Friday, January 9, 2009

Arranging Your DVDs/Picking Your Favorites...

So in the past 6 months since I moved to Philly my DVD collection has become a bit scattered throughout the livingroom. I am thinking tonight that I will try to arrange them and get them back into a managable order. Back when I was living with my parents I had a somewhat unique way of filing my DVDs that really only I understood. It was arranged based upon genres and directors or stars. There was a couple movie streak in the comedy section for Ben Stiller which morphed into Will Ferrell and then Jack Black with all such interrelated comedies. While I thought it to be quite efficient it left some stuff up for interpretation. I liked seeing all my Wes Anderson and Charlie Kaufman films together. However tonight I think for the first time I may alphabetize my collection.

There are still a few problems I face and may have to wait to rectify until I move out around June sometime and get a smaller place with my best friend Carl (nothing gay, I'm sure we'll both be trying our hardest to sex up the ladies... which is sure to end in failure). I have a small dvd rack for which I have recently only used for my single dvds and not my box sets. Should I encorperate the box sets into the over collection or should I make a seperate section to alphabetize? Also there the problem of what to do when I purchase more! Not everything fits on that tiny rack, and as soon as I get another movie that starts with "A" I have to move everything one over! All this headache on the top of the fact that now I'm getting blu rays so should they have their own section too? My heart tells me yes, but my head tells me no. I think it's best to follow your heart, so they will get their own section.

Ever since I worked all summer and saved up to get my first dvd player I have worked diligently to expand my collection of dvds. Since that time I have become a sort of Netflix to my friends. I still have a handful of DVDs I have not seen in months, not to mention whoever the little bastard was who took my Lolita dvd from my Stanly Kubrick Collection before I ever got to watch it! One day I will have my vengence... It's difficult being the man with the dvds, the human IMDB. Yeah, life is real tough.

This leads me to my next major life crisis, how the heck do I finally narrow down my top 10 favorite movies of all time!? Since 2008 ended all I see is top ten lists for the year, which mnaturally makes me think to myself, "Tommy, what are your favorite movies, not just of this year, but every year as far as years go back?" I know I have always said Star Wars was my favorite movie, but then where do I rank Jurassic Park, the movie that made me first fall in love with movies? And where do all these other films I have claimed to be my top favorites rank? Garden State? The Graduate? Eternal Sunshine? Clockwork Orange? Rushmore? There are still so many more I love so much. I feel as though the only way for me to rank my favorites is to put them into genres, my top favorite blockbusters, indies, sci fi, romantic comedies... errrr... action movies... You feel me?

Okay, that's enough ranting today. What do you think? How do you rank your favorite movies or set up your collections?