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:

Desert Island

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.

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10 Responses to “Bitch About It”
  1. I think I want to live on Reel Whore’s island, too — I can’t believe I forgot “Little Children”!
    M. Carter @ the Movies´s last blog post ..Bch session

  2. filmgeek says:

    I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s responses next week 🙂

    FYI: I tagged you in my 15 Directors Meme
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  3. hmmm… movies that I’d be stuck on an island with.

    1. Magnolia
    2. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    3. Almost Famous


    1. Magnolia is one of those films which no matter how desperate the characters got I never felt hurt or saddened by it. It’s one of those movies where you can find a character to connect with no matter who you are.

    2. The movie is just downright awesome. Three of the greatest character to ever be on screen are there for me and it lasts 3 hours so it’ll eat up a lot of my time when I’m not running away from the smoke monster and the polar bears.

    3. Downright one of those films that I’ve been able to look into and see a heart that isn’t in many other kinds of movies. It’s beautiful and enjoyable and also reminds me that my dream of being a journalist might just be doable.
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  4. Will says:

    Wait did you say you never saw Ghostbusters? Really? Wow.

    Hard to pick only three, but just off the top of my head I’ll say:
    Dawn of the Dead (1977)
    Big Lebowski

  5. Blake says:

    @ M. Carter – Had Whore not mentioned it, I probably wouldn’t have remembered it either. Apparently I need to watch it again.

    @ filmgeek – I’ll get that up hopefully today, if not, then tomorrow.

    @ Andrew – Here here about Magnolia. I agree about connecting with the characters. I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t seen The Good, The Bad and The Ugly…

    @ Will – We didn’t really watch comedies in my house growing up… But I’ll get on it.

  6. Can’t be marooned without “Can’t Buy Me Love.” It’s Patrick Dempsey’s finest achievement.
    Critical Critics´s last blog post ..Movie Review- Case 39 2009

  7. Castor says:

    Great feature Blake! My three picks would be:
    – Raiders of the Lost Ark: In case I don’t get enough adventures
    – Wedding Crashers: Need a few laugh on that island in case I grow depressed
    – Stranger than Fiction: In case I begin to hear voices
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  8. Andy says:

    Three movies, that’s harsh, at least when I posed the question it was eight. My three would probably be:

    Some Like it Hot
    Dazed and Confused
    Pulp Fiction

  9. Blake says:

    @ Critical Critics – Well if it’s better than Grey’s Anatomy, it must be something special! 😉

    @ Castor – Nice picks man, for ever better reasons!

    @ Andy – I haven’t seen your first two choices. With four panelists, I thought limiting it to three films would keep the post readable… I even forgot to put in my own picks.

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