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Scapegoat Justice System
The modern world wants justice. We are now a world who would believe in our justice than God’s unlike a couple of centuries ago. And to render justice we have created many institutions including the court and the jail. We have the system of proving the crime and punishing the guilty. Whenever there is a murder or robbery we feel the most safe when the perpetrators are locked up. We exhale in…
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How To Overcome Adversity According to Shawshank Redemption
Shawshank Redemption is definitely topping my list of favourite movies. It’s nice to see a movie that takes its time to let the plot unfurl, where you really feel taken on a journey and moments are allowed seep into your soul, where the climax actually builds up to a crescendo, with a freaking cherry on top. Or maybe it’s just the brilliance of Stephen King at work. I can’t stand ‘It’, but it shouldn’t deter me from exploring the rest of his works..
From certain personal experience, I’ve come to realise there’s actually a very narrow specific set of traits that enable a person to get out of tough and tight spots. Mostly, when people get stuck on problems, not many will ever manage to truly break free. It’s because the arising of serious issues is usually an amalgamation of unfortunate factors and unhealthy habits stewed together over time. The monstrosity wasn’t birthed overnight. Which is why its problematic roots still prick like splinters under your skin, or lurk stubbornly in ghostly slivers, even if you think you are past it. We may develop coping mechanisms, fixed patterns or emotional dysfunctions, but overcoming it requires a certain enlightenment.
Anyway, back to the movie. What struck me is the clear representation of the very qualities that are actually crucial in the face of adversity. Even if it might not guarantee total eventual defeat, it is really the only way to go about being in gritty situations.
1. Stick-in-the-mud patience and perseverance
Or shall I say stick in the shit? Because one of the most jarring sceneS is probably that final gruelling and gruesome crawl through ‘5 football fields’ of human defecation in the sewers. Which, even after all the progress that has been achieved prior, might have been the dealbreaker for me, personally. But Dufresne was born a different breed of human. He took one look at the foulness and took the plunge without second hesitation. Other facts stand testament to his astounding level of perseverance: he wrote weekly to the Senate asking for books for the prisoners, for 6 whole years, before they let him establish a prison library (out of annoyance, lol) and he carved a human-fitting tunnel through his prison cell wall with just a palm-sized rock hammer.
Consistency, consistency, consistency. It gets you places. It gets you outta shit holes.
2. Not begrudging the circumstances
For a guy who had been wrongfully handed two life sentences, from being wrongfully convicted of murder of his wife and her lover, he maintains a surprisingly tame and stoic temperament from Day 1 in Shawshank. No punching of walls, no outbursts of insanity (though he displays a different kind of crazy, see following points). Inhumane treatment from the guards or assaults from the bull queers, he literally rolls with all the punches. ‘Bad luck’, he sputters softly to his closest mate Ellis (Morgan Freeman). But we do see an uncharacteristic aggression flaring up, when he comes by information that could possibly prove his innocence. I mean, duh. He’s not resigned, but he chooses his fights. He fights hard, when he sees there’s something he can fight for, which shows a high level of awareness of his circumstances; and is also perhaps why he isn’t susceptible to laying blame on everything else, like everyone else. Dude didn’t even resent his wife for cheating on him but went all introspective and believed he drove her away in the first place, because ‘i was always a hard one to understand’. Perfect guys exist in fiction, yep.
there rly has never and will never be a time that you won’t catch me screaming JUDGEMENT COMETH AND THAT RIGHT SOON BIIIIITCH while watching the end of the shawshank
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So, virtual theatre has been an experience, to say the least. The director decided to make the show pre-filmed (instead of just having parts pre-filmed and others live), which moved up our off-book day considerably and has made things quite busy. But I have learned a lot.
While I’ve had mixed feelings about this show, I did audition for another show through the same company. I’m awaiting on word from that and feeling pretty anxious in the meantime. Please end good vibes my way!
Blaska gets out of Facebook jail
Blaska gets out of Facebook jail
We have escaped Facebook Jail! For three days and nights we rotted inside the rank hole of oblivion, unable to share our paranoia and recrimination with the rest of the world. Was it something we said?
We crawled through 500 yards of filth and came out even meaner the other side.
We do miss some of the guys we left behind: Red, Heywood, Tommy, Brooks (RIP) — and Donald…
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Beyond Shawshank, There's More to Mansfield’s Allure!
Beyond Shawshank, There’s More to Mansfield’s Allure!
By Dave Zuchowski with photos and video by Bill Rockwell
Pleasant surprises often turn up in some of the most unexpected places. Mansfield, Ohio, is one of these.
While on a visit to explore the Ohio State Reformatory, where the movie “Shawshank Redemption” was filmed, I stumbled across a slew of other attractions. These turned my original plan to spend a day or two in the pleasant mid-Ohio town…
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Stephen King, Different Seasons
The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review
*this review will contain spoilers*
The film Shawshank Redemption was directed by Frank Darabont, released in 1994 and was based on the novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, written by Stephen King. We follow Tim Robbins’ character, Andy Dufrense as he is sentenced to life in jail after being falsely accused of murdering his wife and her lover. He is sent to Shawshank Prison where at the beginning of his sentence he keeps to himself and barely talks to anyone else. Over time he gets closer with a tight group of inmates who protect each other and connects with Morgan Freeman's character, Ellis Boyd Redding, also known as Red. He eventually finds his purpose in the prison working as a librarian and then doing financial work for the guards and the warden. Carefully, Andy plans an escape to Mexico from the prison and leaves clues for Red to find him after his release, the final scene of the movie shows the emotional reunion of the characters on the beach.
A scene that stood out to me is the one where Brooks is releasing his pet, a black crow from inside Shawshank because he was released and is leaving the prison. This was a foreshadowing of Brooks' life after his release because freedom is often symbolized as a white pigeon which is the exact opposite of the black crow he released. This is evident in the movie after Brooks's release as he suffers from feeling like he does not belong in the real world and has trouble adjusting. He is miserable on his own and is not satisfied with the job he was given and the disrespect with which he was met. Sadly, he takes his own life and in memory of Brook, Andy names the prison library “Brooks Hatlen Memorial Library”.
Another unforgettable scene is the one in which Andy escapes, when we learn he is no longer in the prison, the morning after his escape, the movie rewinds to the night before. We watch as he plans his journey and just how detailed his plan is. Andy has to crawl through feces to get to the other side of the pipe. This is a great analogy of the horrible, disgusting things he had to go through to get to freedom. His escape ends when he crawls out of the sewage into a body of water where he is able to wash himself off and continue his journey towards Mexico.
Overall I would rate the film Shawshank Redemption an 8/10 because it was very emotional and in my opinion had a great and satisfying ending. We got to experience all of the emotions with the characters, from happiness, sadness, hope, devastation, loss and relief. We learn as the audience alongside Andy that even though he is trapped behind bars and is physically isolated from the rest of the world, his hope and imagination can not be detained. I would recommend this movie to anyone who was looking to watch a film that they want to be invested in as Frank Darabont did a great job of making the audience feel as if they were watching the events unfold from inside of Shawshank prison.
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“The Shawshank Redemption” (1994) Review
*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*
The film Shawshank Redemption tells the story of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a successful banker who was wrongfully accused for the murder of his wife and her lover, and sentenced for life in Shawshank prison. While in prison, he befriends fellow prisoner, Ellis "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), who provides him with friendship, support and everything else he needs.
Symbols and other elements of film are extremely important and significant to The Shawshank Redemption. Firstly, early on in the film, Andy asks Red for a hammer, who assures him it is for his hobby of carving and sculpting stones. However, later on, we see how Andy really used the tiny hammer, which was to dig a hole through the prison walls and escape. The tiny hammer can symbolize Andy’s patience and determination. In addition to this, the camera angles in parts of the movie help the viewer understand how each character is seen. In the scene where Brooks Hatlen (James Whitmore) is leaving Shawshank prison, the camera is pointing back at the prison, which indicates his connection to the location and his reluctance to leave. However, when Red is leaving the prison, the camera points out of the prison and towards freedom, because Red is ready to move on to the rest of his life.
The tone and mood of The Shawshank Redemption is emotional and dark, but also optimistic and bright at the same time. Through parts of the movie, we see how many characters, such as Andy, are mistreated and suffer in prison. The colours used in the film further demonstrate this mood, by using dark and gloomy visuals when Andy is imprisoned. However, at other times in the film, we see how characters are freed, and even reunited with each other, which gives the viewer a sense of hope for the characters and their lives. Again, the bright and vibrant colours and visuals of the beach, for example, help to emphasize this mood.
Andy is a very intelligent and meticulous character and I think that Tim Robbins did a great job portraying a mysterious and brave man. Throughout the movie, Andy asks for a tiny hammer and a poster, and offers to help Warden Norton. While the viewer may think that this is simply Andy’s way of making the best of his situation, we later learn that it was for the purpose of something much bigger; to escape Shawshank prison. Andy’s attention to detail, his patience and his cautiousness, allows him to escape without anyone realizing until he’s long gone. Despite the hardships that Andy faced while in prison, he still managed to present himself with a certain glimpse of hope. I think that the performance by Morgan Freeman, playing Red, and by Bob Gunton, playing Warden Norton, were also extremely well done, and deserve recognition in their supporting roles.
The most important and arguably the most fascinating scene was when Warden Norton stepped into Andy’s cell and punched a hole through a poster on the wall, revealing a massive tunnel, implying that Andy escaped through there. We then see the process of how Andy was able to create a tunnel and escape through the wall, vents, and sewage of the prison. An honourable mention to a famous shot from this film, where Andy is standing in the rain with his hands in the air, happy to be free from a place he does not belong in. Andy’s plan was brilliant and his execution was incredible. The ending of the film was a heartwarming scene, showing Red joining Andy on the beach, smiling at each other and happy that they are free from the hardships they have faced. I definitely thought that this was a well thought out and satisfying ending, and the filmmakers did a fabulous job in building the story.
I would rate this film a 9.5/10. I think that this film includes many of the elements that I enjoy in a movie, from humour, to action, to an interesting and unexpected plot. I would recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in films that have an exciting plot and an unusual ending. Although this film was a little bit lengthy, with a running time of 2 hours and 22 minutes [on the verge of being too long for my attention span ;)], it was still an amazing film with an incredibly well put together plot.
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“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.”
The Shawshank Redemption
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@laraloopy My comfort is pain 🙃
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one of my favourite things about shawshank redemption is that when brooks leaves prison, the shot shows him from the front with the prison behind him and when red leaves, its shot from the opposite direction, with the pov being his back leaving the prison. showing that brooks was never really free from prison but red was.
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- You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific?
- They say it has no memory. That's where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.
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The Shawshank Redemption (1994) dir. Frank Darabont.
About Andy wrongfully ending up in prison. He becomes a useful tool to handle finances in the prison and this ultimately helps him find freedom.
Such wholesome camaraderie.
What a hope providing movie. Shit happens to good people, but you can always stay good.
Andy is so damn smart and patient. Imagine what it takes to do what he had done. He gave no fucks.
I hate that becoming institutionalized is even a thing.
Love Red and Andy’s friendship.
Freedom actually means so much.
+ Dünyada taştan ibaret olmayan başka yerlerin de olduğunu unutmamak. Birşeyler var… İçinde… Alamayacakları ve dokunamayacakları birşeyler. O sana aittir.
– Sen neden bahsediyorsun?
The Shawshank Redemption - 1994
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