Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Movie Meme - Prison Break


Here is our weekly Monday Movie Meme challenge, if we choose to accept it. The Bumbles have asked us for our favorite prison movies, and they had the NERVE to tell me I couldn't use Shawshank Redemption!!!! People, that is the best prison movie of all time! Plus they took some other good ones, like Dead Man Walking. Party poopers. I was able to scrape together a few other memorable ones:

1. Chicago - I went into this movie with an attitude, because I can't freaking STAND Rene Zellwegger, but I ultimately (and sheepishly) enjoyed it. You just know if you lock a bunch of women up together, there is going to be trouble.

2. The Green Mile - If I can't list Shawshank, then this is the next best thing if you are looking for a movie to rip your heart out. Also, Stephen King penned both stories. This is one Tom Hanks role that I think is under appreciated.

3. Papillon - Steve McQueen + Dustin Hoffman + exotic locations = one amazing movie. At the time, the $12 million price tag made it a huge risk, but it made it's money back, and then some. You don't want to miss this one.

4. American History X - Neo Nazis and racial hatred make this an intense movie, but the real star is my man Edward Norton. I've said this before, but I would watch just about anything he starred in (even The Hulk).

5. 48 Hours - I thought this list needed some humor, and back in the '80's Eddie Murphy had that market cornered. Didn't he also give a great new spin to the song Roxanne?




20 comments:

Anne said...

We have 2 in common. =) My answers are here.

gnoegnoe said...

OMG OMG OMG! American History X, why didn't I think of that? Hm, maybe because I don't really remember t as a prison movie.

Films that first come to mind are Un Prophète (it almost won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film) and Shutter Island.

And, of course, (how could you forget about it btw? ;) BIRDY! I'd put that on top of the list :)

Megan said...

Oh, I loved The Green Mile. There are definitely some scenes from that movie that I'll never forget.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Well I suppose everyone would be using Shawshank. But one I really liked that is sort of similar is An Innocent Man with Tom Selleck (1989). It isn't very popular on Internet Movie Database but I personally thought it was quite good.

Zibilee said...

When I read the subject of your post, I immediately thought of Chicago, so I was glad that you chose it too! I also loved 48 Hours as well, and think it's one of the quintessential movies of the 80's. Great choices, Sandy!

Beth F said...

I read the post title then immediately scanned the list for the best prison movie every -- it wasn't listed. Then I read your post. But Shawshank really, really belongs on this list. Really.

gnoegnoe said...

Okay, so now I've posted about it too :)

boliyou said...

I chose Chicago, too! I must see The Green Mile, since it keeps popping up on lists.

Lindsey said...

The Green Mile and American History X (one of my all-time fave movies) are excellent choices. Green Mile makes me cry oh so every time!

bermudaonion said...

I haven't seen a single one of those. My first thought was O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Amy said...

Great list, Sandy! Despite not being permitted to use Shawshank (harumpf!)lol, you came up with some great movies...several I forgot about like Papillon & Chicago!

The Green Mile is on my list, too. I agree with you, though and think Shawshank Redemption should be at the top of your list!

~ Amy

Kathleen said...

I just saw Cool Hand Luke this weekend and forgot what a great job Paul Newman did. I'd add that one to the list for sure. But hard for me to NOT include Shawshank since it ranks at the top of my favorite movie ever list!

caite said...

gosh, I can't say that I have a favorite prison movie.

The Gal Herself said...

Loved your comment about Chicago because, to tell you the truth, I went in the same way (only I genuinely dislike Catherine Zeta-Jones).

heidenkind said...

Isn't Cool Hand Luke technically a prison movie?

The Bumbles said...

Glad to see you were up to the challenge! My favorite of your list is 48 Hours - I think of that scene every time I hear Roxanne on the radio. Makes me laugh every time ;0)

ds said...

Too bad about Shawshank. I'm with Bermudaonion, though--my first thought was O Brother, Where Art Thou? also! Papillon is another great choice--you do know your movies!

Nymeth said...

Shawshank Redemption is indeed the best, but I also really like The Green Mile and American History X. That skull cracked on the pavement scene on the latter makes me shudder just to think about :S

C.B. James said...

I vote for Cool Hand Luke. Paul Newman, I mean, Paul Newman.

There's also this terrific western with Henry Fonda as the new prison warden and Kirk Douglas as the prisoner who tries to bring him down. I think it's called There Was a Crooked Man. It's very, very fun.

Alice Teh said...

*hangs head in shame AGAIN*

I haven't watched any of those movies you've listed. I seriously need to rectify my chronic condition of lack of movie watching.