Tony from Coogs Film Blog has kindly submitted his Desert Island Films. Please read on for his choices and reasons, and then 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 Flicks
Of course if I’m in this situation, I would have to pick my all time favourite film. The characters, the writing and the action in the film are all excellent topped off by one of the greatest performances ever given in a film by Sigourney Weaver.
2. The Shawshank Redemption
This film is a great show of how well written and acted characters can elevate a film that shouldn’t work into a masterpiece. The work of Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in this film is the best relationship I’ve ever seen on film and of course, Morgan Freeman’s narration is incredible.
3. Cloud Atlas
This is a film I would watch whenever I need to see the power and beauty that film can show. Everything about Cloud Atlas is beautiful, the visuals, the story, even the small flaws make the film all the more incredible to watch. Plus, the multiple stories included in the film make it so I can never run out of new things to notice in the film.
4. Monty Python’s Life of Brian
This is a film that I will take just to make me happy whenever I watch it. The brilliant quality of the jokes make me laugh every time I watch it and whenever I feel depressed, this film helps me to Always Look On The Bright Side of Life
5. The Avengers
I knew that before I started that I would have to include a Joss Whedon film on here and it was a tough choice between this and Serenity. This won out just because of the sheer ambition involved in the undertaking of this film. All the different elements of this film shouldn’t work but under Whedon’s guiding hand it all does. Plus, I could never get bored of the Puny God bit.
6. The Dark Knight
I also knew that I had to take a film by my all time favourite director, Christopher Nolan and there is no better Nolan film to take than The Dark Knight. This film will help to remind me how big-budget blockbusters do not need to be stupid in order to be successful and the performance by Heath Ledger is so mesmerising that I will be captivated for days watching it.
Now I sometimes want a good bit of violent fun and it was tough between putting this film or a Tarantino film on here with this winning out because of the brilliant performances and chemistry between Chloe Moretz and Nicolas Cage along with the brilliant staging of the action, mainly every single Hit Girl scene.
8. In The Loop
Now it was a tough choice for this last film between this and Shaun of the Dead and this just edged out for one reason. Peter Capaldi. His delivery of Armando Ianucci’s excellent dialogue is perfect and helps make the film so funny, along with the incompetence of all the characters. A perfect show of why it would be best not to leave the island if politicians can be this stupid. (To those who don’t believe me as to how stupid politicians can be, look up the Pasty Tax)
Honourable Mentions: The Wicker Man, Hugo, The Angel’s Share, Fargo, Up, Sightseers, Citizen Kane, 12 Angry Men, Across the Universe
Book – Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore
Now it was a tough choice between this, A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin and It’s Only A Movie by Mark Kermode and this beats those out for two reasons. 1: it appeals to the left-wing political side of me and 2: there is such a wide variety of stories in the book that I will never get bored reading it.
Object – Barbeque
Well I need something to cook the food on the island on don’t I and since all I need to power this is a few bits of tree for the fire this would be the perfect device.
Thanks again to Tony 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