Films/Shows i would take to a desert island..

The films or shows i couldnt live without.
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1.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
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New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life. (55 mins.)
“ The greatest viewing experience of all time-easily. A masterpiece that makes you wish you were able to take a week off work and watch from start to finish, only pausing for toilet breaks or refreshments! This show will never be surpassed!

10/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
2.
The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 (1992 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The multigenerational saga of the rise and fall of the Corleone crime family. (583 mins.)
“ For me its one i watch about once a year and every time i do i say: 'I forgot how good that was'. I could go on forever with reasons why these 3 films are a must for anyone.
9.5/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
3.
The Town (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down. (125 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ One of my favourite films of all time - already. A film i hadn't heard much about but found a download and stuck it on to give it a go, and i was blown away! Affleck went to the top of the tree in my humble opinion once i had seen this and it prompted me to see Gone baby gone which i also loved. The Town displays great acting, a great story and fantastic action sequences and Blake Lively is stunning!!
9/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
4.
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Scary stuff this, well acted, well written and a great tension builder. Turn the lights off, lock the doors...and hide the axe!
9/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
5.
25th Hour (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term. (135 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ Ed Norton was fantastic, Brian Cox was brilliant and Rosario Dawson was beautiful. A great story, solid acting and great direction (not a fan of Spike Lee usually).
Best bit- Brian Cox at the end of the film talking his son through the life he could have: ...'I haven't had a drink in two years, but I'll have one with you, one last whisky with my boy. Take our time with it, taste the barley, let it linger. And then I'll go. I'll tell you don't ever write me, don't ever visit, I'll tell you I believe in God's kingdom and I'll see you and your mother again, but not in this lifetime....'
9/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
6.
The Office (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager Brent as they continue their daily lives. (30 mins.)
“ This is series 1 and 2 and the Christmas specials. Ricky Gervais is a genius. Everything about this is perfect. Will never be beaten and spawned a new generation of comedy. Ricky Gervais can act, so much so i believe that if he takes the main part in a serious film he will win an Oscar, don't believe me? check out series 2 when he is told that he is going to be made redundant...you heard it here first!
10/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
7.
Gangs of New York (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer. (167 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ This film is great but only just. This could have been a masterpiece and the first 10 minutes suggested just that, Daniel Day Lewis was at his best (should have had the Oscar that year) and the opening scenes were exhilarating. Then came a few dodgy accents and elephants and the film took a downturn. Luckily every time DDL is on screen all is forgiven.
8/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
8.
A Bronx Tale (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A father becomes worried when a local gangster befriends his son in the Bronx in the 1960s. (121 mins.)
Director: Robert De Niro
“ A great soundtrack, great characters, great story and great acting. This film showed what Chazz Palminteri could have done in a few other films of the same genre. It showed that De Niro can do the good guy and that the hells angels shouldn't dis respect bars! an all round great film.
8.5/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
9.
Superbad (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry. (113 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
“ Hilarious characters and constant gags. I laugh every time i watch this. So well written. Supergood.
8.5/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
10.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson. (84 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
“ Try not to laugh-its impossible! SBC is fearless and it pays off. The unsuspecting public make this film scarier than most horrors with their behaviour and views which in turn makes borat all the funnier.
9/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
11.
Top Gun (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom. (110 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ Erm..one for the ladies that might land on the island with me....couldnt leave it out!
7/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
12.
American History X (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
“ Unbelieveable performance from Norton. Powerful stuff and very entertaining. Not for the faint hearted.
9/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
13.
Rocky (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
“ (1 - 6)

You cant leave these films out, we all have our favourites but you cant just watch 1, you have to watch 1 - 6. Sheer entertainment.
8/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
14.
The Exorcist (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ Shocking. Terrifying. Timeless.
On its re release in the UK i saw this at the cinema where the audience were divided between those laughing and those cowering behind their seats...or scared idiots who are trying to be hard and normal people.
lights on for bed when you watch this.
9/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
15.
The Football Factory (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An insight on the gritty life of a bored male, Chelsea football hooligan who lives for violence, sex, drugs & alcohol. (91 mins.)
Director: Nick Love
“ Say what you will, if you're English and have a pair you love this film. I remember seeing the trailer in the cinema and i couldnt wait to see it.
Rod: Let's get out of here Bill, there's six Stoke fans staring right at us.
Billy Bright: Right, which one's staring at me.
Rod: The one with the hat on. Please don't start Bill.
Billy Bright: [pointing at fan] Right see you you c**t, I'll cut you first.
6/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
16.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ Heath Ledger. Enough Said.
9/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
17.
Once Were Warriors (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts. (102 mins.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
“ Something different from the usual hollywood films we are used to. Well acted and powerful. Disturbing at times but a great film. Check out Cliff Curtis (Die Hard 4.0, Three Kings and Training Day) as Uncle Bully.
8/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
18.
This Is England (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit. (101 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
“ The film and the TV show. Both funny, powerful and we acted. The clothes are brilliant, haircuts stylish and the story immense. The soundtrack is awesome.
9/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
19.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory. (119 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ (+ The Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum)
All 3 fantastic films that you can watch again as soon as they have finished. Just Brilliant. The must coninue making these films as long as Greengrass and Damon are involved.
9.5/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
20.
Swingers (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene. (96 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ Cool Soundtrack, cool clothes, cool script and cool film. Launched Favreau and Vaughn and deservedly so.
best bit: Mike (Jon Favreau) dancing like a pro with Lorraine (Heather Graham) at the end.
9/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
21.
Friends (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Follows the personal and professional lives of six 20 to 30-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan. (22 mins.)
“ Feel good fun. This will always put a smile on your face.
9.5/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
22.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ This film is unbelievable from start to finish, the script, acting, cast and soundtrack are all top drawer. Unmissable.
9.5/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
23.
Rounders (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks. (121 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
“ The film that made poker cool, another Ed Norton film on my list. I can watch this film on repeat and i never get bored. I think this one is just down to preference!
8/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
24.
Kingpin (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A star bowler whose career was prematurely "cut off" hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches. (113 mins.)
“ Bill Murray at his best, pure silly fun.
8/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
25.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. (99 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ Such a well written comedy, and horror better than most serious recent horror films. Modern classic
9/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
26.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (97 mins.)
“ A great way to get into the Xmas spirit and a few easy laughs.
Best bit: Clark watching old home videos stuck in the attic with Ray Charles Spirit of Christmas playing-then someone opens the hatch..
8/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
27.
Casino (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends, a mafia underboss and a casino owner, for a trophy wife over a gambling empire. (178 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Brutal, sexy, funny and cool! Pesci is crazy, De Niro is smoking and Stone is stunning. A great film from start to finish
Best Bit: 'is this your pen?...'
8.5/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
28.
Snatch (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ One of the best baddies ever-Bricktop. He makes a good film great and his lines have been quoted on many a night out with the boys.
Bricktop: ..'i just had them polished, now go and put the kettle on..'
Turkish: 'you take sugar?'
Bricktop: 'no fank you Turkish...am sweet enough'
8.5/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
29.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ A classic. Morgan freeman can narrate any film and people will be captivated. Throw in a great performance from Tim Robbins and the film is a winner. (plus an amazing story, script and director)
10/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
30.
The Wrestler (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. (109 mins.)
“ Not a film i was at all interested in seeing but very glad i did. Mickey Rourke can act. Very well. Marisa Tomei is still gorgeous.
9/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
31.
Life (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of wrongfully convicted men (Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence) who discover the value of life after serving 65 years in prison. (108 mins.)
Director: Ted Demme
“ Eddie Murphy at his best. Why a film hasn't been made with Murphy and Lawrence as 2 old men is beyond me-hilarious.
8/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
32.
City of God (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
“ I never watch films i have to read...apart from this. A great story told very well.
8/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
33.
Forrest Gump (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ This film is magical, a great watch from start to finish. Just try to hold off the lumps in your throat at the end...Jenny!!!
9.5/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
34.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
 
35.
Grease (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? (110 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
“ Everyone has seen this film and its everyone's guilty pleasure. What more needs to be said?
8/10 ” - NRalphy1
 
36.
The Town (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down. (125 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ Wow! What a movie, evrything about this film is top drawer. Instant favourite! ” - NRalphy1