The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Here’s a movie that is undoubtably my favorite movie of all time. We meet Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a young and successful banker who is sent to prison for life for the murder of his wife and her lover. When Andy is sent to Shawshank Prison, he isn’t very well liked by the other inmates at first, but they eventually come around to him when they realize he is a good guy. Andy makes a very good friend at Shawshank named Red (Morgan Freeman). Andy is very smart when it comes to money and the Warden and the guards take a real liking to Andy when they realize he can help them out. They start looking out for Andy because the Warden has him laundering money. Andy spends nearly two decades in Shawshank Prison until something happens. He becomes a very influential person at Shawshank Prison.

The Shawshank Redemption is definitely the greatest movie ever made. I love everything about this movie. It is damn – near – perfect. The acting in this was incredible. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman were absolutely superb in this. This movie is known to be a film of “Hope.” A saying from the movie is, “Fear can hold you prisoner, but hope can set you free.” This was the first movie that Frank Darabont directed. That is absolutely insane. This was the best movie he has ever made and he has his fair share of awesome ones.

I have probably seen this movie more than anyone else has seen it. Whenever this is on I can’t help but find myself watching the whole thing from start to finish. It is always a nice treat to watch this movie. If you have not seen this movie, you need to watch it ASAP. My dad and I have had countless viewings of this together. Frank Darabont gave us a movie that is absolutely awesome. I can’t begin to explain how incredible this movie actually is. The Shawshank Redemption is an absolute masterpiece.

If you are hesitant about seeing this movie, you need to change that attitude now. This is a movie that is so great that it demands multiple viewings. The whole entire story was excellent. Not only do we see how a man gets by in prison, but we see two people develop a great friendship over the course of twenty years. It has a message that is meant to inspire everyone who watches it. The acting, directing, and writing are all phenomenal. I can’t say one thing negative about this movie because there is nothing wrong with it.

Overall, The Shawshank Redemption is a movie that you will absolutely fall in love with. If you haven’t seen it before, go On Demand right now and watch it. I promise you it will not disappoint.

Grade= A (Excellent! A Must See!)


Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

Wanna see an awesome action packed movie? This is one for you! If you are a fan of the first one you will absolutely love this. This one is set ten years after the first one ends and most of civilization is completely wiped out. The apes are finally able to live in the wilderness where they  belong. The apes have resided there for quite some time and they get sight of humans still living in the city and they feel they may need to act on this. The leader of the apes, Caeser (Andy Serkis) does not want to start a war wight them. He tells the humans that as long as they stay on their side of the bridge there will be no war. There is one problem with this. There is a generator that can bring back all the power in the city, but this is located right where the apes are living. Caeser is not happy about this, but one of the humans, (Jason Clarke) is able to connect with Caeser and let them know that the two of them can work together without anyone being harmed. One ape, Koba, (Toby Kebbell) does not like how Caeser is handling the situation this way and he decides to do something that will make him leader of the apes. Koba decides it’s time to go to war with the humans.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is an incredibly awesome movie. You have no idea who you are rooting for in this movie. This is not a movie of right versus wrong or good versus bad. This is a movie where the act is definitely the enemy. Caeser and the humans do not want to go to war with each other. As soon as Koba took over, everything changed and all the apes had to listen to what he said. In its delivery of these ideas, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes gives us something that is very impressive.

It was incredible to see how the computers were able to make the apes look so realistic for what was not an animated movie. While watching this movie you feel as if you are the humans on earth. This is a re- boot that was done correctly and it may even be considered almost as good as the Dark Knight trilogy, but that is a whole other argument. The motion- capture of movies just keeps getting better and this was a perfect movie to notice it. Everything just looked too real and it was awesome.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is something that has the audience amazed and wanting to see more. I can’t wait to see where they decide to go with the next one. This is a series that will be talked about for a long time to come.

Overall, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a movie you have to see the first one to better understand why all of this is happening. This movie was a summer blockbuster that makes an awesome movie watching experience. Two thumbs up!

Grade= A- (Awesome!)