What Your Movie Collection Says About You
I have this theory, or belief really, that your movie collection says something about you as a person. When I was younger, I would buy any movie that struck my fancy as long as the price was right and I had the money. I’d even pick up movies that were on sale based on the actor or the preview. But as I matured I noticed two things, first I would go to other people’s homes and glance over their movie collection and suddenly jump to conclusions about them and second, I noticed people doing the same to me when they looked over my movies. I think the breaking point for me was when a girlfriend bought me Legends of the Fall.
Her reasoning was simple (or so she claimed) – she wanted to have something to watch when she came over. In reality, I think she was either trying to mark her territory or introduce some “culture” into my movie watching. Regardless, she failed. I immediately threw the movie behind the TV which was sitting on a large crate in the corner.
I remember someone years later finding the movie and I could almost see the change in their opinion of me come over their face. It was brutal. I tossed it in the garbage after that.
Now, I only buy movies that accurately reflect my personality and live up to my standards. This means a movie not only has to be good, but it has to be good AND a movie that I want people to know I think is good. Are all the Harry Potter movies basically good? Sure. But I only own Prisoner of Azkaban.
On top of that, I’ll buy a movie that is not necessarily the best because it reflects me. I couldn’t wait to buy The Salton Sea because it reflects my love for revenge stories. The performances were great and while the movie isn’t for everyone, it is one of the ones I think represents not only my tastes, but an earlier version of myself (I probably would have seen this movie as many times as Star Wars if it had come out during my angsty high school days).
Now, when I go to someone’s home and they have a wide smattering of movies from all genres and of varying quality, I think either they don’t know jack about movies or they have no impulse control. Buying movies is like dressing, if you dress like a slob, regardless of how you act, you’re still a slob.
Here’s a list of my movies:
HD DVD (RIP)
Batman Begins (Purchased)
The Frighteners (Free)
Pitch Black (Free)
The Italian Job (Free)
Blue Man Group: How to be a Megastar Live!
Diana Krall: Live in Rio
V for Vendetta
Star Trek (damn you JJ Abrams)
24: First and Second seasons (gifts)
A Better Tommorrow (wish I had The Killer – great flick)
A Knight’s Tale
Aliens (first was good but never got around to buying it and probably wouldn’t watch it often if I did)
Batman Begins and Dark Knight
Blade I & II (not interested in III)
Charlie’s Angels (only the 1st)
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Fifth Element (requirement for all videoholics)
Final Destination (1 only, not interested in the rest)
Firefly: The Complete Series
Harry Potter III
Hellboy (1 only though I wouldn’t mind having II)
Indiana Jones I-III (not buying IV)
Kill Bill I & II (1 was WAY better and that movie didn’t need to be in 2 parts IMO)
Matrix I-II (I’d buy III but I just don’t care enough – maybe in a box set later)
Smilla’s Sense of Snow
Spiderman I & II (not buying III)
Star Wars (all – multiple copies of IV-VI and yes, I wish I wouldn’t have bought I-III even though I got them used)
Terminator 2 (first was good but never got around to buying it and probably wouldn’t watch it often if I did)
The Island (not up to the level of the others but the wife loves Ewan McGregor and I don’t mind looking at Scarlett Johansson at all)
The Mummy (1 only – II was pretty weak and the rest were drek)
The Princess Bride
The Ref (best Christmas movie ever)
The Salton Sea
V for Vendetta
War of the Worlds
X-men II (1 would be OK but III sucked)
Seriously? I gave that shite away years ago.