2010 Gift Guide

I know what you’re thinking. “What the eff is a wholphin? And who the hell wants a subscription (to it or anything else for that matter) for Christmas?” These are both valid questions, but I’m going to have to ask you to calm the hell down before I can continue. Better? Good. Wholphin is the gift that keeps on giving (for a year) and is sure to please all if not some of the movie-lovers in your life. Big names, short films, all packed onto a quarterly DVD from the fine folks at McSweeney’s!

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Imagine for a moment that you are young and broke and nerdy. Not so much of a stretch is it? Maybe you’re the kind of guy that goes into debt around Christmas time to give a few select friends cool gifts. Maybe your’e the Scrooge who doesn’t give anyone anything (dick). Now these two worlds can merge thanks to the affordable, yet awesomely geek approved arrival of GelaSkins. With the ubiquity of smart phones and laptops, the market for removable skins and covers blew up and GelaSkins pulled out a lot of stops in gathering up some of the geekiest properties to place on your gadget of choice.

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If, like me, you love the satisfaction of reading a book but don’t like all the words involved, you should really look into coffee table photo books. They’ve got enough words in them to qualify as as something you have to read, but the vast majority of the pages are taken up by big, beautiful photographs.  Titan Books and Marcus Hearn, who brought us the nice Art of Hammer poster book we already told you about have teamed up again to release The Avengers: A Celebration. Like the other coffee table photo books in their collection, this book is lavishly illustrated with a wonderful mixture of episodic and behind the scenes photos.

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You’re going to have to move quick if you want to add today’s delicious gift item to the collections of your beloved ones. You may even need to use a bit of The Force, as anything sold by the guys at Mondo Tees usually sells out faster than the Millenium Falcon can make the Kessel Run. Which reminds me: isn’t a parsec a measurement of distance, not time? If so, then how is it possible for the Falcon to make an 18-parsec run in 12-parsecs. You owe me answers, George Lucas! Enough jabber, Mondo is putting on sale perhaps the coolest trio of Star Wars posters in recorded history, designed by Olly Moss. Drool on them after the jump…

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Santa Claus: “And what do you want for Christmas this year little boy?” Robbie: [silence] Santa Claus: “How about a nice football?” Robbie: [silence] Santa Claus: “Okay, get him out of here.” Robbie: [Robbie is shoved down the slide, but he stops himself and climbs back up] “No! No! I want to see Asian high school girls wearing skirts and knee socks shooting, slicing, and stabbing each other in a battle royale last person standing blood bath of a film!” Santa Claus: “You’ll shoot your wad out, kid.” [He presses his boot to Robbie's face and pushes him back down the slide] “Ho. Ho. Ho.”

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Even though I gave the movie a rather lukewarm review yesterday, there’s no denying the fact that I’ve gone a little batty for Tron: Legacy this week in the Gift Guide. First the Tron Headphones, and now the Tron iPod dock, and soon the Tron: Evolution video game (spoiler). The marketing for this movie and all of the gizmos and gadgetry that go along with it are just too cool to avoid. Heck, I’m planning on hanging a Tron: Legacy poster in my office. And the movie wasn’t even that good. But I do like the toys…

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Today’s entry into the Great Geek Gift Countdown of 2010 comes as a complete surprise. Prior to this morning, I had zero intention of featuring my favorite television box set of all-time as part of this series. It’s been on the market for some time now and I had been living under the impression that everyone had forgotten about it for a while. Then Amazon went and made it today’s Gold Box Deal. It left me no choice but to throw it in here as a public service.

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Of course it had to come to this. An oldie, but a goodie. No cold winter night is complete without a gruesome reminder of how Han saved Luke’s life in The Empire Strikes Back, even if you’re not on the surface of Hoth. If you are the surface of Hoth, that’s awesome too. And more appropriate, if you ask me. Either way, today’s gift suggestion could very well be the geekiest and most adorable thing you ever buy for yourself your kids.

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Seeing as it is the week of release for Disney’s big digital rendering known as TRON: Legacy, I thought I might use this as an excuse to feature a few Grid-related accessories. Because even if the rumors are true and the movie isn’t quite as blissful as many would hope — though stay tuned for my review later this week to find out the truth — one thing is for sure: Tron has style. And that style was not lost on the folks at Monster, makers of fine cabling and Dr. Dre-infused iPod accessories. They bring us today a very cool set of headphones modeled after the “Beats by Dre” series that might just be the set you need in order to listed to Daft Punk at the appropriate levels.

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There was a time — over a year ago, at this point — when I reviewed a product called the Sumosac Sultan. And for once, it was nice to know that we fatties were being looked after. The folks at Sumo had created a bean bag chair like no other, a bean bag chair that defied the laws of comfort and truly put a big guy like me at ease while watching countless films in the comfort of my living room, also known as the “pants-free zone.” This year they’ve come back to us with something different, a new product called the Sumo Sway. And as seasons change, so do lives. And as chubby dudes like yours truly move along their life-paths, sometimes it means changing dwellings. So what happens when you need all the comfort of a wicked bean bag chair, but you don’t have all the room in the world? Today’s Geek Gift Countdown entry may just be the answer…

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Sometimes the perfect gift for a movie fan has nothing to do with the beauty of the image. Sometimes it’s all about the perfect audio seduction provided by an awesome movie score. And if there is one thing 2010 did right in movie land, it was movie scores. And here are four (technically five) that will truly make the life of a movie fan sound that much more awesome.

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Imagine for a second that Disney grew weary of raking in piles of cash from the Jonas Brothers. Imagine that, instead of merely cutting them loose (and leaving them to their own disastrous devices, ala Ms. Lohan), Disney went a more subversive route. Imagine Disney casting them in a surrealistic, experimental patchwork of a film that lampooned the vapidity of pop culture and consumerism – and left both the Jonases and their fans feeling totally mindfucked. That’s essentially what happened when Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider and Steve Blauner – creators of The Monkees – released a film called Head…

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We were excited about this one years ago when we first heard rumblings of a Blu-ray set being put together. Then it dropped in late October and we went absolutely bonkers for the rich, crisp quality of the transfers and the hours-upon-hours of special features included in this set. It was time to be reunited with Doc Brown, Marty McFly and everyone who made this masterpieces from the height of Amblin’s reign over entertainment for the entire family. It was time to go Back to the Future…

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This may be where we begin to get into the more expensive stuff, but that’s okay, because this one is more than worth the money. Got anyone on your Christmas list who has a theory or two about Lost? You’ll be able to spot them easily, as they will usually make references to people like Jack, Kate and Hurley, and quite often they will talk about The Island as if it’s a place they’ve been. More importantly, you haven’t hung out with them on a Tuesday night in who knows how long. If that describes someone you care about dearly, today’s entry into the Geek Gift Countdown is for you…

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Seeing as today is a certain someone’s date of birth, a certain someone decided that it would be fitting for the Geek Gift Countdown to deliver some fancy gifts related to a certain someone’s favorite television franchise. Because you really don’t forget your first Doctor, be it Tom Baker, David Tennant or the latest incarnation played by Matt Smith. Or if you’re like me, you’ll always call Christopher Eccleston your first Doctor. Because you are from a younger generation. 27 is not that old! So for every single Doctor Who fan on your Christmas list, it appears as if Think Geek has all of the best stuff that will make them smile and straighten their bow tie (bow ties are cool), making you the ultimate Doctor Who fan companion.

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We get it, you saw the movie and no one else did. We’re very sad about it, as well. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World may have been one of the more entertaining and fun films to see a release in 2010, but that doesn’t mean it was able to take that quality to the bank. You know what the world needed? More people who had read the Scott Pilgrim comic series by Bryan Lee O’Malley. And even though the film’s release came and went, then came again on DVD and Blu-ray (another highly recommended gift — call that one a bonus), it doesn’t mean you can’t get someone started with the gift of Pilgrim. That’s where today’s treasure swoops in with the power of self respect.

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Here at the ole’ HQ, we figure that since you come to us for news and advice about movies new and old, we might as well take the opportunity presented to us by the holidays to impart upon you some wisdom related to gadget, gizmos, collectibles and other methods of entertaining yourselves when you aren’t being angry on the internet. It brings us to this year’s Geek Gift Countdown, in which we will count down all of those geeky, nerdy and decidedly cool items we covet. You can expect at least one entry per day between now and the day Santa delivers his goodies, so stay tuned. Today we begin with two delicious books that celebrate the cult sector…

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