Desert island movies

I don’t often indulge in list making (well, publicly anyway), but recently I was chatting with a friend and brought up the age-old hypothetical; if you were stranded on a desert island, and could only watch five movies for the rest of your life, what would you pick?

He brought up that hopefully you would bring a DVD player with you; but on my hypothetical island, there’s a tricked-out entertainment center with an online library filled with every movie ever committed to film. Like the “Lost” island, but way cooler. (Incidentally, on this island, next door to the entertainment shack, there is a similar setup with a library, where you can access five novels for your stay, but that list is for another post.)

So, here’s my five, the movies I would want to spend the rest of my life watching, in no particular order.

1.      “The Apartment” (1960) – As close to perfect as movies can get; it’s funny, dark, moving and a little sad. Just perfect.


2.      “Wild Strawberries” (1957) – Also another perfect one and probably my favorite movie ever; every time I watch it, it makes me believe that we all can changes our lives for the better, we just have to make the leap.


3.      “Vertigo” (1958) – They can’t all be feel-good pictures; one of my two favorite Hitchcock movies (the other one is “Notorious”), and the one I couldn’t leave behind. Tortured souls never had such good celluloid representation as Jimmy Stewart here.


4.      “The Princess and the Warrior” (2000) – I adore this sad little German fairy tale about love and change, but as much as I love it, I don’t need to see it all the time. Once every two or three years is just right, and a perfect accompaniment to island living.


5.      “Clerks” (1994) – Sure, it’s not the greatest comedy ever made, or even the best Kevin Smith film (IMHO, “Dogma” takes that title), but it never gets old and I laugh every time I see it, and on the island or off, we can all use more of that.

There you have it; judge at will. Anyone else care to share?