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Best Gifts for Movie Lovers and Film Fans

From books to card games, posters to popcorn makers, this gift guide is filled with present ideas for the cinephile in your life.

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It’s always a good time to watch a movie, particularly in 2021 when time is meaningless and there are so many great films hitting streaming services and SVOD on a regular basis. It’s also always a good time to buy someone you love a present, even (or especially!) if that someone you love is actually yourself. We’ve all been spending a lot more time at home than normal, so why not find ways to spruce up your abode with posters, books, games, snacks, and even organizing tools perfect for the cinephile in your life?

From books to Criterion Collection box sets and plenty in between, we’ve collected a wide variety of items that will appeal to fans of all genres. Be sure to check back often, because we’ll continue to update this list with items when we stumble across more fun movie-related paraphernalia.

“Mike Nichols: A Life” by Mark Harris

Harris’ latest biography goes in depth on the life of the director, writer, and performer, from his humble beginnings to his long-lasting creative collaboration with Elaine May to his lucrative and fruitful Oscar-winning films. This portrait follows Nichols from Berlin to New York to Chicago to Hollywood, and is the product of interviews with 250 people including Elaine May, Meryl Streep, Stephen Sondheim, Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Tom Hanks, Candice Bergen, Emma Thompson, Annette Bening, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Lorne Michaels, and Gloria Steinem.

“Movie Night Menus: Dinner and Drink Recipes Inspired by the Films We Love” by Andre and Tenaya Darlington

Turner Classic Movies is here to help you plan the perfect date night (or dinner party, when the public health situation finally allows). Cue up “Casablanca” with some French 75s and a Moroccan-themed spread — or choose from the rest of the 30 movie-themed dinners and cocktail pairings, inspired by films from the 1930s through the 1980s. You’ll also get behind the scenes intel on each film, dish, and cocktail, plus cooking tips and other entertaining ideas in a culinary tour of movie history with menus based on “The Thin Man,” “The Philadelphia Story,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Some Like It Hot,” “American Graffiti,” “Moonstruck,” and many more.

Flannel Blanket with Pompom Fringe

Yes, this is just a comfy blanket with pompom fringe. But imagine how cozy you’ll be curled up on the couch underneath it while you watch a movie! Live this dream for the low, low price of $20ish.

“Gone with the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist” by Tim Federle

Upgrade your cocktail game with these movie-inspired cocktails from drinks guru Tim Federle, including 50 delicious drink recipes paired with winking commentary on history’s most quotable films — plus drinking games, movie-themed snacks, and gorgeous illustrations.

Marquis by Waterford Markham Double Old Fashioned Glasses, Set of 4

Of course, if you’re going to up your cocktail game, you’ll want to make sure you have the appropriate fancy glassware as well. Anything looks, like, 50% better if you serve it in a crystal glass, even if it’s Fresca, tequila, and some melting ice cubes. (You can also get a more budget-friendly version for $20 here.)

“Star Wars: I Love You. I Know” by Amy Richau

Take a cue from an enduring onscreen love with this book, which compiles the best advice for romances, friendships, and family relationships as seen in the “Star Wars” films.

Criterion Collection: World of Wong Kar Wai

The latest massive Criterion release, out March 23, is a box set of seven poetic, soulful, and downright romantic films from Wong Kar Wai, including “As Tears Go By,” “Days of Being Wild,” “Chungking Express,” “Fallen Angels,” “Happy Together,” “In the Mood for Love,” and “2046.” The seven-disc special edition set includes new 4K digital restorations of “Chungking Express,” “Fallen Angels,” “Happy Together,” “In the Mood for Love,” and “2046” all approved by the director with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks, and new digital restorations of “As Tears Go By” and “Days of Being Wild” with uncompressed monaural soundtracks. There’s also a new program with Wong and authors Andre Aciman and Jonathan Lethem; filmmakers Sofia Coppola, Rian Johnson, Lisa Joy, and Chloe Zhao; cinematographers Philippe Le Sourd and Bradford Young; and filmmakers and founders/creative directors of Rodarte, Kate and Laura Mulleavy. You’ll also get an alternate version of “Days of Being Wild” that is new to home video, a 2000 short film by Wong, a 2001 interview and “cinema lesson” with Wong from the Cannes Film Festival, plus making-of documentaries, archival interviews, deleted scenes, alternate endings, behind-the-scenes footage, and more. It’s all packaged with a perfect-bound, French-fold book that includes lavish photography, a director’s note, six collectible art prints, and an essay by critic John Powers.

Cinephile: A Card Game

This beautifully designed movie trivia game includes multiple ways to play based on difficulty, making it perfect for casual moviegoers and hardcore film nerds alike. The 150 cards feature illustrations from Steve Isaacs, and they’re easily remixed to create your own rules, or play a game based on the included three levels of difficulty include Movie Geek (Easy), Film Nerd (Intermediate), and Cinephile (Expert).

“Binging With Babish: 100 Recipes Recreated from Your Favorite Movies and TV Shows”
By Andrew Rea

This companion to the popular cooking show of the same name features the recipes that YouTuber Andrew Rea makes, all based on a popular TV show or film. Recipes that Rea teaches in this book include the babka from the classic “Seinfeld” episode, the beef bourguignon from “Julie & Julia,” and Bubba’s shrimp from “Forrest Gump.” If you want to really impress someone, try the chocolate lava cake from Jon Favreau’s “Chef” — after you read the foreword from Favreau himself. The book also includes behind-the-scenes stories, never-seen-before photos, and answers to frequently asked fan questions.

Enno Vatti Top 100 Movies Scratch-Off Poster

This poster includes original illustrations for 100 of the most beloved films (by fans and critics alike), from influential classics to modern blockbusters. Once you’ve seen a film, get out a quarter like you’re playing a scratch-off lottery ticket and uncover the unique icon for each film. Once you’ve finished this bucket list of sorts, the poster fits in an A2 size (16.5″ by 23.4″) frame.

“Accidentally Wes Anderson” by Wally Koval

The @accidentallywesanderson Instagram account comes to life in this gorgeous hardcover book — yes, it is authorized by the director himself — that collects people’s photographs from destinations around the world that capture Anderson’s unique visual style and features writeups of each location. From the official description: “A visual adventure of Wes Anderson proportions, authorized by the legendary filmmaker himself: stunning photographs of real-life places that seem plucked from the just-so world of his films, presented with fascinating human stories behind each façade.”

“The Harvey Girls” [Blu-ray]

Warner Archive’s Blu-ray transfer of the 1946 Judy Garland romp “The Harvey Girls” is exquisitely rendered utterly bright in Technicolor. If you’re looking to upgrade your classic Hollywood film collection, Warner Archive releases are the best around.

“They Drew as They Pleased Volume 6: The Hidden Art of Disney’s New Golden Age” by Didier Ghez

Award-winning Disney historian Ghez explores the history of Disney Animation Studios from the 1990s through 2010s by profiling artists Joe Grant, Hans Bacher, Mike Gabriel, and Michael Giaimo; investigating the magic behind blockbusters including “The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “Frozen,” and “Moana;” and outlining Disney’s shift to computer animation.

“The Art of Pixar: 25th Anniv.: The Complete Color Scripts and Select Art from 25 Years of Animation” By Amid Amidi

Animation fans and Pixar enthusiasts aren’t the only ones who will be drawn in by the stunning art in this book, which features a comprehensive look back at every film produced in the first 25 years of Pixar’s history. Classics such as “Toy Story” and “A Bug’s Life” are included alongside more recent (but no less important) works such as “Up” and “Toy Story 3.” A foreword by Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter precedes a volume that also includes the complete color scripts for every film (published in full for the first time) along with rare visual development art.

“Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling Through Hollywood History”
By Mark Bailey and Edward Hemingway

This book is more than a guide to Hollywood drinking history — though it does have that, with stories involving Humphrey Bogart’s arrest while protecting his drinking buddies (two stuffed pandas), Ava Gardner’s water-skiing-with-cocktail technique, bathtubs of champagne, and liquor stored in peroxide bottles during Prohibition. Anecdotes from booze-soaked films like “Apocalypse now” and “From Here to Eternity” are featured, plus a list of legendary bars from back in the day. The book also has recipes for 40 of your favorite stars’ go-to cocktails, so you can fix yourself one of William Faulkner’s mint juleps to watch next year’s Kentucky Derby.

MCS Trendsetter Frame, 3-Pack, Black, 3 Count

The difference between dorm room decor and grown cinephile memorabilia? A sturdy frame for your favorite movie posters. These two frames are perfectly suited for posters with their large 27″ by 40″ size. The 1″ wide high gloss black frames come with plastic styrene fronts to prevent breakage. Easy-to-open turn buttons make installing your posters a breeze, and the frames include pre-attached hangers that allow for vertical or horizontal wall placement.

GooDee 230″ HD Movie Projector

This bright and powerful projector has a native resolution of 1280p x 168p, can project on a screen up to 230″, has built-in speakers, a contrast of 3000:1 for brighter images and wider viewing even in lighter or outdoor areas (garages, backyards, camping, etc.), and contains two HDMI ports to hook up your compatible devices (Fire Stick, Chromecast, Mac, PC, laptop, tablet, external speakers, Xbox, DVD player, PS3, PS4, USB stick, iPad, iPhone, Android smartphone, and more). A cooling system helps reduce noise and extend the bulb life, so it’s longer-lasting too. If you’re interested in more projectors, check out this roundup of affordable home projectors (less than $1000) for your movie room or backyard.

Silicone Microwave Popcorn Maker

Not exactly proficient with the stovetop corn-popping method and want to make your life (or the life of your loved one to whom you are gifting this) easier? Or just want a way to make popcorn a little healthier by not using any oil? This silicone bowl can make fresh, crisp popcorn without any oil — and you can serve directly from the bowl, so no additional dishes to clean up. It’s collapsible for convenient storage and easy to clean.

mDesign Plastic Stackable Household Storage Organizer Container Bin with Handles

Okay, so this definitely could fall under the practical-but-disappointing “socks for Christmas” category, but these clear plastic organizers are perfect for de-cluttering any media lover’s TV area. They’re the perfect size for DVDs, video games, and other electronic accessories. Plus, since we’re all spending more time at home than ever before it’ll make everyone’s lives easier if things stay organized in the places where you spend the most time. Each of the bins in this eight-pack can hold up to 25 DVDs, making them perfect for organizing your collection in any way you please. (Alphabetical? By genre? The world is your oyster.)

Ultimate Movie Night Care Package Full of Delicious Snacks and Redbox Rental Code

Prefer some candy with your movie snacks? This Amazon care package includes a wide variety of junk food (Skittles, Cracker Jack, cookies, and more candy for your sweet tooth, microwave popcorn, peanuts, pretzels, and chips for the savory lovers) plus a code to rent a DVD from Redbox.

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