Bitch About It
In ‘Bitch About It,’ I want to hear what you have to say! Especially since I usually don’t have a clue.
I’m changing the format of Bitch About It one more time. This time, I’m asking the panelists two questions. The first set will be discussed here, and then a related question will be answered and compared to this post next week. It’s very exciting.
Here’s the first question: This one is a classic. You’re stuck on a desert island and before your plane (a plane full of every movie ever made) crashes, you have time to pick three that you’re stuck with the rest of your life. What are they and why?
Here’s what the panelists had to say:
Reel Whore of Reel Whore.
Isn’t it obvious? You have to grab the ultimate survival guide, Cast Away! Just kidding. I’m fairly certain the one movie I wouldn’t want on the island is one that will remind me of the horrors of my isolation.
Faced with life on a deserted island, I must be prepared to be the master of my solitude and what better movie than Fight Club? It not only serves to entertain, but it’s a reminder not to let my Tyler Durden alter ego get the upper hand in my psyche. The violent savagery of it will either help preserve my humanity or enhance my natural survival instincts. Plus, there’s something ironic about owning a movie that details how a plane fails.
My second choice is a tough one, but I’d have to go with Little Children. It’s a good example of the ugliness of homogenized suburban life, and that would be a reminder that I’m not missing much living in society. More importantly, Patrick Wilson and Kate Winslet have some seriously steamy sex scenes. When trapped on a deserted island, you need some nice, naked eye candy like those two to get through the lonely nights.
My final choice is a no-brainer; Ghostbusters. It’s easily one of my favorite comedies of all time, and let’s face it; if I’m trapped on a deserted island, I’m going to need to laugh.
Shannon of Movie Moxie.
For me desert island films have to meet the qualifying factor of repeat watchability. If you only have 3 to choose from, they better be ones that can stand the test of time. Also note that Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope), would likely be on both of these lists, but it’s such a go-to all-around awesomeness of a film that I decided to stop listing it because it would always be number 1.
1. Gidget (1959, Dir: Paul Wendkos)
Gidget is my hands-down, go-to film for when I’m blue. It’s sweet, beachy and has songs that come out of nowhere and I love every minute of it. And Gidget herself is so fiesty and optimistic that seeing that drvie and optimism always makes me feel like anything is possible.
2. Practical Magic (1998, Dir: Griffin Dunne)
Another cheer-me-upper film, I adore Practical Magic. I love it’s depiction of witches and how it’s centred on a multi-generational femme-centric family, and specifically sisters that are willing to do anything for each other. And it makes me cry, every single freaking time I watch it.
3. The Mod Squad (1999, Dir: Scott Silver)
This film has so many things I like it in: a band of misfits, great dialogue, Dennis Farina, Omar Epps. Giovanni Ribisi and Richard Jenkins. I know it’s a bit of an oddball pick, but it has great lines and beautiful moments (especially with Giovanni Ribisi) that make me enjoy watching it again and again.
Filmgeek of Final Cut:
1. 10 Things I Hate About You – I’ve blogged about this film a lot. It’s the first teen film that I felt ‘spoke to me’, it introduced me to Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger and Jo-Go, it’s the film that made me first take notice of soundtracks, and I never grow tired of repeat viewings. I can quote it pretty much word for word yet it never fails to make me laugh out loud or well up at the end. In short, it’s truly bitchin’!
2. The Wizard of Oz – because there’s no place like home
3. Blue Valentine – if I could only see one new release this year it would be this. Even if I ended up not liking it, it would be worth it as I HAVE to see it.
M. Carter from M. Carter @ the Movies:
The prospect of being marooned on a desert island with a scant three films to watch forever and ever, amen, is tricky. Or maybe it isn’t. The underlying message is one we can apply to all areas of life: Choose wisely. If this boils down to three movies, each needs to serve a specific function…
A) Restore my faith in humankind: No film can compete with “Magnolia” in terms of illustrating the full spectrum of human emotion, from desperation to sadness to rage to love, and the epicness of everyday human life. “Magnolia” reminds me what it means to be alive.
B) Remind me that someone somewhere is worse off than I am: Mike Judge is a crackerjack student of human nature who’s capable of searing satire. “Idiocracy” is part comedy and part horror film for it’s ability to show us the depths of stupidity humans are capable of plumbing. However bad being stranded on a desert island is, at least I’m not watching TV sitting on a toilet.
C) Entertain me: Ah, the most important requirement of all, and one “Pulp Fiction” is capable of fulfilling on every level. The clever, funny and credible dialogue, the lurid violence, that larger-than-life characters consumed with their own mythology, the killer soundtrack — “Pulp Fiction” has everything I need to ride out this forced exile in style. (Gold watch sold separately.)
Thanks to my four panelists for participating! There are some really bitchin’ picks here. If I had to pick one of these four islands to get stuck on, I’d probably bunk with Reel Whore. I can’t get enough Little Children (phrasing!), or Fight Club, and I’ve never seen Ghostbusters. Although, it’d be hard to pass up Magnolia. Check out this feature next week to see what three movies these panelists respect the most as film as art.
What are your three desert island movies and why? Let me know in the comments.