The Shawshank Redemption (USA, 1994, Columbia) is debatably my favorite movie. It shouldn’t be because it deals with a lot of serious issues, and I’m only 15. Tim Robbins is so smart, and Morgan Freeman’s great. You get in-depth with all of the people’s past lives, and the characters are, like, “What are you in for?” “My lawyer f-cked me.” The feeling I get at the end is what I wish I could get when I’m sleeping.
Available on Netflix and Amazon Video
Steven Universe (USA, 2013, Cartoon Network) is my favorite show about rocks. It also goes over a lot of interesting issues about sexuality, oppression, and how family doesn’t have to be blood-related to you. Plus way more serious things than any kid show ever. It’s all from the perspective of a kid who’s just trying to learn and do the best for his family, and he hasn’t been corrupted by society. And it’s super pink. I love it.
Available on Amazon Video and Hulu
- Jasmine Sturhann
- Sophomore, Madison High School