Movie critic, professional actor, and life-long movie buff… Paul McGuire is back to share his Gift Ideas for the Movie Buff in Your Life. You’ll find Pauls’ recommendations for Box Sets Worth Collecting, Movies every “Movie Buff” Should Own, Great Reads, and last but not least, Stocking Stuffers. Too fun!
Hello Foodies, I am back for a full range of gift ideas for the movie buff in your life. I own some of these items and want the others (I’m talking to you, Ma.) Happy Shopping!
Box Sets Worth Collecting
- Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years– This new box set celebrates one of the best actors/directors that have made his mark on the silver screen. Titles range from 1968’s Where Eagles Dare to 2009’s Invictus. This is available on DVD.
- The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration Gift Set – Director Francis Ford Coppola restores the picture and sound quality on his masterpieces. All three movies sold together or separately on DVD or Blu-Ray.
- Alien Anthology – All four movies are on six discs. Each movie contains the director’s cut and theatrical versions. There are tons of special features for each movie. Available on Blu-Ray for the first time!
- Paul Newman: The Tribute Collection – You can’t go wrong with Paul Newman. This collection consists of 17 discs with 13 movies and a 136 page companion book. It’s available on DVD.
- The Sound of Music 45th Anniversary Limited Edition Collector’s Set – New on Blu-Ray for the 45th Anniversary. This box set contains treasures, postcards, sing-a-longs, and numerous special features about the making of this classic.
Every Movie Buff Should Own These Movies
- Gone with the Wind
- The Godfather
- Citizen Kane
Great Reads for Movie Buffs
- The Elephant to Hollywood by Michael Caine – Two-time Oscar winner, Michael Caine, has written a memoir about his life in Hollywood and having a wonderful “second career” late in life.
- Edith Head: A Complete Treasury of the Fifty-Year Career of Hollywood’s Greatest Costume Designer by Jay Jorgensen- A massive movie celebrating one of the best costume designers in cinema history. She designed the costumes for such movies such as: White Christmas, Vertigo, The Sting, and Sunset Boulevard
- My Year in Flops: The A.V. Club Presents One Man’s Journey Deep Into the Heart of Cinematic Failure by Nathan Rabin. A funny read about some of the worst movie flops out there.
- Roger Ebert’s Movie Yearbook 2011 by Roger Ebert
- Pixar Treasures by Tim Hauser – A great coffee table book devoted to the ingeniousness behind Pixar movies such as Toy Story, The Incredibles, Wall-E, and Up!
Stocking Stuffers for the Movie Buff
- AMC Movie Theater Gift Cards – Good towards the theaters at Rosedale, Southdale, and Eden Prairie Mall and all other AMC theaters.
- AMC Movie Watchers Card– It’s free! A good way to gain points towards free movies, sodas, popcorn, and candy at AMC Theaters.
- Movie Mania Crosswords to Keep You Sharp by Stanley Newman
- Netflix Subscription– A good idea for anyone out there that might not already have a subscription.
Hopefully this list will give you some ideas for the movie buff that is hard to shop for. If they are anything like me, they rush out on New Release Tuesday to buy the latest movies like Avatar, Inception, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, or Toy Story 3.
Meet Paul McGuire: Paul McGuire has been watching movies as far back as he can remember. Movies have been a huge passion of his. Whether it’s seeing movies in the theater, renting movies, buying movies, or brushing up on his movie trivia, movies are a huge part of Paul’s life. ” I think my passion of the cinema is what caused me to be an actor in life. I’ve always wanted to be an actor and I am fulfilling that dream as an actor in the Minneapolis/St. Paul theater community. My favorite movie of all time is Rob Reiner’s “Stand By Me”. That movie touches me for so many different reasons. Some of my idols when it comes to the cinema inlcude: Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, James Stewart, Robert DeNiro, Kevin Kline, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Alfred Hitchcock.” Check out Paul’s blog at : http://elblogdepmcg.blogspot.com