Joseph from The Cinema Monster 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 – The Cinema Monster
To start off I would just like to thank Tyson for not only letting me be apart of his Desert Island Films series, but also for his support of my blog essentially since its inception.
All right, 8 films I would take with me if I was to be stranded on an desert island. That is quite the loaded question. The approach I took to finding the answer was split into two major traits or necessities. The first and most important being repetition, then followed by the second which is personal favourites. Running through my massive movie collection, I managed to narrow my search down. After a long, arduous journey, I finally decided upon 8 films.
They are in no particular order.
It is extremely hard for me to name my all time favorite movie. But, gun to my head, I’d probably choose Moon. It met the criteria of my search and had the distinct advantage of holding a special place in my chest. Repetition was a no brainer. I could watch this movie day in, day out, no problem. What puts Moon over the top is its haunting atmosphere, an unmatched, outstanding performance from Sam Rockwell, and its deep messages as well as underlying themes. Evoking a sense of individuality, showcasing endless, unconditional love, and sparking my inner adventurer, Moon is the first film I’d watch in any situation.
2: On the Waterfront.
With its terrific script, sublime direction, and what I believe to be Marlon Brando’s finest performance. On the Waterfront makes the list without question.
3: After Hours.
Another obscure choice and a film many have never heard of is After Hours. Directed by Martin Scorsese, this brilliant take on romantic comedy is bizarre, endearing, and unsettling all at the same time.
Another film that has sentimental value to me. Sunshine is full of great performances from Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, and countless others. Not to mention it is directed by one of my favorite directors Danny Boyle, who I believe is second only to Christopher Nolan.
5: Wedding Crashers.
We all need to laugh and being on a secluded island is no different. No film makes me chuckle more than Wedding Crashers. Having the upper hand on every single film on this list, Wedding Crashers holds sincere value to me and would allow me to feel as if I was home.
I feel that being scared half to death is just as important as laughing till your body aches and you’re struggling to breathe, that’s why I chose Martyrs. The best, most perfect horror film I’ve seen to date makes the list without question. I could watch Martyrs everyday and it would make my bones tremble just as hard as the day before. Also, it is a rather ambiguous film, so it’d be fun to argue with myself for eternity on an isolated island.
This was my nostalgia choice. If it wasn’t for Christopher Nolan’s Memento, I wouldn’t be the cinephile I am today. This film singlehandedly drew me into the magnificent world of cinema and since then, I’ve never wanted to let go.
What I feel to be one of the most accurate, disheartening love story’s to ever be told and Terrence Malick’s best film. Badlands is visually beautiful, intelligent, and contains just the right amount of violence.
Book: On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
Inanimate Object: Photo Album
I’d take a photo album which seems to be the item of choice. Filled with pictures from every important person and event in my life. Oh, and my cat and dog.
Thanks again to Joseph 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org