Reasons Why – Se7en? The gritty reality of it all. This could happen. Kevin Spacey rocked in this film, but so did Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, heck throw in Gwyneth Paltrow even though I’m not so crazy about her. Having a horror movie based on the 7 deadly sins. Why didn’t someone think of it before this movie? It doesn’t matter, the movie spooked and had one of those shocker endings that films like The Sixth Sense became known for. I’ve always seen this as a companion type movie for Silence Of The Lambs. They both have the same genuine feel. As great as Spacey was here, he wasn’t Hopkins, but that’s not saying much because he was great in his own right.
Does it hold up? – Yes. I’d say it’s less dated than Silence Of The Lambs, but I can’t put my finger on what the precise reason for that is. I mean they were only 4 years apart, but it feels like a bit more than that.
Stars – Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey
Director – David Fincher
Studio – New Line Cinema
Similar Films – The Silence Of The Lambs
Followed By – No sequel
- Profile: David Fincher, Part 2 (gointothestory.com)
- Blu-ray Review: Se7en (seattlepi.com)
- Kevin Spacey in Casnio Jack Trailer (screenhead.com)
- Blu-ray Review: Seven (blogcritics.org)
- AFI to Present Morgan Freeman with the Life Achievement Award (collider.com)
- The Top 10 Scariest Horror Films from the last 20 years (hollywoodnews.com)
- New Clip From Kevin Spacey’s Casino Jack Wants To Show You The Money (cinemablend.com)
- The Silence of the Lambs tops scariest books list (newslite.tv)
- How Many Deadly Sins Have You Got? (plentyonyourplate.com)
- Hit Me With Your Best Shot Se7en (1995) (filmexperience.blogspot.com)
After his parents’ brutal murders Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale, Terminator Salvation) travels the world, seeking the best to train him to fight the same injustices that took his parents from him. His main trainer Henri Ducard, a disguised Ra’s al Ghul, (Liam Neeson, Taken) is a tough teacher who is not impressed by Bruce’s wealth and intellect. Helping him in his battle are trusted butler Alfred (Michael Caine, Harry Brown), his ally Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman, Invictus) and detective Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman, Bram Stoker‘s Dracula). Upon his return to Gotham he unveils his alter-ego Batman, a masked hero who uses strength, intelligence and high-tech weapons to fight the criminal element in Gotham. This is where…..Batman Begins.
Here’s my batch of movies (all Blu-ray unless otherwise noted) I will be working on for the foreseeable future. Batman Begins (currently viewing/reviewing), Don McKay (Thomas Hayden Church & Elisabeth Shue), From Paris With Love (John Travolta), Someone’s Knocking At The Door, Run Bitch Run! (DVD), Avatar, The Edge (Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin). Marked For Death (Steven Seagal), Robin Hood : Men In Tights (Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis). I figure on knocking out a movie a day so stick with me and tell your friends! It should be a wild ride.
Joe’s Top Picks (& why you should buy!) –
1 – Band Of Brothers (Best war miniseries ever! Must-own for war movie fans, Speilberg & Tom Hanks fans and anyone with any sense. Buy It!…….Now!)
2 – The Enforcer/Sudden Impact (Sudden Impact = Dirty Harry at his best! Must-own)
3 – Clint Eastwood Collection 1968-2008 (Absolute Power, Dirty Harry, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, The Rookie, Unforgiven shall I go on???)
4 – Essential Eastwood Director’s Collection (Letters from Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Unforgiven cheaper than the above by nearly half the price and some damn fine titles!)
5 – Absolute Power (A very underestimated Eastwood flick. Eastwood+Hackman+Ed Harris=I’m so there! Buy this!)
6 – Bad Boys – (As much as I rag on Michael Bay this here is a fun movie. Worthy of a buy)
7 – The Rookie (What’s not to love? Eastwood & Charlie Sheen shine here, another underappreciated Eastwood flick that should be in your collection)
8 – Air Force One/In The Line Of Fire (These are here mostly for In The Line Of Fire an EXCELLENT Eastwood flick, Air Force One is good but more of a throw-in) and in a tie – Bram Stoker’s Dracula/The Grudge (This is a nice pairing of similar genre movies. A good pairing, nice price. I’d get it)
9 – I Know What You Did Last Summer/I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (I love the first one, as much as I loved that I HATED the sequel. Still with the pairing of the two at about the price you’d pay for the original alone, why not buy this?)
10 – Groundhog Day/Hitch – (The pairing of these two movies is what knocks this down to the last spot. Love Groundhog Day and Murray is at his best here. Hitch…well at least Groundhog day is worth buying. Didn’t see Hitch. Don’t want to)
Notable Mentions – War Of The Worlds (Not so much a fan here, but I’ll review it if Amazon sends it and go in with an open mind on my 2nd viewing of it maybe I’ll like it more on the 2nd go-around), Alice In Wonderland (Kiddies will eat this up. I read on Wiki that this drew in over $1,000,000,000+ worldwide up there with Titanic and below Avatar, just not my thing), The Wolfman (Didn’t see it, don’t know anyone who has, but I’ll have to rent it and see, love Anthony Hopkins though), Someone’s Knocking At The Door (looks interesting, but have to give it a rental), The Strangers (Steve Austin might be a far better wrestler, but his acting skills are pretty decent. I haven’t seen this, but I feel if it is anything like The Condemned it will at least be worthy of a rental), Wild Things: Foursome (I only mention this because a girl from my hometown of Reading, PA is in this so I’ll give my shout out here), The Gauntlet (Need to rent this, forget the movie it’s been so long),
Invictus is about the true story of Nelson Mandela using a Rugby team to unite South Africa despite the racial tensions and despite being jailed for 27 years for opposing apartheid. In doing so, he helps inspire the team to the World Cup in 1995, also he inspires his people to get behind the Rugby team despite them being all white except one player.
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