The New Cult Canon: Fight Club
The Kansas City Public Library screens cult films with broad appeal as the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series draws inspiration from The A.V. Club, the arts and entertainment section for the satiric publication The Onion.
The series continues with Fight Club (1999) on Friday, July 17, at 8:45 p.m. on the Rooftop Terrace at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Described as nihilistic and dangerous, Fight Club is the story of two men (Brad Pitt and Edward Norton) who rebel against consumer-culture by setting up an underground boxing club that – despite oaths of secrecy – quickly inspires replicas like a fast food franchise. They become inspirational leaders, with one passively watching the other shape the fight club into a terrorist network – until a woman (Helena Bonham Carter) forces a reckoning. Based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel. Rated R. (139 min.)
Admission is free. Click here or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.
The New Cult Canon film reviews are authored by A.V. Club film editor Scott Tobias, whose weekly articles focus on obscure films kept alive by devout followers, popular movies with special replay value, flawed gems, and movies fashioned for the niche audiences who love them. Tobias describes Fight Club as "the quintessential Generation X film... [It] might fairly be dismissed as socially irresponsible, but its attitudes and conclusion are far more complex and ambivalent than its critics give it credit for being."
The Off-the-Wall Film Series advances its New Cult Canon theme on the third Friday of every month through September. Upcoming films include Donnie Darko (2001) on August 21 and Battle Royale (2000) on September 18. Film-goers are welcome to bring pillows and blankets or any preferred seating for this outdoor event. In case of inclement weather, screenings will be moved indoors to Helzberg Auditorium.