For those of you wanting to learn more about the film industry, here are the top websites for the modern movie aficionado:
The Internet Movie Database (imdb.com)
This is the equivalent of the Oxford English Dictionary for film and television. This website is jam-packed with everything one could possibly want to know about movies and shows. Check out biographies on your favorite actors and directors, view trailers, and show times for upcoming new releases, check quotes, look up goofs made during the productions, and learn behind-the-scenes information in the Trivia section (my personal favorite).
Concerned parents can even research the movies their children want to watch in the Parent’s Guide section. There are also great apps available for your iPhone or Android, which my father and I love because we will be watching something and an actor or actress will pop up, and we want to find out what other movies they’ve been in. It’s a must-visit for fans of both the big and small screen.
Video ETA (videoeta.com)
This is the best stop for finding out when movies are going to be released on DVD or On Demand. Look up a three-week selection of releases or use the drop-down list to find any title from A-Z.
The AV Club (avclub.com)
From the people who brought you the deliciously sarcastic fake newspaper, The Onion, comes the AV Club. Here you can find reviews of current movies and TV shows, along with the additional subjects of music and books. It’s not nearly as farcical as The Onion, but there is some colorful language in its articles and videos, so parents might want to visit the site before letting children take a look.
Screen Junkies (screenjunkies.com)
Much like the AV Club, Screen Junkies takes a modern adult and humorous look at TV and film. I love this website for the wacky lists it provides, like “What’s Going On? The 6 Most Confusing Movies of the 90s,” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Political Appearances on Saturday Night Live.”
It also provides great original video content to go along with its zany articles. There are a lot of four-letter words on this website, so I would keep this site among adults.
Rotten Tomatoes (rottentomatoes.com)
This website provides more of a movie ranking system for movies, old and new. The reviewers are film critics for local newspapers throughout the country and movies are rated either “Fresh” or “Rotten,” depending on the aggregate votes.
Over the years, it has been active. Rotten Tomatoes has become the “unofficial official” site for movie rankings, with websites like Wikipedia using its reviews.
It provides an interesting look in regards to film ranking because its users are unabashed and unafraid to give bad movies scathing marks.