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ACTORSandCREW is an employment and networking site which serves all entertainment professionals, from actors to editors, costume designers to hair stylists, agents to studio executives, and everyone else. And I am a featured columnist in their magazine.
Rotten Tomatoes is one of the top reference sites I use when conducting research for my movie reviews and a general source for all things movie. Rotten Tomatoes compiles reviews from top critics from around the net and uses a ‘rotten’ or ‘fresh’ rating system to determine an overall consensus of movies you must see or movies you should avoid as long as possible and save your cash for something else. The site includes trailers, pictures, and other goodies, and can easily serve as a sprinboard for the casual movie fan or dedicated movie aficionado.
Box Office Mojo is one of those sites that you stumble upon and wonder how your movie world existed before it. I don’t remember when I discovered them, but they are hands down my favorite site for tracking box office receipts, movie popularity, and for providing an immediate, over-all snapshot of budget-to-sales statistics. I refer to Boxofficemojo.com with every movie review I write and any time I want to find out how well a film did in combined domestic and international sales – of just sitting around flipping through stations and thinking, I wonder if anyone else liked this movie or thinks it stinks as much as I do?
The Internet Movie Database is probably the most essential tool for anyone interested in the movie business. If you don’t know about it, you should, and if you do know about, then you can attest to the invaluable information they provide. I don’t know how long they’ve been around but it is clear they have a firm connection with the entertainment industry and rightfully so. The imdb interface is clean and simple and the ads are not as annoying as some sites. What I like the most about the site is the way in which just about everyone involved in a production are given credit for their work with links that connect their personal and professional affiliations in one place. And if you’re a filmmaker, you can upload your movie information and create a credible link to your accomplishment. IMDB provides a one-stop source for cast, crew, log-lines and synopsis, links connecting past, present and future projects, not to mention a nearly inexhaustible supply of facts, trivia, and awards. Every review at Above the Line contains information provided by the Internet Movie Data Base website.
Movie-Vault is an established movie review website with referral links from some of the top websites, newspapers and even a nation-wide television show. You’ll find over 2,000 reviews, news, movie games and an active community of movie enthusiasts and professionals. If you need help finding a movie reviews, their extensive search feature offers searches by title, year, director, on-staff reviewer, and just about everything in between. Their forum contains over 7,000 threads, 170,000 posts, and 10,000 members as of August 2010. I am just beginning to explore the resources at movie-vault.com but plan to frequent the site often. They’re also on Twitter and Facebook.
Metacritic is a relatively new site for me, but I’ve found myself returning to their helpful, insightful collection of reviews on everything from the latest (as well as earlier) releases in film, video, music, books and games. They proudly proclaim, “Since its inception, Metacritic has provided a cross-section of reviews from a carefully screened group of the most respected critics” and a quick visit to their site is the proof in the pudding, as it were.
MRQE (pronounced “marquee”) the Movie Review Query Engine, is an on-line collection of movie reviews. Founded in 1993, MRQE is a searchable index of all published and available movie reviews, news, interviews, and other material associated to movies. Like Metacritic, I am relatively new to MRQE, but am excited about exploring the site further and incorporating what I learn there into my reviews.
Roger Ebert I have been a long time admirer and follower of movie critic Roger Ebert. I think my earliest memory of him dates back to 1986 or thereabouts when he co-hosted a show with fellow critic Gene Siskel called, “Siskel and Ebert and The Movies”. The name was later changed with the times, and then again when Siskel died in 1999. To be honest, the magic of their frequent disagreements and intellectual bout of wits was never equaled, akin to a band that comes apart when any one member dies or leaves. I prefer him now as a soloist, a curmudgeon tucked away but no less visible in the hearts and minds of movie fans and fellow critics; the Roger Ebert style of reviews, among many other ventures, remains a barometer for good reviews to this day. As a freshman in the college of movie reviews, I consider Mr. Ebert an upper classman, a mentor and tutor with a daunting career that is as commendable as it is approachable. I remind myself of Mr. Ebert’s frankness, his professionalism and ever-sharp wit, the gentle reminder in his eyes that he has plenty left to say and will write for as long as he has breath.
Movie Fone I discovered the folks over at MovieFone randomly, as it would seem, while searching for local movies times at the metroplex. The site also offers information, reviews, and other facts about popular movies in theaters, coming soon and on dvd. You can conduct a search for movie titles, find movie theater showtimes, trailers, reviews and news.
Movies.com Movies.com is a relatively new destination for everything movies. I don’t know how long they have actually been on-line but that is what they write in their ‘about us’ section. I’ve personally found news about current movie runs as well as what’s coming soon to theaters and DVD. I haven’t used their ‘get movie times’ section but they offer that too.
Fandango.com You might recall the talking hand-puppet characters that made Fandango popular, or used your smart phone to receive updates or buy movie tickets. I pop over to their site from time to time for their reviews or links to additional information.
Fflick.com I’m a relatively new user of the fflick site but am enjoying the organization and direct link with Twitter. Their claim is, “Instant movie reviews from you and your friends – Is that $12 movie ticket worth it? Find out!”. For the time being I’m stretching my legs over there and will update later.
This site, as they put it, is where movies from free. The site is pretty slick and includes reviews, news, links to free content and just about everything you can think of that is either directly or indirectly connected to the film industry. I haven’t spent a lot of time on the site but there is a ton of information and I’ve referenced more than one review during my research jaunts around the net. Looks promising.
AMC’s Filmcritic movie portal is probably one of the original sites I visited before I started my blog. The site is well-organized, easy to navigate, and the front-end provides easy access to top reviews, new releases, in-theaters, and just about anything you might be interested in when it comes to your movie diet. They have an interesting ratings system that compares critics, users, and ‘you’ if you subscribe, providing a quick-look if you’re in a hurry or have a short attention span. I’ve referenced quite a few of their reviews and collected articles during my research.
There are many other sites and individuals that I refer to when researching and writing my reviews. I will update this section often as time permits and my net stumbles provide.