The Movies We Loved: A Gift Givers Guide


Man, do we miss the movies. Back in the day, they were the escape we needed from our tiny bland lives and we spent weekends holed up in dark theaters mesmerized by the stories unfolding on the giant screen while scarfing tubs of popcorn soaked in fake butter. If you haven't been able to get back out to the cinema, here are a few holiday gifts for the cinephile in your life that pay homage to the movies that made us.

Really, there are few people alive of a certain age that haven't had the pleasure of going along for the ride of a lifetime with Jake and Elwood after their release from prison. This redemption tale had it all, music, love, run-ins with the law, and everyone's favorite penguin, Sister Mary Stigmata. If you're anything like us, you love a good movie poster, but you know what's even better? Comical interpretations! This Mixtiles minimalist take is ideal for displaying your appreciation of one of the best lines in the movie. 

Years ago, someone gave me a pair of socks emblazoned with the design from the infamous carpet at the Overlook Hotel. I was taken aback by the kindness and generosity of the gift and appreciative of the gift-givers thoughtful understanding of my love for movies, but I was always sad that the little slice of cinematic awesomeness would be hidden between my pant leg and my shoe. Now your obsession with watching Jack Torrance spiral into insanity can be on full display in your living room! Behold, The Overlook Hotel rug!

You are now entering the debarkation area. No talking, no smoking. Follow the orange line. After the president of the United States crash-landed in the maximum-security prison that was once Manhattan (in a fictional 1997 no less!), who else but Snake Plissken could save him?! This bleak grimy portrayal of the potential future for the city that never sleeps kept us up at night as kids but it did nothing to diminish our love for the effortless cool of Escape From New York's anti-hero. The best part of every morning can now be the famous line on your coffee cup.

What did you think was going to happen if we introduced lifelike robots into our society and then treated them poorly enough to fuel a bloody revolt? Welcome to Blade Runner and the beautiful but terrifying peek into what we hoped would not be our future! In a film filled with quotable lines and memorable moments, nearly everyone agrees that Roy Batty's speech to Deckard at the end of the movie is a universal favorite. 

Some people would argue that Cher's finest decade was the '70s, but I'm of the opinion that she was the queen of the '80s. Her filmography from that time period kicked off with the seminal Silkwood and from there she kept churning out quality performances in films like Mask, Suspect, and The Witches of Eastwick before rounding out a ten-year run with fan favorite, Moonstruck. As widowed bookkeeper Loretta Castorini, she was the perfect romantic interest for the wildman with one hand, Ronny Cammareri. His over-the-top theatrics make us remember why we loved Nic Cage so much during his Raising Arizona years and this tee shirt featuring his most ridiculous line of dialog will delight fellow movie lovers wherever you wear it.

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