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Desert Island Films: The Bishop Review

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Austin from The Bishop Review 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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1. The Avengers

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A newer film that is over two hours of men and women beating the living daylights out of aliens and possessed humans. It’s not the greatest movie ever, but it sure would keep me occupied for a very long time. It’s also the only film from 2012 that I’ve seen 4 times, twice in one week. The first time I saw it was with a group of friends, it was four guys and one girl and we were all bored and waiting for the movie to start so we all came up with our own group of crime fighters. We were the Suspenders; I was Thur, one friend was Captain South America, another was Cockatoo Cornea, another was The Incredible Hunk and the girl was Brown Recluse. We were seriously that bored and we walked around the theater calling each other by those names. I’ve really lost contact with most of those people since, but I still will get texts from them occasionally calling me Thur. This movie is also a nice reminder of my true identity…now fear my wrench!

2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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I almost don’t want to take this movie because it emotionally drains me and I’m probably already saddened by the fact that I’m on an island alone. In the end, I must take this with me because the performances are too great to not watch over and over and over again. Also, I’m bringing it because I had another movie in mind but I forgot it before I could add it to the list.

3. Saw

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Without this movie, The Bishop Review probably wouldn’t exist. This movie helped make me want to be what I am trying to be today, a screenwriter/playwright. On first watch, I found this movie to be so utterly smart and creepy that I just had to try something like it. I wrote creepy short stories that were terrible and the writing bug that bit me never really went away. It’s been called a poor man’s Se7en, but is that even a bad thing? They’re both amazing films that I love, though for these personal reasons, I’ll take Saw instead.

4. Drive

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This movie is what actually got me out of my reviewing slump. It had been many months since I had written a review and watching it made me want to jump back on my computer and write an epic review. I eventually did write a review (though it being epic is debatable) and after some more trial an error, I found a groove of reviewing and have tried not to let off. It also made me discover Nicolas Winding Refn, who might just be one of my favorite directors. Honorable mention would go to Bronson, which I would take if every copy of Drive mysteriously disappears before I leave for my island “retreat”.

5. Fight Club

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This was one of the many Brad Pitt movies that took me ages to see. It is so well done that it just blew me away. The narration, the characters and setting are all so awesome. It’s scary, but not in the scream out loud way, which are the kind of movies I love. If anyone reading this hasn’t seen it, I strongly recommend that they do, they will not regret it. Also, anyone who says Brad Pitt or Edward Norton are terrible actors should watch this movie to be proved otherwise.

6. Star Wars: A New Hope

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Star Wars is what made me realize that I was a nerd. There was just something about the setting, the characters and the simple battle between good and evil that stuck with me as a kid. I didn’t care that it was dated, that the special effects sucked. This movie made my childhood, made me want to be a Jedi. Did I become a Jedi? No, but I can still dream about possibly being cast in a future Star Wars movie. Will that happen? No, but their call dreams for a reason.

7. Looper

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This was another favorite of mine from last year. Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis gave great performances in a film that has just the right amount of sci-fi and the right amount of realism. If a movie can keep me entertained for the duration of the film, then I love it. That is what this film did and for that, I will probably never forget it. At least I won’t forget it until I’m very old and I have seen over 1 trillion movies. People often criticize the film for plot holes or they think the main character sleeps with his mother, which would be gross if that was true, but it’s not. So if you haven’t seen the movie because you thought there was some incestual sex-fest, fear not weary reader as there isn’t.

8. Reservoir Dogs

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This is still, by far, my favorite Tarantino film. It’s very minimalistic, yet it contains everything that makes Tarantino great. The acting is terrific and just blew me away when I first saw it. I love every Tarantino flick, and would be glad to have them all with me, but this one needs to come with me. I need it. I need it bad. You’re probably thinking I’m crazy for not taking Pulp Fiction, but this has a tighter story, in my opinion.

Book:

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The book I would bring would be Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk because I can’t get enough of Fight Club. I would probably read the book till the last 50 pages and then watch the last 25 minutes of the movie. That would be perfect, and sort of pathetic.

For an object, I would be sure to bring my drum sticks. I no longer play the drums due to a wrist injury, but I might get bored and need the occasional rock out on halved coconut shells. Also, the drum sticks look awesome and I’d hate to see them go to waste gathering dust in my garage…like they already do.

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Thanks again to Austin 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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44 Comments

  1. Saw, Drive, Fight Club, Reservoir Dogs – great picks!!! Having just seen Looper, whilst not falling for the trap you mention (although I did briefly think it happened) I didnt like it anywhere near as much as a lot of people do. For a reason I wont spoil here.

    Thanks for joining this project buddy, and you are now added on this ever growing list!

    http://headinavice.com/desert-island-movies/

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    • Thank you again for having me on here. I like all those tags, especially the one that says nipply dress. I saw Looper again the other night and still love it. There’s just something about it that I find epic.

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      • Haha, yeah there are some classics in there (not my work!)

        I really enjoyed Looper until the last act I guess at the farmhouse.

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        • Yeah, that’s a major turnoff for a lot of people. I wish it had gotten some recognition at the Oscars. At least for Best Original Screenplay. Not a win, but a nomination would’ve been nice.

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        • I havent seen the other contenders so can’t say, but I wouldnt have it in my top 5 thats for sure.

          But your of course allowed to take it to the island 😛

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  2. Really good picks Austin.

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  3. Yay for Eternal Sunshine!

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  4. Drive, Fight Club, eternal sunshine, Reservoir Dogs? How could I not like this post? Superb choices man.

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  5. Well done, Austin. Some really nice choices.

    Tyson – This Drive thing is become a drinking game.

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  6. Reblogged this on Bishop Review and commented:
    This might not relate to Action Movie Week, but you guys might like to see what I’d do if I were on a Desert Island.

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  7. Great choices Austin! Star Wars fans unite!
    I have such a crush on Michael Madsen as Mr. Blonde. Which I know is totally deranged, but the man knows how to take control of a situation. I haven’t seen Looper yet, but I’m dying to! It must be good if it made the list.

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  8. Victor De Leon

     /  February 26, 2013

    Great picks! Star Wars! Oh yeah! Saw is an interesting choice too. Good job, Austin.

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  9. 100% solid list, Austin. I actually just started reading Fight Club the other day!

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  10. gregory moss

     /  February 26, 2013

    Great list Austin. Fight Club is one of my favorite films. Great t see it mentioned here. And I guess you’ve heard of those awful drummer jokes, as in: ‘What do you call a guy who hangs out with musicians? – The drummer.’ 🙂

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    • Haha, yeah. People used to get confused because I was the drummer and I was telling all the mean drummer jokes. I can’t remember the other one I used to say, but it was hilarious!

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  11. Great picks Austin, I also watched Avengers 4 times, and twice in one week! Love Fight Club, read the book after too.

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    • The Avengers is the kind of movie you can watch more than once at the Theaters. I don’t regret spending close to $40, or over $40, going to the theater to see it.

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  12. Awesome list, good work!

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  13. Abbi

     /  February 26, 2013

    Great choices! I’ve still never seen Saw… I think this might made me a loser.

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  14. I must say I appreciate the diversity of this list. I covers a lot of genres, different actors, and different directors. That way if you can never get close to bored with a certain genre, actor, or director. Solid picks!

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    • Thank you. I couldn’t imagine watching the same kind of movie over and over again. This way I will at least enjoy being trapped on a desert island with no way to contact the outside world.

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  15. Oh I don’t mind bringing Avengers to the desert island, though I’d leave most of these at home, sorry.

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  16. Garry Armstrong

     /  February 26, 2013

    Just saw “The Avengers” yesterday and LOVED it!! Watched with Marilyn and an old friend who is also a Movie Maven on his very handsome 60″ HD TV set with terrific surround sound system. Terrific, pulsating action. I liked how they made our heroes a bit vulnerable so that no battle was a guaranteed win. Miss Scarlett can save me anytime. Helps that we saw “Capt. America”, “The Hulk” and “Iron Man” movies earlier. And, of course, we read the comic books as kids when the world was young.

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  17. Great list man! I really really need to see Looper.

    I am most impressed that you managed to wax nostalgic about the Avengers. A movie which came out in the summer of last year, haha.

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