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We’ve been on a bit of a “based on a true story” kick around the office lately, and there’s no recent movie that we can think of that delivers better than 12 Years A Slave. Set in the pre-Civil War US, 12 Years a Slave tells the story of a free black man getting abducted and sold into slavery. The film is every bit as powerful as it is tragic–anchored by phenomenal performances by a rock star cast that includes: Fassbender, Pitt, Cumberbatch, Giamatti and, of course, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Like Schindler’s List and other movies of similar types, 12 Years is worth owning on physical media just so you can lend it to friends after you’ve watched it again yourself in hi-def.

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 You can’t have a fall evening without a fire. And you can’t have a fire without a Cowboy Cauldron. They’re built from solid plate steel, meaning they’ll last a lifetime or two and they come in four different sizes with elevated basins that can be adjusted to any height. We’re going with The Urbaan Cowboy® because it’s perfect for entertaining at home.  With a 30″ diameter basin, it is more than large enough to have a nice fire, but still small enough to pack into a pickup truck and take it with you.  Can you imagine the envy when we bust this puppy out at a tailgate or the beach? We haven’t seen a more handsome fire. You?  Best of all, Cool Material readers get an exclusive deal.