Everybody does a favorite list of movies and books, or a list of things I would want with me if I were stranded on a remote island, well, this is my version of that list, only it is a list of things that I am going to take with me when and if I ever run away from home – I hope, where ever that is, that they have a DVD player (not in any particular order):

Movies:

Contact: You will hear me say this over and over again about how the book is always better then the movie – which still hold true in this case – but the movie and the book for Contact are both great. In Contact a dedicated scientists looks for proof of the existence of extraterrestrials while at the same time struggling to separate and justify her faith in E.T. and understand the worlds belief in God.

Unforgiven: This is Eastwood at his best. This story truly has it all – love, passion, action, and, most important of all, a story that keeps you interested from beginning to end. A rundown and down on his luck cowboy who was once an cold blooded murder, but is now the struggling father of two children, takes one last job to raise some money and provide for his family, a job that will in one way or another be his last. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to watch this one you are really missing out.

 

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: I like Star Trek, but not to the point that I go to the conventions and dress up in Klingon garb. And while for the most part the movies are good – with one or two leaving me scratching my head – The Wrath of Khan stands above and beyond all the rest. It to has all the things that a great story should have and should not be missed.

The Goonies: Remember that movie that as a kid you sat and watched over and over. . . For me that was The Goonies and whenever I get the chance I still will sit down and watch it, more then once if I can. In this story a bunch of kids try and save their parents from loosing their homes by searching for the fabled buried treasure of One Eyed Willie. But to do so they must escape the clutches of the criminal band known as the Fratellis who want all the treasure for themselves.
Star Wars Trilogy( Episodes IV-VI): We have all seen them and there is no reason to explain why I love Star Wars. No matter how many times I have seen them I still find myself watching the movies when they come on T.V. or even popping the DVDs in the DVD player to take the journey once again.
A Beautiful Mind(Director: Ron Howard; Staring: Russle Crow): I don’t like this movie just because I think Russell Crow is a phenomenal actor, and also not because the same can be said about Jeniffer Connelly (not to mention she is hot! Call me Jennifer), I like this movie because of all those things and because it was well directed, and – yes I am going to say it again – it has a great story. Story is everything. Here the story revolves around a genius who slips into the world of government intelligence and paranoia. The only problem is that it is in his head. Now he must struggle to keep his sanity, job, and loving wife who sticks with him through it all.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Director: Andrew Dominik; Staring: Brad Pitt): Simply put I don’t think there has been a better movie to have come out in the past ten years. Like all the other movies on this list, if you haven’t seen it, go see it; if you have seen it, watch it again. Follow along in the footsteps of Robert Ford and his brother in their journey first as members of the famous Jesse James and his gang, then as celebrities when they become famous after the outlaws cold blooded murder.
Good Will Hunting (Director: Gus Van Sant; Staring Matt Damon, Robin Williams): I just wish I could be that smart and then get the girl in the end. Again, great movie about a bad-mouthed custodian who turns out to be a mathematical genius. From there he attends Harvard, falls in love and almost blows it all.

 

Books:

Some say it is impossible. Whether the possibility of cloning Dinosaurs is or isn’t real, Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park instantly turned into a classic that later formed into a franchise with a published sequel – The Lost World – and three movies and three more in pre-production. If you like action and adventure Jurassic Park has it all.
Four Past Midnight
Contact
The Listeners
The Nine Miles Wolves
West of Eden Trilogy, by Harry Harrison
Star Wars: Heir to the Empire Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn