Desert Island Films #85 – Half Popped Reviews

Desert Island Films

Rob Belote from Half Popped Reviews (and a reviewer for Guys Film Quest in his spare time) has kindly submitted his Desert Island Films. Please read on for his choices and reasons, and be sure to check out his site(s).

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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 #85 – Half Popped Reviews

Bottle Rocket

bottle rocket

I don’t know what it is about this movie, but for some reason I find it endlessly watchable. Somehow, I find something new each time and continue to laugh at things I’ve enjoyed in previous viewings.

The Dark Knight

the dark knight

I love the pacing in this film and all the characters involved. It’s intense, it’s funny, and it’s hard to beat a good Batman Vs Joker story.

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

scott pilgrim

I understand why some people don’t like this movie, but I also understand why some people love it, because I’m one of those people. The comedy is great, the action is enjoyable because of the choreography, but also because of the presentation. The fact that Mary Elizabeth Winstead is really hot in the film also helps.

Star Wars IV: A New Hope

star wars 4

Just having the start of the saga would be enough for me to recall all the 5 other pieces, and at the end of the day the imagination can be just as entertaining as having those other films.

The Karate Kid

karate kid

This one’s tough to explain, other than to say I saw it 17 times during my Junior year of college. I turned on the television and it happened to be on. All the time. And I’d watch it.

The Prestige

The Prestige

There’s soooo much more to this movie than most people give it credit for. If you haven’t watched it twice, you probably haven’t watched it once. If you’ve seen it twice, watch it a third time, I’m betting you’ll pick up on some very clever bits to the story. And at its heart, the film’s great when you consider the motivation of Christian Bale’s character.

Man Of Steel

man of steel

I’m a big fan of Superman, and I have been all my life. Unlike a lot of people, I loved this movie because they did a great job presenting the character to us, and setting things up so nicely for sequels with plenty of room for character growth, which is a GREAT thing considering that prior to this movie most people would argue that Superman is boring.



Left alone on a desert island, I’d probably want an imaginary friend, and I imagine I’d eventually go crazy and get one. This movie is not only enjoyable, but would probably help keep me sane.



I’ll go with The Dark Knight Returns, the graphic novel. The story is really interesting to me, and because it flashes forward into the future, I could spend time imagining what happened leading up to where the story kicks off.

Inanimate Object:

hot girl tent

It would have to be a tent of some sort which would allow me to escape the elements, be it sun or rain or wildlife (not a big fan of bugs, snakes and spiders).

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Thanks again to Rob 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 –

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  1. Good list dude! I love that you chose Scott Pilgrim.
    I feel like at this point in the desert island feature The Dark Knight has got to have beaten out pulp fiction as the most chosen movie. What do think Tyson? It’s gotta be close!


  2. A very honest list that includes your REAL favorite movies, the ones you watch often and enjoy. I have a lot of guilty pleasure movies I’m almost embarrassed to admit I watch … and some dreadful old TV series too. Thanks. Harvey is a favorite of mine, too. The scene with the shrink who just wants to hear “You poor thing, you poor poor thing” makes me fall out of the chair every time.


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