Wednesday, January 21, 2004

The Shawshank Redemption

Andre Mouchard notes the transition of The Shawshank Redemption from flop to cult favorite. “The film version of the Stephen King story about a banker who maintains his humanity during an unjust and very long stint in prison is, 10 years after its release, rentable, buyable, channel-surfable proof of the existence of a new category of art—the ubiquitous cult movie. . . . Just as toddlers might fall in love with a movie like Monsters, Inc. and watch it dozens of times, grown-ups find comfort in seeing and reseeing movies like Shawshank.” (“Shawshank Redeemed,” Orange County Register, 19 Jan 2004, free registration required)

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