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Go to IMDB.
Look up just about any movie, but specifically a more complicated one. (Fight Club, Donnie Darko, hell, even LA Confidential) There you will find people overanalyzing the hell out of every little thing.
Now, usually, I LIKE IT when people think about movies. But not like this. And not these people.
These people are removing ANY JOY from watching movies by doing this to them. "How could it be possible for Jack to be in the Airport and for Tyler to be getting into a car at the same time? how can that be? what's YOUR theory?!" and people actually HAVE theories about this.

They're killing the whole point and purpose and escape and goodness.
They're just so desperate to be the one who saw through it all and knows the secrets (because they have no real talent themselves) that they're more than happy to circle jerk for a long long time over these questions that have nothing to do with the film, the film makers, or what the real MESSAGE of the film is.



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Feb. 1st, 2003 07:03 pm (UTC)
I dont know if I'd go to IMDB and join a debate, but after watching Fight Club so many times, I can honestly say I've thought about these things.
I came to the conclusion that there are events where Jack is Tyler, and events where Jack imagines what Tyler would do.. the car is a good example, because that comes right after Jack's frustration is building up when he can't get his luggage. He imagines himself (Tyler) stealing a car, but since he's still grounded in reality as Jack, he decides to go the more reasonable route and call for a cab.

Maybe it's seeing what you want to see, and making something out of nothing.. but it's fun. It reminds me of the poetry unit in 8th grade english, when we'd interpret a poem line by line, finding the *true* meaning behind every little metaphor and exhausting every possible explanation when it seemed like reading it, getting the general idea and enjoying it for what it is would've been a better way to get the most out of it. But I'm not a big fan of poetry, and I love Fight Club, so there's some bias there.

And a big run-on sentence back there.
Feb. 1st, 2003 08:00 pm (UTC)
I dunno... I can see doing it in a fun way. I can see sitting there and thinking... "ooh, well but MAAAAAAAAAYBE... this is how it is, eh? eh?" in a silly way.
But uhm.. they don't do that.

When I was going through a chunk of insomnia induced by extreme heartbreak awhile ago, I literally watched fight club at least twice a day, sometimes more, for a month. And ya know.. it just never occured to me to pick it apart like that.

I also hated and thought it pointless when he did the line by line picking apart of poems when I was in junior high.

And the thing is... I dig both poetry AND the movie...

so I dunno.
Feb. 1st, 2003 07:18 pm (UTC)
To get the full annoyance, go here: http://www.nitpickers.com/movies/
Feb. 1st, 2003 09:43 pm (UTC)
Oh I've been there before. They don't tend to point out anything neat... like actual continuity errors (I found one little one in Donnie Darko), they just bitch about the PLAUSIBILITY of things.
Which really... who the fuck cares?
As long as it isn't a sci-fi flick, you shouldn't be measuring out wether or not the scenario is possible in your world.
Feb. 1st, 2003 09:53 pm (UTC)
After posting that, I got to reading Nitpickers while my friend and I were watching The Matrix.

They pointed out one neat little flummox.... the scene where Neo gets killed at the end (before coming back to life), you see a shot from above of the agent's handgun firing and discharging a shell..... and the shell is clearly a blank, with the opening crimped. You can see it if you look on any video, but it's quite clear when you pause it.

Useless stuff.

We're watching Mulholland Drive. I've seen it before, so I'm just turning my head occasionally for the lesbian scenes and listening to my friend Choch say, "What the fuck?" to the movie at various parts.

I keep telling him, "It gets worse."
Feb. 1st, 2003 09:54 pm (UTC)
Tyler drove off in Jack's mind. And the dildo was Tyler's. End of thought.

Now if you want to piss off those IMDB geeks ask them how 8 bags of porno flyers came up the elevator in Ocean's Eleven after 3 guys carrying next to nothing went into the vault. I mean that was a terrible movie next to fight club, but I bet those same bastards let something like that slide.

Criticisms like these come from the mind of the weak. Let's insult what we didn't think of. Like the sports writer who could never make it to the minor league. Let's rip apart the beauty we could not create. -AgentAbstract-

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