1994 might not be a significant year from a global perspective, but for Cinema, especially Hollywood, it was a great year. Several great movies were released in 1994 which makes it the most significant year in Film History. From Samuel L. Jackson and Travolta click opening that briefcase full of gold bars to Tim Robbins digging a hole in the wall to escape the prison, cult forming scenes from iconic movies were forever etched in our memories. The year 1994, boosting the Hollywood industry with a wider audience reach, prepped up the arena for the arrival of present day Indie movies and unorthodoxically experimental movies by the likes of Robert Simonds.
- Pulp Fiction
Directed by the genius, Mr. Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction is a masterpiece. The film is about the choices that we make in life and their repercussions. The film depicts the gangster culture in Los Angeles. The characters of Vincent and Jules just stick right there in mind. The conversations that happen between these two and the guys in the apartment, when they go for procurement of Mr. Wallace’s gold, is interestingly amazing. The part where Samuel L. Jackson quotes Ezekiel 25:17 and ends with the line ” And you will know my name is The Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.” is just epic. This movie is one of a kind, and it undoubtedly set bars pretty high for the other films that got released in the same year.
- The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption is ranked number one at IMDB. It is based on the 1982 Stephen King novella ‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.’ The story is about a banker who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary. The movie is about the struggles of an innocence guy in prison and his experiences with his fellow prisoners and how he bonds with them over time. The narration of the storyline by the legendary actor Morgan Freeman adds to the charm of this movie. The Shawshank Redemption teaches it’s viewers to never lose hope. One of the most influential dialogues from the movie is ” Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.” The audience connects easily with the characters. You feel sick when Andy is raped, you cry when Brooks hangs himself in his apartment, you cry with the tears of joy when Andy manages to escape from the jail, and you feel peaceful when Red finally reunites with Andy on the beach in Zihuatanejo.
How can we forget the 1994 Oscar winner Forrest Gump? Based on the 1986 Winston Groom novel ‘Forrest Gump,’ this movie motivates you to get up and work hard in order to achieve your goals. It is funny, entertaining, heartwarming, and makes you feel good by the end of the film. It challenges the intellectuality of the actual world by providing us the perspective of a person below average IQ level. It tells you how stupid the so-called intellectual world actually is in a funny yet compelling way. The character of Forrest Gump shows that a person can do anything if he’s determined enough.