Over the holidays this past weekend, Kristen and I decided to watch through all three Bill and Ted movies, starting with the one we’d seen before, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and then go into some new ones for us. We both have enjoyed Bill …
We talked about the book lover yesterday, so we’re onto that person who loves their movies so much. You know this person because they have a quote for everything, which can be entertaining. But what do you get that person who loves movies?
Now, this is something that they might have already, but something to consider is either a full size or even a small movie poster. I have a big one in my basement that will be in the theater room for Guardians of the Galaxy. If they have a theater room they might already have something like that, but if there’s a little wall space, the smaller ones are fun as well. I have “The Fearless Vampire Killer” up in my office in a pretty reasonable about one quarter the size of a normal poster. If they have limited wall space in a movie room, consider smaller ones that they can put by each other so that they can then have a variety of movies to show off on their wall.
Most people drink coffee or tea, so one option would be to lean into that and grab a themed coffee cup. I think of how my wife has one with a stylized version of a number of the Disney Princesses on it. Something like that, whether it’s directly tied to a movie or not will work quite nicely. This falls into that stocking stuffer category as well. And you don’t need to just limit it to coffee cups, I know that there are Star Wars pint glasses and shot glasses as well, so really any type of glassware is a solid idea, in my opinion. I have a full collection of Doctor Who shot glasses, don’t get used to often, but they are fun to have around.
Now, this one is a bit out there, stocking stuffer size, but not a stocking stuffer price. Make your movie watching portable with this. It’s fun for a warm evening, sitting outside, something easy to pull out. For a movie fan, it won’t be the same as going to a theater, but it will be a fun time. There are other things, like a mini screen that could go along with this as well if you want to make it into something even bigger for a significant other, or depending on how you give gifts. But allowing someone to take their passion to somewhere that they couldn’t normally is a lot of fun to be a part of.
Now, this covers a ton of things, but what I’m thinking is the “collectable” things. I know that movies often will sell off some of the things used on set, things like that. Those can get very expensive, but sometimes they’ll also sell a slide from an animated film, stuff like that. The items that aren’t another knick knack that you will put on a shelf and then forget about, again stuff that makes a splash when you see it, that is interesting and different than anything that someone else might have. There are shops on Etsy that sell copies of animation cels for cartoons, so even though it’s not an original, it’s something that is unique.
Pop Corn Maker
What’s a movie without popcorn, nothing I say. But getting a movie style big popcorn maker might be a bit much. But you can get a smaller tabletop one for not that much. This is again perfect for a theater room to make an area feel real unique and cool. Even if they don’t have a good popcorn maker, a classic air popper or a whirlypop for the stovetop are good as well. And there’s more that you can get around this idea as well, there are some great sample boxes of popcorn where you can try a whole wide variety of popcorn kernels and flavorings to see what you like. Or sets of the flavorings, so the movie fan can have a movie experience even at home.
I’ve left a couple of obvious things off the list. the first is movies. Unless you are buying a box set, or you can actively look at the movie collection, physical and digital, of someone, there’s a chance they’ll already have it. Duplicates are no fun to get for the holidays. I also skipped apparel. I think that caps, if the person is a cap person, can be fine, but clothing is so particular with how they fit different builds of people, it’s a tough buy for Christmas or any holiday.
What are some things that I missed for movies, if you’re a movie fan, what would you like to get?
There’s a whole bunch of news this week as we have some big Sony Announcements with Miles Morales, we have Black Panther and WandaVision rumors as well as some comic book news. For the main topic, I’m looking at the 2018 to present run of Doctor Strange in the comics and what that story is about and how good it might be.
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Continuing down the Cloverfield watching line, a few weeks ago, I got to watch 10 Cloverfield Lane, as compared to Cloverfield which I’ve seen a handful of times, I hadn’t actually seen 10 Cloverfield Lane before, it had somehow slipped by with how much I loved the first one.
Quickly, 10 Cloverfield Lane is in fact tied into Cloverfield, somehow. The plot is very different though, as compared to a situation where there is a monster attacking a city and using a found footage film to figure out what is going on, this was a crisply shot film that actually had a very small area. The vast majority of the movie is set in a small bomb shelter with three characters.
The plot of the film surrounds Michelle who was leaving her boyfriend and got into a car accident. She was knocked unconscious and when coming to, she finds herself in a bomb shelter with Howard and Emmett. Something has happened outside, they tell her, and it isn’t safe to be out there. She’s not so sure on the intentions of Howard in particular, though. Is this situation what it actually seems, or does Howard have a more nefarious plan that he is plotting?
What makes this film tick is the amazing acting. John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr make this film as Howard, Michelle, and Emmett respectively. In particular, John Goodman’s character, who is a conspiracy nut and completely paranoid about everything, is wonderfully portrayed. He gets into that character and has an amazing set of ticks that go along with it. Emmett and Michelle constantly are causing him to go into those ticks. Being that this is such a localized film where they are stuck in the bomb shelter the acting needs to be phenomenal. Without that, the film would have felt off or felt low budget. We’ll talk about feeling low budget with Cloverfield Paradox soon.
I think, one big thing to know, if my love of the first film and your love of creature features makes you want to watch all of these, is to understand that this is something very very different. While the other is a creature feature, this one is much more of psychological thriller versus a crazy alien movie. I’ve seen a few psychological thrillers before, and 10 Cloverfield Lane holds up against a lot of them. I do feel like this movie doesn’t step too far away from the original Cloverfield in that it still has the sense of mystery and wondering what is happening, just in a very different way that the original had, and I do appreciate that is what the series seems to be going for.
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First thing that I want to talk about is the dichotomy of this film. There are what I would call two distinct parts to this film. The main body of 10 Cloverfield Lane is their time in the bomb shelter. This film leans into the psychological aspect of being a prisoner for Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s character, Michelle. But, you always have the idea that things are way worse than it actually seems. Then you get to the world outside of the bomb shelter. One of the big mysteries of the movie, at least for about the first third, is if there is actually something going on in the outside world, then the question is if that thing is actually as bad as Howard claims. The fact that the outside world, while not quite what Howard claims has aliens roaming it is really interesting. The level of truth behind what Howard said as compared to why Howard made the claims is interesting. The whole alien sequence though does feel like it might just be a different movie, maybe the start of the 10 Cloverifeld Lane sequel.
Now, I did want to talk more about John Goodman’s performance. The ticks are amazing, and you know for a long time that John Goodman’s character is unstable and definitely has kidnapped at least a woman before and kept her trapped in the bomb shelter. Besides just the ticks that he had a wonderful moment, where, after Emmett was killed by him, he shaves. Now, you don’t see the actual act of shaving, but having had scruffy facial hair throughout the movie, and not always dressing the neatest, the second Emmett dies, he now makes his real intentions clear. It’s a very well done and generally pretty twisted in terms of how he plays the role. You always know something is off with Howard, but you don’t really get the full idea of what it is until later on.
Another interesting thing that I want to mention with this is Howard’s daughter. This is something that with a quick watch of it, might seem like situation where it’s another lie that Howard has told. However, it is something that Emmett corroborates. It leaves a ton of questions open about Howard, how he ended up that way, and so many other things that are going on with him. Did his wife and daughter leave because of his paranoia, his conspiracy theories, or is it something worse. It’s not something that the film needs to go into, but it is an interesting piece of the film. It adds to the mystery of Howard and why he is the way that he is. It’s a disturbing piece of the mystery, most definitely, but also a good piece as it doesn’t make him just a bad guy. Now, maybe he’s even a worse guy, but Emmett’s ability to talk about Howard’s life and what he’s seen of Howard before Howard kills him, of course, is interesting. Again, doesn’t make Howard less creepy, but it also doesn’t set him up just to be a bad guy for bad guys sake.
Finally, the aliens. I talked some about how this movie has two distinct parts, the part where Michelle is in the bomb shelter, and the end twenty minutes or so with the aliens. Are the aliens need for this film? I don’t really think that they are. Does it tie it more into the first Cloverfield film? I would say that it definitely does. Like I said, the part with the aliens maybe should have been at the start of Cloverfield Paradox to tie that film into the series even more so. But I’ll get that in a week or so. Again, not to take away from Howard’s creepiness in the film, but the fact that it adds some credibility to what Howard had been saying and Howard’s concern is interesting to me. Again, I think it comes down to the fact that while Howard is clearly the villain of the film, and that title is deservingly placed upon him, it’s interesting to see the nuggets of truth that he put in to build up his lie. It opens up a ton of questions about his mental state which is clearly not good and how he’s warping and justifying things in his head.
For some final thoughts, this is a great film, as in well done, good story, good acting, every piece hits in this film. John Goodman is a star of the show, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr. back up that performance amazingly. It’s going to go into the rotation of films that I’ll watch every few years just because of how it tells it’s story. I want to see more films like it, where it doesn’t rely on jump scares to build up tension, but builds up mystery and suspense and horror as time goes on. It’s the classic closed world situation, where the person has to deal with everything going on around them because of the bunker. That’s something that I appreciate in a film, and to see it handled a different way than it was in Cloverfield which has a bigger closed world and has the first person view for the movie, I think it works really well. I highly recommend this film, but will warn that there are definitely parts of this film that could be triggering to people, so know that going in, have someone who has seen it before or who isn’t worried about looking up more spoilers on it to let you know.
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