The Movie Buff – Desert Island Films

Mark from The Movie Buff 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.


The Movie Buff – Desert Island Films

1. “Castaway” 
Reason: Come on, if you’re going to be stranded on an island, you need Tom Hanks to show you the ropes.
2. “Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” 
Reason: A truly raucous film. Good for a laugh, and all 4 central characters sure know how to be resourceful in a clutch.
3. “6 Days and 7 Nights” 
Reason: A silly movie, but great distraction. And hey, let’s face it — Harrison Ford is The Man, and a good resource to have around in a survival situation.
4. “The Edge”
Reason: Sticking with the survival motif, “The Edge” is a great movie with great acting from all involved. One of Hopkins’ best, and a superb wilderness survival story.
5. “Batman Begins” 
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Reason: Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy is one of the greatest superhero epics. This first movie in the trilogy is an action-packed start to this terrific saga.
6. “Friday the 13th Part 2”
Reason: You need a classic horror flick on a deserted island. Featuring the genesis of Jason Vorhees, this is a must have for any stranded experience.
7. “Scarface” 
Reason: Honestly, a good gangster movie that will entertain over and over again.
8. “The Recruit” 
Reason: For some reason, this is one of my favorite films. It has a great story, decent acting, and is a great comfort movie after a long day.
Book: “Les Miserables,” by Victor Hugo
Reason: A great book, which I haven’t had time to finish. If I was stranded on an island I think I could finally find the time.
Luxury Item: Monster Energy drink 
Reason: Great tasting, and I’ll need my energy!


Thanks again to Mark 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. Thanks again for doing this Mark!! Great choices, some first time picks going to the island, and always nice to see some love for Scarface 🙂


  2. Good choice with Scarface. One of my favorite Al Pacino films.


  3. Carly

     /  November 13, 2012

    Some good choices. The recruit is one of my favs too and was probably the first time I really noticed Colin Farrell. Obviously purely for his acting skills. 🙂


  4. Victor De Leon

     /  November 14, 2012

    Good picks! I dig Friday the 13th Part 2 to no end.


  5. All-around great picks! 🙂


  6. Some inspired choices. Especially Cast Away, tis quite a brilliant choice.


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