The First Rule of Fight Club is….Make a Sequel?

It turns out the first rules of Fight Club were just trumped by the first rule of Hollywood: Make a buck.

Plans were just announced for a sequel to Fight Club (or, as you all know it, the best movie to come out while I was in high school). The sequel will be in comic book form. Now, as someone who loved the original book and original film wholeheartedly, I have to admit I’m a bit dubious about the sequel. Author Chuck Palahniuk stated that the sequel, a 10-issue comic book series, will explore the origins of Tyler Durden. Really, though, do we need that? Do we need to see the narrator and Marla together, and married? Fight Club (the film) packed such a definitive punch at the end, and Fight Club (the book), while using a different finale, also gave the reader full closure.

Of course, I’ll read every issue, and am beyond curious to see what Palahniuk has up his sleeve. That said, there’s a law of diminishing return in his work past the original Fight Club novel: Survivor had an interesting premise that ultimately went nowhere; Choke bothered me to no end (and tried to utilize a similar “twist” ending as Fight Club, but with minimal impact); Lullaby would have been better off being 100 pages shorter; and I couldn’t get more than 20 pages into Diary.

So why get excited about a Fight Club sequel, despite me logically knowing that it can only disappoint? Well, I guess I’m just an avid member of Project Mayhem after all. And I can guarantee at least one person wants more of the Fight Club story. His name is Robert Paulson.

Agree? Disagree? Feel like hitting something as hard as you can? Or talking about all the ways to make soap? Let me know in the comments.

Oscar Picks 2014

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Every year, the Oscar nominations come out early one January morning. Pundits talk about who got snubbed, which movies got the most nominations, etc. People spend weeks reading tea leaves and seeing which nominees best schmooze the voters. About a week before the ceremony, you start to see articles giving odds on who will win. And that’s just not how I work.

Rather, I like to see the nominations, take a few hours to digest everything, and that make my picks that day. As I recently reminded my family via email, this strategy tends to pay off in my prognostication: I’m not sure a lot of people thought that Adrien Brody would win Best Actor for his work in “The Pianist” the morning the nominations were read. Also, as soon as I read about Baffleck’s snub last year for Best Director, I knew “Argo” would get all kinds of sympathy votes and ultimately would win best picture. Now, let’s be honest: my picks aren’t always right, but I’d say they’re more right than wrong. And, anyway, at least I can say these were my own views, rather than having been affected by any number of pundits over the next few weeks. One other note: I’ve seen a large amount of these movies (12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Wolf of Wall Street, Nebraska, Gravity, Captain Phillips, Her, Dallas Buyers Club), and even a few that ultimately weren’t nominated (Prisoners, All Is Lost, Inside Llewyn Davis), so I feel like I’m making these picks with confidence.

So: let’s break down the 2014 Oscar race by category. My choices and explanations are in bold: Continue reading

“Oh, my nose!”

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As many of you know, last weekend I broke my nose in a car accident. So, of course this got me thinking of the great moments in broken nose/face moments in pop culture history. The following list is by no means definitive, so please leave your best suggestions in the comments! Continue reading