Here's a nice reason to live in Los Angeles. Last night, I was driving my family to a cousin's birthday party in Beverly Hills and we happened to drive by the Motion Picture Academy's screening theater. Just as we went by, some celebrities got out of a limo onto a red carpet where a mob of reporters with camera were waiting. For some reason they failed to wave at me and invite me in, so I drove on by. Later I found out what was going on. It turns out that Morgan Freeman and others (including Tom Cruise) were there to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Shawshank Redemption, in conjunction with a new DVD release. In my opinion, The Shawshank Redemption was one of the great movies of the 90s. I remember that it had me smiling, worrying, cheering, wincing, and overall feeling good about a well-written, well-acted, gripping, and clever movie. Especially since I've been in jail 4 times myself (see note below). The Shawshank Redemption came out in 1994 and was nominated for 7 Oscars (although it won none of them):Best Picture (Niki Marvin) Best Actor (Morgan Freeman) Best Adapted Screenplay (Frank Darabont) Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins) Best Film Editing (Richard Francis-Bruce) Best Original Score (Thomas Newman) Best Sound (Robert J. Litt, Elliot Tyson, Michael Herbick, and Willie Burton)Does anybody else think it was a great movie? Anybody heard about this new release? Note about the jails: I've been on tours of Alcatraz and San Quentin prisons in California, and the old-fashioned jail in Park City, Utah that is now a museum about the original mining town before it became a ski resort. And once I took the kids to an open house at our local police station; they were afraid to go in the cell that was there for visitors to try out, but I went in and looked out of the bars at them. All four times that I've been in jail, I just walked out. Who says prison breaks are so tough?