Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Ask JKM a Question #17: One Movie on a Desert Isle?
A reader, Sarah, writes:
“I want to know your answer to the ‘desert island scenario.’ To refresh your memory, you’re stranded alone on a desert island and you can only pick one movie to take with you to watch. What is it?”
Hi Sarah, that’s actually one that I’ve thought about from time-to-time. I’m not sure why, however. It seems like an eminently illogical scenario that I would be alone on a desert island, and yet have the capability and time to watch a movie.
In terms of my “one movie,” to watch on a desert island, I’ve decided, regretfully, that it can’t be a horror film.
I know that probably sounds silly, but I enjoy horror so much, in part, because it’s so different from my real life. I lead a happy, sheltered, comfortable existence. But if I’m stranded alone, away from my wife and son on a desert island -- with little hope of rescue -- I definitely won’t be picking Halloween (1978), The Exorcist (1973), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Alien (1979), The Thing (1981), The Blair Witch Project (1999), or any other personal favorites of the form.
Although a comedy sounds appealing on first blush (preferably something from Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer), the problem there is that most comedies -- the good ones anyway -- clock in at ninety minutes or shorter. If I’m only going to get one film to watch for the rest of my natural life, I want to squeeze every minute out of the experience.
Considering these factors, I think I’m going to select my all-time favorite film, and the movie I consider the best science fiction movie ever made: Planet of the Apes (1968). The film has moments of humor, moments of incredible humanity, and some great action. The script is brilliant, and the look of the film amazing. Plus, uh, Linda Harrison is in the movie. Planet of the Apes also runs a good long time (112 minutes).
Plus – and this is important – it may help me understand the local wildlife…
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