Useful Links


Subzin is a search engine that allows you to find phrases in movies and TV shows.

Just enter your favourite quote and it should find the relevant title and tell you the exact the exact time it appears, with links to Neflix if available.

I’ve tried it with a few films and so far it looks impressive.

> Subzin
> Follow them on Twitter

Interesting Technology Useful Links

What the Trend

What the Trend

What the Trend is a useful website that tracks what’s trending on Twitter and why.

For each trend, it gives you a quick explanation of why a #tag is trending (the blurbs are edited by users) and you can see the latest tweets and related Flickr photos and news stories.

* You can follow me on Twitter here (@filmdetail) *

Cinema Useful Links

Interactive Map of UK Cinemas

I’ve just started an interactive Google Map for cinemas in the UK.

View Larger Map

You can drag it, zoom in and find out more information by clicking on each blue marker.

Our aim is to list every cinema, so if you want your local one to be listed email us at [email protected]

You will be able to view it permanently at

Useful Links

The Most Useful Movie Websites 2.0

This is a list of useful movie websites to help guide you to the best film content on the web.

Back in August 2006 I created a list of what I thought were the 10 most useful movie websites but I felt a fresher and more comprehensive one was needed (which is why it is the 2.0 version).

So, the following is a collection of sites related to the world of film broken down into these categories: essential sites, news, blogs, critics, DVDs and podcasts.

If you look on the sidebar to the right you’ll see links to a lot of these sites but I thought I’d expand it and explain why they are worth bookmarking.

Part of the aim here is also to spread the word about quality film sites, so if you want to post this to Digg or another social news site then just use the buttons at the bottom of this post.

I’m sure there are more links out there worthy of inclusion in a future list, so if you have any suggestions email me or leave a comment below.


These are sites that I would consider essential bookmarks. They range from some of the most popular film sites on the web to the more obscure, but all are useful at helping you find the movie information you want.


The following section is a little broad but it centres on more general sites that cover the world of film.

Some are established news organisations whilst others are purely online, but all are useful sources of information on the latest film stories.

  • Aint It Cool News: One of the first movie websites to get worldwide attention in the late 90s after creator Harry Knowles spilled the beans on how bad Batman and Robin was, AICN remains an important place for checking out the latest news, rumours and fan reaction even though the design hasn’t changed much during the years.
  • AP News / Entertainment: The famous US news agency is always worth checking for stories related to the film industry.
  • AV Club: The entertainment branch of The Onion features a lot of interesting reviews and features on films and directors outside the mainstream, plus Scott Tobias and Nathan Rabin are critics always worth reading.
  • BBC News / Entertainment: One of the British taxpayer’s (or to be more accurate licence fee payer’s) gift to the world is the web’s best and most comprehensive news site. As such, the entertainment section is essential.
  • Bloody-Disgusting: For horror fans this a very useful place to get the latest news and views on the genre.
  • C.H.U.D.: Cinematic Happenings Under Development plays in the same ballpark as AICN with a slant towards genre side of things but is worth checking out for the news, features and interviews.
  • Coming Soon: Another site that can be useful for news and previews of mainstream releases.
  • Dark Horizons: An Australian based site that started out specialising in sci-fi but now is a valuable resource for all kinds of mainstream films.
  • Devil Ducky: A useful hub for checking out the latest viral videos.
  • Empire: The UK’s bestselling film magazine has had a healthy online presence for years now and does a good job of juggling the demands of the print and digital worlds. Their (relatively) new blog is definitely worth subscribing to and they have a good range of writers working for them like Kim Newman, Angie Errigo, Chris Hewitt and Helen O’Hara. Coincidentally, the question I get asked the most – apart from ‘what is your favourite film?’ – is ‘why don’t you write for Empire?’, so if anyone there is reading this, I’m open to offers 😉
  • Entertainment Weekly: The magazine founded by Jeff Jarvis of Buzzmachine back in 1990 became famous for issuing grades to movies and still remains a useful site for mainstream Hollywood films with people like Steven Spielberg giving them exclusive interviews and writers like Stephen King and Diablo Cody writing articles for them.
  • Film Comment: The bimonthly film journal published by the Film Society of Lincoln Center has a website that is worth reading for those interested in the more highbrow films. Although only a selection of articles are posted online their intelligence and rigour is always a pleasure to read.
  • Filmmaker Magazine: A quarterly publication covering the indie world is useful for a different perspective and those hidden films with smaller budgets but greater ambitions. It even features articles from the likes of director David Gordon Green, so is always worth a look.
  • Four Word Film Review: One of those curious sites that sounds crazy but proves strangely addictive. Every film is reviewed by users using 4 words or less and some of the results range from the hilarious to the profound. A recent review of Iron Man reads ‘Robot Downey Jr.’
  • Guardian Film: The UK newspaper that probably best understands the dynamics of print and online has an excellent film section filled with solid features whilst critics like Philip French, Mark Kermode and John Patterson are always worth reading. The comments sections on their blog can be illuminating, especially when film companies and PRs are caught out planting positive reviews of terrible British films.
  • Hollywood Wiretap: The look and feel of this news site make it appear like a film version of the Drudge Report but it is a handy gauge of film news from a variety of sources.
  • Film4: The UK’s best film channel has a comprehensive website filled with reviews, interviews and features. Pus, if you live here then check out their listings as they have a great mix of mainstream and cult movies showing throughout the week.
  • indieWIRE: An excellent hub for news on the independent film world with excellent coverage of festivals like Sundance and interviews with established and up and coming filmmakers.
  • JoBlo’s Movie Emporium: Another website that’s been around quite a while with a nice mixtures of news, reviews and thoughts on films across the board – even Steven Spielberg is a fan.
  • Little White Lies: A classy UK based film magazine that also has a presence on the web.
  • New York Times / Movies: The pre-eminent US newspaper maybe cutting jobs but lets hope that doesn’t affect their first rate movies section. The features may sometimes be a day or two behind the best movie blogs, but generally speaking the reporting and writing is of the high standards you would expect of the Grey Lady. Critics such as Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott are part of any discerning film fans’ required reading.
  • Premiere: Although the magazine may no longer exist, the online version survived with Glenn Kenny providing the news and insight. Well, that was until a couple of days ago when Glenn was let go. He has a new blog called Some Came Running.
  • Sight and Sound: The UK’s best highbrow film magazine is frustrating in what it chooses to put up on the web (it saves some of the juicier features for the print edition) but there is no doubting the quality of the contributors whose reviews and features are usually in-depth and rich food for the cinephile mind.
  • Slant Magazine / Film: This is a well written, intelligent site and in critic Ed Gonzalez they have a writer who is always worth reading even though his views tend towards the arch and contrarian. Their end of year lists are required reading.
  • Telegraph / Film: Although it suffers in comparison to The Guardian (its UK newspaper rival) the film section of the Telegraph is worth a look now and then for interviews, profiles and features.
  • The Times / Film: Another UK newspaper that often has some good features, especially around the London Film Festival (which it sponsors) and reviews from the likes of James Christopher, Cosmo Landesman and Wendy Ide.
  • Cinematheque: A useful hub for finding out more about individual filmmakers like Woody Allen, Ingmar Bergman or Michelangelo Antonioni.
  • The Hollywood Reporter: Although it doesn’t have the influence or prestige of its rival Variety, this trade paper often contains stories of interest, whether it is the announcement of a new production or recent box office grosses.
  • The New Yorker / The Film File: The New York magazine has a deserved reputation for quality writing and that comes across in many of the movie features or profiles it does. The review section was made famous by Pauline Kael and now Anthony Lane and David Denby carry her critical torch with witty (and often snooty) putdowns of the latest cinema amidst the few things they enjoy.
  • They Shoot Pictures Don’t They?: A superb gateway to some enlightening movie content be it a 1000 great movies you should see or posts from other sites like GreenCine.
  • Variety: The trade bible is sometimes accused of be a little too close to the industry it covers (see the WGA strike coverage or that infamous Charlie’s Angel’s 2 review) and editor Peter Bart may have doubts about blogs, but it is still essential reading for anyone with the slightest interest in Hollywood. Almost every aspect of the entertainment business is covered in depth and after they sensibly abolished their pay wall last year, it has become an invaluable resource.
  • Yahoo News / Movies: With all their recent troubles evading the clutches of Microsoft, Yahoo’s movie section resembles the rest of the company – i.e. stuck in 1998. But new trailers (like Indy 4) often show first here and the photos of premieres are quite good if you are into that kind of thing.


Blogs have grown rapidly in the last four years, allowing professional journalists and keen movie lovers to publish their thoughts online in a structured format.

Some of these belong to established news organisations, others are independent – but all are worth reading if you want regular doses of movie opinion and insight.


The role of the film critic is one that has come under some scrutiny in recent times with many getting laid off and some questioning their role in an age of blogs and sites like Rotten Tomatoes.

What follows here are the film critics whose opinion and insight is valuable to anyone who cares about the medium.


For those interested in finding films on DVD and what the latest releases are like then I would suggest the following.

  • Amazon UK / US: The giant online retailer is still the place to search for and buy (or even sell) DVDs. They own the IMDb, so when you are browsing entries there look on the top right hand corner and you will see links to the film on DVD or the soundtrack. The user reviews can also be handy.
  • DVD Beaver: An excellent place to check out the specs of the latest DVD releases – check out these screenshots of the Criterion release of Days of Heaven to see how useful the site can be.
  • DVD File: A very solid and comprehensive site featuring news, reviews and technical explanations of the format.
  • DVD Price Check: A good place to get price comparisons on the latest DVDs from the various regions.
  • DVD Spin Doctor: Glen Abel‘s blog about the latest DVD news and releases is a very useful source of news and opinion.
  • DVD Times: Posssibly my favourite DVD site, with a comprehensive list of release dates, news, reviews and images.
  • The Easter Egg Archive: Useful site for finding hidden bonus features (also known as Easter Eggs) on DVDs.
  • Ebay US / UK: If you can’t find a DVD at a retail outlet, have a browse on the auction giant to see if a user is selling an old copy.
  • Play: A consistently excellent place for good deals on DVDs, as well as CDs and other products. Very useful for getting a bargain on a DVD box set.


A number of fine film related podcasts are now available for free and you can subscribe to them via iTunes, RSS feed or via direct MP3 download.

Here are my pick of the best:

So that wraps this list up.

As I said before, if you have any good sites worthy of inclusion then leave them in the comments below or email me.

UPDATE: Jim Emerson’s Scanners blog has now been included (an oversight by me but thanks to Denis at SLIFR for reminding me!)

Interesting Useful Links


TimeTube is a very cool mashup of YouTube and the interactive timeline site Dipity.

This means that if you do a keyword search it will bring up relevant YouTube videos in an interactive timeline.

So, for example, if we wanted to to a TimeTube search on Steven Spielberg, type in the keywords ‘Steven Spielberg’ and then watch it build up a timeline of videos related to the director:

Then select the relevant video you want from the timeline, such as this BBC interview Spielberg did with Jeremy Isaacs around the UK release of Schindler’s List in 1994:

Then you can watch the video:

You can also check out parts two, three, four and five of the interview.

> Check out more video timelines at TimeTube
> Steven Spielberg at the IMDb

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YouTube goes down

I’ve just realised that YouTube is down.

Server problems? Or perhaps the Pakistan government somehow taking it offline again, like they did back in February?

Paul Glazowski at Mashable has some thoughts:

First highlighted by Allen Stern at CenterNetworks, the outage seems to have stretched the globe, with reports from people spanning the US, the UK, Estonia, and places elsewhere.

A few simple requests by yours truly for YouTube clips via Google Search this morning return links to unresponsive pages. (The Australian site is down too, by the way.)

Not good, not good. Maintenance gone wrong, is it? Who’s to say? Google’s not talking, neither on the company blog or, more specifically, on the official Youtube Blog.

UPDATE at 15.15 GMT: It is back up in the UK.

What about where you are in the rest of the world? Leave any comments below.

TV Useful Links

Mobile TV Listings

TV listings via WAPHave you ever wanted to check TV listings on your mobile phone?

One of the best is Andrew Flegg’s wonderful TV listings site which has listings for nearly all the UK channels.

But there is also a mobile version – written by Chris Lloyd – which you can access via your mobile’s WAP browser.

Just enter and you can access the listings which look like this:

WAP browser screenshot

There is even an option where you can check out what films are about to screen, which is very handy indeed.

If anyone knows a US version or any equivalents for other countries then just leave them in the comments below.

> Andrew Flegg’s TV listing site
> The WAP version
> On The Box – Another useful TV listings site

Interesting Useful Links

Mp3gle – MP3 Search Engine

I’m not exactly sure how you pronounce the name of this MP3 search engine (I’m guessing it is “MP3-gle”, like saying MP3 and the end of Google) but it looks like quite a useful tool if you are searching for MP3 files.

It is worth mentioning that it isn’t an official Google product.


Check it out here.

> Mp3gle
> More about MP3s at Wikipedia

Awards Season Useful Links

Useful Oscar links

Oscar NominationsThe Oscars take place this Sunday and I’ll post my predictions in the next 24 hours.

But until then here are some links to useful websites about everything to do with the Academy Awards.


The official site for the Oscars is worth a look for any announcements but perhaps more interesting is their official YouTube channel with highlights from previous years, including David Niven politely putting down a streaker and Michael Moore blasting George W Bush, whilst Academy president Sid Ganis can be seen video blogging at this year’s nominees luncheon.

Plus, they have an Oscar ballot form with all the nominees which you can download as a PDF file.


The awards season isn’t all about expensive frocks and Hollywood backslapping. It provides vital exposure for less mainstream films and careers are boosted by nominations and wins.

There are some great sites (from both independent and mainstream media) that cover the awards season in great depth, so if you want to get stuck into the minutiae of ballots, contenders and the politics of Oscar, check out: In Contention, Awards Daily, And The Winner Is, Variety’s Award Central and Red Carpet District, The Envelope at the LA Times, Gold Rush at The Hollywood Reporter, The Carpetbagger at the New York Times and Little Gold Men at Vanity Fair.

More general blogs worth always worth checking out around Oscar time are The Hot Blog by David Poland, Hollywood Elsewhere by Jeff Wells, Thompson on Hollywood by Anne Thompson and Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke.


If you are in an Oscar pool or putting a bet on who might win this Sunday, there are a batch of sites that collate a bunch of different pundits and see who is favoured to win in each category.

Among the best are Gurus of Gold, Awards Daily Oscar Watch and The Buzzmeter.


If you want to delve in to the history of the Oscars, then Wikipedia is a treasure trove of information with detailed sections on the awards, AMPAAS, a list of Best Picture winners and a list of records. has an extensive list of winners and nominees, whilst The Times have a handy one sheet of Schott’s Oscar Almanac.

Do you know any decent Oscar sites? Leave them in the comments below.

Interesting Technology Useful Links

vTap – Mobile video website

vTapHave you ever wanted to watch videos on your mobile phone?

If you are lucky enough to have an iPhone then you will probably have been impressed by their impressive YouTube application, but what about other phones and video sites?

One site I came across recently was vTap – which allows you to search different video sites and then watch them on your mobile.

Previously I’d used the mobile version of YouTube but it was a little frustrating as it only featured a limited amount of videos.

After trying vTap on my Nokia 6120 Classic I was very impressed – not only did it work but you have (as far as I could tell) the full library of YouTube and other video sites.

Not only do you have access to more videos, but on a 3G connection the download time is quick and playback is pretty smooth.

Another nice feature is that you can select the download speed depending on your connection and even just get the audio of the video, if you so wish.

Check out their website for a list of compatible phones or just punch into your mobile browser to check out the site.

The company behind vTap is called Veveo and here is a video of co-founder and CEO Murali Aravamudan explaining the idea behind the site:

It is worth noting that video on your mobile can be expensive if you don’t have an unlimited data plan (which I do), so make sure you check this before giving the site some heavy use.

> Official vTap site
> Om Malick writes about Veveo (the company behind VTap) at NewTeeVee
> Find out more about the vTap application for the iPhone

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The Writers Strike on the web

WGA Strike 2007I got a few emails recently about the current writers strike in the US and whether it would have an effect on any films or TV shows showing in the UK.

Initally I’d held off writing anything in depth about it as it felt a little distant from me, plus other people were covering it better and in more depth. But to make up for my slackness, here is a longer-than-usual post on the whole affair.

The short answer to the question as to whether it will affect shows in the UK is “probably (given how many US shows are imported here), but it depends how serious the strike gets”. For a longer answer, more information and useful links about the strike itself, read on.

If you follow it on the web, you might note how much of the coverage comes not only from established media but from different journalists, bloggers, people inside the entertainment industry and the strikers themselves.

To recap, it is a strike by the Writers Guild of America (on both East and West coasts) that started last Monday. The WGA is the union that represents film, television, radio and new media writers working in the United States.

Strike outside Warner Bros

Every three years, the Writers Guilds negotiate a new contract with the studios and the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers)- the body which represents them. The dispute is about the new contract and the issue of residuals – the payments writers receive when their work is shown in different formats (e.g. DVD, cable, foreign TV).

Unsurprisingly, the writers feel they are being paid too little, whilst the studios don’t want to pay them more with uncertainty over new formats and how the industry will be affected by changes in technology. The WGA has proposed doubling the residual rate for DVD sales, which would mean a payment of about eight cents (up from the current four cents) for every DVD sold.

However, aside from the DVD dispute is the much more pressing issue of residuals for online content. At the moment, the WGA has no deal with the studios regarding films or TV shows sold via iTunes or streamed or downloaded online. This is a huge sticking point as it is widely assumed that online distribution will take over from DVD as the primary means for distribution.

Added to the already poisonous atmosphere, there is much lingering resentment from the 20-year-old deal the WGA signed for home video – in essence the writers felt that they were not compensated for the hefty profits the studios made when DVD gradually took over from VHS in the last 10 years.

Strikers in New York

Now the WGA is refusing to make any similar concessions in for so-called “new media” – which they would argue is not so new after all. WGA members are determined that the next deal can’t be like the residuals they got for DVDs.

However, the studios the studios have refused to consider changing the formula. Their argument is that DVD sales are necessary to offset rising production and marketing costs. They have further insisted that the current DVD formula be applied to residuals in New Media (which covers any content sold via the web e.g. iTunes or download sites like Amazon Unbox).

They would also probably argue that developments in technology are radically altering the entertainment landscape and point to the music industry as an example of how difficult predicting the future can be.

YouTube didn’t exist three years ago and now copyrighted content appears there daily (albeit in 10 minute chunks). And what is the residual rate really worth if the next generation of users are downloading films and TV shows for free from sites like The Pirate Bay?

Birds eye view of strikers

I guess the the studios feel they can ride out a strike – the last major one in 1988 dragged on for 5 months and cost the entertainment industry an estimated $500 million. There are contingency plans (such as stockpiled shows and repeats) but the situation will get much much worse if other entertainment unions decide to join them in a wider shutdown of productions.

In July next year, the key contracts of the other two major industry unions – the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Directors Guild of America (DGA) – are set to run out. If all three can’t broker an agreement with the studios, they would almost certainly engage in a wider strike that would cripple Hollywood.

What’s interesting about following a story like this on the web is the depth and breadth of information from the parties involved and those commenting on it.

Here are some sites and links that are worth checking out:

Plus, there are plenty of established bloggers providing excellent coverage as the strike goes on:

If you see any useful links then do leave them in the comments section below or just email me.

In the meantime check out this video by Field of Dreams writer and director Phil Alden Robinson in which he explains the history of the WGA and why the strike has happened:


Useful Links


This looks like it could be a very handy site.


It is called Wikirage and it tracks what is currently hot on Wikipedia.

Check it out here.

[Link via BlogsNow]

> Wikipedia on Wikipedia
> Featured Wikipedia article of the day

Interesting Useful Links

Free Online Documentaries

Just came across this interesting site via Digg – it is a comprehensive list of documentaries that can be viewed online.

Just use the menu to navigate to each film. (N.B. Some might take a while to load)

> Check it out the list of free documentaries
> Find out more about documentaries at Wikipedia

News Useful Links

Anne Thompson at Variety

A couple of weeks ago Anne Thompson – an established film writer who also has a keen understanding of new media – moved from her post at The Hollywood Reporter to their  crosstown rivals Variety.

You can check out her new blog at

She notes in her first post that:

Although I wrote the Risky Business column at L.A. Weekly for seven years, and filed some more Risky columns for Filmmaker Magazine in 2003 and 2004, and convinced the folks at THR to let me use Risky Business for my weekly column there, they want to hang on to it. It’s a hard-won part of my identity. But I’m moving on.

Although it is a hassle starting a new site from scratch (and a tad mean spirited for THR to hang on to the RiskyBiz moniker) sometimes a change can be an invigorating thing.

All the best to Anne at her new URL.

> Thompson on Hollywood
> Anne’s first column at Variety (which discusses 300)

Box Office Useful Links

Chart Watch at Box Office Mojo

Box Office Mojo have introduced a clever new section to their site called Chart Watch.

It tracks films to see if their rank has gone up on the various charts at athr site. You can select two views: Changes by Chart (which lists all the charts each movie moved on) and Changes by Movie (which lists all the movies that moved on each chart). It is handy to see how certain films are doing.

For example, it is interesting (or worrying depending on your viewpoint) to see that Night at the Museum is the 41st highest grossing film of all time at the worldwide box office.

> Chart Watch at Box Office Mojo
> The most successful films of all time at the box office according to Box Office Mojo

Interesting Technology Useful Links


It looks like Amazon have created their own Wikipedia clone. It is called Amapedia and although it is still in beta, the idea is a very good one.

A wiki for Amazon products not only gives us more information about the huge amount of books, DVDs and products they have but also allows Amazon to better to gauge customer responses.

It will be interesting to see how this develops

> Amapedia (link via Read Write/Web)

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Lifehacker tips on going to the cinema

The rather wonderful Lifehacker has posted an excellent set of links and advice for moviegoers:

Here’s the deal: if I’m going to shell out the dough to see a movie in the theater, I like to get my money’s worth, especially since I have to do quite a bit of maneuvering (babysitters, scheduling, etc.) even to get there. I don’t want to waste my hard-earned cash on the newest Rob Schneider craptacular; then again, just because a film has the George Lucas stamp of approval doesn’t necessarily mean it’s my cup of tea.

In this week’s feature, I’ll run down the sites I use before (and after) I go to the movies in order to make my dollar stretch just a little further.

For those of us outside the US its a little American-centric but the links are still worth checking out. (Link via Digg)

> Lifehacker guide to the movies

Interesting Useful Links

Viral Video Chart

If you want to check out the latest viral videos doing the rounds on the Internet this chart comes in handy. It tracks the latest videos people are watching on YouTube, MySpace and Google Video.

> Viral Video Chart
> RSS Feed for the chart

Lists Useful Links

The Top 10 Most Useful Film Websites

* UPDATE 12/05/08: For a more updated list click here *

As someone who reviews films and DVDs the internet is an invaluable resource, but what are the most useful sites? After a look through my many film bookmarks and feeds here is my selection of the 10 most useful websites that I use on a regular basis:

  1. The Internet Movie Database: After all these years it is still the single most useful site about films and filmmaking. It is an obvious choice but if you want to find out information about a film, actor or director the IMDb is without parallel. Sites like the All Movie Guide and Yahoo Movies try to do a similar thing but they are not on the same scale. Plus, the IMDB also has some very useful features under the hood – the Top 250 films voted by user ratings, the Trivia sections and the Memorable Quotes. Another useful aspect of the site is that on the top right hand corner of each film entry you can see whether or not the film is available on Region 1, Region 2 DVD or if there is a soundtrack.
  2. Wikipedia – Film Portal: It might sound strange to rank a section from Wikipedia so highly but given the enormous growth of the online encyclopaedia its film entries have become numerous and very handy indeed. The idea of an encyclopaedia written and edited by users must have sounded crazy a few years ago but despite the odd example it remains a terrific resource if you want to get a basic understanding of a film or any aspect of filmmaking. Some of its entries on particular films are excellent (e.g. Blade Runner, Ran and Halloween) and is also useful at placing films in context. For example if you looked up Blade Runner you could also see links to other films from 1982, director Ridley Scott, author Philip K Dick, the Bradbury Building and what dystopian means. Plus, if you ever wanted to know about such diverse things as the WGA screenwriting credit system, Panavision, Lindsay Lohan and the little known Tom Hanks TV movie Mazes and Monsters, then Wikipedia has entries for them all. An amazing resource.
  3. Metacritic: If you regularly read film reviews then Metacritic will make your job a lot easier. It collates reviews from a range of critics, gives them a rating out of 100 and then gives the film an average score. It usually includes a line from each review and also contains useful links to each film (the official site, the IMDb link and the trailer). Rotten Tomatoes is a much more popular site that does a similar thing but I prefer the look and feel of Metacritic. The film section is also complemented by ones for DVDs, music, games, books and TV. In my experience the average scores are pretty accurate but if you disagree then you can always add your opinion in the forums.
  4. Google / Movies: Google is a search engine so popular that it has even become a verb. But apart from indexing millions of webpages and allowing you to search them it also has some useful features that you might not be aware of. It can spell-check, convert units of measurement and (most importantly for film lovers) help you find out your local cinema times. Again there are many sites that do this but Google’s reliably slick interface, ease of use and links to Google Maps makes them the current movie listing champ. The UK listings site is here and the US site is here.
  5. Digg / Movies: Digg is a relatively new site but its fast becoming a great way to explore the buzz on news stories and the world of film is no different. They recently divided their stories in sections and one of those is devoted to Movies. Users submit and then vote (or digg) which stories they find interesting. You can browse the most popular this year (“Watch 70 legal TV stations for free”), this month (“Batman Begins sequel casting and title confirmed”), this week (“Siskel and Ebert hated each other “), today (“99 Top Gun movie mistakes”) and recently popular.
  6. Movie City News: A great one stop shop for film news edited by film writer and blogger David Poland. It has regular links to all the latest news stories and a series of blogs that are connected to the site. Very useful indeed.
  7. Guardian Film: The Guardian and its sister Sunday paper The Observer are the best British newspapers when it comes to film coverage and their film website is where you can find all the stories if you didn’t buy the paper. They have the best range of articles and the best writers – Philip French is my favourite British newspaper critic whilst Mark Kermode and John Patterson are always worth reading. Unlike some other newspapers the Guardian understands publishing for the web and Guardian Film is regularly updated with reviews and features.
  8. Criticker: Think of a site as a personalised Metacritic or in their words a “Personalised Film Recommendation Engine”. It allows you to rate films and then suggests ones you might like based on your ratings. Another handy feature is the Taste Compatibility Index that allows you to compare your film tastes with other users and more established critics. More addictive than it sounds and a good way of gauging what type of films you like.
  9. Soundtrack Net: This site reviews the latest soundtracks but also takes a remarkbly detailed and comprehensive look at the role of music in film. There are interviews with composers, features on different scores and even an incredibly detailed database of music used in trailers.
  10. Box Office Mojo: The best site for checking out how films have done financially at the US and global box office. It provides a lot of different stats and trends on what is going on at the box office including daily, weekly, monthly and yearly analysis. The section for All Time Box Office records is always worth checking out if only to see if anything will ever beat Titanic.

If you have any comments or suggestions for a useful site then do send me an email.

Useful Links

Release Guide

Although it only deals with US releases at the moment Release Guide looks like an extremely useful site if you want to check out the release dates for Films, DVDs, Albums, Games and Books.

> Release Guide
> The RSS feeds are particularly useful if you are into that kind of thing

Useful Links

Double Feature

I’m not advocating anyone sneak into cinemas but Double Feature is an interesting little tool. Can we get one for the UK?

News Useful Links

More on King Kong

King Kong opens today in the UK and here are some interesting links on the film to celebrate the release of one of the year’s best films.

> Composer Howard Shore left the project late on, so his replacement James Newton Howard had a tight schedule to keep to – SoundtrackNet has a great article on how it was all done.
> Worth1000 has some amusing photoshops of King Kong (my favourites are "Primates of the Caribbean" and the Kong iPod)
> Get King Kong showtimes for your local cinema
> Get the latest Kong news from
> Some video of "The Making of Kong" (via vfxblog)
> Get the latest reviews of the film on Metacritic

If you have seen it then do leave a comment on what you thought of it.


Useful Links

Google Showtimes

Want to know what films are on in your area? Have a look at Google’s new showtimes funtion.

Just enter your postcode or location and it brings up the relevant cinema listings.

> Google UK – Cinema Showtimes
> For those across the pond here is the US version