“The things you own end up owning you.” Tyler Durden, Fight Club
I am 100% convinced that my phone owns me. The only time my phone gives me any space is when I’m in the washroom. Otherwise my phone is always with me. It won’t even leave my side when I’m sleeping. If I don’t attend to my phone as soon as it opens its mouth to beep or ring, it will keep yelling until it gets my undivided attention. There’s always hell to pay when I find myself in an area without network – when I’m in this situation my phone will throw such a tantrum that I won’t be at peace until I get network again.
Please don’t read the rest of this post if you haven’t seen Fight Club. I liked the movie a lot, but I already knew about the major twist thanks to a moron. You see, a few months ago I had asked Moron to take a look at a script I had written, and his feedback was, “Your script needs a twist to make it more interesting.” He should’ve stopped right there but did not.
Moron kept talking, “Like the twist in Fight Club when you find out Tyler Durden isn’t even real.” When I told him I hadn’t seen the movie he said, “Oh… sorry.” Moron could’ve just said, “Like the twist in Fight Club” and ended the sentence right there, but he just had to be specific. Regardless of that horrendous spoiler, I liked the movie.
I was reading some facts about the movie after watching it and I can’t believe that on the day Fight Club was released, Rosie O’Donnell revealed the major twist of the movie on her nationally televised show. Why? Because she didn’t like the movie. Brad Pitt said that what she did was unforgivable. She’d seen the movie a few days prior to its release and was unable to sleep. She begged viewers not to see it. Unbelievable.
Here’s another fun fact: In the book the movie is based on, after Marla and Tyler have sex, Marla says, “Oh Tyler, I want your abortion.” Some movie executive thought that was too offensive and asked the director to change it. The director agreed on the condition that once he changed the line, he would not change it again. The movie executive agreed to this condition. The movie executive regretted it when the line was changed to: “I haven’t been fucked like that since grade school.” The movie executive begged the director to change it back to the original line, but the director refused even though separate versions with both lines had been filmed.
Lastly, even though I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, I have to say that all members of Fight Club, especially Tyler Durden, are extremely ungrateful for what they have. They have paying jobs, food on the table, adequate shelter, and yet they complain that they are victims of consumerism. Meanwhile, millions of people all over the world have real problems thanks to poverty. Tyler Durden tells his followers that they are facing a spiritual war. Oh, how awful, that certainly sounds as bad as the innocent people who are dying in real wars. I could go on, but you get the point. Great movie though!