6 Good Movies for Christmas Gifts

It’s the time of year when you start counting the shopping days until Christmas. Either you started a month ago (usually because you have kids…or are one) or you remembered to start counting when you began reading this blog, but no matter the case, you have some buying to do. I thought I’d throw you a “good movie lifeline” and give you some suggestions for those movie lovers among your family and friends.

academy award winning musicalFor the Romantics
ONCE (2006) – a movie the boys and girls can enjoy. Sure there’s music but it’s far more the “because they’re musicians” than the “why did they just break into song” type. Two people, both in the middle of changing their lives, stumble into each others path and have to determine whether they are helping each other or making things more complicated. Bonus Gift: get the soundtrack too.

James Cameron's 3D film For the “My TV is Awesome” Types
Avatar: 3-Disc Special Edition (2009) – ever have that friend that makes you watch clips of high-def movies so you can see how “cool” their TV is? Well, this will be one of the movies they do this with. Sure the story is pretty blah, and the acting isn’t spectacular, but that’s not why this movie is great. It’s what director James Cameron can do to your eyes and ears. The movie watching experience is amazing, better in the theatre but top-notch at home…with a kick-ass TV.

For the Nerds
1982 film with Jeff Bridges in a video game
TRON (1982) – here’s your first problem buying for a nerd. If they are a true nerd, they probably have any movie you could possibly think to buy them. As one myself, I know it’s all about owning pieces of your childhood and that means they aren’t going to make it easy for you. But if you do find an opportunity, this movie is a great addition. Come on! It’s about a guy pulled into a video game. That’s nerdtastic! The amazing thing is that even though computers and games have vastly improved in the last 30 years, it holds up pretty well.

For the Classic Movie Fans
Alfred Hitchcock James Stewart Kim Novak thriller
Vertigo (1958) – Probably one of my favourite movies of all time and recently named the British Film Institute‘s as well (ahead of Citizen Kane). The word “masterpiece” is thrown around a little too often but Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller would definitely fit the title. Hell, they even put it on the poster. James Stewart and Kim Novak are at their best as a private investigator and his target, respectively, and things get complicated as people start dying and identities are mistaken. Thrilling, intense and amazingly told. It’s the film any classic movie fan has to have.

For those Who Like to Laugh
zucker abrahams zucker satire filmAirplane! (1980) – Subtle? Conservative? Tame? If you’ve ever seen a movie from directors/writers Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker, you know that’s not what you’re going to get. The jokes come so fast and furious, you’ll have to watch it a few times to get everything (which is cheaper if you own it). Considered one of the funniest movies of all time by organizations that come up with those lists, this movie has some of the most quotable lines in film history.

Ted Striker: Surely you must be joking.

Dr. Rumack: I never joke. And don’t call me Shirley.

For those Who Like to Cry
Robin Williams carpe diem movieDead Poets Society (1989) – Now when I say you’ll cry, I don’t mean because of Robin Williams acting (he’s actually quite good, if not over the top). A prim and proper boys school is disrupted by the academic-craziness of a new english teacher. It’s a well told story but it also does something that not a lot of movies do: make you care, about the teacher and his class. Which shouldn’t be surprising, considering the talent of the students: Ethan Hawke, TV’s The Good Wife’s Josh Charles, and House’s Robert Sean Leonard. Bonus Gift: box of tissue, for the guys.

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