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Desert Island Flicks – Episode 3: Mike from Midland Movies

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Based on the popular Radio Two show, this takes into account film lovers and what they’d need if they ever ended up on an island with only a Beach Ball for company, an ice skate for a tool and an un-opened package they need to deliver.

What eight films would you simply have to play on your waterproof, solar powered blu-ray device?

This week Mike from Midlands Movies shares his Desert Island Flicks.

FILM 1

The film you’ve seen more than any other

back to the future

Great question! At a guess it’s probably Ghostbusters or Weird Science as a friend and I watched them almost daily back in the 80s/90s. I can also add in Back to the Future 2 – which is a film I can quote more than any other – and more recently it’s been The Force Awakens which I saw 5-6 times on the big screen. I have to add that none of these are my favourite films of all time – more probably just fluke the amount they’ve repeated in my life.

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The Classic you’ve never seen

I can answer this one very quickly – The Lion King. As I was 14 years old on its release, it wasn’t something I was massively interested in – along with a lot of the 90s Disney films in fact. Over time I’ve sadly never caught up with it.

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The film that will definitely give you a lift

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I think I go straight for comedy and one of my favourites is This Is Spinal Tap. As a musician who’s done a bit of touring, it’s so spot on – even after all these years – that it makes me laugh and remind me of my own good times with my band mates ‘on the road’. Whilst I think of it, Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous can be added here too.

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The so-called masterpiece that deserves a re-visit

I’ve got quite a few of these but will opt for a very controversial opinion. I’m the biggest sci-fi fan of all time yet I’ve never been huge admirer of Blade Runner. I watch it about once every 2-3 years though and with the sequel out this year I definitely need to give it a re-watch – hopefully on the big screen somewhere.

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The film you wished you’d made

For entirely selfish (and quite un-cinematic) reasons I’m going to choose Ocean’s Eleven (Soderbergh’s remake) and be an actor on set. A great group of respected actors (and Scott Caan, lol) hanging around in Las Vegas whilst playing pranks, talking film, giving OTT performance as well as getting to work with a great director seems a pretty fun experience.

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The film that had the biggest effect on you

I think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind resonated with me greatly, not just for echoing a relationship I was in at the time but it showed that film can still be magical, innovative and original. The idea of past relationships and things like memories that you always take with you – a bit like a desert island if you will – is intrinsic to all of us and shapes who we are. Plus it’s funny, clever and has two great performances from actors playing against type.

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE COEN BROTHERS

FILMS  7 & 8

Wild Cards

As I’ve not picked any of my regular favourites yet I would reserve a place for Terminator 2: Judgment Day and JFK. T2 was one of the first really exceptional films I saw and realised I didn’t just like fun movies but movies with great stories and deeper meanings (well, as deep as a 12 year old can fathom at that time). JFK has so many layers and techniques that Stone has created a really remarkable cinematic movie by taking hundreds of story strands to piece together those days in Dallas and the subsequent trial.

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THE ROGUE DISC

The film you wished you’d never seen

I’m going to stick with the theme I’ve been talking about in all my answers and recollect my distant past when I first came to the realisation that not every summer blockbuster was good. Batman and Robin was hired from my local video shop, stopped halfway through and returned the same day. Didn’t even rewind it for them! I became a man that day. LOL.

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Thanks to Mike from Midlands Movies for taking part. Check them out at Midlandsmovies.com

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Desert Island Flicks – Episode 2 Giles Logan

Inspired by the popular Radio Four show, we take into account film lovers and what they’d need if they ever ended up on an island with only a Beach Ball for company, an ice skate for a tool and an un-opened package they need to deliver.

What eight films would you simply have to play on your waterproof, solar powered blu-ray device?

We’ve given you some rules though to help our castaways shape their choices.

Episode 2 is with Giles Logan, Editor of Birmingham Wire and Brum Cinema Addicts.

FILM 1

The film you’ve seen more than any other

Napoleon Dynamite. This is such a perfect film. So hard to get the right balance of humour and storytelling in ‘quirky’ films and as I rule I usually hate them. Not a lot really happens, but it doesn’t happen so well if you see what I mean? There’s not a bad bone in the film, even the school jocks are likeable. I love every second; the stunning scenery, the cool soundtrack, every character is delightfully off kilter and the final scene with Napoleon and Deb playing ball always makes me cry. It does have a strong personal resonance as my son who passed away in 2011 loved it.

Napoleon Dynamite

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The Classic you’ve never seen

Satantango. I’m actually desperate to see this and have been for years. I have a pile of films which are my ‘watch next’ movies and it’s been in that mound of discs forever. I love Bela Tarr but want to watch it in one sitting without interruption or distraction, finding a 432 minute window is not very easy.

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The film that will definitely give you a lift

Laughing Gravy. I always default to Laurel and Hardy when I need a lift. The 21 disc box set is such a treasure chest I’d love to take them all but have narrowed it down to Laughing Gravy. It’s such a perfect L&H film. Two decent and unfortunate men always trying to get by and do the right thing and always thwarted by the cruel vagaries of fate and life. There’s such beautiful innocence about them and no matter what befalls them, they pick themselves up, dust off their hats and get on with it. Particularly poignant as in this film Stan is given a way out of his difficult circumstances to a life of great wealth and privilege but only on the condition he dumps Ollie. A great lesson in friendship and loyalty, when the chips are down you don’t just walk away, that is for the weak willed.

Laughing Gravy
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The so-called masterpiece that deserves a re-visit


Last Temptation of Christ.
I’ve tried hard to like this because apparently it’s a classic but I just find it silly and overbearingly dull. Also I just can’t stop thinking about Life of Brian when I watch it which doesn’t help. I find films with ‘wise’ character’s in annoying, all that ‘he is the chosen one’ (see Matrix) cobblers. I know Jesus should possibly be taken more seriously because he’s like well, the messiah and stuff, but I find him irritating.

FILM 5

The film you wished you’d made


Withnail and I.
What a film? Quintessentially English and I love that the rest of the world will be mystified by the whole thing. Hilariously potent dialogue and characters with each line crafted to pure perfection. Must be an actor’s dream to have a script like this.  It’s not just drunken high jinks though, beneath the raucous behaviour is a subtly moving story about growing up. Another film with an ending that will get the old tear ducts pumping.

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The film that had the biggest effect on you

If… I was a teenage anarchist, no really. Lindsay Anderson’s film really connected with me in a big way. Films were more than entertainment, they could energise, agitate, educate and send you to the barricades. Malcolm McDowell’s Mick Travis was an anarchist too and whilst I never had to put up with buggery, fags and elitism in a public school, Travis’ battle with the system and the incredible final sequence resonated with me in a big way. I love the anarchic way the film is shot too, with random black and white sequences appearing throughout giving the whole film an edgy dangerous feel.

FILMS 7 & 8

Wild Cards


Faust
(Jan Svankmajer) When TV was good you’d get films like this all the time on BBC2, nowadays there’s a horrible over saturation of absolute rubbish. I randomly came across this one evening and have loved it ever since, all his film in fact but this was the first one I saw. Utterly chaotic mix of puppetry, stop motion and live action that is jaw droppingly mental throughout. Svankmajer creates beautiful otherworldliness in all his films where nonsense makes sense.

El Topo. The daddy of the exploitation film. Jodorowsky is untouchable when it comes to creating surreal and bizarre worlds that unsettle and disgust in equal measure. There’s a singular ugly beauty to his artful vision. There is no other film maker like him and there is no other film like El Topo.

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THE ROGUE DISC

The film you wished you’d never seen

Bridget Jones. I had the unfortunate experience of having to sit through this shoddy piece of crap with a girlfriend. I also had to pay a new release premium surcharge for the privilege. Horrible from start to finish, a ridiculously stupid storyline, vapid unsympathetic characters that made me wish it would turn into a Friday the 13th film and Jason would disembowel them all, an irritating you should laugh because it’s true thread aimed cynically at women, ‘it’s funny because I have periods too’. Bridget even goes to Glastonbury and she’s so like wacky and stuff, the vomit reflex usually reserved for hangovers haunted me throughout. Worst of all the cinema was packed and everyone was laughing, I really am out of kilter with this world.

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Desert Island Flicks – Episode 1

Inspired by the popular Radio Four show, we take into account film lovers and what they’d need if they ever ended up on an island with only a Beach Ball for company, an ice skate for a tool and an un-opened package they need to deliver.

What eight films would you simply have to play on your waterproof, solar powered blu-ray device?

We’ve given you some rules though to help our castaways shape their choices.

First up is Neil Parmar from Red Mosquito Films…

 

Film 1 – The film you’ve seen more than any other
You’ve watched it countless times, but it never tires and you could watch it many more times and it will still have an effect on you.

NP: I would imagine its Goodfellas (1990) Scorsese, M. Only because I can remember that film so well and can quote a lot of the film, much to the annoyance of anyone else in the room.

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Film 2 – The Classic you’ve never seen
We all have classics we’ve meant to watch but haven’t…yet. Which one would be top of your catch up list? Why haven’t you seen it? What would make you put it on?

NP: Casablanca (1942) Curtiz, M.  Never got round to it, plan to watch it one day. I’ve watched ‘Play it Again, Sam’, where Woody Allen plays a film critic obsessed with the film – really liked that.

Film 3 – The film that will definitely give you a lift
It can be sad and depressing when you’re all alone. Which film would you put on that is guaranteed to lift your spirits.

NP: Back to the Future (1985) Zemeckis, R. Seen this 80’s classic countless times. It’s my ultimate feel good film. A bad day is always bettered with a viewing of BTTF.

Film 4 – The so-called masterpiece that deserves a re-visit
Sometimes everyone seems to love a film but it doesn’t work for you. Maybe being on an island will enable you to try and see what everyone else was seeing.

NP: Close Up (1990) Kiarostami, A. I have seen and thoroughly enjoyed ‘Ten’, ‘Taste of Cherry’ and ‘The Wind Will Carry Us’ (the latter I consider a masterpiece); therefore I was very much looking forward to watching Close Up. Something didn’t translate well in with the narrative and style of this film for me to enjoy it. The film being so highly regarded, I think it does deserve a re-watch – maybe I just wasn’t in the mood.

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Film 5 – The film you wished you’d made
Either as writer, director, actor, editor, D.P. or in any other role, which film do you wish you’d had a hand in and what role do you wish you’d played?

NP: Chungking Express (1994) Wai, Wong Kar.  I adore this film; it has an excellent vibrant energy to it as well as being sombre and philosophical at the same time.  The characters have great arcs and the film has a unique mood and feel that only a great director like Wong Kar Wai can portray. Wish I made this one!




Film 6 – The film that had the biggest effect on you
Which film influenced your life, either personally or professionally, the most?

NP: Amelie (2001) Jeunet, Jean-Pierre. By this point I’d seen some pretty great films but world cinema was an area I had not sought. Watching Amelie floored me; a perfect film that opened up a whole new exciting alternative of cinema for me. World cinema made me fall in love with cinema therefore Amelie was where it all started.

Films 7 & 8 – Wild Cards
Pick any other two films that you’d take along and tell us why

 NP: Apocalypse Now (1979) Coppola, F – Probably my favourite flick of all time. What can I say that hasn’t already been said – it’s a bonfide masterpiece, everything cinema should be. The anniversary Blu-ray box set has a copy of ‘Hearts of Darkness’ bundled in-am I allowed to take that too?

True Romance (1993) – Scott, T – It’s like a fairy tale in a blood drenched, drug filled, gangster world. Fantastic characters mixed in a rollercoaster of emotions. I can’t imagine not watching Clarence and Alabama try to find peace at least once a year for the rest of my life.

The rogue disc – The film you wished you’d never seen

Even bad films can teach us in some way, but there are some that seem to be without any merit at all and you wish, like Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, you could erase them from your memory. Which film, if it somehow made its way onto your desert island, would you gladly throw out to sea?

NP: Batman & Robin (1997) – Schumacher, J – I might need a coaster for my coconut milk.

About this weeks castaway

Chief of Red Mosquito Films, Neil has adopted the role/s of producer, director, cinematographer and editor on various productions for the company. Red Mosquito Films is a West Midlands based indie film production company that specialise in short films and documentaries. Inspired by a wealth of cinema and the zero-budget filmmaking of the DSLR generation, films are produced on a frequent basis and vary in style, content and narrative. ‘The Mad Jicks’ (2017, directed by Parmar) and ‘Working Girl’ (2016, directed by Nick John Whittle) are currently being entered into festivals. All other Red Mosquito films are available online, in particular ‘Reflexions’ (2016, dir. Neil Parmar) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bly7brPKIsM & ‘The Southwest’ (2016, dir. Neil Parmar) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOvnbNnmYhQ