I am so luddite, I still have dvd rack. Racks. *
And upon these racks, I have DVDs Well, we have DVDs.
I have seven categories of DVD, I have found.
Now, I have daughters of certain ages, and they do watch. Several movies. Over and over and over again.
Apparently I am blessed with two who can not just name the whole range, they can differentiate the affiliates and rank the sequels and the stand alones. Or something. They seem to know what they are talking about.
While we may not have quite all of them, we do have all of the favourites.
Classics and Crossovers
Barbie gets the nod of the occasional lazy afternoon also. And Totoro - because that is the way my girls roll. Cheaper by the Dozen. See Spot Run. The one with Rebel Wilson in it.
But there are also MY - maybe OUR classics. The Princess Bride. The Neverending Story. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (and the remake - I believe both have their merits). My Friend Flicka, Kingsmen.
(Threw that in to give myself some street cred - but it is actually my daughter's. The older one. Of course)
Let me tell you a bit about we, the unshamedly nerdy. We like entertainment that informs. That expands our horizons. That give us the edge in the kitchen with a scattering of fresh herbs. That solve great crimes and explain our quandries.
I am sure there are those who eschew such delights. Please feel free to choose from my completely unrequired categories of Gore, Horror, Action or Thriller. I won't be offended if you won't.
There are also many titles that I have heard great things about, that I have been gifted, that I i-n-t-e-n-d to watch one day.
I would like to blame technology, and the fact that the dvd player in the bedroom no longer actually functions in that role or the fact that the remote for the television set in the living room is irrepairedly a testament to the futility of tantrums and the bureaucracy of modern marketing.
Cryptic, and just too darned hard to transform into action, these days.
Snapshots of our tastes (or anticipated tastes - there are several in this category that overlap into the "intended" pile), of a time, of a mindset of the community - but in large chunks, easily digested
The ones that I so very much want to find on these shelves.
The ones that are playing in my memories.
The obscure classics that we wax lyrically about to others...
My worst fear is that I had a doppelganger moment mis-remembered in my past where I thought I had outgrown them and passed them along to the great Salvation sorting pile.
The most likely premise, of course, is that I forced it upon an acquaintance or relative during such a lyrical wax - offering its delights blissfully unaware that one day, ONE DAY I could FORGET who I gave it to and they may well end up as...
Those that we borrowed; that we failed to watch; that we failed to appreciate to the level expected - or worse, those that we had fogotten who initially lent them to us and thus we will never, ever be able to return.
And we can never throw them away, because one day, we might watch them, we might remember who loaned it to us (or who we loaned it to), we might get the technology - we might have a lazy Sunday afternoon to enjoy with our girls.
* Yes. You are right. I DID used to have videos. I finally conceded that war had been long lost.