There sure have been a lot of television shows and movies to watch this past year. With the holidays just around the corner, now’s the time to check out what you may have missed, or even better, to grab some presents for your family and friends. Here are some top gift picks for the pop culture fans in your life.
For the Movie Buff
Everything Everywhere All At Once
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Daniels’ incredible comedy-drama is the best movie involving the multiverse to be released in recent years. The emotional journey features incredible performances by Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Stephanie Hsu that beg to be rewatched.
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The Banshees of Inisherin
Fans of dark comedies will love The Banshees of Inisherin. Director Martin McDonagh reunites with his In Bruges stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson for a stellar film.
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Jordan Peele has established himself as one of Hollywood’s finest directors and Nope further cements this. The thrilling alien film examines animal behavior, human relationships, and more.
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Raging Bull (The Criterion Collection)
Starring the great Robert De Niro, Raging Bull is now available in 4K thanks to a stellar edition of The Criterion Collection. The set features three audio commentaries, a making-of program featuring director Martin Scorsese, and plenty of other extras.
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Robert Eggers’ historical epic is perfect for anyone with an interest in Vikings. The star-studded cast features Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk and Willem Dafoe. If you missed it in theaters, or just want to watch again, it’s well worth picking up physically.
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Bad Luhrmann’s stylish biopic of Elvis Presley dazzles and looks fantastic in 4K. Featuring great performances by Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, Elvis is one of the best music biopics ever made.
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The Power of the Dog (The Criterion Collection)
Benedict Cumberbatch has become a favorite of millions thanks to his roles as Doctor Strange and Sherlock. In The Power of the Dog, Cumberbatch portrays Phil Burbank wonderfully in this psychological drama. Hailed as one of 2021’s best movies, it’s now available in 4K through an excellent Criterion Collection set.
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For the Whole Family
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Gift Set
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is a classic that has stood the test of time. This great 4K set celebrating the 40th anniversary of Spielberg’s classic features over four hours of bonus features, a great lunchbox, art book, and a certificate of authenticity.
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Pixar’s best film in recent years has been Domee Shi’s coming-of-age comedy-drama. Turning Red wonderfully captures teenage awkwardness and puberty through a unique blend of anime, Asian culture, and Pixar charm.
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Minions: The Rise of Gru
Illumination Entertainment’s second Minions film serves as a prequel to Despicable Me and has a stacked voice cast that features Steve Carrell, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and other familiar names.
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WALL-E (The Criterion Collection)
The first Pixar film to join The Criterion Collection is the excellent WALL-E. The 2008 release is a modern favorite and its animation, story, visuals, and use of minimal dialogue still wows today.
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Funko Pop! Advent Calendar: The Office
Those looking for an early gift this holiday season can’t go wrong with an advent calendar and this one features some great The Office figures.
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For the Marvel Fan
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
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The second Doctor Strange movie features an incredible ride. Cumberbatch shines as always in this wild multiverse adventure that features some great action and even a bit of horror.
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Marvel’s Loki: The Art of the Series
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This wonderful art book is perfect for fans of Loki. Coming in at 224 pages, it features wonderful visuals alongside great behind-the-scenes interviews that reveal new details about the Disney+ series.
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Daredevil Season 1 & 2
With Charlie Cox’s reintroduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s no better time to revisit the Netflix series before Daredevil: Born Again comes out.
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Thor: Love and Thunder
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Thor returns for his fourth solo adventure in Love and Thunder. Not only does it introduce a great villain played by Christian Bale, it also features the return of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster in an emotional and touching storyline.
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Funko Pop! Marvel: Black Panther – Wakanda Forever
Celebrate Wakanda Forever with this Funko Pop! of the new Black Panther.
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For the DC Fan
Robert Pattinson more than proved he was able to play Bruce Wayne and the Caped Crusader in The Batman. The gritty superhero movie begs to be rewatched and you can do so as much as you want with this 4K set.
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Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons
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This animated DC movie is a great look at the next generation of heroes by focusing on Damien Wayne and Jonathan Kent. Featuring stellar animation and a great voice cast, Battle of the Super Sons was a highlight of DC’s 2022 animated movies.
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Peacemaker Season 1
John Cena stars in this James Gunn-directed The Suicide Squad spin-off that features a lot of great fun and action. Get to know Eagly and learn why the series became a hit on HBO Max.
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Batman: The Complete Animated Series
Kevin Conroy’s legacy will forever live on through this landmark animated show. Batman: The Animated Series remains an incredible show that treated its characters with the utmost respect.
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Joker and The Batman Official Script Books
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If you love Joker or The Batman then you can’t go wrong by picking up the official script books. These hardcover collections also feature great interviews with the directors and colored stills from the movies.
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LEGO Technic The Batman – Batmobile
This awesome LEGO set allows you to recreate the Batmobile from The Batman. Features include front steering, moving pistons, a spinning flame, and opening doors.
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For the Jurassic Park Fan
Jurassic World Ultimate Collection
This six-movie set features both the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World trilogies. These dinosaur movies feature some truly memorable thrills that are worth experiencing over and over again.
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Uncanny Brands Jurassic Park Grilled Cheese Maker
Few logos are cooler than the Jurassic Park logo and now you can have it on your grilled cheese sandwiches. This compact panini press and indoor grill is highly functional beyond its initial novelty.
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Funko Pop! Movies: Jurassic World Dominion – Giganotosaurus
The Gigantosaurus is one of the coolest dinosaurs seen in the series and now you can add it to your Funko Pop! collection.
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LEGO Jurassic World Dominion Giganotosaurus & Therizinosaurus Attack
Whether you’re a kid or an adult, you can never go wrong with a good LEGO set. This one features two great dinos in Giganotosaurus and Therizinosaurus.
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Jurassic World Dominion – Limited Edition Steelbook
If you already own the previous Jurassic movies then just adding Dominion to your collection via this limited edition steelbook is a great call.
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Jurassic World: The Ultimate Visual History
Insight Edition’s excellent art book goes beyond visuals and offers up a detailed look at the Jurassic World films with a behind-the-scenes look. This deluxe book looks great on any coffee table.
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For the Gamer
Halo Season 1
Halo has become a cornerstone of Paramount+ and the sci-fi series lives up to its video game brethren. Pablo Schreiber stars as Master Chief and this limited edition steelbook is a great way to get caught up before the second season eventually arrives.
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Darkstalkers: The Complete OVA Collection
The beloved Capcom series has four OVA specials wonderfully collected in this set. The eccentric cast of the fighting game shine in these anime adaptations.
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Based on the Naughty Dog series, Tom Holland stars in this thrilling action-adventure. The film features several iconic moments from the games recreated and is filled with spectacle.
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog series has made people rethink video game adaptations. Thankfully, the sequel is just as good as the first and features some stellar sequences while also introducing Knuckles and Tails into the mix.
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Fatal Fury: The OVA Collection
Take a look at Southtown from a different perspective in the two remastered Fatal Fury animated specials. Terry and Andy Bogard confront Geese and Wolfgang Krauser in Legend of the Hungry Wolf and The New Battle.
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Insight Edition has released several great Pokémon books for both adults and kids in time for the holiday season. Whether you’re a cook looking for some kitchen inspiration, want a Pokémon-themed journal for either kids or yourself, or want some excellent mini book guides, they’ve got you covered.
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Get Pokémon: My Super Awesome Pokémon Journey Notebook on Amazon
Get the Pokémon: Trainer’s Mini Exploration Guide to Galar on Amazon
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Get Pokémon Wisdom: A Journal for Embracing Your Inner Trainer on Amazon
Top Gun: Maverick
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Top Gun: Maverick was a huge hit in theaters this year. Whether you know someone who loves the original film or just wants to watch Maverick again, this physical copy (with over 80 minutes of bonus features) is an excellent way to give someone the cinematic experience of the year in the comfort of their own home.
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Jack Ryan 5-Film Collection
Tom Clancy’s most iconic character is undoubtedly Jack Ryan. Some of his adventures have made for incredible films featuring some of Hollywood’s greatest talent including Sean Connery, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck. This five-movie collection includes Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, The Sum of All Fears, Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games, and The Hunt for Red October.
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Yellowstone: The Dutton Legacy Collection
Few shows have taken off quite like Yellowstone, though if you know someone who hasn’t had the chance to check the show out, The Dutton Legacy Collection is a good place to start. Containing the first four seasons of the show, as well as
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Jack Ryan Season 2
If you can’t get enough Jack Ryan then Amazon’s television series starring the character is a great pick-up. Starring John Krasinski, the second season features Ryan investigating a conspiracy that involves the President of Venezuela.
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For Star Trek Fans
Star Trek Picard Season 2
Fans looking for the further adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard can grab Star Trek Picard Season 2 — right in time for Season 3’s premiere on February 16, 2023.
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Star Trek Lower Decks Season 2
If you’re more into comedy than sci-fi action, Star Trek Lower Decks Season 2 is for you. Featuring voices like Jack Quaid and Tawny Newsome, Lower Decks is a great choice for Star Trek fans who want a lighter experience.
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Star Trek The Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection
Whether you prefer Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan or Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, this collection has you covered. With all six original Star Trek movies and hours of bonus features included, this is a perfect gift for longtime Star Trek fans.
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Star Trek – The Original Series: A Celebration
For those who have seen everything Star Trek and want to dive deep into the behind-the-scenes details, this book is a fantastic choice. It contains over a dozen new interviews as well as never-before-seen photos and sketches, making this the perfect pick for a hardcore Star Trek fan.
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