Is David Fincher’s Se7en the most disturbing, yet endlessly rewatchable film ever made? That was my main thought while watching the film recently. Here are a handful of other things that popped into my mind – moments rarely discussed that help make Se7en one of cinema’s most effective thrillers.
“Look. It’d be great for me if we didn’t start out… kicking each other in the balls.”
The way Brad Pitt leaves a cup of coffee on the street.
“I wonder… what exactly was the point of the conversation you were about to get into?”
The fact that this hard ass District Attorney really could be Shaft circa 1995.
The way Pitt shakes off hearing cops talk shit behind his back.
The brilliant master shot showing the GREED crime scene, tied perfectly with Howard Shore’s music.
“This not even my desk.”
The odd beauty of all these green desk lamps.
Mills ordering a cop to get him CliffsNotes.
The noise Morgan Freeman’s desk chair makes.
Morgan Freeman’s exuberant laugh. We don’t get to hear him laugh like that enough.
Pitt serving Freeman wine in a water glass.
The best scene in the film: “Honestly, have you ever seen anything like this?” “…No.”
How Pitt moves the ashtray out of his way.
John C. McGinley, badass.
Listen to the photographer’s voice. That really is Kevin Spacey.
“Could you at least sit across from me? I don’t want people thinkin’ we’re… dating.”
The way Pitt uses his god-awful neckties for many things: as a mask from stink, as a napkin for pizza grease, and so on.
“‘Of Human Bondage’… bondage?” “Not what you’re thinking.”
The sound design of the chase scene. Everything from the screaming children to loud televisions to a man yelling “Shut the fuck up!” in the background somewhere.
This woman’s half ass reasoning as to why she called Somerset about Doe.
How small Doe’s bed is. Shit is so creepy.
Pitt’s flashlight running out of battery. Seriously, who the hell thinks of such a tiny, perfect detail like that?
“If someone comes to your establishment, they wanna go downstairs and get a little oh-la-la, whatever… they gotta come to you, yeah?”
How Brad Pitt continually finishes his sentences with “Yeah?”
The ease of which Somerset and Mills finally come to agree.
The fact that Kevin Spacey can even make giving directions sound freaky as shit.
That subtle shriek that accompanies Shore’s score for the final sequence of the film.
“I don’t know, I don’t know.”
The scratchy detail of the end credits. No one does that.
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