Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Desert Isle Movies

I am a busy, busy writer, home owner, wife, mother, and worker bee these days. But I don't want this blog to grow cobwebs, so I'm blogging about my Desert Isle Movie choices. I almost wish I was stuck on that proverbial island, with the leisure to spend two or three hours doing nothing but watching a movie.

For today, I'm just listing the movies and a favorite quote from each. They're more or less in reverse order, with my favorite last, though tomorrow I might rank them differently.

If you want, you can guess what my choices say about me as a storyteller, and at some future point I'll blog about why each one is a favorite.

"I don't want to tell some eight-year-old kid he's gotta sleep in the street because we want people to feel better about their *car*. Do *you* want to tell them that?"

Master and Commander
"Name a shrub after me. Something prickly and hard to eradicate."

Lord of the Rings (Yes, the whole trilogy. It's one story.)
Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil.

"Give 'em hell, 54th!"

Bull Durham
"Baseball may be a religion full of magic, cosmic truth, and the fundamental ontological riddles of our time, but it's also a job."

The Shawshank Redemption
"I find I'm so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope."

It must be said that it's nigh-impossible to pick just ONE favorite quote from Bull Durham or The Shawshank Redemption. And the line from LOTR I actually quote most frequently is, "They have a cave troll." Just something about Sean Bean's delivery that made it stick in my mind for the only thing to say when a bad situation finds a way to get worse.

What about you? Are any of my favorites yours? Which movies would you take?


  1. I love Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones (except the last one), Pirates of the Caribbean (only the first one), Pride and Prejudice and maybe Bridget Jones Diary.

  2. Totally agreed on Indiana Jones--Harrison Ford at the peak of his sexiness, IMHO.

    I'd put the Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle Pride & Prejudice on my Desert Isle TV Shows list. :-)

  3. You've got some manly films there. Along those lines, I enjoyed "Unforgiven" and this odd movie called "Men with Guns."

    Shawshank is amazing.

    I've been in love with Viggo Mortensen way before Lord of the Rings.

    I haven't seen many films since my children have been born. Just not enough time.

  4. Oh, now a TV show desert isle show...that would be fun :)

    I forgot about The Mummy and Independence Day.

  5. I haven't seen many films since my children have been born. Just not enough time.

    Yeah, it's no coincidence that most of the movies on that list came out between the time I got my drivers license and when my daughter was born. :-)

    And yes, I noticed my favorite movies run manly. I don't think my TV show and book tastes do. I don't know if that says something about movies vs. other media, or if Shawshank, Master & Commander, and Glory are just such awesome stories that it doesn't MATTER that there's barely a woman to be seen.

  6. Ha! My books can run manly, as well. I adored the book Master and Commander, as well as Horatio Hornblower. One of my favorite writers is James Lee Burke -- very manly.

    Don't watch much TV except history and science channel.

  7. I think my books and TV are more of an even split. I love Aubrey/Maturin and Sharpe, and to some degree The Sergeant's Lady was my attempt to get the same kind of story and sensibility as a romance with a strong heroine.

    Sometimes my husband and I will like the same show or movie, but our reasons for it fit gender stereotypes. E.g. with The Office, I think he'd say the best part is Michael and Dwight's antics, while I was a Jim/Pam shipper from the beginning.