Thursday 27 August 2020

Desert Island Flicks! What would you choose?

BBC’s Desert Island Discs looks at the eight music tracks celebrities would take with them if cast away on a desert island but what about films?

What films would you take with you to a desert island to watch for the rest of your life?

New research by SpareRoom reveals the eight films Brit's would take with them if cast away to a desert island:

The Shawshank Redemption.
Pretty Woman.
Dirty Dancing.
Pulp Fiction.
About Time.
The Matrix.

I would take a couple of them. Dirty Dancing, one of my all time favourite films and Titanic because it is on forever and I do love it.

I think the other six I would choose would be:

Avengers: Endgame.
After Thanos, an intergalactic warlord, disintegrates half of the universe, the Avengers must reunite and assemble again to reinvigorate their trounced allies and restore balance. This is one of my go to films when I want to watch a film but don't know what to watch. I don't think I would ever get sick of it.

Love Actually.
Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David, the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer, Sarah, a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life and Harry a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary. This isn't just a Christmas film. I love the story and all the people in it.

The Greatest Showman.
Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. I love this film for the music. I can happily listen to the soundtrack over and over.

Mary Poppins.
When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family are faced with the prospect of a new nanny they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny's sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents. This is an oldie but a goodie. It's one of the first films I remember watching as a child and I have never got sick of it. My girls love it too.

A caper involving a boxing promoter who is introduced to match fixing by a ruthless, pig-breeding gangster. Thrust into the fray are a street fighting gypsy and his family, and a vicious pitbull. This isn't my usual type of film but it is so funny.

The Lord Of The Rings triology.
(I'm cheating with this one.)
Set in the fictional world of Middle-earth, the films follow the hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and the Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring to ensure the destruction of its maker the Dark Lord Sauron. The Fellowship eventually splits up and Frodo continues the quest with his loyal companion Sam and the treacherous Gollum. Meanwhile, Aragorn, heir in exile to the throne of Gondor, along with Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, Merry, Pippin and the wizard Gandalf unite to rally the Free Peoples of Middle-earth in the War of the Ring in order to aid Frodo by weakening Sauron's forces.

These are films I have watched over and over again and could carry on watching them over and over. I know I've seen Mary Poppins at 35 times, every year at Christmas and a few times inbetween. All of the films I've chose are comforting and familiar. I don't think I will ever get sick of them!

What films could you watch over and over? What would you choose as your Desert Island Flicks?


  1. Moulin Rouge , Get Carter , Zulu , Lawrence of Arabia , Blues Brothers mainly oldies not the remakes

  2. I think my would be the graduate, monty python, one flew over the cuckoo's nest, girl interrupted, random but love these films haha X