Sunday, May 15, 2016

The 5 Movies on an Island Blogathon in Support of National Classic Movie Day

Happy National Classic Movie Day!

To celebrate this day devoted to classic movies from the silents to the 1970s, we're hosting the 5 Movies on an Island Blogathon. As it name implies, the intent is for participants to write about the five classic movies they'd want to have with them if stranded on a deserted island. (Yes, you can assume the island has electricity, a projector, big screen, and popcorn!) These choices might be one's all-time five favorite movies or a mix of some comfort films desired to give one's tropical habitat that desired "homey feel."

Thus, the selections have been wonderfully varied so far, ranging from the haunting 1973 Spanish film Spirit of the Beehive to Hitchcock's celebrated North By Northwest. The 32 participating blogs (with links) are listed below. If the blog's title appears in blue, then the blogger's 5 Movies post has been published.

We hope you can check back with us throughout the day and read each blogger's selections!

B Noir Detour
Back to Golden Days
Caftan Woman
Christmas TV History
CinaMaven's Essays from the Couch
Cinematic Scribblings
Classic Film & TV Cafe
Classic Movie Hub Blog
Classic Reel Girl
Critica Retro
The Flaming Nose
Films from Beyond the Time Barrier
Hometowns to Hollywood
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood
Java's Journey
Journeys in Classic Film 
Lady Eve's Reel Life
Little Bits of Classics
The Movie Night Group's Guide to Classic Film
Movies, Silently
Old Hollywood Films
Once Upon a Screen
Outspoken and Freckled
A Person in the Dark 
Phyllis Loves Classic Movies
Prowler Needs a Jump
Shadows and Satin
Silver Scenes (Constance and Diana)
Silver Screen Modes
Spellbound by Movies
30Hz Rumble
Taking Up Room
Twenty Four Frames
Virtual Virago
Wolffian Classic Movies Digest


  1. Mine is up:

  2. Here's mine!

    Thanks for hosting such a fun blogathon again this year!

  3. Here's mine:

  4. Hey Rick. Here's my entry. Thanks for hosting.

  5. Wonderful idea, Rick! Some great (and surprising) films that people have chosen. :)

  6. wonderful idea. i choose five noirs to watch for today.

  7. I'm so sad I didn't sign up in time, but this was a great idea, and I've enjoyed reading everyone's choices. :)


    We're late again! THanks for hosting this Rick. It's a great idea, and it really got me to thinking about which films I could watch repeatedly.

  9. Rick - this was such a fantastic idea! You're probably sick of me saying that, but it's such fun to see how everyone came up with his/her choices.


  10. From Hometowns to Hollywood--

  11. I don't have a blog but here's my list:
    Lawrence of Arabia- for grandeur
    Love Me or Leave Me- for drama and music
    Phantom of the Opera (1925)- for creeps
    A Double Life- for noir and Ronald Colman
    Hombre- for a western

  12. And now for the 5 movies I'd miss having (how's this for sneaky?):
    The Thing from Another World
    The Ghost and Mrs Muir
    Hold That Ghost
    The King and I
    How Green Was My Valley

    1. They're both quality lists, but I think this is the better of the two. THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR is one of my favorite romances of all-time. THE THING is first-rate sci fi and HOLD THAT GHOST is one of A&C's best.

  13. I just found your blog, and am I ever glad I did! I'll be adding you to my blog's "Guilty Pleasures" . . . and I'll be checking in frequently! My top 5 (in no particular order):
    Kid Galahad
    Arsenic and Old Lace
    The Sting
    My Favorite Brunette
    The Great Escape

    1. I saw the very funny ARSENIC AND OLD LACE on someone else's list. THE GREAT ESCAPE is a hugely entertaining pick. And MY FAVORITE BRUNETTE is among Bob's best. Isn't it the one with the truth serum scene?

  14. Don't have a blog but I've decided on a list. VERY HARD to narrow it down, but, in no particular order, my choices are:
    --The Best Years of Our Lives (great performances, and a stunning score by Hugo Friedhofer)
    --Tootsie (comedy + still relevant social commentary, plus Sydney Pollack)
    --a Billy Wilder film is a "must have" so I pick "Some Like it Hot"
    --a David Lean film is also required so I pick "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (William Holden, shirtless, is a bonus)
    --finally, a musical for escapist fun--that's "Gold Diggers of 1935", with the famous "Lullaby of Broadway" sequence

    Thanks! Great idea!

  15. Flesh and the Devil
    Horse Feathers
    Scrooge (Sim)
    A Hard Day's Night