Stephen King: Frightful Times Ahead

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After the success that was the ‘IT’ remake of 2017, Stephen King seems to be brewing up a major 2018 comeback. And it goes a little like this…

Planes and Cars and Murder! Oh My! 

If you don’t like flying, I recommend not reading his new anthology of stories about exactly that. It’s called ‘Flight or Fright’, and is expected to be released September 4, 2018, so unless you’re okay with feeling the heebie jeebies when you board an airplane, do yourself a favour and admire it from afar.  

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But wait, there’s not just one novel to freak you out. There’s two! 

‘The Outsider,’ is coming. Kings’ 576 page horror thriller focuses on the harrowing events that occur after the death of an 11 year old boy and will be available from May 22, 2018.   

However if you’re not much into reading, but crave crime, Kings’ got your back with American television series ‘Mr Mercedes’, starring Brendan Gleeson as Detective Bill Hodges. The series aired August 9, 2017 and is set to release a second season so you have just enough time to catch up! With a 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8/10 on IMDb, you’re in for quite the ride. 

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Yes, yes, all of this is new and exciting, but it’s time to step into the past and appreciate a masterpiece. 

In 1994 something amazing graced the screen, something that wasn’t praised until many years later. It was first published in 1982 as the novella ‘Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption’ in the collection ‘Different Seasons’, written by Stephen King. But we all know it simply as “The Shawshank Redemption”.

In honour of this amazing literary work, actor Morgan Freeman, who narrates the movie as Red, will be presenting an award for Contributions to Literature and Commitment of Free Expression to author Stephen King at the 2018 PEN America Literary Gala on Tuesday, May 22, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.  

Shawshank Redemption is a brilliant example of how far writing can test the bounds of morality. It confronts gang rape, the exploitation of the prison system, the power of the mind over the body, and hope, in a very confronting but nurturing way. It makes you remember that “hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies,” and we could all use more of that in our lives.

This is why I will now wholeheartedly urge you to watch this movie and see for yourself why it is worthy of an award. 

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It is here that I warn you to prepare yourself for some spoilers, but really you’re not allowed to complain, the movie’s been out for twenty four years. All the more reason to bundle up on the couch on a cold night and watch it, right now, maybe even twice.

This dramatic classic stars Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman and the best rock hammer to ever exist. With the color scheme ranging from grey, grey and… you guessed it, grey, a prison can’t get any drearier. But somehow the grey in the prison isn’t the most prominent color, it’s the grey eyes of Andy Dufresne, a man who captures your attention with his mannerisms and sheer perseverance alone, although his mental turmoil is never explicitly voiced, except through the insight of his friend Ellis Red.

So what makes a movie about two guys in a prison so interesting? Why am I urging you to watch an old fart of a movie that will probably leave you depressed and hoping for a friendship like prisoners 37927 and 30265, even if it means you get wrongly convicted for murder?

It’s because, in the words of Dufresne you can either “get busy living or get busy dying.” So get busy living and you won’t have to say you haven’t seen the greatest prison library or the smartest ex-banker, or the oldest, sweetest criminal only wanting to go home.

I tell you now. This movie won’t make you cry because it has a horrible ending. It will make you smile because it is extremely satisfying, and when you wipe away the tears you shed for Brooks, you’re happier worst things didn’t happen at the Shawshank Prison.

As for what’s under the black volcanic rock, watch and you will see.  

 

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