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John Link Movies – Desert Island Films

John from Johnlink Movies has kindly submitted his Desert Island Films. Read on for his choices and reasons, and be sure to check out his site.

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Desert Island Films is about choosing 8 films you would take if you were going to be stranded on a desert island and explaining your choices. They don’t necessarily have to be your favourites, just 8 films, no more or no less! You are also permitted to take one book and one novelty item which must be inanimate and of no use in escaping the island or allowing communication from outside.

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Johnlink Movies – Desert Island Films

PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)

This was my first favorite film, and one to which I will always return. This is a movie which fills so many categories: adventure, romance, comedy, and fantasy. Such a joy!

BECAUSE: A list of 8 movies for the rest of your life requires some whimsy.

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)

There has to be a Bogart film on my list, and (with apologies to the superior CASABLANCA) my choice has to be MALTESE FALCON. Just so watchable, so enjoyable, and so well toned. Love this movie!

BECAUSE: I couldn’t live forever without some Bogart.

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)

I’m going to pick this even though I have never seen it. The way I look at it, I’d want at least one new experience on my desert island. Something I could save until that depressing day when I need a bit of NEW. So why not a four hour film widely regarded to be one of the best of all time? I’ll take the risk that I don’t like it, because I think it is a small risk to take.

BECAUSE: Everybody needs something they have never seen.

TREE OF LIFE (2011)

The way I see it, if I spend the next several decades watching this movie maybe I’ll actually understand all of it (which I don’t) AS WELL as enjoy it (which I already do).

BECAUSE: This list needs something to activate the brain!

GHOST BUSTERS (1984)

This is a movie I’ve seen literally hundreds of times, and which I will still watch at the mere suggestion of doing so. If there is one movie on the list which I know will never, ever get old, it is GHOST BUSTERS for sure.

BECAUSE: Comedy perfection will brighten a life of isolation.

MONSTERS INC (2001)

This was a tough one to pick. I knew I needed an animated film on this list, and picking which one was a tough task. While I love ALADDIN and every Pixar film not called CARS, I think MONSTERS INC. has to be the choice, because it is just such a fulfilling experience.

BECAUSE: Maybe one of those doors will lead to my island…

DARK CITY (1998)

I was going to pick THE THING, but I figured that John Carpenter’s masterpiece was a little too nihilistic for someone isolated on a desert island. Instead, I went with the film overshadowed by THE MATRIX, but which is a very superior film. Looking down the list, every other entry is a little too bright. Sometimes DARK CITY will fill a certain mood, without making me want to kill myself at the end.

BECAUSE: The list absolutely needs a horror/sci-fi entry, and this is one of the best ever in that category.

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994)

How to fill that last spot? I have covered myriad genres: comedy, epic, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, etc. And because the list is half full of fun stuff (I include MALTESE FALCON as fun), I’m not afraid to go heavy to finish it off. I thought about USUAL SUSPECTS, but leave it off only because SHAWSHANK is a perfectly themed film for this experiment. Since my plane crashed and I floated onto the island, I’ll have dreamed of escape by any means possible. The island may have turned me into a survivalist, but I’ll have to hold out hope that one day I can overcome and escape; to come out the other end of the shit-tube a better person.

BECAUSE: Yeah, I think it would be fair to say: I liked Andy from the start.

Book: DARK TOWER

I am so going to cheat here and say that there is, somewhere, a book with the entire Stephen King DARK TOWER series as one long-ass book. Is that fair? Is that cheating? I don’t care. As ruler of my island, I declare it legal.

BECAUSE: Just the sheer number of pages makes it worthwhile. And while there are certainly better books in a literary sense, I very much enjoy the meandering journey of Roland and co.

Inanimate Object: Fishing pole.

BECAUSE: A man’s gotta eat.

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Thanks again to John for taking the time to join the prestigious Head In A Vice ”castaway” list. If you would like to submit your choices and add your name to this list, please drop me an email to – tysoncarter@hotmail.co.uk

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22 Comments

  1. Thanks again for doing this John. Some nice choices, and whilst the book choice is dubious at best, I didnt get chance to check if one complete book existed so I let it slide this time 🙂

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  2. Such an array! Great presentation. Love it.

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    • If you ever fancy making your own list Marc just say the word 🙂

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      • Smooth talker. Oh alright. Let me give it a think for a day or two & I’ll cooperate with your format. I’m so used to thinking about what’s current that I forget all the good stuff I’ve seen over the years. Good idea, Tysoncarter.

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  3. This is the first of this series of blogs I have read, and I have to say it is an absolute cracking idea. Keep em coming.

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  4. The Maltese Falcon is a great choice.

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  5. atothewr

     /  September 18, 2012

    Nice list, love seeing Bogey and Ghostbusters in the same 8. I am sure there is one Dark Tower book out there like that. Fishing pole – why didn’t I think of that?

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  6. Victor De Leon

     /  September 18, 2012

    Nice diverse list. I love The Maltese Falcon. Good pick.

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  7. Nice selections. Good movies and nice diversity. I’ll definitely drop by this island for some popcorn and a movie. Hey, they supply a TV and electricity on the island, right? Because otherwise, we’d have to stare really hard at the DVD and hope we could make out the pictures hidden within!

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  8. I just added Dark City to my Netflix queue! Can’t wait to see it.

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  9. Good book choice, because if the Dark Tower series was in one book it would weigh about 300 pounds and you could use it to crack coconuts.

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  10. Fantastic, fantastic picks. I love that he chose Lawrence of Arabia even though he wasn’t seen it. That is genius.

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  11. Carly

     /  September 21, 2012

    Monster inc is one of the Pixar films I actually got Tyson to sit through and I’m sure he’d watch it again! ‘put that thing back where it came from oh so help me’. Tree of life is on my ‘to see’ list haven’t seen a bad movie with Brad yet. Great list.

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