23 – Se7en (1995)

Heisenberg shows up in police sketch

Heisenberg shows up in police sketch

Se7en is a great film overall.I don’t know who decided on the name but it sounds like an all boy pop band or something.Good acting from all parties;Pitt,Freeman and even Spacey.Yes even Spacey.He looks normal in this one so it must be before the plunger incident.The look of the film is pretty dark with a lot of colour correction to a green tint.They do this in a few films to give it a grimy look.Just look at Fight Club and you’ll see what i mean,green walls with holes all over,paint hanging off and loads of stuff similar to this that the set people would have to do.Paint a wall normal then peel off the paint for this look.Where am i going with this?No where.There’s a Nine Inch Nails music video over the credits,not credited either. Palthrow i don’t usually like but in this she’s okay.There is one scene where she tells Freeman about the baby that her voice drops about 4 octaves. I’m not sure if this is a mic issue or if her balls dropped but it spoiled the scene for me.She sounded like Princess Amadalla from Star Wars.One last thing that was down right retarded was the final scene with the helicopter escort.If you could take a moment and just focus on what they’re saying.Firstly when the car drives off they talk about it being at 10 O’clock and driving away,i think think they would be using north/east/west or whatever,know what i mean?If the helicopter turns a little to the left the directions are useless,but west and east are constant.Secondly they say “stay on the guy in the red”,seriosly,the guy in the red?How about stay on the suspect,the witness or John Doe.Thirdly they say they can’t land but then he says land,and finally as Mills kills the Doe they say some thing like ‘oh shit,get someone, anyone ,oh no,who can we call’.If these were professionals they would know what to do,eh training,and  just radio base and explain the situation.Oh one last this,the credits are run in reverse.Hard to read.Whats it symbolise?

IMDB RATING      –     8.6
MY RATING     –    8.5
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  GOOD.THINK ABOUT THIS~IMAGINE THEY SWITCHED SPACEY AND FREEMANS CHARACTERS…

26 – The Usual Suspects (1995)

Fuck!Me good cup!

Fuck!Me good cup!

 

Benico Del Toro plays an Argentinian smuggler here and his accent is fucking hilarious.The scene when the 5 guys first meet in the line up is quality.They’re all given a line to read to the person on the other side of the mirror thing and his version is the funniest.The Usual Suspects is a good film and all but i think it’s too high up the list here.I think it’s here mainly because it’s a bit original.None of the actors stand out and the there’s no crazy camera angles or effects.So it’s got to be the script.Spacey stars here as the narrator the story which jumps between his version of past events and present time,where he is being interviewed by a cop.Steven Baldwin wasn’t the worse in this,he kind of disappeared off the map after this and they missed a trick with Gabriel Burn by not having some sort of I.R.A. tie in what with him being Irish.Looking over the credits for director and writer and all that there’s nothing that sticks out to me,maybe the film was a fluke.Also there’s no re-watch value in the film,once you see it once i don’t see what you can take out of it a second time I guess the same can be said for Fight club,once you know the ‘secret’ it’s not the same.Both entertaining none the less.

IMDB RATING      –     8.6
MY RATING     –    7.8
SEEN BEFORE     –    YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  WORTH A PUNT,ONCE.

48 – American Beauty (1999)

Get them rose petals out the way!I can't see!

Get them rose petals out the way!I can’t see!

One from the late nineties here starring Thora Birch and Mena Suvari and with enough forehead space between them that you could land a helicopter on.Both have a topless scene each so i guess that’s a plus.There’s something about Kevin Spaceys face that looks like he had a plunger stuck on his mouth.Also his hair in the film keeps changing,maybe someone mixed up the box of wigs.The films about Spaceys character,Lester, and his final 2 weeks of life before he gets shot.In these two weeks me manages to:get fired,start a new job,smokes $2000 worth of dope,see a a teenagers tits and a few other things.The story is narrated by him even though we know at the beginning that he’s already dead.Lester is a bit walk over.His family treat him like shit and he seems to be always apologising and getting on everyone tits.You can see this in the camera work and the way he stands.For the first half of the film his back is always arched and in every scene with him and his wife he is physically shorter.I just checked online and Spacey is 3 inches taller that the wife,that scene in the car where he is the passenger but looks about a foot shorter is one of the more obvious ones.There’s tons of interpretations on the web about this film and i’m not going to waste mine and your time quoting them,but some are worth a look.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  THORA BIRCH WENT OFF THE RADAR AFTER THIS ONE.THE CREEPY NEIGHBOUR HAS SOE CRAZY LOOKING EYES.