Yes I Still Own DVDs
I have a DVD collection that I never-ever-ever want to part with. They’re curated from a time in my life where movies meant everything to me. The cinematic escape was therapeutic. Why navigate the complicated maze of life when I can sit back and watch Labyrinth? How could I ever feel alone when I got The Truman Show by my side?
I loved flipping through the pages of my DVD wallet to see what inspired me when I was young and why. It’s such a cool collage of all my early influences. When my son is older, I feel like that entire collection is mandatory watching.
Sometimes I scan through Netflix and hate on all the options. There’s a lot of good movies and bad movies but more importantly, there’s a lot of great cinematic work simply not on Netflix. Especially Canadian Netflix. I’ve been in the habit of watching things I normally wouldn’t. The movies and shows hiding in the shadows of Netflix that people think, “Hmm, one day”, and then just never get to it. And sometimes, I leave Netflix altogether! I know, I’m a rebel just for kicks now.
The IMDB star system is frustrating because people aren’t always judging a movie based on its merits. Some people rate a movie higher because they think it meets the current standard for good cinema. Others rate them low due to personal biases or agendas.
Handing the critics’ job to the audience was a weird cultural choice but here we are.
When I was a kid, I would go to this theatre in Uxbridge called The Roxy. It’s still there. It only has two theatres and I remember watching Meet the Parents and laughing the hardest I’ve ever laughed at a movie. This was before people dictated what is and is not funny, what is hack and not hack, and I just thoroughly enjoyed the entire movie with my dad. We laughed so hard we were wiping each other’s tears.
Art and entertainment work best when you’re free to respond honestly. These days, there’s simply too much noise and the mechanics in which we receive our entertainment conflict with an unfiltered, honest response from the audience.
That’s why I love live comedy (when done right). Those special nights, when the stars align, the words are right and the connection between performer and audience is just soooooo palpable… Priceless.
Back In The Day
I went to film school once upon a time and there’s movie ideas all over my apartment, some dating as far back as 2002. I don’t think the state of movie making is the same as it once was but man it would be cool to make one. I always loved teen movies with a ton of angst or coming-of-age stories. So I would do something along those lines. Like Can’t Hardly Wait meets Stand By Me meets C.R.A.Z.Y.
Though I don’t have the soft touch of Jeunet or the comedic intuition of Brooks, I still, no matter what, love the movies. I try not to simply veg out and treat movies like white noise while I play online Survivor games or fine-tune my plans for world domination. I like to give the respect and time to the cast and crew who put in the respect and time to make the movie.
But alas, even though the world has changed, and the entertainment industry has evolved in a thousand different ways, one thing remains: My DVD collection. The discs that really matter. The discs I’ll NEVER throw away.
The movies I’ll never let die.
Below is a special sneak peak into my collection and I recommend you watch every single one. Like, log off right now, quit your job, and go watch these movies.
I’ll Give You My Top 20
20. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
19. The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
18. The Purple Rose of Cairo
17. Back to the Future II
16. V for Vendetta
15. The Princess Bride
14. Young Frankenstein
13. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
12. Benny & Joon
11. Big Fish
10. The Wedding Singer
9. The Truman Show
8. High Fidelity
6. Little Miss Sunshine
5. Can’t Hardly Wait
3. City of God
2. Edward Scissorhands
So cheers to the Old Hollywood! The Hollywood that only exists in dreams.
Thank you for reading todays post! Make sure to share it with the movie lovers in your life! What’s the top 5 movies in your collection? Wait, do you still have a collection or have you switched to digital like the heathens!? What was your favourite part of watching a movie as a kid? What about now?
Clifford Myers is a comedian from Hamilton, Ontario who loves movies.