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Desert Island DVDs

April 11, 2010

Heya folks,

So Andy over at Fandango Groovers wrangled up Your Humble Narrator and a boat-load of other movie bloggers around the internets for this here Desert Island DVDs feature. The idea is to pick the eight movies I could watch over and over again if I were stuck on a desert island that just so happens to be outfitted with a bitchin’ entertainment system. A cool idea if I do say so myself and rather than ramble on any more than I already have, I give you my list:


No. 8: Mulholland Dr.
Only seen this bad boy once and I am still beyond confused. Not sure if I liked it, not sure if I didn’t, but since this is the one movie I keep telling myself I need to re-watch but always find a reason not to, something tells me I’ll have some time on my hands to finally get around to it when I’m not talking to my volleyball. Fingers crossed that I stumble upon some tropical peyote to help this thing make some kind of sense.


No. 7: Almost Famous
Gonna need those tunes. Almost put A Hard Day’s Night in this spot, but after mulling over Andy’s thoughts on the AF soundtrack, the Fab Four had to take a step down. Helps that the first time I saw this I thought it was the best movie I’d ever seen, so the nostalgia thing’s a bonus.


No. 6: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Best action movie ever made. Might help to soothe my aggressions instead of just breaking coconuts with my forehead.


No. 5: Pulp Fiction
One of those movies I could watch a million times and never get tired of, also helps that you can read into this like whoa. Not a whole lot to explain with this one. It’s Pulp Fiction.


No. 4: The Shawshank Redemption
Gonna need that hope and I’d rather watch this than Castaway.


No. 3: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Gonna need to laugh.


No. 2: Zeroes
Gonna need those good times.


No. 1: Cool Hand Luke
Favorite movie of all-time, gonna make good use out of that old Luke smile, boss.

Well, that’s about it. Not sure if I took this assignment too literally or what, but I think I’d be a-okay with these choice eight by my side. And make sure to hop on over to Fandango Groovers to check out the rest of the gang’s picks and/or throw your own eight into the comment section.

Everyone’s a winner!

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43 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2010 4:43 am

    Great list:)
    Ah yes, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, one of my favourites too.

  2. April 11, 2010 6:44 am

    Zeroes is a great film. I know this cos Ive seen it.
    But is Almost Famous perhaps the most overrated movie of all time?
    a pleasant little comedy but nothing more

    • April 15, 2010 4:17 am

      Aiden, I’m glad Shawshank made a few lists, I didn’t include it but feel comforted that it would be in good supply on the island 🙂

      @Ross McG Have to agree with you there Ross, Almost Famous passed the time pleasantly enough the first time I saw it, but I think I only gave it the full running time once.

      I’ll have to check out Zeroes.

      • April 15, 2010 8:43 am

        I was surprised that Shawshank didn’t make more to be honest. But different strokes for different folks as usual.

        And just so you’re not wondering why Zeroes isn’t on Netflix, it’s actually a movie I made with my friends in college. You can watch over there on the right below the RSS tab. Enjoy and thanks for the comment!

  3. Darren permalink
    April 11, 2010 10:47 am

    Great choices – As with Ross, I’m surprised at how popular Almost Famous was. It made three of the lists that went live this morning (Pulp Fiction made four and The Dark Knight made five – and I think it’s fair to say either of those could also be argued as being overrated).

  4. April 11, 2010 11:23 am

    Great list of classics Aiden. Possibly my favorite so far. Mulholland Dr gets a double thumbs up from me 🙂 Obviously, we all knew you were going to have Cool Hand Luke with you no matter what but I haven’t seen Zeroes, and seeing it among all those great movies definitely make me want to check it out… like now!

    • April 11, 2010 11:25 am

      Haha, go for it! Truly a masterpiece of fine cinema.

    • April 11, 2010 6:04 pm

      I’ve watched Mulhollad Dr 3 times now and I still don’t see the appeal. Maybe it’s just me.

      • April 11, 2010 9:46 pm

        Wow. You’re a fuckin’ trooper, dude.

  5. April 11, 2010 11:52 am

    Ooh, Zeroes was my #9… sorry, Aiden. Blame Andy at Fandango for limiting us to 8.
    I personally hate Mulholland Drive, as well as most David Lynch films (I KNOW, I KNOW!), but the lesbian scene will be nice when you’re all alone and feelin’ frisky! 😉

    • April 11, 2010 1:03 pm

      Hahaha, had a crazy notion you’d be the one to write that.

  6. April 11, 2010 1:06 pm

    Zeroes is seriously lacking a lesbian scene
    maybe its in the Director’s Cut?

    • April 11, 2010 1:50 pm

      Hahaha, unfortunately not. We’ll see what Zeroes 2 has in store.

  7. April 11, 2010 2:23 pm

    I’ve not seen Mulholland or Zeroes, but I love the rest of your list and the reasons you gave. Covered all the bases.

    • April 11, 2010 2:24 pm

      Haha, thanks, man. Glad you dug ’em and right back at ya.

  8. April 11, 2010 8:54 pm

    Terminator 2? Hellz yea!

    I’m one of the fans of Almost Famous. I don’t think it’s overrated at all. I’m surprised to see Dark Knight on so many to be honest.

    I really like your list, it’s one of the closest to my personal taste I’ve seen so far.

  9. April 12, 2010 5:31 am

    Zeroes 2… this time, it’s about makin’ some money

  10. mcarteratthemovies permalink
    April 12, 2010 9:31 am

    Aiden, this list is so stinkin’ cool. But, really, who would expect anything less from the CTC Man himself?

    “Pulp Fiction,” “T2” AND “The Shawshank Redemption”? AND “Grail”? Dude, I’m so hopping over to your island for a visit!

  11. April 12, 2010 9:39 am

    I don’t know if you did this on purpose, but most of the films you picked are longer films and I think that’s actually a pretty good idea given that you’re stuck on an island with time to kill.

    In real life it’s sometimes hard to actually carve out the time to watch The Shawshank Redemption in one sitting.

    And I agree, I’ll never get tired of Pulp Fiction.

    Good call on leaving Castaway behind, it would probably just make you start talking to inanimate objects.

    • April 12, 2010 11:19 am

      Yeah, that was totally unintentional, but looking over the list it looks like you’re right, which is a nice little bonus. Although I’d have to disagree on Shawshank, one of those movies where I’ll always drop whatever I’m doing and watch whenever it’s on TV.

      And Castaway seems like a slap in the face of a DVD to give someone who’s an actual castaway. I don’t think Tom Hanks would have been all too happy to find that in one of the FEDEX packages.

  12. April 12, 2010 11:09 am

    Ah shit, completely fogot about Zeroes. Forgive me?
    Seriously, that was the greatest film I have ever seen.
    That sweary dude, man, he made me laugh.
    I notice you partake in a bit of swearing in your comments Aiden, would you count him as one of your influences?
    Just one questio: you say your gonna need laughs, yet you bring a Monthy Python film….?

    • April 12, 2010 11:16 am

      Haha, yeah, we’re of like minds. Swearing will always be funny.

      And I have no idea what in the hell you’re thinking bringing down Monty Python over here or in general. You, sir, have no idea what you’re talking about.

  13. April 12, 2010 12:02 pm

    I told Kai that his is my favourite list, yours comes close. You only lose marks because I haven’t seen Zeroes and I prefer Life of Brian to the Holy Grail.

    Thanks again for taking part.

    • April 12, 2010 12:07 pm

      Haha, that damn Life of Brian vs. Holy Grail debate! Flattered for the comment and flattered to be a part of the project, but I think you’ll be singing a wildly different tune after Zeroes, the kind of tune that makes heads explode.

      • April 12, 2010 12:11 pm

        I will look it out.

      • April 12, 2010 12:18 pm

        I feel like everyone thinks Zeroes is on Netflix or something. It’s actually just a movie I made with my friends in college and it’s over there on the right sidebar below the RSS feed. Just don’t want you scouring google or anything.

      • April 12, 2010 12:27 pm

        Your list just went up in value, I think you’re the only person to do that (I expected at least one person to go for a wedding video or video of peoples kids). I will take a look later.

  14. April 12, 2010 12:04 pm

    Forgot to mention how close Mulholland Dr. came to making onto my list.

  15. April 12, 2010 1:13 pm

    Some absolutely solid choices good sir…course it doesn’t hurt that my all-time fave made your list. You also get high marks for including two of my very favorite classics: COOL HAND LUKE and MONTY PYTHON.

    We are the nights who say “Great pics”…

  16. April 12, 2010 1:50 pm

    fands.. call yourself a movie buff? you havent even seen Zeroes?
    its great.
    and how dare you say Kai has the best list?! he had Fight Club in it. and Shaun of the Dead. two of the most overrated films ever made.
    the person who had Under Seige.. now that was a list

  17. Marc permalink
    April 12, 2010 2:32 pm

    Oh yeah, some T2 for good measure and a helping of Liquid Terminator ass kicking. That’s always a great choice. I also like Cool Hand effen Luke. But no Leon??…and I thought you were a Besson fan:P

  18. April 13, 2010 9:14 am

    Yeaaa for terminator 2 for it is also in my list 🙂

    Instead of shawshank and redemption, I choose green Mile. I like shawashank too but not as much as green mile

  19. April 14, 2010 6:54 pm

    Good list, Terminator being a particularly great choice! Especially if it eases the coconut-breaking. If I was bringing Terminator, I’d hide Last Action Hero in the DVD case with it 🙂

    • April 14, 2010 7:41 pm

      Haha, I’ve actually never seen LAH despite how much I totally wanted to see it as a kid. Might be time to put it on the queue. Thanks for the comment!

  20. April 14, 2010 8:42 pm

    Agree on #7 and #4. Hmm, let’s see. Eight, huh?

    Hook, Brick, The Prestige, High Fidelity, Eternal Sunshine, The Fall, Big Fish and Catch Me If You Can.*

    *Pending my varying mood.

    • April 14, 2010 10:02 pm

      Haha, yeah, I could see myself immediately regretting 8 as well.

      Haven’t seen The Fall and I haven’t seen Hook since second grade, but I would gladly take all your other pics, especially Big Fish and Catch Me If You Can (LOVE those movies!)

  21. April 15, 2010 3:58 pm

    Interesting list. A few on there I haven’t seen.
    Pulp fiction seems to be comign up a lot. I do really like it but not sure it’s infinitely re-watchable. Shawshank is popular as well. Almost made it onto my list, but I went for Billy Elliot instead.

  22. April 16, 2010 2:54 am

    Great idea. I just might do something like it. 😉 “Mulholland Dr.” — Oh man, it’s another one of those movies I saw back in high school (that I need to see again). To be honest, all I remember is all the nudity! (And the fear of my parents walking into the room.)

    • April 16, 2010 10:01 am

      Haha, it does get pretty vivid there towards the end. In the same boat though, haven’t seen it since High School and I’ve been meaning to re-watch it ever since. One of these days…

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