June 10, 2011 at 1:46 PM

WEB SITES FOR MOVIE BUFFS

...a true encyclopedia of the motion picture, available free and only on line.

By Casey St. Charnez

Media Rare

Casey St. Charnez has been video editor for Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide since 1986 and buyer for Lisa Harris' Video Library since 1981. He likes Lisa, cats, crosswords, and the Metropolitan Opera, probably in that order.

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WEB SITES FOR MOVIE BUFFS

www.artofthetitle.com
Fascinating frame-by-frame deconstruction of main title sequences in movies new and old. Quickly proves an adage that a film's tone is set in its first three minutes.

www.cinefantastiqueonline.com
Comprehensive coverage of news, reviews, retrospectives, delivered in a high-class format that is typical of the glossy fanboy magazine, published since 1970.

www.film-releases.com
Calendar of upcoming movies tells you when they're scheduled to open. Check often, as studios constantly reshuffle release dates. Also lists DVDs by street debut.

www.imdb.com
The Internet Movie DataBase is a true encyclopedia of the motion picture, available free and only on line. Amazon.com ancillary is a researcher's first stop, more inclusive than you can imagine.

www.leonardmaltin.com
The dean of film historians has his own blog, with a newsletter, journal entries, book and DVD reviews, first-person photos, festival coverage, etc. Highly recommended to those who prefer movies to cinema.

www.moviefanfare.com
Sales-oriented but nonetheless entertaining and informative site is a sidebar of Movies Unlimited, probably the best American source for buying movies.

www.moviepooper.com
Cuts to the chase, revealing the endings of over 4,500 titles. Frequent updates. Similar to The Movie Spoiler (see below) but faster at settling bar bets.

www.nmfilm.com
What's filming where, what just wrapped, what's coming up, plus a 113-year chronological filmography, an industry directory, community profiles, and a bulletin board. Run by the New Mexico Film Office.

www.parallelfilmguide.com
Spencer Green's one-man-band enterprise is an amusing mock film history, imagining a world of movies never made and stars never born. Something of a parody of imdb, executed in Wikipedia style.

www.rogerebert.suntimes.com
Simply the best writer on film in the history of ever.

www.tcm.com
Internet accessory to Turner Classic Movies is a suitable companion to imdb. Possesses depth and insight, with making-of articles, bios of luminaries, video clips and trailers. Easy to get lost in.

www.themoviespoiler.com
Site enables you to avoid seeing all the new releases just to find out what happens. The 1,000+ writeups (some better than others) are plot summaries only, not reviews or assessments.

www.westernclippings.com
Boyd Magers' ode to the Western is chock full of interviews, career overviews, and good old plain vanilla nostalgia.

www.tmz.com
Trash. Absolute trash. A must.

www.widescreenmuseum.com
CinemaScope. VistaVision. Cinerama. Todd A-O. They're all here, in an exhaustive compilation of larger-than-life aspect ratios. Color and sound are also covered.

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