Desert Island Movies

You get the gist by now – a box with ten movies (okay, and something to watch them on, too) wash up on a desert island where you’re stranded. What’s in the box?

Have you seen any of these?

I’m always behind on movies. I don’t go to see many in the theater. I have my own theater at home, one where I can pause the film if I need to get a soda or go to the restroom. Still, most of these came out in the last year or so. Many of them are not the most popular, box office blockbusters, but they are all worth a watch, with a story to tell or an actor or director I like or based on a book I’ve read. And for whatever reason I watched any of these films in the first place, these are the ones I wanted to watch again.
Title Director
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo David Fincher
Super 8 J.J. Abrams
Get Low Aaron Schneider
The Rum Diary Bruce Robinson
Midnight in Paris Woody Allen
For Greater Glory Dean Wright
The Debt John Madden
Kill the Irishman Jonathan Hensleigh
Brighton Rock Rowan Joffe
Get the Gringo Adrian Grunberg

Desert Island Directors

How do you choose what movies to watch? Who’s in it? What it’s about? One of the first things I do is look at who is directing the movie. If any of these guys make a new movie (excepting the ones that are dead, of course), I want to see it. Even the dead guys can get in on the act if it’s one of their films I haven’t seen before. That doesn’t mean the movie is always great, but the way these guys translate ideas into vision appeals to me. David Lean Billy Wilder Tony Scott John Lasseter Joel & Ethan Coen Tim Burton John Ford Woody Allen Steven Spielberg Wes Anderson

My Classic Movies

This is a very personal list. This is not “the greatest classic movies of all time” or anything like that. These are just old films that captured me, sometimes in just some small way – like Walter Brennan’s “You ever been stung by a dead bee?” in To Have and Have Not, or the incredible, masterpiece images of the passion of Christ in the the first minutes of Barabbas. I’m sure you’ll find yourself saying things like “Why To Catch a Thief and not Vertigo or Rear Window?” (because there have never been two more beautiful people in a more beautiful place than Grace Kelly and Cary Grant on the French Riviera), but if you haven’t seen any of these, you should take a look. Maybe you’ll find something to like, too.
Title Director
To Have and Have Not Howard Hawks
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Richard Brooks
The Sun Also Rises Henry King
Sabrina Billy Wilder
Our Man in Havana Carol Reed
The Searchers John Ford
Barabbas Richard Fleischer
The Night of the Iguana John Huston
The Killers Robert Siodmak
To Catch a Thief Alfred Hitchcock

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