The vacation season is right here, and whatever the actual vacation that you simply plan on celebrating this yr, we all know that you simply’re simply in it for the presents (properly, and the household/pals, and the meals, and another issues too, however principally the presents).
As an alternative of doing a standard present information (in case your giftee likes x, get them y, and so forth), we thought we’d take one other route: inform you what we‘d need for our vacation presents. You recognize our writers, so likelihood is that if that you must decide up a present for somebody comparable, they’ll in all probability be into the identical stuff!
Right here goes! Take pleasure in, and remember to tell us what presents you’re hoping for within the feedback under!
5. Silent Night time Lethal Night time 2 (Scream Manufacturing unit Blu-ray)
I’ll begin with my most typical decide right here. The mad geniuses at Scream Manufacturing unit are placing the film that “Rubbish Day!” comes from on to a function packed Blu-ray. What a world. I truly love this movie an entire lot and I might love to listen to extra about what went into making it. This launch is probably not for everyone, however it’s tailor made for my tastes.
Four. Winterbeast (on VHS)
Winterbeast is certainly one of my “white whale” titles that has eluded me for years. I really like the output of the 1990s from indie video label Tempe Video. Ozone, Bloodletting, and Skinned Alive are a few of my all time favourite movies. Winterbeast was put out a while within the early/mid 90s, and I’ve by no means truly seen it in individual. Finishing my assortment would actually fill me with the vacation spirit if I tracked this one down this yr.
three. Freaked Motion Figures
In 1993, Alex Winter of Invoice and Ted helped delivery a movie that might form me as a movie fan. Freaked options an eclectic forged of characters such because the cowboy, the beast boy, and the bearded woman amongst others, performed by actors like John Hawkes, Keanu Reeves, and Mr T. The characters, naturally, would make for some wonderful toys. Thankfully, there’s a small run of motion figures that have been made for the movie. They’re extraordinarily arduous to seek out, however I might lose it if I ever discovered any of them out within the wild.
2. Beetlejuice Baseball Hat
Beetlejuice is one other defining movie for me. I’ve been obsessive about this movie for my entire life. I’m not an individual who likes to have plenty of “stuff”. I wish to have the films, however shirts, posters, lunchboxes, and the like will not be for me. I used to have a white and purple snapback hat with this very Beetlejuice emblem as a child, and I beloved it. It was mine till one fateful Halloween night time within the early 2010s when it received misplaced on the best way to a celebration. I might like to have this once more and sport it to each bizarre movie pageant I attend (so long as it’s not on Halloween night time.)
1. Citadel Freak Barf Bag
I saved the weirdest for final. Again within the day, theaters would cross out barf luggage, just like these present in airplanes, to unsuspecting patrons once they got here to see films like gross out films like Lucio Fulci’s Zombie or Tombs of the Blind Lifeless. Within the late 80s, that each one however died. Nevertheless, for a German launch of Stuart Gordon’s Citadel Freak, which he made for (my favourite) Full Moon Footage within the 90s, there have been these little promo gadgets made. I might actually love to return throughout certainly one of these, ideally not crammed.
Keyforge: Name of the Archons Decks
After spending a few hours with Valve’s just-released Artifact again at PAX West (examine it right here), my long-dead love for card video games was instantly reinvigorated. The Elder Scrolls: Legends now will get every day playtime on my telephone, and I’ve additionally develop into nigh-obsessed with a brand new bodily card recreation from Fantasy Flight Video games referred to as Keyforge: Name of the Archons.
Keyforge is designed by Magic: The Gathering Creator Richard Garfield (who additionally designed Artifact), and it’s bonkers. Moderately than needing to purchase playing cards and booster packs to construct your personal decks, each deck in Keyforge is exclusive (with 104,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 mixtures potential on this first set).
Magic: The Gathering occasions typically felt like an “I spent extra money than you, so I win,” state of affairs, and the very core mechanics of Keyforge make sure that this merely can’t be the case. You simply seize a $10 deck, and discover ways to greatest play it on the fly.
I’ve already picked up a starter set (together with two coaching decks, two distinctive decks, and a bunch of counters and tokens), and 4 further distinctive decks. I’d doubtless have much more at this level, however the recreation is bought out just about all over the place!
Fallout: The Board Recreation
As a lot hate and backlash as Fallout 76 has been getting since its launch, I’m over 30 hours into the title and am principally having a ton of enjoyable (learn my impressions of the sport following my first 4 hours of play proper right here).
Whereas shopping Amazon for Fallout merchandise a few weeks again, I discovered that there’s an official Fallout board recreation adaptation, and that based mostly on the evaluations I’ve learn since, it’s actually good.
The sport helps 1-Four gamers, and is seemingly a implausible solo expertise as nicely. Gamers will discover the wasteland, full quests, battle creatures, and cope with factions, and whereas every participant has their very own win circumstances, every motion can have an effect on the remainder of the board as properly.
I didn’t understand that solo board video games have been even a factor, however I’d be excited to take a look at Fallout: The Board Recreation with some pals, and even as a lone wanderer.
MoKo JoyCon Grip For Nintendo Change
This one’s fairly easy. As superb because the Nintendo Change is, its JoyCons are tiny, and my palms cramp as much as hell after just some spherical of Mario Kart eight.
These grips look to make the JoyCon really feel a lot nearer to a regular gaming controller, and I can’t even think about simply how far more snug gaming with a single JoyCon could possibly be when inside one among these.
Xbox Recreation Move
You’ve in all probability heard me throwing down reward about Xbox Recreation Move on Geekscape Video games just like the present was sponsored by Microsoft (I want), however the service actually is likely one of the greatest values in all of gaming, and I merely can’t get sufficient of it.
Xbox Recreation Move provides you limitless entry to over 100 video games at a time for a low subscription payment. By means of the service, I’ve found some superb titles that I in any other case would have by no means even checked out, and since each Microsoft Studios revealed recreation is on the service on the very day it releases, I’ve saved a ton of cash by enjoying titles like Sea of Thieves (assessment right here), State of Decay 2 (evaluation right here), and Forza Horizon Four via Recreation Move as an alternative of shopping for them individually.
Microsoft has been pushing Recreation Cross exhausting, and in addition has some nice offers on the service over the vacation season. In Canada, a whole yr will value you simply $90, which works out to only $7.50 per 30 days. Unreal.
Yeah, I requested for one final yr. We couldn’t actually make it occur, so I’m hoping that we will make one thing occur within the subsequent twelve months.
Hello, my identify is Stephen Bay, and you may hear me with Matt Storc on our podcast Analog Jones and the Temple of Movie proper right here on Geekscape, the place we break down previous VHS tapes out of your previous.
Since we’re a VHS-focussed podcast, I assumed I might speak about a few of the VHS covers I would love so as to add to my assortment this Christmas.
I unfold the love round and tried to incorporate all types of genres, benefit from the record!
Heartbeeps (1981) (Sci-fi/Romantic Comedy)
Heartbeeps isn’t a uncommon VHS, it’s happening eBay anyplace from $5-$12, however it’s a bizarre one. I had by no means even heard of this film till I noticed this cowl within the ebook “VHS Video Cowl Artwork” from Thomas Hodge. As soon as I noticed that the movie was about two robots (Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters) that fall in love, make a child robotic from spare elements and run from a police robotic scorching on their tailpipes, I knew it wanted to be in my assortment.
Gremloids (1984) (Sci-fi/Comedy)
The primary time I noticed this film was on a YouTube channel referred to as Good Dangerous Flicks, however sadly
that video has been taken down. Nonetheless, I recommend watching his movies when you’re into lovable dangerous films. It’s a parody of Star Wars that predates Spaceballs consider it or not by three years. Should you do your analysis on this movie, you might discover it beneath the title Hyperspace.
Put together to worry Lord Buckethead and go on an journey with Captain Starfighter (what a artistic identify)!
Lifeless Finish Drive-in (1986) (Sci-fi/Publish Apocalyptic)
SO MUCH PINK. For those who ever walked previous this VHS cowl, you couldn’t assist however look and work out what’s happening. An enormous feminine 80’s punk is slashing at a truck smashing by means of a drive-in signal. SOLD! Even the again of the VHS is fascinating with the films nonetheless photographs being positioned in geometric shapes that could be spelling out DED END in entrance of brick. Lifeless Finish Drive-in is a unbelievable piece I might love so as to add to my assortment.
Wizards of the Misplaced Kingdom (1985) (Motion/Journey/Household)
I personal this one however then once more, I don’t. I’ve a VHS rip of this on DVD from VHSPS. I’m not going to rely that as actually proudly owning it as a result of I can’t put that on my VHS media cabinets. The cowl of Wizards of the Misplaced Kingdom has all the things to draw a teenage boy on it. A citadel in peril, a child, holding up a sword on a flying lion/werewolf dragon and the trace of magic. Hell, I need to go on this journey, and I’m a man in my 30’s!
The Video Lifeless (1987) (Horror/Comedy)
Right here it’s, my holy grail VHS, and The Video Lifeless is a tough one to discover on VHS. The final eBay bidding struggle I acquired into with this one ended someplace within the $90 vary. I gave up on the bidding warfare round $45, however I loved watching two nerds struggle over a bit of lifeless media.
The primary time I ever noticed this film was on a poster within the grownup part in my little city’s rental store. My conservative hometown or at least the conservative house owners on this specific rental store put some of the horror films backstage with the grownup movies. Missouri is a particular place! At some point as a younger boy I received the braveness to peek backstage and to the best on the wall was this poster taped
up. My braveness ended actual fast, and I ran off after seeing that zombie burst by way of that TV with bolts of electrical energy flying in all places. It doesn’t matter what you consider the film, you’ve acquired to confess that is among the greatest VHS covers on the market!
Thanks for studying and keep in mind to take heed to Analog Jones and the Temple of Movie on Geekscape!
Within the final 10 years our group has seen an awesome surge within the reputation of board and tabletop gaming. And aside from my month-to-month D&D group (RIP) or the occasional recreation of Pandemic with pals, I’ve been glad with simply being witness to the current craze. Properly, that ends now as a result of Fireball Island is again! Final yr, the group at Florida’s Restoration Video games launched a Kickstarter to boost $250,000 to deliver again a brand new and improved model of the 80s boardgame basic Fireball Island. The marketing campaign went on to boost over 10 occasions that! Now the entire recreation, with fireball marbles, big volcano head, adventurer figures and numerous help decks has been launched. I lastly noticed the sport in individual final week and felt like I used to be eight years previous once more (as if any of you ever believed my maturity ranges had progressed previous that time)! This seems to be like my type of recreation night time, hanging out with buddies and traversing and discovering the island’s infinite traps and treasures as we attempt to escape a fiery dying!
Coração de Cowboy on iTunes and VOD
In late 2016, fellow Geekscapist Gui Pereira and I went to his hometown of São Paolo, Brazil and shot his function movie Coração de Cowboy. Gui and I wrote the script collectively and Geekscape acted as a promotional companion within the movie’s Brazilian vast launch this previous September (which as of the writing of this record has stretched to 11 weeks and counting)! I don’t understand how a lot the story of a well-liked nation musician returning to his small city roots as a way to rediscover himself will converse to you, Geekscapists, however it’s a lovely movie, filled with unimaginable music (and a few Geekscape shirt placements right here and there). When you’re okay studying subtitles (the movie is in Portuguese) can be an ideal movie to observe with your loved ones for the vacations. Maintain your eyes peeled to this website and ears to the podcast for information on the iTunes and VOD launch dates this month!
Gold Fold AD Pockets
Geekscape is off and operating on its newest co-production ‘Chasing Fletcher Allen’ and this Gold Fold pockets, given to me by my fellow co-writer, producer and the movie’s star (and common Geekscape visitor) Heidi Cox, has been in my again pocket the entire time. We’ve numerous filmmakers who go to our website or take heed to our podcasts and I’m right here to inform you that the Gold Fold is a lifesaver, even when you’re not an Assistant Director. I’ve my director’s pocket book by my aspect crammed with my sketches, shot lists and notes. However over the course of a manufacturing day, you decide up numerous name sheets, notes or different items of paper that simply find yourself getting jammed into your pockets. You want them at a second’s discover and it’s typically not useful to be flipping via your manufacturing pocket book to seek out what you’re on the lookout for. The Gold Fold is an ideal place to place these paperwork it’s essential reference at a second’s discover to provide out a line, lookup a word or discover a quantity on a name sheet. It’s expensive, however I gained’t deal with one other manufacturing day with out it.
I’m a final minute kinda gal, and as we have been reaching the final minute of with the ability to write this wishlist, life kinda exploded. So… flash to me sitting within the airport quickly making an attempt to pin down all of my largest and smallest goals and put the metaphorical pen to paper.
As I look again eventually yr’s wishlist I understand that I proceed to lengthy for most of the similar issues, and I truly acquired a few them, too!
So I assume typically needs do come true…
A Journey To Bali
That is undoubtedly a repeat, and a extra clearly outlined want from final yr. Properly, truly it’s a want from concerning the final 5 years, however this yr it has turn into a objective, and is turning into attainable! I’ve needed to go to Bali for sooo lengthy. I feel this stems from listening to superb tales from associates who’ve been and seeing superb photographs, and doubtless subconsciously from watching Eat, Pray, Love (aspect observe, if anybody has any suggestions for a spot with comparable vibes however much less trashed by vacationers, please holla and provides me the within scoop!)
I’ve been longing to go on an journey to an thrilling new place, however this yr I’m truly making strides in the direction of turning this right into a actuality. That stated, if Santa needs to provide me a break from working extra time shifts and simply pop some aircraft tickets underneath the tree, no complaints right here!
Luxurious Hair Look after 1 Yr (or heck why not dream actual massive and say life?)
So, I used to be a little bit of a clumsy teenager, who didn’t actually discover my stride magnificence sensible till my early 20’s. That is once I adopted my coronary heart, chopped all my hair off, and have become a nasty ass b*tch! Okay nicely I don’t find out about that final half, however my hotness vibes undoubtedly skyrocketed (besides to my household, who have been hooked up to the thought of lengthy blond hair, and have become fairly satisfied that I had determined to bat for the opposite group?!)
A number of years in the past I made a decision to develop my hair out for a buddies wedding ceremony, and as soon as I had these lengthy locks once more I made a decision to experiment a bit earlier than going again to previous trustworthy hair minimize! So I received it died blonde (fairly nice) after which I went pink (additionally nice), after which I received it chopped off and to my horror IT WAS AWFUL! So a yr later I’ve grown it out a bunch once more, however am scared of risking the chop once more, and it seems that purple is tough and / or costly to get away from 😳
So now I’m in determined want of some hair experience, however as per my above want listing merchandise I’ve different cash priorities and cant go round spending all of the $$$ on my hair this yr! I simply wanna really feel like a nasty ass b*tch once more!
A Private Coach/Fitness center Membership
The previous few years, not a lot effort or care has been given to my physique and taking good care of it. Though I’m not going to carry this towards myself, I acknowledge that in dealing with grief and loss over the previous couple years I might have carried out worse issues, it’s time to smarten up and get my act collectively. That being stated, I’ve by no means been an excessively lively kinda man, and don’t actually know the easiest way to go about taking higher care of my physique.
To this finish it might be very useful to have somebody I might ask for steerage on this space, and who might assist me to ensure that I’m doing issues correctly, whereas additionally serving to me to really feel extra snug and assured getting sweaty round individuals who have been doing this for all of the years!
Mid-calf to tall black boots are principally a staple in each woman’s wardrobe! My private faves are slouchy black boots, often flats so I don’t need to be coordinated, and never too shiny, however not suede. My largest problem within the hunt to seek out the right pair is having huge calves! It’s actually onerous to seek out boots that match completely if you’re legs are someplace between a measurement 2 and plus sizes!
I used to have the right pair, discovered at Goal, if solely I had recognized they might up and disappear from Canada I woulda purchased one other pair. Sadly, after many trustworthy years of wear and tear, by way of all of the seasons, it was time to allow them to go to their new residence… the rubbish.
However now I’ve been on a fruitless hunt for the right pair for years. So if anybody has any recommendations on the place to seek out the perfect primary boots, once more, holla at me!
So Many Make-Ups
The day earlier than I began scripting this I noticed that I had miss positioned my complete journey make-up bag. Which signifies that I had misplaced all of my very favorite make-up/applicators/jewellery and so forth. Like for actual, you don’t actually understand how a lot cash you have got sunk into make-up till you lose it multi functional fell swoop. I stored considering of one other factor that was in that bag valued someplace between $20-50 and it was all including as much as waaay an excessive amount of.
Fortunately, mid writing I came upon my valuable misplaced make-up bag had been FOUND!!! Superb!
So, whereas I not want a Christmas miracle to exchange all of my fundamentals, I definitely am gonna persist with wishing for a couple of extra favourites so as to add to the gathering!
Up to now few years I’ve discovered my love of Sephora, it’s make-up heaven. So I all the time level my in-laws within the path of Sephora present playing cards when they’re on the lookout for present concepts, and this yr will probably be no totally different. I’m not likely in want of something particular, however am all the time looking for the right pink lipstick/balm/stain. I’ve heard good issues about Huda Magnificence and I feel that’ll be my subsequent trial for an extended put on purple lip, or they’ve a reasonably coral eye pallet that is perhaps good!
Final yr I listed a stitching machine as certainly one of my want listing gadgets, AND I ACTUALLY GOT IT! So thrilling! After which I promptly by no means touched it for nearly the entire yr. Till the week earlier than Halloween once I made a badass Stranger Issues gown (you already know, the long-lasting pink one which Eleven wears)! I cant even lie, after 20 hours, over Four days, and a million telephone calls to my mother to ask methods to even sew, I’m suuuper pleased with that beast. And Derek is principally the cutest Eleven ever.
I additionally made a skirt to put on to my employees Christmas celebration, and it turned out fairly danged good if I do say so myself!
So now I’ve received the bug! I wanna sew all of the issues! Together with one other skirt, that isn’t so sparkly so I can truly put on it on the common, and perhaps even attempt my hand at quilting! I’ve additionally realized the worth of getting some correct stitching gear. I’m hoping for a self therapeutic chopping mat, a rotary cutter, a correct stitching/quilting ruler, and perhaps my mother or sister will take me on a cloth purchasing date!