Kirsty Capes’ Desert Island Collection

Kirsty Capes presents her Desert Island Collection…


1. The Matrix – because everyone likes to ponder the likelihood of a Marxist dystopian parallel universe.
2. The Royal Tenenbaums – Wes Anderson’s quirky romantic comedy with Gwyneth Paltrow makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
3. Star Trek (2009) – despite the fact that I usually hate remakes, this version of Star Trek was masterfully recreated and I loved Zachary Quinto as Mister Spock.
4. Napoleon Dynamite – delicious soundtrack and a poignant portrait of a lonely boy’s lonely life in a lonely place.
5. Death Note – this live-action adaptation of the manga and anime, split in to two parts, stays true to the original story and incorporates the twists and turns of the plot with elegant precision.
6. The Shawshank Redemption – one of my all-time favourite films, an absolute must for any top-ten list.
7. Kiki’s Delivery Service – I love the quiet simplicity of this anime. Having a cat sidekick is a plus.
8. Mean Girls – conforming to my demographic. But seriously, Tina Fey is a genius. This is one of the funniest, and of course most quotable movies I’ve ever seen.
9. Donnie Darko – the world doesn’t have enough teen angst in it. First time I watched this film, my mind was blown.
10. Moon – psychological thriller that kept me guessing right to the end. And Kevin Spacey as a robot is creepy as hell.


1. The Sopranos – Best TV show ever. ‘Nuff said.
2. Breaking Bad – I’m drawn to and slightly repulsed by the dirty underbelly portrayed in this series, and Walter gives me the creeps, which makes it even more appealing.
3. Family Guy – So many episodes, so much lulz.
4. Dexter – see Breaking Bad.
5. Misfits – this British comedy is labelled as a cross between Skins and Heroes, and I love the down-to-earth witty banter.
6. Skins (UK) – the first two series, at least. Three-dimensional characters and storylines create a parody of modern youth culture in Britain.
7. QI – Everything you’ll ever need to know, ever. Also, Stephen Fry is perfection.
8. The Simpsons – Because there are enough episodes to last me a lifetime, and of course, it’s easy rewatchable material.
9. Beyblade – this series is so underrated, and it gives me feelings of nostalgia about my childhood. Who knew spinning tops could be such a exciting and adrenaline-filled sport?
10. True Blood – even though Sookie is annoying as hell, I’m drawn to this dark and sexy series.

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