Fight Club: Terrorism, Nihilism, and Masculinity

“People ask me if I know about Tyler Durden.” So begins the film Fight Club, a movie that is about fighting and a few other things. Those other things include masculinity, corporations, and Meat Loaf. And of course Leto. Jared Leto, that is. If you haven’t seen Fight Club, then you haven’t seen Jared Leto get his face pummeled by the fists of Ed Norton. If you really hated him as the Joker in Suicide Squad, then you might enjoy that scene. But that would also probably make you a psychopath. But as long as it does not make you a “bro”, then you’re fine in our book. Just don’t blow up any buildings. 

Fight Club came out in the year 1999, the same year at The Matrix, American Beauty, and Office Space, all of which investigate the emptiness of the consumer lifestyle perpetuated by the American Dream. The Mummy also came out in 1999, which is of course referring to the B. Fraser (clap) version, and not the 2017 mistake starring Tom “Chilly T” Cruise. (#NotMyMummy). The Mummy did not investigate these themes. But it’s still great. 

Anywho, Fight Club has been quite the cultural milestone, a film that ranks #10 on the great IMDb.com’s top rated movies. Wow! That’s higher than Forrest Gump, and that movie has Hanx! This is a movie about a psycho. His name is Tyler Durden. His name is not Robert Paulson. Meat Loaf’s name is Robert Paulson. Tyler Durden is a guy who thinks that society needs to be obliterated so that humanity can revert to its primal state and start anew. The problem is, lots of bros think this is a great idea, because it means they get to blow shit up and punch people in the face. These bros are called “Space Monkeys” in the film. Leto is one of them. 

So this Snob travels many directions through this labyrinthine, incredible film that will be analyzed for centuries. Analyze away, fellow filmgoers, as long as you don’t think this guy is awesome and a savior of the world. Even Marla didn’t think that, and she actually cared for him. But do see this movie, and think about it. You can even talk about it. We think. 

Finally, we offer thanks to our three listeners, Dave, Angela, and Josh, for offering up such great questions whose consideration started this episode with such a righteous bang. We cherish all of you! And we cherish you too, good listener, as we move into the second year of this Snobbing Journey. 

#47: The Matrix and Philosophy

Are you a virus? A disease? Then that means you're a human being, at least according to Agent (Weaving) Smith. 

Today, dear Snobfriend, join us for revelry and laughs as we Snob deep into the rabbit hole that is, The Matrix. Directed by the Wachowskis, The Matrix is much better than than bad movie, Inception. Perhaps the movie referenced the most on General Snobbery, The Matrix addresses deep questions of knowledge and being, including how the hell we know who the hell we are. And, there's Kung Fu. 

Sean and Matt are joined by guest and fellow Snob, Aidan, whose vast knowledge of The Matrix guides the conversation like Morpheus guiding Neo during that cool as fuck fighting sequence and that dope ass jumping test.

What can truly be said about The Matrix? What can be said about knowledge? What can be said about the world in which we live? Remarkably, less than we think. And that's a good thing. After all, Cypher thought he knew a lot and he got blown away by a ray gun. What a dick! 

Please, join Sean, Matt, Aidan, Neo, Trinity, Morpheus, Tank, and most of all, Mouse as we seek to battle the Agent Smiths that exist in the world and seek to keep our minds hardwired to those things which stifle our humanity. Snob on!

#46: Titanic and Beyond (with Amanda Pumpkins!)

"In Greek Mythology, the Titans were greater even than the gods."  The same can be said about Titanic and other films.  James Cameron's 1997 opus about a revolutionary road is full of, not only delight, but King Théoden as well. 

Out in the North Pacific, an iceberg waits to bring down the cultural elites of the English speaking world. Wow! James Cameron understands Marxism almost as well as he understands the depths of the sea. In other words, according to himself, he's an expert, not to mention the king of the world!

Sean and Matt are toward explosion as well as iceberg but they are "Not alone" - Gandalf. They are joined this ep by longtime fan of General Snobbery, Amanda Pumpkins! Amanda has, time and again, been the only listener and has proven herself a top notch #Snob with her brilliant wit, wonderful social media references, and overall Kierkegaardianisms. What a wonderful addition Amanda is, totally the opposite of that asshole Cal (Zane).

Hey! It's Cameron! King of the World!

Hey! It's Cameron! King of the World!

All aboard! Grab your peasant knapsack, steal Svën's ticket, and avoid all falling smokestacks, this ship is iceberg bound. 

As always, listener, we welcome you to our unique point of view and we ask you to consider, are you a #Snob as well? Amanda Pumpkin's journey to the recording studio is so similar to Jack Dawson's, of the Chippewa Falls Dawsons. So full of adventure and art. And if we are lucky, may we too borrow clothing from Molly (Bates) Brown.

Last call! The horn's a-honking. Press play Picasso, Cameron's got the wheel!

Episode Rundown:

1:30: Getting to know each other, getting Zane on the Brain
12:40: Official Introduction of Amanda Pumpkins
15:40: How Amanda discovered General Snobbery
28:30: Dive into Titanic
48: Barenaked Ladies and Titanic
51:30: What makes someone a "Living Meme"?
1:08: Why is Leo the “King of the World”? 
1:11: Tangent about Batman Forever and Batman and Robin
1:13: Sudden Entry into Tommy Wiseau and The Room
1:20: Titanic, the End of Modernism, Postmodernism, and Metamodernism
1:28: Beyond the Titanic: Into the Realm of Philosophy (Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Thoreau, Emerson, and Nietzsche) and beyond! (Even Alex Jones)
1:44: The Evil Iceberg