Over at the Fandango Groovers Movie Blog, Andy has challenged movie bloggers and bloggers who love movies to come up with the eight movies they’d want if they were stuck on a desert island and somehow miraculously had a working DVD player. You can find a list of participants here, along with Andy’s own picks here.
When considering the films I’d want, I found I wasn’t particularly interested in the films I consider to be critical bests so much as movies I can watch over and over again. So, while some of these movies might not stand up as the greatest films of all times, for me, they do stand up as some of the most watchable. And if you’re stuck on a desert island with no end in sight, I think that’s what matters. In no particular order, here are my picks.
Elizabethtown: Depending on whom you ask, this movie’s either a guilty pleasure or just a pleasure. Either way, it’s a movie I’ve come back to again and again. And its theme of dealing with failure seems pretty appropriate for being stuck on a desert island.
The Princess Bride: Probably don’t need to explain this one. Whether or not you’re a fan, you probably already at least know how fans feel about it. I’m a fan.
Easy Virtue: I’ve talked at length about my love of this movie. It’s layered, it’s funny, it’s dramatic, it’s poignant, and it’s got a great soundtrack, too. I’ve watched it something like five times in the past year, so I think it’s a safe desert island pick.
Lilo & Stitch: My second favorite Disney movie of all time. The quirky humor is right up my alley, so much so that I named one of my dogs after Lilo. Her name is Lilo. She’s awesome. So’s this movie. It’s not your typical animated Disney fairytale, so, if you’ve been steering clear of it because of that, stop. See it. You might want to take it to your own desert island some day.
Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame: My favorite Disney movie of all time. Perhaps the darkest of all animated Disney tales, it also has an extremely underrated soundtrack, and it sports some of the most gorgeous animation of the modern era.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: This fulfills the eye-candy requirements for my island, and it also provides some inspiration for how to get off said island. As a bonus, it can act as a sympathetic companion when I run out of rum.
Now, I’m sort of cheating for my last one, but since they were filmed all at once, I think it’s OK to compromise and count it as my last two. So, for my last choice, I choose…
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (preferably the extended editions with appendices): For the record, if I had to choose two of these films, I’d choose The Two Towers and The Return of the King, but I’d really like to not have to make that choice. I mean, come on. I’m already stuck on a desert island. Cut me a little slack. These movies hit all the targets at varying times: funny, epic, gorgeous, inspiring, etc., etc. Plus, they take up a nice, big chunk of desert island life, and that’s probably a good thing.
Those are my picks. What are yours?