Generic list post: Desert Island DVD Discs

If Party Sparty posts a Desert Island Discs movie edition, I want in…

Here we go, yo, so what’s the scenario?: you’re marooned on a desert island with plentiful food & drink, a solar-powered TV/DVD player combo and you can choose 40 movies by 40 different directors to while away your time. What are you gonna pick and what’s the best method to whittle your choices down to your essentials? Obviously variety is important, but honesty and rewatchability are paramount innit? So, as much as I love prestige canon classics like The Third Man, Rear Window, Rio Bravo, The Apartment, The Wild Bunch and Aguirre, The Wrath Of God, none of them made my list. Unapologetically, I’m a late ’70s baby who was raised in the ’80s and the movies I grew up on tend to be the ones which I find the most rewatchable. Of course, you could accuse me of succumbing to nostalgic soothing comfort viewing, but you’ll never convince me that Stanley Kubrick ever made a movie as good as Stand By Me, The Lost Boys or Groundhog Day. Anyhoo, If I’m stranded on that imaginary desert island then I’m stuck with these movies and they stuck with me.

White Heat (1949)
12 Angry Men (1957)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Carry On Screaming (1966)
Point Blank (1967)
Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
Deep End (1970)
Monty Python & The Holy Grail (1975)
Jaws (1975)
Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
The Wanderers (1979)
The Warriors (1979)
The Thing (1982)
Wild Style (1982)
Rumble Fish (1983)
Repo Man (1984)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Fright Night (1985)
The Quiet Earth (1985)
Back To The Future (1985)
Stand By Me (1986)
The Fly (1986)
The Lost Boys (1987)
Withnail & I (1987)
Evil Dead 2 (1987)
Beetlejuice (1988)
Heathers (1988)
King Of New York (1990)
New Jack City (1991)
Juice (1992)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Groundhog Day (1993)
True Romance (1993)
Casino (1995)
Buffalo ’66 (1998)
The Truman Show (1998)
Chopper (2000)
Sexy Beast (2000)
Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
Toy Story 3 (2010)

Bonus beats: some old music VHS tapes which really need a DVD release – Run-D.M.C’s Live At The Ritz 1985, Beastie Boys’ Licensed To Ill collection thingy, Faith No More’s You Fat B*stards – Live At Brixton Academy 1989, and Ice-T’s O.G. The Original Gangster Home Video. The latter was the first Rap album to be released on VHS tape with a video for every song, so don’t ever try and tell me that Ice-T in his 1986 to 1991 pomp wasn’t a trailblazer on multiple different levels.