Desert Island Classics – Marked Movies


Whilst I eagerly await your blogathon entries (please feel free to join in, click HERE for details), I wanted to shine some light on my long running Desert Island Films series, and more importantly the people who joined in and made it so much fun to do. I am therefore randomly visiting the archives and re-posting a few of the lists with some added kind words. I present to you; Desert Island Classics…… You may have read all of the lists so far, but I hope you won’t mind seeing a few of them again, and who knows, you may even find some new blogs to read.

Today I want to re-visit an angry Scottish island, with my good friend Mark Walker from Marked Movies. He is currently on a blogging hiatus, I believe this is due to the fact he is away angrily demonstrating something that Scotland and their people are unhappy about. Kind of like a mix between Braveheart & Doomsday (2008 movie where they quarantine Scotland), that’s how I see this political romp. So yeah, he is VERY passionate about it, and despite the England/Scotland divide between us, we actually quite like each other. Fuelled by our love for Drive, Mark also helped me form a Robert De Niro website that may get some more attention one day soon, and is a sounding board for all my crazy ideas. Plus he always says yes to them. From day 1 pretty much in my blogging career Mark has been supporting me, and for that I owe him much more than re-posting his Desert Island film choices. But that’s all I have so that’s all he gets, Plus my love, and the fact he is friends with my wife on Facebook so he could ruin me and give you all my real world details. Please enjoy his movie choices, and then of course be sure to check out his site if you don’t already follow him. A nicer man you could not wish to meet. 🙂


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.


Mark’s Desert Island Films

1: The Big Lebowski

This will not be a surprise to those that visit my site. It’s my favourite film and one that I could, quite easily, watch everyday. It’s endlessly quotable and entertaining and I’d miss all the characters if I couldn’t have my regular fix.

the big lebowski

2: Once upon a time in America

This is another favourite of mine and one that I also visit frequently. It’s close to 4 hours long and one that would help to pass a bit of time. Labyrinthine plotting and an exceptional cast make this Sergio Leone classic, an absolute must.

once upon a time in america

3: 1900

Another DeNiro one and another long one. The full uncut version runs in at 5 1/2 hours and is absolutely epic in it’s scale. Watching this back-to-back with my previous choice would take up a good chunk of the day.


4: Waking Life

While being stranded, this film could help entertain the thought that my isolation may well just be part of my dream-state. It’s highly artistic and thought provoking. Being on your own all day, you’d need something to get the old noodle working.

waking life

5: Pulp Fiction

Any form of social interaction would be long gone on this little island so I’d have to take a bit of Tarantino. The man knows exactly how to entertain and his dialogue would be like eavesdropping on a conversation.

pulp fiction

6: Drive

Coolness is a requirement and very few film’s achieve the level as Drive does. It has a little bit of everything going on. Not too mention it’s brilliant soundtrack.


7: Lost Highway

This is not my favourite David Lynch film but it’s one I’ve been trying to decipher for years. I’m still none the wiser as to what the hell is going on in this but if I had time on my hands, maybe I could eventually crack it.

lost highway

8: Rocky

I dithered with my choice on this one. I was tempted to choose one of the sequels, were he actually wins a fight but this is still the classic and should do nicely for an uplifting film that has you punching the air in delight.


Book – There are loads of books I’d like to choose but to get a mixture of both light and challenging reading, I’ll take Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder’s excellent fantasy/philosophical novel “Sophie’s World”. It delivers escapism, as well as some deep pondering from the greatest minds of our time.

sophies world

Inanimate luxury item – I’d take a ball with me. Not just for recreation but for something to talk to. I hear the “Wilson” variety are ideal in desert island circumstances. 😉


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 this Mark, and I hope you don’t mind me telling everyone your a passionate Scotsman. Looking forward to our war, as my limited knowledge of politics tells me that we have to fight it out, or something 😉


    • Haha! Always a pleasure sir. I was expecting a bit of a roasting from you again but you were actually quite respectful and complimentary. It’s not like you at all 😉

      I am indeed passionate about Scottish independence and that’s why I’ve taking a little blogging hiatus. However, my independence gripe should never be confused with any form of Anti-Englishness. If I did feel that towards my neighbours, you’d be the first to know about it 😉


      • Haha I imagine I would! I tried to keep it respectful as I’m nice like that. Plus the Facebook threat is always lurking. Once you out me I’ll be ruined. Woman kicking in my door trying to make me love them etc 😉

        Like the new gravatar by the way. Don’t know if I’m more impressed by you managing to change it yourself, or just pleased to see Rab C Nesbitt has cleaned himself up 😉 x

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        • Yes! Yes, indeed… The Facebook threat is forever lurking. I’d watch your step little man. 😉

          Haha! Rab C Nesbitt and deep fried Mars Bars. I’m surprised that I managed to change my gravatar as well but I’m more surprised that you left me Kiss at the end of that comment! 🙂

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        • Thought you’d like the Scottish references. That’s all mine used up I believe. The kiss wasn’t intentional, damn habit from texting, but I’m not ashamed of it 🙂


        • I believe the kiss WAS intentional and I’m not ashamed to receive it or reciprocate. It’s about time we declared our love on the blogosphere 😉 xx


  2. Hi Mark! Nothing about your choices surprises me except maybe Rocky. Great choices. I never watched 1900 and Sophie’s World looks like a good way to keep your brain cells active. Nice 🙂

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    • Hey Cindy. Yeah, a lot of these choices are pretty predictable from me but Rocky was simply one of those feel good films that you’d need on a deserted island.
      As for the novel Sophie’s World, I’d highly recommed that. It’s like Alice in Wonderland getting taught philosophy on her adventures. Great little book that very educational yet also very easy to read.


  3. Abbi

     /  August 11, 2014

    Such good choices… and all so very Mark!

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  4. What a cool idea for a blogathon! I love it. I feel like I’m lacking in that I’ve seen only two of Mark’s movies on there! But alas, it sounds like he has some great classics on his list. I also liked that he wants to bring a ball with – funny mention of Cast Away 🙂

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    • Hi Kristin. I thought I’d look back at this list and maybe regret my choices but I don’t. I reckon I’ve picked an eclectic little bunch that could suit all sorts of moods.
      Couldn’t resist having a “Wilson” either 😉


  5. That was a fine list Mark!


    • Much obliged my friend. Long time since we chatted. I should be back blogging again soon, though. Look forward to seeing what you’ve been up to 🙂


  6. 😀 Great picks Mark!



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