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71: “I Am Jack’s Medulla Oblongata” – Fight Club

Shirts and shoes are forbidden in the latest episode of the When We Were Young podcast — and the fight will go on as long as it has to.

It’s been 20 years since David Fincher’s savagely funny and brutally violent satire of Gen X male angst debuted in theaters, so we’re breaking Rule #1 and Rule #2 and talking all about FIGHT CLUB! (Something tells us Tyler Durden wouldn’t mind.) Though the film initially flopped in theaters, this trippy dark comedy found a cult following on home video and turned Tyler Durden into one of the most iconic film characters of all time thanks to Brad Pitt’s killer performance — and his equally killer physique.

Two decades later, is Fight Club still a beautiful and unique snowflake? Or does the film’s critique of consumer culture and fragile masculinity fail to land a punch? Tune in for all the soap-making, ear-hitting, Martha Stewart-bashing mayhem you can handle, because this is our podcast, and it’s ending one minute at a time.

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62: “But It Did Happen” – Magnolia

The year 1999 was a banner year at the cineplex, with dozens of fresh, exciting stories being told by a new crop of auteur filmmakers. Paul Thomas Anderson released his breakthrough movie Boogie Nights two years previous, but it was his epic drama MAGNOLIA (1999) that solidified his place as one of the decade’s most thrilling new directors.

This three-hour ensemble stars basically every actor you love, including Philip Seymour Hoffman as a kind hospice nurse, Julianne Moore as a jittery gold-digger dealing with pangs of guilt, and an Oscar-nominated Tom Cruise as a magnetic pickup artist with a past he’d rather not face. The film was loved by critics upon its release, but how does it hold up 20 years later? Join us as we venture to the San Fernando Valley and discuss our futile attempts to figure out “Magnolia.” And remember to bring your umbrella, because there’s an 82% chance of frogs.

When We Were Young is a podcast devoted to the most beloved pop culture of our formative years (roughly 1980-2000). Join us for a look back to the past with a critical eye on how these movies, songs, TV shows and more hold up now. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @WWWYshow, on Facebook at Facebook.com/WWWYShow and email your episode suggestions to wwwyshow@gmail.com. Don’t forget to subscribe and review us on iTunes so more folks check out the show!

Help us defray the costs of creating this show, which includes purchasing movies/shows/music to review, delivery food to eat our feelings, and producing & editing in-house at the MFP Studio in Los Angeles, California, by donating to our Patreon account at patreon.com/WhenWeWereYoung.