1 – The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Gene Kelly escapes from prison

Gene Kelly escapes from prison

And finally….   yes i finally made it to film number 1.Yee haa.And it’s the 1994 classic – The Shawshank Redemption. Based on a Stephen King short story from 1982.Couple of good performances from Robbins and Freeman.Shawshank is about a guy called Andy Dufresne who is falsely given two 30 year life sentences when his wife and lover are found dead.But ii gets worse,on the inside there’s a gang of dudes intent on raping him or beating the shite out of him.Andy was a big shot banker and so does the taxes for all the guards working there.The next time the lads bust Andy the guards fuck him up.Sorted.Freeman narrates and his slow soothing voice is pleasing to the ear.There are a few weepy bits there , like when Brooks gets out or when it seems like Andy’s at the end of his rope.The film spans over about 20 years with not one character ageing much.I don’t think after watching it again just now i’d give the highest rating but definitely worth a look.

IMDB RATING      –     9.2
MY RATING     –    8.9
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  UNDERDOG TRIUMPHS.PEOPLE LOVE ESCAPE MOVIES.

240 – Papillon (1983)

Indy ?

Indy ?

Well this was a long ‘un at two and a half hours but a good one for sure.On the whole the films about the human spirit and mans will to be free.But hey is it depressing watching a bunch of guys constantly get fucked over while trying to escape.A lot of the charters get killed after you’ve invested a lot in them and it doesn’t seem to bother the main characters too much, I guess you can’t get bogged down too much because you gotta look out for number one.Notable good scenes: the marching of the prisoners at the beginning with the cattle audio track overlay,the man collapsing and squashing a chicken and a few other ones i can’t think of at the moment.
First film with tits in it since I started the list.Illegal tits if you ask me too.Watch the film and you’ll see what I mean.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     7.3
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES,OVER 10 YEARS AGO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –    DESCENT,AUDIO LEVELS FLUCTUATE