Desert Island DVDs

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Dinsdale Piranha
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Let's have them then, the five films you would take with you to watch whilst you see out your days banished to a small blob of sand in a tropical sea.

This isn't about claiming which are the best films ever made, it's purely about those movies which are important to you for some reason, even if they make others recoil in horror.  We're all individuals (I'm not!) so why not see how diverse our tastes are.  Here are mine;

1) North By Northwest.  For me this film has everything, suspense, action, humour and Cary Grant just defining the word 'suave'.  It's beautifully filmed, the score is wonderful and it has a great cast.  If I could only take one film, this would be it.

2) The Godfather II.  Just epic. So good it even shades the first film and has De Niro ever given such a fine performance?

3) Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  I grew up listening to Python LPs and watching reruns of the shows and then later spent long periods of the cold war in concrete bunkers where this was always the tape that went into the VCR to relieve boredom.  The best example ever of grown men just being utterly silly.

4) The Battle of Britain. The film that was partly responsible for me spending so many hours sitting around watching the Holy Grail! Inspiring stuff, brilliantly filmed and it has Susannah York in stockings! Just don't watch it with anyone who wears an anorak and bobble hat, they sit there complaining that the wrong mark of Spitfire is being used!

5) The Long Good Friday.  Best ending of any film. Ever.

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Le Mans, silly story but check out the sounds of Flat 12 917s against V12 Prancing horses, and it really made one feel as if behind the wheel, scary.

Bullit, same, no Ferraris but a Porsche cabrio with Jaqueline Bisett, looked pretty, the main stars were Mr Cools GT390 and the evil Black Charger, albeit Robert Vaughan's Lincoln 3, sounded equally menacing in the last scene, as it glided off with the bumper sticker proclaiming, support your local mayor.

A Man for all Seasons-just brilliant acting all around.

Over The Lake, I recently read C&SC's Alain De Cadenait built the mockup-of the Proteous Gas Turbine Jet engined tri planing hulled  Bluebird only he used a heavily disguised Mercury outboard.

Fastest Indian-both with Sir Anthony Hopkins, a proper journey into the unknown, and a magic perfomance by the maestro

 

 

 

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  1. Godfather
    II
  2. GoodFellas
  3. Castaway
    (for inspiration)
  4. Show
    Girls (for the lonely nights)
  5. Beverley Hills Cop

Ps am I allowed to take a box set with me I would take Sopranos or Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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The Hustler - the most beautifully filmed yet bleak piece of celluloid I have ever seen. The richness and contrast allowed by the black and white just adds to it. Plus, it is a pretty distressing and depressing story beautifully told.

The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer - I am a massive Peter Cook fan and this role in this mostly forgotten movie was perfect for him. He is as calculating and evil as George Spiggott in Bedazzled in this, and, even though it isn't a non-stop side-splitting comedy, it is intelligent and thought-provoking and as accurate a satire on business and politics as I have ever seen.

The Telephone Box/La Cabina - a weird and wonderful surreal Spanish short that, despite being simple is always an enjoyable distraction.

The Italian Job - well I have to have a car movie and this one has everything.

Get Carter - amazingly grim thriller. Obviously I am not talking Sly Stallone here! More Caine though: hmmm, he has been in a lot of my favourite movies, but they are I think movies I like because of the film rather than him (never really rated him as an actual actor).

Bubbling under: Brief Encounter, Breathless, Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, Whoops Apocalypse, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Godfather II, Once Upon the Time in the West, Grand Prix, Alfie, Harvey, Cool Hand Luke, Le Mepris, And God Created Woman, The Swimmer, Strangers on the Train, Rear Window, The Long Good Friday and approximately 1000 more...

As ever, these choices will have changed by the time I submit the post, but hey-ho.

 

 

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Ok, I'm relatively new to this forum but I'll chuck in my 2d's worth on this one, mainly because I seem to have a different selection....

in no particular order and based upon the "most played" criteria rather than technical merit, acting performances, etc.

1. The Terminator - sci-fi on a budget that no-one expected to succeed.  Arnie at his best and a sci-fi tale with a difference although the special effects look very dated now and weren't even terrific in the period.  Sadly, as the budgets got larger the series went downhill (imo) from there onwards.

2. Top Gun. Yes, I know, silly American macho rubbish with TC saving the world all on his own  but a great soundtrack and aerial filming was great for it's time. Switch off brain and go with the flow.

3. Smokey and the Bandit. Even sillier than Top Gun and you just know that any one of the car stunts are enough to write the thing off, but you're not supposed to take it seriously. Heck, driving across the border just to bring back some beer, and not even proper beer at that.  It's American, it's good ole boys and like TG you're supposed to switch off brain and laugh along with them.

4. The Matrix - the first one. Like Terminator it was a groundbreaker in concept and filming. The sequels looked to be struggling to capture that freshness of the first and again like the Terminator series, downhill from there on.

5. A really odd one now for me, Mamma Mia ! Bought it for the missus after much pressure but surprisingly I reckon it's one of those films you can watch over again and still smile.

Lots more bubbling under, including some already mentioned like the Michael Caine films but these are probably the films I'd turn to for a bit of escapism.

Brian

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Can I count all the Godfather films as one box-set?

Good, that leaves me four more.

I always liked French films, and if Jean De Florette and the sequel Manon Des Sources were available in another two-for-one dvd, that still leaves me three.

Jacques Tati in M. Hulot's Holiday (or Traffic, Mon Oncle, Jour De Fete).

Beatles in Hard Days Night.

Being really greedy, but I was reminded by another post on here, can I get all of the Carry On films in a deluxe boxed dvd with the scripts for all of Syd James' best gags.

Of course if we are listing more than five, maybe Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, Gilda (or anything with Rita Hayworth), Soylent Green, any of the Laurel and Hardy collections, Vertigo (I once slept in Kim Novak's bed, unforutnately she was 10,000 miles away at the time but....) Goodfellas, everyone's favourite; Long Good Friday (and as Dinsdale points out above, that ending still makes me sweat), Dambusters, American Graffiti, all of the Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns. 

Chris Martin

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Well, I think mine is quite a different list from you guys, hope you like it

1) Gone in 60 seconds. Just because I am a big fan of the Ford Shelby  Eleanor and this movie really features the amount of love and respect I have for this car!

2) Transformers: I used to watch the cartoon version all the time when I was a kid, still have proper models at home. Still have this dream of owning a yellow Camaro (Bubble Bee) transforming into a robot, It is all about the connection between man and machines, a bit like the way we connect with our classics.

3) Godfather: Legendary movie, describe really well the reality of Mafia gangs in Italy

4) Road Trip: reminds me of all my adventures when I was a teenager, driving up and down the country with my friends and have fun wherever we go

5) American History X: I don't really know why but I really liked this movie, maybe the fact that bad people CAN change and become great individuals.

I know we said only five but I feel I have to mention a sixth one. The Notebook! Yes I know what you guys are going to say, Romantic movie?!?! but you know what, it is probably the best of its kind, perhaps because it does relate to my very own experience even though it was a painful period of my life, unfortunately the end is not really the same. Nonetheless, It remains a movie close to my heart.

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Trigger wrote:

1) Gone in 60 seconds. Just because I am a big fan of the Ford Shelby  Eleanor and this movie really features the amount of love and respect I have for this car!

Good shout, I'd forgotten all about that film and yet it's one I often put on when the missus goes round to the WI. Another "pure entertainment without thinking too hard" film, loved it.

Brian

 

ps - box sets are cheating.....  unless I can have the boxed set of "The Avengers"

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ps - box sets are cheating.....  unless I can have the boxed set of "The Avengers"

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Thought they might be, so call me the Schumacher of the forum.

Chris M.

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As military researcher/historian, my first three would have to be:

Regeneration - fantastic acting and script. A shocker in a Spielberg stylee.

The Dam Busters - the 1954 Michael Anderson film. Not historically accurate, but still gripping.

The Hill - Probably the best anti-propagander war film ever made.

Madagascar - Fabulous family film.

Noel Coward's Brief Encounter - Great film; Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson are both "frightfully" good in a very English way. The support cast are hilarious.

Spiffing!

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plastic penguin wrote:

As military researcher/historian, my first three would have to be:

Regeneration - fantastic acting and script. A shocker in a Spielberg stylee.

The Dam Busters - the 1954 Michael Anderson film. Not historically accurate, but still gripping.

The Hill - Probably the best anti-propagander war film ever made.

Madagascar - Fabulous family film.

Noel Coward's Brief Encounter - Great film; Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson are both "frightfully" good in a very English way. The support cast are hilarious.

Spiffing!

Ah yes, The Hill; top film, just watching it wears you down into submission. Not sure it would stand the repeated viewing that the desert island dvd concept implies though? Dambustsers, one of those essential post-war films that reminded everyone why it is great to be a Brit, like Reach For The Sky.

Tally Ho!

C.M.