If I was stuck on an island and somehow found a way to provide enough electricity to watch a movie, these are the ten movies I would want with me. Hopefully, I would eventually be found but if not, at least there would be some form of entertainment to keep me company.
Independence Day (1996) because there are so many memorable lines and there’s never been the theme of working together for a common cause as this movie. “All right, you alien assholes! In the words of my generation: Up Yours!” “We’re gonna have to work on our communication.” “Oh god, I hope they bring back Elvis.” The only downfall is Dr. Brakish Okun (Brent Spiner) isn’t nearly on the screen enough.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (2007) because there is nothing more comedic than Michael Myers as a thawed out cryogenic spy. Elizabeth Hurley doesn’t hurt either. It would hopefully cheer me up on those days I have lost all hope or delusional because I haven’t eaten in a long time.
Wizard of Oz (1939) is a movie where I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s a simple story that resonates with most people, those with feelings, at least. The great songs, the dance routines, and the magical world of Oz makes it pretty spectacular.
Jaws (1975) will serve as a reminder if I need to swim in the ocean for any reason while stranded. Most shark attacks happen in shallow water but due to the decrease in their food supply, I should be aware no matter how deep the water.
Cast Away (2000) for obvious reasons. I would watch this movie first after I stopped panicking about being stranded. I’m sure I would eventually talk to whatever floated on shore as if it was a real person. It would give me hope of being able to have the courage to survive on my own.
Ex Machina (2014) would be a reminder that things could always be worse. The motivations of animals on any island is pretty self-explanatory, but then again I might want to rather deal with a robot of undeterminable intelligence. Getting stung by mosquitoes all day long or having to protect yourself against a rogue robot are both miserable experiences. Okay, this movie might be the last one to watch.
Into the Wild (2007) for obvious reasons too. It can’t get any closer to realism than this. I would use this as an example of trusting my gut instincts and be cautious about eating anything. It would force me to accept I might never be found and deal with this possibility.
The Faculty (1998) because the teachers are creepy as all hell and it’s highly entertaining to see students outsmarting their teachers.
Breach (2007) would be my comfort movie. Sounds weird but espionage is a topic that not only intrigues me but makes me feel my life is okay. It gives me perspective that for all my faults, at least, I didn’t sell out my country.
Pretty in Pink (1986) is where James Spader plays such an asshole and Molly Ringwald wears that horrible looking dress at the end. This would be the movie that will remind me of my youth and how far I’ve come. If I knew my end was near, it would be one of the last ones to watch.