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My Desert Island DVDs!

April 11, 2010

36. Watch my Desert Island DVDs (0/8) (more info)

One of my “new” goals is to watch all 8 of my Desert Island DVDs. BIG THANKS to Fandango Groovers for putting this together and asking me to join!! I think this is going to be a hard one… only 8 movies to watch for the rest of my life?! (Please don’t make fun of my guilty pleasures!)

If I had to pick today… In no particular order:

1. Monty Python & the Holy Grail (1975) — a favorite of my dad’s that was passed on to my sister and I at a young age

2. Pretty Woman (1990) — a guilty pleasure that I used to watch as I fell asleep

3. Lord of the Rings : The Two Towers (2002) – my favorite of this series

4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix (2007) — favorite of this series (although I prefer the books)

5. Beauty and the Beast (1991) — a childhood favorite that I still love

6. Finding Nemo (2003) — I’m not sure why I love this, but I do.

7. Underworld : Rise of the Lycans (2009) — my vamp movie pick (although I wish I could add the True Blood series)

8. Yes Man (2008) — I really loved this movie. Laughs and a good message.

What are your Desert Island DVDs?

36 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2010 5:09 am

    Wouldn’t dare to make fun of your guilty pleasures, particularly as they probably would be included in my guilty pleasure list too! (Apart from Harry Potter, just didn’t get into that whole franchise at all.)

  2. April 11, 2010 5:15 am

    Yes Man… not as bad as many say it is. great music too.

    • taraSG permalink
      May 25, 2010 2:28 pm

      Agreed. And who doesn’t love zooey deschanel?

  3. April 11, 2010 9:17 am

    Good shout on Phoenix Tara, certainly the best of a series that has failed to live up to the source material! Watched that start of it again only last night, Umbridge is such a great character

    • taraSG permalink
      May 25, 2010 2:25 pm

      It could never live up to the books (which I should get back to rereading…) but I felt like Phoenix has done the best job at following the book.

  4. April 12, 2010 7:25 am

    Interesting choices, especially the UNDERWORLD inclusion (If I had to pick a vampire movie…and it sorta confounds me that I didn’t…it’d be LET THE RIGHT ONE IN).

    Kudos on the Python…it’d provide endless hours of quoting entertainment!

    • taraSG permalink
      May 25, 2010 2:25 pm

      I’ve never seen Let the Right One In… I rented it once and something came up where I couldn’t watch it and I haven’t picked it up again for some reason… I think I was going to try to read the book first or something.

  5. April 12, 2010 7:28 am

    THE TWO TOWERS is my favorite of the trilogy, too. Glad to see someone else included a Disney animated classic as well! :-) I actually brought two (LILO & STITCH and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME). BEAUTY & THE BEAST would’ve been a good choice as well. Nice list!

    • taraSG permalink
      May 25, 2010 2:24 pm

      I’ve never seen Lilo & Stitch! I meant to see it when it came out and never got around to it…

  6. April 12, 2010 8:09 am

    Wow! This is a tough concept for movie lovers… Just 8? How long did it take you to narrow it down?

    • taraSG permalink
      May 25, 2010 2:23 pm

      A long time! I put this off until the last minute because I kept changing my mind :)

  7. mcarteratthemovies permalink
    April 12, 2010 2:31 pm

    Hey, Tara — found your blog through Fandango Groover’s Desert Island post event. This is an interesting list. I see a lot of childhood favorites and one shocker (“Yes Man,” which I quite liked because of Rhys Darby of “Flight of the Conchords” fame). I also see The Best Movie Ever Made … “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” naturally. Any woman who picks that one is a woman who earns my respect, no questions asked!

  8. April 13, 2010 5:54 am

    Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for taking part. Are you sure you picked the right Underworld move? I would have gone for the first one!

    • taraSG permalink
      May 25, 2010 2:22 pm

      Hmmm I like the first one…. but the girl annoys me a little :/

  9. mommyinmotion permalink
    April 13, 2010 6:00 am

    I don’t know how I could possibly narrow it down to 8! That would take a lot of thought- but it’s an interesting challenge

  10. Aманда permalink
    April 13, 2010 6:49 am

    My brother refused to watch Monty Python with me because I would start giggling at the beginning of scenes since I knew what was coming. haha.

    • taraSG permalink
      May 25, 2010 2:22 pm

      Shane won’t watch it either :(

  11. mommyinmotion permalink
    April 13, 2010 7:55 am

    I meant to mention also- have you ever seen John Cleese’s “How To Irritate People”? It’s not a Monty Python movie- but it’s similar in nature and has some of the same cast. Hilarious!

    • taraSG permalink
      May 25, 2010 2:21 pm

      I have not, but I will look into it. Thanks!

  12. eggplantinspace permalink
    April 13, 2010 6:04 pm

    Not many lists being produced. I’m gonna give it a go to get the ball rolling. This list would undoubtedly change if I had more time, but off the top of my head…

    1. Notting Hill. Its a fantastic romantic movie with some lovely touches.
    2. Amelie. It’s perfectly french, quirky, kooky and splendid.
    3. The Sixth Sense. Slow and sensitive. I love watching this movie
    4. Crash. Recognises the best and the worst of us.
    5. The House of Flying Daggers. Not so much a movie as a piece of art.
    6. Casino Royale. If only all Bond movies were this good
    7. The Shawshank Redemption. Hopeful, balanced, perfect story-telling
    8. Schindler’s List.
    Because it should never be forgotten, and was never more eloquently portrayed

    There are so many I left out to my shame. I love “Up”, “Closer” has some of the best acting I have ever seen, “Castaway” is two hours of Tom Hanks on his own, “No country for old men” and “Goodfellas” both scared me much more than any horror movie I have seen, and “Million Dollar Baby” is a masterpiece, but I only have 8, so there we go

    • taraSG permalink
      May 25, 2010 2:20 pm

      The Shawskank Redemption is the only movie on my hubs list lol.

      I’ve never seen Up or Amelie…. I should get on that.

  13. April 13, 2010 7:34 pm

    Great list! Yes, Finding Nemo has uncanny staying power, along with many of its Pixar brethren. Not sure if I’m with you on The Order of the Phoenix (I’m a much bigger fan of The Goblet of Fire or The Prisoner of Azkaban) but I absolutely agree that The Two Towers is the best of the LOTR films. Do you really think you’d be able to slog through it over and over again though?

    • taraSG permalink
      May 25, 2010 2:19 pm

      I don’t know how often I’d be able to watch it… Good question :/

      I liked Goblet of Fire & Prisoner of Azkaban, but for some reason Order of the Phoenix is still my fav of the movies.

  14. April 14, 2010 1:15 pm

    Can’t believe I forgot Finding Nemo, great choice Tara.

    Just keep watching.


    • taraSG permalink
      May 25, 2010 2:18 pm

      Hahaha I thought it would be the most likely to be made fun of :)

  15. April 14, 2010 9:35 pm

    Cheerful list :)

    I chose TLoTR 3 instead of 2 because it is longer.

    • taraSG permalink
      May 25, 2010 2:18 pm

      LOL not bad logic! I didn’t like that the 3rd movie ended differently than the book :/

  16. April 19, 2010 5:51 am

    Beauty and the Beast – Great choice! As is Monty Python.. “You’ve got two empty halves of coconut and you’re banging them together”!

    • taraSG permalink
      May 25, 2010 2:17 pm

      Hahahhaha that movie always gets me

  17. April 30, 2010 8:25 am

    What a great post!!!! I think my top 8 would be (in no particular order)
    4.Donnie Dark
    5.Mulholland Drive
    7.What Lies Beneath
    8.Mean Girls

    (close contenders include The Incredibles, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Casablanca, and Speed)
    I just read something on wikipedia about

    What would your top 8 cds be?

    • taraSG permalink
      May 25, 2010 2:16 pm

      Ooooh nice list Sammy!! Mean Girls and Goonies would be in my Top 15 :)


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