Comic Con: Fight Club Q&A

Thanks to Daryl for this and his many other fantastic finds!

I Wrote Fight Cub

Come on, you know I did! That *I* of course is Chuck Palahnniuk with an extra "n" for some inexplicable reason, and here's the snapshot to prove it. Looks like there was fun to be had at yesterday's Comic Con. And if you follow the link below, there are a few first impressions... and you know what they say about first impressions...

You Are Not A Graphic Novel Character

First, exclusive preview of "Fight Club 2" graphic novel at:

Algorithm-driven Consumerism

If you desire to remain immaculately unspoilered DO NOT READ THIS. Not any of this. If, on the other hand, you are already either hardened, numbed or entirely desensitized to spoilers or are familiar with the British original, this review-slash-commentary coming from the Quietus on the potential meaning and status of UTOPIA may provoke yet a few more insights as to why Fincher made sure to snap the series' remake rights.

"[Could] Utopia be the emblematic TV drama of the decade? Quite possibly. We live in the age of algorithm-driven consumerism, of capitalist realism, of state surveillance that's no longer hidden but seems almost entirely accepted anyway. We live in a world which has just reacted to an unprecedented crisis of capitalism by destroying essential public services in order to restore almost exactly the same system that caused the collapse."

Yup. Sounds more than a little crazy if you spell it out like that, doesn't it. And along with the fact that the show sneaks in the occasional laugh-out-loud subversive humour coupled with excessive on-screen violence and not-so-laugh-out-loud political, social and ethical subject matters... hm, doesn't all of that sound like a quite logical or possibly mandatory pick for a director who has both tackled FIGHT CLUB and HOUSE OF CARDS?

Enough with the rhetorical questions? Let's see what Fincher and screenwriteress Flynn do with this...

The Bitch Is Back

This must be worse than any recurring nightmare: The way his directorial debut will haunt Fincher forever. "I had to work on it for two years, got fired off it three times and I had to fight for every single thing. No one hated it more than me; to this day, no one hates it more than me." And I am pretty certain, no one ever will...

So it's obviously easier for some of us to find a measure of enjoyment in the movie, and now Cinephilia and Beyond has just posted a massive article on the hellish mess that was Alien³ — and that definitively is wildly enjoyable, packed with set photos, interview snippets, creatures, alien and domestic, and open wounds (so, uhm, these could probably retraumatize Fincher all over again).

Thanks, Gould, for dropping this in the inbox.