Se7en is one of the best movies of the 1990s.
You had Morgan Freeman playing the wise detective coming off his turn as Red the year before in Shawshank. You had Brad Pitt just as he was reaching mega-movie star status. And then you Gwyneth Paltrow, who I believe was dating Pitt at the time, just as her career was taking off.
It was also the coming out party for director David Fincher, who would go on to do The Game, Fight Club, The Social Network, Gone Girl and more.
I’m in for most serial killer movies but this one was unique, graphic, dark, and had that ridiculously twisted ending. It was the kind of movie where the ending gave the overall grade for the movie a 20% or so premium because it was so unexpected and well done.
The serial killer in the movie used the seven deadly sins as a motive for killing his victims.
It’s been a while so I think I just talked myself into re-watching this one.
The reason this movie came to mind is because Josh had this idea to do a video about the 7 deadly sins of investing. So Josh, Michael, and I each took some notes on how the 7 deadly sins — lust, gluttony, envy, pride, wrath, greed, and sloth — pertain to the various mistakes we all make when it comes to our money decisions.
I enjoyed this one because I’m a huge proponent of negative knowledge. This is the idea that you’re better off trying to avoid money potholes than figuring out how to conquer the world. Simply avoiding or minimizing mistakes is one of the best ways to ensure long-term success when it comes to your money.
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This was a fun one and we’ll definitely be doing more of these videos so if there are any questions or topics you’d like to see us cover, please let us know.
Now here’s what I’ve been reading this week:
- Discipline is hard (Belle Curve)
- How to think about what’s baked into stock prices (Reformed Broker)
- Stop counting other people’s money (Irrelevant Investor)
- How to think through a Roth IRA conversion (Humble Dollar)
- The price of admission (Dollars and Data)
- College isn’t for everyone (A Teachable Moment)
- The threat of youth basketball (ESPN)
- The 150-year-old start-up (KC ROI)