Justin's Favorite Movies
The be-all-end-all crime movie, Confidential doesn't set out to solve the crime of the century. In fact, the story itself is quite straight forward. What sets it apart from the rest is the way in which it tells it: it knows exactly what it's doing, goes in, and does it with that old Hollywood charm. It's succinct, but compelling, and terrificly acted. My favourite movie of all time.
In its Oscar year, Shawshank Redemption was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and walked away with zero. Best Picture went to Forrest Gump, while Shawshank and Pulp Fiction were "just happy to be nominated." Of course hindsight is 20/20, but history looks back on Gump as a good film, while Pulp and Redemption are remembered as some of the all-time best. It currently sits at #2 in the IMDb's Top 250 Films, occasionally swapping spots with The Godfather as the top ranked film of all time. If you haven't seen it yet, what the hell are you waiting for. As Andy says, "It comes down a simple choice, really. Either get busy living, or get busy dying."