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.

46 – The Shining (1980)

Is it racist to think that Scatman Crothers is a black man?Also the titles look like they were made with Windows Movie Maker.

Is it racist to think that Scatman Crothers is a black man?Also the titles look like they were made with Windows Movie Maker.

There’s something about The Shining that seems like it’s some sort of psychological experiment on  the human psyche devised by the guys who hire him who are actually scientists.The first 25 minutes gives that vibe anyway.Where to begin with this one?I’ll start with Danny and his ‘imaginary friend’ Tony who lives in his mouth and tells him things.We learn pretty soon into the film that this Tony’s not imaginary but some sort of psychic ability that was brought on when Danny got a clout of his dad a few years back.The Shining is the type of film that deserves a re-watch,maybe not straight away but maybe a couple of years after you first watch.There were parts that i completely over looked or just plain forgot since the last time i saw it.In my mind i thought it was about a guy who went loopy and tried to kill his family.The part where he sells his soul for a drink is a key scene that i forgot about.The camera work and imagery is superb,even the opening scene with the car meandering it’s way up to the hotel is shot super well,really smooth.Anyone else who has seen the film will remember all the other iconic sets ans scenes:like the elevator blood scene,the axe breaking into the bathroom or the maze zoom from above.I noticed that a lot of the same writers/authors works are reoccurring on the list.I think this is the 4th Kubrick film,i know Chaplin is next and that’ll be his 4th,then there’s Stephen King.I’ll wait till the end until i get into that one.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    8.2
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  NICHOLSON SOLD ME ON JACKS INSANITY.BANG-ON.

 

64 – The Green Mile (1999)

End of the story.Get it?End of the story.Obvious shit.

End of the story.Get it?End of the story.Obvious shit.

In my second year in college i lived with  guy,lets call him Ciaran(because that was his name,that had a small collection of DVDs,maybe 20 or so.But he watched them numerous times.I think he watched The Green Mile over a dozen times.I could never.He was studying sports fitness and this was one of his favourite films.Maybe it was because he wasn’t doing some sort of course relevant to media that i just poo-ppo’d The Green Mile.But as i look at it now some 9 years later,it’s not that bad.Stephen King knows how to write a film.You just have to look at number 1 on the list to see what i mean.The Green Mile is maybe 40 minutes longer than it should be but it’s good.There’s some good casting and a lot of actors that have worked with each other before,i won’t list them.Some less than lovable characters too,for example Percy.There was one scene that i wanted to punch my laptop screen so bad for in the hope that by magic it would travel directly to Percy in the film.The Green Mile is full of religious references like a man condemned to death who can preform miracles and who most people know is innocent.Jesus right here guys.It’s fairly obvious when you think about it,but still makes for an interesting film.The last scenes that give some sort of closure with Paul,i could have done without.The film should have ended when John died.Just my opinion.Also the CGI for the bugs coming out of the guys mouth didn’t look right.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8.2
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  WORTH IT TO SEE THE BIG BLACK BUCK.

173 – Stand by Me (1986)

group puking scene

group puking scene

Stand By Me is an 80’s movie set in 1959 about a group of boys and their coming of age adventure thing.You have all the sides represented here in the group:the smart one,the fat kid,the crazy one and the one from the wrong side of the tracks.The foursome hear about a kids dead body about 30 miles away beside the train tracks and all decide to sneak off and go find it.A couple little things happen along the way,there’s some male bonding and other stuff but it when it ends it feels like something was missing.What wasn’t missing was a shit load of old 50’s songs.At every opportunity there’s one popped in.The whole film is targeted at nostalgic people from that era who start gushing over the  ‘simpler’ times.

IMDB RATING      –     8.1
MY RATING     –     6.7
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  MEH.A STEPHEN KING ADAPTATION,NOT HIS BEST.