Pass appeal Offering $5 off general admission to every regular show, a Gene Siskel Film Center membership ($50 for one person, $80 for two) means a yearlong subscription to one of Chicago�s best art houses. Programming in the past year has ranged from a Studio Ghibli retrospective to a restoration of the Ozploitation classic Wake in Fright. Available at Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St (312-846-2600).
Getting Hitch�d With Hitchcock currently getting press for a recent HBO movie and an upcoming biopic starring Anthony Hopkins, now�s the time to remember the Master for his work (as opposed to his allegedly skeevy offscreen antics). The limited-edition Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection box set ($299.98) offers Blu-ray remasterings of Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho and 11 others. Available at amazon.com.
Taste odysseyAt 15 hours, The Story of Film ($69.95) is ideal for appointment viewing and a great education on movie history. Mark Cousins�s eccentric tour through the annals of cinema begins with the dawn of the medium and covers everything through the head trips of Christopher Nolan. Music Box Films has compiled Cousins�s opus in a snazzy box set. Available December 11 at amazon.com.
Nice cans Celluloid is on the way out, alas, and many cinephiles are growing nostalgic for reels and other accoutrements of photochemical cinema. 16mm film cans (price varies; about $2.90 each) make snazzy wall decorations�and excellent cookie tins. Available at Urbanski Film, P.O. Box 438, Orland Park (708-460-9082).
Give �em a hand Fans of silent-film comedian Harold Lloyd�who famously dangled from a clock tower in 1923�s Safety Last!�can commemorate the iconic cinematic moment with a Harold Lloyd wall clock ($45). Bonus trivia: Robert Zemeckis paid tribute to Lloyd by having Christopher Lloyd tangle with a clock tower in Back to the Future. Available at Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S Michigan Ave (312-922-3432).