Desert Island Discs - Raindance

What’s your favourite movie? If you could only watch x-number of movies for the rest of your life what would they be?

I was posed this kind of question recently by Stage32 in the form of their Desert Island Discs heading.

My first step was to take a look at the few movies I still own on disc. Over the last year or so I’ve moved to an entirely digital movie collection and disposed of the disc collection, but I kept a handful of movies on disc in case of internet downtime.

The ones I kept aren’t the best movies in the world, they don’t top ‘best of’ lists and serious aficionados would likely ridicule my choices, but these 13 are movies I find so endlessly rewatchable that I kept them on disc and would want with me on the desert island. What are yours?

1. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

A classic Raindance film Festival classic from 2002!

Elvis and a black JFK (“they dyed me this colour”) take on a soul sucking ancient Mummy in a nursing
home. For me it’s the definition of cult and one of the few films that, when collecting discs I double
and triple-dipped on.

2. Deep Blue Sea (1999)

I’ve been fascinated with sharks since Jaws but it is Deep Blue Sea that, despite the frequently corny
dialogue, I constantly return to over the established classic.

3. Event Horizon (1997)

Paul WS Anderson is often maligned as a filmmaker but he’ll be forever redeemed simply for making  this.

4. Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

While I enjoy all of the F&F movies this has always been my favourite. Maybe it’s the setting or the focus on drifting over straight street racing. Full disclosure: I actually kept the whole set.

5. Joyride (2001)

An inspiration for my own writing with the way it presents a plausible scenario as the basis for the story.

6. Lake Placid (1999)

“If I had a dick this is where I’d tell you to suck it.”  More than anything else it’s the dialogue that gets me with Lake Placid, it’s endlessly memorable and adds immensely to an already standout film.

7. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

One of the most charming and original films I’ve come across and one of the few serious movies to
have a real emotional impact on me.

8. Pacific Rim (2013)

Giant monsters and giant robots kicking the living daylights out of each other and levelling cities to do it. Forget all the scientific mumbo-jumbo and plot holes and just watch the monsters and robots.

9. Pitch Perfect (2012)

Should I be embarrassed about this? I caught it first on TV but it quickly became a movie I found myself watching every time it was on. Buying the disc was inevitable.

10. [Rec] 2 (2009)

For me this and [Rec] feel like a single film split in two but forced to make a choice between one or the other it’d have to be the sequel. Like Aliens it amps up the action and is more rewatchable for it.

11. Skin I Live In, The (2011)

Skin I  Live In StillI’m not even going to put a trailer for this, just an image,as it’s better to go into it cold.

I was left stunned after seeing it the first time.

While repeat viewings diminish its power somewhat, it’s still one of the few films I wish I’d written.


12. Snakes on a Plane (2006)

This was never likely to live up to the sort of hype it was getting but the concept alone won me over and I’ve been addicted to it ever since.

13. Starship Troopers (1997)

Aliens is an undisputable classic and one of the best films of all time, but for me it’s not as rewatchable as this.  Sure, were there room for more movies I can think of a few I’d sneak in – Insidious, Zombieland and World War Z among them – but these were the ones I’d really savour, that would keep me occupied while I was alone and whiling away my days with my feet in the sand and marvelling at the way a deserted island was managing to power the DVD player.

What movies would you really want to have with you?
Stick them into the comments box below.