiteren van de gevarieerde flora. Zoals op de foto te zien weten ook eenden ons goed te vinden, net als ganzen en hoentjes. Ook leven er vier schapen (ouessanten) op het eiland. Alleen konijnen ontbreken momenteel, maar dat komt wel weer.

Mentos is vandaag vertrokken en ze heeft een prachtig kippenleven gehad. Nu sluit ze zich weer aan bij de originele groep: Bert (de haan), Lolita (zijn vrouw), Aagje en de gezusters Cochin. Rust zacht Mentos.

“Full circle: from the tomb of the womb to the womb of the tomb we come. An ambiguous and enigmatical incursion into a world of solid matter very soon to melt from us like the substance of a dream.”
― Joseph Campbell in ‘The Hero With a Thousand Faces’

TV Dungeon: Twin Peaks

(1990 – 1991, USA)

Creators: Mark Frost, David Lynch
Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn, James Marshall

2 Seasons (30 Episodes)

‘A town where everyone knows everyone and nothing is what it seems’

David Lynch, in collaboration with writer/producer Mark Frost, captured the imagination of audiences worldwide with one of the most legendary television series to emerge in the nineties: Twin Peaks. What starts as a slightly offbeat whodunit, evolves into a complex and superbly intriguing mystery thriller.

‘Who murdered the high school beauty queen Laura Palmer?’, is the original premise. But with all sorts of supernatural stuff going on, new and bigger questions arise. The mystery of the Black Lodge is one of the most fascinating ideas of the show, and though not all questions are answered in the end, the unexpected climax is still fulfilling in a strange Lynchian sort of way.

Every whodunit needs a mystery solver. In Twin Peaks, this is special FBI agent Dale Cooper, played with verve by Lynch’s favourite boy Kyle MacLachlan. This strange, donut loving detective employs quite unorthodox methods to crack the case. He has dreams and visions about dwarves and Tibet. He also knows stuff he cannot know and he is always one step ahead of the rest.

Besides McLaughlin’s strong central role, there are many supporting characters that are as real as they are fantastical. The cast is perfect and features many (television)stars to be. All the strange inhabitants of mountain town Twin Peaks lead a complex double life. It is up to Cooper and local sheriff Harry Truman (Ontkean) to unravel their many mysteries.

The plot in Twin Peaks often takes a backseat to just let the many bizarre characters interact with each other. The show often feels like a platform for all the crazy ideas that Lynch, Frost and other collaborators who have worked on the show could come up with.

What makes the final result so great is the seamless integration of genres. With delicious black humor and countless fantasy elements, such as dwarves, giants, aliens and demons, the viewer will get hooked in no time. It is constantly absorbing, even during long stretches in which basically nothing significant happens. Twin Peaks is an endlessly fascinating show that took dramatic television into an entirely new realm.

Followed two years later by a prequel/sequel movie called; Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and a new season of the show in 2017.