A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
The Shawshank Redemption
Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.
Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.
If you ever feel down,
If you ever feel like giving up,
If you ever feel like nothing is gonna workout,
If you ever feel hopeless,
If you ever feel like dying,
Watch this film. It is a miraculous medicine. It is a wonderful movie.
Shawshank may not be THE best film ever made, but is certainly one of them.
One of the most impressive King adaptations, and shows the entire cast at their greatest.
It expresses the need for friendship, bravery, hope, and above all - freedom.
Out of the three heavyweights released in 1994, The Shawshank Redemption was the one that ended up bearing the maximum brunt. First commercially by failing to recover its budget for it debuted in theatres together with one of cinema's greatest watershed events; Pulp Fiction. And then at Academy Awards where it was nominated for seven Oscars yet failed to win any, thanks to the sweeping show by the critics’ darling, Forrest Gump.
But life ever since has been very kind to this film, and both critics & viewers have embraced its uplifting story of hope & friendship with remarkable amount of respect, love & kindness. Today, The Shawshank Redemption enjoys a position that’s arguably even higher than the two classics which eclipsed it…
best movie of all time
what a time to be alive
Film #51 of Project 90
”Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.”
Why The Shawshank Redemption is such a popular movie? It is well-made and well-paced, Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are perfect in their roles and Frank Darabont’s ability of narrating the story without hiccups and his charming way of using multiple supporting characters to add more depth to the story of his two protagonists make the experience enjoyable and rewarding. But can a movie reach the success of Shawshank only by being cinematically perfect? There should be some kind of an explanation for its matchless popularity, but first you need to pick a keyword and then form…
My eleventh viewing. I just can't help but finish this when it's on.
This is nostalgic simplicity with pure, cinematic storytelling. It also has Freeman's career best performance, enhanced by his beautiful voice from a time before it became a trademark.
Easy to hate for its popular status. Easier to love for its qualities.
And boy do I love it.
"The funny thing is - on the outside, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook."
When a wealthy banker named Andy Dufresne is wrongly convicted for the murder of his wife and her lover he is sent to do hard time at Shawshank Prison. There he befriends a fellow convict, Red, and with his help Andy embarks on an incredible tale of redemption. Between a crooked warden, cruel guards, and vicious prisoners it is easy to lose hope...that is why it is so important. For Andy hope would eventual set him free...that and Rita Hayworth.
One of the most epic tales ever put on film. Tim Robbins, Morgan…
I heard big Stephen say once, that he came across an old lady in the grocery store.
Lady-"you're that horror writer. I don't like horror. I like things like the shawshank redemption."
Big Steve -"I wrote shawshank redemption..."
Lady-"...no you didn't."
And then she walked away.
Possibly the best film I have ever seen, the amazing script, acting and simple story make this a completely unmissable film everyone should watch
Hope never dies, just goes to sleep.
As described by Roger Ebert "The Shawshank Redemption is a movie about time, patience and loyalty". It shows how during tough times people can still make the conditions better. Andy not only impacted the life of his great friend Red but he also changed the living conditions in the prison. He created a library and even taught many of the people basic education so that they can leave prison educated. The movie has humor, action, loyalty and happiness.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Shawshank Redemption, through the director’s eyes, appeals to audiences through realism by visual rhetoric. From Andy’s concealed rock pick to Andy and his posters, visual rhetoric and it’s appeal to realism are observed.
The relationship between Andy and Red is profound. The swagger of an accountant and the brashness of a convict seem to mesh together in the unlikeliest of friendships. However, we see that in the film the presence of Andy seems to uplift the spirits of fellow prisoners and gives a sense of hope to those around him.
For years Andy chips away at the stone walls of his prison all while keeping his tool of freedom tucked away in his bible. Not one individual suspects Andy because…
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