It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for film and TV fans, that is. As prices tumble on our favourite gifts and gadgets, we pick out some essentials for the geek in your life.
Prince Charles Cinema – Lifetime Membership
An essential for all Londoners, The Prince Charles Cinema is also worth a visit for anyone coming to town. From cult classics to rarely seen gems, this quirky spot just off Leicester Square is built for film lovers.
The lifetime membership card is an affordable way of experiencing cinema in a new way, allowing the card owner the chance of watching films they might have missed elsewhere or revisiting one of their all-time favourites.
The Coen Brothers: The iconic filmmakers and their work
Last Christmas (don’t worry, we’re not about to burst into a Wham! classic here…) we thoroughly enjoyed Ian Nathan’s comprehensive look at the life and works of Tim Burton, and the film journalist is back with an equally incisive review of the Coen Brothers.
The directing and writing duo have garnered a reputation as two of the most thought-provoking filmmakers working in Hollywood today. From their earlier, low-budget efforts such as Blood Simple (1984) to their most recent effort this year as writers on George Clooney’s dark satire Suburbicon, Joel and Ethan Coen have crossed many genres yet maintained a style that is still distinctively their own. You know a Coen Brothers movie when you see it…
As the image below highlights, the book boasts some fantastic imagery that rapidly hurls you into the “Coens’ universe”, and the hardback edition we have sitting in front of us right now is being fought over already as the perfect coffee table gift.
The Coen Brothers: The iconic filmmakers and their work is available from Aurum Press from November 9.
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Portable printing can seem like an unnecessary faff when travelling, and especially so when meeting family for festive shenanigans. What you need is something small, reliable and above all, fun. The Sprocket is a wireless device that can print whatever you want while you’re on the go. We’ve used it on top of the BT Tower and trackside at Le Mans, and it’s been more than up to the job each time. The resulting prints are ready to be stuck anywhere you want. If you want people to know where you’ve been without having them rifle through your phone or social media, this is physical proof that you are having the best time ever. Film and TV fans can personalise any hardware they like with their favourite characters too! There’s also a special gift set version of the Sprocket (pictured above), that literally comes with all the trimmings…
Now that the dust has settled after the explosive first series of Westworld, and with a second instalment arriving in early 2018, it feels like the time is right to rematch the densely-scripted sci-fi drama once more. The twists come thick and fast, and the narrative certainly doesn’t make for an ‘easy’ watch. You won’t be putting this on in the background as you do the dishes after a hefty Christmas roast, that’s for sure.
All that means it’s worth investing in the box-set of this TV series, based on a 1973 film of the same name. Evan Rachel Wood, Sir Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Thandi Newton and Ed Harris are only some of the talent involved in this adaptation, and all of the stars turn in remarkable performances that aid in keeping us guessing as to what will happen next.
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Police – Justice League Hero Box
All your favourite DC superheroes from Justice League are set to explode onto cinema screens in November, and this collection created by Police pays them excellent tribute.
There are only 500 sets available, so this edition is most certainly of the limited variety. Each box also contains exclusive movie memorabilia, so if you fancy treating the comic book fan in your life, this is the gift that will earn you more brownie points than you can count.
There’s also a one-off Justice League watch that is set to be released on November 18 – a cheaper option which looks just as snazzy.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Porg plush doll
This doe-eyed cutie has been the talk of the town ever since we saw it debut in the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The film will be out before Christmas, but it’s probably worth ordering this toy right now as it’s selling out fast!
The Young Pope
We’re big fans of this lush Paolo Sorrentino series, which followed the internal conflicts of a newly appointed pontiff from America. Jude Law was simply outstanding in the title role, arguably putting in his best performance in over a decade.
The British actor won’t be returning for the follow-up as he’s off to play Dumbledore in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them so all the more reason for a return visit to the Vatican.
Catch up with the first series on Now TV.
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Royal Albert Hall – Women and the Hall Season
A major new season to start 2018 sees an all-female line-up headline one of London’s most iconic venues. This isn’t a short run either; from January through to April in the new year, The Royal Albert Hall in Kensington will play host to music, comedy, discussions and films with women at the forefront.
The venue has special significance too, having been the site of more than 20 suffragette protests as well as the only stage that Janis Joplin performed on in England.
The Lambshank Redemption Cookbook
This one could have gone either way, and don’t get us wrong, some of the puns are cheesier than a Swiss fondue (see above), but it’s all delivered with a great sense of fun. You’ll probably spend most of 2018 working your way through the 50 film-themed dishes, and probably twice as long exercising to get back to fighting weight.
Game of Thrones: Season 7 box set
The penultimate series of Game of Thrones felt like a welcome return to form for the epic fantasy series. It’s not that the previous season was bad, but it just felt directionless at times, an issue that has been remedied in spectacular fashion by the definite finish date that HBO have enforced.
We’re very much in the ‘endgame’ phase of Game of Thrones now, with characters finding resolution (be it good or bad) to their arcs. The build-up has been geared towards what we anticipate in the shortened season 8, but even as a standalone, series 7 is unmissable.
Game of Thrones – Drop Dead Collection
One of the coolest fashion brands around has teamed with HBO for a unique collaboration straight out of Westeros. The Drop Dead X Game of Thrones Collection follows previous nostalgic ranges from Gremlins to Sonic, with a selection of 30 items for men and women.
The collection features items from oversized Hoodies, distressed Bomber Jackets, printed Tracksuits to embroidered Backpacks.
“To be collaborating with in my opinion the greatest television series of our generation is a dream come true. As a passionate fan of the series I feel we’ve created something really special to pay homage to both the show and contemporary fashion. I’m excited for people to see what has been over a year in the making.” says Oliver Sykes, Drop Dead Founder & Creative Director.
Wacom’s Bamboo Slate is a smart notebook that allows you to write or sketch using pen and paper, while saving your notes digitally. Search, edit or save your handwritten notes as text right from your smartphone using super smart technology.
Digitally distracted college students, the paper shuffler with sticky notes attached everywhere, the corporate type who refers to their notebook as a second brain, the person who’s constantly retyping their handwritten notes – everyone could make use of this savvy gadget. For amateur (or even professional) scriptwriters and film reviewers, this could be the answer to how best to capture those random moments of inspiration. No more scrabbling around for pens while watching movies to remember that killer review quote…
Venetia Berry – Buy art like a Celebrity
Brixton, London based artist Venetia Berry paints the nude female figure through an abstracted lens, simplifying the form using pure line. Her colourful figures hold a dreamlike presence. She aims to reverse the male gaze, challenging the archetypical sexualised female nude. There is an ambiguity to her work that invites the viewers’ imagination and own interpretation. Her work has been popular amongst celebrity followers as she explores feminist themes such as the female form, sexuality and coming of age. Before she starts moving from the affordable art space grab yourself a piece that will make your home look like a celebrity pad.
Visit Venetia Berry’s Website for more details