Here it is! Be gentle, be merry, and enjoy your gifts!
If you would prefer to receive reminders/updates by email rather than disqus, just hit me up at ploughmanplods [at] gmail.
Remember: give to the person below you. Please return promptly if necessary, confirm with a reply if the title will work.
Under the list is clarification on the process for anybody that needs it.
This Friday, December 11 – All gifts finalized (please recommend asap in case a gift needs to be returned)
Friday, January 8 – Unwrapping Day
Key: Nx = Netflix / AP = Amazon Prime / D+ = Disney Plus / H = Hulu / CC = Criterion Channel / K = Kanopy / lib = library collection / vs = video store / other answers typed out
Miller (Silent Hill / Christmas Town)
pico (Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property + Death Of A Black Panther: The Fred Hampton Story)
scb0212 (Breaking Away)
Conor Malcolm Crockford (Drowning Mona)
Rosy Fingers (The Watermelon Woman)
essie (Young Einstein)
Ruck Cohlchez (Starstruck)
Belated Comebacker (Josie and the Pussycats / MacGruber)
Gillianren (Big Trouble in Little China)
vomas (Lady Jane)
Jetpack Giraffe (Silk Stockings)
DJ JD (Lagaan)
clytie (Freddy Got Fingered)
Accidental Star Trek Cosplay (The Indian Runner)
Son of Griff (Sidewalk Stories)
lowRes_Triangle_of_+1_Charisma (Cash on Demand)
Casper (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou / Alien vs. Predator)
The Narrator (The Court Jester / Heathers)
Defense Against the Dark Arts (The Truth About Charlie)
Man with a robot arm (Funny Farm)
Babalugats (My Brother’s Wedding)
Jake Gittes (Walker / Under the Cherry Moon)
theplitsaber (Kiki’s Delivery Service)
Cornelius Thoroughgood (Shock Treatment)
Cliffy73 (Take Me to the River)
mr_apollo (The Matrix Reloaded)
Drunk Napoleon (The Gang’s All Here)
John Bruni (Mars Needs Women)
benedett (Aloha, Bobby and Rose)
The Ploughman (You Can’t Take It With You)
Dripping Yellow Madness (While We’re Young)
Simon DelMonte (Crime Wave)
wallflower (The Frisco Kid)
Julius Kassendorf (A Night to Remember)
How to use The List
You will give a movie recommendation to the person below you on the list. You will receive a movie recommendation from the person above you on the list.
Returns: You may “return” your gift if you’ve already seen it or have a visceral content concern around watching it. You do not have to give a reason for the return but please do not return just because you don’t think you’ll like it – this can be an opportunity to explore new horizons or, when necessary, dunk on a lump of coal somebody dropped in your stocking. If your gift is returned please make a new recommendation in a timely manner so it can be confirmed or returned. Any other details can be worked out between you and your gifter/ee.
Optional Theme: Reclamation. Present someone with a hidden gem. Give new life to that film nobody loves like you do. Maybe a lost film nobody remembers, maybe one unfairly savaged by critics or the masses, or maybe a beloved movie that helped you reclaim something you thought was lost.
As always, the theme is optional so use it as far as it helps you come up with a title, or ignore it entirely.
I can say that literally pretty much every type of film has been recommended for Movie Gifts.
What You Must Do Right Now
Make a recommendation in the comments here for the person below you on the list. Please do it now, while you’re here and thinking about it because your person may need another choice of title if they need to return it. Tag them with @[username] if you’re following them, otherwise the format is @[username]:disqus. Disqus makes this a bi-annual pain in the ass, so I’ll jump in with tags where necessary.
Accept or Return the gift given to you. Keep an eye out for your rec and promptly return it so you can get a new title or state that you accept it.
The goal is to have the gifts finalized by THIS FRIDAY (December 11) so everyone will have plenty of time to watch their recommendation.
Then commit to watching the movie rec given to you. Don’t post your thoughts about it until “Unwrapping Day” on the morning of Friday, January 8 (tip: if you watch early, jot down your thoughts or type up your response ahead of time and copy/paste that morning). Please take the time to watch the movie and mark the Unwrapping Day on your calendar – half the fun is knowing somebody enjoyed/was subjected to your gift. If you can’t be around for the Unwrapping Day itself, feel free to have somebody put up your post on your behalf (I’m happy to do it, see my email above).
This is a good resource for seeing what titles are available on the different services and it can be set for any country as needed.