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Desert Island Films #80 – Elemental Reviews

Desert Island Films

Dan (or Niejan as you may know him) from Elemental Reviews has kindly submitted his Desert Island Films. Please read on for his choices and reasons, and then 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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Desert Island Films #80 – Elemental Reviews

Rango (2011)

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Entertaining, action-packed and funny: Rango (hey Django!) has got it all… including Johnny Depp! Depp is a source of life.

Die Hard (1988)

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While many consider Die Hard to be the best of the best in the action genre, I see the movie as a documentary really. This classic is the ultimate prize to take with.

The Dark Knight (2008)

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I am a huge Nolan fan and I think it’s his best movie so far. Even The Dark Knight Rises cannot top it as there is no Heath Ledger involved. The Joker is one of the best villains ever created and the way Ledger portrays him in this movie sends shivers down my spine.

Shutter Island (2010)

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I have chosen this one because there is an urge inside of me to analyse every second of the movie. With only an 8/10 on IMDb, Shutter Island deserves much more credit than that. And of course it should teach me how to not get crazy while I am stranded on the island.

The Town (2010)

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I was blown away by this one. Especially the last mission (which obviously goes wrong) carries intense emotions and makes this movie one of the best heist movies there is.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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I had read the novel by Thomas Harris and the story had given me the creeps. It was until a few years ago that I felt strong enough (LOL) to watch it. Dr. Hannibal Lecter is such a sophisticated character that made me re-watch the movie a few times to completely understand his psyche. Great movie, great characters and a great story.

Lincoln (2012)

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Even if I have lived for the most part in my life in Europe: I love US history. It has been my favorite subject throughout high school. Reading about Presidents, however, is not like watching them turn alive on the big screen. Having written tons of essays on President Lincoln, it was a really good experience for me to observe him from the director’s point of view: movie and history brilliantly mixed together and fitting together like puzzle pieces.

Book – Animal Farm by George Orwell

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You must know this if you don’t already: Animal Farm is a helluva story. Reflecting the Russian Revolution of 1917, Orwell explores the fissures of the system we call democracy. The narrative is told from the perspective of animals in a farm and their desires to live in freedom, making the story an allegory. Every animal symbolizes some figure during the 1917 Revolution, for example the farmer (Jones) symbolizes Tsar Nicholas II who was overthrown by the Communists. Soon enough the animals find out that nothing has really changed on the farm…

Luxury item – Flip Video Camera

What’s better than capturing every moment of my stay on the island? With my compact Flip camera I can make my own movie where I’m the director, producer and actor. How great is that?!

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Thanks again to Dan for taking the time to join the prestigious 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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32 Comments

  1. Victor De Leon

     /  October 10, 2013

    Great choices! I love your pick of Animal Farm. Inspired. Also, seeing Silence of the Lambs and Shutter Island was refreshing. Good job!

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  2. Thanks again for this Dan. Great list. I was late to the Shutter Island party, but after recently seeing it I loved it. I kind of guessed the twist but it took nothing away from the film and performances. 🙂

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  3. Tom

     /  October 10, 2013

    Some great choices dude!! Brave ones too, i would barely be able to sleep a wink with Silence of the Lambs, Shutter Island and those masks from The Town. *shudders*.Also, solid book choice.

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  4. Great choices, but as much as I love Shutter Island, this is one film I wouldn’t take to a deserted island.

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  5. Nice list. Shutter Island’s one that deserves more credit. Unfortunately, I had the ending spoiled for me beforehand.

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  6. Is this the first instance where THE TOWN makes it on to a DI list? If so, yay for that. I, too, was blown away with this film. Fine list, Dan (or Niejan) ;-).

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  7. Garry Armstrong

     /  October 11, 2013

    Lincoln and Orwell are very nice choices. I remember as a youngster how folks laughed about “Big Brother watching us”. Who’s laughing now?

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  8. A great list, highly approve. Wouldn’t mind sharing your island with you!

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  9. Abbi

     /  October 11, 2013

    Great list. Shutter Island was definitely underrated!

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    • Thank you. That’s probably because all Scorsese films and all Di Caprio films are awesome, this one would’t stand out that much. 🙂

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  10. Interesting choices my friend. Glad to see Animal Farm in there too; a literary classic!

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    • Thanks. I am a huge Orwell fan, so obviously it was hard for me to decide between Animal Farm and 1984. But I liked the simple allegory of Animal Farm better in the end.

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  11. Have yo check out The town, haven’t seen that one. ..

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  12. Nice list here. Good to see The Town make an appearance. That is a film I could watch over and over again.

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  13. Yes! Some very exciting choices. You can watch Die Hard on xmas and feel right at home on the island.

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  14. Nice list. 🙂 Not seen The Town but it sounds good – I should check it out. Great choice of book, too!

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