A FILM BUFF’S ULTIMATE DILEMMA
WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
One of the toughest but most fun questions to ponder is this: If you were stranded on a deserted island, which movies would you want to find there for entertainment? Chances are you’ve been asked this question a couple of times throughout your life, and, if you consider yourself a big film buff, you probably struggle to come up with an answer you are 100% confident with. In fact, it seems the more movies you see, the harder it is to peg down the few you’d be excited to watch on repeat for all of eternity.
Morgan Freeman, this unforgettable movie tells the tale of two
prison inmates’ unlikely friendship forged over years of struggle under the watchful eye and brutal hand of a barbarous prison warden. Due
to its intriguing narrative and nuanced portrayal of likably flawed characters, this film continues to resonate with audiences over two decades since its release. While “Shawshank Redemption” isn’t a film I’ve watched recently, I become fully engrossed in it every time it appears on my TV screen. The conviction it must have taken for the protagonist to maintain his senses while serving so many years of jail time in brutal conditions is nothing if not inspiring. But his dedication to plot his escape might be the only thing even more impressive. The second film is certainly less heavy but every bit as memorable. If I stumbled upon this movie on a random deserted island, I would have known I was officially near the “Highway to the Danger Zone” with Maverick, Goose, Iceman, and Charlie. If you haven’t guessed it yet, I’ll tell you: “Top Gun,” which tells the iconic story of Maverick (played by Tom Cruise) who is sent to the Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School where his recklessness and overly confident demeanor make for certain trouble.
I remember seeing this film in theaters when it made its debut in 1986 and watching it in theaters a few more times after that! My favorite character was the tragic Goose, whose demise was one of my biggest heartbreaks by the time I reached age 14. Even though I cried at this film’s conclusion the first several times I watched, it’s still one I know I will never tire of. With all the great films that exist today and all the ones in the works, there’s no real shortage of stories we can fall in love with. But for me, these two will always stand out a little more than the rest! Which films stand out to you? Which ones would you want to find if you were stranded on an island?
“If you were stranded on a deserted island, which movies would you want to find there for entertainment?”
When asked this question, some people might go the practical route with suggestions like “Cast Away” where they can glean survival tactics like building fires and fishing weapons, while others might choose comedies like “Blazing Saddles” or “Caddyshack” to keep the mood light during all those hours stranded alone. My personal approach is to fall back on two of the classics, both of which have entertaining and inspiring storylines but drastically different plots. The first movie I’d choose is “Shawshank Redemption.” If you aren’t familiar, here’s a bird’s-eye view. Starring Tim Robbins and
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