Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The TCM’s The Essentials Collection with Two Movie Guides and a Coffee Mug Makes for Great Gift Idea for Movie Buffs This Holiday Season! (Review)

Disclosure: I was provided with samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

"Bring home the best of TCM’s The Essentials with two great guides to must-see cinema, and also receive an official TCM mug as a special bonus! 

Whether you’re a classic film aficionado or looking for recommendations on where to get started, this collection makes the perfect gift for the holidays. "

Even though I was born in the 70's, I have always considered by myself to be an old soul. And, when it comes to movies, most of my favorites are classics from way back when.  Just the other day, my youngest daughter was looking in my closet and found my box of memorabilia I had collected when I was her age for James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, and others.  She had no idea who these people were, or why I would have clippings, dolls and even a coffee mug with their faces on it. Then, I shared with her that they were some of the greats of yesteryear, and starred in iconic films that continue to win over generations of movie buffs and old souls like myself.  

After we got to talking more about must see movies from way back when, I shared two new paperback books I had just received in the mail, and was making my way through from Turner Classic Movies (TCM).  They just came out with a "The Essentials" Package, that would make a great gift idea for movie buffs and fans of classic movies dating back to the Silent Era all the way up to present day.  As we flipped through the pages of these guide books, I share with my daughter many of my favorite movies and scenes from each that resonated with me.  I knew she would get excited about these books, as like me, she likes old timey movies and classics, and can sit for hours if we let her watching movies.  She just stumbled upon Rocky the other day, and had to see all of them to see what she had missed (as she wasn't born when they released) :-)  She was hooked on Rocky, and as she made her way through the sequels, she found herself wishing they had stopped at the first one.  I told her so many others would agree with her, and that holds true for many movies that had sequels that shouldn't have been made, as the first one was always the best, and these guide books include some of those movies.

My daughter and I sat for over an hour flipping through the pages of these Essentials guide books, and made a plan to watch some of these movies together and see if would become favorites of my daughter's, like they were for me. Or, maybe there was a classic movie I hadn't seen that peaked her interest after reading about in these books, that we would both watch for the first time and love.  :-)  We just started watching movie together at night as a way to unwind, and it is so nice with the tree all lit up in the background, snuggling up on the couch to watch classic movies with my girls.  We have great conversation, and I love sharing all these classic movies, they otherwise may never sit for, with them.  

If you are a movie buff or know someone who can't get enough of AMC, then you will definitely want to check out the TCM Essentials Bundle Collectible Set, which includes the two books mentioned above, as well as a TCM Host Mug (making you official).  This makes for the perfect gift also for those hard to shop for people on your shopping list, or those who say they have everything, as they probably don't have this newly released bundle. I have these two books out on our coffee table, and love picking them up and flipping through them to read all about these classic movies that truly define what it means to be a classic.

More about the books:

  • The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter

"[An] excellent book. Author Arnold distills why each movie is a must-see, and augments his knowledgeable text with sidebar quotes from various TCM hosts... Handsomely designed and packed with great photos, The Essentials would be a perfect gift for a young person who's just dipping his or her toe into these waters…but I found it equally appealing." —Leonard Maltin,

  • The Essentials Vol. 2: 52 More Must-See Movies and Why They Matter

A guide to fifty-two examples of must-see cinema, The Essentials Vol. 2 -- based on the Turner Classic Movies series -- is packed with behind-the-scenes stories, illuminating commentary, moments to watch for, and hundreds of photos spotlighting films that define what it means to be a classic.


You can learn more about the TCM Essentials Bundle Collectible set, as well as other great gift ideas from TCM by visiting

They have so many wonderful gift ideas for movie buffs including books, mugs, wines, and so much more!

Disclosure: I was provided with samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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