From The Shawshank Redemption

Whenever I take a long road trip, I take this movie along with me.  As recently as five years ago, I had a little portable DVD player.  I’d perch it on the dash of the car and zip down the road with Andy, Red, and the boys forever tarring the roof of the license plate factory.

Today my technical wizardry has advanced to having the movie on my phone, having multiple portable 2TB-4TB drives to attach to said phone or thin client computer, amazing software that can access the movie from where it lives on the computer in my bedroom . . . basically I can beseech the warden for more funds from nearly anywhere and any time I like.

The movies I watch on the road are ones I’ve seen so many times that I don’t really have to watch it.  Fellow drivers around me surely rejoice that I’m not ignoring their tail lights.  (So does my Allstate agent.)  I know every line in these movies.  I spend more time listening to the movie.

The featured song — “Suds on the Roof” — comes from the aforementioned “tarring the roof of the license plate factory” scene.  The “hardest screw that ever walked a turn at Shawshank State Prison”‘s brother has died leaving said prick $35,000 richer.  Andy neatly avoids leaning to fly sans airplane by keeping Uncle Sam from squeezing Hadley’s tit until it’s purple.  All Andy wanted out of the deal was icy cold, Bohemian-style beer for his co-workers.

Sidenote:  Maybe those co-workers really should have stayed in prison.  Heywood got blown out of the sky by John McClain, Snooze got blown away by Janice Soprano, and Tommy got blown by Ally McBeal.

“Suds” has been my default phone ringtone for years.  It plays whenever I set an alarm.  The scene the song scores is one of my favorites.  I’m not sure if it’s because of the song, the scene itself, or Morgan Freeman’s voice-over during the scene.  It led me to seek out other works by composer Thomas Newman, such as The Green Mile, American Beauty, Erin Brockovich, Road to Perdition, and Cinderella Man.  I can thus forgive “Lemony Snicket.”