“ Flixster is a simple website that lets you see at a glance which movies your friends liked or didn't like. „
Flixter is a website full of film information, more notably for its large member based ratings for films, quizzes and more.
~~~WEB SITE LAYOUT AND USABILITY~~~
The website has a notable blue layout with tabs at the top and is easy to navigate. It might be slightly confusing to begin with, given all the images and information, but after a few minutes browsing all should become clear.
There is also a search bar for you to type in an actor or a film name for more information. This is where I do most of the searching instead of looking through tabs and so on.
The main feature I use this is to rate films I've seen in order to keep a record... To your surprise you might actually watch loads and loads of films!! I hate not remembering what I've seen and NOT seen, so this is a great tool. What's more you can rate the film you've seen and write your own comments, so that's nice to share with others.
Another feature I use often is to browse what films are coming out in cinema and on DVD, so I can mark the films I WANT TO SEE in the future, whether it is to rent or to go to the cinema.
As it has such a large member fan base, you can add friends and share movie information with friends. You have your own profile in which your recent film viewings and ratings and comments can be seen. You can also see your friends' film reviews, ratings and more. Of course there is even a film compatibility test you can take to see how your film interests match your friends! How this is done is they give you a list of classic movies which you rate, and they measure the similarity in your ratings to determine a score in different genres, such as Horror, romance, action and so on. Personally, this is only a bit of fun, as they are hardly ever very true!
Also run by its members is the large variety and quantity of quizzes you can do for fun. A majority of these are completely pointless, such as GUESS THE LOGOS, or OPTICAL ILLUSION TESTS which are so easy it's not worth doing, nor film related. However, the slightly better made NEVER ENDING QUIZ, pits you against an onslaught of questions, some with multiple answers which ARE movie related, and you get points for answering them correctly... This is quite addictive as I'm now like 70,000th in the world... I wonder if I will ever get top spot, but I doubt I'd waste much more time on there!
These are most of the main features of the site, although peripheral ones include actor and actress profiles with gallery which can be interesting if you want to find out more about a particular actor or actress.
This is a very useful movie resource, but personally, this does NOT trump imdb.com. This particular website is perhaps more for movie quizzes, rating movies and sharing your comments with friends. It also is good to act as a reminder of which films you've seen.
For in depth movie information I would recommend imdb. Flixter is just a site for fun in my opinion.