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ON FILM: Film Lover's Holiday Gift Guide

Charles talks with UTEP Journalism major (and Film Studies minor), Oscar Garza, who shares some of his gift suggestions for the discriminating film lover in your life.  Hear about the newly-restored classics, family films, horror flicks, and manly-man films that will your friends & family will enjoy receiving this holiday season.  See below for Garza's complete list of recommendations.  Aired Dec. 8, 2012.


Casablanca (d. Michael Curtiz)

Sunset Boulevard (d. Billy Wilder)

Lawrence of Arabia (50th Anniversary/Gift Set) (d. David Lean)

Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection (15 films from the Master of Suspense)

Metropolis (d. Fritz Lang)            

BladeRunner (d. Ridley Scott)

Tarantino XX (includes Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, True Romance, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1&2, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds)  

Spielberg Triple Feature Restorations: Jaws, E.T., and Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures

To Kill a Mockingbird (d. Robert Mulligan)

The Stanley Kubrick Collection (includes 9 films from Spartacus to Eyes Wide Shut)

Charles Horak Added:  Ben Hur, off-the-beaten-path titles from the Warner Archive Collection (website)

Films for Women (That Men Will Like)

Annie Hall (d. Woody Allen)

Manhattan (d. Woody Allen)

Chasing Amy (d. Kevin Smith)

Harold and Maude (d. Hal Ashby)

The Seven Year Itch (d. Billy Wilder)

Wall-E (d. Andrew Stanton)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (d. Blake Edwards)

Some Like it Hot (d. Billy Wilder)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (d. David Fincher)

The Apartment (d. Billy Wilder)

(500) Days of Summer (d. Marc Webb)

Titanic (d. James Cameron) 

To Catch a Thief (d. Alfred Hitchcock)

The Red Shoes (d. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)

Pierrot le Fou (d. Jean Luc Goddard)

Breathless (d. Jean Luc Goddard)

Movies for the Guy in your life:

Apocalypse Now (d. Francis Ford Coppola)

Warrior (d. Gavin O’Connor)

Alien Anthology (d. Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher, Jean Pierre Jeaunet)

Hoosiers (d. David Anspaugh)

Raging Bull (d. Martin Scorsese)

The Hurt Locker (d. Kathryn Bigelow)

X Men: First Class (d. Matthew Vaughn)

Layer Cake (d. Matthew Vaughn) 

Rocky (d. John G. Avildsen)

The Guns of Navarone (d. J. Lee Thompson)

The Big Lebowski (d. Joel Coen)

The Man with no Name Trilogy (d. Sergio Leone)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (d. Terry Gilliam)

Drive (d. Nicolas Winding Refn)

Taxi Driver (d. Martin Scorsese)

Che (d. Steven Soderbergh)

Memento (d. Christopher Nolan)

Goodfellas (d. Martin Scorsese)

BOND 50 (from Dr.No to Quantum of Solace)

2012 releases:

The Grey (d. Joe Carnahan)

Chronicle (d. Josh Trank)

The Dark Knight Trilogy (d. Christopher Nolan)

Magic Mike (d. Steven Soderbergh)

Looper (d. Rian Johnson)

The Avengers (d. Joss Whedon)

The Artist (d. Michel Hazanavicious)

Hugo (d. Martin Scorsese)

Teen films:

The Hunger Games (d. Gary Ross)

Harry Potter Collection (d. Chris Colombus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, David Yates)

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (d. Brad Bird)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (d. Wes Anderson)

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (d. Peter Jackson)

Family Films:

Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Castle In The Sky (d. Hayao Miyazaki)

Ponyo (d. Hayao Miyazaki)

Rango (d. Gore Verbinski)

The Muppets (d. James Bobin) 

How to Train your Dragon (d. Chris Sanders & Dean DeBlois)

Pixar Films (ex. Brave, Toy Story 1-3, Up, The Incredibles, etc)

Aladdin (d. Ron Clements & John Musker)

Disney Classic Restorations on Blu Ray (Cinderella, Snow White, The Aristocats, The Lion King, Pinocchio, etc)

The Illusionist/The Triplets of Belleville (d. Sylvain Chomet)

Finding Nemo (d. Andrew Stanton)

The Iron Giant (d. Brad Bird)

Charles Horak added: Holes, Jerry Lewis Film (The Bellboy, The nutty Professor), The Abbott and Costello Collection

Horror films:

House (d. Nobuhiko Obayashi)

Videodrome (d. David Cronenberg)

Eraserhead (d. David Lynch)

Les Diaboliques (d. Henri- Georges Clouzot)

John Carpenter’s The Thing

The Evil Dead Trilogy (d. Sam Raimi)

The Devil’s Backbone (d. Guillermo del Toro)

Nightmare on Elm Street (d. Wes Craven)

Cronos (d. Guillermo del Toro)

Repulsion (d. Roman Polanski)

Trick r’ Treat (d. Mike Dougherty)

Suspiria (d. Dario Argento)

The Exorcist (d. William Friedkin)

The Descent (d. Neil Marshall)

The Criterion Collection suggestions:

Rosemary’s Baby (d. Roman Polanski)

Brazil (d. Terry Gilliam)

Carlos (d. Olivier Assayas)

Following (d. Christopher Nolan)

Seven Samurai (d. Akira Kurosawa)

Hunger (d. Steve McQueen)

Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky)

8 ½ (d. Federico Fellini)

The 400 Blows (d. Francois Truffaut)

Certified Copy (d. Abbas Kiarostami)

Being John Malkovich (d. Spike Jonze)

World on a Wire (d. Reiner Werner Fassbinder)  

Godzilla (d. Ishiro Honda)

The Killing (d. Stanley Kubrick)

Belle de Jour (d. Luis Bunuel)

Heaven’s Gate (d. Michael Cimino)

The Royal Tenenbaums (d. Wes Anderson)

The Game (d. David Fincher)

Underseen films:

Safety not Guaranteed (d. Colin Trevorrow)

Miss Bala (d. Gerardo Naranjo)

Winter’s Bone (d. Debra Granik)

Take Shelter (d. Jeff Nichols)

Children of Men (d. Alfonso Cuaron)

In Bruges (d. Martin Mcdonaugh)

Little Shop of Horrors (d. Frank Oz)

Brick (d. Rian Johnson)

Bottle Rocket (d. Wes Anderson)

Bernie (d. Richard Linklater)

The Raid: Redemption (d. Gareth Evans)

The Cabin in the Woods (d. Drew Goddard)

Battle Royale (d. Kinji Fukusaku)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (d. Benh Zeitlin)

Zodiac (d. David Fincher)

Moonrise Kingdom (d. Wes Anderson)

Goon (d. Michael Dowse)

Lawless (d. John Hillcoat)

TV Shows on DVD & Blu-ray:


Parks and Recreation



Breaking Bad

Mad Men


Game of Thrones

Doctor Who

Downton Abbey


Boardwalk Empire

Charles Horak Added: Netflix, Amazon Prime and/or Hulu Plus subscription.

Books on film:

Making Movies by Sidney Lumet

Steven Spielberg: A Retrospective by Richard Schickel

Rebel Without A Crew by Robert Rodriguez

In The Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch

Bond on Set: Filming Skyfall by Greg Williams  

The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy by Jody Duncan

The Making of Life of Pi: A film, a journey by Jean- Christophe Castelli

The James Bond Archives by Paul Duncan

The Cabin in the Woods: the visual companion by Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard

Charles Horak added:  Saul Bass: A Life in Art and Film, David Thomson’s A Biographical Index of Film