In place of my usual movie reviews, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite movie-related websites. I keep a running list of movies we'd like to see on an Excel spreadsheet (there's the engineer in me again!). I get ideas from current movies in the theaters, previews on DVDs, and suggestions from friends (thanks!). Before I add a movie to my list, I usually look it up to see whether it's any good:
- I really like All Movie. You can look up movie titles and read a brief summary of the film, a rating from 1 to 5 stars, plus other pertinent information, like length, attributes, keywords, and themes. Over the years, I've found that the ratings here generally match my own feelings about movies.
- Metacritic is another website I use frequently to look up potential movies. It gathers all the reviews that have been written about a movie in one database and applies a 0 to 100 rating to each review, so you can see the compiled rating from all reviews or read a specific review, if there's a certain newspaper or reviewer that you like. Metacritic also features reviews of TV, music, and games.
And, when Ken and I have questions about a movie or an actor or actress - as we often do since neither of us can ever remember anything! - we look it up on Internet Movie Database. This site is a wealth of information. So, when we recognize someone on screen but can't remember what other movie we recently saw him or her in, we go to IMDB. It also features news and trailers for new releases.
If you're looking for information on whether movies (or games or books) are appropriate for kids, check out this piece I wrote for Family Fun magazine on review websites for parents.
OK, now I need to get off the couch and make some dinner. I hope I have more energy tomorrow.