One of the popular mediums still out there today is movies. For decades movies have served the everyday person as a means of escape from mundane reality. With the ever increasing numbers of film genres emerging there has also been an increase on demand for information regarding movies.
If you’re a movie buff, interested in a particular film coming out or just want to find a movie that you can watch at home as you relax there is a website out there for you. In today’s list I present to you 11 great websites that you should check out in order to satisfy all your movie related needs and cravings.
One of the most, if not most popular online databases in regards to entertainment media, the Internet Movie Database, better known as IMDB is your one stop shop for all your movie related needs. Launched back in October 1990, IMDB serves as an informational database for everything related to film, television and video games. The site takes it a step further by providing information on just about every possible known actor and director which will include short bios and of course a list of films they were in, produced or directed. Television appearances are also catalogued. Information on production staff, voice actors,and film/television/video game characters can also be accessed for further information as well. The content on IMDB is massive with over 2 million titles, 5 million plus accessible databases about character personalities and 40 million registered users, there is something for everyone. From trivia, quotes, news related to movies, television and celebrities, movie trailers, galleries and various other lists and interactive sections, IMDB really is the place you should visit first if you’re interested in what’s going on in the film and television industry.
IMDB allows for member sign-up which will allow you to access the message boards and of course contribute all types of information on the site. You can also create lists, rate movies and if you’re a filmmaker or actor you can create your own profile and update it whenever you want. Sign-up is free.
IMDB is app accessible and is mobile ready. Devices available for the IMDB app are the iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7, iPad, Android Tablet and the Kindle Fire HD.
A popular film review aggregator and community forum, Rotten Tomatoes was created back in August 1998 with the purpose of being a website in which people could access it in order to get the latest movie reviews from U.S. based critics. Rotten Tomatoes main focus is on reviews for the latest films by certified authors, which are typically members of various writing guilds or associations for film critics. Other than critic reviews on recently released films, the site also provides other film related information including trailers for soon to be released movies, photo galleries, updated box office numbers, DVD releases, a list of movies currently being streamed on Netflix and a lot of other helpful tools. You can also find bios and list of filmographies for your favorite actors as well as news. Currently, besides the U.S. version of the site, there are localized versions of Rotten Tomatoes for Britain and Australia which provides local release dates, showings and box office listing results while also showcasing reviews done by either British or Australian critics depending on your location.
Rotten Tomatoes does offer a community section which is currently in BETA mode but you still can sign-up for a free membership. Being part of the community allows you to view profiles, connect with fellow enthusiasts, and write reviews, rate movies, join in on discussions and a list of other things.
Rotten Tomatoes can be taken with you anywhere with it being mobile ready. Devices compatible with the Rotten Tomatoes app are the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and webOS devices.
If you’re less interested in the latest film news, reviews and anything actor related and more interested in how well newly released films are doing in the box office then Box Office Mojo is the site for you. Created back in 1999 by Brandon Gray, Box Office Mojo seems to have one focus alone and that is to track the box office revenue of films being released in movie theaters and make them publicly accessible. The site allows for the comprehensive box office tracking directly online along with giving access to both news and analysis of said box office results. Box office results can be checked by various timelines including daily, weekend, weekly, monthly, quarterly and more. For specific information you can choose from a variety of options under the indices list which includes people (actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, cinematographers and composers) studios, genres and franchises. You can also track a specific movie’s daily earnings in the box office by clicking the film title.
Box Office Mojo used to have an active forum dating back to 2002 but as of November 2, 2011 all of the forums were officially closed so they do not appear to have any form of community at this point and time.
Box Office Mojo does not appear to have any apps but they do have a podcast which can be accessed through iTunes.
Another site for those who are more interested in the numbers and scores of how film and television shows are doing Metacritic is the site that you will want to check out. A website that aggregates reviews for music, video games, movies and television, Metacritic was launched back in January 2001 and boasts the slogan “keeping score of entertainment”. The main goal for Metacritic seems to be informing consumers and helping them make informed decisions in regards to how they spend their money on entertainment products such as movies and video games by providing scores that will allow consumers to find quality entertainment. All scores, also known as Metascores are out of 100 and are the weighted average of the best critics’ reviews. These critics are typically among the most respected critics in both online and print; this makes the site similar to Rotten Tomatoes in a way with major differences in the scoring method.
Metacritic has a community which you can join by signing up for free. Once a member you have the opportunity to rate the products, learn to use the Metascore and User score, discuss with fellow uses, track entertainment trends and more.
Metacritic is mobile ready and can be accessed by using their Movie Finder app for the iPhone, iPhone touch and Android.
A different take on some of the other film related sites out there, Flixster is a movie social networking site. Launched back in 2006 Flixster takes a different approach by not just allowing usersto access information on the latest movie releases and share ratings on movies and actors, but it also allows them to discover new films, meet people with similar tastes, invite friends to join up and watch clips from both movies and television programs. The site is geared towards movie fans and can be considered a sort of Facebook for those who are interested in movies as it emphasizes on the combination of both social media networks along with movies and user interaction. Flixster now also offers its users to stream their favorite movies and television shows by using UltraViolet, a new industry-backed product that allows users to get access to movies and television shows directly to their compatible devices.
The Flixster community is free to join and once you’re a member you can begin sharing your favorite movies, rate and leave reviews, meet new people, watch trailers and movies for free, take fun quizzes and bevy of other fun things.
Flixster is a mobile accessible site and also offers apps for the following devices where you can stream movies instantly and watch them offline, iPhone (3GS or higher), iPad, iPod (3G or higher), Android 2.0 or higher, Windows XP or higher and Google TV.
If you love watching movies but hate going to your local movie rental store then Netflix is the site for you. Currently the world’s leading provider for on-demand internet streaming media, Netflix is an internet television network that is accessible in 40 countries and gives the option for both physical rental and streaming through one of the various compatible devices that can be supported by Netflix. For those interested in using Netflix but aren’t sure if it is your cup or tea you can easily sign-up to get the one month free trial and cancel any time before the trial ends. Membership isn’t free in regards to Netflix but the rates are considerably low. For only $ 7.99 a month members gain access to instantly watch unlimited movies and television episodes by streaming to your TV via your preferred video game console or another compatible streaming device. You can also stream media through your computer and if you prefer you can opt to received DVDs through the mail with no due dates or late fee. If you’re a movie buff or just prefer to watch a movie from the comfort of your own home then Netflix is the way to go.
Netflix does not appear to have any form of forums.
Netflix offers for you to access its side on various devices using apps including the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Windows Phone, Android, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, tablets and various other internet connected devices.
Should you happen to be a big film buff to the point that you must be on top of every new movie coming out and the ones in the works, then ComingSoon is definitely the site that you should be looking at. An entertainment site that focuses on film, television and games; ComingSoon is a site that gives up to date and daily information on the latest and upcoming movies, television shows, Blue-ray, DVD and video game releases. For the films there are several options in regards to updates that you can look at which include production stills from movies currently in works, trailers, release dates and news that covers everything from new actors joining projects to what’s been going on in regards to films coming to movie theaters. As ComingSoon also provides information to non-film mediums as well you can find the latest news on game releases, reviews on Blue-ray and DVDs and of course find out what new shows will be heading to television.
ComingSoon has a forum which you can join for free to participate in the forum discussions.
ComingSoon does not appear to offer any apps for the site.
Not everyone is into the latest Hollywood blockbusters, some prefer the more artsy or international film and if you’re one of those people then MUBI is just the place for you. A site similar to Netflix, as in it allows you to stream movies; MUBI focuses on offering an online collection of independent, international and classic films. MUBI is essentially an online movie theater where you not only watch the films but can also find new films and discuss them with likeminded people within the MUBI community. It’s a social cinema with a growing social network of fans that join the forums after watching a film and sometimes even write up reviews to share with their fellow movie watchers. MUBI is affordable at a low price of $ 4.99 per month plus they offer a free trial at the beginning. Offering a new movie every day, there are 30 different films you can choose from each day. For every new one that appears, an old one disappears making way for another film, you have 30 days to watch each film so you’ll always have something to watch. Not only can you watch movies but you can also read the latest news from the world of cinema, check out reviews, interviews and festival coverage via the MUBI feature Notebook.
MUBI works as asocial cinema and provides a community where you can discuss films and write reviews.
Currently MUBI does not have apps as their movies run on Flash which isn’t supported on iOS devices. They are hoping to move to HTML5 soon to rectify this for those who wish to watch movies on their iPads and iPhones.
Another site for those movie lovers who aren’t that keen on Hollywood and other big name films, Twitch Film is a site that focuses on film news and film criticism. One of the industry’s leading online resources for films around the globe, Twitch was founded in September 2004 by Todd Brown. Twitch Film features both news and reviews for international, independent and cult films as its primary focus but does offer a tab entitled “Hollywood” for those who don’t want to have check out another site in order to see what is going on in regards to what the Hollywood film industry is up to which includes recent releases. Other than the usual reviews there are also videos that cover a range of topics including interviews with actors and trailers for upcoming releases, be it for international, independent or another type of film. The site doesn’t just sick to news and criticism as the Twitch Film website covers various different film festivals Sundance, Cannes and Fantasia.
There doesn’t seem to be a designated community section on the Twitch website.
Twitch does not appear to offer any apps for mobile devices at the moment.
This site is all about your movie posters related needs. You can find almost all posters for recent movies released after year 2000 but you can also find selected posters of movies released after year 1912. Most of the posters can be seen in high resolution.
There doesn’t seem to be a designated community section on the IMPAwards website.
IMPAwards does not appear to offer any apps for mobile devices at the moment.
The Fan Carpet
For true fans of movies and everything movie related The Fan Carpet is the place to be. Founded back in 2006 and based in London, The Fan Carpet is the red carpet for the fans instead of the actors and big movie heads. Instead of looking for what movie critics have to say about recently released films, The Fan Carpet looks to the fans to voice their opinions so that they can share them with the masses and those who are like minded. The main emphasis of the website is to film the reactions of fans that have just seen one of the newest film releases. To try to be a part of one of the free screenings all you have to do is register and follow the simple directions and hopefully you’ll be selected. Even if you’re not selected to go to a screening you can still interact with other members on the website from creating fan lists, sharing your reactions to movies as well as checking out trailers and news from the latest releases including interviews from your favorite actors. There are also competitions you can take part of as a member and tons of photos for you to check out in your spare time.
Fan Carpet is all about community, there are plenty of things for you to get involved in once you sign-up and become a member of the site. The site offers various competitions, allows you post fan reactions, interact on the fan board and fan forum just to name a few.
It does not appear that Fan Carpet has any supporting apps.
The Spinning Image
Not as popular but still a sufficient and updated site for film lovers, The Spinning Image isn’t your typical run of the mill film geared website. Made public back in 2001 by London native Darren Jones, The Spinning Image offers an array of information accessible to the public. The site has been made completely maintainable by the users who help the site grow by offering new and valid content amongst the site administrators. The site provides the latest news in regards to the film industry which you can see the minute you access the site. The latest news generally includes a synopsis of coming soon films along with the release date and a link to the trailer, film festival and celebrity news can also be viewed and read. Other than news there is a page dedicated specifically to cult movies, boasting a list that is comprised of 153 pages. Each listed cult movie can be clicked on if you’re interested in reading the review. The Spinning Image also boasts a shop where you can purchase DVDs. Other areas of interests are the article archives, recorded podcasts, newsletters and competitions for members. If you’re looking for a site that is less conventional but still features the latest news and reviews, The Spinning Image is probably for you.
Signing up to be a part of the Spinning Image community is completely free. If you join you will receive regular newsletters, write reviews (must apply), rate films, take part in the forum discussions and even join the free chat room sessions.
The Spinning Image doesn’t seem to have any apps developed for devices.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg in regards to all of the different movie related resources that you can find on the web so if none of these websites have scratched the itch of movie knowledge there are plenty of others that you can check out.