CHUD Backlash & Turnaround - Page 2
Shawshank was the top-grossing film on home video in 1995. So its reputation started before the heavy TBS/TNT rotations. The closest we've come to a modern-day It's a Wonderful Life.
In terms of films being remembered and living long past the box-office triumphs and award-sweeps, The Shawshank Redemption has proven its lasting power. A great, Goddamn movie and yes one of my favorites.
The nit-picky bullshit has only afflicted it in the last few years and that isn't from the general public who still adore it, similar to Forrest Gump. That's just the li'l film dweeb cunts talking - the same ones who would lose their shit, for example, if you dissected Fincher or Tarantino's work or Scott Pilgrim in the same fashion.