The Dork Shelf Guide to Holiday Shopping: Day 3

Welcome to day 3 of our Dork Shelf Guide to Holiday Shopping. Herein you’ll find some of our picks for the coolest, nerdiest, and dorkiest picks for your friends, family, and loved ones. Did you miss a day so far? Well, head back to our directory and check out what you missed!

New Movies/Box Sets:

World's End

The Cornetto Trilogy

It’s over (for now), and Edgar Wright’s trilogy of films with actors Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright wrapped up this summer with the surprisingly poignant, The World’s End. The film that follows the exploits of chronic drunkard Gary King (excellently played by Pegg) goading his buddies into one last shot at their hometown pub crawl that went unfinished in their teens, it has an appropriately valedictory and at times bittersweet feel. It’s a great way to end a beautiful and productive partnership, and while the Blu-Ray for World’s End is great on its own, why not shell out a few extra bucks and just get all three really great Blu-Rays altogether. After all, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are pretty great, too, you know. Each disc looks great and comes packed with more extras than you can shake a zombie limb/meddlesome goose/pint glass at. (Available wherever Blu-Rays are sold) (Andrew Parker)

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Older Movies:

Scrooged

Scrooged

In honour 25th anniversary of one of the most unsung and hilarious holiday classics to come out of the 1980s, there’s no better time to discover the true meaning of Christmas with Bill Murray in Richard Donner’s gleefully bonkers dark comedy adaptation of a Dickens classic. Although Murray never really liked how the film turned out (he’s still somewhat notoriously sour about it), he still gives one of his best performances in the lead. It’s also the perfect anti-holiday feel good movie. It’s worth it for the ludicrous behind the scenes TV network send-up and Bobcat Golthwait’s down on his luck and drunk Bob Cratchit act. A true modern holiday classic. (Available wherever Blu-Rays are sold) (Andrew Parker)

TV Box Set:

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Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons

Regular Show

OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! If you guys know what Regular Show is, you know it’s quite possibly the funniest animated show on television right now that’s not called Bob’s Burgers. The tale of a slacker blue jay and an even bigger slacker raccoon as they somehow manage to keep their menial park employee jobs after outrageously bumbling adventure, Regular Show is perceptive and witty enough for adults, but silly enough for kids. If you don’t know Regular Show, you should get into it. If you do, you owe it to yourself to get this packed with extras Blu-Ray set with all 40 episodes from the first two seasons of the show. Sadly, it is not available on is protagonists’ favourite format of choice, VHS. (Available wherever Blu-Rays are sold) (Andrew Parker)

 

Specialty Sports DVD & Blu-Ray:

History of the WWE

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History of the WWE

For 50 years now, World Wrestling Entertainment has been delighting fans of “sports entertainment” with outlandish storylines, some of the best and most physical in-ring athletes, and larger than life personas that often transcended their TV personalities. This three disc Blu-Ray set starts off with a two hour documentary looking at the rise of the company from a small time local promotion to that of a multimillion dollar travelling sideshow juggernaut. The documentary is great, as are the selection of classic matches (which still admittedly has some suspect choices along the way), making this a must own for any rasslin’ fan. (Available wherever Blu-Rays are sold) (Andrew Parker)

Graphic, Um Whatever You Want to Call It:

My Dirty Dumb Eyes

My Dirty Dumb Eyes

Remember that hilarious comic that skewered the movie Drive, depicting Ryan Gosling as the false idol of cool with dozens of toothpicks in his mouth and a parrot on his shoulder? That was the work of writer and artist Lisa Hannawalt, easily one of the funniest human beings alive today. A take-no-prisoners mishmash of stories, comics, sight gags, and various forms of cheeky and often rude jokes, Hannawalt’s collection of works at times feels like a clearing house for ragtag ideas, but they are always on point. If you like to laugh (and who doesn’t?), this is the perfect gift to buy, read, then give away your used copy, and then you just buy a new one anyway. (Available in most book stores) (Andrew Parker)

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Comics:

Hawkeye, Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon

Hawkeye My Life as a Weapon

I’ve always loved Hawkeye, even though he’s always traditionally been kind of a second banana character. The several issue storyline from Matt Fraction gives the master of the bow and arrow a lot more depth and excitement than the Avenger and SHIELD member has gotten in ages. Blending action, espionage, and a surprising amount of insightful psychological drama, this wasn’t one of the best runs for the character in recent memory, it was one of the best runs of ANY character from Marvel in recent memory. (Available wherever comics and comic collections are sold) (Andrew Parker)

Video Game:

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (Nintendo 3DS)

Phoenix Wright Dual Destinies

OBJECTION! Originally slated to be released as the fifth Phoenix Wright game (technically there are 7… technically), Dual Destines offers up the darkest and most difficult mystery for the impeccably coiffed super lawyer who players guide through various cases all tied to the same dark ends. These games have always been insanely addictive, often able to be played in a single enthralled sitting, but this one might be the strongest in the franchise yet in terms of character development and overall gameplay. It’s certainly better than those brainteaser games people are likely to play on public transit on their way to work. TAKE THAT! (Available via download from the Nintendo eShop) (Andrew Parker)

 

Board Games:

Gremlins: The Board Game

Gremlins Board Game

Damned straight. What spells Christmas more than a return to the sleepy, gremlin overrun town of Kingston Falls? Try and stop Stripe and his buddy’s reign of terror before it’s too late! It’s not a terribly hard game to play, but it’s a ton of fun with a bunch of tipsy friends, especially ones that could quote Phoebe Cates’ really out of place speech in the middle of the game. (Available wherever finer board games are sold) (Andrew Parker)

Gag Gifts/Dares:

Sriracha Candy Canes

Sriracha Candy Canes

And we wonder why there’s a shortage of the world’s newly minted favourite hot sauce? First Subway catches on, and now these beauties that say “Oh, remember that time you ate a candy cane and instead of peppermint it was cinnamon? Well, I’m here to fuck you up.” A great gift for the jerk/adventurer/lover of all things sriracha in your life. (Available from ThinkGeek) (Andrew Parker)

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