Gifts for the film buff
“Cocktails of the Movies: An Illustrated Guide to Cinematic Mixology” ($16.95)
Hey, there's a beverage here, man. With this cocktail recipe book, you can mix up a bevy of onscreen, er, beverages, including the White Russians favored by Jeffrey “The Dude,” Lebowski, aka the Dude, Duder or El Duderino, if you're not into the whole brevity thing.
“The Devil Finds Work” ($11.36)
This indispensable book collects James Baldwin's reflections on various movies, including “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner” and “The Exorcist,” where he examines the biases and racial politics that play out (and often go unrecognized) on the big screen as commonly as they do in day-to-day existence.
Werner Herzog Teaches Filmmaking ($90)
To be fair, I'd take any course where Herzog served as the instructor, even (shudders) trigonometry. But the director's endearingly bleak, probing worldview is probably better served teaching young filmmakers, which is where this online course steps in. The $90 price allows for lifetime access to tutorials covering everything from self-financing projects to documentary interview techniques.
The Fly by Johnny Dombrowski ($40)
A great movie deserves a great poster, and comic artist Johnny Dombrowski delivers in his broadside for “The Fly,” one of a handful of colorful, unique, limited-edition posters currently available from Mondo. (Follow the company on Twitter at @MondoNews to stay on top of new poster announcements, since many editions sell out in a matter of hours.)
Gateway Film Center membership, $29.95 a month
For less than $30 a month, you can gift the movie lover in your life a membership to this Campus film institution. Membership entails unlimited movies, unlimited free popcorn, food and beverage discounts, plus invitations to special screenings. (Brace for the auto-renewal on your credit card, though, since there's a $150 termination fee if you cancel before the year is up.)