By Ross Miller
Being a film fan can be fun, but if you engage in that world beyond just casually heading to the cinema on a Friday night, then it’s hard to know where to start. How do you keep up with the latest movie news? View the latest trailers? Watch the latest releases? Keep track of your movie viewing history? By following our most essential websites guides, that’s how.
If you’ve ever found yourself tearing your hair out trying to remember what that actor with that hair and those ears – you know, that guy! – was in, then the Internet Movie Database is the Holy Grail. It’s basically the bible of movie info, featuring lists of every film actors have been in, which movies a director has made, taglines, posters, budgets and a forum section for discussions. No movie fan should be without it – book mark it NOW (and download the app) and you can earn kudos points with your film buff mates.
Ahhh, where we would all be without this magnificent creation? Started back in the late ‘90s when it was just disc rentals, it has grown into other markets to become the leading digital way for people to watch movies and TV shows. No matter what your movie taste, Netflix caters to it – for example, right now you can watch 22 Jump Street, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and The Shawshank Redemption, one after the other if you like. Frankly, it’s hard to imagine how any movie buff could survive without it. Make sure to check out our What to Watch This Week guide every week for more Netflix recommendations. App also available.
Empire Magazine is the biggest film-related mag in the world. But just because they rule the print world doesn’t mean they don’t have a great online presence. Empire Online provides everything you’d want as a fan, from the latest movie news/reviews to an excellent weekly podcast to in-depth features about such eclectic subjects as the 100 Greatest Characters and 11 of the Silliest Sesame Street Film Parodies, to name but a couple. All of which are written in an informative and entertaining fashion.
Which is better: The Godfather or Goodfellas? Jaws or E.T.? Star Wars or Lord of the Rings? That’s exactly what this fantastic time-passer of a website is all about; pitting two movies against one another and picking which one you prefer. It then creates a list of your favourites depending on what you’ve chosen in the past. It’s equally great to play on your own or with a group of friends. Warning: Scotcampus takes no responsibility if you become addicted to it!
If you’re as obsessive as me about keeping track of everything you watched, then Letterboxd is an essential tool. It allows you to keep a diary of what and when you watched movies, to rate and review them as you go, as well as the ability to create lists of your favourites, a “watchlist” of what you’re planning on soon and much more. You can also pay to become a Pro or Patron member, which unlocks more extensive features – all collected for your personal profile. It’s also a great place to share your passion with like-minded film fans.
This website collates all the ratings of the biggest critics out there into one overall percentage rating, telling you how many of the critics included gave it a positive review. It gives an interesting snapshot of what the general consensus is, as well as providing links to all the full-length reviews from which the quotes are taken. The site also has movie and TV news, posters, trailers, opinion features and interviews with your favourite stars. It’s surprisingly addictive to browse the site and see how your favourite movie was rated!
If you can’t help but get hung up on all the little mistakes that appear in movies, then this website is definitely for you. Featuring a catalogue of over 100,000 mistakes from some of the biggest movies (e.g. did you ever notice that Stormtrooper banging his head on the door frame in the original Star Wars?), you could easily spend an hour or two searching through the site and having a laugh at those blunders Hollywood so often makes.
If you’re interested in how much money movies make then look no further than this website. It’s got everything you’d ever need to know about how well a particular movie did at the box office, from its opening day numbers to its worldwide gross. It leans more towards the American side of things, namely the results are given in dollars, but the info is both extensive and very easy to sift through. It may surprise you looking through the database just how much/little certain movies made…
This one is perfect for those who want to either go back over exactly what happened in a particular movie – maybe you had to run to the bathroom and missed a crucial moment – or simply want to know everything that happens before you watch it. Either way, if you love spoilers then this website is definitely for you as it features a catalogue of in-depth plot descriptions that give everything away. It goes without saying that spoilerphobes should steer clear.
With more movies released than ever before, it’s really hard to keep track of the latest trailers – and we know your free time is precious. There are many trailer websites out there but this is arguably the best, giving a comprehensive catalogue of everything from the biggest blockbusters to the smallest indie fare; it’s particularly great for bringing smaller movies to your attention that you might not have heard about otherwise.