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Scarecrow's Staff Gift Guide--Part Two

Welcome to Part II of the Scarecrow Staff Gift Guide. As you may recall from our first installment, this guide is a list of things we'd either like to receive or would suggest as ideal gifts for others this holiday season. All of these items are available in our store. Here are our next round of selections: Travis recommends all three seasons of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT "because it's the best live action comedy show of all time, and everyone should watch it all about seven times minimum. Taste the happy!" As someone noted for excelling in the comedic arts, you can trust Travis to know what's funny for you and those you love. Seasons 1-3, $24.95 each [caption id="attachment_2078" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Now the story of a wealthy family who lost everything..."]Now the story of a wealthy family who lost everything...[/caption] Alex has a suggestion for those on your list who appreciate movies outside the norm, that being this year's cult favorite  BIG MAN JAPAN. "Know someone with really strange and eclectic tastes who is hard to shop for? Big Man Japan is a movie for a very small percentage of people. It's a seemingly slow-paced mockumentary about a guy who battles strange (VERY STRANGE) gigantic monsters in the vein of Godzilla movies. It's such a great film for weirdos who appreciate weird cinema (like me!)" DVD $23.95 [caption id="attachment_2082" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="I'm just a regular boring guy, except that sometimes I grow 30 meters and fight giant monsters"]bigmanjapan[/caption] Leo got a little cryptic with his recommendation for DAVID LYNCH: THE LIME GREEN BOX SET. " Elephant Man + Industrial Symphony #1 = A Christmas Carol." We're not entirely sure what to make of that, but it sure sounds lovely, doesn't it? This collection includes the remastered version of Eraserhead and its soundtrack, Wild at Heart, Blue Velvet, a disc full of short films, an exclusive "mystery disc" culled from Lynch's personal archives, a 40 page picture book and much more. If you know a someone who's just getting into Lynch's work, this would be perfect. Box Set $119.95

[caption id="attachment_2080" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption=""That's a human ear. all right" "]"It's a human ear, alright" [/caption] Jensen mixes in a little social commentary to the entertainment with his recommendation of ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS. "Hitchcock was the master. He could make any story into a stinging comment on injustice, the human condition, or even a cozy home life. I grew up on this show and it was always been a guide for me. Do yourself or your people a favor and nudge 'em in this direction." For anyone who has run through his filmography and is hungry for more, this TV show chock full of fabulous guest stars and his deft dramatic and suspense skills will enthrall so much, folks won't even know they're learning a lesson. Seasons 1-4 available, $34.95 each [caption id="attachment_2085" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption=""Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to darkest Hollywood.""]"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to darkest Hollywood."[/caption] Paige recommends some decidedly immoral hilarity with the FX series IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA. "It's great for that friend or family member who likes ridiculous people doing ridiculous things." Believe us, the egotistical, conniving, dishonest, crass and downright selfish group of "friends" who run a rundown Irish pub get themselves into some pretty ridiculous situations, with often shocking and always humorous outcomes. Seasons 1-2, Season 3 and Season 4 $31.95 each. A Very Sunny Christmas Special DVD $23.95 Blu-ray $24.95 [caption id="attachment_2088" align="aligncenter" width="220" caption="Did we mention it stars Danny DeVito?"]Did we mention it stars Danny DeVito?[/caption] Jen thinks a series pass to the THE KING OF COOL: THE FILMS OF STEVE MCQUEEN at Seattle Art Museum would be a fine gift for any film fan. The ten-week series starts Thursday, January 7th and features such classics as The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair and The Sand Pebbles (see the full schedule here). We've also just learned that McQueen's wife, actress and author Neile McQueen Toffel, will be in attendance for the February 18th screening of Bullitt. Stay tuned to this blog for more information. Series Passes: SAM members $58, Non-members $65. Tickets are available at Scarecrow or at the Seattle Art Museum box office. We'll keep musing on what's good to give and get and be back soon with another installment.