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    Default The Shawshank Redemption - Best movie of all time or not?

    So one thing that's been bothering me is the fact that over at IMDB.com The Shawshank Redemption is rated as the best movie, above every other one in existence. That is not right. But I've noticed that the movie has a legion of ferociously devoted fans who seem to think it really is the best. I recall a funny summary of the movie posted by Sasaki (something along the lines of pointing out the weirdness of Morgan Freeman's gentle narration while the protagonist gets it, shall we say, in the bum?) making light of all the silliness in the movie.

    But I want your opinion, so I'm posting this poll.

    EDIT: If you disagree with me, please share why.

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    Default Re: The Shawshank Redemption - Best movie of all time or not?

    There is no poll, but it is a very good movie and is one of the best.
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    Default Re: The Shawshank Redemption - Best movie of all time or not?

    It's a very good movie but I certainly wouldn't call it the best of all time.

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    Default Re: The Shawshank Redemption - Best movie of all time or not?

    It was a great movie- but not the greatest movie ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xiahou View Post
    It was a great movie- but not the greatest movie ever.
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    Default Re: The Shawshank Redemption - Best movie of all time or not?

    Not the greatest movie of all time perhaps... but one of the greatest than can be enjoyed by a slightly wider audience ?

    Perhaps that has something to do with its high rating, me and my mum both love the movie and we have hugely different tastes... whereas a classic like idiocracy would appeal to a smaller audience and so get more bad ratings...

    Not the greatest ever... but certainly great!

    Edit: couldn't you have included a poll option for lovers of the film who want to compliment it but have other favourites...
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    Default Re: The Shawshank Redemption - Best movie of all time or not?

    To join the choir - a very good movie, but certainly not the best ever.

    Of course I cannot think of any movie of which I could say that I consider it to be the best movie ever, but somehow I would expect the "best movie" to be somehow really extraordinary along at least one dimension. Shawshank Redemption just seems to "mainstream" to get such a spotlight.

    I guess that is what is to be expected in broadly voted rankings - sometimes there are TV shows that show the top 20 or 50 of whatever (books, songs, refrigerators) ranked by public vote.
    As you get into the top 10 there are always those entries were you happily nod, thinking - yes that's a classic ... and then, when it comes to the #1 it's always
    "doh - how anticlimactic - that one is good, but certainly not the greatest ever"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazed Rabbit View Post
    I recall a funny summary of the movie posted by Sasaki (something along the lines of pointing out the weirdness of Morgan Freeman's gentle narration while the protagonist gets it, shall we say, in the bum?) making light of all the silliness in the movie.
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    Great movie, but it would be a stretch to call it the best.
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    Default Re: The Shawshank Redemption - Best movie of all time or not?

    Certainly not the "best" movie ever. That one could even attempt to quantify any movie in all of cinema history as "best" is absurd. I don't personally care for comparing movies to each other- I would rather simply enjoy the movie for what it is.
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    Top ten? Definitely. Top five? Possible. Best ever? Absolutely not. That title belongs to The Godfather. It's an amazing story with great characters, and some scenes are appropriately epic (the opera, after he climbs out of the sewer pipe), but it just doesn't compete with the best of the best.
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    Too sentimental for me. Can't really identify with any of the characters.

    And yes, morgan freeman had that voice over during the prison rape scene... "Things weren't always easy for Andy...

    here:

    Quote Originally Posted by Morgan Freeman voice over
    I wish I could tell you that Andy fought the good fight, and the Sisters let him be. I wish I could tell you that - but prison is no fairy-tale world. He never said who did it, but we all knew. Things went on like that for awhile - prison life consists of routine, and then more routine. Every so often, Andy would show up with fresh bruises. The Sisters kept at him - sometimes he was able to fight 'em off, sometimes not. And that's how it went for Andy - that was his routine. I do believe those first two years were the worst for him, and I also believe that if things had gone on that way, this place would have got the best of him.

    And the best movie is Fight Club of course.
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    I didn't want to make the other guy feel lonely. Its a great movie, I'm not sure about the best.

    Edit: Best Movie: Con-Air. haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strike For The South View Post
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    Default Re: The Shawshank Redemption - Best movie of all time or not?

    It's maybe a top fiver like GH said but nothing has or will be better than The Big Lebowski.

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    I'll take the Redemption, the Lewboski and Fight Club into my "best movies" box.

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    Default Re: The Shawshank Redemption - Best movie of all time or not?

    Great yes, but definitely not the best, not in the top 10 for me, or even top 20. I could squeeze it in top 50...

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    Default Re: The Shawshank Redemption - Best movie of all time or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Proletariat View Post
    [...] nothing has or will be better than The Big Lebowski.
    Amen and hallelujah. I don't think Shawshank would even be in my top ten, although it's a good movie. Who can compete with The Dude, though?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
    Amen and hallelujah. I don't think Shawshank would even be in my top ten, although it's a good movie. Who can compete with The Dude, though?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post
    I think you meant Waterworld.
    I take offense to that sir. Waterworld happens to be the best movie since No Way Out

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    I take offense to that sir. Waterworld happens to be the best movie since No Way Out
    I beg to differ. The best movie is Gigli.
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    Well I find it more frustrating that the dark knight is in the top 10 of best movies. It's not because a rising actor dies that movie is so great? At least The Crow was decent.

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    I thought the Dark Knight was pretty good... possibly in my top 10, top 20 no problem... im not really all that soppy about dead people i don't know (personally) so that didn't factor into it...

    I did quite like Heath Ledger though... i think its because one of me ex's was really into him.... because of his smile apparently... it was quite a nice smile...
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    Default Re: The Shawshank Redemption - Best movie of all time or not?

    No, definitely not. That said, I consider the IMDb Top 250 to be one of the best 'top' lists I've ever seen. The actual numerical order is certainly open to a massive amount of debate, and there are several movies that are grossly over-inflated due to internet fanboyism (e.g. Anything Star Wars or LOTR), but taken as a whole I very much agree with the general trends noted on that list. I especially like that it properly weighs both classic and non-English films, which many lists ignore


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    i dont think any movie can be called "the best" since tastes vary from person to person. its like the Grammys. the judges dont listen to all the contestants, they just vote for the song they know of, or at least thats what a friend tells me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleGrizzly View Post
    I thought the Dark Knight was pretty good... possibly in my top 10, top 20 no problem... im not really all that soppy about dead people i don't know (personally) so that didn't factor into it...

    I did quite like Heath Ledger though... i think its because one of me ex's was really into him.... because of his smile apparently... it was quite a nice smile...
    Let's put a smile on that face.

    I believe Ledger's performance was quite good actually. The Joker seems to be a character that flip flops back and forth from silly to psychotic depending on who is portraying him. I am very glad to see that Ledger was able to capture both aspects of the Joker's psyche relatively well. Though, for my money the best joker is Luke Skywalker... (Batman The Animated series, the Joker voiced by Mark Hamil. That laugh is lodged in my mind for all time)

    As far as The Dark Knight goes I have to say I really enjoyed it, almost as much as i did the original 1989 Batman, it (TDK) and Batman Begins were both returns to form after the dreadful Batman and Robin but I personally wouldn't call it better than the original. TDK has a horrible habbit of explaining itself rather than showing us things and leaving it to interpretation.

    However, having said that I do find myself engaged in the film's own insisting and enjoy watching it. If someone wants to put it in their top 10 i fully understand, it's just not in mine.
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    The 1966 Batman movie is by far the best, the "Shark repellent bat-spray" bit is the funniest moment in any movie ever.
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    Default Re: The Shawshank Redemption - Best movie of all time or not?

    It was a very well made movie, but I'm not sure about the best. It is up there with the Green Mile.



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    The Shawshank Redemption has been -- and remains -- my favorite movie of all time. It just....resonates with me, although I couldn't say exactly why that is. It simply does.
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    Default Re: The Shawshank Redemption - Best movie of all time or not?

    Like everyone said, good movie, well made, enjoyed it. Not the best movie ever, however, because movies are subject to the taste and opinion of whoever is viewing it. Best movie ever is a silly thing to call any movie.


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