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Desert Island Films #74 – DigitalShortbread

Desert Island Films

Tom from Digitalshortbread 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 #74 – DigitalShortbread

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1) Drive (2011) 

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Now, yes. . . yes I know it seems a little ironic to choose a film titled something that there is no possibility of me doing once stranded on an island (I guess it depends on how big the island is, but I’m assuming I won’t have a car), but I will forever choose this because it takes care of two sensory experiences: sight and sound. Nicolas Winding Refn’s film has stellar acting, a sleek story, and an unforgettable soundtrack. Boom. Two birds with one stone. . . or, two gulls with one coconut. . .

2) Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

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A little bit of Wes goes a long way. For the moments I’m hardcore daydreaming under the beating heat of the sun, I can turn to MK for comfort. It is a youthful little romance that gets lost in its own world. A remedy for my own hopeless sense of romance. . .

 3) Billy Madison/Happy Gilmore (1995/1996)

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I’m bending the rules a little for this, but I think many of us would agree about how interchangeable Adam Sandler flicks are, maybe even more so his new films than his earlier fare. I would take either of these films since they are so similar in juvenility, quality and timing. There’s going to be many moments where the tension is gonna need to be diffused on the island, and it won’t go down like it does or did on Lost. . .or Survivor. Pop in the Sandler flick and we’ll all just simmer down, eventually.

 4) Office Space (2001)

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Being stuck alone on an island might be remarkably similar to being trapped in your office cubicle forever. I mean this thing is just a classic. Leaving this behind could be fatal to one’s own sanity.

 5) The Matrix (1999)

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Being one of the more high-concept stories I’ve seen in a film, The Matrix is a must, because I’ll need inspiration for ways to think out of my current situation. I may even find something on the island to access powers I never knew I had.

6) The Iron Giant (1999)

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A boy befriends a metal giant from outer space. Sweet, short and to the point, this film was one of the very first animated movies I saw (outside of Toy Story) that I really became infatuated with. This movie is absolutely wonderful — plus the lead character’s name is freakin’ Hogarth Hughes. I really could watch this one over and over again.

 7) Zoolander (2001)

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3 percent body fat, 1 percent brain activity.” Perfect! It’s an idiotic movie, sure. But I’ll need it to get me through the times when life is getting a bit too serious on the island.

8) Skyfall (2012)

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Perhaps my favorite Bond film that’s ever been made, Skyfall is a perfect blend of high-tech action, scenery (this includes all the Bond girls) and British humor for me to get by on. Plus, Javier Bardem makes just a kick-ass villain that I could watch on any sized-screen time and time again. Daniel Craig finally has proven himself worthy of the title of 007 in this emotionally charged action adventure film that successfully makes us forget about the disastrous Quantum of Solace.

Book:

“Between a Rock and a Hard Place” This is Aron Ralston’s first-hand account of how he survived five days stuck in Blue John Canyon in Southern Utah back in 2003, and is the compelling novel that Danny Boyle based his 127 Hours on. Being a little bit of an outdoor enthusiast myself, I love reading adventures, and this one is a rarity. Some people may argue the guy was a fool for going out alone without leaving a note for anyone saying where he can be found for the next several days. But to make that argument would be to ultimately miss the incredible story of human courage and the will to survive the ridiculous odds. I loved the movie, but the book (as is most often always the case) is far superior. It’s way more terrifying too. Some of the pictures in it are truly shocking.

Inanimate / luxury item to bring:

“Mr Freeze” (Sorry Ryan, I’m just gonna have to help myself here. . . )

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Thanks again to Tom 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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34 Comments

  1. Good list. What’s with everyone & Drive?? 🙂 Haven’t seen Moonrise Kingdom or Zoolander but Office Space & especially The Iron Giant are interesting choices. Iron Giant is underrated!

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  2. And here we see a generational change at work. Nice list that I’m sure my son would like very much!

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    • Tom

       /  September 2, 2013

      haha yeah I did go with some pretty contemporary flicks, I’ll admit. Still, all good stuff. thanks! 🙂

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  3. Some great choices. The Matrix, Office Space, Zoolander… you are definitely going to be entertained! 🙂

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    • Tom

       /  September 2, 2013

      “Are you not entertained!!??” if Russell Crowe asked me that, I could definitely say Yes sir, I am. Reading back thru my own list is strange because I actually forgot about putting half of them on there. lol ironic.

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  4. Some excellent choices listed over here, especially The Matrix. Love that movie!

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    • Tom

       /  September 2, 2013

      The Matrix will forever be a classic. Such a good movie, even despite what happened later to the series (which I still liked but I see why people hate). haha.

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  5. Thanks again for taking part Tom!! As always, love to see Drive getting featured on here. That’s why I’ll allow the Adam Sandler cheat 😉

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    • Tom

       /  September 2, 2013

      Thanks so much for having me Tyson! Lots of fun!!! haha i couldn’t actually remember some of the choices I made, but it looks like I was right-on. there are some approvals here. good to see 🙂

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  6. theipc

     /  September 2, 2013

    Good stuff, fellas!

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  7. Tom, the Iron Giant? Who wants to cry like mad on an island all by yourself!?

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    • Tom

       /  September 2, 2013

      HAHA!!! Aw come on man. It’s about the journey. NOT. The destination. Haven’t heard that before? lol

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      • Tom

         /  September 2, 2013

        if I wanted to create that kind of emotion, i would’ve chosen something more like Million Dollar Baby. lol

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  8. Fun movies. Nothing older than the 90s? The last 18 years has some pretty great movies so I don’t blame you. 🙂

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    • Tom

       /  September 3, 2013

      hahah yeah I can’t remember how much time I took to compile this. I suppose if I thought a tad harder I would’ve replaced the Adam Sandler entries for something more classic in the 80s or 70s. damn it Mark, stop making me second-guess myself!! lol 😛

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  9. Great choices buddy!

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  10. Can’t go wrong with a bit of Drive love, man. Wish I could say the same about Sandler, though. Watching that guy on a deserted island would drive me insane. Interesting choices, though.

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    • Tom

       /  September 4, 2013

      hahaha yeah I had to definitely go with some “questionable” choices here — i.e. Adam Sandler movies. There’ll inevitably be that night that would be too depressing and too annoying and too lame that I would simply get to pop in the Sandler flick of my choice and feel good once again. by the way, Tyson — I fucked up and should’ve chosen an IMAX screen as my luxury item. There’s no way I want to watch all these movies on a tiny portable DVD player. . . lol

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  11. Nice! I’d happily take along Skyfall and The Matrix, too. It was Keanu’s b’day yesterday and in my tribute I definitely had Neo as one of my favorite roles of his 😀

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    • Tom

       /  September 4, 2013

      It’s a great one! I didn’t know about his birthday being yesterday, that’s cool! Cheers.

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  12. Carly

     /  September 6, 2013

    Some good choices! Love the Matrix – “free your mind”, “there is no spoon”. Can’t go wrong with Keanu 😄

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