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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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30 Essential Movies | Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

A bit of a departure from Stanley Kubrick’s other movies, Dr. Strangelove is a black comedy about a Strategic Air Command General going off the deep end and attacking Russia in the middle of the Cold War. Though it stars George C. Scott, this essential movie is really a showcase for the comedic genius of…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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F*$%&@#! Finally

Netflix Streaming On PS3

After what seems like ages, it finally appears that Sony and Netflix have reached an agreement to bring the movie company’s glorious streaming service to over 9 million U.S. PS3 units in November. This is a major boon to current PS3 owners, as it finally provides a key service that the competing Xbox 360 has…

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Peter Jackson Comes Back to Direct

The Lovely Bones

Since the release of King Kong in 2005, over the last 4 years Peter Jackson has taken a brief hiatus from the world of film. District 9, which is now in theaters, finally marked his reintroduction as a producer, but we’ll have to wait until December of this year to see him finally take the…

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If Tarantino Loved It, Chances Are, You Will Too

Inglorious Bastards (Original) on Blu-Ray

Yes, though you may not have known it, the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film is actually a remake of this 1978 international smash. Originally characterized by the ad tag line, “Whatever The Dirty Dozen did, they do it dirtier!” and available tomorrow for the first time on Blu-ray, the film chronicles a gang of condemned criminals…

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Put's the "Must" in "Must-See"

The Hurt Locker

By Gear Patrol Reader Philippe Iujvidin: The Hurt Locker is the latest in a batch of Iraq War films; Jarhead, The Kingdom, Rendition, and Stop-Loss are others that come to mind. The Hurt Locker can be only loosely tied to these other films, as the only thing they really share in common is the setting….

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*Besides The Blockbusters

15 Movies* You Should Watch In 2009

For some, film is religion, and no temple is more sacred than the art house cinema around the corner. Serving as a calm voice of reason in a sea of neon megaplexes, the art house is the perfect refuge for discovering that gem of a specialty film. However, in a world this connected – via…

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AMC Best Picture Showcase

By Guest Writer and Gear Enthusiast Edward Cheng Oh, I love a great deal. So much so that I see a buffet, not as a meal, rather, as a challenge to see if I can eat more than the cost of admission (sadly, I usually win). When I stumbled upon the AMC Best Picture Showcase,…

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300

Undoubtedly you’ve heard of 300, the ab-laden man candy movie that men still want to watch twice. It’s a special effects masterpiece with just a touch of heart and endless reasons to inspire more training at the gym. If not, here’s a synopsis: An army of 300 Spartans faces insurmountable odds against the massive Persian…

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Transformers – The Movie

We’ll keep this one short. Go watch Transformers. Oh, and keep a close eye on the trailer for the new J.J. Abrams movie codenamed Cloverfield which is sure to garner a lot of buzz over the next few months. It definitely has our interest. What this means to you: Two and a half hours of…

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Ocean’s Eleven & Twelve + Ticket to Ocean’s Thirteen [Win This!]

Danny Ocean’s stylish crew of criminals certainly makes for great cinema. The original, a remake of the classic Rat Pack flick, set the standard, and Ocean’s Twelve took the series even further. Now, they’re back with Al Pacino for a third take and smooth as ever. If you haven’t seen it, go see the Ocean’s…