Category Archives: Holiday Gift Guide 2013
Holee molee! Where did the time go?
It’s December 24th and you haven’t finished your gift shopping yet! Damn, work kept you busy these past few weeks! Ah, shoot. You knew you shouldn’t have stayed out so late with the boys – or the girls – the other night! It’s a holiday fail! Game over, man! Game over!
Wait. Wait. Just wait a second. Gather yourself. You can do this. You still have time. You’re a holiday hero, yes you are. And besides: like any good pop-culture hero, you don’t believe in the no-win scenario.
We here at Biff Bam Pop! are here to help you re-wire the holiday simulator. We’re here to help you get that shopping done. Let us do that after the jump!
This is certainly the year of “Doctor Who.” Not only is 2013 the fiftieth anniversary of the celebrated British sci-fi television series, it is also the year the show has hit its height of popularity worldwide. With the traditional Christmas special just a day away, in which lead actor Matt Smith is replaced by the new Doctor Peter Capaldi, what better time to focus on a special last minute Holiday Gift Guide entry, Who’s 50: The 50 Doctor Who Stories to Watch Before You Die. Check it out, after the jump.
One year I gave my Dad Breaking Bad Season One on DVD. I think it’s the best gift I’ve ever given him.
Since binge-watching has become so popular, TV on DVD is a great gift to give someone that you might be stuck on. We all have our favourite series, and since there are so many amazing shows out there, it’s impossible to watch them all. I’m sure you know some people who have been deprived of The Sopranos or The Wire. Below are three suggestions of TV on DVD that would be great gifts to give someone, but really any show that you care passionately about would be perfect to share with a loved one. Read the rest of this entry
So far, throughout our Holiday Gift Guide, we’ve been focusing on gifts for the geeks and pop culture aficionados. But we simply can’t forget the children, whether it be our own or the ones in our lives. On that note, here are a few recommendations that will make the little ones in your life pretty pleased.
Mathilda – this legitimate classic from Sony and author Roald Dahl has recently been reissued on Blu-ray, and is definitely worth investing in for your children. Starring Mara Wilson, Rhea Pearlman and Danny DeVito, who also directed, this 1996 film about a young girl with telekinetic powers and the adventures she gets into. Quirky and funny, the film has stood the test of time and will definitely be enjoyed by kids 6 and up. And adults, don’t worry – you’ll get a kick out of it too.
Ah, so you’ve got a significant other who fancies themselves an artist? A son or daughter who loves the subject in school? A friend whose been longing to paint like they once did in college, but has never quite gotten around to picking up proper supplies?
Well, now that we’ve tweaked your noodle this holiday season, let’s nudge you in the right artistic direction shall we?
The one thing that every artist needs, whether new or well established, is materials – one can never have enough of them.
Follow me after the jump for a few suggestions that, when unwrapped, will be most welcome in their studio.
While they may not have made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it was still a very big year for progressive rock icons Yes. The band hit the road with singer Jon Davison for their critically acclaimed and commercially successful Three Album Tour, playing classics The Yes Album, Close To The Edge and Going For The One in their entirety. You know your humble Editor-In-Chief loves the band, and it seems that lots of Biff Bam Poppers do as well. So this gift guide entry is for the prog rock fan in your life, since there were three very cool Yes products released recently that will make any Yeshead happy.
The first comes from the fine folks at Panegyric Recordings. Working with remix/surround sound master, Steven Wilson, the label has reissued Yes’ genre-defining Close To The Edge in a definitive edition, with a remixed cd and either DVD or Blu-ray Surround Sound version, each with multiple versions of the album. As someone who has owned multiple copies of CTTE over the years, I feel totally comfortable in telling you that this is indeed the DEFINITIVE edition. The surround sound mix offers so many treats to discerning ears; but you don’t have to a longtime fan to appreciate the recording. I played the title track for fellow BBP writer JP Fallavollita, who hadn’t heard the song before, and he was literally blown away by what was coming out of the speakers. The packaging is also definitive, approximating a vinyl replica, complete with Roger Dean album art. Whether you’re buying this for someone who hasn’t listening to Yes before, or you’re giving it to the completist in your life, they will not be disappointed.
It’s the holiday season. It’s cold outside and the snow has piled up as high as the windowsill. Dinner has been finished, the table and plates cleaned, and, as the streetlights flicker on, you realize it’s the perfect time to curl up on the couch, under blankets, with a hot cup of black tea or Bailey’s-spiked coffee or dark hot chocolate, within arms reach. In your free hands is the perfect book for reading at this very moment in time.
The winter holidays, for all of their inherent joy and merriment, are also perfect days for the more mysterious, twisted and frightening sides of life. There’s a great heritage to holiday-based, horror-themed, story telling and reading. As you wrap yourself within the warm confines of your safe abode, it takes the collected short stories of author Ian Rogers to remind us that Every House Is Haunted.
Follow me after the jump and I’ll tell you about the gift you need to give (or give to yourself) this holiday season!