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Ambrosia Parsley from the band Shivaree

I have been sat alone, stranded on my desert island for some time now. I have watched all my movies and listened to my movie soundtrack CD and realised there is a glaring omission from my playlist. One of my favourite songs from recent years (1999 is recent for my tastes) Goodnight Moon By Shivaree appears on the Kill Bill soundtrack after playing over the closing credits Kill Bill: Volume 2. I know Shivaree aren’t the most well known band in the world so I found this for you:


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LAMB Members will know will know that Desert Island DVD’s was awarded the 2010 LAMMY for Best Blog-a-thon/Meme. Thanks to everyone who voted and more importantly thanks to all the bloggers who contributed to Desert Island DVD’s making it possible:

 101 Goals in 1001 Days 7 Dollar Popcorn Andrew at the Cinema  Anomalous Material Blog Cabins Cinema Romantico Cinemascream Cut the Crap Movie Reviews The Dark of the Matinee  Detailed Criticisms  Elizabethan Theatre  The Film Cynics  Film Forager  Four of Them  FlixChatter  Go,See,Talk!  Invasion of The B-Movies  Lets Go To The Movies The List  M. Carter at The Movies  Movie News First  the mOvie blog  The Movie Encyclopedia  Movie Mobsters  The Movie Viewing Girl Paragraph Film Reviews Phil on Film  Ramblings of a Recessionista  Random Ramblings of a Demented Doorknob  Ross v Ross  Wild Celtic  You Talking to Me?  Novroz’ Favorite Things He Shot Syrus Filmplicity  The Stories That Really Mattered Life of a Cinephile and Bibliophile Sundryandco Common Sense Movie Reviews

Finally well done to the other nominees, check out their posts: 23 Days of Kurosawa on A Life in Equinox: A Movie Lover’s Journal; 10 Movie Facts About Me (Meme) from He Shot Syrus; Ladies of the 80s Tournament on Blog Cabins.



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When describing Desert Island DVD’s I suggested you imagine you were stuck on a desert island with just eight movies to watch. Now in an Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 type of thing imagine we are all on the same island and have agreed to pool our entertainment, a sort of Desert Island DVD Rentals. If my calculations are correct 41  42 bloggers selected 231 237 Movies or TV Shows (thanks to Darren from the mOvie blog for collating the movie list and sorry to Common Sense Movie Reviews who was originally missed off).  Here are the movies:

  • (500) Days of Summer
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 28 Days Later
  • 9 Songs


  • The Abyss
  • Adaptation
  • Alice in Wonderland (animated verstion)
  • Aliens
  • Almost Famous
  • Amelie
  • American Beauty
  • Anchorman
  • Animal Factory
  • The Apartment
  • Apocolypse Now
  • Arrested Development (TV Show)
  • As Good as it Gets
  • The Aviator


  • Back to the Future
  • Bad Boys
  • Basket Case
  • Batman Begins
  • North & South (TV show)
  • Be Kind Rewind
  • Beaches
  • Beauty & The Beast
  • Before Sunrise
  • The Big Lebouski
  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • Billy Elliot
  • Billy Madison
  • Black Rain
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Bogy of Lies
  • Boogie Nights
  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Braveheart
  • Brazil
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Breakfast on Pluto
  • Bride & Prejudice
  • Brokeback Mountin
  • The Brothers Bloom


  • Cannibal: The Musical!
  • Casablanca
  • Casion Royale
  • Castaway
  • Chuck Season 2 (TV Show)
  • Cinderella Man
  • Clerks
  • Cloverfield
  • Clue
  • Clueless
  • Con Air
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • The Count of Monty Cristo


  • The Dark Knight
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Dear Frankie
  • Deep Rising
  • The Departed
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Die hard
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Donnie Darko
  • Double Indemnity
  • Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog


  • Easy Virtue
  • Elizabethtown
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Evil Dead III: Army of Darkness


  • Fanny & Alexander
  • Farther of the Bride
  • Ferris Buellers Day Off
  • Field of Dreams
  • The Fifth Element
  • Fight Club
  • Finding Nemo
  • Finding Neverland
  • Freestyle
  • From Here to Eternity
  • Fuber


  • Gamers: Dorkness Rising
  • Gattaca
  • Ghost Busters
  • Gladiator
  • The Godfarther
  • Godzilla (crappy American remake)
  • Goodfellas
  • The Good The Bad & The Ugly
  • A Good Year
  • The Goonies
  • The Great Dictator
  • The Green Mile
  • Gross Point Blank
  • Groundhog Day


  • Halloween
  • The Hangover
  • Happiness
  • Harry Potter & The Order of the Pheonix
  • Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone
  • Heat
  • Heavens Gate
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • High Fidelity
  • The Hunchback if NotreDame


  • Idiocracy
  • I’m a Cyborg, But That’s Okay
  • Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade
  • Indiana Jone & the Temple of Doom
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Inside Nab
  • The Island
  • It’s a Wonderful Life


  • Joe v’s The Vocano
  • Johnny Mnemonic
  • Jurassic Park


  • The Karate Kid: Part II
  • Kill Bill: vol. 1
  • The Kingdom of Heaven – Directors Cut
  • King Kong (original version)
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • A Knights’ Tale


  • LA Confidential
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Labyrinth
  • The Last of the Mohicans
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Lilo and Stich
  • The Lion King
  • The Lives of Others
  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Lost in Translation
  • The Lost Weekend
  • Love Actually
  • Love Me if You Dare


  • Magnolia
  • The Major & the Minor
  • Mallrats
  • The Matrix
  • Memento
  • Metalica: Some Kind of Monster
  • Midnight Run
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • NirrorMask
  • Monsers Inc.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Moulin Rouge!
  • Mulan
  • Mullholland Dr.
  • The Murderers are Among Us
  • Mystic River
  • The Myth of Fingerprints


  • The New World
  • Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • North by Northwest


  • Office Space
  • Oldboy
  • On the Waterfront
  • Once
  • Once Upon a Time in China 2
  • Once Upon a Time in the West


  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Planet Terror
  • Pretty Woman
  • Primer
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Proposal
  • Pulp Fiction


  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • The Re-Animator
  • The Red Shoes
  • Rent (recoding of live Broadway show)
  • Richard Pryor: Live at the Sunset Strip
  • Ringu
  • Risky Business
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Roman Holiday
  • Romeo + Juliet
  • Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion
  • The Room
  • The Rules of Attraction


  • Sabrina (0riginal Billy Wilder)
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Se7en
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Serenity
  • Seven Samurai
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Shock Treatment
  • Singin’ in the Rain
  • Slither
  • Some Like it Hot
  • The Sound of Music
  • Southland Tales
  • Spaceballs
  • Spirited Away
  • Stalig 17
  • Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • The Station Agent
  • Sunset Boulevard


  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day
  • The Thin Man
  • The Thin Red Line
  • Thunderball
  • Tommy Boy
  • Top Hat
  • Toy Story
  • Traffic
  • Transformers
  • Tremors
  • Troy
  • The Truman Show
  • Two-Lane Blacktop


  • Under Siege
  • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
  • Unfaithful
  • Up 
  • The Vampire Lovers
  • The Warriors
  • Wedding Crashers
  • The Wire (TV Show)
  • Without Limits


  • The X-Files (TV Show)
  • X-Men II 
  • Yes Man 
  • Zeroes (Not currently available on DVD, awaiting distribution deal!)

What would you like to rent?

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Desert Island DVDs

Imagine yourself stranded on a desert island, by some strange miracle (maybe the Dharma Initiative have something to do with it) you have a DVD player and monitor but only eight movies to watch on it.  Not knowing how long until you are rescued you may have to watch them over and over again.  Which eight movies would you pick?

Based on the BBC radio program Desert Island Discs I asked this question of some fellow bloggers, click the links below to see the results:

Newcomers and late arrivals:

Since we went live on Sunday a few people have approached me to ask if it’s too late to join in.  The simple answer is no, keep them coming.  I am posting new entries here outside the alphabetical list so it’s easy to spot the new ones:

At the time of posting these links I have no idea what most of the selected films will be. A couple of people posted early and I asked the first ten people who signed up for one or two of the films they would be taking to help he chose the little poster you see at the top and bottom of the page otherwise I was in the dark. So what did people choose? I’m sure there is a good selection of classic movies, some guilty pleasers and some fun titles. Did anyone choose a home movie? Is anyone taking porn (and has admitted to it)? How about a survival DVD? Has anyone cheated and claimed The Lord of the Rings Trilogy as a single movie? All of these are possible; you will have to click all the links above to find out.

If I have missed anyone of sorry, send me an email or a message with your link and I will rectify it.

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I have invited a few fellow bloggers to pick their Desert Island DVDs, a variation on the BBC radio program Desert Island Discs.  Each participant must pick just eight movies to be stranded on a desert island with.  For some people it is just a matter of picking their favourite movies for me it is far more complicated.  Having gone through numerous drafts and not being happy with my list I deleted it all and started again with a new philosophy. My eight movies are the ones I have watched the most in the last ten years. Interestingly this new approach has resulted in me leaving some of my favourite movies an home: Fandango, North By Northwest and Fight Club to name just a few. Anyone who saw my 24 hours to go notice may have spotted a little sneak preview of my eight movies.

Casablanca (1942): A perfect film that never gets old or tied no matter how many times I watch it. If anything I appreciate it more each time I see it.

Some Like it Hot (1959): Possibly my all time favourite movie, as a kid I saw it countless times as it is one of very few movies that the whole family loved and could watch over and over again.

Two Lane Blacktop (1971): Most people I know haven’t seen this movie, those that have probably only saw it because I forced my copy of the DVD onto them, and most of them didn’t really like it. I watch this movie a lot and I get more out of it every time I see it.

Goodfellas (1990): The Godfather and The Godfather part II are as good if not better than Goodfellas but I watch Goodfellas more than either of the Godfather movies. It also happens to be my favourite movie from one of my all time favourite directors.

Dazed and Confused (1993): I am a big fan of Richard Linklater, whist this isn’t my favourite of his movies it is the most watchable and it has a real feel-good factor about it. It’s a movie anyone can relate to, we were all young once.

Pulp Fiction (1994): I can never decide what my favourite Tarantino movie is but the fact I watch Pulp Fiction more than any of his others speaks volumes. This is a movie I will never get bored of.

Oldboy (2003) This is the subject of a late change. I nearly didn’t include Oldboy as I haven’t seen it as many times as the other movies on the list but it is my favourite movie of the past ten years and I couldn’t live without it on my desert island. So sorry to Fight Club and Fandango and all the other movies that missed out!

Serenity (2005): If pushed I would say when it comes to Sci-Fi I prefer Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, Alien and Aliens but since it came out nearly five years ago I have probably seen Serenity more than any other movie. I am only sorry I can’t take the whole Firefly TV show to go with it.

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Desert Island DVDs


24 Hours to go.

This is half a reminder and half a test to make sure my blog’s clock is correctly set. If all goes to plan the post will about publish exactly 24 hours before the main blog tomorrow.  I have received links from all but two of the people who said they would take part and have also had a few unexpected links sent through.  Any late comers are welcome to join in but I may not get your link up until Monday.  Fingers crossed that all the links work.

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Anyone who has been following my blog in the past month will know that this Sunday all participating bloggers will post their Desert Island DVDs. One blogger The Mad Hatter couldn’t control himself and posted early. In response his better half dubbed Lady Hatter posted her own list in the comments section. I thought I would reproduce the list so it can appear in the main blog on Sunday. So here it is word for word (Images added by me):

Sorry my love, but I hope we’re never stranded on an island together because I don’t want to be stuck with most of your selections! Great films… but far too depressing. I’d want some movies that bring me joy:

Breakfast Club

Almost Famous (we share one in common)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Singin’ In The Rain

Roman Holiday

Nightmare Before Christmas


Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (most whimsical of the set)

I would have put the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I’m being told that’s a cheat!

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Anyone wishing to take part in Desert Island DVD’s I need your like by tomorrow (Friday) at the latest.

Thanks to  everyone who has already sent their link.  Those who haven’t yet please send them to:  hart.andy@gmail.com

For more information take a look here and here.

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Just a reminder Desert Island DVDs is coming soon, a week on Sunday to be precise.  All participating bloggers will be listing their eight movies to be stranded on a desert island with.

Narrowing a list down to just eight movies is really tough as I am finding at the moment.  It’s not just a matter of picking your favourite eight movies, the movies you can watch over and over again may not be your all time favourites as and as mentioned by Kai from The List

There is still time to get involved take a look at here and here for information and leave a note below if you are interested.  And if you were wondering the posters are a sneak preview of just a few of the movies that have been selected.


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Desert Island DVDs Update

I have already emailed everyone who have confirmed they intend to take part. If you missed the email or if anyone else wants to join in here are the details:

Everyone publishes their own list on their own Blog. As well as my own list (on a separate post) I will publish a list of all the participants with a link to their list. Please include a link to this list, the link will be: http://wp.me/prVbF-17I  (if you try and use it now it won’t work, but trust me it will on the 11th).

We are publishing on Sunday 11th April at 11 am BST (that’s 10am Zulu, I will confirm the time for other time zones closer to the time if anyone is struggling). To give me time to set up my part you will need to send me a link no later than Friday 9th April.

Creating a link before publishing is easy on wordpress using the auto-publish feature. Anyone who needs help with this let me know. If you other blog publishing applications and are struggling let me know and I will see what I can do.

This is a list of confirmed participants. If I have missed anyone of or anyone else who is interested there is still time to join in: 

  • Fandango Groovers Movie Blog (Me!)
  • Thanks again to everyone taking part. And thanks to Kai who has already sent me his link.



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