From TheScarletSp1der’s shelf to yours…#6

The weekend approaches, and with it, several movies make their way to the big screen. Now specifically that the dull movie months of January and February are over, several weekends will see many movies release that audiences may flock to (Battle: Los Angeles, Red Riding Hood, Paul, The Adjustment Bureau, Rango, Sucker Punch, Limitless, and more).  Perhaps instead of braving the crowds and/or wasting your time to go out to watch a movie, you may feel like watching one at home. Only…which one do you watch? About once a month I like to make movie recommendations for you from the movies that I have in my own personal stash through a segment that I love to call “From TheScarletSp1der’s shelf to yours…”

Do you like to collect movies? If you do, you know that the value of a worthy movie collection lies not in quantity, but in quality. As I’ve said before, “You may have 500 movies, but if 375 of them are horrible….then your neighbor with 75 classics has a better collection! In my opinion.” Hopefully these segments will help you in your quest for the perfect movie collection. Several great films never get the recognition that they are due. So, I choose to share the ones I know of with you! Here’s another peek into my own personal movie stash. Enjoy!

My movie to share from my shelf to yours today is: Crash

With the Oscars JUST past it’s rather appropriate to recommend an Oscar-winning movie. Crash won 3 Oscars in 2005 (Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing). It beat out Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Munich, Good Night, And Good Luck, Matchpoint, Syriana, Walk The Line, and more in their respective nominated categories! It’s announced win over Brokeback Mountain for Best Picture was so much of a surprise that presenter Jack Nicholson’s shock could not be contained. “Whoa!” was his first word as he opened the envelope! The star-studded ensemble motion picture had won and gasps could be heard throughout the entire room. Let’s take a quick look at this film which received another 66 award nominations and won 41 of them!

Crash, starring Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Thandie Newton, Jennifer Esposito, Keith David, Matt Dillon, Ryan Phillippe, Loretta Devine, Ludacris, Michael Peña, Marina Sirtis, Larenz Tate, Tony Danza, and more, portrays the unassuming connected stories of people from all walks of life in Los Angeles. People caught in the general hustle and bustle of life are numb to the needs, similarities, and concerns of those around them. Sometimes “we crash….just so we can feel something.” Crash, at first glance, looks to be a film that tackles the subject of racism in today’s society (“Everyone’s a victim, and everyone’s guilty”), but it covers so much more.

Here’s the trailer:

This drama does not hold back when it comes to the individuals’ stories: their subject and their portrayal. Tons of emotion gripping scenes which deal with everyday issues in life. It is nigh impossible to tear your eyes away from any and every scene in this film. Possibly controversial, definitely disconcerting at times as it covers subjects ranging from racism and stereotypes to family and humanity as one. As the trailer states, it is a film about people and the unknown/unrecognized internal and personal longing for connections with your fellow-man. It also shows the ignorance shared in regards to one another and how we should all seek to overcome it for the betterment of us all. The stories of several people in Los Angeles, intricately and unexpectedly interwoven, push a message for the need for humanity to progress and coexist, (For we all are human with like cares, concerns, ambitions, and desires.) regardless of background. Everyone has a story. Crash melds them all together in L.A. in such a unique and powerful manner that is not to be missed.

Rated R for language, sexual content, and some violence, it is definitely not for the kids…and some adults may find offense. Take heed. One may not need to be “ready” to watch a film filled with such monumental issues….but one must be “expecting a prompt for change” when watching Crash…..which, I believe, is the intent of all involved in this great motion picture. It is my pleasure to recommend Crash “From TheScarletSp1der’s shelf to yours!”

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy watching!

The Sp1der’s Score: I’m not going to rate the movies in the “Shared Shelf” segments….I already own them! That’s gotta tell you something! 🙂

up next: “Trailer Time Thursday!”


  1. Thanks for sending me your way. I enjoyed your post, even though we have differing opinions on the movie. I will give Crash credit for maintaining my interest throughout, and it certainly has a strong cast. I just can’t get over some of the forced racist dialogue. It’s definitely one of the more controversial Best Picture winners in recent years.


    • I’ll tell ya, Eric, I always love differing opinions on movies.

      1. It would be boring if we all liked the same stuff.
      2. We each get to learn more about the film when we share our differing opinions.

      Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts after already knowing I liked it when you did not! Mad props to you! Stop in anytime!


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