Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, December 5, 2020, or: Movies, Memories, and Pie Charts

My TV and Blu-ray player. Note the empty spot on the wall where my Samsung 720p HDTV was mounted. (Photo by the author)

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Saturday, December 5, 2020. Right now the temperature is 71˚F (22˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 88% and the wind blowing from the north at 4 MPH (7 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is also 71˚F (22˚C). Today’s forecast: Partly sunny skies and a high of 73˚F (23˚C). Tonight, the skies will be partly cloudy, and the low will be 48˚F (9˚C).

Now that my Samsung 4K UHD TV and its compatible Blu-ray player are set up, I decided to treat myself to one UHD disc for my video library. I wasn’t going to do that until January; I have to send at least $300 to the credit card I used to buy the TV set with (It cost, more or less, $615) to keep my interest rate low and pay it off quickly. But when I saw that Saving Private Ryan was on sale at Amazon for $17.99, I ordered it.

(C) 2018 Paramount Home Media Distribution

Now, I already have Saving Private Ryan in the two older disc-based home media formats – DVD and Blu-ray[1] – but even though I don’t plan on replacing all of my 1080p Blu-rays on a 1:1 basis, I will probably get 4K UHD sets of my favorite films, including the upcoming 40th Anniversary re-release of the Indiana Jones films. Whenever possible, I’ll try to get new releases on 4K UHD discs, since many studios also include the “standard” Blu-ray disc and digital copy codes for Movies Anywhere.  

According to Amazon, I will receive my 4K UHD Blu-ray of Saving Private Ryan tomorrow, which means that my UHD collection will consist of 16 titles. They are:

  • Jaws
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Steelbook)
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  • Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (9 films)
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Superman: The Movie (1978 Theatrical Cut)

Oddly enough, when I ordered my UHD copy of Saving Private Ryan this morning, I felt a memory flit across my mind like an unwelcome intruder coming into my house – or, rather, the house where I live – through an open window.

It was an aural memory, which I don’t often have, in which I heard the voice of my half-sister Vicky saying, “Oh, Alex, couldn’t you have picked another title? You only watch war movies!”

This isn’t the first time that Vicky’s sardonic – and inaccurate – comment has crossed my mind, and it probably won’t be the last. I probably remember it because almost every time that I invited her to stay over and watch a movie from my video collection – which now consists of 316 titles – she would say that.  It bugged me then, and it still bugs me now, so when I learned that Blu-ray.com has a Statistics page for members’ collections, I decided to see what percentage of my movie collection falls into the War category.

According to Blu-ray.com, this is how my collection is categorized:

In the genre labeled here as Other, I must include Biography, Teen, Musical, Documentary, Supernatural, Western, Coming of Age, Music, Heist, Holiday, Film-Noir, Dark Humor, Erotic, Imaginary, Foreign, and Martial Arts.

If you can’t see the label on the pie chart in this screenshot from Word, War only accounts for 3.4% of my movie collection.

Aside from that, I don’t have anything much to report. I did a bit of tidying up in my bedroom; mostly, this involved putting books and computer software that was “orphaned” when The Caregiver arbitrarily replaced an Ikea desk which was attached to a bookcase with a similar but smaller Ikea desk without the attached bookcase module. Of course, this means that many of my possessions are now in boxes – where they are of little to no use to me – or in various piles with some sense of organization.

Now, I freely admit that I am not the tidiest person in the world, but I don’t like my room to look messy and uninviting, either. So this morning I put all of my software discs in a plastic shopping bag and found nooks of my room in which to neatly stack my “orphaned” books.

See, this is why I regret not having the financial tools I need to buy – and maintain – my own house; I don’t mind living with other people. I lived with my mom for nearly 52 years, after all, and you could say I’m hard-wired to cohabit with others. But since I do live in a house that I do not own, I have to accept certain conditions that, if I had been able to remodel/renovate/keep my house, I otherwise could say “No” to.

Supposedly, I will be getting a slightly larger desk from The Caregiver at some point, but we’ll just have to see.

Anyway, this brings us to the end of another post in A Certain Point of View, Too. I hope that you, Dear Reader, are safe and healthy on this first weekend in December 2020.  So, adios, amigos, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things!


[1] Saving Private Ryan was one of the first DVDs I purchased circa 1999, the year that I started my existing home video collection.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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