While I have no more cowbell for you (pause for sighs and boos), I do have more awesome movie scenes. “My Favorite Scene” is the oldest column in the nearly five-year history of Killing Time. I’ve written over 240 of them, but I haven’t even scratched the surface of the movies I want to take a look at. For Tuesday’s column, I try to pick a movie that has some relevance to a star or a film coming out that weekend. This keeps the films pretty much in the 5-10 year past ballpark. That’s fine, but I never get to go back further and that’s what the Saturday installments will largely do: examine great scenes from films a little further back. I’ve already plotted out 2018’s entries, and I’m really excited about the line-up of films we’ll hopefully get some discussion started on. Some of these I’ve examined in my every-other-month IMDB TOP 250 columns, but those films can’t get enough revisiting. The first Saturday entry, The Shawshank Redemption,is already up!
By turns brutal and beautiful; crude yet wise in a way few pieces of art ever attain, The Shawshank Redemption has grown and grown in popularity since it’s release over 20 years ago. When it was released in 1994, it was overshadowed for recognition by “Gumpmania” as Forrest Gump took most of the glory that year, but over time the film has grown so in stature that it is now the highest rated film of all-time by users on the IMDB’s Top 250 Films (click here for a more in-depth look at the film).
The parole hearings were a recurring plot device to show both the changes that Otis “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman) underwent in his decades in prison and the passage of time. This occurs at the very end of the film when a weary Red is dragged one more time in front of the parole board and with withering weariness delivers one of the best monologues Freeman’s ever gotten. It’s the tired wisdom of an old man desperate to speak sense to his younger self, bereft of the hope that a future is possible. Whatever Red says the final time, it sets him free and on a path to Mexico and a reunion with his best friend.