August 28th, 2014: Se7en (1995)

Cast and Crew:  Howard Shore (Soundtrack); Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, Richard Roundtree, John C. McGinley, Kevin Spacey, Richard Portnow, Mark Boone Junior, Richard Schiff, Charles S. Dutton

What It’s About: Detectives David Mills (Brad Pitt) and Somerset (Morgan Freeman) investigate a criminal whose crimes are based upon the seven deadly sins.

Why Watch it Today?: Director David Fincher was born today in 1962Se7en was his breakout film, after successful work as a music video director and a terrible début with the much interfered with Alien3. Se7en features the gritty, decaying urban feel of much of Fincher’s work, and is a good entry in the “genius serial killer” sub-genre popularized by Silence of the Lambs.

Other Choices:  Fight Club has the most fervent cult following; The Social Network is Fincher’s most mainstream effort (to date) and Zodiac is (in my humble opinion) Fincher’s best.

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3 comments on “August 28th, 2014: Se7en (1995)

  1. geelw says:

    I have to say that over time, Alien3 has gotten a lot more appreciation, particularly that assembly cut that expands the story and is closer to what the film SHOULD have been. Sadly, the theatrical version is shown much more on cable these days, so it’s still the film some hated back when it was released.

    It’s not THAT bad, but yeah, it’s still one of those “I hate you, studio jerks!” movies where the more you know about its production hell, the more you wonder about how it got made in the first place. Fincher got quite the raw deal when he took the job, that’s for sure…

    • T.A. Gerolami says:

      I’ve seen an alternate cut and I still didn’t like it, actually.

      • geelw says:

        Heh, yeah, it’s STILL a hugely flawed film even in that cut, don’t get me wrong. But I liked the bleakness of the original film (while wishing it had been closer to Ward’s stranger original story) and despite the crap Fincher went through, the look of the film is pretty stunning. It’s too bad they spent so much money on the sets and what seems like nothing on the script that was being made up and altered as the filming went along.

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