Bubbawheat from Flights, Tights, & Movie Nights has kindly submitted his Desert Island Films. Read on for his choices and reasons, and be sure to check out his site.
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.
Desert Island Films – Flights, Tights, & Movie Nights
1. The Princess Bride
I could never get tired of watching this movie, there’s so many great performances in it. One of the perfect movies for me out there. Love the humor, the action, the fantasy, and the meta qualities of it. There’s hardly an unquotable line in the movie. It’s inconceivable that I wouldn’t choose this movie.
2. Clerks 2
I’m a big Kevin Smith fan and I definitely wanted to take one of his movies with me. It was a tough choice, as I like all of his movies to some degree, but I think the one I would have the hardest time getting tired of is Clerks 2. It doesn’t have the thickness of inside jokes that Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back does, or the emotional weightiness of Chasing Amy, or the amateur quality of the original Clerks. It’s light, fun, funny, but still has great characters that don’t devolve into cartoons.
3. Vampire Hunter D
Vampire Hunter D was one of the first animes I’ve ever seen, right after Robot Carnival during a Cartoon Network late night Saturday Anime triple feature during the network’s early days. It’s a great vampire story combined with the classic strong-but-silent almost Spaghetti Western style anti-hero in D. It’s also mixed with some great fantasy and sci-fi style elements with the mutants and D’s weird hand that’s never really explained in this movie nor the sequel.
4. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
This has to be my favorite Star Trek movie, and I believe it was the first one I got the chance to see in theaters. I was never a huge fan of the original series, I came into the show through watching The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, and afterwards started watching the movies with the original cast. Next to Khan from the 2nd movie, the Shakespeare spouting villain in this movie is one of the best villains from the series.
5. The Simpsons Movie
Personally, I’d like to cheat and say I’d take the Simpsons season 4, there’s so many great episodes in there. But if I stick to the rules and choose a movie I have to have some Simpsons to watch so I’ve got to go with the Simpsons Movie, which isn’t the worst thing in the world, but doesn’t quite hold up to some of the best classic episodes of the series.
6. Return to Oz
I loved this movie when I was younger, and now that I’m older, I appreciate all the great practical effects in it. The designs are amazing and fantastic, and while it is such a dark movie for an Oz movie, I enjoyed it. I’m a big fan of all the Alice and Wonderland and Oz adaptations out there, but out of all of them, this is the one I could watch for years on end.
Some days on the deserted island, you just need to watch a good, violent, revenge story. And Desperado is one of my favorites. It’s so stylish and fun and Antonio Banderas is a great lead.
8. Moulin Rouge
And other days you just need a good romantic story. I thought about trying to figure out one that doesn’t have a tragic ending, but this one is so beautiful throughout the rest of the movie and the songs are fantastic, I could listen to them over and over again, and I’d have to if it was one of my only 8 films.
Book & Luxury Item
This may be a cheat, but my Book would be the largest blank book I could get and along with it my Luxury Item would be a giant case of writing utensils. Having that much time to myself on a desert island, I would much rather have something where I can create my own entertainment instead of relying on a limited set of entertaining things. And after a certain amount of time I would be able to go back and read some of my earlier work as if it were new to me.
Thanks again to Bubbawheat 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 - email@example.com