BACKSTORY: A conversation with my best friend John resulted in the creation of The Kelly Hager Movie Hall of Fame. The first six movies chosen were The Godfather, Heathers, Casablanca, The Princess Bride, Rocky and When Harry Met Sally…
CRITERIA: Each month, two movies will be chosen. One will be a classic and the other will be contemporary (read: within my lifetime). The contemporary movie will be at least 10 years old, as that way, the movie will have proven staying power.
THE NEW PICKS:
Jaws. I absolutely adore this movie, and so many of the reasons why were more or less accidents. Jaws is one of the scariest movies ever made and a huge part for that is because the shark wasn’t working properly. Because of that, for most of the movie, you only see a fin and hear the music. (Also, reportedly the first time Spielberg heard the score, he thought it was a joke…until he saw a scene with the music playing during it.) I seriously live in fear of the day they decide to remake this movie because there’s no way Hollywood will manage to get it right a second time.
The Shawshank Redemption. This is one of the best movies ever made and I’m sure you’re all sick of me complaining about how it should’ve won Best Picture but didn’t (I would’ve also accepted Pulp Fiction over the comparatively awful Forrest Gump). But this movie is so much better than it had any right to be. Conventional wisdom says that if you set a movie in a limited setting and make it probably, what, 95% talking to 5% action at best, it will fail? Well, not when you cast Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, base it off a Stephen King novella and get a great screenwriter and director. If you haven’t seen this movie…well, I’m sad for you, but it’s on cable all the time. Change that.