So for one of my Journalism courses, my professor wanted the students to write about a movie they like, two movies they dislike, why do you like the movies you watch, etc.
It was an online assignment, and an assignment I considered to be interesting and fun.
I was very surprised at what some of the other students said. One student in the class responded to me, "When it comes to movies they are just a passtime." Another student said, "You look to deep into them." Another, "You are seeing things that aren't there."
Some of the students were very understanding, and actually saw it from my point of view.
The students who did not, were saying things like, "Transformers 2 is my favorite movie, because Megan Fox is hot!" Or "I just like to see action."
Not that there's anything wrong with that. But I believe there is more to movies than that.
So I just wanted to share/copy and past the assignment and post for whoever is interested.
"When I was growing up, and even to this day, movies have always played a role in my life, and shaped me into the person that I am today. When I was growing up, my parents would take me to the Movie Theater and Blockbuster almost every weekend. Little did they know that I would grow up being the movie geek that I am today.
I know most people see a movie, and they simply enjoy it or they don’t. On the other hand, for me personally, I always felt like there was so much more than just “seeing” a movie. Even at a young age, I knew that movies were an art form. An art form that can allow someone to be creative, express emotions, make us laugh, cry, feel scared, build a new world, a character, adventure, take us to a galaxy far far away, and make a project that many people can relate to and bring people together.
I remember growing up and being teased, not having too many friends, feeling like I let people down and even myself, and feeling like a reject. From a young age, I still remember going to the movies after school. Sometimes with my friend, or with my parents.
I lived very close to a theater, Blockbuster, and a library. I felt like it was important to go, because I literally had so many movies, characters, and worlds to choose from. I felt like I couldn’t relate to certain aspects in my life or people. So let me find a movie and or character that I can relate to, and believe me, I found lots. Whether it was a big budget movie, Indie, short film, straight to DVD, or those cheesy movies you see on the Chiller and SyFy channels at midnight.
I have always loved films and characters because sometimes they do the things we as a society have yet to completely accomplish. Such as, inspire, teach, encourage, relax, connect emotionally/spiritually, bring people together, and simply make us feel good. I believe some characters, I could relate to. Movies like The Elephant Man, characters like Superman, or Tom from The Glass Menagerie, etc.
As I grew older, my love for movies turned into a love for the art of film. I began to examine them, thinking about the director, the writer, the cinematographer. I tried to get inside their headspace, and discover why they made the film they did.
I can never name my favorite movie. It’s like name your favorite song, there are literally thousands to choose from! Some of my favorite movies include, The Terminator, Fight Club, Malcolm X, The Dark Knight, Trick ‘r Treat, Do The Right Thing, Amelie, Super, The Mist, The Raid: Redemption, and The Elephant Man.
However, for this assignment the film I would like to discuss is the movie Fight Club.
1. FIGHT CLUB
I’m going to break the first rule of Fight Club, and that rule is you do not talk about Fight Club.
Fight Club is one of my all time favorite movies and one of my favorite books. I believe it is a rare exception of the movie being better than the book.
"Fight Club is a 1999 American film based on the 1996 novel of the same name (Links to an external site.) by Chuck Palahniuk (Links to an external site.). The film was directed by David Fincher (Links to an external site.) (Gone Girl, The Social Network), and stars Brad Pitt (Links to an external site.) (Troy, Allied), Edward Norton (Links to an external site.) (American History X, The Incredible Hulk) and Helena Bonham Carter (Links to an external site.) (Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland)."
Norton plays the unnamed protagonist, referred to as the narrator, who is discontented with his job. He forms a "fight club" with soap maker Tyler Durden, played by Pitt, and they are joined by men who also want to fight recreationally. The narrator becomes embroiled in a relationship with Durden and a dissolute woman, Marla Singer, played by Bonham Carter. Durden wants to take Fight Club to another level. He wants Fight Club to become a terrorist organization. An organization that goes by the name, Project Mayhem.
Now when I first saw this movie in middle school, I got a kick out of it. I loved the book, and I wanted to see the movie. So many aspects in this movie appeal to me. Where do I start? I’ll start with the cast.
The cast of this movie is excellent, and all the actors were dedicated for their characters, which is something I respect. Did you know that Pitt actually chipped his own tooth on purpose for the role? He has said, “He wanted to know what it was truly like to have someone knock your teeth out.” Ouch! Also, Norton smoked real cigarettes for the movie instead of prop ones. That way he can know addiction to something, just like how his character was addicted to fighting.
Now before you start saying to yourself, “This is just a guy movie with people fighting.” Let me inform you that it is so much more than that. The director of this movie is one of my favorite directors. He has admitted to putting subliminal messages in this movie, and when you go back and watch it again, you can’t help but say to yourself, “Wow! I see it now!” That I believe is called smart filmmaking.
I don’t want to give out the entire movie, however I do have to spoil the ending. SPOILERS!!!!!
Early on in the film, Norton’s character meets up with someone named Tyler Durden. Norton’s character is more quiet, easy going, and sad. On the other hand, Durden is loud, ruthless, and stands up for what he believes in. Here is the twist, Tyler Durden does not exist.
Norton’s character is Durden, and he has a split personality.
Even though that was a cool twist, in my opinion it is more than just a twist. It is good writing, good storytelling, the director was very smart, and most important of all the movie had a message for the audience/viewer(s).
In a way, everyone has a Tyler Durden within him or her. That little voice in your head that tells you to express yourself, stand up for what you believe in, and to quote Pitt’s character in the film, “You’ll never be the money in your wallet or the car you drive. You’ll be the few that can sing and dance in a crap world.”
The setting also adds to the flick. The setting is very dark and moody much like our main characters. This movie has amazing cinematography, and has one of my all time favorite movie endings ever.
At the end of this film, Norton’s character embraces that he is Tyler Durden, and Project Mayhem and their mission to blow up buildings/corporations in the city is a success. The woman he loves, Marla comes to him and the two hold hands. Norton’s character tells her, “You met me at a very strange time in my life.” The two continue to hold hands, as they look out and see buildings blowing up and collapsing. While the song “Where is My Mind” by The Pixies plays in the background.
I personally take this as our characters are so connected by love, that even the collapsing of the world around them cannot collapse over their love for each other. When Norton’s character says to her, “You met me at a very strange time in my life.” I believe that is his way of saying, he now fully embraces his character and he in a way has reached enlightenment. The song adds some elements as well. Where is my mind, not only goes with the character but us as well. Really where is your mind? Is it hidden, waiting to fully come out like our main character?
If you would like to see the ending, check out the link below.
When it comes to movies I dislike I can easily name my top three. Knock Knock with Keanu Reeves, Movie 43, and Yoga Hosers. I’ll state very quickly why I dislike the movie Yoga Hosers. Yoga Hosers is on Netflix, it is about two Canadian girls who work in a convenience store. One night at the store, they come across Nazi sausages that crawl up people’s butts, and the only way to stop the Nazi sausages is with the power of yoga. Seriously.
It is directed by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy), he use to be one o my favorite directors. Now he does not care about writing decent scripts, with decent stories. He made funny, heartfelt movies, and he has now admitted he hardly cares about filmmaking. That I believe is disrespectful to the art and people who invest time and money to see the film.
Some movies I choose to see in theaters because it is either a movie I am really looking forward to seeing, or it looks like it may interest me, and a theater experience would make it better. I usually see movies with other people. I like seeing movies with other people to hear their opinion, and to have a discussion afterwards. In addition, when a movie is finished in the theater, I like to see people’s facial expressions. Sometimes their face can tell the story of if they like or disliked the movie.
So that’s what I have to say, I look forward to reading what you all have to say. I actually plan to see the movie Get Out tonight. It has real good reviews. My question to you is what is the last great movie you saw in theaters, and what made it so great for you and why? I’m really interested in what you have to say. I hope you have a great rest of the day, and a fun Spring Break. :)"