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I don’t do holiday gift guides. Not my bag. But–’tis the season and everyone’s having big sales from now until the end of the year, so rather than be Scrooge about it, feel free to stuff your stockings with new releases from these distributors, many of them the smaller ones that are keeping our beloved physical media alive in the age of streaming.

81yV+5YPyuL._SL1436_Despite our practically being neighbors here in Brooklyn, Big World Pictures is a label previously unknown to me. Not anymore, as I was recently showered with some of its foreign film acquisitions. Chief among them is an Eric Rohmer comedy-drama, A Summer’s Tale (1996), the story of a music-minded mathematician, Gaspard (Melvil Poupaud), juggling three appealing women while vacationing in Brittany. Which will he choose for something more lasting…and which will have him? It’s never clear-cut in a languidly paced but somehow always compelling Rohmer film, the sort of movie I appreciate more in my middle years than I did when I was Gaspard’s age, when I bought the infamous line uttered by Gene Hackman

Recently, E! Online posted its list of the projected movie hits for 2011. To the informed reader, it all seemed as much barrel + fish + semi-automatic weapon = box office gold. Never at a loss for opinion, the Popdose Staff took a crack at the list (actually several cracks), and the discussion went in several interesting directions. What do we want from Hollywood, from our popcorn entertainment, and do we say we want something but actually are willing to go for the ride being offered to us?

There’s a big bag of candy in the van, kiddo. Come with us and take a bite.

Here’s E!’s list:

15. Scream 4
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
The Hangover 2
Kung-Fu Panda 2
X-Men: First Class
Green Lantern
Cars 2
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Captain America: The First Avenger
4. Cowboys & Aliens

3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
2. Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo