11 Brilliant Gifts for the Film Buff in Your Life
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.
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If there's one word that can get any rabid film fan's pulse pounding it's this: Criterion. For nearly 35 years, the home video distribution company has been putting out pristine versions of an eclectic lineup of foreign films, indie favorites, cult classics, and even a few recent hits, including Richard Linklater's Boyhood and the Coen brothers's Inside Llewyn Davis. The company's DVD and Blu-ray releases are as well known for their cover art as they are their special features, and it's this former attribute that takes center stage in the Criterion Designs book.
Find It at Amazon for $120 and also at these other retailers:
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.
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 UncommonGoods for $15.
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 $18 and also at these other retailers:
Great for stirring up the imagination or just scribbling out a shopping list, these fictional movie hotel-inspired are like a souvenir from a favorite film. Choose from one of eight iconic hotels from The Shining, Vertigo, Dirty Dancing, National Lampoon's European Vacation, and more.
Find It at Herb Lester Associates for $12 per set.
6. Roku Ultra
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 $74 and also at these other retailers:
These handcrafted, beautifully designed canvas prints are perfect for the movie lover looking to class up their home's mise-en-scène while still representing their favorite flicks. The artists at iCanvas make even the goofiest movies into works of fine art worthy of displaying (check out their classy Borat poster for proof).
Find It at iCanvas for $30 and up.
The only thing better than a fresh tub of movie theater popcorn is a fresh tub of movie theater popcorn that you didn't have to remortgage your house to pay for. The "Throwback" popcorn maker cooks up kettle-fresh popcorn in a flash, and even comes with the all-important popcorn scoop.
Find It at Williams Sonoma for $100.
Let the movie lovers in your life show off their film knowledge with the ultimate movie trivia card game, featuring quotes, roles, movie facts and more.
Find It at Amazon for $25.
The Ticket Stub Diary from UncommonGoods comes with clear sleeves to fit all ticket sizes and space in the margins to write notes, so your cinephile can preserve all their silver screen memories. (It also makes a great gift for sports fans, loyal concertgoers, or anyone else who likes to preserve ticketed proof of a night out.)
Find It at UncommonGoods for $14.
Directors might be going digital these days, but this glass top wrought iron film reel-inspired side table will let your movie lover pay tribute the bygone days of film—plus, it’s the perfect accent for any movie room.
Find It at Amazon for $60.