May 16, 2007


Back in the days when I was participating in that exercise in abstract & concrete rejection known as internet dating I saw a phrase used by several dozens of women in their profiles. I'm not talking about "Republicans/Conservatives/Libertarians/Gun nuts need not apply" (though I saw many variations on that); I mean another phrase. It usually followed a brief list of artists that they liked. That phrase was "If our CD collections don't get along then we probably wouldn't either". I always thought I was an exception to that for 2 reasons. The first one is that I never had an extensive CD collection. Currently I own a little over 30 CD's & about 1/3 of those are from bands I've played with. Most of my music is either on cassette (a few hundred songs) or on a music engine I subscribe to (around 3,300 pieces of music by a little over 600 artists making for around 235 hours of music, or 9.8 days worth of tunes before it starts repeating). The other reason is that I was a professional musician; there simply isn't a genre that I don't listen to. As long as the song itself is good (not even likable per se, just "good" by my standards) then I'm cool with it. Hell I even have a lot of music that I don't like, but I had to have because I was playing it in a band for one reason or the other.

So it wasn't that I thought I was so irresistible that the CD compatibility test was inapplicable, I just thought because of my lifestyle it wasn't a particularly helpful way of sizing up suitability in a potential partner. Not that my explanation ever held any sway with anyone I approached but it still makes a bit of sense to me.

Now aside from wondering about the desirability of a lady who judges folks negatively based on their CD collection (or lack thereof) I did start reflecting on the idea in general. Does musical taste have any bearing on a person's character or potential compatibility? In my case probably not, but it may give some clues about someone's personality. Not enough to make a definitive assessment but maybe enough to give a very very rough idea of the type of person you're contemplating.

As I said though in my case it's not going to be particularly helpful in finding out who I am to look through my music collection. But would the same theory apply to DVD collections? Or book collections? Again probably not, but for no particular reason I thought I'd list what I have on my DVD shelves at the moment. Maybe later I'll list the books. I used Wikipedia for most of the links, but a few movies I had to turn to the Internet Movie Data Base to find information on. I didn't list the documentaries or How-To vids or TV shows (there are only a handful of those anyway); I just concentrated on the feature films (& there are a few more I'd like to list but let my ex have a few years back when we split so I assume they're no longer mine lol). Without further ado open the extended entry for the films now showing at Casa Publicola.



Animal Farm

Battle of the Bulge

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

Beauty Shop

Beowulf & Grendel

Beverly Hills Cop

The Beverly Hillbillies

The Big Red One

Big Trouble in Little China

Bigger & Blacker


Captain Calamity


The Chronicles of Riddick

The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury

The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black

City Slickers

Conan the Barbarian

Conan the Destroyer

Conspiracy Theory



Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

The Curse of King Tut's Tomb

The Devil's Advocate

The Devilís Own

Die Hard


Don Juan Demarco

Down with Love


Enemy at the Gates

Enemy of the State

Enemy Mine

Fantastic Four

The Fifth Element

Fiddler on the Roof

First Blood

The Fugitive

The Ghost & the Darkness

The Girl Next Door

Gods & Generals

Groundhogís Day

Gung Ho

Guys & Dolls

Harlem Nights

Harry Potter & the Sorcerers Stone

Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire

Hart's War

Head of State

Heartbreak Ridge


The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Il Mostro

In Harmís Way

In the Wake of the Bounty

Independence Day

Joe Dirt

Johnny Dangerously

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

The Last Starfighter

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Legally Blonde

Long John Silver

The Longest Day

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

A Man for all Seasons

Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World

Men in Black

Men in Black II


The Mummy

The Mummy Returns

The Muskateer

My Blue Heaven

O Brother, Where Art Thou?


The Patriot

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

The Princess Bride

Purple Rain

The Quick & the Dead


Red Dawn

Rob Roy

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Rough Riders

Sands of Iwo Jima

Saving Private Ryan

Sergeant York


The Shootist

Shrek 2

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

So I Married An Axe Murderer


Spiderman 2

Spies Like Us

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi


Starship Troopers


The 300 Spartans

U.S. Marshalls

Under The Cherry Moon

Undercover Brother

Way of the Gun

We Were Soldiers

West Side Story

When Harry Met Sally

The Whole Nine Yards


X2: X-Men United

X-Men 3: The Last Stand



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