As a long-time resident of the naughty list, I’m expecting nothing but coal this Christmas as per usual, but if Santa was really nice and not a chubby, vindictive, grudge-keeping, overgrown garden gnome he’d bring me a couple of the items on this list.
Beastie Boy Adam Yauch has quickly turned his little side project into one of the best independent film production and distribution companies on the planet. The newly launched Circle of Trust is a DVD subscription, delivering the next 10 new releases to your doorstep. Recent releases include Academy Award winner The Garden, acclaimed water scarcity documentary Flow and the Michelle Williams vehicle Wendy and Lucy. Throw in advance arrival, beautifully crafted DVD covers and booklets and half-price purchasing of the back catalog and the Circle of Trust is one I’d like to be in … if Santa wasn’t such a punk.
The aspiring screenwriter who is willing to drop $300 on questionable weekend screenwriting workshops, might do himself a favor and drop a Hamilton on the screenplay to Tarantino’s most recent masterwork. The director spent more than a decade writing Basterds and has said it’s his most detailed script, packed with narrative exposition, character commands and camera directions. It’s an cheap/easy way to go to school on a director with encyclopedic cinematic knowledge. (Note: a quick google search will find you links to download the script for free, but you didn’t hear that from me.)
Speaking of books on film, there is no more sumptuous purveyor of cinema-themed pulp than art book publisher Taschen. I’d be pretty thrilled to receive any offering from the catalogue, but the volumes on Woody Allen and Art Cinema look particularly satisfying.
I liked the original Star Wars trilogy. That said, I didn’t collect the toys and I don’t care for the newer films and assorted ephemera. But I have to admit there is a deep adolescent yearning that springs up in me every time I see the Boba Fett hoodie. If I were a real Star Wars geek, I would rock that hoodie unapologetically.
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Special offers and discounts from select retail and hospitality partners
Invitation to Members-only sneak screenings
Recognition in Film Catalogue
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