11 Brilliant Gifts for the Film Buff in Your Life

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Insight Editions/TASCHEN

Can’t figure out what to gift the cinephile in your life now that DVDs have pretty much bitten the dust? Here are 11 suggestions sure to delight movie lovers who know their stuff.

1. The Star Wars Archives


TASCHEN

Did you know that the stormtroopers from Star Wars were originally all going to wield lightsabers? Or that a lake of lava was going to surround the Emperor’s throne room in 1983's Return of the Jedi? No matter how many times you’ve binged George Lucas’s iconic space opera, there’s always more to learn about the Star Wars universe. And in TASCHEN’s 600-page Star Wars Archives, you’ll be treated to a gorgeous trip through the original trilogy, complete with high-quality production photos, script pages, unused concept art, and storyboards, all detailing the mammoth production process behind each film.

Find It at Amazon for $130.

2. Vizio 2.1 Channel Sound Bar System

A talented cast of actors delivering lines from a well-written script may be the first things that come to mind when thinking about the most important elements of "a great movie," but all the clever dialogue and George Clooneys in the world won't help much if you can't hear the film properly. This Vizio sound bar brings the movie theater experience into your living room with a compact sound system that turns any movie (or television series, football game, etc.) into a totally immersive experience. You'll never see—or hear—Jurassic Park quite the same way again.

Find It at Amazon for $180.

3. Scratch-off movie bucket list poster


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Think you're a true cineaste? Prove it. See how many of the iconic films included on this poster you've already screen and scratch off the titles. Then, queue up the rest of them in order to complete your film education, and get the full aesthetic effect of this poster. The titles range from bona fide classics like Casablanca and Breakfast at Tiffany's to newer titles like The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonlight.

Find It at Amazon for $15.

4. Inflatable Movie Screen With Storage Bag

Turn any gathering into a movie party with this gigantic inflatable movie screen that can be blown up for either indoor or outdoor use. Stick it in the basement for your kid's next sleepover party or, when the weather allows, set it up right next to the pool, have all your guests grab a raft or inner tube, and settle in for a terrifyingly vicarious screening of Jaws. The screen measures 12 feet in height and 11.5 feet across, so there won't be a bad seat (or flotation device) in the house.

Find It at Amazon for $125.

5. Reservoir Dogs Socks

Reservoir Dogs socks from Nordstrom.
Nordstrom

Does the film fanatic in your life already have a Blu-ray collection full of Tarantino classics and a closet of Pulp Fiction graphic tees? Then pick up this pair of Reservoir Dogs socks from Nordstrom, featuring the same image from the movie’s poster.

Find It at Nordstrom for $18 per set.

6. Roku Ultra

Roku Ultra from Amazon
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Give the gift of unlimited entertainment with the Roku Ultra, compatible across a range of devices (including smartphones and tablets) plus over 300,000 movies on demand. Even the biggest movie buff is sure to find a new favorite with that many options. Plus, you can use the device to access Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and hundreds of other streaming networks.

Find It at Amazon for $99.

7. The Awkward Family Photos Movie Line Caption Game

The Awkward Family Photos Game.
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You don’t need to be a film historian to win at the Awkward Family Photos Movie Line Caption Game—all you need to have is a little imagination and a taste for irony. The rules are simple: Basically, you’ll be pairing famous movie quotes with the hilariously awkward family photos included with the game, and the winner will be determined by whoever the game’s judge deems has the funniest pairing. It’s quick, simple, and always a good time.

Find It at Amazon for $8.

8. QKK Mini Projector

QKK Movies Projector Found on Amazon.
QKK

The full HD mini projector from OKK is all about flexibility. It’s small enough to easily be moved for both indoor and outdoor screenings, and it comes equipped with HDMI, AV, VGA, and SD card ports—meaning you’ll be able to screen movies and TV from your laptop, TV sticks, and Blu-ray players. And it makes a great pair with the inflatable movie screen up above.

Find It at Amazon for $73.

9. Cinephile: A Card Game

Cinephile Card Game on Amazon.
Cinephile/Amazon

Now this is a game for people who really know their movies. Cinephile offers a variety of game types—including its own take on trivia and Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. But where Cinephile really stands out is in the fully illustrated cards themselves, which pay as much attention to blockbusters like 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road as they do to indie hits like 2016's The Lobster.

Find It at Amazon for $20.

10. The Art of Mondo

The Art of Mondo book Available on Amazon.
Insight Editions/Amazon

You’ve no doubt seen those glorious Mondo movie posters online, at conventions, and on T-shirts over the last 15 years. The sometimes minimalist, sometimes photorealistic art company covers everything from big-screen classics like Jaws to Avengers: Infinity War and other modern blockbusters. But if you want to give one as a gift, you’ve probably run into the same problem as so many others: They sell out within minutes. Well, with The Art of Mondo book, you can own the incredible art without vigilantly waiting online for the exact release time or paying top dollar for a print on the secondary market. Clocking in at over 350 pages, this book includes poster art for the likes of Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, Frankenstein, and more.

Find It at Amazon for $41.

11. Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers

Eat What You Watch Cookbook
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Featuring 41 recipes, Eat What You Watch teaches readers how to make themed dishes based on popular movie scenes, like fluffy dinner rolls inspired by Charlie Chaplin’s carb-heavy utensil dance in The Gold Rush; the double New York pizza slice, as seen in the opening of Saturday Night Fever; and some When Harry Met Sally-worthy pastrami. The recipes are all written by Andrew Rea, the personality behind YouTube’s Binging with Babish, so you know this is more than just gimmicky grub.

Find It at Amazon for $18.

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Learn Travel Blogging, Novel Writing, Editing, and More With This $30 Creative Writing Course Bundle

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Centre of Excellence

It seems like everyone is a writer lately, from personal blog posts to lengthy Instagram captions. How can your unique ideas stand out from the clutter? These highly reviewed courses in writing for travel blogs, novel writing, and even self-publishing are currently discounted and will teach you just that. The Ultimate Creative Writing Course Bundle is offering 10 courses for $29.99, which are broken down into 422 bite-sized lessons to make learning manageable and enjoyable.

Access your inner poet or fiction writer and learn to create compelling works of literature from home. Turn that passion into a business through courses that teach the basics of setting up, hosting, and building a blog. Then, the social media, design, and SEO lessons will help distinguish your blog.

Once you perfect your writing, the next challenge is getting that writing seen. While the bundle includes lessons in social media and SEO, it also includes a self-publishing course to take things into your own hands to see your work in bookshops. You’ll learn to keep creative control and royalties with lessons on the basics of production, printing, proofreading, distribution, and marketing efforts. The course bundle also includes lessons in freelance writing that teach how to make a career working from home.

If you’re more of an artistic writer, the calligraphy course will perfect your classical calligraphy scripts to confidently shape the thick and thin strokes of each letter. While it can definitely be a therapeutic hobby, it’s also a great side-hustle. Create your own designs and make some extra cash selling them as wedding placards or wall art.

Take your time perfecting your craft with lifetime access to the 10 courses included in The Ultimate Creative Writing Course Bundle. At the discounted price of $29.99, you’ll have spent more money on the coffee you’re sipping while you write your next novel than the courses themselves.

 

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Escape The Overlook Hotel in This New Board Game Based on The Shining

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USAopoly

The Shining celebrated its 40th anniversary on May 23, 2020, which makes now the perfect time to revisit Stanley Kubrick's classic work of horror. And if you're looking for a new perspective on the story, this board game from USAopoly reimagines the Overlook Hotel as an escape room-style challenge.

In The Shining: Escape from the Overlook Hotel, players assume the roles of Wendy and Danny Torrance as they search for a way out of the hotel. To escape, though, players will have to contend with puzzles and obstacles along the way, including Jack Torrance, the ax-wielding antagonist immortalized by Jack Nicholson in the 1980 film. By using the psychic ability to "shine," players can unlock clues and solve puzzles that bring them closer to the exit.

The new game is part of the Coded Chronicles game line, and because the objective is to beat the game instead of each other, there's no limit on how many (or how few) people can play. A full game is estimated to take two hours or more to complete, and this version is recommended for players 17 and older.

You can buy The Shining: Escape from the Overlook Hotel for $30 from USAopoly. And if it's been a while since you've seen the movie it's based on, read this to know what to expect.

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