I often spend late summer evenings with a good movie. As a writer, and playwright, I sometimes get asked what is my favorite book or favorite movie. My favorite book vary slightly from time to time, but when it comes to film, I usually mentions Frank Darabont's masterpiece "The Shawshank Redemption", based on a Stephen King short storie. It is an epic prison movie about friendship, desperation, hope and human relations. It is a lingering drama that grabs you right away, and slightly moves something in you as a human beeing. The production is almost perfect in every aspect, but I really like how the subdued acting brings an additional human depth to the film.
Stephen King is also behind another of my favorites. "Stand by me" is based on an autobiographical novel which was originally called "The Body". The year is 1959, in a sleepy little town four twelve year old boys packs down their sleeping bags and heading out into the woods. They are looking for a body - a boy of their own age are reported missing and have probably been struck by the train.
The trip is perilous and fatiguing, and brings out the deepest of them all. Only mutual trust and humor keeps them together when it gets tough. It will be their first encounter with death, but it is the trip that alters the five boys and sends them out on the road that forms a life. As already said, the film is based on a story by Stephen King, but despite that the writer is named Stephen King, there is no horror movie, but a film that is characterized by the nostalgia that often settles over childhood memories.
Do you have a movie recommendation for lazy summer evenings?