Thursday Movie Picks: Double Feature

Another Thursday has rolled around and it has come to my realisation that the themes are becoming trickier as the year goes on. It’s not because the topics are difficult, it’s that I don’t want to repeat movies but it’s hard not to, when you want to praise the good ones over and over again. So it’s with a heavy heart that I blast out not 3 but 6 good movies in this one, recommending quite many of my favourites all at once!

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Intro: Se7en

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Time to revel in the awesomeness of opening credits: Se7en is one of Fincher’s best and its intro is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. I mentioned in my Gone Girl post that I wanted to share this with you but before I get started, I want to warn you that this is probably the longest visual post so far – there are almost 100 images of it!

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Brad Pitt: from Gwyneth to Jennifer to Angelina

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Before all hell breaks loose, this is a retrospect post about Brad Pitt’s movies – I just decided to give it a different name because no matter how much Brad tries to escape the tabloids, he manages to have a crisis in his relationship or his ex-wife is still in love with him etc. I don’t care for those things, I just needed a way to put things into a certain box of separation and Gwyneth, Jennifer and Angelina were perfect for that. As far as the selections of reviewed movies go, my favorites get a little bit more attention that the rest of the movies.

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# 269 – Movie x 3

So I have been totally not blogging again, I don’t know why this keeps happening because I certainly have enough to blog about. But to make the “coming up” list a bit lighter I decided to kick some movies into one post. The movies I chose are made a decade ago or even more than that. This feels ridiculous to say that a movie made in 2002 was released a decade ago! Anyway, I had seen all these movies before and I just wanted to go back to them for various reasons.

PS: If there is somebody reading please press on my motivation button by commenting.

Se7en (1995) – #26 in the IMDb Top 250 movies!

We all know who David Fincher is right? Cause he has so far given us Fight Club, The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo US to name a few. But back then, in 1995 he had so far done only Alien³ and Se7en was his second feature film. I went back to it for couple of reasons. Fincher was obviously one of them (because I planned to see his latest movie which I did) and the other was Brad Pitt due to his Oscar campaign .

There was no reason to be disappointed, Se7en was a good thriller that was exactly how I remembered it. I was not sure about the whole plot but I knew what was coming in the end which was kind of sad because I would have liked to enjoy it by not knowing. To say vaguely, Se7en is a story of an about to retire detective Somerset (Morgan Freeman) who gets his last case with a new detective Mills (Brad Pitt) who just moved to the city with his wife (Gwyneth Paltrow). The serial-killer they are hunting is a total madman portrayed by the amazing Kevin Spacey – that man is just all aces in my book – and his villain was great.

Murder by Numbers (2002)

Compared with Se7en, Murder by Numbers can’t compete but I think in some ways it is a must-see in case you are a) Sandra Bullock fan or b) Ryan Gosling fan. Though I think I like Bullock more in her romantic-comedy roles because for me she is too light to pull off the dark detective type. While I was quite okay with her portrayal of Mayweather she was outplayed by Michael Pitt who doesn’t have to do much to look dark. But Ryan Gosling was of course the first reason I went back to this movie cause I saw the commercial on TV and I thought why not visit this movie once more.

Giving the twisted teenagers another angle, the two high-school teens plan the perfect murder. Gosling together with Pitt (who really embraces these kinds of roles – see Funny Games) plan it out and make it happen, you will know how the killing unfolded right in the end when Mayweather discovers the truth. Of course if you are a true crime lover you will anticipate the ending because it is textbook but sometimes a textbook storyline is good for you – sometimes.

Billy Elliot (2000)

I wanted to do a post where the movies are listed based on the year they were made but I decided I wanted to end with a brighter note. Billy Elliot sure is a bright note, this is not only a British must-see coming of age movie it is also something that represents two great beginnings. One of them is a directorial debut by Stephen Daldry who has since directed The Hours, The Reader and also Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close which I am going to see very soon! The other is the actor debut of Jamie Bell who plays Billy Elliot, the aspiring ballet dancer.

Though nominated for 3 Academy Awards, it did not win any of them but that doesn’t matter. Billy Elliot is just a nice and a sweet movie to see. Although there were times when I thought that Billy wants to tap-dance I guess I can’t really pick on those moments because he was just portraying his emotions through dance and I guess he felt like kicking. Yeah, now it makes more sense to me, after I thought about it. As for Jamie Bell, well he sure was great as a kid and I keep waiting for him to take another lead role in a great movie. Until then, I am waiting for Man on a Ledge where he has a supporting role. PS: The ending of Billy Elliot is just so strong and powerful that I didn’t want it too end!