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The 5 Films On a Desert Island Tag

by Tony Nash

(all Opinions are of the Author Alone

The Classic Desert Isle (from iStock)
  • Nominate one or more people to review the film or films of your choice. Or you can request they review something from a certain year, genre, or star. Everyone can review the same thing, or you can request each person cover something different. As long as it’s something they haven’t written about yet, you’re good.
  • Nominees are allowed to request a different pick for whatever reason no more than five times. Stuff happens. We all know it.
  • Nominees must thank the person who nominated them and provide a link their blog.
  • Nominees may nominate others to keep the tag going. Picking the person who nominated them is allowed, or they can nominate someone else. Maybe both.
  • All participants need to include these rules in their post, whether they’re nominees or picking nominees.
  • All participants should use the “Pick My Movie” banner or something similar in their posts.
  • Have fun!

An ultra special and extra huge thanks to the Muse of for this nomination to such an interesting style post/challenge, and thanks also goes to for starting the ball rolling on the Tag.

I think all film fans have at one point or another have been asked the question of what would they like to watch if they were to be stuck on a deserted island for an extended period of time or for the rest of their lives. One variant of the question I definitely know I’ve heard is one film someone could take on a desert island, and this I feel for sure is impossible to answer even though there’s few really good films that someone could get sick of, having just one I think would cause some insanity as there needs to be some variety as films will for sure be said modern Robinson Crusoe’s only form of entertainment, and change isn’t necessarily a bad thing here, so five is a fair choice. I used to think I could never answer that question if someone asked it of me but the Muse has given me the unique opportunity to give it my best shot and I shan’t let her down.

#1. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) – Steven Spielberg

Original Poster (from IMDb)

The film that started my love of the movies. Indiana Jones was my first childhood hero, and the adventures he had always thrilled my imagination. Spielberg and George Lucas’ recreation of the old 1930’s-1940’s serial adventure series hit all the bullseyes back when it came out in 1981 and even today it still thrills new and old audiences alike. It’s a simple story of man on a quest for the artifact of a lifetime told in a very thrilling and extraordinary way.

#2. Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly) (1966) – Sergio Leone

Italian Poster (from Sotheby’s)

Steven Spielberg and the Indiana Jones films introduced me to my love of films, Sergio Leone and his Westerns solidified I was a film fan for life. Like with Raiders, GBU is a simple of story of two rogues and a villain looking for a fortune in stolen Confederate gold told in an extraordinary fashion. That the trio have to find this gold as The Civil War is waged all around them is very thrilling and leaves audiences wondering what’ll happen should it slip they’re looking for money meant for the Confederacy. Leone was nearing the peak of his prowess as a storyteller, mixing action and adventure with the occasional pathos of the futility that was “The War Between the States”. Leone had been advised by a few people, including Orson Welles, that Civil War pictures didn’t make loads of money, but thankfully Leone didn’t listen and ended up proving everybody wrong. In High School I had an obsession with this film, and while that obsession is practically gone, I still love the film and will remain my Western, Italian and American, of all time. I prefer the Italian language original of the film.

#3. 用心棒 (Yojinbo/Yojimbo/The Bodyguard) (1961) – Akira Kurosawa

Original Poster (from IMDb)

Kurosawa was my introduction to Foreign Language Cinema, and while 七人の侍 (Shichinin no Samurai/Seven Samurai) was the first Kurosawa film I ever saw, Yojimbo is my all time favorite of his work. Famously, or infamously depending on your viewpoint, remade scene for scene as Per un Pugno di Dollari (A Fistful of Dollars) by Sergio Leone, for which Kurosawa and Toho Studios rightfully sued and won – Leone’s film was still shown with Kurosawa and Toho receiving royalties, Kurosawa weaves the best version of a wandering rogue’s initial plan of playing two warring gangs against each other for his own profit taking a different turn when he decides to rescue and free the captive woman of one of the gangs. Toshiro Mifune’s performance as the world and battle weary Ronin (Samurai without a Lord) who has a heart is one of the best ever put to celluloid. This is Kurosawa at his most playful, but he still weaves in the dramatic moments that pull the viewers emotions from them to the surface (something I always admired in his work).

#4. The Wizard of Oz (1939) – Victor Fleming and King Vidor

Re-Release Poster (from Wikipedia)

A classic, and an important part of my childhood. Along with the Indiana Jones films, Oz is one I watched constantly growing up, always amazed by the sets, characters, and colors. Unlike most kids, I was never scared of Margaret Hamilton as The Wicked Witch of the West, I guess something in my juvenile mind told me that she would be getting her comeuppance and that I didn’t need to be afraid. The film became an important part of my life all over again when my god-daughter became old enough to watch it, and she too fell in love with it and the characters. I’m even sure she wasn’t scared of The Wicked Witch either.

#5. Clue (1985) – Jonathan Lynn

Poster (from Rotten Tomatoes)

I figured at least one Comedy needed to be in here and why not another from when I grew up. Clue ignited my love of Murder Mystery Who Dun-Its as well as being a fine Dark Humor Comedy and its setting primarily in the single location of the house gave it a uniqueness that has rightfully kept it a classic all these years later. The All Star Cast (well, All Star to many of us cause we saw it after many of them became stars) including many Comedy greats like Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, and Michael McKean is brilliant and effective. Tim Curry of course steals the show as the Butler who may or may not be who he says he is.


Monty Python’s Flying Circus Seasons 1 & 2 (1969-1970)

UK DVD (from Monty Python)
UK DVD (from Monty Python)

I don’t know if this is cheating, but I had to include at least one TV series on my Desert Island sojourn. I picked the British classic sketch show because I never tire of the humor of Chapman, Cleese, Jones, Idle, & Palin. The first 2 seasons are my absolute favorites as that was their best material in my humble opinion. I own those seasons on DVD from the UK (and I plan to upgrade to the UK Blu Rays), and as an owner of a Region Free/Multi-Region Blu Ray player, I needed to include at least one of the imports in my collection.

OK, now on to pick others to Tag with this interesting topic, and I know quite a few who’d be interested

Make Mine Criterion! – MMC!

Mike’s Take on the Movies

Debbi – I Found It at the Movies

Eric Binford – Diary of a Movie Maniac

Master Mix Movies

Paul. Writer and Filmmaker – The Cinema Fix Presents

Reely Bernie

Erica D. – Poppity Talks Classic Films


Silver Screenings

Jillian Atchley – The Classic Film Connection

This was really fun to do, and once again I thank the Muse for the nomination

All images courtesy of Images and their Respective Owners

Japanese writing courtesy of the IMDb

Filed under: Film & TV: Potpourri, Film: Special Topics

8 Responses

  1. orededrum says:

    I like very much your posts, but my like button is still no work.:( I hope to fix this soon and be back ! Thank you for your like and comment. Have a nice evening ! Diana

  2. Those are good choices. Though I still haven’t seen Yojimbo. If I do the challenge, it will likely be a separate article, but you already know what my 10 favorite films are.

  3. Great post, Moviefanman! Your list guarantees that you won’t be bored on the island, you have so much variety, action, spectacle and fun in store.

    The Bodyguard sounds like a treat and I enjoyed learning the history of how it was copied by Leone. Wow!

    Clue is a great choice! With so many characters and crazy goings-on there’s always something to chuckle at or just observe.

    Yay for Oz! It’s amazing when making these lists how we go back to what we loved as kids, isn’t it? That homey feeling is priceless and isn’t easily replicated.

    Thank you for accepting this challenge! It was a pleasure reading your post ❤

    P.S. I came across this blogathon and immediately thought of you. I will leave the link here in case you’re interested. If not, no worries 🙂

    • moviefanman says:

      Thanks Muse, I really enjoyed the challenge. I’ll definetly consider The Foreign Western Blogathan. I did give it a quick look over of it first, but I’ll read through the whole article asap

  4. An ultra special and extra huge thanks for the tag! ❤ This idea is on my list now – though I don’t produce posts very quickly. But maybe that means it will surprise you when it’s ready! 🙂

    I had no idea The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly was originally in Italian or that A Fistful of Dollars was a remake of Seven Samuri. 😮 Interesting! (As you might be able to tell, I’m not at all familiar with Westerns or foreign films.)

    Indiana Jones would add some fun and excitement to island life, The Wizard of Oz would most definitely make my list (you’re SO right – there’s nothing like introducing it to a kid), and Clue’s a good one too that never gets old. 😀 In college, it was a release for me whenever I got stressed. (Watching people who were more stressed out than I was deal with comically high stakes and a piling body count was surprisingly relaxing.) “One plus one plus two plus one…” 😉 Although I don’t get Monty Python. 😦 (I know I’m missing out on something great, but I just don’t get it! 😉)

    To quickly attempt to answer the question in the meantime, I think my five films would probably be:

    • Mamma Mia 1 & 2: When I think tropical island, they immediately come to mind – and should probably count as one since it’s a continuing story. (That’s my cheat.)

    • Heaven Can Wait: An all-time favorite. Couldn’t leave it behind.

    • We’re No Angels: A Christmas clastic without snow – befitting the tropical environment.

    • The Greatest Story Ever Told: For Easter. (I watched it recently, so it’s on my mind.)

    • Aaaannnddd The Wizard of Oz: OF COURSE. It was my very first favorite film. ❤ (I was never scared of the Witch either, or the flying monkeys – and I was usually scared of everything!)

    This is fun to think about and will pop up in my posts at some point. 🙂 Thanks again for thinking of me and giving me a shoutout. I didn’t get a notification, so it was a nice surprise! ❤ 🙂

  5. Really great and surprising picks. (The best lists are always surprising, in my opinion.) Thanks for tagging me on this – I’ve already got my Thinking Cap on.

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