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Screen Time: 8 of Cinema’s Coolest Watches

Watches generally hold two positions in movies: they’re either part of the story, or part of the character. In either case, given the right circumstances, movie watches can reach icon status for watch enthusiasts and movie buffs alike. These are our eight favorite silver screen timepieces that have made a huge impact on both cinema and the watch world.

Today in Gear: March 5, 2014

Today in Gear we check out 12 Years A Slave, Lance Armstrong's deception, a speaker that listens to you, Lexus's newest sports car and more.

Seeking the Reel Deal

A GP Guide to the Sundance Film Festival

This year was the 30th anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival, when Park City, UT, becomes the center of the celluloid universe and nearly 50,000 people descend on a mountain town of 7,500 inhabitants. Sundance is widely considered the most important film festival in the U.S., the incubator for films that resonate deeply in American popular culture. What’s more, the festival makes for a raucous week in the Wasatch Range. We were on hand this year to see how it all works. Here's our guide on where to stay, what to eat and, most importantly, how to go about your festival week.

Today in Gear: 2013 Culture Rewind

“Everything else” and “Miscellany” don’t sound nearly as charming or interesting as “Culture”, do they? But that’s not the only reason we’ve so named our Friday issues. Outside of the narrower focuses of other weekdays, Fridays are our time to explore a more relaxed view of what’s happening around us — and rightly so, what...

Blue Water, White Death

The Greatest Shark Movie You’ve Never Seen

The history of shark movies is littered with some good, some bad and some very ugly films. Before Sharknado, before Open Water, even before Jaws, there was Blue Water, White Death, which may just be the greatest shark movie ever made.

Today in Gear: July 31, 2013

LG PG65U Portable LED Projector Finally a way to easily watch movies, tv shows and other media in a large format without the risk of a heavy monitor falling off the wall and killing your cat. The LED bulbs in this portable unit last 30,000 hours and project a 125-inch image. There’s a built-in digital...

Million Dollar Baby (maker)

Design Spotlight: Chase Car Inc. Porsche Panamera Turbo Camera Car

Though most movies don't cause the viewer to think about camera angles, lighting or color tone, there are some (Star Trek, Eagle Eye, Fast & Furious) with sequences and scenes that leave you wondering "How the hell did they shoot that?" This is how the hell: Chase Car Inc. We had a chance to check out their matte-black, modded out Porsche Panamera Turbo, replete with a full camera crane. Needless to say, we smiled for the camera.

Enter the kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom

Director Wes Anderson’s most recent (and perhaps most Wes Andersony) film to date, Moonrise Kingdom ($20), is now available on crystal-clear Blu-ray — obviously the best way to watch a movie that looks like it was shot on film equipment from the ‘60s. Featuring customary Anderson regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, the film also...

Lights, Camera, Beef!

MoB | Masterbeef Theater: 10 Best Beef Movie Scenes

We promised to leave no steak unturned during our month of beef, and we’re men of our word. As it happens, beef’s got a thespian side that The Academy repeatedly fails to acknowledge. Our budget for gold statues was blown on jerky and skillets, but that won’t stop us from proposing a new award category...

Smash Hit

The Avengers Blu-ray

The superhero movie of the century is now ready to blow up your living room. Naturally, you’d expect top notch audio and video quality, and the Blu-ray version ($20) won’t disappoint — especially for 3D fans looking to recreate the theater experience at home. There’s also plenty of intriguing extras to enhance the second go...

It's still not safe to go in the water

Jaws Blu-Ray Edition

Real, life-affirming creations of art that come along at the right place at the right time to transform culture as we know it are… well, rare. Jaws is such a masterpiece, and one that has captivated audiences for nearly forty years. The film struck a chord through cutting edge effects, a genius score, and of...

Gotham's finest... team

Under Armor Gotham City Rogues Apparel

Love yourself some Batman but can’t stoop to wearing a cape tomorrow night? Sporting Under Armor’s new legit line of Gotham City Rogues jerseys, t-shirts, hoodies, jackets and hats will still maintain your cult credentials, without shaming your date into sitting a row over. Sure, after catching the team’s biggest and final highlight in the...

Goes for the nuts first

Haywire

Think of Mallory Kane (played by MMA Fighter, Gina Carano) as Jason Bourne with a functioning memory and some sweet heels. Carano comes alive in this action-thriller by acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh. As hired heavy for a private black bag ops firm working for the United States Government, Kane is betrayed by the very people...

Driver's tale continues...

Driven by James Sallis

Tailgating the Oscar-nominated film noir Drive; inspired by James Sallis’s dark novel of the same name; comes the sequel Driven. Sallis’s new novel picks up with the lead character, the enigmatic “Driver”, seven years later as he attempts to transform himself from part-time stunt driver and full-time getaway driver to upstanding citizen, Paul West. In...

Date-approved, yet still enjoyable

Our Idiot Brother

Despite what the posters say, Our Idiot Brother is less of a roll-on-the-floor-comedy, and more of a feel-good-indie. That doesn’t mean you won’t laugh out loud while watching though (the parole officer conversations and an attempted threesome are particularly rich moments). Loaded with generation X stars including Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones...

Love Hurts

Bellflower

Bellflower is the debut film by Evan Glodell, who in many ways exhibits hints of both a young James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino. Like “the king of the world”, Glodell has a love for the mechanical — he built his own specialized camera to film Bellflower, as well as many of the movie’s ridiculous anarchist...

The Hobbit 3D Behind the Scenes

Time check. The first Lord of the Rings movie is now 10 years old. Luckily, if you’ve been in middle-earth withdrawal since the last film appeared in 2003, Peter Jackson has decided to don his Tolkien hat once to again to bring The Hobbit to the silver screen — in 3D. Through this behind the...

Drive-in? Try Fly-in.

My Life on the Go: Relax

GEAR PATROL SPONSORED POST As much as we love our home theaters, they don’t exactly pack well. So, in this second part of the My Life on the Go series we decided to test the ASUS U46E’s prowess at handling one of our favorite off-hour diversions — movies.

Beautiful or Befuddled?

The Tree of Life

Terrance Malick’s fifth film The Tree of Life ($25) is a strange beast, to say the least. At Cannes, it was booed by some during its press screening, but went on to take the Palme d’Or. Established reviewers split in a similar fashion, with some crowning it as a profound and moving exploration of human...

Boxed-In

Scarface Limited Edition Blu-ray with Humidor

When you get the money, then you get the $700 limited edition Scarface Blu-ray. Then, when you get the power and Blu-ray, then you get the women. That’s probably not the exact curriculum of the Tony Montana life coaching system, but we’re pretty sure he’d still splurge on this ridiculous version of Brian De Palma’s...

Movie Titles in Movies Part 2

For decades screen writers have found excuses for characters to casually drop the name of the film in dialog. Don’t think that’s the case? Check out this compilation of clips from 110 movies and we think you’ll see the theme. Still don’t believe it? Then go back and watch Part I.

The 100 Greatest Movie Threats of All Time

This amazing compilation is exactly what it sounds like. Created by super cut master HH1Edits, it’s totally unsuitable for work and definitely shouldn’t be shared in polite company. Enjoy, thoroughly.

Like Netflix for Movie Theaters

MoviePass

MoviePass is a brand new startup hoping to revolutionize the way film addicts get their regular dose o’ big screen. For $50 bucks a month, clients can enjoy an unlimited number of movies. Everything works via an app, which is available for both Android and iOS users. Through it, users can reserve seats and simply...

Remember It's "Steeg" not "Stig"

The Stieg Larsson Trilogy Blu-ray Collection

While you’re waiting for David Fincher and co. to provide their own cinematic interpretations of Stieg Larsson’s break away “The Girl Who Played With..” series, we’d recommend checking out the original Swedish films. Those who have read the books will find that each of the films stays relatively close to their original novel story lines...

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The Social Network

Mark Zuckerburg, for better or worse, has changed the way the world communicates. That may sound hyperbolic, but it’s the truth. It just so happens that in the process of doing this, he also wound up becoming a billionaire several times over — while still in college. The Social Network ($17) may not portray the...

Take It For What It Is

The Expendables

We’ll be honest. The Expendables isn’t a good movie per se — and it certainly won’t be up for any golden statue nominations. If you approach the film as the ridiculous farce of a blockbuster action film that it is however, watch it and you’re bound to have a good time. We won’t divulge any...

The Legal Alternative to Robbing a Blockbuster

Fox 75th Anniversary Collection

The Fox 75th Anniversary Collection ($358) is one of the easiest ways we can think of to buy a movie collection overnight. This mega box set contains 75 films produced by the studio and is divided into three volumes, each covering 25 years of production. Obviously there’s plenty worth watching — 46 have won at...

Hey, You Guys!

The Goonies 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

There’s plenty about the 80’s that’s worth forgetting, but The Goonies shouldn’t fall on that list. Directed and produced by Richard Donner (who also happened to direct the Lethal Weapon movies and The Omen), and written by non other than Steven Spielberg, it’s no wonder the kids adventure was a tremendous success. The fact that...

Learn More About the Directors You Love

Masters of Cinema Series

The Masters of Cinema Seriesare essential introductions to the world’s most renowned directors. Each book is written by contributors to the famous Cahiers du Cinéma magazine, and feature over a 100 images of film stills, set photographs, and posters — many of which have never been seen. Organized chronologically, film lovers can also read brief...

It's "gonna mace you in the face"

The Darjeeling Limited Criterion Collection (Blu-ray)

Wes Anderson is a polarizing director. People either hate or love his films. End of story. The Darjeeling Limited ($25) tends to rank lower on his list of films, possibly because it was co-written by Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola instead of Owen Wilson or Noah Baumbach. But in our book it’s still a highly...

Because Somebody Already Probably Said It Best

Cult Movie Quote Book

Feeling like your title as resident movie expert is in doubt? Then a quick read through a copy of the Cult Movie Quote Book ($10) should help you set the record straight. Filled with quotes from must see films like Easy Rider, Taxi Driver, Alfie, and the original Italian Job, it’s a perfect gift for...

So Wrong, So Funny

In Bruges (Blu-ray)

In Bruges ($19) is a dark comedy that’s steadily picked up a cult following since its 2008 release. The story follows the actions of two Irish gangster/hit men who’ve been ordered to lay low – you guessed it – in Bruges (broozh), after a hit gets a little too messy. Don’t know how to pronounce...

A Future Comedy Classic

Hot Tub Time Machine Blu-ray

We’ve been patiently waiting for this Blu-ray release ever since we walked out of the theater back in March. It’s hands down one of, if not the funniest movie we’ve seen so far in 2010, and should not be missed if you happened to skip it while it ran in theaters. Trust us, we know...

30 Essential Movies | North by Northwest

Over fifty years old now, North by Northwest, is an Alfred Hitchcock classic. Starring Cary Grant as “Mad Man” (Madison Avenue advertising exec.) Roger Thornhill, Roger is mistaken for another man and kidnapped. Throughout the movie he’s relentlessly pursued through more plot twists than The Departed x5. Trying to explain it would be impossible. Suffice...

30 Essential Movies | The French Connection

Based around a drug smuggling connection between Marseilles and New York City, The French Connection, follows “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman) of the NYPD in his dogged pursuit of the drug smugglers. A bit of a rogue cop, Doyle gets onto the hunt for the smugglers after “interrogating” a suspect who’d slashed his partner with a...

30 Essential Movies | Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Shocking as it may seem, there was a time when Matthew Broderick was not married to John Kerry masquerading as a woman. During that time he made some solid movies and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is most certainly one of the best. The iconic Ferris Bueller is a senior in high school outside of Chicago...

The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies

The Hollywood Economist

Everyone knows Hollywood is a money making machine and has been for years, but thanks to studio secrecy, few understand why this is and how it works. Written by the renowned investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein, who holds a Ph.D from Harvard and has published books previously on everything from the Diamond industry to Lee...

30 Essential Movies | Bullitt

Bullitt… McQueen. Bisset. Car chase. Mustang. Charger RT. Car chase. Witness Protection. Mafia. Car chase. Turtlenecks (that are cool). Dirty cops. Did we mention the car chase? Buy Now: $9 (Blu-Ray | $22 (Special Edition DVD) 30 Essential Movies is a Gear Patrol series focused on highlighting the 30 core films every guy should own...

30 Essential Movies | Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry follows Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) as he pursues Scorpio, a psychopathic sniper. Never one to go by the book Harry hunts Scorpio relentlessly as he leaves a trail of innocent bodies in his wake. Continuously waylaid by politically correct superiors, Harry toes the ethical line between cop and criminal as Scorpio leads...

30 Essential Movies | The Godfather (Trilogy)

Though technically a trilogy, splitting them up into separate parts is just wrong. The fact is, your DVD collection needs The Godfather in its entirety. Arguably the best trifecta of films ever made, The Godfather is based on the 1969 book by Mario Puzo. It follows the Corleone mob family, originally from Sicily, starting in...

30 Essential Movies | Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was Guy Ritchie’s first big hit. Four friends get in debt for a half-million pounds to local porn king “Hatchet” Harry after a high stakes card game goes horribly wrong. Given a week to pay, the friends come up with a plan to get the money by robbing their...