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.
FIRST: it goes without saying that this is a very, very violent video. I shouldn’t have to say that, because we’re talking about The Walking Dead, but I don’t want to hear it from someone traumatized. I’m in awe of how popular AMC’s adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s zombie apocalypse that never ends comic book has swept pop culture. Last year, Killing Time readers voted The Walking Dead the best show on TV (that annual poll will be coming up in September). The show’s sixth season is on its way in October, the fifth season hit Blu Ray/DVD today and its spin-off series premiered last Sunday.
I really wish AMC and Frank Darabont hadn’t gone separate ways after season one, because he HAD this. Not that the show hasn’t been good, but it’s gone through meandering periods, that I think wouldn’t have happened with Darabont at the helm. One of the smartest things he did was in the pilot when Rick wakes up to the zombie apocalypse, the first walker he has to put down is a child. It is a visceral gut punch. This isn’t really a scene I watch over and over, but I think it is the best of the season because it established the grit, the gore, the stakes and the tone from the very beginning. A close second in doing that would be our famous half-zombie, Hannah (shown below), who got a whole series of webisodes that made the season one Blu Ray
We’re going to try something different every month during one of the Top 5 columns. Moving down the IMDB (International Movie Database) Top 250 films, we’ll name the top five scenes (in my order) from films so good that our regular “My Favorite Scene” column can’t do them justice. Number one on the IMDB 250 is Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novella; 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption. Continue reading Top 5: Scenes From The Shawshank Redemption