Holiday Buying Guide: 10 Movies to Buy this Holiday Season

If you were to buy one movie about trolls…

A group of college journalists track down a man they believe may be the key to a string of mysterious bear killings in Norway, only to discover the man is an expert troll hunter, who risks his life to maintain a massive government conspiracy that hides the existence of such creatures.

Why buy it?
TrollHunter proves that the found footage genre isn’t dead just yet. Fun and surprisingly well made, TrollHunter is a refreshingly unique tale that is as entertaining as it is absurd.

If you were to buy one movie your wife/girlfriend/girl you want to sleep with will like…
The Help

A young white woman (Emma Stone) decides to write about what it’s like to be a black maid in 1960’s Mississippi, casting a spotlight on the overt racism that persists.

Why buy it?
Featuring strong performances by Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, The Help is a well-made drama that tackles a serious topic while remaining lighthearted in its approach. Entertaining and moving, The Help is all but assured some Oscar nominations come the new year.

If you were to buy one movie no one saw…
The Beaver

A successful businessman and not-so-successful husband and father (Mel Gibson) suffers a nervous breakdown. He returns with new energy and vigor, but also with a beaver puppet that he uses to express the emotions he’s been suppressing for years.

Why buy it?
Despite his unfortunate off-screen antics, Mel Gibson turns in one of the best performances of his career under the guidance of director and close friend Jodie Foster.

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By Erik Samdahl
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  • Creative Shopper

    I am the worst when it comes to buying movies seriously I have so many movies I do not have enough room for them all. Yet, I kept buying them because renting was not working out so well for me in that I was always paying late fees, Blockbuster got so much money out of me. I love the feeling of a new movie and the excitement of putting it in the Blu-ray player. Feeling my couch under me like a magic carpet taking me off into another place and time with each film I watch. Yet then it occurred to me when I was at work half-awake starring at one of the film posters that Dish Network usually has on there walls everywhere. Why keep buying films when I can live stream them repeatedly if I choose to and still have the same effect? Yes, I enjoy having the “collector’s edition” but at the same time I also have to consider that I am not in the greatest financial position at this point in my life. Therefore, I came to full circle and went back to Blockbuster with the Blockbuster Movie Pass except now no late fees or due dates to worry about. I have been choosing from thousands of exceptional films especially Rango it’s hilarious and Johnny Depp is fabulous no matter what character he is playing. I am in movie heaven here is nothing I cannot find. All the classics, unique and rare films all streaming from or by mail faster than Netflix and no fees for Blu-rays. The other day I went to the dog park and while my dog got his fun, I watched a movie on my laptop and I got it free as a new customer for a year. I can come to terms with my “collection stigma” because I will have more money to play with in other areas of my life.