my movie stuff

back a couple years some friends & favorite classic movie bloggers were showing off their collections, it’s funny how collectors love to see what other people have and how they organize, probably because we are all voyeurs and frustrated librarians, so here’s mine, for anyone interested. Laura of Misc Movie/musings fame (link goes to her post about her collection) has encouraged me to share, so here goes.

Whoops, sorry, no that’s not my collection, (i wish! bonus points if you know whose place this really is, though– it’s a famous director) mine is as follows…

I have 5500+++ movies and they only take up a few feet of space. I don’t buy many DVDs, and mainly have recordings or trades. I managed over the last few yrs to transfer all my family’s massive old collection of VHS tapes to DVD-r and got rid of those tapes.

The filing system is so simple and quick it almost isn’t worth talking about, but I will, otherwise, no post:

No database, no computer (no patience!), no list, no problem. it all goes alphabetically in simple white envelopes and when I have to record 2 or 3 movies on one disc, i file it by the first title, then make a 5×5 index card (cut a 5×8 or recycle whatever card type board is around the house), jot whatever the 2nd & 3rd title are, a note re: which main dvd those are found on, and then file each card alphabetically. Easy fast way to find what i have/need, pull it, and pop it back. So in this pic/example I would have a card filed in C for Captain Blood (good thing I majored in English! the alphabet sure comes in handy at times like these), saying “on Little Foxes” go to L and pull that.

all those 1000s of movies are stored in this nice blue chest of drawers, divided by A-Z watched, and A-Z “to watch”.

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When I buy something, I just pop the disc in an envelope, sort them in my way and chuck the cases (or store away the nicer ones). Takes up very little space as you can see, browsing has the nice feeling going through bins of comics or records. You can gather I’m not a snob about highest picture quality or too sentimental about packaging, I really don’t care since just seeing the movie itself is my primary goal.

what I watch on is a nice 60 inch tv, no surround sound just 2 little bookshelf speakers hooked up to a 1998 Denon reciever. no Blu-ray just a dvd player/recorder and a VCR yes indeed. April 2014 just added a mini 4 inch square Asus chromebox computer to watch youtube and many other streaming sites, and google play movies on the big tv. Like I said just happy to have access to as many options for impulse viewing via new & and old formats.

now a look at the movie books

paperbacks or other smallish books, mostly bios, A-Z :

and down in the basement, on industrial quick click-together plastic shelving. …

Those are many decades of Classic Images and other newsprint type mags in the bankers boxes, stacked by issue number. On the other shelf are blue plastic boxes full of various other old movie mags collected over the past few years. The binders are full of a-z clippings, a lot of Hollywood studio mags. This stuff is all handy for research.

In recent years I decided to focus on my movie stuff and sold off (you wouldn’t believe how many boxes of) music, rock/metal mags and collectibles, modern movie magazines, posters, X-Files memorabilia, keeping only my Peanuts (big collection) Seuss, Disney, Beatrix Potter, and Mickey Mouse & the odd other fun stuff which actually has some meaning to be from childhood. And only one box of JLA and Superman comics that are probably worth only the sentimental value since I taught myself to draw by tracing over all the panels and left lots of nice deep pressure lines. #facepalm

Hope you enjoyed, come again! my music collection / back to about page

other folks stuff:

update: here’s the rest of Laura’s collection and this link takes you to the other bloggers’ stashes

Raquelle at Out of the Past shared hers, which led to Karen at Shadows & Satin (this space waiting for her collection to be posted so I can link it!) giving me this link to check out Artman’s awe-inspiring setup , all of which further inspired me to add more pix to this page

took some hunting, but I found the movie collection post I remembered seeing at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear! and that post leads to more nice collection posts that will impress you at Out of the Past, Noir Girl, All Talking

12 thoughts on “my movie stuff

  1. I loved looking at your stuff, Kristina — especially seeing all of the books we have in common, like a lot of those Citadel “The Films of” books (I loved Citadel — they were the first company I pitched my book to, but they went out of business. Boo). I also have Photoplay Treasury, 50 Classic Movies (one of my first old movie books – oh my gosh, so many years ago), A World of Movies, Close-Ups (!), The Noir Style, and Hollywood Character Actors. I will have to try to take a pic of mine one of these days. I am so impressed by your storage of the Classic Images mags — you are an inspiration! Mine are just in stacks in my office closet and on top of a cabinet. I also hope one day to follow your lead with copying VHS movies to DVD, but it seems like such an impossible task. My tapes are categorized from Volume I up to, so far, Volume 700 something — with either two or three movies per tape. So far, having started with Volume I, I’m up to the mid 20s. Sigh. Anyway, enough grousing — I loved the peek inside your collections!

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  2. the citadel books are amazing I agree, the pre-IMDB resource.

    yes transferring to dvdr is a huge task, i learned doing just a few every weekend (with a baking timer! lol while off doing other things) gets you thru them way faster than u think, and then you won’t know what to do with all the free space! (more yard sales, ebay, thrift shop buys, of course) the sad bit though is you’ll find how badly some of those vhs have degraded.

    thanks Karen for peeking! you are always welcome to do so.. did you manage to spot the books i got from *you* though? haha thanks a million for those!

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  3. These pics — and the books themselves — are fantastic, including the cookbooks!! We could almost be twins. :) I couldn’t begin to list all the books we share in common — Parish, Halliwell, Total Television, Pyramids, Citadels, Betty Grable bio, Sarris, Sennett…pretty amazing. The MGM STOCK COMPANY was my second film book — after THE MGM YEARS (coffee table book on musicals) and I think just prior to Gavin Lambert’s book on GWTW. I think you, Karen, and I would have an awfully good time if we were able to get together and look over one another’s collections in person!

    I need a better solution (like yours!) for Classic Images — mine are standing upright chronologically (every other issue flipped upside down so the “spines” aren’t all on one side) in open plastic boxes behind my den sofa. Easy to get to (indexed in Excel) but not so good-looking!

    Thanks for the peek!!

    Laura :)

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    • Laura – peek away!
      I am way behind you on the pyramid series! The Classic images used to be just piled loosely along the bottom shelf till i needed the room, but they were just a dust trap like that, at least now they’re protected, all together with the other mags & out of the way.

      oh and since you speak of indexing… those with sharp eyes might have spotted a huge binder marked “Index”. Whatever time& energy I saved not indexing or recording my movie collection I put into that binder. Nuff said right now, it’s something I’ve already told you about, but I am going to leave for a future post ;) which is sure to make people think I’m a total nut.

      Thanks for dropping in & classing up the joint!

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  4. wow, what an awesome movie book collection! i see many titles that are familiar to me but many more that arent! i’m jealous of your TV too! i’m right now in the slow process of burning hundreds of VHS films onto DVD…yeah some of them look like crap but many are obscure titles that rarely, if ever, play so its got to be done! very impressive collection, nice to know i am not the only nut, err i mean “enthusiast” around heehee :) and thanks for plugging my post :)

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    • hi Paulie, haha, movie buffs/enthusiasts/nuts unite! my collection and my TV and I all thank you for the visit and the compliments!
      Dunno if it’s my imagination but in a lot of cases copying to dvd-r actually improved the vhs pix, so there’s a bright side & hope for those rarities. and besides that incentive, there’s nothing like seeing that vhs shelf space clear up.

      You’re welcome for the plug, so glad i found out about your blog and took a peek at your nice library!
      cheers!

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  5. Wow… Kristina I thought I was the only nut job with a collection of films and movie books. I have over 5000 films/DVDS and over 2000 movie/music related books in my collection. I also have like 6000 photos/stills in my collection. I think I have all the films of books from Crown and Citadel Press. I think the only one missing is The Films OF Jennifer Jones which is pretty rare and sells for 150 dollars and up.

    I have been collecting for over 30 years but have really slowed down in recent years because of clutter. I see many familiar books on your shelves. I am huge fan of them oversize photo books especially the Mark Vieira ones. Black and White classic film photography and film portraits are just amazing to look at.

    You have a great collection and it was awesome just to view it. If you ever need a book or movie, just let me know. I have so many duplicates it’s just ridiculous.

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    • Haha, there are many like us! Most of the fun of having a collection is sharing it, even just like this. Love those citadel books and am missing quite a few, the pre imdb resource and still great to look thru. Same for the glamour shots, some are pure artwork. Thanks for the comments!

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  6. Hi Kristina, good to see your collection, another collector here with a similar number of movies and books from the same period and a fairly new blogger, at filmgeek101.wordpress.com. Please check it out when you get a chance, particularly a post on “5 Reasons Why 1946-1960 was the Best Period in Moviemaking History” from October of last year along with subsequent posts listing the best movies from those years that you may find interesting. Thanks and enjoying your posts!

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