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Desert Island Films #69 – Cinemaniac Reviews

Desert Island Films

Alexander from Cinemaniac Reviews 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 – Cinemaniac Reviews

1. The Shawshank Redemption

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Well, if you’re stranded on a desert island, you’re probably hoping to get out. But you need to be able to hope, if that makes any sense, and The Shawshank Redemption is my “go to” for such an uplifting premise. Plus it has Morgan Freeman, a great performance from Tim Robbins, and it’s Frank Darabont’s best attempt at directing Stephen King’s work.

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey

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If I had my Blu-Ray player with me, I’d watch this by day, and stare up at the stars at night, and fall asleep to Stanley Kubrick’s metaphors. If I didn’t, I’d do the exact same thing, but I’d have no problem staring at the slipcase all day. It’s just that beautiful.

3. Schindler’s List

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I have to give love to Steven Spielberg. Jurassic Park and Jaws were the two films that made me love movies. But if I were to bring those movies along, I’d run the risk of developing a paranoid, pathological fear of dinosaurs and sharks. Schindler’s List is what I’ve viewed as the man’s chef d’oeuvre since the day I saw it. Yes, it’s long, but if you can pay $5 to rent it, return it the very next day, and not have realize what a damn good life you have, I have to shun you as a lousy excuse for a human. The film is beyond moving.

4. Fargo

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Don’t we all need a good laugh every now and then, even if it’s at the expense of something truly dark? Marge Gunderson says “Yahh.” Jerry Lundegaard says “The heck do ya mean?” Also a movie that could cool you down from the hot desert heat (unless you’re there during the not so stereotypical season of winter). Yell “Yahh” for the Coens.

5. Plan 9 from Outer Space

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There’s a vampiress (or whatever you call a female vampire). There’s a ghost. There’s a flying saucer that looks like a paper plate. Why yes, it’s Ed Wood!

6. The Breakfast Club

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First of all, I’d bring it along ’cause it’s The Breakfast Club. Molly Ringwald. Sure. Emilio Estevez. Why not. John Hughes. Why the hell not. And then, of course, it has a better, more untouchable soundtrack than any other film.

7. Memento

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Simply put. You’re on a desert island. The film ends on a note where–even when you look at the story in a linear fashion–no one can be quite sure who committed the murder that set the events in action. But nonetheless, people debate on it. Why not spend the time on the desert island trying to decipher it myself?

8. Blue Velvet

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Because I realized there was nothing else on the list with David Lynch, and that’s blasphemy. Anyway, I’m a fan, rain or shine, blizzard or desert island.

BOOK – “Your Movie Sucks” by Roger Ebert

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Just so I can be glad of all the movies I didn’t bring and knew, somehow, that deep down, I didn’t want to, either.

LUXURY ITEM A Bed

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Hey. I did have some creativity in kind. I would have said the electric chair. Because you can sit in it, and as long as it’s not hooked up to high voltage, it could actually be quite comfortable. But then I realized, I’m not sleeping on sand. Sorry, but no way in hell.

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Thanks again to Alexander for taking the time to join the prestigious 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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17 Comments

  1. Thanks again Alexander for joining in. Nice variety in the choices, Fargo is inspired choosing! Hope you like the photo of the bed 😉

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  2. Tom

     /  July 15, 2013

    Haha great list ! Fargo, The Breakfast Club — great choices!

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  3. GaryLee828

     /  July 15, 2013

    Alex went with the classics – and then an Ed Wood movie. lol. Pretty strong list, there!

    Hopefully that bed isn’t the one Tyson has picked out for his baby. lol. The year 2033, somewhere in a psychiatrist’s office: “I don’t know where my fear of dinosaurs comes from.”

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  4. Great choices! I like Schindler’s list but I don’t know about watching it over and over again 🙂

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  5. Amazing choices! If I don’t have anything to do this weekend I’m going to hope I get stranded on your desert island with all of those movies. 🙂

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  6. garryarmstrong

     /  July 15, 2013

    Very interesting list and a book that I’ve never read but now must find. Love it’s title. TCM is running Johnny Carson highlights Monday evenings this month hosted by Conan O’Brien. Last week, they included a show with Carson interviewing Ebert and Siskel with Chevy Chase also on the couch. Chevy had just plugged “Three Amigos”. Ebert proceeded to blast it!! Chevy was mugging behind Roger’s back. Great stuff!!

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  7. Great choices Alexander, I couldn’t argue a single one of those.

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  8. Awesome picks!

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  9. My sentiments exactly re: 2001. Great list!

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  10. The first–the VERY first–Desert Island Films list where I’d actually seen every movie listed! Nice work, Alexander!

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  11. Very nice choices, Alexander.

    +1 for the Roger Ebert book!

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  12. Great choices! Especially as two of them were also picks for MY desert island films. 😉 (The Shawshank Redemption & The Breakfast Club). I was surprised that no one was agreeing with me on Shawshank!

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  13. Did you see that EW left Shawshank off their recent list of the top 100 films. While I don’t agree with it being #1 on IMDB its omission seems strange to me.

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    • It would make my top 100, but I always felt #1 on IMDB was a little surprising. Still, better than Star Wars being there 😉

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  14. Some excellent choices here! Love that Fargo makes the list 😀

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