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12 Great Websites For Movie Buffs
Nothing is better than settling down for the evening with some fresh popped corn and a good movie to watch. It is both an individual and family pastime. For some, movies are more than that. These folks are aficionados devoted to anything film-related. They are not alone. There are websites dedicated to those movie buffs in the world who appreciate a good thing when they see it. Here are a few.
It's sometimes best to know what you're getting into before you rent or download that movie. Getting the opinion of others who have reviewed them is one way to go.
MovieReviews - This website features no nonsense reviews by people who have an opinion about what they've watched. You can search for movies by category or just type in the one you want to know about. MovieReviews also offers trailers and movie news. Anyone can participate in rating and reviewing on this comprehensive site.
RogerEbert - A well known name in movie reviewing, rogerebert.com lives up to its reputation. Commentary about favorite movies is concise and descriptive. Details of movie scenes and characters are discussed with honesty. Roger Ebert is a savvy critic with a keen eye on what in movies is provocative or mundane. Registration is free and well worth the effort.
Trailer Addict - If you love watching high resolution movie trailers, this site is the place to go. They have a very large film database and are always adding more. If older movies are your thing, Trailer Addict has a section for that. Each month a trailer is chosen for a Trailer Award. The site is user-friendly and lots of fun for the movie buff.
Hulu - Hulu movie trailers is a comprehensive site that not only includes the newest and most popular movie trailers but a wide range of documentary material as well. It is easy to get lost browsing here because the site is set up so well. You can search for trailers alphabetically, by popularity, by highest rating or release date. They also offer a widget for your own blog or website.
SOCIAL NETWORKS -
FilmAffinity - FilmAffinity has just about anything a movie buff could want in a website. It is a place for the like-minded to share. Members from all over the world are encouraged to rate movies. Your ratings are compared with those of other members and matches become Movie Soulmates. The site offers tours, trailers and discussion of movies as well as the Academy Awards and other film awards.
Flixster - This is truly a social networking venue for movie lovers. Like Facebook, you can collect friends and shoot the breeze. There are sections to discuss and rate movies, meet people, and play games. You can search for friends and movies and share your opinion. Flixster has an ongoing blog and keeps up with current movie news. It is a fun and easy to negotiate site.
GAMES AND TRIVIA -
Triviala - Triviala offers all types of movie and film quizzes and trivia. Some of these quizzes focus on a particular movie like "The Godfather Quiz" or the "Madagascar Quiz". Others cover action heroes or leading men or classic movies or movie disasters. There's much to choose from and challenge yourself to here. Quizzes are rated by stars and you can make your own quiz. It's all free and there are opportunities to win prizes. It's a fun place.
Filmwise - Filmwise features really unique visual quizzes as well as text quizzes. Its trademark is the Invisibles quiz where you are given a screenshot of a movie where all the characters are invisible and only their costumes are shown. Now that is cool. Filmwise is a comprehensive movie trivia website with movie quotes, forums, reviews and contests. It is well worth a visit.
Netflix - Netflix has been around awhile and no one can beat the amount of movie choices they have available. They have over 30 million streaming members around the world so their reputation is solid. For a low monthly fee, Netflix members can watch even the newest movies instantly by streaming to their computers, mobile devices and Blu-ray players. Members are encouraged to rate movies after watching. The website is user-friendly and you can't go wrong with a company who prides themselves on their customer service.
VUDU - VUDU is a one-stop site for everything movies. If it's out on DVD it's probably available to stream from VUDU. You can even watch the first few minutes of a movie for free. You can stream directly to your Blu-ray player, computer, iPad or HDTV. With VUDU, you can rent a movie for two dollars for two nights without a monthly subscription. Only here can you getb HDX quality movies which has stunning clarity and sharpness. This is one of the best movie sites.
Internet Movie Database - IMDB is well known as a movie lovers' reference guide. What they lack in fancy website design, they make up for in content and a wealth of information. You can watch trailers, look up film release dates, learn about the cast and crew of the movies and read movie news. It is also a great place to search for films by your favorite actor or director or by genre. If you've never checked out the Internet Movie Database, you are in for a pleasant surprise.
Twitch - Twitch is a very cool movie website. It has a modern flavor and attitude and is very organized. Twitch features everything from movie news to discussion forums. It has a section devoted to film festivals around the world and is sophisticated in that approach. You can get information at Twitch that you won't see on other movie sites. They have an active community, reviews and contests. Be sure to visit their interview category and the Twitch-o-Meter.