Movie Musings

Movie Musings | Shawshank Redemption

(Moving Musings are my thoughts on some of the all-time greats in cinema. I love story and the power that comes with it, so I thought it would be fun to occasionally post about them. Also, there shall be spoilers. If interested in past Movie Musings, just click here!)

“Hope is a good thing. Maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.” Andy in Shawshank Redemption

I fell in love with this movie the first time I saw it (which I think was in college). Why is this one of the best? The storyline is incredible, it’s portrayed so well, the ending and the underlining theme of hope. It’s one of Stephen King’s finest (sidenote: how does he write a story like this and then some of the most nightmare-ish horror films?!!).

It’s still one of my favorite movies of all time.

There’s one scene where, after one of their old time buddies, Brooks, kills himself after getting out (he’d been there for decades and wasn’t able to cope with the new outside world), Andy was in the Warden’s office and played music over the speakers that belted it out to the fields and all the inmates. He locked himself in the office, so they had to break down the door to get in, but for a few moments those inmates heard something beautiful. He ended up getting a week in solitary for the act.

When he got out all his buddies asked him why he did it.

Andy: “Hope.”

Red: “Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane. It’s got no use on the inside. You better get used to that idea.”

Andy” “Like Brooks did?”

Red gets up from the table angry. Andy later gives him a harmonica, but that was a profound moment, showing what people can become if they give up on hope. Yet, even with it all Andy never does.

Later, Andy continues to struggle, especially after his young friend Tommy gets murdered by the Warden because Tommy had the evidence needed to prove Andy was innocent (he was in jail for the murder of his wife and the man she was having an affair with).

Andy gets two months in solitary and after threatening to stop helping the Warden with his shady schemes, the Warden comes back with more death threats on his friends.

He finally gets out and Red immediately knows something is different. Yet, even with that Andy tells Red about Zihuatanejo, the little town he’ll go to when he gets out.

Red tells him to stop with his pipe dream since they aren’t getting out. Andy’s response?

“It comes down to a simple choice really, get busy living or get busy dying.”

“Get busy living or get busy dying.”

He makes Red promise him to find the a volcano rock and box in a field. He gives him nothing more than how to find it, but he gets him to promise to find it. Andy does escape in his brilliant dig through the walls scheme and makes it to beautiful Zihuatanejo.

A little time later, Red gets paroled after decades locked up. He follows through with Andy’s promise and heads out to Mexico to meet him.

Red’s final quote heading out to Mexico to meet his friend Andy is a perfectly fitting one:
“I hope I can make it across the border.
I hope to see my friend and shake his hand.
I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams.
I hope.”

Sidenote: I absolutely love Red’s character. It helps that Morgan Freeman portrayed him masterfully, but the character himself is great and I love him as the narrator.

“Hope is a good thing. Maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.”

While I know this story wasn’t written with the Gospel in mind, I love that a story will still draw you to THE Story our hearts are all longing for and the HOPE we have in that.

“But now, Lord, what do I look for?
My hope is in you.” Psalm 39:7

Hope is a beautiful beautiful thing friends.

Have y’all seen this movie?

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Why the Hey Did I Watch These Movies as a Child? Plus Some 80s Classics

Today’s kids grew up on Harry Potter. You know what they missed out on? Movies featuring balls of fur rolling around eating people.

Jealousy, my friends, should be the only response.

Today belongs to my youth. Today’s post is an ode to my youth and the crazy movies I stumbled upon. Why I watched many of these, one will never know. Will I include photos for the first half? No. That image search would give me nightmares.

So without further ado, here’s three of my “favorites.” And by “favorites” I mean, what.the.hey.

IT – I’ve talked about this many times before. That’s probably a hint for all you psychologists about the effect this had on me. Clearly I’m still working through my issues of a murderous clown preying on small children on rainy days. What a great film to watch before the age of 10. By that I mean DON’T.EVER.WATCH.THIS.FILM. I should also bold that last statement just to get the point across. I still have the dialogue between Georgie and IT in the sewer seared in my brain. Apparently I thought it would make me seem cool if I watched it. It didn’t.  (I should confess…my parents had no idea I watched this until after the damage was done)

Arachnophobia – The name says it all kids. The name says it all. It’s bad enough I watched this when I was eight. It’s even worse I WANTED to see it on my birthday. Because nothing says happy birthday to an eight year old child like a screaming spider flying across the screen. I still remember the amount of air I got during the first scene that included a spider jumping out of a plant. I guess I thought I was ready to act like I was 30. Kids, don’t grow up too fast. There’s plenty of time for that. But who am I kidding?? If a movie like this came out now, you wouldn’t see me near it. The fear Indy has of snakes doesn’t come close to my hatred of spiders.

Critters – After watching this, I couldn’t touch an Easter egg for years (the little jerks hatched from eggs and unsuspecting people painted them as Easter eggs one year in the movie). According to wiki, this series (why yes, there was more than one) is about “a group of malevolent carnivorous aliens from outer space, called Krites, that have the ability to roll into balls and combine into a pernicious sphere that can roll across the landscape and cause mayhem. In appearance, the individual Krites resemble small furry/spiky animals with large mouths and many sharp teeth. Throughout the movies they attack humans by biting and attempting to eat them, or at least a piece of them.” Why wouldn’t you want to watch such a film??

But friends, not all my childhood was full of petrifying films. Oh no! I grew up in the 80s aka the decade of awesomeness. Photos from these? Heck yes, they’ll give you a clue to the incredible-ness of each film.


Back to the Future – This is a given. “McFlyyyyyyy!” The good news is, 2015 is just around the corner, so I’m pretty excited for the hover board to finally make its appearance. Oh and flying cars.

Goonies – If you have to ask why, then please stop being my friend. Unless it’s because you are young, then I’ll gladly regale in tales of this film. Every time I watch this movie, I still want to drop everything and go look for a pirate ship.

Every Disney cartoon ever created. Except The Fox and the Hound. Kuddos to producing the second most depressing cartoon ever Disney (second only to Dumbo).

Cloak and Dagger – It took awhile for me not to fear the Riverwalk, less I get kidnapped by a crazy grandma lady with missing fingers, but I simply love this film! Following little Davey, who stumbles across secret information from spies in a video game, it’s full of adventure and espionage. Seriously, still one of my favs. Plus, you have to appreciate the old school video games they have.

Flight of the Navigator – This film makes me want a pet alien. It’s a simple plot really: “In 1978, a boy is moved 8 years into the future and has an adventure with the alien ship that is responsible for that.” It’s as awesome as it sounds. “Compliance!”

Labyrinth – The only negative of this film is David Bowie’s creepy pants. Other than that, it pretty much sums up the 80s (and maybe the effects of the 70s….) “Allo….No, I said “‘allo,” but that’s close enough.”

Dark Crystal – Between this and Labyrinth, it makes me wonder what was going on with Jim Henson during the creation of these films. This movie is so tripped out I don’t even know how to describe it. All I know is my siblings and I loved the recorded-from-TV version we had and watched it all the time. Well, if you must know, here’s the official description: “On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.” Add puppets and you know that’s award-winning material right there.

Alright my fellow children of the 80s (or anyone else really), what are some of your favorites? And for you youngins (I kid! I kid!) who grew up in the 90s, what are your favs (because I’ll actually remember those like yesterday)?