My sister recently asked me what five movies I would take with me if I were stranded on an island for the rest of my life.
I would have clothes and other necessities, but only five movies. I could only stare at Carla in dismay and said I would have to think about it. This is a tough life question for me and one that is easier to work out in written form.
I just like too many movies and appreciate at least something about all the other ones. I’ve written about what I would watch if the world were to end and my picks for a weekend here and there, but never only five titles to see over and over.
It makes sense to pick films that mark memories and traditions in my life and bring more joy than living on a sunny island. Here we go, in no particular order:
5. “The Royal Tenenbaums“
This is my favorite Wes Anderson film so much that I have been searching for the perfect Margot Tenenbaum Halloween costume two years in a row. Hopefully I will accomplish that before I am whisked away to an island, but when I am there I will always been in the mood for regular visits with the Tenenbaums.
4. “You’ve Got Mail”
I know, I know, but I’ve secretly always liked this movie. It’s cheesy, predictable and it makes me happy.
I know there are other classic romances that are better and more worth hanging on to for the rest of my life, but this is the era of the rom com, embrace it. I have a soft spot for many titles on the rom com cheese wheel, but my choice for eternity is the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan pseudo sequel to “Sleepless in Seattle.”