What movie franchises do you collect or at least, enjoy so much you make an effort to see in theaters or stream - and/or is there a studio you’re fond of and go back to?
While I have directors (Bunuel, Fellini, Tarkovsky, Hitchcock) and actors (Blanchett, Brando, Lon Chaney sr. Keaton) I’ll go out of my way to watch, as far as franchises go…
I own every
Godzilla - and have seen or own a lot of the other Kaiju movies (Rodan, Mothra, etc) and will seek out anything Honda has directed
Eon’s James Bond
Resident Evil with Mila Jovovich
Don’t own them, but have some and will go out of my way to watch
Zatoichi, the Blind Swordsman (streamed these at Criterion)
The Underworld series (only own the ones starring Kate)
Dirty Harry (though honestly, only the first 2 were worth owning)
20th Century Fox’s X-Men series
Trilogies? I strangely don’t own Leone’s “Dollars Trilogy”, but have watched them many times. Don’t own but went out of my way to watch the 3 Colors Trilogy and the Before Trilogy.
I used to buy every Marvel movie but got burned out on the shared universe. I’ll still watch them, but don’t collect anymore unless I really like them (and of those, Edge of Spider-Verse and Logan weren’t part of, or beholden to, the Marvel-U).
I don’t own every one of them, but I do seek out, and sometimes buy Hammer Studios films released from the mid-'50s to mid-'70s. Mostly the horror, but also the crime, noir, and war films (and I’ve seen a few before and after that golden era - the scary ones sure, but also a couple of their comedies, and a Paul Robson musical drama).
The Shaw Brothers get a lot of attention from me, as does Golden Harvest - I like the Martial Arts films, but have seen a handful of the early Shaw opera types too.
And I’ve spent a lot of time with Toho Studios, due to Kurosawa, Honda and the Kaiju, Naruse and others