Comedies, dramas, action—doesn’t matter, you love them all. You’re a movie buff and you’re always looking to complement your hobby (or passion), whether you’re heading out to the theater or cozying up and watching a great movie from the comfort of your own home. Here are some things that all movie lovers—and perhaps wannabe movie makers!—should have in their lives. Why not add a few (or all) to your wedding registry?
Going to the movies is getting more and more expensive these days. Between the price of tickets, concessions, and parking/transportation, one movie can cost as much as getting a nice dinner. Does unlimited movies for less than $10 a month sound too good to be true? Thanks to Moviepass, it's not. For just $9.99 every month, you can see one movie per day, as many as you can or want to fit in throughout the month. While there are a few caveats—it's accepted in most, but not all, movie theaters, you can't buy tickets in advance, and 3D and other specialized screenings are not included—Moviepass is a movie lover's dream come true.
Sony X900 E ($1,199.99)
These days, between all the streaming services and premium cable channels, more movies are available to us with the tap of a button than ever before. For optimal home viewing, having the right TV can make all the difference. What you want in a home TV for watching movies is bright colors and deep contrast, and the Sony X900E has what you need at a solid mid-price point. Whether you have the lights on or off, glares and fuzzy clouding will be gone, allowing you to lose yourself completely in the story.
Sonos Playbar ($699)
The better TV you have, the better the sound. However, the vast majority of TVs are lacking in the quality of the sound they output. If you want to come closer to replicating the pulse-pounding theater experience, a Sonos Playbar has you covered. This is a high-end soundbar, but for good reason. Sonos’ audio is among the best available to consumers, its sleek, minimalist design means it will go with whatever decor you’re sporting, and its wireless, Bluetooth technology makes setup easy. The Playbar is also part of Sonos’ 5.1 Surround Sound package, along with a subwoofer and two additional Play 1 surround speakers. If you really want to hear the movies as their sound teams meant for you to, the Surround Sound package won’t let you down.
Perfect for when you want a cozy night in, think of this as all you’ll need for Netflix and chill sans the ‘flix and instead, with your own box set of Warner Bro’s 20 films that have won Best Picture. With well-known classic titles including Casablanca and Gone with The Wind, to more modern flicks like The Departed and The Lord of The Rings, there’s a movie for every mood.
Cuisinart Popcorn Maker (59.99)
Any movie can be hit or miss, but one guarantee is that popcorn greatly enhances the movie-watching experience. To get that fresh, movie theater taste in the comfort of your own home, grab this Cuisinart popcorn maker. It’s compact enough to not take up too much counter or cabinet space, and it makes 10 cups of popcorn in just three short minutes so you won’t miss any of the action.
Redbox Movie Night Gift Box ($66.99)
Sometimes you need something sweeter than popcorn, and this Redbox Gift Box from Hayneedle has you covered. In addition to all the sweets you need, the set comes with six movie rentals from Redbox, so you won’t have to wait for that movie you missed to come out on Netflix.
Masterclass ($180/year All-Access Pass)
Ever think about turning your passion for movies into something more than a hobby? A career, perhaps? It might seem like a distant dream, but you have to begin somewhere, and what better way to start than learning about making movies directly from the experts. Thanks to Masterclass, you can do just that. At-your-pace, online courses from Masterclass cover a wide range of subjects, and their film category is stacked with high-profile experts. Learn screenwriting from the writer of hit movies like A Few Good Men, Moneyball and The Social Network's Aaron Sorkin, or learn filmmaking from renowned director and documentarian Werner Herzog. There’s also an acting course taught by Samuel L. Jackson and an upcoming filmmaking class from the great Martin Scorsese.
Roger Ebert’s The Great Movies ($9.99 and up)
Roger Ebert is one of the most well-known and respected movie critics of all time. While famous for co-hosting At the Movies with Gene Siskel and later Richard Roeper, Ebert’s words are what gave him his notoriety. Through the course of his career, Ebert compiled three books of essays on what he considered the greatest films of all time. The Great Movies Vol. I, Vol. II, and Vol. III are all a must-have for movie lovers. After watching a classic, there’s nothing better than opening up and taking in Ebert’s expert commentary.