You know that thrill you got as a kid when the thought hit you out of the blue, hey, I’m getting a present in a few days! That’s the kind of thrill I get whenever I hit the Randomize button to generate a Movie Gifts List. I’m just days – maybe even minutes, if my giver is online – from getting a present.
Optional Theme: Adaptation. Share your favorite translation of a film from another medium, from another movie, or from another language/culture. 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.
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 in a reply if the title will work.
Under the list is clarification on the process for anybody that needs it.
This Friday, December 10 – All gifts finalized
Friday, January 7 – Unwrapping Day
Key: Nx = Netflix / AP = Amazon Prime / D+ = Disney Plus / H = Hulu / CC = Criterion Channel / K = Kanopy / P+ = Paramount+ / lib = library collection / vs = video store / other answers typed out
Julius Kassendorf (Belladonna Of Sadness)
Accidental Star Trek Cosplay (The Last Temptation of Christ)
thesplitsaber (A Taxi Driver)
Rosy Fingers (Little Women )
Cornelius Thoroughgood (The Wiz)
vomas (The Rapture)
Jake Gittes (Hamlet Goes Business)
Son of Griff (The Long Day Closes)
Cliffy73 (The Cruel Tower)
Simon DelMonte (Miracle on 34th Street)
The Narrator (Witness for the Prosecution)
Dripping Yellow Madness (Transit)
Miller (The Wandering Earth)
John Bruni (Coup de Torchon)
pico (Scotland, PA)
wallflower (Syndromes and a Century [pending availability])
essie (Heart of Darkness)
The Ploughman (Throne of Blood)
Gillianren (My Name is Julia Ross)
Ruck Cohlchez (Twelfth Night )
JetpackGiraffe (The Remains of the Day)
Evil_Goat_Man_of_+2_Charisma (Journey to the Centre of the Earth )
Drunk Napoleon (Lair of the White Worm)
The Psychic Johnny Smith (Re-Animator)
mr_apollo (A Christmas Carol )
ZoeZ (The Face of Another)
Man with a Robot Arm (Séance On A Wet Afternoon)
Babalugats (White of the Eye)
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.
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 10) 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 7 (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.