The Canon 12 | 1/19/15
The Shawshank Redemption
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This week we tunnel through to join Devin & Amy and discuss IMDB's #1 rated movie, 'The Shawshank Redemption'. Does Frank Darabont's work deserve to be in the Canon? Or is it actually a series of several small "charmingly mediocre" movies pieced together? Join Devin, Amy, Brooks, Red, and Andy Dufresne to find out. Tune in for the battle -- and head to the forums on Wolfpop to cast the deciding vote!


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chucktdogg
chucktdogg
30 posts

Ugh. You people are annoying. I worked n a video store when this movie came out theaters and when it was released on video. It was loved then, and it is loved now. You spout your clever little quips about how this movie is a metaphor for life, you complain because there aren't enough African american men, or woman in it. And, before, I pointed out the annoying voice of the woman on thsi show, and now I need to point out the idiotic way in which the guy speaks. You are a "professional" podcast performer, right? Learn to speak clearly and in a concise manner. Yes, this movie needs to be in the canon. I think The Godfather is a better movie, but this is right up there. as best movie of all times. I am not a professional critic, like you too baboon's are supposed to be, but I have watched thousands of movies as I am disabled and have a hard time reading due to that disability ( vision issues) and I can tell you, i coud do a far better job doing a podcast about movies than you tw

chucktdogg
chucktdogg
30 posts

nicer prison laws? are you joking? You want us to be nicer to rapist? You want us to be kinder to murderers? Your are insane!

chucktdogg
chucktdogg
30 posts

MAGRUBER??????????????????????????????? Ok. I now know you are guys have no business doing anything except working at Burger King. On the broiler. You shouldn't be allowed to work with the public.

chucktdogg
chucktdogg
30 posts

45 years old. Love this movie. This is also my daughters favorite movie. She is not a man in her 20's. She is 16.

chucktdogg
chucktdogg
30 posts

Can't you just watch a movie and enjoy the story without picking everything apart to fit into your ultra liberal sensibilities? I don't think so.

pajamo
pajamo
12 posts

Nope I vote a giant NO! The most overrated film of the modern era. The last act contrivances belittle everything that cakes before. What's the point of learning to love and accept Andy Dufrane only to have this dumb character come in the las act that that away any grey area? I never needed Andy to be for sure guilty, but it just never worked for me that the script needs to bend over backwards so poorly to prove his innocents. It's just dumb. Eff this film.

pajamo
pajamo
12 posts

Soory for the typos!

Nope I vote a giant NO! The most overrated film of the modern era. The last act contrivances belittle everything that comes before. What's the point of learning to love and accept Andy Dufrane only to have this dumb character arrive in the last act that takes away any grey area? I never needed Andy to be for sure guilty, but it just never worked for me that the script needs to bend over backwards so poorly to prove his innocence. It's just dumb. Eff this film.

dbmillerphoto
dbmillerphoto
8 posts

When I watch the movie the overwhelming theme I come away with is the friendship between the two leads allows them to make it through a harsh climate that doesn't really care if you're innocent or guilty (hence the plot twist of Andy having evidence of his innocence snuffed out). In that sense, the setting could just as easily been a war where unfair things happen. It's upsetting when the reviewers make wild judgements about things the film neither intended to do- like reform the real world justice system- or pretty hateful stereotypes of people who watch it- "the people who go to Applebees, who shop at Costco". It's not in the film and not deserving of critique time. It'd be like judging the merits of The Dark Knight Rises based on the Colorado shooting or The 400 Blows based on studios in the following 50+ years not making a female equivalent.

chucktdogg
chucktdogg
30 posts

DBMILLERPHOTO said it much much better than me. Thank you.

samwiu99
samwiu99
4 posts

Yay to Shawshank. I was pretty surprised that Shawshank being in the cannon is even debatable, although I had thought the same thing about Forrest Gump. When you throw in Pulp Fiction in that group of movies that came out in 1994, its difficult to determine which movie is most beloved and holds up the best over time. All three should definitely be in the cannon.
I appreciate you contrarian opinions, though, and thought that made for a really interesting show.