A few Saturdays ago, it came out that I had never seen Fight Club. “What!” says A. “How can you not have seen Fight Club?”
“But you’re always having movie nights. How can you not have seen it?”
“Obviously the boys have been remiss.”
Then she gets this smile, and says, “Ah, that means you don’t know the twist.”
“I didn’t even know there was a twist,” I say.
When I was at high school, a lot of the boys did watch Fight Club. They then decided it would be fun to beat each other up in the playground. Clearly, I decided, Fight Club was a stupid movie, for stupid teenage boys. I had no interest in watching it.
But now A tells me there’s a twist, and she won’t tell me what it is. So the next Monday after school, I visit the video shop. The clerk and I wonder which section it’s shelved in (‘thriller’). “It’s a bit of a guys’ movie,” he says, and I say, “That’s okay, most of the movies I watch are guys’ movies.” He gets a bit apologetic.
I go home, I go up to my room where no-one can walk in on me, and I put on the movie. This is the reason I got a flash new monitor – secret movie watching.
Halfway through, I decide they’ve shelved it in the wrong place. It should be with the comedies. I also decide it’s an illustration of why young men should not repress their homosexuality, at least up until I realise what’s the twist is going to be. And then I kind of wished it had been Edward Norton the whole time. He was hot when he was mean.
Other movies I have been remiss in not seeing: 28 Days Later! What a bad Cillian Murphy fan I am. What a bad fan of the post-apocalyptic. After watching Inception, I decided I really need to rectify this. I did not even have to go to the video store this time, because I had actually borrowed the movie from my cousin … a couple of years ago. Bad, bad, bad.
Is it stating the obvious to say that I loved it?
Part of the reason was when they got taken in by the soldiers, and I flashed back to Aliens 3, like, great, how long before they try and rape the women. Which is a very uncomfortable feeling, and part of why I think Aliens 3 was such an abomination. But 28 Days Later didn’t just brush it aside. And they went there. They went there, and it was just so utterly, satisfyingly condemnatory. No excuses made. That is when I fell in love with the movie.
Which isn’t to say it’s not also horrifically violent. It’s a zombie movie, but the most awful violence in the film is between the living.
On the lighter side, Cillian Murphy spends a lot of time naked or shirtless. It actually got distracting during the gore sequences, which may have been a good thing. Also, when the zombie contagion is spread by blood, I would not go kissing someone whose face was covered in blood. Just saying.
Ink I was given by a friend, and I went into it knowing nothing about it. The way it begins is very weird: we see this band of people zapping into the world, and then they seem to show us people’s dreams. We see many people’s dreams, only one of which will be revisited.
And here is what I was not expecting: it is an honest-to-goodness fantasy film. Urban fantasy, yes, which is not so unusual, but with other realms that we actually see. And I was really pleased with that, I was pleased with the guts of it. Particularly considering the low budget of the movie – it still managed to be quite gorgeous, and made good choices in what it needed to pull off the fantasy. I think I’ll have to show it to L, for that reason.
The central story is really the relationship between a man and his daughter, and how the man fails as a father, and fails as a person. The fantasy aspect is the people who twist time and reality to let him get beyond that. If you think about it too much, it is paradoxical, yes, but then I have a fairly low tolerance for time travel. I didn’t mind.
I probably would have liked more of the other worlds, actually, how it is that the Storytellers come to do what they do, why they do what they do. I suppose they are angels, really, with another name. I would have liked more of them.
And on that other recent movie about dreams: you know what I really want to see? The version where it’s a high school musical, not a heist. Think of the possiblities!