What is the best film ever made? Don’t think too long about that question, or the various ways in which it could be broken down regarding “best” vs. “favorite.” Though many of us can likely agree on some of the greatest films ever made, we each have different answers about what is or isn’t the best ever, hands down. Online, where people never agree about anything pop-culture-related, it might seem even harder to find consensus on this kind of question.
But one of the most reliable sources of movie-industry information, the Internet Movie Database, is well known for its IMDb Top 250, listing out the 250 films rated highest by its users. And for a long time, the number-one film on that list has been the same: The Shawshank Redemption. Read More »
There’s a line in The Shawshank Redemption where Morgan Freeman’s character, Red, tells us, “Prison is no fairy tale world.” Except that’s exactly what it is in this movie. Make no mistake about it: Frank Darabont’s 1994 prison drama, based on a Stephen King novella, endures as a kind of modern fairy tale, albeit one that transplants the most basic of all human emotions to the least romantic of all story settings. Instead of happening in space, like The Empire Strikes Back, this tale unfolds in a penitentiary.
Interpretations of Shawshank abound; depending on who you ask, the film might resonate as everything from a simple bromance to a biblical allegory. However, by using the prison as a canvas for a humanistic hope parable, the film managed to tap into something sublime and all-inclusive, something that cuts across demographics and appeals to people’s innermost yearning selves. Or, as Red puts it, “something so beautiful it can’t be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it.”
The story of wrongfully convicted inmate Andy Dufresne, played with glassy-eyed stoicism by Tim Robbins, speaks to the imprisoned dreamer in all of us. He’s a man, Red tells us, “who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side.” Anyone who’s ever felt trapped by their circumstances, anyone who’s ever hoped for a better life, can relate to Andy’s decades-long struggle in Shawshank State Prison. As The Shawshank Redemption turns 25, it remains essential fuel for the film-lover’s soul: inspirational and heart-aching, but also perhaps richer and more multi-layered than you remember.
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This month, Stephen King fans have been swarming to theaters to watch Pennywise the Dancing Clown terrorize the grown up Losers’ Club in IT Chapter Two. But in a few days, they’ll be able to enjoy a different kind of story from Stephen King, one that warms your heart instead of trying eat it.
The Shawshank Redemption is considered one of the best Stephen King adaptations of all-time. Hell, it’s simply one of the best films ever made. It’s hard to believe, but this year the film is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and in honor of the milestone, you can catch the movie back in theaters for a few days. Find out when you can see The Shawshank Redemption in theaters below. Read More »
Before he was the one “useless” superhero in Marvel’s The Avengers, Jeremy Renner could have played another belittled character in another superhero movie. The Avengers: Endgame actor revealed that he had turned down a major role in Guillermo del Toro‘s first Hellboy movie, and that he has “zero regrets” over it. But no, it wasn’t Hellboy.
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Blumhouse’s reboot of The Craft has found the first of its four witches. Cailee Spaeny, who appeared in Bad Times at the El Royale, Pacific Rim: Uprising and more, will play the lead character in the new take on the ’90s witch flick. Zoe Lister-Jones is writing and directing the new Craft, which will follow a similar plot as the original movie, but update details for the modern era.
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Plenty of Stephen King fans are still waiting to see an epic big screen adaptation of the book series The Dark Tower. That’s because the meager attempt to bring the books to life back in 2017 was a total disaster. Clocking in at only 95 minutes, the adaptation didn’t deliver the kind of epic fantasy they’d been hoping to see, and the movie was totally forgettable. If you’re one of the many disappointed fans out there who wished The Dark Tower turned out to be even better, you’re not alone. Producer Ron Howard also ended up being unhappy with the final product. Read More »
It’s been 20 years since Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) first made a bet with her stepbrother Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) to seduce the sweet and virginal Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon). But in those years, Cruel Intentions has become widely accepted as a teen erotic romance classic. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Cruel Intentions is coming back to theaters for one week only. Read more about the Cruel Intentions theatrical re-release below.
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It hasn’t been very long since we learned about the new Ghostbusters sequel in the works. The film will go back to the mythology of the original franchise and pick up 30 years after the events of Ghostbusters II. While we don’t know of any returning cast members from the original movies just yet, a couple new stars have already been signed up to join the new Ghsotbusters sequel cast. Read More »
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Even though it may have been released in the dumping ground month of January, Escape Room has become a hit film for Sony Pictures (and it wasn’t half-bad either). The film only cost $9 million to produce, and it raked in nearly $119 million at the box office. In Hollywood, that’s grounds for a sequel, and the studio is making moves to release Escape Room 2 in the spring of 2020. And if the end of the first movie is any indicator, we may already have an idea of where it’s going. Read More »
Back in 2014, when one of the biggest stories of the year was a huge hack of sensitive information from Sony Pictures, details on a potential crossover between the 21 Jump Street and Men in Black franchises came to light. In the years since, updates have been sparse with the exception of a title reveal calling the movie MiB 23. Unfortunately, the odds weren’t looking too good for the wild idea when Jonah Hill called the possibility of the sequel “kind of impossible,” and it turns out he was probably right.
Men in Black franchise producer Walter Parkes was recently asked about the chances of seeing Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum throwing on the suits and shades for the potentially incredible crossover, and his response confirms that the 21 Jump Street Men in Black crossover is dead in the water. Read More »