Last night’s Academy Awards got me thinking about all of my favorite movies. Sunny and I don’t get to watch as many as we did back in the day, but we still love watching movies. And I have several that would make my list of all-time favorites. (I wrote about my Top 10 Comedies a few years back; probably time to revise that list.)
So here’s the question: If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only take 5 films with you, what would they be? And yes, you have DVD capability and power and all that stuff. Just play along. And no boxed sets. You can’t take the Star Wars set as one movie, even though it’s boxed up in a life-size replica of Darth Vader’s mask. Five movies, that’s it. What’s on your list?
For me, Gladiator would have to be on that list. I think I could seriously watch it over and over. Crowe’s Maximus remains one of my all-time favorite characters as he fights to avenge the deaths of his son and wife. And who could forget Joaquin Phoenix’s creepy portrayal of Commodus?
A powerful score.
A great cast.
What more do you need?
This one’s definitely on my list.
With the action genre squarely covered, I’d have to move to some comedic fare. I mean, it is a desert island, right? I’d have to go with O Brother, Where Art Thou? for sure. And I couldn’t survive out there for long without the make-me-laugh-till-I-cry antics of Monty Python & the Holy Grail. I submit to you my absolute favorite scene from this classic:
Gotta go with Field of Dreams, too. I know it’s cheesy, but if you’ve ever played catch with your Dad in the yard, you know why it’s on my list. I have a little ritual where I watch this one every spring just before the season starts. Maybe someday when my kids are older I can get them to watch it with me.
Man, this is hard. With my last pick, I’m going with Raiders of the Lost Ark. Or Airplane. Or Fletch. Ahh, flip a coin, I can’t decide.