30 for 30: Seven (1995)




Okay, so here’s where I leave behind the personal tidbits because many of my memories have gone away, hidden in places I can’t reach any longer. This was the year I transferred from St. Joseph’s to A.D.I.S. and hung out with guys like Roosevelt, Derek, Julius, Mark, Joshua, Versailles, Sedwin, Keen, (to name check a few old friends). Essentially, it was everyone in THIS classic, but in hindsight, hilarious picture – taken I believe at the end of the sixth standard (grade) in St. Josephs. It really was the last year we could call ourselves kids before we became teens. And although time and experiences have taken us in different directions – some across each end of the planet – those fleeting memories of childhood still come back to me every now and then. I really miss those days. So, thanks for the memories! And I guess, thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, for inventing Facebook and giving me the opportunity to catch up (read: stalk) on what you guys have been up to for the last 13 years since we graduated from high school.

1995 was a great year for film. Movies like Toy Story, The Usual Suspects, Braveheart, Heat, Apollo 13, Casino, Twelve Monkeys, Before Sunrise, Strange Days, Babe dominated the canvas, each leaving their mark on the scene. This was also the year where Piece Brosnan became Bond (Goldeneye), and where Gus Van Sant (To Die For), Aaron Sorkin (The American President), and Alfonso Cuaron (A Little Princess) made their mark on the mainstream market. Of the movies that made my shortlist, the only one I truly regret not naming as my #1 of the year is Toy Story. It’s without doubt the movie I have seen the most times in my life. Yea, I was one of those kids who kept playing this movie over and over again. I’m even thinking of changing my mind right now but I’m going to stick with SEVEN – David Fincher’s visceral serial killer thriller, and I think, the quintessential film of his career. Grossly under-appreciated at the time of its release, it’s a film that eventually became one of his most loved. It’s also pregnant with all his hallmarks – the loner protagonist, the low key cinematography, Brad Pitt, the stylish visuals, the stunning opening credit sequence, the shocking bouts of violence, and of course, that ending.

About 30-for-30

Movies are a huge part of my life – I mean, why else would I be running a blog/site devoted to movies? To commemorate the occasion of my 30th birthday (later this month), I’ll be counting down to the big day by posting a photo of my favorite movie for each year of the last 30 years I’ve survived on this planet. These aren’t my favorite 30 movies EVER but merely the movie I consider my favorite (or the best) of each year. This is my 30 for 30. Click here to see the other 30 for 30 posts.


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