Is Shawshank The Best Movie Ever? – Episode 070

June 8, 2016

Since 2008, The Shawshank Redemption has been at the top of the IMDb Top 250 Films. It is a fixture on cable television. It is one of the most commonly cited “favorite films.” Why is this? Why has a film remained so popular for 22 years? We delve in with the obvious question: Is Shawshank the best movie ever?

We also check in about our own writing, publishing, and the ins and outs of our careers. Brent talks about his music video and how it’s inspired him to create a short film, and Erik talks about another podcast he’s started to help market his books for small nonprofits. (Note: if you want to jump forward to the main topic of the episode, it starts at timecode 8:22.)

Your Hosts

Brent Hartinger
Erik Hanberg

Links Mentioned This Episode

Media Carnivores Patreon Campaign
“This Time and Place” (Music Video with Brent’s book)
Small Nonprofits Podcast
IMDb Top 250 Films
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Media Consumed This Episode

Three Truths and a Lie (book, 2016)
The Shawshank Redemption (film, 1994)
Showgirls (film, 1995)
Starship Troopers (film, 1997)
Orange is the New Black (TV show)
The Green Mile (film, 1999)
The Matrix (film, 1999)
The Legend of Bagger Vance (film, 2000)
The Bucket List (film, 2007)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (film, 1975)


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