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Desert Island Films: Wordschat

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Mark from Wordschat has kindly submitted his Desert Island Films. Read on for his choices and reasons, and be sure to check out his site.

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Desert Island Films is about choosing 8 films you would take if you were going to be stranded on a desert island and explaining your choices. They don’t necessarily have to be your favourites, just 8 films, no more or no less! You are also permitted to take one book and one novelty item which must be inanimate and of no use in escaping the island or allowing communication from outside.

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Desert Island Films: Wordschat

I’ve been into movies for about twenty years. When I met like minded best friends 16 years ago my film viewing really took off and I started writing bits in BBSes then the Internet. My current blog Wordschat is a reflection of that. Information is shared in so many ways that the way becomes part of the allure to enjoy it all. So its Words, chat, and more in any medium.

Likewise my Desert Island choices come spring from different media: painting, the written word, stage, TV and cinema.

So how did I get on the island? I brought an original painting I wanted specific palm tree wood for the frame. I brought my complete works of Shakespeare and DVDs of film on my mini-screen player to make a vacation. Not tying the boat right made it a longer than planned get away. BTW the painting even my mother loves is of a man looking a across a table. He is shown in partial shadow averting his eyes at the unseen man across from him. He has a slight grin, a tired bash full look. It is the breakfast after the night before….

1 – The Jolson Story

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Parks didn’t mimic the Mammy singer he became him. Many Americans share time with their dad playing baseball, Canadians play hockey. I’m one Cdn who learned his dad loved Jolson’s voice. So we shared watching the biopics and The Jazz Singer over and over. Dad passed on in 1997. This is your pic Chief.

2 – Hamlet

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This above all to thine own self be true. I love Shakespeare and that whole passage. Ian Holm plays Polonius less as a fool and more the sage serious tone in this version. Gibson shows Hamlet’s rage quite well. He isn’t mad as a hatter; he is just mad as hell and is not going to take it anymore.

3 – West Side Story 

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A memorable musical brought to the screen with the love of Romeo & Juliet put to song and dance with racial themes and numbers that have become pop culture history.

4 – A Few Good Men

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Tom Cruise and Kevin Bacon in one of their best roles. The exchange of the Cadet guide book, Cruise’s impersonation of Jack and Jack’s climatic testimony outburst. Writing and portrayal on point. Wow!

5 – Jerry Maguire

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Tim Cruise again; this time as a sports agent with a conscience, a girlfriend who prompts him to give another film line into pop culture. Along with the kid and Cuba Holding Jr later giving a best supporting actor win speech like none other.

6 – Star Trek The Wrath of Khan

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This trek bridged the TV series beautifully and if promos indicate my guess is he’ll be there in Abrams coming second of the reboot. If hours were to seem like days…..

7 – The Last Stand

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is back and this film isn’t even released everywhere yet. Listen to me now and hear me later this is a 10 you will want to watch over and over. He says “I’m old”; well he and a supporting cast have an action movie that shows you can come back if the material has this much action and genuine laughs.

8 – 2001 A Space Odyssey

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Iconic, classic, HAL is the anti-IBM with a voice generations know. The film is memorizing in complexity and awe.

Book:

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The Unabridged collected works of Shakespeare

Luxury item:

An original painting. Its the reason I end up stranded as I go to the island for specific wood to frame it. My boat drifts off cause I’m a middle aged nerd who as a kid never learned to tie it to a wharf correctly.

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Thanks again to Mark for taking the time to join the prestigious Head In A Vice ”castaway” list. If you would like to submit your choices and add your name to THIS LIST, please drop me an email to – tysoncarter@hotmail.co.uk

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31 Comments

  1. Thanks again for doing this Mark!! You know when you chose “a few good men” I had to interpret that as a film choice and not a request right?! 😉

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  2. You often see Hamlet and The Last Stand appear together on lists.

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  3. Great picks, especially with 2001.

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    • Believe it or not, this is the first time ANYONE has chosen 2001 for their Desert Island! Congrats Mark 🙂

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      • I still need to finish my list, but it’ll definitely include 2001. I’ll try to get it in soon.

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      • Wordschat

         /  March 28, 2013

        Neat and someone gas chosen Jolson I presume.. Survivor and Big Brother Canada on so over to TV. Will enjoy the feeds Thursday a.m. This is cool.

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  4. Wordschat

     /  March 27, 2013

    Wow Tyson you had me at hello. I’m getting choked up with Jolson poster. Thank you for letting me join the ranks in Desert Island films.

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  5. Very interesting choices here man. Nice to see some love for Gibson’s Hamlet. That’s a great film and Gibson plays it very well.

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    • Wordschat

       /  March 28, 2013

      Thanks Mark, for Gibson it was words just words with an intensity before he went off his game awhile.

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  6. KHAAAAAAAN!!!!!! Sorry couldn’t help it.
    Interesting choices man, especially The Last Stand. Bet you change your mind after a few years on the island.

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    • Wordschat

       /  March 28, 2013

      Somehow hearing Arnie say I’m old and it sounds like oiled will never get old. Thanks

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  7. Pony Boy

     /  March 28, 2013

    Never saw that Hamlet, only the Branagh one. Have to check it out!

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    • Wordschat

       /  March 28, 2013

      Pony Boy eh? The Outsiders and Ethan Hawke’s Hamlet were also Rand for thel list. The latter brought an inventive modernization to Hamlet. Branaughs Hamlet was most true to the play but I didn’t like some of the creative choices like Ophelias death in a semi frozen creek. I have both on BLURAY.

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  8. What marvelous choices! Great selections and a wonderful mix of the classic and the not-quite-classic.

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    • Wordschat

       /  March 28, 2013

      Gday Teepee thanks. I took Tyson’s instructions to heart. While most of these are favs there are others that are more popular. These have and I think will stand the test of cultural time.

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  9. Interesting choices and a couple of movies I haven’t actually seen yet 🙂

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    • Wordschat

       /  March 28, 2013

      Cool Nostra. Ordinary People and China Syndrome are two others that define their content and the actors as well.

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  10. This has got to be one of the most diverse lists so far! Great choice on the Shakespeare. You could read that forever and never get bored.

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  11. theipc

     /  March 28, 2013

    The Last Stand!!! Love it!! (and I loved the movie) – No one’s giving it a chance… it’s all kinds of fun!!!

    Great work gents!!

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  12. Garry Armstrong

     /  March 28, 2013

    Some interesting choices!! I haven’t seen “The Jolson Story” in ages! “The Last Stand” sounds like a guilty pleasure which I’ve yet to see. Shakespeare is always a good reading companion. Good stuff, Mark!

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  13. KHAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!

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  14. Very Eclectic choices Mark, nice work.

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  15. Interesting choices. Like the 2001 choice. 🙂 And I think I’d be a bigger fan of Jerry Maguire if it wasn’t Tom Cruise.

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