Kavanaugh: Haha, yeah, I have no idea. According to the site, for purposes of the award, a musical is defined as "a comedy or drama where the songs are used in place of spoken dialogue to further the plot." Whatever. At least the inclusion of musicals makes The Lion King an eligible pick.
With my fourth pick, I'm going to take another drama with a bit of comedy -- Goodfellas (Drama, 1990). In addition to all the classic tense scenes (The Lufthansa Heist and ensuing Eric Clapton montage, Tommy getting whacked, Henry running for his life), there is also some hilarity. Most of that's delivered by Joe Pesci's Tommy, one of the all-time great curse-word artists in cinema history.
For the eighth overall pick, I'm staying in MA and taking The Fighter (Drama, 2010). It's not held in the same regard as some of the other classics on this list. Maybe it just needs time, but I already know I want to watch it over and over again. Christian Bale won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as he transformed into skinny drug addict Dicky Ecklund. It's one of those underdog stories you can't help but root for, even if you've seen it already and know the outcome.
It's also pretty funny for a drama, especially when the mother is involved, or when Dicky is running from her in the crack den.
With my fifth pick, I'm finally taking a comedy, one of the only comedies on this list that actually makes me laugh. Can I get some cross-dressing? Can I get some Robin Williams? Can I get some pre-Bond Brosnan? Can I get some pre-Matilda Mara Wilson?
I'm grabbing Mrs. Doubtfire (Comedy/Musical, 1993), one of the few comedies about which my mother and I truly agree. The best parts of the movie happen apart from actual plot movement. I love all the scenes with the horny bus driver, the lecherous boss, and Daniel's brother and his partner. I also belly-laugh at the old lady's vendetta against Brosnan's character Stuart. "Your Mercedes?" "It was a run-by fruiting...Loser."
Bonus Clip: If watched correctly, Mrs. Doubtfire could also double as a horror film on the Island:
Kavanaugh: "I don't do well with the boys ... cuz I used to be one!" Mrs. Doubtfire will definitely be a fan favorite when we put it to a vote.
This is a good time to mention: how are none of the Christian Bale Batman movies on the Drama List? I'd take any one of them to watch over and over again. Anyway, of the ones available, I'll take Gangs of New York (Drama, 2002). You've got your own man-crushes in Scorcese flicks. Well, mine is Leo, and Daniel Day-Lewis "technically" being the greatest actor of this generation doesn't hurt either, creating a classic character in Bill the Butcher during a fascinating time in history.
We're halfway home, and we've taken four dramas and one comedy each. It feels like a long process, but by the end of it, I bet we both feel like there are still plenty of good flicks on the table.
FranT: Gangs is a good choice, and Leo is a great man-crush.
With my sixth pick, I'm using my final drama on Saving Private Ryan (Drama, 1998). Some of my comedies and musicals are probably off your radar so they'll be available later, but I knew you'd probably be gunning* for this one soon. I love this movie for the D-Day footage, the camaraderie of the soldiers, and the brilliant acting of Tom Hanks. Barry Pepper is the man as the sniper, and Tom Sizemore is a badass.
Also, it will be cool to have "Shaving Ryan's Privates" jokes to tell myself after I lose my mind on the Island.
As I play out the rest of my life in a faraway place, I'll always have Saving Private Ryan to remind me about the men who fought so that we could have a great life back in the good old U.S. of A.
Kavanaugh: Saving Private Ryan is my ultimate "sin to have not yet seen it" movie. I know, I know, I'm working on it.
With my 12th overall pick, I'm taking Almost Famous (Comedy/Musical, 2000). Anyone who likes classic rock loves this one about sex, drugs, and rock and roll, seen through the eyes of the innocent (at least at the start) William Miller. It's an adventure that any guy who likes good music, writing, and Kate Hudson would've loved to have -- and that, I think, is what makes it so appealing to guys, even though it's not a conventional guy movie. Also, great performances by Billy Crudup and Jason Lee, who should've had more cool roles over the years.
FranT: Based on your description of Almost Famous, I guess it's a sin that I haven't seen it yet.
With my seventh pick, 13th overall, I'm snatching There's Something About Mary (Comedy/Musical, 1998). Of the Farrelly Brothers movies, I'd actually choose Me, Myself & Irene and Dumb and Dumber (DUH!) over this pick, but neither of those films was a Golden Globe nominee. Still, Mary will give me plenty of giggles on the Island. There are a bunch of hilarious scenes (Zipper, anyone?), there are some entertaining creeps, and Warren is one of the classic offensive characters in movie history.
Kavanaugh: I missed Mary! Not saying I would've picked it before now, but I legitimately didn't see it there. Good find.
Anyway -- I'm taking another brilliant Robin Williams turn with Aladdin (Comedy/Musical, 1992). The genie cracks me up even though I know every joke that's coming ("You can't elope, but helloooo honey dew!"). On top of the genie and hot cartoon Jasmine, the songs are pretty unreal ("Still, I think he's rather tasty!"). I was nervous about committing one of my five comedies to a cartoon, but I'm leaning towards a few "out there" comedies later in the draft, so I think Aladdin will help me balance that list out.
FranT: As I wrote in my post about poor male characters, Aladdin completely outkicked his coverage with Jasmine and had a weird taste in friends (a monkey and a genie).
I see your cartoon, and I raise you a better cartoon. For my eighth pick, The Lion King (Comedy/Musical, 1994) edges out Toy Story and Finding Nemo. "Hakuna Matata" and "Circle of Life" were two of the best Disney songs ever, and the plot was entertainingly dark. Think about it: The uncle kills the dad, then the nephew has to come back and kill the uncle. Good stuff from Disney.
Kavanaugh: Yeah, I always liked how there was a little Shakespeare parallel in The Lion King.
For my 16th overall pick, I'll take Airplane! (Comedy/Musical, 1980). I'm a sucker for the slapstick and pun stuff, and this movie basically wrote the book on that. There's the great "I guess I picked the wrong day to quit drinking" sequence, and, of course, the over-quoted "Surely you can't be serious." But there's not one bad scene, and I could watch it over and over. You forget how good it is without a refresher since it's kinda old, and Leslie Nielsen is a master.
FranT: And it's got Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in his second best on-screen role ever, after his appearance on Jeopardy.
With my penultimate pick, I'm taking the ultimate re-watchable movie, Home Alone (Comedy/Musical, 1990). Along with Mrs. Doubtfire, this is the second movie I've taken that was directed by Chris Columbus, who I don't know anything about.
Home Alone was on a couple weeks ago, well after the Christmas season, and I still flipped it on. If I don't get tired of it every holiday season, I never will. The only downside of the movie is the PG rating, so we don't get to hear Joe Pesci cursing. I'm really glad I took Goodfellas now.
Kavanaugh: Where does Kareem's cameo in D2: The Mighty Ducks rank, when he's discussing the "Air Bombay Loafer" with Gordon Bombay?
I'm going with another Coppola film for the 18th overall pick, only this time it's Francis's daughter Sophia with Lost in Translation (Comedy/Musical, 2003). It's kinda weird, but it's also funny in the stuff that gets -- as the film suggests -- lost in translation, and also just in anything Bill Murray does. Plus, who doesn't love a vulnerable, despondent and famously-underwear-clad Scarlett Johansson? The only thing better than this movie's opening scene is its closing one, which soon became a classic for obscuring what the two characters say to each other, so all you can do is wonder. I'll have plenty of time to develop theories about that on the Island.
So there are my "comedies." One drama will round out this list after your last comedy.
FranT: Okay pick, but only because most of Bill Murray's best movies weren't nominated for Golden Globes. You mentioned Caddyshack, but what about Groundhog Day and Stripes?
Anyways, my last pick is only a comedy insofar as the soundtrack can be sung in a variety of funny ways. In order to have a bunch of great music on the Island, I'm taking The Sound of Music (Comedy/Musical, 1965) with my last selection. There are many late weekend nights during which I end up butchering tunes from this film. If there is any way to find alcoholic bevies after I get stranded, I'll absolutely belt out "So Long, Farewell," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "Maria," "Do-Re-Mi," and -- in moments of longing -- "Edelweiss."
I'm pretty happy with my movie haul. Take your last licks, buddy.
Kavanaugh: I thought it would be nice to save my last drama pick for the last overall pick, but it's actually terrible because I am so torn. I'm going to trust the replay value based on me always watching some of it when it's on. I'll take A Few Good Men (Drama, 1992). People always quote the "I want the truth/You can't handle the truth" dialogue, but the real beauty is Nicholson's speech right before that with "Deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties..." Colonel Jessup became a symbol of guys willing to make unpopular, err ... extreme decisions with utilitarian justification.
If you made it this far, you read the justifications for all 20 films. Here are the 10 movies each of us will take to the Island forever:
FranT: Braveheart, The Godfather: Part II, Gladiator, Goodfellas, Mrs. Doubtfire, Saving Private Ryan, There's Something About Mary, The Lion King, Home Alone, The Sound of Music
Kavanaugh: The Godfather, The Hangover, Good Will Hunting, The Fighter, Gangs of New York, Almost Famous, Aladdin, Airplane!, Lost in Translation, A Few Good Men
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