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Paste's Holiday Gift Guide For Movie Lovers

December 2, 2011  |  10:58am
Paste's Holiday Gift Guide For Movie Lovers

As you prepare for your holiday shopping, Paste will post a series of new Gift Guides—offering suggestions for the Movie-, Music-, TV-, Videogame- and Book-Lovers you hold dear.

The holiday season is always a great time for movie lovers. Before the year is out, movie fans have options ranging from The Muppets to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. But why let the fun stop at the theater? Here are 10 great ideas to get your favorite movie lover.

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1. Movie Themed Shower Curtains
$16

Relive some of cinema’s greatest movie moments even when you’re in the shower. Uncommongoods offers movie-themed shower curtains that invoke some of the most famous water-related film scenes in movie history. There’s the Jaws curtain featuring the infamous shark or the Singin’ in the Rain one, featuring a silhouetted Gene Kelly. Or if you’re feeling really gutsy, there’s always Psycho curtain.

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2. Unconventional Movie Posters-
$5-$50

Instead of giving just a normal movie poster to the ones you love, give an artier, more interesting poster. Etsy has many great artists that sell their own takes on great films. Adam Rabalais takes on everything from Harry Potter and Star Wars to Seven Samurai and The Seventh Seal. Wonderbros sell posters that have a bit more of a cult sensibility like Donnie Darko and Sharktopus while MonsterGallery has great minimalist takes of Wes Anderson and Tarantino films and classics like The Graduate and The Seven Year Itch.

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3. America Lost and Found: The BBS Story
$80 for DVD, $100 for Blu-ray

Any film from The Criterion Collection would be a great choice for a cinephile, but one that truly stands out is the America Lost and Found: The BBS Story collection. The 9-disc DVD, or 6 disc Blu-ray collection showcases great films from 1968-1972 that were hugely important to the New Hollywood film revolution that changed the history of films. The package features classic films like Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces and The Last Picture Show as well as lesser known greats like The King of Marvin Gardens, A Safe Place, Head, and Drive, He Said. All, of course, include amazing commentaries and bonus features that Criterion is known for.

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4. The Art of Pixar: 25th Anniversary: The Complete Color Scrips and Select Art from 25 Years of Animation
$31.50 on Amazon

No other film production company has been as wildly successful as Pixar has in the last 25 years—from both an artistic and commercial perspective. “The Art of Pixar; takes a look at the great quarter century for the most infamous animators since Disney. The book includes colored scripts of all twelve Pixar films as well as a look behind every film and artwork that showcases what has made Pixar so important for so long.

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5. Ticket Stub Diary
$10

For those who want to remember all the great movies, they’ve seen in theatres, the ticket stub diary might make a perfect gift. The diary includes plastic sleeves for a variety of different sizes of tickets and plenty of pages to write notes about each film.

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6. Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray
$89.99

Arguably the most popular Blu-ray release of the past year, Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray releases all six films in Blu-ray format for the first time and all together in one package. This nine-disc collection features each film with two commentaries apiece and three discs of archival footage and Star Wars related documentaries. Whether you’re just a fan of the original trilogy or all six films, this Star Wars collection is pretty essential.

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7. Funny Movie T-Shirts
$10-$20

Why just watch your favorite movies when you can also wear them? BustedTees has a great selection of film related T-shirts that are hilarious, not surprising since the same company also runs CollegeHumor. Their witty shirts representing Batman, Back to the Future, Billy Madison, Home Alone and many more are funny even if you’re not a huge fan of the films themselves.

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8. 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
$20.30

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die; is a yearly updated book that is a phenomenal resource for anyone wanting to delve into the deep history of cinema. The list details everything from the beginning of films to modern classics like The Hurt Locker and The Social Network, and gives interesting details on every film.

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9. Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection
$44.49 on DVD, $87.49 on Blu-ray

If there’s any director worthy of having an “essential” collection, it’s easily Stanley Kubrick. This ten-disc set, available on DVD and Blu-ray covers forty years of Kubrick’s illustrious career. The set features Spartacus, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. If that’s not enough, also included is a look at the director himself with the documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures.

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10. Film Festival In A Box
$18

While a trip to a film festival is a great idea for a Christmas present, many live nowhere near a film fest. That’s what is so great about Film Festival In a Box. You pick a genre of film, with eight to choose from including Pottymouth Comedies and Zombies, watch four films from the set and then go online to vote as a group on Best Picture, Best Performance and Best Story.

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