Can’t find anything to watch? Let’s fix that.
Cool Websites and Apps aims to feature websites and app we’ve never featured here on MakeUseOf, and this week we’re going to the movies. Here are a few sites that help you find the best movies, the movie you’re thinking of right now or even just let you watch things you’ve never heard of online. Let’s get started.
What Is On Netflix?: Find Top-Rated Movies on Netflix
We recently explored how to find new movies and tv shows to watch on Netflix, but somehow missed this little site. It lets you sort the movies currently on Netflix by critical acclaim, using data from Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB or Metacritic.
Pick a site to get rankings from, then pick a sub-genre if you want. Find the critics’ views too elitist and out-of-touch? Switch over to user rankings instead. Explore a little and you’ll find something you’ve been meaning to see but somehow haven’t yet – all with a direct link to Netflix, so you can start watching immediately.
I mean, I guess you could watch bad movies on Netflix instead if you hate yourself or something. But watching good movies is better.
FilmHunt: Find The Best Movies in Any Era
If you’d rather not limit yourself to whatever Netflix happens to be offering right now, FilmHunt is another alternative. You can pick a particular genre of movies and a range of years to explore critically acclaimed films.
There’s a good chance you’ll be reminded of a movie you intended to watch but never got around to – which is kind of the point. The information comes from IMDB and TheMovieDB.org, but is presented in a way that’s very quick to use. Do some exploring and let me know what you find.
QuoDB (Web, Android, iOS): Figure Out What Movie Any Line Is From
If you’re anything like me, there are some old films you remember vaguely but don’t know the name of. QuoDB could help both of us out, because it lets you search for phrases from movies and see where they come from.
So it is, for example, possible to quickly figure out which Bond movie that one ridiculous oneliner came from.
Oh yeah, it was Golden Eye! The film was okay, but I think we can all agree the N64 game was the best version of that story.
Anyway, if there’s a movie quote stuck in your head and you’re not sure where it’s from, this site is the one you’re looking for. Note that some quotes, like “Luke, I am your father”, are quoted so often by later movies so many times as to completely obscure the original context.
How Old Was: How Old Actors Were While Filming Particular Movies
While you’re checking out movies from the past, you might be wondering: why do all of these familiar actors look so young? How Old Was lets you figure out how old your favorite actors were during the filming of particular movies. Just pick an actor and a movie and you’re set.
Vin Diesel was over 30 during his breakout role, meaning I still have a few months to work out and beef up before landing a gritty sci-fi franchise of my own (still a long shot, though, because writing isn’t a great workout and nachos are delicious). Anyway, what kind of age ranges can you discover using this? Let’s compile some strange things in the comments below – try to surprise me.
Viewster: Free, Legal Movies and TV Shows
You’ve resisted paying for Netflix at this point, but still want to watch the occasional movie and/or TV show online. It’s possible to watch TV online legally, but you’ve got a few more options than big names like Hulu. Viewster is an online site with the rights to several shows and movies you might not have heard of.
I found a few things worth watching here, but my favorite example is Cannibal! The Musical. Made by Trey Parker of South Park fame while he neglected his studies at the University of Colorado. It’s the musical tale of an infamous canibal, and it’s glorious. Explore the site and let me know what you find, okay? So far as I can tell there aren’t even region blocks, so have at it!
If you like finding sites with legal content, I’d also suggest checking out ShoutFactoryTV, another little-known video site where you can watch Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and other classic shows. And if you haven’t watched MSTK3000 yet: do it. Do it now.
What Are Your Favorite Movie Sites?
I want to know what are our favorite sites to learn about, discover, and watch new movies. Let me know which you prefer in the comments below, or just make fun of my face or something. Up to you.