“Get busy livin’, or get busy dyin’!” Welcome to Episode 11 of “Reel Chat” – a podcast that promises week in, week out – the “Reel World as we know it.”
On this ninth installment of our “Vintage Vault” retrospective series, host Adam Stolfo is joined by co-host Brose Avard, Andrew McCaskill and Michael Hadjion to discuss one of the most universally beloved motion pictures of all time – 1994’s “The Shawshank Redemption.”
The question of “why is this film so loved and respected” is equally as intriguing as the film itself, and the Reel Chat team sink their teeth into this specific point; giving their thoughts and opinions on why they love this film, what it does so right, and in Brose’s case, why it’s not that original, or doesn’t deserve to be ranked number 1 on IMDb‘s Top 250 list.
Throughout the course of the episode, the guys look at the film’s dismal box office run, it’s discovery in the VHS era, it’s amazingly talented cast and filmmakers, little-known facts and anecdotes, it’s DVD and Blu-ray releases, Thomas Newman’s outstanding score, as well as try to shed their own thoughts on why no one in the world either hasn’t seen, or never seems to dislike, this masterpiece in cinematic storytelling.
THE TEAM’S REVIEW SCORES
Adam 5 out of 5 – RECOMMEND
Brose 4 out of 5 – RECOMMEND
Andrew 5 out of 5 – RECOMMEND
Matthew 3 1/2 out of 5 – RECOMMEND
Stuart 5 out of 5 – RECOMMEND
Michael 5 out of 5 – RECOMMEND