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We've Got The Perfect Twee Gift For Your Favorite Movie Fan

By Kristy Puchko | Books | October 27, 2015 |

By Kristy Puchko | Books | October 27, 2015 |

Ever wonder what your favorite cinematic conflict would look like as a charming watercolor portrait? Well, lucky you! So has Scott Campbell, the illustrator of many such match-ups in his charming trilogy: The Great Showdowns, The Great Showdowns: The Return and the recently released Great Showdowns: The Revenge.

His latest book not only boasts a Mad Libs style foreword by How Did This Get Made’s Paul Scheer, but also a quirky collection of Campbell’s signature styled portraits. Some recreate iconic moments, like this heart-warming Sixteen Candles homage.


Some celebrate unique loners like Napoleon Dynamite.

Still others put a delightful spin on some cringe-inducing conflicts, like Oldboy versus that live octopus!

Or James Franco versus that damnable boulder in 127 Hours!

Browsing through the book, I found grin-inducing watercolors of The Craft, Star Wars, Ghostbusters II, Dirty Dancing, Lars and the Real Girl, Annie Hall, Scream and Attack the Block. The cute collection could easily appeal to any movie fan. But it’s the lack of captions that make it a must for the true movie lover. Me and the Mr. sat down and giddily perused Great Showdowns: The Revenge’s pages, competing to see who could “name that flick” first. And I ask you, what’s better than accessible art that allows you a win?


Kristy Puchko admits the Cool Running one made her tear up a bit.

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