In 2018 I eliminated my TBR (to-be-read collection of physical books). In 2019, I’d like to eliminate – or try to eliminate – my TBW (to-be-watched) collection of both physical and digital media. This group includes movies, documentaries, and television series that I’ve accumulated over the past few years but have never actually watched.
When I was growing up – and even well into my teenage years – there wasn’t one VHS tape I owned that I hadn’t watched at least twenty-five to fifty times each. My Mom used to ask me all the damn time how I could bear to watch the same movie over and over again if I already knew what was going to happen. Thing is, I became addicted to movies at a very young age and considered them – and books – the ultimate escape.
Sometime in my late-20s, I started to accumulate so many films and TV box sets at such a frantic pace that it became impossible for me to actually keep up with all of them. Even if I spent every minute of every day trying to watch everything I was purchasing, there was no way I’d even come close to watching each disc. Things quickly got out of hand and now I’m stuck with a collection of media that I’ve never even removed from their cases.
So what’s an irresponsible film fanatic to do? Make it their life’s mission to watch each and every disc and download within a span of one year until every single one of those masterpieces has been seen.
I know this is going to be tough. I know. And, chances are, come December 31, 2019 I’ll be nowhere near done watching my existing collection of discs, box sets, and digital downloads. At best, maybe I’ll have gotten through a third of my collection by then? Fuck knows.
Starting tonight (Fri Dec 21st), I’m going to get a head start on my 2019 Goal and watch some of the more recent digital movies and TV shows that I’ve added to my iTunes library. Best to start with the newest ones first, right? This means I’ll have to finish watching The Spy Who Dumped Me (I watched half of it a couple nights ago), Howards End, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, Papillon, and Whitney.
If you’re a media lover like I am, you’ve probably amassed a sizable collection of films and TV shows over the years too, haven’t you? Don’t lie. Don’t get me wrong, they look great on the shelf and superb in your digital film library, but what’s the point of owning these films if you don’t actually watch them? Yeah, I guess you could boast about owning every pre-Code film ever made but if you’re not actively watching them, there’s really no point in them being there is there?
Are any of you having the same problem I am? Has your media collection gotten out of control? Are you regretting not spending enough time devouring them and making use of the films you’ve owned for years that are still wrapped in cellophane? Why not join me in my quest of delving into my collection and obliterating my TBW list?!