Movie Castaway - Danny Wallace, author of YES MAN

ddjodj Sorry this is a day later than it's usual Friday slot, but better late than never right... Scotsman Danny Wallace is a popular writer and comedian in the U.K, best known for the several non-fiction novels he has penned (such as Random Acts of Kindness, Join Me, Are You Dave Gorman?) and his always in-demand status as a t.v. broadcaster (he co-hosts Test the Nation with Anne Robinson and is presenter of the quiz show School's Out). Wallace started writing reviews of video games when he was just 13, and by the time he was 22 became a producer for the BBC and was key in bringing inventive and original comedy shows such as Dead Ringers and The Mighty Boosh onto the radio. Last year, Hollywood mega star Jim Carrey starred in the movie Yes Man, based on Wallace's 2005 novel about his life experiences when he decided to say "yes" to everything, no matter what question or proposal. Yes Man hits Blu-Ray and DVD this Monday. Wallace's current best selling novel Friends Like These is available right now from Amazon priced at £7.89. May I take the time to thank Danny for making a trip to the mysterious island of Movie Castaway, and hope one day he might be able to write a novel about his experiences there? In the mean-time, he's in good company with his five film choices...


Who would've thought that 1984 would have been as influential and memorable as it was for films? 25 years ago this year, we were given Gremlins. The Karate Kid. Police Academy. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Terminator. And, of course, the mighty Ghostbusters. It was the first time I realised funny films could be scary, and scary films funny. I'd take it to the island, just to remind myself of childhood, and how exciting a trip to the cinema could be.


king_of_konglllk This is like four films in one. Social satire. Ben Stiller-esque comedy. Conspiracy thriller. Touching tale of redemption and justice. It really has got it all, including film's finest villain of the last few years: Billy Mitchell. Explain it to anyone in a pub, and they will look at you with the eyes of a bored and sleepy man. Make them watch it, and they will thank you. I would take it to the island just to remind myself that the geeks shall inherit the earth.


I love this film for its bleak and washed-out world of justified paranoia. I lived in Berlin just as the wall fell, and still have family friends affected by just the type of events depicted in the film. It's brilliantly acted, and has one of the best end-lines I've seen. Just great.


shawshank_redemption_ver1sss Tales of redemption will never go out of fashion. I remember seeing this film quite by accident and not wanting it to end... but when it did, I wasn't prepared for the impact. There are a million films featuring brutal guards and corrupt wardens, but only a handful that make the whole thing seem new and real. Tim Robbins was brilliantly cast - an ordinary man who has to work years on being extraordinary, and manages it.

DIE HARD (1988)

I have absolutely no idea how many times I've seen Die Hard. A million, maybe? Feels like it, but I'd watch it again tomorrow. Exciting, blood-pumping, and obeying every rule of action-film-Hollywood, yet somehow none the worse for it. Plus, it's quotable! yes-man-720p-bluray-posterddfghMovie Castaway runs every Friday where those with links to the film industry let us know which five films they would take with them if they had to stay on a desert island. You can find the Movie Castaway Archives Here.
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.