“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.
“Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.”
The Shawshank Redemption has held its place atop the IMDB Top 250 for as long as the IMDB top 250 has existed. And while this list can be fickle, to say the least, the enduring dominance of The Shawshank Redemption is impossible to ignore. Sure, it’s ridiculous that The Dark Knight is currently sitting at number four, but it deputed even higher a back in 2008. And I assume its slow slide will continue as its novelty wears off, and it will find its rightful place, deep and low. But The Shawshank Redemption’s place at number one is like my own attitude towards it. This is a movie that refuses to go away and insists in grabbing me every time I stumble across it.
Drunk and cradling a loaded gun, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) contemplates going home to kill his wife and her lover. When they’re found dead, Andy is the obvious number one suspect, and despite his claims of innocence, his seemingly cold, remorseless attitude in court sees him convicted of the double murder and sentenced to double life sentences in the titular Shawshank prison. Once inside, Andy meets the movie’s narrator, Red (Morgan Freeman). (more…)