Does our movie collection define us?

So I was glancing through my movie collection today and I got to thinking about whether our movie collections are a fair reflection of who we are. I mean, isn’t that the reason why so many choose such high falooting films as their favourite??


Let’s be honest! Seriously! You know those moments when you are chatting with someone early on in a relationship of some kind and the discussion turns to movies and you ask “what is your favourite film?”  Well how often do you get someone saying something like White Chicks or something a little more mundane like Die Hard? The answer is NOT OFTEN. Why? Because nobody wants to admit that they aren’t higher functioning.  I can’t even count the number of times when I’ve asked a person what their favourite film is that they’ve come back with an answer such as Shawshank Redemption or The Theory of Everything. It’s important to look smart right? That and it would be rather less impressive than coming out with Resident Evil

It got me wondering whether some people genuinely don’t think those sorts of movies. But then that doesn’t make sense. If so many girls hated romantic comedies or if so many guys hated movies such as Piranha 3D, why do studios continue to churn them out? Methinks that the answer is that people just lie out of embarrassment. No one wants to be that person who likes corny, cheesy, or rude movies. 

I’m going to be honest. My movie taste is eclectic and rather odd at times. I somewhat embarrassingly admit that I do have a fair few movies that have “hot” people in them. You know, the sort of movie where you would see boobs here and there. That being said, none of the movies I own are filthy. So while my mind may go into the gutter every now and then, I do have some scruples. Plus there are some films I’ve purchased just out of intrigue. I purchased Spring Breakers for example because I was bewildered about why James Franco got such high praise for a seemingly titilating movie while I purchased Fifty Shades of Grey literally because I had read the book as part of a dare and I wanted to see whether the movie was as cheesy as the book. I would also confess that I also have slight things for Vanessa Hudgens and Dakota Johnson that added to my intrigue. 

I do own a lot of immature movies. By immature, I mean your typical young adult type of film such as the Hangover, Get Hard, numerous other Will Ferrell movies and I did also purchase Piranha 3D. What can I say, I like creature features!!!

I have a fair few blockbusters too as well as some more critically acclaimed ones such as The Godfather, A Beautiful Mind and Dr Strangelove but anything smarter can be easily balanced out by the stupid. 

So what does all this say about me? Maybe that I’m inquisitive, I’m red blooded, I can be serious at times but I’m also quite capable of being silly too. I guess you could say that it also says that while I enjoy the thoughtful and intelligent film, I also enjoy going to films for the big spectical and I’m not afraid of big booms, car chases and action. 

I think probably the biggest thing that would surprise people about my movie collection though, beyond the cruder variety of film is the romantic element. I own quite a few romantic comedies and dramas. Indeed, one element I liked about Fifty Shades of Grey was the rather ludicrous love story that developed. Yep, that’s right. I felt really bad for Anastasia Steele and I could empathise with falling for someone who had different ideas of what love and sex were and how hard that is. Maybe that sounds stupid but it did make sense.  I also like romantic movies with happy endings. There’s too much sadness in the world. Isn’t it nice when people find love at the end? Cheesy, sure! But I wouldn’t be sad to have that romantic ending!

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that movie collections probably do say a lot about you and it’s a shame that people aren’t more open about films they like. While it’s quite embarrassing for me to admit (more than anything) that I bought movies like Fifty Shades of Grey or Springbreakers, I actually think that it isn’t as damning or incriminating as I worry it is. I also think it’s no harm for a person to admit they like movies like that or to say that their favourite movie is something cheesy or silly. It just shows you are human and probably makes you sound more relatable than someone who only gets their kicks out of a three hour Scorcese film that has “deep meanings that reflect society”. Honestly, half the time, I don’t leave a film thinking “okay, that was slow but the underlying messages were inspired”. I’m probably more likely to say “that movie was cool! It was so high paced and fast actioned. And that woman was really cute!” Sometimes, a stupid movie that makes you laugh out loud is far more rewarding than watching the Revenant, which is, despite being beautifully shot and reasonably acted, a rather boring movie with somewhat of an anti-climax. 

What are your thoughts?

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19 thoughts on “Does our movie collection define us?

  1. My genre of choice was always sci-fi / fantasy or big blockbuster, Michael Bay-boomtastic-type films. I’d choose those over chick flicks anyday. But whether it’s my other half’s love of indie films or just that I’ve got older (I’ve not matured though!), I love films that are heavy in clever dialogue now.
    We have quite a varied collection however: We both love horror and he loves cheesy, college humour horror too – so Piranha 3D, Sharknado and his longtime favourite Birdemic all get a look in.
    And we’re very often surprised how much we like films outside our normal selection. I think it maybe says you’re more of an open person if you like a variety and not set in your ways. Maybe!
    Still, my all time faves have so far remained as ET, Jurassic Park, Star Wars and despite what I said, the ultimate chick flick – Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

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  2. I must admit I love s good soppy chick flick but it has to have a happy ending. I also love action classics like Air Force One with Harrison Ford along with more crazy ones like Weekend at Bernies and Ferris Buellers Day off. Wow, that’s a mixed bag I know but I guess it depends on the mood I’m in. 😊 I love a good thriller as well. I saw The Accountant the other day at the cinema and loved it.

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    • Did a review on the Accountant. I used to be quite the movie snob, looking down my nose at action movies that I thought were “unrealistic” or “dumb”. I have since taken the stick out of my ass and am now able to enjoy movies for what they are, instead of what I want them to be. The Accountant has gotten some flack for being to silly, but I had a good time watching it, and in the end what makes a good movie is …. Did you like it? Yes? Then its a good movie.

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      • Couldn’t agree more. At the end of the day we all enjoy different genres so what appeals to one may no appeal to someone else. I’d be interested in reading your review.

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  3. Completely agree. Sophistication is a trait that everyone wants. Hence the fake choices or that superficial superior air.

    My movie collection is varied, I like to believe. I like watching psychological thrillers. Understand the madness that is human. I like action packed movies. I laugh when I see people fist fighting or something like that. I like romantic comedies, because (as you said) happy endings are appreciated. I liked Avatar a lot. My sister thinks me weird, saying that I like lizard like creatures. πŸ˜›

    So when people ask me about my favourite movie. I end up saying the proposal.

    But I’ve liked better movies. It’s such a tedious task to come up with a real answer because it’ll take much thought.

    Hence the safe choice.

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  4. I have had more than one movie collection.( having had to make the decision while movie a great distance of what to do with all the crap I had collected.) To me it’s not the movies you buy that define you, it’s the movies you watch. How many people have shelves full of books that they never read. I had tones of movies that I bought, watched once, and never watched again. Of course I don’t think the number of times you watch a movie makes it a favorite. When I was a child I watched the original star wars trilogy over and over. I watched it till I had every line, every set peace, every music cue memorized. Now it has been years since I have seen them. It’s not that I don’t like them, its just that I don’t need to watch them. They are as much a part of me as my childhood. There are movies that I have seen since that have had such an effect on me, and I only watched them once or twice. I would say for me its not the movies I watch that define me. It’s that I watch movies. Love what you wrote. Look forward to seeing what you write next.

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      • Man, I love Sci-Fi too. And I think it’s hard in that so much as that there are some real classics in the genre that to get that wow factor -they have to come over some big obstacles. And we live in a world of remakes too where revamping a classic doesn’t always make a classic.

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    • I would agree with you as so much as that an inquisitive mind one watch of a movie doesn’t necessarily make you a fan. Although one could argue that my inquisitive nature to see what Dakota Johnson was like in Fifty Shades of Grey would suggest that I’m actually a human male!

      I think most of the movies I have are of particular styles if that makes sense. Like a particular style of horror or thriller. I don’t do, for example, gruesome horrors for the most part. I don’t get entertained by a story-less slasher movie or a film that has gruesome shock value as some more of titivation. Things like the cat scene in Drag Me to Hell or the dog scene in Babadook made me instantly dislike them films and angered me a lot. By the same token, John Wick was ruined for me in the first twenty minutes by the dog death. In situations like this, okay, I understand what the director is getting, at least more so than in the previous two examples which were sick. They wanted the viewer to be disgusted, angered and with the protagonist in wanting and understanding his desire for revenge. It was his parting gift from his former wife who he lost and he had formed a special bond. I get all of that. But yet it made me feel more upset than just angered. And while I felt beyond believe for the guy in the movie, I just felt like – why was there really a need to go there? Is there not another way this story can be told? It’s like having a scene where a child is killed. It’s just unnecessary and wrong. But maybe that is just me.

      Anyway, as I was getting off topic, I think every movie in my collection tells a story about why it is there. It maybe minor. Can you see where I’m coming from ? It all tells part of our story rather than define us maybe. That is what I was getting at anyway.

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      • Oh I agree… I think your point is well thought out and what you said in your reply says you can see kinda where i’m coming from as well. A persons movie collection tells part of the story, but not all and maybe not the story it seems to be telling. Watching movies for me is like eating a meal. Weather I enjoy it or not it inevitably becomes a part of me. Once inside, no matter how quickly it comes back out, it has infused part of itself into my person. When I see what movies people have watched I know what type of influences we have in common, but it is only a small portion of the tale. I always try to leave room for peoples taste. Just because some one likes something that I hate doesn’t mean we are not alike. It just means that they experience something different than me. For me its not so much about what movies they like but how they like movies. Some people are thoughtful about what they watch, even if I consider it trash. Others consume entertainment without regard. I would rather sit and have a conversation with some one who knows exactly why they love Twinkies, than with someone who thoughtlessly gorges themselves on filet minion.

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      • That’s the thing I find so peculiar about some people. For example, I find that people will claim films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as their favourite film. It’s artistic yes. Well acted? Sure. Jim Carrey did a good job. But is it the sort of film that I can understand as being one which causes it to be a favourite? I don’t know. Especially on the widespread level that some claim it to be. Like you say, I’d much rather someone give me 50 reasons why they think Empire Strikes Back is the best film of all time than someone claiming to like a movie such as Eternal Sunshine without any dammed reason.

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  5. Good is such a relative term with movies anyway. One man’s good is another man’s hell. I mean, I am sure that some people even thought that the “Colour of Night” with Bruce Willis and Jane March was good. And not just because Jane March was naked for a good part of the film or because Bruce Willis decided to expose himself to the world. It’s all subjective. Smoking Aces is farcical but yet I enjoyed it. To me, that was a good movie.

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