The Shawshank Redemption

May 16, 2010

One line review: This movie absolutely absorbs you into it’s characters; you feel down when they are down and you feel elated when they succeed.

Movie Title: The Shawshank Redemption

Actors: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, Mark Rolston, James Whitmore

Director: Frank Darabont

Year: 1994

Genre: Drama

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 88% – An amazing movie. Easily one of the best movies made during the 90s and definitely one of the top ‘prison’ movies of all-time. Pretty much everything about this movie works and works extremely well!

My rating: *****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): I can find nothing wrong with this movie. I’m not claiming that this movie is somehow perfect, I simply can’t find anything to complain about it. The characters are fantastic, each one with their own unique style and motivation. The plot is fascinating, not only with minor bumps along the way as each character grows and changes, but with an overall arc that is genius. The actors do a fantastic job of conveying a variety of emotions not just through dialog but with minor changes in their attitude and appearance. This is a fantastic movie, worthy of the status it’s earned.

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Top Gun

January 17, 2010

One line review: Take your standard action movie, remove 60% of the action and replace it with bromance.

Movie Title: Top Gun

Actors: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, John Stockwell, Barry Tubb, Rick Rossovich, Tim Robbins, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Whip Hubley

Director: Tony Scott

Year: 1986

Genre: Action / Drama

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 46% – Once Top Gun gets back to earth, the master of the skies is as clunky as a big land-bound bird.

My rating: **

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): It’s difficult for me to figure out if this movie was ruined for me simply by the boring plot, or by Tom Cruise current crazy antics distracting me whenever he was on screen. Either way, this movie seems like it was made to be on Rifftrax only, and never actually taken seriously. Even if you can muscle your way through an hour of mostly boring scenes of the drama of fighter pilot school, the action itself is too chaotic to actually follow. This movie simply feels empty, as though it’s struggling to fill time with half-naked guys and playing Danger Zone.

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