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Welcome back to 1995 with me! It was Gangsta's Paradise for Coolio and it was when Madonna was telling people to Take a Bow. It was also a great year for film; I must say I was over the moon when the randomizer picked this year for me to begin with this new feature.
David Fincher. Does that name ring any bells to you regarding to the film pick of this week. I won't keep you up in excitement any more, and I will go straight to the film.
So the pick for year 1995 is Se7en, directed by David Fincher and written by Andrew Kevin Walker (wrote the uncredited rewrite to Fight Club, also a David Fincher film). The film stars Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, and Gwyneth Paltrow, just to name few.
The reason I chose Se7en as my pick for 1995 is complex. First of all, I think David Fincher is genius. When I am asked to mention great film directors still working today, David Fincher is a name that pops into my head among the first ones. What he did with 'The Social Network' was amazing! The second reason, and I think even more important thing, is the fact that this film is just brilliant. The story flows well and I promise you, you will remain at the edge of your seat 'til the end credits. The casting is brilliant; I usually do not like Brad Pitt, but David Fincher has a tendency to make him shine.
Andrew Kevin Walker worked on the script for over two years while working at Tower Records.
As some of you may know, the title of the film, Seven (sometimes written Se7en) is connected to the seven deadly sins: gluttony, creed, envy, lust, pride, wrath and sloth. The story begins when a young detective David Mills (brilliant Brad Pitt) is paired with older detective Somerset (Morgan Freeman). The setting is a city which is not identified; it rains constantly and the place has already seen it's glory days - it is literally falling apart. The seven deadly sins play a role in the murders the detectives investigate - one murder is a clue to the next one; the detectives, in a way, have to build a puzzle in order to get results and solve the crimes. The story develops as they gather hints about a man named John Doe (Kevin Spacey). Mills's personal life is brought into the story through his wife Tracey (Paltrow) who becomes the confidante of Somerset.
Denzel Washington turned down the role of Mills, saying at the time that the story was too "dark and evil" - he became to regret his decision later.
I love a film with a good, intriguing story. I want to watch films which challenge me intellectually and force me to follow every single minute of them. I want to look for clues and hints rather than mishaps in the making of the film; if the story is good, I do not care about the goofs that are sometimes very visible (there are at least some continuity and revealing mistakes in this film- can you spot them out?). For my type of film taste, Se7en is a gift send from heaven. You never know what will happen next, and you will stay guessing, hoping that you are right. And after you have seen it once, it is interesting to analyze the narrative structure of the story, keeping in mind the ending you already know. When watching the film, it is great to point out how well the story stays on its point by not steering into directions which are not relevant to the plot. It becomes so much more than such a story about two men trying to catch the bad one - it becomes a story about the good and evil and the consequences of our decisions.
Se7en was voted the 8th scariest film by Entertainment Weekly
I must say that Se7en is not for one who detests violence and blood - it shows the aftermath of horrible murders quite realistically. But if you do not faint when you see blood, and you love films, you simply must see this one.
Where are they now?
- Has been nominated for four Academy Awards after Se7en - Best Picture & Best Actor for 'Moneyball' (in which Pitt also shines), Best Actor for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (once again a collaboration between Fincher and Pitt) and Best Actor in Supporting Role for Twelve Monkeys.
-Will be next seen in World War Z (2013, dir. Marc Forster), Twelve Years a Slave (2013, dir. Steve McQueen) and The Counselor (2013, dir. Ridley Scott)
- Won an Academy Award for Best Actor in Supporting Role in 2004 for his role in Million Dollar Baby
- Will be next seen in The Dark Knight Rises (2012, dir. Christopher Nolan), Now You See Me (2013, dir. Louis Leterrier), Oblivion (2013, dir. Joseph Kosinski) and Las Vegas (?, dir. Jon Turteltaub)
-Won an Academy Award for the Best Actress in Leading Role in 1998 for Shakespeare in Love
- Will be next seen in Thanks For Sharing (2012, dir. Stuart Blumberg), Iron Man 3 (2013, dir. Shane Black) and 33 días (2013, dir. Carlos Saura)
- Has been nominated for two Best Director Academy Awards since 1995- for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in 2009 and The Social Network in 2011.
- Won BAFTA, a Critics Choice Award and Golden Globe in 2011 for the best directing for The Social Network
-Is currently working on House of Cards, a TV series
Have you seen Se7en? If so, what do you think about it? If you have not seen it, will you watch it now that I have brought it up?
Feel free to review this film in your own blog, or if there is a film made in 1995 you simply love and want to write about, do so, and leave a link to the comment section. You can also just write about your favorite 1995 film to the comment section. Whichever way you want to do it, I would LOVE to hear your thoughts.
Next week, we will travel back to year of great despair and change - 1914. Can you guess which film I will be watching then?
Here is a little hint for you: