Desert Island DVDs
With the recent 70th anniversary of the BBC Radio 4 show Desert Island Disc, I thought I would try to put down a version about a medium that has shaped my life a little more than music.. the movies.
Welcome to the first episode of Desert Island DVDs or alternatively, and more accurately, Desert Island (Blu-Ray) Discs. If it goes down well, and other would like to send me there picks and reasons then I might put together another couple of articles.
For anyone who doesn't know the format of the BBC 4 Radio show...
Guests are invited to imagine themselves cast away on a desert island, and to choose eight pieces of music, originally gramophone records, to take with them; discussion of their choices permits a review of their life. Excerpts from their choices are played or, in the case of short pieces, the whole work. At the end of the program they choose the one piece they regard most highly. They are then asked which book they would take with them; they are automatically given the Complete Works of Shakespeare and either the Bible or another appropriate religious or philosophical work.
Guests also choose one luxury, which must be inanimate and of no use in escaping the island or allowing communication from outside. The devisor and original presenter of the program, Roy Plomley, enforced the rules strictly, but they are less strictly enforced today. Examples of luxuries have included champagne and a piano, the latter of which is one of the most requested luxuries.
I went on the assumption that if I were on an Island I'd want films that I could sit and watch over and over and never get bored with. So with that in mind here we go...
Iron Man (2008)
Start of with a more recent easy one. When I first got into comics I became an instant fan of Iron Man, he seemed to me (at least at the time) to be a more believable grounded character. Technology made more sense to me than radioactive mutants and more to the point Tony Stark was much more of a flawed human trying to do everything he could to make things better even if sometimes it would all come apart around him. Something I feel I can relate too.
But despite being one of my favorite characters, the real reason Iron Man is on this list is the years leading up to the release of this movie i had begun to lose faith in comic book movies, with the X-Men, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Blade movies (to name a few) going down the toilet i just didn't think an Iron Man could be done; let alone done this well. The care and attention Marvel Studios brought to their property made me excited for everything they have released since.
I know this movie like the back of my hand. Every line, trivia, actors.... hell i have seen it so many times i know when the adverts cut in when the show it on TV! This is one of two Arnie film i grew up on and i think i first watched this when i was maybe six and was just captivated by it. I think i have watched this movie more times than any other on this list.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Now the other Arnie film i grew up on, T2 is a classic. This film was awesome end of.... So awesome, despite how much that John Conner child actor annoyed me, or how much they tried to make it touchy feely.. the shear awesomeness of Robert Patrick and Linda Hamilton just makes everything... well... extra awesome.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
I am guessing a lot of people will question this choice, but to me (maybe even more than Iron Man) this film showed us what Marvel is capable and willing to do to ensure there movie worked within each other and how they would handle source material with respect for any and all incarnations of a character.
Here's the thing that's the most strange at no point does anyone complain that the origin was changed and that there was no gamma bomb test. Its crazy to think that fanboys like us who go nuts when things change any other time but we let this by. you know why because it works and yet still respects everything about the character we came to enjoy. Marvel never restricted itself to a single source or interpretation it just used what was right and what made the character who they are and then wrapped it up in a fun action/adventure bundle. Its something that has worked well for them so far.
Also the casting of Tim Roth was inspired, and all the easter eggs make me giddy inside. ;)
Die Hard (1988)
The definition of an action movie. The sort of movie you and your male friends can just sit back, grab a couple of beers and switch off. Not many people can pull off running around bare foot in a white vest.. but Bruce Willis can... and maybe Chis Evans i guess.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Brilliant comedy that made zombies interesting to me again and is to date the only film i have paid to go see in the cinema twice... now that has got to count for something.
The Matrix (1999)
A game changer, Matrix upped everybody's fight scenes, gun work, action scenes, CGI... Its left such an impact on cinema and popular culture that it deserves repeat viewing. But to be honest this one could be swapped for any on my honorable mentions list and i wouldn't be disheartened.
And the film i hold in highest regard, and could watch everyday...
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
I think we can all agree that this is probably one of the best films ever made. I watched this over and over as a child and in fact i saw this numerous times before i ever go a hold of A New Hope. Its a masterpiece of cinema and i just do not think i would be the geek i am today without it.
Honorable mentions, in not particular order: The Dark Knight, The Warriors, Independence Day, X2, Moon, Sunshine, Aliens, Saving Private Ryan, Hot Fuzz, Goldeneye, Goldfinger and many more that im probably forgetting.
For a little change i will ask which Comic Book i would take.
The Marvels Project
In the end this was going to be a toss up between two Ed Brubaker comics. the first being the run of Captain America that brought us Winter soldier and the second being this great series about how and why the heroes came to be. Epting's art on both books is fantastic and i guess in the end this book came through on its WW2 setting and espionage mysteries that captivated my reading tastes in my youth.
Honorable mention: Captain America: Winter Soldier Ultimate Collection, Civil War, Marvel 1602, Avengers: The Initiative: Basic Training.
And as for the luxury, i am guessing a top end TV, Blu-Ray, electricity and a comfy seat is included ;) . i am going to say a large crate of Magners Cider would suit me well.
Honorable mentions to: Fosters, Mars Bars, McFlurrys, or Oven Chips.
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