Three Sentence Critic – Desert Island Films

Three Sentence Critic has kindly submitted his Desert Island Films. Read on for his choices and reasons, and be sure to check out his site.


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.


Three Sentence Critic – Desert Island Films

I’ll try to keep these to a traditional 3 sentences or less. In no particular order… I present my 8 films.

1. The Great Escape (1963)

So I’m stuck on a desert island, surrounded by imaginary Nazis and I need to escape? What better film than the war time classic that is The Great Escape, one of my favourite films ever made and one I will gladly watch time and time again. I’ve probably watched this every Christmas that I can remember, so that gives me something good to watch when Christmas time comes on the island.

2. Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

It might not be my favourite Clint Eastwood film with the likes of Every Which Way But Loose and Dirty Harry topping it, but a desert island collection is not complete without Clint Eastwood. I chose this particular one over my favourites because what is better to get inspiration from than Clint Eastwood escaping from Alcatraz? Nothing.

3. Saw 2 (2005)

Ok, so this is my last ‘escape from a tight spot’ type film on the list. It was a series of films that no one around me seemed to understand – everyone would say ‘it’s just blood and gore, nothing more’ but there was so much more involved, the twists (in terms of plot and head crushing equipment) were fascinating and will never be outdone. Number 2 was a particular favourite – I never guessed it and was hooked till the end.

4. Monsters Inc. (2001)

Everyone needs to keep sane whilst on an island, and what better than an epic children’s animation. It was a tough choice between the likes of Toy Story, Finding Nemo and A Bugs Life. But, I had to opt for Monsters Inc for the pure enjoyment that I got out of watching it.

5. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Ok, so I said that everyone needs at least one Clint Eastwood film, well how about two? I wanted to include a western in my collection because, well, westerns are great, but I couldn’t include the whole Sergio Leone trilogy so I opted for the best one of the three, the best western made. Ever.

6. American Psycho (2000)

I like Christian Bale and his portrayal of Patrick Bateman in American Psycho is one I won’t forget. The film just gets better and better as it progresses, with Bateman becoming ever more obsessed, fanatical and psychotic, culminating in a superb ending. I’ve never read the book, and I doubt I ever will, but I’ll watch the film over and over again.

7. The Dark Knight (2008)

Christian Bale as batman was brilliant, but Heath Ledger as the Joker was a masterstroke. His portrayal brilliant and the films story amazing. I couldn’t leave this one at home, though leaving so many others is tough.

8. Inglorious Basterds (2009)

I’m a big fan of Tarantino and picking out just one of his films was a tough choice. I loved Kill Bill, it fascinated me and really opened my eyes, whilst Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs threw me around and made me excited. But I had to pick Inglorious Basterds for the pure brilliance of the script, plot and the outrageous fun I had watching it.

My book of choice would be From Russia, With Love by Ian Fleming for the pure reason that because I don’t get to take a Bond film with me, I’ll take the book instead. And what a book it is, action, Russia, Love, Bond and a great ending. I’d be glad to take this with me.

As for the luxury item, I’m going to assume that I have already got a power supply, tv and a dvd player… So, I’d have to opt for my iPod.

Tyson –  I have been very strict on the ipod rule. You can take it but no charger, that’s another item, so your welcome to take it and when it dies it dies (some have done this!) or you can pick something else. 🙂

Aha, about the ipod – I’ll have to still take it. Life without music is not life at all, and when it dies, at least I have a shiny, if scratched, mirror on the back so I can keep checking myself out!


Thanks again to Three Sentence Critic 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 –


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  1. theipc

     /  October 29, 2012

    “and when it dies, at least I have a shiny, if scratched, mirror on the back so I can keep checking myself out!” – HAHAHAHAHAHAHA – best one yet!!


  2. My heart raced at #5…mmm…beautiful!


  3. Love that Saw & American Psycho finally make it to the island! Three Sentence Critic appears to be on a personal hiatus at the minute, and I hope one day when he returns sees that his list is up for everyone to marvel at!

    Whenever you read this, thanks for taking part buddy 🙂


  4. Abbi

     /  October 30, 2012

    Would you mind if I borrowed this idea for my blog?


  5. Great choices here! I opted to take my iPod as well. As for the charger, I said I’d make one out of random crap I found in the island! haha



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