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.
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.
Desert Island Films #80 – Elemental Reviews
Entertaining, action-packed and funny: Rango (hey Django!) has got it all… including Johnny Depp! Depp is a source of life.
Die Hard (1988)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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
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?!
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 - email@example.com