COLUMBUS (TDB) -- The official press release is here. But the film community is wondering what Christina Grozik likes to watch with her popcorn. She's been picked to lure movie makers back into Ohio. Turns out her favorite flick is 1994's The Shawshank Redemption. It's a prison film based on a Stephen King story that was shot around Mansfield and the old state pen there. Some give Shawshank two thumbs up as one of the best American movies ever. Grozik is a huge fan and has put it on a list of the all time greats.
She used to be a wheel at Cleveland's Film Commission and explained to The Plain Dealer's pdq a couple years ago what made Shawshank her favorite. The Daily Bellwether dug out her review:
"Best scene: Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) locks himself in the warden's office and plays a record on the loud speaker for the whole prison facility to hear. The way the faces of the prisoners light up when they hear the intensely soothing sounds of the two Italian women singing . . . it can't be expressed in words.
"Why this picture belongs in pdq's ultimate collection: I think the tag line of the film says it best: 'Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.' It's an intelligent film with incredible cinematography and amazing performances, not to mention the fact the film was shot in Ohio. I believe the movie is magical in many ways. It sends a powerful message that beauty is contained within us, and no matter what difficulties you encounter, you should never let anyone take that beauty away from you."