January 13, 2009

Desert Island DVD's

So guess what I found out. You remember that desert island I was on with my 10 favorite CD's. Well it turns out there is also a TV and DVD player. Must run on some kind of solar power.
Now we have my desert Island DVDs and just like the CD's there are a few rules to try to follow.
• Only one movie from a series
• Only one movie from a given director
• Limit the list to 10

I've grouped mine into categories in no particular order. As you may have noticed from my CD's I don't really care what people think, I like what I like. Here we go.


10- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
I needed to have an Indiana Jones flick in here and this one is my favorite. I think the Chinese kid is hilarious and the lady screaming all the time making Indy's life miserable is great. I like the mine car scene a lot and the bridge scene at the end is pretty cool. Maybe a little on the dark side but still my favorite.

9- Top Gun
I think this is one of the defining movies of the 80's. I really liked this movie as a kid. Mostly the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes. I didn't really understand all about "Taking My Breath Away" and why all the guys needed to play volley ball with out their shirts on until later in life. I think it's the only movie to have the entire score preformed on a synthesiser and electric guitar. I do own the soundtrack for this movie. Who doesn't like to hear "Highway to the Danger Zone" when they're driving and then pretend that they are in a jet and try to shoot down the other cars on the freeway? I mean I don't do that. But others might.
As Maverick said to Goose, "I feel the need, the need for SPEED!"

8- Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl
I loved this movie when I first saw it. Johny Depp was great. It had action, sword fighting, canons, eye patches, parrots and a midget. It's a great swashbuckling (first time that word has been used on my blog) flick. To bad the sequels couldn't compare to the original.


7- Back to the Future III
All of these were great movies so it was hard to pick one. I went with this one because of the cowboy factor. I just love a good western. This one also features Christopher Lloyds first on screen kiss. Not that that's a reason why I like it just a little fun fact.
Doc Brown does compliment me over and over in these movies when he says, "Great Scott"

6- The Empire Strikes Back
Anyone who knows me knows that I have an obsession with Star Wars movies. I've always like Empire the most. It's the first time Yoda appears to Luke, Darth Vadar is Luke's father, Han and Leigh fall in love, Han gets captured by the bad guys. A lot of twists and turns and nothing seems to right for the good guys in this. A lot for them to overcome in the next movie.
This movie has the infamous line of Darth Vader "Luke, I am your father."

5- A League of Their Own
I wanted to have a sports movie in here. The problem is a lot of them have the same plot. Underdog who nobody believes in is able to overcome all the odds and win. Now don't get me wrong I like to watch flicks like Rudy and Hoosiers. This movie seems a little more original. It's more about these women trying to make it as baseball players and get society to accept them as such. Even though it does have Rosie O'Donnell and Madonna I'm willing to over look that.
It has one of my favorite movie lines when Tom Hanks says "There's no crying in baseball"

4- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
I've read all the "Harry Potter" books and scene all the movies that are out. I enjoy them a lot I think they are a lot of fun. I love the whole modern world of magic that's hidden from the rest of us. I went with this one because The characters are no longer kids but teen-agers so they are a little more complex but things haven't gotten as serious as it will in the later movies.

3- The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring
I had never read any of the books when this movies came out and really had know idea what all the fuss was about. After seeing this movie I was hooked. I couldn't wait for the others to come out. I went out and got the books just so I could find out and I couldn't put them down. Sword fights, magic, good versus evil. I was totally drawn in by this magical world.


2- Blazing Saddles
If you've never scene a Mel Brooks film then you really should. This is one of his classics. Of the wall humor that obeys no rules. This movie just gets wilder and funnier as it goes on. The story of black sheriff trying to make it in white town sounds more like a drama but it's not. They tackle the issue of racism in this movie but in such a funny way in a way that only Brooks could pull off.


1- The Man From Snowy River
Maybe not as well known film as some of my other flicks but this is one that I have watched since I was a kid and continue to watch today. Maybe not a true "western" since it is set in Australia but all the elements are there cattle drives, horse riding. It's the struggle of the poor boy from the small mountain town to win the heart of the rich ranchers daughter and then get Daddy to let him have her. Some great horse back riding scenes in this movie that are very visual and action packed.
There you have it. Now who wouldn't mind being stuck on a desert island with me and my DVDs? I would like to see what some of you would have on your island so I'm going to tag a few of you.
Amy-your always good about doing these and always looking for a new idea for a post.
Marc and Hali I'd like to see what each of you think.


Amy N. said...

I LOVE The Man From Snowy River! Must be a Nelson thing because I grew up watching it all the time too, but most of my friends have never heard of it.

I could have sworn that Indiana Jones and Star Wars were the same directors, but I will take your word since YOU are the expert...I imagine severe lashings will come from that admittion :)

The only one I have not seen from your list is Blazing Saddles.

Dave said...

Well Scott, your movies are much more masculine than your music, so I suppose I can give you back your man card for now. However, this decision is pending review due to the inclusion of A League of Their Own.

You neglected to link the inspiration for this post:
Dave's Desert Island Movies
Krissy's Desert Island Movies

Marc said...

I can't believe that A League of Their Own is the best sports movie you've ever seen. The Natural is a better baseball movied than A League of Their Own. And what about Hoosiers. C'mon Scott! You dissapoint me.